Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Friday, January 28, 2005

Advice to the oppressed: If you need help, don't call the fashion police

I see Dick Cheney is being chided by the media for his rather utilitarian cold weather garb at the Auschwitz liberation memorial. Okay, granted, he does tend to stand out and it does look a bit casual. My conclusion, however, is that those around him were probably envious of that parka. It looks cold out there, people!! Give the guy a break. How many heart surgeries has the poor guy had?

Here's my other thought. Don't you find it typically pompous of the media to find fault with Dick Cheney's clothing in this context? Here you have a group of people (the main stream media) who are vehemently opposed to Mr. Cheney's foreign policy of fighting tyranny and promoting freedom. If these people's philosophy had prevailed in 1939, the incinerators at Auschwitz would be in full working order today rather than us celebrating its liberation. I find it both humorous and sickening that the people who are offended by Cheney's ostensible disrespectful attire at Auschwitz somehow fail to see the offensiveness of Saddam Hussein's mass graves and torture chambers.

Here's Robin Givhan, fashion writer at the Washington Post:

"Cheney stood out in a sea of black-coated world leaders because he was wearing an olive drab parka with a fur-trimmed hood. The vice president looked like an awkward child amid the well-dressed adults."

Okay, so the fashion world picks the 30 well-dressed world leaders over the VP. But who do you think the ghosts of Auschwitz would pick to liberate them were they to find themselves once again behind that barbed wire, reinserted into the flesh that barely covered their bones? My guess is they'd pick the funny looking guy in the olive drab parka.


Blogger stewdog said...

Mr. Blackwell does Auschwitz. So very sad.

January 28, 2005 9:13 PM  
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