I know some of you don't follow football, but often sports show us the good and bad in life so much more clearly than life itself. Percy Harvin is a professional football player, a very good football player. He was drafted by the Vikings and made an immediate impact as a wide receiver, punt/kick returner, running back; he could play a lot of different positions and was good at them all. Then all of a sudden we started hearing he was not happy in Minnesota and he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks. Last year he won a Super Bowl with that team. But once again, despite Seattle committing to him as their premium offensive player, non-quarter back, he was traded out of the blue to the New York Jets. Understand this, that hurts the chances of Seattle returning to the Super Bowl immensely.
But what we are told is that Percy was a problem in the locker room. He had anger management issues and was often arguing and getting into physical confrontations with teammates. It must have been bad if the Seahawks, who had made a commitment to him, traded him for a 4th round conditional pick. That's like trading in your 1990 Dodge mini-van for a 2013 Corvette. But here's where the ugly side of racism starts to enter the story. It is said that Harvin didn't like Seattle's QB, Russell Wilson. There were potentially legitimate reasons, such as Harvin's claim that Wilson never took responsibility for his mistakes made during games. He was getting all the credit, but took none of the blame when things went bad. Harvin also thought that Wilson was too much of a 'company man' going along with decisions the team made, such as trading their other really good wide receiver, Golden Tate. Harvin thought Wilson could have pushed for the team to keep Tate and didn't.
Then Harvin complains that Wilson is not black enough. He has too many white friends; he talks like a white man and not like a brother. That my friends is racist pure and simple and if it's true, then Harvin should be labeled a racist. Expecting someone to behave in a certain manner just because of their ethnicity or color of their skin is racist pure and simple. To argue that it is not, that's inane. Of course some people are trying to make that argument claiming that Wilson's failure, whether intentional or not, to 'represent' the hood in the manner they expect is hurting the cause, the movement, the push for equality and is betraying his heritage. So let me get this straight, because he speaks like an educated man, in full, grammatically correct sentences, he is disrespecting the black community? Because he isn't calling women "ho's" or "bitches" and he's not stealing crab legs, he's disrespecting the black population of America?
Colin Cowherd, ESPN radio & TV show host, touched on the topic yesterday and began by saying that he, as a white man, couldn't talk about the topic because he's white and couldn't understand the black culture. So he had to bring on a black guest to discuss it intelligently. That is also racist. I can't understand Harvin's position but it's not because of the color of my skin, it's because I don't understand a culture that glorifies men who have multiple children with multiple wives and many don't take care of their kids. A culture that glorifies uneducated men using foul language to describe women; a culture that celebrates men who treat women like chattel, as pieces of property to be used and discarded when the next big bootied ho comes along to suck his... you know where I'm going with that.
Shouldn't they be celebrating men like Wilson, like Stephen A. Smith, Donovan McNabb, Ben Carson, Walter Williams. Men who respect themselves enough to treat others with respect, to succeed in their chosen careers and who act in a manner they believe is right. No, too often, as Stephen A. said on his show yesterday, these men are ridiculed and made fun of by their peers. And for Colin or anyone else to say we can't call out racism or comment on the situation because we aren't black, is just as stupid of an argument as saying Wilson is not black enough.
I was at our local university last week and happened to see a flyer that the Native American Club had been handing out on Columbus Day. It had the usual left wing propaganda on it about Columbus being a murderer, rapist, killer, spreader of disease and so on. I couldn't help but think once again how our education system has failed our society.
Were there things done by the Spanish, yes, the Conquistadors, that were abhorrent? Yes, there were. But things were not idyllic before the Spanish showed up on the shores of what would become America or Mexico. The native tribes were not living in peace; it's not like they didn't raid other tribes, go to war, kill and enslave their enemies.
Here in the Southwest United States, many people believe the Apache tribes were native to this area. They were not. They originally roamed in the Oklahoma, Texas areas. Constant raiding and warring with the Comanche was their way of life. The Comanche overwhelmed them and drove them out of their 'homelands', so they made there way to the NM/AZ/Mexico territories. Here they began raiding the Navajo, Pueblo, Zuni and Hopi tribes.
The Spanish wrote in great detail about the Apache, especially their attempts to make peace and to convert them to Christianity. What was common about their experience and their failure to truly convert most Apache to Catholicism, was the inherent belief in the Apache ethos that raiding rival tribes and taking their stuff was honorable. The only way to make your death honorable and get to their version of the great beyond, was to die in battle or to die a natural death but having been a great warrior.
The Apache would rape, kill, torture and plunder their enemies and it didn't take the Europeans to show them how to do that. Missionaries wrote about converting some Apaches to their religion but said that often the native tribes would pretend to have converted because they were out of food, ammunition and other supplies. But as soon as they could raid and steal what they needed, they were gone.
To be sure, there were Apache that helped the immigrants, I'm not in any way shape or form saying all Apache were evil; I'm saying that the Europeans who came after Columbus 'discovered' the New World did not destroy a Garden of Eden and bring evils and ills to this world. Teach the entire story.
Just an aside, for those of you that support illegal immigration and amnesty; those Spanish coming to America through Mexico were the original illegal immigrants.
Vegetarians, especially men, have been subjected to ridicule, often being called feminine, effeminate, and other more socially unacceptable phrases for being a female. Now it appears there is scientific proof the taunts were correct. I'm not sure we should make this study known to vegans & vegetarians because we don't need them multiplying, but most of them are reading Mother Jones or some rag like that, so they probably won't see it. Researchers at Loma Linda University Medical School have concluded a four year study to find out how being a vegan or vegetarian affects life spam. They theorized that Seventh Day Adventists, who are strict vegetarians, live longer than average because of their diet and its affect upon sperm quality. Why would they theorize that link between sperm and life expectancy is not clearly explained but what they did find surprised them. Vegetarians have a lower sperm count than meat eaters. And the activity level of their sperm was 60% lower than meat eaters. One theory is the high level of soy in vegan diets, which has a high level of phytooestrogens, which mimic female hormones. So now when someone calls you vegans, sarcastically of course, "manly man", you know they are only expressing scientific fact.
Another university study is making the news as well. UCSF researchers lead by Dr. Elissa Epel, have concluded a 5 year study into how drinking soda affects our body. The study followed 5300 healthy adults. Those that drank regular soda on a frequent basis, 2-3 cans a day, may not have gained weight but what the researchers did find is that the soda consumption is killing them sooner. The ends of their chromosomes, telomeres, where shorter which is a strong indicator of a short lifespan. Diet sodas consumption did not have the same effect on the telomeres; neither did fruit juices. And if they were vegetarians, ooh, watch out.
The local Native American Club at our university passed out cards on Columbus Day accusing him of rape, murder and all other kinds of bad things. Have they forgotten what Native Americans did to each other before the white Hispanics showed up? They probably were never told in history class, because we are to believe that Native Americans lived in harmony with the land and each other. Never mind that the Comanches ran the Apaches out of their native lands, violently I might add. The Apaches then terrorized the Navajo and Pueblo indians. Apaches believed that raiding and taking another tribe's stuff was an 'honorable' way of life. They believed the only way to die an honorable death was while raiding another tribe. Yeah, harmony, peace and love. Oh, and enslaving the vanquished was something done regularly, especially taking the women and raping them. I am not excusing what ensued after Europeans came to America, some bad things were done; many more good things were done. Same with the Indians, some were bad, some were good. Let's make sure we are teaching the truth and not propaganda.
At least Jason Strainer and Peter Avramis tried to hide the fact that they'd been scammed in a drug deal, but still, calling police when your drug deal goes bad... Wilton, NY on Saturday, Strainer and Avramis agreed to sell just over a pound of ganja to Stephen Ales and Michael Lilledahl. The purchases asked to check out the product, to make sure it wasn't oregano. When handed the bag, they took off running, jumped into their car and drove off. Strainer immediately dialed 911 and told the operator two men were driving a car around and pointing a gun at people. State troopers found the car and while there wasn't a gun, they found the dope. I guess Strainer and Avramis thought Ales and Lilledahl would keep their mouths shut; more likely they didn't think it through completely. The run away duo told cops where they got the dope. No word on whether or not the four will be sharing a cell.
The Elvis wedding chapel in Las Vegas has said it will not offer marriage services to same sex couples. Their reason? To protect the dignity of the institution of marriage. Apparently getting hitched by a hunk of burnin' love signing "Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog" is dignified.
This is your brain, this is your brain on drugs. Allison Voner, 23 of Framingham MA was arrested Thursday after she decided to make fun of her parole officer. Elisa Currie saw the video and while it didn't so much bother her that Allison had said some mean things and posted it on her Facebook page, it was the cocaine and heroine that Allison was doing while shooting the video that caused Currie to seek and obtain an arrest warrant. Bonus: Voner said Currie was too stupid to know what Voner was doing in the video. I don't think you understand the concept Allison.
Apparently there is a new rule regarding Halloween. I did not get the memo but someone sent it out. Some people believe that handing out candy or other foodstuffs is a bad idea, since some kids have food allergies. So they hand out pencils, or gosh knows what, but I'm sure those things are really in demand. But if you are going to be handing out something other than candy, you are supposed to display a teal colored jack-o-lantern to let those special kids know you are friendly. Um, I'd say you've just identified your house as the one to egg.
Just when it became the federal government's job to fund research, outside of MAYBE defense projects, I'm not sure. Apparently it's now the job of the feds to completely and totally take care of us and come up with products to help us do so.
The feds are now spending $2 million to develop wearable insoles and buttons that can track a person's weight. The goal is to fight obesity. Maybe the insoles are made in such a way that once you get too fat, the button cracks, cuts your foot and let's you know your butt is too big.
The NIH is funding 2 project to monitor lifestyle behavior with the technologies that will encourage you to exercise. SmartMove, Inc. got the first grant. Their insole will work with a smartphone app to tell you how much you weigh, monitor posture, physical activity and energy expenditure. Sounds like a pedometer, except for the weight part, which can be purchased at Wal-Mart for 5 bucks. You can get a scale for $10.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh got the second grant to develop the 'eButton'. Their goal is to monitor your eating habits along with physical activity levels and gain a better understanding of what causes obesity and how to fight the epidemic. Here's a thought; most obesity is caused by eating too much and being inactive. Give me $10K. I just saved you 3/4 of a million dollars. You're welcome.
The researchers at Pitt want to implant a button into your chest or worn on your chest. It will have a powerful microprocessor, a novel eating detector, 2 cameras and a variety of electronic sensors to automatically and jointly measure energy intake and expenditure as well as environment and behavior. It will monitor when you eat, what you eat, drink & smoke and it will be linked to the EPA database to measure the outdoor environment. Are you kidding me? Smoking, so the nanny state police can target you? The EPA to prove that your smoking or methane emissions are contributing to global warming?
The button, in one scenario being considered, will tell you that you shouldn't order the chicken nuggets because of the high caloric and fat content and suggest other alternatives. This is the biggest next step in monitoring our behavior and someone from the government will show up at your door if you ignore the warnings.
Can you imagine being told you have to wear a button then go to the doctor every 3 months to discuss what you've eaten, how active you have been, and what damage you are doing to the environment? Don't laugh, it's coming if this idea takes off. Then you'll get a visit from the EPA because you let rainwater run off your house and create a puddle in the backyard creating a water way which has to be monitored for endangered species.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is back in the news and continues to utter words that just make no sense. His latest expert opinion regarding Ebola and keeping us safe has to do with riding a bus. Remember, Obama told Africans that you can't get Ebola from riding a bus but then told aid workers not to ride public transportation for fear of contracting the virus. Apparently Frieden has been sent in to clean up the mess, pun intended or literally & figuratively.
In a conference call with reporters Wednesday the eminent Dr. Frieden said you cannot get Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus, but that infected or exposed persons should not ride public transportation because they could transmit the disease to someone on the bus. I think my head is going to explode as I try to wrap it around that statement. What am I missing?
You cannot contract the disease by sitting next to an infected person on a bus but if an infected person sits next to you, they can transmit the disease to you. I guess it makes a difference who sits down first(?) If the infected person sits down after you have already taken a seat, that's when you can get infected but if you sit down next to an infected person you won't get the disease.
Frieden was answering questions related to Obama's video and he said the CDC did vet the video before it was aired and they stand by the accuracy of Obama's statements. Which is the same thing Frieden said about riding public transportation. He warns anyone who may have been exposed to an infected person or may be exhibiting symptoms to not ride public transportation. He said the administration is putting into place policies to control the movements of anyone who has been exposed to an Ebola infected patient. So now they are going to control how health care workers travel.
Let's go deeper into the mire here. The health care worker No.2 who travelled from Ohio on Monday Oct. 13th should not have travelled said Frieden. She should not have been allowed on a plane or a train or any public transportation. Although she did not report any symptoms and her fever was 99.5 not at the level of 100.4 that the CDC said was the threshold for staying off of public transportation.
This is just idiotic. The CDC, at the direction of the Obama administration, is trying to play political hot potato with our lives. This is one of the entities charged with disseminating accurate information and debunking myths or incorrect information. How are we supposed to make accurate decisions when the people in charge are more worried about how it will impact the polls than keeping us safe?
In America, you have the right to say what you would like, with very few limitations. In America, you have the right to practice your religion without being told by the state which religion you should practice. You have a right to associate with whom you like. Liberals don't like those rights. Oh they profess to be on your side but don't you dare step out of line and criticize them or what they do, you'll be sorry you did.
Houston's mayor is a lesbian mayor. Annise Parker has made equal rights and treatment of gender based minorities a big part of her campaign and policies. She pushed a new law, Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, also known as the bathroom bill. The law was designed to among other things, allow men who identify as women to use facilities designed for women and visa versa. Parker and the City of Houston are not the only ones to have passed such laws; neither is the City of Houston the first to deal with opposition to the law. However, Parker and her administration are not taking kindly to critics.
Opponents of the bill launched a petition to put the measure on the ballot and let Houstonians decide the issue for themselves. The city staff threw out the petition claiming there were not enough legitimate signatures. Opponents filed a lawsuit. As part of the discovery process, City Attorney David Feldman issued subpoenas, a normal part of the process. However what was not normal, he has issued subpoenas to five Houston area pastors asking for copies of their sermons. Any and all sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity issues or the Houston mayor her own self.
None of the pastors receiving the legal demands are a party to the lawsuit. Fledman and Parker say that doesn't matter; they claim that the petitions calling for a vote were organized in the churches; rallies were held in churches; the pastors appeared before the city council to voice their objections to the proposed law. That in and of itself is enough to cause the legal wing of the city government to bully them, er, request documents.
So being able to speak your mind, practice your religion is enough to get you hauled into court to have to explain yourself? Maybe they should be reading the document that established protection from an overreaching government. You know the one that liberals ignore constantly. The Constitution.
To be fair, the attorney claims Mayor Parker was not involved in the decision to subpoena the pastors and in fact did not know of his actions until the story was broken by a local reporter for the Fox News station. So if Mayor Parker believes in the oath she took to uphold the Constitution and laws of the city, state and nation, did she tell her city attorney to back off? No.
The liberal way is to crush all opposition, either by calling them racists, bigots, discriminatory or by using the full power of the law to intimidate and bully them into keeping quiet; whether through lawsuits, IRS audits, fines... isn't that what we have fought against since our forefathers made the decision to sever ties with England?
Seriously, who is surrounding the President? Are they afraid of telling him the truth because he's a narcissistic, arrogant, self-centered ego maniac? Or do they really believe what they are saying?
Susan Rice, who lied about Benghazi, was sent out to the talk shows again this week to discuss the situation in the Middle East. The air war is not working well and ISIS is continuing to take over territory; Baghdad is even in danger. During one particular interview, she was asked about our allies in the coalition putting boots on the ground. Of course, none of our allies are going to put boots on the ground and Susan couldn't admit that so she changed the subject.
Susan said that the Turkish government had, several days prior, agreed to allow our planes and coalition troops, to use Turkish air bases for launching of attacks and training. This was a big deal Ms. Rice opined since Turkey had been reluctant to do so previously. Reluctant? They said no way Jose, in no uncertain terms.
Well shortly after Ms. Rice's comments became public and were picked up by the wire services, Turkey's government issues a very clear, very straight forward statement; in no way shape or form are we allowing U.S. military or coalition troops to use our air bases in the attacks on ISIS or anyone else for that matter. Their position has not changed, period, end of story.
Now either Obama sent Susan Rice out to lie and try to put some 'good news' out there about Obama's war; a war that is failing not only militarily but also from a foreign policy standpoint in that Obama has not been able to build a coalition of "40 countries" as he promised. The story could have been put out there by Obama as some good news right before the election, knowing that the MSM would pick up the story and run with it; the low information voter will hear the planted story but as usual any correction will be buried and not heard by the average voter.
Or, maybe Turkey's government did agree to allow the U.S. and coalition forces to use their air bases but asked that the agreement be kept secret. Turkey is 90% Muslim; there is not only support for ISIS in the population but more importantly there is complete and total distrust of Obama, especially after he drew the line in the sand with President Assad and then let him walk across the line, jump around and taunt Obama and the U.S. did nothing in response. ISIS is well armed, they are getting more sophisticated weaponry every week and they are a threat to Turkey along with other nations in the area. Turkey is afraid that they will be attacked and the U.S. won't be there to help.
So if the U.S. was to keep the agreement secret, well you see how that worked out, further destroying any good will between the U.S. and it's allies. It's all about making President Obama look as good as possible; nothing more, nothing less.
You have to wonder if college professors will one day use Obama as a prime example of a narcissistic, egotistical, pathological liar. I would be the study for a bunch of psychiatrists would be fascinating. Throw in how such a large segment of society reacts to his lies, by simply ignoring them or explaining them away and I'll be someone could make a career by studying the phenomena alone.
Glorious Leader was giving an interview to Canel+ TV and he was talking about how we, as a country, have failed to learn about and understand Islam so it's apparently our fault they want to kill us. He included the West in general in that statement. He pointed out that if you took the number of Muslims in the United States we would be one of the largest Muslim nations in the world. So let's check out that claim, which may not seem like a big stretch since America is so inclusive and has a large population.
According to census numbers there are about 4.5 million Muslims in the United states, 1.5% of our population. That is approximately .3% of the world's Muslim population. Seems like that's not a very large number. But where does it rank in the world? Indonesia is 207 million; Pakistan 167 million; India 156 million... in fact our Muslim population would be the 38th largest Muslim country in the world. That's like saying Delaware is one of the largest states in America. It just doesn't add up. In fact, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the UK, and Holland all have larger numbers of Muslims in their countries, so we're not among the largest in the west.
By Obama's standards, we are more of a Jewish country, with just over 6 million Jews in America. I'll be that would gall him to be told the truth.
He's a pathological liar part deux: Obama was asked during a press conference earlier last week if he looked back at his decision to pull our troops out of Iraq as a mistake, given the current situation there, with ISIS. His response, "I'm surprised to the degree at which this keeps coming up, as if this was my decision." Really, you didn't make the decision to pull ground troops out of Iraq? You said no less than 16 times in the month before the last presidential election that you'd ended the war in Iraq and brought our troops home. Not to mention the dozens of times you said that in interviews, other campaign stops and on national TV when you claimed victory in Iraq.
Does he not realize that those cameras actually record things including audio and keep them for posterity?
In case you'd missed it, the FAA had lifted the ban on using portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing. The waitresses aka stewardesses aka flight attendants are suing to reinstate the ban. Not because of any potential danger to the plane's operating system that might be posed by the use of a cellphone but because they say no one is listening to the safety demonstrations anymore. It's a good thing you're pretty. Now get me a vodka tonic and make me a sandwich.
Do you want more proof that our education systems are failing us? A woman was killed and 2 others injured when two couples wandered onto a railroad trestle to take photos of a sunset. You guessed it, they were not fast enough to get out of the way of the train. Well one asshole was and apparently he didn't try to help his wife or friends. But a study conducted by the St. Louis Post Dispatch found that fatal pedestrian accidents had increased every year of the last few years including by 25% between 2012 and 2013. The most common reasons for people getting killed; misjudging the speed of an oncoming train, using a cellphone or MP3 player and not hearing the train; trying to beat the train. You know, common sense things that most of us don't have to be taught.
A 56 year old man was hunting in British Columbia when he was mauled by a grizzly bear. He suffered some significant injuries but is alive and was transported to a hospital in Calgary for treatment; he may or may not live but it won't be the bear's attack that killed him. No his hunting partner tried to save his life and shot him. Gives a whole new meaning to playing dead to avoid a bear attack. The hunting partner shot at the duo apparently thinking he was a better shot than he actually was; but he did kill the bear in the end. Now you know where Dick Cheney is and what he's been up to.