I saw the commercial in question the other day. Nothing offensive about it, at all, even from a moderate pro-gun control PoV. This is just the NFL being politically correct, and ridiculously so. Goodell is killing the League.
You’re the Governor of Massachusetts. Islamic terrorists have just blown up a major sporting sporting event in your state’s capital city, killing several and wounding hundreds. Boston is on lock-down, the police have done everything except declare martial law, and the terrorists are on the loose. No one knows where they are or if they’ll strike again. What do you do, O Chief Executive of the Commonwealth?
What. Do You. Do?
Simple. You take a nap:
On the controversial Greater Boston lockdown: “In the afternoon … I went back to the offices in the State House … and I took a nap. (Then) the phone rang. It was the president. … And he said, “Deval, I’m briefed. … What are you going to do about the city? You can’t keep it locked down indefinitely.’
“I said, ‘Mr. President, I know that. … I’m trying to sort that out now.’ … Basically the state police had said we should end this … when we finish the door-to-door in Watertown. So if we haven’t found him, we should say to people, ‘Look, live your lives, but please be careful because he’s still at large.’”
Yes, you read that right. It took a call from Barack Obama, not the most hands-on president ever, to rouse “Governor” Patrick from his slumber and ask him just what he planned to do about the psychos terrorizing his city. While the people of Boston were in fear for their lives, Deval Patrick was bravely… snoring.
And he admitted it.
That sound you hear is what was left of any national ambitions he had being taken out back and shot.
via Hot Air
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
National debt approaching $17 trillion? North Korean nukes and the threat of war on the peninsula? America’s credit rating?
Nah, it’s March Madness, baby! And Barack Obama, President of the United States, tweeted this morning to remind everyone to get in on the fun:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 21, 2013
Now, as others have pointed out, the @BarackObama account has been transferred to OFA, his former campaign group, now turned into a national community organization, but, hey, it still has his name on it and it’s still “verified” by Twitter, so why not assume this represents what he truly values?
You can read the reactions at Twitchy telling him to finish his danged budget, first, but here’s one that best reflected my feelings:
— LilMissHoosier (@LilMissRightie) March 21, 2013
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
His excuse? “I’m too ignorant to know what I’m doing!”
Greek soccer player Giorgos Katidis has been banned from his national team for life after giving a Nazi salute while celebrating a goal in the topflight league.
Greece’s soccer federation said Sunday in a statement that the AEK Athens midfielder’s gesture “is a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.”
The 20-year-old Katidis gave a Nazi salute after scoring the go-ahead goal Saturday in AEK’s 2-1 victory over Veria in the Greek league. He pleaded ignorance of the meaning of his gesture — right arm extended and hand straightened. He claimed on his Twitter account that he detests fascism.
My first reaction is “yeah, right.” The Nazis rampaged over Europe less than 80 years ago, and Greece was one of many nations subjected to conquest and a brutal occupation. Film, television, books, the Internet — all these make clear what that salute stood for. And given the rise of the fascist Golden Dawn party, Mr. Katidis’ protests are those either of a liar, or a very, very ignorant person.
That fascism is at all on the rise in Europe (Golden Dawn has spread to Germany, by some reports) is a result of the failure of the European political classes to govern responsibly, instead bribing their publics with ever-more generous social safety nets that are now so frayed thanks to aging populations and reckless public borrowing, that many are turning to far leftist politics (1) out of frustration and anger.
While a suspension for life seems harsh, particularly if Katidis really is just historically illiterate, it’s a measure of how worried Greek and European officials are by the threat of radical politics rising from the EU’s economic troubles. As more Mediterranean countries fail to deal with crushing debt and high unemployment, all made worse by the one-size-fits-all Euro, we may well see many more Europeans who find fascist gestures, and the politics behind them, increasingly attractive.
(1) Remember, Fascism is a derivative of Socialist politics developed by Mussolini, who added the hyper-nationalist element, among other things. No matter how the Left tries to deny it, totalitarian statism is just their thing.
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
Oh, come on. Did you really think anyone cared about politics on this, The Day America Stands Still?
Except for half-time, when the water pressure across the country drops like a rock.
Fearless prediction: 49ers over Ravens, 24-17.
(So don’t embarrass me out there, guys!)
PS: And, yes, this lifelong 49ers fan is sooooo grateful for Jim Harbaugh.
By now most everyone has heard of the terrible events of last Saturday, when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, who was also the mother of his child, and then killed himself at the Chiefs’ facility.
There are many ways to deal appropriately with such a monstrous happening. Nowhere to be found among them, however, is the exploitation of death to score cheap political points. That would be a low, disgraceful thing to do.
And NBC’s Bob Costas is just the self-important twerp to do it:
Costas used this article by sportswriter Jason Whitlock as the basis for his “sermon.”
To say Costas’ screed was filled with anti-Second Amendment nonsense from top to bottom would be an insult to nonsense itself. Seriously, Bob? If people didn’t own guns, things like this wouldn’t happen? By that fatuous blob of illogic, should we then ban bows and arrows, wire, and cars? And maybe hands and feet, too? Get rid of all those, and we’ll keep even more people from being murdered! Costas and Whitlock save the world!
Breitbart’s John Nolte gets it right:
Just like prohibition can’t stop people who want drugs from getting drugs, all anti-gun laws do is ensure that the law-abiding are at a disadvantage against criminals who know their victims are unarmed.
Every day people in this country are killed at the hands of cars, knives, and alcohol. No one on the left wants to ban or put waiting periods and harsh restrictions on any of those. Every day people in this country die due to illegal drug use and illicit sex — two kinds of behavior many on the left glamorize and encourage through popular culture and bowing before the likes of Sandra Fluke.
But our guns they want; and they want them so badly that literally before the bodies at the scene of some awful tragedy have had time to cool, the likes of a NBC, Bob Costas or Piers Morgan refuse to wait to exploit this murder and loss and grief with their illogical, unconstitutional, and un-American emotional appeals aimed at the only line of defense between tyranny, anarchy, and personal safety — an armed citizenry.
Leftists like Costas and Piers don’t give a damn about the dead or those grieving the dead. And they surely don’t care about saving lives or they would be just as strident and insufferable when it came to alcohol and illicit sex. This debate has only and ever been about control.
And they do this in the most unctuous, sanctimonious way possible, transforming a crime –this started as murder, let’s not forget– into a “tragedy” in which everyone is a victim, including the killer, and from which we should learn a lesson.
Let’s be honest here: a gun was not responsible for the deaths of Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins. Only Jovan Belcher is responsible. He chose to gun down his girlfriend and the mother of his child, and he chose to kill himself. The gun was merely his tool. Restricting or outright banning gun ownership would have done nothing except force Belcher to look for another tool.
But logic and truth don’t matter to the Costas and Whitlocks of the world. There’s an agenda to push, after all.
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
It’s the Super Bowl, and thus all else stops. Because it’s the law.
Update: Congratulations to the New York Giants! The truly best team won.
(In all honesty, though, I think the 49ers-Saints divisional game was a far more exciting contest. But that doesn’t take away from Big Blue’s achievement.)
Today is Super Bowl Sunday, a sacred day in America, thus we at Public Secrets Global HQ are taking the day off. (Besides, Tito’s busy making the nachos. I hope they don’t forget the chicken wings… ) So, sit back and enjoy the game, whichever team* you root for.
Oh, okay. If you’re one of the godless commies who doesn’t like football, you might consider Puppy Bowl or one of the many fine sites linked to the right.
*Go, Pack, go!!
Sorry for the lack of posts today, folks, but I was out doing errands and only just returned. And soon Sunday Night Football starts so….
Normal service will resume tomorrow.
Meanwhile, try some of the fine sites listed in the sidebar on the right. Lot’s of good reading there.
One does not disappoint Dear Leader:
North Korean team will be sent to coal mines as punishment, reports say
MORE than one disgraced national team has been heckled by angry fans on returning home – but North Korea’s misfiring stars reportedly face a much harsher punishment.
Unfortunately, crazed dictator Kim Jong-il chose the 7-0 mauling at the hands of Portugal to be the first football game ever broadcast in the impoverished communist nation.
“The Portuguese won the game and now have four points,” the Korean Central Broadcasting commentator said at the conclusion of the match. “We are ending our live broadcast now.” It then cut to factory workers and engineers praising the Dear Leader.
Seems the result may not have tallied too well with Kim Jong-il’s narrative that North Korea is a socialist paradise populated by athletic supermen.
The Queen of Hearts has nothing on the King of Heartless.
Well, I’m glad some foresightful leader has had the courage to stand up and denounce FIFA‘s role as the mastermind behind modern slavery:
I’m surprised though he didn’t mention the secret role played by the Jews and the Swiss as the secret masters behind the FIFA slavery operation. He must be setting a subtle trap for them.
Y’know, has anyone ever seen Daffy Qaddafi and Lyndon La Rouche in the same room at the same time? Just sayin’…
The NFL has a problem with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh over racist quotes that were fabricated and falsely attributed to him, yet they have no problem with convicted dog-torturer Michael Vick?
I rarely think defamation suits are worthwhile, but I hope Limbaugh goes after the promoters of these slanders against him. This has been disgraceful.
LINKS: More at Exurban League, which wonders why the NFL tolerates misogynist Sunday Night Football host Keith Olbermann. Mark Steyn wants to see the proof. Legal Insurrection recommends Al Sharpton for NFL commissioner.
On top of the already awesome responsibilities weighing down on his shoulders (such as filling out his NCAA brackets), our President-Messiah has started writing an advice column. Today’s topic is Special Olympics, something the Light Worker is an expert at: Let’s Hear It For the Tards
Dear Jean and Ted:
As you know I am a big fan of the Special Olympics program, and all the good things it does for young Mongoloid-Americans like your son. Nothing inspires more than the sight of these heroic young tards hilariously giving it their all in the arena of friendly athletic competition. Extra-chromosome? More like extra-awesome! That’s why I recently volunteered, on the advice of my damage control team, as an equipment manager for the U.S. Special Olympics bowling squad. At first I wasn’t sure how I would feel about polishing other people’s balls for a change, but I think those tards really appreciate what I’ve done for them. Lately they started calling me "Special O."
Take that, Sarah Palin. And move over, James Thurber. Iowahawk just stole your lunch money.
(hat tip: Melissa Clouthier)
Yeah, right. Next thing you know, you’ll be telling me a senator with less than one term in office, no executive experience whatsoever, and who has socialists and crooks for buddies will become president.
Like that’s ever going to happen.
A bit under a month ago, I wrote on the bizarre story of Alycia Lane, a Philadelphia TV news anchor who punched a New York City cop in the face and then tried to get the Pennsylvania governor to fix things for her. (Earlier, she had made herself famous for mailing sexy shots of herself to TV sports personality Rich Eisen.) At the time of the incident, it was reported that Ms. Lane had started her vacation early.
Well, it seems like she won’t be coming back from it: she’s been fired by KYW-TV in Philly:
Alycia Lane "has been released from her contract effective immediately," KYW-TV said in a statement Monday, the day the telegenic brunette was due back on air.
Lane, a passenger in a taxi that was involved in a Dec. 16 traffic dispute, allegedly used a sexual slur against a plainclothes female officer. Lane, 35, has denied the allegations.
KYW, a CBS affiliate, had Lane start her previously scheduled vacation a week early and pulled her from station promotions during her absence.
"After assessing the overall impact of a series of incidents resulting from judgments she has made, we have concluded that it would be impossible for Alycia to continue to report the news as she, herself, has become the focus of so many news stories," station President and General Manager Michael Colleran said in the statement.
Maybe Colleran was afraid she’d lose control at the station, too.
Here we have another case of an all too familiar phenomenon, folks: the celebrity who stupidly throws away a life the rest of us would envy. Lane’s a minor example, but consider Darryl Strawberry, Michael Vick, Britney Spears, Larry Craig … I’m sure we can think of others. What is it with people who have the world in their hands and then flush it down the toilet with self-destructive behavior?
If Lane has any sense, she’s asking the same question of herself.
(hat tip: In From The Cold)
I’m off on a much-anticipated vacation until Tuesday the 21st. In case you’re wondering, I’ll be in mysterious, exotic Indianapolis attending the GenCon Game Fair and reveling in my Inner Geek(tm). That’s not the only thing I’ll be doing, of course: I’ll also be watching the Indy Indians play the hated Louisville Bats in exciting AAA baseball action and enjoying a fine, fine steak at the century-old St. Elmo’s steak house. A good time will be had by all.
Which of course means I probably won’t be posting anything until my return, since I try to avoid the news when I’m off on holiday, and my laptop just isn’t built for the wireless world. But don’t go away in despair! Look a bit to the left and below this post, and you’ll see a list of excellent blogs you should take a look at. Meanwhile, be good, and I’ll see you when I get back.
The long-suffering Iraqi people got some well-deserved good news yesterday, when their national soccer team beat defending three-time champion Saudi Arabia to win the Asian Cup. The Examiner story gives the basics, but the joy of what this means for Iraqis is best told by Omar Fadhil of Iraq the Model:
Today is definitely the happiest day for Iraqis in years. Tears of joy mixed with prayers for hope on the faces of millions of Iraqis…Words truly fail me and I can’t describe the feeling so please pardon me if the post doesn’t sound coherent; I hear the cheering and music outside although the bullets of celebration keep falling on the ground and roofs here and there. But no one seems to worry about that, the moment is so great that fear has no place in the hearts of the millions of fans, neither from bullets nor from crazy suicide bombers who tried to kill our joy last week.
Our players, tonight our heroes, learned that only with team work they had a chance to win.
May our politicians learn from the players and from the fans who are painting a glorious image of unity and national pride, and let the terrorists know that nothing can kill the spirit of the sons of the immortal Tigris and Euphrates.
The fear is gone, the curfew is ignored, tonight Iraq knows only joy…
LINKS: More at Blue Crab Boulevard.
Interrupting our usual diet of politics and war, I have to post what is undeniably good news: ESPN has fired Joe Theismann as their Monday Night Football analyst and replaced him with Ron Jaworski, someone who actually …gasp!… can analyze a game!
Well, it’s good news if you’re an NFL Football fan, and we at Public Secrets are just that. Theismann is nothing more than a big gas-bag: he should have been canned years ago when he was teamed with that other idiot, Paul McGuire, on Sunday Night Football.
This might make MNF worth watching again.
LINKS: I’m not the only one who thinks this.