The Left’s obsession with the Redskins

July 1, 2014
Everything is political

Everything is political

Amidst all the other outrageous outrages that outrage the outraged Left these days, you may have noticed a controversy (well, controversial to the Left) over the team name of the Washington Redskins, a name the team has used for over 80 years with no one complaining (1).

Well, no one until Harry Reid, the national Democrats, and the Left (but I repeat myself) decided they needed something, anything, to distract people from the failures of Obamacare and the lousy economy (and the crashing foreign policy and… Well, you get the idea.). Hence, in the last year or so, the professional Left has turned on the Redskins, decrying their name as offensive, hateful, and …brace yourselves… “racist” against American Indians. (2) The way they carry on, you’d think they were fighting the civil rights battles of the 50s and 60s all over again.

And, in fact, according to Dennis Prager, that is indeed one of the reasons the Left has gone bonkers over the team name: it makes them feel good, as if they’re reliving the battles of their fathers and grandfathers. Call it a self-esteem booster shot. Writing at Real Clear Politics, he give four additional reasons for the Left’s mania. It’s a good article, so click through for the rest, but I want to highlight one that I think cuts to the root of the matter:

Fifth, and finally, the left is totalitarian at heart. Whenever possible, they seek control of others; and they love to throw their considerable weight around. The left-wing president does it so often that the Supreme Court has unanimously shot down his attempts on a dozen occasions. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, under huge pressure from leftists, just dropped conservative Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist George Will. Under pressure from left-wing professors and students, Brandeis and other universities dropped the few conservative speakers they had invited to this year’s commencement exercises. Forcing the Redskins to do their will is just the left’s latest attempt to force its views on the vast majority of its fellow citizens. That’s why it’s worth fighting for the Redskins. Today it’s the Redskins, tomorrow it’s you.

Emphasis added. Ever hear the expression “the personal is the political?” It was a rallying cry of the student movement and leftist feminists in the 60s that argued there was no separation between daily life (work, play, family, sports, &c.) and what we think of as traditional politics (elections, legislation, and so on). Every aspect of your personal life, including your recreation, is as much open to politics as is your choice of party to support. Support a team the name of which some faction finds politically incorrect, and you’ll be subject to political action to make you change your ways and the way you think. Our Betters on the Left know what’s best for us all and they have a driving urge to make sure we all conform.

Even if all you want to do is watch your favorite team and forget about the world for a while.

Footnote:
(1) There’s a survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center showing that less than ten percent of American Indians find the name “Redskins” offensive. It’s from 2004, however, so it might be interesting to resurvey that.
(2) No disrespect intended to members of the various tribal nations, but I’ve never liked the term “Native American” when referring to the descendants of the people who were here before the European colonization. I was born here, my parents were born here, my grandparents were born here, and so were most of my great-grandparents. I’m native to America, too, and I refuse to use a term that in any way slights my right to be here.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Anti-gun NFL: National Frauds’ League

December 4, 2013

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.


Deval Patrick: “You guys can handle the terrorists, I’m catching some Zs.”

June 6, 2013

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)


At least the President knows his priorities

March 21, 2013

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:

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:

Yup.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Greek soccer player banned for Nazi salute

March 17, 2013
Nah, not Fascist at all...

Nah, not Fascist at all…

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.

Footnote:
(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)


Blog holiday: Super Bowl Sunday edition

February 3, 2013

49ers logo

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. :)


Self-important twerp (aka “Bob Costas”) exploits death to push a political agenda

December 3, 2012

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.

Ban guns.

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)


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