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Consequences

I don’t write often about politics much any more because I really would prefer to focus on the nice and pleasant things our world has to offer. But I made the mistake of clicking a link describing how an Ohio judge has called out several of the Cleveland Browns players for being idiots. He stated as a veteran, he wasn’t willing to attend any games where players showed disrespect to the people who indirectly made it possible for the players to be there.

This nonsense is an extension of the publicity stunt that talentless Kaepernick decided the only way to get publicity was to kneel for the national anthem. Apparently he’s having a hard time finding a job this year.

I also learned the NAACP has an interim president who lacks the basic understanding of cause and effect, which suggests to me the NAACP should find a smarter person to put at the helm of their organization, if they wish to retain any semblance of credibility.

“No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech – to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL’s own regulations,” NAACP Interim President Derrick Johnson.

Now if Kaepernick had any discernable talent on the football field, owners would be willing to put up with the circus he brings along with him. But he’s, at best, a mediocre player, and therefore isn’t worth the headache.

Despite the refusal to acknowledge it, there are consequences to actions. This is how life actually works, when you step out of college safe zones and the comfort of academia where you can cry until you get your way. Actions have consequences.

Personally, I think the NFL is an utter waste of time, yet another religion competing for your time and money. I don’t pay much attention to the NFL; but if I had, I would have quit paying attention last year after this take a knee nonsense. I’m not blinded by the belief that America is in anyway superior, and I’m as critical of it as they come. But football’s a business, and I don’t spend my money at places that thumb their nose at me.

Kaepernick took a knee, and now he’s just another Monday morning quarterback. Serves him right.

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Colorado Springs Police Officer Hits Pedestrian

I’ve mentioned before that I think very little of first responders: police, firefighter, and ambulance drivers. This is a group of highly-entitled people particularly convinced of their own superiority, and full-on believers of their own press. They think they’re heroes simply by the nature of their jobs. The incompetence is maddening and mostly pervasive.

Since the law dictates the mortals get out of their way when they’re on the road, they have no driving ability. Just yesterday, I watched an ambulance driver essentially bully his way through an intersection. And then I came home to find this story in the Colorado Springs Gazette: Woman hit by police cruiser while crossing downtown Colorado Springs street.

Way. To. Go.

The reason this sort of thing infuriates me isn’t a product of an attitude against authority. These people should be held to a higher standard. I should be able to look to the members of the police or fire departments and think they’re professionals. But they’re not. And it’s this attitude despising incompetence that causes me to have such a low opinion of first responders.

I understand accidents happen. But I’m paying attention. I’ve seen ambulance drivers cut off people and do utterly stupid things on the road. I’ve been one of the ones cut off by an AMR driver who doesn’t understand how to drive. I’m paying attention on the roads, and I’ve seen many idiotic and dangerous acts of stupidity by people sporting “fire fighter” plates. It’s obvious they’re incompetent.

They’re certainly setting examples, but they don’t seem to know or care that it’s not the one they think they’re setting.

An Intelligent Person Would Say…

FBI Director James Comey was quoted this week as saying

“It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we had an impact on the election.”

An intelligent person would say: It makes me nauseated to think…

Though, considering Strunk and White’s Elements of Style

Nauseous. Nauseated. The first means “sickening to comtemplate”; the second means “sick at the stomach.” Do not, therefore, say “I feel nauseous,” unless you are sure you have that effect on others.
–Strunk and White, Elements of Style

… perhaps he was correct in his choice of words after all.

source (And speaking of nauseating, that’s a link to CBS. Click at your own risk).

The Only Logical Conclusion

So a few years ago, my wife and I wrote about the struggle Kimber Begano was going through after coming forward with her claims of being sexually assaulted by the football coach at Trinidad High School and the school district’s response. These articles are still among our most read, and have given this blog the coveted first search result for “Randy Begano” and “George Dasko” on Google.

In civilized societies whenever you see accusations like that in the news, the teacher is dismissed — the accusation alone is enough to warrant an investigation; but Trinidad has its Good Old Boy Network in full swing, and — well, it falls to people whose consciences are not seared and broken (or missing altogether) to do something about it.

So after an investigation by the Office of Civil Rights, Kimber’s claims have been validated.

The court acknowledged that Kimberly Begano’s testimony regarding the sexual relationship was credible…

In January 2014, Trinidad police forwarded its investigative report to the district attorney, who determined that Kimberly Begano’s complaint against the head football coach was time-barred and no charges would be filed.

The head football coach was then taken off administrative leave and later resumed his coaching duties.

Kimberly Begano also brought her case to the school board in May 2014, requesting that it direct the district to conduct an investigation into her claims.

One school board member told OCR that he attempted to discuss the issue “but two senior board members didn’t want to hear it.”

“I was very disturbed by the fact the administration and board chose to protect coaches and their friends rather than the children.”

What’s interesting is the response from the school district’s official, Bill Cordova. Among all the fluff was this gem: “the investigation found insufficient evidence that the District retaliated against the complainant.”

You know, because that’s the important thing.

Which leads me to believe that while the students of Trinidad schools ride to school in something like this:

Most of the school board, the police chief and district officials ride to work in something like this:

Cal-Exit? See Ya!

A small group of outspoken whiners in California has decided that the Republic of California should secede from the US. Their motto? California is a Nation, not a state.

Now, this probably won’t manage to get on the ballot, but it is happening in California; so it’s entirely possible. I’ve been hearing about this movement ever since Trump won the election; because there’s always talk of states seceding from the union when someone they didn’t like becomes president. Normally reason prevails; but, again: California.

When I first heard of this, my thought was simple: if this comes to a vote, the rest of the country should get to vote on it as well. Such an action would, after all, affect the country as a whole. And they’re a liberal enclave always teaching the whole is more important than the individual. For the record, I would happily vote to let California secede, taking its 55 liberal electoral votes with it. That’d save the rest of the country billions in federal aid as well. With a win-win proposition like that?

Buh-bye, California.

The NFL Needs to Fix its Priorities

This week, some insignificant peon in bully Roger Goodell’s organization threatened Texas over a perfectly legal piece of legislation. Regardless of your stance on so-called Bathroom Bills, the states enacting such legislation are perfectly within their rights to do so. Now I realize I’m attacking the number one religion in America, but the NFL seriously needs to examine its priorities.

Earlier in the year, the NFL denied a request to allow the Dallas Cowboys to wear a decal honoring some Dallas Police Officers who were killed by Micah Xavier Johnson during a Black Lives Matter protest.

At the same time all of this was going on, the NFL was more than willing to let spoiled brat (and — let’s be honest here — washed up, mediocre football player) Colin Kaepernick “protest” the country that subscribes to the religion he’s a part of by kneeling during the national anthem. No disciplinary action came from that little temper tantrum, though it kept Kaepernick in the news, which is no doubt what he wanted since he’s completely irrelevant otherwise.

Of course, the media ate it all up: The BLM cop-killing terrorists fits neatly in the if it bleeds it leads category, and also fits nicely with the narrative they want to push. Kaepernick’s temper tantrum also fits nicely into their anti-America mentality. I’m no fan of Trump, but he’s not wrong when he recently mentioned the media is the enemy of the people: They’re more than happy to tear into and destroy anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Because the left hates freedom.

Which brings us back to the NFL, one of — if not the — largest media whores ever seen. Despite its religious status in the country, the NFL is merely an entertainment vehicle. It’d do well to remember that and stay in that box. In a state whose love for football is nearly a cliché, governor Greg Abbott told the NFL as much.

“For some low-level NFL adviser to come out and say that they are going to micromanage and try to dictate to the state of Texas what types of policies we’re going to pass in our state, that’s unacceptable,” Abbott told Beck. “We don’t care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America. They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”

I’m no fan of politicians, but this guy gets it. This guy understands that for all its imagined power, the NFL is at the mercy of the people who subscribe to its religion. These people could stand up to the NFL and make it known their place is on the gridiron, not in politics. Will they? I doubt it — religious zealotry doesn’t make sense: an organization can oppose all the values people claim they hold dear, but they’ll still support it. Which is essentially what’s happening here.

I, for one, don’t watch football. I have in the past, but I just can’t be bothered to waste my life caring about organizations that do nothing but take. So if I’m the only one boycotting the NFL, I’m okay with that.

I wrote Greg Abbott’s office an email indicating my appreciation for his actions. We’ll see how it plays out, of course.

Combative Content

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There’s a horrible trend I’ve noticed the last few months to a year or so; I can’t remember exactly when I started seeing it become more prevalent. If you use an ad blocker, sites are starting to refuse to serve up their content unless you whitelist them. Forbes is probably one of the first I noticed it on; others have started doing it too.

Now, in and of itself, it’s not really a problem. I understand the ads I’m blocking pay for the content I wish to see; that’s fair. It really is. I’ve whitelisted a few sites where I use their services or content; the ads on those sites aren’t in the way and don’t detract from the user experience. But that’s really the heart of the matter: the sites I’ve whitelisted in my ad block utility do not let the ads ruin the user experience.

Prior to the ad block extension’s becoming available for my browser, I typically ignored the ads — or tried. Ads have become more and more obnoxious and annoying, which explains the popularity of ad blockers in the first place.

I really hate the video ads that just start playing, usually before the content even loads. My usual response is closing the offending tab: No content is worth putting up with that sort of obnoxious behavior. As a rule, I dislike auto-playing videos in general; I really hate ads that play videos. This is why I use an ad block in the first place; to keep the user experience as pleasant as possible.

Recently, a site I’d been using for years started complaining about the ad blocker. Since I have used the site for a long time, I figured I’d white list it. The first thing they served up? Pre-content video ads.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with ads on websites; I understand their presence pays for the content on the site. But ads aren’t why I’m there. The ads should not load before the content; they shouldn’t distract or detract from the content; they shouldn’t shout at users; they shouldn’t block the content. Until advertisers quit waging war on the user, the user will respond with ad blockers.