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Well… Duh

It’s hard not to comment on this one. Apparently, some members of the US Congress have their panties in a wad over Amazon’s facial recognition software.

The Congressmen were angry at the results of a report which showed that Amazon’s facial recognition software, Rekognition, had identified 28 legislators as potential criminals.

My only response is: Well, aren’t they?

I mean, they’re members of congress — of course they’re criminals.

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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.

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.