I haven’t written much about Kaepernick, and I’m not going to start now. Let me tell you why. It won’t take long; I promise. (more…)
The NFL is being boycotted in retaliation for some players kneeling in protest during the national anthem. The protests began as against police brutality, particularly against members of minorities.
There was another mass shooting, this time against a crowded open-air concert. Thoughts and prayers are being sent, and they’re being ridiculed by people demanding gun control — never mind that no practicable gun laws would have prevented this latest atrocity.
Marches and protests and riots. Tearing down statues. Congressional stalemate matches. Hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes. Bad economy, lousy job, sick parents and sick kids, student loans we can never pay back and an underwater mortgage.
Not just the country but the whole world is in rough shape, my friends, and small wonder there are protests. But I put it to you that there are better ways (more…)
I was going to write something incisive and insightfully meaningful about the national anthem protests in professional sports. Not that I care about sports, mind, but I figure it’s a popular topic, and my thoughts might go viral for once.
That was yesterday. Since then, one of my restaurant reviews (which I do for fun) got more hits in two hours than any of my political articles since Refugees and any of my informative articles since Autism And Vaccines. Which I guess is a good thing, but (more…)
I don’t generally bother to get involved in whatever the current trending national outrage phenomenon happens to be. Our country loves to be outraged, so there’s always something different, and it’s usually petty. So when a random sports guy did something to protest something else, I just let it pass by unnoticed. After all, he’s probably just another overpaid egoist who does something I’ll never care about for a living.
So I ignored the furor, the counter-furor, the anti-furor furor, and the inevitable Fuehrer comparison — until someone mentioned history, in particular military history. The points on the ends of my ears stood upright and I suddenly took notice. (more…)