I admit, being a Pac 10 (now 12) fan the only time I usually see the Wisconsin team is during the Rose Bowl. Still, there’s nothing like a watching a team take its standard practice and turn it into something fun. You don’t have to like the Badgers or even football to enjoy this short dance off between teammates.
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I admit, being a Pac 10 (now 12) fan the only time I usually see the Wisconsin team is during the Rose Bowl. Still, there’s nothing like a watching a team take its standard practice and turn it into something fun. You don’t have to like the Badgers or even football to enjoy this short dance off between teammates.
The American Spectator recently pointed out that football has become “the new smoking.” If only the scourge of leftism were that toxic.
No, it’s much, much worse than that. Football represents a complete affront to the entire project of radicalism, which decades ago spread to our universities, schools, entertainment, and legal professions.
The last remaining conservative bastions — the military and professional sports — are presently under assault by leftists who cannot stand to leave these exemplars of patriotism and capitalist competition alone. So football fans better keep their heads on a swivel.
There is practically nothing more conceivably antithetical to the left’s worldview than American football. This makes it a sitting target, kind of like Barack Obama coming across the middle on James Harrison. [How would Obama talk his way out of the reality that he would get smoked?] The left is therefore working to co-opt the NFL and put it in the service of its political agenda.
Wild accusations? Unfounded speculation? Let’s look at what is happening under Roger Goodell, who is not only wussifying the league, but has moved the NFL seasons’s opening date this year to accommodate the Democrat convention speech of America’s royal majesty Barack Obama. As if a Republican would ever get such a courtesy.
The Obama administration earlier partnered with the National Football League with a “United We Serve” campaign that cross-promoted fitness and “service.” One might object that the NFL has partnered with “charitable” organizations in the past. The league has maintained a long and mutually beneficial relationship with The United Way. But United We Serve is no charitable organization, it is a political ploy designed to get Americans used to the well-established lefwing dream of everyone working for free. Sounds like slavery – with a smile.
For those who believe this is no more than right-wing pontification, observe the language on the White House “blog” describing United We Serve: “It’s going to take all of us working together to build a new foundation for America and it will happen one community at a time.” Yeah, kind of like Obama’s former community organizing outfit ACORN — why would the NFL want a piece of that action?
There is always the possibility that the NFL is simply clueless and sees nothing wrong with inviting a politically divisive figure to serve as representative of the league. Then again, the political correctness police banned Rush Limbaugh from partial ownership of the St. Louis Rams. And remember how Hank Williams Jr. was banned from Monday Night Football for his anti-Obama rant? Are you ready for some fascism?
Then we have numerous subtle assaults on the game, such as the attempt to protect football players from the real effects of concussions, as if NFL players have no choice how they use their bodies for a living (i.e. violently, while making millions of dollars). Again, there is the subtle message that contracts are coercive instruments of owners and not voluntary agreements between individually responsible adults.
But let’s get down to brass tacks. The political left is targeting the NFL and watering down its cultural significance with the leftist ethic of altruism, because the NFL represents a defiance of the socialist narrative virtually en toto. Is it really necessary to make 300 pound football players wear pink wristbands and ribbons for a month to show solidarity with breast cancer victims? Just cut a check for a million dollars and be done with it. Besides, it’s not like prostate cancer isn’t afflicting hundreds of thousands of men.
Sorry, I’ve been a football fanatic my whole life, and I know bullshit when I see it. My first words in life (no joking) were “football you bet.” I know the game. I know the political left. And I know when the latter is mucking up the former, just like it does everything else.
Professional football is an inherently conservative institution. Teaching both individual greatness and teamwork, football brings out the best in men through competition. Heck, most NFL franchise owners are conservative and donate Republican, which is no fait accompli in this crony capitalist climate. But is very ironic and disappointing that Republicans will be holding their convention in a 62% government-funded arena while chanting the slogan “We Built This.” Yet as any political observer nowadays can figure out, conservative and Republican are not even close to being the same thing. But on to the bigger picture.
Does anyone think that leftists fail to grasp how important professional football is to American culture? The NFL has all the traits that effete modern liberals despise. There is capitalism, manliness, and competition – making the league a perennial institution of solid American values so provocative that neomarxist shock-troops cannot help but try to co-opt it.
Best of all, in football results matter. This makes a football game a test of two teams: There is a superior team and an inferior team on any given Sunday. This black or white, up or down way of evaluating superiority clashes mightily with the left’s morally relativist worldview.
The National Football League is also a powerful indictment of the Marxian myth that there are two classes in a capitalist society, the haves and the have-nots, and that the former class unremittingly and perpetually exploits the latter. Professional football players come from all socioeconomic backgrounds (in fact usually lower and middle class ones) and they work their butts off to make the most of their talent; there is no free ride, and no excuses here.
The NFL, without any affirmative action policy and simply through the standard of open competition, confirms an argument that conservatives have been making for years: That a true market is colorblind. In the NFL, the rule is simple: Either you are a great football player or you are a fan.
Football players sell themselves and their unique set of skills to the NFL – and if successful, they become millionaires. The ultimate reason they become millionaires? Because the middle class has the time, the technological means, and the money to financially support the game.
The NFL constitutes a running threat to the leftist narrative. The leftwing march through all the institutions of the culture in order to subvert the economy continues, and professional sports is merely the last of American bastions to resist the left’s creeping program.
Here’s a hail Mary, keep the ubiquitous President Obama and his socialist program out of my Sundays. If you think Tea Party activists are bad, you haven’t seen thirty thousand rabid Kansas City Chiefs tailgaters.
On Saturday, September 8th, the University of Virginia has a once–in–a–lifetime opportunity to demonstrate how an institution obeys the same honor code that governs its students.
The Cavaliers can prove to the world that UVA’s honor code is more than mere words when they refuse to play their football game against Penn State.
But wait, you say, that would be premature. The NCAA has not made its decision regarding possible sanctions. So what. That’s like the 37 neighbors who heard Kitty Genovese screaming for help while being stabbed to death, claiming they didn’t want to get involved because the police hadn’t begun an investigation.
One of the core values at UVA is “honor and integrity.” What’s more, “students are expected to hold themselves and their peers to high standards inside and outside the classroom and to engage ethically in their local, national and international communities.”
How can the university hold its students to a standard it’s not willing to meet? Playing Penn State means turning a blind eye to depravity and what the Freeh report termed “the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims.” An individual or institution cannot associate with the dishonorable without tarnishing its own honor.
What Joe Paterno and the See No, Hear No and Speak No Evil cabal did at Penn State was against the law and the laws of decency, but it did not violate NCAA rules. The only role for the NCAA in this scandal is allowing any Penn State player who wishes to transfer to do so without losing a second of eligibility.
Any “death penalty” sanctions the NCAA might take are outside its authority and simply unnecessary if the universities on Penn State’s football schedule live up to the bromides they broadcast to students.
One of the many problems undermining the country’s future is American passivity. We sit and wait for government or some outside “authority” to take action while we check The Drudge Report to see if anything has happened. We don’t trust our instincts on almost anything. We rely on “experts” who tell us how to raise our children, train our dogs and relate to our fellow man.
In the face of great outrage a self–reliant person or institution can and should act individually to try and repair the fabric of society. I believe the operative phrase is “think globally, act locally.”
Sure, refusing to play Penn State and urging the other schools to do the same requires a little more effort and commitment than starting a Facebook page, but the result is much more impressive.
Still I can hear the administration’s objections. Refusing to play the game will result in lost revenue for the football team. What that excuse tells students is UVA’s convictions are rock–solid as long as they are convenient and cost free. Besides this reasoning is eerily similar to the rationalizations Paterno and his shower sleuths used to justify refusing to report child rape to the police.
Where I grew up a decision by UVA to live by its honor code and refuse to associate with a football program defined by lies and exploitation is called putting your money where your mouth is. (Here in Washington I believe the term is a “fiscal commitment demonstration project.”)
Then there is the legal excuse: UVA has a signed contract; the school is committed. Then break the contract. Surely it contains a “moral turpitude” clause, and if not I’ll contribute to UVA’s legal defense fund.
There is, however, a solution to the revenue problem that allows UVA to maintain its honor. Instead of playing Penn State, UVA plays the University of Ohio, which is Penn State’s first opponent. The Bobcats expected to be annihilated by Penn State anyway; so visiting Charlottesville merely changes the locale of the execution.
Once UVA and Ohio refuse to play Penn State the pressure not to play begins to cascade on the remaining schools. Positive peer pressure — a phenomenon almost unknown in modern America — is revitalized and the rest of the schedule falls into line.
It’s fine if Big Ten conference schools attempt to replace Penn State by scheduling a team that doesn’t bring the ghosts of molested boys into the locker room. Or, on what would’ve been game day, the schools can hold one of the “conversations” that are so popular in academia and discuss “social justice” for little boys.
Refusing to play Penn State is the right and honorable thing to do. Even better, the refusal leaves Joe Paterno with a fitting legacy for his last team. The 2012 Nittany Lions will be undefeated, unscored upon and untouchable.
What in the world could that headline possibly mean?
Some of my best thinking occurs in the shower (no, but we’ll get to that later) and when I saw the text alert that Joe Paterno had passed away from complications of lung cancer I was heading to the shower this morning, and naturally started thinking about the man and his legacy. I began to search for someone to compare him to and this is what I came up with.
Joe Paterno was born in 1926, 3 years before the Great Depression. He was of my father’s generation. The Generation Tom Brokaw dubbed ‘The Greatest Generation’. Men who lived through childhood not really understanding the deprivation of their youth but having a great impression made upon them by it. Men who came of age when the entire world was engaged in a clearly defined struggle of Good vs. Evil in World War II. Many if not most men of that age served and many died in the Armed Forces of the United States all over the planet. The survivors returned from war and set about living their lives, having children… many children, in fact, they spawned the largest generation in human history, The Baby Boom. My generation.
‘Uncle Sam’ wasn’t really ‘born’. He’s a creation. It is what Uncle Sam represents that I wish to discuss: the United States of America. The country does have a ‘birthday': July 4, 1776. On or about that date 56 men, many of them the richest & most politically powerful men from their respective areas of the country signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With it they started a war with King George III, ruler of England, the most powerful man in the world. They were his subjects and now they had chosen to openly rebel against his rule. They were massive underdogs. England had the most powerful armed forces on earth. These wealthiest, most powerful men in the country knew that they had collectively signed their own death warrants. The quote by Ben Franklin ‘We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately’ says it all. Their only option was Victory which through long years and much struggle they achieved. It was never a sure thing.
The last line of the Declaration of Independence is:
‘And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,
we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.’
‘Our Sacred Honor’ those words wouldn’t probably be used today let alone ‘divine Providence’. They must violate someone, somewhere’s ‘right’ to not have to think of or even hear about God, or the ‘Sacred’ or Honor. Those are bygone words of bygone eras. My father’s era and the ones before it.
Under no circumstances am I claiming that my father nor any man of his generation or prior generations was perfect. But I’ll be happy to debate anyone if the subject is the ‘Honor’ of that generation in general. I’ll further be happy to juxtapose that generations Honor against the Honor or lack thereof of my generation. Radio Talk Show Host Dennis Prager says that The Greatest Generation gave birth to The Stupidest Generation. I’m in it and I strive to not be ‘of’ it, but I agree.
We are the Selfish Generation. The generation that is very much concerned about Our Rights, with little to no corresponding concern about Our Responsibilities (except, of course, our responsibilities to Mother Earth [please Recycle]). That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if the rights we were concerned about were the same ones the Founders and the Framers (of the Constitution) outlined, but we’re less concerned with those than the invisible ones that really ‘bright’ lawyers have ‘found’ in the ‘emanations and penumbras’ of the Framers words. Of course those imagined rights spawn other ones as well and what looks like an increase in our rights is actually a diminishment of our liberty.
There is a scene in ‘The Godfather’ where Vito Corleone is negotiating with the ruthless drug dealer Virgil Sollozzo about where Sollozzo will ply his trade and if the Corleone Family will protect his operation. At the close of the negotiation Sonny Corleone, Vito’s Eldest son interrupts, as he declines the deal Vito says, ‘I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them as you can see, they talk when they should listen.’
We want what we want and we want it now! That is the fault of my father’s generation. Those men and women who came up in the deprivation of The Depression didn’t want to visit that upon their children. They built a great nation. They built a booming economy in large part in response to the fact that they kept having kids. Hungry children are great motivators to men of character and honor; they do not let them continue to go hungry and they did not run away from their responsibility. They invented Slinkys and Slip ‘n Slides to amuse their children and profit from the needs of other men to amuse theirs. They built jet airplanes and rockets that landed man on the moon and safely returned him to earth with only slide rulers, paper and pencil and computers on board the spacecraft with less computing power than the iPhone. These were the men I grew up with and spent my teenage years in particular in close contact with on long road trips. My father died at the end of my teens, but I knew what men of honor and character looked like and as I looked for other role models for my life I looked for those men: Men like Joe Paterno.
Paterno was head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions (not ‘Nittaly‘…dope) for 46 years, he was a coach at the school for 61 years, he won more games than any other Division I Football Coach in the history of the NCAA. He won two national championships. He didn’t demand a multi-million dollar salary like so many other college coaches. He lived in the same home for 50 years. He imbued his players with morals and ethics, Penn State was a solid program. ‘Joe Pa’, as he was known, was ‘Old School’. And it worked.
You can spend generations building your reputation and legacy only to have it come crashing down in a moment like a poorly constructed brick wall in an earthquake. That too is the story of Joe Paterno. Allegations surfaced of one of his assistant coaches sexually assaulting young boys as witnessed by another assistant and reported to Paterno himself. It’s further alleged that all this ‘honorable man’ apparently did was tell his bosses at Penn State. Nothing more…
This is where I’m virtually certain Joe Pa and the men who were friends with my father and my father himself differ. There would have been blood had this happened to one of their children or to anyone’s child at the hands of any man that they knew or could even get their hands on. Did this kind of thing happen involving men of that generation, obviously, yes; but not to my knowledge with anyone I knew or even heard of, and nothing has ‘surfaced’ like a deep dark secret from ‘The Black Lagoon’ since.
How does something like this happen? How does a man whose public persona was so deeply identified with morals, ethics and character have such a massive blind spot and deep dark secret? How could he not have known that this would eventually come to light? And finally why didn’t he drag Jerry Sandusky by his hair to the police?
We’ll never know.
The cracks in the will started to appear almost immediately at the foundation of the country. You may have heard of The Federalist Papers, a series of essays written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay and published in New York newspapers to explain the reasoning behind and promote the Ratification of The Constitution; There are also The Anti-Federalist Papers, a collection of writings and speeches by other Framers who were afraid of the Consolidation of Power in a Central Gov’t and argued Against Ratification of the Constitution without a Bill of Rights for the People and their States.
That battle has never ended. There has never been a cease fire. No treaty has been signed. There is an on-going struggle for the control and the very soul of this nation.
One side is constantly chipping away at the foundations seeking to ‘Bring it all Down, Man‘ so that they can build something new.
Oh, I know the country was founded with the ‘Original Sin’ of Slavery… (Interesting how people who are anti-religion will attempt to use religious language to bolster their point of view), and how Slaves were only counted as 3/5 of a human being in the Census (revealing their lack of knowledge of how crucial this was to the North to bring about the end of slavery [It was about Seats in the House of Representatives, not their Humanity or Lack Thereof]) and this means that it must be torn down and ‘We’ will build something new, and ‘better’. ‘We’ will build something ‘Fairer’ and more ‘Humane’. Only we don’t ever really know who this ‘we‘ is or what exactly they would build.
The other side is the stupid and lazy side. It’s my father and his generation’s side and in large part my generation’s as well.
This is the side that indulges its children’s childish impulses to throw temper tantrums in the street, impinge on other citizen’s rights, destroy their property and call them ‘protests’. It’s the side that believes voting is enough while the other side is organizing, consolidating power, fund raising and campaigning.
We are on the side that allowed the takeover of most powerful machine for the dissemination of information, ideas, morals, culture and dreams in the history of mankind to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of our enemy without them firing a shot. Do you think Bob Hope could get a show on tv today? To go that one better we feed the machine with our dollar at a declining but still astounding rate as they fill our minds and especially our childrens minds with morals and beliefs that are entirely counter to our own. We can hardly wait to come home and plop down in front of the box to get indoctrinated every night because we’re just so worn our from working all day to earn money that ‘they’ take about 50% of. Which means they’re taking 50% of your life since you’re expending the precious finite resource of your time on earth to earn that money.
We’re the ‘Fiscal Conservatives’ who only care about the finances of the country, as if you deigning to tell the representatives in government how to spend the money and what to spend it on isn’t a Moral discussion.
We’re the ‘Moral Majority’, the ‘Silent Majority’, the ‘Tea Party’ who, filled with Moral Indignation, jump up on our hind legs once every generation or so whether we need to or not and think we can win one election and everything is supposed to be right with the world again.
We’re the side that has allowed the Left to gain influence and power in every crack and crevice of our society rather than driving them from the public arena with the derision and howling laughter accompanying their shameful exit that their foolish, dangerous and unworkable ideas deserve.
Approximately 2% of the population of the colonies actively fought the British and won the right to establish the greatest civilization in the history of mankind. While our culture as America is relatively young at 236 years our form of government is one of the longest surviving ever, but nothing lasts forever. 2%.
Maybe it’s too late.
Maybe we’ve passed the point of no return and there’s no way to reverse the course our nation is on.
Maybe I do know what Joe Paterno would have said, ‘I don’t why I didn’t do anything, I just didn’t.’
Tonight on the Dark Side we’ll talk about the news of the week and Black Friday. Do you have a Black Friday war story to share? Call in tonight. Also Mr.Davis will call in to talk football to appease all you football fans out there. I’m sorry! In my world pigskins are for eating…I’m doing the best I can here!
Come over to the Dark Side tonight at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. Pacific.
DALLAS, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — September marks the return of the football season and AT&T* is bringing all the excitement and fun of the HBCU football season to consumers through its title sponsorship of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ and its exclusive communications services sponsorship of the HBCU Tailgate Tour, featuring Russ Parr and Rickey Smiley. AT&T’s support of the Nation’s Football Classic and HBCU Tailgate Tour will celebrate and showcase the rich heritage, traditions and rivalries between HBCUs.
“We are excited to celebrate this upcoming HBCU football season with our consumers and want to provide them with a great football experience,” said Jennifer Jones, vice president, AT&T Diverse Markets. “We want our consumers to know that we are committed to empowering the communities we serve through our commitment to diversity and education.”
As part of activating the Nation’s Football Classic and the HBCU Tailgate Tour sponsorships, AT&T will host various events for fans to join in on the celebration before and after the games. These activities include a digital lounge with prize giveaways, games, step shows, karaoke competitions and much more.
Here is a preview of some of the activities AT&T will host this HBCU football season:
AT&T Nation’s Football Classic
The inaugural game featuring the highly anticipated matchup between Morehouse College and Howard University will be held on Sept. 10 at Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium in Washington, D.C. There are also events scheduled around the game for consumers to enjoy. Events surrounding the football classic include:
|o||AT&T Kickoff Rally hosted by Radio Personality Big Tigger|
|Featuring host Big Tigger, A-list celebrities and the respective schools, fans can participate in the free pregame event on Sept. 9 at noon in the downtown Washington, D.C. area where they can engage in fun contests and watch Greek step show performances, drumline and cheer performances.|
|o||Sound Stage and Lounge events at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds|
|Fitted with a celebrity DJ spinning the latest tunes, fans will get a chance to view special performances, play games and compete for prizes. At the lounge, fans will be able to recharge their devices, relax, and get hands-on with some of AT&T’s latest products. Both events take place on Sept. 10 at RFK Stadium during the Pepsi Max Fan Festival.|
AT&T HBCU Tailgate Tour featuring Russ Parr and Rickey Smiley
The Russ Parr Morning Show and Rickey Smiley Morning Show are set to host the official tailgate parties for a series of HBCU football classic games and homecoming events that reach audiences of up to 60,000. The tour will stop in eight different markets – Birmingham, Ala.; Orlando, Fla.; Atlanta; Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis; Durham, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va. – and provide fans with the opportunity to participate in karaoke competitions, Greek step show performances, cookout contests, and more. The tour runs from Sept. 1-Nov. 30.
The games schedule for the HBCU Tailgate Tour can be found below, or by visiting att.com/thebridge.
|2011 AT&T HBCU Tailgate Tour Lineup|
|Sept. 24, 2011||Atlanta Football Classic|
|Atlanta||Florida A&M vs. Southern University|
|Oct. 1, 2011||Circle City Classic|
|Indianapolis||Kentucky State vs. Albany State University|
|Oct. 8, 2011||Virginia Union Homecoming|
|Richmond, Va.||Virginia Union University vs. Elizabeth City State|
|Oct. 15, 2011||Central State’s Homecoming|
|Dayton, Ohio||Central State vs. Southwest Baptist|
|Oct. 22, 2011||Howard Homecoming|
|Washington, D.C.||Howard University vs. North Carolina A&T University|
|Oct. 29, 2011||Magic City Classic|
|Birmingham, Ala.||Alabama A&M University vs. Alabama State University|
|Oct. 29, 2011||North Carolina Central’s Homecoming|
|Durham, N.C.||North Carolina Central vs. Bethune Cookman University|
|Nov. 19, 2011||Florida Classic|
|Orlando, Fla.||Bethune Cookman University vs. Florida A&M University|
Additional details of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, HBCU sponsorships and other news, schedule of events by region, and product offerings can be found at att.com/thebridge.
For more information and detailed disclaimer information, please review this announcement in the AT&T newsroom at http://www.att.com/newsroom.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
FiOS TV Subscribers in Dallas-Fort Worth Area Can Now Access New FiOS1 High School Sports Widget; UT Longhorn Network Available in Texas and Nationwide
IRVING, Texas, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — From the drama of high school football Friday night lights to the national stage at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, Verizon has Texas football covered for FiOS TV subscribers.
With the football season kicking off, Verizon is launching the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget exclusively for FiOS TV customers in the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex service area. Through the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget, only FiOS TV is delivering on-demand high school sports news, stats, photos and video highlights for area schools through an enjoyable, informative TV-entertainment experience. The widget is the latest addition to a robust array of options on FiOS TV to enhance the viewing experience for high school, college and professional sports.
In addition, The Longhorn Network, offered by the University of Texas in conjunction with ESPN, is now available, in high definition and standard definition, to UT sports fans in Texas and across the nation who subscribe to Verizon FiOS TV. The launch date on FiOS TV of the network — dedicated to all things UT, from sports to cultural events — comes in time for the Sept. 3 Rice vs. Texas matchup.
The Longhorn Network also will be available in the near future online, on tablets and on smart phones to fans with a Verizon FiOS TV plan, making UT athletics and other programming easily available anywhere, anytime.
“Texans love football, and we are making the most of the immense capabilities of the FiOS network to deliver a unique gridiron experience for our customers,” said Shawne Angelle, president of operations for Verizon’s Texas region. “The new FiOS1 High School Sports Widget and the Longhorn Network will add to the already rich FiOS football viewing experience – from the stadium to the living room.”
FiOS TV already provides the NFL Network, the NFL RedZone Channel, and the Football and ESPN Fantasy Sports apps; and ESPN3 is available on FiOS Internet.
More than 500,000 households in the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth FiOS service area can take advantage of the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget, which covers 38 area teams. The widget is offered in conjunction with MaxPreps.com, the online high school sports leader and a CBSSports.com site.
To access the widget, FiOS TV customers can click on the “Widgets” button on their remote control, access high school football under “Sports” and “Featured,” and then click on “FiOS1 High School Sports Widget.”
Despite having said that it should be country before politics, Obama put his politics before almost everything – including politics.
Before his most sudden change of heart, Obama had demanded that he address Congress on the same night as the next GOP debate – September 7th.
Obama sent a letter Wednesday to House Speaker Boehner requesting a joint session of Congress so that he may deliver his jobs plan. On any other night that week, there would be no reason not to grant the teleprompter a reason to explain to us what Obama’s ever-changing group of economic advisers wrote down. The day Obama originally requested is also the night of the next GOP Presidential Debate.
The debate is to be carried by MSNBC so any damage to their viewership will be negligible, as are their ratings. The real question is why did Obama pick the same night as the GOP debate?
Politics, of Course
It won’t hurt the GOP candidates just to have the debate and the president on at the same time. Between DVR’s and archived streams, anyone who wants to see both, will be able to. What is interesting is that now we’re hearing that the moderators may push the candidates to respond in real-time to the President’s plan – a plan his advisers spent months on.
Obama gets to take his time, studying the speech someone wrote for him, the plan someone else devised. The candidates have seconds to respond? Way to go MSNBC, you’ve managed to top CNN’s bungle of a Presidential debate -AND- confirm the New York Times assertion that they are nothing but a marathon of liberal propaganda from 6-11pm. Although the need for the time boxing is questionable.
Obama could be assured that MSNBC would pounce on any opportunity to make the GOP candidates look unprepared and uninformed while the President reads calmly from the teleprompter. All he had to do was schedule his speech at the same time and on the same day as the MSNBC-hosted debate.
Rep. Ron Paul is said to be weighing his options as to whether he will attend the GOP debate or the President’s speech.
There is Football to Consider
John Boehner has stated that he was only given 15 minutes to consider the Obama request before it was announced nationwide. Boehner publicly asked the President to consider moving his speech to Thursday. As Thursday is the kick-off of the 2011-12 NFL football season, our sports fan-in chief is likely to refuse.
Boehner Asks President to be More Considerate
The President Changes His Mind
At about 9:20pm this evening, the White House blinked. The President will address a joint session of Congress on September 8th. So far the White House only alluded to Speaker Boehner’s concerns as the reason to move the date.
I would like to start off by stating that I am not a very big sports fan unless it deals with burning rubber and raw exhaust, or preying on delicious animals. I do occasionally take in a ball game, be it baseball, football or even soccer. Yes I do enjoy sitting in my recliner watching TV, so don’t try to yank my man card just yet.
I recently read an article on David Tyree, receiver for the New York Giants, on his stand on gay marriage.
“Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored. Being the fact that I firmly believe that God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman, I believe that that’s something that should be fought for at all costs.” – David Tyree
It was very refreshing to see a famous sports figure stand up against the liberals that seem to dominate the sports teams and media. Tyree does not stand alone in the sports arena when it comes to standing for what I also believe is created and ordained by God for a man and a woman. John Smoltz who played baseball for several different teams, and Todd Jones, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds also stand proud in their beliefs and have not bowed to the political correctness that many stars seem to feel they must submit to. These players have taken a stand while at the same time their teammates are speaking out against them and their views. David Tyree stood proud even when teammate Michael Strahan and Giants co-owner Steve Tisch spoke out in favor of gay marriage.
I would like to applaud Tyree and the other players that have stood up for what is right. We need more role models in sports like David Tyree, John Smoltz and Todd Jones. It is men like these three that are to be admired. As parents, we do not have to worry about what liberal band wagon they may jump on and pass on to our children.
For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how.
Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.