Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is a homosexual, which means the "defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL," AP reports.
"We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage," the NFL said in statement, according to AP.
And there might be one or two health concerns.
Fanatics needn't bother about any of this, of course, because reality will bend to their religious desires. By "religious," I mean the word in the dumbed-down secular usage of "faith" that is uninterested in facts or in careful evaluation.
Free-thinkers, however, follow the evidence. Even in the face of that oh-so-dreaded peer pressure that substitutes for ethics these days.
Eric Scheiner reports at CNSNews.com:
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says when it comes to gay marriage, "That's not something I believe in."
Peterson made his comments in an interview Sunday with Bruce Murray and Amani Toomer of Sirius/XM NFL radio. The NFL MVP was discussing former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, an advocate for gay rights and gay marriage, who was recently cut from the team.
Adrian Peterson stands in good company. The facts of biology, the liberating norms for healthy human sexuality, and the Creator himself support the pro-marriage stance Peterson has vocalized.
Cults of religion and politics that discriminate against male-female diversity, that are intolerant of holistic family life, and which hate the verifiable Creator -- who is the center of gravity for human freedom and human dignity (see the Declaration of Independence) -- will no doubt rant and rave about what really is merely Peterson's reaffirmation of the mainstream and humane position on real marriage, in contradistinction to its homosexualist counterfeit.
Let the extremists throw their fits. Free-thinkers follow the facts. Truth and love triumph over fear and hate and authoritarian political agendas. Well done, Mr. Peterson.
Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality"
Memo to Conservatives: Accepting Homosex "Marriage" Opens Door to "Unlimited Statism"
Pro-Same-Sex "Marriage" Lesbian: "Institution of Marriage Should Not Exist"
Amid pressure to change the nickname of his team, Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III has ignited a digital firestorm from the left by pushing back against the "tyranny of political correctness."
In a Twitter message, he declared: "In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness."
The controversy arose as Washington, D.C., Council member David Grosso prepared to introduce a non-binding resolution calling on the city’s beloved team to change its "derogatory, racist name."
Griffin followed his original tweet a short time later with a definition of tyranny, calling it a "condition imposed by some outside agency or force," such as "living under the tyranny of the clock" or "political correctness."
The name "Redskins" of the Washington Redskins is, of course, not racist. In fact, it's a way to honor the warrior heart of the American Indian.
Or as a Whiteskin (JRPearcey) might say to a Blackskin (RGIII): Redskin is beautiful, as are all skin colors given by our amazing Creator. Celebrate diversity, celebrate Redskins.
One more thing, people of all skin tones: Thinking while Black is also beautiful (but perhaps terrifying to PCers).
This is just another reason to respect Mr. Robert Griffin III. A free man who rebels against tyranny. Just like he was created to do.
Benjamin Chance writes at Breitbart.com:
Is it "fair" that illegal immigrants and foreign exchange students are allowed to play high school football on Friday nights and to participate in extra curricular activities at public schools, while many of their peers, who are legal US citizens but who happen to be homeschooled, are being denied "equal" access to the same opportunities in their local communities?
In Virginia last week, seven Democrats and a lone Republican, perhaps unaware or unmoved by such a discrepancy, made the point moot and rejected the so called "Tebow Bill" that sought to "level the playing field."
The same goes for "openly 'gay' athletes" as well. Why O why the hatred for adulterers?
Kate Hicks writes at Townhall.com:
While [the inspiring] American Sanya Richards-Ross was accepting the gold medal for winning the 400-meter dash, Usain Bolt, the amazingly fast Jamaican man who won the 100-meter dash, was giving an interview.
And instead of continuing to talk over the "Star-Spangled Banner," he turned around, pointed at the flag, and indicated to the reporter that he would like to watch in silence.
Arne Lichtenberg writes at Deutsche Welle:
Ever since the World Cup in 2006, collective national euphoria during major soccer championships has been part of German life. That's also true with Euro 2012. Some see the beginnings of a disturbing nationalism.
Ben Johnson writes at LifeSiteNews.com:
It looks like a cross between a genuflection and Rodin’s “The Thinker.” The characteristic kneel Tim Tebow makes to thank God after a big play has become a worldwide phenomenon, creating a new craze and stirring controversy over the role of religion in public life.
Another comeback win for Denver, this time against the Chicago Bears.
NBC vs. Facts, Truth, & God: By twice censoring the words "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance during coverage of the 2011 U.S. Open, the closed-down, extremist agenda of the formerly mainstream media demonstrates yet again its radical post-American, and yes, anti-American agenda.
You can watch the cult in action at YouTube.
Fortunately, as WND reports, "The omission did not go unnoticed," and later during the broadcast, NBC "apologized."
Yes, a free people notices, and, under God, revolts. That's the American Way (for more information, please consult the Declaration of Independence).
Question is: Are there any free people still working at NBC?
Hat tip: American Thinker
In column titled, "Why Socialism Breeds Racism," Ben Shapiro writes:
This week’s Sports Illustrated featured an article on French soccer star Thierry Henri. Henry, who is black, signed with the New York Red Bulls this season after spending over a decade playing in Europe. What shocks Henry most about America? Whereas European fans routinely insult and slur black players, Americans don’t.
The problem with socialism, according to Shapiro, is that it "rests on seeing people as members of groups, not as individuals. Rich sons are responsible for the existent or non-existent sins of their fathers; poor sons are due benefits because of their fathers’ tough lives."
This makes "racism is a critical element of the socialist agenda," because a "focus on group identity provides the only supposed moral justification for redistribution of wealth."
Shapiro concludes: "It’s no surprise that when socialism fails, racism bubbles beneath."
Florida State's coach (well, he's now retired after 55 years) was on "Fox and Friends" this morning talking about his new book, Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith, and Football. Bowden is right that we are all here for a purpose, and the implication of his message -- that all of life is spiritual -- is also right.
This includes coaching. And I must say, those who think life lived in community with our Creator means cutting yourself off from his good gifts are sorely mistaken. A low view of the physicality of life has more to do with ancient Greek dualism that took a low view of matter than with holistic living based on verifiable and actionable information from the Creator.
Coaching -- as well as teaching, science, politics, nurturing a strong family life -- is just as much a calling before the Creator as is any other vocation in life, including preaching. Remember, Jesus of Nazareth was not wasting his time, nor was he being less spiritual, while he worked as a carpenter.
Assuming one has the necessary knowledge base, what makes a good coach at any level? Love the sport, love the person you are coaching, demand excellence -- and praise hard work and dedication even if the final product is not world-class.
It helps mightily if you live in community with God and man -- for sports is an expression of excellence, achievement, aesthetics, creativity, and physicality, all of them tremendously positive gifts from the hand of the Creator and expressive of his character.
That's why we might also say: There will be football (and soccer!) fields in Heaven. And the harps may well be electrified. The Creator, quite literally, is not a spoilsport.
If Paul the Octopus is correct -- and he reportedly boasts a 100% accuracy rating thus far for this year's soccer shootout -- the Brits may need a stiff upper lip by game's end. Here's a video report from the UK Telegraph.
Hat tip: Beltway Confidential
"The fate of Malian referee Koman Coulibaly, who disallowed Team U.S.A.'s apparent third goal in Friday night's match against Slovenia, now rests in the hands of top FIFA officials," reports the Wall Street Journal.
Here is U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard on the controversy, along with video from ESPN.
The Right Hates Soccer?
"Scribe Dave Zinn recently published a few thoughts on why right-wingers despise soccer," writes Matthew May at American Thinker.
As a free-thinking human being who follows the evidence and therefore embraces the Declaration, the U.S. Constitution, and Judeo-Christian worldview, I am tempted to jump into this debate.
But Holland and Japan have just started the second half of their game in South Africa, and why debate love of soccer as "the beautiful game" when one can enjoy its beauty on display in HD only a click away?
I play pick-up soccer most week-days with my Latino friends, with whom I recently enjoyed going to RFK to watch A.C. Milan play D.C. United, an event I was asked about by a security officer at the U.S. Captiol while I was visiting my old neighborhood a few weeks ago with friends from Georgia (we once lived on Capitol Hill). The officer initiated the topic of the AC/DC match because I was wearing one of my favorites jerseys -- A.C. Milan's red and black.
I'm also on an indoor soccer team -- which happens to have several players from Ghana. We had a great time reveling in Ghana's victory in the World Cup last Sunday.
Time to go. Holland is now leading Japan. It's 1-0. I enjoy Holland's pedigree, but always have a soft spot for the underdog, in this case, Japan.
Time for another espresso and eyes back on "the beautiful game."
Before I go: I support Brazil to win the World Cup (even though not exactly an underdog) and am absolutely thrilled with the U.S. play in yesterday's 2nd half against Slovenia. Favorite club team: Barcelona.
The next World Cup will be held in Brazil. And we have friends in Sao Paulo. Hmm.
Beginning with "pick a spot," here's shoot-out advice for England footballers just in time for the World Cup.
Extremist "Educator" Suzan Hebson Strikes Again: "The school official who nixed an Illinois girls high school basketball team trip to Arizona once supported a controversial program that required students to attend a 'freshman advisory' class where" so-called "gay upperclassmen shared stories of their high school experience with new students," reports Fox News.
Here is a Facebook page calling for the firing of Hebson, who is the District 113 assistant superintendent in Highland Park, IL.
The Facebook page supplies the contact information below and asks concerned citizens to "keep the comments civil . . . please!"
District 113 Superintendent
District 113 Asst. Superintendent
433 Vine Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035-2099
Lachlan Markay writes at Newsbusters:
An online conservative radio group has started a petition site called Respect the Great Game to get Major League Baseball to drop Keith Olbermann as a contributor to its website.
The administrators of the Respect the Great Game site ask: "Why does Major League Baseball allow an individual who relishes hate speech to be associated with it?" They include a video compilation of some of Olbermann's more colorful rants to illustrate their point.
Olbermann, a former sports broadcaster for ESPN, Fox, and NBC, is "a gifted speaker with a respectable grasp of the great game," according to the site, "but his nightly tirades on MSNBC are often aimed at the very people that fill the stands of baseball parks across our great land."
"The Augusta Chronicle reported on Tuesday that the All-American Basketball Alliance plans to kick off its inaugural season in June and hopes that Augusta will be one of 12 cities to host teams," reports the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
"But here's the kicker: According to a press release the newspaper and other Augusta media outlets received from the new league, 'only players that are natural-born United State citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league'."
One strains to believe that this is not a joke. But just in case it is not, here is my reply:
1. As the offspring of two parents of the "Caucasian race," I reject this league.
2. As a naturalized "Caucasian" citizen of the United States, having been born in Germany of a wonderful German woman named Annie, I reject this league.
3. As a person of color -- after all, "white" is a color -- I reject this league.
4. As a graduate of Butler High School (Augusta, Ga.) and Augusta State University, I reject this league.
5. Meanwhile, I shall continue to enjoy the sport of soccer with my brothers -- all of them "created equal" by God -- from Ghana, Morroco, Mauritania, Sudan, Trinidad, Jamaica, El Salvador, Mexico, Virginia, and parts elsewhere in the great U.S.A.
6. I'm human, and I'm proud.
"Robert Enke, the goalkeeper of the German national football team, was found dead yesterday after reportedly jumping from a railway bridge into the path of a train," reports the UK Times.
Mychal Massie writes at WorldNetDaily:
Ignorance is bliss, so the saying goes, and right about now there are a lot of blissfully ignorant folks prattling about, thumping their chests – characteristic of their simian ancestry save for the scratching of their underarms. I'm talking about those who are taking credit for undermining Rush Limbaugh's enjoining a group interested in purchasing the St. Louis Rams football team.
To hear them tell it, Rush is the devil right out of hell for daring to speak his opinion (in a free society), and often for stating the obvious. Those involved would be laughable in their complaint if they weren't unambiguously ignorant and totally given over to a set of double standards.
Would Rush be worse for the game than Ricky Williams or Lawrence Phillips? One is a self-described "poster child for marijuana," the other a thug who serially beat women. Would Rush be worse for the game than the dozens and dozens of players and coaches who have been arrested (many repeatedly) for drugs, steroids, assault, murder, drunk driving and firearms offenses?
More from "Chest-Thumping Simians and Greedy Cowards" . . .
"Mark Muller -- a husband, father, businessman, and football fanatic -- is giving up on the game he loves, he said, because the National Football League let him down," reports CNSNews.com.
"Muller, a fan of conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, said he will never attend another NFL game, because the league did not stand up for Limbaugh when Limbaugh's recent attempt to purchase part of the St. Louis Rams’ franchise came under fire from critics."
"My critics would have you believe no conservative meets NFL 'standards'," says Rush Limbaugh in the Wall Street Journal.
"As I explained on my radio show," Limbaugh continues, "this spectacle is bigger than I am on several levels. There is a contempt in the news business, including the sportswriter community, for conservatives that reflects the blind hatred espoused by Messrs. Sharpton and Jackson.
"'Racism' is too often their sledgehammer. And it is being used to try to keep citizens who don't share the left's agenda from participating in the full array of opportunities this nation otherwise affords each of us. It was on display many years ago in an effort to smear Clarence Thomas with racist stereotypes and keep him off the Supreme Court. More recently, it was employed against patriotic citizens who attended town-hall meetings and tea-party protests."These intimidation tactics are working and spreading," Limbaugh concludes, "and they are a cancer on our society."
"A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage licence to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have," reports the UK Telegraph.
"I don't do interracial marriages because I don't want to put children in a situation they didn't bring on themselves," the justice is quoted as saying. "In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer."
Perhaps this justice is well-meaning. Or maybe he just emerged out of a time-warp from the Bermuda Triangle.
Am I being too harsh?
After all: All children -- and most of us have been children -- are born into situations they did not bring on themselves. Some situations are good, some are not so good.
The challenge we all face is to make the best of what life throws up before us -- and to overcome and grow in community with our Creator and our fellow man.
Speaking of good situations, consider: Skin color and racial-ethnic diversity are part of the wonder of God's good creation. They've always been there in the potential of the ontology of man's humanity.
I can attest that the Creator's unity of humanity in diversity makes for good fellowship, good music, good soccer teams, and good friendships.
So let's hope, work, and pray for the best for this particular couple.
May the "mixed couple" community have many babies.
And may mixed couples such as this enjoy much humane, physical, loving, and spiritual pleasure in doing so, just as the Creator intends.
And while we're at it, may the beautiful children of this mixed-race couple grow up to become successful achievers and parents in their own right.
I don't know about you, but it wouldn't bother me if they grew up, got rich, enjoyed a really low tax rate, and bought an NFL football team.
Columnist and author David Limbaugh writes:
There will be no voluntary mea culpas from Rush's race slanderers despite the irrefutable fact that they spread poisonous and damaging lies with actual malice. To the left, Rush is the most prominent face of conservatism and the most influential opponent of President Barack Obama's destructive agenda and so must be stopped -- irrespective of the despicable means employed.
But it is a mistake to think only Rush is in view. David Limbaugh continues:
If any of you are sufficiently naive to believe this NFL incident is merely about Rush, you have a rude awakening in store.
The left is on the march -- the march to isolate, stigmatize, demonize, discredit and ultimately silence those who stand in their way.
If you haven't read up on the plans of Obama's Federal Communications Commission czar to shut down talk radio or if you aren't following the tyrannical workings of the administration in trying to cram down unpopular legislation without a shred of transparency, then you'll eventually witness the lengths to which these people will go -- as illustrated here.
At the risk of sounding trite, we are at a crossroads in this country, and the left is proving each day how ruthlessly unprincipled it will be in advancing its goal of fundamentally changing this nation.
And that change -- away from the living and liberating Founding Vision -- that is, away from the Constitution (as written), the Declaration (as written), and the Bill of Rights (as written) -- will not be for the better. If present trends continue, the devastation of our rights and freedoms we witness already are but the first fruits of alienation and inhumanity that await every single American man, woman, and children -- red and yellow, black and white -- as we drift, or are pushed, further out to sea.
Or you can put it like this: Our Founders knew what they were fighting for, and what they were fighting for was pretty important.
And for those who have "eyes to see" and "ears to hear," for those creatures of dignity and creativity created in the image of God and endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights," it still is.
Read the rest of "This Isn't About Rush," by David Limbaugh. Also, full disclosure: I edited David's book Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity.
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How to Have a Race War
Tyranny Watch: White House vs. Fox News
Send Media a Pink Slip
"Mainstream" Press and the Treason of the Journalists
Collaborationist Watch: The Slave Press
Question the Collaborationist Media
Anderson Cooper and the Crisis of Journalism
How to Argue Like a Fascist
As most people on Planet Earth now know, the Olympics will samba their way to Rio come 2016, despite the personal intervention of El Presidente Barack Obama himself, up close and personal in Copenhagen.
This means many things, among them this from the Washington Times:
The news of Chicago's early ouster was not good for Mr. Obama, political analysts said.
"I think this is instructive about how seriously the international community takes President Obama," said John Feehery, a former aide to Republican Dennis Hastert. "It seems they don't take him very seriously."
Mr. Feehery, a Chicago native, said the president's decision to "desperately swoop to dramatically save the Olympic bid backfired."
"Backfired"? That's already climbing the charts for understatement of the year.
What happened to Obama on the world stage today may well happen again here in the U.S. in 2010 and 2012. In fact, judging by the ferment on the ground, in communities, and on the airwaves, it looks as though a wave of freedom is gathering strength day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment, from faith to faith.
The Democrats, the Liberals, and the secularists -- and squishy Republicans -- have awakened a sleeping giant, as a strong American woman stood up and told a deer-in-the-headlights Sen. Arlen Specter not too long ago.
And that sleeping giant remembers something about the Declaration, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and about a Real Creator who has endowed each and every one of us with "certain unalienable rights."
We are remembering who we are.
Creatures of nobility and freedom -- with hard-wired aspirations of individuality and creativity and liberty one nation under God, such that no federal bureaucrat and no empire on any Potomac can ever hope to satisfy.
We are remembering how to grab ahold of God and revolt against tyranny and against enemies of freedom foreign and domestic.
Viva freedom! Viva dignity! Viva the Constitution! Viva the Declaration! Viva the Bill of Rights!
And, yes: Viva Samba! Rio's gain could be ours as well.
The International Olympic Committee read the Obama healthcare plan.
Meanwhile, Obama's loss is Rio's gain.
Days ago AP reported Jennifer Figge swam the ocean blue. "Not quite."
A "few seconds of thought and a pocket calculator" indicate the impossibility of this feat, notes an observer, even though there's a picture of her swimming right there in the ocean (one supposes it's her).
Now there's nothing wrong with marketing, with putting your best foot forward. But why not market truth, and why not market truth truthfully?
It seems we are in abundant supply of pretend authors, fudged data, phony stimuluses, cheating students, market-driven ministry, and activist-driven journalism. Plus assorted groupies and enablers and staff who know what's going on but courageously rock not the boat that pays their bills, establishes their identity, and affirms their vested interests.
Selling souls is big business and requires team players you can trust not to ask questions. As insiders well know, certain CEOs and trusted "spiritual giants" excel at spotting the right kind of person for this kind of sensitive job. My how the "giants" are enraged when regular people grab hold of God and rebel against the con.
Maybe this instead: Real work by real people. Let's tell the truth about that. It'll make the swim all that more enjoyable.