So… The “Learning” Channel… Not having the Honey Boo Boo freaks to kick around anymore, have found a new set of freaks for us to gawk at… Homosexual Mormon men who marry straight women!
Yay! This should be a ratings bonanza!!!!… Not.
I would have loved to have been in the room when someone pitched this idea: “Hey! I know! Lets find and humiliate couples who marry to try to cure or avoid the grooms admitted homosexuality! Won’t this be FUN!!!!!”.
Yeah. Sounds like a blast.
Everything you want to know about the show exists in the trailers circulating on the web.
Though i never watched it, Honey Boo Boo worked in part I guess because you were always wondering whether or not these people were really this way, or are they turning up the “trailer trash” to 11 just for the show. Statistics on the longevity of these kinds of marriages are abysmal; between 51 and 96 percent end in divorce. Seeing that these marriages are almost certainly very fragile to begin with, add the extra pressure of being foisted up into the circus spotlight, I expect we will probably see a divorce happen as the season unfolds.
Maybe that is the ultimate goal of the show. To see a divorce happen in real time.
It’s also a not too subtle attach on Mormons.
My Mates family is Mormon, which was very weird for me when we first began sharing our lives. At the same time Greg and I were solidifying our relationship, his jealous ex called his mom and told her everything about her son that she would never really have wanted to know.
So yeah…. The first few months into our relationship had some issues!
After the shock for everyone involved wore off, things became pretty good actually. The ex may have, in hind sight, done us a favor, as we no longer needed to conceal the true nature of our relationship. Though Greg’s parents were very active in ensuring the passage of both Propositions 22 and 8, they have treated me, and the relationship I have with their son, with great respect. By the end of the first year, I was invited to the yearly family reunions, get-togethers, and other family outings. We even slept in the same room on the first reunion I went to – which was kind of weird knowing how Mormons feel about homosexuality! When the time was right, they helped us look for a house, and his grandfather threw in a bit of money to help us out.
Thing is – They value the idea of family more than they hate homosexuality. So much of this hostility toward Mormons of course goes to their opposition to same sex marriage. His mom and I have had conversations about the marriage issue, and she still feels that the institution should be reserved exclusively for a union between a man and a woman.
Some people have told me that I should confront her and make her see that she is wrong.
To what purpose. She’s not going to change.
Guess what. Neither am I.
This show is, in its own way, confronting the Mormon religion. I would love to say their heart is in the right place… Showing something that, in the long run, is not a solution to the conflict between religious doctrine and the reality of ones personal life. But that is not the intent. It’s just another way to make Mormons look weird.
And here’s the thing…. What TLC, and so many others are missing, is that the Mormon Church, because of the easy way that church rules can be changed, they can be very flexible when they need to be. They will move much quicker toward acceptance than most of the other churches can.
As the title says, I don’t trust Conservative news outlets much. There is the obvious cases where the reporting is just plain wrong. Last week, Conservative website Newsbusters chided the “national media” for either not covering the story a of former Acting Director of Cyber Security Health and Human Services who got busted and now sentenced for accessing child porn.
Here is their headline: Omission Watch: Media Bored by Violent Child Porn Sentencing of Former HHS Cyber Security Chief
They single out The Washington Post as one of the “national media outlets” that was interested in the story. They compare a short WaPo article concerning the recent sentencing of Timothy DeFoggi with a “longer” article published by the Conservative media outlet The Washington Times, published when Mr. DeFoggi was originally convicted last year in September. The difference in the length is approximately 11 paragraphs for the Washington Times vs 9 for the WaPo.
Of course, the author of this piece that took down the evil “national media” apparently is Google challenged, as he didn’t seem to check if the WaPo had written anything in August when the guy was convicted, which of course, they did!
Fast forward a few months.
Lately, there is a story circulating right now about a 17 year old Connecticut teenage girl, who was diagnosed with cancer and is fighting the state about her cancer treatment. Due to severe side effects of the chemo-therapy the doctors are prescribing to treat the cancer, the teenager, with the support of her mom, is refusing treatment. The state has stepped in and is trying to force the girl to get treated.
Here is the story as presented on FOX News (you should read it to get the full flavor of the article). The article stresses the conflict over who has the rights to determine what treatment is used, and if the teenage, who IS nearly an adult, should have the adult right to refuse treatment. The story describes some of the bad side effects that often go hand-in-hand with chemo treatments.
On the one hand, these are legitimate questions in and of themselves. But this story, as presented on FOX News, is incomplete. They left some details out of the story.
You see, the young woman has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is a very important detail.
Because it’s one of the types of cancers that the medical community has become very successful at fighting and beating.
Here are some of those pesky details that the “lame-stream-media” went to the trouble to include. From NBC News:
Among oncologists, Hodgkin lymphoma is widely considered “one of the great success stories for cancer treatment because we can cure a high percentage of the cases,” said Dr. Mitchell Smith, director of the lymphoid malignancy program at the Cleveland Clinic. (He is not involved in Cassandra’s case).
Those outcomes depend mainly on the stage of the disease when it’s detected. The stage also helps doctors map out the most effective treatment course, which could consist of chemotherapy alone or chemo plus radiation. The standard course of chemo for Hodgkin lymphoma spans four to six months.
“I would say, overall, 80 percent is probably a reasonable estimate of how many patients are cured,” Smith said.
“It would be higher if you’re early stage. … The treatment’s very good. It’s all outpatient, usually well tolerated. Yes, patients lose their hair. Yes, there are risks to it. But in young, healthy patients, the vast majority of them get through it and go ahead and live essentially normal lives.”
Why do you think FOX News left out the detail that it’s very curable if detected and treated early???
Because it interferes with the “Bad Ol’ Big Guvment” theme that is a staple of Conservative media. I’m not saying it’s bad to be concerned with government bloat and the rights of citizens vs their government. But leaving out this information makes the governments case here much more reasonable as early treatment will save her life… And if your audience is also committed to being “pro-Life”….
Further, I thought this FOX quote was interesting:
“She knows the long-term effects of having chemo, what it does to your organs, what it does to your body. She may not be able to have children after this because it affects everything in your body. It not only kills cancer, it kills everything in your body,” Cassandra’s mother, Jackie Fortin, said in a video published on the Hartford Courant’s website.
What are the prospects of reproductive organ damage?
With regard to chemotherapy, the extent of damage to a patient’s fertility depends on the agent administered, the doses received, and the patient’s age at the time of treatment. Age is an important factor, and the possibility of gonadal recovery improves with the length of time off chemotherapy. The germinal epithelium of the adult testis is more susceptible to damage than that of the prepubertal testis. The evidence to date (largely from adjuvant studies) suggests that patients older than 35 to 40 years are most susceptible to the ovarian effects of chemotherapy. The ovaries of younger women can tolerate greater doses. Predicting the outcome for any individual patient is difficult, as the course of ovarian functioning following chemotherapy is variable. Relative risk of ovarian failure and testicular damage from cytotoxic agents has been studied, and the alkylating agents have subsequently been shown to be damaging to fertility. The following agents have been shown to be gonadotoxic
So yes, she could end up being infertile. It’s not a guarantee that she will or won’t be able to have kids after the treatment.
That said…. Um…. Unless there is spontaneous remission of her cancer, which almost NEVER happens, NOT getting treatment means certain death, which of course, also leads to infertility. And by fighting and delaying treatment, they decrease the odds that the cancer can be cured at all. If they are concerned about passing on Cassandra’s genes, they could have some of Cassandra’s eggs frozen and stored if they are this concerned.
Lastly, I found this FOX featured quote from the mother kind of funny:
“It’s a question of fundamental constitutional rights– the right to have a say over what happens to your body– and the right to say to the government ‘you can’t control what happens to my body,’”
Now where have I heard that line before????
Here we go again. Another Republican, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), is in trouble for being associated with white supremacists. I was going to name this post “Republicans And Racism – Why Can’t They Get Out Of Their Own Way.” , but there is more to this than that.
I want to first make note that the controversy is very reminiscent of the Ron Paul brough-ha-ha that surfaced in 2008. I kind of liked Ron Paul for a little while. He was kind of a thorn in the side of Republicans at large. I especially like his (and his sons) stance on getting untangled from so many of our needless foreign policy commitments.
I had thought about casting my vote for him.
But his, and his sons associations with Lew Rockwell is definitely a deal-breaker. Ron Paul insisted that those letters were not written by him, and he didn’t know about the racial undertones in them….
This leaflet is a monthly letter! It’s got your name on it! It ran for years!!!!! There is NO WAY you don’t encounter it at some point. And if it’s not something you endorse, you, as a politician, would make DAMNED SURE this vile thing with your name on it gets shut down!
That brings us to this latest incident.
Part of me wants to believe this is an innocent mistake. So far, this seems to be the only incident of this manner. That said…. You have two problems:
(1) The guy that invited you to speak at this gathering is Kenny Knight, who, even at the time was a part of David Dukes political entourage and an open white supremest. Here is what Kenny Knight himself says happened:
“This all came about because I organized the EURO meeting for David Duke as a courtesy after he had moved to Russia. I’ve known David for 40 years so I did him a favor. As part of that, I decided to ask Steve, our local representative, to come by and say a few words before the conference started,” Knight said. “He agreed, believing it was going to be neighbors, friends, and family. He saw me not as David Duke’s guy, but as the president of our civic association.”
Knight continued, “Now, at the time, I was a prominent person in state politics. I was on the radio, I was doing campaigns. Steve knew who I was, but I don’t think he held it against me. He knew I lived by his street and that I was active in our community. And I didn’t see a problem with having him speak.”
So Knight himself establishes that Scalise knew he was a Duke acolyte. Knight himself doesn’t see a problem with Scalise speaking there… But why would he! He is hosting the event!
(2) The name of the organization is “The European-American Unity and Rights Organization”. Given Knights known association and support of David Duke, one would think that a politician of any awareness would hear warning bells given all this information.
This all gets back to my original comment about Ron Paul. Though, unlike Paul, things were not done in Scalise’s name, the fact that Knight was well established to be David Dukes right-hand guy would be cause enough for Scalise to turn down the invitation.
So why wasn’t it????
The answer can be found in two words: Local Politics.
It’s the same reason why then State Senator Barrack Obama had no problem associating with Bill Ayers and other former Weather Underground members. It’s not a problem when it’s local and the local communities are either indifferent to the problem, or, which may be the case here, support the cause. From the article above, it’s noted who spoke before and after Steve Scalise:
“Scalise spoke about taxes and government slush funds for a mere 15 minutes, Knight said. Scalise appeared in between a representative of the American Red Cross, who spoke about CPR, and a representative of the local sheriff’s department, who spoke about setting up a local Crime Watch group.”
Did the Red Cross and the Sheriffs Department also know who was throwing the party?
Hard to say.
Thing is, if both those entities were aware of the broader association of Kenny Knight and EURO, they probably didn’t give it much thought. When something bad is part of the natural political / social landscape, it becomes very easy to become desensitized to the wrongness of it. Is that very thing a part of the problems we are having right now concerning police brutality and race? One side simply can not see the problem because it’s part of the accepted political landscape.
I doubt then Senator Barrack Obama actually supported the actions of the Weather Underground, but it was a dumb political move in retrospect to have any association with Bill Ayers. At this point, without more evidence that Steve Scalise has done other things that point to overt racist views, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt here.
Yeah…. I haven’t been blogging much at all.
No, I haven’t given it up. I’ve been substitute teaching for the last month full-time, plus still trying to maintain my pool business, PLUS rehearsing for Synchronicity 3, the long awaited, on-again-off-agian X 4 Police tribute band I started some eight or ten years ago!
I was going to write about one of the many things happening in the world right now…. Ebola…. Elections… Something else that begins with an “E”…
I’ll just post the Synch set list and make that my timid attempt to re-emerge back into the world of blogging.
Here the list so far. It’s not complete, so I haven’t put the list in order of performance. All i can say is that this band is going to ROCK!!!!!!!!!!
- Message in A Bottle
- King of Pain
- Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
- Driven To Tears (somehow, this song went from being my most difficult song to one of my best… PRACTICE WORKS!!!!)
- When the World is Running Down
- Can’t Stand Losing You
- Every Breath You Take
- Truth Hits Everybody
- Bring On The Night
- Wrapped Around Your Finger
- Tea In The Sahara
- Walking On The Moon
And yes, we’re even going to do the one song that I’ve been avoiding because it’s soooo damned hard to sing….
We have Mrs Gredenko and Synch 2 on the list as well, but we haven’t rehearsed them just yet.
That’s all for now. It’s lunch time.
So ISIS waterboarded James Foley. A lot of people who supported the use of “enhanced interrogations” are now “outraged” that ISIS did this to an American.
Gee… Didn’t see this coming!
Oh, wait…. Yes I did.
PS. Guess which “news” channel is not covering the story.
Recently, I have had to deal with the specter of suicide in my life. Obviously, the death of Robin Williams is the hot topic right now. I have had a couple of friends / acquaintances who also took their own lives.
The idea of suicide is not foreign to me.
When I was in high school, there was one guy, a fellow boy scout in my troop, who tried to commit suicide over the break-up of a girlfriend. He took a gun and shot himself in the stomach. He lived and did fine after that. But the recovery from that is said to be very very painful. One of the jocks in high school…. Actually, I’m not keen on describing him quite like that, He was more than a jock…. He was an all around good guy. He was athletic, smart, incredibly good looking… his entire collection of good attributes was unfair really…. I have no idea what happened after high school, but he was the perfect example of a guy who seemed to have everything, kind of a Richard Corey thing, though not that successful later on. In his own head though, I guess he had nothing to live for.
On a personal level, I suffered from severe depression from the time I was a kid to my late 20’s. I was in lots of pain. Some of it was real caused by outside problems – being crosseyed, short and hiding the fact that I’m gay from everyone, and hating myself for even being gay and not normal in the first place… Some internal – poor self image and no self worth… Some imagined – everybody hates me, I will never find love, etc. I had a suicide note written in 8th grade, and I may still have it in a box out in the garage somewhere. I would think about what would be the best way to do it. Shooting myself in the stomach was definitely out of the picture as I saw that that probably wasn’t going to be effective, and that wouldn’t be doable as we didn’t own guns. Slitting wrists???? Nah. Too messy. No one was taking prescription drugs in our household, so that was not an option. Mom did take some pill to control her epilepsy, but those just didn’t seem like they would do much of anything in large doses, except maybe give you a nice headache. But, i did have more opportunities as I grew into my 20’s. I can remember so many times driving on the freeways in San Diego, say, on the elevated portion of the 805, and thinking that if I swerved right now as I drive on this bridge, I could end my pain.
The thing that prevented me from doing so was that little voice in my head, actually, it was almost like an observer laughing at my misery, that persistently told me not to do it cause that would be stupid, I’d probably screw it up and become a vegetable or something. Also, it insisted that I wait around and see if things could get better. It told me “screw the world, you will not be defeated”. It assured me that they had to get better.
I’m not saying that I have severe depression. I never told anyone what I was feeling and going through, so I never got diagnosed with anything. And I don’t get depressed much anymore. Life did indeed get better, just like the voice said it would, though it took long enough!!!!
I always wonder what would have happened if that little voice was no longer there. If your life’s drive becomes focused on that singular act, where that becomes the focus and you crave to fulfill that act like you obsessed about all things sex as a teenager, and that thing in your head that has kept you from doing it before is switched off….. I’m not sure if suicide is a choice at that point.
Warning – Long political post that’s going to anger a few people.
OK. I’m going to piss off some of my friends right now, but I have to speak my mind.
In the last couple of days, the attention of the worlds had turned back on the good folk of ISIS, ISIL, the Caliphate, or whatever they are to be called. Several videos have surfaced of the radical militants hanging and beheading innocent children, and some people are outraged by it.
What kind of inhuman soulless monsters would kill innocent children????
We do it! Israel does it! Anyone that goes to war does it!!!!!
IT’S WHAT HAPPENS IN WAR!!!!!
Even with our wondrous abilities to use drones to launch targeted attacks against our enemies, target specific people we deem as terrorist, innocent children are routinely killed.
IT’S WHAT HAPPENS IN WAR!!!!
Just because we in our Western civilized culture have a nice tidy word for it – collateral damage – and we don’t intend to end up killing innocent children…. But make no mistake, killing innocent children my friends, is the DIRECT result of war!
To our minds and Western sensibilities, we frown upon it…. Of course, that depends on which side is killing children. If we do it, or allies such as Israel do it… Well, it’s sad, but it’s excused because they died fighting the bad guy.
Guess what… To the other side… To the parents or relatives of those beloved innocent corpses…. The don’t give a damned about our noble cause and excuses. Their children are still DEAD. And if their kids are dead because we bombed something trying to get a legitimate target….
Yet, there is not one tear or thought given to those dead innocents by the people who are so outraged by the activities of ISIS.
Thing is, if you go to war, especially in areas where there are civilians around, innocent children ARE GOING TO DIE!!!!
Doesn’t matter if they are physically hanged or if they are blowed up, they are DEAD!!!!
“But Mike”, I can hear some of you say…. “We hardly killed any innocent children in the Revolutionary War and Civil War. This show you who we are and our morals”….
The desire to spare innocent lives only works in warfare when BOTH SIDES specifically agree to those terms and stick to them no matter what. And I’m guessing if I do just a bit of research, I’ll find cases in both those wars where innocents were killed just the same.
But we’re not fighting in a society that has any desire to fight a “fair” war on Western terms. In fact, the war they are fighting in much more historically honest. Wars are brutal things. And it wasn’t too long ago when even Western societies would rape and pillage and kill innocents when they conquered lands.
Are the people who call themselves ISIS revealed to be monsters by doing this???
But at least they are being honest about how they are conducting war.
We tightly control the media so that we, the people, never really get to see that war is actually EXTREMELY BRUTAL!!!! We do our damnedest to candy coat what war is, and as a result, we are somehow “shocked” when an enemy soldier disguised as a friendly one, sneaks up behind a major general and shoots him in the back. We make deals with local powers to not kill civilians, and then when the inevitable happens, we are the bad guys.
Wake Up PEOPLE!!!! Sometimes, we ARE the bad guys.
AND THAT IS HOW YOU WIN WARS!
And it’s also how you lose them.
If that doesn’t make sense, here the gist of it all. Lets look at the wars that have been won. World War 2 was won. Why because, even if we don’t like to admit it, we slaughtered whatever was in our path to get to the enemy. We didn’t go so far down that path as we could have, but that is because the Germans, as far as their campaigns fighting against other Western powers were concerned, were playing by similar rules according to Western cultural dictates. They would be brutal, yes, but only to a degree. When fighting the Russians however…. Read up on the absolute slaughter that the Russians were subjected to during the German invasion the called Barbarossa, and you’ll see warfare that is barbaric and much more brutal. And the Russians? They responded in kind, which is part of the reason they would eventually be able to push the Germans back. Weather was a big factor, but it can’t be discounted that the Russians had no problems fighting just as brutally as the Germans did.
They matched their foes and eventually beat them.
Rome vs Carthage. The Punic Wars. The Romans utterly, brutally destroyed the Carthage empire, and that included killing women and children. It was, after three periods of war, probably as close to a genocide as the primitive technologies would allow at the time.
My point is, war is brutal, and if you’re going to fight to win, you’d better damned well be prepared to fight right down to the level of your enemy. And more than that, if you’re going to go to war, you’d better damned well be prepared to completely obliterate anything and everyone that stands in the way, which in the Middle East, appears to be half the population.
Because we were not prepared to be as brutal as the enemy, and send in 10 million troops to conquer ALL of the places where the enemy resided, when we went to war in Afghanistan 12 years ago, we lost before a single foot hit the ground. Same with Iraq. We didn’t fight to win, but that’s because the leaders at the time lived in a Christian dream world, thought that our “kind” war would win hearts and minds, and didn’t have a freaking clue about what they were doing, and were completely ignorant about the peoples they were fighting. We fought a very limited war against an enemy that was much more spread out than just the two countries we occupied, and were not ever going to go in and conquer all the safe havens where the enemy was hiding, such as Pakistan or Iran.
You want to defeat the Islamist terrorist threat with military force? You completely conquer them all.
But that means getting our hands dirty…. Really dirty! The kind of dirty that requires a draft. The kind of dirty where a tremendous amount of our soldiers are going to get slaughtered on the battlefield. The kind of dirty where we attack other countries that are supposed allies but clearly are duplicitous and have the enemy hiding within their borders. The kind of dirty where the gloves are completely off, and nukes are used.The kind of dirty that looks a lot like genocide.
The other side is quite prepared to do whatever it takes to win, which includes killing innocent children.
Anyway, wake up and smell the coffee. We and our allies have done quite a bit of killing of innocent children. So spare me the “outrage” over the other side doing it.
It’s what happens in war.
If we are going back into the Middle East, lets do it right this time and clean up, be as heartless as the enemy, take off the gloves, and destroy them utterly and completely.
If we are truly outrage over the slaughter of innocent children, then don’t go to war.
PS. And don’t blame Obama for the current state of affairs. He did indeed inherit a no-win situation. It wouldn’t have mattered who was elected in 2008. Had John McCain won, we’d still be in the same large boat, only the arrangement of the deck chairs might be different.
Not only did we kill plenty of innocent children in the last 12 years of war, or support other countries who killed plenty of innocent children in other war in the region, our actions in Afghanistan and Iraq completely destabilize the region. It took a while for the fruits of our labors to reveal themselves, but the stability, for what it’s worth, wasn’t built in a day. It’s not unlike the scene in “The Guns Of Navarone” where Sargent Miller plants explosives in the dam, but it doesn’t blow the dam to smithereens as his compatriots expect. The dam still stands and appears to be intact. But the explosions weaken the dam and the water pressure soon causes cracks in the structure, and in short time the dam utterly fails.
Histories mistakes are hands with very long fingers, hearts with very long memories. We are still very much living with the consequences of World War One, and the actions of the Western world in their botched partitioning of lands we knew nothing about, and people we care little about.
Recently, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy found himself in hot water for saying this about gay NFL player Michael Sam:
“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it… It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”
Well, a guy by the name of Matt Walsh wrote this about the reaction some have had to that remark.
“I have never in my life encountered a religion as oppressive, cold, and stiff as Progressivism. I’ve never known a faith more eager to burn heretics at the stake. Even a fundamentalist Iranian Muslim would flinch if he came face to face with a western liberal’s rigid dogmatism. I imagine that even a Saudi Arabian Islamic cleric would take one look at how American left wingers react when anyone deviates ever so slightly from their established orthodoxy, and say to himself, “man, these people REALLY need to chill.” “
Because Islamists don’t kill people for not converting their religious beliefs to Islam, or execute all sorts of minorities, including gays, Jews, and Christians.
It’s one thing to be a bit over the top to prove a point, and it’s another to just be stupid.
And then, Matt Walsh says this of Dungy’s distraction comments:
“An exceedingly reasonable opinion, and one shared by most NFL officials, which is why Sam wasn’t taken until the 7th round. Notice, Dungy never said that he hates Sam because of his sexuality, nor did he say that Sam shouldn’t be in the NFL. In fact, he said the opposite. Dungy’s position is very clear. Sam is a mediocre talent and a marginal prospect. He’s too slow to be a linebacker and too small to be a defensive end. He doesn’t have the athleticism to be a starter, and he may very well lack the talent to make the squad. At best, Michael Sam will see the field for kickoffs and punts, and that will be it.”
In the latter bit of the paragraph, Walsh claims to know that Sam is a mediocre talent. But at the beginning of the paragraph, he states that Sam wasn’t taken until the seventh round because of the distraction factor, which indicates he would have been taken sooner if not for the gay issue.
So, which is is…. Is good enough, or not? I’m reading that non-gay or closeted / non-distracting Sam IS actually good enough to be in the NFL, while the real / gay Sam isn’t. Plus, those that are judging that Sam isn’t good enough for the NFL are basing that judgement exclusively on his lackluster performance during the combine.
Well, there is a list of players who didn’t do so great in their combines, some were also horrible, but turned out to be pretty good players – Anquan Bolden, Terrel Suggs, Drew Brees, Tom Brady….
In defense of Dungy, he has shown that he typically avoided hiring players who had distractions when he was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. On the other hand, Dungy WAS one of the biggest supporters the convict Michael Vick in his wish to return to the NFL after he got out of prison for running a dog fighting ring.
“Dungy championed Vick’s re-entry into the NFL from prison. According to published reports at the time, Dungy even supported Vick’s decision to do a reality TV show on BET: “The Michael Vick Project.”
Dungy took a public, courageous and important stand backing Vick, a convicted felon. It was a calculated decision.
“I’ve visited a lot of prisons,” Dungy told “60 Minutes” correspondent James Brown in 2009 during a segment on Vick. “That’s something I do. And I know there are a lot of young men, especially African-American young men, who need a chance, who made a mistake, who did something wrong, who had a problem, but are looking to bounce back. That’s what I’ve always been concerned about, not just for Michael Vick, but for hundreds of guys that I’ve talked to.”
What Dungy understands is that within American culture there is a deep-seated, opportunity-depriving hostility toward ex-cons. Our society deems them as unworthy of equality. Many people do not “want to deal with all” that goes into providing opportunities for men and women who have made mistakes because there is a pervasive fear that things won’t go “totally smooth… things will happen.”
So, being gay is more of a distraction and more horrible than raking in cash by having dogs fight and kill each other????
(Note – I supported giving Vick that second chance)
After listing some remarkably stupid things Progressive and squawking head Liberals have said on TV and social media, Walsh goes on to say this:
“In the end, ironically, Tony Dungy’s stance was immediately vindicated by the very people disagreeing with it. He was worried that Sam would create a media frenzy, and it turns out that even saying Sam would create a media frenzy actually creates a media frenzy.
So Dungy was right, which is why he’s now hated.”
No… The media frenzy happened only after Dungy put his foot in his mouth.
PS. Before the whole gay thing entered the picture, this is what the eval was on Sam:
“Sam led the SEC with 11.5 sacks, and 19 tackles for a loss. Most NFL draft projections see him as a likely mid-round pick, with some saying Sam could go as high as the third round, with a possible position switch to outside linebacker. He is rated as the 12th-best outside pass rusher in the draft by ESPN Scouts Inc.”
After he announced he was gay???
There were some concerns about his abilities, so his drop in the rankings wasn’t all due to his being gay. But had the gay issue not been revealed, and he stayed in the closet, his draft rankings may not have ended up as low as they were on draft day.
From a Sports Illustrated article soon after Sam came out publicly:
All the NFL personnel members interviewed believed that Sam’s announcement will cause him to drop in the draft. He was projected between the third and seventh rounds prior to the announcement. The question is: How far will he fall?
“I just know with this going on this is going to drop him down,” said a veteran NFL scout. “There’s no question about it. It’s human nature. Do you want to be the team to quote-unquote ‘break that barrier?'”
On the other hand:
“Others see Sam, who is 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, as an undersized defensive end without a true position in the NFL. Of his 11.5 sacks, nine came in three games against what one scout called “garbage competition” — Vanderbilt, Arkansas State and Florida. “His numbers are inflated,” a scout said. “You’ve got to see through that.”
So, his announcement to the world that he’s gay isn’t THE total reason that he was drafted only at the tail end of the seventh and last round. But it’s clear that, without that piece of information, he may have been in the fifth or sixth, and none of this would be an issue for Dungy, or Walsh, or anybody else to get in a lather about.
They just don’t like “Tha Gey”.