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Back in November of last year, I canceled Dish Network. I decided I wanted to try cord cutting. A cord cutter is a person who doesn’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription and instead gets their TV directly off the Internet or with an over-the-air TV antenna. I wanted to be that type of person. At least that’s what I thought.
As it turned out, the cord cutting lifestyle wasn’t for me. Last week, I called Dish Network and signed up with a new two-year contract.Continue Reading
The Washington Redskins season officially ended Sunday with a loss to the New York Giants. They celebrated the start of the off-season by firing defensive coordinator Joe Barry. This is the third defensive coordinator to be fired by the Redskins in four years.Continue Reading
Last night’s Thursday Night Football game featured the Los Angeles Rams (4-9) versus the Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1). The Seahawks, of course, won, 24-3. The Rams are so bad they shouldn’t even be in the NFL.
When the Rams returned to Los Angeles, people described it as the second largest city in the United States having an NFL team again. I don’t think that’s even technically accurate. The Rams are a lot of things, an NFL caliber team they are not.
Los Angeles is a terrible sports town. It’s even worse when it comes to the NFL. The area once had two teams, the Rams, and the Raiders. Both teams left LA for greener pastures. That’s if think of either St. Louis or Oakland as greener pastures.
The fact that the NFL chose a Rams-Seahawks game as something worthy of prime-time national viewership shows just how out of touch they are with reality. To sweeten the pot, to make last night’s game even more unwatchable, they had both teams wear special alternate uniforms. This is the same NFL that won’t allow the Rams to return to their original Los Angeles colors and logos until 2019. Instead, they have to wear the colors and logos they used in St. Louis.
I can’t imagine how terrible it must have been to watch last night’s suckfest. The Seahawks uniforms are the worst uniforms I’ve ever seen. And I’m a fan of ugly uniforms. These Seahawks uniforms are beyond ugly. They look like they could induce seizures or even eyeball cancer.
The city of Boca Raton is allowing religious groups to erect displays promoting their chosen religion at Sanborn Square, an area owned by the city. Included in the displays is a Satanic symbol. It honors Satan, former angel and enemy number one in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. It turns out, some people in Boca Raton have a problem with the Satanic symbol displayed near a Christmas nativity scene.
The pentagram display was put up by Preston Smith. He obtained a permit to erect the display. The pentagram display is located near a nativity scene, depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. Along with the pentagram is a banner provided by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The banner reads:
At this season of the Winter Solstice, we celebrate the Birth of the Unconquered Sun — the TRUE reason for the season. As Americans, let us also honor the birth of our Bill of Rights, which reminds us there can be no freedom OF religion, without freedom FROM religion in government.
The first night the pentagram and accompanying banner were erected in Sanborn Square, someone armed with spray paint vandalized them. How surprising that someone or someones in Florida spray painted over a banner that promoted the Bill of Rights, one of our most treasured documents. I wonder, what offended them more: the Satanic symbol or the Bill of Rights?
They’re using a religious symbol and an inflammatory one at that, a Satanic symbol, to make their point. And we felt it was hypocritical and shameful.
Hypocritical and shameful? How so?
When asked about the vandalism, Pastor Sherman had this to say:
This was deliberately provocative and I’m not surprised it provoked a reaction even though I completely reject that reaction.
Sure. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if the good Pastor Sherman had spray paint stains on his index fingers.
Preston Smith believes the act of vandalism is a hate crime. He issued the following statement:
I have filed a police report with BRPD for this hate crime, which only proves that religion and government don’t mix. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is offering a monetary reward for info leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s). FFRF is also sending replacement banners via overnight delivery. Freethinkers have been targeted for thousands of years by religious folks, although counter-viewpoints are becoming more visible as this nation’s demographics shift away from organized religion. We will not be silenced by the those who fear freedom of speech in America. We will not be persecuted by religious zealots intolerant of diverse viewpoints. We are not going away, but are instead ready to make this an annual tradition. The Constitution protects the minority from the tyranny of the majority. The mayor and city council should immediately take notice — public parks must be free from all ancient myths and superstitions in order to preserve the well-being of the community at large.
I agree with Preston Smith. It was a hate crime.
Our Founding Fathers might have been slave-owning assholes, but they were correct when it came to the First Amendment. I love a good nativity scene, but it has no place on taxpayer-funded property. If you’re going to allow religious displays on public land, you’re going to have to allow all religious displays.
The Oakland Raiders traveled down to Mexico City to play a home game against the Houston Texans Monday night. The Raiders beat the Texans 27-20, but the real loser that night was the NFL.
To schedule a game in the cesspool of a stadium known as Estadio Azteca is to embrace the homophobic chants from Mexican fans. In soccer, Mexico fans chant “puto” at opposing goalkeepers. The word is a derogatory slur for a gay man, specifically, one that has sex with other gay men for money.
FIFA, the corrupt organization that governs international soccer, has fined the Mexican football federation five times in the past 11 months for the chants. Their fans still do it. They do it at soccer games, and they do it at American football games. They did it Monday night, and they will surely do it the next time the NFL plays a game in Mexico City.
The NFL just doesn’t care. What are a few homophobic chants compared to the billions of dollars the league wants to make internationally? The NFL isn’t content with the billions it makes here in the United States. It wants to increase its already bloated revenue streams by marketing the game internationally.
The NFL plays games in London so that the games will air in China during primetime. Why settle for only selling overpriced replica jerseys in America when you can also sell them to football fans in China? Personally, I think this is why NFL jerseys are now made in Honduras and not China. It’s a lot harder to make quality fakes in China if the actual product is not also made there. If you’ve seen any of the fake NFL jerseys coming out of China lately, you know what I mean.
They’re really bad.
We know the NFL cares about fighting breast cancer because they sell pink colored merchandise with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. We know the NFL cares about honoring US service members because they make military-inspired merchandise with a portion of the proceeds going to various military non-profits. We know the NFL doesn’t care about gay people because they play games in Mexico City.