Sunday, October 1, 2017

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Kneel...or Not?

    The recent proliferation of athletes kneeling during the National Anthem seems a little odd. 
     Why so many, all of a sudden? Is this a spontaneous thing -- or organized by somebody who'd prefer to stand back in the shadows?
      It's not a new idea, certainly. 

Colin Kaepernick started the ball rolling in recent times in 2016, protesting police brutality toward black people. (Nothing about President Trump, you note -- this was in President Obama's time.) But player protests were happening decades before that, not only in organized sports, but during the Olympics. Who could forget the Black Power salute during the national anthem in 1968?  


courtesy of Wikipedia

Tommie Smith, one of the participants, first said,
"If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black. Black America will understand what we did tonight."
     (Still later, he announced it was to protest the lack of assistant black coaches...and even later, he announced it was actually a "human rights salute.")

Marc Theissen of the Washington Post had an interesting editorial in Sunday's Denver Post -- which was published elsewhere, too. His take on the subject: conduct guidelines are already in place for issues like this. It's just that the NFL isn't enforcing them.

According to the NFL game manual: "all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem...stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking" or face "...fines, suspensions and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s)."   (It should be noted here that these are guidelines -- not rules. The NBA has similar instructions. It's definitely complicated.)



Am I the only one whose unruly mind keeps interjecting 'It's just guidelines, really...'

As Theissen points out, players regularly get disciplined and fined for dancing or acting weird in the endzone...and would be severely disciplined if they suddenly started spewing racial epithets from the sideline. Showing disrespect to America and its flag, however? Naaaahhh.
     "Yes, athletes do have a constitutional right to engage in speech that is offensive to millions of Americans. But the First Amendment does not protect them from the consequences of their offensive speech. There is no constitutional right to play professional football."

Some people, particularly the media, think it's great. (Photo opportunities and all that.) What if other fans don't agree? For me, it's not an issue of who's president -- or players who weren't pro-Obama would have been making similar gestures.
     It's showing disrespect for our flag and our country. OUR country, not just President Trump's.

I've already sent an e-mail to John Elway c/o the Broncos. If you're in agreement, why not send your own e-mail or letter? 
     What makes this issue even more interesting -- especially to team owners and stadiums, I would think -- ticket sales are seriously down.  Apparently I'm not the only fan who is beginning to rethink my commitment to organized sports. How will advertisers feel about this? How will teams pay those bazillion-dollar salaries, if the money isn't there? Will athletes be willing to give up part of their salary, just to make a point... that's more show than anything? 

     Are they thinking President Trump will announce, "A bunch of professional athletes don't think I should be in office anymore. Guess I'd better resign right now, to keep them happy."
     Sure, guys. 
     It goes both ways. They can play -- but you don't have to watch or buy related products. That's your way to protest, if you don't agree with their actions. This statement is coming from a dedicated football fan, whose husband feels the same way. It would be a sacrifice for us -- but hey, we'd be making a statement by our actions. 

Meanwhile:

Five facts about Stephen Paddock, the (assumed) gunman of this weekend's shooting in Las Vegas. It's amazing how fast they get this stuff up. More here, too.

A Colorado dog, thought dead, is rescued five weeks after she disappears. Where? On a fourteener. Chloe lost nearly half her body weight, but is recovering nicely.

Three people die -- and more are injured -- after hitting a bear on I-70 up in Colorado's mountains. It happened near Rifle. (Yes, the bear died, too.)

Working until you die -- a pessimistic (but interesting!) article on people who move into campers and travel around the country for work. Just like we plan to do soon...but not for the same reasons.

In the wake of the Macklowe divorce case (they're arguing about their art collection), four more divorce cases that centered around unusual items. The first item? Michael and Kathleen Moore -- and her quilt collection. Including appraisals of said quilts! (No, I wasn't one of the appraisers.)

100+ freezer meals, recipes designed for big families. Or divide them into smaller portions, for more meals easily on hand. (After all, it's usually just the Brick and me for supper. Thanks, Large Family Table)

"I'm moving to Alaska. Should I buy a house?" Notice the amount of student loan debt she says she's carrying, as well... yow.  (From Millenial Revolution)

Ten people -- in the 'wrong' place at just the right time.  They used those circumstances to their advantage, too.  (From Listverse)

A blue and white plate kept in a kitchen cupboard goes on auction -- for an estimated $200,000+.

"How old is this quilt?"  Now you know what appraisers go through... (From Brackman's Material Culture)

Edgar Degas packed his sculptures with some mighty odd things -- including old wine corks and floorboards!

Temps are supposed to be above normal for Western states, and lower for Eastern states, thanks to El Nina...and NOAA... for October - December. We'll see.

If you ever wondered about Irish turf...here's your answer (plus a bunch of photos). We experienced a turf fire once at our cousins' in Galway...and I have wished for one here in Colorado ever since. (You can order them from Massachusetts, if you've got the money.)

Cashew almond bars. Whoo boy.  (From One Hundred Dollars A Month)



Ten things the world is running out of...including sand!  (From Listverse)

Ten clever hacks to get through a power shortage.  (From The Weather Channel) Plus:

Getting rid of mold -- or preventing it in the first place.

An interesting real estate rule:  'buy utility, rent luxury.'  (From Financial Samurai)

So where will the recently-deceased Hugh Hefner be buried? Next to Marilyn Monroe...with other celebrities nearby.

Ten candy bar-inspired desserts.  (From Betty Crocker)

Is the stock market getting ready to crash? A surprising (and reassuring) memo, looking at several different issues. (From Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital)

Dish soap and baking soda in the right mix = a much cleaner patio,  with just a little scrubbing. I wonder if this would work on the fireplace, too?  (From Hometalk) Also from them:

An interesting (and budget-friendly) steampunk bathroom makeover.

Four nights in Vegas for... $41.62?!?   (From Tight-Fisted Miser)

Take off for adventure -- dirt cheap.  (From Dumpster Dog)


Have a good week.



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