I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.
You have probably heard a number of stories over the past 10 months or so that Pope Francis does not like Donald Trump or America. There have been a number of stories regarding Pope Francis saying that we are the cause of many problems in the world, like global warming or climate change, Muslim terrorism, immigration, and so on.
There was a story this week that was reported in the media as Pope Francis saying President Trump is not sufficiently pro-life because of his repeal of Obama’s executive order known as DACA. I guess the inference was that if many of these people stay in their home countries, they would be having abortions because they were concerned they might not be able to raise a child and feed him or her for example. But one of the bishops, who was on the plane during the interview released the transcript of the entire interview. The story told by the entire interview is much different from what the media reported. Imagine that!
One of the things I said repeatedly during the tenure of Barack Obama was that he was enacting laws by using executive orders. He did not have the constitutional right to do so but remember he infamously said, if Congress doesn't act, I have a pen and a phone, and I will. I warned you liberals that this was the rule of man and not to the rule of law upon which our nation was founded. I pointed out that if a conservative were in power and doing the exact same thing you would be screaming bloody murder and here we are; but are we in the same place?
Things in the news have been pretty heavy and depressing lately. On last week’s radio show, I had to prerecord a shortened version due to circumstances beyond my control. I got a little feedback that the show was pretty intense and while the issues I was discussing were important and insightful, as they always are, people missed some of the pithiness and humor that I normally inject. With that in mind, let’s have a little bit more fun this week, shall we?
None of us likes all of the rules placed upon us at work. Some are necessary evils while others, well let’s just say someone is either over reacting to something or trying to justify their existence. Let’s laugh at some that are probably more of the latter than the former.
Okay this is getting completely ridiculous now. ESPN announced that they were removing a play-by-play announcer from the Virginia football game that takes place in a couple of weeks. The only reason they are removing him is because of his name, Robert Lee. This Robert Lee is Asian. But because his name is so similar to the former Confederate General, Robert E Lee, they were worried that his name might cause problems. Initially this was reported in the press release from ESPN which made it sound like, that this was management's decision. As the decision has been ridiculed in the twitter world and other areas, ESPN has said that Robert Lee, the television announcer, approached them about the situation and they reached a mutual decision to reassign him.
To say that the current atmosphere in America is vitriolic and divisive would be an understatement. The hate that is being spewed in the public realm, especially from the left, is unbelievable. But this is the inevitable consequence of what the powerbrokers have been practicing for at least 40 years. Identity politics has taken us to this point and will continue to take us down the road that we are on unless we stop it in its tracks.
When I was growing up one of the stereotypes or surefire signs that you were becoming an old man was that you were standing on the front porch of your house yelling at the kids to get off your lawn or yelling at people, who were driving too fast, to slow down. Today one of the signs that you’re getting old might be that you think the youth of today are soft, coddled too much, or feel too entitled. I think the big difference between then and now is that today we are more right than at any other time in history.
We’ve seen things that we never thought we’d see such as safe spaces for people so that they do not have to be exposed to words, images, other opinions, or even Western culture. Since the late 60s we’ve created an entitlement culture that has progressively gotten worse. Don’t get me wrong, there are great young people today with ambition, a strong work ethic and backbone, but I think the number of people that fall into the opposite category has grown.
As many of you know from listening to the radio show or reading these columns I spend a lot of time listening to talk radio and the majority of that is ESPN radio. ESPN is having problems losing listeners and starting to lose money. I believe the biggest cause of their problems is the increasing amount of political talk on their shows. Don’t get me wrong, there have been times when sports has been a catalyst for societal or political change in our history and there are times when political issues cross over into sports. But for the vast majority of fans sports is entertainment and an escape from the problems of the real world. They don’t mind some of those political or societal issues creeping into their entertainments now and then but to have it become a large part of the discussion turns them off. That’s why they start looking for something else as a release.
I was listening to Mike & Mike on ESPN radio Thursday morning. They were talking about Atlanta Falcons' wide receiver Julio Jones. Jones is in the news because he lost an earring. Apparently not just any earring either. It was a diamond earring worth $100-150,000. Jones at first said $150K then later reports said $100K. It doesn't matter, it's an expensive earring. Just one earring by the way; not a set.
For me, there are two aspects to this story; first that Julio Jones, one of the best receivers in the NFL is going to be the poster child in upcoming rookie camps when they begin talking about managing your money. I'm not going to look up the stats but we've talked about it before; something like 70% of NFL players are broke within 5 years of leaving the league. Certainly while we focus on the high profile players that make tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, there are a lot more who make several hundred thousand a year. Either way their take home pay isn't as much as you think, after paying their agent and advisors, then federal and state taxes, they are hit for as much as 50% of their check or more.
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