I swore that I was forever done typing the words Colin Kaepernick in this space.
I figured that the self-entitled little putz was yesterday’s news when the NFL finally came to its senses, realized that it had lost in the public opinion war with President Trump and made it policy—again—to have all players respect the flag and the National Anthem. At one point in that war, the washed up former 49ers’ quarterback even said he would stand for the Anthem if he could play again.
This manchild, who “graduated” from the University of Nevada Reno, opted out of his contract and now, no NFL team will hire him. (He opted out because he would have been cut.)
He and his “advisors” are so arrogant that they just filed a labor grievance against the NFL for “colluding” against him.
Since he was “educated” at the taxpayers of the State of Nevada’s expense, I think it is only fair to ask in what class at UNR he was taught that stupidity has no consequence.
Apparently his football skillset is fungible with those of every other backup quarterback in the league. Since he is no Johnny Unitas, Y.A. Tittle or Joe Montana, he is not in heavy demand by those folks who have to write paychecks in the range of $14-million (and up) a year. And, actions have consequences.
Some years back, a country music group known as the Dixie Chicks was performing in London and their lead singer, Natalie Maines, said “We don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States (George W. Bush) is from Texas”. From the stage. In front of a British audience. As our troops were getting ready to go to war.
Radio stations stopped playing their records. Sponsors dropped out of their tour. Financial damage ensued.
Nobody said she didn’t have the right to make an ass of herself. Nobody said that the First Amendment did not apply.
But her freedom did not protect her from the consequences of her words.
Kaepernick is no different. Were he an established NFL star (Eli Manning, Tom Brady), he would still have trouble hanging on to his job under these circumstances. Executives of professional teams have a virtually unlimited buffet of talent from which to choose. Especially at the middle to lower level of talent space which Kaepernick is in. And they have the right to choose talent which is not a distraction to the carefully honed machine a professional football team is (or should be).
In the 2016 season he was 2-10. That’s two wins and ten losses. And a major pain in the ass for any coach and general manager who is silly enough to put him on a team.
But this manchild thinks he is entitled to a job.
Perhaps he should try the Canadian Football League.
But before he does, he ought to ask himself this question. Were he Canadian and a player in the National Hockey League, what would happen to him if he refused to stand for the Canadian National Anthem because he didn’t like their single payer health care system?
The fact is that a huge percentage of the fans of the National Football League see him as a self-entitled punk.
There are many citizens of the state of Nevada who are ashamed that they paid for his “education” at the University of Nevada, Reno.
And there is no team in the NFL which would willingly employ him for a variety of reasons including his talent level.
We can only hope he didn’t spend all of the money he did make so he won’t become a burden to society.
By RON KNECHT and JAMES SMACK
We were greatly saddened and angered by the October 1 attack launched by a terrorist from MGM’s Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on the Route 91 Harvest Festival 2017 music concert.
The people we know who were at the concert all had left prior to the attack or managed to get away unharmed. But we have friends who lost people in this horrendous attack. And even folks who did not know anyone directly affected by this mass murder are rightly shocked, angered and troubled by it.
However, the reaction to this event by politically correct liberals and their media amen corner is nothing but a version of the classic film Groundhog Day. That’s the movie in which the main character must relive the same day over and over again until, as one online summary says, he gains some karmic and comic insight into his life.
Unfortunately, the left and media show no signs of karmic insight or any other kind. Instead, each event such as this one presents them an opportunity to rehearse yet again their tired gun control litany. As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
So, they have demanded and gotten all kinds of measures passed over the years to apparently no effect at all. They’ll do it again by banning bump stocks, which the shooter in Las Vegas used. And again, it will make no difference of any consequence.
Why? As long as there are individuals willing to trade their lives for the lives of their victims to make whatever point they are trying to make, they will have some degree of success. Indeed, there seems to be an endless supply of such demented persons. And no amount of new gun control laws will stop most such events.
People who plan to perpetrate violence are not people who follow the law in the first place. So, new laws will not deter them, regardless of how restrictive they are. Murdering 58 people is already against the law, whether you do it with a gun or a bomb or a vehicle.
If laws were effective against such insanity, the terrorist would have decided to take all of his guns and go home when he recognized the Mandalay Bay Resort was a gun free zone. He would have scotched his plan entirely because he was violating resort policy even bringing one gun onto the property.
As John Lott noted on Fox News: “All four of the 2015 mass shooting public events (in France) involved machine guns…” Yet, they are illegal, just as they are in the United States. So, how did those gun laws save any victims?
In the Paris attack in November 2015, 89 people were executed in the Bataclan theatre. The terrorists had automatic weapons, and the unarmed concert goers in the theatre were simply lambs that were slaughtered.
The law will not stop the lawless.
Gun owners also realize the stakes. Bump stock sales have gone through the roof since the attack. Why? Because people won’t be able to obtain a bump stock except on the black market after a new law is passed. Most did not even know what one was until this event.
So a new law will cause this minor effect but have no effect on safety of the American people. The gun control lobby knows this, and what they really want is the elimination of all guns in private hands. And thus the elimination of the people’s inherent and essential right to self-defense.
But that won’t happen – thank goodness. And so they’re reduced to doing something purely symbolic to demonstrate their alleged virtue on the issue and con themselves into believing they’ve done something about the real problem – which they have not and will not.
Mass murder and the mayhem caused by events like the one in Las Vegas is a serious problem we need to address. But we don’t yet know the answer and we may not know it for a long time. Just doing something ineffectual and purely symbolic is not a reasonable substitute but is instead a waste of time and resources.
What’s needed is an adult approach to the issue.
By DR. MARILYN SINGLETON
Special to the Penny Press
Have we lost our collective minds? A mass shooting with no readily apparent motive is an extreme representation of our sense that our social fabric is unraveling. This is one of those things that people don’t believe can happen until it happens. And despite the unspeakable tragedy, it took less than an hour for politicians to criticize the President, ghoulishly exhorting that we need more than prayers and consolation. Maybe we do, but at least give the circle of victims a chance to deal with their personal grief before spouting off. At least CBS had the decency to fire its soulless vice president and senior counsel Hayley Geftman-Gold after she posted “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc [sic] country music fans often are Republican gun toters [sic].”
We have become a culture where Tim Tebow is mocked for kneeling in prayer before a football game while others are praised for “taking a knee” during the National Anthem—which by the way is not praying. Taking a knee in American football is when the quarterback drops to one knee immediately after receiving the snap, thus automatically ending the play. Taking a knee is a boring but effective move by the winning team toward the end of the game, as it does not allow the opponent the opportunity to regain possession of the ball. In urban lingo it means to take a temporary break from an activity
Clearly, “taking a knee” is not praising a Higher Power that many on this earth believe in. And standing for the Anthem does not make one a racist. Note to partisan “news” presenters: when you push a pendulum in one direction really hard, when released it swings the other way with equal or greater force.
Living in virtual reality is no longer beyond the fringe. Children are becoming obese because they are participating in sports through video games rather than actually tossing around a ball to one another.
What happened to talking to each other? You don’t need a psychology professor to tell you that smart phones increase loneliness. Just walk down the street and you’ll see far too many couples walking, each with their own cell phone, obviously not talking to each other. Texting a few abbreviated words has replaced real conversation and emotional connection.
And we wonder why opiate use has risen to epidemic levels. People have always had their troubles. And man’s desire to avoid suffering whether physical or emotional, whether through alcohol, opium, mushrooms, or coca leaves has been documented for at least 9,000 years. But now the public has been convinced they can’t just be “high on life” and learn to cope. Big Pharma’s direct-to-consumer television ads quietly list innumerable side effects while extolling the virtues of their wares and the consumer’s inability to live without them.
Nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. The statistics from the Rochester Epidemiology Project in Olmsted County, Minnesota (which are comparable to those elsewhere in the United States) reveal that the top three medications consumed are antibiotics (17%), antidepressants (13%), and opioids (11%). Antidepressants and opioids were the most commonly prescribed among young and middle-aged adults.
As physicians we do not want to become numb to patients’ needs while being consumed by government dictates. Electronic medical records should not become the excuse for hiding behind a computer screen—particularly with members of the younger generation who came out of the womb with a cell phone strapped to their ear by the umbilical cord. We need to be free to spend precious time getting to know our patients. Medications have saved countless lives, but prescriptions cannot become the tool to move along the overbooked office schedule or a quick fix to placate the demanding patient.
Let’s take heart. When left to our own devices and stripped of artificial political labels, we humans rise. Just ask our first responders and medical personnel or the hurricane volunteers or the victims helping victims or the thousands of people donating blood or the over 30,000 donors to the Go Fund Me page for the Las Vegas victims.
United we stand.
Dr. Singleton is a board-certified anesthesiologist and Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) Board member. She graduated from Stanford and earned her MD at UCSF Medical School. She teaches classes in the recognition of elder abuse and constitutional law for non-lawyers.
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