Dudes and dudettes…there will be four different topics here for all to see, some to watch as well. The last story isn’t so much a feel good type of report, it borders on irrational thinking via my viewfinder in life, in fact it’s so stupid it had me laughing. Anyway, all of these are self-explanatory, so let’s cut to the chase. See which report you like the best, or worst…or whatever.
First up: Not intimidated
The Washington Redskins can’t seem to find a coach and can’t figure out how to win consistently. But give them this: They are not intimidated by politicians trying to turn them into the cultural crusade dujour.
U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Tom Cole – a Democrat and a Republican, respectively – recently sent the Redskins a letter demanding that they change their name, calling it and insult and a slur. The Redskins were, uh, not impressed:
“Senator Cantwell should be aware that there are many challenges facing Native Americans, including an extremely cold winter with high energy bills, high unemployment, life threatening health problems, inadequate education and many other issues more pressing than the name of a football team which has received strong support from Native Americans,” the statement said. “Surely, with all the issues Congress is supposed to work on such as the economy, jobs, war and health care, the Senator must have more important things to do,” the statement said.
Not only is the crusade against the Redskins not relevant to the real-life needs of Native Americans, but I don’t even think the posturing here is designed to appeal to Native Americans per se. It’s designed to create headlines that a) appeal to left-wing activists in general; and b) position the crusading politicians as righteous advocates of forward thinking without requiring them to really do anything of substance.
The easiest political refuge for a liberal politician is the purported battle against offense. It’s the easiest thing in the world for a politician to declare that a certain thing offends a certain group. It doesn’t even have to be true. Aside from the usual suspects who complain about everything, there is no evidence that the Native American community by and large is up in arms about the Redskins’ name. But as long as it can plausibly sound true, a left-wing politician can still preen as a defender of sensitivity.
If the media join in – and they always do – the pressure can become unbearable for those who serve as the target. So give the Redskins credit for not being intimidated, and more than that, calling Cantwell out for not doing her actual job. ObamaCare is wreaking havoc on the country. The economy is not growing as it should. Job creation is much slower than it should be. War? Do we even know what’s happening in Afghanistan anymore? Does Cantwell?
Because those things are her job, not sending pointless demands to football teams. Good on the Redskins for not sitting there and taking it.
Here’s the second story. You ought to get a kick out of this one:
Even the freedom-fighter-friendly New York Times seems to have trouble suppressing a laugh over this … er — workplace glitch:
If there were such a thing, it would probably be rule No. 1 in the teaching manual for instructors of aspiring suicide bombers: Don’t give lessons with live explosives.
In what represented a cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, and a cause of dark humor for ordinary Iraqis, a commander at a secluded terrorist training camp north of Baghdad unwittingly used a belt packed with explosives while conducting a demonstration early Monday for a group of militants, killing himself and 21 other members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, army and police officials said.
Then we have this, see if it doesn’t make you grin one way or the other:
CHICAGO – A gun pointed at his gut, the off-duty sheriff’s sergeant digs through his pockets with his left hand, fumbling for money, as the three robbers surround him at the Far South Side gas station.
The sergeant is surer with his right hand, quickly drawing his own gun and firing point-blank. The gunman, 16, drops at his feet as the two others scatter, according to surveillance video that captured the robbery Monday night at a Citgo station at 103rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, across the street from Gately Stadium.
The sergeant swings around at the fleeing robbers, then points the gun down as the gunman struggles to get up. The video shows the sergeant kicking away the robber’s gun and then opening the passenger door of his own car, apparently to get his phone.
The 16-year-old, Deonta Dewight Mackey, was shot in the head and died at the scene, according to police. He lived in the 900 block of East 104th Street, about four blocks from where he died.
The sergeant was not injured, and police said they were still looking for the two other robbers.
And finally, we have this stupidity on display:
Reach for the sky! Security officers at Heathrow Airport in London confiscated a toy gun from a “Toy Story” Woody doll.
The cowboy doll was apparently a terror risk. Agents examined Woody because it was holding a miniature six-shooter. The doll was given back, but the tiny firearm was confiscated.
Woody dolls are not normally sold with a gun so its unclear where the weapon originated.
You may remember back in December, a TSA agent at Lambert Airport also confiscated a tiny toy gun. It was park of a sock monkey’s costume.
Addendum: I just heard Chocolate City Ex-Mayor Nagin found Guilty! – Shh…don’t tell the msm!:
Side-note: Will Oklahoma ever get rid of that irritating congressman, RINO Tom Cole?
Throw in your two-cents…which story grabbed your attention the most?
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