Monthly Archives: October 2017

Ditka – Oppression

Mike Ditka waxing poetic the other day on the issue of football players kneeling during the National Anthem, had this to say:

All of a sudden, it’s become a big deal now, about oppression,” Ditka said. “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody. … If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort into yourself, I think you can accomplish anything.

Mike.

Over here sparky.

I get that you might not see color when you are dealing with players or colleagues.  I get that you might not be guilty of the profiling and bigotry that many folks are experiencing.  But pssst ….. things have been bad, WAY bad, for black people well inside of 100 years.

Think not being able to vote.

Own a house.
Go to school.
Play in Major League Baseball.
Marrying people you love.
Walking without fear of being killed.

There has been significant oppression in the last 100 years.  And a guy with your platform can’t afford to say otherwise.

Of Trump and Line Crossing

I have not been shy about the fact I didn’t vote for my president; I took the pot smoker.  I don’t like the Twitter.  I don’t like The Game of Thrones aspect to his White House.  I do,Do, DO have a man crush on Gorsuch.

But mostly I have a deep affection for the constitution.  And so I was offended when Trump weighed in on the NFL; what ever I might feel about the players and their right to kneel, I am convinced the government has nothing to say on the matter.

Shame on me for not posting.

But his most recent recent position has crossed my line – the President of the United States does not, repeat NOT, get to threaten news organizations.

Yes NBC failed to report on Weinstein.
Yes Brian Williams worked for NBC.
Yes Brian Williams works for MSNBC.
Shit, yes, Rachel Maddow works for MSNBC.

But.  The President.  Of these United States.  Crosses a line when he threatens to take away NBC licenses.

The government of the Beacon of the Free World just Tweeted [for fuck’s sake] that NBC should be ‘challenged for their license’.

The first amendment is a cherished bedrock foundation that supports not only this nation, but as alluded to above, all free nations.  The freedom of the press, of the religion and of the association is nearly the whole point of everything else.  As we say, the 2nd protects the 1st.

Going after a bunch of highly paid athletes who clearly are missing the mark is bad enough, but going after the press, and yes – can you say IRS – is too far.  It’s my line in the sand.

Minimum Wage – Econ 101

A couple of months ago I stumbled across a story regarding fast food workers, minimum wage and Labor Day – they decided that they needed to strike to protest the current minimum wage.

Their arguments are as old as they are wrong minded.  They claim that everyone deserves a living wage and that the best way to accomplish this is to increase the minimum wage.

Fast food workers in several states and abroad plan to walk off the job today to call for higher pay and better working conditions. The Associated Press reports that the protesters in the U.S. are demanding a $15 minimum wage. In Massachusetts, they are also pushing for union rights and paid medical leave.

Forget for a second that very few people work for the minim wage, most of those that do end up with a raise, and even of those that don’t – a significant number live in a household that has earns enough money to live on.

The fact is, labor, not the laborer but the labor, is a commodity.  Raise the price of it and people will purchase less of it.

Case in  point – McDonald’s simply hires fewer McWorkers to work in their McBurgerJoint.  I witnessed this first had just a few short weeks ago.

Raising the minimum wage might help the very few who earn it but it will certainly hurt those who fail to obtain employment as a result of being priced out of the market.

Conversation and the Second Amendment

It’s been a week now since a man in Vegas opened fire on thousands of people at a concert outside his hotel.

Many are questioning when we’re gonna have a conversation regarding gun control.

My answer?

We have – you just don’t like how it went.

The United States of America protects her citizens  through the Constitution.  And that document guarantees the right of a citizen to bear arms.

And make no mistake about it; it is not discussing the right to hunt deer and duck.  Or to defend my home from danger.  Not at all.

The second amendment gives me the legal a-ok to shoot back at a government gone tyrannical.

The conversation has been had.