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Curt Schilling is one of the most successful pitchers in the history of Major League baseball. He was also an entertaining analyst on ESPN, until 2016, when he posted the following statement on a social media page: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

ESPN immediately fired him, explaining that they could not tolerate views different than their own because “ESPN is an inclusive company.” I swear I’m not making that up. But Schilling was white, and an out-of-the-closet conservative, so this sort of made sense.

Ray Lewis’ firing from ESPN was a bit more surprising. He also was a great player – one of the great linebackers in NFL history – but he had a long record of extremely questionable behavior. He was involved in a double homicide at a Super Bowl party in 2000, but the charges against him were later dropped. He frequently said outrageous things on the air and had a habit of injecting himself into controversies, like waving his credit card in the air and offering to pay a fine for a player’s questionable behavior.

ESPN tolerated his questionable behavior because he was popular and (many suspected) because it was more awkward to question the actions of a liberal black man than a conservative white man. Until Mr. Lewis questioned the Black Lives Matter movement.

An emotional Mr. Lewis made the following statements on a video that he posted on social media:

Why do we always find ourselves the victims, and now we have the separation once again that we’re being victimized because of one bad white cop, two bad white cops, three bad white cops, killing a young black brother. But every day we have black-on-black crime, killing each other?” Lewis asked in the video.

“The March murder rate rose by 29 percent, but we’re not rioting in the streets over black on black killing each other,” an aggravated Lewis said.

Lewis asked the Black Lives Matter movement if black lives do indeed matter.

“I’m trying to figure out if black lives really matter,” Lewis questioned. “In Chicago alone the murder rate has soared 72 percent in 2016 — 88 percent in the first three months of 2016 compared to the last year.

“I’m trying to ask the question to an organization of black lives, if they really mattered, then why not riot now?” Lewis said about black-on-black crime statistics.

“Brother, if nobody will scream to you, I will scream to you. I know black lives matter because I’m a black man, but stop killing each other. Man, we have to put these guns down in Chicago. Baltimore, Miami, man it ain’t that hard. You have to be okay with earning a living. It ain’t supposed to be easy,” Lewis said.

“If we don’t change what we’re doing not only will our kids not have a future, but we might find ourselves extinct,” Lewis concluded.

That was too much for ESPN. They fired him. They fired a popular, liberal, black man.

The power structure of modern progressivism is based on leveraging the grievances of victim groups. And I’ve long been fascinated by the hierarchy of those victim groups. Are women higher on the scale than blacks? Are gays above transsexuals? Do environmental concerns trump the interests of unions like the Teamsters? Conservatives may not care, but this is deadly important stuff to leftists. Their entire power base is based on this stuff.

I just couldn’t believe that ESPN fired a popular, liberal, black man because he questioned the Black Lives Matter movement. They hired him after he was involved in a double homicide at a bar. But suggesting that black-on-black crime is a problem? That’s just too much. I found that amazing.

But still, Mr. Schilling questioned the transsexual movement and Mr. Lewis questioned the Black Lives Matter movement. Neither was insane enough to touch the granddaddy of them all. The one thing that all leftists must agree upon. The one topic that one cannot publicly question without being accused of hate crimes.

I speak, of course, of abortion.

Democrats are not known for welcoming debate on any topic, but this is one topic upon which they tolerate no dissent whatsoever. If you wonder whether abortion is a good idea, that means you must hate women. That’s it.

I posted recently about an episode of a TV program in which an adopted son met with his birth mother years later, and she revealed that she had considered aborting him, but had not done so. She put him up for adoption, she later became a physician, and he went on to be a successful surgeon. Both characters were black. If there was a pregnant mother out there who was considering an abortion, and she watched that program, that would have to make her stop and think for a moment. And stopping and thinking is the last thing Democrats want us to do, especially regarding abortion.

And then, yesterday, I’m watching The Game. For the unwashed heathens out there, The Game is the annual rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan. Announcer Gus Johnson spent much of the game extolling the virtues of the Buckeye’s star running back JK Dobbins, as one might expect. He’s one of the best players in the game and has an inspiring life story. But then, Mr. Johnson mentioned that JK Dobbins’ mother considered aborting him, but changed her mind and decided to keep her baby, who ended up being a star athlete.

Social media went bonkers.

It’s fascinating reading the posts complaining about Mr. Johnson sharing that story. Some simply complain that it’s too personal. And that complaint has some validity, I think. But the rest of them seemed to be written in some type of code. They didn’t object to the choice of JK’s mother to keep her baby – that would sound, um, like they wanted a mother to kill her baby. And they really couldn’t minimize the significance of his mother’s choice. The day she decided to keep her baby is, without question, the most important day in the remarkable life of JK Dobbins.

They mostly seemed to attempt to convey a sort of cringe, without mentioning what it was that they were cringing about, exactly. Someone named Jen Villavicencio, MD, tweeted:

Why is it necessary to discuss a mother’s reproductive choices to extol the talents of a brilliant player? So weird. So stigmatizing. So WTF.

As I said before, I sort of see her point on the “Why is it necessary?” bit. Although clearly the mother’s decision was very necessary to JK Dobbins. But her line, “So stigmatizing.” Goodness. I think what she’s implying here is that she’s concerned that JK’s mother’s decision not to kill her baby might inspire others to make the same choice. And she views that as a negative.

JK Dobbins’ mother is a remarkable woman. She gave up an athletic college scholarship to deliver a baby when she was 18 years old, then worked her way through school as a single mother, and became an accountant. JK Dobbins’ father died in prison at the age of 33. I’m sure she felt that she was in an impossible situation at the time, but she, and her son, have done quite well. I wonder if she views her life choices as “stigmatizing.” I would love to see a televised debate between his mother and Dr. Villavicencio. I’ll keep an eye on CNN to see if they decide to hold this debate – it would get great ratings, so perhaps they will. It’s all about ratings, right?

Another good example is this tweet from Mark Graham:

That Gus Johnson anecdote about the almost abortion of JK Dobbins was a little toooooooo much, dontcha think? Woof. #RoeVWade

Ok, so beyond the snarkiness that he lays on with a trowel, what is Mr. Graham saying, exactly? I think he’s saying that the announcer’s comment is questioning a Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. And that is inappropriate. I wonder if the announcer questioned other Supreme Court decisions – say, the Dred Scott case – if he would find that similarly inappropriate?

Why can’t these people just come out and say what they mean? Why can’t they just openly state their opinions?

Because their opinions are horrifying. Especially to JK Dobbins.

This is why I describe myself as a bleeding-heart conservative. Because leftism is heartless.

So I watch with interest, to see if the announcer Gus Johnson will be employed next week. To make this more complex for his employer, Mr. Johnson is popular and black. He played baseball at Howard University. Mr. Johnson is smart enough to keep his political and religious views private. So he possibly could be conservative but this is unlikely. That would make firing him problematic.

Come to think of it, much of leftism is problematic. When your policies are horrifying, enforcing them can be horrible. Mr. Johnson’s employer is in a difficult spot. I almost feel bad for him.

Almost.

So what do you think? Will Mr. Johnson be employed on Monday morning? I’m curious.

I presume that Curt Schilling and Ray Lewis are curious, as well.

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There are 33 comments.

  1. Boss Mongo Member

    Dr. Bastiat: But Schilling was white, and an out-of-the-closet conservative, so this sort of made sense.

    And heterosexual. A triple whammy.

    Dr. Bastiat: They hired him after he was involved in a double homicide at a bar.

    Oh, come on, Doc! Haven’t we all murdered a coupla/three people in a dive at least once? Oops. Outside voice. Crank call!! Crank call!!

    Dr. Bastiat: For the unwashed heathens out there, The Game is the annual rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan.

    Uh, thanks? You had all kind of sports references salted through your article. The Game is conducted in the sport of football, yeah?

    Is that the one with touchdowns or home runs?

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    • December 1, 2019, at 11:03 AM PST
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  2. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat Post author

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: But Schilling was white, and an out-of-the-closet conservative, so this sort of made sense.

    And heterosexual. A triple whammy.

    He’s also a born-again Christian. Egads…

    • #2
    • December 1, 2019, at 11:05 AM PST
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  3. OmegaPaladin Moderator

    It’s a religion. A really crappy, garbage religion, but a religion none the less. 

    And Ray Lewis was absolutely right on Black Lives Matter.

    • #3
    • December 1, 2019, at 11:18 AM PST
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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Dr. Bastiat:

    Why can’t these people just come out and say what they mean? Why can’t they just openly state their opinions?

    Because their opinions are horrifying. Especially to JK Dobbins.

    This is why I describe myself as a bleeding heart conservative. Because leftism is heartless.

    Yep. Right with you. Thanks, Doc.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 11:18 AM PST
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  5. cdor Member

    The left is getting so pretzel twisted in what can and cannot be said or thought without being condemned from one special interest or another that, if we are lucky, they will all just shut up altogether. 

    “Why do we always find ourselves the victims, and now we have the separation once again that we’re being victimized because of one bad white cop, two bad white cops, three bad white cops, killing a young black brother. But every day we have black-on-black crime, killing each other?” Lewis asked in the video.”

    Good question, Ray. Keep asking them.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 11:51 AM PST
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  6. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):
    And Ray Lewis was absolutely right on Black Lives Matter.

    yes and no. BLM is about the notion that black citizens are oppressed by police forces that act as occupying forces in their neighborhoods. It is a little bit racial but mostly about the police using aggressive tactics to raise revenue and harass citizens. After the Ferguson riots, the state of Missouri cracked down on towns using ticketing as a significant revenue source. More reforms are needed. Analogies are tough, but imagine if government law enforcement investigated and jailed Republicans for simple process crimes, while ignoring the clear and continuous crimes of Democrat politicians. Imagine that going on year after year. Tyranny of the law is the #1 complaint in the Declaration of Independence.

    That said, I pray Ray Lewis uses this opportunity to go all in on speaking out against urban crime. He can do more good free of the constraints of ESPN. 

     

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    • December 1, 2019, at 12:20 PM PST
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  7. Boss Mongo Member

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):
    Analogies are tough, but imagine if government law enforcement investigated and jailed Republicans for simple process crimes, while ignoring the clear and continuous crimes of Democrat politicians. Imagine that going on year after year.

    What!? That’s just crazy talk, right there.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 12:24 PM PST
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  8. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat Post author

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):
    Analogies are tough, but imagine if government law enforcement investigated and jailed Republicans for simple process crimes, while ignoring the clear and continuous crimes of Democrat politicians. Imagine that going on year after year.

    What!? That’s just crazy talk, right there.

    Beat me to it, Boss.

    And yes, I can imagine that.

    But aggressive policing in high crime neighborhoods, like stop and frisk, unquestionably saves lives. I can certainly understand how it could be irritating. But it saves lives. Tough topic. Really tough. But Ray certainly has a point. 

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    • December 1, 2019, at 12:36 PM PST
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  9. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    It’s probably illegal, but I’d like to see a city police force stay totally out of one high-crime neighborhood for one week, never responding to calls for any reason. I wonder what the residents of that neighborhood would think about police if they had no access to them for a while. Would it make any difference in their attitude toward the police?

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    • December 1, 2019, at 12:43 PM PST
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  10. Randy Webster Member

    Dr. Bastiat: I wonder if the announcer questioned other Supreme Court decisions – say, the Dred Scott case – if he would find that similarly inappropriate?

    Or even Citizens United.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 12:58 PM PST
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  11. Stad Thatcher

    Dr. Bastiat: “ESPN is an inclusive company.”

    Inclusive except for differing opinions.

    ESPN has walked full force into the “woke” culture and embraced it. They should either tell their analysts, anchors, et al. to tow the bottom line, or to leave. ESPN is obviously incapable of countering the argument and fall back on, “Hey, we’re here to cover sports, not debate social issues.” Which is a lie, because they do cover social issues, just not about positions they deem “archaic” . . .

    To paraphrase Laura Ingraham, “Shut up and cover sports.”

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    • December 1, 2019, at 1:19 PM PST
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  12. OldPhil Coolidge

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: They hired him after he was involved in a double homicide at a bar.

    Oh, come on, Doc! Haven’t we all murdered a coupla/three people in a dive at least once? Oops. Outside voice. Crank call!! Crank call!!

    Just for clarification, some of his friends, not Lewis, got in a fight that resulted in the deaths. He was in his limo and picked them up afterwards. He tried to keep it quiet, but eventually pled guilty to obstruction of justice in exchange for his testimony. The other two defendants were acquitted, basically because the jury assumed it was self-defense.

    Not trying to make excuses, just want to clarify.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 2:26 PM PST
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  13. Boss Mongo Member

    OldPhil (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: They hired him after he was involved in a double homicide at a bar.

    Oh, come on, Doc! Haven’t we all murdered a coupla/three people in a dive at least once? Oops. Outside voice. Crank call!! Crank call!!

    Just for clarification, some of his friends, not Lewis, got in a fight that resulted in the deaths. He was in his limo and picked them up afterwards. He tried to keep it quiet, but eventually pled guilty to obstruction of justice in exchange for his testimony. The other two defendants were acquitted, basically because the jury assumed it was self-defense.

    Not trying to make excuses, just want to clarify.

    Yep. I should’ve expanded my remarks: haven’t we all murdered a coupla/three people in a bar*, run outside, and dove into the waiting limo of a friend to be whisked away?

    C’mon, we’ve all done this.

    *I substituted “bar” for “dive,” from my original comment because I’m pretty sure the cover charge for whatever bar Lewis was in probably equals or exceeds my monthly car payment.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 2:41 PM PST
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  14. She Thatcher
    She

    This Superbowl will be the tenth anniversary of Focus on the Family’s ad featuring with Tim Tebow (remember him?) and his mother, Pam. It caused an uproar, even though the words “abortion” and “pro-life” are nowhere in the ad, and you’d have to look really hard to find the “message” if you didn’t know the back story, which is that Pam Tebow was abroad on missionary work when she became pregnant with Tim, she contacted amoebic dysentery, and she was advised by the doctors to abort the pregnancy. She chose not to. Subsequently, she gave birth to Tim Tebow.

    This NPR article covers some of the story, and the objections to “issue-oriented” advertisements on the Superbowl. (Apparently, like many things these days, those objections only go one way.)

    Anyone making book on how many of this year’s Superbowl ads will feature that adorable little moppet Greta Thunberg? Or at least, a substantial recapitulation of her message?

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    • December 1, 2019, at 3:08 PM PST
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  15. Full Size Tabby Member

    I expect he will be unemployed on Monday, based on your summary of the reaction of the woke Twitter mob. Most if not all large companies have decided they need to bow to the most extreme elements of the woke Twitter mobs.

    I don’t watch sports. I don’t watch ESPN. And I’m generally out of touch with broadcast media. So my prediction is unencumbered by any thoughts about the actual facts.

    But I have seen some of the gauzy background stories that television does on athletes. Those background stories highlight obstacles the athlete has overcome, and events that have formed milestones in the athlete’s life. The mother’s decision not to abort would seem to be entirely consistent with these types of stories. It’s along the same lines as the parents’ decisions to enroll their child in sports camp, or to move to a particular town or school district to access better opportunities to develop the child athlete’s abilities, or to take training themselves to help their child athlete, or to take on extra jobs to pay for coaches for the child athlete. The narrative that had the mother made a different decision, the audience would not be watching this particular athlete doing the sports thing the audience values would seem to be quite relevant to the story of the development of this particular athlete. 

    I admit that I make that statement as a pro-life (anti-abortion?) person, so I instinctively want the world to hear stories about what the world loses out on when mothers choose abortion. 

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    • December 1, 2019, at 3:57 PM PST
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  16. Al Sparks Thatcher

    Dr. Bastiat: I speak, of course, of abortion.

    Different subject than what you lead with. I’m not unsympathetic towards your view (I’m a bit of squish on the subject), but nevertheless, I stopped reading.

    The bait and switch didn’t work, at least not with me.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 7:04 PM PST
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  17. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    It’s probably illegal, but I’d like to see a city police force stay totally out of one high-crime neighborhood for one week, never responding to calls for any reason. I wonder what the residents of that neighborhood would think about police if they had no access to them for a while. Would it make any difference in their attitude toward the police?

    That sounds horrible. People want their tax dollars and government monopoly on force to be used to stop the bad guys and not used to harass the good guys. It’s been the same attitude since the Declaration of Independence was penned.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 7:53 PM PST
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  18. thelonious Member

    Keith Olberman is still employed by ESPN.

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    • December 2, 2019, at 1:05 AM PST
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  19. Jon1979 Lincoln

    thelonious (View Comment):

    Keith Olberman is still employed by ESPN.

    Olberman was hired by new ESPN boss Jimmy Pitaro, but has mostly kept his yap shut about politics in his prime-time assignments. That’s because while Pitaro’s liberal, he was brought in by Disney to clean up the woke train wreck of a dumpster fire of a nuclear meltdown former ESPN boss John Skipper had made of the network’s prime-time ratings. Skipper basically ran the network thinking angry woke progressives on Twitter were their main viewers, and that they needed to cater to them and add more politics to ESPN’s nighttime lineups, including their live sports events.

    Skipper was the one who fired Schilling, fired Lewis, signed off on making Bruce Jenner ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courageous Athlete of the Year for his decision to go transgender, and made Jamele Hill the face of the network’s prime-time SportsCenter broadcast. Skipper also was the one who thought the woke NBA would be the sports league of the 2020s, and that football was dying, to the point the network was openly hostile to the NFL and really playing things up like the CTE lawsuits in order to help speed up the process of making the NBA the nation’s No. 1 sport.

    Skipper’s ESPN was hemorrhaging viewers, and Pitaro was brought in by Disney to contain the damage, since Bob Iger’s wokeness very much has its limits — Disney Plus isn’t giving into the woke crowd and their SJW compalints about “The Mandalorian” right now, because if they wokeify it like they did the last few chapters of “Star Wars”, they don’t hit their subscriber targets for their new streaming service. As with ESPN, they’ll cater to the progressives when they think they can get away with it, but will back off when they’re afraid going woke will hurt their pocketbook (they went woke with Episodes VII and VIII of “Star Wars” because they didn’t think injecting SJW politics into the series would keep fans away from the theaters).

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    • December 2, 2019, at 2:16 AM PST
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  20. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Gus Johnson made a name for himself with his calls of Knicks games in the 1990s and the oughts, as well as nationally with his hyperbolic play calls that make for YouTube highlights. So he’s built up some considerable goodwill within the NYC media market, which is important in terms of him weathering any blow-back here from the angry abortion rights supporters. He probably gets through this but with a behind-the-scenes warning about mentioning abortion on a football telecast.

    (Abortion and college football was a paired issue a decade ago, due to the success of Tim Tebow at Florida and his backstory of being adopted instead of aborted. He would catch the flack and the psychotic hostility of the woke crowd because he made his views on abortion and Christianity part of his public image — JK Dobbins hasn’t done that here, but you can be sure if he did start talking about being anti-abortion because he was almost aborted, the same woke people would suddenly find a lot of reasons to root against him, Ohio State, and find lots of reasons to denigrate his future NFL career based not on his talent, but on his beliefs.)

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    • December 2, 2019, at 2:29 AM PST
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  21. Henry Castaigne Member

    Everything is Affluenflammation. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVe8bPQX4Z0

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    • December 2, 2019, at 6:43 AM PST
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  22. Stad Thatcher

    She (View Comment):
    Anyone making book on how many of this year’s Superbowl ads will feature that adorable little moppet Greta Thunberg?

    Don’t give them ideas!

    I might throw my mug at my TV if that ratface shows up . . .

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    • December 2, 2019, at 6:53 AM PST
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  23. Stad Thatcher

    Jon1979 (View Comment):
    Skipper . . . signed off on making Bruce Jenner ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courageous Athlete of the Year for his decision to go transgender

    Wasn’t that the same year people were clamoring for the female college basketball player with terminal cancer who kept on playing to get the award? Talk about real courage . . .

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    • December 2, 2019, at 6:56 AM PST
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  24. Phil Turmel Coolidge

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: I speak, of course, of abortion.

    Different subject than what you lead with. I’m not unsympathetic towards your view (I’m a bit of squish on the subject), but nevertheless, I stopped reading.

    The bait and switch didn’t work, at least not with me.

    Bait and switch?

    I thought it was an entirely appropriate lead-in using parallel topics. And the title of the post certainly fits the left’s treatment of abortion.

    Calling it a “bait and switch” makes me wonder if it is a knee-jerk reaction of a (silent?) proponent of baby-killing who is suffering cognitive dissonance at the logic of the post.

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    • December 2, 2019, at 7:36 AM PST
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  25. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Stad (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):
    Skipper . . . signed off on making Bruce Jenner ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courageous Athlete of the Year for his decision to go transgender

    Wasn’t that the same year people were clamoring for the female college basketball player with terminal cancer who kept on playing to get the award? Talk about real courage . . .

    Yep. Even some people who you’d consider liberals were angry about that example of woke virtue signaling by Skipper and ESPN.

    His whole concept by about 2013 was to take the ‘hot take’ style that had worked on PTI, and expand it across the entire network daypart, on TV and radio, make it more political than Kornheiser or Wilbon, but in the same vein (i.e. — if the hot takes leaned into politics, the two points of view were usually liberal … and hardcore progressive). By 2015 it got to the point where some hosts, like Bomani Jones, couldn’t go two segments on his ESPN afternoon drive radio show without talking politics, even if there was nothing political to be mined from that day’s sports news.

    Kaepernick and his kneeling controversy was a goldmine for the network’s progressives, who couldn’t get off the subject. He thought like they did and gave them a big opening to go political, with the added bonus of allowing them to bash the NFL from the left for not rehiring him (which also helped set up a contrast between pro football and pro basketball, where the NBA’s woke players and coaches fit in perfectly with Skipper’s attitude and need to justify the $12 billion contract Disney paid for NBA rights for ESPN/ABC).

    Even before his drug use forced him out, Skipper already was getting blowback from letting his woke hosts spout off. Jamele Hill going after Trump as a racist didn’t earn punishment, but she got it when she demanded people boycott Cowboys’ sponsors because of Jerry Jones’ comments about kneeling, since she forget Dallas’ major sponsors like Ford and AT&T were also ESPN’s major sponsors. Oohps.

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    • December 2, 2019, at 7:37 AM PST
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  26. Vance Richards Member

    If you are going to call yourself “Pro-Choice” than you should be willing to admit that choices have consequences (if not, what is the benefit of having choices?).

    JK Dobbins rushed for 211 yards and 4 TD’s. The folks in Michigan might wish his Mom chose differently, but the fans of The Ohio State, and JK himself, should be grateful for her choices. Pretty sure the announcer didn’t do some deep investigative reporting before the game. No doubt he heard that story from the player himself in which case, why wouldn’t you share that?

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    • December 2, 2019, at 10:38 AM PST
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  27. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat Post author

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: I speak, of course, of abortion.

    Different subject than what you lead with. I’m not unsympathetic towards your view (I’m a bit of squish on the subject), but nevertheless, I stopped reading.

    The bait and switch didn’t work, at least not with me.

    My article is not about abortion, it’s about the difficulties that modern leftism has with message control, as seen through the eyes of three different sportscasters. Abortion is part of the story, but so is the transsexual movement and the Black Lives Matter movement. I’m sorry you felt deceived, but I needed all three examples, and all three sportscasters, to make my point.

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    • December 2, 2019, at 10:48 AM PST
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  28. Stad Thatcher

    Vance Richards (View Comment):
    JK Dobbins rushed for 211 yards and 4 TD’s. The folks in Michigan might wish his Mom chose differently

    Hopefully only the worst kind of fans would wish that …

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    • December 2, 2019, at 11:45 AM PST
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  29. MISTER BITCOIN Coolidge

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):
    And Ray Lewis was absolutely right on Black Lives Matter.

    yes and no. BLM is about the notion that black citizens are oppressed by police forces that act as occupying forces in their neighborhoods. It is a little bit racial but mostly about the police using aggressive tactics to raise revenue and harass citizens. After the Ferguson riots, the state of Missouri cracked down on towns using ticketing as a significant revenue source. More reforms are needed. Analogies are tough, but imagine if government law enforcement investigated and jailed Republicans for simple process crimes, while ignoring the clear and continuous crimes of Democrat politicians. Imagine that going on year after year. Tyranny of the law is the #1 complaint in the Declaration of Independence.

    That said, I pray Ray Lewis uses this opportunity to go all in on speaking out against urban crime. He can do more good free of the constraints of ESPN.

     

    Ferguson riots could have been avoided if Michael Brown didn’t shoplift and kept his mouth shut when the police stopped him

     

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    • December 2, 2019, at 11:30 PM PST
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  30. MISTER BITCOIN Coolidge

    She (View Comment):

    This Superbowl will be the tenth anniversary of Focus on the Family’s ad featuring with Tim Tebow (remember him?) and his mother, Pam. It caused an uproar, even though the words “abortion” and “pro-life” are nowhere in the ad, and you’d have to look really hard to find the “message” if you didn’t know the back story, which is that Pam Tebow was abroad on missionary work when she became pregnant with Tim, she contacted amoebic dysentery, and she was advised by the doctors to abort the pregnancy. She chose not to. Subsequently, she gave birth to Tim Tebow.

    This NPR article covers some of the story, and the objections to “issue-oriented” advertisements on the Superbowl. (Apparently, like many things these days, those objections only go one way.)

    Anyone making book on how many of this year’s Superbowl ads will feature that adorable little moppet Greta Thunberg? Or at least, a substantial recapitulation of her message?

     i need to take a knee like tim tebow 

     

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