Tag: National Anthem.

No Disrespect Intended, Of Course

 

This morning I learned that Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has stopped the playing of the National Anthem at their home games; it was his decision alone. The anthem has not played for any of the 13 games played at home. The most shocking part of this decision is that he supposedly hasn’t received negative feedback. Or maybe fans just don’t care.

Cuban has backed players’ protests in the past. In June 2020, he supported players and coaches who refused to stand during the playing of the anthem:

‘Whether it’s holding their arm up in the air, whether it’s taking a knee, whatever it is, I don’t think this is an issue of respect or disrespect to the flag or to the anthem or to our country,’ Cuban said. ‘I think this is more a reflection of our players’ commitment to this country and the fact that it’s so important to them that they’re willing to say what’s in their heart and do what they think is right.’

The news might be all bad today but we’re still having fun! Join Jim and Greg as they discuss the Virginia Education Association strongly opposing Gov. Ralph Northam’s demand for in-person schooling by mid-March and none of the Democrats running for governor this year having the guts to stand up for the kids or the science against the union. They also cringe in recounting the opening arguments made by the Trump legal team on Tuesday, but will the quality of the lawyers have any impact on the outcome? And they unload on Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who won’t criticize China but is cancelling the national anthem at home games this season.

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This week marks the 205th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the song which everyone knows, few can sing, and which has unfortunately become a symbol of controversy in recent years. Our national anthem is everywhere from sporting events to patriotic rallies, but do you know the full story behind this song? Written by a 35-year […]

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No kneeling at the Major League Baseball All Star game. Just the players, coaches, managers, umpires, a number of Medal of Honor recipients, and fans standing as the Anthem was performed in honor of the country where everyone gets a chance to play as long as they play by the rules. This year two hundred […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America groan as President Trump disinvites the Philadelphia Eagles from their White House visit, after most players decided to boycott the event.  They also laugh as the normally loquacious Sen. Ted Cruz is left speechless after being asked if he thinks President Trump has the power to pardon himself.  And Jim rips outgoing Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz for his pathetic noncommittals on the 2020 presidential race, while explaining how Schultz would likely be a flop in the Democratic primary.

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It was a high school softball championship, and it looks as if a second game needed to be played.  The announcer told the crowd there would be no anthem for the second game, which was not uncommon in multi-game series.  The crowd however, had other ideas (a short but sweet story and video clip): http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/05/27/no-anthem-no-problem-ballgame-crowd-sings-it-anyway.html Preview Open

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David French has a post on The Corner at NRO arguing that the NFL has made a mistake in deciding to fine teams when players protest during the National Anthem. Before last year’s parade of horribles at the quarterback position, I wasn’t convinced that Colin Kaepernick was still good enough to play in the NFL. […]

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What is really being rewarded in the “doer” here, in the absence of any noticeable result of the action itself? Did the awarding organization think this could somehow “beef up” his effectiveness towards the issue that he aimed to solve? This wasn’t a strike, where he took his chances that he might have to relinquish […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America give credit to the mainstream media for calling Democrats to account for their silence over the sexual assault and harassment allegations lodged against Hollywood mogul and prolific Democratic Party donor Harvey Weinstein.  They also fire back at Twitter after the social media service censors a video from Tennessee GOP Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn because her efforts to stop the sale of aborted baby body parts were considered inflammatory and likely to elicit negative reactions.  And Jim and Greg sigh as the latest NFL protest chaos includes ESPN host Jemele Hill getting suspended for encouraging Dallas Cowboy fans to boycott team sponsors, Al Sharpton vowing to boycott the NFL unless Hill is reinstated, and President Trump gloating over the Hill suspension.

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… Or did they? Obviously, Trump and Pence are politicians, so they are going to engage in some measure of pandering, exploitation of wedge issues, and political theater. Was Pence leaving the Colts and 49ers game a cynical calculation, or a sincere protest of the disrespect shown to our anthem and flag? Nobody really knows–and it could […]

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start the week with a whole menu of crazy martinis.  They rip CNN and other social justice types for declaring President Trump’s Columbus Day statement insufficient because he didn’t mention the suffering that the explorers inflicted upon the indigenous people who were already adept at slaughtering each other.  They’re also staggered as California enacts one law to criminalize the use of pronouns that conflict with a person’s stated gender identity and another law that no longer makes it a felony to expose a partner to HIV without telling them.  David refers to these laws as “extremism in service to the sexual revolution.”  And they react to Vice President Pence leaving Sunday’s Colts-49’ers game after some 49’ers knelt during the national anthem and President Trump’s tweetstorm against Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker.

NFL Poll Numbers Continue Their Fall Off a Cliff

 

I know I have been hammering the NFL a lot lately, but why not? They deserve every negative word. We warned them on Twitter to wake up and smell the coffee, and they chose the path of destruction for themselves. I feel nothing for them.

Now we have a new poll out that shows that they may not be able to recover. NFL Football is now the least-liked sport. Shock Poll: NFL Now Least Liked Sport, Core Fans Down 31%

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump’s nomination of Don Willett and James Ho for spots on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  They also are cautiously optimistic that this NFL weekend might actually focus on football as three teams announce they will be standing for the national anthem.  And they throw up their hands as a anti-Trump elementary school librarian publicly rejects the donation of Dr. Seuss books from First Lady Melania Trump, while also slamming Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and falsely accusing Dr. Seuss of racism.

Fighting Taliban Child’s Play Compared to Violating the Progressive Consensus

 

Among the more curious and revealing remonstrations from the Cultural Left in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election is its deeming the victory of Donald Trump to be “not normal.” Curious because progressives project great concern over shielding individuals from the wrath of a paternalistic society that would impose on everyone its heteronormative (and many other) norms rather than “celebrating diversity”; revealing because it suggests that progressives are actually more concerned with replacing society’s norms with norms of their own.

The totalitarian streak on the Left is universal, as is the contempt with which it holds anyone who strays from its current orthodoxy. Consider the loathing expressed by Remainers for the majority of UK electorate who voted to exit the European Union in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. It is in the same vein as Hillary Clinton’s disparaging “deplorable” comment about Trump voters or Obama’s slicker-than-thou dismissiveness for voters who “cling to guns or religion.”

In all three instances the political establishment — left-of-center virtually by default — performs a switcheroo and then proceeds to lambast anyone who refuses to take their eyes off the pea. From the Democrats’ Russian meddling meme to Labour’s “soft Brexit” — whatever that means — progressive rhetoric suggests that in a sane world, un-woke voters should be subject to the kind of Three-Fifths Compromise applied to American slaves during the Constitutional Convention.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America believe the judge made the right decision in sentencing former congressman/predator Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison for transferring obscene material to a minor.  They also discuss the latest GOP health care bill going up in flames as some Republicans think it’s not conservative enough and others think it’s too conservative, making the likelihood of anything getting done on this issue in this Congress very slim.  And they’re disturbed as Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle – and former Army ranger – Alejandro Villanueva apologizes to his teammates, coaches and the Steelers organization for being the only one on the field Sunday for the national anthem.