In life one of the things you often find that while you might hope for one thing, when you actually need another. This is often how God answer prayer providing what you need rather than what you want.

A great example of this is this story about Michael Sam:

The St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday, the team announced.

Sam’s hopes of sticking with the Rams and becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in the NFL came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks.

Westbrooks is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot on the team.

There were likely a lot of people, particularly in the MSM who while not in prayer were hoping above hope that Michael Sam would make that final spot in the Rams roster in order to advance, not so much Sam’s career but their own agenda.

But while they and perhaps the Sam’s fans may not believe it, the Rams gave Sam exactly what he needed. Respect and incentive.

Rather than giving him a roster spot that he didn’t earn which had the potential to set him up not just for failure but for derision as an “affirmative action” hire, the team treated him like any other 7th round pick trying to make a team who just didn’t do enough to earn that spot.

That does two things:

#1  It forces him to raise his game:

It takes skill and strength and drive to make an NFL roster. Being cut will make him work harder and do what is necessary if he wants to be one. That is exactly what a player of his caliber needs to succeed in the league

#2  It’s a sign of respect.

It tells him that media desires not withstanding an NFL roster spot is something to be won on the field, not behind a microphone. It tells them that he will be judged not as a man who prefers the sexual companionship of other men, but as a man who plays football in the NFL.

That exactly the type of respect a man wants.  The knowledge that what he gets he’s earned.  

The Rams showed a lot of character by making this choice and how Sam reacts to it over the course of the weeks to follow will say a lot about him as a player.

As for those in the media or the “Gay” movement If the actual goal of said movement is equality, they should be absolutely delighted.

If however their goal is raw bullying power, not so much.

Update: Robert Silverman, regardless of what he says doesn’t respect Sam as a player because if he did he wouldn’t be saying stuff like this:

It’s not worth giving these bigots any more oxygen than they deserve. Just take my word for it that it was, and probably still is, awful. Unlike, say, a random cornerback from Boise State, moments after the Rams announced they were cutting Sam, there was a near-celebratory outpouring of weirdly giddy hate, using the relative anonymity of social media as a modern-day Klansman’s e-frock.

Seriously a team is supposed to sign Sam because Silverman doesn’t like the results of a twitter search?

National Heritage Corridor tracksBy John Ruberry

While the protests and the riots were raging in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting by a police officer of Michael Brown. a nine year-old South Side Chicago African-American boy, Antonio Smith, was shot to death near railroad tracks that mark the boundary between rival factions of the Gangster Disciples street gang.

No one has been arrested for the killing of Smith.

Yesterday the funeral for the boy was held in a modest storefront church.

Last week the funeral for Brown took place in suburban St. Louis. The Rev. Al Sharpton, a race-baiter for nearly 30 years, gave the eulogy. He was among the media figures, such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has been in the racism business for nearly 50 years, who traveled to Ferguson to proclaim his outrage. President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, the most reckless man to lead the Justice Department since Harry M. Daugherty in the Warren G. Harding Administration, also journeyed to St. Louis to appraise the situation.

Jesse Jackson at an Occupy Chicago rally
Jesse Jackson at an Occupy Chicago rally

To my knowledge none of them commented on the Smith murder. None of them were at the Smith funeral, not even Jackson, who lives on Chicago’s South Side. The only nationally-known civil rights figure who expressed outrage over the Smith killing was Father Michael Pfleger, a onetime spiritual advisor to President Obama who chipped in to a reward fund to find the boy’s murderer.

Locals on both sides of the political spectrum are calling Chicago “Chiraq,” in recognition that during some months when American forces were still fighting in Iraq, more Americans were murdered in Chicago some months than died in combat in that broken nation.

Now that’s a real outrage.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Sgt. Schultz:  I see nothing, I hear nothing I didn’t even get up this morning

Hogan’s Heroes:  Hold That Tiger 1965

Webster:  I said shut up you fat Nazi Fuck!

German Baker:  Ich-ich bin kein Nazi.  Ich bin kein Nazi!

Webster:  Not a Nazi?  My mistake you fat, fucking prick!  How about a human being?  Are you one of those or are you gonna tell me that you never smelled the fucking stench?

Band of Brothers Why We Fight 2001


A few days ago I posted some questions on Rotherham that the media has avoided asking, those questions are summed up neatly in this tweet.

The responses to that tweet from Muslims were enlightening and but there was one in particular that I found amusing

As a  person of Sicilian ancestry let me say, as a matter of fact to some extent they do.

The Muslims of Rotherham are in basically the same position as the Sicilians in a NY or Chicago circa 1920-1950 or the Irish in south Boston during the height of the Bulger years.

To people outside of the neighborhoods, they were all the same, a bunch of crooks involved in the rackets. The people of those areas resented that they were tarred with the same brush as a bunch of gangsters who they had nothing to do with when they just wanted to get on with their lives.

But while the rackets didn’t involve them they knew who the gangsters were, and the kind of things they did.  They knew where they lived and the businesses they owned, they knew the places to avoid and the people not to mess with and warned their kids against them.

They even heard the rumors that were whispered when a shop was robbed or busted up, when something happened to a girl or when someone went missing and turned up dead somewhere but only talked of them in passing.

But once in a while something would happen right out in the street where you couldn’t help but see it and couldn’t pretend it was anything more than talk but when that did happen and the police came by, nobody saw anything, nobody said nothing.

They gave themselves many excuses to justify their silence: solidarity with their own kind, the police were corrupt outsiders who were against them, feeling sorry for the guy’s poor wife, kids or mother that they knew and that a rat was the lowest form of life there was.

They told themselves all those things because they didn’t have the courage to admit, even to themselves, the real reasons for their silence: The fear of the judgement of their neighbors and the retaliation of the thugs once the police were gone.

So they wrapped their cowardice into nobility and things didn’t change.

and that brings us to this piece in the Daily Mail:

Pakistani community leaders in Rotherham were complicit in hushing up the shocking ‘ethnic’ dimensions of the sexual exploitation rather than speaking out, it was claimed yesterday.

Parveen Qureshi, director of the United Multicultural Centre in Rotherham, revealed the shocking issue was widely discussed between leaders who were privately ‘trying to resolve the problem’.

She refused to name those who kept quiet, but was certain the problem of Asian men abusing white girls was known ‘for a long time’.

It takes courage to speak up to tell the truth and break that code of silence, it takes guts to free your neighborhoods of that kind of thing. The Muslim community has two choices. They can look at this problem and tackle it head on, or they can deny, dissemble or deflect saying the focus should be on the victims.

The decision they make will determine how their community and their sons are perceived by the British public for generations, make the wrong choice and the community will end up with the credibility of German civilians in 1946 insisting to British soldiers stationed there they had no idea the death camps existed

May you have joy in the choice you make.

Update: Related via HotAir Headlines: Where are the marches against The Islamic State?:

Sadly, mainstream Muslims have no choice but to come to terms with the fact that groups of people are car-bombing, shooting, starving, kidnapping and beheading people in the name of Islam — not to mention blowing up churches and mosques. Where is the anger? Is it possible that the marches in support of Palestinians are well-attended because Muslims hate Israel more than we hate criminal gangs who have hijacked the narrative of our religion?

The decision before the community is this: Either we reject the Islamic State and groups like it in the clearest possible terms, or we allow them to become the face of Muslims. When we say “It’s not Islam,” we are dismissing the criminals as someone else’s problem. The truth is, nobody else is going to deal with them. It might seem easier to evade this responsibility, but the price of doing so will be heavy. Because, to the rest of the world, that horrific picture is what Muslims have become. If we don’t do something now, that image will be the world’s perception of us for years to come.

Of course it could be that her fellow muslims, despite pro-forma statements actually support those guys. I wonder if Yasmine Bahrani considered the possibility?


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