Of Dead Geese and Distractions Removed

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Of Dead Geese and Distractions Removed

by baldilocks

For the last few days, it’s been all about Don­ald Trump and his fiery words to NFL own­ers regard­ing play­ers who choose to sit down or kneel dur­ing the play­ing of the National Anthem. Lots of mis­char­ac­ter­i­za­tions out there about the state of this feud, includ­ing that it’s a “First Amend­ment” issue or a “Free Speech” issue. It’s nei­ther. It’s a con­trac­tual issue between the employer – the NFL – and the employ­ees –the play­ers. And if the employer chooses to allow its employ­ees to react in any way that an indi­vid­ual employee sees fit, then that’s the way it should be.

And, of course, the con­sumers — ticket-​buyers and view­ers — should respond in the way each indi­vid­ual con­sumer sees fit. Noth­ing new there.

Con­sumers should remem­ber that

[t]he league reg­u­larly clamps down on social mes­sag­ing, like wear­ing cleats com­mem­o­rat­ing the heroes of the 911 attacks or decals hon­or­ing slain Dal­las law enforce­ment offi­cers. Tak­ing a knee for God can also be prob­lem­atic, just ask Tim Tebow. But the anthem protests are explic­itly league-​sanctioned activ­i­ties.

Empha­sis mine.

I think that the ulti­mately goal is to bank­rupt the NFL. Why own­ers would go along with this is open to spec­u­la­tion, so that’s what I will do. Speculate.

The elite know things about which we non-​elites can only con­spir­acy the­o­rize and I think they see which way the wind is blow­ing in this coun­try – toward social­ism. And many of them are undoubt­edly assist­ing the wind’s direc­tion. So, they want to cut their losses sooner than later and, there­fore, are will­ing to see their Golden Egg-​laying Goose destroyed. No big deal because, for most of them, the NFL isn’t their only Goose. One won­ders whether Pres­i­dent Trump’s son-​of-​a-​female-​dog com­men­tary was intended to speed up this process; to inflame anger in the true tools in this saga: the play­ers and the con­sumers, not to men­tion the tax­pay­ers who often fund the con­struc­tion of stadiums.

But there’s some­thing else to con­sider:

The last thing Amer­i­cans (and par­tic­u­larly Amer­i­can men) need is agenda-​spreading bread and cir­cuses, either pay­ing for the “priv­i­lege” or wast­ing hours in front of the tele­screen. With the accel­er­ated pace the Repub­lic is being inter­nally sub­verted, and with the enhanced and extended dan­gers that appears to be mak­ing inevitable, I’m sure we could all find more pro­duc­tive uses for our lim­ited time and resources.

If my the­ory is cor­rect, I don’t think the elite bar­gained for the fact that they might be remov­ing a dis­trac­tion from those who would oppose their true agenda, but that’s what they are prob­a­bly doing.

Speak­ing of dead geese and remov­ing a dis­trac­tion, this is from the Insta­gram account of Sonequa Martin-​Green, the star of the new Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery:

The cast is kneel­ing in sol­i­dar­ity with the NFL players.

I watched the first two episodes free via CBS All Access and I was impressed. Because of that, I had been think­ing about buy­ing the ser­vice, but now I think I’ll pass. I already have to ignore enough Left­ist polit­i­cal mus­ings from mem­bers of the older Trek casts.

Maybe I’ll check it out when it’s free – assum­ing there aren’t more press­ing things on all of our plates by then.

(Thanks to Big Hol­ly­wood)

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

For the last few days, it’s been all about Donald Trump and his fiery words to NFL owners regarding players who choose to sit down or kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. Lots of mischaracterizations out there about the state of this feud, including that it’s a “First Amendment” issue or a “Free Speech” issue. It’s neither. It’s a contractual issue between the employer – the NFL – and the employees –the players. And if the employer chooses to allow its employees to react in any way that an individual employee sees fit, then that’s the way it should be.

And, of course, the consumers — ticket-buyers and viewers — should respond in the way each individual consumer sees fit. Nothing new there.

Consumers should remember that

[t]he league regularly clamps down on social messaging, like wearing cleats commemorating the heroes of the 9/11 attacks or decals honoring slain Dallas law enforcement officers. Taking a knee for God can also be problematic, just ask Tim Tebow. But the anthem protests are explicitly league-sanctioned activities.

Emphasis mine.

I think that the ultimately goal is to bankrupt the NFL. Why owners would go along with this is open to speculation, so that’s what I will do. Speculate.

The elite know things about which we non-elites can only conspiracy theorize and I think they see which way the wind is blowing in this country – toward socialism. And many of them are undoubtedly assisting the wind’s direction. So, they want to cut their losses sooner than later and, therefore, are willing to see their Golden Egg-laying Goose destroyed. No big deal because, for most of them, the NFL isn’t their only Goose. One wonders whether President Trump’s son-of-a-female-dog commentary was intended to speed up this process; to inflame anger in the true tools in this saga: the players and the consumers, not to mention the taxpayers who often fund the construction of stadiums.

But there’s something else to consider:

The last thing Americans (and particularly American men) need is agenda-spreading bread and circuses, either paying for the “privilege” or wasting hours in front of the telescreen. With the accelerated pace the Republic is being internally subverted, and with the enhanced and extended dangers that appears to be making inevitable, I’m sure we could all find more productive uses for our limited time and resources.

If my theory is correct, I don’t think the elite bargained for the fact that they might be removing a distraction from those who would oppose their true agenda, but that’s what they are probably doing.

Speaking of dead geese and removing a distraction, this is from the Instagram account of Sonequa Martin-Green, the star of the new Star Trek: Discovery:

The cast is kneeling in solidarity with the NFL players.

I watched the first two episodes free via CBS All Access and I was impressed. Because of that, I had been thinking about buying the service, but now I think I’ll pass. I already have to ignore enough Leftist political musings from members of the older Trek casts.

Maybe I’ll check it out when it’s free – assuming there aren’t more pressing things on all of our plates by then.

(Thanks to Big Hollywood)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!