Congratulations to everyone for surviving the End of the World on September 23rd. The good news is that you’re not dead. The bad news is that the United States is getting more insane with each passing day with no relief in sight.
Biggest story going on right now is the President of the United States remaining locked in a vicious war of words and escalating threats with violent, anti-American forces. That’s right. I’m talking about Trump’s comments aimed at kneeling players in the NFL and his revocation of Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House. The athletes involved have responded in kind.
As I’ve said before, I have absolutely no use for professional sports so it’s not like I am going to do anything differently regardless of anthem protests or what the president says about them. It does bother me that my tax dollars are used to build and improve upon stadiums that these assholes use to protest against me and what I believe in. On that basis, I guess I do have a dog on this fight.
What I will also say is that I’d have a lot more respect for NFL owners if they would directly punish players for kneeling during protests instead of cowardly refusing to sign Kaepernick while pretending like it’s not the reason why they won’t sign him. Don’t be a pussy. If you don’t want to sign him because he’s bad for business, say so. The fans will reward you for it. Trump is correct on that point, NFL team owners.
This was pure “campaign speech” Trump. He got on stage and started just rambling about something and took a position the audience wanted to hear. Not sure why he had to make it about football, but that’s how he does it.
What I did find interesting is that it’s probably the first time in modern political history that a sitting president called for a boycott of a particular American business. I can’t think of another example of this happening. I expect it will be effective, as far as the NFL is concerned. Football fans are largely white and conservative. This particular demographic has money to spend. The NFL will feel their absence.
NBA players bitching about the president won’t affect them at all. I don’t think NBA fans are especially known for being pro-Trump or especially patriotic (allow me to duck and cover before the angry basketball fans start throwing Air Jordans at me). Point is that the NBA doesn’t have much to lose by fighting with Trump or supporting these idiotic protests.
Interestingly, a MLB player took a knee during the national anthem for the first time last night. I’ll be curious to see how that plays out. Maxwell is the son of a US Army serviceman, so it’s going to be hard to make the “unpatriotic” or “disrespectful to the troops” label stick. He’s most likely doing it as a “fuck you” to Trump. That might play well in Oakland, but it’s not a wise career move for a first year rookie. You know what though? the picture of him doing it is weird. He still has his hat off and over his heart. He’s not looking down with his fist up in the “black power” position. It’s sort of a half-assed protest poise. What am I supposed to infer from it? It looks more like he’s worshipping the anthem instead of protesting it. Is he trying to look more reverent?
The problem that NFL players, ESPN, Hollywood, and the rest of the entertainment industry has is that the more they talk about politics, the fewer Americans watch. They’re losing their influence the more they try to use it. The NFL is declining even as movie box office sales and television ratings do. It doesn’t matter one whit how much ESPN tries to rally around the players if Americans are cutting cable and don’t hear it because they don’t want to. You have a right to speak your mind in America, sort of. You have absolutely no right to be taken seriously. If your job description is “throws and catches a ball”, I really don’t care what you think. If your job is earnestly discussing other people throwing and catching balls, you’re a complete joke to me.
Speaking of Hollywood, James Woods wants you to leave Dolly Parton alone. Honestly, I was surprised to see Dolly Parton on stage between bitter leftist scrunt Lilly Tomlin and known traitor Jane Fonda when they went at Trump. Did Parton know that they were going to do that? I am in the “no, I don’t think so” camp. It sucks though. A 9 to 5 reunion should have been a cool moment in the Emmy’s, but of course they had to screw it up with partisan politics instead of talking about the awareness that the movie brought to women’s issues in the workplace (sexual harassment, unequal pay, child care, etc) and the work that remains to be done instead of more mindless bashing of the president. Will they ever learn? Nope.
Hollywood and professional sports getting immersed in politics is merely annoying. When the intelligence and security apparatus, or “Deep State” gets involved, it’s just terrifying. Sharyl Attkinson explained the pattern of apparent abuses that the NSA has been engaging in and how the Trump campaign was just one of its many targets.
Regarding one of the most well-known Deep State alumni, Valerie Plame Wilson (accidentally?) came out as an anti-Semite this week by retweeting an article about how Jews cause all American wars or something. Ah, this one is tough. I’m not a fan of Wilson’s by any means, but I also don’t believe that “retweets equal endorsements”. She ended up backing off an apologizing, but I’m going to say that I read the article she referred to and I don’t find fault with it. Yes, it’s edgelord to talk shit about Jews and paint them as a subversive force in society, but I happen to agree with the central thrust of the original article that conservative America’s unabashed support for Israel is probably more trouble than its worth.
You know what’s really subversive though? When Americans start enthusiastically spreading North Korean propaganda because they hate the current president.
I witnessed a lot of liberals having a laugh about this and I have to say, cheering on a guy who is vowing to nuke your country is a bad look. I don’t recommend it.
Rocket Man and the Dotard are both mouthy guys, of course. Unfortunately, they can’t settle it with a fistfight. I think that a trial by combat between a septuagenarian and obese little boy would be interesting though. Still, Politico wonders if the name-calling is working to Rocket Man’s advantage.
That’s what I’ve been following this week. Anybody have anything to share or discuss? Hopefully something non-political?