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NFL’s Richard Sherman Condemns Black Lives Matter

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 16, 2015

Richard ShermanOne of the best players in the National Football League is Seattle Seahawk’s Richard Sherman.  This brash-talking, hard-hitting defensive back is feared throughout the league by opposing teams.

Sherman is a wonderful American success story.  Coming from a disadvantaged background, he went on to attend Stanford University where he was a star football player and obtained a great education.  He parlayed this into success in the NFL.

Recently, Black Lives Matter activists King Noble used an unauthorized photograph of Sherman, adding to it a violent and racist message: “When are we gon Kill These KKKracka Bro.”  Sherman was livid and his response unequivocal, posting a response included below.  It is disappointing that President Obama is not as clear in his related statements to the American people.

Sherman’s post:

I did not believe this when I heard about it.  I watched your videos.  I started a life in the gehto [sic]. I banged like a fool till I woke up.  I was not suppressed by any man or woman, white or black.

I worked myself up from Compton High School to a scholarship at Standford University and I did it myself.  I take pride in what I have accomplished both as a black man, and an athlete.  I could have stayed in LA and banged and used drugs and thought that it was all the white mans fault [sic].  But that would be a lie.  We are who we want to be, that is what is great about america [sic].  We are all born with the same chances in life..white or black…YOU choose to be a woman-abusing racist loudmouth.  I would love to debate you on national tv [sic].  And if you condone senseless black shootings of whites and police officers, you better make that a debate on Springer, so I can bitchslap your ignorant ass!

You are what is keeping and making the black race look bad. Wake up fool.  Do not glorify this half a man, he has worked for nothing.  He chose to keep himself where he is, not the white people.  It is time to take responsibility for your own actions, and not act like a stinking fool.  Kids and young black men and women look at this site, and believe that they are abused.  That is a bold-faced lie.  It is out of the mouths of cheap thugs like you that are hurting our young and taking away the chances they have to make themselves a productive part of society.  Brothers and sisters: the only slavery in america now is the one you put yourself into Rise up like Doctor King as taught us, and be a real human being [sic].  We are all in this together white and black.  Peace to all and I hope this stupid fake hate stops real soon.  We are all brothers and sisters.  Do not be fooled by the tyranny of evil men like this lift yourself up educate yourselves and work hard for a good life [sic].  No one owes you anything stand proud as a person of color , and do something meaningful with your life [sic].  I did and I am the best at what I do!  Peace out, R Sherman.”

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Former NFL Player Blames Anti-Poverty Programs for Damaging African-American Community

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 9, 2014

Former NFL linebacker, Garry Cobb, played college football at USC and then went on to an 11 year pro football career. He is now running for Congress in New Jersey as a Republican in an area that typically votes Democratic.

In a television interview (video below), Cobb discusses why he switched parties and became a Republican years ago. He explains that as a child in the 60s his parents instilled in their large family a strong work ethic. At the same time he watched some of his cousins’ families break up as a result of Lyndon Johnson’s antipoverty programs, which that offered financial incentives for fathers to leave their households. As a result, Cobb also watched some of his cousins take the wrong path, ending up in jail. He contrasts this to the success that he and his siblings have, a result of his parents not getting sucked into the Progressive’s vortex.

Cobb’s explanation of the damage done to the African-American community by governmental programs is compelling. It should be the centerpiece of the Republican Party’s domestic agenda. However, Republicans often cower from the fear of being called racist. As an African-American, Cobb has no such fear. He is joining a still small, but growing list of African-Americans who are becoming a more vocal part of the Republican Party including Col. Allen West and Dr. Ben Carson.

Republicans would do well to elect leaders like Cobb who have the ability to articulate a cohesive domestic policy. Their current leadership is lacking in these important skills.

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Bob Costas Rants Against Gun Ownership

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 8, 2012

Last weekend Kansas City Chief pro football player Jevon Beltcher murdered his girlfriend Casandra Perkeins and then committed suicide.  This was a personal tragedy for all involved.

Unfortunately, the tragedy is being used to promote a political agenda by some on the Left who immediately placed blame on the gun rather than the perpetrator of the heinous act.  NBC sports commentator, Bob Costas, last Sunday used his podium as announcer at a nationally televised football game to share a rant against guns included in the video posted below.

During Costas’ diatribe, he proffered the view that the football player and his girlfriend would not be dead had there been stricter gun control laws.  It is remarkable that when murder is committed, possibly the most serious breach of law, Progressives believe that adding more laws will somehow correct the problem.  Ludicrous!

Costas referred to Kansas City sports columnist, Jason Whitlock, as a source of wisdom on the subject of guns.  Whitlock has turned this tragedy into a race issue when he recently said: “I believe the NRA is the new KKK.  And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests.”  The fact that Costas had to refer to a race-baiter like Whitlock for expertise on gun control is indication that he is ill-equipped to comment on the subject.

There are many outside influences that could have played a role in Jevon Beltcher’s act of violence.  Certainly he is in a violent sport that has caused head injuries to many players.  In addition, Beltcher’s generation has been raised on violent video games, movies and music.  Costas focus on guns and while ignoring the industries that pay his salary is telling.

Today, tragedy has hit another NFL player.  It has been reported that Dallas cowboy tackle Josh Brent has been arrested for potential intoxication manslaughter after driving a car that flipped, resulting in the death of fellow cowboy player Jerry Brown.  Who will Costas blame for this tragedy?

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Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin Show Progressives’ Racist Side

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 19, 2012

The emergence of Jeremy Lin as a National Basketball Association star has again brought to the forefront a poorly kept secret about bigotry from the Left.  That racism reached a new high when sports network ESPN published online the following racist headline after a New York Knicks suffered a loss after a string of victories: “Chink In The Armor“.  As the complaints began, ESPN rather quickly the headline and offered an apology.  Apologies are appropriate for mistakes, not malicious intent.

It is remarkable how outwardly racist the Leftist news media has become.  ESPN’s headline concerning Jeremy Lin is but one example.  The major networks ongoing commentary about Lin and his Asian American heritage are more telling.  This man is a basketball player and when he’s being judged in that profession it should be based only on the skills he displays on the court.  Neither the color of the skin nor the shape of his eyes should play any part on the commentary.  However, in the modern world created by the Progressive Left, skin color, gender and sexual orientation now trump the person’s skills and other objective attributes.

There has also been an undercurrent from the press about Lin’s deep-seated religious beliefs.  This commentary has been similar to the clamor created by young football star Tim Tebow whose skills on the football field at the University of Florida included two national championships and a Heisman Trophy.  Upon graduation, Tebow set records the SEC for most quarterback stats.  In only his second year in the NFL, he took the Denver Broncos to the AFC West title game.  With all these football accomplishments, much of the media during the Broncos run for the championship focused on Tebow’s religious beliefs and his displays of them.

Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow are remarkable athletes, the subject that should be the focus of the sports media’s reporting.  The racist commentary on Lin and the focus of both athletes’ faith indicates an alternative agenda from the Leftist press.  This Blog, being is a proponent of free speech and free markets believes that it is up to the advertisers and viewers of the networks to determine the appropriate punishment for the networks racist behavior.

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Teachers, Tenure, NFL and Wall Street

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 31, 2011

Discussions relating to the challenges state and municipal governments face often include the cost of education.  While most Americans agree that the educational process needs repairs, proposed actions are debated.

Those on the Left often express the belief that the educational system can be improved by throwing more money at it.  For example, President Obama suggested including billions more for “public school modernization” in his latest jobs plan.  This is in the time-honored Progressive tradition that proffers that any societal ill can be cured by government spending.  If only it was so easy!

The main school of thought is that America’s education problems are more systemic that include a breakdown of family and a corrupt philosophy within unions that rewards teachers for years of service, rather than performance.  This Blog adheres to this view.

Hall of Fame quarterback, Fran Tarkenton, retired from the NFL (National Football League) in 1978 after 17 terrific years.  He has since been an entrepreneur and adviser on small business education.  Tarkenton published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal some weeks ago titled What if the NFL Played by Teachers’ Rules? that looks into the problems of public education.  To make a point, he interposes the method of compensation and promotion for teachers and NFL players saying: “Imagine the National Football League in an alternate reality.  Each player’s salary is based on how long he’s been in the league.  It’s about tenure, not talent.  The same scale is used for every player, no matter whether he’s an All-Pro quarterback or the last man on the roster. … “.  The result of such lunacy is easy to understand.  Under such a system the NFL would at best offer a mediocre product that few would be willing to purchase and the league would ultimately disappear.

For those like President Obama who claim that more money can address the problem of education, Tarkenton offers the following statistics in rebuttal:

  • Inflation-adjusted spending per student in the Unites States has tripled since 1970.
  • America spends more per student than any other Western country except Switzerland.
  • Spending on buildings and equipment for schools has doubled since 1989, even after being adjusted for inflation.

Tarkenton correctly concludes that one problem with America’s educational system is the method by which its employees are compensated.  Teachers are not rewarded on results or efforts, but merely for years on the job, have little incentive to excel.  Worse, poor teachers who have no fear of being terminated for performance continue to teach to the determent of students.

America’s corruptive compensation practices are not only found in public education and the problem is broader than the way unions demand compensation for members.  For example, there is rightfully much angst being expressed by the Occupy Wall Street movement relating to Wall Street’s compensation for some of the same executives that helped create the Country’s ongoing financial mess.

The federal government played a role in creating Wall Street’s outrageous compensation packages.  First, starting in the late 1990’s, it and the Federal Reserve bailed out Wall Street with historically low interest rates every time the economy slowed down.  This led to bubbles and a belief on Wall Street that there was little risk in their increasing risky behavior.  Had the government let the recessions occur, i.e. required market corrections, during this ten-year period, Wall Street banks would have had poor profit years that would not only have tempered compensation packages, but more importantly tempered their willingness to make what were outrageously risky investments.

The government’s response to the 2008 financial meltdown was even more outrageous, bailing out the very people who caused the crisis.  However, instead of making these capitalist pay the ultimate price for their gross failures, the destruction of their companies, the government bailed them out.  That allowed the same executives to retain their jobs with outrageous compensation packages at the expense of the American taxpayer.  This grotesque crony capitalism started under the Bush Administration and continues under Obama.

Examples of compensation inequities in America are many.  These inequities have intensified in recent years not because of greed or capitalism, but because of peoples’ ability to act on that greed.  This increasing ability to act on greed has been enhanced by unnatural market manipulations that range from union demands for government workers, to governmental bailouts of huge banks and companies.  Unless these unnatural market manipulations are addressed (stopped) the problem of the inequities will continue.  Unfortunately those that govern will instead likely create still more interventions to repair their earlier interventions, which will only exasperate the problems.  This madness will continue until a transformational leader emerges with the guts to break the ties between power groups and those that govern.

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Barack Obama and The Emperor’s Clothes

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 26, 2009

President Obama will ultimately be judged by deeds and not his words.  Unfortunately, in this area the President has proven to be just another politician, creating an image that does not match his deeds.  I submit three examples:

Climate Change – President Obama has frequently used the threat of imminent crises to further political agendas.  One such crisis is the catastrophe that will come from man-made global warming.  Irrespective of one’s beliefs of the reality of the crisis, President Obama has not run his Presidency in a manner of a true believer.  The President has used Air Force One, the largest private jet in the world, to travel like few of his predecessors.  This included a trip to Copenhagen in the failed effort to get the Olympics to come to his hometown, Chicago; then there were two additional trips to Scandinavia within 10 days, one to collect the Noble Peace Prize and the other ironically to address climate change; and now the President is vacationing in Hawaii, perhaps the furthest point he could find from Washington and still be on American soil.  How many tons of carbon has the President spewed into the atmosphere during these jaunts?  Either the President is not a true believer or feels his position exempts him from “walking the walk”.

Obama the Athlete – Those who watch NFL football have seen the President catching a pass in a commercial that extols the virtues of exercise for children.  While the message is noble, this picture of the President does not match his decision to smoke cigarettes, perhaps the unhealthiest habit that a teen can pick up.  What message does this hypocritical behavior send to our youth?

On Fatherhood – The President can also be seen in commercials promoting fatherhood.  While again a noble cause, his message is disingenuous.  In the short commercial the President states “It doesn’t have to be hard” to be a good father.  While a nice thought, this statement is just false.  Being a good father is anything but easy.  It takes sacrifice that will only come when fatherhood is thought of as a responsibility and obligation to those of us who father children.  Sugar-coating the message will not make better fathers.  In addition, the President’s has shown questionable parenting skills by exposing his two children in their formative years to a bigoted preacher.  What message did he expect these young girls to take from Reverend Wright’s rants?

Politicians creating images that do not match reality is not new.  During Franklin Roosevelt’s Presidency he was not photographed in a way that would show his paralysis.  John Kennedy was presented as a great family man, which he certainly was not.  George W. Bush was presented as a fiscal conservative, which he was not.  However, a major theme of Obama’s campaign was bringing transparency to Washington and creating a new type of politics.  These promises have proven hollow.

Great leaders lead by example.  It is unfortunate that during his first year as President that Barack Obama has not met this standard.

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