Kneeling for the Anthem

Lately, leadership at several “professional sports” franchises have expressed support for players who kneel during performance of the national anthem of the United States of America. Some of those leaders argue that few other employers require employees to stand for a national anthem, and neither should they as leaders of “professional sports” franchises.

This may be a defensible argument when made by players and other employees. One could argue that a foreign national should not be forced to subserviently acknowledge another nation’s anthem. Except this isn’t a forced workday humiliation.

These entertainment businesses provide a show for the amusement of spectators. The performance of a national anthem and respectful acknowledgement by all in the stadium is a part of the show. Forcing those same spectators to endure the desecration of the anthem is just another show but it’s a show that that’s unlikely to find much audience.

None of these shows need to include the anthem at all. So if the players kneel on the stage, then that’s in the script.

Another Act of Revenge

One thousand nine hundred fifty years ago, on July 20, Titus ordered Roman forces to attack the Antonia Fortress surrounding the second Jewish temple, the center of Jewish civilization. In August, the Roman forces had destroyed the temple. In September, Rome held the whole city.

Titus did not accept a wreath for his victory. He considered his part in the destruction of Jerusalem divine providence.

Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson declared that all citizens over the age of 10 shall wear a mask in public or pay a fine of one to five days wages beginning Monday 20 July.

Who does he serve?

When an Act Becomes an Identity

I don’t know if it’s a Chinese curse or not, but we do indeed “live in interesting times.”

Today the Supreme Court of the United States of America expanded the legal definition of “sex,” that is the paired biological function by which most life on earth replicates, to include homoerotic behavior and sexual degeneracy. Further, it ruled that individuals and groups which express such perversions do so innately, thus trumping any argument at law that a decision to habitually engage in such health threatening acts is avoidable. The initial instance at law – whether or not an employer may dismiss and refuse to hire people who engage in self-harm which also endangers the public – provided ample excuse for these jurists to declare a lies to be truth and the truth to be lies.

Two purportedly Christian justices, Roberts and Gorsuch, joined the majority in this mockery of judgement. Their votes made the difference.

While You’re Dying

The whole world has chosen to treat a slightly-worse-than-usual cold as an excuse to destroy all of civilization. Healthy people routinely overcome this latest worldwide infection with minor symptoms and no medical assistance. Children and youth barely become ill. Yet we have shut whole cities and countries to ward our chronicly ill and extremely old from the possibility of death, a death which in any prior age would have already taken most such lives.

We have chosen to save those least deserving and least capable by harming those most deserving and most capable. It’s a disgusting symptom of our civilization’s rot.

Cancer-chan Comes for Limbaugh

When I was a very young man, I admired Rush Limbaugh. He seemed to address many of my political beliefs with his talk-radio performance, and maybe some of my personal beliefs, too. Yet, as I aged and acquired experience to augment the wisdom of my parents, I realized that the man I admired is, like most of us, flawed. I could empathize with his flaws, perhaps even “forgive” him his vices.

Then I aged more, acquired yet more wisdom from experience and the experience of others, and finally comprehended that Limbaugh would not repent foolishness. Here’s a short sample.

  • He is unable to sustain a marriage.
  • He acquired an addiction to prescription medications.
  • He continues to preach religious, sexual, and racial equality.
  • He smokes tobacco despite overwhelming evidence of the dangers of inhaling smoke for recreation.

That last one appears likely to result in his early death.

The very most important task we must accomplish as men is preparing our sons for productive lives which will project into the future beyond any hope of their longevity. In some ways, Limbaugh has partially accomplished that – except he has no son.

But, even if the man has left a mark, it’s a mixed bag, full of at least as many mistakes as triumphs. One of those will end his life, and it’s not a glorious death.

Trump calls Limbaugh to argue that murdering an Iranian general in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government isn’t a war crime.

It’s demoralizing to see our southern border ignored in preference to bombing brown people. It’s confusing to hear the Trump threaten a nation we “freed” from a “dictator” when its people decide they’ve had enough of US military occupation. It’s enraging to imagine my son conscripted into a war on the other side of the planet when we’re facing an invasion here at home.