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Monday, September 25, 2017

Good-bye National Football League


It was more of a visceral reaction than a conscious one. I was driving by the local high school athletic fields when I saw it was youth football practice.

Named after a legendary American Football coach from the turn of the last century, "Pop Warner" youth leagues are in ever town here in New England and since Fall is the season for football, you can see the kids out practicing, bless their rattled little heads.

So I had the strangest reaction when I saw a "Football Mom" helping her young son get into his uniform. I winced a little. For some reason it seemed like child abuse although I really do know better than that.

A child always wants to please their parents so there's no way of knowing if this kid really wanted to play football or if it was something imposed upon him by his parents, especially Dad who most likely played the game himself and as I looked upon he scene, I felt the boy wasn't old enough to make that decision for himself. Not this decision anyway.

Back when they had to literally flay your knee wide open in the operating room to repair injuries leaving Amazon River like scars on young knees, I saw a good portion of such work even at the high school level. I even played the game myself for a year and although it wasn't my first concussion since I lived in a tough neighborhood where we fought all the time, it was a good one.

I was playing right defensive tackle and one game when the play came my way, made the tackle with my head into the numbers like I was taught. But when I got up the field was sideways. To not help matters, we were playing a very successful team from a "blood and guts" program known for what we refer to as "smash-mouth" football. Their coach saw what my coach did not, namely me stumbling around on the field asking the right guard where I was supposed to be. They quickly ran the next play over my position again. The running back didn't even try to avoid me, he tried running right over me. But, I made the tackle again in the same fashion and that was it for me. I was out on my feet at that point and spent the remainder of the game sitting woozily on the bench. I just got my "bell rung" was all. The next day "I was fine" and back at practice.

I was never really a fan of the game but I played because adults came to me and asked me to play so I signed up. It's an interesting game in many respects but in others it is very destructive. So destructive that players spend a lot of time adding muscle to their frames so that they can take the physical abuse of the games. This time is not spent actually playing the game, it is spent so one CAN play the game. I look upon this as a fundamental flaw.

If you are on the Cross Country Track team, you run, you get better at running. Wrestling, the same thing, you wrestle. In most sports, time spent playing the game is it's most beneficial action and weight training augments the skill set. Football doesn't seem to fall into the same category. I never played beyond that one season as a high school freshman.

Over the years I've seen some good even great athletes destroyed by the game of football. Our star player in high school, a guy who had played since he was 6 years old, had to give it up due to chronic neck injury. He was 17.  Another guy, one of the most decorated athletes to come out of my high school being an All-Scholastic in two sports two years in a row and a New England champion wrestler started to have black-outs his freshman year of college and had to stop playing football. He was 19. Yet another star player who was a standout Pop Warner star but who was short in stature and thus never could gain the weight was blind-sided during a game by a guy 100 lbs heavier. The hit smashed his wrist into his breastplate, breaking it and putting him out not only of football but the next sports season also. He was 17 and today his wrist does not turn. Nobody died but statistically across the nation more high school kids playing sports are killed playing football. In fact, football leads in all injury categories.

The people you see on television playing the pro game aren't necessarily the best players but the best players who managed to hold together long enough to reach the pro league. They can all read off a list of the major injuries they've incurred over time and have come back from. Who can imagine?

American Football is all about destruction. It's a game that destroys it's best athletes and according to Sports Illustrated the average player lasts 2.66 years.

I remember when I was a kid and there was this popular player, a lineman named Rosie Greer. He was a big guy and he became a minister when he had to stop playing football. I remember seeing him on television as a guest on some show and when he walked out, he had a very noticeable limb. His gate immediately gave you the impression that he was on very shaky pins.

In fact, many of these former pros from decades past are physical wrecks. What good is all that money and glory when you're a cripple? And these guys are cripples. Ask Ted Johnson, 3 time Super Bowl champion linebacker for the New England Patriots how he's enjoying all the money he made? The short story on that is: He's messed up!

"But Wal Man." you say, "The NFL is making safer helmets!"

By trying to make a safer helmet you are only giving false hope to the hopeless. The same helmet developed to reduce the impact of a hit for the player also allows the same player to just hit harder without knocking themselves out. It doesn't do anything to prevent your brain impacting the inside of your skull where all the real damage comes from.  A hard shell helmet remains, and was since its invention, a head-delivered weapon and marked the beginning of the ultimate end of American pro football. The damage it's caused and continues to cause is a crime.

So many of these NFL guys are messed up it's hard to fathom anyone is still playing the game or that parents are still sending their kids to football practice. It boggles my mind.

Hence, knowing what I know and having seen what I've seen, when I drove by that kid and his mom my gut actually wrenched.

And now, since we are finally seeing pictures and hard evidence of what we all really already knew but could reasonably be in denial over, will this "game" ever be the same to you to watch? Now that we know, who still wants into this sport?

Which takes us back to the real reason many kids get involved with the game at an early age to begin with.

It's up to Mom and Dad.








Monday, September 11, 2017

Muslim Gunmen Leave 19 Dead in Myanmar


This is the headline you should have seen. 

The details aren’t in dispute. Nine Myanmar police were killed in a coordinated attack on three stations. Another four were killed when “Hundreds of men wielding pistols and swords attacked Myanmar troops”. Other bodies have been discovered. 

This is more than just a misunderstanding.

But when the Leftist press like the BBC and PBS for that matter encounters such religious conflicts like Muslims attacking Buddhists in their own homeland they always waver a bit about the cause.

They say “The attacker’s motives are unclear.”

Unclear, is that so?

How awkward it must be for them to outline Muslim Aggression.

So they ignore it. Instead of focusing on the reported total of 19 dead Myanmar police, people with families and who are the protectors of their homeland, they instead focus on the fact that the Muslims population, who has overstayed what little welcome they had, are now being “Repressed”. 

They as that in Myanmar the Rohingya have very little and who can doubt that but in a land of few resources, how much difference in the standard of living is there between these Rohingya and the regular peasant population? We’ve all seen the pictures from the floods in Myanmar from two years ago. How much more nothing can you have? There just isn’t enough nothing to go around in Myanmar. 

So the motive for this conflict must be something else since we know that once a Muslim population anywhere in the world reaches a certain size, it starts trying to take over and despite the International Press just showing up now like this all just happened in a vacuum, this scene has the look of something long and complicated. These people have a history and we ain't hearing anything about that part of the story, as usual.  

Looks like the Buddhists, much to Amnesty International’s surprise, don’t want to have terms dictated to them in their own country or have their policemen murdered.

So the Myanmar government has decided it’s time for these Rohingya to go and so are rousting them toward the Bangladesh border from which most of them came and burning their villages. What they don’t seem to be doing is shooting them down en mass in the streets because you know if they were, we’d be hearing about that. That would push "We Hate Donald Trump" off the front page of the national news outlets if it were so. 

But these poor unfortunates are apparently running into old landmines left over from whatever never-reported issues with Bangladesh in the past and people are now getting their limbs blown off.

So the focus of the outrage is that some of those on the move are stepping on landmines, losing the only home they had and are now fleeing a ‘Genocidal Myanmar Military”. With so many people on the move, it can be called a "humanitarian crisis" but Genocide? Where? Getting a foot blown off is bad yes and losing two is worse but it's not Genocide. 

The use of such language insults the meaning of the term. 

But the real message of such shrill and hysterical language is that if a nation tries to retaliate and protect themselves and their people from the Muslim Expansion into their territory they are now Racists and acting “Disproportionately” to the incidents that triggered the retaliation. 

The "Incident", which bears repeating, where 19 Myanmar police officers, trained to protect the people, were killed by these Muslim invaders who have now been put on the run and are now crying like any criminal who now faces punishment. Are they sorry for the deaths of these Myanmar policemen? We don't know.

I’ll tell you how this all could have been avoided; don’t go attacking and killing the police force of a country you depend upon for shelter such that it is. 

That’ll do it.

We should be calling it fair play. Don’t be an Islamic Death-Cult Following Police Killer and you won’t get your family run out on a rail for being a terrorist, get your grass hut with all your nothing in it burned up and have to run over mine fields to get out of the country. 

The Buddhists, I believe, call this "The Law of Cause and Effect". 

Something stinks in Myanmar alright and it’s Amnesty International. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Chain Pharmacies Fuel Opioid Epidemic



It is no great secret that it's the big pharmaceutical companies behind the pushing of highly addictive drugs onto anybody stupid or willing enough to take them. But many people actually trust their doctors and so it can be understood how they can be lead astray by this trust in people who are just people like you and me after all and are subject to the same social and economic pressures we all are.

But the Pharmaceutical companies know people trust their doctors and this is why they go after them with their slick and well paid sales forces to shower paid speaking engagements, trips and other incentives so that they will peddle the poison that the big drug companies are selling.

When I look at a doctor today, all I see is a drug pusher in a lab coat.

When I was younger doctors never gave you an Opioid for an ankle injury. You only got this stuff, the same stuff that is in Heroin, if you were dying of a terminal disease. They felt that if you were going to die, then heroin wouldn't be "habit forming" as they used to describe such things.

Now the chain drug stores are distributing Opioids as fast as the big drug companies can make them. Everybody wants them and its no wonder...they're all addicted now.

This is one way to run a business that can never fail. Hook all your customers onto the Smack your selling and you will insure that you will always have a steady demand for the product. It still works for the tobacco industry.

Win-win, baby, win-win!

And who cares if these people, once they have finally reached their prescription limit, are now full-fledged addicts who will steal anything and hit people over he head to buy the only adequate replacement for what they can no longer get: Street Heroin.

Well isn't that just dandy?!

And that's just business to the big drug outfits. There's a lot of talk from politicians on both sides of the isle but they aren't going to do anything since they're all on the payroll too.

In the city near Boston where I work there is a city park and there are an awful lot of people just hanging around during the day even though it's on the main street. There is a CVRiteGreen's franchise pharmacy in the adjacent building. A building security guard has said that there are syringes hidden everywhere in the park and in the building. He finds them stashed everywhere they can be stashed.

But where are these needles coming from? Why the franchise pharmacy of course!

I said, 'Isn't it illegal to buy syringes without a prescription?"
"Yes, it is." I was told
"Then how are these people getting them?" I ask.

There is a person I work with who worked in that particular store and she said that she was told to sell the needles to people who didn't have proper identification or a subscription. They just sell them to these people who come in every day.

"But Wal Man," you may say "These people could be diabetic and have a legitimate need for these needles."

Then they should be able to identify themselves and present their prescription.

My source knows who these people are because she saw them every day in the park and since this store is located right next to the park it was a standard policy of this particular drug store when she was working there that no employee left the store by themselves. If fact, she said, they made it a point to all leave together.

That's scary stuff, right?

So that's where all these addicts are getting the needles from and why not since this is the place that sold them the drugs they got hooked on in the first place with the permission of a doctor. Why wouldn't the pharmacy sell them the needles they need for their "replacement therapy"?

The pharmacies make out both ways and get their customers "coming and going".

That's a hell of a business model they've got there.

They must be so proud. 

Why the Catholic Church Loves Illegals


Because a dollar from a million people is still a million dollars!

That's the bottom line.

And it's the bottom line that has made the Catholic Organization, I mean "Church" abandon it's 'Obey the laws of the land" credo it had tried to hold onto since at least the 1960s.

Now the entire corporation from the Pope on down wants the "Dreamers" to stay and to bring over sus tio', tia', abuela y abuelo tambien!

The more the merrier since they're all Catholic south of the border since Hernan' Cortez kicked some Aztec ass back in 1520, tore down their blood soaked temples and put up blood soaked churches in their place.

A vast majority of the folks in Mexico don't have two nickels to rub together and have large barefoot families. I've seen it first-hand. People are still beating their clothes on rocks in the river and the burro's are so bony you can play their ribs like xylophones. A very good wage is still $50.00 a week American. The access to education for the Granjeros is next to nothing.

These are the people the Church wants most.

The Church's Influence is Waining

The fact of the matter is that here in the United States, people have caught onto these grifters that have wrapped themselves in religious garb. It's all about the money to them and so what if a bunch of kids got sexually molested back in the 1970s? The Church never wanted to acknowledge what was going on, never took a step against ANY of the perpetrators except to transfer them to a new location when things got too hot for them in the previous assignment and went out of their way to protect them when these predator priests were ever accused.

All this from an organization that wants to "help" people.

People have been turning away from the Catholic Church for some time or rather they've been driven away. The only people who go to church are old people who just go because they've always gone and it's too late for them to become anything else.

But the younger generation have seen the abuse and have seen through the contradictions and double standards and want no part of it. You want to make an Atheist? Send them to Catholic School!

The Church needs Mexican butts in the seats and peasant money in the basket. They won't do anything for these people except advocate for them to remain in the United States even though they have no right to do so. They did not go through the process of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen like so many people before them. No, they jumped the line, violated the law and now the Catholic Church wishes to reward this behavior with citizenship. All because they need a new flock.

If I was a Catholic, I'd be pissed at this. If I was a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Mexico, I'd be doubly pissed.

But also the American people, many who are still Catholic and many who are not want the United States government to finally start enforcing our immigration laws. This is why Donald Trump is in the White House and Hillary Clinton is not. The American people are tired of paying for the support, feeding, education and health benefits of people who should not be in this country at all.

You cannot pick and choose the laws you want to enforce. Enforce them all or none of them but no nation can stand against an ocean of un-educated, un-vaccinated and un-committed people coming in and displacing citizen workers and using resources they never paid into while the people who do pay into these systems receive no benefit.

It make be ok for the Catholic Church to advocate violating the law but it's not ok for American Citizens who have grown tired of being marginalized while it all happens.

But the Church has never really been about religion, it's just the money that matters.

You, you don't matter at all.