Archive for ◊ November, 2016 ◊

Islamic Terrorism Against the United States
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 | Author:

A Moslem terrorist, 10 years ago explaining the approach for fighting the ‘great infidel’, the United States:

Large-scale attacks such as 9/11 were “nice, but not necessary” and that a series of “low-tech attacks could bring down America the same way ‘enough disease-infected fleas can fell an elephant.’  “…jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States” and “wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws” until they were strong enough to rise up and attack us. “He said the brothers would relentlessly continue their attacks and the American people would eventually become so tired, so frightened, and so weary of war that they would just want it to end.”

Source: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America

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WSU Basketball Tournament
Monday, November 28th, 2016 | Author:

Update

We saw 4 basketball games over 3 days, including three Wright State games against North Dakota, North Florida, and California Bakersfield.  Since the Raiders won all three of their games, they are officially the champions of this inaugural tournament.

 

November 25, 2016

Bear and I went to day 1 of the 3-day basketball tournament taking place at the Nutter Center and watched a sloppy (and poorly officiated) game between the Raiders and California State-Bakersfield.   We lost the exact count but there were over 50 fouls called during the game.  This not only adds about 30 minutes to the overall game duration, but it also impedes both teams from getting into any type of playing groove.

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Fan Reaction to NFL Player Protests
Sunday, November 27th, 2016 | Author:

Update

Miami Dolphins fans mercilessly booed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick Sunday afternoon in Miami… Kaepernick has been in the news recently after a tense exchange over the merits of recently deceased Cuban dictator Fidel Castro with a local Florida reporter.  Miami, which has a large Cuban population, didn’t let Kaepernick forget about it.

 

November 1, 2016

Here is more from CBS News in Boston.  The latest is now an 18% drop in the viewership of Monday Night Football.

The actual games and the broadcasts also have lost appeal. The endless penalty flags and commercials have also turned off viewers, as has the actual competition… Whether it’s the coverage of undesirable topics or the actual play on the field, the NFL has become significantly less watchable.

I tend to agree that watching the actual games is less exciting than it used to be.  There are just way too many commercials and timeouts.  Most recently, I recorded a 4.5 hour Bengals game (I only watched about 15 minutes) to see it end in a tie.  Think of it — it’s consuming more than 250 minutes of your life and you’re watching only about 30 minutes of actual tackling and running.

 

October 29, 2016

… the downbeat goes on.  Fom CBS News in Boston:

A fresh poll from Seton Hall surveyed 841 adults across the U.S. Each respondent was asked to identify seven separate factors as a reason for the NFL ratings drop, allowing them to answer “yes” or “no” for each of them. The leading factor, according to the poll, was the national anthem protests, which scored “yes” at a rate of 56 percent.

The NFL has long been one of the country’s most popular forms of escapist entertainment, and the injection of social and political issues into the broadcasts has turned a number of fans away. It may not be the only cause for the NFL’s ratings decline, but it may be a bigger factor than you think.

 

October 20, 2016

In a survey of 1,136 Americans who identified themselves as NFL fans, 29 percent said they are watching fewer NFL games for the following reasons:

  • Protests by Colin Kaepernick and others
  • Lack of opportunity to watch the NFL
  • Lost interest in the NFL
  • Presidential election

 

October 16, 2016

Here is the latest on TV viewing of NFL games.  It’s hard to say if any of this is a result of player protests…

Maybe it was the Los Angeles Dodgers-Chicago Cubs Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, or The Walking Dead retrospective special ahead of next week’s Season 7 debut. Or maybe it was just NFL exhaustion after the Dallas Cowboys crushed the Green Bay Packers 30-16 earlier in the day, or maybe blame The Simpsons’ annual ‘Treehouse Of Horror’ episode. Whatever it was, Sunday Night Football and NBC had a real problem last night, and it wasn’t Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

According to USA Today, Mr. Kaepernick was loudly booed at the start of the game on Sunday:

Colin Kaepernick was roundly booed by the Buffalo crowd before he took the field for his return as the 49ers starter.

 

October 8, 2016

From the NASDAQ news site comes this report:

“The National Football League has sent a memo to team owners seeking to ease concerns about the ratings decline that has hit football this fall.  Through the first four weeks of the season, NFL viewership has declined 11%, and among the crucial adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers covet, ratings are down 12%.

As for a potential backlash by some viewers angered at players not standing for the national anthem to protest of police brutality, the NFL said it sees no evidence to that being a factor in declining ratings: ‘In fact, our own data shows that the perception of the NFL and its players is actually up in 2016.'”

 

October 4, 2016

A new article in the Washington Examiner notes that the protests are having an impact on viewers:

“The growing number of player protests at National Football League games, driven by the Black Lives Matter movement and San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has prompted nearly a third of Americans to turn the games off, according to a new survey.

Rasmussen Reports revealed Tuesday that 32 percent of American adults say they are “less likely” to watch a game because of the expanding protests over how blacks are treated, especially by police.”

 

September 26, 2016

It appears that more people are getting fed-up with these player “demonstrations”:

“After spending a week at work, hearing about the liberalism being forced on their kids at school, having liberalism shoved in their face by their local newspaper and being harangued by TV shows portraying people like them as creeps, a lot of conservative men like to relax by watching sports. Sports is a place where politics shouldn’t even be on the agenda….but IT IS.”

“Forget about rushing for 100 yards and throwing 4 touchdowns in a game; if you really want people to talk about you, just tell everyone about how racist America is and how awful the police are…”

 

September 23, 2016

From famous basketball coach Bobby Knight, his comments on Kaepernick:

“Were I a teammate, were I the coach, were I the owner, in a situation like that, I’d have gotten rid of the guy…  It’s hard for me to imagine anybody that can fault the opportunities one has in this country. No country in the world provides better opportunities for people that are willing to work, willing to sacrifice and I would’ve had a very difficult time playing with a guy like that, coaching a guy like that, or having him as a teammate.”

 

September 21, 2016

According to a recent study, there is a supposed drop in viewership of NFL games at this point in the season:

The Eagles-Bears ratings declined by double digits from last year’s Week Two Monday Night Football contest and represents the lowest number since the franchise moved from ABC to ESPN. The NFL experienced drops, albeit smaller ones, for the Sunday slate, too.

 

September 19, 2016

With these ridiculous positions that they are taking about sports and politics, it appears that the NFL is running scared:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will encourage players to use their voice to promote social change as the demonstrations during the national anthem…

Source: Roger Goodell praises player demonstrations for going from ‘protests to progress’

What social change is Mr. Goodell seeking and expecting?   More public funding for stadiums?  How about introducing socialism into the NFL?  The players and fans should be the owners of the team.

I can’t imagine this support of player’s ‘protesting’ working out for the benefit of the league in the long run.  It leaves a bad taste for the majority of the fans who don’t want to hear about politics with their sports.   I don’t know about others, but I watch for the purity of the game –teamwork, effort, hitting, etc.  Frankly, I don’t care for the commercials, halftime shows, etc.  They’re not going to force me to ingest their extraneous crap.  In fact, I don’t watch football live on TV anymore.   I prefer the edited version where I can watch all the essential plays of the sport/game in under 30 minutes.

This focus on egotism and victimization by overpaid athletes is not very endearing to the people paying for all of it.

 

September 17, 2016

It makes you wonder.  The NFL fines a player for excessive celebration after scoring a touchdown, yet maintains that players have constitutional rights to ignore the national anthem.    Does anyone else see any hypocrisy here?  Does this just reflect the NFL’s fear of ‘racism-to-explain-everything hate-mongers’?

 

September 15, 2016

Some early feedback:

Football fans have reacted to the constant player protests and national anthem controversies in a way that the NFL simply can’t miss: They’re not watching.

Source: NFL Players Protest Anthem; Fan Reaction STUNS The League

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Are US Citizens Afraid of Reality?
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 | Author:

We’ve seen for quite some time how the mainstream media manufactures ‘news’ for their readers. It’s interesting that this is now catching up with those Leftist JournoList subscribers who — facts be damned — conspired to present their take on reality. These are the same people when boxed in with evidence about their misdeeds like to exclaim that the news was “fake but accurate“… Some pertinent commentary:

…our friends on the left, who are most of the people working in the mainstream news media, can’t have it both ways. When you advocate allowing people to redefine reality to the point that it is controversial and “hateful” to expect people to use the proper bathroom, don’t be surprised if people want to decide for themselves which “news” is actually real, too. If I can claim my own gender and my own pronouns, why can’t I claim my own facts?

Source: Untrustworthy journalists left us vulnerable to fake news

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Is It Really Jesus and Satan?
Monday, November 21st, 2016 | Author:

If you only read the Leftist media, you’d believe that Obama was Jesus and Trump was Satan…. You don’t believe me?  Take a look at a snapshot of the articles from Real Clear Politics in my Feedly Newsreader (see below).  The focus of the attacks from the usual culprits (Krugman, Blow, Kuttner, etc.)  is relatively astounding.  How do you respond to a statement or title of:”The Trump Era is Already a Disaster for Civil Rights”?

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Is the US United or Divided?
Monday, November 21st, 2016 | Author:

From a recent Gallup poll…  Looks like Obama did a great job — dividing the nation like never before.

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Visit to USAF Museum Bldg 4
Sunday, November 20th, 2016 | Author:

I made a visit to the USAF Museum (more formally known as the ‘National Museum of the United States Air Force‘) this morning to check out the new ‘building 4’ and to get some photos of the turbine engines that are still in use in the Air Force inventory.  The newest building brings to the public the planes that have been hidden in special hangars.  This includes the various early versions of Air Force One (the 707 version that carried JFK’s body back to Washington) as well as many of the experimental aircraft from the 1950s.

Some may say that there’s not much to do in Dayton, Ohio but there are very few museums in the world as highly rated at the Air Force Museum.  Take a look at the Trip Advisor ratings for the museum and you’ll discover that there are very few places that have more than 3,000 reviews and nearly 5.0 rating.

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Is This Free Thinking?
Sunday, November 20th, 2016 | Author:

It’s a crazy world out there…  Don’t expect the Leftist mainstream media to change their tune.  In the view of the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, etc., it’s always the same.

In the academic monoculture of the left, dissenting speakers are banned from campus, shouted down and mobbed on stage if allowed in. Their tormentors are given Play-doh, coloring books, and safe spaces to shield them from any other point of view. Even elementary students are not exempt from such tyranny and propaganda. Teachers are urging kids to skip class to protest elections they aren’t old enough to vote in. San Francisco teachers have fashioned an alternate curriculum which attacks the president-elect, and suggests that those who follow it might not even alert their students to the fact that Hillary lost the election.

The left has no shame, actually. At the same time that they smeared Breitbart and Bannon they said nothing about the apparent ascent of Keith Ellison to head the DNC. Ellison a former member of the Nation of Islam, an anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli, demagogue of the first order whose record is manifest.

Source: Let’s Talk Turkey: Free Speech in an Autocratic Era

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Leftist Jews in America
Thursday, November 17th, 2016 | Author:

This is a comment from Peter Beinert, a Leftist Jew commiserating about the election of Trump.   Do you see anything crazy about his viewpoint?

I’m not leaving America. It’s my country. I have to fight for it. I have to fight – every American Jew has to fightto protect the American Muslims who right now must be terrified beyond belief.

Source: I still love America. But, after Trump’s victory, I don’t trust it 

He overlooks the fact that the policies of Obama, Clinton, and the Democrats represent an existential threat to American Jewry.  For empirical evidence, you only have to observe the trends in France over the last decade — a move towards Socialism and mass Moslem immigration has made the country unlivable for the half a million Jews residing there.

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Petunias in November?
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 | Author:

Yep, those are some petunias still flowering in my Ohio garden in early November.

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