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Democrat Butthurt To Infinity And BEYOND: Democrats Take Their Rabid Intolerance To The Super Bowl

February 3, 2017

I’ve NEVER been a Patriots fan.  Even before the whole “deflategate” thing.  The biggest reason is because they have WON so much.  Being a lifelong Lakers’ (and a TrailBlazers’ fan when I lived in Portland and went to quite a few Blazer games), I first hated the Celtics when they won, then I hated the Pistons when they won, and then I hated the Bulls when they won.

Nothing personal.  I would have told you Larry Bird or Isaiah Thomas – or even Darth Vader himself, Bill Laimbeer – or Michael Jordan were awesome stars and I wish I had them on my team.  It was almost as much fun to root against a team as for one.  And when the team you love to hate plays the team you love to love, well, that’s the catharsis of sports at its best.

But “catharsis” is for those who were made in God’s image and have the quality of being formed in His likeness.  We can not only rise to the heights of joy, but we can get over our depths of low and still be happy people.  But Democrats of course believe they are the random products of the magic power of enough billions of years to claim anything can happen, plus the even more magic power of chance, plus the bizarre notion that mutation is actually a good thing that produces positive changes.  Anything but God, and certainly anything but the God of the Bible.

Catharsis is for human beings, not for mutated bugs who over the course of billions of years exchanged their little roach heads for human-looking ones.

And so we have this from a man who comes from generations of Patriots’ fans, but can’t be a fan any more because he’s too butthurt because being butthurt along with being a hypocrite is what makes a Democrat a Democrat:

Rooting for Tom Brady used to be easy. Until Donald Trump came along.
The agony of being a New England Patriots fan who didn’t vote for the president.
By Luke O’Neil February 3 at 6:00 AM
Luke O’Neil is a writer in Boston.

BOSTON — My father and I have a predictable routine when we speak on the phone, a not uncommon one around here in Massachusetts, it’s safe to assume. After cataloging the well-being of various family members, the conversation inevitably turns to the latest on-the-field exploits of one Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. I probably don’t need to tell you our opinion of him is generally quite favorable! So talented. So handsome. My mother and I have a similar, albeit inverted routine of our own. There’s one person we never talk about, if only to maintain a fragile semblance of civility: President Trump.

Brady can relate to that right now. If there’s one thing that can reliably be said about the purposefully enigmatic — or boorishly obtuse, depending on your rooting interests — New England Patriots quarterback, set to compete in his record seventh Super Bowl this weekend, it’s that he really, really does not want to talk about Trump.

“If people want to take sides, you know, they can obviously do that,” he said this week. “It’s everyone’s right. They have a right to do that. And I have a right to stay out of it, too.”

But when it comes to Trump, no one can be apolitical. Brady’s nonchalant neutrality is itself a political statement, one that says he’s either too rich to worry about how Trump’s whirlwind of chaos will affect his life, or worse, too indifferent about the rapidly diminishing prospects of those who are not. This isn’t easy to say about someone I’ve idolized as an emblem of determination and athletic heroism for more than 15 years, but here in the reliably blue precincts of New England, Brady is already assuming a strange new role in the eyes of many fans: Tom Brady looks like a loser. Tom Brady looks like a coward.

Would that it were simple enough for the millions of Trump-opposed Patriots fans like myself to simply wash our hands of it all and abandon ship. But it’s no easier to divorce yourself from a team you’ve supported your entire life than it would be to cast out a family member, and believe me, I’ve considered both options. Making matters somewhat more complicated, no one knows exactly where Brady stands, precisely because he’s been so obstinately vague. With other athletes, it’s a much easier decision to cut the cord. We loved star tight end Aaron Hernandez until it turned out he was a murderer. Likewise, many Ravens fans turned on Ray Rice when video of him punching out his wife emerged. With Brady, we’re confronted with a wishy-washy attempt to have it both ways. Were he to come out and say that like Trump, he thinks Mexicans are rapists, or imply that any refugee is likely to be a radical Islamic terrorist, that would be one thing. Instead, he makes mealy-mouthed appeals to friendship.

It didn’t have to be this way. None of us would’ve given much thought to Brady’s politics if he hadn’t introduced the idea himself early in the campaign, when reporters spotted a Make America Great Again hat in his locker. (Who does Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan support? I have no idea.) At the time, Brady tried to brush off the idea that he was endorsing Trump, calling him an old friend and adding “it would be great” if Trump were president. Having observed Brady and interviewed him a couple times, I have no doubt he did not intend it to become much of a story — if there’s anything the Patriots organization disdains more than losing, it’s “distractions.” But as with all things Trump, the story quickly grew larger than anyone would have imagined. All of a sudden, Brady’s conspicuous absence when the team visited then-President Barack Obama in the White House after winning the Super Bowl in 2015 didn’t seem so innocent. And Trump couldn’t seem to go a week without invoking his great friendship with Brady on the campaign trail. Brady, you see, like Trump, is a winner.

Brady, though. Brady hurt. Particularly when contrasted with the outright bravery of Colin Kaepernick, who kick-started a movement this season when he refused to stand for the national anthem, or other megastars such as LeBron James who’ve been outspoken politically, or NBA coaches such as Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr, who’ve strongly criticized Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim nations. It’s not so much that Brady apparently values his golf-buddy friendship with Trump enough to ignore the president’s very clear xenophobic worldview — not to mention the fact that he was caught on tape bragging of his ability to get away with sexual assault. It’s that he won’t even own it. Be a Republican if you must, but at least take a stand. I wouldn’t have loved to have seen Brady supporting Mitt Romney, but Trump is different. Say what you will about former Red Sox great Curt Schilling, but at least he signs his name to the unhinged screeds he pukes up on his website.

With so many other pressing issues, it’s irrational to care so much about who Brady supports. But if there’s anything that disables our critical thinking function, it’s sports. (And presidential politics.) No one rationalizes fandom. By its very nature, it defies scrutiny; you either support a team or you don’t. Besides, anyone who lets themselves think too much about professional football — a  jingoistic, militarized enterprise that devastates its players physically and mentally and is led by a cabal of voraciously greedy owners hellbent on squeezing every last dollar out of taxpayers that they can for stadiums — wouldn’t remain a fan very long. Willful cognitive dissonance is as long-standing a football tradition as the forward pass.

That hasn’t stopped my friends and me from trying to find new justifications for rooting for the Pats, though. On a fan Facebook group I run, the header image is safety Devin McCourty and tight end Martellus Bennett raising their fists in power during the playing of the national anthem earlier this season. Bennett, in particular, has become a favorite of ours, one of the more interesting, thoughtful and politically engaged Patriots players in memory. He’s said he probably wouldn’t visit the Trump White House were they to win on Sunday. The Patriots roster is loaded with decent, non-publicly-Trump-supporting players. Special-teams captain Matthew Slater is said to be an exemplary human being, as is star cornerback Malcolm Butler. Mercifully, Rob Gronkowski, a harmless oaf, has not yet held forth on the relative merits of school vouchers. We look for hope, or at least an absence of despair, wherever we can find it.

None of my friends has gone so far as to say we’re turning on the team entirely. But there’s no doubt that we feel differently about Brady than we did before. I would still prefer if he won the game on Sunday, but I won’t be quite so heartbroken as usual if he doesn’t. Trump was right about one thing, in the end. There’s going to be a lot of winning going on around here. So much winning, it might make us sick.

Do you understand this whining little fools’ thesis?  He’s arguing that you literally HAVE to worship the beast and take his mark on your right hand, or on your forehead, and renounce all things Jesus in order not to be hated.  I mean, Brady doesn’t have a right to campaign for Trump or even to vote for Trump or even to remain silent or more incredibly even not to NOT publicly demonize Trump.  No, he’s got “to take a stand,” defined as an überfascist stand for the überviolent fascists who are burning and rioting and looting and hating.

And if he doesn’t take the mark of the beast and worship him, well, Luke O’Neil will cease and desist from his lifelong love of the Patriots.

Because “Hate Trumps Love,” to spin the leftist logo that the way they put it was an oxymoron as people literally carried “Love Trumps Hate” signs to RIOT.

I never thought I would see the day when I would become a passionate fan of the New England Patriots.  I mean, this is really amazing.

But a turd who is as much of a “I’ll take my ball and go HOME!” whining little puke as this jackass Luke O’Neil really ought to be butthurt for life.

I mean, holy crap, THERE IS SO MUCH LEFTISM IN SPORTS IT IS BEYOND UNREAL.

The worst leftist political channel on the planet isn’t MSNBC, it’s ESPN.

A back-up puke named Colin Kaepernick fired up the imagination of American-hating Democrats everywhere when he refused to honor the United States of America or its flag because apparently there are too many rich scumbags like Colin Kaepernick who won’t redistribute all their wealth to black people or something like that.

He inspired a generation of leftist puke punk turd delinquints to have as much disrespect for their country as he does.

I mean, hey, Colin, I hear that the North Korean Kimworshipers have an opening for quarterback: why not try out?

Before that, it was LeBron James on the court wearing a shirt that said, “I can’t breathe” to show he sides with the pukes against the decent people.

Before that it was the abject contempt and derision and outright hatred of all things Tim Tebow, because he was, after all, a devout Christian who wanted to inspire kids toward something OTHER THAN urinating on their national flag before trying to light it on fire.

No Democrat wants to hear that Jesus loves you, EVER; they want to hear about how to better riot against our despised Constitution and our flag and the republic for which it stands.

I remember when Rush Limbaugh was blocked from trying to buy a part ownership of the St. Louis Rams before they went back to Los Angeles and became pretty much the worst football team in the history of the entire space time universe.  Basically, the rabid, hysterical campaign against Limbaugh from being able to participate in the NFL was that he had said “racist” things on his radio program.  It didn’t matter that there existed no audio anywhere of him ever saying any of the stuff they claim he said in spite of the fact that he’s on NATIONAL DAMN RADIO; it didn’t matter that the Rush Limbaugh program produces a word-for-word transcript of the program and it wasn’t there, either.  No, the “evidence” was taken from a leftwing hate site that basically claims that as they were listening to some leftist hate site, this “transcript” of Rush Limbaugh came to their warped, delusional, psychotic progressive-liberalism-devoured brains.  It didn’t matter: the “evidence” stood and Rush was banned.

There are a million examples of rabid progressive liberalism being ALL OVER professional sports in EVERY professional sport.

But that’s not the problem, is it?

No, the problem is that there might be ONE CONSERVATIVE somewhere.

And the hysterical, psychotic paranoia that is today’s Democrat Party cannot tolerate that.

Anymore than they can tolerate one conservative being able to speak at a university without having a Kristallnacht.

They cannot tolerate ANY idea that disagrees with them.

And these fascists have now had a whole damn BUNCH of Kristallnacht moments.  Because that is who they are.

These people are STALINISTS.  And their butthurt hate for anything approaching actual, legitimate TOLERANCE where one tolerates disagreement and puts up with people they don’t agree with or even like as part of being decent members of civil society are simply not in their little bug souls.

So we get Madonna to the cheers of a million butthurt women who want the right to murder their babies while the fathers of those babies are rendered powerless to have anything whatsoever to do with whether their own children can even LIVE; we’ve got Sarah Silverman publicly demanding a freaking MILITARY COUP because what Nazi wouldn’t want a military coup.

And if you don’t do that, Tom Brady, well, we demon-possessed bureaucrats (i.e. “Democrasts”) will hate on you if only for keeping your mouth shut when we demand that you join us in mindlessly screaming rabid hate.

So here’s abject mockery of every butthurt Democrat.

You first made me a Trump fan with your outrageous in-your-face democracy-despising Nazism.

Now you’ve even made me a Patriots fan.

I hope Brady throws for 10 touchdowns.  And then gives Donald Trump the credit saying he called The Donald and got a hot tip because The Donald is awesome in all things, after all.

‘NFL’ = ‘NAZI Felonious Liberals.’ I Am DONE With This Dishonest League And WILL NOT Watch The Superbowl.

January 22, 2015

[Update, January 23, 2015]: We learned today that the NFL has not even BOTHERED to interview key participants in this cheating scandal, as Tom Brady stated that no one from the league had talked to him.  Which is their way of saying, “No big deal.  The chump masses will watch our broadcasts no matter HOW corrupt we are!”

How could a professional quarterback not recognize the difference between the footballs he’d just been using before the game after the league had verified proper inflation and the footballs he was using during the game which we know had been deflated?

Tom Brady has noted for the record that he picks out the balls that are at 12.5 lbs (the minimum pressure by regulation); so if he can tell the difference between balls that way, HOW COULD HE NOT HAVE KNOWN THE BALLS WERE WAY UNDER PRESSURE?

Tom Brady gave a half-hour interview in which he merely repeated, “I am such a pathologically idiotic moron that anybody who watches me do what I do on Sundays has to likewise be a pathologically idiotic moron.”  He didn’t know anything; he didn’t care about anything; he was oblivious about everything; and you’ve got to hope your Wal-Mart cash register clerk is more professional than this multi-millionaire chump.

I just want to state here something that occurred to me while I responded to a comment; namely, that somehow a the very first player on the Colts – a linebacker who intercepted a pass – touched a Patriot football and was immediately aware that the ball was not properly inflated.  And yet somehow Tom Brady, the center, the Patriot running backs, tight ends and wide receivers, AND the league referees were not aware of what that player on the other team who got his hands on a Patriot football was immediately aware of.

And that may be the key: “on the other team.”  At this point it is an open question whether this corrupt league cheated because they know that the Patriots would be a bigger box draw than the Colts – and the Patriot organization – you know, the “spygate” team that filmed other teams’ play signals and the “scoreboardgate” team that froze the scoreboard to dishonestly ice the Baltimore Ravens – went along with the league’s corruption.

Which means watching the Nazi Felonious Liberals broadcast is like watching professional wrestling.  And if you watch the NFL, shame on you, you mindless zombie.

As to Tom Brady’s “point” that this isn’t ISIS, well, neither is the torture-rape-murder of a little girl.  So let’s just not bother to investigate or punish that crime, either.  [End update].

I’ve actually been done with the NFL for several years now.  It used to be I’d watch the Saturday games and then tape the Sunday games so I could go to church and then later see both games (and watch them in order so I wouldn’t know who won the first by watching the second game and having it discussed).

Oh, I was a fan.

But when the same Nazi Felonious Liberals banned Rush Limbaugh from ownership because he was a conservative and they were dishonest liars, and THEN they reinstated a man who had tortured and brutally killed dogs he had already viciously abused by forcing them to fight other dogs, well, I was done.

So Rush Limbaugh was out and Michal Vick was in.  And the Nazi Felonious Liberals wanted to ban conservatives and install animal torturers, well, I started to realize all the better things I had to do with my time.

Of course, since then, we have seen the satanic darkness that is in the heart of every liberal documented on television through their Nazi Felonious Liberals criminal syndicate.

If you watch the NFL, you have to have a talk with your little girls about women stripping (Janet Jackson and more spectacularly Beyoncé), about repeated instances of domestic violence and abuse toward women – because why shouldn’t a big, powerful football player not punch a woman right in the face and knock her unconscious in the REAL “war on women” that liberals facilitate – and now we’ve got to have that talk with our kids that cheating really isn’t that bad, because liberals are pathologically dishonest people who will find a way to reward cheating just as they rewarded punching women in the face and knocking them out.

So what if football causes brain damage?  So does all the damn POT SMOKING THAT LIBERALS HAVE IMPOSED ON AMERICA.  It’s fine because we’re going to have generations of mentally-diseased, brain-devoid zombies voting Democrat.

We see that same heart of darkness in liberal Democrat roaches Michael Moore and Seth Rogan.  These liberals epitomize the reason why a million-billion-thousand trillion years from now, every single Democrat will STILL be burning in hell is a GOOD THING.  Every single one of the sixty million innocent babies you wicked people murdered will get his and her shot at a little payback for what you did to them when you are aborted in hell over and over and over again for all eternity.

Liberals are terrible, wicked, depraved human beings.  And I am done watching their filth and their new version of the Roman gladiatorial games “entertainment.”

So anyway, here it is beyond obvious that the New England Patriots – the professional sports team with the worst record on cheating since the Black Socks of baseball whose coach was nicknamed “Belicheat” BEFORE this present scandal for his previous documented cheating – cheated by deliberately under-inflating footballs AFTER league officials had properly inflated them.  A Colt linebacker intercepted a football and immediately noticed that it was under-inflated and reported that fact to his team and the Colts took the fact to an official.  At halftime the balls of BOTH teams were tested.  And somehow “All of the balls the Colts used met standards” but 11 of the 12 balls used by the Patriots were significantly under-inflated.  Just like Patriot quarterback Tom Brady has admitted for the record that he likes.

It’s just a coincidence that somehow the Patriots ended up with the illegal footballs that their quarterback likes.  Just like it’s just a coincidence that Obama gives the illegal immigrants who illegally vote “Democrat” amnesty.

Massachusetts is the heart of liberalism, so it is no surprise that team Barney Frank would field the most pathologically dishonest organization in sports.

You’ve got pretty much the whole damn Nazi Felonious Liberal organization embracing homosexuality and race-baiting (oh, by the way, that cop who committed the crime of defending himself against a robber-thug who punched him in the face and bum-rushed him to finish the job was just exonerated by even Eric Holder’s kangaroo court-investigation).  And I’m done with the whole stinking lot of them.

Liberals say they won the election and that’s all that matters.  It doesn’t matter how much cheating it took to win; all that matters is that they won and shut up.  In this case the Patriots obviously did not think the outcome of the game was any cinch or why would they have cheated?  And having the confidence of cheaters who were getting an unfair advantage for cheating, the Patriots played like winners.  And the poor Colts couldn’t understand why the Patriots were catching all those [soft] footballs in the cold and rain and they couldn’t catch those hard, properly-inflated balls they had.

There are people who say the Patriots should get the same slap-on-the-wrist they got the LAST time they were caught cheating and got a slap-on-the-wrist.  Because after all, if you’re a convicted child molester and you go before a liberal judge, that liberal judge will of course give you the the same damn slap-on-the-wrist that he or she gave you the last time you destroyed a child’s innocence.

So you can damn-well bet that the Patriots will be allowed to play and be rewarded for corrupting the last appearance of integrity in the NFL.

If a professional sports organization is caught cheating, that team should be disqualified from competition.  Otherwise, let’s just disqualify the league that says lack of integrity is fine with them.  Because there is FAR too much money in sports for a “fine” to be fine enough to punish cheating and cheaters.  If you want to end cheating, ban Bill Belichick for life and force New England to forfeit the season that they ended with their own dishonesty.

I watched the real Superbowl on January 12 when the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Oregon Ducks.  And that was the last football game I’ve watched or will watch.

To hell with these NFL turds.

I know there are many – way, WAY TOO MANY – conservatives who believe boycotting is wrong because every business ought to be able to do what it and its ownership wants.  That would be fine – if liberals felt the same way.  But of course, liberals are FASCISTS who want to intimidate everyone into cowering to and caving before their agenda.  So the left boycotts conservative-friendly businesses and organizations like Chick-fil-A and like the Boy Scouts at every turn.  And too many of our businesses and organizations have caved in to liberal intimidation because they’re exposed to boycott while liberal businesses and organizations are exempted from it by well-meaning but naïve conservatives.

Boycott them.  Take a damn stand for once in your life.

Biased LA Times The Other Super Bowl Loser

February 6, 2012

The Los Angeles Times is a pathologically biased newspaper, which is why it went bankrupt and why I bought a weekend only subscription just for the coupons for something like fifteen bucks a year.  And got a $25 gift card at a major retail store for spending that fifteen bucks.  Oh, and then got “upgraded” for free to daily delivery without even wanting it.

I have to pay up the wazoo to get a legitimate newspaper like the Wall Street Journal even when it’s on a great sale, but the LA Times is going for birdcage liner money because it IS a birdcage liner.

Even the local rag the Desert Sun is a vastly superior newspaper just in terms of having articles that actually matter.

The Los Angeles Times has to give their papers away in order to maintain the facade of having any kind of subscription rate in order to be able to sell advertisement space.

This is a paper that is so filled with political/ideological bias that it creeps pretty much into everything.  For example, in their Calender section front page main story from Super Bowl Sunday, I read:

By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
February 5, 2012

When, during his recent State of the Union address, President Obama spoke of “an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules,” I wasn’t worried about the GOP response or changes to our tax codes. I was worried about Downton.

Everyone loves “Downton Abbey.”PBS‘ biggest hit in years,

And, of course, apparently everyone loves Barack Obama, too.  At least they do at the LA Times “reporting” staff.

Can’t I even read a reveiw about a television series set in early 20th century England without hearing about how wonderful the messiah-in-chief is?  Not if I read this bird cage liner, I can’t.

If you think that example of cover-to-cover LA Times bias is cheesy, here’s a better one I’m also talking about today.

So I never mind when the hoity-toity staff of Los Angeles Times looks like the fools they are:

You think you know, but you have no idea
February 04, 2012|Bill Plaschke

Reporting from Indianapolis — You’re wrong.

I know what you’re thinking, what most of America is thinking, and you’re wrong.

You’re thinking the New York Giants are going to win the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and you’re thinking it might not even be close.

After watching the Giants roll through the playoffs by putting a “discount double check” on Aaron Rodgers and a postgame head slap on Jim Harbaugh, you feel it in your gut. After watching the Hoodie slowly wrinkle and Gisele’s husband slowly wilt, you know it in your soul.

 The Patriots are officially the favorites here, so it makes everyone feel smug and smarter to pick the Giants, and I understand, because I arrived in Indianapolis last week thinking the same thing.

 How could the horrible Patriots defense hang for four quarters against the best New York closer since Mariano Rivera? How could the Patriots offense move against a raging defensive line led by one guy who does Subway commercials and three other guys hungry enough to eat Jared?

 But after spending several days here being battered by cabbie-style Giants hype, then after witnessing Madonna literally halt her news conference to perform a Victor Cruz salsa, I thought, how could we all fall for this?

 So, um, yeah, you’re wrong.

 You’re wrong to give up on Tom Brady.

 That is what you are saying by picking the Giants. I can’t say that. History won’t say that. This is a guy who outplayed counterpart Eli Manning throughout the regular season — his passer rating was 13 points higher — and then threw for six touchdown passes in his first postseason game against the Denver Broncos, and yet he’s done?

 Yes, Brady conceded that he played like “crap” against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game, but he still pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback drive to win, he has still won 16 of 21 postseason games, he has still won the Super Bowl three times. A victory here would turn him into Joe Montana, and you’re going to pick against Joe Montana?

 You’re wrong to discount Bill Belichick.

 I don’t like him, but you don’t give up on a coach whose team has just rattled off 10 consecutive victories. And everyone says the Giants, who have won only five straight, are hotter? It’s also hard to quit on a coach who has lost only twice in 11 games after bye weeks. You give Belichick this much time, he’ll beat you. The drab coach showed up this week smiling and laughing and once even wearing a purple shirt, so he’s figured out something.

 You’re wrong if you think that Myra Kraft doesn’t matter.

 The wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft was an integral part of the team culture, providing the players with a motherly figure whom they constantly reference. Her death this summer from cancer put a resolve in the locker room that has grown stronger over time. Her memory is more than just a patch on their jerseys — it’s a fire under their shoulder pads.

You’re wrong if you think that the Giants’ yapping wasn’t heard.

 This week the Indy streets have roared with 500 kinds of Giants trash talk. Antrel Rolle guaranteed victory, Chris Canty told New York fans to prepare for a parade, and Jason Pierre-Paul essentially said that Brady has been playing scared. The Patriots, as usual, have said nothing but have heard everything, if only because Belichick often turns them into battle cries by reading them in the locker room.

 You’re wrong if you think the Giants will run all over them.

 Vince Wilfork is playing like the league’s best defensive lineman after his defense, on consecutive weeks, held Tim Tebow to 2.6 yards per carry and Ray Rice to 3.2 yards per carry.

 You’re wrong if you think the Giants can win this game through the air.

 Yes, the Patriots secondary stunk for most of the year, but it has continually improved, Belichick’s halftime adjustments have been as brilliant as usual, and the Patriots have not given up a fourth-quarter touchdown in the postseason. Yes, Manning will throw for 300 yards, but most of it will be early, and without a solid running attack, it won’t be enough to keep Brady on the bench long enough to matter.

 You’re wrong if you think the New England tight ends can be stopped.

 Even with a bad ankle, Rob Gronkowski will play, and Aaron Hernandez will join him. They burned the Giants for 136 yards and two touchdowns in their first meeting, and they’ve only gotten better. Meanwhile, two weeks ago, the Giants’ 29th-ranked pass defense reeled against 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, allowing him three catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

 You’re wrong if you think that first game meant anything.

 In the Giants’ 24-20 win Nov. 6 at Foxborough, Mass., the Patriots outgained them by 77 yards, played them equally in the trenches, and lost it only in the final 15 seconds after committing four turnovers. The Patriots haven’t lost since, and history favors them here, as the last three Super Bowls contested by teams that met in the regular season were won by the team that lost that regular-season game.

 You’re wrong if you think my Super Bowl magic is going to end.

 Four years ago when these teams met in the Super Bowl, I correctly picked the Giants to defeat the unbeaten Patriots in one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history. The upset being, I actually got something right. But when it comes to this matchup, do you really want to go against me again?

 New England Patriots 31, New York Giants 28.

Hey, turd sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times:

YOU’RE WRONG.

I was rooting for the Giants, as much as I don’t care either for New York or the Giants.  The bottom line is that I’ve despised the arrogant New England Patriots for years, whereas the New York Giants simply hadn’t risen to the level of meriting such ire.

But if I hadn’t formed an opinion as to who I was going to root for prior to reading the Los Angeles Times lecture about my impoverished football epistemology, I certainly would have by the first sentence of the above article.

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‘Celebrating’ DEPENDENCE Day Under Barack Obama

July 4, 2009

As we survey the despotism of the world around us, we can admire our founding fathers – and celebrate their achievement – all the more.

Think of Iraq under Saddam Hussein; or think of Iran under the Ayatollah and the mullahs.  And then look around and see all the millions, even billions of peoples, under some form of tyranny and totalitarian rule.  It was not the Iraqi people, but the people of the United States of America, who threw down Saddam Hussein and instituted a democracy in place of tyranny.  And the Iranian people may have rioted in their streets, but they failed to throw off the shackles of their tyrannous and repressive regime.  And it is very unlikely that they ever will lest some free people liberate them from their own government.

Think of the history of human civilization, and realize just how few times peoples under such rule have thrown off the shackles of bondage for themselves.

We were one of that tiny number.  And our forefathers instituted in place of tyranny the greatest example of democratic and republican government that the world has ever known.

The rarity of America’s achievement, and the resulting greatness that has since resulted, should be celebrated with more than fireworks.  It should inspire Americans – and the world – to pursue freedom and liberty over any obstacle which gets in the way.

Many historians have argued that the British government, and the king who embodied that government, really did not seek to impose anything that tyrannous.  The king didn’t seek to impose an Orwellian-style regime; he merely wanted to modestly increase taxes to help pay for a war that had been fought for the Colonies’ behalf.

The British Empire had spent some 60 million pounds fighting the French and Indian War less than a decade previously.  And the British justifiably believed that the Colonies should share some of the burden for that massive cost.  They weren’t consciously attempting to impose tyranny; all they wanted to do was raise money.

But the patriots didn’t view it that way.  What they saw was taxation without representation.  What they saw was an imposition on their property without their consent.  They looked at taxes (such as the Stamp tax and the Tea tax), and asked themselves, “If they can impose this upon us, what else can they impose?”

And when their protests were met with thousands of British troops, the patriots believed they had their answer: the king believed he could impose power upon them at his whim.

Unlike most other peoples in human history, our founding fathers did not wait for the yoke of oppression to become so heavy that it could not be thrown off.  Rather, they were willing to fight at the very first signs of tyranny.  And in so doing, they not only won their freedom, and the freedom of their descendants; they won the freedom of millions and millions of peoples whom their descendants would subsequently fight to liberate.

Part of the problem with tyranny and totalitarian rule is that there will always be people who say, “It really isn’t that bad.  Why are you making such a nuisance of yourself by protesting?”  The analogy of the frog in water comes to mind: if a government takes away our freedoms little by little, it is very likely that won’t comprehend the deprivation until it is too late to do anything about it.

Alexis de Tocqueville – one of the great political thinkers who recognized the import and result of American freedom – also wrote about one of the most pernicious forms of tyranny in the second quarter of the 19th century:

“Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood; it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances; what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?”

C.S. Lewis wrote about a century later:

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level with those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.

The tyranny described by Alexis de Tocqueville and C.S. Lewis is the tyranny we face in America today: the tyranny of the nanny state; the tyranny of big government; the tyranny of the welfare state.  Naysayers can always continue to say, “It’s not that big of a deal,” or “It’s not that much worse than it used to be,” or “This is what we need right now.”  And they always will be able to say such things.  And that is precisely why most peoples find themselves in forms of tyranny that they have neither the power nor the will to free themselves from.

There is no question that the massive anvil of fiscal insanity will ultimately fall on the US economy due to the near doubling of the national debt as Barack Obama adds a projected $9.3 trillion to the $11.7 trillion hole we’re already in.  Obama is borrowing 50 cents on the dollar as he explodes the federal deficit by spending four times more than Bush spent in 2008 and in the process “adding more to the debt than all presidents — from George Washington to George Bush — combined.”  And what is most terrifying of all, Obama’s spending will cause debt to double from 41% of GDP in 2008 to a crushing 82% of GDP in 2019.

What will be the result of all this insane spending, and not very long from now? A quote from a CNS News story should awaken anyone who thinks the future will be rosy:

By 2019, the CBO said, a whopping 82 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) will go to pay down the national debt. This means that in future years, the government could owe its creditors more than the goods and services that the entire economy can produce.

I look at the recent past, and see debts that our children’s children’s children will never be able to hope to repay; debts that will soon shackle us, and most certainly shackle our future generations.  And I realize that these debts have been accumulated in order to forge the very sort of society that de Tocqueville and Lewis warned us about.

The nanny state doesn’t celebrate the peoples’ independence; it celebrates their dependence.  As big government assumes more and more control of the economy, it creates more poverty and therefore more need for the government to come to the increasingly dependent peoples’ rescue.  It systematically and progressively creates a vicious cycle of dependency that becomes increasingly difficult for a once-free people to sever themselves from.

I think of two attempts by the Obama administration to seize government power that are most pernicious of all: health care and cap-and-trade.  Consider for a moment that if the government assumes control over our health care, it will have the potential to control everything that goes into our bodies, and even the activities of our bodies in the name of our “health.”  And as for cap-and-trade, what doesn’t require energy to produce or transport?  Under these two programs alone, nearly total control can be exercised.

What would our founding fathers – who were willing to fight over taxes on stamps or tea – have to say about these massive government power grabs?