Friday, March 02, 2012

Quick Hits: Volume LI

-There are still reminders everyday that we must continue the late Andrew Breitbart's work of battling totalitarianism tactics.

Sadly, the current reelection campaign for President Obama is employing some of these despicable tactics.

Americans for Prosperity, the special-interest front group run by the oil billionaire Koch brothers, is claiming that its donors are "tens of thousands" of folks "from all walks of life."

We're asking them to prove it by disclosing their donors to the public.

Demand the truth by adding your name.

This is what happens when a non-profit group like AFP publicly opposes an administration attempting to enact significant power grabs within this nation's economy (i.e. Healthcare, Energy, Automobile Industry, etc.). Instead of intellectually responding to a group's concerns, the Obama administration prefers to discredit their organization altogether by attempting to find some shady group or individual which donates money to the cause.

This looks to be a classic example of one of Saul Alinsky's rules for tactical warfare: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize, and polarize it."

-Look, I don't advocate name-calling or ad hominem attacks against people with whom I disagree politically. And while I don't know the context of which Rush Limbaugh used the word "slut" when talking about the saga of Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, the woman who testified before Congress that she spends $3,000 per year on birth control, I say one should avoid such a term whenever possible.

Unfortunately, such an incident propels the leftists into a supposed position of moral authority, thus distracting from the real issue: taxpayers having to pay for one's personal activities via a government imposed health care system.

-A good number of Minnesota Vikings fans still have not completely gotten over the devastating loss to the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 NFC Championship game (yes, I include myself amongst those tortured souls). One of the many plays that stands out was the first of two Brett Favre interceptions in that game. Upon releasing the ball on that first pick, Favre took a brutal hit on his left ankle, yet no personal foul penalty was levied against the Saints defender (the NFL league office later concluded the non-call was a definite oversight).

But today we learned that the Saints defensive players had incentive for such shenanigans.

Between 22 and 27 defensive players on the New Orleans Saints, as well as defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, maintained a "bounty" program funded primarily by players in violation of NFL rules during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons, the NFL announced Friday.

The investigation by the league's security department determined that an improper "pay for performance" program included "bounty" payments to players for inflicting injuries on opposing players that would result in them being removed from a game.

In some cases, the amounts pledged were both significant and directed against a specific opposing player, according to the league's investigation.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis failed to stop the bounty program when directed to do so by team owner Tom Benson, while coach Sean Payton was aware of the allegations but did not pursue them or take steps to stop the "bounty" program, according to the investigation's findings.

Any chance the investigation could retroactively heal Favre's ankle and allow him to finish that championship game at full strength?


1 comment:

Gino said...

the league should demand the coach be removed, and then fine the team extensively on top of it.

there are enough honest injuries in football as it is to have teas pulling stuff like this.