Thursday, September 18, 2014

Adrian Peterson and the Switch

It goes without saying that the media have been consumed with Adrian Peterson's use of a switch to beat his 4-year-old son.

Some of the discussion has focused on the use of corporal punishment as a cultural thing, saying African American families employ the technique in raising children.

For example:

A good whuppin’? Adrian Peterson child abuse case revives debate"

Adrian Peterson must beat his upbringing

An aspect of the discussion that surprises me is how many people are unfamiliar with the term "switch."

To those people, I ask: Where have you been?

I have never been beaten with a switch, nor have I ever beaten anyone with a switch. But, I've certainly heard of the term and the practice.

Did you ever read Tom Sawyer? Aunt Polly used a switch to discipline Tom.

Did you ever watch The Simpsons and hear Grandpa Simpson threaten to use a switch?

Didn't old Loony Tunes cartoons frequently reference the use of a switch?

I think so.

For those needing, Jonathan Capehart explains the switch:

Peterson is accused of beating his 4-year-old son with a “switch.” That’s a tree branch denuded of its leaves and then used to “light the hind parts” of a disobeying youngin’. Peterson’s son got his hind parts lit after he reportedly pushed another Peterson son off a video game. Being beaten with a switch was one of the ways I was held accountable by relatives from New York to North Carolina for defying or ignoring various and sundry adult admonitions. How said punishment was meted out varied depending on the offense and on the relative.
How weird that "switch" needs to be defined!

I find it very strange that so many supposedly intelligent people seem to be so confused by the term.

Hillary: Unpopular

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Elizabeth Warren: Israel, Gaza, and the Holocaust

DEMOCRAT and presidential candidate wannabe Elizabeth Warren is a disgrace, saying it's fair to compare the Holocaust and Israel's actions in Gaza.

Video, from The Weekly Standard:

“Eva Moseley, I’m not a student, I’m not an alumnae, but was in faculty life. I was also a Holocaust refugee and I’m extremely concerned that Jews don’t do to another people what was done to them,” said the activist.

“I think that’s fair,” Senator Warren responded.

“You recently said that you believe that Israel has the right to self-defense," the activist continued. "Do you also believe that the Palestinians have a right to self-defense?”

“Of course. So, and the answer is yes. The direction we ought to be moving is not toward more war. The direction we need to be moving, as I said, I believe we need to move to a two-state solution where both peoples can be secure and safe within their own borders. So, I’m there,” responded the senator from Massachusetts.
It's not at all "fair" to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with Israel's response to attacks by Hamas.

It's this sort of stuff from the Leftists, like Warren and Obama, that has brought us to where we are - "The Great Unraveling."


From The Right Scoop, listen to audio of Mark Levin reacting to Warren's remarks.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ISIS, Obama, and the Border

We have a problem.

The problem is Obama.

From the New York Times:

Militants for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have traveled to Mexico and are just miles from the United States. They plan to cross over the porous border and will “imminently” launch car bomb attacks. And the threat is so real that federal law enforcement officers have been placed at a heightened state of alert, and an American military base near the border has increased its security.

As the Obama administration and the American public have focused their attention on ISIS in recent weeks, conservative groups and leading Republicans have issued stark warnings like those that ISIS and other extremists from Syria are planning to enter the country illegally from Mexico. But the Homeland Security Department, the F.B.I. and lawmakers who represent areas near the border say there is no truth to the warnings.

“There is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border,” Homeland Security officials said in a written statement, using an alternative acronym for the group.

Democrats say opponents of President Obama are simply playing on concerns about terrorism as part of their attempt to portray Mr. Obama as having failed to secure the border against illegal immigration.
I have no tolerance for this bickering and political posturing.

I'm so sick of the "party before country" stuff.

Having a porous border is a weakness. It's dangerous.

"No credible intelligence" -- Give me a break!

It's impossible for us to be assured that terrorists aren't entering the country through Mexico. We don't know who's coming in.

Obama wants it that way.

"Give me your extremists, your terrorists,
Your huddled jihadis yearning to kill Americans."

Monday, September 15, 2014

Packers Defeat Jets

Controversy ON THE FIELD!


I'm sure Jets fans aren't happy, but I am.

From Vic Ketchman,

Capping a week that saw the NFL launch an investigation that is threatening the sovereignty of its commissioner, the Packers launched their 2014 home season with a memorable rally in a game Jets fans will no doubt claim should’ve gone into overtime. The Packers won in regulation, 31-24.

...On fourth-and-4 from the Packers 36 with 5:06 to play, Geno Smith launched – there’s that word again – an apparent touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley. One problem: Jets Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called time out just before the ball was snapped. No touchdown!

Here’s another problem: TV quickly revealed – it was either the eminent Mike Pereira or the newbie Mike Carey that spoke from the heavens; I forget – that only a head coach can call a time out from the sideline. In other words, Mornhinweg’s attempt to call a timeout should’ve been ignored by Referee Walt Anderson’s crew because Mornhinweg isn’t Rex Ryan. They don’t look a lot alike.

“It’s football. That stuff happens all the time,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.
McCarthy is right. Deal with it.

Whatever, it's good to talk about a controversy that doesn't involve a tape of an attack in an elevator. I am so sick of the Ray Rice/Roger Goodell saga. Blah, blah, blah.

I watch the NFL and follow the Packers for fun and entertainment. It's an escape. Very simple. End of story.

I don't want to be subjected to lectures about bigger issues. And I don't want to deal with a month of "raising awareness." I hate that crap.

Let's just enjoy the games, OK?

When players or coaches or other NFL staff commit crimes, I expect law enforcement to handle it. When league rules are broken, I expect appropriate action to be taken by the league. I expect accountability.

I don't want endless analysis of off the field issues to crowd out the purpose of the NFL - ENTERTAINMENT.

Too bad the Bears managed to win. Other than that, it was a good Sunday.