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Monday links

  • All those NFL team owners and not a single spine among them. As I’ve said before, this isn’t about free speech or racism; it’s about employees misusing their employers’ time to damage their employers’ bottom line. And now about employers letting it happen. (H/T Shel in comments)
  • Equally unsurprising; there’s dissension in the ACLU over supporting free speech and free association for the NRA.
  • “F*** that gator,” has replaced “Hold my beer” as the national shorthand for Darwin-level stupidity. Apparently that’s very unkind of us.
  • “Get a warrant,” says a Florida appeals court. Now there’s an idea.
  • In the Darknet cat-and-mouse game, law enforcement gains advantages.
  • Video from S.W.A.T: What to do after you’ve had to shoot someone. (Unless you’re in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, this is one of those times when you really do have to break down and talk to cops — although otherwise I’m not so sure I’d take an ex-cop’s advice on how to handle yourself.)
  • Two journals were mau-maued into suppressing a math paper because its conclusions might contradict the new sexual orthodoxy.
  • Halt cronyism in health care. (Certificates of need get another whack — but they’re not alone.)
  • More freedom makes better, more affordable health care.
  • Glenn Greenwald — hardly a Trumpist or a right-winger — nails one big problem with the writer of the infamous NYT anonymous op-ed.
  • Commander Zero on the virtues and drawbacks of routine for preppers.
  • You’ve heard of banned books. Did you know there were — and still are — banned numbers?
  • Dogs herding sheep. A view you’ve probably never seen before. And another.


  1. Dan F.
    Dan F. September 10, 2018 2:37 am

    If the NFL owners don’t want to solve that issue with their employees that’s their problem. The simple solution, don’t bring players on to the field until anthem has been sung, is too hard to do?

  2. Joel
    Joel September 10, 2018 4:50 am

    I’m trying to figure out why “F*ck that gater” guy is getting so much ink right now. I didn’t hear about it at the time and assumed it had just recently happened until I read the linked article.

  3. david
    david September 10, 2018 6:19 am

    Re: Glenn Greenwald:
    This BS about saving democracy is truly just BS. IMO, ‘Saving our democracy’ is simply pinko code-talk for ‘trash the College of Electors’ because that is what cost Clinton her shot at Empress. And the Electoral College was designed precisely to protect the nation from the danger of democracy in which a large urban area or two could rule the nation to the detriment of all those who live elsewhere.

    That is the reason for the ‘save our democracy’ full court press in the leprous legacy media. They want to ensure ‘mob rule’ so the commie candidates can get elected with their promises of free stuff for all!

    And I still think that the Anonymous Expose is getting so much media momentum for exactly the same reason the ‘Russian’ Dossier did. That being that both are Hillary projects paid for with DNC dollars.

  4. david
    david September 10, 2018 6:52 am

    “In the real world,” an ACLU litigator wrote on the listserv on Friday, “where our black allies live all the time, the single thing that is most impeding the speech of vulnerable communities is the fear of violence and targeting … every single day, everywhere.”

    First of all, every citizen in those ‘vulnerable communities’ already has a right to arm him/her self for defense against criminals or ‘the state’. It’s their fault if they do not. ‘Vulnerable’ is a choice, albeit a poor one.

    Secondly, the term ‘our black allies’ implies a race-based view of the ACLU’s purpose. But I would suggest that particular ACLU litigator resign and seek a more appropriate race-based practice – either with some blatantly racist organization like SPLC, or in private practice in his or her local ghetto.

  5. Comrade X
    Comrade X September 10, 2018 11:24 am

    NFL like Nike have made a bet that the vast majority of people that use their products agree with the politics of those that take a knee that work for them.

    I am a die hard NFL football fan, even went to a Super-bowl when my team got there, I also knew Bill Bowerman and have met Phil Knight on different occasions.

    However after the current decisions of the managements that decide for both of these corporation I never intend to ever buy another of their products nor support anything that they are involve in until that management changes and becomes more in line with my own beliefs.

    They are private companies to be run as those private corporations see fit but it is also my right to vote with my feet.

  6. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal September 10, 2018 8:08 pm

    The time for the NFL owners to have a spine was when some nimrod decided sportsball events should be government worship services. It’s too late to expect them to suddenly grow one now.

    But, really, isn’t kneeling just as respectful– or more– than standing at attention etc.? Sure seems like it to me. The whole thing is so incredibly stupid. A manufactured “crisis” from beginning to end.

  7. Claire
    Claire September 11, 2018 6:36 am

    “The time for the NFL owners to have a spine was when some nimrod decided sportsball events should be government worship services.”

    Although I agree that sports and state-worship should have nothing to do with each other, I can think of a lot of reasons for team owners and league officials to see otherwise. First of all, the combo clearly “sells” with their core audience. Second,they were probably paid by the Pentagon (or at least they have been paid by the Pentagon for many other patriotic displays). Third, loyalty to teams and loyalty to governments have a lot in common.

    As to kneeling vs standing, while the players haven’t been clear on exactly what they’re protesting or hoping to accomplish, they’ve been very clear since Kaepernick started “take a knee” that what they’re doing is a gesture of disrespect, rather than respect. There’s also a whole lot of protocol issues that you and I may think are silly, but that count to the people who count such things.

  8. Mike
    Mike September 16, 2018 7:34 pm

    David, also the term “vulnerable” is a Leftist dog whistle, right up there with “disenfranchised” and “dis-empowered”. It does not have to be subject to historical accuracy, or contemporary evidence, it merely sounds good, and automatically puts one party in the “conflict” in the position of a victim who therefore must seek redress and be given relief. I recall Linda Sarsour or someone like that once going to some public meeting talking about Muslims being “vulnerable” communities, despite the fact, like black on white crime, more Muslims in the United States, and elsewhere, have murdered non-Muslims than the other way around. It’s been a favorite of upper class white women for the last 50 years in cultural settings (corporate, hollywood, government jobs), even when they are in positions of authority.

    Such terms have also been used by the wider Latino community, to refer to themselves as “historically” disempowered/franchised, when of course, the vast majority of them, either are completely new immigrants, the children of immigrants or grandchildren of immigrants, who came from Latin American nations that had no historical or cultural connection to the United States (such as Jim Crow, slavery, etc), and have no historical or societal oppression, other than often being illegal or being perceived as illegal–yet receive government benefits, including A/A as though they were forced here on ships. It’s truly something to marvel how actual “heritage” Americans have been LITERALLY disenfranchised of the very nation their ancestors put their lives at risk to create, build and grow.

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