#cowardice

JK Rowling’s beautiful forehand winner

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JK Rowling’s beautiful return of service to Jennifer Finney Boylan for her display of utter cowardice in capitulating to the cancel culture mob. Game, set & match.

Liberal artists cave to the cancel culture days after co-signing a letter condemning it

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Remember those brave maverick left-leaning artists who co-signed JK Rowling’s letter to decry the cancel culture we wrote about yesterday?

Several days later, several have withdrawn their support after surrendering to the threat of being cancelled themselves.

Author Jennifer Finney Boylan tweeted, “I did not know who else had signed that letter…I thought I was endorsing a well-meaning, if vague, message against internet shaming. I did know Chomsky, Steinem, and Atwood were in, and I thought, good company.

Historian Kerri Greenidge also tweeted, “I do not endorse this @Harpers letter. I am in contact with Harpers about a retraction.

So let us get this right. The very people who co-signed a letter highlighting the anxiety of cancel culture over the anxiety that they might be cancelled for being anxious about cancel culture due to guilt-by-association just proved the point way better than JK Rowling’s letter ever could.

So much for free speech. Cancel culture is alive and well.

NFL turning the playing field into a political football

The NFL is making all the missteps to destroy the franchise. It thinks that introducing segregation will solve for racism.

The NFL is planning to play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” dubbed the “Black national anthem,” ahead of “Star Spangled Banner‘ before all Week 1 games. Watch this become ahead of every game.

Why don’t Hispanics or other minorities that were victims of police brutality get their anthem played too? What about the trans community? Are they any less worthy?

According to ESPN, the NFL is also considering “listing the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys” and will likely “produce educational programs about the victims.”

What if some of those victims were armed and shooting at police? Will they be honoured? Will their true histories be taught or airbrushed as defenseless martyrs?

Before the NFL starts virtue signaling how “with the times” it is, do fans want to be lectured to by a league where 713 different players between 2000-2014 have been arrested for the following shocking list of charges – rape, murders, shootings, animal cruelty, prostitution rings, assault, robbery, illegal gun possession, DUI and resisting arrest.

Maybe list the names of those 713 players on uniforms for their crimes first.

There isn’t a soul on the planet who isn’t aware of what is going on. For the overwhelming majority of those who condemn racism, why do the left think drumming ever more sanctimonious activism is necessary? If the belief is such tokenism will swing racists, this identity politics based tribalism will force the exact opposite outcome of that intended. Shaming doesn’t work, especially if wrapped in hypocrisy.

Nancy Pelosi cancels the history of Congress

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Despite Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi being in office for over three decades, she has finally deemed that the portraits of Speakers who served in the Confederacy be removed. She made the following statement:

Ahead of tomorrow’s Juneteenth observances, the portraits of four previous Speakers who served in the Confederacy have been removed from the walls of the U.S. Capitol under the supervision of House Clerk Cheryl Johnson. The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. Allowing men who embody the bigotry and racism of the Confederacy to be honored within them sets back our nation’s work to confront and combat bigotry wherever it appears.

Why now, Nancy?

Yet more pathetic virtue signalling which is 100% based on the politics of identity and zero to do with those she claims to be helping. And we thought the kneeling with Kente scarves was nauseating enough…who knew that race politics had seasons? Anyone would think an election was around the corner??

We say again, even if one hated Trump, how can anyone think the Democrats are a credible alternative with pathetic stunts like this?

Self-imposed slavery on the sporting field?

We couldn’t help but notice the kneeling across global sporting codes over the weekend. In Australia, players of the AFL and NRL codes all took the knee. No one stood.

The football leagues across Europe did the same thing.

Have we just witnessed acts of modern day slavery?

No, we are not trying to draw an equivalence to those that suffered at the hands of real slavery more than a century ago. Let’s be absolutely clear.

However it is not hard to see capitulating to the mob by surrendering constitutional rights out of a fear of exercising them as a reflection of the bleak dystopian future that is rapidly approaching.

We can be absolutely sure that failure to publicly submit to causes like BLM will lead to vilification and worse. Best to fall in line (literally) to avoid being attacked and face the inevitable backlash from the verbally violent apparatchiks on Twitter.

Is it fair to assume that every player believed in the cause of kneeling for BLM? Or were some pressured to do so? Did they feel their contracts might come under threat for non compliance?

Worry they might. LA Galaxy star Aleksandar Katai was recently sacked for something his wife tweeted about BLM without his knowledge. Career over. Shouldn’t the incendiary tweets of a spouse live and die there? Should companies have the power to sack us for the free speech exercised by our own husbands or wives in their own time?

Do employers have rights to enforce behaviors of employees completely unrelated to their jobs especially if not bound by legal contracts?

Did woke sponsors threaten to withdraw support if they didn’t make the virtue signaling gesture? Or did the same sponsors fear secondary boycotts and demand players got on message? Will players and officials kneel at every match from now on?

Are police officers – who attend every sporting match for player and fan security – so in need of being vilified each game for things the overwhelming majority haven’t committed?

Let’s not forget the long list of disgraceful crimes committed by many sports celebrities including rape, murders, shootings, animal cruelty, prostitution rings, assault, robbery, illegal gun possession, DUI and resisting arrest to name a few. Are these the types of role models the sports bodies think should lecture the rest of us?

We don’t doubt that most players believe in the lives of black (and all) people but was there any resistance in the locker room beforehand? Did they fear an Israel Folau style social media lynch mob which might drag their own family members in the line of fire for failing to fall to their knees?

The NFL in America marks the next step for the rest of the world’s sporting codes.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made a woefully cringeworthy and cowardly apology for ignoring the cause started by Colin Kaepernick, who will now get to name his price. Watch Goodell make him a race liaison for the NFL. Forget that Kaepernick was an average quarterback when he played. Just sign him ahead of far better players in order to avoid censure. A multi-year lucrative multi-million dollar participation trophy awaits.

Goodell said the NFL condemns systemic racism. Really? Who knew? Why would the NFL have to publicly announce the bleeding obvious? c.70% of NFL players are handsomely rewarded African Americans. Hardly a league guilty of oppressing minorities.

Goodell promised to spend $250 million over 10 years to combat systemic racism. Put that $25m yearly stipend against the $8bn in annual revenue, that is a token 0.31% of that. So it’s hardly a sum relative to the self loathing video made. Still it makes for good headlines. Will the NFL subsidize Kaep out of that sum?

Will fans be subject to a ditching of the flag and an end to the national anthem at the game? Will it be replaced by a minute’s silence where law abiding, open minded and tolerant citizens of all races are required to watch propaganda on police brutality broadcast on big screens to martial music before kick-off?

What is worse is that Goodell skipped over the fact that his fans more than likely already condemned police brutality well before his forced confession reminiscent of an ISIS hostage video.

Is Goodell’s memory so short? Don’t fans just want to unwind from the stresses of family, work and politics by watching their team play a great game?

The NFL might feel encouraged that it’s viewership may have made a tepid recovery from the lows of 2017 but it shouldn’t test the loyalty of fans this way. They don’t pay good money to be lectured over things they already repudiate.

The Australian Wallabies rugby union team is another franchise which succumbed to pandering to identity politics over serving the needs of paying customers. Self-inflicted wound. It will take decades to recover, if ever.

The AFL and NRL should watch their step too. Overplay politics at games where fans go to escape it and they might find they walk away leaving them where they are now – cardboard cutouts in the stands and canned crowds. Don’t mistake any bump in ratings as anything other than a short term COVID19 induced boredom escaping aberration.

To think if the players hadn’t submitted to bondage in the first place, they would have no need to get on their knees of their own volition and beg their ultimate paymasters for mercy.

Good Cop, Silly Cop

Why would Webster, MA Police Chief Michael Shaw say to an audience of BLM protestors that all of his cops are good cops who work hard for the community and then proceed to lie prone with his hands behind his back to protest the death of George Floyd?

Instead of a show to appease a mob, perhaps he might have spoken about what his force is doing right. What procedures have allowed for those successes? What lessons could be transferred to other police departments around the country that have internal issues around police brutality? Compare his data since changes were made to the rest of the country to back up the claims. Where is the pushback?

Instead of being a beacon of common sense and a voice of reason, he submitted to a group chanting “I can’t breathe!

Webster has a population of 17,000. Yet violent crime rates are above the national average and 2x the state of Massachusetts (MA). That is the law of small numbers coming into play. Property crimes are at half the national average and in line with MA.

We applaud the brave police who have not submitted to shouts to have them “take a knee!

Some cops are proud of who they are and what they do without being shamed into surrendering to peer pressure sought by the mob over things their exemplary records don’t attest to. They don’t need to prove anything to a mob who haven’t the first clue what they’re talking about.