President Donald Trump, and the people who support him, love to take credit for driving NFL ratings down, but the facts tell a completely different story. The rise of the #MAGA movement, and the alternative reality where Trump and the FOX News Channel audience lives has inspired a "facts don't matter anymore" narrative, but the data and numbers simply don't care about that popular misnomer.
NFL ratings are plummeting due to supply and demand, and emerging economic forces in a rapidly changing media landscape. There's nothing partisan, political or even ideological about this. It's all business, not personal. Don't blame Colin Kaepernick or Marshawn Lynch.
It's commonplace in 2017 for people to say, "Everything is politicized these days."
There's great veracity to that statement when seemingly harmless situations can still be used as platforms to launch sociopolitically offensive messages.
Two examples are Apu Nahasapeemapetilon of The Simpsons and the Catcade, a Lakeview cat shelter/video arcade hybrid.
It can be very tiring sometimes, having to consistently stand up and fight so for so many of our basic rights. However, if we don't stand up right now and fight to save Net Neutrality, then it's going to become a helluva lot harder to stand up and fight for all our other basic rights.
Net Neutrality may sound extremely boring (what- IP routing protocols aren't your bag?) and like something that's not relevant to our everyday lives, but you'll really miss it, if and when it's gone. If the Federal Communications Commission votes to repeal net neutrality in nine days, then our daily lives will change dramatically, and greatly for the worse.
However, we still have plenty of time to protest and make our voices heard...
There's a reason Hollywood has made so many movies about WWII, and many more films about this conflict than any other war in our history.
Total Good versus complete evil is a concept that only truly exists in fiction, not in real life, but of all the wars that the United States of America has fought, World War 2 is the one where we really were "the good guys" and our foes were "the bad guys."
Atrocities are committed in every war, some bad people in every militia, but overall, the point remains clear - Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were the bad guys. Period...
Americans are more with Colin Kaepernick and the NFL players who protest racial injustice during the national anthem than the media likes to portray. The ideals of Kaepernick and his protesting brethren resonate with the people, but just like the Democratic party, there's a major messaging issue going on here.
Polls show that more Americans agree with the Democrats on the actual substance of the major issues than do not, but the left continues to lose the communications battle.
The exact same holds true with Colin Kaepernick and protests staged during the national anthem at NFL games....
If you’re not following Mom's Demand Action Founder
and Everytown for Gun Safety
activist Shannon Watts on Twitter,
then you really should be. In the wake of the Sutherland Springs mass shooting, she truly put Texas Governor Greg Abbott in his place
Abbott did the stereotypical meaningless and completely cliche “thoughts and prayers” bit, and as you obviously know, thinking and praying is not taking action. If you clicked on this, then you most likely read or would be interested in reading our essay on the total worthlessness that is the act of tweeting thoughts and prayers
What does it take for someone to get on a public platform and literally say "I'm with the child molester!"
How can an individual have such a repulsion to the Democratic Party that they consciously side with a pedophile instead?
I guess we'll have to ask Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who says she plans to vote for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. This despite Ivey saying “I have no reason to disbelieve any of them [the women]" and will still vote for Moore because "we need to have a Republican in the United States Senate" in order to maintain a majority, and thus confirm conservative appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court...
Regardless of what ultimately happens to Judge Roy Moore in his bid for the U.S. Senate, the damage has already been done. As Republican Senator Lindsey Graham put it today, there are no good outcomes for Moore, and what we've already seen, in reaction to what he's been accused of, now by five different women, is frightening and alarming.
Hopefully, he comes to his senses, if he indeed still maintains any shred of good sense, and steps down from the Alabama Senate race. The best thing we can hope for right now is the adults in the national Grand Old Party room force him out.
There are no adults in the Alabama GOP room that much we know. It's very unlikely we see Roy Moore drop out, as he's actually been fund-raising off the Washington Post story, an article with 30 sources, which details the accusations of child sexual assault against him...
It wasn't until 2002 that I learned "The War of Northern Aggression" was something that once occurred in our history. The term was brought to attention by my partner in a summer fling that year, a grad student living in Chicago transplanted from Atlanta.
She came from a very well-to-do family and told me tales of her debutante ball, which believe it or not is still a thing that exists down there. She informed me that The War of Northern Aggression was a conflict which raged from 1861-1865, and it was basically the imperialist Yankees invading and destroying The South, which had a peaceful plantation existence, predicated on their pure individualist desire to just be left alone to their own wholesome self-determination.
It's worth noting that she herself had inherently and completely rejected this absurd narrative of egregious revisionism; as many, if not all, educated and enlightened Southerners do...
The trite and pointless "our thoughts and prayers go out to......." bit is such a horrifically shopworn cliche that criticizing how useless it is, is also in fact cliche.
Yet the platitude persists and thus we have to provide you with another op-ed slamming it.
"We send our thoughts and prayers out to...." is what you say when you have nothing to say, but feel obligated to say something anyway. It's your way of making a statement, without saying a God damn thing.
It's the gospel of press release, the religion of corporatism and the altar of what's-been-tested-on-a-focus group.