[B]eing a [Vikings] fan is like being a parent to a child that constantly makes poor life choices: filled with disappointment.
On Sunday, January 14th, I was sitting in the Hop Creek Pub in Napa, CA, watching my Minnesota Vikings play the New Orleans Saints in the NFL’s divisional playoff round. My wife and our travelling companions had agreed to interrupt their wine tasting tour of the Napa Valley in order to indulge my desire to watch the game. As anyone who knows me is well aware, I’ve been a Vikings fan since I was old enough to know what a football was…which means I’ve grown accustomed to heartbreak and disappointment.
I was excited, because despite having lost the #1 and #2 quarterbacks, Minnesota had finished 13-3 and appeared to have a legitimate shot at reaching the Super Bowl. With the NFL’s best defense and an above-average offense, it was looking as if this might FINALLY be the year. That would have been an amazing accomplishment, since the game was scheduled to be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. I was fortunate enough to have been able to attend the Vikings’ first game there when it opened in September, 2016 against the evil, blood-sucking Green Bay Packers. Ah, but I digress…. Continue reading
Naming the #Kotel train station after an anti-Semitic Nazi sympathizer who claimed Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlotteville were "fine people" is an affront to decency. https://t.co/q0H5lXx4PF
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) December 27, 2017
In a truly disgusting and shocking move, Israel’s transportation minister has proposed digging a railway tunnel deep under Jerusalem’s Old City. This train would run under large swaths of ground previously untouched, probably leading to large archeological digs and potential damage to holy sites of Jews, Christians and Muslims. And this train? It would end right at the Western Wall, one of the most sacred sites in all of Israel. The plan is still in its infancy, so there is no timeline or actual proof that this will come to fruition. The tunnel would require excavating more than two miles of tunnel beneath downtown Jerusalem and Jerusalem’s Old City…. Any effort by Israel to move forward with this type of plan will surely be met with large scale Palestinian protests. The announcement to name the train station after Donald Trump is largely seen as a public gesture of appreciation after the U.S. formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Call me naive, but I’d always thought that one named buildings or permanent structures after someone, usually dead, renowned for doing something significant. Something like ending a war, curing cancer, solving world hunger, or perhaps winning a few Super Bowls. It’s supposed to be an honor…which is why you never see a post office named after Joe or Ethel Sixpack.
(via Robert Maguire)
Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) office has started sending out warning letters to liberal activists who have bombarded the senator with phone calls and letters. The Arkansas Times reports members of activist group Ozark Indivisible have been receiving cease-and-desist letters ordering them to stop trying to contact Cotton. “This letter is immediate notification that all communication must cease and desist immediately with all offices of US Senator Tom Cotton,” the letter states. “All other contact will be deemed harassment and will be reported to the United States Capitol Police.”
One need not look far (or hard) to learn the definition of “democracy”: “government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.”
If memory serves, that’s pretty much what the Founding Fathers had in mind. That was then…. Continue reading
When 13-year-old Amy McGrath wrote her congressman to say her dream was to fly fighter jets, he told her women can’t serve in combat. Eighty-nine missions in places like Iraq and Afghanistan later, the now retired U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel has a new mission: winning a race for Congress in Kentucky. This very well may be the most compelling campaign ad we have ever seen.
I don’t think it’s an understatement to say- and believe- that we live in a time in which good and decent Americans need to have the courage of their convictions. This means being willing to stand up against ignorance, arrogance, and tyranny…you know, the sorts of things running rampant in America these days.
The problem, of course, is that those we elect to represent us are too often far more concerned with their own career prospects than in doing right by the country, the very thing they were elected to do. That means Republicans actively trying to sabotage a legitimate investigation of collusion with a foreign power. It means Democrats declining to stand up to the National Rifle Association (NRA), even as yet more innocents Americans continue to die from gun violence. Houston, we have a problem…and a solution seems very, very far away. Continue reading