Why I Am Skipping The Superbowl — And The Ads — This Year

As always, the hype over the Big Game is ratcheting up. However, for the first year in a long time, I am sitting it out. I’ve been telling people at work all season that I have no interest in football this year.

It’s not because I will be at work on Superbowl Sunday (I work in a hospital, we’re obviously open 24/7/365). With modern digital media I could easily watch it on my phone or Kindle. I could catch the best and worst ads on YouTube afterwards.

No, this year I am sitting out because I cannot in good conscience give any of my money, and precious little of my time and attention to an organization that so blatantly and obviously stomps on the values of much of America, including myself.

The No Fun League (NFL) has applauded the antics of privileged star quarterback Colin Kaepernick, despite the outcry from fans in what the people in the League office probably call “flyover country.”

And yet when one team wanted to honor the victims of a deliberate attack aimed squarely at police officers of a single race, the No Fun League said no, we don’t want that message out there.

So, guess what? The No Fun League won’t get anything from me but ridicule and a good deal of apathy. Their ratings are already way down, indicating I’m not the only one who’s changing the channel, but they aren’t getting the message, it seems.

If the League was smart, they’d dedicate an early season or preseason game next year to the memories of fallen police officers. They could have family members on the field and maybe the iconic badge with black bar across it on the teams’ helmets and/or uniforms.

I’m betting the SJWs in the NFL won’t do that, however. So, I’m eagerly awaiting February 26 (Daytona 500), and February 24 (first baseball spring training game for my beloved SF Giants). I’ll also be working the 18th, but as I said earlier, there’s digital media!

Updated! Democrats to Rehang “Pigs” Painting in Capitol Building

Well, I guess all the real big problems of the nation have been solved, since Democrats have the free time to deal with this:

Democratic lawmakers put back on display on Capitol Hill a controversial painting that angered police with its depiction of officers as pigs — after Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter personally took down the picture last week.

The move Tuesday by members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., whose office for months had sponsored the display of the student artwork, could revive tensions with the law enforcement community.

And the Democrats think this is, as my Marine friends would say, the hill they want to die on? They want to make a big deal over a painting depicting law enforcement officers as swine, and named for said swine?

UPDATE: It appears the picture is down again.

Trump, Hillary Scaring People Towards Third Parties

At least that’s what The Hill says:

“The fact that we have two major party candidates who are enormously disliked by the electorate, enormously and equally disliked, creates the opportunity for the minor party candidates to do better than they would in other presidential elections,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

So far, neither of the top third-party candidates have broken double digits in the RCP polling averages, but it’s still July (for at least a few more hours) and most non-political-wonks don’t really start paying attention to politics till after Labor Day. I expect that after they do start paying attention the third-party share of the vote will go up.

Welcome!

I’m David, and I’ve been watching and writing about politics since high school, which was right about the time of Reagan’s reelection. Coming of political age in that era might have had something to do with my conservative views, but then again, maybe it didn’t.

In any event, I’ve seen a lot of things in the intervening decades, so this is where I’ll share my opinion based on that experience and many other inputs.

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