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The First Amendment is Now Racist ™

October 11, 2009
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At least, according to some members of the NFL Players Union.  I know, shocking that a Union is being divisive, non-tolerant and carrying water for political agendas. It’s almost as if Unions are an arm of the Democrat political machine!  And by almost I, of course, mean they totally are.

Yeah, now THIS baloney is personal. Because it is forcing ME to talk about something Sporty oriented and that simply doesn’t suit. Not a sport’s enthusiast; I’m not a fan of getting all sweaty and out of breath if there is nothing in it for ME.  Plus, the risk of nail breakage is far too high. And I’ve yet to find a sport’s uniform that includes super cute strappy sandals.

From Say Anything Blog:

NFL Players Union Suggests Limbaugh Bid For Ownership Would Promote Discrimination, Hatred

Just so we’re clear, the union is fine with the players in the league who are criminals (both petty and not so petty), but a man who engages in a perfectly legal business enterprise and is only controversial in so far as he uses his 1st amendment rights to voice opinions others disagree with somehow isn’t fit to participate in the league?

Rush Limbaugh uses his First Amendment rights to provide his personal opinions and commentary, entertain people and often enlighten them?  How hate-filled and discriminatory! I mean, he  points out the truth regarding the liberal agenda and shines a light on the miscreants in Washington – egad! The utter gall of the man! How dare he “discriminate” against, um, oh yeah, THE PEOPLE IN POWER. Smearing them with truth and logic. The villain!

Evidently, the NFL claims their goal is to “unify” and “transcend” stuff.  Perhaps transcend vile acts like dog killing? No, no, that’s fine – we don’t want to be closed-minded and intolerant, right?  Maybe unified against sex crimes against women?  Unified against shooting people? Unified against general (and often criminal) jackassery? Nah, that’s all cool too. Instead, they will “unify” against Conservatives, the most evil of all evils on the face of the Earth.

NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith on Saturday made a move to solidify the union against a bid by conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh as part of a group that aims to purchase the St. Louis Rams.

In an e-mail to the union’s executive committee on Saturday specifically addressing Limbaugh’s bid, Smith said, “I’ve spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages. But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred.”

Well, it’s understandable once you read the evidence they have against Rush Limbaugh:

Limbaugh has expressed a number of controversial racial ideas in the past. For example, he suggested that Gen. Colin Powell supported Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy simply because he was black, and he also stated that the media wants black quarterbacks to do well and that Donovan McNabb doesn’t deserve much of the credit he has received for the Eagles’ success.

Oh, wait — The Colin Powell part is pretty much true, isn’t it? Also, totally not racist.  But voting FOR Obama simply because of the color of his skin?  Now that actually is racist. I don’t know about that McNabb dude (hello? That’s a sporty thingie) but I suspect Rush’s underlying point was likely an ugly truth as well.

You know what else is true? Vilifying a man and attempting to block his purchase or involvement in an organization based solely upon his political beliefs is *actual* discrimination and is truly hate-filled divisiveness.

It also makes no sense.

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NY Daily News: “I don’t want anything to do with a team that he has any part of. He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play.”

While I’ve already told you I’m far from an expert (it’s above my pay-grade), isn’t the point of sporty things to WIN? Score more points and stuff? If someone can run the franchise well, isn’t that what matters? I’m pretty sure the football players aren’t forced to listen to talk radio nor will they have policy wonk-y seminars before each game. Guess what, football players and grossly partisan Union dudes: In the real world people sometimes work with people with whom they don’t agree politically. Yet, they manage to get their jobs done! You too can do the same.  I’ll tell you how …. listen closely …

Grow.

Up.

And I suggest that once Rush’s purchase goes through, that he put Condoleezza Rice in charge. I’ve heard tell that she loves football. And it would make quite a few liberal heads explode.  Now THAT is a sporting event I’d actually watch.

Update: Just Karl tweeted me a link to a Slate article regarding Rush’s McNabb comment. Turns out as I suspected: Not Racist. And arguably correct. And by arguably, I really mean totally, but was trying to be nice.

Donovan McNabb isn’t a great quarterback, and the media do overrate him because he is black.

By Allen BarraPosted Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at 6:33 PM ET

Limbaugh leaves over unfair football flapIn his notorious ESPN comments last Sunday night, Rush Limbaugh said he never thought the Philadelphia Eagles’ Donovan McNabb was “that good of a quarterback.”

If Limbaugh were a more astute analyst, he would have been even harsher and said, “Donovan McNabb is barely a mediocre quarterback.” But other than that, Limbaugh pretty much spoke the truth. Limbaugh lost his job for saying in public what many football fans and analysts have been saying privately for the past couple of seasons.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2009 12:16 am

    Heh, the money’s green they’ll play.

  2. October 12, 2009 12:42 am

    If you look up Demaurice Smith you’ll see that he’s an Obamabot. If you like the NFL you should start liking it less right now because he already said there will be a lockout because he doesn’t like the “hierarchy” in the NFL.

  3. October 12, 2009 1:01 am

    I could understand if it was David Duke trying to buy the team but this is classic overreaction.

    It reminds of that group that wanted to boycott Whole Foods because it’s CEO wrote an op-ed opposing ObamaCare, even tho Whole Foods is a progressive (hippy) health food store that provides very nice health coverage for all it’s employees.

    And apparently Michael Moore wants us to boycott capitalism, so I will start by not going to see his film.

  4. Wsorrian permalink
    October 12, 2009 3:51 am

    It doesn’t surprise me, Mrs.Boobs. This is all part of the criminalization of conservatism promulgated by the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Maxine Waters et al.

    When one is ridiculed for a dissenting belief, civility become a victim. When one is persecuted for a dissenting belief, liberty become a victim. In either case, corruption is nurtured and tyranny reigns.

  5. RotgutSaloon permalink
    October 12, 2009 8:42 am

    There are many cracks appearing in the monopoly empire of the NFL. The players are mostly black; the owners are all White and soon will be the only Whites left in the league.

    The NFL was born during the Depression and struggled for thirty years until saved by television during the 1960s. As a young teen in the late 1950s I attended a Steeler’s game at old Forbes Field with maybe 3000 other fans and you could sit anywhere you wanted. No pomp; no circumstance; the place was nearly empty. Local High School games drew bigger crowds. In the fullness of time, our current problem, Depression II, could produce the same result.

    Rush Limbaugh, a Missouri native, has combined sentimentality and ego in his bid for the Rams. Two things an astute business man should avoid in decision making. Everywhere blacks dominate, race becomes the issue and forcing out Whites becomes the objective. See Obamanation and decaying inner cities. Limbaugh’s bid follows this course. Hate Whitey is the rallying call and intolerant black players are in full voice.

    Should Limbaugh be successful, and I hope he is, the demise of the NFL will be in sight. Good riddance!

  6. what? permalink
    October 12, 2009 10:39 am

    Apparently, killing dogs, raping women, shooting people, abusing drugs, etc… is OK with the players union, but disagreeing with BO is NOT. What a bunch of racist buffons. The NfL will never again make one dolloar off me, including attending any game, buying any mercahdise or supporting their ratings on TV. Eff them. I won’t even watch the Super Bowl anymore. If everyone who disagrees with the way the LEFT is stiff-arming this great nation would do the same it might affect some of these self-righteous NFL entertainers’ astronomical salaries, then maybe they might reconsider some of their ass-hattery.

  7. October 12, 2009 12:22 pm

    I didn’t realize this was why Rush was on SportsCenter this morning! (I was not feeling particularly well, and missed the story.)

    Well! I remember when Rush made his comment on McNabb – he was working for ESPN at the time – and he was run out because of it. Funny thing is, McNabb had brought the Eagles to the brink of something big several times only to lose when it counted (playoffs). And yet, everyone was going on and on about him being OH SO MAH-VELOUS, AND LOOK AT HOW THE BLACKS ARE DOING SO WELL AS QUARTERBACKS!! That sentimentality is much more racist than his observation that McNabb just has not ever been able to get the Eagles to a Super Bowl win. Still. So, guess what? I see it as him either being very over-rated or surrounded by complete idiots. I pick A, by the way.

    Vick…well, I was annoyed, but you might not have seen his “comeback” interviews when the Eagles signed him. He is one of the very few GENUINELY repentant celebrities I’ve ever seen. The man is actually sorry, and said so – not a “I’m really sorry I let you down” crap, but honest-to-goodness, Mom-would-be-proud, “I was an idiot, I was wrong, I screwed up big time, and I’m sorry I was so stupid” apologies. Talked about how he has messed up his family’s life, too (having to explain to his little girl why he can’t buy her a dog) and how he should have known better. So I’m over being annoyed at Vick. When someone actually repents, it’s proper to forgive him. Vick hasn’t even tried to make a false apology; it’s all real.

    re: Condi in charge of the Rams: AWESOME idea! That would totally rock!

    I hope Rush gets his team. I used to get to listen to him more (I’m not usually in the car when he’s on any more), and always loved when he got talking football. And I think that the union doesn’t realize that their bread and butter – the people who make football so popular – include huge chunks of Red Territory: people who are conservative and among the millions who listen to Rush.

  8. Reiuxcat permalink
    October 12, 2009 12:23 pm

    Heh, love the conclusion, have Condeleeza Rice run the team. Perfect!

  9. Prohect permalink
    October 12, 2009 12:45 pm

    I love football, I love the NFL. This is unfortunate but not unexpected. I listen to Rush every day. He loves football, he loves the NFL. He is no racist. His opinion on McNabb was spot on. Race, not performance was the source of the press’s adulation of McNabb in 2003 as his inability to ever win “the big” games has proven repeatedly.
    I think it would be a shame to block ownership of a true fan of the game because you don’t like there political stripe. Hell, my team’s owner is on the Obama Administration’s payroll. I don’t have a problem with that.
    Football is a team sport. It ain’t about individuals. Unlike other sports, in football, it is impossible for one player (no matter how great) to win a game on his own.
    Its about the GAME not the owners!

  10. October 12, 2009 2:20 pm

    Just got home from a rare mid-day appointment and got to hear Rush speaking on this. I think the world is about to end. Stephen A. Smith (one of the most obnoxious reporters in sports – who happens to be Black – and I guess that makes me racist) just defended Rush’s intent to purchase the Rams, and said players who are saying they will refuse to play for a team owned by him are just lying – they’ll go where the money leads them because that’s how they operate.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      October 12, 2009 3:41 pm

      I don’t know who that Smith dude is (um, sports reporter = I don’t read him), but he’s spot-on. It’s a business. The only color the players *really* care about is the color of money.

  11. DEVILDOC permalink
    October 12, 2009 2:25 pm

    Great story SNB. I remember some years ago Dr. Rice was asked if she would consider running for President of the United States. Her reply was “NO…I want to be the NFL Commissioner”. It’s too bad she wouldn’t run for office, she has to be one of the most intelligent people that ever held her position in the Bush admin.

    As far as the players union, if all the “CONSERVATIVE” fans ( the one’s that actually have jobs and spend money on NFL stuff as well as attending games ) decided to boycott THEM I think they would change their tune real fast. Of course they would have to call us RACIST first and get it out of their systems.

  12. October 12, 2009 4:02 pm

    If Rush buys the Rams, will the left call it The RACIST Rams?😛

  13. Reiuxcat permalink
    October 12, 2009 4:09 pm

    Here ya go LZ, Mark Levin interviews Stephen Smith. You might like him…maybe.
    (I originally posted this on The People’s Cube about a month ago.)

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      October 12, 2009 4:10 pm

      Oh, thank you! Will watch when I’m done making dinner. Thanks again!

      • Wsorrian permalink
        October 12, 2009 11:00 pm

        Dinner? What are we having? I’m hungry. -.-

  14. October 12, 2009 10:59 pm

    It’s TOTALLY possible to work with, and even FOR, a person or persons you COMPLETELY disagree with. I’m a member of the union at my paper plant job; it’s for totally political reasons — it’s simpler to work there if you’re a union member. Do I agree with the politics of the union, or even of most of the locals involved? Absolutely not. But my ability to pack a box has nothing to do with any of that, and a player’s ability to punt, pass, kick, run or anything else, has nothing to do with his politics.

    This is the same reason that I can listen to music by people who I can’t stand politically.

  15. Call me Lennie permalink
    October 13, 2009 1:43 pm

    You say you don’t ever get sweaty and out of breath unless there’s something in it for you? Afraid I’m not following your drift there, Ma’am

    But never mind that, a thought is buzzing around my head. If they are going to use the threat of a boycott to exclude Limbaugh, perhaps it’s time to give them a taste of their own medicine — seeing as how conservative white males are the base of the pro football. We boycott the NFL if they exclude Rush. I’ll give up football for a season just to stick to these scum. I’ll bet millions of other white males would do the same.

    Spread that notion around, kiddo. See what people think. We have the tools to organize such a thing now

  16. October 14, 2009 5:45 pm

    What’s really sad is that he’s being attacked and criticized, but he can’t talk about it because that’s how the deals are made for sports teams’ purchases. I guess. So the most he can say is, “They’re making stuff up about me,” and, “You know me…you’ve known me for 20+ years,” and that’s it. But the media…they can slander him all over the place.

    Smith seems to be backtracking a tiny bit (saying that he’s got problems with Rush on the air and it’s a bit late for the players to be complaining), but honestly, I wonder how many of those mouthing off about Rush (players, mind you) have actually taken time to listen to him for…say, two weeks? (First week to get used to his style, second week to actually listen to his points.) Probably none of them. Smith, at least, has listened to him a bit.

  17. October 14, 2009 10:05 pm

    New update…they bullied the other members into dropping Rush. Damn shame.

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