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Updated 26 September 2016

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Just Some Thoughts...

Note: Extended illness responsible for slow-updating. Hope to be better soon. Check blogs in left column for more.

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Clark's Corner -

Quarterback Quackery

The latest racially-inspired brouhaha comes from the world of NFL football and involves San Diego quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been busily explaining that his refusal to stand at games for the performance of the national anthem is his way of protesting the injustice delivered to African-Americans in the U.S.  There’s no argument with his right to behave thusly.

The irony, of course, lies in the fact that he, like most professionals in the National Football League, as well as those on taxpayer-supported college/university campuses, have enjoyed inordinate largesse from their society, not deprivation or sport-related discrimination. Indeed, Kaepernick, a black who was born illegitimately (though such is glorified lately), abandoned by his father and given up for adoption by his mother, was raised by adoptive white parents.

The U.S. is about 73% white though soon it will be predominantly Latino, with blacks coming in third.  This means that “reverse discrimination” is operative in professional sports, as well as on campuses, since sixty-seven percent of NFL football players are black.  Seventy-four percent of National Basketball Association players are black.  All twelve of the 2016 USA basketball Olympic champions were black…not one white player in that august body.  There’s no social injustice in Kaepernick’s sport or in the NBA, either.

In the major baseball leagues (American, National), 29% of the players are Latino, many of them unable to speak or understand English.  It’s doubtful that more than a handful, if that, are American citizens.  Strangely, where once blacks had a large population of MLB players (19% or 27%, depending on standards used) they make up only 8% now, even though their skill-level has certainly not declined. 

Perhaps this is explained by the fact that trash-talking, ridiculing opponents, taunting, writhing celebratory dances and other self-promoting juvenile activities introduced by black players a while back (and now adopted by many whites) are not seen in baseball games.  These irksome elements are practiced throughout professional football and basketball games, where skills and athletic finesse have been replaced by head-hunting and body-slams in both sports. 

Indeed, the New Orleans Saints coach was suspended for a whole season not long ago and some of his coaches also reprimanded for handing out “bounties” (cold cash) to players who inflicted opponents with injuries sufficient to necessitate their removal from games, sometimes trucked off to the nearest hospital.  Like in the old Westerns, these monsters-in-pads were called “bounty hunters.”

Nor has Kaepernick suffered from financial constraints.  His 2016 salary (including bonuses) will be $15,890,753, even though he may spend most of his time riding the bench or recovering from possible surgery, the better to be protected from concussions or other bone/organ traumas…and those headhunters, who, admittedly, have introduced him to periods on his back looking at stars floating by.

The average annual player-salary in the NBA, MLB and NFL, respectively, is $5.15 million, $3.2 million, and $1.9 million, not exactly chicken-feed.  Not counting post-season play, the footballers play 16 games, the basketballers 84 games and the baseballers 162 games.  They’re in the saddle for 7-8 months of the year, after which they can chill for a few months, though some baseball players may go home to places like Venezuela and Puerto Rico to play winter ball and visit family.

Suffice it to say that Kaepernick does not reference racial mistreatment in sports unless he is acting in behalf of white players who are in the distinct minority but not complaining if only because they would be accused of bigotry. Nor does he take note of the fact that by a vast majority white people have voted a black into the presidency during the last eight years.

Most likely, Kaepernick is caught up in the Black Lives Matter movement and is pointing the finger at mostly white policemen, never mind that blacks kill each other 95% of the time, especially in cities like Chicago, D.C., and Baltimore. If he were a person of official importance, his protest might mean something, but, just as in the case of other millionaire entertainers, it’s sound and fury signifying nothing...but ignorance.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

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A Hymn of Justice:

O God of Right (pdf).

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Thoughts for the Day:

Cool
[legacy guaranteed]

I think that I shall never see
A president as cool as he...
His governance is mystery,
Orders executive to be
Obeyed no matter how far wrong,
Inviting counteractions strong,
His lame-duck term a weird swan-song.

The courts, he thought, should legislate
But only as he might dictate
And on his whims help build a state
On lawlessness to dedicate;
The Congress, he thought, was the crew
To validate what he would do
And never take exception to
His shunning it his whole terms through.

As c-in-c, he had his war,
A grisly joke none could ignore,
"Just weeks, not months," is what he swore,
It lasted more than six months more;
The number dead was never told,
For mention of it he might scold,
So what! It meant that he was bold,
His Libyan deaths not cool...just cold.

His legacy is sexual,
Not normal but asexual,
Perversion as effectual,
Condoning things unnatural,
Insisted man may marry man,
Transgenders no bathroom to ban,
That girls fit military plan,
With unisex in Nature's van.

I hope that I shall never see
A prexy as uncouth as he,
With socialistic tendency,
Thus oligarchic profits...free;
For Constitution his contempt
Meant from its laws he was exempt...
To change it, though, a failed attempt,
Though while lame-duck, tried to preempt.

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From A Layman's THEOLOGY:Taking the course of least resistance is a normal attribute of man. Thus, rather than assume responsibility for some, if not most, of the weightier matters, man is likely to ascribe to God as "acts of providence" all things that happen, especially the ones that are unpleasant. In this, he is correct on only one premise, to wit, that nothing bad or good would happen if there had not been a creation, in the first place. In John 1:2-3, God indicates that He certainly is responsible for the entire creation, since He made it all. This means that God holds Himself responsible for every bad thing that happens - wars, pestilences, earthquakes...even drunken drivers. This also explains why God holds Himself responsible for the sins of mankind. … God is the ruler of all creation, Satan is the ruler of earth, though susceptible at any time to God’s mandates, and man is given the right to follow either entity as he sees fit.

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New Poetry Collection:


AVENGED & Other Poems

New Short-Story Collection:


REGULATOR & Other Stories

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For the sake of a bit of nostalgia, important during the current pervasive malaise that is a mark of postmodern politics and the greed of a couple of generations, as well as a bit of humor, why not take a look at a couple of books that remark in a light way some of the events, especially connected to the Democrat party, that took place 2004-2010. They're described in the left column, DEMOCRATS & Other Suspects 2004-08 and Democrat World 2008-10, a sort of recession account treated humorously. John Kerry thought he had a lock on the presidency in 2004, when the Ohio returns shot him down, and Barack Hussein Obama saw his Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare, among other appellations—enacted into law, with new costly features of the act becoming known as the days go by, as Speaker Pelosi promised, with the employer mandate already years behind in its implementation by...yep...executive order, so what else is new? It’s all in good fun and represents for one thing that politicians, like all others, have feet made of clay and brains that are sometimes on vacation, if not altogether removed from the planet, the case for some of them.

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Perjury Celebrated

Hillary Lynched (Loretta, that is)

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