My cousin Aaron abruptly typed me the news while we were texting back and forth about other matters: a Kansas City Chiefs football player killed his girlfriend, then went to the team´s practice facility and committed suicide in front of his head coach and general manager. Left behind was the couple´s 3-month-old daughter, who was in another room when her mother was shot multiple times. Like so many Americans, we were stunned. We would learn later that player was Jovan Belcher, 25-year-old starting linebacker for the Chiefs, a man and an athlete spoken of in the highest
Comments: Rush is discussing this now. Liberalism is destroying the world.
The author wants men to express themselves more. But probably doesn´t want to hear what other men really want to say. Society is (IMO) pushing more and more people to suicide due to the smothering straightjacket of political correctness.
...first it was the gun. Now it´s manliness. We certainly cannot discuss the thug lifestyle of so many of these football players, both before and after the checks start rolling in. He stays out all night with another woman, comes home, fights with his girlfriend and shoots her? That´s a product of manliness? Just wow.
A few articles above this speaks of the future of "boys of color" in the public school system. One thing NOT mentioned in that article is the absence of fathers. The natural vaccuum for a young male mind is powerful, and will attach to anything resembling a father figure. Unfortunately for young blacks, that is all too often the "thugs" in hiphop culture. Bombarded daily by images of men quick to violence, using women as toys, and the idea that gettin money is all that matters, it is no wonder that these types of tragedies occur.
Ad hominem attacks are the weakest form of argument and are usually used when the respondent does not have a more reasoned rebuttal for a point they know is true at a deep level and which is at variance with their long held view. Peel back the layers of the onion and that´s what you find at the core.
Not a call for metrosexuality. A call for true masculinity. Perhaps all college football players should also be enrolled in an ROTC program or equivalent social service; perhaps all professional football players ought to be members of the National Guard at least, or equivalent social service.
At a certain level, for professional football, you have young men who are bought and sold for the value of their extreme labor. When they are sufficiently physically damaged, they are discarded. Buying and selling young men for their physical labor? Kind of like . . . Slavery?
My response to you #10, has little to do with emotion, and I would suspect the same goes as well for #6´s response (and more to do with lack of respect). This nation was built and became properous on the backs of aggressive and competitive men. Additionally, all have enjoyed the opportunity to be free under the protection of equally aggressive, competitive and, at times, violent men. I have participated in both your so-called "ritualistic" and "real" wars, and tend to have more respect and trust in thoses that have as well. You can keep your smugness to yourself. Sorry lucianne.com, however, in a world spinning rapidly out of control, some things really irritate me.
I personally find, as a rule, that rabid professional football fans are brutal and stupid. This is very handy. It´s a negative sort for who I choose to hang out with. Calling folks out for a physical confrontation only underscores the point. Hang with who you wish, just not me.
IMO, Professional Football is completely different from High School Football, and sort of different from Collegiate Football. High School and Collegiate Football at those age levels can teach discipline and teamwork, and prepare young men for useful lives.
IMO, Professional Football has more to do with Tribalism and Brutality and Gambling and the High Finance of the Buying and Selling of Human Beings.
IMO, Professional Football serves to distract the lower classes from Local, State and National government and political manuevers that are working against their interests. So many people would rather go to a football game than attend a city council meeting, and the city councilors like that just fine, so they can determine your future without your input. This also happens at the State government level.
Check who owns the Sky Boxes and who attends the games. Think how much wheeling and dealing goes on in the Sky Boxes, often while ignoring the game itself, and watching the sweating masses in the dirty T-shirts in the cheaper seats.
Try to post a reasoned contrary view instead of a personal attack.
Real Men don´t walk out on their families and children, leaving them to be "raised" in fatherless families to become social misfits, felons and predators. Eliminate that little urban problem and a lot of others will miraculously disappear.
Oh my, #3; what´s eating you, dude? I played football from pee-wee through high school. It was FUN! After high school, I became a Marine. It was a different kind of fun, but I really liked it. Took up skydiving (now that was really fun). I still do it every chance I get. I never really thought about why I did these things. Just looking for challenge and adventure, I suppose. I guess in your estimation I am a coward. Whatever. Men do not spend a lot of time analyzing their manliness. We just do what we do. If that means some poindexter riding a keyboard in his mom´s basement thinks they are cowards, well, there it is.
Real masculinity is rarely seen. ANYWHERE! The churches and the secular world are full of boys playing grownup men. One hallmark of true masculinity is NEVER being violent towards women in any way. Athletes tend to be the least true masculine men on the planet.
#20 - Banning automobiles: No more drive by shootings. No more drunk drivers. No more automobile thefts. No more automobile collisions. Fifty thousand lives saved every year. No more red light runners. No need for red lights. No more photo cameras. No more drive thru fast food places. No more jay walking tickets. No more parking meters.
My main question that no one is touching is, "How much steroid use was he experiencing?" You do not get a body like that with just normal work out. He was using, like all the rest of the super athletes and not a word in the media- it´s all about destroying the 2nd amendment. Just another useful moment for the lefties to use to disarm the citizens.
These uncontrolled rage based or motivated murders happen every day in black communities in all the big cities. In general the so-called main-stream media does not have much to say about all that due to political correctness.
In that respect, it is very hard to find any black person who will publicly criticize another black person, no matter what serious crimes the perpetrator has committed. When blacks speak out, almost always they are pitching some number of social excuses rather then holding the perpetrator of the crime responsible for his or her own criminal actions. This article is but one example of that.
There are many millions of people all over the USA who own, and possess, all sorts of firearms, but they don´t murder a person because they get in some sort of argument with the victim over issues that most rational people would forget after having a good night sleep.
This is no snow job: President Obama´s grassroots organization has developed a plan called ´blizzarding´ for his supporters to plow into neighborhoods and communities to sock GOP critics of Obamacare, gun control, and climate change as part of its "Action August." While other elements of Obama´s Organizing for Action are planning high-tech and expensive assaults in August on GOP lawmakers, the ´blizzarding´ strategy calls on small groups or even individuals to promote the president´s agenda with a door-to-door campaign followed by hyped up social media. In email directions to supporters, OFA said "´blizzarding´ means flyering or delivering postcards
And the award goes to Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the “hottest” political figure in the country, according to a new temperature poll. Voters were asked to give politicians a number from 0-100 representing how they feel about that figure, with 0 being least favorable, or coldest, and 100 being most favorable, or warmest, in the new Quinnipiac survey on Monday. Christie’s mean score was 53.1, topping the heap. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in a close second, at 52.1 degrees, and third was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.),
Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday endorsed President Obama’s move to close nearly two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa for the day, calling the terrorism threat behind the decision “scary.” Graham, R-S.C., said the administration’s awareness of the threats prove that the controversial surveillance by the National Security Agency is needed. Graham told CNN’s State of the Union he was recently briefed about the terrorist threat along with Vice President Joe Biden and believes the administration is making a move that takes into account the deaths of four Americans,
It’s not a new idea, but then again liberals are not known for “new” ideas. Since the 1910’s, progressive initiatives have been little more than a string of recycled redistributive concepts, and innovative ways to reduce the private ownership of wealth. The ‘Inclusive Prosperity Act’ is the latest in a long string of “transaction tax” proposals. Essentially the act would levy a sales tax on the trading of stocks, bonds and derivatives. And while the tax might be ill-conceived, and economically damaging, it was the sales pitch for the tax that proved to be most disturbing.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz angered many top leaders in the party she leads as Democratic National Committee chair when she went public with her plans to use the connections she’s made in her national job to position herself for a statewide run in Florida or even a bid to replace Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader in the House. “This is unbelievable. So much for supporting the president or electing Democrats,” said a top Democratic political adviser. “She was honest that this is about her.” Wasserman Schultz told Politico Friday that she plans to use the DNC’s donor
On Monday, Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier joined the hosts of Fox & Friends to expand on the terror warnings which resulted in the closure of a large number of American embassies abroad and a State Department warning urging Americans to take caution when traveling overseas. Baier responded in the affirmative when asked if National Security Advisor Susan Rice took a lead role in the decision to close the embassies, agreeing that the administration was taking “a kind of do-over” for what happened in Benghazi almost a year ago. “We saw reports this morning –
COLORADO SPRINGS — According to Colorado’s new election law, there is effectively no residency requirement to vote in any specific jurisdiction. As long as voters don’t vote more than once, they can pretty much vote wherever they want. This is just one of the “features” of the new election law passed in May at the end of the legislative session and signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper on May 10. The bill was sponsored by Angela Giron, the same Giron being recalled in Pueblo for ignoring the wishes of her constituents.
Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information on suspects, bringing the criminal wiretap into the cyber age. Federal agencies have largely kept quiet about these capabilities, but court documents and interviews with people involved in the programs provide new details about the hacking tools, including spyware delivered to computers and phones through email or Web links—techniques more commonly associated with attacks by criminals. People familiar with the Federal Bureau of Investigation´s programs say that the use of hacking
A handwritten note about Obamacare from President Obama was auctioned off for nearly $10,000. The auction house Nate D. Sanders put the final bid at $9,799. Some 10 people bid on the note in the July auction, and it was one of the highest bids for an Obama letter in his presidency. Here is how Sanders promoted the letter: "Excellent-content autograph letter signed by Barack Obama on his health care legislation. On official White House stationery, undated but likely early 2010, Obama writes in full, ´´Beth - I received your letter, and want you to hear back from me.
Like a battered spouse in an abusive relationship, the Pentagon paid billions of dollars to companies even though the same companies were known to have defrauded the government in the past, according to a report compiled by Department of Defense officials. But the Pentagon´s ability to research sanctions levied by DOD offices against contractors, and to monitor sanctioned contractors as they merge, acquire new names and become new companies, is as piecemeal and filled with guesswork as that of anyone trying to do such research from the outside, with limited integrated systems and unique identifiers, the report said.
Hillary Clinton, get ready for your close-up. The former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate is the subject of a series of Hollywood projects set for release in the near future. On the line-up: An NBC miniseries called “Hillary,” a CNN documentary based on Clinton’s life and a movie, dubbed “Rodham,” dramatizing her early years as a Washington lawyer. Plus, there’s an HBO documentary about former President Bill Clinton in the works. Martin Scorsese (of “Taxi Driver” fame) is directing that film, which will focus on his presidency and post-White House life. What’s causing the flood?
Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie is appealing to “ChristieCrats” in a new re-election ad touting his bipartisan credentials. The Youtube ad, which the Christie campaign is quick to note does not appear on television or radio, highlights the outburst of Democratic love for the governor following his high-profile embrace of President Obama after Hurricane Sandy late last October — a move that angered many national Republicans who felt the photo op damaged Mitt Romney’s chances in the 2012 presidential election. “There are so many Democrats endorsing Chris Christie’s re-election that they actually have a name, ‘ChristieCrats,’”
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.