Archive for September 8th, 2010

September 8, 2010

Protecting Our Country?

by Vince

Any new jack in politics can tell you that conservatives dig big defense. Have a border problem? Put up a big wall. Have a terrorist problem? Build up your military so to surpass what we had against the Soviets. That is all quite debatable. What do you think of the below?

Andrew Sullivan makes a great point by saying whether or not the above action affects our troops, as hinted that it does by General Petraeus, it is very contra to protecting our national security (which the GOP loves to flaunt and rub in the Left’s face). We have to remember that the above video is by an extremist fringe (the Dove church has 50 members and the Westboro Baptist church has just under 100) but the comments and tendencies as of late by Right wingers on camera have not been praiseworthy.

September 8, 2010

Do Not Attempt to “Run the World”

by Vince

Nick Gillespie from ReasonTV interviewed an ecumenical crew of Honor Rally attenders.

The attenders t-shirts and posters/banners were priceless. The inarticulateness of the attenders (and most Tea Partiers) grievances and complaints continues to be legion, unfortunately. Emotion alone cannot forge a revolution without a legitimate plan.

In the end, everyone will have their say as to what religious standing the founding fathers stood on. Some say that they all were Christians and founded this country strictly under Judeo-Christian ideals while others may say they ranged from deists (Thomas Jefferson – see his view of the Gospels) to devout Christians.

Cropped version of Thomas Jefferson, painted b...

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This directs us into religion in the public square. If our founding fathers were such staunch Christians, then we should we able to pray anywhere we want or put crosses on soldiers graves (regardless if they are Christians or not). Opposite of that, if all of the founders were not Bible thumpers, if they founded our country on religious freedom explicitly to not be a Christian nation, then we may need to send this in a different (non-Christianist) direction. Two quotes sum up my thoughts on this.

In some ways, they are proto-libertarian: they want the government to spend less money and they seemed wary of interventions into basic economic exchange (nobody seemed to dig ObamaCare or the auto bailouts or the bank bailouts). But they also want the government to be super-effective in securing the borders, they worry about an undocumented fall in morals, and they are emphatic that genuine religiosity should be a feature of the public square. Which is to say, like most American voters, they may well want from government precisely the things that it really can’t deliver, says Nick Gillepsie in regards to the Honor Rally.

We are in a fallen world that dominates government and culture in ways that are not of our Father. It is not a Christian community’s repsonbility to govern a world that we do not belong to; fight in wars that are in direct opposition to Jesus’ peaceful, nonviolent approach; or reign over a government we are not part of.
For Jesus and his followers, the central question was, How do we live faithfully to God? The central question was not How do we run the world as Christians? How do I run this profit-driven corporation as a Christian? How can we make culture more Christian? How would a responsible Christian run this war? But Jesus taught that his followers – or even the Son of God! – should not attempt to “run the world”. [p.167 Jesus for President, p.89 Love is an Orientation].

September 8, 2010

The Next Round by ESPN: Chicago

by Vince

A neat series that I finally found online here.

September 8, 2010

The Ethics Behind Darelle Revis

by Vince

News broke the other day that the New York Jets re-signed Cornerback Darelle Revis to a four year / $46 million ($32 million guaranteed) contract. This has many news outlets buzzing over the Jets now being a lock for the Superbowl.

Beneath the hype and teammate hysteria is a corporate and player mindset behind contracts, holdouts, and of course money.

One day on ESPN, an inside reporter noted that Revis wanted to make sure his money was guaranteed and especially so that he wouldn’t be treated like those before him within the Jet’s organization. That comment stood out to me. There are perennial contract holdouts, but until this time I haven’t heard that much in-depth reasoning around it.

Ian O’Connor at ESPN notes:

Revis wanted his money, big money, guaranteed money, and he had every right to ask for it. If the NFL doesn’t fully guarantee contracts, it does fully guarantee pain, suffering and a heartless exit interview when a team needs a healthier throwing shoulder or a faster set of wheels.

Revis saw what happened to Leon Washington after the back tore up his leg, and he saw how the good locker room citizen, Thomas Jones, was rewarded for ripping off 1,400 yards. Revis also saw how Kellen Clemens was treated by Tannenbaum in that revealing “Hard Knocks” scene the other night, when the GM told the backup quarterback he could take a pay cut or get fired, his choice.

An NFL player has to make his score while he can.

Rich Cimini makes a note after Revis finally signed:

Revis will sign a four-year contract, GM Mike Tannenbaum announced. He declined to discuss the amount, but a source said it’s a $46 million deal, including $32 million in various guarantees.

Under his old contract, Revis was due to make $21 million over the next three years, all of which was guaranteed until he didn’t show up for training camp, voiding the guarantee. After a long holdout that resulted in $578,305 in fines, Revis secured $11 million in additional guarantees while committing an extra year to the team.

All that said, Revis did not want to bend on getting the money he wanted to lock up. That could of been influenced in part by his mentor Sean Gilbert and his head coach Rex Ryan, who called him the best corner back in the league. This may even connect to Revis’s agents who have the last holdouts hanging on for this year: Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil (both San Diego Chargers).

A source I connected with directed me to the Leon Washington story of a few years past. Mid season, Washington broke his leg in three places. He was then traded on draft day. This all happened in his final year of his contract and lost out on his big payday.

These stories always tend to sound greedy on the part of the player or agent. This case even brought in a quote from Revis’s grandma. Although I am not a sports scientists, it seems that football is different than the other three main leagues with their guaranteed money. The argument could be made that football is the most brutal of the four but beyond brutalness NFL players more and more are making sure their pay is secure. No one wants to be another Leon Washington who rolled the dice on signing an extension and was traded out of town for less than he bargained for.