I am sickened as we all I am sure are at the senseless murder of Dr. Michael Davidson, a cardiological surgeon at Brigham and Women's by the deranged son of a former patient. There are no words adequate enough to mourn the loss of this young and brilliant man taken from us at 44 years of age. He was not only a practicing surgeon but a teacher of his craft at Harvard Medical School as well.
Do we chalk it up to mental illness or do we chalk it up to too many guns in the hands of explosive people? I am never ashamed to say I loathe guns, I loathe the culture of guns that is the NRA and I hate our violent nation's actions both here and across the world. If it were up to me I would repeal the 2nd Amendment these Cretans seem to think is so worship-worthy.
We are a nation of gunslingers and American snipers. The fact that the based-on-a-true-story picture "American Sniper" made by the same Clint Eastwood who insulted our president at the Republican convention has grossed so far 92 MILLION bucks and is up for Academy Award makes me sick. Bradley Cooper will probably get one in the Best Actor category.
I don't care how much of a hero anyone thinks that human killing machine sniper was (he is now dead killed at a gun range by a man he was teaching) boasting "150 kills" of human beings is the reason that that picture will probably take the award for best actor played by Bradley Cooper. It shows what appeals to the majority of our ever-so-violent and war-like nation. Put another notch on the gun for those killed by senseless gun violence as Dr. Davidson was. It is time for Federal law to finally have some teeth in all 50 states. One would think after the 26 dead children of Newtown gunned down by a miscreant with an AK47 something could squash the vicious NRA which has spent millions defeating common sense gun legislation. No, it's part of our culture and the "precious" 2nd Amendment gun nuts will say.
In truth Shakespeare said it so eloquently "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars it is in ourselves."
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I am a diehard Patriots fan and a lover of all things Boston and New England. I am among those who grew up with Boston sports enthusiasm and caught its fever early.
Pat's Sunday victory and the Colts's crushing defeat was fantastic for a Pat’s fan to watch. I am so emotionally connected that I have to look away or turn off the channel if the Pats fumble, are intercepted or worse lose. The game on Sunday, though, was sheer joy. I watched it all as the talent of my team is nothing short of miraculous.
Having said that, the latest dust up of purposefully deflated footballs allegedly by the Patriots makes me cringe. It makes me worry as the stories seem not to stop. The talent of the Patriots is so enormous why would anyone have to court investigation and very bad press by intentionally deflating a ball under regulation size thereby breaking an NFL rule? Does a game won by fraud feel as good? I doesn’t to me.
Initially, I brushed off the accusation as sour grapes but now the accusations linger and seem to be getting stronger. All of a sudden I am worried. Was this blow out win too good to be true?
Even if deflated footballs are found the game will not be forfeited I tell my disillusioned self. That, however, is not the point. There is metaphor in this. Is there any formerly trusted institution in this nation that is free of Machiavellian ways and dirty tricks to win at any cost? I loathe lying, cheating and stealing and I do not like people who do those things.
If it can be proven the Patriots did this I will be saddened. What does it matter if one lonely voice in the Patriots' crowd is upset? I guess nothing and that is too bad. We suffer in this oft touted exceptional nation a lack of ethics and fair play. Football is a game of war except no one is supposed to get killed. International war of lies and wholly immoral conduct seems to be a national and international pastime too. Except people in that arena do get maimed and slaughtered.
If Coach Belichick or anyone one else taints this great team, the players who are innocent and the fans who love them suffer. Whether its real war or simply a game of football ethics matter and cheating should not be part of the game. Say it ain't so, Bill. Say it ain't so!
Story today -- http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/.../report.../related/