Sunday, August 2, 2020

PAC-12 Athletes Unite



A group of PAC-12 "student athletes" have gotten together and via "The Players Tribune" have released their demands to the PAC-12 conference...Stating they will not participate in Fall camps and the Fall sports season if they do not get what they want...

The list is 4 key things...

1. Health & Safety Protections

2. Protect All Sports Preserve All Existing Sports by Eliminating Excessive Expenditures

3. End Racial Injustice in College Sports and Society

4. Economic Freedom and Equity

In this day and age you can't blame anyone for wanting guaranteed "health and safety protections"...."Eliminating Excessive Expenditures"...I get the impression that some of that is talking about PAC-12 commissioner Larry Scott who has a $5.3 million dollar contract...It's already being reduced next year to $4.6 because of COVID pay-cuts the conference has put in...But I believe the players would also like to see coaching contracts reduced...Especially since the players are the product people pay to see and they make nothing!

Number 3 they addressed very quickly in their statement saying, "Because NCAA sports exploit college athletes physically, economically and academically, and also disproportionately harm Black college athletes, #WeAreUnited.

In rejecting the NCAA’s claim that #BlackLivesMatter while also systematically exploiting Black athletes nationwide, #WeAreUnited.
Number 4 is the big gun....
Guaranteed Medical Expense Coverage
  1. Medical insurance selected by players for sports-related medical conditions, including COVID- 19 illness, to cover six years after college athletics eligibility ends.
Name, Image, and Likeness Rights & Representation
  1. The freedom to secure representation, receive basic necessities from any third party, and earn money for use of our name, image, and likeness rights.
Fair Market Pay, Rights, & Freedoms
  1. Distribute 50% of each sport’s total conference revenue evenly among athletes in their respective sports.
  2. Six-year athletic scholarships to foster undergraduate and graduate degree completion.
  3. Elimination of all policies and practices restricting or deterring our freedom of speech, our ability to fully participate in charitable work, and our freedom to participate in campus activities outside of mandatory athletics participation.
  4. Ability of players of all sports to transfer one time without punishment, and additionally in cases of abuse or serious negligence.
  5. Ability to complete eligibility after participating in a pro draft if player goes undrafted and foregoes professional participation within seven days of the draft.
  6. Due process rights

I can't blame these athletes for asking for all of this...I doubt the conference will the 50% revenue sharing...I love the 6 year scholarship idea...That's self aware "student athletes" who know 98% of of them won't go to the pros...The amount of money the schools and conferences make thanks to these athletes, there is no damn reason why they shouldn't be providing medical insurance for them...

These athletes are making a hell of a point...the majority of PAC-12 schools have already told their students they will be doing the Fall semester online...Much of the conference's schools are in COVID hot spots...'So students don't come back to campus, except you students that make us millions, you can risk your lives!'

This theory the NCAA has had for ages that these are "amateur athletes" and "student athletes" so they shouldn't be paid or receive benefits, while the NCAA, Conferences and Schools make millions on their backs can be thrown out the window now...When you're telling students not to comeback to campus because of COVID but you expect your football players to be there, you've just acknowledged they are your money maker...They aren't merely "Student Athletes"...

Personally I think all these conferences are crazy to try and have football seasons...and by doing it they are making it clear that first and foremost the care about making money, above all else....




Thursday, July 30, 2020

Trump Doesn't Plan on Leaving



Yeah, Trump has no plans of leaving...This picture is taken from the closest point you can get to the White House...How about that big wall...This is something a dictator would do before he has fully taken power...THIS previous blog outlines the Fascist playbook, which the Trump Administration is using...And this morning I wake up to hear that Trump is saying the November Election should be postponed or delayed, because of the COVID pandemic and because mail in voting is slow and not secure...

Ummm, Mail in voting that he, his family, VP Pence and his wife, and most of this administration all use...and the COVID pandemic...That COVID pandemic he completely mismanaged...No you child fucker, those are not valid excuses!

Also The Constitution doesn't allow you to do such a thing...Remember The Constitution? Here's a HISTORY CLASS about that!

My fellow Americans, it's time to knuckle up...This ignorant, racist, fascist asshole has to go.!

You better make sure you are registered to vote, and even though you may not like Biden, or think he's too old, (me) just like Trump and at least half the politicians in DC, or you think he's not all there, or whatever you don't like about him...You have vote for crazy, dunk uncle Joe...Look at it like you're voting for whoever his VP is...

You want America to be great? Hell, you want America to just be ok? you need to vote Trump out.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

History Class: Defend the Constitution




Remember way back in elementary school, when they taught us how the United States could never fall under the power of a dictator...You know, like a Fascist asshole, like Hitler...We were taught our country was the cat's ass because we have three branches to our government...We were taught the phrase, "Checks and Balances"...Simplistically meaning none of these branches was all powerful and they all made sure each other did not overreach...Here, I'll take you back to what they taught us at St. James Elementary School with some nice pictures....




Look at that...See what is at the top?  The most important thing...The Constitution...All the members of these three branches along with the military swear an oath to defend the Constitution....Remember that ok...



There's a little break down of their basic duties and how the oversee each other...Got it?

So ass President Trump has sent in secret police to Portland to beat and gas peaceful protesters, I have been raging on social media, screaming where are the Legislative and Judicial branches, standing up to defend the Constitution and people's 1st Amendment rights? And don't come at me with the Fox News and White House spin...90% of all the violence has been started by Trump's secret police...



Yeah, I know MSNBC leans left...But the reporter that did this interview is actually there on the ground and has had to dodge the the the secret police fire...Her name is Maura Barrett, give her a follow....

And these secret police, what they do, every night the come out get violent with protesters, blast them with tear gas, pepper spray, pepper pellets, rubber bullets, flash-bangs, beat on some people "arrest some people...Then they fire off a bunch of flash-bangs and tear gas, and they high tail it out of there...They don't guard that building all day long...They make a violent seen every night and then dip...They beat the hell out of a woman dancing with flowers the other night, then arrested her, I guess for bleeding on the public property...

My rage got even hotter today when I saw video from last night when a group of cops jumped, beat and arrested a 14 year old girl, marching for Black Lives Matter...What did she do wrong? She yelled at a White Supremacist who had run up and punched another protester...If this doesn't make you angry, in my eyes, you're either not the religious person you claim to be, you're a racist, a coward, fascist, a traitor, (not just to this country and the Constitution, but to humanity) or you're all of the above...

A few days ago I posted THIS, which gives the complete playbook that the Trump administration is using...It's the Fascist playbook and they are nailing it....It's terrifying and even more terrifying how many cheer it on...




Tweets like this give a bit of hope...Others are seeing it and also being vocal about it...

Then finally, tonight I got to see some of Attorney General Bill Barr's testimony...The best part was Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal calling out Barr and Trump's bullshit and double standard for how they treat which protesters...She clearly reads my blogs!





We need more members of the legislative branch speaking up...From BOTH fucking parties! We need Supreme Court Justices getting in front of microphones and saying what the Trump administration is doing, is unconstitutional...

I have never been one to say this, but fuck it, it's too damn important...Call/email you Senators...Call/email your State Reps, tweet at politicians, hammer these fuckers...They are suppose to represent us...Our tax dollars pay for their salaries and lifetime healthcare while we scape by...and we know they're getting their pockets lined by special interests...That's a battle for another day...These people work for us and we need to remind them that the swore an oath to uphold and defend The Constitution...

We all know the fucking, asshole MAGA shit...This country will never be great with that #FascistTrump in office! It's time we all get loud.


Monday, July 27, 2020

Why Are the Cleveland Indians Dragging Their Feet?




Ok, now that I've gotten the click-bait pic out of the way, since either pictures of hot women or sunsets draw more pageviews than the actual words written or a serious picture....

A couple weeks ago I WROTE about the the Cleveland Indians making the decision to look into changing their name as The Washington Redskins were taking heat about their name...Washington has officially changed their name, for now to the Washington Football Team...That's because a really smart dickhead bought up the Trademarks to the top contenders...Dozens of names he owns now...But that's a different story....It was also the right after SEATTLE put on a huge production for their new Hockey team's name and logo...As the kids would say (by kids I mean 25-30-somethings who think they're being cool) IT'S FIRE!

Since the Indians announced they were looking into a name change, people have wrestled with the idea...Shit, I sit here writing this, drinking out of a Indians coffee mug my son got me...


I may have accepted that a name change is a good thing, but it's a good mug, I'm not throwing it away...

Why are people wrestling with it?  Because they have these great memories from childhood, and young adulthood, and even middle aged...Going to games with dad...taking your kids to their first game...those teams in the 90's...Bob Feller...10 cent beer night...But then there's this....


The majority of us realized, and understand that "Blackface" is/was wrong and racist as fuck...Guess what? "Redface" is racist as fuck too! If you dig deep (I hate the term deep dive so I avoid saying that) into history you'll see that the name and logo aren't a good thing...

Since the organization came out talking about a name change, fans and talented artists have pumped out tons of mock-ups for the new name and logo...With The Cleveland Spiders being the front runner...While I don't love it, and my wife hates it because of her fear of spiders, it has a history tied to Cleveland Baseball...

Last week ownership met with players, discussing the name change...Owner, Paul Dolan also told the media, "we will engage Native American leaders to better understand their perspectives, meet with local civic leaders, and continue to listen to the perceptions of our players, fans, partners and employees.”

Dolan continued, “We feel a real sense of urgency to discuss these perspectives with key stakeholders while also taking the time needed to ensure those conversations are inclusive and meaningful.”

Thing is, the team is playing games, with the word Indians across their chests, and Chief Wahoo on their shoulder and it doesn't feel like there is really a sense of urgency...Just ask the Indigenous groups the team said it was going to meet with...The Cleveland American Indian Movement of Ohio told the Washington Post, "They have made statements now that they are going to reach out to the Native community, but no one in the Native community has heard anything from them.” 

Am I and other expecting too much...Is Dolan dragging his feet...The Cleveland Indians brand is 105 years old...The Chief Wahoo cap one consistently one of the top selling for years and years...Rebranding does seem like a big move...I think some fans wanting the name change think it should be done just like ripping off a band-aid, real quick...Once you say you're considering something like that, the people onboard with the idea get geared up and want that instant gratification...

Personally, I think the organization is taking it slow purposely...I think they are hoping for the racial and social tension in this country calm down and the majority of people will forget about all this...I think saying they will discuss a name change was a PR move but they really don't want to change the brand...I expect a few more vague statements and then just hoping it all fades...

I hope I'm wrong...I grew up an Indians fan and I always loved Chief Wahoo...I have so many great memories from Municipal Stadium and Jacob's Field. (yeah I still call it the Jake)...But hey, I'm from Cleveland, and have many friends and family still there...the actual Cleveland Browns are in Baltimore, but everyone was able to move on with the new franchise that held onto the history and name...Cleveland can keep the history of The Indians and move forward with a new name...And maybe some sweet new merch that is thousand times better than the lame-ass block "C"....


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Wake Up America....#FascistTrump



Just a couple months ago, fully armed citizens screaming about their rights stormed state buildings with the full throated support of the President...No federal interference or militarized federal police were brought in...yet peaceful protesters in Portland, singing, chanting and using their First Amendment Rights have had #FascistTrump’s secret police beat on them and had them and haul them away...None of these 2nd Amendment gun nuts are standing up for the rest of the country’s 1st Amendment rights...Trump and they made it clear, they only think the 1st Amendment is for traitors who wave Nazi and Confederate flags.
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Stand up for Black Lives Matter, equality, basic human rights...and there is no support from the federal government...You are greeted with violence....
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This is what all this is about....The guy screaming about ANTIFA, which means ANTI-Fascist...Is a fascist!


The 14 characteristics of Fascism are, as written by Political Scientist, Dr. Lawrence Britt
  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
    Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
    Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
    The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

  4. Supremacy of the Military
    Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

  5. Rampant Sexism
    The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

  6. Controlled Mass Media
    Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

  7. Obsession with National Security
    Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
    Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

  9. Corporate Power is Protected
    The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

  10. Labor Power is Suppressed
    Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .

  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
    Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
    Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
    Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

  14. Fraudulent Elections
    Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.   

We have seen all of these things from the Trump Administration...We being the people paying attention and not carrying traitor flags...Read through it again...Think...This is the playbook the Trump Administration and campaign are using...


The fact that a report came out today that Trump's appointed Post Master General is planning on slowing down Postal Service.... This is just another sign...You ask how?  Trump and many of his inner circle often vote by mail...Yet they are fighting states that allow it or want to allow it for the upcoming election...Slow down the postal service, limiting the days carriers are out, limiting how much moves each day, fucks with mail in voting...

He wants to control us...He wants to silence any voices that speak out against him...He wants to silence the voices that screaming against systemic racisms that his family and so many others profited from...  

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Right now, every city needs to rise up, like Portland....





I love you Portland!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Seattle Kraken



Today, the NHL's Seattle hockey franchise finally announced their team name, logo and colors...The Seattle Kraken...Pretty much the worst kept secret in Seattle sports history...It's been the fan favorite and the most talked about name idea...Everyone saw it going this way...You can't offend anyone with a mythical creature...RIGHT?

It's Seattle...City by the Sea...Bad-ass sea creature makes sense...You couldn't be in the same conference as the Sharks and be the fucking sea lions...

Let's look at the Kraken...




The logo is rock solid...Old time "S" with a tentacle in it with a red eye...The secondary logo is the Seattle Space Needle morphed into an Anchor...



This is what has been show on their website as the Home sweater....Haven't seen away yet...The team shop site crashed minutes after the release...

The colors are described as Deep Sea Blue, Ice Blue, Boundless Blue, Shadow Blue, and Red Alert. Seems like a lot  of blues there...That's because the shades change for the secondary logo and the wordmark depending on if it is on the Deep Blue Sea background or the Ice Blue background...






I like it...But we all know they are going to beat the shit out of that "Release the Kraken" line and annoy the shit out of us eventually.




Tuesday, July 21, 2020

There Is No God





That's a title that probably isn't surprising to see considering the epic cluster fuck that is 2020...And we still half the year to go...It's easy to look at COVID and the Trump Administration, and Police Brutality, and murderous cops who are still free, #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor...And the fact that there are secret police in Portland, and Americans that scream about athletes kneeling during the National Anthem, who turn around and wave Nazi and Confederate (flag of traitors of the United States) flags while they scream against equality and Black Lives Matter and scream about their mayors and governors trying to keep them safe and healthy by asking them to wear masks during a global pandemic...

All of that alone is enough to make someone say, 'there is no god'....

But faith, religion that's a personal thing...Yes some try to push it on others and cram it down our throats...But it's a personal choice/belief system...So this post comes from a personal point of view...I went to Catholic School for 12 years...In 8th grade I told my parents I didn't want to make my Confirmation because I wasn't ready and I didn't believe in it...They asked me to "just do it and get it over with."  My folks were never super religious...But I think they just wanted to give us a foundation to work off of...

My Catholic high school actually did give us a taste for one semester of other religions, pointing out the differences and similarities...It felt like a propaganda class to pump themselves up...What it did for me was to get me to checkout other religions...Come to find out, they all steal different things from each other and they're all somewhat full of shit...Yeah, for some people it's a good thing to have a fake all power feeling being watching over you...It helps explain shit away...For some it gives a moral compass...Maybe that's a good thing for people who were raised by assholes and didn't get morals and common decency instilled in them...

But then a few days ago I read THIS article on Irish Central...It was a good article but what sent me spinning down this spiral was the comments on Irish Central Facebook page below the link for this article...It was non-stop shitheads...Bashing the LGBTQ community...So many people telling the gay community to get out...There of course those that misquoted the Bible, those that didn't know it had been edited in 1946...There were those who slipped in anti-Semitic comments as well, completely clueless that The Old Testament of their Bible is ripped from the much older, Tanakh, AKA; the Hebrew Bible...As a matter of fact, most of Christianity's doctrine was ripped from other religions...So their high and mighty outlook cracks me the fuck up...

But it just kept driving me crazy that this faith that is suppose to be all about love and caring and helping one another is full of fucking assholes...Bigots, sexists, racists, misogynists, rapists, child rapists, fucking assholes...Intolerant, uncaring, fucking pieces of shit that push away anyone that doesn't fit into their perfect little idiotic box! Except you fuckers are the farthest thing from perfect...Shit, have you read your "good book?" you're the farthest thing from it's teachings...

So how can there be a god, if so many of his followers are ignorant as fuck? Yeah, I know it's not all of you, but it's way too many of you...Where the fuck is the vengeful that punishes assholes?

As I said, I was in a spiral after this shit...It just got me thinking more and more about the religion I was raised in, and the whole GOD question I've been dealing with for pretty much all my life...And then I thought about the situation we (my family) are in right now...I touched on it a couple weeks back in a 'Monday Moaning" post...Since COVID we had to move my Mother-in-law in with us...She has dementia and it has taken a toll on my wife, my kids and myself...We saw my father-in-law go down this same road and it sucked...but now it's here, in our house, every day....And we've learned that sadly, some of a person's true thoughts and feelings and quirks come out with dementia...

I'm not going to bite my tongue...She's a pain in the ass...It's often like dealing with a bratty child...She bitches about the men in her life that have died, husband, brothers, friends, "they took care of me"..."they were suppose to take care of me"....but she ignores that we are taking care of her, and bitches about us taking care of her...If we didn't, she'd be lying in a gutter babbling...She steals things...She laughs about stealing things...In the early weeks of her living here she talked a lot about how she always "had to break rules growing up"..."Even just something small, I had to break a rule everyday"....Yeah, well, she's a thief and hides shit in her underwear drawer...Sometimes it's dumb shit, like a box that was in our recycling bin, that she just had to have...

She lives every day in a house with three of her grandchildren and doesn't remember them at all and looks at them like 'what the fuck are you doing here?' You tell her who they are, and she has no interest in trying to remember them or re-get to know them even if she forgets tomorrow...

Based on the fact that she barely worked in her life, her tales of how everyone else (Brothers, Husband, Fiends, ) who took care of her, including the bank teller that would just fill out a slip for her and give her money from her mother's account, she was always spoiled...And other than being the mother to 4 kids, and my wife will tell you how she checked out on that in her early teens, that's all she did...That's all she contributed to society...

She has flat-out said that "all the fun in her life ended after she got married"...Her life was miserable after she had kids..."She just wanted to scream all the time"....She's rude as hell to us, and ungrateful as fuck...She doesn't get it that it's either here or locked up in a nursing home's Dementia ward where no one will be able to visit her because of COVID...

I'm stuck with her...A woman who, not her fault, is useless and is an anchor to my family...But you do what you have to for family...You help those in need...you bite your tongue to and you get up everyday make her tea, mop up her piss, cook her meals, give her meds,  answer the same question 70 times, take her on walks, explain shit over and over...I didn't need god and religion to tell me that...I learned that from my parents...You do what you have to do for family...

And she is stuck here...in her moments of lucidity, asking "is it okay to pray to die?"  Because the only people in here mush brain she cares about are dead...Her knees have no cartilage and she's in constant pain, but her doctor can't let her get knee surgery because her dementia is so bad there's no way she could handle it and the rehab...She has no idea where she is and what's going on in the world, let alone in this house...She sometimes doesn't even recognize my wife, her daughter...Her brain is fucked and it won't shutdown...She went to Church every week of her life until COVID...And Sunday's are the toughest day of the week in this house, trying to repeatedly explain why there is no church....Yeah, she might be a thief, but she always went to church and said her prayers to God...

What kind of God does this to one of his loyal followers?  Why would a god make her suffer?  Why would a god make her daughter suffer through seeing both her parents go through this?   Why would he allow her to be such a bitch to her daughter who is doing all she can to take care of her?  

My mother died 3 years ago after a long fight with cancer...She was an amazing mother, great wife, great friend and the greatest grandmother you can imagine...She was full of life, and love and strength...She was a fully functioning being...She gave to this world...She was always the calm in the storm...

What the fuck kind of God takes that away?

What the fuck kind of God takes her away and leaves a suffering mess to drag the people caring for her down?


I know, "Everything happens for a reason"..."God only gives you as much as you can handle"....I've heard them all, I have even said a few...It's bullshit!

And as I just rattled off of pile of shit that is going on these days with me and in the world, religious people will try and point out to me how God is in things like he mothers in Portland who stood in front of the protesters and sang in lullaby fashion, "Hands up. please don't shoot me"....Which I loved and retweeted and shared on facebook...But I say NO...that is people standing up...If  God was so damn great he would have struck down the murderous police officers that have spurred on the protest across this country...They would have been hit by lightning or less dramatic, a heart attack, before they killed George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and so many more...

If there was God he would have known this world still needed my mother.




~ Yours Truly, 

A Broken Catholic