“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).
If you are regular, you already know that my very poor physical health forces me to live a fairly miserable life. There are, however, four months out of every year that affords me some very welcome relief. ‘Tis the season for this. For the time for real football to be played is upon us again.
Oh, but my joy has been seriously threatened by the resurrection of political-correctness. In all fairness, it is arguable that the PC virus has been just lying dormant for the past few years. For with with the liberal democrats holding the reins of political power, bleeding hearts are loathed to go around staining their reputations.
Ah, but the barbarians of the National Football League and their fans are more than fair game. First came the outrage over concussions, next was the Washington Redskins refusing to change their name, and now hysteria over domestic abuse allegations off of the field leaves me with no escape from reality to be found during the broadcast of a football game.
Yeah, “they” finally got [Ray Rice] after the [video] of what happened in the elevator finally came out, and this has me feeling abusive. For the fact of him hitting his then fiancé hard enough to render her unconscious was never in question due to his own admission, but “they” refuse to see a difference between someone truly sorry about what he did and someone merely sorry about getting caught afterward.
To connect the dots, there is no need to further punish someone truly sorry about what they did because the shame of their actions is punishment enough for an honorable person while someone who does not really believe they did anything wrong needs to have it proven otherwise by all means necessary. Be assured that [Ray Rice] is of the former—certainly not the later, category.
It is a somewhat different story with [Adrian Peterson], and until I can find the strength to hear more about his situation, I will withhold my right to rant. Well, not completely. For to all who believe that no child should ever feel the sting of a switch, I can only point to the most recent crop of kids in our country, and if it can be proven to me that more than 30% have any true respect for/recognition of authority, I will shut up.
No, this is not to say that all children should be handled in the same way. For a disappointed look toward some can accomplish more good than a serious whoopin’ ever could, but a fairly high percentage of children desperately need to feel a little pain now in the hope of avoiding incarceration later.
Please understand that this is coming from someone who received three whoopings a day during second grade in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Yeah, one could say that I can be rather slow to get with the program at times. For I would get one whoppin’ from a teacher at school, one from my mom when I got home and then another from my dad after he came home from work. This pattern repeated itself every school day for almost the entire second semester, but I suffered no permanent scars.
Speaking of such, my dad once told me of his dad whipping him with an electrical cord until blood was running down his legs. I recoiled in horror at the mere thought of this, and I swore (to myself) that I would run away if he ever did that to me. Thankfully, my dad never did, and I think any parent who did should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. On the other hand, what punishment is just for a parent, who raises their child without any respect for/recognition of authority?
Oh, and there is a big difference between truly having respect for/recognition of authority and just seeking to go along until they can figure out how to get over.
So, with watching football no longer being a safe haven for me for at least the time being, another means of escaping the realities of my daily existence for short periods of time needed to be found, and hooking up a computer to our living room television is paying some dividends. For there are literally thousands of documentaries and other educational programs available to be watched for free online, and the [Documentary Addict] site serves as a great database when you are not quite sure of what to look for.
Be assured that I thoroughly enjoyed watching the documentary on the Byzantine Empire embedded below on the much bigger screen of our living room television. I sure hope our Heavenly Father does not have this world last long enough to allow for a documentary like that to be made about American political-correctness someday.
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