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Day 21

As time has gone by, the laws concerning marijuana have changed around the country.  Some state have totally legalized pot.  Others have made it legal for medical purposes.

However, these law changes have placed a lot of people in serious limbo.  Even if you live in a state that allows medical marijuana your company may still be able to fire you for drug use if you actually use medical marijuana.

This is proven by the case of a football player for the Buffalo Bills.  Offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson has been suspended for the second time for his use of marijuana for helping him cope with the pain of Crohn’s Disease.

Crohn’s Disease is defined as “an inflammatory bowel disease … [that] causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract.” Crohn’s disease can cause “abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition,” by the Mayo clinic.

There is no cure for Crohn’s Disease.  One of the things that helps ease the pain according to medical studies is – weed.  “I’ve got doctors telling me this is the No. 1 medicine that would help your disease,” Henderson said in October, according to The Buffalo News. “You try to tell that to the league and it seems like they didn’t care too much.”

To deal with the pain, Henderson smoked marijuana.  Medical marijuana is legal in New York State.  As one source told NFL.com, “He needs cannabis. You can’t take pain killers with the way his intestines are.” The issue is, while the NFL allows medical exemptions for some banned substances, like Adderall, marijuana is not one of them.

“There is zero allowable medical exemption for this per the NFL; however, there clearly should be,” Brian Fettner, Henderson’s agent, said earlier this season.

Since this is Henderson’s second “offense” he is facing a ten game suspension without pay.  If he continues to seek pain relief from the one thing that works best without affecting his intestines, he faces a lifetime suspension.

Several years ago the NFL was being called The No Fun League for not allowing touchdown dances.  Since then we have discovered that the league knew about the links between its game and concussions and brain diseases and did nothing about protecting the players.  Now, we have a player with a serious disease being suspended for using the one thing, medical marijuana, to ease his pain being suspended.

I think the better description is the No Feelings League, especially when it comes to the health and safety of its players.  But this is what happens when a company decides that it is the sole authority to decide what is “medical” and what is not.

It doesn’t matter if you are talking about governments or companies, the will of the people are always secondary to the rules of the elite.  The NFL should be ashamed of itself.  They should apologize to Henderson and reinstate him and even give him back his pay from the four games he lost in his first suspension.

I hope that Henderson sues the NFL and wins big.  There is talk about how the NFL is losing viewers this year.  There a lot of reasons as to why it is losing viewers.  Maybe, just maybe, the fans are tired of seeing their stars being treated like property with no feelings, no rights, and no pain.

I gave up watching football years ago.  They don’t even play football anymore.  The players are treated badly.  If you care to do a little research, you will discover that injuries in football rose dramatically when players stopped playing fundamental football.

Sorry, but you don’t tackle someone by simply running into them trying to knock them out of the game.  And, the league has done nothing to end this farce.  Why?  Because they treat their players like gladiators and love the idea that this increase in unnecessary violence increases viewership.

Stories like this one make me glad I stopped watching years ago.  Yes, players make millions of dollars.  But, they are employees and it is the responsibility of the league to help protect them as much as possible.  If the NFL can get away with this, what makes you feel safe at your workplace?

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Last night the Chicago Cubs finally won a World Series.  They are the champions of Major League Baseball for the first time in 108 years.  They weren’t even playing in Wrigley Field the last time they won the World Series.

Over the years they called themselves the “lovable losers”.  They actually marketed the stadium more than they did the team.  There were a few close calls since their last winning season.  In 1945 they lost game seven to the Detroit Tigers.  They were in the running in the 1990s but lost in the playoffs.

There was the Bartman Game when a fan was accused of “interfering” with a foul ball in game 6 of the playoffs against the Florida Marlins.  The fans said that cost the team a chance at the World Series that year.  But, then they also lost game 7 the next night.  So, they still could have won, but choked.

Ever since 1945 the reason the Cubs had not won a World Series was because of that stupid “goat curse”.   Of course the curse didn’t explain the nearly 40 years of futility before 1945.

As I have written before, I was hoping the Cubs would win even though I am a die-hard White Sox fan.  But since the city has another team in a different league, I would rather see them win it all than another team.

The Series was actually played very well.  The complete series was actually exciting.  Last night’s game was just like the rest of the series.  Neither team was willing to quit.  Cleveland took a 3-1 Series lead only to watch the Cubs win two in a row to force a game seven.

Last night, the Cubs took a 5-1 lead and everything seemed to be going their way.  Cleveland didn’t quit and managed to tie the game in the eighth inning.  After the ninth there was a short rain delay.

That seemed to give the Cubs the edge.  They quickly scored two runs to take the lead in the 10th.  The Indians did get a run in the bottom of the 10th, but the Cubs hung on and won the game and the Series.

As the game and the series for that matter unfolded, I was confounded by some of the moves the managers made.  Especially Joe Madden.  At one point last night I wondered if he was trying to lose the game with some of his “quick hooks” of his pitchers.

I did not understand the move he made to take out Lester.  One infield single with two outs and he pulls the plug on him.  It also resulted in the game getting tied up.  That was almost as puzzling as his removing his starting pitcher so early too.

But, the players rallied and took the game despite Madden’s poor moves.  That just shows me those young players didn’t care about much except winning.  They rallied and pulled it out.

There are two reasons I am glad the series is over.  First, the Cubs finally won the Series and I won’t have to listen to that damned “goat curse” as an excuse anymore.  If you are from Chicago, you probably understand what I mean.

The second reason is I don’t have to listen to Joe Buck anymore.  Joe Buck is probably the worst sports announcer in history.  His droll ramblings are almost too much to listen to for more than 2 minutes.  I sometimes wonder what game he is actually watching.

His calls do not match what is happening on the field.  He tries to make everything “exciting” like yelling “there is a smash down to third” when it was actually a lazy ground ball that is easily handled.

There were too many times when I muted the sound on my television just so I didn’t have to listen to that clown for long.  The odd thing is I lived in St. Louis in the 1980s.   His father Jack Buck was the announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jack was knowledgable about the game and was an excellent announcer.  Unfortunately, he didn’t teach his son the game.  Joe Buck is a perfect example of someone getting a national gig based on his family name and not his talent.

Anyway, I don’t have to listen to him for at least another season.  Before you remind me he does football, too that is okay, I don’t watch football anymore.  So, you can suffer through Buck during football.  I don’t have to.

Even with Buck trying to ruin it, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs gave us a very entertaining series.  If you are a die-hard fan of either team, I am sure you had some very nervous times during each game.

The Cleveland Indians have nothing to hang their heads about.  They fought hard but came up against a group of young players just a bit hungrier than they were.  Although I am sure we will hear about them “choking” since they had a 3-1 lead in the series.  They didn’t choke.  They fought hard and came up short.

Congratulations to the Cubs.  I will have to listen to a year of bragging and boasting from Cubs fans for the next year, but I won’t have to listen to that damned “goat curse” anymore.  For their sake I hope the players and team remain competitive for a while.  If not, the punky Cubs fans will turn on them and look for another “curse” to blame.

But, this year the Chicago Cubs are the World Series Champions for first time in 108 years.  That might even get atheists to believe in miracles.  At least for one year.

Opening day is only 5 months away.

 

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The election is 14 days away.  But, tonight history watchers will be viewing game one of the World Series.  The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians will face off this year.

The Indians haven’t won the World Series since 1948.  The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908.  But, the Cubs are the team with the moniker of “lovable losers”.  Their run without a World Series is epic.  Besides, they haven’t even been in the series since 1945, which is when the infamous “Billy Goat Curse” began.

The curse supposedly began with game 4 of the 1945 World Series in Chicago between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers.  There are variations of the curse and what actually happened, but it goes something like this.

There is a place called The Billy Goat Tavern.  It is really famous.  It even had a nice run on Saturday Night Live back when the show started.  If you remember the skit when they kept saying “cheeseborger, cheeseborger, no fries, chips”.  That is the Billy Goat Tavern.

Anyway, the Tavern was owned by a Greek Immigrant named Billy Sianis.  He owned a billy goat and paraded it around town for advertisement for his tavern.  He showed up at game four of the World Series with his goat wearing a banner reading “We got Detroit’s Goat”.  Sianis had two tickets.  One for him and one for his goat.

Here is where the story gets a little hazy.  One version say that Sianis was not allowed to bring the goat into the stadium and that even Wrigley, the owner of the Cubs told him he couldn’t bring in the goat because it smelled bad.  In this version, Sianis supposedly threw up his hands and said “them Cubs ain’t gonna win again”.

Another version say that Sianis was allowed to bring the goat into the stadium.  But, after a short rain delay, other customers began to complain about the stink coming off the wet goat.  It is then that Sianis was asked to leave with his goat.  In this version it was reported that he sent a letter saying:  “You are going to lose this World Series…You are never going to win the World Series again because you insulted my goat.”

I am old, but I wasn’t around even then so I don’t know which version is correct.  All I know is that the Cubs have been a lousy team ever since.  Yes, they flirted a few times with getting into the World Series, but came up short.

There was the infamous collapse of the 1969 Cubs.  There was a real buzz going around town that year, until the collapse.  Then a malaise seemed to overcome the city especially on the North Side.  There was the collapse in San Diego when the Cubs had a 2-0 lead going into San Diego and lost all three games there.  And then, there is the Bartman game.  When a fan supposedly interfered with a  foul ball and the Cubs went on to lose that game and then the next to be eliminated.

This series will have one of two effects.  Either the “curse” will continue or it will be ended.  That is of course if you believe the “curse” includes the World Series or just the National League Pennant which has already been broken.

The real question is what will happen to the Cubs if they actually win the World Series this year.  They will certainly lose the moniker the “loveable losers.”  The funny thing about that part is that didn’t come about until the 1980s when they finally became a potential winner.

Growing up in Chicago, I remember an empty Wrigley Field when the Cubs played their games.  The only year they drew huge crowds was in 1969.  By 1971, it was over and the crowds stayed away.

Suddenly there was a marketing scheme calling them the “loveable losers” playing in Historic Wrigley Field.  To be honest, Wrigley Field was a dump in those days.

Now, I will be fair here.  I am from the South Side of Chicago.   I have lived all over the country, but I never gave up my loyalties to Chicago teams.  I am a die-hard White Sox fan.  We have had our own heart breaks over the years, too.  If you are not from Chicago, you really don’t understand the difference and the feelings between the two sides of the city.

The rivalry is real.  The jokes are the same, only the name of the team is changed.  If you come from Chicago and are honest, you are either a Cubs fan or a White Sox fan.  Anyone who says they support both teams are immigrants, not real Chicagoans.

As the Series begins tonight, I will be watching.  It is hard for me to say this, but I will be hoping the Cubs come out victorious.  Not because I love the Cubs, but I want their “loveable losers” nonsense to stop being used every year.

If nothing else, a World Series win will actually shut the North Side up for a while.  Oh, they will be raving about their winning, finally, but what will they say if they don’t win again next year?  On the other side, if they lose, we will have to put up with that stupid “Billy Goat Curse” at least one more year.

Like everyone else in the world I believe my town has the greatest fans around.  The city deserves another championship.  Hopefully, the Cubs will hold up their end of the bargain.  After all, they have let us down for 108 years.  Talk about torturing for your fans.

In either case, one of the two teams with the longest drought of championships will end this year.  If the Indians win, the North Side of Chicago will probably be drunk for another year of crying in their beers.

This is hard for me to say, but Go Cubbies!

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I could write about the pneumonia that Clinton is suffering from and how she should have “blasted out the news” as soon as she heard it Friday.  But, to be honest, I really don’t give a shit about her pneumonia or the fact she didn’t want to tell anyone about it.

I cannot think of a single person who wants to blast out their health condition except someone who simply wants to be the center of attention.  Normal people who get sick, just go on with their lives and try to work through their illness.

I could write about her “basket of deplorables” gaff.  But, she has already said she regrets using the term “half” of supporters.  Of course that isn’t good enough for Trump’s people.  Even though their candidate has NEVER apologized for any of the ridiculous comments he has made about several people.

Oh, he has said he “regrets” some of his comments, but won’t say which comments.  He has not apologized to a Gold Star family for his vicious attacks against them.    He has never apologized for his mocking a disabled reporter.  So, I am not going into his trap about the “deplorables” comments.

I also could write about his Foundation and its illegal activities, but I won’t, at least today.  I could write about his Vice Presidential running mate not calling David Duke deplorable, but I won’t.  Instead let’s look at two things that really define the state of our nation, at least from the conservative side.

The first is the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina.  The NCAA has finally showed some guts and have cancelled their “championship” activities in the state, including the basketball tournament.

This is over the infamous HB2 Bill that says you must use the bathroom of our birth not gender.  In a statement, NCAA President Mark Emmert said”

Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships.  We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.

The bill also says that local communities cannot pass their own legislation to protect LGBT rights.  Of course, the state’s GOP couldn’t pass this up without being somewhat “deplorable” all by themselves.

A spokeswoman for the North Carolina GOP called the NCAA’s decision “so absurd it’s almost comical” before launching a blistering attack against the organization.

“I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams,” spokeswoman Kami Mueller said in a statement circulating on Twitter. “Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking ― and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.”

But, I think Chris Sgro, the executive director of Equality NC, an LGBT rights group that has fought against the law summed it up best.

North Carolina is ground zero for NCAA college basketball. It’s not something you should mess with.  We’re famous for three things ― beaches, barbecue and basketball ― and now Pat McCrory has stepped all over one of those with the worst LGBT bill in the nation.

Unfortunately, North Carolina isn’t known for just discriminating against LGBT.  It is also known for thuggery.  At his last rally in North Carolina, Trump ignored  the fact that one of his “supporters” was slapping people he considered as protesters in the face.

Then there is Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky.  He gave a talk at the so-called “Value Voters Summit” over the weekend.  And boy, did he have some real “values” to share with the audience.

Here is what Bevin had to say about “values”.

I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically.  But that may, in fact, be the case.

Bevin went on to say that he believed the U.S. would survive a Hillary Clinton presidency, but it might required bloodshed.

The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what?  The blood.  Of who?  The tyrants to be sure, but who else?  The patriots.  It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something, that we through our apathy and our indifference have given away. Don’t let it happen.

Bevin isn’t alone in talking about bloodshed.  Trump used the term more than once, especially in his famous comment about the Supreme Court when he said in August:

“If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks.  “Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.”

Sorry folks, but these are the people who are supporting Donald Trump to become our next President.  These are the people who in one sentence claims to love our Constitution and in the next is calling for violent action against their “enemies”.

From Donald Trump all the way down the list, these people do not respect the Constitution.  They do not support free speech, unless they are allowed to define what that is.  They do not support equality.  They do not care if you have a job or not.  They only care about power.  And, they will do everything possible to rile up enough people to even use violence to gain that power.

It is really simple.  There is “deplorable” and then there is “deplorable”.

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Friday night, Colin Kaepernick decided to protest a civil rights matter.  To protest, he refused to stand up when the National Anthem was played before the game started.  Naturally, that started a whole bunch of garbage and hate tweets.

Kaepernick said of his decision:

I am not going stand and show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.  To me this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.  There are bodies on the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

Of course there are two sides to every story.  There are people who support what Kaepernick did and apparently plans to continue to do.  Then there are those who do not support Kaepernick or what he did.

Of course the biggest complaint is how he is “disrespecting” our troops who “fight and die” for our freedoms.  For example, Alex Boone, a former teammate had this to say about Kaepernick’s actions:

It’s hard for me, because my brother was a Marine, and he lost a lot of friends over there.  That flag obviously gives (Kaepernick) the right to do whatever he wants. I understand it. At the same time, you should have some (expletive) respect for people who served, especially people that lost their life to protect our freedom.

We’re out here playing a game, making millions of dollars. People are losing their life, and you don’t have the common courtesy to do that. That just drove me nuts.

Kaepernick was explicit in saying his protest was not intended to disrespect our troops or what they fight for.  As a matter of fact, as one who did serve, I would say to those who don’t like his stand to stop using our troops as ammunition for their hatred and tweets.  I find his protest quite right and proper.

Those of us who have served, have done so to protect our freedoms.  That includes the right to protest against things we find troubling.  The very fact that racism still exists in this country is more of a slight to us who have served and are serving than a protest to bring the light of day to that racism.

The very idea that people are willing to hate others based on the fact they are different than us is repulsive to every fiber of my being.  The idea that anyone who protests such actions is un-American is repulsive to me.

Colin Kaepernick has the right to protest this matter in anyway he chooses.  He is breaking no laws.  He is doing nothing to “disrespect” our troops and what they are fighting to protect, our freedoms.  Rather he is exercising his freedom to protest what he finds to be wrong.

Yes, the haters who are sending lots of hateful tweets have a right to criticize him as well.  However, they are they ones proving he is correct by their hate speech.  They are the ones who are disrespecting the troops and our service to protect our freedoms.

It is always “armchair” patriots who have the most vitriol towards those who disagree with their world view.  It is the “armchair” patriots who do not understand the true meaning of serving our country.  It is always the “armchair” patriots who want to define what freedoms we veterans have fought to protect.

If you disagree with Kaepernick’s actions that is okay and it is your right.  Just as it is his right to protest for what he believes.  Just stop hiding behind the “disrespecting our troops” argument to voice your disapproval.  As a veteran, I do not feel disrespected by his actions.

The freedoms we enjoy in this country are for everyone.  Not just those who happen to agree with our opinion.  If you don’t like protests, too bad.  Everyone has a right to protest for what they believe in.

As a matter of fact, I find it more disrespectful when people wear the American Flag as clothes than I do when someone else burns it in protest.  It is far more disgusting for the flag to be worn as a shirt getting dirty and smelly with someone’s bad odor than for a protester to burn it.  Think about that for a minute.

Before you jump out of your patriot armchair and scream at me remember that the “flag code” that you love to quote for your argument about burning the flag, also states that it should not be used a clothing either.

This uproar is what the “far right-wing” has given us today.  Protests are no longer allowed if they don’t approve of them.  They can call others names and use vulgarity whenever they “feel threatened” by protesters, but they are allowed to hate in the name of “free speech”.

Rather than shout down Kaepernick, we should be holding that discussion on race we should have had 200 years ago.  If you agree with him say so.  If you disagree with him say so.  Only either way you think, say so with meaningful arguments and have a proper discussion.

Protests can help us begin smart discussions about our problems.  Runaway violence will not help but rather hurt that discussion.  I served 20 years of my life so people like Colin Kaepernick can peacefully protest what he believes in.  I am not disrespected by his actions.

Rather, I feel my service was not in vain.  He is doing exactly what he is supposed to be allowed to do.  Expressing his free speech for something he finds troubling.  I say he should continue for as long as he feels necessary.

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I have to say something about this.  I am sick and tired of the haters attacking everyone and everything they see.  Their hatred towards life itself tells me they have no clue what it means to be human and they have no shame.  The way they show their hate also shows just how cowardly they really are and it is time for everyone to shut them up.

My ire here is over the treatment that Gabby Douglas has received since the U.S. Gymnast team won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics.  While the team was standing on the podium and the national anthem was being played, Ms. Douglas stood at attention.  That was apparently a problem for the armchair patriots who actually hate America and don’t know what the hell they are talking about.

The tweets started in full earnest.  Someone going under the alias ReallyRick from a place called Cookeville, TN started the mess with this awesome tweet:

Just because you didn’t make the all-around finals doesn’t mean you have to be a disrespectful bitch Gabby Douglas!

That wasn’t the only one either.  There were tweets about her hair and how someone didn’t like it.  There was one criticizing the “look on her face”.  It read:  “Will someone please smack that disrespectful look off of her face.”

We are talking about a 20-year-old young lady who is one of only three American Women who have won 3 gold medals at the Olympics.  She also won the Individual All-Around Gold Medal at a previous Olympics.

The problem for these assholes is that she is also an African-American.  This young woman, not even old enough to drink yet, has dedicated herself to training and competition so she can represent her country at world-wide competition.

When she wins, this is the treatment these clowns give her?  For one thing, there is nothing formal that says you have to place your hand over your heart when the National Anthem is played.  Hell, I’m a veteran and I never put my hand on my heart when it is played.  I stand at attention and face the flag in respect, just like she did.  That is a proper response and action when the National Anthem is played.

It is always amazing how these arm-chair patriots love to tell everyone just how they should act when anything like the anthem is played.  I am willing to bet that ReallyRick never stood at attention a saluted the flag during the playing of the National Anthem when he was in uniform.  He probably was never in uniform.

These attacks are nothing but hatred towards an African-American who has talent that none of these idiots could possibly attain.  They are simply jealous bigots who refuse to acknowledge that people different from them can represent our country.

Actually, Gabby Douglas is a far better example of America than any of these morons who are attacking her for stupid and bigoted reasons.  People like ReallyRick and the others who attacked Ms. Douglas are a disgrace to our country.

I would like to say to Gabby Douglas that I am very proud of you.  You are an inspiration not only to African-American girls, but to all girls who need someone to look up to as an example of how to achieve their goals.  You are a true role model.  Please don’t let these morons affect you.  You hold your head high.  You are a true credit to our country and real Americans love you!

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Tomorrow New York will hold its primary.  It would appear if the polls are correct, that Clinton and Trump will win their party’s primary in the state.  But, we need to keep the pressure on the Republican Party for their insistence on passing hate laws.  We cannot allow them to fall off the headlines, and out of our memory.  This election is just too important.

In several states, laws have been passed about LGBT rights.  Or should I say, anti-LGBT laws that take away basic rights of that community.  When the bills are passed, like in North Carolina and Mississippi, there is always backlash.  However, in a few short days, that news becomes old and dies from the papers and news shows.

I do not intend to let that happen here.  I believe that when one party gives in to such hate, they need to be called out often.  In election years, we need to remind the voters of these hate laws to keep that party from gaining control anywhere.

Ted Cruz said he thinks the law in North Carolina is “reasonable”.  The Governor, Pat McCrory said yesterday that the Human Rights Campaign is more powerful than the NRA.  Of course, they are so powerful he got their name wrong.

On Meet the Press, he said:  “The Human Rights Council. My gosh, they’re more powerful than the NRA.  And they have millions of dollars, which makes me want to overturn [Citizens] United, because I don’t know who their donors are, either. But they are putting on a lot of pressure, instead of having good dialogue.

“Good dialogue” is a fantastic term that the Governor has no definition for.  When the media covers these laws, they always focus on the one slim item that makes them seem wrong.  They always key in on the civil rights aspect.  That is no small matter, but they always miss the key point.  These laws have no reason to exist except hate.

There are a lot of reasons that laws get passed.  There are safety reasons.  There are environmental concerns.  There are taxes.  There are crime prevention.  However, there is one thing that all laws have in common.  They are intended to correct or prevent an issue that affects every person.  They are defined and contain language of enforcement and consequences of breaking the law.

The anti-LGBT laws that are being passed neither address any real problem nor do they define enforcement.  They claim the problem they are addressing is keeping rapists from using women’s bathrooms in public to attack more victims.  Well, that problem does not exist as defined by their arguments.

I have searched the public records and discovered that there has never been a case of a rapist dressing up like a woman, going into a woman’s restroom, and raping an unsuspecting woman.  Rape is a hideous, violent crime of control over women.  Rapists want the woman to know exactly that they are a man.  They don’t hide in dresses while sitting in a woman’s restroom stall.  This type of crime does not exist, according to public records about rape cases.

The law does not say exactly how police are to enforce this law.  Are we supposed to pay for police officers to sit in public restrooms and conduct checks on the genitals of each person who enters?  Are we going to make every woman pull up her skirt so a police officer than verify that she is really a woman?  Are we going to make men drop their pants so police officers can see they are really men?

How else are you going to enforce these laws?  If you are so afraid that men will dress up as women just to go into a woman’s restroom to rape someone, you must have genital checks to stop them from entering the restroom in the first place!  Only, that isn’t in the bill that was passed.

The bill merely states that each person entering a restroom must use the restroom that matches their gender on their birth certificate.  Yet, the law does not force everyone in North Carolina to carry a copy of their birth certificate with them so it can be checked when entering a restroom.

So how are women going to know that every person in that public restroom with her was actually born a woman?  She doesn’t, so the law means absolutely nothing to her “safety” as Republicans claim.

There is only one reason that North Carolina, Mississippi, and a host of other states have passed such laws.  HATE.  These laws serve no purpose but to stigmatize a group of people Republicans hate.  They serve no purpose but to spread that hate around the state to normal people.  They serve no purpose but to place a group of people in a second class citizen status.

Over 160 business in North Carolina have called on the Governor to repeal the bill.  He refuses.  There have been cancellations of concerts from people like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr because of the bill.  Still the Governor refuses to repeal the bill.

This law was quickly passed because the City of Charlotte passed a bill that was just the opposite of this hate law.  The Governor and State Legislature wasted no time passing this hate law that includes a portion that says municipalities don’t have the right to pass laws in their own city.

In his appearance on Meet the Press, McCrory said:  “I don’t think the government should be telling the private sector what their restroom and shower law should be, to allow a man into a woman’s restroom or shower facility at a YMCA, for example.  He added that, in his opinion, Charlotte “overstepped.”

McCrory further said he was trying to balance questions of equality with privacy, “including even privacy in the most private area of life, which is a restroom, locker room or shower facility.”

So, Todd asked a reasonable question.  Should transgender people not expect the same kind of privacy.  “Do you want someone who identifies as a woman, born on their birth certificate as a man, [who] may look like a woman, going into a men’s bathroom?” Todd asked. “Is that fair to them?”

As expected, McCrory didn’t answer that one.

These laws have no purpose except hate.  They don’t protect anyone.  They have no enforcement language.  They are totally useless.  It is time for everyone to wake up and see them for what they are.

It is also time for groups like the NBA, NCAA, NFL, and other groups to formally announce they will not hold any event in a state with hate laws.  That means the NBA should immediately announce that their all-star game scheduled for Charlotte next year is being pulled out.  The NCAA should immediately cancel every venue of their tournament from North Carolina.  The NFL should immediately announce that Charlotte will not be considered as a future site for the Super Bowl.

And the list goes on and on.  By making it crystal clear now that these groups will not hold events in North Carolina, they will be sending a clear message that they do not like the law.  That they find it offensive.  They will also be sending a clear message to every other state with such laws or planning on such laws.  There are over 100 such laws just waiting to be introduced in states across the country.  If they wait, or don’t cancel such events, they are giving approval to such hate laws.

This is what the Republican Party wants America to look like.  This is the kind of society that the Republican Party wants for America.  They want separation.  They want segregation.  They want several “classes” of citizens.  They want you to hate your neighbor.  And of course, they want all of this in the name of “Christianity”!

I am not going to let issues like this die away.  I will continue to speak up about these hate laws, about voter suppression laws, and about lead poisoning.  I will continue to speak up about them because it is the right thing to do.  We cannot allow hate mongers take over our country.

The Republican Party has turned its power over to the crackpots who espouse hate.  People like Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, John Kasich, Mike Lee, and a host of others.  They have become the antithesis of “American Values” they claim to love so much.  They have passed laws that negatively affect gays, the elderly, the young, Blacks, Latinos, Muslims, women and just about every other non-white male Christian group.  They need to be stopped.  And, they need to be stopped now!

If they are not stopped, who will be next?  Will it be Catholics?  Will it be Irish?  Will it be Poles?  Will it be Jews?  Will it be atheists?  Will it be Lutherans?  Someone will be next.  Sooner or later, they will get around to you.  Because hate is forever busy!

 

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