Sports stars have an obligation

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Yes, of course, this is about Dez Bryant! This, however, is not JUST about Dez Bryant; it’s about the obligations every sports star has to his team, his family, his fans and especially to the wannabe sports stars that make up at least half of every elementary, middle and high school.

The Dallas Cowboy’s receiver apparently loves shopping malls but he apparently hasn’t grown up enough (mentally that is) to handle being in public. Recently, at North Park Mall in Dallas, Dez was given a criminal trespass warning by an off-duty police officer for walking around with his pant’s sagging lower than the officer thought they should be. Sounds pretty petty but, according to this NewsOK story:

According to the police report, Dez has a history of problems at the mall. Police had to intervene after Dez cut in line, and a parking citation for parking in the fire lane, plus a “major disturbance” at one of the malls restaurants with an unknown woman.

When you’re a high profile sports figure, setting a good example for those wannabe sports stars is (or at least should be) just as an important part of the job description as playing your best. Dez either feels so self-important that he just doesn’t care about those kids or perhaps he just hasn’t thought about it.

Think about it Dez and all you other high profile “bad boys!” There are already far too many negative pressures and bad examples in most kids lives already; don’t continue to be another one!

No free choice in South Dakota (without government consent)

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According to Politics Daily, South Dakota’s Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill that requires women who want an abortion in the state of South Dakota to wait three days — three days, that is, after being forced to receive “counseling” from a doctor (probably a government appointed doctor) and from an anti-abortion counselor. If the woman cannot be successfully brain-washed in three days, she is then apparently free to receive an abortion.

Governor Daugaard, after signing the bill, made this statement:

“I think everyone agrees with the goal of reducing abortion by encouraging consideration of other alternatives. I hope that women who are considering an abortion will use this three-day period to make good choices.”

“Good choices?” Since when is the government responsible for directing or judging our choices when no law is being broken? Doesn’t that sound a little too Orwellian?

Regardless of what Governor Daugaard and the other religious conservatives in the South Dakota capital “think,” the fact, according to Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in South Dakota. is: the majority of the people in South Dakota don’t agree!

“The voters of South Dakota, by resounding margins at the ballot box, TWICE have told their legislators that the decision to have an abortion is between a woman, her family and her doctor and that government should not intrude on that decision,” Ms. Stoesz said.

I couldn’t agree more! Neither the government nor the church should have any control whatsoever over the decision of a free individual to carry a baby to term or to terminate the pregnancy.

The bottom line is: anti-abortion sentiment is fueled by the Christian Religious Right and over the past two decades the Religious Right’s hold on our governments, and therefore on our lives, has continually grown stronger.

On a personal level, religious beliefs are wonderful but when those beliefs are forced on people by government fiat you may soon find yourself immersed in a burgeoning Theocracy.

I’m sure that the governor of South Dakota “thinks” that he is doing the right thing by circumventing the stated will of the people, but then so has every tyrant, dictator and religious fanatic in history.

Atheists target AZ Governor Brewer

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is once again ignoring the well established fact that oil and water (i.e., religion and politics) do not mix.

Governor Brewer has declared May 6 to be an “official” Day of Prayer in Arizona and because she made that proclamation, according to Michael Stone, the “Humanist Examiner” at Examiner.com “Atheists, agnostics, free thinkers and those with a healthy respect for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are all supporting a lawsuit filed against Governor Brewer by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.”

The law suit against the governor charges that a government official declaring a day of prayer creates a conflict with the ‘Establishment Clause’ of the First Amendment.

That charge is questionable but not necessarily baseless.

The Establishment Clause simply states that: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. That would, of course also apply to the Congresses of the various states and to government officials of those states.

Has Jan Brewer declared that anyone who does not pray on the “official Day of Prayer” will be guilty of a crime? Of course not, so her Proclamation definitely does not constitute a “law.” No conflict with the Establishment Clause there!

Now depending on how you want to interpret the phrase: “an establishment of religion” there may or may not be a conflict.

Did Gov. Brewer’s proclamation specify that only Christians or Jews or Muslims are being asked to pray on that day? Again no, so she certainly can’t be accused of attempting to “establish a religion.” The Establishment Clause, however prohibits “establishing religion” (not establishing ‘a’ particular religion”) so if a judge finds that she is attempting to establish religion as part of government’s normal function and he or she ignores the fact that a proclamation is not a law, the judge may rule the day of prayer unconstitutional.

Making such a proclamation was a stupid and needless thing to do on the part of the governor and to some extent she is squandering state resources on a personal pet project that she knew would be challenged in court and one that has no benefit for the state. She is guilty of that and she has certainly lost the future votes of the atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and etc.; but she probably doesn’t care about that.

Perhaps she can pray for reelection!

Yeah! That might do it!

NPR funding cut passed in House

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The Republicans in the House of Representatives have finally started to respond to the voter mandate to cut Federal spending that put them in office. Voting to cut funding for NPR is a very weak response but at least it’s something.

When the House bill dies in the Senate it will also bring home the fact that the House’s position as keeper of the budget is pretty much a myth!

NPR is a great radio station, no doubt about that but radio stations, tv stations and other forms of entertainment and/or information (as well as any other private sector company or industry) should be able to exist on their own, not on tax dollars. If any company can’t raise enough funds to operate, it shouldn’t be in business.

In the “big picture”, funding for NPR is a mere pittance but it’s a start — or is it the end?

When, if ever, are the Republicans in the House going to start tackling some MEANINGFUL spending such as Obama’s “Affordable (now there is a joke) Care Act” that will soon be one year old? Like everything else, Obamacare has some good points but it is overwhelmed by the bad points, the ‘baddest’ of which is the fact that the Federal Government should not be deeply involved in the medical care industry OR any other private industry.

No, as far as Obamacare is concerned, the Congress should not save the good stuff and get rid of the bad stuff as has been suggested, they should work on repealing the entire monstrosity; not just because of the extraordinary expense but because it’s an outrageous overreach on the part of the Federal government.