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February 26, 2018

Tony McGee got kicked out of Wyoming with the Black 14 but still made it to the Super Bowl

Tony McGee had no idea what would come next after he and 13 other black players were kicked off the undefeated and nationally ranked Wyoming Cowboys football team in the midst of the 1969 season. The defensive end had been playing like an All-American and maybe even a future pro, racking up 11 sacks in just four games. But now his football career, his college education and his entire future were in doubt.

One thing McGee knew for sure was that he would never play for Wyoming again. As far as he was concerned, the ouster of the group that came to be known as the Black 14 had revealed head coach Lloyd Eaton as not just a hard-edged taskmaster but also a hardheaded racist.

Wyoming’s black players had proposed wearing black armbands in their home game against Brigham Young University. A few wanted to protest the Mormon Church’s dictum forbidding black members from becoming priests. But for most of them, including McGee, the beef was more personal: BYU’s all-white squad had hurled racial slurs and cheap shots at black players during their game a year earlier.

But when the black Wyoming players raised the idea of a protest with their coach, Eaton did not want to hear it. Instead, he berated and insulted them, saying they were troublemakers, half of whom did not know their fathers. Then, he kicked them off the team. McGee recalls Eaton saying the players could go back home to live off “colored relief.” Or, if they were lucky, maybe they could go play for Morgan, Grambling or some other historically black college or university.


February 26, 2018

Pictures from the First CPAC Conference -- sort of. (KInd of pic heavy)

The first pic is of Fritz Julius Kuhn, the leader of the German-American Bund (C-PAC of the 30's)

February 22, 2018

The Soft Power of the NRA (Rather long)

For all the concern about the NRA and its weird control over political discourse regarding guns, the one thing that people tend to ignore (and IMO is a big mistake) is the NRA''s soft power.
I spent the past few days going through NRA website and its affiliates and sites that support or link to the NRA (and there are a lot). The thing that is most interesting and disturbing (chillingly disturbing) is the amount of soft power they generate.

For clarification, hard power are things like donations from the NRA, lobbyists who visit, cajole, threaten legislators, governors, councilmen, etc and rallies they hold.
Soft Power is in the form of advertising, publications and programming. And lordy, do they have a lot of publications. Starting at their website, I found no less than 7 NRA publications (American Rifleman, American Hunter, America's First Freedom, Shooting Illustrated, Shooting Sports USA, NRA Family, Standing Guard) in addition to the President's Column, Regional Report and Political Report.

The NRA also has it's very own television network and radio network. Dana Loesch, Cam Edwards and Grant Stinchfield headline most of the homepage for the network. The also have four channels: NRANews (sponsored by Ruger), NRAWomen (Smith & Wesson), NRA Country and NRA Hunting. Not surprisingly, all their advertisers (partners) manufacture guns or ammo.

Why is this problematic?
Well, it's not new. Look at the x-tian reich. There are a half dozen x-tian networks on cable, hundreds on youtube and various networks on the internet. For over three decades networks like the 700 Club and Trinity Broadcasting have been piping in daily propaganda on how reich wing x-tians are being persecuted, how liberals are destroying the country, how the media is not presenting the true nature of the despair they are suffering and what the good reich wing x-tian can do about it -- often it involves sending money to the network.
It's effective and we shouldn't be surprised. It's an everyday event, they don't wait for something to happen, they pipe it over the TV every single day. The gloom and doom is mixed with uplifting stories about how prayer cured someone's cancer, made them rich or raised them from the dead (okay. I made the last one up. I've never seen or heard one where they were raised. But, they claim it has happened).
These hucksters become trusted 'friends' to the viewer. What they say resonates, not just because they parrot the viewer or listeners dissatisfaction, but because they provide answers, the provide hope and guidance. It's very comforting.
For people like you and I who find them exasperatingly annoying, it doesn't matter because we are not the target audience, we are not the chosen ones, our views are skewed by the MSM and so on.

The NRA has taken the fundie TV vision and turned it into a pro-gun, arm yourself for the zombie apocalypse and mixed that with the NRA Family: Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister and the AR-15 or Ruger. They show happy families out on a day of shooting. Women who are learning how to properly load, fire and clean their weapons. Yes, there is a show devoted to moms learning how to use a pistol. The women comment about how empowered and how safe their new firearm makes them feel -- Oh, and it's really cool, too. Oh, and they will sprinkle in Persons of Color to show that everyone can love having a gun.

Their opponents, advocates for some form of gun control, do not have that. There is no network devoted to the dangers of a heavily armed populace, anymore than there are numerous television networks devoted to Atheism on television. And this is where the NRA (and the x-tian fundies) win. This is why it's difficult to reach many of them, anymore than you can reach Alex Jones viewers, because they go to these networks everyday. They see shows devoted to 'responsible gun ownership' (the NRAs definition), that ordinary moms, dads and kids use guns safely (which is true) and it throws out enough propaganda in the form of wholesome family friendly talk, "I love my gun. I use it responsibly. I store it safely. We've never had anyone in our family shot be our gun. I feel safer knowing I can protect my children and my property. Etc."
After every major shooting, interest wanes and dies as people move on with their lives or a natural disaster or whatever happens. While the NRA Network continue pouring out publication and show about how swell weapons are, giving their viewers stories about the good guy with a gun (see below, they're promoting the guy in Texas), how you can be just like Bruce Willis in Die Hard and save dozens of people from a terrorist and or movie theater shooting and so on.

Below Are From Some of Their Publications I Rummaged Through on Line. These are not a complete list, nor are they all the stories. But, they're some examples of how they use propaganda.

In the publication America's First Freedom, which interestingly, has nothing to do with Speech, Assembly or Religion, but rather, yes guns we are (ahem) treated to a story on Stephen Willeford, that 'good guy with a gun' with the NRA loves to tout who tried to stop the guy who shot up the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church in Texas.
For the record: The guy killed himself after his car careened off into a ditch while being chased by Willeford and another man
The article in giant letters throws in "But while their anti-gun narratives prevented most mainstream media outlets from acknowledging his actions, Willeford is a prime example of a good guy with a gun stopping a very bad guy with a gun." (Gotta get that talking point in).
The article goes on to castigate anti-gun groups, the media for their bias against guns. Taking great pains to show how Willeford because of his training and competence didn't freeze up. And that he 'may have' prevented this bad guy with a gun from killing others

This article, which is the first in a string of articles is clearly designed to provide talking points to their supporters and make them feel better about owning guns.
The sickly twisted story, which you have to scroll through the banner to find is the one titled, 'Enforce Existing Guns Laws to Reduce Criminal Violence.' I didn't read the article, I didn't see anywhere in the article where the NRA pointed out that it has done everything it can to gut and/or prevent these laws from seeing the light of day.
They also have an unlinked story titled, 'A Sacrifice Must Be Made.' I am uncertain what the story is about, since there doesn't seem to be a story.
America's First also has 'NRA American Warrior', 'Armed Citizen' and 'Legend in Arms.'

American Hunter and American Rifleman seem to be pretty much full of stories that hock weaponry. Though American Rifleman does have several stories on the history of various kinds of rifles used in warfare. Oh... and a picture of actor and water thief Tom Selleck looking at a gun

NRA Family is mildly interesting in that it spotlights a lot of younger women; Katie Harris, Tori Nonaka, Janae Sarabia and Molly Smith are featured in one article, they talk about how they started shooting and their choice of weapon. Courtney Smith headlines the selection of stories and Dania Rizzi, the 'rising shooting star' is in another. And Wendy Lefebvre has an article that encourages everyone to go hunting because it's just so wonderful.

February 11, 2018

NBC Sports apologizes for insensitive comments during PyeongChang opener

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- U.S. television network NBC Sports has apologized for broadcasting insensitive remarks relating to South Korea during the PyeongChang Winter Games' opening, according to Olympic officials Sunday.

The broadcaster came under fire after Joshua Cooper Ramo, an Asian commentator for NBC, said during the march by Japanese Olympic athletes at the opening ceremony Friday that Japan played an "important" role in South Korea's recent achievements as a nation.


USA Today also reported that NBC apologized through a statement read live on its cable and satellite channel NBCSN on Saturday (local time). "We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize," NBCSN was quoted as saying.


This guy is supposed to be knowledgeable about east Asia?
He's an idiot

February 7, 2018

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of Kim Jong-un to attend the Olympics

According to several South Korean news sources, she will be in the South on Friday, along with other high ranking North Korean officials.
Yo-jong has risen quickly through the ranks of North Korean government and is presently the Deputy Chief of the Propaganda and Agitation Department

from yonhap news:

Kim Jong-un's dear sister, Kim Yo-jong, is set to become the first member of North Korea's ruling dynasty to set foot in the rival South this week.

The Unification Ministry in Seoul announced Wednesday that Kim Yo-jong, presumed to be aged about 30, will be part of a high-ranking government delegation attending the Winter Olympic opening ceremony slated for Friday.

The team will be led by Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state. Kim Yo-jong is widely believed to be powerful and close enough to the leader to directly represent his views.

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