Back to Kindergarten

In the next part of my annoyed as hell with this whole COVID-19 mass hysteria bullshit, let me tell you about yesterday. You can read about the relative uselessness of gloves and masks in my last post here.

I first tried to go to the post office, but there was a huge line of mask-wearing sheep waiting outside in a nice single-file line with everyone standing at least six feet apart (outside, mind you.) An obviously unhappy-with-her-job drill sergeant poised herself at the front of the line to ensure that only one person at a time was permitted inside and admonished and refused entry to anyone attempting to do business without a mask. Needless to say, since I am an adult with common sense and knowledge, I left.

Then, I stopped at my local grocery store and saw staff placing signs on the floor with one-way arrows at the end of each aisle. When I brazenly walked the wrong way down the soup aisle, I was informed that today they would let my insubordination slide, but from tomorrow on, I had to observe all traffic laws. I asked, “Or what?” and a pimply-faced kid told me those were “the rules,” along with the painstakingly measured feet signs on the floor, to enforce social distancing.

Adding insult to injury, plexiglass shields, plastic-covered credit card readers, and large folding tables have been added to further enforce the ever-increasing paranoia.

What is this? Kinderfuckinggarten? Apparently, we must all be treated like children who, first of all, have no concept of measurement, and, second of all, cannot be trusted to utilize even a modicum of common sense to not ram our carts into oncoming traffic if, God forbid, we are going the “wrong way” down an aisle. If they start mandating masks, I will be shopping elsewhere. Or online.

How Colin Kaepernick Ruined the NFL (for me, anyway)

I used to be a huge NFL fan. Seriously huge. I was the type of person who watched every single game every week courtesy of my DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket. I watched the eight-game game mix, red zone channel, pre- and postgame shows, you name it. I used to write NFL articles for a now-defunct sporting site, and, in addition to playing fantasy football, I also wrote fantasy analysis for a few sites.

With football playing such a huge role in my life, when Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel for the national anthem and presentation of flag to protest police brutality back in 2016, I was livid. Kaepernick said that he was kneeling for people who are oppressed.

First of all, what the hell does Kaepernick know about oppressed people? He is half-black and half-white and was adopted into a very well-off white family where, to be honest, he never had to go without anything.

Secondly, what does police brutality have to do with the national anthem and the flag? Granted, some people think the anthem is racist, but, frankly, what isn’t racist today?

Third, yes everyone has the right to peaceably assemble and protest issues against their beliefs. The First Amendment of the US Constitution provides for freedom of speech, but what most people fail to understand is that this protection is from government infringement (save for certain, specific exceptions.) You don’t have freedom of speech at work if you work for a private employer. Seriously, does you boss let you protest anything while on the clock on company property?

Because Kaepernick was employed by the National Football League (NFL), he didn’t have absolute First Amendment (or any First Amendment) freedom of speech while at work. Yes, these so-called celebrities do have a forum where they can reach thousands of people, but protesting anything that is inherently American (anthem, flag, etc.) is inappropriate in that situation.

And, of course, Kaepernick’s poor behavior rubbed of on other players, and “boss” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell failed to put his foot down and tell them to knock it off while on the clock. Isn’t it funny how none of these kneeling protestors bothered to get their message out anywhere during the offseason?

Fourth, what, exactly, does police brutality have to do with the American flag and national anthem? In fact, police shoot and kill white offenders far more than black or Hispanic ones, yet those with the loudest mouths don’t believe facts matter and don’t want anyone else to know the truth.

Anyway, back to my main point. Because of this blatant disrespect for the US and her flag, and the failure of Goodell to harness this crap before it overtook the league, left such a bad taste in my mouth and, consequently, I boycotted the NFL for a few years.

I have only recently started watching games again, but the passion, interest, and excitement is gone.