Exposed: The NFL’s Real Problem

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It’s tempting to make this a two-word column and simply write “THE NFL’S BASTARD PROBLEM: ROGER GOODELL”, but that’s not the type of illegitimacy to which I’m referring.

The NFL has a problem with illegitimate children, and they’re pretending it doesn’t exist. For example, in the latest inquisition regarding Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, we were told that the issue is domestic abuse in the form of child abuse. So the debate must center on questions like: “Is spanking child abuse?” “Should he have used an open hand and not a switch?” “Is there a minimum age for corporeal punishment?” “Should the NFL act prior to his day in court?”

But no one is talking about the fact that Adrian Peterson has 6 or 7 kids with multiple women who are not his wife. I say 6 or 7 because his mother, who says that Adrian is a “good Christian boy,” tells us that her son has 6 kids, while a stripper from Houston and one of Adrian’s “Baby-Mamas” reported that Adrian has 7 kids (and, as far as she knows, treats them all well because he pays child support.)

In a now infamous video (starting at 46 seconds) from the NFL’s reality show “Hard Knocks”, Jet’s cornerback Antonio Cromartie struggles to remember his kids names: “I have Alonzo who is 5, I have Keris who is 3, I have Myjunia which is 3, I have a – my daughter who just turned 3 as of yesterday, I have another son named Tyler, he turns 3 in December. I’ve got another daughter that was born October 16th named London. Another daughter that was born named Lelani, who is 2-years-old. And ah, I have my newborn with my wife, her name is Jersey.”

I guess 2007 was a busy year for Cromartie because, assuming his count is right, he had four 3-year-olds by 2010. In an article entitled “How Jets’ Cromartie Fathered Nine Kids With Eight Women Over Six States,” Susan Edelman, writing for the New York Post gave an updated roll call at 12 children with eight different women. Apparently, there are some receivers the talented cornerback cannot shut down!

In March of 2010, Cromartie would have to hit up the Jets to get a $500,000 advance just to catch up with child support payments.

And this is not an anomaly, nor is it restricted to just the NFL. Boxers, basketball players, entertainers, and even coaches make up the list of the top Mack Daddy’s of all time. From Shawn Kemp and Marshall Faulk to Ali, Tyson, Holyfield, and Basketball Coach Scott Skiles, illegitimacy is at plague levels in professional sports.

So what does ESPN make an issue out of? The legitimate children of the devout Catholic, Phillip Rivers.

You heard that right. In a sea of illegitimacy, ESPN cherry-picks the most inappropriate, hypocritical question ever posed when it took an obscure comment from a lesser blog – TheBigLead.com – and asked the Chargers Quarterback: “Six kids? Regardless of your profession, it’s impossible to be a good parent to six kids. Not enough hours in the day.”

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Trevor Loudon’s America: A Path To Victory

There was an old saying that if you wanted to know about America, “Ask a Frenchmen.” I’d be comfortable with that if we were talking about Alexis De Tocqueville and Frederic Bastiat; but nowadays, I’d prefer if we asked an expert on Communism from New Zealand. Trevor Loudon is best known as the source that exposed Van Jones as an open Communist. Glenn Beck, a frequent reader of Loudon’s blog, first saw his reporting on Van Jones and pursued it with such vigor that the Obama “Green Jobs” advisor was forced to resign.

Loudon is now touring the U.S. and speaking about his latest book, THE ENEMIES WITHIN. I had the privilege of spending a few days with him when he passed through Illinois, and one of the things that really struck a fire within me was his clarity on the issues and the path to success that he felt was achievable. At a tea-party meeting in Glenview, he brought the crowd to its feet with the following suggestion:

To win the next elections, to make it worth something, we need to unify the conservative base. You’ve got Libertarians over there, you’ve got social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, defense conservatives, 2nd Amendment fighters – they’re all fractured. You’ve got 2 million GOP’ers who stayed home last time. You’ve got several million evangelical Christians who don’t vote.

To get those people motivated, they all need something. To unify them, they need to be given something. If I was a man like Ted Cruz – I see him as the front runner and the most Reaganesque of the figures that are out there right now, I’d be wanting to unify that base right now, before Jeb Bush gets up a head of steam. So I’d go to them right now and say, ‘I’m running and the very first thing I’m going to do is put Allen West on my VP ticket, early, right now.

Then for you Libertarians, I want your million votes, Rand Paul will be Secretary of my Treasury and he can do what he damn well pleases to the Federal Reserve and the IRS – carte blanche.

And you energy voters – Sarah Palin, Secretary of Energy – ‘Drill baby, drill,’ drill in your backyard if you want to, – Keystone pipeline, and $2/gallon gas for every American family.

Scott Walker, Secretary of Labor, right to work all over, folks. Herman Cain, Secretary of Commerce – deregulate, deregulate, deregulate! OSHA gone! EPA gone! Get American businesses working again!

John Bolton, Secretary of State – tell your enemies where to get off, rebuild your alliances. Ambassador to the United Nations – No one!

Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Health and Human Services – get rid of the welfare culture, get people’s pride in themselves back again. Attorney General, Mark Levin.

And for the Christians who don’t care about politics but they do care about the education of their children, ‘Vote for me this time guys and David Barton will be Secretary of Education.’ Common Core is gone, folks; homeschooling is protected.’

Then, speaking for himself, Loudon continued, “Go across the whole cabinet, name it now, you can fill in every slot. Will that motivate the base guys?” (Crowd applauds) “Will that get you guys enthusiastic?” (Rising Applause) “Would you be opening your checkbooks again and getting your friends involved?” (Standing ovation)

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How To Treat Your Politician

I have accepted a seat in the [Massachusetts] House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and the ruin of our children.  I give you this warning, that you may prepare your mind for your fate.”  - John Adams, to Abigail Adams, May 1770

Congress should be a burden.  It should be like Joe Arpaio’s tent jail.  I’d even say that, when in session, congressman should have to wear the pink boxer shorts; and when not in session, they should be picking up litter with a stick and a busket on the shoulder of the beltway.

There has never been a collection of genius, so directed by courage and humility, as America’s founding generation.  The obvious implication of the senior Adams in his letter to his wife is that he was thrust into the political realm out of a sense of duty – a public servant.  He anticipated hostility and ruin, not privilege and plunder.

The idea that “Even if you don’t respect the man, you must respect the office,” would sound absolutely ludicrous to a generation that threw tea in a harbor and tarred and feathered agents of a tax on their breakfast drink.  In colonial America, it was just the opposite: respect was earned by men, and offices were viewed with suspicion.

Politicians are a necessary evil that should be held accountable and barely tolerated above one’s cable provider. The fact that they’re treated as celebrity messiahs just may be why they stay in politics until the reaper comes.  We should be the reaper, and they should feel the heat–not the warmth!

“When the people fear their government there is tyranny; and when the government fears the people there is liberty,” has been forgotten.  Our founders preached that the government should fear its citizenry.  If that were actually the case, politicians wouldn’t want to be in Congress for a lifetime.  We must make the ruling class fear us.

A politician who fears the party leadership, his committee chairman, the big donors, or a hostile media more than he fears his constituents will fall in line to please them and screw you.  This is why somewhere around 15 of the 35 “Tea-Party” Republicans who went to D.C. in 2010 rolled over for the establishment.  When their party leaders told them to “sit,” “beg,” and “stay,” they did, only to come home and urinate on our carpet.

Treat your politician like you would a used car salesman.  If a politician sees you coming and smiles (without faking it), it’s a sign that you’re a sucker and you’re being taken.  They should pull their hat down and try to disappear in the shadows.

Reagan was wrong about one thing: it shouldn’t be “Trust but verify.” When it comes to Communists and politicians, it should always be “Verify and then trust, but always have your hand on the hilt of your pistol.”

We should treat our representatives like the 18 year old who shows up in our driveway to pick up our daughter . . .  in his van with tinted windows.  Muster your best Jase Robertson, throw him a shotgun shell, and tell him, “It gets much faster after 10 pm.” Politicians, like my daughter’s future courtiers, should all have a chaperone (and some of them just a kick in the butt!)

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