Well, the fact of the matter is the NFL is run a lot like our law enforcement system…
There are more rules on the books that anyone can keep up with, many of which make absolutely no sense, and haven’t been used since it’s creation.
Where the corruption comes in (like with law enforcement) is where there are enough rules on the books to get any one person in violation on any given play…yet are not enforced constantly.
In this scenario…the officials can flag any team they want, on just about any given play…or look the other way, depending on the directive from the powers that be within the sport.
Just the same….the police can get any person on a crime (some felonies) on just about any given day…or look the other way, depending on the directive from the powers that be within law enforcement.
Back to football….so all 30 teams work in that grey space as long as they can get away with it, in effort to gain a competitive advantage.
When the Saints got busted for the bounty program they had, several players came out and said their teams had similar systems in place within the locker room…and understood it to be a common practice in the league…yet none of those teams were suspended after those facts coming to light.
The Patriots, and likely many other teams, alter the pressure in footballs to the liking of the skill players (QBs, WRs, RBs) all the time….but the NFL had a bone to pick, and they drew the Patriot’s card.
 July 27, 2015 at 4:51pm
Jeez….banner year for Chrysler. Ontop of this…people are remotely hacking into vehicles with the touchscreen UConnect system, and are able to control brakes, acceleration, etc.
July 27, 2015 at 4:22pm
There are some things we don’t know about this declaration…
Is a permit required to not receive a “disturbing the peace” charge? If so, will WBC be given a permit if they meet all legal requirements?
If a permit is required, and WBC does not get one….then Jindal’s statement is legally sound. If WBC meets all legal requirements to protest the funeral(s), and they get jailed anyway….then Bobby’s statement is problematic.
I tend to think it was a populist position he took, and might be legally sound IF certain conditions aren’t met by WBC. He’s not very popular among Louisiana citizens right now and this might have been an opportunity for him to win some folks over by talking tough against a group that most universally feel are despicable human beings.
July 27, 2015 at 4:06pm
Well that would defeat the purpose of getting as much attention as possible.
I’m convinced these people don’t really believe the people they protest are going to hell. They piggy back on wherever the TV cameras are…with their specialty being funerals….as showing up with signs that suggest the people that died deserved the wrath of a God most don’t know or accept is pretty effective at getting their name in the news.
So yes, the WBC group could go to another location to spew their vile hatred, but that would mean they couldn’t troll the hundreds / thousands of people at or following the funeral procession.
July 27, 2015 at 3:58pm
On the face of it, it does seem like it’d be common sense to throw every single one of them in jail for disturbing the peace at a funeral procession.
But if it were that easy to dispatch this group of people, they wouldn’t engage in the practice because every place they would have tried this disgusting tactic at would have jailed them on the same charges.
In this case, if they can procure the correct permits, (and unless I’m missing something Bobby Jindal knows about) they should be able to legally protest the funerals….albeit outside a ring of humanity that will line up around the procession, at least blocking sight of the sorry pieces of crap.
 July 27, 2015 at 3:30pm
Residents in the area have already banded up on social media to form a blockade at the funeral sites….but that doesn’t stop the crazies from getting within ear-shot and yelling obscenities.
That said, I’m curious how they can get picked up on “Disturbing the Peace” where they’ve been allowed to do similar things in other states without arrest. Surely Lafayette, Louisiana doesn’t have the only “Disturbing the Peace” ordinance that would apply in this kind of situation.
July 24, 2015 at 5:20pm
Maybe not a person of power…but indicative of the people that get them elected.
maybe I missed it….were they in fact public school teachers? There are lots of private / charter schools in Lafayette
 July 24, 2015 at 5:13pm
says the fool that calls a shooting a melee. (look up what that word means)
A gun, like a knife or bomb, is a means to an end. It’s a tool. If someone wants to kill other people, they’ll do it…with the difference being how effective they are at it.
As they say, you wouldn’t bring a knife to a gun fight, so a law abiding citizen carrying a pistol would have been in a position to take that guy out after getting 3-4 shots off….instead of 15. Someone carrying a pocket knife would have a much harder time achieving the same result.
I understand you think by virtue of there being more guns carried in public there will be more shootings. Maybe you have a bias about how people use guns because all you know of them is what’s shown on TV…which almost always involves crime. You don’t ever see or hear about the millions of people that use guns on a daily basis, by law abiding citizens, who use them without killing anyone, hurting anyone or committing crimes with them.
Anyone with bipolar level mental illness should have their ownership of firearms heavily regulated, if allowed to have them at all. Gun wasn’t the issue here. He could have just as easily made pipe bombs out of a walmart shopping list.
 July 23, 2015 at 9:48pm
Atleast 2 dead so far…one being the shooter. Being reported he committed suicide
 July 20, 2015 at 5:00pm
I think the argument is a little more nuanced than that….yet still wrong headed.
When the #BlackLivesMatter crowd Boo, or get upset at someone using the phrase “All Lives Mater” in reference to what they feel the grievances of the day are for black people, it’s not that they are saying white, Hispanic, Asian, etc. lives “Don’t” mater….they just feel that there is a particular problem (white supremacy) that is uniquely affecting the black community and saying “All Lives Mater” diverts attention from that…and does not specifically address the white privilege / supremacy.
That said….I think they are still wrong. I don’t agree with their premise that the disproportionate loss of black life (vs other races) is a result of white supremacy…and has more to do with the adopted pop-culture of ignorant & uneducated people. (all races included)
I also think the answer is STILL “All Lives Mater” because the real end to racism will not come until people of all colors equally appreciate & respect the life of people of all colors (everything else being equal)
To echo Stu’s remarks….when you start prioritizing people’s lives…according to some social construct….things typically end bad for everyone.
 July 15, 2015 at 9:00pm
Warmonger’s comment on whites (as in ALL whites) not seeing color is not completely true, but there is something to that statement. I can only speak for myself, but as a white kid growing up in the 80s, in a low socioeconomic area, the gold standard for race relations was MLK’s I have a dream speech, and the appropriate approach to race relations of that day was to encourage color blindness.
With color blindness being the rule of the day for most, over 20yrs of their life, it’s no wonder there is some resistance to a radically different view that involves a red scarlet letter for every person born with white skin, become some guys with the same skin color had slaves in the late 1800s
And on top of having to deal with the irony of being born a racist, by virtue of your skin color, nearly all of the problems & plights of an entire race of people are as a result of white people achieving more in life (according to things like annual income, graduation rates, incarceration rates, etc.) than blacks, comparatively speaking.
That’s not being paranoid, that’s being realistic. This story is about a guy who’s backing all this up! Are you suggesting that Jon’s point of view is an anomaly?
Also, you can disagree with something, or someone, and not “Hate” it..or them. It’s not that black & white.
 July 15, 2015 at 5:44pm
There is a new school of thought in bioethics around rethinking the moral standards & benchmarks that are use to deem a procedure legal or illegal.
Two “ethicists” from Oxford wrote an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics making the case for legal post birth abortion because a recently born baby possesses the same lack of “personhood” a fetus has…and since fetal abortion is legal, then infanticide should be. (They actually say in the article that they purposely avoid using the word infanticide because it implies that the infant has a moral right to life…which they disagree with)
So under the purview of these “ethicists”, from the prestigious Oxford University, what makes the killing of a living human legal/illegal or right/wrong isn’t when life starts…but when personhood starts…which is a much more ambiguous thing to define (likely on purpose…to accommodate further expansion of this criteria when society can be brought along to the idea)
Fetuses in the womb, and recently born infants are considered “potential persons”, which should be a red flag for any person with the ability to apply critical thought & has a clue about what humans have tried to do to other humans in history.
The fox is guarding the hen house…
 July 15, 2015 at 5:07pm
While I don’t completely agree with the premise of the exercise “kidding” is trying to make, what is worth while pointing out is that “whites” don’t hold the market on racial animosity, racial prejudice, and racial discrimination.
The fact that there are streets in this “1st world nation” where a white person will get beat an inch from their life, or worse…killed…because they happened to be white in a black neighborhood is as equally disturbing as a black person facing personal injury or loss of life because they happened to be black in a white neighborhood.
In regarding to “solving racism”, pointing out that all racial groups have some work to do is the first step in the right direction.
Suggesting that in 2015, the reason the black community hasn’t achieved comparable levels of success in life is as a result of white people not acknowledging micro aggressions toward blacks, or white people not doing enough to take it upon themselves to sacrifice more in life for the greater good of colored people is absolutely ridiculous, and insulting to the capacity of what black human beings are able to accomplish in life.
It’s about culture…not race.
So long as liberal progressive Pretorian guards shield these destructive cultures, and associate productive aspects of culture as being “white”, nothing will change…which may very well be the intent all along.
 July 15, 2015 at 4:41pm
Mason C. Weaver’s book “It’s okay to leave the plantation” is a good start…
Mason is a black man, who grew up during the civil rights era…..was raised in a home of accomplished black men & women…and never had doubts about what he could & couldn’t do in America (as a profession) until he ran into the white liberal progressives in the education system that, with a smiling face, tried to steer him away from applying & getting rejected for college…and instead directed him to more appropriate manual labor work.
He joined the military instead, during the civil rights era. Met his first white racist while serving, who ultimately almost killed him. This made Mason racist toward whites….and majored in Afro Studies at UC Berkley….and in the process of hearing these radical professors speak about the old plantation system, a light went off and he recognized the new plantation system the Democrats setup. In the book, he details the similarities and it’s chilling.
This book set a lot of things into perspective for me, in my understanding of the left’s “modus operandi” in regard to political control over the nation.
Thanks for posting about the book. Sounds like a good read.
 July 15, 2015 at 4:28pm
I can’t comment on the last statement, but the low expectations set on the black community is disgusting.
I work in an office environment, where everyone has at least a bachelors degree…with about half of folks holding a graduate degree, where our “business” involves a lot of hard science (ie, engineering, math…not soft science like social theory).
There are lots of black men, black women, white men & women, expatriots from India, Africa, South America…and of all colors, creeds & cultures…..and despite the diversity of our work force….they all have a few things in common….
– Education was a priority growing up
– Most are self motivated and don’t require constant feedback from others for motivation
– Dedicated to getting it done right…even if it’s late nights, or other sacrifices
– Folks treat others with dignity & respect
These are VERY basic concepts that generally lead to success in life…and are equally available to any person, of any color, if they are made a priority in one’s life.
With all that successful black people have overcome to get in their situation, to suggest that black people in general aren’t capable of the same because some white people born over 100 years after slavery, who otherwise treat all people equally, aren’t acknowledging their privilege is ludacris & insulting to my intelligence.
 July 15, 2015 at 4:11pm
Yea…anyone who has not taken (or knows someone who has taken) a liberal arts university class in the last 10 years is completely in the dark on the set of false premises that have been erected to support their hypothesis on any given social issue.
Cis is essentially a prefix for anything traditional or standard…and since progressives abhor anything and all deemed traditional….all you have to do is bolt on “Cis” to any word you want and BAM…..instant insult for conservatives, republicans, and anyone else not considered progressive.
Normativity is a suffix, again…set up to characterize the root word as a normal operating procedure, and since progressives seem to value deviant & alternative lifestyles, theories, mindsets over those that are “normal”…..all you have to do is bolt on -normativity to some “normal” or traditional thing and….BAM instant insult for non progressives.
Other things to note are the revisions made to the definition of racism, which now excludes all racial minorities from being guilty of racism, and all the negative social context that comes along with being labeled a racist.
Also MLK’s “I have a dream speech” OUT; Derrick Bell’s Critical Race Theory IN
 July 15, 2015 at 3:51pm
Educating all people on what whites did to blacks isn’t the problem here. We shouldn’t sugar coat or lie about what happened, such that it doesn’t happen again.
Where Jon crosses the line is to put the burden of the sins of the slave owners that were alive in the late 1800s, on people who happened to be born with the same relative skin color in 2015. The only connecting factor is skin color….and the racism of that thought process is lost on the camp of people that will bend over backwards, jump through flaming hoops & perform the most difficult of mental gymnastics to associate race as a driving factor for some issue where there is other context at play.
You know how you stop “white entitlement”? You treat everyone equally! Yet it’s guys like Jon that will tell you the latest revision the liberal progressive handbook on society suggests that treating people of all races equally is a display of racism, and an example of a microaggression.
It doesn’t matter which side is the benefactor of disproportionate treatment…so long as treatment is not equal, there will always be a presence of animosity between the aggrieved groups.
 July 15, 2015 at 3:23pm
Not speaking for Cavallo, but I am white, and the premise that this guy is trying to sell IS offensive to me, just as it’s offensive to ask a successful black man living in the suburbs to atone for the sins of the black gangsters that plague poor inner city & urban neighborhoods.
I was raised to treat all people equally, according to their character. It’s just that simple. Regardless of the color of your skin….if you pick my pocket, or break my leg….we have a problem to resolve. Regardless of the color of your skin….if you’re decent to me, I’ll return in kind.
Speaking on a macro scale here…there is work to be done by people of all races to eliminate ALL racial bias in our dealings with one another.
Telling one side of the table to sit down, shut up & take their medicine (or re-education) is not a “conversation”, it’s being dictated to. So long as THAT is the prescribed solution, nothing will change….and I’m starting to think that’s been the intent all along.
 July 9, 2015 at 2:24pm
But it’s still an American territory….PR may have more sovereignty than say Hawaii, but it’s also NOT Mexico or Cuba.
Regardless, it would have been just as wrong for the PR guy to lash out violently at the guys in the truck because he didn’t like the flag they were flying, just as it’s wrong for the guys in the truck to lash out violently because he had a PR flag sticker on his car.
My personal opinion is the PR flag likely had nothing to do with what the guys in the truck did….and reacted in the way they did because they felt insulted to the point they were justified in retaliating with a fist.
If it’s not right for Obama bumper sticker loonies to attack people with pro-life stickers on their car….it’s not right for those guys attack another person because of a flag sticker or someone telling them they don’t appreciate their language or flag.