• Calendar

  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,632 other followers

The Telegraph: IOC says any athlete who takes a knee at Olympics faces ban

According to the Telegraph,

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) published guidelines in January banning any form of protest at the Tokyo Games – including taking a knee, raising a fist or refusing to follow protocol at medal ceremonies – and confirmed to Telegraph Sport on Tuesday that “the guidelines are still in place”.

Now, before you prepare to fly to Tok…no, wait, we can’t do that these days.

But before you choose to call the IOC’s decision stupid (or something close to it), remember that the IOC has consistently affirmed that the Olympics must be above political taint; instead, they are mere opportunities for athletes to gather for the fun and love of sport.

(Insert laugh track here.)

Okay, now you may tell the IOC exactly what you think.

MLB owners prepare to blame players for lost season

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 20Jun2018

The location: MLB offices in New York City

The actor: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, speaking into one television camera

The date: On or approximately June 16

“Thank you for joining me today. It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that there will be no Major League Baseball in 2020.

“Despite the best efforts of the owners to come up with reasonable proposals that would benefit all parties — and guarantee the fans what they want most: baseball — the players refused to play ball.

“I repeat: The players refused to play ball. And that’s because their representatives agreed to something in March and then tried to walk away from it.

“The players will tell you in the coming hours that they had agreed to a one-time salary rollback in March. That is not true. It was clear then that another salary reduction would be necessary if the 2020 season would have to be played without fans in the stands. It didn’t take long for both sides to realize that was inevitable; the health conditions surrounding coronavirus remain too unpredictable for us to risk the health and safety of our great fans by allowing them into the ballparks across the U.S. and in Canada.

“In trying to cover up their mistake, the players‘ negotiators refused to bargain in good faith over the past few weeks; they were interested more in deflecting blame from themselves rather than working to ensure a 2020 season would be played.

”They will try to convince you that the owners were trying to take money out of their pockets.

“That is far from the truth.

“To the great fans, I am so very sorry that you won’t be able to watch your favorite players and teams this year. You have suffered so much because of coronavirus, and I know the owners were very eager to give you baseball.

“The players’ reps had a different agenda.”

Saudi Arabia: The “office era” might be ending (at least in that country)

The Saudi Gazette has the details.

Saudi Arabia has begun implementing a multi-phased plan for the return of life to normal after easing curfew restrictions in a gradual manner. However, the continuation of remote work would reinforce the Kingdom’s move to benefit from its digital architecture.

There are several reasons attributed to this. These include expectations of companies to earn revenues through cost cutting in exchange for obtaining the same productivity from their employees working remotely from their homes.

How low will we go? As low as you want it to go.

How low will we go?

It seems that at least once a week, pockets of America wonder if the country can’t possibly get any worse. Of course, then it does. At least for them, it does.

Listen to people on the religious right, and you’ll be convinced they’ve found new and absolutely true evidence that homosexuals and their allies will stop at nothing to shove their depraved lifestyle on the majority.

Listen to the capitalists, and you’ll believe without a doubt any attempt to raise taxes is opening the door to socialism (or worse COMMUNISM!) and there’s new and irrefutable evidence that the lazy sods on the left want more money for doing nothing.

Listen to the liberals, and you’ll come away with absolute confidence there’s powerful new evidence that the right is racist and determined to keep the poor, the immigrants and the Muslims down, in jails or out of the country.

This new “evidence” that makes us clutch our pearls — or more likely post something on social media warning us that hell, fire and brimstone is going to cascade down on all of us — too often is made up. Whether the culprit exists at home or in a foreign land (and, no, don’t insert Russia here), he or she takes a few words out of context here, tweaks a video or two there, effectively uses memes that we can quickly like and share…and…presto ALL HELL IS ABOUT TO BREAK LOOSE!

One person falls for it, and there go the dominoes.

One police officer does A (and we have the video to prove it!)…and it’s time to put every cop on trial.

One Muslim does B (because, you know, only Muslims do that)…and it’s time to ban all of them from entering the country.

One gay man does C (just look at the pictures!)…and, by God, all of them must be stoned.

One immigrant does D (wow, that [conveniently darkened] mug shot makes him look dangerous!)…and, oh hell yes, it’s time to seal the borders.

One rich white man says E (that bastard!)…and he must be hounded until he’s forced to apologize for…something.

Forget for a moment that the cop, the Muslim, the gay man, the immigrant and the white guy didn’t do what they’re accused of, the more important thing to remember is that MY GOD I HAVE TO SHOW MY ANGER! If we let “those” people win, America as we know it is toast.

Did we reach a new low in presidential non-ethics today when the dotard retweeted a ludicrous conspiracy theory fronted by the equally ludicrously named One America NEWS Network suggesting a 75-year-old man pushed to the ground by a Buffalo cop might be associated with Antifa?

The left will have us believe that. But, my friends, it’s only June. The election is still 150ish days away.

Come tomorrow, I anticipate the right will flare up in outrage over something, and all of us will be reminded of just how awful those leftists are.

A simple message to all of you: Shut up.

Think about what you are reading or watching. Consider what the source, especially if it’s an unethical one, is attempting to tell you. Hold fire on that ever-so-tempting tweet/retweet or Facebook post/share.

Don’t be so gullible.

And quit looking up as if you expect to see the sword of Damocles about to come crashing down on all of us.

Here’s a new one (I think): A tuition cut (Of $5)

The leadership of the Nebraska State College System wants to cut tuition costs for students who take the system’s online classes. But if I understand the story correctly, the cut is $5 per credit hour.

The Lincoln Journal Star has the details.

Chancellor Paul Turman said in a statement the plan fits into the state college’s core pillars of affordability and accessibility.

“Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and often balance competing work and family commitments, making earning their degree challenging,” Turman said.

“That is why Chadron, Peru and Wayne State College are removing as many barriers as possible to enable students to complete their degrees,” he added.