Free markets and college football. Deeply embedded into the sociocultural fabric of American life, these two time-honored traditions are incompatible. Why is scandalous headline after scandalous headline born from the act of receiving compensation for working hard, an act that is laudable in every other profession? The answer lies in one dogmatic, pious, hypocritical, bloated bureaucracy of a governing body: the National Collegiate Athletic Association. However, with targeted new policies, the NCAA and member schools can enjoy the best of both worlds.
An Environment of Inequity
The collegiate athletic system desperately demands reform. Young men and women are putting in 50-hour workweeks, on top of classes, and all they have to show for it is NCAA President Mark Emmert’s $1.7 million dollar salary. To put it bluntly, the NCAA’s revenues and operating budget thrive off the exploitation and suppression of “student-athletes” with nowhere else to turn for a playing field. Read more
Its Sunday April 28th! Do you know where your podcast is? On this day in history back in 1967, Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. military. The self-proclaimed "Greatest Fighter of All Time" cited religious reasons for staging his most important fight; a fight against institutionalized, senseless killing. Take a moment to process these statements - yes, a fighter by profession and religious person (Ali converted to Islam in 1964) refused to go to war! Ali was fined $10,000, sentenced to 5 years in prison, and was stripped of the world title he had won by beating Sonny Liston. He avoided prison while appealing all the way to the highest court, and lost his heavyweight title the first time the same year he won his case in 1971. Muhammad Ali is the only three-time boxing world champion, and is still one of the most intriguing figures in American history. His reason for refusing conscription was because "I ain't got no quarrel with those Vietcong." Amazing that the government of a "Christian nation" would seek to take everything from a person who was acting exactly in the manner that Jesus would have prescribed. Read more
"The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance." --Samuel Butler
Rush Limbaugh has been spouting bile unchecked for many years, but the reaction to his obscene tirades against Sandra Fluke in February of 2012 set off an unprecedented grass roots movement which nears its one year anniversary with no signs of slowing. What has come to be known as StopRush serves both to educate often unwitting advertisers of the show about Limbaugh's hateful rhetoric and to offer consumers the opportunity to make informed decisions about where to spend their money. Read more
I know a police officer who is very socially conservative. He’s a Baptist who believes that homosexuality is wrong, as most evangelical do, if not all. We had the usual discussion about gay people and he expressed his disapproval as a Christian. One day I asked him a question, and knowing how he believed, I was surprised by his answer.
He and his wife had a newborn son and I asked him what he would do if his son turned out gay. He told me that he would still love him and accept him for whatever he was — not the answer I expected.
When a child, at whatever age, tells a parent they’re gay, the parent will deal with it in either a positive way or a negative way. When I told my mother, she chose to deny it by telling me it was just a phase I was going through. When she finally could no longer deny it, she reacted negatively by telling me “you need to get right with God”.
On the other hand, a friend of mine who was gay, told his mother he was gay, and though she cried, she told him that she wanted him to be proud of who he was and never be ashamed, she loved him just the same. It affected him in such a positive way and it showed in his life. Read more
It’s Wednesday August 8th! Do you know where your podcast is? On this day in history back in 1992, the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Dream Team clinched the gold medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics. No surprise to many, it appears the 2012 Dream Team roster is positioned to claim gold once again. Perhaps a surprise to many, no matter how many points LeBron James scores, the problems of this world continue to multiply. Maybe that’s because we’re undeviatingly focused on the things that truly don’t matter, like the Dream Team. Maybe we shouldn’t call them the Dream Team. Granted, we do live in a fantasy world so it does seem rather apropos. But, maybe there’s a better name. Maybe we should call them the Distract Us From Our Nightmares Team. Read more
Today I’m feeling a little envious of someone. That someone is Michael Phelps. It has nothing to do with his gold medals, his good looks or how much more money he probably has than I. What I do envy him for is his mother – what a beautiful woman.
I also know that there are millions of wonderful, loving moms out there, all around the world. Moms are something society and the world hold dear; they are the very life spring of life for our species. Read more
And so we begin another Olympic Games tonight with all of the pomp and ceremony - marching athletes, flag waving, lighting the caldron, speeches, huzzahs. Hyper-nationalism on display for all to see.
It is probably not what Pierre de Fredy, Baron de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee had in mind. The Baron, whose nobility went back to King Louis XI, was an idealist of first order. Read more
Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C. is no kind of shepherd at all. A pastor to me has always been someone to turn to for spiritual guidance; someone who has the ear of God and speaks for God. For a pastor to tell his congregation that if their young boys show any signs of effeminacy, they should just “punch” them. If I had been in that congregation at the time, I would have gotten up and headed out the door, but probably not before I turned on the man and told him what I thought about him as a supposedly man of God, right in front of his congregation. I’m also certain I would need to speak quickly before the ushers got to me to force me out the door. Read more
Most parents are convinced of the extraordinary talents of his offspring. Try to say a loving father or mother that they grow not Beethoven or Lobachevsky, a humble engineer, salesman, and even the janitor - and you will instantly become the worst enemy. And now, enchanted vision of future success beloved offspring, parents become involved in its development.
The desire to provide the child the best starting conditions led to more and more parents should be a system of early education and / or early development. By themselves, these systems are good, but often parents are watching the baby, seek out there talents and abilities that are actually available, or the opposite - be sure that there is some talent. Read more
How could Israelis love Iranians? This compelling video points a simple truth: how can you hate someone you don't know? Could this be a game changer?
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