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NFL, bounties and arrogance

The Saints bounty system has brought out a lot of contreversy.  Some are saying that it was OK because everybody else does it.  The Saints fans are outraged because they fell like they are beloved tem is being picked on and being used to make an example.

The bottom line is they were caught, told to stop and didn’t.  Believe it or not this happened TWICE. They got away with it in 2009, but decided to keep it going.  Arrogance at its best.  Then just this year, they were told again that they were under investigation and once again, the team leadership decided to ignore the league and use incentive system to reward players getting hurt.

So as the football world awaits the appeal verdict and further punishments to be handed out to players, as it is common today, everybody is using main stream and social media to chime in on the issue.  Well since I now have a blog, why shouldn’t I?

In my opinion the Saints arrogance and excuses are worthless.  Just because everybody else does it, doen’t make it OK.  To our knowledge there has been no evidance of any other team using such a system.  There are rumors and speculations that the Redskins and the Bills used to have a similar system in place.  Considering they had the same coach that is mainly responsible for what took place in New Orleans it is very likely.  But without concrete proof there isn’t much that the league can do.  The Saints leadership knew about it, and not only that they didn’t stop it, they encouraged it.  As an old friend of mine used to say you do the crime, you have to do the time.

Among those that are also making their opinions known are current and former players.  I read today that a player was accusing the league of turning pro football into flag football.  At the same time former players are suing the league over injuries they sustained while playing the game.  That is like saying that don’t ban me from driving drunk, but if something bad happens I’m suing you.

Football is a violent sport.  But if played correctly and clean it can be enjoyable by both players and fans.

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…because that is the way we do things around here!!!

Approximately 40 days left in this wonderful undisclosed location in SWA…  And to the two of you that follow my blog, YES, I did get lobster tonight. 

Well the rut that our society is stuck in, really bothers me.  We always look for the easy way out and just follow the person next to us.  The problem is that its done regardless if its good or bad or even applicable.  We “Just Do It” (No intentional advertising we meant by the author).  Many years ago I read about an experiment that was done with monkeys that really applies.  The experiment involved 10 monkeys, a ladder, one banana and an ice cold water hose.  Even though this might sound like the story line for Hangover 3, it is an actual experiment.

Five monkeys were placed in a cage and the banana could only be reached by using the ladder.  As soon as the first monkey tried to climb the ladder to get the banana, all five monkeys would be sprayed with cold water.  Eventually another monkey tried to get the banana and again all monkeys were sprayed.  This was repeated until they learned a valuable lesson.  Trying to climb the ladder is bad news for everyone, so nobody climbs the ladder.

Once all the initial five monkeys knew the consequences of trying to get the banana, the researcher replaced one of the monkeys with an “unexperienced” one.  As expected the new monkey spotted the banana and went for it.  But the other four monkeys knowing very well what happens, jumped on the new monkey and beat him up.  They beat up the new guy, thus learns not to go for the ladder and the banana, without knowing why or ever getting sprayed by ice cold water.  This is repeated three more times with a new monkey replacing one of the original ones.  And each time each new monkey, who has never received the ice cold water or was even aware of it, would join in beating the newest guy.

Eventually, all the monkeys had been replaced and none of the original ones were left in the cage (that had been sprayed by water).

Again, a new monkey was introduced into the cage. It ran toward the ladder only to get beaten up by the others. The monkey turns with a curious face asking “why do you beat me up when I try to get the banana?”
The other four monkeys stopped and looked at each other puzzled (None of them had been sprayed and so they really had no clue why the new guy can’t get the banana) but it didn’t matter, it was too late, the rules had been set. And So, although they didn’t know WHY, they beat up the monkey just because ” that’s the way we do things around here”…

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The Tax System Explained in Beer

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten
comes to $100.  If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing
The fifth would pay $1
The sixth would pay $3
The seventh would pay $7
The eighth would pay $12
The ninth would pay $18
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59

So, that’s what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the
arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. “Since you
are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your
daily beer by $20″. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the
first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what
about the other six men ? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that
everyone would get his fair share?

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that
from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end
up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill
by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the
tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he
suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to
drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their
savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He
pointed to the tenth man,”but he got $10!”   “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too.  It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”  “That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get
anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks so the nine sat down
and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they
discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of
them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our
tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will
naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much,
attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In
fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat
friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.  –   Professor of Economics.

via http://www.ijreview.com/

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Is having sex with a NFL Cheerleader/teacher Lucky or Unlucky

 When I was in high school I don’t think I had any teachers that I considered “hot” but there were plenty of cheerleaders that drew my attention.  Recently a teenager was cohorced through electronic means to have sex with a teacher that also happens to be an NFL cheerleadeImager.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer a member of the Bengals Cheerleading Squad was indicted for first degree sexual assault and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts.  Until recently the Ben-Gal was also a High Schoolt teacher.  She broke the law and she is facing two felony counts that are punishable by up to five years in prison.

Now most men would love to be “that guy”.  But there is more.  Our hot cheerleading teacher has previously sued a website for defamation, after they reported a claim she had a STD.

Depending on your morals and views this is wrong no matter which way you look at it.  But I personaly draw the line at the STD.  Not saying she has one, but if she did and still had sexual relations with a teenager then she crossed the threshhold.  Even if the student was aware of the possible extra “luggage” I don’t think he was in a position to fully comprehend.  Actually I’m pretty sure most adults would’ve rolled those dice and said “Hell Ya”.  But adults should know better and are fully responsible for their own actions.  So if she did the crime she must do the time.  I don’t think the teenager minded the encounter, that up until then he had only read about in magazines usually found underneath a mattress.

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If assholes could fly, this place would be an airport

Really fed up with egoistic, self-serving people.  Many people when they reflect on their military careers, say that they will miss the people the most.  Not here to argue about their opinion, but I don’t believe I will miss the people.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve met some great people,  I have made some lifelong friends.  I will not miss them, because I will keep in touch with them.  I will not miss the hypocrites that will step on, around and over anybody in their path.  I will not miss them because they are so power hungry and don’t care about anybody else.

I will not miss them , but I will remember them.

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Have we lost our minds in this country?

Have we lost our minds in this country?

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Where are my lobsters???

Actually this story isn’t really about lobsters, even though they helped me come to a conclusion.

At this wonderful undisclosed location in Southwest Asia it has bee the norm, that every other Wednesday the Dining Facility serves lobster tails.  Its something many of my fellow deployed service members and myself look forward to.  So you can imagine my disappointment today when I went to dinner and there were no lobsters.

It could be that the local government has banned lobsters, just like they banned pork products (beef bacon just doesn’t taste the same).  Or it could be a delay in shipment, or maybe just a somebody forgot to order them in time.  Regardless of the reason there were no lobster tails for us to enjoy tonight.  Obviously this is not the worst thing that can happen in ones life, and it made me think, “Are we spoiled?”

The answer is YES.  Today I was going to write (more like “bitch”) about the inconvenience of not having indoor plumbing in our living quarters.  We have become a generation that think we are entitled to everything we see.  We expect free things and when we don’t get our way some pout, some bitch but very few are thankful that we did have a meal.

I know due to unfortunate circumstances,there are starving people all over the world.  But what about the the prior genrations of fighting men and women?  Pretty sure during the few moments of calm and quiet during WWII some of the brave men fighting all over the world would’ve loved to have a DFAC open 24/7 within walking distance, even if they didn’t have lobster tails.

So today I came to a conclusion that I had come to before, but unfortunately I had forgotten.  We should all be thankful for what we do have.

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