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Steve Almond: I’m Quitting American Football

Pollice Verso - Jean-Léon Gérôme 1872 (PD) wikimedia

Pollice Verso – Jean-Léon Gérôme 1872 (PD) wikimedia

I am sure many Disinfonauts and other aware netizens are clued into the distracting and sometimes rigged nature of the games around the world. This avid fan of American Football wrote the book  Against Football, explaining why he’s turned his back on the sport.

via Kottke

Life-long NFL football fan Steve Almond recently wrote a book called Against Football in which he details why he is no longer watching the game he loves. Ian Crouch talked with Almond for the New Yorker.

Any other year, Steve Almond would have seen the play. But, after forty years of fandom, he’s quit the N.F.L. In his new book, “Against Football,” Almond is plain about what he considers the various moral hazards of the game: “I happen to believe that our allegiance to football legitimizes and even fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia.”

This part resonated most with me:

Even a casual N.F.L.

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American Family Association Terrified By USPS Harvey Milk Stamp

PIC: Daniel Nicoletta (CC)

PIC: Daniel Nicoletta (CC)

In a statement released last week (“A drag queen was behind USPS Harvey Milk stamp“) the American Family Association instructed its membership to refuse delivery of mail stamped with the new commemorative Harvey Milk stamp (I had no idea that there even was one. Thanks, AFA!), and if given them at the post office to ask for a United States flag stamp instead.

Choosing a stamp is your choice, and you can of course use it for anything, like sending a certified letter . You know: the kind that requires a signature. For only a couple of dollars more, you can receive an email that the letter was received and a copy of the individual’s signature – all for less than $6. (If you need to use that form, start over again with your own zip code.)

If you want to send a letter to the American Family Association expressing your feelings regarding this and other actions taken on behalf of you and your family, you may do so at the following address.… Read the rest

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Dismissed Minnesota Vikings Player Chris Kluwe Says Coach Wants To Nuke All The Gays Until the Glow

Pic: Arbor to SJ (CC)

Pic: Arbor to SJ (CC)

Recently dismissed Minnesota Vikings player and outspoken advocate for marriage equality Chris Kluwe has issued a rather long and damning accusation directed at Vikings coach Mike Priefer. Kluwe (you may recall a previous op ed from him assuring a homophobic politician that gay men won’t turn him into a “lustful cockmonster”) says that Priefer stated that “the gays” should be taken to an island and nuked until they glow*, and that Kluwe’s advocacy is what led to his dismissal.

Via Gawker:

Near the end of November, several teammates and I were walking into a specialist meeting with Coach Priefer. We were laughing over one of the recent articles I had written supporting same-sex marriage rights, and one of my teammates made a joking remark about me leading the Pride parade. As we sat down in our chairs, Mike Priefer, in one of the meanest voices I can ever recall hearing, said: “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” The room grew intensely quiet, and none of the players said a word for the rest of the meeting.

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Chick-Fil-A Sock-Puppet Theater

Here’s a short primer on how to tank your national image in the eyes of the only people left who like you.

  1. Be bigoted and vocal about how it’s just good Christian values.
  2. Lose customers and valuable promotional partnerships because of it.
  3. Hire PR firm for damage control to create fake “Christian” teenagers on Facebook to lie and verbally abuse detractors.
    Chick-Fil-A: sock-puppet busted
  4. That should about do it.

Thanks for your attention.

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Homophobes Likely Repress Same-Sex Feelings, Prejudice May Stem From Authoritarian Parents

Pride FlagPeople who greatly fear homosexuality are likely to have experienced an attraction to a member of the same sex, according to a new study presented in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. As Jeanna Bryner reports on LiveScience:
Homophobes should consider a little self-reflection, suggests a new study finding those individuals who are most hostile toward gays and hold strong anti-gay views may themselves have same-sex desires, albeit undercover ones. The prejudice of homophobia may also stem from authoritarian parents, particularly those with homophobic views as well, the researchers added. "This study shows that if you are feeling that kind of visceral reaction to an out-group, ask yourself, 'Why?'" co-author Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a statement. "Those intense emotions should serve as a call to self-reflection."
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Community Action Stops Westboro Baptist Protest

WBC_protestWhatever a person may feel about the politics surrounding the multiple issues involved, lessons can be taken from the small community that found a way to beat Fred Phelps at his own game, legally and morally, with non-violent techniques. Via UPI.

WESTON, Mo., Nov. 7 — A small Missouri town turned out to keep Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church from protesting a soldier’s funeral.

The funeral of Sgt. First Class C.J. Sadell, who died Oct. 24 from wounds in Afghanistan, was held Saturday in Weston, Mo.

“I’d say probably half the people in Weston are here,” Marine veteran Eric Moser told WDAF-TV, Kansas City, Mo.

Sadell was in the Arif Kala region of Afghanistan when his unit was ambushed Oct. 5. He was 34 and leaves a wife and two sons.

“We got everybody here early so we could take up all the parking spots,” said Rebecca Rooney, who organized the supporters.

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