Orac's Comments

Posted Monday February 10, 2014, About: Sam's teammates had known 'for years'
That should read "...without giving those ideas actual thought."
Posted Monday February 10, 2014, About: Sam's teammates had known 'for years'
Yes, I think America is better today than yesterday, and this year than last year. But then, on the internet no one knows you're a black, gay atheist. (or a dog for that matter) I'm a man of a certain age who clearly remembers discrimination, segregation and oppression in this country--because it happened in my lifetime. And it's still happening for people like Michael Sams.

I'm genuinely happy that your faith has brought you peace, but that's a personal matter that can't be generalized to everyone. For every person like you who has been uplifted by the positive aspects of your faith there are likely three people who have suffered for it. You can see it in the arguments people are citing here about Sams' coming out. God wants this, the Bible says that, conform or be punished. If God exists don't you think it's the height of arrogance and hubris for any man to say he knows what God wants?

We need to banish this notion of "political correctness" from our lexicon. It's become a form of shorthand for dismissing any idea we don't agree with, without giving those ideas actual though. It's not "politically correct" to want to treat everyone with respect, without regard to their gender, race, or sexual orientation. Being inclusive makes this country better and stronger because it allows people a chance to realize their full potential. Michael Sams is as he was created--a black, gay man who had a very good college football career. He wants to have a professional football career without having to compromise who he is as a person. Why should you or anyone feel sorry for him? Hopefully he's on the verge of realizing his potential and playing in the NFL. That's something to celebrate, not something to pity.
Posted Monday February 10, 2014, About: Sam's teammates had known 'for years'
Which is fine. As you said to someone earlier, I don't have to be Christian to support your right to be one. I only get a little bent where religion is used to direct public policy.

About that story I referred to, here's a reference:

w w w.opposingviews.com/i/religion/la-teacher-tells-buddhist-student-hes-stupid-and -bible-100-percent-true
Posted Monday February 10, 2014, About: Sam's teammates had known 'for years'
I agree with everything you wrote prior to this paragraph, so it might seem like I'm splitting hairs or being petty. But I think it's important to say this, and afterwards we can just agree to disagree about it rather than belabor the point indefinitely.

The US was *not* founded on Christian principles, and even a casual reading of Jefferson, Madison and several other founding fathers will prove this to be the case. People accept this statement about the US as true without examining it. But it isn't true, and just because Christians are the current majority and repeat it often won't make it so. The founding fathers were Deists to be sure, but all of them were not Christians.

Furthermore, no one has made it illegal for kids to pray at school or at games if they want. What is illegal is organized prayers, offered on behalf of the state. Teachers and administrators are state employees and shouldn't be telling anyone how to pray. If, however, you want your child to pray before doing certain things tell them that, and if they do it without disturbing others I'm sure no one else will care. I think you have it exactly backwards with your "if you don't like prayer" comment. The young man in Louisiana who was ridiculed recently because of his Buddhist beliefs should not be marked down on a test or bullied because his Christian teacher feels he's wrong.

As for pressing 1 for English, talk to the private companies who have poorly written software. That has nothing to do with the protections outlined in the Constitution.
Posted Monday February 10, 2014, About: Sam's teammates had known 'for years'
Oolon Colluphid, is that you?
Posted Monday February 10, 2014, About: Sam's teammates had known 'for years'
See, this is the mistake too many people make. You don't wait to be "given" acceptance. You take it, because the right to have it is yours. That freedom of religion enshrined in the Constitution is also a right to be free *from* religion.

I greatly admire this young man for coming out on his terms. And all those GM's who are publicly talking about not drafting him simply because he's gay had best be careful. That kind of employment discrimination is against the law in many states. Draft him, or don't. I suspect some team is going to feel that he can help them. But you certainly shouldn't put your prejudicial bias in writing if you don't want to spend a lot of time in court.
Posted Wednesday February 05, 2014, About: Altman irked by Pac-12 schedules
Monday isn't a day off because this is college and the kids have to go to class. Altman has a point.
Posted Wednesday January 08, 2014, About: McCarron's mom tweaked Winston on Twitter
Indeed. I wish people would specify exactly which dialect of English they're talking about. Even though I grew up in the American south I have difficulty with southern accents. It's easier for me to understand British Cockney accents than someone from Mississippi or South Carolina. Did it ever cross anyone's mind that perhaps Winston just has a different dialect as his primary version of English? The US has several different ones as well as a few creoles. And as you point out, kids have a language that only vaguely resembles English anyway.

Cut the kid some slack. He'd just won the National Championship and he was undoubtedly excited. And he can't even accept a trip to Disney World.
Posted Tuesday December 17, 2013, About: NFL may be calling Shaw, but ...
Shaw got a long term extension last year. We'll never know the terms, but you have to assume it's at least on par with other Pac-12 contracts.
Posted Tuesday December 17, 2013, About: Marqise Lee's NFL decision coming soon
Please, go pro. Seriously. Lee has been a man among boys, and he may as well go and play with his peers.
Posted Tuesday December 17, 2013, About: Beavers land transferring Cal QB
Aren't they all?
Posted Tuesday December 17, 2013, About: NFL may be calling Shaw, but ...
I agree that the cost of living is very high, and that's primarily why I left. But I'm a poor academic and not a head football coach. Shaw can afford it on what Stanford is paying him. His kids are in some of the best schools in the country. And everything else you say is true, although the earthquake thing is overblown.

And yes, it's still better than Austin, and any other Big 12 or SEC town.
Posted Monday December 16, 2013, About: NFL may be calling Shaw, but ...
Have any of you guys even been to Palo Alto? There may be bigger football schools and higher paying jobs but there's no better environment for someone with young children and a salary that's more than big enough. (Not that we'll ever know what that is...) Shaw has been an NFL coach. Now he's head coach at his alma mater and basically treated as a god on campus. What could possibly entice him to leave?
Posted Monday September 30, 2013, About: Trojans still stunned
Yeah, against the Stanford reserves. That said, AZ State is going to crush ND. As will SC. Orgeron will have them fired up for that, because if he's to have any hope of getting the job full time (After all, why wouldn't he want it? It's a premier job) he has to beat the Domers.
Posted Monday September 30, 2013, About: Trojans still stunned
Holmgren? That could make for an interesting dynamic with his former assistant across town at UCLA.
Posted Thursday January 03, 2013, About: Why Stanford's win wasn't enough
Not just Ohio State. Penn State would have also finished ahead of Wisconsin, and the reasons for placing them on probation (heinous as those events were) had very little to do with current football-related events. I guess that's why the Pennsylvania governor is suing the NCAA. That's going to be an interesting situation...

Wisconsin acquitted themselves well. By the way, the stadium was 75% Stanford fans.
Posted Wednesday December 05, 2012, About: Strong Tennessee's top candidate
I guess we all look alike to the FN folks...
Posted Monday December 03, 2012, About: ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit blasts NIU's BCS bid
Don't blame Wisky for winning. Blame Nebraska for losing. They were highly ranked, after all.
Posted Sunday November 25, 2012, About: Coaching changes coming at Colorado?
Money. The school didn't have any; Embree was an alum and could be had on the cheap. But very soon now they'll have lots of money. I think Embree will get his third year and then he'll be gone if he doesn't show any sign of progress.
Posted Thursday November 24, 2011, About: Barkley chatter irks Stanford's Shaw
Shaw was Harbaugh's offensive coordinator. He recruited a lot of the Stanford players himself. And unlike schools in the SEC, Stanford isn't going to fire him if the team goes from 11/12 wins a season (like the last two years) to 7/8 wins a season. They want a winning team, they want to contend for the Rose Bowl and all that. But it's not the highest priority for them. If he runs a clean program, graduates his players and averages 8 wins a season Shaw will be there a very long time.

Stanford really is different. Spend some time there and it's pretty obvious.
Posted Thursday November 24, 2011, About: Barkley chatter irks Stanford's Shaw
Shaw has one good point in all this. Stanford doesn't have the quality of receivers that Barkley does, and that definitely works against Luck. And yeah, Luck might do more in terms of running the offense and calling his own plays, but that sort of thing isn't readily apparent to the fan (and voter) watching at home on TV.

Now, having said all that, and even with my Stanford bias-- RG3 deserves the Heisman. Statistically the kid is insane, and Baylor is a 2 or 3 win team without him.

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