College criticized after ending national anthem

This is what many conservatives have their panties in a wad about this week.
Goshen College's decision to not play the national anthem before sporting events has drawn plenty of criticism despite being in line with the school's Mennonite beliefs.

Goshen public relations director Richard Aguirre says the school has received hundreds of calls and emails about its decision to stop playing the national anthem. Aguirre told The Elkhart Truth that the school is trying to explain its decision to critics who think the decision is unpatriotic.
Yes, they don't play the national anthem.


Mennonites are pacifists who don't salute flags or pledge allegiance to worldly governments.  Seems weird to most, but we have a First Amendment to protect the rights of individuals to express, or not express, religious and political beliefs.

That hasn't stopped some conservatives from demanding the school be forced by the government to play a song that didn't exist at the Founding and wasn't even the national anthem until 1931. 

In essence, they want to celebrate freedom by forcing others to follow their beliefs.

Our dumb "I must be outraged by everything" culture is getting ridiculous, especially when it's reached the point to which patriotic symbols are more important than the actual freedom.

Texas high school football preseason rankings

From Dave Campbell's Texas Football

1. Allen
2. Katy
3. DeSoto
4. Euless Trinity
5. Pearland
6. Cibolo Steele
7. Coppell
8. Galena Park North Shore
9. Arlington Martin
10. Southlake Carroll

1. Aldedo
2. Lake Travis
3. Denton Ryan
4. Cedar Park
5. LaMarque
6. Smithson Valley
7. Brenham
8. Stephenville
9. Highland Park
10. Hewitt Midway

1. Tyler Chapel Hill
2. Henderson
3. Wimberly
4. Coldspring-Oakhurst
5. Argyle
6. Carthage
7. West Orange-Stark
8. Celina
9. Gilmer
10. Snyder

2A Div. I
1. New Boston
2. Tatum
3. Daingerfield
4. Godley
5. Cameron Yoe

2A Div. II
1. Paul Pewitt
2. Idalou
3. Schulenburg
4. Refugio
5. Lexington

1A Div. I
1. Ganado
2. Canadian
3. Goldthwaite
4. Garrison
5. Mason

1A Div. II
1. Windthorst
2. Tenaha
3. Falls City
4. Munday
5. Wellington

The biggest 'exploiters' of non-union labor? Union bosses.

You know those giant inflatable rats union thugs haul out in front of any business that dares to use non-union labor, therefore not giving union bosses a cut of the company payroll?

Union bosses decided to keep a few more bucks in their pocket by having them designed and created by a non-union company.

You know, the ones you're threatened with physical violence for patronizing yourself.

"About 20 years ago, Don Newton, a union bricklayer, Chicago bricklayers union, commissioned Big Sky Balloons & Searchlights in Plainfield, Illinois, to create the proto-rat. Newton deemed Big Sky's first attempt "not mean enough," so fangs and "festering nipples" were added," financial media and publishing company Minyanville reports.

"Big Sky Balloons & Searchlights (which also makes skunks, greedy pigs, and corporate fat cats in addition to rats), is a non-union shop."

If it weren't for double standards, unions would have none at all.

It's official. Nolan Ryan owns baseball's most elusive record

From The Wall Street Journal's "The Count":
"Few records in sports are as revered as Joe DiMaggio's legendary 56-game hitting streak in 1941. It is often referred to as the hardest record to break in sports, as no one has even gotten within shouting distance of the mark since Pete Rose in 1978. However, as the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander can attest, getting a hit in 56 consecutive games is a walk in the park compared to matching Nolan Ryan's record of seven no-hitters....
"...Had he been able to finish off another no-no, Verlander would have become just the sixth player in baseball history to throw three or more no-hitters, and yet he still would have only been 43% of the way to matching Ryan's mark. In contrast, 43% of DiMaggio's hitting streak is just 24 games, and that's a relatively common accomplishment...
"...When (Pete) Rose extended his hitting streak to 44 games, he was 79% of the way to tying DiMaggio's mark. It would take 5.5 no hitters to be an equal distance from Ryan's record, and no other pitcher has ever thrown more than four."

Liberals issue fatwa against pets

San Francisco Mulls Goldfish Ban

"San Francisco's ever-active Animal Control and Welfare Commission has renewed its push for a pet sale ban in the city - only this time, it even covers goldfish.  The idea is to put the squeeze on puppy and kitten mills that supply pet stores, and to discourage "impulse buys" of hamsters and other small pets that often wind up being dumped at shelters."

Outlawing pets because it offends your culture.  Sound familiar?

Iran issues fatwa against pets

"Iranian authorities have banned all advertisements for pets, pet food and other pet products.  The decision by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance comes after the fatwa was issued by powerful cleric Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi...In June, Ayatollah Shirazi declared dogs unclean, saying that dog owners were “blindly imitating the West” and that their devotion to the animals would result in “evil outcomes”. "