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The NFL: "Show Me The Money"

 

 

By Garth H. Robinson


What is the true cost of patriotism? That is a good question.
Currently, the National Football League is suffering from a severe lack of popularity when it comes to TV ratings.
A large contributing factor to this lack of popularity started last season when the (then) quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers (I won't bother mentioning his name) started a trend which has continued, unfortunately, through this season. Kneeling while the National Anthem is being sung as a protest to this country's "perceived" injustices to black and minority people, is the excuse used for this disrespectful act.

At a recent political rally, President Trump called out NFL owners by saying, in so many words, that if an NFL player kneels for the National Anthem or disrespects the flag of the United States, they should have that player ejected from the game and "fired" from the team.
To be honest with you, I don't have a problem with that. Do you?
According to a survey cited by ESPN and conducted by JD Powers, the National Anthem protests was the top reason given by fans for watching fewer games last year.

Playing in the National Football League is a privilege. Most, if not all of these players are paid more per game than most of us earn in a lifetime. This country has given them that opportunity. Where is their patriotism?
Now, everybody loves a winner but would you really bench one or more of your top players if it were to cost you the game? What if it meant you lost several games or finished bottom of the division in whatever sport in which you compete? The Presidentcommented that maybe one day one of the owners of such a franchise might take the step of benching a player for his disrespect. I hope he is right, but probably not, in this case.

The main reason surely is money, so let's talk about attendance.
With the high prices charged for attending a professional football game, it is quite possible that hard working people who want to attend these matches do not want to be subject to such "temper tantrums." The way Americans typically show they are not happy with something is by boycotting it.
For example, I recently went to a restaurant in town where the owner was very disrespectful to my wife.

Do you think I'm going to go back there in a hurry?
We, the public at large, are not stupid. If we want to see change then let's use some of these tactics that hurt businesses and tell them loud and clear that they need to change or we will not support them.
This is what is happening to the NFL. Ratings are down because people are losing respect for an organization that appears to value the dollar more than it values the country that gives it the privileges and opportunity to make "lots of dollars."

Finally, the real reason why most of the owners of these franchises are not wanting to take any action against their players, whether it be football, basketball or baseball is that their entire team and organization would be decimated without these players who are kneeling for the National Anthem. The owners say they are protecting their players but really they are protecting their “assets.” They see their players as a "commodity” and that is about it. If any of them are willing to do as the President suggests it will show us that they truly do place their loyalty to their country ABOVE all else. We shall see…

 

2nd Amendment Repealed?

By Garth H. Robinson

What would you do if the "right to keep and bear arms" was repealed by the U.S. Government?

Do you think it is even possible in this dayand age?“No way,” is what youprobablyarethinking.

After the cold-blooded murder of innocent people in Las Vegas, recently, the arguments have surfaced in favor of gun control, again.

But ask yourself, how would those in favor of gun control achieve it?

First of all, proponents would need to have a wave of anti-gun sentiment sweep across the United States (you can look to the media and Hollywood to help stir that up).

Second, you would need people in power that would vote in favor of such a repeal (you can look to Congress for this and those who are seeking election or re-election and the support of their constituents and lobbyists).

Unfortunately, many will politicize the shooting in

Las Vegas to promote gun control.

But, if in fact "gun control" or more to the point "gun ownership" became illegal, how would authorities enforce it?

Proponents of gun control have been looking at this for a long time. One approach they could use, would be to create a law that would make it illegal to own a certain type of gun or perhaps all guns, for that matter.

Next, by enacting such a law punishments could then be imposed automatically of either jail time or large fines for those people who are still in possession of any type of gun that would then be deemed “illegal.”

The way to then get those guns off the street would be a "buyback" policy.

Since gun owners would then be in possession of a “now” illegal weapon they may voluntarily (without penalty) turn in their weapons to the authorities and perhaps even receive monetary compensation for them.

If you think this is impossible then look at the history of gun control in Great Britain, and you

will see what has happened there where even now there are restrictions to the public to owning certain types of “air rifle.”

The problem when you regulate who can own guns is that the law-abiding people will abide by such laws but the criminals will not, leaving you as an honest "unarmed" citizen at the mercy of anyone who attempts to attack you.

As a resident of Maine, do you think Senator Collins would vote to regulate firearms if given the chance? If you value your 2nd Amendment rights then be very careful who you put in power. There are laws in place right now to make sure that only certain people can own a firearm.

But there is only so much the law can do. There has been and always will be evil in the world.

No government bureaucracy can get rid of it and the sooner they realize that the better.

Getting rid of guns is not the answer and will never be the answer.

Don't blame the weapon; it's the person that fires the weapon that is the problem.

 

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A Movie Review - Dunkirk

"Dunkirk" the movie. What is it all about?

By Garth Robinson

Having grown up in England, I was privileged from a very young age to learn the story ofDunkirk, also known as "Operation Dynamo."

 I remember attending school and having a friend tell me of his father's evacuation at Dunkirk. So, it was with anticipation that I recently

attended a showing of the new movie that is being so widely discussed and heralded, today.

Dunkirk, the movie, is based on the true story of one of the greatest evacuations in military history. The evacuation of allied forces known as "Operation Dynamo" took place between 27th May and 4th June, 1940.

Between these dates Allied forces were evacuated and approximately 340,000 troops managed to get out of the French sea port and back to England. Was it a retreat? Yes, but it was a well executed retreat because had it not happened there would have been no army left to defend Great Britain from Hitler's third Reich. So what led up to this?

Before the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941 the United States was not involved directly in World II. Hitler's third Reich had invaded Poland in 1939, prompting the beginning of World War II.

The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was sent in response to help the French who shared a border with Germany.

The French were anticipating that the Germans would also invade them. They were correct and unfortunately for them German Panzer divisions cut through France very rapidly (known as BLITZKRIEG for you war buffs) leaving the "BEF" Cut off and surrounded.

The movie, in captivating images and through three narratives will give you a first-hand experience of what happened on these fateful days

early in World War II and the amazing story of how a "rag tag" bunch of small vessels was able to rescue an army and keep Great Britain alive.

It was truly, miraculous.

Garth Robinson

A View from "Away"

By Garth H. Robinson
My family moved to Lincoln in November of last year (yes, we did survive the winter) having lived in Texas.

Lincoln is a beautiful area with lots of green and lots of water. The view of Mount Katahdin is spectacular, particularly in the winter when it is covered with snow.
We loved Texas but this is so much more beautiful.

The area of Texas we lived in was very dry and in the summer you could have weeks on end with a temperature of over 100°F.
To illustrate, imagine these two scenarios: You step outside on a summers day and are outside for no more than five minutes (not necessarily doing anything) and when you come back inside you are sweating. Also, imagine being outside and having a blow dryer blowing on your face constantly. That is what our Texas summers were like.

We moved here from a suburb of Dallas which had over half a million people. Lincoln is much smaller in population so it has been quite a change.

It does seems to me, however, that there are a number of things that the people of Maine and Texas have in common:

A fiercely independent spirit. I believe that if the people of Maine and Texas could both "secede" from the United States they would definitely attempt this.

A real "can-do"attitude. The people of both states are very resourceful and if there is a way to fix the problem themselves they will do it.

An attitude of friendliness. It's when you get out into the country that you find the real people and the caring that they have for each other and their communities. This is what we have found here.

A sense for the weather. It seems no coincidence that in both states there is an expression something like this: "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute."

A mosquito time. Yes, both states have mosquitoes but the mosquitoes seem to operate in different ways. In Maine, so my wife believes, the mosquitoes seem to just hover around you in general before they land and bite! In Texas, the mosquitoes seem to have a more direct approach where they just go straight for you like a "bullet."

Yes, there are similarities and differences but we are delighted to be in this beautiful area, getting to know people and being a part of this community. 

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