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But is stunningly amazeballs:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/lawmaker-admits...

The reply, which is just brilliant:
http://tinyurl.com/9q3cvgo

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A photo of the politician's original letter is here:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--maryland-politician%E2%80%...

Note that it was issued on official Maryland House letterhead, demanded an immediate response, and was cc'ed to the Media.

"Many of my constituents and your football supporters are appalled and aghast ..."
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<sigh>

Back in 2004 the star pitcher of the Red Sox, Curt Schilling, stumped for George Bush. That was the year that John Kerry, a Massachusetts Senator, was also running for president. And someone wrote a comment on the Boston Globe site, stating that Schilling should be supporting Kerry.

She didn't seem to get the idea that people are free to vote for, and support, whichever politician they wanted to vote for. That in fact, that is an important right.

So I'm not totally surprised to find that someone doesn't understand that football players, like baseball players, are allowed to have their own opinions and are free to voice those opinions.

But I often wonder how bad the school system is when people graduate without getting a few clues about their own country.

Nancy
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So I'm not totally surprised to find that someone doesn't understand that football players, like baseball players, are allowed to have their own opinions and are free to voice those opinions.

But I often wonder how bad the school system is when people graduate without getting a few clues about their own country.


I had to do a double-take here.

I wonder more and more every election how bad the voting public's learning comprehension is when they (we) keep re-electing the idjits who got us in the mess we're in (especially here in California).

So in this case, the Maryland representative managed to get elected to public office without, apparently, having a grasp of the First Amendments' applicability to EVERY citizen. If he gets RE-elected, oy vey! That's a head-explosion waiting to happen.

Sometimes I think there really ought to be a test for voting privileges, along with a test for holding public office.

kasha
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I saw that in this article on grantland:

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8361590/roger-goodell-nf...

Here is the relevant (and awesome) part of the article:

This prompted Kluwe to write to Burns, explaining to him that the gay people and all the marrying they were up to were very unlikely to affect Burns's life in any material way. Well, except that was not the way Kluwe put it. Instead, after explaining his case on constitutional grounds, and on the grounds of simple human freedom, Kluwe felt obligated to reassure Burns to the effect that:


"They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmnster."

I can tell you that, for two weeks, I listened to politicians of all persuasions, and of both parties, and residing everywhere on the ideological Tilt-a-Whirl, and I did not hear anything as eloquent as the argument marshaled above by Chris Kluwe. I can tell you that I am a happy man to have lived long enough to see a professional football player turn a phrase like that one because, I can assure you, back in the day, Pete Rozelle would not have had his league associated with the words "lustful cockmonster," except, perhaps, metaphorically, and then only in the 1970s. Clearly, Goodell has lost control of the help here.

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In the follow-up article on Deadspin, they talked with the Ayanbadejo, and he said that he's supported gay marriage for a long time, and that the attitude in locker rooms is changing. It used to be people teased him for his support of gay marriage, and said he must be gay himself (he's not). He said at least ten teammates came up to him to offer support after the Burns incident. Which I take as a good sign! :-)


--Booa
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Hee, that reminds me of this letter:

http://www.snopes.com/business/consumer/browns.asp

It would be great if the response from the Ravens was something like this. (I just noticed that Art Modell is CC'ed on the Browns' response letter, in the link above.)


--Booa
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Hee, that reminds me of this letter:

http://www.snopes.com/business/consumer/browns.asp.


That was brilliant! And Art M (RIP but you will never be forgiven) yelled at the lawyer for his response but didn't withdraw it.

It would be great if the response from the Ravens was something like this. (I just noticed that Art Modell is CC'ed on the Browns' response letter, in the link above.)

Unfortunately, today people are too afraid of upsetting anyone. So I'm pleasantly surprised that the Ravens & NFL haven't come out with any conciliatory statements (to cool off the a-hole).
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