That sums it up

A quote from a Denver Broncos fan: “Tebow needs to switch to tight end, fullback or safety. Great kid, awesome person, horrible NFL QB.”

I like Tebow and admire the way he has handled his fame and success, but after watching his two starts this year, I have no problem stating that he simply cannot play quarterback in the NFL. I respect willpower and a hard work ethic as much as anyone, but watching Tebow try to play quarterback is like watching a guy who runs a 14-second 100 meter dash try to play wide receiver or a guy who weighs 220 pounds try to play offensive lineman. It would take a literal miracle for him to even reach the “competent starter” level, forget All-Pro, much less Super Bowl-winning superstar. If Richard Dawkins followed NFL football, he would readily admit that Tim Tebow becoming an All-Pro quarterback and leading Denver to victory in the Super Bowl would qualify as proof of the existence of the Christian God.

None of this is Tebow’s fault. He didn’t ask to be drafted in the first round. No one, not even his worst critics, have so much as hinted at any failure to work hard. But he has the complete lack of package at the position: weak arm, slow wind-up, inability to read defenses, and inability to go through his progressions and find the open receiver. (Okay, perhaps not quite complete, I doubt his Wonderlic score is in the single digits.) The difference between watching Cam Newton and Christian Ponder – both rookies – and then watching Tebow, in his second year, rendered the conclusion unavoidable. That is not an NFL quarterback.

I have no doubt Tebow will be extraordinarily successful at something. But it won’t be as an NFL quarterback. It’s not a question of overcoming doubts, it’s a question of overcoming undeniable facts.


A boomer confesses

They are the Worst Generation:

A few years ago, an American author wrote a book about the men and women who endured the Depression and then fought in World War II. He testified to their courage, vision and resilience by calling his book The Greatest Generation. If anyone attempted to name their children — those born between about 1945 and 1965 — the so-called Baby-Boomers, they might consider calling them The Worst Generation.

It is now received wisdom that today’s young people may be the first generation in modern history to expect to be poorer than their parents.

Earlier this month, a report suggested the young will be 25 per cent worse off than their parents when they reach the age of 65 — the so-called ‘baby bust’ generation, having accumulated £400,000 less by the time they retire. This may not be entirely their parents’ fault. But we should certainly take a good share of the blame….

We had become not merely the luckiest but also the most selfish generation in history.

The remarkable thing is that this is coming from a British baby boomer, and the British boomers weren’t as ludicrously obnoxious as their American counterparts. Now, there is no need for the boomers to start complaining that Not All Boomers Are Like That. In the context of speaking about AN ENTIRE FREAKING GENERATION it is well understood by everyone that NOT EVERY INDIVIDUAL PERFECTLY FITS THE OBSERVED GENERATIONAL MODEL. But that doesn’t change the facts. That doesn’t change the experience of most Generation X and Y individuals with their parents and grandparents and the behavioral patterns that they have observed.

Speaking of grandparents, another thing I’ve noticed about Baby Boomers is that many of them, (again, not all), are almost nonexistent as far as their grandchildren are concerned. Far fewer of them behave in the hands-on, heavily involved, take-them-out-for-ice-cream-on-Saturday with their grandchildren manner that nearly all the grandparents of me and my friends did. They’re too busy going to Starbucks or shopping or playing tourist somewhere. I would pity the grandchildren of the baby boomers, if it weren’t for the likelihood that their grandparents would prove to be an awful influence on them.

But the evil solipsism of baby boomers can probably be seen most clearly in this quote from Slashdot concerning the student loan debacle. “In response to students burying their obligations in court during the 1970s, anti-default provisions were imposed to make it almost impossible to shed student loans in bankruptcy.” In other words, baby boomers took out student loans – in many cases to avoid Vietnam – defaulted on them, then passed a law to ensure that future generations would not be able to do the same. And their student loan debts were far smaller and far less onerous than the ones facing those who have graduated in the 2000s.

The most contemptible thing about the boomers is that they collectively never grew out of their absurd and childish narcissism. They never recovered from their sense of self-importance, and to the extent that they changed the world, they changed it for the worse. Now, I don’t believe the state of the world is entirely their fault, but I am certain that they will not be part of the solution… unless it involves Paxman’s suggestion of compulsory euthanasia.


WND column

R.I.P. European Democracy, 1945-2011

Being for the most part historically illiterate, few intellectuals are prepared to admit that modern representative democracy and the basic concept of individual rights are 18th century phenomena that were the byproducts of a Christian society. They prefer to attribute both institutions to the Enlightenment, despite the fact that it was the Enlightenment that led directly to the revolutionary horrors of the French revolution and it is the Enlightenment that presently serves as the inspiration for the anti-democratic authoritarian bureaucracy of the European Union.


VPFL Week 8

99 Moundsview Meerkats (5-2-0)
60 Cranberry Rhyneauxs (2-5-0)

99 Greenfield Grizzlies (5-2-0)
62 Green Reverends (3-3-1)

52 Bailout Banksters (4-2-1)
41 RR Redbeards (2-4-1)

70 Bane Sidhe (3-4-0)
49 MS Swamp Spartans (3-4-0)

73 GroverBeach Quixotes (3-4-0)
49 Macau Marauders (3-3-1)

And the Old School triumphed over all. It was a bit of a pity to leave DeMarco Murray’s big day sitting on the bench, but when Arian Foster goes for 28, who needs another 253 yards rushing. I’d given up Week 8 for lost before the season even started, as four of my starters are on bye weeks this week, but thanks to some solid pickups, I should be all right if Christian Ponder can manage to throw for 200+2 against a weak Carolina passing defense in the absence of Aaron Rodgers.

As always, this is your open NFL thread. In addition to discovering if the Vikings have a real quarterback, it will be certainly interesting to see how the Christian survives the Lions.


Thomas Friedman blows a whistle

It’s interesting to see that even some stalwart liberal Democrats are beginning to see that this isn’t a Democrat-Republican problem:

Many Egyptians were convinced that they lived in a deeply unjust society where the game had been rigged by the Mubarak family and its crony capitalists. Egypt shows what happens when a country adopts free-market capitalism without developing real rule of law and institutions.

But, then, what happened to us? Our financial industry has grown so large and rich it has corrupted our real institutions through political donations. As Senator Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, bluntly said in a 2009 radio interview, despite having caused this crisis, these same financial firms “are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they, frankly, own the place.”

Our Congress today is a forum for legalized bribery. One consumer group using information from Opensecrets.org calculates that the financial services industry, including real estate, spent $2.3 billion on federal campaign contributions from 1990 to 2010, which was more than the health care, energy, defense, agriculture and transportation industries combined. Why are there 61 members on the House Committee on Financial Services? So many congressmen want to be in a position to sell votes to Wall Street.

I came up with a better term for the evil alliance between Washington and Wall Street in the column that will run tomorrow. The Washington-Wall Street Axis of Oligarchy is the real enemy of both the Tea Party Republicans and the Occupy Wall Street Democrats. And both the TP and OWS will have to give up their delusion of Republicans/Democrats good, Democrats/Republicans bad before anything positive is even possible.

I am nearly certain it is too late for any curative measures already. The contraction is already well underway, while risis and collapse appears to be guaranteed. The only serious question is when it will occur in an unmistakable manner. But even if that is the case, it’s still worthwhile helping people understand the true source of the trouble.


The secret of Herman Cain

Steve Sailer ponders the conundrum of Herman Cain’s mysterious appeal to Republican voters:

How can some random corporate executive emerge from nowhere? It’s almost as mysterious as how some random state legislator / part time law school lecturer can rise to the White House in a few years. Maybe Cain and Obama have something in common? It’s crazy to think that, I know, but there’s something about the two of them that seems similar. But what could it be?

Well, they both said “The Godfather” was their favorite movie. Which makes me wonder. Shouldn’t it be at least a little troubling that an individual who really, really likes a movie about corruption and the violent acquisition of power wants to be president? I mean, would you feel comfortable voting for someone who said his favorite movie was Saw, especially if he went into great detail explaining why Saw 3 was his particular favorite in the series?

Okay, I would probably be tempted to vote for such a candidate on that basis alone. But to return to the subject, it would appear that most Americans are far more concerned about obtaining a get-out-of-racism free card than they are about the economy. Still, it’s not Cain’s appealing blackness that is the problem, it is his banksterism, which like his blackness, is in excess of Obama’s.

As for Romney, a Mormon isn’t going to win. Southern Christians don’t vote for cultists. They may not vote for Obama either, but they’ll certainly be willing stay home even if it is THE MOSTEST IMPORTANTEST ELECTION EVER again.


Positivity and Ender’s game

Some readers complain, not without reason, that this blog tends to be rather negative. And yet, as most regulars know, I am not a negative or pessimistic individual. As a matter of fact, I quite enjoy my daily life and I am thankful every single day for the small joys that fill them.

One of them was today. The last three soccer seasons have been rough on Ender, as our small, but successful club merged with two larger ones, he had to learn how to play for coaches to whom he was not related, (and more problematic, were considerably less disciplined and brilliant), he was injured, he was ill, and finally, he transferred clubs. His injuries cost him an entire season, which set him back badly, and the preference for giant adult-sized goalies meant that he had no choice but to move to a position on the field for which he was ill-prepared if he wanted to continue to play soccer.

But he has stubbornly persevered throughout. Last year, he made the change from third-string goalie who wasn’t on the game squad to utility midfielder who only got to play in one indoor tournament and one friendly. This year, thanks to the short-term ineligibility of a starting midfielder, he was named to the game squad and brought in as a defensive substitute at halftime of the first game. He made many mistakes, but even so, managed to completely shut down the opponent’s star striker, who had scored three goals in the first half.

After a long, post-game family lecture on the concept of “contingency” utilizing the white board – a defender must mark his man until a more imminent threat to goal presents itself, at which point the defender must immediately leave his man in order to attack the threat – he improved enough in the second half of the second game to merit starting the third one. After each game, we reviewed his mistakes and successes, then discussed how those mistakes could be avoided in the next game.

By the fourth game, he was not only starting, but returning in the second half to play central defense when the defensive captain needed a break. There were, of course, ups and downs as the season progressed, such the frenetic and ultimately disastrous melee in front of goal that inspired this in-game dialogue.

Vox: “You’re panicking under pressure. Look where you clear the ball, don’t just kick it. You have to calm down.”

Ender: “You’re not HELPING!”

But despite a few setbacks, Ender’s performance improved to the point that the opponents began to focus their attack down the other side and he began being able to start moving forward to support the attack. On more than one occasion, he managed to take the ball from the opposing attacker, beat a midfielder, then hit a friendly attacker with a long pass leading to a corner kick or a goal. By the end of the first half of the season, he was not only starting on the defense’s left side, but playing most of the second half as well, being recognized as the team’s second-best defender.

Still, things did not look good for his team leading up to the last game in the championship. They had lost two games in a row to the first- and second-place teams, and the defensive captain first got into a fight with Ender, then got into a (very foolhardy) fight with the (very oversized) first-string goalie before being thrown out of the last practice by the coach, who also happened to be his father.

But the final game of the autumn half got off to a good start today as Jet, the team’s best player, uncharacteristically managed to finish cleanly in the first minute of the game. The opponents came right back, however, and attacked down the right side, passing the ball past the outnumbered central defender to a striker running onto the ball. The striker had a very good angle to beat the goalie and took a hard shot… only to have it blocked by Ender coming off his man at exactly the right moment.

Ten minutes later, his team had scored twice more and the game was all but over. At one point, a speedy attacker beat him around the left side, the defensive captain moved over to help, and Ender immediately peeled off to cover the captain’s vacant position in the center. The captain won the ball, passed the ball up the field, and the two boys smoothly switched positions again. The coach just shook his head.

“Those two don’t like each other, but they sure play well together.”

Over the course of the game, Ender created two goals and three corners with his passing, and more importantly, shut down nearly every attack attempted down the left side. (This is significant in youth soccer, since most kids are right-footed and it’s much harder for them to score if they can’t attack from what is their right.) The final score was 12-0, which meant that his team not only finished the first half of the championship on a positive note, but in fourth place as well. They may not be able to compete with the two best teams, but they are in no danger of relegation and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they claimed third place by the end of the season.

It is a warm and sunny autumn day. Ender is happy and proud of himself. I am proud of him too, not just because he played well, but because of the character he has shown in overcoming adversity. These may be small joys, they may be small and trivial successes, but they are no less joyful for all of that. And I am no less grateful to God for the opportunity to see and share them.


They just never learn

Keep in mind that the following assertion is from the same individual who five minutes later departed the scene with the following Parthian shot: “Arguments from ignorance galore – ah, how I love Vox day. Anyways, enough of arguing with people of IQ below lima beans. Ciao. Just a Random Atheist wrote:

How about the fact that a molecular tree of life and a morphological tree of life has over 99% congruency? Do you think anyone would take evo seriously if the case was different?

There is not much that needs to be said except that “the fact” is clearly nothing of the kind. And yes, it is entirely obvious scientists will still continue to take evolutionary theory seriously despite the fact that the case has been determined to be different, as the fifth search result for “Darwin tree of life” shows that this is already the case. Consider the following statements.

The discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 – whose pioneers believed it would provide proof of Darwin’s tree – opened up new vistas for evolutionary biology. But current research is finding a far more complex scenario than Darwin could have imagined – particularly in relation to bacteria and single-celled organisms.

Dr Eric Bapteste, an evolutionary biologist at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, said: “For a long time the holy grail was to build a tree of life. We have no evidence at all that the tree of life is a reality.”

“It’s part of a revolutionary change in biology. Our standard model of evolution is under enormous pressure.”

“The tree of life is being politely buried – we all know that. What’s less accepted is our whole fundamental view of biology needs to change.”

So, precisely whom is arguing from ignorance here? Now, note that it was me, the evolutionary skeptic, who predicted that this would happen, that the standard model of evolution, the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis, would not only come under enormous pressure due to advancements in genetic science, but eventually be junked entirely. That hasn’t happened yet, of course, but the trend is clear and the predicted outcome has become increasingly likely. It is also worth noting that it is evolutionary true believers like Just a Random Atheist who are simply not up on recent developments in biology, in part because they erroneously assume that the standard model is not only correct, but infallible and unquestionable.

That is not scientific thinking. That isn’t even theological thinking. That is pure, unquestioning, religious dogma.


Fuck the Police

Thus sayeth the United States Marine Corps after the Oakland police attack on Marine veteran Scott Olsen:

As God is my witness. I will fight tooth and nail to restore the decency this country was founded upon. The politicians, banks and large corporations have ruined this country. I find it difficult to notice any sense of politeness on the streets anymore. But it goes farther. As a Marine and a citizen I am outraged. I am sick to death of the world my children are being raised in.

So I ask all of you, can you too sense the tipping point? When will enough be enough? If not now, when? I feel the problem is that the average Joe citizen is ignorant and comfortable. These, in addition to selfishness have become the standard for the majority of the population. As long as people are comfortable they remain silent. Well, I’m really fucking uncomfortable and I’m sick of seeing this sort of shit happening. The Occupy protests that are going on are our first glimmer of hope. If we can take this and move it further, get every lazy ass off their rocker and open their eyes; then maybe, just maybe we have a chance.

Semper Fi brothers, and remember who you are. Protectors of a great nation, not politicians or wealthy money grubbing bankers and the like. When it comes time, I know we’ll stand strong.

So, the Washington-Wall Street Axis of Corruption have the police, the media, and the Mexican gangs to whom they are selling guns and with whom they are laundering drug money. We the People only have the angry veterans of the USMC on their side.

I like their odds.

The U.S. Constitution is to be defended against ALL enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. And there isn’t much question about who the domestic enemies of the Constitution are.