I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
fatal to enter any war without the will to win it” rings true today.
On MSNBC’s “The Morning Joe”, host Joe Scarborough offered an alternative take on what the New York Daily News dubbed “Bama’s Golf War”.
Well, isn’t that special? Here’s a pro tip for Joe Scarborough — resist Potomac Fever. As late as March, 2014, Scarborough, the former four term Republican (?) Congressman from the Florida panhandle (FL-1st), had been publicly toying with a Presidential run. You have no real path to the Oval Office and you will never be able to make $99,000 a week other than doing something like your faux conservative schtick on “The Morning Joke”.
Pro arguendo, if President Obama is intentionally projecting an image of being a cold customer to intimidate ISIS, it is worth considering the results of this “strategerie”.
David Wilson is a 23 year old running back who was a first round draft choice by the New York Giants in 2012. Wilson’s dream from the age of eight was to play in the NFL. Wilson lived that dream for 21 games over two seasons, but had been plagued with a neck injury .
During the first week of the NFL preseason, as Wilson was attempting a comeback from neck surgery, he ran into the back of one of his teammates during scrimmage. Afterwards, his spinal doctor diagnosed Wilson with diffuse cervical stenosis. Since Wilson had a disc removed from his spine after his October 2013 injury, the running back was advised not to play football anymore, as doing so would put himself at risk for serious spinal injuries.
After his player received such bad news from the doctors, New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin was surprised that Wilson still had a smile on his face, but Wilson refused to be pulled down into a state of melancholy. Coughlin marveled that: “There’s a lot to be said about his inner strength right now.”
As David Wilson processed his situation, he remarked:
“I’m thankful that I can literally walk away from the game and that I am healthy and capable of doing the same things I have done all my life, except play football. I always try to find the positive in everything. I prayed this morning before I went to see [the doctors] that they would tell me what God would tell me. He put His answer in them to relay to me.”
David Wilson’s poise of facing such devastating vocational news with good cheer and hope is admirable. Wilson’s faith puts his trust in God, which is a lesson worth remembering and emulating.
h/t: New York Post
After PK Subban scored the winning goal in double overtime for the Montreal Canadien’s 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins in game one of second round of the NHL Eastern Conference playoffs, he was reportedly pelted with trash by bellicose Bruins fans at the TD Gardens. When asked if he was hit by the debris, Subban said: I don’t know. It doesn’t even matter.”
What was harder to deny were the brigade of bigoted Bruins fans which took to Twitter to share thousand of racist comments to trash the 24 year old defenseman from Toronto whose parents emigrated from the Caribbean to Canada. It got so bad that the Bruins’ President Cam Neely issued a statement:
“The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of
individuals following Thursday’s game via digital media are in no way a
reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.”
This torrent of intolerance is not the first time that some Masshole bigots have sullied the sport. When Joel Ward clenched the series for the Washington Capitals over the Boston in 2012, some Bruins fans issued a barrage of racist rants on Twitter. What makes this episode remarkable is that it took place in the turbulent cultural cross currents of the Donald Sterling Clippers controversy in the NBA.
When Subban chose to respond to these racists’ rants, his thoughts could not be contained in 140 character limit of Twitter. Subban said:
First things first, the Boston Bruins are an Original Six franchise,
they have been around a long time, they are respected. It’s
completely unfair for anybody to point the finger at the organization of
the fan base. They have passionate fans here, a great fan base and
since I’ve been in the league, it’s been awesome.
I’ve come to Boston many times, my family has come here and it’s
been great. What people may say on Twitter or social media is not a
reflection by any means of the league or the Boston Bruins.
You know what the funny thing is, is that we get stronger as a league. You see how people come together and it’s great. It’s not just about
me. The NHL has tons of players from different backgrounds, from
different places around the world and that’s what makes this league so
special and that’s what makes sports so special, it brings everybody
Another great hockey game today. I’m sure everybody enjoyed it and I
look forward to the rest of the series and everybody else should, too.
Even when pointedly interviewed on television about the incident, Subban refused to climb onto the racial victims bandwagon.
Subban brushed off the brusque bigotry, he spoke highly of the passion of his arch-rival Bruins fans, while touting the virtues of hockey. When pressed he called out the stupidity of the minority of insult hurlers.
Even diehard Bruin fans are impressed by Subban’s class. Someone reacting to the Boston Herald’s coverage of the incident wrote:
I hate the Habs, but in regards to P.K. Subban praise is due. P.K. is a
class person and a helluva hockey player, man can he skate — beautiful
to watch. Fortunately, I believe we will be loving to hate P.K. (the
player) for years to come. Oh, and those walking pieces of human debris
who sent those tweets etc. … can now crawl back into their rats nests
while the rest of us enjoy a great playoff series.
Even some Massachusetts politicos have gone out on a limb to praise Subban’s poise. Charlie Baker, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, posted on Twitter
The series is intended to be an anthology which explores the people, places and pastimes which makes America great as exhibited through outdoor living. Ms. Palin, who some have dubbed “The First Lady of the Outdoors”, will host the weekly half hour show in which she chooses the topics and the guests.
Amazing America will be co-hosted by comedians Mark Christopher Lawrence and Jerry Carroll. Carroll claims: “I bring that good ol’ boy, dare I say redneck, blue-collar experience to the viewers.” The patriotic rockers Madison Rising wrote an original theme song for Amazing America theme.
Amazing America will highlight outdoor sports and spectacles not normally in the limelight, like a blacksmiths’ championship, or spotlights on professional shooters, knife makers and taxidermists.
But Momma Grizzly’s creative control should allow for messaging which reinforces her political and cultural weltanschaaung, such as her selfie challenge to young women.
Amazing America premieres at 8 PM EDT on the Sportsman Channel.