Time to turn off the sportsball, America:

WEST POINT, N.Y. — New York Knicks center Joakim Noah says he skipped a team dinner at the U.S. Military Academy that featured cadets and a speech by a former colonel because he is against war.

Noah added he had “mixed feelings” about spending time at the academy, where the Knicks are holding training camp this week, because he is opposed to the idea of young troops fighting in wars.

“It’s hard for me a little bit. I have a lot of respect for the kids who are out here fighting. But it’s hard for me to understand why we have to go to war, why kids have to kill kids around the world,” said Noah, explaining his decision not to attend the dinner after a reporter asked him about his experience at the event. “So I have mixed feelings about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America, but I just don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”

That’s it. I’ve finally had enough of these pro athlete jerks.

First of all, why are the New York Knicks even training at West Point in the first place? My tax money pays 100 percent of the costs of every building on that campus, including the gym. Is the school being compensated for a professional, non-government private organization to use their facilities, or is the school so in awe of stupid athletes that it just leapt to volunteer? Who is paying for this? This should never have been permitted in the first place. What, the Knicks don’t have their own goddamn practice facilities? Who invited them?

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Then we have this Noah character. What a colossal dick. Yeah, let’s blame a bunch of 20-year-olds for the decisions made by men in Washington D.C. And the top decision-maker is, of course, President Obama. Now, one might think that Noah would definitely have some hard words about Obama, right? Considering that it is the president of the United States, the commander in chief, who makes the final decision to send all of those cadets out to war, to “kill those kids,” as this dipshit so artfully puts it. Surely, Noah would protest the president, right? Noah being a true believer and all.

Nah. Noah was only too glad to get with the president. Indeed, he’s met with Obama numerous times. In fact, they’re good buddies! Look, here’s a picture with Obama yukking it up with Noah and accused gang rapist Derrick Rose! Isn’t that precious? So Noah is just full of shit. Having a chance to bro it up with the president who gives those orders is fine, but to sit down to a dinner with a bunch of young people, on whose campus he was an invited guest, is just a bridge too far for the prick. Oh, and let’s keep in mind that being “against war” clearly didn’t keep him and his dumbass teammates from using those taxpayer-paid facilities or going to the campus in the first place. Yeah, he and the team will gladly milk those facilities built for the cadets, but to sit down and have a MEAL with them is where the asshole is going to draw the line?

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I’ve yelled about this before on the podcast, but it bears repeating here: I’m so goddamn over professional sports. It saddens me, because as a kid growing up, I loved all of that crap. I watched baseball, football, and basketball every chance I could. I knew all the players, collected all the cards and T-shirts, the whole deal. I could recite the Los Angeles Dodger’s lineup every year, even accounting for who was on injured reserve. It’s true, as we get older, that many of us put away childish things. So it was with me. I became less and less interested in what was happening to rich athletes in the arenas and more interested in what was happening to regular people out in the streets around the world. Gradually, I stopped watching basketball. Baseball soon followed.

But my last holdout has been the NFL, which I’ve always watched and enjoyed. Something about the speed, power, and sheer violence of the game fascinated me. And the athleticism of the men who play it is astonishing. Where else are you going to see a 320-pound guy run a 40-yard dash in under five seconds? A guy who, by the way, can also bench 225 pounds forty times or so. It really is remarkable, but between the asshole players and the NFL brass bilking taxpayers for their phony patriotism spectacles, it’s all been ruined for me.

It’s not just the players. It’s the organizations as a whole. They’ve become instruments of the social justice warriors. Now you have tournaments withdrawing their business from states because they happen to not agree with their politics? Get the hell out of here. Obviously, the leagues are well within their rights to do so. And I’m well within my rights to not participate by watching. Because let’s face it, the TV money is what really keeps these leagues flush. The only way the average consumer will ever have an impact is by affecting that particular revenue stream, which you can do by changing the channel. And if the low ratings that the NFL has been seeing this year continue, maybe they’ll rethink getting into bed with all the SJWs. Because I’m done with it all. The various organizations do not share any of my values, and a lot of the players are jerkoffs.

Let’s hear from the idiot coach!

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he supported Noah.

Hornacek was asked if he understood Noah’s point of view.

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“Oh, absolutely,” Hornacek said. “Jo’s done, in all his stuff that he does against gun violence and all that, he just didn’t feel comfortable, so that’s plenty fine with us.”

Because the U.S. military and  “gun violence” plaguing America are the same thing. See what I mean? And OF COURSE the dopey coach is fine with it. To be sure, the support shown by the sports organizations for the various protests are in direct proportion to how “acceptable” the protest is with leftist sympathies. Let an athlete kneel for the national anthem because he’s protesting gay marriage or abortion or illegal immigration or some shit, and watch how fast the team would cut his ass.

Now Noah and his teammate, Carmelo “Stop Snitchin'” Anthony are all over the news, because the leftist sportswriters love these stories. They’ll never once ask Carmelo Anthony, who has the balls to act as a spokesman for black America, who has appeared in videos excoriating witnesses who came forward to testify against criminal murderers decimating that same community, if he regrets his statements to that end.

You thought I forgot about that, didn’t you, Anthony? I FORGET NOTHING. Let me say this from the bottom of my heart: You, your idiot teammate Noah, and your stupid league can all eat shit.

On the other hand, here is America’s greatest hero:

CHASKA, Minn.David Johnson of Mayville, N.D., got called out by some of the best golfers in the world at Hazeltine National Golf Club. He ended up taking their money.

Johnson was picked out of the gallery Thursday, Sept. 29, and sank a 12-foot putt at a Ryder Cup practice round after talking trash to some Team Europe players who couldn’t make the same putt.

Johnson was heckling European golfers, including McIlroy, who were practicing a 12-foot putt on the eighth hole. McIlroy and Andy Sullivan were repeatedly missing that putt, causing Johnson to tease the golfers.

“For some reason I yelled out ‘I could make the putt,'” Johnson said. “I was just Team USA giving Team Europe a hard time.”

Henrik Stenson picked Johnson out of the crowd to come to the green and try to make the putt. Justin Rose slapped a $100 bill on the green next to the golf ball.

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This was the most-listened to podcast I’ve had yet. Thank you to everyone who listened and for the feedback. We may or may not do it again for the next debate; I’m not sure my liver can handle the absurdity.

“Pride” is a microagression:

After almost 40 years as one of the most recognized taglines in American advertising, “The Few … The Proud … The Marines,” is likely to be reassigned next year to 1st Civ Div.

(That’s the 1st Civilian Division — Marine slang for where Marines go in retirement.)

The tagline — which made its debut in 1977 and is widely considered one of the most successful ad campaigns of the 20th century — “does a great job distinguishing ourselves from the other branches and making us prestigious to recruits,” Lt. Col. John Caldwell, a spokesman for Marine Corps Recruiting Command, told Marine Corps Times, a newspaper serving Marines and their families.

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“But it doesn’t say anything about what we do or why we exist,” Caldwell told the newspaper.

J. Walter Thompson, the agency that created the tagline, is already working on ideas for a new Marine recruiting campaign, which Recruiting Command expects to submit to senior Marine leaders late this year or early next year, Caldwell said.

“The new products are going to frame everything that we do as a fight — a fight that we intend to win,” he told Marine Corps Times.

What will be the next slogan? Well, judging by the commercials they’ve been putting out lately, I’m guessing something along the lines of, “Marines: We Hand Out Food.”

Corpsman up!

YOKOSUKA, Japan, Sept. 30, 2016 — U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka’s commanding officer, Navy Capt. Rosemary C. Malone, presented the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal to Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Blanchard, a hospital corpsman, Sept. 13 for saving the life of a drowning mother while he was serving on temporary duty in August at the Surface Warfare Medical Institute in San Diego.

“Due to the time of day, I couldn’t see what was going on outside, so I went over to the door,” Blanchard recalled. “There was yelling and screaming, and that’s when I saw people standing around what was a salt-water pool. I ran out to the pool, and after focusing for a few seconds, I could see that there was a person at the bottom.”

The person at the bottom of the 8-foot pool was an unconscious mother of two children who were present.

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Blanchard immediately jumped into the deep end of the pool and brought the woman to the surface with the assistance of a couple of bystanders. Taking charge of the scene, Blanchard instructed all bystanders surrounding the victim to provide sufficient space to begin medical attention.

He was unable to feel the woman’s pulse.

Emergency response was initiated by a bystander as Blanchard began administering CPR to the victim. After about 20 minutes, vomit began to gush from the woman’s mouth. After reassessing, Blanchard was able to feel a weak pulse before the arrival of paramedics and police officers.

Scrutiny causes Army to reverse course:

The Army has reversed course on a move to kick out a paralyzed Green Beret and strip his military benefits after congressional intervention and national media attention.

Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Brumit was paralyzed from the chest down after diving head first into shallow water in July 2015, attempting to rescue what he thought was a drowning girl.

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The Army initially said his decision was reckless and negligent and said he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time. Because of that, he was facing the likelihood of a discharge that could jeopardize his benefits.

Recent congressional attention and a public plea helped launch a review of Brumit’s case, which ended with the Army determining his injuries were sustained in the “line of duty,” allowing him to keep receiving aid to pay his medical bills.

This is all that matters anymore:

A new slate of diversity and inclusion initiatives from top Air Force leaders seeks to improve the diversity of key career fields such as pilots, developmental positions such as aides-de-camp and executive officers, and of its recruiting efforts.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein on Friday will publicly unveil the service’s second slate of diversity and inclusion initiatives that seek to improve opportunities for airmen such as women and minorities. James announced the first round of diversity initiatives in March 2015.

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In a Sept. 29 interview with the two leaders, James told Air Force Times the proposals will help the Air Force recruit, retain and develop an increasingly diverse workforce.

“This is the way America is,” James said. “America is a diverse population, and we don’t want to shut down pieces of the population from which we can recruit. We want the best we can possibly get from all sectors.”

People from different populations and backgrounds can often bring fresh talents and perspectives to the table that can help the Air Force solve its problems, James and Goldfein said.

I always hear this as an excuse for the diversity cult. The theory that having brown skin will suddenly result in a new, better way to land an airplane on an aircraft carrier deck or more accurate delivery of bullets to a bad guy’s face is an entertaining one. Totally baseless, but entertaining. Also, I notice that this theory only applies to a group that is made up of white people. Funny, I never hear anyone lecturing the NAACP about getting more white people into the organization because of the fresh cracker perspective they can  bring.

This in pretty much limited to the United States and Europe, right? I seriously doubt any member of the government of, say, Thailand, glances around the table and says, “GODDAMMIT, boys! We’re all Asian as fuck! We need to get some more white guys in here!” But then I suppose they don’t really need to. Because if an organization is 100 percent Asian, then that means that it is 100 percent diverse, or something. I can’t keep up with the logic.

A little too late, unfortunately:

EAST LANSING, Mich. — John Wallace III, a recent transplant from Seattle, spotted a treasure when he was raking yard debris Sunday afternoon at his new house.

His finds are a family joke as he has a habit of unearthing a rusted nail or other junk and displaying it as a “treasure” to his wife, Heidi.

This time, though, he struck gold, quite literally.

Wallace spied a band of metal shining up from dark dirt near the front of his brick house as he raked. It was the back of a ring. When he pulled it out and cleaned it, he found a gold-and-jade ring.

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From the inscription, he knew it belonged to a 1931 graduate of West Point, the U.S. Military Academy. Part of a name “Miller Osborne” was visible on the inside of the band with the last name worn away…

…The ring was important to her father, Perry said. He served in WWII, the Korean War and spent time in Vietnam in the 1950s.

As a colonel, he was wounded in the first U.S. ground battle of the Korean War (known as Task Force Smith) when outgunned and outnumbered Army infantry troops held off invading North Korean forces before being overrun at the Battle of Osan. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in the battle.

Let’s enjoy Instructor Zero rapidly shooting at things:

He gone:

The former vice commander of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, who was awaiting court-martial on allegations of rape and adultery, was found dead Sunday at his home.

Col. Eugene Caughey, 46, assigned to Air Force Space Command staff at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, was to begin his court-martial Oct. 17 on charges of rape, assault, adultery and other lewd acts dating back to 2013.

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The Colorado Springs Police Department is investigating the cause of his death, the Air Force said in a statement.

Sgt. Tim Stankey, a police department spokesman, told Military.com on Monday police were dispatched to investigate an apparent suicide. Stankey said police “do not suspect foul play at this time” but added that investigators will look to the coroner’s office for the official cause of death.

The 23-year veteran of the service was formally charged Dec. 10 with rape and assault. He allegedly used “unlawful force” to hold the victim “against the wall and floor” while committing a sexual act sometime “in late 2014 or early 2015,” according to his charge sheet.

The colonel also took photos of his genitals while in uniform, and committed six counts of adultery dating back to 2013, the documents say.

Walk the plank, swab:

The U.S. Navy has launched an investigation into the case of a sailor who didn’t salute as the National Anthem played during a recent morning flag-raising at Pearl Harbor, an official said Tuesday.

U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Senior Chief Petty Officer Joel Cesar said it’s up to the sailor’s commander whether she faces any punishment for failing to salute the flag on Sept. 19.

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The sailor under investigation is Petty Officer 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, an intelligence specialist in the Navy Reserve. She was recently in Hawaii for about two weeks for an exercise. She’s assigned to the Navy Operational Support Center at North Island, Calif.

Ervin had explained her actions in a since-deleted Facebook book.

“I feel like a hypocrite singing about the ‘land of the free’ when I know that only applies to some Americans,” she wrote. “I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.”

Ervin said she was threatened with jail time for her actions.

Frumentarius is unhappy with the Navy’s occupational specialty changes:

For the sake of review, per the Navy Times: “The Navy deep-sixed all of its 91 enlisted ratings titles Thursday [September 29, 2016], marking the beginning of an overhaul of the rigid career structure that has existed since the Continental Navy in a radical shift sure to reverberate through the fleet and the veterans community beyond.”

The Navy Times article goes on to describe how rating (job) titles that have been around since the 18th century, such as Boatswain’s Mate (BM) and Gunner’s Mate (GM), as well as more recent, but still lore-infused titles like Hospital Corpsman (HM), will go the way of keelhauling and hard-tack biscuits, never to be seen again in the U.S. Navy. Instead, they will be replaced by “Navy Occupational Specialities” (NOS).

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Let us look at some examples, for clarification’s sake. A SEAL, who currently carries a Special Operator (SO) rating, is now an E300 NOS. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) tech is now an E200. A Gunner’s Mate is now a B320. A Quartermaster is now a B450. And, in an especially ballsy change, at least from what I can tell deciphering the CHINFO communications document, a Hospital Corpsman is now a G000.

Furthermore, in a frankly surprising and blatant nod to political correctness and gender nondiscrimination — even if the latter are admirable goals in a job classification/labelling system — the first sentence of the CHINFO communications plan seems to betray the real reason for these sweeping changes. The document reads, in the first sentence of its first paragraph, “In January 2016 following [Defense] Secretary [Ash] Carter’s…decision to open up all occupations to women, Secretary Mabus…directed Admiral Richardson (CNO) to update Navy’s position titles and descriptions to ensure that they are gender integrated.”

That’s right! There will be legendary tales told of the brave group of E300s. I agree with Fru completely that this is a joke. But I take issue with that assertion above. He’s surprised about political correctness? In Ash Carter’s military? Nah.

But didn’t he need toilet paper?

An Iowa City man was arrested after he allegedly tried to trespass into an Iowa City house while naked, and then defecated and urinated on the house’s doorstep.

According to police complaints from the Iowa City Police Department, officers responded to a house at 12:28 a.m. Saturday in the 3300 block of Lower West Branch Road of Iowa City on a report of a naked man trying to trespass into the victim’s house by pushing his way into the front door. The man had left the residence when police had arrived.

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A resident of the house had identified the man as Thomas Larry Warren, 49, of Iowa City, whose clothes, wallet, car keys and driver’s license had been left on their doorstep, according to the complaint. While on the property, Warren allegedly urinated and defecated on the doorstep.

Warren had been arrested on first degree harassment and child endangerment charges in June after police said he entered an 11-year-old girl’s home and said inappropriate things to her. Warren has also faced similar charges for inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl who was a house-guest of Warren’s back in 2012, according Iowa Court records.

Having some technical issues with WordPress this week, so I’ll stop here. @BKactual.