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Roger Goodell Should Resign

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NFL Office                                                                                                                                              Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner                                                                                                                                  345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154

January 11, 2016

Dear Mr. Goodell,

When you first took the reins as NFL Commissioner, I was initially in favor of your appointment. I figured at least on paper you would be a good fit. However, after considering what has happened since then, I was wrong. So I am human.

The NFL in the span of ten years has gone from professionalism to being run by the inmates. This falls on your shoulders. But as long as you are raking in the tens of millions and the NFL is raking in the billions, you, the owners, TV execs, etc… could care less about professionalism. The NFL used to be fun. Under the current commissioner however, it is very profitable. But other wise, turned into a joke across the board.

After watching the end of the 4th quarter of the Bengals-Steelers game, it was apparent that the fix was in. There are ways to influence the outcome of games and betting that don’t literally involve exchanging money between active participants just as there are ways to cheat at cards.

Here is the rule: Non-player personnel of a club (e.g., management personnel, coaches, trainers, equipment men) are prohibited from making unnecessary physical contact with or directing abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures at opponents, game officials, or representatives of the League. Representatives of either team are prohibited from entering the field unless they are incoming substitutes, or team attendants or trainers entering to provide for the welfare of a player, and any game-type activities are prohibited on the Field of Play.

Not even head coaches are allowed on the field. (So basically Steelers broke two rules and not flagged for it.) Then you have Ryan Shazier’s helmet to helmet hit on Bernard.   If any other team had done this, they would have been penalized for it.

Sure, I get that the NFL owners are your boss. I get that you may be warm and cozy with certain owners and teams. However if impartiality and objectivity were criteria for being an NFL Commissioner (or any other comparable position), you have failed miserably. You are no Pete Rozelle.

On top of that, your recent blackmail attempt towards stadiums and the teams involved in possibly relocating to L.A. was uncalled for as well.

So based on your job performance over the years, you should step down.

When baseball, football, etc… were starting out, they were created by mostly blue-collar people in the late 19th century in places like Ohio and New Jersey. As its popularity has grown over the past 100 and something years, it has also gone more corporate and thus with it the strengths and pitfalls that go along with being corporate. In today’s game, the pitfalls out weigh the strengths. Is it really worth spending $100 for a game these days? It is funny compared to say paying $2 to see a Yankees game when Babe Ruth was playing. He was “overpaid” around $500 a game.

But in a nutshell, the bigger problem is ultimately with the fans and their rabid obsession with sports and the fact that we collectively are too blind and deaf to recognize it. So in a way we are all guilty. While I would personally love to work as a scout or assistant coach, I don’t envy the nonsense that the head coaches and players have to put up with. Coaches can’t discipline players because it has been taken of their hands. NFL front office doesn’t proscribe certain conduct when you arbitrarily enforce the rules. Look at how Josh Norman and Odell Beckman went on acting like they did. Yet no penalties. No ejections. Coaches didn’t (or couldn’t discipline them). If this had gone on back in the days of Paul Brown or Tom Landry, they would have been kicked off the team. So what gives? You are solely interested in how it affects your bottom line.

You would make a good politician and ought to run for public office. But stop pretending with the fair and impartiality act. No one is buying it and if anyone else is, they are blind and deaf too. We all know what Jesus said about blind guides and why we shouldn’t follow them.

I shall end with this statement from none other than George Patton: Follow the “Golden Rule.” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Good Knights were an example to all time. So it is with a good officer. You have no idea how men watch you. If you stand up, so will they. If you curse, so will they. If you are habitually late, how can you in honor try men for following your example? You are a model, whether you like it or not, hence; be a good model.

Thank you for your time.


Chris FortnerRoger

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January 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

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Other Sights and Sites of Interest

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Here are some sights and sites of interests from my trip to Texas

Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. – Talked with a representative on the sidewalk after visiting the Alamo.

Pat O’Briens – nice place to spend your nightlife. They hosted the opening night of the Mud Crawl with the Mud King and Queen candidates.

Saltgrass Steak House – a lovely restaurant along the Riverwalk

American Football Coaches Association

Gridiron Heroes – met Chris Canales at the AFCA Convention in Dallas. It is now a national organization that seeks to support athletes who have spinal cord injuries.

Silver Leaf Resorts – I visited the Hill Country Resort north of Austin. While I don’t have the money or time to commit to this now, it is certainly a possibility in the future. It would beat staying in a hotel.

Premiere Parking Company – This gives you an idea of what is going on.           A phony front that poses as a parking company. They use a device called “Boots” and fake ID’s which can be ordered off the internet. At least in Texas, they target out of state vehicles and have hired thugs from the drug cartels such as MS-13 to do their dirty work. The address is non existent and the phone number was out of the country. Upon further investigation, these kind of parking scams are happening all over the country. Furthermore, the local police department and FBI look the other way. It goes to show why you can’t rely on government.

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January 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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Do you have a right to police protection?

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‎”Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.” Edward Abbey

(Originally published October, 2008)

I’ve long been interested in court cases especially as it relates to matters of constitutional law. Specific cases would include the 2nd Amendment and how ironic that assailants of the 2nd Amendment say it is okay to trample on it (as well as the whole document itself) by claiming that the police will protect you and thus you don’t need a firearm for self-defense. Guess what? They are lying!

This past Wednesday, an employee at the Knoxville Center Mall was shot to death. Now yes, police officers were on the scene within four minutes, but the damage was already done. The police don’t prevent crimes. They only show up after the fact if they do at all. “If they do at all?” you ask. Yes. If they do at all. The police are not legally obligated to respond to any calls. So, you would not have legal case against them. There is plenty of case law that proves this to be true, two cases in particular. It call comes down to the general duty of the government (as if) and special relationships between particular parties.

“Here the effort to separate the hostile assailants from the victims — a necessary part of the on-scene responsibility of the police — adds nothing to the general duty owed the public and fails to create a relationship which imposes a special legal duty such as that created when there is a course of conduct, special knowledge of possible harm, or the actual use of individuals in the investigation.”

The D.C. Court of Appeals went on to say that it is a `fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen.”
Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981).

The law in New York remains as decided by the Court of Appeals case Riss v. New York: the government is not liable even for a grossly negligent failure to protect a crime victim. In the Riss case, a young woman telephoned the police and begged for help because her ex-boyfriend had repeatedly threatened “If I can’t have you, not one else will have you, and when I get through with you, no one else will want you.” The day after she had pleaded for police protection, the ex-boyfriend threw lye in her face, blinding her in one eye, severely damaging the other, and permanently scarring her features. “What makes the City’s position particularly difficult to understand”, wrote a dissenting opinion, “is that, in conformity to the dictates of the law, Linda did not carry any weapon for self-defense. Thus by a rather bitter irony she was required to rely for protection on the City of New York which now denies all responsibility to her.”
Riss v. New York, 22 N.Y.2d 579, 293 N.Y.S.2d 897, 240 N.E.2d 860 (1968)

In other words this means the only people the police are duty-bound to protect are criminals in custody, and other persons in custody for such things as mental illness. YOU have no recourse if the police fail to respond or fail to protect you from injury! Self-defense is your own responsibility.

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September 14, 2010 at 12:51 am

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What is not being addressed in the immigration debate

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The issue of immigration has really been on the front pages this year. Whether it is purely for political purposes or come as the result of realizing that has gone awry is anyone’s guess.

Of course, if we truly wanted to be consistent about immigration, legal or illegal, how come nothing is being done about the immigration coming from Canada, Europe and Asia? I am sure the natives would have something to say about that. To really understand the root cause of this, one must first understand the rather unfortunate state of affairs south of the border. A little history is in order.

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class thug for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” Smedley Butler, “War Is A Racket”

The pre-dominant economic system in the Eastern and Western Hemisphere is one that is a mix of fascism aka the corporate state and communism aka the poor person’s statism. I do agree with some that NAFTA to a large degree has played a role in the economic collapses that we’ve been witnessing lately. But it was merely a symptom of the problem, not the cause of the problem. As Alan Greenspan so succiently put it (before he went over to the dark side):

“In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold. If everyone decided, for example, to convert all his bank deposits to silver or copper or any other good, and thereafter declined to accept checks as payment for goods, bank deposits would lose their purchasing power and government-created bank credit would be worthless as a claim on goods. The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves.”

Folks, while I don’t enjoy upsetting your apple care (then again, I’ve done it quite a bit over the past 10-15 years), the economic problems we are experiencing isn’t because of the free market, but in spite of it. We are in fact witnessing the end results of the welfare state. The economies of welfare states inevitably collapse. It has happened in numerous other countries and yes, it has been happening in the United States, the land of the free and the home of the brave. But I’ve been having my doubts as to whether we are as “free” and “brave” as we like to claim. Perhaps I should insert “the few” along with the free and brave.

While we address this “immigration problem”, don’t ignore the underlying causes of it. Otherwise, we are just going around in circles. Only by embracing liberty-oriented options can it be solved. We must be careful to not adopt statist measures to address a problem that was caused by statism in the first place.

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July 28, 2010 at 11:10 pm

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