Scandal Strikes NFL Draft As Pro-Packer Tweet Uncovered From Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky

Like many Bears fans, I watched the NFL draft with two expectations.  First, there is the annual booing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell who is justifiably the least popular commissioner in history for his years of ripping off fans and filling his own pockets (and those of his aides) at the expense of the game.  Second, there was the third spot draft selection of the Bears.  To everyone’s surprise, the Bears traded for a one spot jump with the 49ers, which took the team to the cleaners in the trade.  It was the shocker of the draft to give away so many slots for Mitchell Trubisky from North Carolina, who was hotly debated as a top QB candidate given his limited playing time as a starter.  I do not question Trubisky’s selection but the deal strikes me as much too sweet for the 49ers when they only dropped one slot.  The Bears must have had intelligence that other teams were going to grab the second slot and Trubisky.  Fans were still scratching their heads when the scandal broke.  In 2015, Trubisky tweeted “Hell yeah, Go Packers.”  The fans can deal with most scandals in the past of a GQ draft pick.  Killing a hobo along the Ohio railroad tracks?  Youthful indiscretion.  Selling heroin to school children?  Excessive entrepreneurial spirit.  However, tweeting “Go Packers” as part of anything other than an ironic or menacing threat is a serious problem in a city where we are raised to root for two teams: the Bears and anyone playing the Packers.  Trubisky has pledged to delete the tweet, but the damage is done. He is a cheesehead . . . and he is not even from Wisconsin.

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Couple Arrested After Filming Their Laughing As They Killed PTSD Service Dog

imgresThere is a truly horrific crime in North Carolina.  Former Spc. Marinna Rollins, 23, and Spc. Jarren Heng, 25, were charged this week with shooting Rollins’ PTSD service dog on videotape as they laughed.  After tying Rollins’ therapy animal (a pit bull named Cam), the two giggle and laugh as Rollins shoot Cam five times.

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Clemson Dean Calls For Students To Pass “Intercultural Competency” Test As A Pre-Condition for Holding School Offices

Clemson_University_Seal.svgAltheia Richardson, Clemson University’s director of the Gantt Multicultural Center has triggered a controversy with a proposal that all students should pass an “intercultural competency” test before they’re allowed to run for office or hold positions in the South Carolina college’s student government.  Clemson students are already required to  to take a social justice course following enrollment.  Richardson’s proposal has enraged some students as an ideological test for office — a position that Richardson denies.

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New York Times Editor Calls For The Dropping Use Of “Female Genital Mutilation” As A “Culturally Loaded” Term

This week it was revealed that a New York Times editor has decided that the newspaper should not use the term “female genital mutilation” as “culturally loaded” and might insult “people who follow the rite.”  It is the culmination of a trend across the country where students are being trained to spot and avoid any form of cultural bias, a push that can be highly beneficial or highly damaging in how one defines bias. At the risk of total social isolation, it may be time to speak in favor of cultural bias, at least when it comes to founding principles of human rights.

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Nordstrom Selling $425 Jeans That Look Like They Are Covered In Dirt

If you are one of those people who long to look dirty but not feel dirty, Nordstrom has the answer for you.  The chain is selling a pair of $425 jeans that are designed to look covered in dirt to show that “you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”  They are called the “Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans” and they may be the single dumbest idea I have encountered this year.

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Drexel To Investigate Controversial Professor After Complaints From Donors and Politicians

Drexel University Professor George Ciccariello-Maher is an unabashed lightning rod for controversy.  Last Christmas, he wrote how he longed for “white genocide”.  Then recently he wrote how he wanted to “vomit” when an airline passenger gave up his first class seat to a soldier. It is chilling and obnoxious rhetoric, but he made these comments on his private social media sites.  The investigation by Drexel appears to be the direct result of donors threatening to withdraw support for the university. As such, it is a highly troubling intrusion into the right of free speech of faculty.

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Misogyny Meet Irony: Saudi Arabia Elected To United Nation’s Women’s Rights Commission

If you like your misogyny with a heavy serving of irony, you could do no better than the United Nations this week after Saudi Arabia was elected to a  2018-2022 term on the Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency that, according to its website, is “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”  As with Iran being put on the Commission, the irony would be humorous if there were not millions of victims over decades of abuse by these countries.  Previously, Saudi Arabia taking over the top spot on the Human Rights Commission was viewed as unbelievable, but the entry on the Commission on the Status of Women sets a level of irony that may be unsurpassable.

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