From: Snowflake, Arizona
Wow... so much vitriol...
1. Thanks Reb, for your support, you are a true gentleman :)
2. Yes, I'm in Arizona... home of the looney rightwing radicals that have made this state the biggest joke in the Union, but they don't represent me and we're working hard to throw these jerks out of office and turn the state the Blue. Which I do believe we shall do by the 2016 and possibly 2014. AZ went for Mittens, but the Dems took 5 out of 9 congressional districts... a huge swing. You probably didn't notice.
3. Surprisingly, you all missed my concern. I realize people get concussions and broken bones and pulled muscles in sports and that is the risk they take. However, this article is about slow, incremental brain damage from heavy contact that has shown up in 33 out of 34 brain autopsies of deceased NFL players including several whose suicides are linked to said brain damage. That is what I found alarming and why I would be very much in opposition to my grandchildren playing football (though my sons are Snowboarders so I doubt that football is going to be an issue - though I'm not all that happy about extreme snowboarding either, but you don't get incremental brain damage from every run down a mountain... just don't hit a tree). The point is you can blow out a knee in any contact sport and live a decent life... if you end up brain impaired... it's a real tragedy. If you all want to put your kids in Pop Warner football and get them on that track knowing the risk reflected in this article, go right on ahead. I'm not telling you what to do.
4. I don't see any hypocrisy in my supporting a woman's right to serve in combat. I'm not talking about assumed risk, I'm talking about unknown risks like serving in Viet Nam with Agent Orange getting sprayed on top of you and all the vets who came home to cancer, birth defects, diabetes and a host of other Agent Orange ailments while the government pretended that they were all making it up. BTW... I also support women competing in sports against men if they want to try it. I'm not saying someone should force a male team to take on women players, but if they have open tryouts and a woman beats out a man for the position... why not?
5. Someone implied I was a troublemaker who started a thread and then didn't come back to take the heat and respond. I'm on an off-grid ranch with solar power and when it clouds up I don't have the power to spare to fire up the computer and get online. I'm also busy all day taking care of all the animals, managing my power and water systems, cutting firewood plus doing things like laundry, housecleaning, baking and cooking. This is the first time I've had a chance to sit down since I got out of bed this morning. That's pretty a pretty typical day. Matrix forums are not my priority... staying in touch with my family, friends, and former students on Facebook is a priority. Which is why you haven't seen much of me lately... I'm working harder in retirement than I did working! I'm also still working out on a daily basis to get toned up, lose weight, and whip my Diabetes.
6. Some of you really need to chill out on the politics. I've got paranoid neighbors with guns making casual threats about killing that is really scary. Nothing good is going to come of people taking their political views to the point of violence instead of peaceful and respectful debate. Yes, I'm a feminist, progressive, liberal, but you don't see me making personal attacks against people. If I ever do, chastize me severely because I believe in honest, open, debate and discussion, and respectful disagreement if it comes to that.
7. Oh yes, someone mentioned boxing... one of the reason boxing has fallen out of favor to a great extent is the problem of brain damage affecting boxers. Doesn't Mohamed Ali suffer from brain dysfunction from his boxing career? I wouldn't want my grandchildren taking up boxing either. We had a Dean of Students back at Pinon who was a former champion boxer in the Marines. Very impressive, then about two months into the year he began having trouble speaking. It was eventually diagnosed as brain lesions from... you guessed it... his boxing. They let him go at the end of the year and I heard he went on Social Security Disability because he couldn't work. It wasn't pretty to see this happen.
Is that everything?
I've got nothing more to say on the issue.
Love & Peace,
Far Dareis Mai
My old Piczo site seems to be gone, so no more Navajo Nation pics :(