Cultural Revolutions

Handgun Culture

Bob Costas fired off a lecture during prime-time NBC coverage of the NFL that outraged some political commentators and fans.  The speech was in response to a murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, who killed Kasandra Perkins, 22, the mother of his infant daughter, before kneeling, making the sign of the cross, and fatally shooting himself in the head outside of the Chiefs’ practice facility on Saturday, December 1.

Costas, the “voice of the Olympics,” is known for his melodramatic life-lessons commentaries following major sporting events.  But this time Costas, behind the mike for a special halftime commentary, established his bona fides by disparaging those who revel in cliché—“Something like ‘this really puts it all in perspective.’  Well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf-life, since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games.”

Here’s the ugly reality: Illegitimacy is rampant among NFL players, professional athletes in general, and the American public as a whole.  The same goes for cohabitation (shackin’ up).  Illegal in all states in 1970, cohabitation is now practiced by well over 60 percent of the U.S. population, at some point in their lives.  Indeed, says the journal...

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