The Watering Hole, Wednesday, October 30, 2013: What’s in a Name? A Football Team by any Other Name Still Would Play the Same…

OR NOT…

The Washington Redskins, plagued with calls for political correctness, earnestly tried a new name in practice this week. Well, not exactly new…for the week, they referred to themselves as the Washington Senators, drawing from the name used by the D.C. football team back in 1921. Problems soon arose.

The Right Guard immediatly began to filibuster every huddle. The entire defensive line shutdown practice, demanding cuts to special teams. The full back refused to give the ball to the tight end, because, well, that just sounded too gay. And the wide receivers? Well, they got along with the tight ends, but that’s just about it.

On the brighter side, the offensive line blocked everything from getting to the quarterback. But then they wouldn’t let him pass anything unless they approved of the play, after sending it to committee. It got to where every huddle in their practice scrimmage led to a delay of game penalty.

Management soon realized calling the team the “Washington Senators” would lead to Gridiron Gridlock. Still, they would like to rename the team to something that would strike fear in the hearts of their opponents. This coming week, they’ll call themselves the Washington ObamaCare.

(note, the poll results won’t show what you write-in for “other”, so please let us know your suggestions in the thread below.)

AT THE TONE, THE TIME WILL BE

OPEN THREAD TIME

78 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, October 30, 2013: What’s in a Name? A Football Team by any Other Name Still Would Play the Same…

  1. Apparently, Polldudley is no longer recognizing WordPress IDs and requires special attention I’m not interested in giving it.

    I would call them the Washington Lincolns. Their theme song could then be ‘Hot Rod Lincolns’

  2. The Washington Hogs. Some fans already call themselves hogs, there is already merchandise showing hogs in the Washington uniform, and it fits with the the whole pork barrel spending thing.

  3. Other: Sell the Naming Rights.

    Afterall, it’s not about community pride or anything. It’s about profit.

    And if they can rename iconic, publicly funded, stadiums for more coin in the NFL’s pocket, why not sell team names too?

  4. I went with the Kochs…… but then….. the Parasites came to mind, and then the Suits (Empty or Stuffed… take yer pick)

  5. 12 year old Madison Kimrey spoke at Burlington, North Carolina’s downtown amphitheater on Monday, October 28, 2013. She discussed the new North Carolina voting laws and very eloquently pointed out that “there is a serious leadership problem in North Carolina” and the current State legislature (among other things) was trying to reduce voting participation of the state’s youth. Thankfully, Madison does not have her head in the sand and wants to spread the truth.

    “I AM NOT A PROP! I am part of the new generation of suffragettes and I will not stand silent while laws are passed to reduce the amount of young people in voter turnout in my home state!”

    It’s bright minds like this young lady that give me hope for the future.

  6. We knew it was bad, but we might not have known it was this bad. According to a new statistical study announced by the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 7,500 children are hospitalized by gun injuries every year—500 of whom will eventually die from those injuries. The study also noted a sharp increase in these incidents from 1997 to 2009, and found that the majority of the injuries and deaths were resulting from handguns in the home.
    The fact that handguns are the most frequent culprits is significant, the researchers point out, because so many gun-control campaigns tend to focus on larger, military-style assault rifles. Gun-control advocates may be overlooking a more important and much larger target, no pun intended.

    Justin Peters argues that negligence with firearms is criminal, and parents who leave unsecured, loaded guns around young children should be prosecuted when that carelessness results in injuries and deaths.

    From these statistics, the researchers offer the most obvious and non-controversial possible conclusion: “Reducing the number of household firearms, especially handguns, may reduce childhood gunshot injuries,” reads the press release (emphasis on the word may). But, while obvious, this conclusion is also only the beginning of a necessary national discussion.

    http://www.psmag.com/health/children-loaded-guns-find-home-69107/

    • Perhaps making the crime of failing to secure one’s firearm from access by a child a capital offense would do the trick.

  7. Naomi Klein: Why Science Is Telling All of Us to Revolt and Change Our Lives Before We Destroy the Planet

    Climate scientists are coming to some incendiary conclusions.

    When pressed by a journalist for a clear answer on the “are we f**ked” question, Werner set the jargon aside and replied, “More or less.”

    There was one dynamic in the model, however, that offered some hope. Werner termed it “resistance” – movements of “people or groups of people” who “adopt a certain set of dynamics that does not fit within the capitalist culture”. According to the abstract for his presentation, this includes “environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage by indigenous peoples, workers, anarchists and other activist groups”.

    http://www.alternet.org/environment/naomi-klein-why-science-telling-all-us-revolt-and-change-our-lives-we-destroy-planet

  8. I have the Sebilius hearing on in the background, and it’s a fucking farce. Repiggie assholes make long, long statements that are snide, full of lies, insinuations, and repetition, and when she tries to answer the question (that has been asked and answered several times), they simply won’t allow her to speak. She starts to answer, and they constantly interrupt, and a couple of them accused her of being unwilling to answer!

    They keep flapping around stacks of paper, which represent “questions from constituents,” but clearly they are more interested in smearing her and Obama, than they are in getting actual answers.

    The whole thing is ridiculous, and further divides us as a nation.

    • Sebelius knew this was coming and she just has to weather this shitstorm. Congress can’t fire her, just try and make as big a political liability as they can. She ‘serves at the pleasure of the President.’

      Yesterday I posted some pretty good reasons why she won’t resign and Obama won’t ask her to.

      • I have no problem with Sebelius, none at all. Resign? Why? Because a handful of GOoPers so demand? I have a far better suggestion: GOoPers resign. Teabaggers resign. Every last one of the buttcakes. Resign. Move out, go away. Argentina’s rumored to be cool. Hey, it worked for the German Fascists in the forties, could work just as well for y’all now — team players, right?

  9. the media is continually making more noise for the repukes….these are stories in today’s Chicago Tribune:

    Video: Sebelius apologizes
    Photos: Panel grills Sebelius
    Obama healthcare promises return to haunt
    Political cartoons on Healthcare.gov

    • Throughout the hearing, several Democrats began their addresses to Sebelius with remarks aimed at the Republicans in the room. “You love what’s wrong with the website, and you detest what’s working in the Affordable Care Act, and I think that that is on full display here,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif. Later, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said, “My Republican colleagues do not want this website to work. I am convinced of that.”

      (the Repugnants really want this to be the second coming of Watergate…there is no comparison)

  10. of course no public statement was made…..and was it really just 17,000 gallons?

    October 30, 2013 |

    17,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from an eight-inch pipeline owned by Koch Pipeline Company on Tuesday, the Railroad Commission of Texas reportedWednesday.

    The spill impacted a rural area and two livestock ponds near Smithville and was discovered on a routine aerial inspection, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

    Details are scarce regarding the cause of the spill and cleanup measures underway but, as UPI reported, “Koch Pipeline Co. said it notified the appropriate federal and state regulators but had no estimated time for repairs. Neither Koch nor the Texas Railroad Commission had a public statement about the incident.”

    http://www.alternet.org/environment/koch-pipeline-spills-400-barrels-crude-oil-texas

  11. When I was picking up the table at my step-mother’s house today, she asked me what I wanted to do with 2 bags of books in the garage.

    I looked in the bags, and found books by Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, David Barton, et al. She said, “I thought you’d be the best one to ask,” and I said, “I’ll take care of them.” 😀

    I am happy to report that those 2 bags of books are currently residing in a dumpster near the river, having been tossed in the middle of piles of fish heads and guts.

    I know I’m happy with their new home.

  12. Sebelius dishonesty in testimony this
    morning exceeds anything president Nixon was accused of.
    The Obama team cant (sic) tell
    truth and survive.

    The Blob (Neutered Gingrich)

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