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Thomas J Donegan
Thomas J Donegan
Born January 22, 1958 Graduated 1976 Lawrence County Vo-Tech U.S.Navy, 11/76 - 10/82 Cryptologic Technician M-branch Graduated 1989 Slippery Rock University B.S. Mathematics, minors: Philosophy, History U.S. Government 1990 -2001 Various private sector Electrical/Electronics jobs 2001- present


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Sports, Politics, and the Business of Entertainment

Sep. 24, 2017 9:19 pm
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Today the Pittsburgh Steelers - sans Alejandro Villanueva (He spent 3 tours in Afghanistan; the token patriot of the team) - remained in the locker-room as the National Anthem played; whether the Steelers are aligning themselves with Colin Kaepernick against President Donald Trump or trying to be fashionable seems rather irrelevant, because football formerly was a sport; formerly played pretty close to implacable rules which were objectively applied; at least one would like to think such was the case. Football was - back-in-the-day - a fairly brutal sport which had the concomitant quality of being entertaining. Today, professional football - as with other professional "sports" - have mutable rules situationally applied i.e., today professional football is 1st and foremost entertainment. Isn't the 1st principle of entertainment: "give the people what they want?" And gee; isn't neat how so many football seasons end today as if Hollywood wrote a script for the game...?

As a Steelers fan, I had been going to root for the Steelers, but they converted me - my cousin Tim (a life-long Steelers zealot; we were e-mailing back-and-forth), and my son Matthew - to Steelers opponents, and we were gladdened by the Steelers loss! We suspect many such as we were converted by the Steelers actions... Moreover, we (this writer) suspect many similar actions by many other players - and teams - are producing similar affectations amongst other sports/entertainment fans; the effect seems to - this writer - to present a reduction in the market appeal for such offerings as obnoxious... Time will tell!

Ditto Hollywood and the Stars involving themselves in the realm of the social-political - generally advocating for the social-political Left - and in opposition to the social-political Right; seems the box-office receipts reflect that the public is tiring of the tendentiously informed entertainment persons (movie-stars) aligning themselves with those - whom by advocacies and principles - repudiate the worldview held by the majority of ticket purchasers... Now, of course, Hollywood and the NFL may cite any number of reasons for the contraction of their market, and such reasons may have a degree of currency. We think the entertainers should double-down on their advocacies and see what is manifest... We think it may prove delightful if the NFL cannot compete with the 83rd showings of Rocky, First blood, Die Hard, Predator et al. If the NFL cannot sustain a viewing audience, the Networks will have to cut-its-losses. Perhaps the NFL players and owners will pay to have their games broadcast, so people may witness the sporting industry's contempt for the USA? But, of course, that will never happen because it is all about the bottom-line...

Terry Bradshaw (one of this writer's favorite QB's; he came into-his-own, late!), commented upon POTUS's speech and tweets; Bradshaw intimated Trump neither understand the free-speech entitlement of protest, but he also asserted Trump has other things which ought to occupy his time...? Social-political advocacy is very likely specifically not part of the job description of a member of the NFL. POTUS - as everyone else - can make a claim, or express and advocacy, and Trump may suffer the consequences of his advocacies (in the next election cycle, or through impeachment), but Trump's position (job) - and his advocacies (unlike entertainers) - in his use of 1st Amendment Rights are consistent with the duties of his Office. One need not like Trump's view of how domestic tranquility is to be realized, but such is a paramount duty of the Office of the Presidency; as are all of the goals of the Preamble of the U. S. Constitution. Trump - or whoever is POTUS, and unlike those involved in entertainment industries - may need to utilize force to bring to an end wide-scale domestic-violence fomented by protests whose very goal is domestic disturbance, violence, and terror; thus POTUS must have a more jaundiced view of those which foment irrational resentments (and hatreds) - often utilizing dim-wits e.g., people of sports industry and other sentimentally ordered (should we say disordered?) people of entertainment - to advance their agenda's of weakening the Nation's unity, sense of shared justice, domestic tranquility, etc.

On this controversy, the entertainment industry, and the political pundits e.g., Carl Rove is wrong; one may object to Trump's bedside manner, but only POTUS is tasked to keep the peace... Those in the various fields of entertainment could contribute greatly - in time, money and deeds - to the Nation through, and by, ubiquitously advocating for objective-moral principles be the manner of interpreting the Laws of the Nation (fighting for educational reforms which require objective-moral codes be taught as the circumscription of human relations), so as to ensure that the same yard-stick be utilized for all! The protest of guys like Kaepernick - and today, the Steelers - are sentimental (vapid) displays of self-importance (egoism, narcissism et al); we suspect that few involved in such demonstrations have little - if any - interest in approximating a just society because justice and egoism are mutually exclusive...

Thomas J. Donegan

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