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Okay, you’re thankful. But to whom?

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 (via mountvernon.org)

Happy Thanksgiving, guys. I hope you’re having a good time with your friends and family. Perhaps you’re rattling off all the things you’re thankful for. That’s what this holiday is all about, right? To be thankful. And thankfully, we don’t need to think too hard to come up with a cornucopia of wonderful things that we Americans enjoy.

I just got one question. To whom are you thankful?

You grammar police are thankful I phrased this question correctly. I said “to whom are you thankful?” rather than “who are you thankful to?” Well, with that, I’m thankful I don’t have the grammar police harping on me right now.

So let’s continue using correct grammar, shall we? Read more

Did the NFL Punish Ray Rice Justly?

The NFL’s treatment of Ray Rice shows it does not hold truth and justice up as standards for conduct. Instead, like the rest of America, it holds up fairness and knowledge. As a result, the vengeful rule of the mob is ruining football, just like Obama voters are ruining America.

Consider that Ray Rice already admitted to assaulting his fiancé. That’s the truth. He assaulted her. The prosecutors of that jurisdiction did not pursue charges. According to the law, justice was satisfied, and Mr. Rice walked a free man.

But the mob thought that was unfair. They rallied to demand the NFL punish Ray Rice somehow. They asked, “How is it that a running back who hits Mary Jane, a marijiuana cigarette, gets suspended for six games, but a running back who hits Mary Jane, a woman, gets nothing?”

So the NFL acquiesced to the mob. They handed Ray Rice a two game suspension. I ask, was that suspension just? Did Mr. Rice’s contract have provisions in it regarding domestic violence? Did the NFL have already standing policies in place regarding suspensions for domestic violence?

It was arbitrary and set a poor precedent. Remember that the authorities did not prosecute charges against Mr. Rice. However, the NFL wasn’t concerned with justice, it was concerned with quelling the mob.

But then TMZ got it’s hands on the elevator video of him actually hitting her. When the mob saw it, they rallied again. It’s not fair that Ray Rice play football at all!

And so the Ravens terminated Ray Rice’s contract. He lost his living, his income and the means to support the woman he hit, who ended up marrying him. The team is worse off, and the NFL has one fewer high-caliber running back on the field.

How is this additional punishment just? It also punished the victim of Ray Rice’s crime. Worst of all, women who may suffer domestic violence at the hands of NFL players are much less likely to report these crimes if they think it will ruin their livelihood.

What exactly did the TMZ video change? If the two game suspension was an adequate punishment before, what did the video reveal that required the NFL to indefinitely ban Ray Rice?

It didn’t change our concept of the truth. As far as I know neither Ray Rice or his woman denyed what happened. The problem is that the Obama voters who watch the NFL cannot conceptualize the truth.

Read this: “Ray Rice punched his girlfriend.” You conceptualized that information. Now go watch the video of him punching her. You don’t need to conceptualize it anymore. You know he punched her after seeing it so vividly. (JK. You don’t need to actually watch the video.)

The video heightened our knowledge of the event, changing it from conceptual to visceral. Since the mob acts by instinct not intellect, the video unleashed emotion.

Here’s something you guys need to understand. Truth compels justice. But fairness rests until knowledge stirs it up.

You’re asking, “What’s the difference?” Here it is. You can’t change the truth. Things are true weather you know it or not. But you can play around with knowledge by purposefully remaining ignorant or casting doubt unreasonably.

The video took away that wiggle room.

Before the video went viral, the Obama voters of Baltimore could plausibly remain Ray Rice fans. They might doubt the severity of the beating for example. But the video made the knowledge of the crime inescapable. Suddenly they all want to exchange their Rice Ravens jerseys.

To wrap this up, let’s turn to Barack Obama. That mob that demands the NFL be fair demands Obama rule fairly as its king. And so we see Obama play around with knowledge, purposefully remaining ignorant of truth, lest he be compelled to act. Consider his inaction after the Russians shot down the Malysians Airline jet, or when Musilims stormed Benghazi. He’s still getting to the bottom of those issues. The report from the blue ribbon panel is due soon. He will find out what happened! (Someday)

But unlike the NFL, he has no interest in quelling the mob. He stokes the mob.

When the Obama justice department stormed Furgeson, Missouri, they weren’t looking for the truth. The truth might condemn Michael Brown. They were stirring vengence against the cops to dole out some unprecedented, arbitrary punishments.

Truth and Justice. Universal Concepts

There are two abstract concepts that appeal universally to all men. There are two axioms of man’s mind that he cannot escape.

Actually there are three. But I’m not going to talk about the third one here.

The first abstract concept is truth. The other is justice.

You could borrow Dr. Emmet Brown’s Delorean and drive to any place on earth in any time in human history. The men you communicate with there yearn for truth and justice.

Man’s mind at all times demands he reconcile every thought with truth and justice. These abstract concepts precede all others. He assumes that all existence falls in line with truth and justice.

So inescapable and unavoidable are these two nagging things that even if a man became aware of these ideas, he cannot step outside of them to think beyond them without coming back and making an appeal to them again.

Truth and Justice.

Though I wrote “truth,” I previously intended to write “logic.” But logical thought is much more elusive to man than any of us want to admit. Truth, however, is the first rung on the ladder of logic. And anyone can reach out and grasp that rung.

When it comes to justice, you can also think of it as the first rung on a ladder.

At it’s onset, justice demands punishment for evil. For man, the compulsion to punish evil is more powerful than to reward good. That’s because man’s repulsion toward evil exceeds his desire for the good.

Just like truth is the first step that leads upward along the way of logic, this idea of justice leads onward along the way called righteousness. Here, good is appreciated and rewarded. But just like logic, righteousness is hard to grasp.

Where’s the evidence?

Guys, I have some powerful examples to prove the preeminence of truth and justice. But I’ll have to write them later. So make sure you subscribe to feedingjimmy.com on facebook, twitter, and tumblr so you don’t miss them.

I guarantee these examples will prove my point and blow you away. Literally. Blow. You. Away. Like you may award me with a honorary doctorate degree they are so philosophically rad.

Right now some people are like, “Okay. If they are that good, I’ll subscribe. But you better not disappoint.”

Why? Would you be angry if these examples are feeble?

And these people are like, “Yes, we would!”

Okay. Why?

“Because you lied to us just to get us to subscribe to your stupid website.”

Yup. That’s what I thought. You don’t like being lied to because it’s unjust and not the truth. Looks like I don’t need to prove anything. You did it for me.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
– Philippians 4:8