Life in the 21st Century - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Life in the 21st Century

The great Tiger Woods has announced that, owing to his latest back injury, he’s going to have to take a month or two off from golf play. But never fear, Barack is here, ready to fill the vacuum as most famous golfer in the world. It is, we might say, so 21st century of him. Even his prompt return Wednesday to the one thing he cares about after denouncing ISIS in a public service announcement hasn’t hurt his ranking. Indeed, bad boy behavior can only enhance his game and smile. Take a look at Rory McIlroy, who went on to win three straight tournaments, including two majors, right after throwing his fiancée under a bus and canceling their wedding plans. Twenty-first century types are everywhere.

Does anyone still have what in the 20th century was known as a conscience? Of course. Just to stay in the world of sports, we should single out Messrs. Phil Simms and Tony Dungy, two football giants turned NFL broadcasters and analysts who’ve let it be known they will not mention the Washington Redskins by name at any time during work hours this coming season. As if that would keep us from ever mentioning those two or wondering if perhaps some brain damage incurred during their playing days is weakening their vocabulary. Sorry, but that’s 21st century thinking for you.

Then there’s veteran Washington Post sportswriter Thomas Boswell, who has just done a column on the Redskins without ever calling them anything other than “Washington,” “team,” “D.C.’s team,” and “this franchise.” We detect an opportunist here. Just last November he called them Redskins fourteen times in a single column. No Mike Carey he. He’s the recently retired NFL referee who has let it be known that as early as 2006 he asked his bosses not to assign him to Redskins games, so ahead of the times was conscience-stricken he.

We wonder how ref Carey would have reacted last Monday night to the Redskins’ secondary, who during pre-game introductions ran onto the field with their hands up. ESPN and others paid those gestures no mind, though among the bookie community in Las Vegas the thinking was that the players were expressing solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri. Riskier betters put their money on the Redskin players’ tendency to surrender major yardage on any pass play. We’re hoping our Boswell will explain it all to us as the season progresses.

Ferguson has become all things to all people, at least those at the network still known as CNN who seem certain that all roads to the missing Malaysian airliner must go through that St. Louis suburb. You have to be in television to understand how that might be possible. One thing we do know is that CNN found it easier to locate Darren Wilson’s home than it did that missing plane. So far it hasn’t been hit by a missile like the one that brought down a subsequent Malaysian flight.

In other 21st century developments, a leading Democrat Emily’s List type has decried the notion that abortion is a “difficult decision.” Let’s hear it for our common humanity. A Lois Lerner award is in order for Rho Chalmers, a member of the Austin, Texas grand jury that has revived Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. She described her Democratic Party activism to the Houston Chronicle, and denied it had anything to do with her role in indicting Perry. Instead, she relied on what she calls her “life experience.”

Can there be a Democrat who’s gotten a life beyond party activism? Unless he’s a golf addict, of course. So let’s add an EOW prize to Ms. Cho’s winnings and sentence her to two and a half years of caddying for our nation’s Golfer in Chief. He will allow a woman to break up his foursome, won’t he?

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