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Do you wish to punt, pass or kick on the NFL?  I looked up PUNT in the dictionary and got this from The Merriam-Webster dictionary:

:to kick (something, such as a football or soccer ball) with the top of the foot before the ball which is dropped from the hands hits the ground

Something needed to take place on the posterior of those who kneel..


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They dare to call themselves Patriots.

Personally I shall PASS on the latest art of kneeling, that’s what I did as a child when I knelt to pray prior to bedtime and when I knelt in the confessional to ask forgiveness for my sins. My mother always turned out the lights after that prayer. And wasn’t it  Dandy Don Meredith who always said “Turn out the lights, the party’s over?” Time to turn out the NFL’s lights.

Now, to KICK, both an intransitive and transitive verb, can be used in numerous ways.

Personally I like the following transitive verbs the best.

transitive verb
1 a :to strike, thrust, or hit with the foot
b :to strike suddenly and forcefully as if with the foot
c :to remove by a kicking motion
• kicked off her shoes
d :to remove from a position or status
• kicked him off the team

Of course (d.) would be my transitive verb of choice. However, when I returned from London a few days ago I expressed my disgust by calling DIRECTV and I cancelled the NFL package I had been paying for since 2006.

Just to note, back in 2014 DIRECTV extended it’s contract for the rights to the NFL for 12 Billion $$$$$.

Will I ever watch an NFL game in the future? I’m sure I will, but never again with the feverish love for the game I grew up knowing. The game has gone down low in my ratings.

I started standing and saluting the flag with two fingers as a Cub Scout, later with three fingers as a Boy Scout. In 1962 I raised my right hand and said:   The Oath of Enlistment

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”  After six years in the Marine corps I would again say that same oath for my time in the National Guard.

I would one more time repeat a code of honor as I started my career with the Connecticut State Police. For that I would also stand. That code reads like this:

“I am a Connecticut State Trooper – a soldier of the law. To me is entrusted the honor of the Department.
I will serve the State of Connecticut honestly and faithfully and, if need be, lay down my life as others have done rather than swerve from the path of duty.
I will be loyal to my superiors, obey the law and enforce the law without discrimination as to class, color, creed, or condition, and without fear or favor.
I will help those in danger or distress, and at all times conduct myself so as to uphold the honor of the Department.”

I shall stand for the National Anthem, I shall stand for what I believe is right and if I believe the rights of others are infringed upon, I shall stand for them. God Bless America.


  1. mmd32454 says:

    Nice writing… Patriots are not Patriots…

  2. I admire your stand and your clarity of writing. Your list of jobs is most impressive!!!

  3. Paula Wright says:


  4. jenniesisler says:

    This is a beautiful and spot on post. Just listened to talk radio out of Colorado and a local high school coach who is a military veteran kicked two kids off his team for kneeling during the anthem. Of course, the kids’ moms’ are comparing the coach to a racist slave owner, but good for him. Anyway, love this post. I’m sick of these pampered players thinking they have anything in common with their oppressed brothers and sisters for one thing and disrespecting the country that gave them their opportunities for another. Enough is enough.

  5. Thank you, from the depths of my heart, for your service–both as military and police. It is for the brave like you that I stand proud and tall before our flag. I do not/will not support the NFL. There are more productive ways to be a solution to a problem–not by disrespecting our flag or those who have sacrificed to keep it flying. Dawn

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