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May 20th, 2024 No comments

link: https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/40162983/scottie-scheffler-detained-police-prior-start-pga-championship

No doubt by now, most have heard about the drama surrounding professional golfer Scottie Scheffler this past weekend.  Even if you aren’t a golf or sports fan, the story is of enormous interest.

Due to confusion about directions given by a police officer during an accident scene near the entrance to the golf course where Scheffler was scheduled to play, a mole hill became an enormous mountain. A situation which could have been resolved with only a minimum application of common sense wound up with Scheffler being handcuffed and hauled off to prison, even having to wear prison orange. For his part, the arresting officer, rumored to be a relative of Barney Fife, was apparently injured after the assault by Scheffler, evidenced by torn trousers. As is widely known, golfers are a violent bunch when impeded from their tee times.  Thankfully, it wasn’t John Daly involved in the altercation since a background check on him would have no doubt yielded a more colorful outcome.  As it is, Daly always looks like a ready made mug shot.

For his part, Scheffler, whose worst crime in his life was probably secretly moving his ball in the rough was now facing possible federal assault charges punishable by years in prison, not just a tournament DQ. As of today, it appears as if saner people have decided to drop all charges against the golfer. Thankfully for Scheffler, there were those in authority that overrode the elevated charges brought on by the arresting officer.

But what if that were not the case? What if the case against Scheffler was allowed to proceed based solely on the testimony of the officer? What if he were forced to stay imprisoned for some duration and then got mixed in with other criminals.  What if he suffered a real shank and not the kind made on course with a golf club? What if he got a gang tattoo with his new moniker Mad Dog Scheffler?

What if during the ensuing proceedings, other aggrieved people from Scheffler’s past came forward with various accusations against him?  Perhaps a competitor revealed that he had marked a wrong score on his card and improperly won a tournament. Perhaps a woman accuses him of fondling her while signing an autograph 15 years ago.  Perhaps someone accuses him of inflating his assets while getting a mortgage. Perhaps his caddie is accused as an accomplice.

He is the number one ranked golfer in the world and it would be tactically smart for other golfers to keep him out of the field for future events. While Scotty is fighting all the new lawsuits, this potential felon would be unable to defend his titles in tournaments.  Naturally the anti-white, male privilege crowd appears, demanding justice.  The legal costs would be crippling.

But it looks like his legal predicament will all go away.  Except for the arresting officer Fife and a few legal Karens, no one thought that Scheffler’s actions merited the horrific process that he had to endure.  Every participant in the procedure played along with the nonsense that played out because of ‘the process’.  The willingness of all the people who followed ‘process’ instead of common sense is telling about the state of the legal and justice system today. It’s as if the vindictive HOA Karens have taken over.

Processes are put in place to take the decision making out of the hands of those unable to make intelligent decisions.  Thus, when something doesn’t go as planned, they blame process and no one is culpable for stupidity.  They were just doing their job, the standard retort of bureaucrats and Karens everywhere.

 

 

Lighten Up Francis

November 22nd, 2023 No comments

link:  https://www.marca.com/en/lifestyle/world-news/2023/11/15/65552efd22601dc0018b457d.html

Given the big picture events happening in the world today, this little story probably escaped the notice of most busy people.  Nevertheless, it was significant in its own way and in fact has wider ramifications beyond the actual story.

While the world is caught up in an endless vortex of existential threats through wars, climate catastrophes, medical pandemics, political upheaval, Taylor and Travis, homelessness, soaring debt loads and of course Black Friday issues, the smaller threads in the fabric of life are still meaningful.

The Miss Universe pageant was held recently and as usual, a cacophony of criticism was levelled at the show. The expected criticisms were leveled at the spectacle of being horribly outdated and sexist of course, but accusations of racism are now being leveled against the format as well.  The key thing to remember is….this is a show.

Firstly, we can be somewhat relieved that the winner of this contest was actually a natural woman and in fact, actually a Miss. The fashionable thing of allowing other than natural women to enter contests was thankfully not a consideration….at least not in this year’s iteration.

From an early age, it was always quizzical to observe that the women in these contests were preposterously beautiful.  Most would agree that these women no more represented a nation’s inventory of females than Porsches represented the average car. But it was a show and we all suspend our beliefs for the entertainment value.

But, because of human beings’ natural tribalism, it was important to have a good showing at the contest.  It wasn’t about representation as much as it was about winning.  Like sports contests, the victory of your team oddly reflects a glory unto oneself, thus, you win when your team wins.

This year, the controversy actually surrounded a contestant from Zimbabwe, who was as you’d expect, pretty attractive. The problem was that the contestant, Brooke-Bruk Jackson was white which irked many people because the vast majority of Zimbabweans are black.  Though Miss Jackson was born in Zimbabwe, she apparently doesn’t reflect the people and in fact seen as a symbol of their historical oppression.  As we know, breast beating these days is a global phenomenon.

This is an oddly provincial view since the world aspires to be pushing towards inclusiveness and world kumbaya.  Some may recall that many years ago, way back in 1978, Canada entered a contestant in this same contest who was ethnically Chinese, Andrea Eng. I don’t recall a national outcry at the time; and that was over 40 years ago.

Presumably there were contests within Zimbabwe to narrow down the contestants to the ultimate winner, Miss Jackson and presumably, some of the contestants were black. Should race matter? Should the ultimate winner be determined as a function of demographic statistics?  If so, perhaps the contest can be renamed the Miss Statistical Universe pageant.

If you were to extrapolate this logic, think of all the professions that should also be subject to statistical restrictions.  In a population of citizens, only those who fall under the national quota would be allowed into a profession.  If for example, Indians make up 5% of the population, they cannot be represented by more than that amount in the tech industry.  If blacks are 13% of the population, they cannot represent more than that amount in sports teams.

At the end of it all, who cares what a contest claims?  Do we really think the winner is the most beautiful woman in the universe? Pretty arrogant since all of the contestants are from Earth.