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Daniel Snyder’s Last Stand:
Why ‘Redskins’ Are Going Down

Newsweek, by John Walters

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 10/20/2013 6:02:45 AM

The word “appropriate” is one of the better homonyms in the English language. As an adjective, it is defined as “suitable or proper in the circumstances,” while as a verb appropriate means “to take something for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission.” Which brings us to the Washington Redskins. Currently the Redskins are more than a disappointing NFC East franchise; they are a national litmus test. The franchise has in recent months taken a lot of heat – and not Miami Heat – because its name is a racial slur. Which - and we might as well deal with this


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Reply 1 - Posted by: scottc, 10/20/2013 6:22:17 AM     (No. 9573361)

Why is this suddenly a national issue to the point that the President has to weigh in? Shouldn´t we be talking about the economy,the national debt, Obamacare or Iraq/Afghanistan? Oh wait....I answered my own question!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Screwgun, 10/20/2013 6:58:01 AM     (No. 9573376)

"National litmus test" is a nice way of saying "contrived controversy designed to divide people". That´s all the left does.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: reilly, 10/20/2013 7:11:52 AM     (No. 9573386)

Just change to the following and you´ve got Washington in a nutshell:

Reds´ Kins

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sergeant Major, 10/20/2013 7:35:42 AM     (No. 9573417)

And the vocal minority did the same thing to the University of North Dakota and their "Fighting Sioux".
I have to agree with poster #2 and the Lefts desire to divide

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NancyD, 10/20/2013 7:40:48 AM     (No. 9573420)

Well, after much thought. I think they should change the name. Here are a few suggestions

Washington Idiots
Washington MoneyGrubbers
Washington Liars
Washington Spenders
Washington Incompetents
Washington Elitists

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Reply 6 - Posted by: NancyD, 10/20/2013 7:43:38 AM     (No. 9573424)

As a follow up, I think Daniel Snyder should really name the team one of those names as a poke, mock, in your face response to those in Washington particularly BO for starting fake controversy.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 10/20/2013 7:56:58 AM     (No. 9573435)

How about "the Kenyan Usurpers?"

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Reply 8 - Posted by: fobo, 10/20/2013 8:06:15 AM     (No. 9573446)

I stopped reading when I realized Walters really didn´t know what a homonym is.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bevan, 10/20/2013 8:41:06 AM     (No. 9573496)

Look! A red squirrel!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: krause, 10/20/2013 8:46:21 AM     (No. 9573501)

Most important issue of our time. /s

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Reply 11 - Posted by: aasilver, 10/20/2013 9:07:38 AM     (No. 9573523)

Illinois was a ´Native American´ tribe. It must be changed.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 10/20/2013 9:14:54 AM     (No. 9573531)

If I owned the team,I would name it the "Washington Crackers". That´s the only sure way to avoid a racial slur.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: DaddyO, 10/20/2013 9:20:50 AM     (No. 9573536)

Newsweek certainly knows about going down as a business goes down.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/20/2013 9:50:20 AM     (No. 9573576)

But "The Fighting (read drunken) Irish" is OK ?

San Diego "Padres" isn´t anti Catholic ?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bluebonnet, 10/20/2013 9:50:33 AM     (No. 9573578)

Quite frankly, I thought Newsweak had gone bye-bye.

Just rename them the Washington Native Americans and be done with it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/20/2013 10:06:10 AM     (No. 9573605)

Rename them ´District of Columbia Redskins´. Then George Washington will no longer be offended.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 10/20/2013 10:18:41 AM     (No. 9573621)

Again the Society of the Easily Offended is easily offended. If there had never been a sports franchise or university to use a Native name or a name that can be construed as "Native" (Warriors, for instance) wouldn´t these same people be shouting that it is racist to ignore the fighting spirit of the Native American.
And if they are so sensitive about these "slurs", why are they silent about Fighting Irish, Celtics, Cowboys, Vikings, Minute Men, Mountaineers, Wonder Boys, Boilermakers, Raiders, Pirates, Buccaneers,...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 10/20/2013 10:38:12 AM     (No. 9573648)

I have yet to hear anything about my favorite Cleveland "BROWNS". Is that name racially offensive, also ? Or the Southern Cal " TROJANS " . That is definitely a racy title.
And PETA must hate all the teams with animal
monikers trying to beat each other up, like " TIGERS". Anyways, maybe just eliminate all the nicknames and call the teams by their schools or cities, even though there would be a bit of duplication. Maybe using nicknames like "Martians", "Plutos", "Venusians" would be proper, at least until these planets are settled by very sensitive humans.
That way the P.C. World would settle down a bit.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Elvira, 10/20/2013 10:48:04 AM     (No. 9573664)

#18 Those are just the next targets on the list of, as best said above, "The Society of the Easily Offended". Or, as I would call them, "Society of Inept Self Serving Yobs" or SISSYs.

Stand your ground Mr. Snyder! If you must do anything at all, rebrand them the "Red Skins" as in potatos - more vitamins, less starch.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: southron, 10/20/2013 10:58:55 AM     (No. 9573691)

The federal government needs to make sure that no one ever has too see, hear or read anything that might be offensive - even remotely offensive - the government must closely monitor every single thing that occurs to make sure that not a single person - even mentally ill persons - ever feel offended in any degree whatsoever.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: spinpilot, 10/20/2013 11:02:32 AM     (No. 9573697)

I´m white. How about White skins. I´m cool with that. Its a word, I have much more character than to let a word rule my life!!!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/20/2013 11:06:03 AM     (No. 9573704)

I am offended when the democrat party calls themselves democrats or progressives. They are socialists and should use the appropriate name.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: RancherJack, 10/20/2013 11:12:22 AM     (No. 9573719)

Joh Walters

The day you and Newsweek admit The War of Northern Aggression was not about ending slavery, I´ll start listening to you.

Not about slavery? You off your nut, Jack?

The unvarnished truth - Even as the Union threw everything they had at crushing the revolt of loyal Southerners, the Union was off in the West killing Indians. For being the wrong color and not accepting of the Union´s effort to dislodge and colonize them.

Racial extermination. Forced imprisonment. A Reservation system to make Nazis giggle. When the North militarily surmounted the South and the West, they set about creating a new US Currency, an income tax, the IRS, took over all the banks, continued killing Indians .. etc etc

Redskin is a slur, John? You and yours killed them happy abandon. So, shut your ignorant yap, you Administration flapper.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: dukester, 10/20/2013 11:14:31 AM     (No. 9573733)

This guy is a complete fool. Homonyms are words that sound the same but are spelled differently. Thus: "to," "two," "too." Or "there" and "their." It is fun to see lefty idiots pretend to learning they don´t have.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: JustCause, 10/20/2013 11:16:26 AM     (No. 9573739)

John needs to change seating positions and get the wadded panties straitened out.

Men who battle men, choose a name honoring tough men. The language has not changed, men have not evolved into the fairer sex (though some wish it were so).

It´s newsweek trying to change the subject and get away from the real problems we face - obamacare, fast and furious, IRS, Benghazi, etc., etc.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: jlw509, 10/20/2013 11:46:13 AM     (No. 9573810)

"The franchise has in recent months taken a lot of heat – and not Miami Heat – because its name is a racial slur. Which - and we might as well deal with this question right away - it is."

I actually looked it up to see if this was not a textbook example of "begging the question" or "circular reasoning" or a "tautology".

Actually, it´s not a classical argument fallacy. It´s not an argument at all. It´s just establishing one´s point by repetition: "It´s true because it´s true, and here´s the reason why: it´s true."

I wouldn´t allow this in an 8th grade English paper.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: cromrock, 10/20/2013 12:24:25 PM     (No. 9573868)

They should change the name to the old baseball team the Washington Senators. The passing game is non existent and their running game consists of running it into the ground. Never get traded, never involuntary retirement, and if you happen to die your significant other gets a year salary paid for by the "fans".

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Tom Kilbride, 10/20/2013 12:26:03 PM     (No. 9573874)

How about renaming the team The Los Angeles Surfers?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 10/20/2013 1:57:01 PM     (No. 9573970)

"But how much thought do we give to the fact that European settlers appropriated their land? And might the indigenous peoples of North America have a slightly less bellicose and warrior-like reputation if their ancestors had not been attacked and forced into assimilation in the first place?"

Another liberal numbskull with no grasp of American history. As if Native Americans were innocent little children frolicking in the daisies and communing with nature until the evil white Europeans pushed them in onto reservations. Indians were constantly warring amongst themselves for territory and resources long before the Europeans arrived, and they eventually were proved inferior to and displaced by the latest incomers (a situation repeated time and again all around the world throughout the ages). Many tribes aligned themselves with either the English, the Spanish, or the French so as to try and gain an advantage over enemy tribes. And let´s not forget the cannibalism and/or human sacrifice some tribes engaged in. So forgive me if my violins don´t play for both the little darlings and the lying liberals trying to make them out to be something they´re not. Hail to the Redskins! Beat the Bears!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/20/2013 1:58:37 PM     (No. 9573973)

Think about renaming the team "The Redheads" and moving them to either Ireland or Scotland where they will fit right in, then only the players will be offended or unhappy.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 10/20/2013 2:05:22 PM     (No. 9573988)

The author may be wrong about the Redskins, but he´s not a complete fool. Homonyms are words that sound the same but with different meanings, but they can be spelled differently or the same. Two, too, and to are homonyms, but so are the several meanings of a word like ´appropriate´, 8 and 25, according to the dictionaries definition of homonym.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/20/2013 2:12:39 PM     (No. 9574000)

Does he mean those "indigenous" people who came here from Asia?

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for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

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