“Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult…. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And when they become discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontentment led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances.”
– George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
Chris Hedges: Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War — “The heroes of war and the heroes of sport are indistinguishable in militarized societies. War is sold to a gullible public as a noble game. Few have the athletic prowess to play professional sports, but almost any young man or woman can go to a recruiter and sign up to be a military hero”
[5-minute satire video] Mark Dice: NFL Replacement Refs are Destroying America! — “If people got as mad about our government being hijacked by secret societies as they are about the Green Bay Packers losing a game over a bad call by some replacement refs, then maybe we wouldn’t be in the Great Recession and on the verge of disaster!”
Chuck Baldwin: America’s Bread And Circus Society — America’s Pastime Has Turned Into America’s Obsession. “If the people of the United States do not quickly repent of this madness, the consequences will be just as destructive for our once-great republic as it was for Rome”
Alex Jones: “It’s so frustrating because the average adult male knows all about football, but they don’t know how to be free men: ‘I don’t care bout dat, there gonna be football game on tonight.’ … And when you lose everything you got, just remember that you were told! … You will be judged by your own cowardice!”
[ video ] Feds Targeting Patriots & Christians?: People who are going to sporting events seem to be the most complacent about the rise of the police state. It’s easy to catch them up into an ‘Us vs. Them’ paradigm — ‘USA! USA!’ mentality — like you saw in Boston.
(video) Super Bowl Event is Mass Mind Control — “Men won’t go and fight at the PTA to stop all the brainwashing, and anti-family…garbage going on. But they’ll go down to the bar and get into a fight with someone that talks bad about their team. … They’re misdirecting our impulses”