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, 2019-06-13 15:15:00
Shortly after 7-year-old Grayson Powell bowled the game of his life to help his team win the youth bowling tournament in the Newfoundland city of St John’s, he was disqualified because his pants were the wrong color.
The local rules require contestants to wear black pants. Grayson’s pants were black, but faded from wear. Evidently his jeans were not black enough for the 10-pin officials, who let him compete during the contest, only to inform his parents at the time of awarding the winning gold medal, that their son was disqualified because his faded pants were not black enough.
Bowling isn’t just popular here in the US, it’s popular everywhere, but bowling goes by differing names in different countries. In European countries bowling is known as 10-pin or nine-pin. In parts of Canada and New England it’s called Candlepin. Bocce, or lawn bowling is played in Italy (there’s even a Bocce court at Lake Merritt in Oakland).
Each version of the sport has its own rules and devoted defenders of those rules. Which can lead to disputes about enforcing those rules.
A dispute over the rules in a St. John, Newfoundland bowling tournament took their 10-pin rulebook to ridiculous lengths, because of arbitrary enforcement of the tournament’s dress code.
In a 2,600-word Facebook defense of the Provincial A tournament’s dress code, official Gord Davis blamed the boy’s parents for knowingly breaking the tournament rules.
Grayson’s dad countered by pointing out that the boy was allowed to compete during the entire tournament, and questioned why the rule was enforced only after the boy had won.
Later, Davis appeared to backpedal, saying seven year old Grayson and his team would be presented with gold medals in a special ceremony because the situation had been “blown out of proportion for simple communication problems.” He continued, “We will make sure these kids are taken care of first because that is what we are all about. We apologized for what decision we had to make and the fact that they were not relayed any information during the first or third game.”
In a statement, the Provincial governing body said it wished to move on from the controversy and simply concentrate on bowling. “Any kid can play this sport,” the post read. “Lots of kids won’t play sports because they feel they don’t belong and they are bullied, or just not good enough. Well, bowling is not like that: we treat all kids equally.”
Unless of course, they’re not wearing the right colored pants?
The contagion of lying to protect Trump
In February, at the public Congressional grilling of Michael Cohen, who was convicted of lying to the FBI in the Mueller probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his testimony was mercilessly attacked by GOP Congress members, who badgered Cohen, saying that none of his testimony was believable or true.
In his public defense of claims that he (Cohen) had come clean about his decades of clandestine work for Trump, including hiding secret payments to women with whom Trump had had affairs and lying about Trump contacts with powerful Putin allies, Cohen compared Trump to a mob boss in the way Trump communicates orders to his underlings.
Cohen explained that Trump spoke “in code,” about potentially illegal actions which Trump demanded from his associates. Cohen described himself as a consigliere, telling lawmakers he did Trump’s bidding for years, intimidating maybe 500 people and lying to scores, including the first lady. But Trump never directly told him to do it, he said.
“He doesn’t give you questions, he doesn’t give you orders,” Cohen said. “He speaks in a code, and I understand the code because I’ve been around him for a decade.”
Controversy surrounds Cohen’s “road to Damascus” conversion to Trump truth teller.
Cohen’s motivation is immaterial, whether he’s seeking a sentence reduction or he has truly reexamined his life values leading to his decision to do the “right thing” for family and country in testifying against the president.
Cohen explained, “Everybody’s job at the Trump organization is to protect Mr. Trump.”
Cohen’s testimony reveals the way Trump manipulates underlings and sychophants into protecting Trump at all costs, including embracing and repeating Trump’s falsehoods. Protecting the boss becomes their prime directive (Starfleet general order 1), regardless of the truth.
Cohen warned Republicans on the committee that their stonewalling on Trump’s behalf “puts you into the same position that I am in.”
“COHEN: I did the same thing that you’re doing now, for 10 years. I protected Mr. Trump for 10 years, and the fact that you pull up a news article that has no value to it and you want to use that as the premise for discrediting me, that I’m not the person that people called at 3 o’clock in the morning would make you inaccurate. In actuality would make you a liar, which puts you into the same position that I am in, and I can only warn people the more people that follow Mr. Trump, as I did blindly, are going to suffer the same consequences that I’m suffering.”
In protecting their president, in parroting his lies on everything from incarcerating asylum seekers to Trump’s false assertion that Mueller exonerated him, they are complicit; because protecting Trump has become the primary governing principle of the GOP.
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