Mike Leach, the new football coach at Mississippi State, is known to have a twisted, irreverent sense of humor (a proclivity we share). Last week he Tweeted a picture of an old woman knitting her husband a scarf in the shape of a noose, with the caption, “After 2 weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude decided to knit him a scarf..” I think it’s funny, and so do a lot of people, but…..not everyone. Mississippi State football player Fabien Lovett said he has entered the NCAA transfer portal, saying he has three years of eligibility remaining. The announcement comes a day after head coach Mike Leach apologized for a now-deleted Twitter meme that featured a noose. Lovett responded to the post with “wtf” on his Twitter account.
He did not say if the decision to enter the transfer portal was because of the controversial tweet. He did, however, retweet someone who wrote “Good for Fabien! This being the 21st century, one would expect to know what is offensive. I hope more players leave MSU and not just football. Leach’s apology is not enough.” He also retweeted Shannon Sharpe’s critical comments about Leach’s tweet: “Given the history of Emmett Till and lynchings in the state of Mississippi, Mike Leach, as the head coach of Mississippi State, you seriously thought it would be cool to post a picture that had a noose in it?” On his TV program Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, Sharpe ranted, “This is a fire-able offense!“ Shannon, I am really sorry that Mr. Til was lynched…..in 1955! So, 65 years ago some terrible and ignorant people lynched a man due to the color of his skin. That stinks. So it follows that even 65 years later, during the worst epidemic of our lifetimes, and yours, no one can show a picture of a noose, even as a joke, even using an elderly white woman as the foil? Sharpe may be your last name, but it doesn’t denote your powers of reasoning.
Predictably, Mr. Leach immediately deleted the tweet and “apologized” as soon as he got attacked. Mike, if you are going to tweet a joke, and it isn’t intended to offend but to help people laugh, DON’T APOLOGIZE!!! The Mississippi State football coach posts a photo with a funny caption more days than not. He said one of his favorites was a picture of a fenced field with a sign on it that said, “Do not cross this field unless you can do it in 9 seconds because the bull can do it in 10.“
I can’t wait for someone to get offended at the two Farside cartoons I started out with. Here’s my apology, just in case: “I am truly sorry that your sense of humor, if you ever had one, has been replaced by either fake outrage or hypersensitivity. Those of us who have managed to retain our ability to laugh–whom I would wager laugh at ourselves most often–take no pleasure in outrage, self-righteousness and thin-skinned sensitivity. I can only hope you will GET A LIFE! As for deleting my post, or removing the cartoons you chose to take offense at, DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH! If you do, and let if out too fast, you might suck in a gigantic cloud of coronaviruses.“
In Seattle, the sidewalks surrounding the municipal court buildings were littered by piles of human (?) shit, and judges, attorneys and visitors were vocal in their complaints. The feasible solution was to hose the piles into the streets and down the sewers. Halt, full stop, a City Councilman held up the cleaning by…..can you guess? If not, you must lack empathy. He complained that hoses couldn’t be used because they might remind POC’s of fire hoses used to disperse demonstrations. None of us living, with the possible exception of soldiers, have experienced the level of fear and insecurity caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, and the infection called CoVid-19. As I sit in my car in the parking lot of a Starbucks, sipping my nitro coldbrew while using their WiFi, every employee and most of the customers—all in their cars—are today wearing masks and gloves. Last week no one was. Isn’t it time to mentally let go of past sins and bring your mind up to speed?
Erick Erickson writes: Faith over fear. Update: figured I should note that I did not make this. Two kids who are the ages of our kids have been making these and selling them for $20 then buying break room snacks for local hospitals with the money. I added the lights. What is he referring to? It’s the cross, symbolizing Easter.
Newsweek (it should be called Newspeak) headlined this: “Conservative radio host Erick Erickson criticized for placing a ‘burning cross’ in front yard.”
Erickson writes, “Jesus has entered Jerusalem. He will end the week nailed to a spit upon, beaten, tortured, nailed to a cross, and killed. He’ll be blessing people all the way to Golgotha.” AND THAT’S NO LAUGHING MATTER, BECAUSE THREE DAYS LATER HE WILL CONQUER DEATH AND OFFER US ALL ETERNAL LIFE!