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What in the world is going on with the National Football League?

One rogue player unaware he is a contract performer hired to put on a show for a stadium full of football fans that have paid $172 per seat to see him beat the living-daylights out of another guy. He may leave him unsure which planet he is on for the rest of his life in the nearest thing to the games of the Roman Coliseum 1520 years ago. That was just before Rome fell showing that we have not moved very far in 15 centuries and that this may be a confirming sign that we are about to come to an end.

When Colin Kaepernick started this nonsense where was the management of his team? Could not those nimble-noggin multi-millionaire cigar smoking, gruff voiced sports and self promoters realize “…this kid is a time bomb!” How far does this have to go before the front office suits sober up enough to see they have run aground! The prototype fan wants none of this nonsense. He wants to see a game; not think about politics, be proud he is an American and able to get cold beer when he wants it.

Do “the suits” of the National Football League not realize “free speech” only holds the government in check? When you work for someone he can tell you what to say and if you to not fire you. They could quench this black rebellion in one minute, but if they want to get fancy about it they can hire a black intellectual like Larry Elder and have him talk some sense into these rattled heads. Or, are they too rattled to understand?

They say this is about Michael Brown and that he was murdered by a white police officer while trying to escape. Grand jury testimony says Michael was attacking the officer with a head butt which is consistent with the fact the bullet that killed him was in the top of his head! Gruesome, but conclusive. Autopsies produce facts.

Do they not realize these strange behaviors are arming the Mother’s Against Football movement? There is a building movement to ban football in the schools as 30 boys die playing the game every year. The game does not need players doing strange things that insult many people in the stands and watching TV. The effect is already showing with a 13% decline in the TV audience, but it is only 4.5% over the last ten years in stadium. TV viewing is down 17% in a single year which is certainly due to the TV fan being less interested in the first place compared to the stadium fan.

This issue runs a lot deeper than many fans understand. It is not just the Michael Brown case but several others where black criminals were shot in the back fleeing. While that seems a crime against the suspect, you just don’t try to get away from a police officer with a gun, but many black people try. That has to change

It is true that police officers of all colors are more leery of black people, but that is in response to the fact black people commit about three times as much crime per 100 people as white people and are 40% of the prison population while only 13% of the population. Some of this is due to poverty both as a cause and in criminal court defense. Poor people do not get the best defense lawyers. That is an inequity that defies solution.

The overwhelming stupidity of this protest is going to cause another problem for the NFL. Soon the general public will believe all these guys on their knees have lost so many IQ points by concussion they don’t know they are protesting a false issue, the Brown case, and not only will respect for the game diminish, but the legal eagles will soon be calling at the doors of NFL management with “victim” briefs in hand and when insurance companies take a walk on the “gross mismanagement” clauses NFL be in deep-poo-poo and that is not a small town in Illinois.

NFL has to take this issue to the players and instruct them that they can salute the flag, like all good citizens, or take a walk. They are rebelling on a bad case, the Michael Brown case, and in a way that will only make people mad. There is nothing creative or uplifting about this “down on one knee” business. It simply stupid and a real NFL disaster.

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Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology.
During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean’s office. “You don’t like the way we do things here?” was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion.
After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover’s books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962.
While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series.
For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800.
Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson’s PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70’s. His “Timing Waves to Enter The Sea” article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual.
“UFO’s, The Eye and the Camera” documents his “Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed.” It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically.
Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook’s secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of “The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings,” by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method.
On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD.
When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90’s to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work.
The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the “II” machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the “star” economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves.
Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, “The Stock Surfer” was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at
December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: and


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