The media certainly at times contributes to the problem. But it's a weak argument to blame them, when they are not the ones enacting laws based on religion, and flawed views of the world in general. Unfortunately it is the Republican party that are greatly contributing to that divide by going out of their way to pander to bigots, and xenophobes.
Well when people talk about "Southern heritage" related to it, they seem to mostly talk about how it represents "good ol' boy" country fun, whatever that means. Unfortunately, some individuals decided that good ol' boy country fun was calling black people niggers, and proceeding to kidnap them, beat the hell out of them, and tie them to the back of a pickup truck and then drag them through the countryside until they're dead. Why does one need a flag from a war in the 1800's to have a good time, or live their life in general? I mean, when I'm out with my friends, or out and about in general, I'm not parading the American flag around everywhere, and certainly no one would question my patriotism for it.
This is about the idea of individuals demonstrating basic humanity and responsibility by not publicly glorifying a symbol associated with slavery, hatred, and racism in the year 2015 for no other reason than just to separate themselves from the rest of the country. I'm not arguing that the flag should be outright banned. The flag does have a place, in museums, nothing more, period. Instead of flaunting the flag out in public, these individuals should be using it as a reason to unite our country. This is not the 1800's, there is no "Southern heritage" associated with the Confederate flag, the South lost, it's time to move on, and stop attempting to celebrate a tarnished era. Come together with the rest of the country. I'm also not sure where you get off attempting to take the moral high ground about insults, when you're the one who flew in here blabbering on about Democrats, and immediately dismissed everything as nothing more than rampant political correctness from "the left". That's laughable, and your rantings are very misplaced to say the least. As for whatever you are going on about in regards to religion, you're barking up the wrong tree here. Religion has nothing do with this, and I do not believe in using it to impact legislation, period. I've commented on this numerous times, so you are so far off on that you are on another planet right now.
I don't really care about the guys personal life. But in regards to football, he seems to be buying into his own hype, and that's all well and good when things are going well. But if things aren't going well, people are going to turn on him in a hurry, especially his fans, and that will only be amplified if he gets that huge contract he wants. He better be prepared for that.
Oh, but you do huh? What is alarming to me, is that you cannot fathom, or understand what is going on here. Nobody is even saying that individuals cannot fly the flag. My personal feelings are that it should not fly on public or government buildings. Individuals who choose to flaunt the flag are welcome to do so, but other people are also welcome to call those individuals out for being useless rednecks stuck in an era tainted by racism that has passed them by long ago. What does religion have to do with this? And why are you ranting about "the left"? Are you drunk? Your all caps "ZOMG" commentary may be rip roaring laughs for some in the Panthers section, but here in the tinderbox, you look like a blithering incoherent lunatic.
Those buffoons riding around parading the confederate flag all over the place in the name of "heritage" (lol) are the ones pushing the social divide. It's not the 1800's, come on into the year 2015 with the rest of the country, and the world for that matter.
No disrespect meant here, but based on that information, literally referring to them as "my ancestors" based off it is kind of a stretch. Anyways I obviously agree that we should secure our borders. But just how do you go about doing that? Build a huge wall? Let's not be ridiculous. As for your solution for dealing with the current illegal immigrants in the country, "may seem a bit extreme"? Eh, it's not even realistic whatsoever man. Deporting all illegal immigrants alone would cost upwards of half a trillion dollars. Then if you add in that idea of throwing kids into foster care, where is the money for all this going to come from exactly? In regards to Native Americans, and open borders, your comparison there is flawed to say the least, they were being slaughtered left and right by those "immigrants". The majority of immigrants from Mexico here are just living their lives, and not bothering anyone. The criminal element is being played up by Republican politicians to xenophobic buffoons who will believe it is some sort of an epidemic. Also, indentured servitude? Seriously? lol. I just don't much care for referring to someone entering the country simply wanting to improve their lives literally as criminals. I was lucky enough to have been born in this country, and I love this country. But putting myself in someone else's shoes who was not that lucky, and afforded that luxury is a pretty sobering thought. Americans at times take basic things here for granted. We're all guilty of it.
Depends entirely on who we would be replacing Olsen with. Though he is a TE, he is arguably at times our #1 WR, and Newton's favorite target, not to mention a great locker room presence. Also, our #2 TE is currently Ed Dickson. Um yeah, that speaks for itself. I mean, I would consider it. But, Peters, and a 1st? That's a fantasy Madden trade. You can make the "well receivers can't catch passes without an OL" argument, and there is a flipside to that too, having a top OL doesn't mean much if you have pass catchers with stone hands out there. I'm obviously well aware of the Panthers OL struggles, but even with that in mind, I still wouldn't make the kind of terribly one sided trade the Saints made. You're either getting better, or you're getting worse. The Saints got worse.
Well unfortunately we don't exist in a dream world where you can trade one player for an entire elite OL, so that option is out. I would not trade Olsen for one offensive lineman. I've already seen the Panthers neglect TE for years in the past. Graham got more up front guaranteed, but Gronkowski is on a contract worth $54 million. You're at least somewhat rational about the trade at least though. So I won't give you too hard of a time.