Inside Edition: ‘Why Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher- Shot Her Lover’s Wife’

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Source:Inside Edition– Amy Fisher: about to be sentenced for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco in 1992

Source:The New Democrat 

“On May 19, 1992, 17-year-old Amy Fisher went to her married lover’s home, rang the doorbell and shot his wife in the head. The story became a tabloid news sensation, with Fisher dubbed “Long Island Lolita.” Her victim, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, survived her injuries but will always have the bullet lodged in her skull. In December 1992, a judge sentenced Fisher to five to 15 years in prison. At the sentencing, Mary Jo detailed the pain Fisher had caused her family. Fisher was released in 1999.”

Source:Inside Edition: Why Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher- Shot Her Lover’s Wife’

Happy Friday and because of that we’re going to take a different course today and take a short break from the current affairs and history that this blog normally covers and instead talk about more important and pressing issues like tabloid true crime stories. LOL Or at least more entertaining stories like the Long Island love affair between Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher from back in the early 1990s.

To answer Inside Edition’s ( speaking of tabloids ) question about why Amy Fisher shot her ex-lover’s Joey Buttafuoco wife Mary Jo: she was sort of a crazy, highly impressionable, lost in space teenage girl who wasn’t even 18 yet when she shot Mrs. Buttafuoco, who believed that Joey even though he was married with kids and was happily married with kids and loved his kids, and was a successful small business owner in Long Island, New York, that he would give up all of that to be with her. Amy Fisher, who was still in high school when she met Joey and Joey was 36 at this point with everything else going for him in life that I already mentioned.

I’m not not a mindreader, ( obviously ) otherwise life would be way too interesting for me always knowing what others are thinking, but I was a teenager at one point even if my grasp of reality was a lot stronger than Amy Fisher’s, but I have to imagine that Amy with her teenage and obsessed mind probably assumed that if Joey wouldn’t leave his wife voluntarily, that maybe if she eliminated Mary Jo herself, then maybe Joey would take her back and they could be together again. And maybe she becomes the mother of his kids.

Amy sort of had this Marilyn Monroe delusion going on where she expected a man that she believed was in love with her would give up everything that he already has: beautiful wife, the kids, nice home, successful business, money, in order to be with her who wasn’t even out of high school yet. But that’s just my theory about this case.

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David Hoffman: ‘This Ordinary Man Didn’t Get The Sexual Revolution’

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Source:David Hoffman– I’m sure this man has a name, but I don’t know who he is

Source:The New Democrat 

“My subscribers have been asking me to, on occasion, post a complete interview without edits. This is one. The person asking the questions is my co-executive producer on my television series on the 1960s. The interview was conducted in 1989 as part of 180 interviews we did for that series. My idea was to talk with ordinary people from all political and social stripes about their experiences of that time.”

Source:David Hoffman: ‘This Ordinary Man Didn’t Get The Sexual Revolution’

Not surprising that anyone who is older than the Silent Generation ( Americans born in the 1930s, generally ) and in some cases members of the Silent Generation didn’t get the 1960s Sexual Revolution.

Pre-1963 or so, America was a Phyllis Schlafly, Beaver Cleaver, Ozzie and Harriet Utopia: “hi honey, “I’m home” wasn’t just a popular 1950s sitcom phrase, but what most of America was about as far as relationships between American men and women: man worked and paid the bills: woman stayed home and raised their kids. Of course Americans were having sex pre-marriage back in the 1950s and even before that, but they didn’t talk about that. They didn’t live with each other pre-marriage. They didn’t have kids pre-marriage. Americans tended not to talk about their sex lives in public.

Starting in the 1960s, America started changing dramatically because you had all of these Baby Boomers ( Americans born in the 1940s and 50s ) entering, graduating high school, entering college, and graduating college. These Americans were tired and bored with their parents and grandparents America and wanted to live their own lives. Listen to their own music, watch their own movies and TV, party with their own people and go to their own parties. And perhaps the most divisive aspect of the 1960s having to do with military service where you had all of these Baby Boomers who didn’t feel the need to enter the military and didn’t believe America should be involved in other countries civil wars. Which is what the divide about the Vietnam War was.

So of course if you came of age in the 1950s and you’re weren’t a Beatnik, ( 1950s Hippies ) you grew up in an America that looked almost like a different country than what America looked like by 1965 or so. It looked like two different large, developed countries where one America looks more like Saudi Arabia and the other America looks like a free society where everyone is essentially free to be themselves and live their own lives, to do their own thing and not feel the need to be like people who are older than them, just because that’s how American life was before.

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Audio Productions: U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy- ‘Traitors Are Not Gentlemen’: March 17, 1954

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Source:Audio Productions– U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy: the father of the McCarthyist movement

Source:The New Democrat 

“Joseph Raymond “Joe” McCarthy (November 14, 1908 — May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Beginning in 1950, McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion.[1] He was noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States federal government and elsewhere. Ultimately, his tactics and inability to substantiate his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate.

The term McCarthyism, coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy’s practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist activities. Today the term is used more generally in reference to demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents.[2]

Born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, McCarthy earned a law degree at Marquette University in 1935 and was elected as a circuit judge in 1939, the youngest in state history.[3] At age 33, McCarthy volunteered for the United States Marine Corps and served during World War II. He successfully ran for the United States Senate in 1946, defeating Robert M. La Follette, Jr. After three largely undistinguished years in the Senate, McCarthy rose suddenly to national fame in February 1950 when he asserted in a speech that he had a list of “members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring” who were employed in the State Department.[4] McCarthy was never able to prove his sensational charge.

In succeeding years after his 1950 speech, McCarthy made additional accusations of Communist infiltration into the State Department, the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the United States Army. He also used various charges of communism, communist sympathies, disloyalty, or homosexuality to attack a number of politicians and other individuals inside and outside of government.[5]

Not as widely known as McCarthy’s anti-Communist crusade were his various attempts to intimidate, and expel from government positions, persons whom he accused, or threatened to publicly accuse, of homosexuality. Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson has written: “The so-called ‘Red Scare’ has been the main focus of most historians of that period of time. A lesser-known element…and one that harmed far more people was the witch-hunt McCarthy and others conducted against homosexuals.”

Source:Audio Productions: U.S. Senator Jospeh McCarthy- ‘Traitors Are Not Gentlemen’: March 17th, 1954

The piece from Audio Productions put out perfectly lays out what Senator Joe McCarthy stood for in the 1940s and how went from a lowly junior U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, to becoming one of the most powerful members of Congress: not just Senator’s, but to becoming one of the most powerful people in Congress from either chamber in about 4 years.

By 1951, Senator McCarthy becomes Ranking Member of the Oversight Committee which is where he starts his so-called investigation of Communists in the U.S. Government, to two years later after Republicans win back Congress with Dwight Eisenhower becoming President where McCarthy becomes Chairman of that committee with subpoena power. Which was actually the start of his downfall because of how he used that power as Chairman and where guilt be association becomes better known as McCarthyism that of course was named as Senator Jospeh McCarthy.

As far as Senator McCarthy’s Traitors Are Not Gentlemen speech: you have to understand what the term traitor is: a traitor is someone who “betrays a friend, country, or organization.” Its a word that is wildly used today especially by hyper-partisans on the Far-Right in America and how they talk about people who simply disagree with them and don’t share their politics, cultural or religious values, even if the person or people that they’re labeling and even libeling have no foreign allegiances and love America for what America is which is the guaranteed right for Americans to be Americans not feel the need to have to fit into some religious or cultural box in order to be great Americans.

McCarthyism, wasn’t the start of tribalism and what we call nationalism today, but it was a huge moment in time for those movements and Joe McCarthy is someone that Nationalists and the broader Far-Right in America look up today and view as one of their heroes and argue that McCarthy was right in what he did, because in their view Communists and Socialists in general aren’t deserving of the same constitutional rights as people they would call the real Americans. Which are people that look at the world and America the way they do with this hardcore fundamentalist religious and cultural philosophy about what America is and what they believe it should be.

What McCarthyites and people who would be called Nationalists today fail to understand or aren’t willing to admit is what makes America great is the guaranteed right for Americans to be Americans and that we don’t all have to be the same: we don’t have to look the same, act the same, talk the same way, believe in the same religion, or even have to be religious at all, and we don’t have to think the same way to be great Americans. We just have to acknowledge the respect the rights and freedoms of other Americans as much as our own.

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Late Night With Seth Meyers: The Check In- Draining The Swamp

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Source:Late Night With Seth Meyers– The Donald and Seth

Source:The New Democrat 

“Seth takes a break from breaking news to check in on how President Trump’s campaign promise to drain the Washington, D.C., swamp of insiders, lobbyists and special interest groups is going.”

Source:Late Night With Seth Meyers: The Check In- Draining The Swamp

At risk of sounding cliche to every single one of those 65 plus million Americans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016: how’s that draining the swamp working out for you? The most successful real estate project that Donald Trump has ever been personally involved in or created by himself, is the 2017 expansion of the Washington Swamp. If anyone is wondering the the weather has been even hotter and more humid in Washington the last two years, it’s because of one of their newest residents who just happens to live at The White House. He doesn’t own The White House and doesn’t even pay rent there, but he couldn’t afford the rent anyway so it’s sort of a moot point and question. He owes too much money probably to both Russia and Saudi Arabia and perhaps Germany as well thanks to Deutsche Bank. Who doesn’t just lend money to Americans even if they’re of German descent like Donald Trump.

We now have a President who not only believes the U.S. Justice Department is his personal law firm ( add to that his list of personal services that he doesn’t pay for ) and the Attorney General is his personal lawyer ( add that to the list of personal lawyers that Donald Trump doesn’t compensate ) but he uses those two offices and departments as his personal lawyers. And now ( thanks to The New York Times ) we know that the man who claims to be the greatest Americans businessman in American history, couldn’t afford to even pay Federal income taxes in at least parts of the 1980s and 1990s, because he didn’t earn enough income to qualify for Federal the income taxes and that he was also the biggest loser ( to use one of his own phrases ) during that period with all the money that he lost and had to write off to be able to financially survive during that period.

Donald Trump ran for President in 2016 claiming to be this great businessman who knows how get results and will make Washington work for the people and all of that: and his supporters will say that has worked and just look at the economy, the problems with that is he inherited a strong economy with strong economic and job growth, where even wages were finally growing again. And even with this strong economy somehow Donald Trump has managed to run up the deficit by 300 hundred-billion dollars ( which is even more money than her personally lost in the 1980s and 90s ) and the only person that Donald Trump has ever made money for ( when he’s not losing money ) his himself and all the great and professional news organizations that cover him and report the truth about the Real Donald Trump ( ha, ha ) that he calls the enemy of the people.

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People’s World: Series- ‘100 Years of Communist Party USA’

Communist Party USA also changing from hammers to gears #CivilizationBeyondEarth #gaming #Civilization #games #world #steam #SidMeier #RTS

Source:Communist Party USA– Communist Party of America

Source:The New Democrat

“the world is on the verge of a new era. Europe is in revolt. The masses of Asia are stirring uneasily. Capitalism is in collapse. The workers of the world are seeing a new life and securing new courage. Out of the night of war is coming a new day… The class war rages fiercely in all nations. Everywhere the workers are in a desperate struggle against their capitalist masters. The call to action has come. The workers must answer the call!” — Manifesto of the Communist Party of America, 1919”

Source:People’s World: Series- ‘100 Years of Communist Party USA’

“”Despite the challenges of working for socialism, peace and social justice in the world’s leading imperialist power, the Communist Party USA has played a dynamic role for 100 years in the growth and struggles of our country’s labor movement.”

I sort of got into this last year on this blog about what exactly is communism as a political philosophy and what does it mean to be a Communist. And one of the biggest reactions and answers to that were that Communists are essentially Anarchists who believe in a stateless society: which anyone who is familiar with communism and how its portrayed at least ( if not accurately ) sounds like the opposite of what communism is supposed to be and what it means to be a Communists.

When people think of big, centralized government and that individualism and materialism two things that Americans tend to love, that those things are somehow dangerous, ( at least according to Communists and Socialists ) they think of Communists and Socialists as people who believe in that. And that you need a central government big enough with the resources to guarantee that everyone is taken care of and that people don’t have the freedom to make big mistakes with their lives.

When you hear Communists talk today whether they’re in America or outside of this country, they tend to talk about and push the same things as let’s say the Democratic Socialists of America.

Whether you’re talking about a big, centralized welfare state, or that individual wealth is somehow selfish and unfair and you need big, centralize government welfare state to sort of equalize things ( to use a soccer term ) and make sure there’s enough resources for people who aren’t wealthy. Rarely if ever today ( anywhere outside of North Korea, at least ) do you hear Socialists talking about the need of nationalizing this industry or that one. Except as it relates to private sector services that tend to be covered by a welfare state: like health care, health insurance, pension, education, etc. But not food, restaurants, technology, even airlines, etc.

If Communists actually do believed in a stateless society, ( which I gotta admit is a struggle to try to believe ) then how are they different from Anarchists? If Communists, essentially believe in the same things as Democratic Socialists of America and let’s say U.K. Labour Leader Jermey Corbyn, how are they different from Democratic Socialists?

If Communists, are just what they believe they are and are people who believe that individual freedom both personal and economic are bad things and there shouldn’t be any right to privacy at least, because there’s no such thing as private or privacy in a true Communist State ( like North Korea ) and what you need instead if a big central government there with the resources to make sure that everyone is taken care of in society and that individualism is not even wanted, let alone needed because the Communist State is always there to tell people what to do and what to think, ( like in North Korea ) then its easy to see why they you would need to socialist factions: a Communist-Authoritarian faction and a Democratic Socialist faction.

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The Thinking Atheist: Andrew Torrez- ‘Donald Trump, The Courts, and The Evangelical Right’

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Source:The Thinking Atheist– Andrew Torrez: on The Thinking Atheist

Source:The New Democrat 

“Andrew Torrez is an attorney and co-host of the Opening Arguments podcast. In this short profile, Andrew talks Trump, the law, impeachment(?), and the Supreme Court.”

Source:The Thinking Atheist: Andrew Torrez- Donald Trump, The Courts, and The Evangelical Right’

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I guess that I have a different take from Andrew Torrez on this, even though I agree with most of what he’s saying here. My point here is about Donald Trump and what’s called the Christian-Right and when we talk about these two movements ( which is exactly what they are ) we need to be careful when doing this and not put every Christian-Conservative in the same camp or say that everyone on the Christian-Right is a Christian-Conservative. And instead separate the people who truly are Christian-Fundamentalists and live by those values and if anything think Donald Trump and a lot of what he stands for in many ways is anti-Christian and an insult to Christianity, separate those people from the Christian-Nationalists and the hyper-partisan people on the Christian-Right in America.

I think it’s also dangerous to try to get into someone’s mind and try to label say this is exactly what they think and believe in. We shouldn’t do that when it comes to politics or religion, but what we can do is go by people’s actions and talk about how they act and their politics and believes based on what they say and what they do. And then see if their actions match up with what they claim to believe in. So I’m not going to try to argue that Donald Trump is not a Christian. He might truly believe he is ( even if his personal lifestyle and character makes it clear that he isn’t ) but what I am going to do is make the case that Trump doesn’t act like a Christian and a lot of what he believes in and how he presents himself, his lack of morality and character is very anti-Christian and I’m going to use The Ten Commandments and his personal behavior as my reference for that.

Let’s start with the third commandment thou shalt not take God’s name in vain: do you know of another President or American politician at any level that swears more in public more than Donald Trump? Within his first days as President he gives a speech at a church in Washington and of course he was joking here, but he was talking about Senate Chaplin and he said that he knows he can’t appoint the Chaplin for life and then he says: “the hell with it, I’m appointing the Chaplin for life.” And it got a big laugh, but the President of the United States literally not just swearing in public, but doing it at a church. And I realize the hell with anything is very mild when it comes to swearing in America today, but we’re talking about a President who can’t even keep his dirty mouth shut at a church.

How about though shalt not speak ill of the dead: I realize this might not be an official member of The Ten Commandments, but what’s Christian and moral about speaking ill of people who can’t defend themself and in Senator John McCain’s case who was a POW and war hero in Vietnam, because he wouldn’t rat on his fellow Naval officers: where’e the morality and Christianity about speaking ill of man like Senator John McCain who is dead?

Though shalt not commit adultery: Donald Trump, has been married three times and is a three-time adulterer. His personal life is exactly that and I’m not ready to says he’s a bad man because he’s a three-time adulterer, ( God knows there’s so much more and better evidence to lay out that he’s bad man without his adultery ) but it’s not just that he’s a serial adulterer, but take up to the points where he’s cheating on his wife while she’s carrying his third son with two porn actresses. And then pays off both women so his family never knows about that and it doesn’t hurt him during the 2016 presidential election.

Here’s a good one: though shalt not bear false witness: again, do you know of an American politician at nay level that lies more than Donald Trump? I wrote a piece a few weeks ago talking about liars and bullshitters ( and no, I’m not Christian myself ) and differentiating between the two: Donald Trump, qualifies both as a liar and a bullshitter. Which is a remarkable accomplishment in itself and its not that he just lies or lies so much is really bad by itself, because you’re talking about a President where maybe 3-5 Americans simply don’t believe the man every time he speaks. Whoever said that credibility and character is everything, knows what they’re talking about.

But it’s not just the lying and bullshit that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth or that he’s President when he does that. The real problem here is that he simply doesn’t give a damn ( to put it mildly ) and doesn’t seem to care if others knows when he’s lying and bullshitting and does it anyway. And that he’s so bad as a liar that a 10 year old kid could think to themself and say: “wait, that’s not true and does he even believe what he’s saying here.” I mean the man even lies about his own height: his official New York drivers license has him at 6’2 while he tells everyone else that he’s 6’3 and everyone already knows that he’s a big tall man and yet he has to give himself and extra inch. He even lies about his own father and ancestry saying that his father Fred Trump was from Germany, when the fact was his father was born in America to German-American parents who were from Germany.

Why the so-called Christian-Right thinks it’s Christian to loyally back a man who isn’t even aware of The Ten Commandments, let alone follows them or believes in them you’ll have to bring that up with them if you want to know the answer to that. And while you’re at it you might want to ask them if it is worth sacrificing their own character, morality, and credibility to get fewer abortions performed in America. But again its important not to put every member of the Christian-Right in the same box and instead separate the political partisans from the true Christians who actually live up to the values that they say they believe in.

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Wiley Studios: ‘Wisdom of Vince Lombardi- Famous Quotes’

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Source:Wiley Studios– Vince Lombardi’s commonsense

Source:The New Democrat 

“Vince Lombardi quotes and sayings.

Vince Lombardi, at the age of 45, when most pro football luminaries have made their mark and passed from the scene of a young man’s game, was embarking on the dual adventure of being head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers.

His previous NFL experience consisted of five years as an assistant coach with the New York Giants. Amazingly, Vince basked in the limelight for only one decade. Cancer struck him down just as he seemingly was about to create a “second miracle,” the rejuvenation of the Washington Redskins. In remarkably few years, Lombardi became the symbol of excellence for an entire sport. Vince Lombardi quotes and speeches are considered the holy grail of motivation and life purpose.

Vincent Thomas “Vince” Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was an American football player, coach, and executive in the National Football League (NFL). He is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years, in addition to winning the first two Super Bowls following the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons. The NFL’s Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, the year after his death. Lombardi, while considered by many to be the greatest coach in football history, is more significantly recognized as one of the greatest coaches and leaders in the history of any sport.

Lombardi began his coaching career as an assistant and later as a head coach at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey. He was an assistant coach at Fordham, at the United States Military Academy, and with the New York Giants before becoming a head coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967 and the Washington Redskins in 1969. He never had a losing season as a head coach in the NFL, compiling a regular season winning percentage of 72.8% (96–34–6), and 90% (9–1) in the postseason for an overall record of 105 wins, 35 losses, and 6 ties in the NFL.

Here are some of his famous and not so famous quotes and wisdom.”

 

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Source:Wiley Studios: ‘Wisdom of Vince Lombardi- Famous Quotes’

When I think of Vince Lombardi and his quotes, I think of a couple of things: commonsense where a lot of what he says really is just basic commonsense, but he believed in what he said and acted on it. The reasons why I believe commonsense is called commonsense because you don’t have to be a genius to understand it or to come up with it, but you have to believe in it and the use it.

And the reasons why commonsense is repeated over and over, because we have so many people who don’t believe in it, or don’t actually understand it. It’s seemed as old school and just doesn’t fit in today’s American culture, because it comes off a corny. There’s no Hollywood pop culture flare to it and doesn’t sound like something that today’s so-called celebrities wouldn’t believe in and certainly wouldn’t quote themselves, because it sounds so corny and common.

And once something is put down as corny or old school in today’s culture, its forgotten and pushed aside with people believing that it can’t be true, because that’s what people back in the day believed and that’s how they talked and doesn’t represent the modern culture.

The other thing that I think of when I think of Vince Lombardi is not really a thing, but a real man and human being in Richard Nixon: whatever you think of Richard Nixon and I have my own mixed feelings about him myself a lot of his own quotes and advice that he gave people in his speeches sound like things that Vince Lombardi could’ve written himself and as if Coach Lombardi was President Nixon’s speechwriter or something. Not accusing Richard Nixon of plagiarizing, but he an Vince Lombardi did have similar speaking voices.

The whole Lombardi quote about its not a question of whether someone gets knocked down in life, but the question is whether you get back up or not: that sounds a lot like President Nixon’s deepest valley quote when on the day he left the presidency in 1974: “that you’ll never know what its like to be on the highest mountain, until you’re in the deepest valley.” That to reach the top, you have to pay the price for it even if that means getting knocked down in life.

The difference between Vince Lombardi and Dick Nixon when it came to commonsense is that Lombardi lived it and believed it. Nixon, learned the hard way to the point that it cost him his presidency about why you shouldn’t be petty and hate others and how those flaws destroyed his presidency.

I’m going to give you my favorite quotes from Vince Lombardi and tell you what I thunk of them and you can do the same as well.

“Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all time thing.”

What I take for that is that you can’t take winning for granted and then expect to be successful. That just doesn’t go for football, but in life in general. Once you become complacent and overconfident is when you’re at you most vulnerable, because that’s when you slack off. But the better you prepare, the better you execute, and the harder and better you work, the better you’ll do not just in football, but in life in general.

“Its not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.”

I could go back to Richard Nixon’s deepest valley quote on that: since all of us are human, none of us are perfect and because of that we all make mistakes, or just get beat by better opponents and have to deal with the consequences of those losses. Or lose people in our lives that are very close to us, or just get screwed over by people who want things for themselves and don’t care if they have to hurt people in order to accomplish those goals. The question is do we learn from our mistakes and losses and use them to make us better people and not repeat those mistakes again and not lose the same way again. Or do we stay down and claim that life is unfair.

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can achieve excellence.”

This quote right here sounds more like Bill Walsh or Mike Holmgren ( two other NFL Hall of Fame head coaches ) than Richard Nixon: what Holmgren said about this, is that we should always strive for perfection knowing from the outset that we’ll never accomplish that: which sort of sounds like a fools errand like a cat trying to catch his tail, or a man jumping from a bridge thinking he can fly by just flapping his arms. But what Coach Holmgren meant by that is what I believe Coach Lombardi meant by that as well: that we strive for perfection to make ourselves as good as we possibly can be. That you try to win every single football game that you play, not because you’re going after a perfect season, ( necessarily ) but to win as many games as possible and to be as good as you can be. Which again is another good Lombardi life lesson as well.

In some ways I believe that Vince Lombardi could never be successful in the modern NFL, because the modern NFL is now more of an entertainment business than anything else and perhaps more like a Hollywood studio than major pro sports league, with a of players seeing themselves more as entertainers than pro athletes who more worried about their so-called brands and how they play in American culture in general and even view the NFL as one of their side business that they use to gain fame and use that to get other business opportunities for themselves. But then I look at Bill Belichick or even Bill Cowher from just 10-15 years ago and think maybe a Lombardi could succeed today, because those great coaches believe in the same things and get their players to believe in them as well.

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