Why Can’t YOU Re-Write History?

The world has certainly changed since I was in school.  Growing up in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s I learned foolish things like words have meaning, truth isn’t relative, there are certain immutable laws, and that history is the study of things which occurred in the PAST.

Fast forward to the present.  We have seen people and institutions decide that they can simply change the definition of words in order to justify their actions.  We need look no further than the Episcopal Church, which gets around little things like the biblical definition of sin by simply pronouncing that “modern scholarship” has determined that certain behaviors are not really contrary to God’s Word; or that even if the Bible says that some activities are contrary to God’s Law, we have to put them into a “cultural context”.

Cultural relativism has blossomed to the point that there is no right or wrong.  There is no truth.  Instead the opinion of the majority, or of certain political or cultural elites, should take precedence over “facts” or principles which we have been held as true for hundreds or even thousands of years.  The basic laws of economics cease to function simply because a politician says so.  While we haven’t reached this point yet, I am waiting for some pronouncement that 2 + 2 ≠ 4!

Lately, we’ve seen some groups believe that they can re-write history.  Sure, the interpretive revision of some “scholars” has been around for years.  No, I’m talking about the belief that events or accomplishments can simply be erased from the collective consciousness.  Ever read George Orwell’s 1984?

As a coach, Joe Paterno won more football games than anyone else in history.  Yet, the NCAA believes that it can re-write history.  By mere administrative fiat, Paterno’s wins can somehow be made to disappear because he may (or may not) have made an error in judgment which did not occur on the football field and had NOTHING to do with football.

Friday we were told that Lance Armstrong didn’t really win the Tour de France seven times.  While I swear that I watched Armstrong win each of those titles on television, I must have been wrong.  Perhaps a memo from Winston Smith’s colleagues at the Ministry of Truth will arrive in my inbox shortly.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) admits that it has no hard evidence that Armstrong cheated:

In June, USADA announced it had assembled 10 former Armstrong teammates who were willing to testify that Armstrong cheated, and it had also found tests results that were “fully consistent” with blood doping.

“Fully consistent” isn’t the same thing as scientific fact or “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”.  The USADA has a history of bullying and threatening athletes into testifying.  If it can be proven that Armstrong cheated at some point AFTER his Tour de France wins, that does not diminish his seven titles.  If it is proven that Armstrong did something that is illegal now, but not then, that cannot negate his accomplishments.  Or can it?

It appears that the NCAA and the USADA are but the latest soldiers in a war designed to irrevocably change our culture and our way of life.  Words simply mean what we want them to.  Knowledge, and morality, are simply relativistic constructs which change with the culture, or the wind.  History is no longer prologue; it is a weapon to be used to address past wrongs … real or perceived.  This begs the question – Who will decide who is wronged?

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Saudi Arabia Ignores Accomplishments of Its Own Female Olympians

LONDON – On Wednesday, Sarah Attar became the first Saudi woman to compete in an Olympic track event.  While the 19 year old finished last in her heat, the crowd in gave Attar enthusiastic applause as she crossed the finish line.  You would think Attar’s achievement would garner wide media coverage in her home country.  You would be wrong.

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Paterno Will to Be Sealed

BELLEFONTE, PA – In an unusual move, an anonymous Centre County judge has ordered the will of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno sealed.  In addition, all correspondence related to sealing the will has been sealed as well.

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Baseball Jersey Sells for $4.4 Million

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA – The earliest known jersey to be worn by Babe Ruth has sold for a record $4.4 million at auction.  The jersey, which had been owned by the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore, was purchased by Lelands.com.  The company plans to re-sell the jersey in a private sale.

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NFL Veteran Earns Degree

LAS VEGAS, NV – Veteran NFL linebacker Andra Davis received his college degree from UNLV this past weekend.  The 33 year old free agent never graduated from the University of Florida after being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2002.

Earlier this month we highlighted NBA great Shaquille O’Neal receiving his doctorate.  While current and former professional athletes returning to college and completing their education is still rare enough to be considered newsworthy, it is also something that we are seeing more of than in years past.

We commend people like Davis, NBA star Vince Carter, and Dr. O’Neal for setting a true example for America’s youth.

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Dr. Shaq

MIAMI, FL – Shaquille O’Neal, regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, is now Dr. Shaquille O’Neal.  O’Neal, who retired from the NBA after 19 seasons, received a doctorate in education Saturday from Miami’s Barry University.

Dr. O’Neal, along with other professional athletes like the Dallas Mavericks’ Vince Carter, who go back to school to complete their degrees should be applauded for setting an important example to our youth.

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Time with Tebow? – $100,000

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – What would it be worth to you to spend a day with New York Jets QB Tim Tebow?  To one Florida couple time with Tebow is worth $100,000.  The couple bid a cool 100 grand for the privilege of taking Tebow to meet underprivileged kids in their area.

"It was incredible. It’s humbling," Tebow said Saturday. "You don’t feel worthy, but when people care about your cause and know that you’re trying to do something for other people it’s amazing to see what can happen."

Tim Tebow Foundation executive director Erik Dellenback said there was initial disbelief when the bid was placed, until he realized who had made the bid, as the couple had donated previously.

"They live in a part of town that has a lot of people in need and a lot of people with a lot of wealth. She felt that bringing Timmy to her town down there would maybe change the town," Dellenback said.

A day with Tim Tebow was one of the items up for bid at an auction kicking off the Tim Tebow Golf Classic Friday.  The golf tournament is a fundraising event for the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Source – FOXNews

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State BOE Overturns Suspensions of Two Easton HS Lacrosse Players

EASTON, MD – Last spring two Easton High School lacrosse players, Graham Dennis and Casey Edsall, were suspended from school because a pen knife and a cigarette lighter were found in their lacrosse bags.  Tuesday, the Maryland State Board of Education overturned the ruling of the Talbot County BOE and ordered the local board to expunge the records of the two young men.

The knives and lighter were used to maintain and repair the players’ lacrosse equipment.  Despite this reason, Dennis was suspended from school for 10 days and Edsall was suspended for one day.  In addition, Dennis was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.  The Talbot County State’s Attorney later dropped the charges.

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Norfolk State Stuns Mizzou, Virginia and Duke Fall in NCAA Tournament

OMAHA, NE – Until Friday, only four No. 15 seeds had upset No. 2 seeds in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  The last time was in 2001, when Hampton University upset Iowa State.  Yesterday Norfolk State toppled Missouri, 86-84, moving to the third round of the tournament.  In Greensboro, NC No. 15 Lehigh toppled No. 2 seed Duke, 75-70.

In additional NCAA play, Florida hammered UVA 71-45; VCU advanced over Wichita State, 62-59; and Loyola of Maryland lost to Ohio State, 78-59.

To see the NCAA bracket, CLICK HERE.

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The Value of Human Life

We’ve all heard the story of Tim Tebow.  However there is a similar story, closer to home.  DelawarePolitics.net has an excellent post about Lizzie Delle Donne, the sister of University of Delaware basketball sensation Elena Delle Donne.

We are all precious in God’s eyes.

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Hall of Famer Gary Carter Dead at 57

NEW YORK – Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has passed away at the age of 57.  The 11-time All Star was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May.  Carter had just finished his second season as baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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The Commonwealth – The Tebow Bill

While everyone is looking towards the budget to see if an evenly divided Virginia Senate can function, there is one bill which just wound its way to west wing of the Capitol which will be an excellent indicator of whether partisanship will reign supreme in the Senate.  HB 947 – the Tebow Bill – should be pretty cut and dried.

The bill allows homeschoolers to participate in public school athletic programs.  Why shouldn’t they?  Their parents pay taxes, but gain no benefit from the public school system.  One of the arguments offered by home school opponents is that homeschoolers lose out on many of the social aspects of a public or private school education.  Allowing home schooled children to participate in interscholastic athletics would help to address this issue (if it really is an issue).

So, why would anyone oppose the bill?  While abortion may border on being a sacrament in the Democrat Party, the folks who run the Virginia Education Association (VEA) are its high priests.  The VEA opposes HB 947 as vehemently as they oppose home schooling.  Home schooling is a choice.  The left only supports “choice” when it comes to things like abortion.  Choice in education – whether in the form of home schooling, vouchers, or charter schools – is destructive to the creed of the VEA.

In the House, 39 Delegates opposed HB 947.  How will the bill fare in the Senate?  Given the lack of valid argument against the bill, it should prove an excellent indicator of whether or not partisanship has totally displaced a desire for good public policy on the left.

Each Thursday, “The Commonwealth” provides a glimpse into issues affecting the Old Dominion.

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Oxygen Enhanced Wet Suit to Aid Surfer in Breaking Big Wave Record

MIAMI, FL – Pro big wave surfer Garrett McNamara is hoping that a specially designed, oxygen enhanced wet suit will help him to break his own big wave record.  The wet suit contains an oxygen pocket, designed by hydration pack maker Camelback.  This could allow McNamara to breath underwater for several minutes if pinned underwater by a large wave.

McNamara currently holds the world big wave record – 90 feet.  The record was set off of Nazare, Portugal.  McNamara hopes to break his record in the same area.

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Tiger’s Ex Levels $12 Million Mansion

NORTH PALM BEACH, FL – Elin Nordegren, ex-wife of Tiger Woods, bought a 9,000 square foot home in North Palm Beach last spring.  Evidently she felt that the home was a tad small, so she had it demolished.  TMZ reports that Nordegrn has hired an architect to design and build her a new home on the site.

TMZ also reports that Nordegren has required every worker involved in the project to sign a confidentiality agreement.  She is renting a nearby mansion until the new home is completed.

See pictures of the demolition

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It’s Tebow Time

We rarely discuss sports here at the DelMarVa Observer.  It’s a subject that we’re simply not equipped to handle and there are plenty of great sites out there that do a far better job than we could ever hope to do.  That said, this is less about sport than a about a phenomenon – Tim Tebow.

Fans (including a few Denver fans) seem to want him to fail.  The “experts” tell us that he’s simply not cut out to be a star quarterback in the NFL; he lacks the build and mechanics (so we’re told).  He places his Christian faith above his job as a Denver Broncos quarterback.  Worst of all, he has been quoted as saying “football is just a game”.  Yet, there he is, week after week, leading his team to victory and to the top of their division in the AFC West.

This isn’t just about Tebow’s faith either.  Many athletes acknowledge God, and thank him for their success.  No, the Tebow phenomenon is about piety and devotion, and the slow, subtle impact that God has wrought through one of his servants – who just happens to be the starting QB for the Denver Broncos.

Tebow thanks God, win or lose.  He states that God doesn’t really care who wins or loses.  Tebow isn’t bashful about sharing his faith or his love for his fellow man.  It is these traits that are having an impact.  Sure, Tebow the victorious hero (or Tebow the goat when he does finally lose) will be the headline.  But, the example that Tim Tebow is setting for America – young and old – is something that, we hope, will outlast the Monday morning headlines.

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State BOE to Vote on Minimum GPA

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland state Board of Education is expected to vote today on a minimum required GPA for a student to play sports.  If adopted, the 2.0 minimum GPA would be advisory.  However, it is expected that most counties would adopt the standard if passed by the state board.

The Baltimore Sun appears to be more worried about the affect on sports teams than the focus on academics over sports.

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Syracuse Hoops Assistant Fired Amid Allegations of Sexual Abuse

SYRACUSE, NY – Syracuse Assistant Basketball Coach Bernie Fine was fired from the program Sunday after a third individual accused Fine of molesting him nine years ago.  In a statement issued by the university, Syracuse Sr. Vice President for Public Affairs Kevin Quinn said:

“At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately.”

Fine, a 36 year veteran of the Syracuse hoops program, had the longest tenure of any assistant coach in Division I basket ball.  Head coach Jim Boeheim initially defended Fine.  However, after the third allegation he concurred with the university’s decision to dismiss his assistant coach:

"The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling," Boeheim said in a statement released by the school. "I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse."

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Delle Donne Scores 40, Delaware Women Beat No. 11 Penn State

NEWARK, DE – Delaware hoops phenom Elena Delle Donne scored 40 points as the University of Delaware’s women’s basketball team beat nationally ranked Penn State 80 – 71.  Delle Donne, who won four state championships in high school and a gold medal at last summer’s World University Games, called this, “by far the best win in my entire life.”

"This is something we’re going to soak up and remember for a lifetime," Delle Donne said. "We had players in the locker room crying. We were screaming ‘Delaware!’ and Coach Martin was dancing. This is something that just gives you chills when you think about it."

Penn State, ranked no. 11 prior to this loss, was the highest-ranked opponent beaten by Delaware in the school’s history.  This was just the third win against ranked opponents in 30 tries.

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Syracuse Hoops Assistant Under Investigation for Sexual Abuse

SYRACUSE, NY – First it was Jerry Sandusky and Penn State.  Now long time Syracuse basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine is under investigation for allegedly molesting a ball boy.

The alleged victim, Bobby Davis, now 39, told ESPN’s Outside the Lines that the molestation started in 1983 when he was in seventh grade.

Davis said the alleged abuse took place at Fine’s home, Syracuse basketball facilities and on road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim is defending Fine.  Boeheim told ESPN that the accuser is “lying”.

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Lawmakers To Push for Access to Sports in Talbot County Schools

ST MICHAELS, MD – Talbot’s legislative delegation will introduce legislation to allow county students to play a sport at another school, IF that sport is not offered at their own school.  At a meeting in the St. Michaels firehouse, Del. Addie Eckardt (R-37B), Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-37B), and Sen. Richard Colburn (R-37) told a group of about 20 parents that they will introduce legislation in January to permit students to participate in sports offered at other schools, but only if that sport is not offered at the student’s school.

Easton High School currently offers 21 athletic teams, while St. Michaels High School only offers 10.  Some of the sports currently not offered at St. Michaels HS include football, girls’ soccer, and lacrosse for boys and girls.

Students in Talbot County public schools are already permitted to take classes at another school if that class is not offered in their school.

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Nationals Catcher Found Alive

CARACAS – Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was rescued from abductors by Venezuelan police Friday night.  Five alleged abductors were arrested.

Ramos, 24, was abducted at gunpoint Wednesday night and swept away in an SUV.  It was the first known kidnapping of a Major League Baseball player in Venezuela.

"The truth is I’m still very nervous, but thanks to God everything turned out well," Ramos told Venezuelan state television, speaking by telephone after arriving at a police station in his hometown of Valencia early Saturday.

Ramos thanked the police and National Guard commandos who rescued him.

photo courtesy of the Associated Press

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Sex Abuse Scandal Rocks Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Facing indictment, two senior Penn State officials stepped down Sunday.  Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior VP for Business and Finance Gary Schultz stepped down amid alleged involvement in covering up the activities of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999, is alleged to have preyed on young boys he met through “The Second Mile”, a charity for at-risk youth.

Pennsylvania AG Linda Kelly is expected to hold a press conference at 1 PM, shortly before Curley and Schultz are arraigned.

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