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Wednesday, February 14, 2007


NFL rejects Border Patrol ad

Heinlein wrote something to the effect that "a nation that can not control its own borders is no longer a nation". The NFL seems to think that borders are not good:

NFL rejects Border Patrol ad

By Stephen Dinan and Jerry Seper
Published February 14, 2007
The National Football League refused to run a recruitment ad for the U.S. Border Patrol in last week's Super Bowl program, saying it was "controversial" because it mentioned duties such as fighting terrorism and stopping drugs and illegal aliens at the border.
"The ad that the department submitted was specific to Border Patrol, and it mentioned terrorism. We were not comfortable with that," said Greg Aiello, a spokesman for the NFL. "The borders, the immigration debate is a very controversial issue, and we were sensitive to any perception we were injecting ourselves into that."
The NFL's rejection didn't sit well with Border Patrol agents, who called it a snub of their role in homeland security and said it was "more than a little puzzling."
"The NFL missed a golden opportunity to reach countless patriotic citizens who want to answer the call to help prevent another terrorist attack on American soil," said T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents the agency's nonsupervisory personnel...... The Border Patrol ad asks for "the right men and women to help protect America's southwest borders." It lists duties as preventing "the entry of terrorists and their weapons," blocking "unlawful entry of undocumented aliens" and "stopping drug smuggling."
The ad does not mention the ongoing immigration debate in Washington or touch on contentious subjects such as amnesty, a guest-worker program or legalization........
I'm not much of a sports fan. As a young soldier I raced bicycles (long before the Army had an official team), and still enjoy watching the occasional race. I sail, and enjoy following the America's Cup standings. If a Hollyweird sentry asked me to prove I'm American by talking about football or baseball, I'd be in deep shit. After reading the article cited above, I'm even less interested in pro football.

Plenty enough interesting news...and the media doesn't think they are biased against the US...

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