Attempts to excuse kneeling are offensive

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation On Oct. 6, Briggs McAndrews wrote to support the disrespectful act of kneeling during the national anthem and did so by first stating that our president made the act of kneeling a evil gesture. Not true.President Trump rightfully called out those who disrespect our nation by kneeling during the national anthem. It’s his duty.Mr. Briggs knows full well that Colin Kaepernick stated : “I am not going to stand up and show pride in a flag that oppresses black people.” Briggs twists his support of kneeling during the national anthem into a liberal gobbly-gook statement: “It’s the true role of a school district to impel young people into value forming experiences that ultimately ask them to be compassionate towards their fellow citizens.” What? Like in patty-cake football? As in compassion for those tens of thousands who gave their lives for our nation?If school administrators, coaches, teachers and parents fail to instill a pride and respect for our nation. What then? They, now by default, instill a disrespect for everyone — teachers, parents, grandparents, police, clergy etc. For example, the disrespectful dolt who placed a crucifix in a bottle of urine and called it art. Not OK. McAndrews stated: “The real value of that experience lies in the example to others of human motive and conduct.” You want a real value experience? Then you and Colin go to Arlington National Cemetery and “take a knee.” Pray for those who gave their lives so that misguided folks are allowed to spew their anti-American hogwash.Your “holier-than-thou” letter is just that — hogwash. And your attempt to excuse bad behavior is shameful at best and is extremely hurtful to old veterans like myself. That also applies to those who will write in your support.Recent credible evidence has surfaced claiming that Kaepernick was paid to do this by the center for community change, a progressive community organization funded in part by George Soros. Does anyone have to look any further than the NFL to see the damage that this nonsense does?God bless America.John OsterlitzGlenvillecenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Uganda’s African rookies KCCA desperate to topple giants Ahly

first_imgRapidly improving Congolese Ben Malango bagged a brace and will need close policing in Morocco from Difaa el Jadida, who exceeded expectations by holding Mouloudia Alger 1-1 in Algeria.Setif host Mouloudia in an Algerian derby and another loss for the two-time champions would all but end their challenge just a third of the way through the mini-league phase.Group CWhile it is dangerous to assume any fixture is a foregone conclusion, it would be a sensation if defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco fail to defeat visiting Port of Togo.Wydad drew 1-1 at 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa through an Ismail el Haddad header while Port were the only matchday 1 losers at home, falling 2-1 to Horoya of Guinea.Horoya host Sundowns in Conakry on May 22 as the Pretoria club play Lionel Messi-inspired Spanish league and cup winners Barcelona in a friendly in Johannesburg this Wednesday.Group DEtoile Sahel of Tunisia and Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland can move three points clear of Zesco United of Zambia and Primeiro Agosto of Angola if they use home advantage to maximum effect.Swallows created a stir last year by making the last 16 of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup and host Primeiro in Manzini having come from behind to hold Zesco 1-1 in Ndola.There was a similar scoreline in Luanda between Primeiro and Sahel, whose 4-1 thrashing by Club Africain in the Tunisian FA Cup final at the weekend was a bitter blow before hosting Zesco. KCCA fans celebrate a victory at Lugogo. A new atmosphere awaits football fans at Namboole on Tuesday. PHOTO KCCA MEDIATUESDAY: KCCA FC (Uganda ??) vs Al-Ahly (Egypt ??)Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Rookies Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda and record eight-time winners Al Ahly of Egypt will be equally desperate for CAF Champions League matchday 2 points when they clash Tuesday.Both clubs began their Group A campaigns disappointingly with Ahly held 0-0 at home by Esperance of Tunisia and Kampala losing 1-0 away to Township Rollers of Botswana.“This is a very important match for us and it will not be easy, but we hope to win,” Ahly coach Hossam el Badry told reporters when the African giants arrived in the Ugandan capital.His counterpart is confident his side can pull it off. ” I have a group of players who are quite expressive. Fans should expect a very entertaining game at the Mandela National Stadium on Tuesday. I do not care if we win 4-3,” said coach Mike Mutebi.There are six fixtures this Tuesday, one on Wednesday and one next Tuesday and AFP Sport takes a group-by-group look at what is at stake.Group AThe Kampala-Ahly clash in Namboole is a potential cracker as the Egyptians dare not lose while the Ugandans must win to be realistic contenders for a top-two finish and a quarter-finals spot.El Badry has kept faith in young South African Phakamani Mahlambi, including him in the squad after he squandered several good chances to break the deadlock against Esperance.The Tunisians will lack injured striker Taha Yassine Khenissi at home to Rollers in Rades, but it would be a shock if the two-time champions failed to secure full points.Mutebi giving instructions to Ivan Ntege before the latter was introduced in the CAF Confederation tie against Club Africain at Lugogo last year. He has since moved to Botswana, for Township Rollers who edged KCCA 1-0 in the Group’s opening match. PHOTO KCCA MEDIA Group BTP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo made a fantastic start to what is widely regarded as the toughest group by hammering Entente Setif of Algeria 4-1 in Lubumbashi.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more