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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sport and sorrow

I usually find the "mascot" custom in European football to be ridiculous, bordering on creepy, but there are occasionally circumstances that make it all worthwhile. American sports fans are probably unaware of how an English Premier League team has adopted a dying little boy befriended by its star striker as its mascot.
Bradley Lowery led out his beloved Sunderland for their final home match of the season against Swansea, just a day after his parents announced that his cancer is spreading. The brave five-year-old was the club's mascot for their final Premier League match at the Stadium of Light this year and also featured on the front cover of the matchday programme. Wearing a Sunderland shirt which thanked the club and fans for their support, Bradley walked on to the pitch in the arms of England striker Defoe, with whom the five-year-old has struck up a close bond.... The five-year-old may have to spend his sixth birthday in hospital but he was able to fulfil his wish to be at the Stadium of Light for the final game of the season. 

There are a lot of things wrong with sports, and professional sports in particular. But there are things that are right about them too. In this case, it is a powerful reminder of how love can transcend the evils of a fallen world.

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Blogger BassmanCO May 13, 2017 5:05 PM  

Thank you for this, Vox.

Blogger Ken Prescott May 13, 2017 5:13 PM  

The room must've gotten dusty all of a sudden. Yeah, that's the ticket . . .

Anonymous The OASF May 13, 2017 5:19 PM  

This will make a great cancer industry meme. Soon, I'm sure, the NFL teams will be trotting out cancer war fodder as mascots to camera shots of sobbing crisis actors.

You should no better, VD.

Blogger Robert What? May 13, 2017 5:19 PM  

I ... will ... not ... cry...

Blogger Jon Mollison May 13, 2017 5:21 PM  

This is why I haven't given up on them. I've walked away from them for the time being out of love, not malice. Withdrawing my attention as a form of protest is meant to encourage them to get their head on straight. That's not the same as abandonment.

Blogger BassmanCO May 13, 2017 5:38 PM  

Must be the janitor's day off.

Blogger cheddarman May 13, 2017 5:40 PM  

Thanks Vox, that was beautiful.

Blogger praetorian May 13, 2017 5:43 PM  

Amen.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume May 13, 2017 6:03 PM  

That is a beautiful thing. Humanity can be garbage at times. And then, sometimes, it can turn around and demonstrate why some of us hold out hope for the future. Or it can kindle hope again.

Thanks for the reminder Vox. I really needed this today.

Blogger Thurston Pilgrim May 13, 2017 6:19 PM  

OT... Has anyone welcomed Lauren Southern to the Alt-Right yet? She's crossed over, yet I wonder what this means for her career with Rebel Media.

Blogger My Dead Gramps May 13, 2017 6:23 PM  

This is nice. I like this.

Blogger Thurston Pilgrim May 13, 2017 6:25 PM  

Just a reminder that there are children like this one in Hospitals all over. One Hospital close by has a 13 y/o girl who came down with the flu and has been fighting for her life for two months in a hospital bed. Another, a 19 year old boy with Osteogenesis imperfecta who also has bone cancer and is about to start chemo. If all you do is donate comics, toys, books, or even support for the families, coordinate with the Hospital and show them there are good people still out there.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 6:26 PM  

Andrew, for once a non-white shows empathy for a white, and you gripe and equate it to a human smuggler's likely staged (and possibly hoax) photo of his son, which he claims to have killed with poor seamanship, yet I'm not aware of any charges brought against him.

So okay, I sympathize with your agenda and I can play the game too, but there's a right way and wrong way. For everything a season, except for false equivalences.

Anonymous Opus May 13, 2017 6:27 PM  

Funny. Usually when as child strikes up a relationship with a stranger male the police are called.

Anonymous Therites May 13, 2017 6:33 PM  

Laura left THE Rebel and is doing her own thing. The Rebel is slowly moving away from supporting the Alt Right to a degree.

Anonymous Pat the snake on the head May 13, 2017 6:53 PM  

White adopts black: CUCK!

Black adopts white: AWWW!

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 6:56 PM  

Well duh Pat. We're tired of being the only people that like other people, to the point of not anymore.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 6:59 PM  

Rich people will not understand my words, unless they have also been poor or working class or middle class.

Blogger VD May 13, 2017 7:02 PM  

One almost has to feel sorry for those who are so crabbed, hateful, and petty that they must interpret everything, absolutely everything, through their hateful monomaniacal lenses. Almost. But not quite.

And then they wonder why no one listens to them.

Blogger VD May 13, 2017 7:03 PM  

And FFS, if you do not understand that macro is not micro, and vice-versa, please, for your own sake as well as ours, stop commenting here.

You're not anywhere nearly tall enough for the ride.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 7:04 PM  

Actually, even middle class might not understand. I'm so multisocioeconomicultural I lose track.

Blogger VD May 13, 2017 7:08 PM  

White adopts black: CUCK!

Black adopts white: AWWW!


To think some people wonder why I despise binary thinkers.

Blogger Mountain Man May 13, 2017 7:09 PM  

Nice post. Its a good reminder about meeting people individually, with an open mind and where they are at. By doing so one can still see the harsh truths that surround us, come up with practical solutions for addressing them, while remaining free from a deadly case of " cirrhosis of the spirit".

Blogger Roger Hill May 13, 2017 7:14 PM  

"In this case, it is a powerful reminder of how love can transcend the evils of a fallen world."

Amen!
Love is the only thing in human experience that can transcend it.

Anonymous Pat the snake on the head May 13, 2017 7:14 PM  

To think some people wonder why I despise binary thinkers.

It's not binary thinking. It's wondering why the case of the statistically negligible is worthy of consideration.

Anonymous Pat the snake on the head May 13, 2017 7:19 PM  

...and admiration. Yet, the reverse occurs far more often and warrants contempt.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 7:25 PM  

Pat, to influence the world, you praise what you want more of, and keep track of the opposite separately.

Blogger VD May 13, 2017 7:25 PM  

It's not binary thinking. It's wondering why the case of the statistically negligible is worthy of consideration.

It most certainly is binary thinking. You clearly cannot separate the micro from the macro. Everything is mere grist for your monomaniacal mill.

You would do well to keep in mind that the gap between me and you is considerably greater than the gap between you and those you despise. Your thinking is no different than the intellectual elite. You regard various non-whites as subhuman. They regard you as subhuman. You actually justify both their logic and their actions.

This isn't about black and white. This isn't about multiculturalism. This isn't a complaint about the foreign nature of the English team. This isn't about any macrosocietal issue or policy or principle. It is simply an observation of the courage of a dying little boy in pain, and the tragic beauty of the empathy shown for him by an entire sporting community.

The fact that you can't see that is why no one will ever follow you anywhere. You are too petty, too lacking in empathy, and too small.

Blogger ant becker May 13, 2017 7:28 PM  

The young lad was brought to Goodison Park in January, as a special guest and made an honorary blue. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EWeoUmBQnE

Blogger VD May 13, 2017 7:29 PM  

Yet, the reverse occurs far more often and warrants contempt.

That is totally irrelevant. You merit contempt too. Certainly most of those reading this will definitely feel contempt for you.

Blogger ZhukovG May 13, 2017 7:30 PM  

Pat, is the hole not deep enough?

Anonymous Pat the snake on the head May 13, 2017 7:34 PM  

Your rhetoric-fu is weak, VD. But your vile minion sycophancy will surely buoy you in these troubling waters.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 7:41 PM  

Pat, I'm a non-VFM who has argued with VD on multiple occasions, and you are sunk because that was Not Even An Argument.

Anonymous Stickwick May 13, 2017 7:42 PM  

My kid walked in when I was reading this and asked why I was crying. Too young to understand that acts of bravery and great kindness can break your heart even more than tragedy can.

Anonymous Pat the snake on the head May 13, 2017 7:42 PM  

...that was Not Even An Argument.

Stefan, is that you?

Neither was either of VD's comments.

Anonymous Steve May 13, 2017 7:49 PM  

Story concerning a dying child being shown kindness.

Internet Nazis: AUTISTIC SCREECHING

Blogger John S May 13, 2017 8:00 PM  

Story concerning a dying child being shown kindness.

Internet Nazis: AUTISTIC SCREECHING


This. Do yourself a favor Pat, close your browser and take some time off from your obsessions. If you're really developing a chapped ass over a dying child receiving some sympathy from a team that includes non-whites... Well, you've earned whatever scorn the ilk are about to sand blast you with.

Blogger Mountain Man May 13, 2017 8:04 PM  

Pat
FFS - please shut up and go away. You’re really harshing the buzz !

I’m far from a VD sycophant and have tangled in the past with his VFM/Ilk ( and gotten curb stomped) and yet I can still agree with his point(s) here.

Blogger Markku May 13, 2017 8:16 PM  

It's ok to look at the photo colorblind. I hear that's racist now.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 8:17 PM  

At least 5-year-old Bradley got to be there at the Stadium of Light for the final match of the Premiere League (whatever those are), and also the last one that he might see. We should focus on that.

Blogger Nick S May 13, 2017 8:20 PM  

Pat the snake on the head wrote:...that was Not Even An Argument.

Stefan, is that you?

Neither was either of VD's comments.


The stupid is strong with this one.

Blogger Ken Prescott May 13, 2017 8:24 PM  

To think some people wonder why I despise binary thinkers.

What about hexadecimal thinkers? ;)

Blogger James Dixon May 13, 2017 8:32 PM  

OT, but I mention in an earlier post that my wife was in the hospital. She's still there, but will hopefully be coming home on Monday. Dual pulminary embolism, one in each lung. Not fun, but she got to the hospital in time and appears to be recovering. Many thanks to anyone who offered prayers.

Blogger Jack Vibe May 13, 2017 8:32 PM  

I came in reading this expecting some media narrative using this child to further their goals to be exposed by you. I'm leaving sadder, but with a better outlook on life.

Thanks for this one.

Blogger James Dixon May 13, 2017 8:32 PM  

Pulmonary. I can't even cut and paste tonight.

Anonymous Pat the head of the snake May 13, 2017 8:36 PM  

Apologies for disrupting y'alls virtue-signaling. Please get back at it as it's most progressively-beautiful.

Blogger Lazarus May 13, 2017 8:46 PM  

If politics is downstream from culture, where in the stream is the culture of sports?

Anonymous My Take May 13, 2017 8:49 PM  

Thank you sire, for a moment of emotional clarity without the pretension. We could all use more of it.

Blogger Lazarus May 13, 2017 8:50 PM  

Man arrested after 'masturbating vigorously' in public because he 'hates Portland - The Oregonian


I think we know where Pat was on Thursday.

Blogger SouthRon May 13, 2017 8:53 PM  

James, the fact that you can type at all while going through this with your wife speaks volumes. Prayers for both of you and your family. May your wife return to full health, if the Lord so will and may his strength embrace and sustain you all.

Blogger BassmanCO May 13, 2017 8:57 PM  

Pat, I pity how pathetic and small-minded you are. That you can't see the humanity in that picture and story and not feel something other than hate speaks volumes to your worthlessness as a person.

Blogger VD May 13, 2017 9:09 PM  

Neither was either of VD's comments.

No, they weren't arguments. They were observations. And the original post wasn't an argument.

You see, the problem is that stupid people like you see smart people like Stefan using what to you is magic words. But you don't understand them, nor do you understand the appropriate way to use them.

You're far too short for this ride. Again, that is not an argument. That is both an observation and an accurate statement.

Blogger VD May 13, 2017 9:10 PM  

Not fun, but she got to the hospital in time and appears to be recovering.

Glad to hear she's doing better. Please give her my best. I'd hate to have to find another Latin corrector.

Blogger VD May 13, 2017 9:11 PM  

Your rhetoric-fu is weak, VD

That's part of your problem. You don't understand that it's not rhetoric.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey May 13, 2017 9:35 PM  

@Steve
"Internet Nazis: AUTISTIC SCREECHING"

Very sad to see that some people feel compelled to inject their toxic Naziphobia into this tragic story.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 9:45 PM  

Lazarus wrote:If politics is downstream from culture, where in the stream is the culture of sports?

You answered your own question: culture, upstream from politics. Which is why when sports went political it went down.

Blogger Lazarus May 13, 2017 10:03 PM  

SciVo de Plorable wrote:You answered your own question: culture, upstream from politics. Which is why when sports went political it went down.

It has to be more complex than that, surely.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 10:06 PM  

Ken Prescott wrote:To think some people wonder why I despise binary thinkers.

What about hexadecimal thinkers? ;)


You're exactly 1/8 times excessively digital.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 10:10 PM  

(For anyone who didn't get it: we're joking around, because the real problem is being digital in the first place, instead of a human analog spectrum.)

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 13, 2017 10:20 PM  

Lazarus wrote:It has to be more complex than that, surely.

Because it is in culture, the only way to complicate the position of sports is to say where it is in culture. And it is in the rightist position, because it is in the position of joy in pushing performance.

Blogger Achilles May 13, 2017 10:25 PM  

@10 Thurston Pilgrim.... Southern left immediately after Rebel put up a video of their pet somali calling white nationalism stupid. I don't think it's a coincidence.

As for the dying boy it is touching. I wonder why more athletes don't do this. The pros are always being pushed to do charity work. They must interact with many children in similar circumstances. You would think the abundance of wealth and a tug on the old heart strings would see these sort of adoptions go up. Guess their managers have a tight rein.

Blogger Markku May 13, 2017 11:06 PM  

What is this adoption talk? The kid has parents and the article even has photos of them. The entire team raises funds for him and takes him to their matches. He just happens to like the black guy, so he was pictured with him. Everybody else in the photo that I assume to be the team, is white.

Blogger Lazarus May 13, 2017 11:08 PM  

Achilles wrote:As for the dying boy it is touching. I wonder why more athletes don't do this.

Soccer has recent tradition of the teams coming out holding hands with the younger generations of soccer youth, so it is an extension of that.

This is what Vox meant by the Mascot Tradition:

http://the18.com/news/why-do-soccer-players-walk-out-kids

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 13, 2017 11:22 PM  

Pat has never looked death in the face, close enough to smell it's putrid breath, then spit in death's eye and said "Screw you, it's on!"

Race is important, but Courage, love, nobility, hope and grace are all far more important than race. If you don't understand that, it's because you are a cramped, useless, brittle soul.

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales May 13, 2017 11:58 PM  

"Your thinking is no different than the intellectual elite. You regard various non-whites as subhuman. They regard you as subhuman. You actually justify both their logic and their actions."

Now wait just a fucking minute and back the fuck up... you... the guy who thought Brevik, a guy who killed a bunch of people, would become a folk hero... the same Vox who constantly rails against conservatives for focusing so much on the methods needed to get to the means... are giving this guy flak for being willing to play the enemy's game and willing to play it better than them and making an equivalence between this guy and the enemy?

Blogger Doug Cranmer May 14, 2017 12:24 AM  

How do we win the war if we don't hate them unconditionally?

It's a serious question.

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales May 14, 2017 12:41 AM  

@66

That's pretty much my concern, especially since that's been the vibe I've been getting from Vox from day one, and it's a vibe that feels good after all the enemy has gotten away with.

Though, to be fair, the scenario with this boy probably is about as irrelevant to that as chicken noodle soup.

Though again, to be fair, since this conversation between VD and the other guy whose name is not nearly as memorable that I forgot is kind of off topic anyways and raised some concerns about consistency in what our feelings and methods towards the enemy should be: what, in principle, by necessity, is wrong with feeling a perceived enemy as sub-human, hating them unconditionally, and willing to use every dirty trick in the book to ensure they take the dive in the meat grinder instead of you, especially when they had the first strike and have been on an offensive push for so long? I'm not talking about whether this guy is right or not to view non-whites in particular as sub-human, but what is necessarily wrong with viewing your enemies in such a light, especially when Vox has pretty much been saying and outright advocating open, even open and bloody rebellion, against his (and our) enemies?

Blogger ZhukovG May 14, 2017 12:53 AM  

Sometimes it's like trying to teach Koine Greek to the Korowai.

Anonymous Sensei May 14, 2017 1:00 AM  

How do we win the war if we don't hate them unconditionally?

What does it profit a man to win the whole war but lose his soul?

There is more than one war going on. Vox's post concerns one, people are screeching about a different one.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 14, 2017 1:34 AM  

Emmanuel Mateo-Morales wrote:being willing to play the enemy's game and willing to play it better than them and making an equivalence between this guy and the enemy?
He may be willing to play it better. That's not the question. It's whether he is able to play it better. And, no, he is not. If you think the enemy's strategy is solely to hate unreservedly, then you are both wrong and stupid.

Blogger SciVo May 14, 2017 2:22 AM  

Emmanuel, you are making the classic error of conflating prediction with advocation. So nothing else you say can be trusted.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 14, 2017 2:41 AM  

Doug Cranmer wrote:How do we win the war if we don't hate them unconditionally?

It's a serious question.


Patience.

That is a serious answer.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 14, 2017 2:58 AM  

For example, the legacy media is making itself silly because they can't help it. They were so wrong with the 2016 Presidential election that they have to protect their egos.

So basically everyone in legacy media is wrong about the timing of the Comey firing. For normals, it's a nothingburger. And for beltwayers, it just makes them look crazier than ever with their paranoid delusions.

Anonymous Jill May 14, 2017 3:39 AM  

Good post, good video about it. Though I wish you would speak up on your podcasts, as it's difficult to hear over kids and pets.

Blogger weka May 14, 2017 3:42 AM  

Yep. These diseases affect kids far too often.

Blogger VD May 14, 2017 4:16 AM  

are giving this guy flak for being willing to play the enemy's game and willing to play it better than them and making an equivalence between this guy and the enemy?

He's not playing it better. And only idiots and losers are determined to make everyone an enemy. Read 4GW Handbook. The secret to success is convincing people to NOT fight you.

what is necessarily wrong with viewing your enemies in such a light

It is stupid and generally counter-productive.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable May 14, 2017 4:27 AM  

Emmanuel Mateo-Morales wrote:what, in principle, by necessity, is wrong with feeling a perceived enemy as sub-human, hating them unconditionally, and willing to use every dirty trick in the book to ensure they take the dive in the meat grinder instead of you, especially when they had the first strike and have been on an offensive push for so long?

I approve of your proposal expect for the sub-human part. A moral decision requires recognition of the essential humanity of the creepy, violent weirdos on the left.

But yes, they have no scruples so do whatever it takes.

Blogger linesy May 14, 2017 6:10 AM  

The young boy has been a guest of honour at several other clubs, not least my own, Everton. The player who has driven this, Jermain Defoe, regardless of colour was born in England and has represented the national team at youth and senior levels. Vox is bang on here, this has nothing to do with politics and is merely players trying to make a very ill young lad happy. Now if you want a (now ex) Sunderland player to criticise, Google Adam Johnson. Many football players at the top level are very aware of how well they are remunerated they are and many do a lot of nice things for others and often not publicly. If you want to criticise the young mascot system, look into the paid packages that are actually quite expensive. Of course as happy as the child probably is about all the club have done for him, he isn't probably that happy about the football, which has sucked mightily and his club are relegated and have finished bottom, by some distance too.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume May 14, 2017 7:14 AM  

James Dixon,

I'm late to your request but we said a prayer today. I hope your wife comes home to you soon.

Blogger Johnny May 14, 2017 7:53 AM  

Doug Cranmer wrote:How do we win the war if we don't hate them unconditionally?

It's a serious question.


It does not have to be hatred, but having a uniform and disparaging view of an enemy group is commonplace stuff. The thing is our current social environment does not easily support this method. Currently we run on what might be called the slant or point of view. The method is to admit to a dash of goodness in the other side so as to prove how reasonable you are, even as the slant is consistently negative. You know, every now and then there is a "good one," the exception that proves the rule.

Given a change in circumstance, that will flip over to hatred with remarkable and disquieting ease.

Blogger S1AL May 14, 2017 10:00 AM  

Hatred doesn't win wars. Resolve does. Hatred often makes you blind to your own foolishness. See: Hitler and Russia.

Blogger Flair1239 May 14, 2017 10:55 AM  

I view them as a different culture that has the right to self determination and free association. How they want to live, worship, or cooperate is none of my concern. Indeed, I have a duty to tolerate them (tolerate not love).

Until they bring harm to me or try to deny me the same rights I am giving them. Or until they come to my home(land) and start shredding my cultural norms.

So it is not as easy as "I hate all Mexicans" or "I hate all Muslims". It is more nuanced than that. Not in a virtue signaling way, more in a intellectually consistent way.

Anonymous A.B. Prosper May 14, 2017 3:33 PM  

Emmanuel Mateo-Morales wrote:

Now wait just a fucking minute and back the fuck up... you... the guy who thought Brevik, a guy who killed a bunch of people, would become a folk hero... the same Vox who constantly rails against conservatives for focusing so much on the methods needed to get to the means... are giving this guy flak for being willing to play the enemy's game and willing to play it better than them and making an equivalence between this guy and the enemy?



At what point did our host ever say that all and every non White was incapable of goodness, kindness, decency and compassion ?

There is a vast gap between "We'd like a more homogeneous White Conservative society, OK? Thanks." and hating people because they are ethically differen

Also you do realize that Vox and most of the people here are Christian and it beings them joy to see Christian virtues in any man of any race

Again there is a wide gap between Greater Christendom (all of the nations of Christians) and the need for homogeneous nations . You can have both and while a person of any race African, Asian , Jew , any can be a good Christian, part of Christendom that does not mean that open borders/we are the world as policy is remotely a good idea.

Blogger JaimeInTexas May 14, 2017 9:58 PM  

I am not into photography but I can appreciate the art.

This is the image in my mind for the definition of compassion. I first time saw the picture was an article by Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers about Minamata, Japan and a mercury poisoning disaster. IIRC, it is a father bathing his son, born deformed because of mercury poisoning.

http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2011-11-13-1_5.jpg

(NB: The original article was in LewRockwell.com by Mike In Tokyo Rogers)

Blogger JaimeInTexas May 14, 2017 10:01 PM  

Looking again at young Bradley's face. Breaks the heart ...

Blogger James Dixon May 15, 2017 6:27 AM  

> I'm late to your request but we said a prayer today. I hope your wife comes home to you soon.

All prayers are appreciated. She's supposed to be released today, but she's looking at a long treatment period until the clots finally dissolve.

Anonymous CarpeOro May 15, 2017 11:41 AM  

Late to the thread as I just got back from visiting relatives. My cousin's five year old is currently battling cancer. Personally, I've never had any use for college fraternities. In this one instance however my cousin's family is blessed that a fraternity adopted her son as a mascot of sorts. Members regularly visit him when he has to be in the hospital and will sit with him for periods of time. When he is out of the hospital, they make trips to his small eastern Maryland town to have lunch with him and play. Their efforts at least give my cousin, her husband and my aunt some breathing room at times so they can get some sleep while on hospital watch.

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