JOHN KIRIAKOU: Sport and Propaganda

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      John Kiriakou has a problem with the Pentagon using taxpayer money to turn sporting events into nationalistic propaganda.

      The Air Force Thunderbirds conduct a flyover before a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, on September 10, 2017. (Ricky Bowden/U.S. Army)

      By John Kiriakou
      Special to Consortium News

      I go to a lot of Major League Baseball games. I really love the sport.

      If you’ve been to a baseball game in the past decade, you’ve probably noticed some changes. National Guard members and police color guard units now perform flag ceremonies between innings. Military recruits are enlisted right on the field. Surprise reunions of deployed men and women and their families play out before an audience of thousands. The seventh-inning stretch is dedicated to honoring our “wounded warriors.”

      The games have morphed into choreographed patriotic events. Who’s paying for this hoopla? As it turns out, the Pentagon.

      A few years ago, then-Arizona Republican senators John McCain and Jeff Flake announced that over the three year period from 2012-2015, the Pentagon shelled out at least $6.8 million for Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and other U.S. sports leagues to “honor” troops with cheap stunts at sporting events. The details are listed in a Senate report.


      Just like all the KC-46 tankers out here on the Everett flight line,  giant waste of money.

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      Take a look at today’s offering from TheFlightChannel:

      Hot-shot pilot getting ready to ‘perform’ at an airshow — or a baseball game near you.
      All it would take is a pilot with the skills of Sen. McCain.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

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      Because they won’t serve it while the national anthem is being played. The last time I went to a Browns game I almost got into a fight because I refused to stand for the national anthem and told the big, fat whiner behind me that I was a veteran and wouldn’t stand for the anthem of a country that puts kids in cages.

      I would have fucked him up, too, but this big Black guy saved me from possible injury by standing up and telling the yahoo and his buddy they would have to go through him. I’m six feet tall and he towered over me.

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