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How Argo Blasts Hollywood And Why the Washington Redskins Need a New Name

The Oscar winner actually condemns the town for its anti-Americanism. And nobody notices.

by
Barry Rubin

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February 27, 2013 - 8:44 am
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Why Redskins? Because the white, male, patriots who threw the tea into Boston harbor dressed up as Native Americans. It was, of course, a joke as the British certainly knew who they were.

Presumably, in today’s framework the British would have called the operation a racist action and shamed the colonists into calling off the revolution. And one can envision students being taught today that it was doubly racist — I’m saying this as a joke but who knows? — because the patriots were also hoping that the British would blame the Native Americans and kill them off even faster!

Yet in 2013, with the criticism over the team being nominally named after Native Americans, it could be a good idea to rename the team. There is a precedent for this since the Washington Bullets basketball team was renamed the Washington Wizards. In keeping with the silliness of PC, it’s surprising that no one pointed out that wizard was the highest rank in the Klu Klux Klan. But I digress.

Thus, I propose an appropriate return to the team’s original roots and spirit.

Washington’s football team should certainly be renamed in a proper Politically Correct manner based on its original naming theme of commemorating the Boston Tea Party. That name, of course, would be :

The Washington Tea Partiers.

And keeping with that spirit its new logo could be a snake with the motto, “Don’t Tread on Me!” Which certainly fits into a football context.

I can’t see how President Obama could object to this idea in order to get rid of the “shameful” current team name. He might even be persuaded to lead the effort.

In addition, this idea could inspire him to create the National Panel for Naming Football Teams to Protect Sports Consumers which would come up with a list of approved names. The San Francisco Forty-Niners could be redubbed the Ninety-Niners; the Atlanta Falcons, the Atlanta Endangered Species; the New York Jets could be called the New York Solar Panels; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay IRS Agents; and, of course,  the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Imperialist Committers of Genocide. Having grown up in Washington DC I think last that name would be perfect.

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Cross-posted from Rubin Reports – Visit for additional comments.

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Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition, Viking-Penguin), the paperback edition of The Truth about Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan), and The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley). The website of the GLORIA Center is at http://www.gloria-center.org and of his blog, Rubin Reports, at http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.com.

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The Redskins should change their mascot to the Washington Bureaucrats. That by far would be the scariest, most intimidating team mascot in the NFL.
1 year ago
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Nah. They don't look scary at all. That's part of the problem; looks can be so deceiving.

If we really have to replace the current logo, I like the snake from the Gadsden flag.
1 year ago
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Couldn't find any empty block to post a comment about this Argo flick, so I'll put it here...
Readers are advised to read Tony Mendez's book, "Master of Disguise"...Google that for further details and some sensible perspective.......in a nutshell, it describes his C.I.A. career and you'll see that the Iranian caper is just one of the neater episodes in an interesting life.

Pasted blurb:
"From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations."

This will give some needed perspective on all of this commercial bruhaha.

As a former international airline airport employee who has not bothered to see this .....dramatization.....I assure you that any car-chase down an active runway in pursuit of an aircraft under full power for takeoff is just plain silly, and fodder for teenagers' fantasy materiel.

In other words, this "Argo" movie should be seen as good entertainment, no more.

There's a good picture of Ben Afleck with his head back apparently in a big guffaw.....laughing all the way to the bank....OK....that's what it's all about I guess...very skillful entertainment out of Hollywood.
1 year ago
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This is a good paste from another article nearby:
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Argo: With Apologies to Britain and Canada
If Ben Affleck wants to take the high ground he would run a series of adverts stating that his film is fiction and identifying the real life heroes he ignored."


This is where I saw that picture of Affleck laughing with his head back.
1 year ago
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Dan Synder should just say instead of the team being named after the Boston Tea Party, the team's now named after occasional Washington resident, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. That outta quiet the protestors....
1 year ago
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How about the Washington Gut-Eaters?

I mean, if we're gonna be called racists anyway (and we are), why not go whole hog?
1 year ago
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I was about to blast the idea since I've been a die-hard 'skins fan for 50 years. But then I saw the sarcasm. Tea Party and Don't Tread On Me Snake it is.
1 year ago
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"Multicultural Sports Collective No. 1"
1 year ago
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The Redskins need to change their name because? While I think not, here are a couple of suggestions: All Blacks, Africans, Federals, Idiots.
1 year ago
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I like Redskins, but Tea Party Snakes is pretty good.
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