The childish game of home team “tit-for-tat” refereeing employed by Universities and their coaches in the ACC Basketball Conference is a disaster waiting to happen. Sometime soon, a game between long-time rivals such as Duke/Carolina, Florida St. /Miami, Clemson/Georgia Tech is going to end with blood on the court.

“This is Our House” is a fan friendly concept until it creates a mindset among University Administrators, coaches and the referee corps they employ for home games that encourages “win-at-all-costs.” A mindset that drains the fun from the games for all “out-of–town” fans and all players of the visiting team. So much so that it is only a matter of time before rival fans decide to settle the outcome of the games in fist fights or with weapons on the court, rather than the players. All nurtured, encouraged, and sanctioned at the highest levels of University Administrations and their coaches who condone out-of-control refereeing corps officiating in ACC home team basketball gymnasiums and on ACC home team basketball courts.

And where is the NCAA Board of Governors while all such nonsense is going on? Apparently at home asleep by 5:00 PM on any given night of competition in the ACC Basketball Conference. Or maybe the NCAA Board of Governors is made up of Progressives only. Those unique human beings who are unable to see and unwilling to accept what the average ACC basketball fan can see, despise and reject. Home team officiating takes the fight out of the visiting players and it takes the fun of watching out of any viewer or any one in attendance at an ACC basketball game. 

Unfortunately, it will require a death, or deaths, at center court before the NCAA or the Administrations and coaches of any ACC school will demand an end to such dangerous silliness. For it is certain that not a single ACC referee on a home team court wishes to put an end to his or her hypocrisy. “Easy money at home” is the slick, thick, slimy whisper among home team refs. As death awaits a player, a fan, or even a coach in the shadows of such an inexcusable practice. ACC Basketball home team officiating . . . Unbelievable!

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I am sending this to everybody on my e-mail list and that includes conservatives, liberals, and everybody in between.   I know that you care about this country very much, even though we may see some issues and solutions differently. 

My friend wants to promote a “Congressional Reform Act of 2010.” It would contain eight provisions. All would probably be strongly endorsed by those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I know many of you will say: “This is impossible.”  Let me remind you, Congress has the lowest approval of any entity in Government. Now is the time when Americans should join together to reform Congress.  We need a Senator to introduce this bill in the US Senate and a Representative to introduce a similar bill in the US House.  Each will become an American hero.

Thanks, A Fellow American

         Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits:

A. Two Six-Year Senate terms.
B. One Four-Year House term.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

2.  No Tenure / No Pension:

A congress member collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. 

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

3.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

All funds in the Congressional Retirement Fund move into the Social Security system immediately.  All future funds flow into the Social Security system, so that Congress participates with the American people. 

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, server your term(s), then go home and back to work.

4. Congress must purchase retirement plans just as all Americans.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

 6. Congress forfeits its current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work. 

 7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work. 
 

8. All contracts with past and present congress members are void effective 1/1/11.  

The American people did not make such a commitment with congress, congress made these contracts for itself.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.