Friday, September 29, 2017

Newsworthy Items 3

Following the lead of kneelers is not likely to turn out well for the NFL leadership, club owners or the players. Quote: "To be clear, de-funding professional arenas should be done across the board, and not just targeted at teams which disrespect the national anthem and the American flag. Ending this unconstitutional practice would be a good idea even if the protests weren’t underway, but seeing spoiled athletes take a knee is the perfect opportunity to remind sports leagues that the world doesn’t revolve around them. Freedom of speech does allow a player to sit out the national anthem… but the First Amendment does not magically make players or their teams immune to the fallout. More and more, viewers are exercising free speech of their own by turning off NFL broadcasts and leaving game tickets unsold. These proposed bills could give Americans another way to vote with their dollars, and tell spoiled teams to find their stadium funding somewhere else.
We close this section with the wisdom contained in the next two pieces.
Quote: "As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we’re at a very crucial crossroads in American history. We have to be well-informed, not only about current events but well-versed in the basics of our rights and duties as citizens. If not, in perceived times of crisis, we may very well find ourselves in the clutches of a governmental system that is alien to everything for which America stands. Therein is the menace to our freedoms. So stop falling for the distractions. Stop allowing yourself to be fooled by propaganda and partisan politics. Stop acting as if the only thing worth getting outraged about is whether a bunch of football players stand or kneel for the National Anthem. Stop being armchair patriots and start acting like foot soldiers for the Constitution."
Quote: "Sunday’s game exposed a clash of loyalties in the hearts of NFL players. Do black players stand in solidarity with Kaepernick? Do white players stand beside black teammates, if that means standing with them as they disrespect the flag under which hundreds of thousands of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have died?  This conflict in loyalties among NFL players mirrors that of our country, as America divides and our society disintegrates over issues of morality, patriotism, race and culture."  And, "In terms of fame and fortune, no professions have proven more rewarding for young black American males than the NFL and the NBA. Whether they soil their nest is, in the last analysis, up to them."
The Rest
This is an illustration of the sad state of today's political leftist/Democrat population in our country.  They are going down hill on the far left side at a very rapid pace.
Past items have noted the irresponsible and hateful antics of Democrat representative Maxine Waters.  Quote: "On Thursday, Waters had some advice to give to members of the home-grown terrorist organization group Black Lives Matter. She implored them to start getting involved in politics and had “better get controversial.” According to Breitbart, Waters went on to explain that it is important for black people to play the race card.  In Waters’ world, they better not ask why — they had better just obey, or risk being alienated by the entire community. Her disturbing speech gives real insight as to what she thinks needs to happen in America. The representative did not stop there. She went on to talk about President Trump and how she believes the situation should be handled, despite any clear signs of logic or thinking. “Black people, you better get controversial. You better be controversial. You had better call it like it is. We have been shut down because others have defined us,” Waters stated. She acts as though there is some form of segregation present.  Oddly enough, she failed to mention that the nation just got done with eight-years of President Obama. One would logically conclude that if systematic racism exists there is no way Americans would have elected a black president for two terms, right? Wrong, according to Maxine. "    Inciting riots is against the law.  She is an American elected official who is actively seeking harm to the nation and its people.  She should be impeached.   
This is an example of Democrat senator obstructing Trump's judicial nominees.  Their position is apparently based on claims of precedence that has never happened,  Quote: "Oregon's two Democratic senators are blocking one of President Trump's judicial nominees with claims that a "longstanding" state tradition mandating that nominees be chosen from their "judicial selection committee" was violated, but the tradition they cite has never applied to picks for the U.S. Circuit Court, according to records viewed by the Washington Free Beacon. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley alerted the White House that they would be blocking the nomination of Oregon native Ryan Bounds for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Bounds is currently serving as assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. "We cannot return a blue slip on any judicial nominee that has not been approved by our bipartisan judicial selection committee," the senators wrote in a letter to the White House referencing the informal "blue slip" process by which senators are able to block nominations of judges from their home state. "We have a long history of organizing a committee charged with thoroughly vetting applicants from the Oregon legal community," the senators wrote. "We do not intend to return our blue slips for Ryan Bounds or any other nominee that has not been selected through our judicial selection process." Though Wyden and Merkley refer to this selection process as a "longstanding" tradition, records show that nominees for the U.S. Circuit Court such as Bounds have never been selected in this fashion." 
Democrat Nancy Pelosi gets a taste of her own medicine. 
I have for a long time disliked Republican Senator John McCain.  He is dishonest, self serving, egotistical, an opportunist and has skeletons in his closet.  This piece affirms at least one reason why my feelings are justified.  Quote: "A recent video uncovered a stark truth about McCain that he likely thought would be buried forever. When he ran his election in Arizona, one of his main promises was to get rid of ObamaCare once and for all. In fact, McCain said that ObamaCare is an “exercise of sleeze.” Now, after shooting down the bill once and saying that he would do it again, the GOP, as well as the rest of the United States, is wondering what will happen next."  And,  "“How many times is this guy going to rescue ObamaCare from the abyss?” Bongino asked. This is clearly a trend, and political commentators around the country are beginning to catch on. “John McCain sold us all out. And I’m still wondering why he claims to be a Republican senator, despite being the Democrats’ best friend right now,” Bongino pointed out."
This item provides a very interesting perspective on the whole DACA spectacle. Quote: "What follows, now that the issue is before Congress, will show whether the defenders of DACA are sincere in saying that they wish to distinguish between those deliberately broke the law and those who were young, innocent victims of their parents. Many of us who oppose amnesty suspect that they simply want to use DACA as the entering wedge for a massive amnesty for as many as eleven million illegal aliens."
This is not the kind of trend we want to see.  But, then, the left is pushing a loose standard for safe sex.  Quote: "Sexually transmitted diseases surged to a record high in the United States last year, with more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis nationwide, officials said Tuesday. This was “the highest number ever,” said the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the new cases — 1.6 million in 2016 — involved chlamydia, a bacterial infection that affects both men and women. Gonorrhea also increased among men and women last year, but the steepest rise was among men (22 percent), said the report. Nationwide, gonorrhea cases reached 470,000, with a large share of new gonorrhea cases among men who have sex with men."
George Orwell saw what was coming.  Boy, was he right.
George Burns

Newsworthy Items 2

The links in this item reinforces the comments rendered by Judge Jeanine and my remarks.    This next item expands the misguided and falsehoods that fan this discussion, provides hard facts and implicates the falsehood of the liberal left's narrative.   This next piece offers food for thought without emotional rhetoric and focuses on logic and reason.  Quote: "Here’s the bottom line: this conflict isn’t good for the country. We need our shared symbols, and we need our shared spaces. Both of those elements are being destroyed for political and ratings gain. If that doesn’t stop, we’re not going to have anything at all in common anymore."   This item affirms the charge that the NFL leadership has a double standard when applying their so called love of the first Amendment regarding their reaction to Trump's comments.  This duplicity and hypocrisy proves it. 
This item points out what many average Americans and rational present and former athletes feel about misguided protests of privileged athletes supporting the political left's false political correctness and destructive social justice narratives.    The reactions of loyal fans should concern players, NFL bigwigs and team owners.   And, Dr. Ben Carson offers a reasoned perspective that players, the NFL league office and team owners need to ponder.   If you do not think the NFL league office is not filled with left wing hypocrites consider this bit of information in light of their misguided actions last Sunday.
This former Democrat elected official is just one of many who fit the disrespectful and irrational mold. She and others like her are the real racists in this unsavory game.  Quote: "A former Democrat Congresswoman has called for every NFL player to kneel during the national anthem at Sunday's games, while branding President Donald Trump a 'white supremacist'. Donna Edwards, who retired as a US representative for Maryland earlier this year, issued the bold statement on Saturday, responding to Trump's criticism of NFL players who refuse to stand for the anthem. 'On Sunday, I hope every @NFL player takes a knee in solidarity w [Colin Kaepernick] against the white supremacist who squats in our White House,' Edwards said in reference to the former San Francisco quarterback, who is now a free agent.   What seems missing from this whole fiasco is why is it okay for blacks and liberal/progressive whites to falsely invoke the term "white supremacist" on people who disagree with their political opinions/narratives all the while by their very own words and actions embrace the concept of their own to the rights of "black supremacy".  This congresswoman joins with Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and other leftists who do not deserve to be serving the public in elected office.  Their hateful and ugly bias disqualifies them from office.    Aren't we all humans regardless of skin color???  Shouldn't we treat each other that way???  That would make for a far better world.  
A thoughtful assessment of the whole mess. Quote: "There seems to be so much psychological displacement in the feelings between black and white America that it is next to impossible to sort out what to do next. White Dem-Progs (formerly “liberals”) appear to be so consumed with anxious consternation over the outcome of the long civil rights struggle that they are ready to commit a sort of hara-kiri to atone for their unforgivable cis-whiteness. To some extent, they have attempted to compensate by campaigning for an ever-growing list of other “marginalized” groups in the hopes of showing some positive results for social change — it’s just easier to get significant numbers of homosexuals into the corporate executive suites than to get blacks in there — but the Dem-Progs are still left with the grinding reality of a large, dysfunctional black underclass. They certainly can’t admit that their own contrived “remedies,” such as subsidizing out-of-wedlock births, has anything to do with it, or the devastating effect of “Multiculturalism” on some sort of unifying common culture based on values that everybody can agree on. Similarly, black America displaces their oppositionality to whatever remains of a national common culture into the memes of “systemic racism and injustice.” It has evolved insidiously in their own culture since the 1960s, probably (I believe) as a reaction to the anxiety provoked by the civil rights legislation of 1964-65. It’s really about behavior, especially in school. Are you interested in speaking English? Believe me, that would help a lot in this society. Consider this: Ella Fitzgerald was not singing black or white back in the day. She was just singing." 
Another thoughtful piece.  Quote: "Dear NFL Players: In case you’ll only read a few worlds of this story, I’ll get right to the point.  You’re being used. You’re being duped into focusing on the wrong issue: police brutality against black people. If you actually want to solve what’s happening to black people in inner cities, police brutality is way down on the list.  By focusing only on brutality, you’re leading people AWAY FROM seeing what’s really going on in inner cities. You’re guaranteeing NO ANSWERS. You’re guaranteeing NO CHANGE."
This is an example of an owner who has long been friendly with and supportive of Trump and his policies but now chooses to protect his multimillion football enterprise and forsake reason and principles.  Quote: "President Donald Trump has had a cozy relationship with the New England Patriot’s football team. He has a long history of friendships with team owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. But Kraft, who spoke out about how good of a friend President Trump was to him during his darkest hour, didn’t wait too many hours to stick the knife in the president’s back. “I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday,” he said in a statement released by the New England Patriots."     You can decide where his interests lay and the nature of his ethics. 
This is purposeful and hateful slandering of Trump solely for seeking support for their hateful and divisive racist narrative.  Such public behavior as this is unwanted and definitely unneeded.  Al Sharpton has long been a race baiter and allowing things like this to be said on his program proves the point.
The debate expands.  Opinions differ.  We all need to consider the validity or lack thereof of the basis of the undercurrents that drive the debate.   Here is another cogent perspective and is one that is legitimate.  Quote: "Think about this: On one side, we have people who love the flag, who support the veterans, who support US wars of empire in any far-flung place, who support the massive destruction of life in Iraq and Afghanistan, who support the government with its unending Surveillance State. On the other side, we have people who want to blame the basic conditions of inner cities on police, who want to avoid talking about gangs and shootings and drugs and the failed war on poverty and race baiters and the theft of jobs by Globalists. Entering either of these realms is entering a trance. It may be an active trance, but the game is still hypnosis. “If you can keep your head when all [those] about you are losing theirs…” Controllers are in the business of pitting one trance against another, for profit, advantage, and power. "   Another interesting take.   And, yet another.  Here is another very interesting take on the subject taken by a Louisiana state legislature and the use of tax dollars for the benefit of the New Orleans Saints.
Another item of interest.  Quote: "Limbaugh put it all in perspective, offering a quote from former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz. Holtz said: “Two hundred NFL players making millions of dollars take the knee, disrespect the flag, and the president – the leader of this country – doesn’t have the right to say, ‘I think that’s wrong’? This is a workplace environment and he has the right to fire people. He has a right to speak out his mind. This isn’t about race.” Limbaugh contended the last thing the protesters and their organizers want is unity. “The left is not seeking unity with anybody. You see unity on college campus? A conservative comes out to speak, do you see any attempt by the leftist opposition to unify with ’em? No, they bring the cops out and they beat ’em up! They now advocate violence against people who are simply uttering words they disagree with. “Liberal politics succeeds and advances as people are divided, as chaos is created. Obama was an expert at it. Obama was the most divisive president we’ve every had. And all of this stuff, by the way, began when Obama was president, not with Trump.” He said: “First African-American president, supposed to end all of this, right? Didn’t end any of it, did it?”
I have long enjoyed NFL football even knowing the hypocrisy with which the league and owners handled consequential health problems many players suffered playing for their benefit (ie: by refusing due compensation for those who suffered head trauma and other health problems), punishing those who violate NFL rules and coddling/protecting criminal elements in their ranks because their on-field performance enhanced both the league and team owner's bottom lines.  My feelings have changed since this ugly mess emerged mainly because of the dishonesty, greediness and rank hypocrisy that drives this false and divisive leftist narrative and the corruption found within the NFL leadership and players who embrace radical leftist political objectives. Their rank dishonesty of turning Trumps comments regarding respect for the Nation's anthem into a hateful racial rant is totally unacceptable behavior.

Newsworthy Items 1

This item addresses the unpleasant and unfortunate lingering effects of WWI has had on our country.  Quote: "Attacking speech, ruining farms.  World War I exposed the cravenness and authoritarianism of progressive intellectuals. As journalist Randolph Bourne wrote, “‘Loyalty,’ or rather war orthodoxy, becomes the sole test for all professions, techniques, occupations. Particularly is this true in the sphere of the intellectual life.” Bourne lamented:  It has been a bitter experience to see the unanimity with which the American intellectuals have thrown their support to the use of war-technique in the crisis in which America found herself. Socialists, college professors, publicists, new-republicans, practitioners of literature, have vied with each other in confirming with their intellectual faith the collapse of neutrality and the riveting of the war-mind on a hundred million more of the world’s people…. Herd-instinct became herd-intellect.""  And, "Despite winning the war, Wilson’s Democratic Party was crushed at the polls in both 1918 and 1920. H.L. Mencken wrote on the eve of the 1920 election that Americans were sickened of Wilsonian “idealism that is oblique, confusing, dishonest, and ferocious.” Unfortunately, the recoil against bogus idealism was temporary. Starting in 2002, George W. Bush practically recycled Wilson en masse to whip up fervor for invading Iraq.  Have today’s policymakers learned anything from the debacle a century ago? Wilson continues to be invoked by politicians who believe America can achieve great things by warring abroad. The bellicosity of both Republican and Democratic leaders is a reminder that Wilson also failed to make democracy safe for the world." 
This item suggests that liberals are wrong about what is holding down minorities.  Quote: "There are many African Americans struggling to make ends meet in our society and liberals claim to be fighting for them.  The Federalist Papers reported that noted economist Walter E. Williams believes the issue facing African Americans isn’t racial repression like the Left claims, but a much deeper issue. It’s the collapse of the traditional family structure."  And, "According to Williams, “The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households.”  He cites an interesting statistic to prove his point that the collapse of the family, not racism, is at fault. Williams claims that in 1960 there were only 22 percent of children raised in single parent homes. That number skyrocketed to 70 percent of black children growing up in single parent homes in 2010.  Another statistic he uses states that 11 percent of black children were born to unwed women in 1938. That number has similarly jumped to 75 percent. He uses these two facts to make perhaps his boldest statement in the article, “the black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years.”    Williams is one hundred percent correct.  Who created this situation?   Why, it was the progressive/liberals of course.  Family destruction and government dependency laws implemented in LBJ's so called War on Poverty got this whole mess started.  And get this, he was a racist to boot. He once declared as he got the program off the ground that he would, to paraphrase, "...have those nig****'s voting Democrat for the next 100 years".  
Here is what another black man, Larry Elder, has to say about the facts regarding problems in the black community.  Quote: “The idea that a racist white cop shooting unarmed black people is a peril to black people is BS,” said Elder.  “It’s complete and total BS. And the reason for these so-called activists saying this is the assumption that racism remains a major problem in America, and the media, CNN  and especially MSNBC, runs down whenever a black cop shoots somebody, and it’s [then] some march in Washington. It’s ridiculous.”  Half the homicides in this country are committed by and against black people,” said Elder. “Last year there were 14,000 homicides – not talking about suicides, I’m talking about homicides —  half of them were black [and] 96% of them were black on black of that 7,000. Where’s the Black Lives Matter on that?” Larry Elder, 65, is the author of the best-seller, The 10 Things You Can’t Say in America. He is the son of a janitor. He was reared in South Central Los Angeles. He earned his B.A. from Brown University and his JD from the University of Michigan School of Law. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is the host of the radio program, “The Larry Elder Show.”   The fact of the matter is that the political left is stoking the flames of hatred and racism to cause problems as part of their political strategy to cause a revolution which they intend to win.
This item deals with the current state of affairs within our country and the judicial system gone awry.  Quote: "In a rational, liberal society, there should be debate and division, within the context of an agreed upon set of rules. What the court is doing in America is questioning the very idea of rules. They are claiming for themselves the right to make up whatever they feel like in the moment, in whatever incoherent fashion they choose. This is not judicial activism, so much as it is judicial anarchism. The founders never contemplated such a thing and our political class is based on the assumption that this is impossible. Ultimately, a break down in civil order always ends the same way. Whether it is the result of civil war in the ruling class or a war between the ruling class and the people, there is a collapse in moral authority. Everyone loses respect for the old rules, which kept the old order. What comes next is also predictable. A man on a horse rides in and has the will and the means to impose order. That’s what comes next if the political class does not suppress what looks like a revolt from the bench. Otherwise, someone else will."
A Personal Commentary:  President Trump's recent comments regarding his feelings about some within the NFL disrespecting the National Anthem has created a firestorm.  Trump was wrong to enter the fray and even used some inappropriate words that could easily be misinterpreted/manipulated. However, I agree with the intent of what he said and disagree with the vitriolic responses/reactions of so many.  The current state of national and individual discord has long been coming. He did not start it, he inherited it from the past eight years of the Obama era's defense and support of racism of Black Lives Matter, Antifa, political correctness and hate filled rhetoric.. At the root of the issue is the political left's persistent efforts at forcing identity politics and political correctness into the mainstream.  That root can be found in Cultural Marxism which seeks to divide people into groups and create problems between them.  Their objective is cultural discord.  They have succeeded.  Other examples include strait vs LBGT sexual views, religion vs religion or selected religious beliefs, feminist vs non-feminist, pro abortion vs pro life, white vs black, Republican vs Democrat, rich vs poor, etc, etc..  Normal differences that open and honest debates pro and con typically produce to reach resolution no longer work.  Emotional arguments on both sides inhibit debate. The political left's application of Cultural Marxism encourages emotionally based divisions that produce intractable differences in order to enable opportunities for solutions that favor leftist political objectives to emerge.  This has been underway in our country for at least the past 100 years and similar efforts around the world throughout history.  The use of hatred of Jews and pursuit of a pure Arian race while not the sole reason serves as an example that contributed to WWII.  In this case the charges by the political left that Trump is a hateful White Supremacist is provocation designed to incite reciprocal reactions on the part of those who agree with him.  The war in this case is a Cultural Marxist one designed to discredit a sitting President so the population will turn against him in favor of their preferred socialist Democrat replacement.  The manipulated masses are pawns in this political game sponsored by progressive socialist Democrats who want permanent control over our nation. Trump upset the table Obama set for Hillary so the political left has a vendetta against him. Trump is in their way so they want to get rid of him. That in a nut shell is what the rancor and vitriol is all about. The following items extend the conversation. 
This former judge issues a thoughtful rebuke to the NFL commissioner and players who willingly take the benefits offered them by our country and yet choose to disrespect it.  She was responding to the commissioner's condemnation of President Trump pointing out that those who play the game, NFL executives and player leaders who engage in the hateful,  political correctness and social justice game of disrespectimg the country that has given them so much.  She points out how disrespectful so many of the players are to women and others in society given the horrendous level of criminal arrests they have relative to the general population.   This is a side of the debate that the politically left mainstream media will not report because it undermines their America is racist narrative and that those of us on the political right are White Supremacists.  That is hogwash and they know it but do not care if they impugn the integrity and reputations of those who do not buy into their false narratives which exist for their political purposes only.  It is worthy of note that there are many among the NFL players who are really good people (whites and players of color) doing much good in their communities.  They should be recognized and applauded for the good they do.  But, that does not erase the fact that while many NFL members are really good athletes they are not nice or good people and do not deserve the accolades they get and the protections the NFL and wealthy team owners provide.  Making money is their motive and that drives compromised ethics and decision making.  It is an accepted fact that far too many coddled athletes think they can get away with anything simply because they are good athletes.
For those who might think that Judge Jeanine's comments on the number of arrests of NFL players was made up drivel check out this the facts found in this link comes from, which “provides an interactive visualized database of National Football League player Arrests & Charges.”   Quote: "The average length of time between every NFL arrest is a mere seven days. The longest the NFL has ever gone without having one of its players arrested is 65 days. It’s interesting that such a minute portion of the population–comprised of millionaires–should see such a high number of frequent arrests. According to the data, 2006 was one of the worst years for professional football players–71 arrests were made. Meanwhile, 2013 saw 62 arrests. And this year, the year of NFL protests, we’re at 32 arrests already. The crimes for which the athletes are apprehended vary wildly. Many of them are violent. The top crimes perpetrated by members of the NFL are, in descending order, DUI, drugs, domestic violence, assault, and disorderly conduct."  And, "So, maybe — just maybe — NFL players aren’t the best ones to be preaching to America about the perils of police brutality."   

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Why Taking a Knee During the National Anthem Is Not Only Unpatriotic, It’s Ignorant

The absurdity reached a new high on Sunday, when players for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens at an exhibition game in London refused to stand for the National Anthem, but stood for the British anthem, “God Save the Queen.” It’s ironic because the National Anthem was written to commemorate the bravery that the outnumbered and outgunned American soldiers showed when they nevertheless defeated the British at the Battle of Fort McHenry in 1814. During the night of September 12-13, British ships fired between 1,500 and 1,800 rounds at the fort, most of the time remaining outside of the reach of the Americans’ weaker cannons. Fort McHenry should have been reduced to rubble. But miraculously, the American fort survived the bombardment, and at dawn, the American flag was still flying.
What would those American soldiers who lost their lives to British cannons think about the American players today who stand in respect for the British national anthem, but refuse to stand for the American song that commemorates their valor? Of course, I doubt that this irony even occurred to any of the football players, as they virtue-signaled for the cameras. One wonders if any of them even know the history of the Battle of Fort McHenry.
Aside from that, there’s an additional problem with the football players’ protest: it doesn’t make sense. The players are protesting the police shootings that involved African-American victims. But the National Anthem stands for three things: (1) the bravery of the American soldiers at Fort McHenry; (2) giving thanks to God for the miraculous victory (the fourth verse makes that clear); and (3) America itself. Presumably, they are using the National Anthem as a symbol representing the third – our country itself.
But how can these NFL players disrespect the very country that gives them the opportunity to earn seven- or eight-figure salaries just for playing a game that they enjoy? There’s no other place on earth that they can become rich role models just by playing American football. And there’s no other place on earth that so thoroughly investigates and holds accountable its police officers in those cases where an officer actually does something wrong – which is a problem that we all want solved.
They should be celebrating the American Constitution and the American system, not disrespecting it. If they want to protest incidents of police shootings, they should wear symbolic armbands naming the victims or put stickers on their warm-up gear on the sidelines. That would be more specific and it wouldn’t disrespect our country. 

Government Misconduct 3

This should cause us all to worry about how the CIA is spending our tax dollars and how much they are violating simple principles of ethics and even federal and international laws.    Serious digging into their operations has long been needed.  But, it will never happen...far too many skeletons are in that closet.

More egregious government incompetence but spending money hand over fist and beating their chest over all the good they are doing.  Those who sit in Congress appear to think they know best how to solve all problems.  Their history of performance, however, suggests otherwise.  This is an excellent piece that illustrates that very point.  Quote: "One estimate has it that, since President Lyndon Johnson declared a national War on Poverty in 1966, some two trillion dollars have been poured into inner cities of America, with a result that looks quite like the impoverished neighborhoods of St. Petersburg, Florida.  No one has the accounting books. No one has kept track. No one in the federal government has been able to stop the insanity. Again, innovative solutions are not the aim of big and bigger government.  That aim appears to be: losing. 

This governor has it exactly backwards.  The political left has been activity fomenting hate and violence for at least the last year or year and a half.  Hate filled speech comes from all quarters of the political left.  No one is left out.  They call for Trump's assassination, impeachment, deportation, death of his family members, etc., etc.. They include in their vitriolic behavior Trump supporters.  The political left is little more than a Nazi/fascists/socialistic hate group filled with malcontents bent on destroying a duly elected president.   As the saying goes the ones blaming others are actually the ones committing the crimes.    If you don't think the words Nazi and facists fits the Democrat party look it up.  You will find they are behaving just like Nazi's and Fascists in the 1920's and 30's.

This is pure federal government bureaucratic tyranny.  Both Trump and Sessions let it happen.  It is as wrong as wrong can be.  The EPA is a rouge organization and badly needs its power reduced.  Read this and see if you agree.  If so let the EPA, Trump and Sessions know they are dead wrong.  This foolish EPA ruling is pure nonsense and should be removed from the stupid rule book pronto.    This farmer should have his name cleared and fines returned to him with interest.  Government tyranny in all its forms has no place in our Republic.

George Burns

Government Misconduct 2

Every month the government issues another lie to us regarding the economy and specifically how low inflation is.  Quote: "The lies built into the politically motivated CPI figure are designed to screw senior citizens, bond investors, and average hard working Americans who depend upon annual salary increases to keep their heads above water. Corporations are able to point to the low levels of CPI as the reason they don’t need to provide higher salary increases. The government can get away with providing little or no Social Security increases to senior citizens by purposely under-reporting inflation based upon academic theories put forth by captured Ivy League pinheads paid off by the Deep State. The chart below provides the government reported cumulative increases in key categories since 2000. Not only does the government purposely under-report the increases in these costs, they also purposely under-weight the significance of particular categories in order to reduce the reported level of inflation. Some of these categories show significant increases, but they are far lower than what average Americans are actually experiencing in the real world."

This despicable arrangement between crony capitalist and government is one of the reasons our country is in such deep trouble.

Our government and many of our nation's institutions filled with foolish leftist/progressive activists only had to gently push Obama to open the flood gates of Islamic encroachment into our country it's culture and now even the legal system.  This borders on criminal behavior.  Anyone who thinks this is a good idea is insane.  Quote: "A group of international Islamist organizations led by the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, recently held a two-day conference on countering “Islamophobia” in which it recommends imposing Islamic blasphemy laws on the media worldwide.  Under Islamic law, it is considered a serious offense to criticize Allah, Muhammad or Islam. In countries like Pakistan, a Muslim can take a non-Muslim to court and claim he was “offended” by something that was said, resulting in a trial and jail time, even death, for the non-Muslim." And, "The United Nations Human Rights Council passed Resolution 16/18 (March 2011), with the help of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The resolution’s stated goal is “Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence, and violence against persons based on religion or belief.” It calls on all member states to consider adopting laws to criminalize incitement to imminent violence based on religion or belief. Other recommendations include creating government programs to promote inter-religious tolerance and dialogue, training government employees to be sensitive toward people’s religious sensitivities, which sounds reasonable were it not for the fact that Islam is by far the most sensitive of all the world’s faiths to criticism in the public square. In December 2015, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in the wake of a terrorist attack in San Bernardino in which two Muslims killed 14 Americans, threatened to arrest and prosecute any American who posted comments that “edged toward violence” against the Muslim community."   Our liberal handlers have a death wish for us all.    Muslims intend to take over everywhere they plant their feet.  We have the progressive left and Obama to thank for the mess they willingly created "in the name of tolerance" now getting worse by the day for citizens suffering from large Muslim populations.  

The Obamaphone program is still in effect and still filled with fraud, waste and abuse.

This is an example of government malfeasance, pure and simple. 

More egregious government incompetence all the while spending money hand over fist and beating their chest over all the good they are doing.  Those who sit in Congress and atop far too many federal bureaus to count appear to think they know best how to solve all problems.  Their history of performance, however, suggests otherwise.  This is an excellent piece that illustrates that very point.

The US Postal Service has long been running in the red with tax payer subsidies keeping it afloat.  So, we pay postage costs that are far more than the amount affixed to each stamp.  The federal government refuses to turn this costly enterprise over to the private sector which would almost certainly reduce forced investments by tax payers.

This item reminds us that it is two of our former presidents who are largely responsible for allowing North Korea and Iran to become nuclear powers. Quote: "Currently, Asia and North America are braced for the possibility of a nuclear confrontation between the United States and North Korea. The situation got this bad thanks to two former US presidents.  Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama essentially submitted to the communist regime of Pyongyang and the mullahs of Tehran. Because of their horrible deals, North Korea and Iran are now nuclear nations (via The Federalist Papers). "

Just one more example of the lack of ethics and management skills found in Obama's administration.  Fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer monies is a problem of big government no matter which party is in charge.  Big government must be cut to size. 

Here are prime examples of gross government high level employees committing loathsome acts.

Government Misconduct 1

This item provides a very good example of how well intended "political" albeit government decisions far too often have very serious and far reaching negative consequences.  Quote: "If governments subsidized car-insurance policies the way they do with flood insurance, we’d see more drunks driving Ferraris around, at the expense of taxpayers. Getting the government out of the flood insurance business and having insurance companies determine actuarially sound premiums is the only way for homeowners, businesses, and builders to know the real risk they are assuming. If the risk is high, premiums will be prohibitive, and building will migrate to areas less prone to flooding. Unfortunately, the prospects for reform are low. Eliminating the National Flood Insurance Program is impossible politically. How likely are even modest policy reforms about premiums or redrawing flood plain maps to better reflect real risk? Such proposals are drowned out by politicians who score easy points by blaming the damage on climate change and passing popular rebuilding bills."

The US postal service admits it violated the law when it let employees work on Hillary's presidential campaign.   Their obvious motive was no doubt an attempt to elect someone who permits fraud, waste and abuse and was the candidate most likely to fund the organization that loses money every year and which should have been privatized years ago.  

This is terrible behavior by DOL leadership denying benefits due families resulting from harm employees suffered while working with nuclear materiel. Quote: "Under the law, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), qualified workers or their survivors who were diagnosed with certain types of cancer or other diseases from exposure to toxic substances at covered facilities are entitled to between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation to help pay medical bills and loss of wages due to their illnesses, with a cap of $400,000."   

There is no end to the stupid things our government wastes our money on.  This is one of hundred maybe even thousands of examples.   Another stupid but definitely politically correct fraud, waste and abuse item.
Letting federal government bureaucracies go without oversight is insanity.   Same sort of thing goes on here.  Quote: "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) must be anxious to get on my list of government bureaucracies that shouldn’t exist."  

Have you wondered why so many wild fires are consuming vast area of national and state own lands?  This item reveals the reasons.  Quote: "President Trump promised to bring fresh ideas and policies to Washington. Now Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are doing exactly that in a critically important area: forest management and conflagration prevention. Their actions are informed, courageous, and long overdue. Westerners are delighted, and I’ve advocated such reforms since my days on Capitol Hill in the 1980s. As of September 12, amid this typically long, hot, dry summer out West, 62 major forest fires are burning in nine states, the National Interagency Fire Center reports. The Interior Department and Ag Department’s Forest Service have already spent over $2 billion fighting them. That’s about what they spent in all of 2015, previously the most costly wildfire season ever, and this season has another month or more to go. The states themselves have spent hundreds of millions more battling these conflagrations."   And,  "These forests could and should create jobs and generate revenues in states where far too many lands, timber, oil, and minerals have been placed off limits – primarily by urban politicians, judges, and radical activists who seem determined to drive people off these Western lands, turn them into playgrounds for the wealthy, and roll back other Americans’ living standards and well-being. Cleaning out dead, diseased, burned, overgrown trees would bring countless benefits. It would make our forests healthy again."  

This is for anyone who may still think Obama was a good steward of our nation's fiscal resources. Quote: "A probe into the HUD program revealed that for the last eight years Loren has been funneling money from her government credit cards to buy personal items for herself and her family. Purchases were made for things like food, clothing, medicine, appliances, furniture, and even alcohol. She even used $24,600 to pay rent for her son.  In light of these shocking crimes, Loren has been charged with intent to commit federal fraud and could face five years in prison. Yet Loren is not alone. Countless employees on all levels have been funneling money out of the program. In 2013, HUD Inspector General David A. Montoya, testified before Congress that there was evidence of corruption and embezzlement in the program in nearly every state across the country."   The truth is that Obama promoted an environment of discord, corruption, fraud, waste and abuse. Postmortems from his presidency prove the point.  That said the problem did not start with him.  It has long existed in our over sized/bloated government which facilitates such behavior no matter the party in power.  Greedy, dishonest, unethical self centered well positioned government employees with access to fungible funds can and do take advantage.  Waste and abuse is likewise found in slovenly, hard to fire, union protected employees. 

Hopefully this will help stop massive fraud by the procurement operative in the Army, both civilian and military.

It is definitely government misconduct when governments at any level fails to examine all the facts and instead play the awful misguided and fateful political left's political correctness game.  Quote: "Spencer noted four separate studies since 1999 found that 80 percent of U.S. mosques were teaching jihad, Islamic supremacism, and hatred and contempt for Jews and Christians.  Pointing out there are no studies that challenge these results, he also cited the testimony of Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, a Sufi Muslim leader who visited 114 mosques in the United States. Kabbani testified before a State Department Open Forum in January 1999 that 80 percent of American mosques taught the “extremist ideology.”    Read the whole thing to get to the bottom line.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Drew Brees disagrees with President, kneeling during anthem

President Donald Trump’s comments on Friday night and throughout the weekend about the NFL needing to fire players who do not stand for the national anthem drew strong responses from inside and outside the football world.
Most of those responses fell either in opposition to or support of the President, but Saints quarterback Drew Brees found some slightly different ground. When Brees met with the media after Sunday’s 34-13 victory over the Panthers, Brees was critical of the President as well as of players, including his teammates, who didn’t stand.
“I disagree with what the President said and how he said it,” Brees said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I think it’s very unbecoming of the office of the President of the United States to talk like that, to the great people like that, and, obviously, he’s disappointing a lot of people.”
“Let me say this first – do I think that there’s inequality in this country? Yes, I do. Do I think that there’s racism? Yes, I do. I think there’s inequality for women in the workplace; I think there’s inequality for people of color, for minorities, for immigrants.”
“If the protest becomes we’re going to sit down or kneel or not show respect to the flag of the United States of America and everything it symbolizes and everything it stands for, everything our country has stood for to get to this point, I do not agree with that. I feel like that is a unifying thing.”
Brees said he didn’t know that 10 Saints players planned to remain seated because he was “locked in” before the game, but said he’s had “candid conversations” with teammates about these issues in the past and that he thinks the team will be fine after talking about it again in the wake of Sunday’s game.

NFL fumbles in its response to Trump

Donald Trump drove this bus, tweeting away at 100 mph. It blew straight past Crazy Town. His speech on Friday and subsequent posts about firing “SOBs” who kneel during the national anthem threw plutonium on a fire that has been smoldering for a year. That fire blew up on an increasingly beleaguered — and increasingly holier-than-thou — NFL.
The national media narrative heading into yesterday’s NFL play was simple: “You either support players who take a knee during the national anthem, or you are a racist.”
Condemnation of Trump was necessary, if not compulsory. Players tweeted it. Media types broke their ankles tripping over each other to reach the sanctimony summit. NFL team owners, following Roger Goodell’s lead, joined the echo chamber out of expediency and fear of social media backlash.
Left out of this equation — the metaphorical Joe and Jane Sixpack and their two kids, Brady and Tammy Lynn. They dropped $700 or so on four tickets, plus more on concessions, parking and swag at Gillette. Their reward: Tom Brady being Tom Brady. That was unfortunately preceded by a visual lecture on how they do not understand “the struggle” — delivered by athletes whose salaries average $1.9 million per year, supported by a group of owners whose balance sheet is in the billions.
The “1 Percent” on steroids. And that 1 percent just called Joe and Jane Sixpack racists. Not a winning play for a league that is already having a bad couple of years.
Brandin Cooks was among 16 or so Patriots booed for taking a knee. Fans cheered wildly when Cooks made the game-winning grab to ice Brady’s 50th career fourth-quarter comeback. The brutal math is simple: fans pay to see Cooks make catches, not political statements.
Every so-called Neanderthal fan who booed yesterday, along with the evil, greedy corporations who buy luxury suites, and the unwashed millions watching on TV, directly and indirectly pay the salaries of players. Fans are the reason why the Patriots are worth $3.7 billion. Many of these same fans are derided for wanting to simply watch a game. That disdain comes from self-righteous State Run Media hacks whose employment depends on having an audience of said fans. These cowards faithfully “stick to sports” — until it suits their personal views.
The marketplace will be the ultimate determinant of whether or not these anthem protests dent the NFL shield. The short-term benefits for owners is glowing press and a solid they can use on the players once talks begin on a new CBA.
The long-term prognosis, however, isn’t good. 

The Nail in the NFL’s Coffin

When NFL players began taking knees and raising Black Panther fists during games last year, the NFL had to take swift action.  It failed.The result is that football has now become politicized, handing the Left another victory in the culture wars.  The news behind the news, however, is where the story gets even more depressing.
Nobody in their right minds objects to freedom of speech. That is, except UC Berkeley, but the university and its students clear have no actual minds to be right in.   However, there are strategic decisions that guides when that speech will be the most effective.
Any player who feels strongly enough about his protest for the national anthem owes it to his employer (the team’s owner), the head coach, and his players, to discuss exactly what his feelings are and the most effective manner in which to express them.Any owner or coach would stand behind that player to help him achieve his desired outcome.
The player represents the team’s brand.  He represents the city.  He represents America, the country that gave him the freedom to excel, to become an elite member in the field of American professional sports.  The player is paid millions of dollars.  To choose the moment, dictated by tradition, to show disrespect for all of these things, shows exceptionally poor judgment. 

The NFL Can Never Go Back After Kneel-Down Sunday

  • The NFL commits Hari-kari – So, President Trump went off on the NFL coddling its players who refuse to stand for the national anthem on Saturday, and in return got an entire weekend filled with progressives and fake journalists defending players who disrespect our nation’s flag.  As a bonus, he got incompetent NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and numerous NFL team owners stupidly doing the same thing, as the number of players showing their unpatriotic feelings multiplied prior to Sunday’s games.
  • Have fun with that. – One can only wonder when Goodell and these owners will suddenly wake up and realize that they have made their league, whose fan base is made up mostly of patriotic, middle class, blue collar Americans, the center of the universe for disrespecting the American flag and our national anthem?  Will they ever come to understand that, now that they have sanctioned this “kneel-down weekend”, they can never go back?  The NFL is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the unpatriotic American political left.
by David Blackmon

Player "unity" in NFL? 90% did NOT take a knee
by SoFloFreeper

So the local Miami media just reported 150 NFL players acted the fool yesterday.
I did some quick math.
53.players multiplied by 32 teams =1.696 players. 150 players divided by 1,696 players = less than 9%.


The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states:

“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
You fellas in the NFL had better all stand with your hands over your hearts next Sunday, or your sport is doomed. It is pretty obvious that you don't believe this, but watch what happens next. You are forcing fans to choose between loyalty to lawless, disrespectful, bigoted black players mostly who feel they can do whatever they want whenever they want and the country governed by rules of law and requirements of patriotic loyalty to survive.
This is almost literally a choice between a collapsing path to severe division and civil war, or unity in honoring our country and flag a de-escalation of conflict. This is the dividing line in our history going forward. Either you are for this country, or, you are against it as it stands. You can NOT have it both ways. You are trying to FORCE us to accept your rebellion and get rid of Trump and all we voted for, or else.
Choose you this day whom you will serve moment for all of us. It actually is a choice between good and evil this time.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

NFL Player Arrests for 2017

2017-09-01CLET.Y. McGillDTArrestedDrugsAccused of misdemeanor marijuana posession at hotel in Charlotte.Resolution undetermined.
2017-08-18NYGMichael BowieOTArrestedDomestic violenceAccused of domestic assault and battery, grabbing girlfriend by the neck and throwing her to the ground in Tulsa.Resolution undetermined.
2017-08-17OAKSean SmithCBArrestedAssaultCharged with felony assault for incident in Pasadena, Calif., on July 4. Accused of stomping on head of sister's boyfriend.Resolution undetermined.
2017-07-18JACDante FowlerDEArrestedBatteryAccused of hitting a man who criticized his driving in St. Petersburg.Resolution undetermined.
2017-07-16HOUD'Onta ForemanRBArrestedDrugs, gunAccused of marijuana possession and unlawfully carrying a gun in Austin, Texas.Resolution undetermined.
2017-07-09BUFAdolphus WashingtonDTArrestedGunAccused of carrying a concealed weapon at water park in Ohio, leading to intense encounter with police.Resolution undetermined
2017-07-04DALDamien WilsonLBArrestedAssault, gunCharged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Frisco, Texas after allegedly brandishing rifle at a man.Resolution undetermined.
2017-06-29PITArtie BurnsCBArrestedSuspended licensePulled over in Miami Beach, accused of driving with a suspended license.Resolution undetermined.
2017-06-21GBLetroy GuionDTArrestedDUIPulled over in Hawaii, suspected of drunken driving.Resolution undetermined.
2017-06-21NYJLorenzo MauldinLBChargedAssaultAccused of attacking man at nightclub in Manhattan April 2.Resolution undetermined.
2017-06-11NOWillie SneadWRArrestedDUIAccused of drunk driving in Kenner, La., where his car had crashed and he registered a blood-alcohol content of .125.Resolution undetermined. Suspended three games.
2017-06-04NYGRoger LewisWRArrestedDUI, drugsPulled over in Ohio, acccued of operating a vehicle while impaired after police smelled marijuana.Resolution undetermined.
2017-05-29DALNolan CarrollCBArrestedDUIPulled over in Dallas, suspected of driving while intoxicated.Resolution undetermined.
2017-05-07NYJRobby AndersonWRArrestedResisting arrestAccused of fighting police and security at music festival in Miami.Resolution undetermined.
2017-04-07WASJunior GaletteLBArrestedDisorderly conductAccused of getting into a fight and running away from police in Biloxi, Miss.Resolution undetermined.
2017-04-06SFTramaine BrockCBArrestedDomestic violenceSuspected of felony domestic violence in Santa Clara, Calif. Officers said female had visible injuries.Dropped by prosecutors based on insufficient evidence.
2017-04-06SEATrevone BoykinQBArrestedProbation violationSuspected of violating probation with March 27 arrest. Probation stemmed from 2015 bar fight while at TCU.Resolution undetermined.
2017-04-01ARIMarquis BundyWRArrestedDisorderlySuspected of failing to obey police commands after getting agitated outside club in Scottsdale, Ariz.Resolution undetermined.
2017-03-31DENWill ParksSArrestedDomestic violenceAccused of harassment and non-physical domestic violence in incident involving his former girlfriend.Resolution undetermined.
2017-03-27SEATrevone BoykinQBArrestedDrugsAccused of marijuana possession, public intoxication. He was a passenger in a car involved in accident in Dallas.Resolution undetermined.
2017-03-26CHIDeiondre HallCBArrestedDisorderly conductAccused of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference outside bar in Cedar Falls, Iowa.Resolution undetermined.
2017-03-26GBMakinton DorleantCBArrestedPolice interferenceAccused of interfence after scuffle outside of bar in Cedar Falls, Iowa.Resolution undetermined.
2017-03-07KCDemetrius HarrisTEArrestedDrugsSuspected of felony marijuana possession as passenger in car pulled over in Missouri.Resolution undetermined.
2017-03-05LAREthan WestbrooksDTArrestedDomestic violenceSuspected of domestic violence in Sacramento after police observed injuries to mother of his child.Dropped by prosecutors.
2017-02-25INDDavid ParryDTArrestedDUI, resisting arrestSuspected of stealing golf cart, driving drunk, resisting arrest in Scottsdale, Ariz.Pleaded guilty to reduced charges, two years of probation.
2017-02-25BALMatt ElamSArrestedDrugsPulled over in Miami Beach, accused of possessing marijuana, Oxycodone.Resolution undetermined.
2017-02-16NYJDarrelle RevisCBChargedAssaultAccused of aggravated assault after altercation in Pittsburgh. Video shows two men on the ground unconscious.Charges dismissed.
2017-02-16LACKing DunlapOTArrestedViolating court orderSuspected of violating protective order in Nashville stemming from domestic incident.Resolution undetermined.
2017-01-12GBSam ShieldsCBChargedDrugsAccused of misdemeanor marijuana possession from Oct. 19, 2016.Pleaded no contest, $500 fine.
2017-01-10LARTre MasonRBArrestedEluding policeAccused of fleeing law enforcement, careless driving on an ATV in July 2016.Resolution undetermined.
2017-01-02CINAdam JonesCBArrestedAssaultAccused of poking hotel security employee in the eye in Cincinnati, obstructing police.Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charge, sentenced to time served of two days in jail.