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Broncos star has one burning question for anthem protesters

While Sunday may well go down in history as the day the NFL lost its mind over anthem protests, one NFL star isn’t joining the chaos.

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe has been unapologetically pro-national anthem. So while the rest of the NFL spent Sunday kneeling and linking arms as a direct response to President Donald Trump’s condemnation of anthem protesters, Wolfe just has one question for all of them.

“[I]t’s AMERICA! The greatest country in the world and if you don’t think we are the greatest country in the world and you reside here, then why do you stay?” Wolfe said in a statement provided to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

And it’s a very good question that most NFL anthem protesters may struggle to eloquently answer.

It’s also a question that many NFL fans have. Most NFL players would have to master soccer to make comparable money in any country outside of the United States. Considering that football and fútbol are two entirely different sports, that seems unlikely.

The Broncos still participated in anthem protests Sunday. Wolfe did acknowledge that America is a free country, and its citizens are free to peaceably protest, but he didn’t join.

While star linebackers Von Miller and Brandon Marshall both knelt, you can clearly see Wolfe (No. 95) standing with his hand over his chest in the bottom right image posted on Twitter by KCNC-TV’s Michael Spencer.

And Wolfe has a pretty good reasoning for wanting to stand as well.

“I stand because I respect the men who died in real battle so I have the freedom to battle on the field,” Wolfe said. “Paying tribute to the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom is why I stand. But everyone these days likes to find a reason to protest and that’s their right. It’s America and you are free to speak your mind. I just feel it’s disrespectful to the ones who sacrificed their lives and it’s maybe the wrong platform.”

https://www.thewildcard.com/broncos-star-has-one-burning-question-for-anthem-protesters/

 

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.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is paid well over $40 million annually to protect the league’s reputation and business.  He’s done a horrible job the last few years, palming off issues of domestic violence, and failing to take a firm stance regarding the anthem.  A simple statement would have sufficed: “The NFL respects and encourages freedom of speech.  The NFL also respects America, and strongly encourages all players and staff to stand proudly for our national anthem, and to engage in individual protests on their own time.”

That’s all he had to do.  He failed.  Now this behavior has spread like a cancer.

The owners are the next line of defense.  Who is the one owner who has stood up and made it clear that free speech does not exist on private property, or when you are an employee who represents a brand and a team?  Jerry Jones, of course, of the Dallas Cowboy’s.  America’s Team.

Ultimately, the responsibility falls on the players.  It is a disgrace that any player should fail to stand for the national anthem, considering what this country has done for them.  Yet that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Considering the visibility that NFL players have, they would be infinitely more effective calling attention to an issue outside of the game.  Pittsburgh Steelers rookie T.J. Watt managed to raise over $30 million for hurricane relief…and then squandered that goodwill by staying in the locker room with the entire Steelers team during this week’s anthem.

Oh, actually not the entire team.  Offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger with three tours in Afghanistan, stood on the field for the anthem.  That would be a proud American of Hispanic background who recognizes not only what his country has done for him, but honors the flag and his own service by standing for the anthem.

Nobody is saying that Black men and women don’t have reasons to be angry.  Yet this statement by the Seahawks makes no sense:

“As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all.

If this is what they want to protest, ignoring the anthem which gave these men the opportunities they have had to succeed, is the wrong way to do it.  They should be out in the community every chance they get, and engaging in activities that would actually make a difference.  It takes no courage at all to stay in the locker room.Courage would mean doing just about anything else – especially spending time with at-risk youths so that they don’t become “victims of injustice”.

Instead, the only thing that happens when Odell Beckham Jr. raises a Black Panther salute in the endzone does is annoy fans who are there to escape the daily grind of politics.

Of course, the news behind the news is that the swarm of protests is in direct response to President Trump’s tweets that were critical of the NFL’s attitude towards the anthem.This begs a few questions.  First, why is the President bothering to get involved?There’s nothing wrong with being a pugilist, but the same rules apply to him about messaging.  There doesn’t appear to be an upside in picking this fight.Just like Goodell, a simple statement would have sufficed.

So one must look beyond the tweets to see what the protests are really about.  They sure aren’t about what the Seahawks claim, or if they are, then these players are utter hypocrites for not actually engaging in life-changing activities.

No, it’s identity politics.Again.  Still.  With Blacks comprising 68 percent of the league, this is yet another example of Trump Derangement Syndrome.  Millions of Americans have brought into the nonsense that President Trump is anti-semitic, racist, sexist, transgenderist, racist, white nationalist, neo-confederate, racist, homophobic, racist, Nazi, racist, Islamophobic racist bad man who clubs baby seals.

Which, even if that were true, there are still infinitely better ways to protest effectively.

It’s also bad business.Goodell and the owners are driving Americans away from football.   Ratings are down again this year, after last year’s decline, which was a direct result of Colin Kaepernick’s temper tantrums.  It’s only going to get worse, and it may already be too late.

And in case you think this has nothing to do with the culture wars, ask yourself: the same people defending these NFL crybabies are the same ones who mocked Tim Tebow for kneeling to pray when he was on the field.

Want to kneel at an NFL game?  You’ll find me beside Mr. Tebow.

 

Environmentalists are suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for suspending environmental regulations in order to construct a border wall along the U.S. Environmentalists are suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for suspending environmental regulations in order to construct a border wall along the U.S.

From the Daily Caller News Foundation:

Environmentalists are suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for suspending environmental regulations in order to construct a border wall along the U.S. boundary with Mexico, despite evidence of “significant” environmental damage caused by illegal immigration.

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, who sits on CBD’s advisory board, are calling the DHS waivers “unconstitutional” acts that represent “dangerous disregard for our environment.”

“Trump’s border wall will be a deathblow to already endangered animals on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border,” a May CBD report on the border wall states. “A wall will block movement of many wildlife species, precluding genetic exchange, population rescue and movement of species in response to climate change.”

While wall construction will affect animal movements to a certain extent, illegal immigration also poses a threat to endangered animals. The CBD lawsuit runs counter to the stated goals of environmentalists, GOP Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.

“Yet again, litigation activists are tying the hands of federal agencies and preventing common sense border protection,” Bishop said. “The irony here is that those suing under the guise of environmental protection are encouraging scores of illegal crossings that have decimated environmentally sensitive areas.”

The Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge (CPNWR) in Arizona borders Mexico for 56 miles. In 2011, the Department of the Interior (DOI) studied the impacts of illegal immigrants traveling through CPNWR.

“These illegal crossing include the smuggling of undocumented aliens of various nationalities and drugs,” the DOI report states. “Smuggling and interdiction activities have resulted in significant impacts to wilderness character, and put other trust resources such as the federally endangered Sonoran pronghorn at risk.”

The report found nearly 8,000 miles of vehicle tracks crisscrossing the refuge designated to keep most mechanized travel out.

“Impacts to endangered species, plant and animal communities, and cultural resources are more significant than just the mere presence of tire tracks within wilderness,” the report continues. “Past research of vehicle use in off-road areas have demonstrated significant impacts to soils, plants, and wildlife.”

A border wall constructed near Yuma, Ariz., stopped 94 percent of all illegal traffic through the area, according to Senate testimony by David Aguilar, former Border Patrol chief and former acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“It is important to note that there is nothing more destructive to environmentally sensitive land and quiet communities than the uncontrolled illegal flow of people, vehicles, smugglers, and criminal organizations,” Aguilar said, according to the Washington Examiner. “The placement of fences and deterrent infrastructure in previously uncontrolled parts of the border have actually allowed for the rejuvenation of areas that had previously been devastated due to heavy illegal pedestrian and vehicular traffic.”

The CBD report found that a border wall could impact 93 species either listed under the Endangered Species Act or being considered for listing. The report also recognizes that heavily trafficked areas of the border by illegal immigrants causes “extensive environmental damage and social disruption to borderlands communities.”

“Invariably increased border enforcement efforts have then shifted to those more remote areas, further intensifying the impacts on the borderlands environment and communities,” CBD continues.

“Although the deployment of vehicle barriers can result in environmental impacts, primarily from associated road construction, they pose far less risk to wildlife populations than border walls,” the report states.

RINO McCain Betrays Trump AGAIN!

By Jim Greenhill

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced on Friday that he will vote against the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, potentially dooming the legislation.

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” he said in a statement, referring to the legislation spearheaded by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C) and Bill Cassidy (La.).

McCain’s announcement leaves GOP leadership with no room for error. They need 50 GOP senators to support the legislation, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has already said he will vote no. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Friday said she is leaning against the bill.

Read more at http://trumptrainnews.com/articles/breaking-rino-mccain-betrays-again#EPIph3QuYmmihxQ9.99

Trump plants aides in Cabinet agencies to root out saboteurs

President Trump has reportedly stationed at least 16 politically appointed aides in several government agencies to monitor Cabinet secretaries’ loyalty, according to eight officials in and outside the administration.

“This shadow government of political appointees with the title of senior White House adviser is embedded at every Cabinet agency, with offices in or just outside the secretary’s suite,” the Washington Postreported Monday.

The advisers are stationed at departments including Energy and Health and Human Services and smaller agencies like NASA, according to paper, which obtained records through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The White House aides report to the Office of Cabinet Affairs, which is overseen by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn. The Post reported that top Dearborn aide John Mashburn holds a weekly conference call with advisers “who are in constant contact with the White House.”

The aides reportedly act as policy liaisons for the White House and the agencies.

“Behind the scenes, though, they’re on another mission: to monitor Cabinet leaders and their top staffs to make sure they carry out the president’s agenda and don’t stray too far from the White House’s talking points, said several officials with knowledge of the arrangement,” the Washington Post reported.

In some agencies and departments, government administrators have ridiculed and even rejected the Trump aides, according to the paper.

For example, the Trump appointee who oversaw Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides was excluded from staff meetings after just four weeks of offering advice, two senior administration officials said.

And at the Pentagon, a high-ranking defense official told the Post a senior Trump aide  – a former Marine officer and fighter pilot – has been nicknamed “the commissar.” The name references Soviet-era Communist Party officials who oversaw military units and ensured commanders were loyal.

Former Trump campaign adviser Barry Bennett applauded Trump’s embed strategy.

“Especially when you’re starting a government and you have a changeover of parties when policies are going to be dramatically different, I think it’s something that’s smart,” Bennett told the newspaper. “Somebody needs to be there as the White House’s man on the scene. Because there’s no senior staff yet, they’re functioning as the White House’s voice and ears in these departments.”

A White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Post in an email: “The advisers were a main point of contact in the early transition process as the agencies were being set up. Like every White House, this one is in frequent contact with agencies and departments.”

Many of the advisers have business or political backgrounds, and they lack include Trump campaign aides, former Republican National Committee staffers, conservative activists, lobbyists and entrepreneurs.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump adviser, told the Post Trump must send his allies to the agencies and departments because the president has big plans to scale back bureaucracy.

“If you drain the swamp, you better have someone who watches over the alligators,” Gingrich said. “These people are actively trying to undermine the new government. And they think it’s their moral obligation to do so.”

The Post noted that Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and even Abraham Lincoln used similar arrangements with embedded aides.

“Trump’s approach may not be so different from Abraham Lincoln’s. Coming into the White House after more than a ­half-century of Democrats in power, Lincoln worked swiftly to oust hostile bureaucrats and appoint allies,” the newspaper reported. “But he still had to deal with an Army led by many senior officers who sympathized with the South, as well as a government beset by internal divisions.”

Gettysburg College professor Allen C. Guelzo said Lincoln was “surrounded by smiling enemies,” so he assigned his friends to oversee army camps and some departments.

Guelzo said, “I think that presidents actually do this more than it appears.

Police Discover Planted Laptop That May Incriminate Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Philadelphia’s Police Union President calls BlackLivesMatter Activists “a Pack of Rabid Animals

7 Dead, 35 Wounded In Weekend Chicago Shootings

Chicago police are actually celebrating today after 7 people were shot dead and another 35 were wounded over the holiday weekend. They are pleased because it symbolizes a reduction in shootings from previous years. They credit a pre-holiday round-up of criminals, and adding an extra 1,300 officers to the streets.

But despite these measures, the city still was overwhelmed with violence.

The police department held a press conference to boast of the reduction in violence:

“First Deputy Supt. Kevin Navarro, leading the department while Supt. Eddie Johnson recovers from kidney transplant surgery, said Monday night that violence was down from last year. By 8 p.m. Monday, CPD officers had seized more than 100 guns.

“’That’s more than one gun an hour so far,’ Navarro said during a brief press conference outside the 7th District headquarters in Englewood.

“’We still have the rest of the night to go so we know that’s a challenge, we aren’t declaring victory. One shooting, one murder, that’s too much for us.’

“Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement that, according to CPD records, murders had decreased 46 percent and shootings had decreased 30 percent between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday compared to the same period of the Labor Day weekend last year. Guglielmi said these were the lowest shootings and murder statistics during the holiday weekend since 2014.”

To be fair, they did indicate that one murder was too much. But even trying to make a point about violence going from cataclysmic to not-as-cataclysmic is dubious.

On Friday 140 people accused of ‘driving violence’ were arrested. They used this tactic to prevent an exceptionally bloody holiday weekend. But it’s unclear how this will affect crime going forward in a city plagued by murder.

Last year, 13 people were shot and killed while another 52 were wounded. This year, the 7 deaths included a 15-year-old boy:

“The seven deaths this weekend, including the killing of a 15-year-old boy Monday evening, were the latest casualties of Chicago’s gun violence that has taken the lives of at least 438 people since the start of 2017, according to data maintained by the Sun-Times.

“The holiday weekend’s latest killing happened at 10:55 p.m. Monday in the LeClaire Courts neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A 38-year-old man was on the sidewalk in the 4400 block of South Lawler when two people walked up to him and opened fire, according to police. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

“The 15-year-old boy was shot to death about three hours earlier during an argument in the Southwest Side Lawndale neighborhood. He was on the sidewalk about 7:50 p.m. in front of a home in the 1500 block of South Drake when he started arguing with a group of people, police said. During the argument, someone pulled out a gun and shot him in the back. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died.”

Last weekend another 7 people were murdered and 25 were injured from gun violence. Chicago boasts of having the strictest laws when it comes to guns. Yet, that has failed to result in a reduction of crime.

Here’s 10 Reasons Why DACA Is Pure CACA

There’s a lot of talk on why DACA is ‘awesome’ and ending it is somehow ‘Apocalyptic’.

Anyone who would let it die is somehow ‘evil’.

Let’s fact-check that, shall we?

1. DACA Recipients Are Illegal Aliens
— do journalists realize that is still the official term for non-citizens who have not entered lawfully?

2. This Is Only the Fault of the Parents
— children have been affected by their parents’ bad decisions throughout time. When banks are ready to foreclose, do they ask if any children will be affected?

3. DACA Recipients Are Not ‘Children’
— ‘born 1981 or after‘ — that’s an upper limit of 36 years old, and counting.

Does THAT change the narrative at all? We’re hearing the word ‘children’ for one reason only: we are being Emotionally Manipulated.

4. DACA Is Not a Law, It Is the Violation of Law
— it was explained why the President cannot put something like DACA in place, by none other than…

5. DACA Is a Massive Amnesty Program

— ‘officially’ it is temporary. But in reality, it was deliberately set up like so many other leftist programs. Impossible to revoke without the party who ended it looking like ‘the Grinch’.

Like that schoolyard drug peddler promising… ‘first one’s free’.

6. DACA Recipients Take Jobs Americans WILL Do

Obama added 800,000 people of working age to the potential job market during ‘the slowest US recovery since WWII’.

This is unfair to Americans, especially those just entering the workforce. They’re competing for the same jobs. If you were wondering why income is flat, but inflation is not, blame the supply and demand of labor.

7. Most DACA Recipients are Not Overachievers — Some DACA Recipients are Actually Criminals

Here’s an example:

Mother of Teen Killed by ‘Dreamer’ on DACA: ‘I Can’t Call Another Country and Talk to Josh’

8. DACA Encourages More Illegal Immigrants
— Ask any animal trainer — the behavior you reward is repeated. People are no different.

9. DACA Recipients are Eligible for Welfare Benefits in Most States

It would be an easy fix to separate the freeloaders from the ‘exemplary’ people we’ve been told about. Make their stay conditional on permanent forfeiture of any claims to government payouts of any kind, for any reason. Welfare, EBT, subsidies, etc.

 You wouldn’t need to ’round up’ the ‘bad ones’. Their options would be work or self-selected departure.

10. DACA Was Already Litigated and Debated in 2016

November 8 was the referendum. Democrats lost

 

Bill O’Reilly’s Accuser Arrested for False Allegation of Crime

Bill O’Reilly (AP)

By David A. Patten

A 2015 arrest by Detroit police of a key accuser of Bill O’Reilly for giving a false report of a crime has raised serious doubts as to her credibility.

In April, O’Reilly was fired from Fox News shortly after Perquita Burgess claimed the host made sexually suggestive comments to her, including calling her “hot chocolate.”

Burgess worked at Fox News for several weeks in 2008 as a clerical temp.

Shortly after an April 1st New York Times report detailed sexual harassment allegations by several women against O’Reilly, Burgess called a 21st Century Fox hotline claiming alleged workplace misconduct by O’Reilly. 21st Century is the parent company of Fox News.

At the time her charges emerged, O’Reilly’s program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” was already in the throes of an advertiser-boycott campaign being pushed by several liberal organizations.

All of the allegations included in the Times report were more than a decade old.

Burgess’s more recent allegations, however, played a significant role in O’Reilly’s termination at the network, a source close to Fox News told Newsmax.

“I had no idea who this woman was,” O’Reilly told Newsmax. O’Reilly denied ever having a conversation with her.

“So when it came out, it was stunning,” he said.

The day after O’Reilly was fired, Burgess went public with her account in a high-profile appearance on ABC’s “The View.”

Burgess told the audience she noticed O’Reilly making a “grunt noise,” or clearing his throat, when he passed by her desk.

She said on another occasion he remarked, “Looking good there, girl!”

Burgess, an African-American woman, also said O’Reilly once called out to her, “Hey, hot chocolate.”

She said the remark was “very plantational.”

According to Burgess’s account, she found the alleged remarks and leering behavior “uncomfortable” and “embarrassing.”

Burgess stated she shared her experiences with her sister and boyfriend, but did not report them to the network.

The day Fox announced his departure from the network, O’Reilly issued a statement saying the charges leveled against him were “completely unfounded.”

Newsmax has obtained two documents that cast doubt on Burgess’s credibility.

A Detroit Police report dated Feb. 11, 2015, documents Burgess’s arrest on charges of making a false report and obstructing a court order.

According to the police document, Burgess called authorities and alleged her boyfriend had struck her in the face with a gun. Police said when they arrived at the scene Burgess “appeared intoxicated.”

The arresting officer stated: “I asked Ms. Burgess where the gun was that she was struck with in the face, she replied there is no gun. I again asked her where the gun was, and if she had been assaulted. Ms. Burgess stated there was no gun, and he didn’t assault me!”

The boyfriend told police she had threatened him, saying she would call “the cops saying you hit me with a gun!”

According to the police document, Burgess was arrested for filing a false felony report and for violating a personal protection order.

In a statement provided to Newsmax, Lisa Bloom, Burgess’s attorney, acknowledges the police report involving her client, but states that Burgess and her former boyfriend “both believe the charges were based on a misunderstanding and were not pursued by the police or prosecutors.”

In another document, a social media user thought to be Burgess tweeted on Nov. 24, 2012: “… up until 10 years ago Laurence Fishburne could get every oz. of my hot chocolate.”

Addressing that tweet, Bloom stated: “Ms. Burgess has used many terms to refer to herself, including on occasion ‘bitch’ and the N word. That does not give others – especially her superiors in her workplace – permission to use offensive language about her.”

O’Reilly voiced frustration that the media had published harshly negative accounts about him without checking on the background of the accusers.

“The press just printed everything she said,” he said. “She’s on ‘The View,’ and nobody’s even checking her out? I mean, come on.”

“This is why people use the term witch hunt,” he said.

O’Reilly, a best-selling author and star of the No. 1-rated cable news show for 16 years, maintains there is “not one shred of evidence to back any of these accusations.”

In his 42-year career working for 12 major news organizations, O’Reilly says, he was never the subject of a single human resources complaint regarding his behavior in the workplace.

O’Reilly described the push to get him kicked off Fox’s airwaves as “a well-organized political hit, very well-funded,” and did not rule out future legal action against those who orchestrated it.

He added that he expects more revelations relating to his departure from Fox News.

“We have evidence, I can tell you, that is shocking. Physical evidence that will come out that is shocking,” he said with emphasis. “I’ve seen it. So this is the first. There will be others.”

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