Former NFL great Burgess Owens believes NFL players who protest the national anthem are sowing division and despair.
What did he say?
Speaking on “Fox & Friends” over the weekend, the former Oakland Raiders and New York Jets safety made it clear what he thinks of the athletes who continue to kneel during the national anthem. He said:
Let me tell you about our responsibility is, and every generation has done this throughout the history of our country, is to give our kids more hope than we had. My parents’ generation, my grandparents’ generation succeeded [in sowing hope]. That’s how they fought racism.
We have the greatest country and the most freedom today, and we have more people, particularly black Americans, who have less hope and that’s because they have very successful men telling them that they can do it but that black Americans can’t do it.
It’s really time for us to stand up as men and say: ‘Listen guys, this country gives us everything we want and if I did it, you can do it too.’ And stop the whole thing … if you wanna have demonstrations, demonstrate someplace else, but not against our flag that gives us the freedom to be the greatest people in the history of mankind.
Hillary Clinton said during an appearance Monday on Bloomberg News that President Donald Trump has "tendencies toward authoritarianism," and she hopes he has not, as Putin as been accused of, "ordered the killing of people and journalists."
During a conversation with Charlie Rose, she compared Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose relationship with Trump has particularly drawn scrutiny from Democrats and the media. Clinton discussed her ideas on Trump's view of democracy, saying she "hopes" the president is not exactly like Putin in every way.
"I don’t think he really values democracy, Charlie," Clinton said.
"He doesn’t value democracy? Rose asked. "So he’s not a ‘democrat,’ little ‘d?'"
Clinton replied, "No, he’s not, he’s a top-down guy."
"He’s an authoritarian?" Rose asked.
"He has tendencies toward authoritarianism," Clinton answered.
"So, he’s no different than Putin?" Rose asked.
Clinton did not say Trump was different from the Russian autocrat, instead saying he "hopefully" does not commit the same crimes as Putin.
"Well, hopefully he hasn’t ordered the killing of people and journalists and the like," Clinton replied.
Putin’s government uses strict regulation and state power to restrict press freedom, and reports have shown cases where journalists, who had been critical of the Russian leader, died under suspicious circumstances. Clinton may have been referring to stories published in outlets such as the New Yorker, New York Times, and National Review that assign guilt to Putin in those cases.
During her campaign, Clinton frequently took digs at Trump’s statements about Putin, in which he called for improved relations with Russia. Clinton tried to do the same thing as secretary of state in the Obama administration, but she has since moved from that dovish position.
Since losing the 2016 election, she has said Trump likely colluded with the Russians to win the presidential election.
"There certainly was communication and there certainly was an understanding of some sort," she said in an interview earlier in September.
Clinton’s appearance on "Charlie Rose" coincides with the recent release of her campaign book, What Happened. In the book, she called Trump a "creep" and described Russian involvement as a major reason why she unfairly lost the election.
Democratic Rep. Al Green (Texas) said Tuesday that he will be filing a resolution to force a House vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
In a symbolic move, Green stood at the podium on the Republican side of the House floor while he denounced Trump's attacks on NFL players protesting during the national anthem, the Hill reported.
"I rise today as a proud American. A person who believes in his country, who salutes the flag, and says the Pledge of Allegiance, and sings the national anthem," Green said, sporting an American flag tie.
Green denounced Trump's comments on Friday when he called for NFL owners to "get that son of a bitch off the field" if players kneel for the national anthem.
Those comments, along with Trump's tweets about the NFL over the weekend, renewed the controversy that surrounded former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest of kneeling during the national anthem before games.
"I rise to say to the world, that this is not what America is about," Green said while slamming the podium. "I rise because my heart tell me that I must do something."
"I denounce the comments that were made, and I rise to announce that on next week, Mr. Speaker, I will bring a privileged resolution before the Congress of the United States of America," said Green, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
"I will stand here in the well of the Congress and I will call for the impeachment of the president of the United State of America," Green said.
On Sunday, MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts, actor Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) expressed his opinion on Trump, the national anthem, and the NFL. He believed that the NFL was owned by Trump supporters who were “close friends with a very horrible guy who thinks he’s a dictator.” Williams also said that “We’re North Korea,” and finally, that the national anthem has nothing to do with the NFL, but “is a scam.” He told Roberts (who agreed) that the anthem was meant “to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people.”
“They don’t know right from wrong because we know seven or eight of these owners gave Trump a million dollars each, and are close friends with a very horrible guy who thinks he’s a dictator, who treats America like it’s a game show. We’re North Korea and we need to stand at a pledge of allegiance as war machines fly overhead for military recruiting videos. I think, Thomas, it’s also important to realize that this anthem thing is a scam. This is not actually part of football. This was invented in 2009 from the government paying the NFL to market military recruitment, to get more people to go off and fight wars to die. This has nothing to do with NFL or the American pastime or tradition. This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people. They’re marketing and pumping millions and millions of dollars into the NFL to get us to put on a pageant in front of the NFL football games to get you to go off and fight.”
NBC's "Today" and "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday omitted Anthony Weiner's Democratic Party affiliation during brief reports on his 21-month federal prison sentence for sexting with an underage girl.
Weiner pleaded guilty in May to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. In addition to his sentence on Monday, he was ordered to register as a sex offender. He is the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, a former top Hillary Clinton aide, who is filing for divorce.
"The New York Times says former congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15 -year-old girl," CBS anchor Charlie Rose said. "Weiner cried as a federal judge handed down the sentence yesterday. He was also fined $10,000 and ordered to register as a sex offender. Weiner must report to prison by November 6."
NBC host Matt Lauer's report was similar.
"Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl," Lauer said. "As the sentence was read, the 53-year-old dropped his head and wept. In May, Weiner pleaded guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor."
Lauer did note Weiner was Abedin's husband but still did not mention his party. Abedin did not attend his sentencing.
"Weiner has to report to prison by November 6 to begin serving that sentence. He also has to enter into a sex offender treatment program," Lauer said.
ABC's "Good Morning America" did a full-length report on Weiner's sentence and noted he was a Democrat.
Weiner began exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl online beginning in January of 2016. Once his latest behavior was reported by the Daily Mail, a criminal investigation was launched that wound up affecting the presidential election.
The sentencing was the culmination of a lengthy downfall. Weiner's sexting habits led him to resign from Congress in 2011, and he also derailed his 2013 New York City mayoral bid after similar revelations surfaced.
As the discourse rolls on regarding former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to take a knee during the national anthem–and the movement his protest ignited–support for the blacklisted athlete-cum-activist is sprouting up across the country.
Yesterday afternoon, on Twitter, some of that support came from U.S. Army Infantry Officer and U.S. Military Academy at West Point alumnus, Spenser Rapone.
Rapone posts under the handle @punkproletarian and is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Under the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick, he tweeted an image of himself raising the left clenched-fist of solidarity, support and resistance as well as the message, “Communism Will Win” taped inside of his West Point uniform cap. Also visible in the photograph is Rapone’s Combat Infantryman Badge–meaning he has fought in active ground combat.
Rapone followed up his initial post with retweeted images of other #VeteransForKaepernick in their combat uniforms.
LawNewz verified the legitimacy of the photograph with Rapone himself. He is currently in the field until Friday and unable to answer detailed questions, but a Medium post authored by the Infantry Officer details some of his views. He wrote, following the murder of socialist Heather Heyer during the Charlottesville neo-Nazi rallies:
The toppling of the Confederate Soldiers Memorial in Durham, North Carolina has sounded the death knell for any and all displays of Confederate aggrandizement in the United States as well as abroad. Yet, the shadow of the Confederacy and its efforts to preserve slavery is not limited to the southern United States.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) took to the House floor Monday night to kneel in solidarity with NFL players who chose defy President Trump and protest police brutality. Jackson Lee said you "cannot deny" that Trump calling players who kneel a 'son of a bitch' is "racism."
"I kneel in honor of them. I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor," Jackson Lee declared.
"I kneel in honor of the First Amendment. I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom. I kneel because I'm going to stand against racism. I kneel because I will stand with those young men and I'll stand with our soldiers. And I'll stand with America, because I kneel."
REP. SHEILA JACKSON LEE: We simply ask for the dignity and respect to not call our mothers a son-of-a-B. I heard a young man who is an NFL player say that he will kneel from now on!
The only reason he is doing this is that someone had the lack of judgment to provoke the situation and call their mothers a name. I refuse to accept that as a standard of leadership for the highest office in the world.
Even if you never understand it, sir, if you think you're playing to your base, we will continue to stand in the gap. And racism is going to be under our foot. You know where else it is going to be? Under our knees.
We in the CBC have always stood for what is right. There is no basis in the First Amendment that says you can not kneel in the national anthem.
Come hell or high water, Maxine Waters is going to try to impeach President Trump.
During a weekend appearance on MSNBC, the California congresswoman told host Joy Reid that Trump “is the most deplorable person I have ever met, seen or witnessed,” and that he should be impeached in part due to his response to the NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
“It is absolutely outrageous and dangerous what he’s doing,” Waters declared, referring to the president’s call for a boycott of the league.
“He started dog-whistling to that constituency during the campaign and started his division,” she said, bringing up former White House advisor Steve Bannon.
“They frighten people. They play into racism. They do what every other president either has attempted not to do, or at least showed some signs of, uh, you know, trying to bring people together, or not divide,” she said.
Waters didn’t denounce the divisive actions of the NFL players snubbing the American flag and national anthem.
“He is about division. He is about signaling to that core group of his that this country that he wants to make great again is all about making it white,” she declared.
Waters asserted that Trump won’t criticize Vladimir Putin, but he’ll “criticize NFL players.”
“I know we’re not talking Russia and collusion today, and we’re not talking about obstruction of justice, but I hope people understand it’s about all of this,” she said, apparently including his strong reaction to the kneelers, “that he should not be the president of the United States.
“And we’ve got to get ready for impeachment,” Waters said, clapping her hands.
On Friday, Trump said he hoped NFL team owners would fire any “son of a bitch” who kneels during the national anthem.
One young man at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has taken taking a knee quite a bit further.
Graduate student Dana Greene, Jr. spent more than 20 hours on his knees on the pavement, facing a flag at the “block M” on the campus Diag, beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday. “If got to kneel until my knees bleed, then that’s what I’m going to do,” he told MLive. “I am doing this for every student on this campus that has ever felt like they didn’t belong here.”
A day after some NFL players took a knee or locked arms in protest of police shootings — and in response to comments by President Donald Trump — Greene wrote in an open letter to University President Mark Schlissel that he was tired of doing nothing:
“Dear President Schlissel,
I have attended the University of Michigan for five years. I have crossed the fountain in Ingalls Mall as an incoming freshman and as a graduate. I’ve walked the halls of our dorms as a Resident assistant and I’ve mopped the floors of our dining halls. I’ve marched in the Diag when our campus and country faced the tension of racial strife. I am a black man and this weekend I watched many black men take a knee during our country’s national anthem to bring attention to the inequality in this country. I also watched the President of the United States disrespect those men referring to them as “Sons of Bitches” and demanding that they should be fired from their jobs.
During the course of the last year I have watched as anti-Muslim, anti-Black, anti-Latinx, and anti-immigrant rhetoric has raced across our campus and across our country and I can no longer stand silently by. You see I had become numb to what our country and our campus had become. I had convinced myself that if I simply continued to move forward with my studies and with my job that things would get better. I am no longer numb but instead I will use this moment in time to make a statement.
I will kneel in the Diag facing the flag in silent protest until there is nothing left in me. I am prepared to miss class and work for a simple idea. I am not kneeling in disrespect to our troops or to our country. I am kneeling because we should be better than this. I am kneeling because I am tired of doing nothing. I am kneeling because I want this campus and this country to acknowledge a fact that I know to be true. We are not and have never lived by the idea of our founding that ALL men are created equal. I am kneeling because we our better than this.
Dana Greene Jr.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
School of Public Health Research Assistant Health Behavior Health Education Prevention Research Center”
The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals displayed unity before their game Monday night in an expression of displeasure with comments made by President Donald Trump on Friday .
As the Cardinals were introduced, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, and executive vice presidents Stephen Jones, Charlotte Anderson and Jerry Jones Jr., stood locked arm in arm with Dallas' players, coaches and staff.
Before a giant American flag was unfurled that covered almost the entire field, the Cowboys -- including Jerry Jones -- took a knee briefly as a group. This took place before the national anthem, and led to a smattering of boos from the crowd in Arizona that included a large number of Dallas fans.
But during the national anthem, the Cowboys stood locked arm in arm, and no one took a knee or appeared to show any sign of silent protest.
The NFL will reportedly fine three NFL players for wearing cleats that honored 9/11 victims and first responders during games on the 15-year anniversary of the attacks.
Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson and New York Giants receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz are each expecting a $6,000 fine for their patriotic shoes, according to Fox News reporter Trace Gallagher.
It appeared initially that the NFL might turn a blind eye to these players for violating the league’s uniform code, but it looks like all three will take a hit to their wallets.
At the same time these three patriotic Americans are being fined the NFL has not done anything to stop players disrespecting America during the national anthem. Not a great look for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The biggest issue facing our country today is the tip-toeing and political correctness that has brought us to the brink of disaster in national security, politics, and sports. The question now is: do we have the fortitude, courage, and determination to stand up to those who threaten our values?
Friday night in Alabama, President Trump did just that and took no prisoners on the sports issue and the NFL players who disrespect our flag.
Last year San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who by the way is without a team this year, began the protest by taking a knee during our Star Spangled Banner.
The fallout was swift and certain. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called the president's comments “divisive” saying that they demonstrate an “unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players.” He went on to say that the president exhibits “a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
Roger, "force for good"? Are you sure you want to get into this fight?
Roger, if my memory serves me correctly your stance on some of the NFL players and the women they batter is somewhat problematic. Think Ray Rice… and Josh Brown.
And a neuropathologist examining the brains of 111 NFL players found 110 to have CTE aka “chronic traumatic encephalopathy” the degenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head.
Instead of mouthing off about how you are a force for good, Roger, maybe you ought to get ready to reveal damaging information when the lawsuits start. Think Aaron Hernandez.
James T Harris EVISCERATES liberals and NFL/NFL players for constantly perpetuating the hatred against America.
Listen as he explains why he believes America is actually had to a Civil War thinks the liberals anti-American hatred is now spewing over into every facet of our life.
Hundreds marched against a scheduled (but then canceled) "Dixie Freedom Rally" in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. Public pressure against the event was immense, and after receiving threats of violence, the Texas Confederate Militia decided to postpone the event to a later date. That didn't stop the counter march the Austin chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America had planned.
Chanting their way through downtown Austin, the capital of Texas, demonstrators denounced Confederate symbolism and called for the dismantling of public works and streets that bear the name of Confederate icons. At the end of the march, fights broke out both between protesters and between protesters and police. Two people were arrested. Event organizers reached out to lawyers and are fighting the charges.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, only Virginia has more Confederate symbols (which include roads, schools, statues and county names) than Texas.
Austin has already been taking steps to remove public reminders of its history as part of the Confederacy. Just last week Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss called for removal of a plaque near the Capitol that asserts slavery was not the underlying cause of the Civil War. And finally after years of resistance, administrators at the University of Texas Austin decided to take down Confederate statues on campus.
U.S. Senator John McCain recorded a Tokyo Rose-style propaganda message that was broadcast on North Vietnamese radio in 1969.
The 1969 North Vietnamese radio broadcast has never been heard in the United States of America. In fact, there has never been any knowledge that such a recording existed. The audio recording was found in a misplaced file in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The broadcast was recorded by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service, a branch of the CIA that monitored international shortwave and foreign radio broadcasts.
Officer Brandon Tatum explains why you cannot disrespect the flag without respecting it, why it means so much to Americans, and why the NFL needs to stop disrespecting it.
In Support of Police and Firefighters, FANS are burning their NFL Seaon Tickets on Social Media in Support of AMERICA and our Patriots, fighting back against those who Kneel.
Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC showed the latest in a troubling trend toward the terms "white supremacist" or "white supremacy" being overused and misused to the point that one may be unsure what to call actual white supremacists who really do advocate racist attitudes and favor discrimination to artificially benefit whites.
During a panel discussion of President Donald Trump condemning black athletes like Colin Kaepernick who have refused to stand during the national anthem at public games, panel member Stephen Henderson -- editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press -- actually argued that the national anthem is "white supremacist" as he defended those who refuse to show the respect of standing.
Right-leaning panel member Rich Lowry of the National Review argued that it was inappropriate to show disrespect for the American flag or the national anthem to draw attention to a race-related political issue because neither symbol is "white supremacist."
After Lowry recalled that President Donald Trump "is not randomly attacking these players. He is attacking them because they're kneeling during the national anthem. And the national anthem is not a white supremacist symbol," Henderson jumped in to inject: "Some of the words of the national anthem are white supremacist."
After the National Review editor asked, "You think the national anthem is racist?" Henderson persisted: "I think this is a country whose history is racist, whose history is steeped in white supremacy, and the anthem reflects that in its very words ... (inaudible)"
Lowry defended America: "It's also a nation with very important ideals that have worn down those injustices over time and created a more just society. And people have died under that flag for those ideals."
Watch this Hispanic Antifa terrorists brutally assault a White guy who doesn't assault someone that she wanted him to, so she accuses him of performativeness and not action and then goes into a tirade against whitey.
With NFL players, coaches, and team staff making statements by kneeling, linking arms, or holding hands during performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in advance of Sunday's games, one anthem singer found a way to participate in the demonstrations.
Singer Rico Lavelle knelt down on the field as he belted out the final line of the national anthem at Ford Field in Detroit before the Atlanta Falcons took the field against the Lions.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended President Trump’s comments calling for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to be fired, saying players “have the right to have the First Amendment off the field.”
“This isn’t about Democrats. It’s not about Republicans. It’s not about race. It’s not about free speech. They can do free speech on their own time,” the treasury secretary said in an interview with ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz on This Week Sunday. “This is about respect for the military and first responders and the country.”
“They have the right to have the First Amendment off the field,” he added.
Mnuchin said NFL team owners and league administrators should create and enforce rules to have players stand for the anthem.
“The NFL has all different types of rules. You can’t have stickers on your helmet; you have to have your jersey tucked in,” Mnuchin said. “I think what the president is saying is that the owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem.”
Mnuchin also accused the NFL of “picking and choosing” rules they want to enforce.
“This is a job. And the employers have the right, when the players are working, to have rules. So, you know, why didn’t they wear stickers? Why didn’t the Dallas Cowboys — why were they allowed to wear stickers in response to people they wanted to pay respect to? ” Mnuchin said. “So the NFL is picking and choosing what they want to enforce.”
When two Michigan boys went to a playground to pass the afternoon as kids do, one wouldn’t leave alive. The victim became the perfect target for another child’s twisted desires, after the sick lessons he learned at home that led him to commit a heinous crime.
Jamarion Lawhorn, 13, had allegedly buried a knife in the sand at a park in Kentwood, waiting for a white boy to come to play. When 9-year-old Connor Verkerke arrived, he didn’t realize this teen terror’s rage-filled eyes would be the last thing he saw. Jamarion unearthed his weapon and stabbed the younger boy to death, releasing years of abuse from his parents with every drive of the knife into this young boy’s body.
After the stabbing on August 4, 2014, many people are outraged over the judge’s decision on the case. Sordid details about the murder have also been released, which should bring more charges, but it won’t.
Jamarion didn’t know his victim. He just knew he wanted to kill someone so he could get out of the house of horrors he lived in. He had endured a daily severe beating by his mom and stepdad, including being whipped with an extension cord, among other dangerous devices. Jamarion claimed he was treated “like a slave,” and his home was filthy and borderline condemned, according to WOODTV.
After killing Connor, who tried to run for help after being bludgeoned but collapsed on the step of his home, Jamarion calmly called the police. He immediately admitted to what he did and said he wanted to be removed from his awful life at home. His claims of the condition and heinous abuse were confirmed with extensive evidence, and his parents were each charged with abuse and neglect.
"We're so self-important. So self-important. Everybody's going to save something now. "Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails." And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. What? Are these fucking people kidding me? Save the planet, we don't even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven't learned how to care for one another, we're gonna save the fucking planet?
"I'm getting tired of that shit. Tired of that shit. I'm tired of fucking Earth Day, I'm tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren't enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world save for their Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don't give a shit about the planet. They don't care about the planet. Not in the abstract they don't. Not in the abstract they don't. You know what they're interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They're worried that some day in the future, they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn't impress me.
"Besides, there is nothing wrong with the planet. Nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The PEOPLE are fucked. Difference. Difference. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great. Been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We've been here, what, a hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand? And we've only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the CONCEIT to think that somehow we're a threat? That somehow we're gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that's just a-floatin' around the sun?
"The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles...hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worlwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages...And we think some plastic bags, and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet...the planet...the planet isn't going anywhere. WE ARE!
"We're going away. Pack your shit, folks. We're going away. And we won't leave much of a trace, either. Thank God for that. Maybe a little styrofoam. Maybe. A little styrofoam. The planet'll be here and we'll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet'll shake us off like a bad case of fleas. A surface nuisance.
"You wanna know how the planet's doing? Ask those people at Pompeii, who are frozen into position from volcanic ash, how the planet's doing. You wanna know if the planet's all right, ask those people in Mexico City or Armenia or a hundred other places buried under thousands of tons of earthquake rubble, if they feel like a threat to the planet this week. Or how about those people in Kilowaia, Hawaii, who built their homes right next to an active volcano, and then wonder why they have lava in the living room.
"The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we're gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, 'cause that's what it does. It's a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed, and if it's true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new pardigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn't share our prejudice towards plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn't know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, "Why are we here?" Plastic...asshole.
"So, the plastic is here, our job is done, we can be phased out now. And I think that's begun. Don't you think that's already started? I think, to be fair, the planet sees us as a mild threat. Something to be dealt with. And the planet can defend itself in an organized, collective way, the way a beehive or an ant colony can. A collective defense mechanism. The planet will think of something. What would you do if you were the planet? How would you defend yourself against this troublesome, pesky species? Let's see... Viruses. Viruses might be good. They seem vulnerable to viruses. And, uh...viruses are tricky, always mutating and forming new strains whenever a vaccine is developed. Perhaps, this first virus could be one that compromises the immune system of these creatures. Perhaps a human immunodeficiency virus, making them vulnerable to all sorts of other diseases and infections that might come along. And maybe it could be spread sexually, making them a little reluctant to engage in the act of reproduction.
"Well, that's a poetic note. And it's a start. And I can dream, can't I? See I don't worry about the little things: bees, trees, whales, snails. I think we're part of a greater wisdom than we will ever understand. A higher order. Call it what you want. Know what I call it? The Big Electron. The Big Electron...whoooa. Whoooa. Whoooa. It doesn't punish, it doesn't reward, it doesn't judge at all. It just is. And so are we. For a little while."
Buzz Williams and the Virginia Tech Men's Basketball team took time out to recognize and honor military veterans in this feature produced by HokieVision. Watch Buzz Williams educate his players on the meaning of the National Anthem and discuss the way the Hokie team will honor veterans before games.
Democrat city commissioner is in hot water after a series of recordings revealed him using racial slurs when talking about two African-American prosecutors.
In a series of recordings leaked by citizen journalist Erasmo Castro, Brownsville City Commissioner Cesar De Leon (D) is heard using the n-word when talking about two Cameron County assistant district attorneys. Brownsville is immediately north of Matamoros Tamaulipas, a Mexican city that has historically been used by the Gulf Cartel to move large quantities of drugs into Texas.
In the racially-charged tirade, De Leon criticized the hiring of the two African-American prosecutors, claiming they were prejudiced and probably thought that all Hispanics beat their wives. The border politician is also heard using the term “taco-eaters” to describe his constituents.
Soon after Castro used his social media page to expose De Leon’s comments, The Brownsville Herald confronted the politician who apologized for the comments and blamed a political rival for the leak.
“I want to apologize to the citizens of Brownsville or whoever had to listen to those tapes because there is a lot of profane language and that was a private conversation. It was never meant to be public, but it’s very important that people understand that I’m very apologetic,” De Leon told the Brownsville Herald.
So Antifa is a group of people protesting against the ideology that has been universally condemned, eviscerated, expunged with its symbols essentially outlawed. Yet, they are with the Communists/Socialists who support the dogma that has murdered over 100,000,000 innocent people. They openly display its symbols and promote the establishment of brutal dictatorships around the world also known as Communism/Socialism.
Ranchers in Arizona have seen plenty of changes along the southern U.S. border over the years. But they say their biggest concern is not immigration, but a rise in drug and human trafficking. We hear their story in a new multimedia series produced by USA Today Network called “The Wall,” which explores how President Trump’s proposed wall might affect those along the border.
The man shot dead by Huntington Beach police was 27-year-old Dillan Tabares, the Weekly has learned. He graduated from Marina High School, where the shooting happened across the street from, in 2008. Tabares previously served in the United States Navy as an information systems technician and lived in Norfolk, Virgina. He fell on hard times in 2012 according to a Facebook post where he wrote about losing his security clearance in the Navy after testing positive for marijuana and that he self-medicated for depression.
His mother is planning to host a vigil tonight at 8 p.m. at the 7-Eleven where the shooting happened for her deceased son and the officer. She's encouraging people to bring candles and a prayer.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin explained on Sunday morning why his team would remain in the locker room during the national anthem in Chicago. He didn’t want his team to be part of a political discussion, or there to be division in the locker room as a result of players protesting or not protesting. But in the end there was one player who took the field, offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva.
Villanueva’s career in the NFL didn’t begin until 2014. Prior to that, he served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, where he served as a Captain in the army, as well as being an army ranger.
Villanueva was critical of Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest in August of 2016, when he said:
"I don't know if the most effective way is to sit down during the national anthem with a country that's providing you freedom, providing you $16 million a year ... when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for less than $20,000 a year."
However, he was also quick to acknowledge the problems in this country.
"I will be the first one to hold hands with Colin Kaepernick and do something about the way minorities are being treated in the United States, the injustice that is happening with police brutality, the justice system, inequalities in pay," Villanueva said. "You can't do it by looking away from the people that are trying to protect our freedom and our country."
The Steelers organization has not released a statement following Donald Trump’s statements on boycotting the NFL due to protests during the anthem.
Counterprotesters crowded around him at a rally in Southern California.
R.C. Maxwell, an African American supporter of President Trump, was voicing his views on immigration, saying that he had grown up in the black community and “I’ve seen problems with illegal immigrants.”
“There’s a problem with illegal immigration; I speak out against that,” Maxwell shouted Sunday night during the “America First!” rally held in Laguna Beach. “That doesn’t make me a Nazi.”
Then the crowd got loud.
“You’re a traitor!” one hollered.
“People want you in chains, dude,” another person called out.
“I know they do,” Maxwell said.
Another shouted: “If you want to keep the peace, you should leave.”
Hillary Clinton said on MSNBC Saturday that women who support President Trump are “publicly disrespecting themselves.”
“When I see women doing that, I think, ‘Why are they publicly disrespecting themselves? Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace, in a community setting? Do they not see the connection there?'” Clinton told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on AM Joy.
Clinton commented about the Trump-supporting women after Reid asked her about pro-Trump women wearing shirts with profanities directed at Clinton.
The former 2016 presidential candidate added that she thought it was “troubling” to hear about people chanting, “Lock her up” at Trump campaign rallies.
“It was deeply troubling on several levels, and I try to unpack this because, first of all, it’s not pleasant to be called names and to be subjected to the kind of insults that come across the online media all the time, which we see when women express an opinion,” Clinton said.
She also called it “problematic” that Trump is not only allowing, but “encouraging” these views to spill over into “the public arena.”
P. Diddy sends a racist black power message to the NFL players following Trump's comments on the National Anthem protests.
Diddy encourages all of the players in the NFL to send a message in unity. "We all we got," "die together."
The message comes as rumors about widespread protests on Sunday throughout the league heat up.