Missouri College Severs Ties with Nike

A Christian college located in Branson, Missouri announced plans to sever its affiliation with Nike in lieu of the corporation’s Colin Kaepernick ad.

Jerry Davis, President of the College of the Ozarks, according to a press release issued Wednesday stated that Ozark college student athletes will no longer wear uniforms bearing the Nike the brand in response to the ad campaign  that will run during tonight’s NFL game.

…“If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them. We also believe that those who know what sacrifice is all about are more likely to be wearing a military uniform than an athletic uniform.” Dr. Marci Linson, vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions, oversees patriotic activities at the College and safeguards the College’s patriotic goal: to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it….

Last year, College of the Ozarks instituted a “No pledge, No Play” rule which applies to Ozark’s athletes, coaches, etc. and that of the opposing team.

…The school calls it, “No pledge, No Play,” and school president Jerry C. Davis said he has no problem taking his ball and going home. The school has revised its contracts in competitions in all sports to reflect the pledge.

“We want to make it clear that we are not going to participate in a game where we think disrespect for the national anthem or the flag is being displayed…I don’t think it’s a partisan issue. It’s an American issue, how we feel about our country….”

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Ozarks went even further last year by making it mandatory that all freshmen in the college’s Patriotic Education and Fitness” programThe class, introduced in 2017 will, “educate students on modern military customs, American politics, and flag protocol and procedures.”

Of course, the usual suspects are levying allegations of racism on twitter.  Good luck with that.

H/t The Gateway Pundit.

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Warned Not to, HS Football players kicked off team after protesting during national anthem.

Last Friday, football coach, Ronnie Michem, of Victory & Praise Christian Academy in Houston warned his team not to protest uring the national anthem but students Cedric Ingram-Lewis his cousin Larry McCullough failed to heed their coach’s warning.

Actions have consequences.

Lewis raised his fist while McCullough took a knee during the national anthem. Not smart. Game over.

Upon conclusion of the national anthem, Mitchem informed both Lewis and McCullough to remove their uniforms, they are off the team.

The Daily Caller News Foundation by Rob Shimshock

…Ronnie Mitchem, the team’s coach and pastor, kicked them off the team directly afterwards.

“I don’t have any problem with those young men,” Mitchem told the Chronicle. “We’ve had a good relationship. They chose to do that and they had to pay for the consequences.”

Mitchem, a former Marine, had previously told the school’s players that he did not want them to kneel during the anthem, believing that the action offends veterans and distracts rather than calls attention to issues. The coach said he wanted the players to express their discontent by authoring and distributing a paper about political issues that troubled them, or by kneeling in the end zone after a touchdown.

“He told us that disrespect will not be tolerated,” said Ingram-Lewis, one of the booted players. “He told us to take off our uniform and leave it there….”

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Lewis’ mother, Rhonda Brady, objected to the coach’s decision.

“I don’t want them back on the team…A man with integrity and morals and ethics and who truly lives by that wouldn’t have done anything like that….For [the coach] to do what he did, that really spoke volumes and I don’t want my kids or my nephew to be around a man with no integrity.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

Anyone care to take bets as to if, when and how long it will take for Ingraham-Lewis and McCullough to be reinstated and Coach Michem terminated for daring to hold two Black males accountable for their actions?

Fake Black guy, Shaun King and Color of Change immediately began levying allegations of racism and are taking action to force the reversal of Coach Michem’s decision because theirs is a sense of entitlement.

 

H/t Western Journalism.

Cross-posted on PUMABydesign001’s Blog.

NFL protests are based on lies

From the time Colin Kaepernick first “took a knee” during the national anthem last season the left have hailed him as heroic, and praised him for raising awareness, and protesting inequality, and police brutality. The media, of course has been eager to carry these narratives because the media loves nothing more than to point out American racism. Narratives are loved by the left. Narratives require no facts, all they need is an emotional story that is repeated, and repeated, even after it has been proven false. The media are their willing and eager partners in spreading the propaganda.

Sure the narrative about police “hunting down” Black men is false. If it held any shred of validity, the body count in America’s inner cities would be massive. The Michael Brown “Hands up Don’t Shoot” narrative? It has been completely discredited by forensic evidence, physical evidence, autopsies, and eye witnesses. The Trayvon Martin narrative, that he was stalked and killed for being Black is as fallacious as when it was spun into existence by the likes of Al Sharpton. Martin viciously attacked a much smaller man, George Zimmerman, and paid the price for that action. Police are not getting away with murdering Black Americans. The fact is most police shootings are justified, and police are tried and convicted  when their actions are not justified.

The most annoying thing about all this is the media could actually report facts, and lay these false narratives to rest. Of course, that is not their objective. Rather than simply doing what they are trained to do, they choose to prop up the narratives. And their derelictionof duty is helping groups like Black Lives Matter gain credibility as a genuine group fighting for equality, when in fact BLM is a radical far-left group dedictaed to Marxist values that are unrecognizable to the vast majority of Americans. These BLM “principles” are not hard to find, just visit their websitejust visit their website

We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.

Of course nothing is more destructive to children and neighborhoods than the fdestruction of families. And no group has been harder hit than Blacks. The out of wedlock birthrate is around 75% among Blacks. The resulting abscence of fathers is devastating to the children. This is a major factor in the disproportionate rate of violence crime committed by young Black men. Gangs are a scourge in inner cities. Most of the victims of their violence? Black people. Children need mothers AND fathers. Yet all the media focuses on is the BLM narratives. 

The NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem say they are protetsing inequality, and police brutality, which are certainly worth protesting. But what are the facts about crime, police shootings? These NFL players are accepting the lefts narratives as facts. But are they? The New York Post took a look at some of these narratives

Yet the Black Lives Matter movement is based on a lie. The idea that the United States is experiencing an epidemic of racially driven police shootings is false — and dangerously so.

The facts are these: Last year, the police shot 990 people, the vast majority armed or violently resisting arrest, according to the Washington Post’s database of fatal police shootings. Whites made up 49.9 percent of those victims, blacks 26 percent. That proportion of black victims is lower than what the black violent crime rate would predict.

Blacks constituted 62 percent of all robbery defendants in America’s 75 largest counties in 2009, 57 percent of all murder defendants and 45 percent of all assault defendants, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, even though blacks comprise only 15 percent of the population in those counties.

In New York City, where blacks make up 23 percent of the city’s population, blacks commit three-quarters of all shootings and 70 percent of all robberies, according to victims and witnesses in their reports to the NYPD. Whites, by contrast, commit less than 2 percent of all shootings and 4 percent of all robberies, though they are nearly 34 percent of the city’s population.

In Chicago, 80 percent of all known murder suspects in 2015 were black, as were 80 percent of all known nonfatal shooting suspects, though they’re a little less than a third of the population. Whites made up 0.9 percent of known murder suspects in Chicago in 2015 and 1.4 percent of known nonfatal shooting suspects, though they are about a third of the city’s residents.

Gang shootings occur almost exclusively in minority areas. Police use of force is most likely in confrontations with violent and resisting criminals, and those confrontations happen disproportionately in minority communities.

Yet, these players are not aware of these facts. They watch CNN, or CBS News and hear the narratives go unchallenged. So they believe that BLM is a legitimate group seeking actual justice rather than the radical goals they actually seek. Yes the players ought to do some research for themselves. But they believe the spin and the narratives, and are drawn to act. Odd it is that by “linking arms” to “show unity” the players are helping to cause exactly what the left desires. More division.

We are told that the kneeling during the national anthem is done to maximize conversation. We are told that players would have no way of conveying their message if they did no kneel or link arms during the anthem. This is asinine at best. These players would have no problem creating conversations if they formed a group and raised their concerns off the fileld. Are we to believe the media would not turn out to cover any press conferences such a group would hold? How much swampland wouldyou like me to buy again? 

The truth is this. The people pushing these protests want them done during the anthem because the very last thing they seek is awareness. This is being pushed by the left, and no one does divisive things like leftists. Anyone who can rub two brain cells together knows that showing any disrespect during the anthem is going to piss a lot of people off. that, of course is the point. Leftist rhetoric gains the most ground when division and anger are highest. If the concerns these players had any true legitimacy they would avoid showing any dierespect for our flag, soldiers, or the nation as a whole. Again, division and anger is not an unforeseen byproduct of these protests, rather division and anger are the intended result.

So what is the long term goal here? Well, Americans love sports. they love great athletes. Athletes are heralded here. If the left can get athletes to embrace and spread their narratives, then they have a great avenue to further these narratives don’t they? Sit down to watch the news and you will hear the narratives propped up. Watch the game and get the narratives, wash rinse, repeat. This is just another front in the war on everything American. Our history, values, principles, culture, borders, language, everything, including our sports and athletes are in the cross hairs of the left.

So, what can we do? Well we must fight the narratives, AKA lies with truth. In short, we must never take a knee. We must stand, stand for American values, principles, and history. Our voice is louder than the left’s. Our truths can silence their lies. But, again, only if we stand! 

Also posted at The DaleyGator

The Bookworm Beat 9/25/17 — another NFL illustrated edition

The Leftists and Donald Trump are using the NFL anthem and flag kerfuffle as a means to their own ends, but it is clarifying and it makes for good posters.

The media is using the NFL football kerfuffle is a distraction from more important issues, such as storm damage in Puerto Rico, none of which can be blamed on Trump, while Don Surber suggests that Donald Trump is using it as a distraction from John McCain’s betrayal of American voters. All I can say is that kerfuffles such as this are gold mines for illustrated editions. This edition, therefore, is mostly NFL, with a few other things thrown in for fun.

Before getting to the meat of the matter, let me restate my own position: The NFL as an institute, as well as its individual players, are free to say and do as they wish without government interference.  The President, who also has First Amendment rights, is also free to speak his mind, provided that he doesn’t use the instruments of government to silence either the NFL or the players. And, in a free society, the American people are welcome to look at the NFL’s values and to vote with their feet regarding those values. This is how freedom works — if you’re the NFL and the players, you makes your speech and you takes your chances.

Donald Defends America when NFL Won’t; the Larger Lesson

Vassar Bushmills

Another exciting development in what Donald Trump may have intentionally or unintentionally caused to happen in our agreed-upon need to reclaim the American culture.

In this case, the modern Corporate culture.

It’s important to defend one’s turf. We all believe that. But it’s interesting to learn just how narrow and small that turf can be in the NFL today when it’s supposed to run sea-to-shining sea. The NFL was supposed to reflect America.

There’s a much larger lesson about modern corporatism to learn by looking at the reaction of the NFL and Roger Goodell, as well as the several NFL team owners, vis a vis the growing anti-National Anthem, take-a-knee revolt first begun by Colin Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49s (and currently unemployed) in 2016.

Colin began his taking a knee as a protest against police violence against blacks, a Black Lives Matter meme, and possibly because he started going with a radio-diva, BLM-symp named @Nessa Diab, who posted an incendiary Tweet about comparing Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens legend and Steve Briscioti, Baltimore Ravens owner, (who was prepared to offer Kaepernick a multi-million dollar job) as a slave and master in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”

Bam. Job offer withdrawn.

Does Colin get mad? Does he turn over tables in the kitchen? Break things? Think about it, ladies. Millions jerked out of your man’s hands, and you still keep him? What kind of guy is this?

The Kaepernick NFL revolt is up to a 100, I’m told, now that we’re into Week 3 of the season. Not exactly a tidal wave, but expect it to grow, since, despite largely being millionaires, most of these players are millennials, and probably have no idea what Kaepernick’ s original complaint is all about, but only that it may become fashionable to take that knee, i.e., Cool. Don’t expect a lot of critical analysis the players on the sidelines. Some are showboating,. others just joining the new fashion.

But in the locker room? There, a team is made or broken. We’ve known 5-start players to be traded because of disunity. Tim Tebow, who drew the mockery of the of the same bad-asses involved in this campaign because he’d drop to his knee and pray.

I think a few coaches get it, especially about team unity and morale. Mike Tomlin, Pittburgh Steeler head coach kept his team in the locker room during the playing of the Anthem to avoid forcing his team to make a public statement.  Loving, or not loving America can kill a team, and at least at the field level, the coaches know this.

But one Steeler, Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, had to stand up for America, even if alone.

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(Note this photo, for it should become a national counter-symbol to the knee-taking, and clear signal to players there is a rising sentiment among fans that don’t look too kindly to politics being brought to the football game.

The League, the owners, and the Union reps have an idea how things are like in the locker room., but in modern corporate fashion, have just tried to wish it away.

The League both represents the owners, not to mention its own individual status as the Corporation-in-chief, with power interests all its own. And the Union represents the millionaire players, with similar cash interests. But every since Pete Rozelle stepped down in 1989, after 30 years of forging the NFL into a giant in the American culture by creating a romance between fans and football larger even than “I Love Lucy”, what Is there today to speak for the fans, who,, I repeat, just like taxpayers, pay for everything…is a corporate shell of greedy cowards who believe in nothing larger than their own self-interests.

Enter Donald Trump….

…who has taken up the fans’ cause, just as he did the taxpayers’, and the cause of the Flag, the Anthem, and his “Love America First” message he’s been urging on Americans since becoming a candidate. Only a couple of days ago he told the rest of the nations of the world this is how it’s going to be for a very long time. Trump is old enough to remember Pete Rozelle, too,.

If Kaepernick has a beef with America there are a hundred ways he can express it better, and more effectively, without disrespecting our flag and national song. The way he’s chosen is childish grandstanding for a fan-dancer.

By not putting their foot down, or maybe not even knowing how to without costing their wives precious invites to all the more fashionable Manhattan soirees, this is becoming a slow suicide at the NFL, where the only real issue before them is to design golden parachutes for themselves as the League slowly dies.

Since this is the same way the government and the Congress have been treating the American people for at least 40 years, it’s only natural that someone (named Donald Trump) would step in on their behalf and call them out.

By calling out the NFL, even more illuminating is that Trump has cast a wider light on the general state of global corporatism, for it seems many of its guiding “ethical” principles have drifted into areas of pure self-interest for the front offices.

For around 30 years, global capitalism has redefined workers as little more than units of production, just human enough they can’t hobble them with chains or shoot them for trying to escape. Of course, robots are just around the corner, solving many bottom-line cost problems, but only opening up even more moral complications about what to do about what is beginning to look more and more like a “serf” class in our futures.

Many super-national corporations see the future world in this way, among them Silicon Valley and the Information-Tech sectors, as well as several multi-national producers. It’s interesting that we are seeing the same kind of thinking in the board rooms and front offices of purely domestic corporations, viewing consumers of entertainment and sport, (and news) no different than the mass world markets of produced goods in commerce.

Workers and consumers alike, they are all suckers. Sheep to be sheared.

I’m old so I knew Pete Rozelle’s generation. Whatever it is we’re seeing, it’s not capitalism as Adam Smith laid out in Wealth of Nations. American capitalism was always based on ethics and human understanding, always based on shared reciprocity between employee and employee. His generation knew it best because so many of the captains of industry in America then were themselves born in lesser circumstances and even knew what and where the lug wrench was, when they had a flat.

It’s remarkable that Donald Trump also knows this, with $15 billion in the bank. Probably by instinct, I’d wager.

Modern capitalists, including the NFL, for years have signalled that they can be blackmailed even when innocent, just to keep up appearances. They’ve made people like Jesse Jackson rich. Today I am sure there are more Black Lives Matter advocates on corporate boards of directors than representatives of their consumers or fans. If corporations are truly seeking better representation I suggest they cast their nets a bit wider than the fraternity they now are members. Like Europe’s royalty, it’s reached the end of an incestuous relationship.

I can suggest at least a few hundred who are better, who can bring real spine to the table.

How about Rush Limbaugh?