Monday, September 25, 2017

Steelers Coach Blasts Player, a Former Army Ranger, for Standing During National Anthem +2

Via Billy

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle and former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva stands outside the tunnel alone during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The head coach of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers blasted one of his players, a former Army Ranger, for his decision to break from the team and respectfully stand for the national anthem on Sunday.

After a non-unanimous "team" decision, Coach Mike Tomlin had insisted the entire team—reflecting the actions of some other NFL teams—stay in the locker room prior to their game against the Chicago Bears, and not be present for the national anthem, Fox News reports. One Steelers player decided to break with Tomlin's decision, and came out to stand for the national anthem with his hand over his heart.

Offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva stood alone on the Steelers sideline to pay tribute to his country.

Villanueva is a retired Army Ranger who was awarded the Bronze Star and served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

At Long Last: Jessica Chambers murder trial to begin in October

Via Greg

The trial date for the man accused of setting a Panola County teen on fire then leaving her to die on a country road several years ago has officially been set.

Quinton Tellis’ trial will begin Tuesday, October 10.

According to detectives, Tellis doused Jessica Chambers with gasoline then set her on fire near Courtland, Mississippi back in December 2014. Chambers sustained burns to 98 percent of her body and died the next day.

Several state and federal agencies were involved in the investigation, but there were never any breakthroughs until two years later when authorities announced a grand jury had returned an indictment against Tellis.

More @ News 3

NFL may lose bigly with social justice antics

Via Billy

It's DEFCON 1 this weekend – not between the U.S. and North Korea, despite the battle of insults between "Dotard" President Donald Trump and "Rocket Man" Kim Jong-un.  Instead, the war is between the president and the sports world, specifically the NFL and NBA.  It led the Drudge Report on Saturday.

Since when have professional sports become political?  Long before Trump moved into the White House.  The NFL is famous for its activism.  Support for Black Lives Matter after Ferguson.  Solidarity with Trayvon Martin.  Lectures from Bob Costas – not on the upcoming game, but on gun control or global warming.  Now it's disrespecting the National Anthem by taking a knee or sitting down.  Colin Kaepernick popularized this before Trump was president.  It's activism is spreading through the NFL and beyond, even to eight-year-old football players in Illinois.

NFL TV ratings are down.  The 49ers and Rams played to a half-empty stadium, despite selling tickets for $14, less than the price of a hot dog and a beer.  Declining advertising revenue is predicted to cost networks $200 million, a number likely to increase.  As Rick Moran wrote recently in American Thinker, "Have we ever seen a pro sports league self-destruct? Stay tuned."

Tea Party Patriots ‘Keep Your Promises’ Rally Calls for Republican Majority to Act

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Tea Party Patriots held a Capitol Hill rally on Saturday calling on legislators to keep the promises they made to the American people on issues like repealing Obamacare, enforcing the border and immigration laws and cutting taxes.

Rally attendees enthusiastically held up a myriad of signs, many of which were centered around the theme of the day, calling on GOP members of Congress to keep their promises. Close to 400 people gathered in Upper Senate park for the event.

TPP leader JennyBeth Martin told the crowd, “We have to hold Congress accountable, we have to hold their feet to the fire. President [Donald] Trump needs us so that he can keep his campaign promises.” She said she was going to everything she can and knew that those in the crowd would do everything they can.

More @ Breitbart

Dismay as Germany's hard-right AfD marches into parliament

Via Billy

 For some reason, this seems vaugely familiar.............:)

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Sunday became the first hard-right, openly anti-immigration party to win dozens of seats in parliament since World War II, breaking a taboo despite mainstream politicians' calls to halt "the Nazis" in their tracks.

Exit polls credited the AfD with around 13 percent of the vote, making it the third biggest political force in Germany -- a stunning result for a party that was founded just four years ago.

"We will change this country," vowed Alexander Gauland, one of the party's top two candidates, pledging to "go after" Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

It promised that it would make it a priority to launch a parliamentary probe against Merkel over her decision to let in more than one million asylum seekers since 2015.

More @ Yahoo

NASCAR owners say they wouldn’t tolerate national anthem protests at races

Several NASCAR team owners said Sunday they would not condone racers protesting during the national anthem, amid protests by sports players at football and baseball games.

There were no protests reported during “The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in New Hampshire, according to The Associated Press.

Former NASCAR champion Richard Petty told the AP that any member of his team would be fired if they chose to protest the national anthem. Petty now owns Richard Petty Motorsports.

More @ The Hill

(5 Parts) Burning History Deceptions and A Teaspoon of Sand or The Art of Lying (On Ken Burns' Propaganda)

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Photo by the author: Confucian Order

Errors or abuses in the pursuit of freedom are not justifications of the abandonment of that pursuit.

Monday’s episode, Riding The Tiger, was wonderfully produced propaganda. It was technically better than episode one, but it was also far more manipulative. I’m trying to be nice here. Other words come to mind. If I did not have a bit of more background info from years of studying and writing about Southeast Asia, Burns would have me convinced that Diem, the autocrat, was far worse to his people than Uncle Ho. Diem, the Catholic strongman ruling a gentle Buddhist nation, cracked down on Buddhist homes of worship. Ho, the sweet old man, who, despite other leaders in his faction having gotten a bit out of hand by murdering between 50,000 and 500,000 of their countrymen, was far more a gentleman. Socialist excesses aside, Ho was beloved, Diem was despised.

Burns is very convincing. I cannot imagine anyone other than those with relatively deep subject knowledge, not being completely taken in by everything shown. We were softly set up by episode one, in episode two the filmmaker skillful weaves the story and sucks us further in. Episode three was worse yet. Those with original sin became narrators crafting stories to forever cover their tracks. Even with some depth of background in the subject, I had to recheck some of my sources to make sure I wouldn’t overstate my case because I found the programming so convincing. After spending hours rereading, my anger at his omissions and skewing of story grew to near rage. My working sub-title for today’s essay was: The Art of Lying. Perhaps I should have retained it.

The Real Constitution

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The real U.S. Constitution, which was scrapped long ago, does not permit judges to be its final interpreters, executive orders, coercion of the people of a State by the federal government, delegation of control of the currency to a private banking cartel, the subsidy of private corporations, or calling the militia to active service except in case of invasion or rebellion and at the request of the State.

The Constitution should have been reverently buried long ago. Except that its rotting corpse provides lucrative pickings for lawyers and pseudo-respectable cover for power seekers. The central government has no check on its power that is not determined by the politicians in control of its various branches. They seldom check each other but frequently check the people and the States. The 14th Amendment, illegitimately promulgated in the wake of Lincoln’s revolution, has provided power seekers with everything they need to fulfill their limitless ambitions.

Attack Cobra & Guns A Go-Go 'Birth Control'

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 Cobra. Vĩnh Long 1968-69. Photos by William Baker 20th Engineer Brigade.

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1966, Vũng Tàu Airfield. An ACH-47A Chinook (Chinook gunship, also known as Guns A Go-Go) from the 53rd Aviation Detachment, United States Army, which operated from Vũng Tàu in 1966. This aircraft is 64-13154, named 'Birth Control' and it is armed with six Browning .50 calibre machine guns (two each side and two fitted on the cargo ramp to cover the rear). Two 20mm cannons and two 19 tube, 2.75 inch rocket pods are mounted on weapon pylons fitted to each side of the fuselage, plus a 40mm automatic grenade launcher, mounted under the nose. 

M-134 miniguns and other types of rocket pods could also be fitted to the weapon pylons. The stencilled name in white, is clearly visible, as are the two crossed .50 calibre machine guns (other photographs of this aircraft show it marked with a red kangaroo, which was a favourite pass time of many Australians known as tagging). In February 1968, 'Birth Control' was forced down by enemy gunfire, the crew were evacuated but the aircraft was destroyed by enemy mortar fire.

Note that by 1968, only one gunship remained, and logistical concerns prevented more conversions. It was returned to the United States, and the program stopped.

Photo by Gee, Robin Frederick, via AWM

The Elephant in the Room

This morning on a panel discussion on FOX I watched an interview about the response of the NFL to President Trump's comments on the "take the knee for the anthem" business. Oh, dear, it was suggested, was he too harsh? But I soon realized that in this controversy there is one thing that is not being discussed; it isn’t even being alluded to tangentially. This is the elephant in the room that everyone is trying their damnedest to ignore—that is, the race of most of those "taking the knee." I'm sure that there are players doing this who are not black, but I would say that the vast majority involved are black and those who are not, do so to placate their black teammates and not because they are particularly against the National Anthem. This huge fact, however, was never mentioned on FOX and I doubt very much if it ever will be. Ol' Kevin K. (who apparently started the whole thing) was simply called out for being “untalented” as if this was the reason for his behavior.

As also might be imagined, nobody is talking about the new race-based action by black players who, having brought down a white player, make the "black power" salute as if somehow they had accomplished something for blacks! This is akin to the natural response that baboons exhibit when they have bested an enemy—and that's scary! Given that most team sports (except hockey) are largely represented by minorities (blacks and Hispanics with the occasional Japanese thrown in) in far greater numbers than their percentage in the general population, this fatuous nonsense bodes ill for society in general and the sports world in particular. If this open hostility towards whites by blacks on the field—irrespective of their teams—continues, we are going to see played out in the sports arenas a mini-race war that spectators will have to pay a great deal of money to see! And since most of those buying tickets are white, one has to ask, will they—and, if so, why?

At this point I doubt very much that the owners and officials in football can do a great deal about what is happening except to support their very expensive and infantile players in hopes of keeping the seats filled (with whites) and their revenues up in order to pay those same expensive and infantile players. It's far easier to blame Donald Trump (and in doing so they will get all the media support one could wish!) than it is to admit to what is actually going on. I usually don't think that anything “sports” is all that important but I believe that this may represent a very "up front" launch of that "civil war" we have been promised by the left.