In Kenner, Louisiana, there will be no more purchases of any Nike products for its recreational facilities in the wake of anthem-kneeling Colin Kaepernick becoming the face of the brand in its latest ad. “Effective immediately all purchases made by any booster club operating at any Kenner Recreation Facility for wearing apparel, shoes, athletic equipment and/or any athletic product must be approved by the Director of Parks and Recreation, or his designee,” Mayor Ben Zahn wrote in an official memo. Former interim DNC chair and CNN analyst/leaker Donna Brazile says she is disappointed in her hometown. Which is further confirmation that it’s the right decision. The fallout continues, and Nike may likely cede its dominion in the sports apparel world to a rival outfit. Good riddance.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Nike knew it was courting controversy by making the polarizing, anthem-protesting Colin Kaepernick the face of its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, and indeed the pushback has been fast and furious: People have burned their Nike shoes, one college has trashed any gear with the Nike logo, and now one town in Louisiana has banned the purchase of any Nike products for its recreational facilities.
In response to Nike endorsing the man who triggered the anthem protest by declaring in 2016 that he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Republican Mayor Ben Zahn of Kenner, Louisiana issued a new rule for the city’s recreational facilities: No more Nike.
“Effective immediately all purchases made by any booster club operating at any Kenner Recreation Facility for wearing apparel, shoes, athletic equipment and/or any athletic product must be approved by the Director of Parks and Recreation, or his designee,” Kenner wrote in an official memo, the Times-Picayune reported Sunday.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) trolled Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)’s effort to portray himself as “Spartacus” – a gladiator slave who dared to challenge Rome in the Third Servile War – as he pulled a publicity stunt to release classified information that wasn’t classified at all in the hopes of drumming up the anti-Kavanaugh crowd, which appears to be fizzling or otherwise failing to gain traction. Hatch tweeted a picture of himself talking to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and captioned it “You know . . . I knew Spartacus.” Well played, Senator, well played.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Republican lawmakers this week openly mocked Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., for claiming to have an “I am Spartacus” moment when he claimed to violate Senate rules by releasing emails related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, even though the emails had already been approved for release.
Booker insisted Thursday he was a Senate rule violator, even though the email he discussed in the hearing was OK’d for public release the night before. And after Booker dramatically laid claim to an “I am Spartacus” moment, Republicans mocked him for it.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, tweeted out a picture of him talking to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and captioned it, “You know … I knew Spartacus.”
Friday morning, Rubio joked about how Booker’s stunt might have played out in ancient Rome.
“On this day in 71B.C. the Thracian gladiator Spartacus was put to death by Marcus Licinius Crassus for disclosing confidential scrolls,” Rubio tweeted.
The College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, is cutting Nike (and Colin Kaepernick) out of its athletic uniform branding. “In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America,” College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis announced. “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.” Three cheers for Davis and the Ozarks where red-blooded Americans still live.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
A college in Missouri has decided to “choose its country over company,” and do away with all athletic uniforms which display the Nike logo.
The College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, has chosen to part ways with Nike over the company’s decision to make anthem protester Colin Kaepernick, the face of their new ad campaign.
“In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America,” College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis explained.
“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.”
This is not the first time the small private Christian college has taken a stand on the anthem issue. In October of 2017, the school made it a policy that all coaches and players had to show respect for the anthem.
The Boston Globe was forced to change a headline after publishing its findings on an “exhaustive review” of evidence surrounding Elizabeth Warren’s questionable claims of Native American heritage and if it was used to promote her academic career. The original headline read “Did claiming Native American heritage actually help Elizabeth Warren get ahead? No, but it’s complicated.” The revised version read “Ethnicity not a factor in Elizabeth Warren’s rise in law.” Apparently, things got complicated in the Globe’s editorial room. The headline should’ve read thusly: “Warren’s claims of Native American heritage were a nakedly political attempt to curry favor with a minority group during her Senate campaign.” Alas, they didn’t consult us.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
On Monday, The Boston Globe published the findings of its “exhaustive review” of evidence surrounding Elizabeth Warren’s use of her refuted claims that she is Native American to promote her academic career. But a significant headline change suggests that the outlet was uneasy about how it initially framed the story.
“Did claiming Native American heritage actually help Elizabeth Warren get ahead? No, but it’s complicated,” the original headline read. But in a notable revision, the left-leaning outlet scrubbed any reference to Warren “claiming to be Native American” and eliminated all “confusion”:
“Ethnicity not a factor in Elizabeth Warren’s rise in law,” the revised headline reads.
Here are screenshots of the two versions of the headline (via Twitchy):
The smell of burning rubber is hanging over whomever at Nike thought it a sound PR decision to put Colin “Take a Knee” Kaepernick — one of the most controversial NFL political pontificators — on the face of a nationwide marketing campaign. Nike’s obtuse, careless, and clearly agenda-driven marriage with National Anthem protestor Kaepernick is infuriating Americans across the country, many of whom are rejecting Kaepernick’s “Just Do It” advice to “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” Then again, maybe it’s a type of self-immolation in tune with Nike’s ideological beliefs. As a result, Nike stock is taking a massive hit on Wall Street.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
Nike announced its “Just Do It” ad campaign on Monday, featuring former NFL player and original anthem protester Colin Kaepernick. News of the campaign comes only days before the kickoff of the 2018 NFL regular season.
However, this news was not welcome to all. Specifically, to fans who believe Colin Kaepernick has disrespected law enforcement, the military, the flag, anthem, and just about everything that makes America great.
As a result, some fans took to Twitter and took out their frustrations on their Nike gear:
During an interview on “Face the Nation,” former Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that “we paid a price” for Barack Obama’s failure to follow through on the infamous “red line” drawn in the proverbial sand concerning the use of chemical weapons by Syria’s Bashar al-Assad-a line that was crossed with zero repercussions. He also lambasted the explanations and excuses given for inaction as moot because they ultimately failed to change perception. Kerry’s comments come as a rare admission in a career otherwise wasted on apologies for Obama’s utter failure on the global stage. It’d have been nice to hear from Kerry when it actually mattered.
Here’s more from Hot Air…
Am I right that O’s non-strategy towards Syria is the only policy of his that veterans of his administration have consistently criticized since he left office? I can’t think of another. Ask an Obamaite whether they prefer his or Trump’s approach to a particular issue and they’ll blurt out “Obama!” before you’ve even finished your sentence — with one exception. When Trump bombed Assad after last year’s WMD attack, a former Obama senior official (Kerry, maybe?) chirped to Politico that “Our administration never would have gotten this done in 48 hours. It’s a complete indictment of Obama.” Anne-Marie Slaughter praised Trump for his action, as did other unnamed foreign-policy officials on background. Hopenchange alumni were so embarrassed by it that they took to leaking how massive Obama’s plan to attack Assad in 2013 was, before he stuffed it in a desk drawer and backed down. Others were pitifully reduced to chattering that Obama would have bombed Assad last year if he were still president like Trump did … despite his conspicuous refusal to do so four years earlier.
You read that correctly: former President Barack Hussein Obama — who oversaw Fast and Furious, IRS targeting, ‘JV’ ISIS, Benghazi, backdoor money laundering for the Iran nuclear deal and so much more — will be accepting an award for ethics in government at the University of Illinois on September 7. According to his communications director, BHO will call for rejecting “the rising strain of authoritarian politics and policies.” There must have been no other contenders for the award.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Former President Barack Obama, never missing a chance to posture himself as a champion of freedom, will reputedly call for rejecting “the rising strain of authoritarian politics and policies,” according to his communications director.
Obama, whose administration was embroiled in various scandals, is scheduled to accept an award for ethics in government at the University of Illinois on September 7. That award flies in the face of this list of events during the Obama Administration: the Fast and Furious scandal; the IRS targeting conservative groups; Obama making light of ISIS, calling it the “JV team”; protecting the terrorist group Hezbollah by stalling project Cassandra; spying on Fox News’ James Rosen, and lying to the American people in order to sell the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, among other nefarious occurrences.
Katie Hill, Obama’s communications director, asserted:
Next week, President Obama will offer new thoughts on this moment and what it requires from the American people.He will expand upon several of the themes from his summer address, including that America is at its best when our democracy is inclusive and our citizens are engaged.
Beloved West Coast burger chain In-N-Out is facing the wrath of a rabid left-wing faction in California now clamoring for a boycott after a sift through public records revealed the Christian company made a donation to the state’s Republican Party. A firestorm of fan fury has ensued on Twitter, with some particularly devastated individuals begging to know why In-N-Out would dare support those evil Republicans. All of which makes our editorial board suddenly salivate for a juicy In-N-Out burger. Then maybe tomorrow we’ll have a lunch meeting at Chick-Fil-A.
Here’s more from The Daly Wire…
In-N-Out, the famous California burger chain that out-of-towners frequent when visiting the Golden State, is about to get the Chick-fil-A treatment.
According to LAMag, the burger chain known for printing John 3:16 on their cups “gave $25,000 to the California Republican Party this week.” The donation was confirmed by a public filing on the Secretary of State’s website, initially spotted by Washington, D.C.-based journalist Gabe Schneider:
The donation matches a pattern of political contributions made by the fast-food chain. The company donated $30,000 per year to the GOP in 2016 and 2017.
With that revelation, leftists have said they will boycott.
“No more for me,” one user tweeted. “I refuse to spend money at any firm (when I have choices) that donates money to the Republican party or any Republican candidate.”
Facebook is facing backlash from its employees who are sick of the social media leviathan’s “intolerant” liberal culture. According to a memo from Facebook senior engineer Brian Amerige published by The New York Times, Facebook has a big “problem with political diversity”. In his call for more tolerance, Amerige explained: “We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.” And that it is “not a rare concern.” What started out as the memo of a single man has now gained the support of dozens of his fellow colleagues. Given the political climate in which Facebook, Twitter and Google are in hot water for censoring conservatives, this comes at exactly the wrong time for Silicon Valley. A boycott could be just around the bend.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
On the same day that President Trump unloaded on the political bias problem among major tech communities, including Google, The New York Times published a memo penned by Facebook senior engineer Brian Amerige laying out the company’s “problem with political diversity” and calling for a movement within the company to promote more tolerance of people with political views other than just the leftist views he says are currently enforced by employees. Since he posted his memo last week, dozens of fellow employees have joined his movement.
In the memo, titled “We Have a Problem with Political Diversity” and posted on one of the company’s internal message boards on August 20, Amerige paints a troubling picture of the lack of political tolerance among his fellow Facebook employees, whom he says often personally attack anyone who presents a non-left-leaning ideology and show open disdain for Trump supporters. He says he has been told by the company’s human resources office that the complaint he’s raising is “not a rare concern.”
An FBI intelligence analyst told House investigative committees last week that it was a known practice for bureau officials to leak information to the press…and then use the resulting articles to OBTAIN SURVEILLANCE WARRANTS. Jonathan Moffa – who worked with notorious former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – offer testimony arguing that we should be especially concerned with the Yahoo! News’ Michael Isikoff article published Sept. 23, 2016. This story, which failed to corroborate the Steele dossier, was based on information leaked by Steele only to then be used in the successful FISA application. Can you say ‘fabrication’?
Here’s more from Fox News…
An FBI intelligence analyst admitted to House committees last week that bureau officials were known to leak information to the press and then use the resulting articles to help obtain surveillance warrants, according to a source with knowledge of his testimony.
Jonathan Moffa, who worked with controversial former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, testified last Friday behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee.
The source with knowledge of his statements confirmed to Fox News that Moffa said FBI personnel would use media reports based on information they leaked to justify applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants.
The source told Fox News that Moffa acknowledged this “had been a practice in the past.”
Republicans have long questioned to what extent leaked information, related to the unverified anti-Trump dossier, was used as a basis for surveillance warrants against former Trump adviser Carter Page in 2016 — when the bureau was led by James Comey and deputy Andrew McCabe.