Ouch! Jake Tapper Tweet-Shames Raging Anti-Semite Valerie Plame

As streiff reported earlier today, “former faux deep cover, non-official cover CIA ANALYST” Valerie Plame showed her true colors when she tweeted out a story entitled, “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” This kind of anti-Semitism is apparently nothing new for Plame, who allegedly has a long history of bashing Jews (especially of the neocon variety).

When called out for her bigotry, Plame, as is the wont of many a delusional Twitterer, doubled down until she, inevitably, had to issue a groveling apology for making a “doozy” of a mistake.

One person who wasn’t all that amused was CNN’s Jake Tapper, who put Plame’s anti-Semitic tweet next to a previous tweet of Plame’s, in which she tried to raise money to buy Twitter in order to ban President Trump from ever using it again. Because … free speech for me, but not for thee.

Ironically enough, Plame excoriated Trump for his “violence and hate.” Pot, meet kettle.

Jake Tapper was long the voice of reason in a media that so fully embraced liberalism, but that started to fade when he went to CNN (home of Trump’s nemesis Jim Acosta). It’s refreshing to see Tapper call out a leftist like Valerie Plame for her ugliness and blatant hypocrisy when it comes to condemning hate. Start at home, Val. Start at home.

Hopefully, Tapper will revert to form and continue to highlight the left’s bigoted behavior and bring some credibility back to a media that is woefully in the bag for the Democrat party.

 

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US and Allies Seem to Be Looking to Evacuate Citizens From South Korea

Republic of Korea Army chief of staff Gen. Jang, Jun Gyu welcomes his American counterpart Gen. Mark Milley Aug. 19 at the ROK Ministry of National Defense. (Photo by Tim Oberle, Eighth Army Public Affairs)

Republic of Korea Army chief of staff Gen. Jang, Jun Gyu welcomes his American counterpart Gen. Mark Milley Aug. 19 at the ROK Ministry of National Defense. (Photo by Tim Oberle, Eighth Army Public Affairs)

Nothing is happening yet, but you get the distinct picture of all the potential combatants in a new Korean War are looking for ways to ensure they can get their citizens out of harms way if bullets begin to fly.

Japan

Around 60,000 Japanese citizens currently reside in South Korea, the news outlet reported. About 38,000 are long-term residents, while roughly 19,000 are tourists or short-term visitors.

“If the U.S. decided on a military strike against the North, the Japanese government would start moving toward an evacuation on its own accord regardless of whether the American plans are public,” a Japanese government source told the Nikkei Review.

Japan’s proposed plan is comprised of four steps: seek to limit unessential travel to South Korea, discourage all travel to the South, advise Japanese citizens to evacuate and encourage them to shelter in place.

China

Chinese people living and working in North Korea were warned to return home immediately as dictator Kim Jong-un pushes the world to the brink of World War 3.

The Chinese embassy in North Korean capital Pyongyang issued the warning as its volatile neighbour and ally geared up for an expected sixth nuclear test.

It is the first time any such order has been issued.

And this is the most interesting:

Elisabeth Cordray, a U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense, visited South Korea after North Korea’s latest nuclear test to check on preparations for evacuating U.S. citizens in the event of war, it emerged Tuesday.

The visit has sparked speculation of an impending U.S. military attack against North Korea, but the U.S. Forces Korea claimed Cordray’s visit was a “routine inspection.”

Cordray visited the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, the logistic support arm of the Eighth Army, in Daegu on Sep. 13 and met its commander, John Sullivan, according to her Facebook page.

The command said Tuesday that Cordray “familiarized” herself with the process of evacuating U.S. citizens from South Korea in case of an emergency. She also discussed the readiness level of U.S. troops and was briefed on progress in relocating the main USFK military garrison in Yongsan to Pyeongtaek.

There are, according to official South Korean numbers, 136,663 American citizens living in South Korea. This is 7.6% of the foreign residents of South Korea. China is the largest source of foreign nationals with 898,654. Vietnam has 129,973, Thailand has 94,314 and the Philippines has 53,538.

If war breaks out we can go about it in one of two ways. We can go from a standing start and deal with evacuation of our non-combatants when we can, or we can order an evacuation and hope that North Korea does not strike while that is going on. Short of ordering people out of the country, keep an eye out for the US to discourage travel to South Korea, restrict the ability of military dependents to travel to Korea, and finally to order military dependents out of the country.

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Sheriff David Clarke Pops up on Social Media to Show Off His Lack of Class

At best, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was a clownish buffoon, and totally inept at the job he was elected to perform.

At worst, he was a lazy, profane, shiftless opportunist, waiting to hook his wagon to whatever star could carry him to the spotlight he craved.

That star happened with Donald Trump’s candidacy, a campaign that hinged on obnoxious lunacy – right up Clarke’s alley. He shed all but the title of “Sheriff” and became a surrogate for the Trump campaign.

Clarke felt his stumping for Trump would result in a position with the administration. In fact, he hinted that he’d be up for a position with Homeland Security. With that in mind, he neglected the duties he was elected to carry out.

Thankfully, even Donald Trump isn’t crazy enough to let this man anywhere near an official position in the U.S. government.

After several public missteps – one that included having his men tail a citizen through an airport, all because the man had words with him on the airplane – Clarke decided to retire from his law enforcement gig.

I’m sure that was the only good thing he did for the people of Milwaukee County.

This latest incident between Clarke and a reporter is a fine example of the character of the man.

Earlier this month, a reporter from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Daniel Bice, was working on a story mapping Sheriff Clarke’s spending.

Clarke assigned a round-the-clock security detail to himself at the beginning of the year. Documents released by the sheriff’s office earlier this month indicate the detail cost taxpayers more than $225,000.

When Bice emailed Clarke on Sept. 13 asking for a comment on the spending, Clarke emailed back, “F**k you and the horse you rode in on.’ I’m David Clarke and I approve this message.”

Classy.

That was not the end of it, according to Bice. “Clarke also thought it was a good idea to post my home address online, to publish an essay in which he smeared one of my family members and to invite me to lunch so he could read me passages from a Christian devotional.”

So he doxxed the guy for asking a question, trashed his family, and then pulled the Christian card, after displaying the exact opposite of Christian behavior.

Clarke is truly a slug.

And you would hope that if he was pulling that Christian card, there would be something resembling a conscience, or conviction for his language and behavior.

Yeah. Not quite.

Clarke actually tweeted out his satisfaction with his own, ignorant behavior.

And it’s Fox News with the assist.

Of course.

This kind of trash pile behavior shows a lack of maturity and commonsense. With any luck. Clarke’s future will be filled with nothing more than Twitter rants and social media self-congratulations like that above. However, he should never be allowed into any formal role in government, whether local, state, or federal, ever again.

Currently, he’s settled into a consolation position (since he was rejected for any role with Homeland Security) as a senior adviser and spokesman for America First Action, a pro-Trump super-PAC.

 

 

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So Jimmy Kimmel Can ACTUALLY Threaten Journalists and Won’t Get Shamed Like Dana Loesch Did For Not?

Despite years of repeatedly seeing the behavior repeated, it never ceases to astound me how hypocritical members of the mainstream media can be.

Earlier this month, I tore apart a letter from the president of an organization that represented mainstream media outlets such as the New York Times, Associated Press, BBC, etc, wrote an open letter to radio show host, and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch. In the letter they finger-wagging at her for her NRA video in which she said she was going to “fisk” the New York Times.

“Fisk,” of course means “to refute or criticize (a journalistic article or blog) point by point.”

Loesch finished her rant against the misreporting and blatant fabrications by the New York Times by saying “we’re going to laser-focus on your so-called honest pursuit of truth. In short: We’re coming for you.” Clearly, Loesch was taking the New York Times to task for their horrible reporting, and partisan coverage of news events.

However, if you were to listen to mainstream media sources, she had threatened to lead NRA members in a cleanse, beginning with any journalist she didn’t like.

“It is our right to suggest in the strongest terms that your behavior is blatantly irresponsible as it may incite violence against journalists,” wrote Chris Pedigo, President of the aforementioned organization, Digital Content Next. “Ninety-nine people out of a hundred would interpret this language as threatening and to suggest otherwise is disingenuous at best and dangerous at worst.”

Pedigo’s letter, along with the pearl clutching from mainstream journalists, was purely asinine. No one was in any physical danger. Loesch wasn’t even remotely attempting to convince anyone to hurt someone, nor was she threatening to harm anyone herself. Regardless, her video was labeled “dangerous.”

Fast forward to Wednesday night, and Jimmy Kimmel is using his late-night platform to take care of some personal matters. During his umpteenth rant against Republican healthcare, he lashed out at Fox News host Brian Kilmeade of FOX & Friends.

Kilmead accused Kimmel of being a “Hollywood Elite,” and using his position to push politics on the people. Both accusations from Kilmead are correct.

However Kimmel didn’t take that shot from Kilmead well, and began to spill background info about Kilmead, like how he wished he could be just like Kimmel.

The rant ended with Kimmel calling Kilmead a “phony little creep,” and threatening Kilmead with violence:

He follows me on Twitter. He asked me to write a blurb for his book, which I did. He calls my agent, looking for projects. He’s dying to be a member of the Hollywood elite. The only reason he’s not a member of the Hollywood elite is because nobody will hire him to be one.

And, you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery and has to have two more, and because of that I learned there are kids with no insurance in the same situation.

I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you.

Do you hear the cacophony of outrage over threatened physical violence coming from the same places that attacked Loesch for not threatening anyone?

Me either.

The rules seem to be that if you lean to the right, and you come on strong, then you’re a violent villain who needs to watch what comes out of your yapper. If you lean left, however, you can say whatever violent thing you want.

You can threaten a man with violence for getting your pronoun wrong like Zoey Tur did to Ben Shapiro, and it’s okay for Snoop Dogg to fake shoot a beclowned Donald Trump. If you’re Madonna, you can tell an adoring crowd you’ve had fantasies of blowing up the White House and CNN will come to your defense.

And now, if you’re a late night host like Jimmy Kimmel, you can actually threaten a man with violence, and not get an ounce of outrage from mainstream outlets.

So long as you aren’t the wrong people feel free to threaten whomever you please as exhibited by the mainstream media. Just don’t be someone on the right like Dana Loesch, and not actually threaten anyone. That, my friends, is apparently wrong.

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Count David Sirota Among Those Americans Who are Constitutionally Illiterate

A lot of left wing “journalists” have been making hay out of a recent study showing Americans’ ignorance of the Constitution and implying it has something to do with Trump. Many of them are displaying the same sort of ignorance that their fellow travelers are mocking. Case in point: David Sirota.

This is the typical sort of false dilemma used to get retweets from millennials pissed off about the amount of debt they incurred getting their Genderqueer Feminists of Color Studies diploma. Like most leftist ideas it fails any Constitutional test applied to it.

For Sirota’s bit of inanity to make any sense at all, one would have to believe that one of the enumerated powers the Constitution grants to the federal government is using tax payers’ money to fund college tuition for any kid with dreams of doing beer bongs, making phony rape allegations, or protesting Ben Shapiro as the second coming of Joseph Goebbels.

The Constitution says nothing about the federal government being involved with education in any capacity. It does however empower and charge the federal government to provide for national defense.

Sirota and his friends on the left would have you believe that whether the federal government should buy a college education for every citizen is merely a matter of budget priorities and that mean old white Republicans  like sending other people’s children off to war but hate education.

It’s nonsense, like the rest of Bernie Sanders’ commie pipe dreams.

We really shouldn’t have high expectations of Sirota though. As a journalist he is probably best known for once having the douchebaggiest avatar on Twitter and for publicly hoping that the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out by a white guy.

The latter didn’t really distinguish him from most of his brethren on the far left. Most of them get giddy after any act of violence hoping they’ll be able to pin it on right wing nut jobs, so Sirota isn’t unique or original in that respect. But that avatar…that was cutting edge. It’s still being talked about years later.

He looks like Zoolander had a baby with someone from the cast of The Office.

 

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Former Secret Squirrel Valerie Plame Outs Herself as a Flaming Anti-Semite

Former U.S. CIA operative Valerie Plame arrives for the screening of the film " Fair Game " at the 36th American Film Festival, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Deauville, Normandy, France. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Former U.S. CIA operative Valerie Plame sticks out her tongue at critics after her anti-Semitic tweets come to light. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Scratch a leftist and you inevitably find a raving, frothing anti-Semite just waiting to get out. Anti-Semitism is at the heart of the whole Bondage, Domination, Sadism, sorry, I mean the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. But it is rare indeed when one of them waves as points to themselves and declares their Jew-hatred. That happened today on Twitter. The protagonist is the former faux deep cover, non-official cover CIA ANALYST (yeah, try to figure out how that worked) Valerie Plame who was “outed” by Colin Powell’s minime Richard Armitage but somehow resulted in Scooter Libby getting a felony conviction.

Set up:

There are a couple of simple fixes for the dominant involvement of American Jews in foreign policy issues where they have a personal interest due to their ethnicity or family ties. First of all, don’t put them into national security positions involving the Middle East, where they will potentially be conflicted. Let them worry instead about North Korea, which does not have a Jewish minority and which was not involved in the holocaust. This type of solution was, in fact, somewhat of a policy regarding the U.S. Ambassador position in Israel. No Jew was appointed to avoid any conflict of interest prior to 1995, an understanding that was violated by Bill Clinton (wouldn’t you know it!) who named Martin Indyk to the post. Indyk was not even an American citizen at the time and had to be naturalized quickly prior to being approved by congress.

Those American Jews who are strongly attached to Israel and somehow find themselves in senior policy making positions involving the Middle East and who actually possess any integrity on the issue should recuse themselves, just as any judge would do if he were presiding over a case in which he had a personal interest. Any American should be free to exercise first amendment rights to debate possible options regarding policy, up to and including embracing positions that damage the United States and benefit a foreign nation. But if he or she is in a position to actually create those policies, he or she should butt out and leave the policy generation to those who have no personal baggage.

For those American Jews who lack any shred of integrity, the media should be required to label them at the bottom of the television screen whenever they pop up, e.g. Bill Kristol is “Jewish and an outspoken supporter of the state of Israel.” That would be kind-of-like a warning label on a bottle of rat poison – translating roughly as “ingest even the tiniest little dosage of the nonsense spewed by Bill Kristol at your own peril.”

As none of the above is likely to happen, the only alternative is for American citizens who are tired of having their country’s national security interests hijacked by a group that is in thrall to a foreign government to become more assertive about what is happening. Shine a little light into the darkness and recognize who is being diddled and by whom. Call it like it is. And if someone’s feelings are hurt, too bad. We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need it.

If this sounds like something you’d find in a back issue of Der Stürmer, it is because it is very much like what you’d find. The author, some guy named Philip Girardi, seems to have made a career of hatred of Israel and/or Jews.

The Twitter reaction has been fascinating:

Indeed, this “dual loyalty” thing is something the progressive left and the alt-right have been using for decades.

Plame has responded:

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This is not a one-off for Plame, she’s been a fan of this guy for a while. This, from 2014:

Buzzfeed has found more stuff. But she does have defenders:

On a serious note, there is this:

This is absolutely correct.

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President Trump Announces New US Sanctions on North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks to his seat at a luncheon with President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in New York. From left, Vice President Mike Pence, Abe, Trump, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks to his seat at a luncheon with President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in New York. From left, Vice President Mike Pence, Abe, Trump, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Just a short while ago, President Trump, flanked by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Vice President Mike Pence, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced a new round of sanctions directed at North Korea. The venue was a luncheon with the prime ministers of Japan and South Korea

President Trump announced an executive order Thursday to grant additional authority to the Treasury Department to enforce economic sanctions on North Korea and foreign companies and individuals that do business with the rogue nation in Northeast Asia.

The president also said that Chinese President Xi Jinping had ordered Chinese banks to cease conducting business with North Korean entities. Trump called the move “very bold” and “somewhat unexpected,” and he praised Xi.

“North Korea’s nuclear program is a grave threat to peace and security in our world, and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime,” Trump said in brief public remarks during a meeting with the leaders of South Korea and Japan to discuss strategy to confront Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

He added that the United States continues to seek a “complete denuclearization of North Korea.”

Trump said the United States had been working on the North Korea problem for 25 years, but he asserted that previous administrations had “done nothing, which is why we are in the problem we are in today.”

He added that the order will give Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin the “discretion to target any foreign bank knowingly facilitating specific transactions tied to trade with North Korea.”

These are the key takeaways.
1. The administration is acknowledging that it has gotten all that it will get from the UN Security Council.
2. The administration realizes that trade embargoes are weak sauce but with the UN sanctions in place it can strike at the money involved in evading sanctions.
3. These sanctions were prepared before Trump’s speech on Tuesday.
4. These sanctions were coordinated, at some level, with the Chinese and obviously supported by Japan and South Korea.
5. North Korea is facing the most concerted diplomatic/economic response to its adventurism since 1950. It many not be sufficient to stop North Korea’s nuclear program but it is sufficient to say that peaceful means were given every chance to work before moving on to Plan B.

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New Poll Reveals How Ready Voters are for “Senator Kid Rock”

While everybody is celebrating the potential emergence of Kid Rock to take his place as the next contestant on Kakistocracy Island, they may want to consider if electing an inexperienced reality TV host and affirmed con artist to high public office was a fluke, or are we really that far down the rabbit hole.

If this very early Media Research Group poll is any indicator, I’d hold off buying those “Senator Kid Rock” t-shirts for a bit.

Robert Ritchie (his real name) trails Democrat Debbie Stabenow, 52-to-34, according to the poll.

MRG’s president, Tom Shields, said Ritchie has so far been unable to translate his star power into  support among voters.

“Kid Rock would have an uphill climb against Stabenow if he were serious about getting into the race,” Shields said in a statement.

The details broken down are a bit more grim.

While 87 percent of Democrats would vote for Stabenow (and 9 percent for Ritchie), only 66 percent of Republicans would definitely vote for Kid Rock, with another 13 percent saying they’d hop parties and vote for Stabenow. Another 20 percent said either they weren’t sure, or would just not vote, if their choices were between another clownish celebrity or Debbie Stabenow.

Ritchie has not formally announced a run, but has been teasing one for months. In July, he tweeted out a poll showing himself ahead of Stabenow in a 2018 matchup. But GOP donors and consultants report that the musician has been rebuffing their efforts to reach him for months.

He also confirmed that an official campaign site was real, but the website’s sole link sends users to his merchandise page through Warner Bros. Records.

In other words, he’s a little more blatant with the con than Trump.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say this signals just how serious he actually is (not) about actually running.

Back in July, he did call out Stabenow.

“Senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind,” Ritchie said.

“I concede she is better at playing politics than I am so I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS and letting politicians like her know that We the People are sick and tired of their bulls**t!”

Sounds like a diplomat, to me.

 

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Dopey Sketch on Graham-Cassidy Misses the Point

A Republican U.S. Senator proposed a “Jimmy Kimmel” test for whether a U.S. healthcare plan is acceptable, and now (surprise!) Jimmy Kimmel is finding the latest Republican plan doesn’t meet it. Since we have now made a late-night talk show host an arbiter of health care, I guess we have to talk about Kimmel’s rant against Graham-Cassidy last night. I’m going to skip ahead to the unfunny sketch that supposedly illustrates the problem with Graham-Cassidy.

The “joke” of the sketch, for those who don’t want to sit through a painful two minutes of preachy and unfunny nonsense, is that Jimmy orders a black coffee. The barista pours it into a cup with no bottom, and the coffee goes all over the table. The barista explains that the cup decides whether it holds coffee or not. Hilarious, right? Graham-Cassidy: roasted!

To me, the irony here lies in these lines near the end of the sketch:

KIMMEL: You know what? I’ll just go to another coffee place. Thank you.

BARISTA: This is how all coffee shops are now. If you want your coffee in a cup, go to Canada.

Kimmel’s proposed solution is what we normally do when we are unsatisfied with a product or service: we go elsewhere. But Kimmel and his lefty pals are on a road away from choice, and towards exactly the sort of inadequate one-size-fits-nobody (except for the politically influential) service that government is so famous for.

This, by the way, is why I respectfully dissent from the views of some (like Joe Cunningham) that it is important that we pass Graham-Cassidy. Meh. I don’t think it matters at all. The only health care system that could work is one that depends on actual choice, which is only possible in a free market. But clearly Americans — and consequently their representatives — aren’t up for the sort of solutions that this would require. (I have discussed free-market alternatives for health care before –for example, here). Whether we tinker with a losing situation in this way or that way, in my view, matters little.

As I have said before, I think Rand Paul should be commended for standing against such tinkering. To whose who say: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” I respond: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the chance to take joint responsibility for a socialistic program that will ruin 1/6 of the economy.” Or: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the concession that this tiny meaningless improvement to the status quo is the best we’ll ever do.

Getting back to Kimmel’s sketch: the notion that Canada is the ideal is also laughable. The conservative rag The Huffington Post in June published a piece titled Why Canadians Are Increasingly Seeking Medical Treatment Abroad:

While Americans have been crossing the border for years in search of cheaper medications, it turns out there are a growing number of Canadians seeking medical treatment south of their border, raiding their bank accounts and choosing to pay for treatment instead of being treated through their nationalized health care system. In 2014, more than 50,000 Canadians left the country for medical treatment, a 25 percent increase from the previous year. A similar number left the country for treatment in 2015.

Why would someone pay for something they are entitled to receive for free?

According to The National Post, the answer comes down to a choice between time and money ― a choice that’s only available to those privileged enough to be able to finance expensive out-of-pocket medical expenses up front.

If we had a “Barista Theater” sketch about this, Jimmy would order a coffee today, and the barista would say: “Absolutely, sir! I’ll have that ready for you in a month!”

The only answer is free choice. Kimmel’s sketch implicitly recognizes this, but doesn’t face the implications of that fact. In that way, Jimmy Kimmel is like the rest of America — which knows it wants a better system, but has been lied to about how to achieve that.

I’m done banging my head against the wall. I’m like the guy who sees the car crash coming and is powerless to stop it. The best I can do is gear up for helping the victims. But the crash is happening.

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NFL Players Ask League to Ruin Football With Social Justice Activism, and Activism Awareness Month

Players within the NFL are attempting to ruin the great sport of football by urging the league to adopt social justice activism, and further politicizing the sport.

According to Yahoo! Sports, current and former players wrote a ten-page memo to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in August, urging him to use the league to endorse and financially support social justice activism revolving around race equality and criminal justice reform.

The memo began by lamenting the fact that players kneeling during the national anthem has been “perceived” to be viewed so negatively because of the press:

As players whom have been advocating for social justice for the past year, we appreciate the opportunity to engage with you, the league, owners, coaches and GMs to make our communities stronger. As we shared with you, the silence following our individual and collective demonstrations around the national anthem to raise awareness to racial inequality and issues surrounding criminal justice reform has been met with inconsistencies in press coverage and perceived lack of support.

They also asked the NFL to officially recognize the month of November as an activism awareness month. The support will follow the same patterns the NFL takes to recognize breast cancer awareness, and military recognition.

To counter the vast amount of press attention being referred to as the “national anthem protests” versus the large amount of grass roots work that many players around the league have invested their time and resources, we would like to request a league wide initiative that would include a month dedicated to a campaign initiative and related events. Similarly to what the league already implements for breast cancer awareness, honoring military, etc, we would like November to serve as a month of Unity for individual teams to engage and impact the community in their market.

The memo details a timeline for their activism, plans to meet with lawmakers, community involvement, and more.

The league also plans to put focus on key issues, such as “police accountability and transparency,” and “criminalizing poverty,” or that — as the memo claims — people are arrested because they’re poor.

The memo was created by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, former Buffalo Bills wideout Anquan Boldin, and Eagles wideout Torrey Smith. Bennett and Jenkins are two players that have sat out (knelt out?) National Anthem protests in the past.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the memo came after Goodell had met with several of the players in August to discuss the matter. It is currently unknown as to just how Goodell responded to the request.

While criminal justice reform is a noble goal — at least many aspects of it can be noble, but not all — the introduction of politics into various parts of our culture has seen participation in that activity plummet. One need only look at the continuously falling viewership of the Emmys, and silver screen to see this.

The NFL is already seeing a decline in viewership as it continues to chain itself to this cause, or that activist. ESPN, a network that used to be great for keeping up with the latest in sports news, has now become a social justice mouthpiece that is declining so badly in the ratings that they had to lay off talent by the dozens.

My advice to the NFL is this: Do not engage. Just play football. That’s all we want.

If players wish to engage in activism off the field, then that’s great! They can use their platform to voice whatever opinion they wish. But when we’re there to watch football, hear about football, and talk about football, the last thing we want to hear are your opinions on why you think the police are racist.

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