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Bill Maher Reminds Rashida Tlaib: If You Want to Boycott Me Over BDS, You’ll Need to Boycott Your Party, Too

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., questions Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Because we must ban/boycott/punish all the things associated with upsetting Democratic Squad members like Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI), it wasn’t a big shocker that over the weekend she called for people to boycott liberal comedian/cable TV talk show host Bill Maher after he went on an epic anti-BDS rant Friday night.

To recap, Empress Tlaib was none too pleased that Maher called the BDS movement for what it was on his “Real Time” HBO program in the aftermath of the “outrage” over Israel’s Thursday decision to bar both Omar and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from entry on security grounds:

“It’s a bulls— purity test, BDS is a bulls— purity test by people who want to appear ‘woke’ but actually slept through history class,” Maher said, drawing loud cheers from the audience. “It’s predicated on this notion … I think it’s very shallow thinking that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and Palestinians are mostly brown, so they must be innocent and correct and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this ‘completely peaceful people’ found themselves occupied. Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars.”

The HBO star quoted BDS movement founder Omar Barghouti, who said, “No Palestinian — rational Palestinian, not a sellout Palestinian — will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.”

“So that’s where that comes from, this movement. Someone who doesn’t even want a Jewish state at all,” Maher told the panel. “Somehow this side never gets represented in the American media. It’s very odd.”

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“I see why [Omar and Tlaib] don’t get a hero’s welcome,” he added.

“Maybe folks should boycott his show,” Tlaib tweeted Saturday about Maher. “This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa.”

Maher responded on Twitter today, and included video of the Friday night segment to reiterate his point and show he was not going to back down:

Correction: The House vote to condemn the BDS movement was 398-17. That includes 209 Democrats, which only further amplifies Maher’s point.

As I’ve written previously, I frequently disagree with Maher. He’s wrong probably 95% of the time. But on the BDS movement, he was spot on. Tlaib can continue to try and shame people on the left and right who dare to expose the poisonous anti-Semitic rhetoric she and Omar use, but that will only make those same people louder. Maher proved that today.

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Trump Hilariously Unloads on an NBC Reporter, Dumps on the Network, Tells CNN the Peacock’s Even Worse (Video)

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President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

 

On Wednesday, President Trump laid the ol’ fierce verbal chopping all over NBC reporter Peter Alexander.

In addition to essentially calling Peter a joke, the President claimed NBC News is worse than — could it be true? — CNN.

As noted by The Daily Wire, Peter “repeatedly shouted questions at the president that are often parroted by Democratic politicians as he tried to grandstand the President.”

And — as you may have heard — Donald isn’t much for being pushed around. Or annoyed.

Therefore, then began the grating not unlike that of cheese. Courtesy of Classic Trump:

“If you’d stop being an organ of the Democrats, you’d let me answer the question. I’ll answer it very easily; it’s a very simple question. … This guy is the most biased reporter, NBC. Peter is such a biased [reporter]. You should be able to ask a question, same question, in a better way. You are so obviously biased and that’s why the public has no confidence in the media.”

And dadgummit, say it ain’t so:

“NBC News has less credibility with guys like you than CNN. I think CNN has more credibility than NBC News.”

That’s certainly an incendiary claim — after all, CNN asks if we’re “finally ready for impeachment” (here), gives love to a switch-blade wielding Antifa member (here), and looks the other way on murder (here).

It’s also the home of all this:



And just two words: Jim Acosta.

After the sleight to Peter, Trump walked over to a CNN reporter:

“Did you hear what I said? I said you have more credibility than this guy, and that’s not saying much. You know why? Because I don’t think you have very much credibility. NBC has less credibility than CNN; that’s not saying much.”

It’s unlikely anyone will ever accuse the President of a lack of candidness.

Due to his domineering style and record of victory, his last name perfectly fits.

But, it seems to me, his mother missed a perfect opportunity with his first: Mr. Trump should’ve been named Frank.

-ALEX

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The Press in Iowa Caught by Surprise they Were Participating in a Bernie Sanders Fundraiser

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Somehow something every candidate does caught journalists off guard.

The Democratic candidates have been canvassing Iowa, making a number of required stops throughout, pretending as required they are just like the normals, and eating all the required foods. During his stay in this foreign land Bernie Sanders made the attempt to stage a campaign event that would endear him to the locals.

It was recently announced that Major League Baseball will be playing a regular season game at the famed Field Of Dreams stadium, in Dubuque Iowa. This is the now famous landmark location where the titular baseball motion picture was filmed, and the Sanders campaign officials were struck with an idea to hold a softball game at the location. Not much of a problem so far; these are just the kind of photo-ops campaigns stage to get publicity, and to raise more money.

It is that last detail that emerged, much to the surprise of the journalists covering the Sanders campaign. See, it turned out the game being played for the Sanders campaign was a contest between his staffers, and members of the media on the opposing team. It was only “at the last minute”, according to Politico, that members off the CNN and ABC News organizations who were going to play in the game backed out. This was due to a fundraising email the Sanders team sent out regarding the game.

It had not dawned on these journalists that the event may be spun in some fashion as a benefit for the campaign. And apparently, the fact that they intended to raise money off of the game was the only objection these journalists had. Otherwise, their co-mingling with the candidate and his staffers was not regarded as anything approaching a conflict of interest.

This harkens back to the 2016 race, where a cadre of journalists was beaming while surrounding Hillary Clinton aboard her private plane. And the same type of sycophantic behavior is on display this campaign. For instance behold this tweet from Kim Norvell, of the DesMoines Register.

Pure happenstance, this little snapshot of Americana, eh?

 

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This reporter from Iowa with the job of covering the campaign of Elizabeth Warren, who is campaigning in Iowa, “Just Happens” to come across Liz Warren while campaigning…in Iowa. Kim is the luckiest reporter — in Iowa, on the campaign trail!

So it appears we are getting more of the same from our esteemed leaders in unbiased objective journalism. Of course ,these professionals missed that there could be an issue of propriety by joining in on an organized event with the campaign they are covering.

Why would there be an issue playing softball with a candidate after they have been lobbing softball questions at him for weeks already???

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Lindsey Graham To Advise AG Barr On Planned Public Rollout Of SpyGate Documents

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In a Tuesday night appearance on “Hannity,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he will be meeting with Attorney General William Barr this week to advise him on the long-awaited rollout of Russia investigation and FISA documents to the American people.

Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Hannity, “I’m going to meet the attorney general this week to talk to him about how best to tell the story. I don’t want people to conjecture as to what happened. I want you to read it.”

Graham predicted, “You’ll only find it on Fox. You may find it a little bit in the paper…It will get ten percent of what the Mueller report got.”

He continued, “Here’s the question. It’s not what did Obama know and when did he know it? Who told him? And what did he do when he was told? I want to know who briefed the president about their counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign. When you find that person, you’re going to unravel the riddle here.”

He wants the American people to see the 302s (FBI interview reports) and the FBI’s unredacted FISA Court application for the warrant to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

Graham wants the public to read the transcripts of the meetings which occurred between FBI informant Joseph Mifsud and Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos. The senator said, “I want you to hear in real time that the guy said ‘I’m not working with the Russians. If I were, it would be a crime of treason.’” The FBI conveniently left this exculpatory evidence out of their FISA application.

“I bet you Donald Trump did not spend ten minutes with both of them,” he added.

I’m sure he is right about that.

Finally, Graham asked a rhetorical question which I think we all know the answer to. “Did they open up a counterintelligence investigation not to protect the country — but to get Trump?”

It sure looks that way.

The DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report is expected to be released after Labor Day. Once it’s out, he will begin to call witnesses to testify before his Committee, “so you can hear from them what happened.”

I’ll look forward to it.

Watch the video.

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HEADS EXPLODE: Radio Host Calls Trump “The Second Coming” of God.

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(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Ahem. Let’s start with some very basic things here.

IF you are a CHRISTian than you have only one savior whose name happens to be Jesus Christ. There is a whole book about Him in the Bible ( mostly the New Testament but some hints in the Old Testament) and His life is pretty well documented and His influence felt over the world today.

As of this writing, the Lord has not made His reappearance known. Which means the current President of the United States is not Jesus Christ. You can call me a skeptic but I’m feeling pretty good on this hot take.

Continuing on this theme, I’m pretty sure that the vast majority of those in the faith of Judaism believe they have not yet seen the messiah. I might be a bit weak on the specifics but I feel pretty good about this call also.

I’m a CHRISTian, my Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ and I want to be 100% clear on that before I continue.

Good? Good!

Now let’s get to the main event.

Now I’m going to assume that Wayne Allyn Root got a bit excited and might have used some hyperbole here in the tweets that President Trump retweeted earlier today, where Root called Trump the “Second Coming” for the Jewish people. Either that or Wayne bumped his head a bit earlier in the Nevada daylight.

Here are the tweets…

“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him….

….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..

…..all Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone. And importantly, he’s good for everyone in America who wants a job.” Wow!

If only Wayne had tweeted that last part about Trump is good for everyone who wants a job.

I doubt people in Israel think Trump is King over there but he has a better shot of that than being the Messiah. Like 100% to nothing.

I know that Donald Trump loves to promote what he is doing. That was one of the reasons he has had success over the years. If you deny that point then you are just in the emotional set that is still pissed Marco Rubio missed his chance in 2016 and you had your office in the West Wing all picked out.

This is where Trump needs to show he is joking ( the left will still blow up) over stuff like this.

Wayne is an entertaining guy but he is most famous for doing sports betting and convincing people to buy his system so you can feel good about getting beat by the spread every Sunday Night. The guy is not an expert on diety relations, because if he was he would not be referencing that the Jews thought Trump was the second coming of anything for the reasons I mentioned above.

I’m taking a guess here but part of the solid 35% that are always supporting Trump have a solid group that takes their belief in God more serious than the admiration of any elected official. There is no reason to screw with that in any way. Even if it is from a guy that lives in Sin City and can promise you his “Lock Of The Week” will make you $$$.

One last thing on this.

Heads are going to explode over the tweets above and I get that 100%. This is just a sideshow that didn’t need to happen.

The President is doing some really interesting things in regards to China. He is actually risking his Presidency by engaging in these tariffs and demanding that intellectual property theft needs to stop. He is spot-on in this regard and every administration going back to Reagan has looked the other way in dealing with China on this. This is an incredible moment and something this whole country should be behind.

Yet because of the flap caused by this, when Trump was making this point on the South Lawn before flying to Kentucky today he cracked a joke about him being the “chosen one” to take on China. Now, this important message will be lost. Tweet and video below…

Dammit, I hate it when a really good point gets lost.

So what have we learned here today?

Trump is not the messiah and not likely to be King of Israel.

If you are a CHRISTian, Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He claims the title of the Messiah.

People in Nevada named Wayne Allyn Root are great dinner guests and fun to watch a football game with but not really strong on diety assignments.

Donald Trump needs to talk THREE TIMES A DAY about what his administration is doing with China. Also, do not RT above twitter guy from Nevada unless it is the LOCK OF THE WEEK. Unless it has to do with the Detroit Lions than RT but do the opposite.

Amen.

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Trump Administration Moves To Terminate the Flores Agreement and Brain Matter Is Detected By NORAD Radars

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FILE – In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who were taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas. On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, The Associated Press has found that stories circulating on the internet that President Barack Obama did not oversee the separation of 90,000 migrant children and their parents at the U.S. border are untrue. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP)

Probably the most emotional issue in the immigration debate is how to detain minor children apprehended with alleged parents. If they were American citizens and arrested the answer would be amazingly simple. The kids would go into foster care until the custodial parent was released. No one would really care about the separation of parent and child. But because we are dealing with illegal immigrants and there is a perfect storm of Trump-hate bringing together people who want open borders and people who despise and oppose Trump as part of “muh principles,” what should be a fairly routine action has been inflated into what we’re supposed to believe is a national scandal.

Central to that political fight is something known as the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA).

The FSA, which is a consent decree between the US Justice Department and a class of plaintiffs lead by Jenny Lisette Flores, requires the government to hold minor detained illegals in the least restrictive setting. In Flores’s case, she had been held in a detention facility with adults of both sexes. The consent decree was never intended to be permanent but our black-robed overloards have seen it differently.

…The law actually requires that these people be detained under most circumstances and does not place a time constraint on the detention, nor does it make exceptions for children. The constraint on holding children in certain facilities emanated from a court settlement that began in the 1980s and crystalized in 1997 as a temporary arrangement until 45 days after government promulgates a permanent regulation defining the parameters of the holding facilities for children along safe and sanitary guidelines laid out in the settlement.

Until now, courts have lawlessly “legislated” a 20-day deadline for holding children without such certified facilities or else they have to be released. Moreover, Judge Dana Sabraw created a new edict last year contrary to law that children can’t be released alone once they come with an adult and that the adult must be released with them. Thus, the expansion of Flores and Sabraw’s ruling spawned the worst period of migration in our history, where primarily one adult would come with one child, the perfect scam.

Last night, the White House revealed–in a scoop to The Daily Caller–that the administration would roll out a rule change to eliminate the FSA.

The Trump administration is seeking to terminate the Flores settlement, an immigration-related court order that prevents most migrant family units from being held in detention centers for more than 20 days, the Daily Caller has learned.

Eliminating the Flores settlement would allow the U.S. government to hold migrant children and their families indefinitely while they await court proceedings. The 1997 Flores v. Reno decision by the Supreme Court laid out specific conditions under which unaccompanied migrant children could be held in detention, and was later expanded to place time restrictions on the detention of migrant children accompanied by family members.

The new rule is expected to be rolled out during a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press conference on Wednesday morning.

“The Administration is closing one of the legal loopholes that has allowed human traffickers and smugglers to exploit our vulnerabilities at the southern border,” a senior administration official told the Daily Caller. “President Trump has made it clear that he’s going to secure America’s border at all cost and this rule plays a vital role in the strategy to restore the integrity to our immigration system and our national security.”

Now it is official

(Read the whole press release)

The left’s outrage meter is pegged in the red zone:

In a stunning escalation, the Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will abrogate a decades-old legal agreement in order to indefinitely detain immigrant families.

The proposed termination of what’s known as the Flores agreement is President Donald Trump’s most aggressive—and most legally suspect—attempt to circumvent legal protections for undocumented children since his disastrous “zero-tolerance” policy resulted in the separation of thousands of immigrant families.

This rule fulfills the requirements of Flores by agreeing that detention facilities will not be restrictive. In theory, this should be case closed. In reality, because the overseeing judge is in lawfare country in the Ninth Circuit, it will inevitably be delayed by court action. Ultimately, I believe the administration will prevail because the FSA really just requires the government to hold unaccompanied minors in the least restrictive setting and the various time limits are simply imposed by judges acting outside their authority but who have been kowtowed to by this an other administrations because of lack of imagination.

Daniel Horowitz, who is never quite happy with anything, points out the costs of this abrogation of authority on the part of the executive branch dating back to the Clinton Administration (if you want some real outrage dialed up to 11, give the link a click).

It’s truly difficult to overstate the evil that expanded Flores has done to our security, our fiscal solvency, and Latin American children. By creating a huge market incentive to exploit children for mass migration by adults, it has:

Indeed, even if the wave were to end today, we will likely be seeing the effects of the crime wave and fiscal cost for years to come.

But to gauge the significance of this you only have to look at the people who oppose it:

Love the butthurt in this thread

If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions then our judiciary has constructed a 98-lane superhighway with a downhill 60-degree grade heading straight into the Ninth Circle and let the open borders advocates and corrupt judges fuel the car with nitromethane and hit the accelerator. Walking away from the FSA will not be quick and it will not be a panacea but it is at least an attempt to pop the drogue chute.

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President Trump Says No To Universal Background Checks

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In the immediate aftermath of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump unsettled some on the right by seeming to endorse so-called “universal background checks” for gun purchases.

President Trump traveled to hospitals in Texas and Ohio Wednesday to console victims recovering from mass shootings that left 31 dead, and he pledged to advance gun control legislation, declaring himself “all in favor” of expanded background checks.

Mr. Trump told reporters earlier in the day that he is working with congressional leaders in both parties on legislation focusing on more background checks for firearms purchases.

“There is a great appetite for background checks,” Mr. Trump said at the White House. “I’m looking to do background checks. I think background checks are important.”

This is pretty much what he said after the Parkland shooting (details on that are in Bonchie’s CNN’s S.E. Cupp Shows Us That Those Screaming the Loudest About Conservative “Principles” Rarely Have Any). And we all know what became of that. Be that as it may, there were calls of “betrayal” and vows to not vote for him in 2020.

By last, Trump had started to back away from the idea. The first hint was in the Wall Street Journal:

While the president is vacationing at his golf course in New Jersey, White House officials began meeting this week with congressional staff in a bid to find areas of compromise.

“It’s very simple: There’s nobody that is more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, ” Mr. Trump told reporters Tuesday before departing for a speech in Pennsylvania. “But I don’t want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac, and I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that.”

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son who often speaks with his father about his views on gun laws, has raised concerns about both red-flag legislation and about tightening background checks, according to people familiar with the matter.

This was mocked in the failing group blog, Salon, but the one thing we know for certain about Trump’s decisionmaking process is that he trusts very, very few people and the few he does trust have enormous influence.

By yesterday morning, the Washington Post was reporting that background checks didn’t seem all that likely, in fact the article is sort of a monument to invective masquerading as reporting:

On Monday, Democratic leaders said they viewed Trump’s shifting posture as a sign that he was never serious about leading a push to tighten gun laws.

“We’ve seen this movie before: President Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA and the hard-right,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. “These retreats from President Trump are not only disappointing but also heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence.”

And by last night, the Post headline read Trump tells NRA chief that universal background checks are off the table.

President Trump talked Tuesday with National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre and assured him that universal background checks were off the table, according to several people familiar with the call.

Trump told LaPierre that the White House remained interested in proposals that would address weapons getting into the hands of the mentally ill, including the possibility of backing so-called “red flag” laws that would allow the police to temporarily confiscate guns from people who have been shown to be a danger to themselves or others.

Nonetheless, the president’s conversation with LaPierre, which was first reported by the Atlantic, further reduced hopes that major new gun-safety measures will be enacted after the latest round of mass shootings.

My prediction is that the Red Flag law that is being discussed either goes nowhere either because the more we learn about how they work the scarier they become.

There are a couple of big lessons here.

President Trump has an annoying and often counterproductive habit of thinking out loud. One should not mistake what he says in any non-teleprompter moment as an indication of what he will end up doing.

While Trump has manifest weaknesses, one he doesn’t have, and one which ran riot inside the Bush White House, is a willingness to sell out his supporters to try to curry favor with people who will always hate him. If, at any time, he here’s that siren song of bipartisan agreement on commonsense gun laws, Donald Trump, Jr., will be there to pull him back to reality.

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Welcome To The New Cultural Battleground: The Chicken Wars

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Photo by Gina Pina via Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ginapina/3528146487/).

Americans have a reputation for being cowboys willing to pull their guns and battle it out over pretty much anything, Wild Wild West-style.

Even our fast food chicken.

And if the “peaceful” progressive left tries to convince you they have no love for war, just remind them of the Chicken War of 2019 wherein they finally found a hero to vanquish that pesky Jesus chicken that Chick-Fil-A had made so popular (and made them feel so incredibly guilty for eating and loving).

Riding into town and kicking the saloon door open like some morally conflicted anti-hero in a Spaghetti western comes the new Popeye’s chicken sandwich. A gloriously heavy, but perfectly crafted, fried chicken wonder that makes no bones about trying to steal the Jesus chicken’s thunder, right down to the two little pickles on the bun.

A war has began online, and people are taking sides.

Think pieces have been written about the chicken kings themselves and their own willingness to take up arms, while other chicken operators were noticed hiding in the woods, guerilla style.

As the war rages on, the Chicken Federalist Papers are being written.

Giving us these hallowed words:

Fried chicken is one of the world’s great culinary syntheses, found in cultures and kitchens on every patch of the planet: bird, flour, fat. American fried chicken, whose recipe was cultivated by enslaved Africans in the South, is, at its best, a food of transcendent deliciousness, an object of near holiness. There is almost certainly better fried chicken in the world than the version found at Popeyes, but only marginally so—and, in most of the forty-nine states where Popeyes locations can be found, it’s unlikely that whatever’s better is more convenient or reliable. If you were going to try to pass off another restaurant’s fried chicken as your own, and you had a Popeyes nearby—well, you could do a whole lot worse.

Does Chick-Fil-A stand a chance against this kind of poetry, even if it has impeccable service and heavenly waffle fries?

It’s anyone’s guess. But one thing’s for certain: lines have been drawn and Popeyes has reportedly been having trouble meeting the demands of its new-found fame atop the chicken coop. There are stories of people being turned away as chicken supplies have run low, and pickles being left off sandwiches because Popeyes may have been woefully unprepared for battle.

Because, as in any ideological war, people are the casualties.

But take heart, there is good news. Chick-Fil-A, in trying to retain their title to best chicken sandwich in the land, may have to begin opening on Sundays (it’s just a thought).

Sometimes war, for all its destruction, can bring about true healing. Particularly for those suffering a Sunday morning hangover.

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Politically Inept NFL Continues – Did Miami Dolphins Head Coach Troll His Own Player by Playing Jay-Z at Practice?

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Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the national anthem as others stand prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

As proof no one has learned a lesson about social commentary the NFL continues to step on political rakes.

Remember when we used to be able to watch football without having to choose sides before the kickoff even took place? For years now we have seen the NFL mired in the grips of social activism and the results of the divisiveness has been apparent for some time. In the past year or so there have been lurches made by league officials to subtly distance the league from the polarizing activities, yet these things continue to crop up.

Earlier Brandon Morse wrote on how Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was removed from a league Social Justice committee because he is a vocal and financial backer of President Trump. To say the intolerance for a political viewpoint seems to be at odds for the goals of a league social committee, a larger question unasked is why the league even has a “social justice committee”? It leads to the very contempt the league supposedly wants to avoid, and the result is the very disdain for particular mindsets we see on display.

But as the league has struggled the Miami Dolphins, in particular, have been especially inept on these kinds of matters. Even while the kneeling has fallen away throughout the league one player — Kenny Stills — has persisted with his anthem protests. Stills even goes so far as to lash out angrily at anyone who dares question his motives, and he has been an abrasive presence as a result. Just yesterday he had stern words for rapper Jay-Z.

The performer has partnered with the NFL over social activism, in a means to smooth over the controversies of the past few years. Stills was not overly impressed with the decision.

Now one day later, seemingly in response to these comments, word from the Dolphins’ training facility is that the head coach, Brian Flores, may have been doing some trolling by playing a series of Jay-Z songs during practice today.

So after all of this time, it appears that the politicization within the NFL continues, and it is to the point that divisions even within the teams may be taking place — all as a result of the league attempting to smooth over these very problems.

The NHL season opens on October 2, when the St. Louis Blues meet the Washington Capitals.

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