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NFL Star Gets Fined for His ‘Man of God’ Headband, Takes the Opportunity to Raise Thousands for Charity and ‘Glorify God’

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During his September 22nd game against the Seattle Seahawks, NFL star Demario Davis donned a headband boasting the words “Man of God.”

The NFL wasn’t enthused, as they prohibit players from wearing “personal messages” on their uniforms.

Therefore, the National Football League fined him $7,000.

Demario took the opportunity to start selling the headbands — including a “Woman of God” version — for $25 a piece. 100% of proceeds went to the St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, where his mom used to work.

The initiative brought in more than $30K.

As reported by ESPN, the New Orleans Saints linebacker effervesced, “We’ve been able to turn it into a positive and use it to raise funds for a hospital that’s trying to rebuild this emergency room. And just to have the support of the community — and pretty much nationwide — it’s been amazing.”

On Tuesday, Demario received even more great news: In response to his appeal, the NFL had rescinded the fine.

In part, he posted the following to Instagram, along with a photo of kids from the St. Louis King of France Catholic School wearing Saints and “Child of God” headbands:

“Look at all these beautiful children of God!

“Always glory above so I’m taking every penny of that original $7,017 fine and donating it to @stdomhospital anyways. So far, we’ve raised over $30,000 for them from the headbands!! That means yall helped me turn a $7,000 negative into an almost $40,000 positive benefiting people who truly need it!!! Do y’all see how that worked?? Let’s gooooo. That’s crazy! Ya’ll are a part of this journey too!! I can’t thank ya’ll enough either. We on a mission over here obstacles are meant to be conquered!! I’m truly blessed as anybody.”

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WOWWW look at this!! So my agent just told me that I won my appeal and won't have to pay the headband fine!! Then I see that St. Louis King France came together today to support the movement! Won’t he do it! Look at all these beautiful children of God! Always glory above so I’m taking every penny of that original $7,017 fine and donating it to @stdomhospital anyways. So far, we’ve raised over $30,000 for them from the headbands!! That means yall helped me turn a $7,000 negative into an almost $40,000 positive benefiting people who truly need it!!! Do y’all see how that worked?? Let’s gooooo. That’s crazy! Ya’ll are a part of this journey too!! I can’t thank ya’ll enough either. We on a mission over here obstacles are meant to be conquered!! I’m truly blessed as anybody. We’re restocked on the site with more #ManOfGod and #WomanOfGod color options and have added #ChildOfGod. If you haven’t purchased yours yet or didn't get the color you wanted, donations will continue to go to @stdomhospital so now is the time to stock up! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! #ManOfGod #WomanOfGod #ChildOfGod #WhoDat #TheSaintsAreTheBestTeam Get your headband at: bit.ly/56manofgod (link in bio)

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To press Wednesday, he called the school’s support “unbelievable,” and he said he was trying to figure out a way “to show [his] gratitude.”

And whether he wears a headband or not, he has a clear mission:

“No matter the case, whether I’m wearing a headband, or whether I’m not wearing a headband, whether I’m talking about a headband, I’m not talking about a headband, I’m always using my platform to glorify God. And that’s never going to change. Because I believe He’s the one who gave me this platform for that purpose to make His name known. So I’ll always be about that.”

Demario gave God the credit and noted only He could bring about such a blessing:

“[G]od can get glory from the situation whether I wear the headband or not. And so, it seems like He’s gotten more glory from me not wearing the headband than He’s gotten from me wearing it. And so only He can do something to make it that big like that and move in the hearts of people. And so I just give the credit to Him.”

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New Yorkers, Get Ready for Congresswoman Chelsea Clinton

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On Thursday, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), who is 82, announced her retirement. In a statement, she said:

After 31 years in the United States Congress, representing the people of Westchester, Rockland, Queens and the Bronx, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2020.

It is my deep honor and privilege to serve my community and my country, and I will always be grateful to the people who have entrusted me to represent them. I am proud of the help my office has provided to thousands of constituents on matters ranging from health insurance and veterans’ benefits to Social Security and student loans.

Take heart, New Yorkers. Though Chelsea Clinton actually lives in Manhattan, the New York Post reported last fall that her loving parents had the foresight to purchase the house next door to theirs in Chappaqua for Chelsea and her family. All Chelsea has to do is to declare that house as her legal residence, and presto, she’s qualified to represent the district in Congress. Kind of like how her mother bought a house in the state so she could run for the Senate in 2000.

In November, the Post reported that Chelsea was considering a run for public office. The Clintons have apparently been waiting for this very opportunity. Though I’m sure Chelsea would have preferred to make her political debut in the Senate, opportunity has knocked and she will likely answer.

I wonder if Lowey was truly ready to retire or if she needed a little persuading. You know how good the Clintons are at that kind of thing.

If Chelsea serves a term or two in the House, then a term in the Senate, she could be ready for the presidency by 2028 or certainly by 2032. Oh, what fun!

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Biden Campaign Has a Hissy Fit as Even the Left Wing Media (Except CNN) Can No Longer Ignore the Corruption

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In a way you have to feel sorry for Joe Biden. In best Politburo fashion, which is the only way the Democrat Party works, he has served in the fields and worked his way to the top of the hierarchy. Like a good soldier, he accepted his orders and stood aside in 2016, despite being a much stronger candidate, for the “historic” candidacy of a corrupt, unlikable and unaccomplished (unless we want to call being married to Bill Clinton an accomplishment) tour director for Fort Marcy Park (just joking, you leftwing goobers, lighten up), Hillary Clinton.

Now, in this last chance to grasp the brass ring of the presidency, QuidProJoe finds himself enveloped in a miasma of outright corruption and very corrupt looking activities which also largely involve his coke-snorting, philandering son, Hunter Biden. Ordinarily, we can expect the leftwing media to run interference for Democrat candidates on just about everything, see, for instance, how the media covered manifest and blatant corruption that characterized the Clinton Foundation. So one can excuse Biden for being butthurt when the New York Times ran this op-ed yesterday: What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal — And That’s the Problem

In December 2013, Joe and Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China; less than two weeks after the trip, Hunter’s firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, which he founded with two other businessmen in June 2013, finalized a deal to open a fund, BHR Partners, whose largest shareholder is the government-run Bank of China, even though he had scant background in private equity. (Representatives of the fund claim that the timing of the deal and the Bidens’ trip to China was coincidental.) Thus far, the firm has invested about $2.1 billion, according to its website.

In trying to disprove a link between the father’s powerful position and the son’s surprising success, Hunter Biden’s lawyers claim he did not take an equity stake in BHR Partners until after Joe Biden left office. Hunter, whose company, according to its financial records, held an equity stake in the fund, took a board seat when it was founded, in December 2013. At the same time, his business partner, Devon Archer, was vice chairman.

With the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, Joe Biden became point person in Ukraine as well. That same year, Hunter Biden landed a board position with the Ukrainian energy giant Burisma Holdings. Despite having no background in energy or Ukraine, the vice president’s son was paid as much as $50,000 a month, according to financial records. (He left the board in early 2019.)

To say the Biden campaign went batsh** crazy is to indulge in massive understatement. 

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Tater appears to have had an orgasm reading it:

Biden campaign blasts NYT in letter to Dean Baquet

In a Wednesday evening letter addressed to Dean Baquet, the Biden campaign excoriated The New York Times for its recent coverage of Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and Ukraine. The letter was written by deputy campaign manager and comms director Kate Bedingfield. She expressed extreme displeasure with how The Times has covered the debunked notion Biden abused his office to benefit his son.

Bedingfield wrote that The Times, which published a widely panned story in May by reporter Ken Vogel and then-freelancer Iuliia Mendel, “had an outsized hand in the spread” of the “baseless conspiracy theory.”

In Bedingfield’s words, “What was especially troubling about the Times’s active participation in this smear campaign is that prior to its reporting on the subject by Ken Vogel, this conspiracy had been relegated to the likes of Breitbart, Russian propaganda, and another conspiracy theorist, regular Hannity guest John Solomon.”

Quick glossary:

  • “widely panned” means truthful but didn’t fit the Democrat narrative.
  • “debunked” means they can’t answer the charges so all they can do is claim they don’t exist.
  • “conspiracy theorist” is anyone who doesn’t agree with the Democrat narrative…like the people who claimed from the beginning that the Russia Hoax was…well…a hoax.

Biden is pulling the old coaching ploy of screaming at the ref on this play in hopes that he will get a better call on the next one. It won’t work. The corruption of Joe Biden’s influence peddling to assist and protect his son is simply too blatant and too easy to understand. More is going to trickle out and the New York Times will either have to take the lead in breaking those stories or begrudgingly following other outlets as they do. But the story is going to come out. The second reason that it won’t work is that when you have a newspaper that will hire a member of its editorial board who boasted about she hates men and white people, you should be bright enough to figure out that a septuagenarian, melanin-challenged, penis-possessing (making an assumption here, I have no personal or second hand knowledge that this is the case) candidate like Biden is not going to get treated all that well. The New York Times’s reporting staff is firmly in the bag for Elizabeth Warren and any story that hurts Biden helps her.

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James Comey Was Spying On Loretta Lynch

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch listens at left as FBI Director James Comey speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Seven hackers tied to the Iranian government were charged Thursday in a series of punishing cyberattacks on a small dam outside New York City and on dozens of banks _ intrusions that reached into American infrastructure and disrupted the financial system, U.S. law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

James Comey really had a thing for spying on people I guess. But don’t call it spying. Call it “human surveillance” so as not to offend the sensibilities of the media.

A new report has come out, based on a coming book by Pulitzer winning journalist James B. Stewart, in which it is revealed that former FBI Dir. Comey had a high level informant placed inside then Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s office.

This via The New York Post.

Lynch had made major career advances in the 1990s under President Bill Clinton — and her boss, President Barack Obama, plainly supported Hillary’s candidacy. Plus, Obama was also implicated in the scandal, since he’d exchanged multiple emails with Clinton at her non-government address — a fact they were all keeping from the public.

Stewart reports that Comey’s “highly placed informant” indicated that Lynch wouldn’t let the FBI investigation add to Clinton’s woes. An email reportedly from the head of the Democratic National Committee assured a civilian that “Lynch wouldn’t let the Clinton investigation get very far, suggesting that Lynch would protect Clinton,” Stewart writes.

There are two parts to this. One, the fact that Comey was running an informant against his own boss (the DOJ oversees the FBI) is pretty shocking. This guy apparently just had no boundaries at all. It’s like he was trying to be a the modern day J. Edgar Hoover but without the secret sex life.

The other, perhaps more newsworthy aspect of this is that Lynch was sandbagging the investigation to help Clinton. That’s been long suspected and multiple pieces of evidence have come out over the years pointing that direction. This may be the most direct accusation yet and it matches up exactly with what transpired. While Lynch claimed she was sitting on the sidelines, essentially recused without being recused, she knew the decision to not go after Hillary had already been passed down by her own DOJ. The game was rigged even while she was smiling for the cameras and claiming she’d do whatever the FBI wanted.

At this point, all these revelations are more intriguing that actionable. It’s not illegal for Comey to do what he did and Lynch is certainly not a sympathetic character herself. WHat it does show is just how underhanded these people were. Power was simply something to be abused and politics played a central role in many things they did.

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Congress Blasts the NBA for Kowtowing to China, As More Fans Are Ejected for Supporting Hong Kong

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With all the rancor in Washington, it’s nice to see issues where Democrats and Republicans seem to be able to come together and take a unified stand.

Both the left and the right came together to rip the NBA for pandering to China and stopping speech of Americans critical of China and/or supportive of Hong Kong protesters.

According to a draft of their letter obtained by CNN, the bipartisan group which included Reps. Tom Malinowksi, Mike Gallagher, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jim Banks, and Sens. Ben Sasse, Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton, and Ted Cruz blasted the NBA.

“It is outrageous that the Chinese Communist Party is using its economic power to suppress the speech of Americans inside the United States,” they said. “It is also outrageous that the NBA has caved to Chinese government demands for contrition.”

They noted such concession would only inspire China to further intimidate free speech.

The members continued, saying the NBA “should have anticipated the challenges of doing business in a country run by a repressive single party government—including by being prepared to stand in strong defense of the freedom of expression of its employees, players, and affiliates across the globe.”

The letter observed that the NBA is not silent when it came to speaking out on American “social justice” issues, noting “it is easy to defend freedom of speech when it costs you nothing, equivocating when profits are at stake is a betrayal of fundamental American values.

The members also pointed out, “You have more power to take a stand than most of the Chinese government’s targets” and they should stand for freedom because it’s those very rights that have afforded them their success.

They also set forth a list of things they’d like to see from the NBA.

But the NBA is already having more trouble. As Twitchy noted, more fans were tossed out at a Wizards game last night with the Guangzhou Loong-Lions after the fans chanted slogans, held up signs “Shame on the NBA,” “Free Speech is a universal value,” and “South Park was right,” and wore shirts reading “Free Hong Kong.”

Security confiscated a “Free Hong Kong” sign from protesters sporting the t-shirts as the national anthem was being played.

Jon Schweppe, @JonSchweppe, who is with the American Principles Project, was part of the group and took the videos.

The protesters also had a sign “Google Uyghurs” confiscated.

The Uyghurs are a group of Chinese Muslims who have been greatly persecuted by the Chinese government and locked up in concentration camps.

Fans were ejected for similar actions the night before at a Philadelphia 76ers game with the same Chinese team.

More such actions are being planned by fans.

The NBA needs to take the hint from Congress or they may find a more important market rejecting them than that of China, in addition to throwing American values under the bus.

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Joe Cunningham: Yes, We Identify With “Joker” and He Could Inspire More Villain Movies

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The weekend success of the Todd Phillips movie Joker has Warner Bros. and Hollywood thinking that more movies based on villains could be the way to go. In fact, it might just be the thing that saves Warner Bros. and DC’s otherwise disastrous run on comic book movies.

Other than the success of Wonder Woman and (to a much lesser extent) Aquaman, DC’s comic book movie universe just hasn’t been stellar. Joker proved that there is still cinematic interest in their properties, but a shared universe in the style of Marvel’s might not be the path for them.

Along with Phillips’ own talk of a possible sequel to the story of Arthur Fleck and his transformation into The Joker, a report popped up on Wednesday suggesting that a movie about another Batman villain, Two-Face, is being considered.

Two-Face has been on the big screen twice already – once by Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever and once by Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight – so it wouldn’t be an entirely new premise to see him in a movie. However, Two-Face and Batman are so woven together that any movie centered on him as the main character wouldn’t be as Batman-free as Joker was (and even then, a not-so-small part of Joker very much had to involve Batman in the form of young Bruce Wayne).

It would be possible, mind you, but you’d need to invent a reason for Batman to not be there, and you’d also have to make sure you’re not writing another Catwoman – arguably the worst comic book movie of all time.

What is interesting about all this, however, is that many of the villains in DC – especially Batman’s rogue’s gallery – are just as compelling as (if not more than) the heroes. What draws people to The Joker is the fact that he is Chaos personified. It isn’t just the insanity, but how it manifests. It’s a trainwreck we can’t look away from and becomes more horrifying as time goes on.

Two-Face is another example of this. He was a force for good until his face was disfigured and drew out  a split personality. He is constantly at war with himself over right and wrong, and leaves the final decision up to fate – all at the extreme end of choices we have to make every day.

Deadpool, though not quite a villain (yet certainly not a hero), is fascinating because he is a parody of the genre, yet not at the same time. Venom compelled us because we all recognize Spider-Man and see just how quickly those powers can shift from one end of the moral spectrum to the other.

Harley Quinn, featured in Suicide Squad and the upcoming Birds of Prey, is another example of the fascination we have with the dark side. She wasn’t even created in the comics, but was so popular in the ’90s animated Batman series that the comics quickly added her into their stories as well. People were drawn to the former psychiatrist drawn into the insane world of The Joker because we all know what it’s like to be close to the edge, and many of us know what it’s like to be drawn to the wrong crowd.

There is something very human, though admittedly very extreme in their flaws, about these villains, and the way their stories could be told on the big screen could draw us further into identifying with those flaws. It’s not worship of the violence or insanity, as many in the media have tried to explain the success of Joker by claiming, but rather an introspective look at ourselves and seeing ourselves in these flawed individuals and (sometimes) just how close we are to relating to their plight.

I would welcome more villains on-screen getting their stories told… though, given DC’s and the Warner Bros. studio’s records, we’re gonna have to make sure they are written by people who actually know comics.

 


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Nunes Reveals Multiple US Journalists May Have Been Monitored by Government, John Solomon Says He Has Info He May Have Been

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) dropped interesting information during an interview on “Hannity” on Wednesday night.

Nunes said that he was aware that the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who had been appointed under Barack Obama and who was relieved of her duties in May, made “strange” and “irregular” requests to monitor U.S. journalists while they were in Ukraine.

Yovanovitch was asked to appear before Congress as part of the Democratic efforts to find something to impeach President Donald Trump over on Ukraine. It’s not clear if she will testify given the administrations’s stance on the inquiry. Yovanovitch is still employed by the State Department.

From Fox News:

“What I’ve heard — and I want to be clear — there’s a difference. What I’ve heard is that there were strange requests, irregular requests to monitor not just one journalist, but multiple journalists,” Nunes told host Sean Hannity. “Now perhaps that was OK. Perhaps there was some reason for that — that it can be explained away. But that’s what we know and that’s what we’re going to be looking into.”

Hannity said multiple sources have told him they “believe there is evidence that government resources were used to monitor communications” of U.S. journalists and that Yovanovitch may have been involved. Nunes noted that if the State Department had conducted surveillance over press activity in the Ukraine, it may have been done properly.

Nunes said that they were inquiring of the State Department what this was all about and trying to get to the bottom of it.

Journalist John Solomon also appeared on “Hannity” and said he has received information from the intelligence community that his communications may have been monitored inappropriately. He said he’s still looking into it. It’s not clear if his information is related to the alleged requests from the Ambassador. Solomon has been doing a lot of coverage of Ukraine, particularly of the Biden/Burisma question. He is now working for Fox.

The Obama administration had a history of spying on the media including the AP and Fox News James Rosen.

From Washington Examiner:

In 2013, the Obama Justice Department labeled then-Fox News reporter James Rosen a “criminal co-conspirator” under the Espionage Act of 1917. And all because the reporter used a State Department contractor as a source for a story. Rosen was also labeled a “flight risk.”

The Justice Department seized the records of at least five phone lines connected to Fox News. The federal law enforcement agency even seized the phone records of Rosen’s parents. The FBI also got a warrant to search Rosen’s emails from 2010.

In May 2013, the Associated Press revealed that the Justice Department had secretly collected two months’ worth of personal and work-related phone calls made by AP reporters and editors.

Federal officials secretly obtained records on incoming and outgoing calls made by specific AP journalists, as well as general news staff, the news group reported, potentially compromising many sources totally unrelated to the investigation. Federal investigators even collected data on calls made by AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery.

And we didn’t talk about impeachment then?

Journalist Sharyl Attkisson, who says she too was monitored by the Obama administration, weighed in on these new reports.

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In Response to Blizzard Caving to China, Gamers Are Getting Back at the Company in an Ingenious Way

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The gaming community isn’t taking Blizzard’s continuous bowing to China well, and they’re right not to. An American company doing everything it can to appease a totalitarian government overseas isn’t something many customers can get behind.

It all started when one of their championship players made comments that put him in solidarity with the Hong Kong protesters. Blizzard responded by banning the player, taking all his prize money away, and even firing the two announcers who were interviewing him.

(READ: Blizzard Entertainment Suspends Player From Championships After He Voices Support For Hong Kong Protests)

This caused a massive backlash against the gaming company from its own fan base, but the gaming community has taken to getting even over getting angry.

A plan was hatched on Reddit’s subreddit r/HongKong to make the character Mei-Ling from the game Overwatch become a pro-Hong Kong protester by photoshopping and drawing the character in various ways that promote the protests. In this way, China would be forced to ban the game from the country, and possibly Blizzard itself.

Sure enough, many fans of the game and those in favor of the Hong Kong protesters got to work turning Mei into a “Free Hong Kong” symbol and the results have been amazing.

If this does catch on in a big way, then Blizzard may find themselves between a rock and a hard place. China’s iron grip on censorship within the country is quick with banning certain images and characters if they lend to the disrespect of the government or its leaders.

For instance, Winnie the Pooh is banned completely from Chinese media as many have compared Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Disney character in appearance.

South Park was also recently banned from China and all mention of the show wiped from its internet after the show criticized China’s censorship and American corporation’s willingness to be censored in order to stay in its markets.

(READ: South Park Doubles Down On Its Anti-China Stance For Its 300th Episode)

Gamers forcing the hand of Blizzard and China may result in some serious fallout for Blizzard, and if they succeed then the rest of the public will have a template by which to punish companies that cave to communist governments.

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Arbitration is a Better Approach to Stop Surprise Medical Billing

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Here is the problem: Many Americans who have health insurance to pay for expensive healthcare are doing the responsible thing.

They check to make sure the hospital or other medical facility that they want to use is “in network,” meaning that its costs are covered by insurance, by well-known co-pays, and by agreed-upon deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. They are following the rules of the game and they are getting unexpected and unjust “surprise” bills anyway.

This feels like cheating to them, and it is.

American patients are informed, after the fact, that while the facility they used was “in network,” somehow one or more of their providers was “out of network” and the patients were subject to unexpected higher charges the patients are unfairly required to pay.

This surprise medical billing has stung a lot of Americans. According to one study by Stanford University, nearly 40 percent of American patients say they’ve suffered from unexpected, out-of-network bills. That is not a small percentage. It simply shows that the current system is rigged against the patients and needs to be fixed.

One proposed solution for how to do that is called benchmarking. It is not a good idea. As we have explained here, benchmarking would give the federal government final authority to set and impose medical rates across the country. Washington, D.C. bureaucrats would be charged with determining rates for physicians across the country:

It would ignore the fact that the cost and level of difficulty for performing health care services and treatments varies greatly by region and facility. By setting artificially lower-than-market rates for these services, doctors would be short-changed for the invaluable services they provide. These losses would simply be passed on to our nation’s hospitals and emergency rooms — threatening the financial stability of rural health care facilities in particular.

As David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance explained and we reported here, benchmarking amounts to price controls and would reward the more politically connected, larger parts of the health care industry while hurting those parts of the industry without much clout. This would be a national healthcare nightmare.

If the choices were only the current surprise billing system or benchmarking, it almost might be worth sticking with the devil we know.

Fortunately, those aren’t the only two options. Indeed, the notion that the solutions are either benchmarking or throwing up our hands is a false dichotomy — where you say there are only two choices as a way of swaying people, when there are really other options that could be more appealing.

There is another solution to this problem, one that would force insurance companies and medical providers to haggle it out and not bill hapless patients for the insurance companies and medical providers refusal to come to terms. This approach has already been tried in New York and it worked well.

Linda Lacewell, superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services explained in the New York Daily News:

From its implementation in March of 2015 through the end of 2018, the Out of Network Law has saved New Yorkers more than $400 million in emergency services alone, reduced out-of-network billing in New York by 34%, and lowered in-network emergency physician payments by 9%.

That same basic approach has been drafted into a bill with bipartisan support called the Stopping the Outrageous Practice of Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2019. It would keep the government out of the price setting game and would instead force insurance companies and out-of-network doctors into binding arbitration to settle the bills and leave the poor patients be.

The two would try to work something out and only when there was an absolute failure to come to terms would an arbitrator impose a settlement, on a case by case basis. The uncertainty of what the arbitrator would do is a strong incentive for each side to settle and stop making this the patient’s problem.

The STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act is a better solution to the surprise medical billing.

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Babylon Bee Ties in NBA’s China Pandering With National Anthem Protests in a Hot Take We All Need Right Now

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As a writer, sometimes the struggle is real when it comes to choosing the right words to use to express the anger/frustration/and or outrage you feel over certain hot button issues.

It is in those times that I’ve often found that the satirists at the Babylon Bee will swoop and and save the day with the perfect take.

Such was the case this week with the controversy surrounding the NBA’s despicable China pandering in the aftermath of the Daryl Morey Hong Kong tweet controversy. As a result of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver acting stupidly, fans are getting kicked out of games now for expressing support for Hong Kong protesters. Journalists are being censored for asking questions to NBA teams about the issue.

The NBA has fancied itself for some time now as the “wokest” of all major sports leagues, in spite of the fact that their rules prevent players from doing what former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick and other players have done in the NFL by way of kneeling during the national anthem.

Players have gotten around the no-kneel rule by standing with their arms linked together, which is allowed under league rules. Many of them don’t even pay attention as the anthem is being played.

It is perhaps with that in mind that the Babylon Bee published their piece on the NBA’s “new” anthem “requirements” for players on Wednesday:

NEW YORK, NY—In an effort to salvage its relationship with China, the NBA is now requiring all players to stand for the Chinese national anthem at the beginning of every game.

The official song of the People’s Republic of China, “March of the Volunteers,” will be played at the start of all professional basketball games, whether at home or abroad.
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“We hope this gesture of goodwill will show China that we love them and there is no need for our multi-billion-dollar deal to fall through,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “March on, Mao!”

Brit Hume quipped that he had almost forgotten that the Bee was a satire site when reading the piece:

Indeed.

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