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NFL Announces Polarizing New Policy for the National Anthem

The NFL announced its plan to have its players on the field stand at attention for the national anthem in the 2018 season, which starts in three months. Players who don’t wish to participate in standing at attention the option of staying in the locker room. Those that do not comply will subject their team to fines. The league is polarized as many players support the protests that angered fans last year as advertisers dropped off and ratings fell. The league said it would contribute $100 million to social activist causes, hoping that bribe would end the division.

Cracks are starting to appear in the National Football League’s announced plan to have its players on the field stand at attention for the national anthem in the 2018 season, which starts in three months.

The Atlanta Falcons are the latest team to voice qualms about anthem procedure, which offers players who don’t wish to participate in standing at attention the option of staying in the locker room. Those that do not comply will subject their team to fines.

The national anthem issue is beginning to surface as teams gather for the pre-season organized team activities before training camp starts in July. Last year, anthem protests were a toxic subject that dominated the season, as players kneeling, sitting, and raising fists during the national anthem caused fan anger, sponsorship and advertiser fallout, and may have contributed to an overall decline in television ratings. Several meetings between players and owners failed to resolve the issue, although the league said it would contribute $100 million to social activist causes, hoping that bribe would end the division.

The league was hoping to avoid repeating the polarizing demonstration this season by instituting its new anthem policy, which replaced the suggestion that players “should” stand with more formal instructions.

But the new rule’s reception has been decidedly mixed by players, with some already vowing not to change their protests. The NFL decision was, however, well-received by President Donald Trump, who had condemned anthem-kneelers.

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US Sailor Who Went to Jail for Exposing Classified Info Sues Obama and Comey for Giving Hillary a Free Pass

Former US Navy sailor Kristian Saucier served a year in prison for taking six pictures in classified areas of a nuclear submarine and was pardoned in March by President Trump. He is now suing Barack Obama, Jim Comey and the Department of Justice for jailing him, while giving Hillary Clinton a free pass by avoiding prosecution for mishandling classified information on her infamous private email server.

In March, President Donald Trump pardoned former U.S. Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who served a one-year prison stint for taking six pictures of “classified areas inside a nuclear submarine,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Trump previously said he believed the one year sentence being served by Saucier was harsh.

In an interview with ‘Varney and Co.’ last year, the former sailor blasted the double standard surrounding his case relative to Hillary Clinton mishandling classified information.

After his pardon, Kristian Saucier spoke with Fox & Friends in an exclusive interview about the moment he found out he was pardoned.

The ex-Navy Sailor also unleashed on Crooked Hillary and Obama’s corrupt DOJ.

Saucier said a prosecutor and a couple of FBI agents destroyed his life for no reason. “It was a clear attempt by the Department of Justice under President Obama to use me as a scapegoat to take the heat off of Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information,” Saucier said.

Now this…
Kristian Saucier is suing Barack Obama and Jim Comey for jailing him but allowing Crooked Hillary to walk.

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Parkland Student Gun Control Activists Launch 75-Stop Summer Tour

Gun control activist David Hogg is planning a summer tour with 75 stops across the country to register pro-gun voters and to push legislators to pass more gun control laws. Fellow Parkland student Emma Gonzalez said the message to politicians is, “If you don’t support this, … it’ll look like you’re going against kids.”

Parkland student gun control activists are undertaking a 60-day summer tour that includes 75 stops.

The goal of tour is register new pro-gun control voters and to push legislators to pass more gun control laws.

Axios reports the “tour launches Friday, June 15, at a Peace March in Chicago, led by students from St. Sabina Academy.” Parkland student activist Emma Gonzalez will be part of the tour. She said the message to politicians is, “If you don’t support this, … it’ll look like you’re going against kids.”

Activist David Hogg will also be on the tour. He said he is pleasantly surprised by the reactions he has received in his travels. He said, “There’s a lot more love than hate out there.”

Hogg’s gun control book is set to be released on June 5th. He recently drew the ire of Army Ranger and Benghazi survivor Kris Paronto, when he tried to blame school shootings on private gun ownership.

Hogg tweeted:

Remeber a time when there wasn’t a school shooting every week? I don’t because I wasn’t alive.

Paronto responded to Hogg, tweeting:

I remember, it was before your generation started shooting up the schools David, even though we still had guns. Thank you for confirming..again…that it’s not the gun, it’s person, and in particular you & your peers millennial culture. @davidhogg111

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Baker Who Refused to Make a Gay Wedding Cake – But The Issue Still Is Not Settled

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple. Phillips contended that his religious liberty was violated in 2012 by a state civil rights commission that was hostile to him. The justices agreed that the commission was hostile to him evidenced by the fact that, during the same time period, it allowed other bakers to refuse to make cakes that demeaned gays and same-sex marriages, so it clearly was a double standard. The court ruling was made on the basis of unequal treatment by the civil-rights commission, not on whether or not the state has the right to force someone to labor for another person if they choose not to do so. Based on the narrow wording of the court decision, it is likely that the next time there is a challenge of this kind, freedom-of-choice will not be defended. -GEG

A divided Supreme Court on Monday absolved a Colorado baker of discrimination for refusing to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple, ruling that the state exhibited “religious hostility” against him.

The 7-2 verdict criticized the state’s treatment of Jack Phillips’ religious objections to gay marriage in 2012, several years before the practice was legalized nationwide. The justices ruled that a state civil rights commission was hostile to him while allowing other bakers to refuse to create cakes that demeaned gays and same-sex marriages.

As a result, the long-awaited decision did not resolve whether other opponents of same-sex marriage, including bakers, florists, photographers and videographers, can refuse commercial wedding services to gay couples. In fact, the court on Monday scheduled a similar case involving a Washington State florist for consideration at their private conference Thursday.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the court’s decision against the same-sex couple, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, departing from his long history of opinions in favor of gay rights dating back a generation. Included among them was the court’s 2015 decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

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Kennedy acknowledged that business owners generally cannot deny equal access to goods and services under a neutral public accommodations law. Otherwise, he said, “a long list of persons who provide goods and services for marriages and weddings might refuse to do so for gay persons, thus resulting in a community-wide stigma inconsistent with the history and dynamics of civil rights laws.”

“The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts,” Kennedy said. “These disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market.”

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor cast the lone dissents. Fellow liberal Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan voted with the majority.

“Phillips would not sell to Craig and Mullins, for no reason other than their sexual orientation, a cake of the kind he regularly sold to others,” Ginsburg said.

Phillips claimed victory, but it was unclear if the court’s ruling would permit him to refuse future gay or lesbian customers seeking wedding cakes.

“The Supreme Court affirmed that the government must respect my religious beliefs about marriage,” he wrote for USA TODAY. “It welcomed me back from the outskirts,  where the state had pushed me.”

Kennedy reasoned that Phillips, in refusing to create a same-sex wedding cake, had good reason to believe he was within his rights. State law at the time allowed merchants some latitude to decline specific messages, such as those demeaning gay people and gay marriages.

The government cannot impose regulations hostile to citizens’ religious beliefs, the ruling said. But it was limited to Colorado’s treatment of Phillips.

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Google Lists “Nazi” in GOP Search Results and Twitter Censors Drudge

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has admonished Google and Twitter over anti-conservative censorship and called for a new search engine that doesn’t censor conservatives. Last week Google was called out after a search result showed the word “Nazism” under the California Republican Party’s ideology – while a search result for North Carolina GOP state senator Trudy Wade included a picture with the word “BIGOT” plastered across the bottom. Nunes also criticized Twitter for censoring the Drudge Report. -GEG

Speaking with Fox News on Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has admonished Google and Twitter over anti-conservative censorship, saying they “should be reined in” and calling for a new search engine that doesn’t censor conservatives.

Last week Google was called out after a search result showed the word “Nazism” under the California Republican Party’s ideology – while a search result for North Carolina GOP state senator Trudy Wade included a picture with the word “BIGOT” plastered across the bottom.

 

Google explained the errors as “vandalism” – and that the search results are automatically populated by third-party sites across the internet.

“We have systems in place that catch vandalism before it impacts search results, but occasionally errors get through, and that’s what happened here,” Google said in a statement. “This would have been fixed systematically once we processed the removal from Wikipedia, but when we noticed the vandalism we worked quickly to accelerate this process to remove the erroneous information.”

Meanwhile, Nunes has long criticized Twitter for censoring the Drudge report.

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