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Justice Thomas finally gets spot in D.C. black history museum

 

(WASHINGTON TIMES) — After not appearing in the museum for most of its inaugural year, Clarence Thomas now has a spot in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Linda St. Thomas, chief spokesperson for the Smithsonian Institution, said the museum installed an exhibition case called “The Supreme Court” honoring both black justices who have sat upon the nation’s highest court.

“There is a label for Thurgood Marshall and one for Clarence Thomas, the two African Americans who have served on the Supreme Court,” Ms. St. Thomas said.

The label for Justice Thomas reads, “Clarence Thomas: From Seminary School to Supreme Court Bench.” The exhibition includes his photo and an image of Jet magazine that he appeared on the cover of in 1991.

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Mr. Trump goes to Bama

With all eyes on the Senate runoff between Sen. Luther Strange and challenger Roy Moore, it seems as though Alabama is the center of the political universe this week. That’s thanks in part to President Donald Trump’s visit to the Heart of Dixie on Friday to tout Strange as the administration-approved contender. It isn’t clear whether Trump’s endorsement will put Strange over the top– and it’s less clear whether the president even knows that much about the race he’s attempting to influence.

Did anything interesting happen at Trump’s rally in Huntsville Friday? Not really.

Unless you’ve somehow managed to avoid a newspaper or television since the president’s Alabama speech, you already know that Trump criticized the NFL for players kneeling during the national anthem.

Like I said, nothing interesting happened there.

And why should the president have said anything interesting? He isn’t even really well-informed on the candidates running in the state’s Senate primary runoff. So why not jabber about the NFL and players taking a knee, way down in SEC country, in a state that doesn’t have a professional football team?

You see what I’m getting at here?

Trump doesn’t know Alabama. So how could he possibly know which candidate in the Senate race is most likely to take Alabama values to Washington?

Perhaps the better question would be to ask why the hell a New York playboy-turned-president would want Alabama values in Washington– that’s where you get an answer that at least makes sense: He doesn’t.

Trump’s been co-opted by the Republican establishment to ensure that Strange– a GOP yes-man– becomes the state’s next senator. And the whole thing would probably be pretty normal politics if it weren’t such a… swampy… situation.

Strange, after all, is Alabama’s former Attorney General, appointed to the Senate seat by a governor he was supposed to investigate amid an extremely embarrassing sex scandal. The scandal– which earned former Gov. Robert Bentley the name LuvGuv– didn’t sit well with Alabama’s conservative voters, nor did the AG’s promotion amid the investigation. It was all very strange.

Despite having to declare support for Strange to get a ticket to the Huntsville rally I attended Friday, it’s probably safe to assume the headliner brought plenty of people who aren’t planning to head out in support of the incumbent senator on Tuesday.

“I haven’t really been following the race that closely,” one woman told me. “I  just came out to see President Trump.”

Asked whether she planned to vote for Strange, she assured me that she would… if she left work in time and wasn’t too tired.

Was I surprised? Not even a little bit. This is a special election.

But what remains surprising is that Trump was so easily convinced to throw in for Strange in the contest, especially considering that he admitted outright Monday to knowing little about Moore ahead of his endorsement.

“Luther Strange is going to be a great Senator,” Trump said on the state’s popular Rick and Bubba radio show during a call-in interview. “He loves Alabama, he loves the state and he loves the country. He will absolutely win against the Democrat. Ray will have a hard time. If Luther wins, the Democrats will hardly fight. If Ray wins (Democrats) will pour in $30 million.”

It’s “not a good sign” that Trump couldn’t even get (Roy) Moore’s first name correct, host Rick Burgess said as he corrected the president.

“I don’t know that much about Roy Moore,” Trump said. “Roy Moore is going to have a very hard time getting elected against the Democrat. Against Luther, they won’t even fight.”

We know you don’t know much about Moore, Mr. President. That’s why Alabama conservatives, myself included, have been trying to set you straight since you endorsed the swamp-approved candidate against a battle tested conservative.

Still, it doesn’t much matter. As I said, it’s a special election– and it’s going down in a state where the only thing harder than getting folks to show up to vote for Strange is going to be getting them to turn out to vote against Moore, a guy who lost his job twice for refusing to back off conservative positions.

Here’s a piece that could help Trump learn a thing or two about Moore: Somewhere in Alabama, Donald Trump took a wrong turn on conservatism

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Busted! NFL rules require anti-anthem players to appear on field

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Who would have thought the National Football League – those teams with big guys who chase a little ball all over the gridiron – would get caught up in a fight over the First Amendment’s free-speech protections?

But it has, in an explosive way.

With the one-sided display over the weekend demonstrating that some speech is praiseworthy, laudable and to be honored. While, in contradiction to the First Amendment, other speech is not.

Specifically, speech that disrespects the U.S. flag or the national anthem is supported, while statements honoring the flag are not.

It all started a year ago with now-sidelined quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before a preseason game. He explained in the wake of high-profile police shootings, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Kaepernick has remained unsigned through the 2017 season, but his campaign lives on, with some 200 NFL players Sunday following his lead, mostly in response to criticism by President Trump. Some kneeled for the anthem, some stayed in the locker room and a few raised fists.

Related story: NFL anthem superstar pulled wounded U.S. soldiers from Taliban fire

USA Today reported Monday the NFL has decided that players from the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers would not be punished for violating a league rule that requires players to be present on the sidelines during the playing of the national anthem.

League spokesman Joe Lockhart confirmed, “There will be no discipline handed down this week for anyone who was not there.”

He said the “real effort here is to make progress in the community on issues of inequality, and to not get distracted by political attacks or things that don’t help us make progress.”

The NFL’s operations manual, which, unlike its rule book, is not available to the public, states:

“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

The NFL declined to respond to multiple WND inquiries on the issue.

Grabien.com noted that while NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “infamously waged a years-long, multi-million-dollar battle with the New England Patriots trying to prove that the balls used in the 2014 AFC championship between the Pats and the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated,” he’s taking a “decidedly less fastidious approach to the rules governing the national anthem.”

Instead of applying the rules, the report said, “Goodell is focusing his anger at President Trump, who said in a speech Friday that the NFL team owners should require their players to stand during the anthem.”

The report noted that a year ago, the league prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmets honoring the five police officers killed by a black man who said he had set out to kill as many white officers as he could.

And the league stopped Titans linebacker Avery Williamson from honoring 9/11 victims by wearing cleats that read “9-11/01” and “Never Forget.”

The NFL fined Robert Griffin III $10,000 for wearing a shirt during a press conference that said “Operation Patience.” The shirt was made by Reebok and the league contract is with Nike.

Griffin also ran into trouble wearing a shirt that said “Know Jesus, Know Peace,” the report said.

The NFL has banned players from wearing Beats headphones on the field, which would violate the league’s deal with Bose.

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‘Respectful of our football team’

Demonstrations supporting the national anthem were not equally respected by the NFL. The Free Beacon reported Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wanted his entire team to stage a protest.

Tomlin was upset when offensive tackle – and former Army Ranger – Alejandro Villanueva, exited the locker room and stood alone on the Steelers’ sideline to pay tribute to his country. The veteran was awarded a Bronze Star and served three tours in Afghanistan.

Tomlin said: “Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team.”

Nationally syndicated talk-radio host Mark Levin previously fumed over the NFL’s censorship of the Dallas team’s initiative to honor fallen police officers.

“Let me tell you why the NFL won’t do this. Anyone have a guess? I have a big guess: Because they don’t want any trouble from the leftists, from the Black Lives Matter crowd. I know exactly what’s going on here. Like Hillary Clinton doesn’t seek the endorsement from the cops union. Of course not. The Democrat Party’s gone. And the NFL top brass, like the NBA top brass, like baseball top brass, all liberal Democrats,” he said at the time

WND reported when an NFL player posted an image on Instagram of a man in black slitting a police officer’s throat.

Under an image showing blood spilling from the officer’s neck, Cleveland Browns player Isaiah Crowell wrote, “Mood: They give polices [sic] all types of weapons and they continuously choose to kill us … #Weak.”

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WCBS-TV noted that the man in black resembled ISIS terrorist Jihadi John, who is known for appearing in videos in which he is shown beheading American and British victims. According to Cleveland.com, Crowell posted the image after Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were shot and killed by police officers.

The Browns said the comments were “disturbing and unacceptable.”

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said Monday that for the first time in 45 years, he made “an active decision not to watch” NFL games on Sunday, including his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“It was not a decision made in anger. It was genuine sadness,” he said. “I realized that I can no longer look at this game and watch this game and study this game and pretend, you know, fantasize, everything a fan does. This whole thing has removed for me the ingredients that are in the recipe that make up a fan.

“The mystique is gone. That actually started vanishing a while ago. The larger-than-life aspect of it is gone. The belief, the wish, the desire that the people in the game were the best and brightest and special, and that’s why they were there, that’s gone. And it’s been politicized. It has been politicized and corrupted, and it didn’t start this weekend. It started years ago. And if I wanted to, I could go back and get the transcripts from a few years ago on this program where I first sensed that this was happening and was going to happen.”

He warned that such politically charged demonstrations are not going to make the NFL more popular.

“You just cannot have a business as large as the National Football League – which is as dependent on public dollars as it is. You simply cannot have a business that allows itself to be used to promote ‘social justice’ when that promotion of social justice requires displays of anti-Americanism, however you want to define it,” he said.

“There is no way that business is going to grow and prosper. No matter how correct the protest might be, no matter how justified it might be, that is not the place for it. It is not why people spend money watching it, patronizing it, purchasing anything to do with it. And that makes me sad. I don’t want the NFL to go away. I don’t want the NFL to become less than what it was. But it already is. You can’t watch the NFL anymore and just watch football.”

The financial impact already has been seen. CBS in Denver reported the Phil Long dealership asked CBS4 and other stations to stop airing their ads with Broncos linebacker Von Miller, shortly after he took part in the protest.

A spokesman said in the report Miller “has not been fired, but instead they are changing some advertising.”

And according to Cleveland.com, ratings for NBC’s broadcast of “Sunday Night Football” were down again.

The game between the Raiders and Redskins pulled in a 11.6 overnight rating. That number represents the low mark for the telecast during the three-week-old season and is down 9 percent over last week and 11 percent from last year, the report said.

Even before Sunday, there were reports of a decline in viewership and attendance.

Tickets for the most recent Thursday night game were available on secondary markets for just $14, about the price of a beer and hot dog inside the stadium.

Twitter posts pointed out the nearly empty stadium only a few minutes before the game, facetiously stating “sellout looks imminent.”

The previous weekend the Los Angeles Rams drew 56,612 and the Los Angeles Chargers 25,381. The combined total was less than the USC-Texas college game the day before, 84,714.

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MSM: Trump and the National Anthem are both relics of white supremacy

Detroit Free Press editorial page director Stephen Henderson said Sunday that there isn’t any question that the President of the United States and the National Anthem both represent white supremacy. 

Henderson made the remark Sunday during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” as panel members discussed the president’s statements in Alabama Friday criticizing NFL players for taking a knee during the National Anthem.

Henderson said: “There is a pattern. I think it’s pretty clear, the annoyance on the part of a lot of African-Americans and people who want more racial justice is the apologists that continue to argue about whether this is a president who supports organizations of white supremacy.

“Let’s look at what  he said on Friday night in Alabama and how enthusiastically how he said it, that these people should be fired. Contrast that with what he said after he saw a bunch of white men with torches march Charlottesville. There are lots of fine people among those marchers, he said. Then put it into the policy context. This is a president whose attorney general has said, you know, we’re going to back off these consent agreements with police departments who are causing the very problem that people like Colin Kaepernick is protesting. You know, how can we continue to have an argument about whether this is a president who is pushing the idea of white supremacy?”

National Review’s Rich Lowry challenged the point, noting that Trump isn’t “randomly attacking these players. ”

“He is attacking them because they’re kneeling during the national anthem. And the national anthem is not a white supremacist symbol,” Lowry added.

Lowry was cut off by Henderson, who declared the National Anthem racist.

You think the national anthem is racist? ” asked Lowry. 

Henderson replied: “I think this is a country whose history is racist, whose history is steeped in white supremacy– and the anthem reflects that in its very words … verses we don’t sing anymore.”

And that’s the most important part of this whole stupid argument over the National Anthem… verses we don’t sing anymore.

You know what is happening right now? A murder epidemic in the nation’s inner cities.

Here’s one particularly disturbing report from Chicago’s Sun Times over the weekend:

Three men were shot to death and at least 36 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning, marking a violent first weekend of the fall season.

After the latest spate of gun violence, 473 people have been shot dead in the city since the start of the year, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Friday marked the end of a violent summer season that left 184 people killed in city gun violence from June 21 to Sept. 21. The city has recorded at least 508 homicides so far in 2017.

That’s a lot of dead minorities.

So perhaps the most important conversation the nation ought to have isn’t about whether the nation has a racist past (it does), but about how we can reverse a bloody present and future for the disadvantaged people living in its poorest (and most heavily Democrat controlled) neighborhoods. None of those 508 dead people in Chicago would have been saved if the nation scrapped the National Anthem altogether. Though, some of them may have been saved if we’d scrapped the predatory political machines running their neighborhoods into the ground for so long.

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NFL anthem superstar pulled wounded U.S. soldiers from Taliban fire

Former U.S. Army Ranger officer Alejandro Villanueva, player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, refused to sit out the national anthem with his team on Sept. 24 (Photo: NFL screenshot posted to Twitter)

Former U.S. Army Ranger officer Alejandro Villanueva, player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, refused to sit out the national anthem with his team on Sept. 24 (Photo: NFL screenshot posted to Twitter)

Former U.S. Army Ranger officer Alejandro Villanueva – the Pittsburgh Steelers player who is being hailed as a hero after he defied his whole team Sunday and stood for the national anthem – actually earned his true hero status three years before he played professional football.

Villanueva earned a Bronze Star with valor after he reportedly pulled three wounded U.S. soldiers out of the line of Taliban fire in 2011.

During a 2014 interview with ESPN, Villanueva recalled the Aug. 25, 2011, incident in Afghanistan when he was a lieutenant, 23-year-old Army football player and rifle platoon leader of the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

Alejandro Villanueva, the U.S. Army Ranger who was signed by the NFL following three tours of duty in Afghanistan

Alejandro Villanueva, the U.S. Army Ranger who was signed by the NFL following three tours of duty in Afghanistan

Several Taliban insurgents were embedded in Kandahar village when Villanueva’s Army Ranger’s unit came on the scene. But when the U.S. troops arrived, the Taliban were nowhere to be seen. So they began questioning an Afghan elder about the terrorists’ whereabouts.

ESPN described that fateful day:

“As the elder began to explain, Villanueva and his troops were ambushed by as many as eight Taliban militants in a spray of bullets.”

Spc. Martin Piggott was shot in the kneecap. Sgt. Roy Dutton was shot in the back of the leg. Army Pvt. 1st Class Jesse Dietrich was shot near the armpit. Under heavy fire, Villanueva pulled the wounded Dietrich down an alley and into a second mosque, where a medic took over. Villanueva returned to fight, but when he came back to check on the injured soldiers, the medic told him they needed to move the wounded to a safer location. Carrying Piggott on his shoulders, Villanueva took the three to a nearby school, where they waited for a helicopter that would transport the wounded to the city of Kandahar.

“Help me, sir,” Dietrich cried to Villanueva.

“He was pretty scared,” Villanueva said. “He kept asking for help.”

By the time Villanueva lifted Dietrich onto the helicopter, his eyes were purple. He died a short time later.

“As the platoon leader, I feel responsible for everything my platoon does or fails to do,” Villanueva said. “I failed to keep Jesse Dietrich safe, and you know, it was just tough. … I keep thinking of other ways I would have done it, but it was a very tough mission and the enemy beat us that day. It was just a really bad night.”

Villanueva, who told ESPN he isn’t proud about his medal because Dietrich didn’t survive, served two more tours in Afghanistan. He also played four seasons at West Point.

Villanueva's jerseys are now selling faster than those of any other player in the NFL

Villanueva’s jerseys are now selling faster than those of any other player in the NFL

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The offensive tackle began his NFL career in 2014, when he signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Villanueva signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in July.

As WND reported, the Steelers remained in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem.

Perhaps it’s because he is painfully aware of the true cost of freedom. But Villanueva, who served heroically under the nation’s flag, simply couldn’t sit the anthem out. Not after his combat brothers gave everything they had in service to their country.

Villanueva defied his entire team. While he has said in the past that he sympathizes with player frustration over racial concerns, he chose to stand at the head of the tunnel leading onto the field, his right hand proudly over his heart.

During a press conference after the game, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appeared to be upset with Villanueva’s decision to stand.

“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation,” Tomlin said after a reporter questioned him. “We were gonna be respectful of our football team.”

Alejandro Villanueva, the U.S. Army Ranger who was signed by the NFL following three tours of duty in Afghanistan

Alejandro Villanueva, the U.S. Army Ranger who was signed by the NFL following three tours of duty in Afghanistan

Over night, Villanueva, who hasn’t spoken publicly since the game, became an American sensation – and the best-selling player in the NFL.

“[O]ver the past 24 hours, more Villanueva gear, including jerseys and name and number T-shirts, has been ordered than that of any other NFL player,” ESPN reported Monday. “Villanueva beat out New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the top spot. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rounded out the top five over the past day.”

Want to get your hands on a Villanueva jersey? You’d better move fast, before they sell out.

Now Twitter is exploding with support for Villanueva, and even Americans who aren’t football fans are singing his praises. The following are just some of the tweets praising his decision to stand proudly for the national anthem:

  • “Compare: Villanueva carried a wounded man who ultimately died in his arms through enemy fire. Tomlin hid his team in a locker room.” – A Statement of Fact
  • “I have so much respect for Villanueva for standing up despite his peers/teammates pressure. Thank you for your service to our nation, sir!” – Madison Gesiotto
  • “Shame on you @CoachTomlin, so now we put down those who have made it possible for all of us to enjoy America’s freedoms.Villanueva is a hero.” –YCG
  • “Shame on the Pittsburgh @Steelers for cowering in the locker room. God bless former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva for standing … alone.” – Pete Hegseth
  • “Well Coach, Villanueva chose his country, his fellow Rangers, his flag, and his honor over cheap pro sports activism.” – Buck Sexton
  • “Don’t understand the callous nature of men who would allow a Veteran teammate to stand alone in the crowd. ” – MTT
  • “That Alejandro Villanueva, a patriot, had to stand alone for the national anthem is an everlasting stain on one of the US’ great franchises.” – Benjamin Weingarten
  • “Alejandro Villanueva displays more Patriotism in 2 minutes than most Congress members show in their entire careers.” – Robert Dumaine
  • “Alejandro Villanueva gained something much greater than a Super Bowl ring … the respect of the American people!” – Marianne Fanning
  • “My suggestion to America. Make Alejandro Villanueva’s jersey the top seller of 2017. ” – Griffin Perry

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N. Korean official says Trump ‘declared war’

(WASHINGTON TIMES) A top North Korean official said Monday that President Trump has “declared war on our country,” and warned that Pyongyang could shoot down any U.S. warplanes flying nearby.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho said his country considers Mr. Trump’s comment last week that North Korea’s leaders “wouldn’t be around much longer” as an act of war.

“At last, he declared a war on our country,” Mr. Ri told reporters in New York City. “Even the fact that this comes from someone who is currently holding the seat of the United States presidency, this is clearly a declaration of war.”

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Senate Republicans release new version of Obamacare repeal

(WASHINGTON TIMES) Senate Republicans revised their last-ditch Obamacare Monday in an 11-hour bid to win over key holdouts, after prospects of passing a repeal bill dimmed significantly over the weekend.

An analysis released by Sen. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana Republican and lead sponsor, said bill writers turned the dials enough to give states such as Alaska and Maine an overall boost in funding through 2026, after independent analyses suggested those states would lose out under the initial bill.

It’s unclear if independent analysts will agree with the data calculated by the Health and Human Services Department.

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