Year of the sports hero.

So many heroes.  So little time.

It all started when washed up quarterback, Colin Kaepernick bravely took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.  This act of courage was intended, says Kaepernick, to call attention to racial prejudice and inequality.  He heroically was able to do that even though he had to suffer through the morass of white privilege himself being adopted.  How does he do it?  But then he could help but to “just do it” when he inked a $10 million dollar Nike deal.  Because sometimes you just have to “sacrifice . . . even if it costs you everything.”

Then there’s Megan Rapinoe, the charming lesbo-fascist who led the US girl’s soccer team to victory.  How, you ask?  Well, she was able to kick a soccer ball through an opening the size of a two-car garage.  Her new found fame for this seismic ability, allowed her to bash the US President even though she was essentially an ambassador for the oppressive, racist, sexist, homophobic country from which she comes.  And in her crowning achievement, she courageously bashed her own parents as needing psychiatric care because they “watch Fox News.”  In addition to her hero status, she’s been nominated for a Lifetime Tolerance Trophy.  Way to go Rapinoe.

The most recent entrant to the Sports Hero Induction Team, Carolina Panthers’ Eric Reid.  Reid knelt in silent protest just before a 27-14 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills.   Reid’s a close friend of Kaepernick and told a friend, “if I could score $10 million like Colin and not have to go to practice, that be sweet.”  Reid took the occasion to lash out at rapper Jay-Z, “When has Jay-Z ever taken a knee to come out and tell us that we’re past kneeling? For him to get paid by the NFL . . . it’s asinine. He got paid to take the bullets that he’s taking now because we’re not having it.”  When it was pointed out to Reid that he also takes millions from the NFL, he responded, “Yeah, well, that’s different ’cause I took a knee.”  There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to rise above principle.  Reid demonstrates exactly the stuff that today’s sports heroes are full of, I mean made of.

Chinese protesters sign US Anthem, waive US flags.

Colin Kaepernick takes a knee.

Hong Kong’s citizens have begun waving American flags and singing the U.S. National Anthem amid ongoing protests against China’s control.  U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw posted a video of the singing citizens and said, “Hong Kong is a modern-day struggle between tyrannical rule and free democracy. Protesters stand bravely in the face of violence to combat China’s authoritarian regime. They remind us why we value our freedom in America, and should stand by their side as they fight for theirs.”

 

The protests have become a factor in the ongoing trade tussle between the US and the People’s Republic of Communist China.  Nearly 95% of all athletic shoes (like Nike) are imported into the US are manufactured in China.

In an interview with Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who was recently signed by Nike for $10,000,000, the player noted that tariffs and trade tensions were threatening his bank account.  Further noting, “Man, those dudes gotta cut that s*** out.  They be getting into my business.  I know I said ‘take a stand’ and all that, but the cops need to put that stuff down. Like now.”

Conor McGregor’s whiskey packs a punch. He hits like a girl.

Conor McGregor sucker-punched an elderly grey-haired man in a Dublin pub after the customer refused to do a shot of whiskey with him, footage of the incident revealed today.  The ex-UFC champion was caught on CCTV in the Marble Arch pub in the Irish capital on April 6 pouring shots of his Proper Twelve whiskey – a brand which he founded and owns – for those sitting at the bar.

But after one man twice rejected his offer, McGregor threw a vicious jab into his face which caught him on the cheek, leaving onlookers stunned.  Despite being punched by one of MMA’s most high-profile fighters, the man, thought to be in his 60s, remained on his stool.

McGregor has landed himself in trouble more than a few times of late for his outside the ring hissy fits.  A member of his entourage noted, “Listen, Conor knows his career is over and he’s taken it a wee bit hard.  He’s just looking for someone that he can still knock down.  We’ll probably need to go cross town to the grade school.

The unnamed gent who took the sucker-punch was sanguine about the whole affair, “I feel sorry for the lad.  His whiskey tastes like swill and he hits like a girl.  And that ain’t just the last pint talkin’ either.”

Psychic cop makes good guess.

Officials say a Florida woman who pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop and illegally possessed numerous other wild animals has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to four charges.

Florida prosecutors say a Charlotte County sheriff’s deputy stopped a pickup truck in May after it ran a stop sign. The driver, 22-year-old driver Michael Clemons, told the deputy he and his 25-year-old passenger, Ariel Machan-Le Quire, were collecting frogs and snakes under an overpass. He gave the deputy permission to search bags in the truck.

When the deputy found 41 3-stripe turtles in a properly labeled  “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” backpack, he asked if Machan-Le Quire if she was “glad to see me or do you have a gator in your pants?”

Thinking the officer was probably psychic, she pulled the 1-foot (0.3-meter) gator from her pants.

Florida law enforcement is one of the first in the country to actively recruit officers and patrolmen who have experience as psychics.  The program has been effective, especially in uncovering “low level, hard to otherwise detect crimes.”

The head of the state police officer’s union said that rumors that the department was going to launch the use of ouija boards to aid its officers are “categorically untrue.”

Israel to Omar and Tlaib: Stupid not allowed.

Israel on Thursday announced that it would deny Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) entry to the country during an upcoming overseas trip.  The decision was announced moments after President Trump tweeted that it would show “great mental weakness” for Israel to allow the two congresswomen into the country.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, signaled his assent, “The President of the United States has a point.  But I also say, ‘Right back at ya, big guy.’  Letting them back into the US is meshugener.  I mean, it’s like giving Uzi’s to Hamas. Not happening.  Why don’t these Bubkes Babes just go back where they came from.  That way they can raise the average IQ of both countries.”

The President of the United States has a point.  But I also say, ‘Right back at ya, big guy.’  Letting them back into the US is meshugener.  I mean, it’s like giving Uzi’s to Hamas. Not happening.  Why don’t these Bubkes Babes just go back where they came from.  That way they can raise the average IQ of both countries.

The congresswomen have supported Palestinian rights and backed the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel. Both have been accused by other members of Congress of using anti-Semitic language.

Pay to Play. The end of due process

The IRS is finally ready to make good on threats to strip U.S. passports from Americans who owe more than $52,000 in overdue taxes.

“The Clintons really showed us how to maximize the Pay-to-Play program.  We really love them around here.”

 

The tax collector and the State Department are escalating enforcement of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. This law enables them to deny passport applications or revoke existing passports due to outstanding debts.

The enforcement effort, which began in February 2018 for debts of $51,000 and higher, has thus far covered applications for new or renewed passports. (The higher threshold of $52,000 for 2019 reflects an annual adjustment for inflation, although the IRS could not confirm.)

Now, the IRS will actively begin referring unresolved cases to the State Department for potential revocation, IRS spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda told CNBC.  The State Department denies passport applications or revokes existing passports based on the information it receives from the IRS. The $52,000 must qualify as legally enforceable federal tax debt, including interest and penalties, according to the IRS.

Taxpayers at risk of having their passport revoked will also receive a letter informing them of the impending referral to the State Department.  “They will receive [the letter] before the IRS refers a case for revocation,” said Barreda. “If there’s a message here, it’s that taxpayers who have a tax debt are encouraged to contact the IRS promptly to resolve their tax debt and avoid the possible revocation of their passport.”

Stacy Abrams plan to save America

When Stacy Abrams ran for Governor of Georgia, she lost the election but steadfastly asserted “I have an announcement to make,” she says, and the room is hushed, expectant. “We won.” The audience erupts into cheers, and Abrams takes a moment before adding, “I realize I’m not the governor of Georgia.  I’m not taking the oath of office. I’m not moving into the mansion. They’re saying that because I didn’t get all the numbers I needed, that somehow I didn’t win.”  Abrams never conceded, which makes perfect sense because she’s operating under the notion that she won – despite not having the majority of the votes.

Abrams heads to one of her favorite places for dumplings, an obviously frequent occurrence.  As soon as she enters the market, people of all ages and races approach her with grins.  Right after a hearty lunch she heads to a soul-food stall, cashiers and cooks surround her. “Are you a fan of chicken? Are you vegan?” one asks. Abrams stops. “Are you asking if I like chicken? I’m a black woman from Mississippi; it’s like my religion,” she says. The group laughs.

Heading home to the living room of her slate-blue Atlanta town house, neutrally decorated and filled with books. It’s the home of a woman who likes to be at home. A sand-colored couch faces a pale fireplace, decorated with family photos, a picture of Abrams with President Obama, and a statuette of Lady Justice. A makeshift trough of chocolate candies has been set on the dining-room table.

Despite her dubious grasp on how democracy works, Abrams says her attention shifted to something more vitally important: saving American democracy itself.  Part of her new mission is the bring the sore-loser politics of Hillary Clinton and her own race for Georgia governor to the national stage.  She brings with her the clever device of encouraging her supporters to try and vote illegally by showing up at a polling place not their own and cast a provisional ballot.  Knowing that the votes will not be counted for the vote is of no moment – because it fits her battle cry of voter suppression.  And, of course, there will be the obligatory fund-raising, presumably of the stripe that makes politicians millionaires while they boast a lifetime of public service.

But first things first.  Abrams priority these days is making Taco Tuesday a national holiday.

The Truth behind the 2nd Amendment.

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President Trump links Clintons to Epstein death.

Secret Service goes on Red Alert.

Clintons mourn Epstein death

Donald Trump cast doubt on Tuesday over former President Bill Clinton’s denial that he ever visited Jeffrey Epstein’s notorious ‘pedophilia island.’   The president repeatedly suggested that his predecessor was lying in a statement saying that he had not been to Little St. James, the island owned by the pervert financier, which was raided by the FBI Monday.

Speaking as he was about to board Air Force One from Morristown, New Jersey, Trump declined to answer whether he ‘really believed’ that the Clintons had arranged for Epstein to be killed, a claim he had retweeted after the 66-year-old’s apparent suicide on Saturday morning.

Instead he highlighted Clinton’s repeated flights on Epstein’s private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express, and suggested that the former president’s response to the revelation he was named in the flight logs was misleading.  “I know he was on his plane 27 times, and he said he was on the plane four times.  But when they checked the plane log, Bill Clinton – who was a very good friend of Epstein’s – he was on the plane about 27 or 28 times. So why did he say four times?”

The President added, “And then the question you have to ask is: Did Bill Clinton go to the island? Because Epstein had an island – that was not a good place as I understand it.  I was never there. So you have to ask: Did Bill Clinton go to the island? That’s the question. You find that out, you’re going to know a lot.

President Trump’s comments triggered the Secret Service to heighten their level of protection of the President (Secret Service codename: Mogul).  One high level Secret Service officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity, commented: “Those of us who’ve been around here a while don’t need another ‘Vince Foster‘ episode.  One ‘suicide’ with three bullets in the back of the head is enough.

A confidential Secret Service memo that was leaked calling for the extra presidential protection  references Bill Clinton (Code name: Weebles) as well as Hillary (Code name: Wobble) as the basis of the raised level of protection.

 

This Crossing is White’s Only.

It’s a privilege thing.  You wouldn’t understand.