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Famed Lawyer Alan Dershowitz: NFL Players Don’t Have Right to Refuse to Stand During Anthem

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H/T Western Journalism.

President Trump is correct when he said fire these SOB’s if the kneel during the National Anthem as they do not have First Amendment Rights on the NFL playing field.

Renowned Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that NFL players do not actually have a constitutional right to kneel during the national anthem.

“The players are entitled to kneel if the owners allow them to,” Dershowitz told host John Catsimatidis on New York’s 970 AM radio station.

“Now the owners could say ‘no’ because the players don’t have a First Amendment right in relation to the owners,” Dershowitz explained, saying that they “only have a First Amendment right in relation to the government.”

The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.”

“If you want to protest racism, then protest racism.” Dershowitz said, as reported by The Hill.“But don’t protest the American flag, the national anthem, and the United States of America.”

The constitutional law expert noted that NFL owners are making the decision not to enforce the league’s guidelines calling on the players to stand for the anthem for other reasons, such as concern about “player resentment.”

Dershowitz offered a hypothetical of an expression of political speech that owners would not likely allow.

If their players have a free speech right to kneel, then if there were a player, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, he would have a free speech right to put on his Klan robe during the playing of the national anthem,” the professor said.

“The Constitution doesn’t distinguish between good speech and bad speech,” said Dershowitz.

In an op-ed for Fox News last week, the legal scholar shot down the notion that statements by President Donald Trump in opposition to the players kneeling “constitute state action and chill the First Amendment rights” of the players.

Trump has called for a change in tax laws that currently benefit the NFL, if players do not want to respect the flag.

Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!

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Dershowitz pointed out that the president does not have the ability to change the country’s tax laws unilaterally.

“He can ask Congress to do that, and those on the other side can ask it not to,” Dershowitz wrote, arguing that if Congress were to act on Trump’s demand, players might have an argument based on the First Amendment.

“But absent a change in the law, a mere threat from the president — who himself has free speech rights — should not be enough to warrant judicial intervention in the open marketplace of ideas.”

Dershowitz added that to constrain “the president’s freedom of speech might be a slippery slope down which supporters of a vibrant First Amendment should be cautious to go.”

“It could place constraints on the ability of a future president, Republican or Democrat, to use his or her bully pulpit to do good,” he said.

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Geraldo Gets Back From Puerto Rico, Blows Lid Off What’s Been Happening To Trump

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Thank-you Geraldo for this honest piece of journalism.

worst, most dishonest press…’

Contrary to the allegations of a biased media, the people of Puerto Rico were very happy that President Donald Trump came to the island to survey the damage from Hurricane Maria, Geraldo Rivera said Friday on Fox & Friends.

“He has been getting the worst, most dishonest press about his visit to Puerto Rico,” Rivera said.

“It is staggering to me how unfair — how grotesquely unfair — the reporting has been,” he added

Rivera, whose family lives in Puerto Rico, saw Trump’s visit firsthand and said 90 to 95 percent of the people Trump met were enthusiastic about his visit.

He said the media distorts reality. For example, he noted that when Trump praised the island for its actions to ensure that the powerful Maria had a death toll of 16 as opposed to 1,800 from the less powerful Hurricane Katrina, he was attacked for seeming to downplay the loss of life on the island.

Reports attacking Trump are “fake news,” Rivera said last wek, pointing out how New York Times columnist Paul Krugman falsely claimed on Twitter there was a cholera outbreak on Puerto Rico.

On Friday, Trump affirmed his support for the island and its people.

The wonderful people of Puerto Rico, with their unmatched spirit, know how bad things were before the H’s. I will always be with them!

“The wonderful people of Puerto Rico, with their unmatched spirit, know how bad things were before the H’s. I will always be with them!” Trump tweeted.

…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!

On Thursday, Trump had tweeted that first responders would not be on the island forever, ruffling some feathers.

But White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday that Trump’s tweet reflects the proper disaster response.

“I think he said the U.S. military and FEMA can’t be there forever. Right?” he asked the reporter questioning him. “First responders. The minute you go anywhere as a first responder — and this would apply, certainly, to the military — you are trying very hard, working very hard to work yourself out of a job.”

Kelly said the initial response teams are supposed to have limited time in any crisis location so they can be sent to the next one when disaster strikes.

“There will be a period in which — we hope sooner rather than later — to where the U.S. military and FEMA, generally speaking, can withdraw because then the government and the people of Puerto Rico are recovering sufficiently to start the process of rebuilding,” he said.

“So this country, our country will stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done. But the tweet about FEMA and DOD — read: military — is exactly accurate. They’re not going to be there forever, and the whole point is to start to work yourself out of a job and then transition to the rebuilding process,” he said.

Just In: Hall Of Fame Quarterback Y.A. Tittle Dead At 90

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R.I.P. Hall Of Fame Quarterback Y.A. Tittle   October 24,1926-October 8, 2017.

“I wish I could do it all over again.”

n the books of the National Football League, Y.A. Tittle, who died Sunday at the age of 90, will always be remembered as an all-time great star quarterback who came close to the big prize, but never won it.

During his glory-filled seasons with the New York Giants, his team was twice defeated by freezing weather and the Green Bay Packers before falling to the Chicago Bears in what would be his last grasp at an NFL championship.

But to hear the star of the San Francisco 49ers and later the Giants tell the tale, he came out on top.

I was disappointed because for so many years I’d chased the whale, had never really won the championship game,” Tittle said in a 2006 NPR interview.
“We’d won our district championship when I was in high school, we went and lost in a crucial game later. We didn’t go as far as we could have gone. Going to college, we played in the Cotton Bowl, tied with Arkansas, a much better football team than Arkansas that year but we caught a snowstorm there. The same thing seemed to follow me all my life, never ever really winning the big game,” he said.

Tittle then shifted to what really matters.

“But I did win, really, in the long run because I have four wonderful children and grandchildren,” he said.

“I’ve loved football ever since the day I played back in east Texas to the very last day at 38 years old I threw a ball in my last practice with the Giants. I wish I could do it all over again because it was a wonderful experience and a wonderful ride,” he continued.

“Football was my whole life. Being successful in pro football was such a dream come true, because I never really thought I’d be that good. I didn’t grow up cocky, believing I was the best. I was surprised when I made the LSU starting team, I was surprised when I was good at professional football. I knew I could throw, though,” he said in a 2009 interviewer with Cleveland.com. 

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We lost another legend. Yelberton Abraham Tittle, Jr. Groundbreaking QB and subject of one of my all time favorite sports photos. RIP. 

For all the touchdowns and fame, Tittle if often remembered for a photo from his last season, 1964, when the Giants went from the top of the league to the bottom. The image captures a disconsolate yet determined warrior as he sat on the sideline dazed with blood streaming down his forehead.

“I really don’t remember the ballgame because I was knocked out. I didn’t really regain consciousness until the end of the game. I missed a lot of the events. The picture ended up winning awards and getting a lot of attention. At first I didn’t care to see it. But as the years have gone by, I’m sort of proud to be in it,” he said.

Tittle played 17 years of pro football, beginning with the Baltimore Colts of the All-American Conference before joining the 49ers, who later traded him to the Giants.

The hall-of-famer, who sent a then-record in 1963 with 36 touchdown passes (good enough to win him the NFL MVP award), is among a handful of quarterbacks to throw for seven touchdown passes in a game. He could have added one more.

“I had a chance — I’m not trying to brag, now — to throw for eight touchdowns and a record. We had a first down deep in Washington territory in the final minutes. The coach wanted me to throw for No. 8. I didn’t do it. I wouldn’t do it,” he said in his 2009 interview. “We already had the game won. It would have just been for personal gain. Anybody in the stands, anybody on the other team, would have said, ‘Y.A. Tittle was doing his thing for personal glory.’ That’s not why I played football. I didn’t want to be remembered as the guy who threw three or four passes in a row so he could get an eighth touchdown.”

 

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Reveals News About Her Family in Puerto Rico

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Please join me in prayer for the family of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and all of the people of Puerto Rico.

“The island is suffering a great tragedy right now.”

At a Thursday conference in Washington, D.C., Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor revealed unsettling news about her family. She has not heard from “half” of her relatives living in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria tore through the island earlier this week.

“The island is suffering a great tragedy right now,” Sotomayor told CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson. “Myself personally and the rest of my family, we are exceedingly concerned. We ask for your prayers.”

Although Sotomayor was born in the Bronx in New York city, her parents are originally from Puerto Rico. Many of her extended family still live on the island.

Maria ravaged Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, flooding streets and demolishing homes. The storm has knocked out the entire power grid across the U.S. territory. Many residents could be without power for weeks or even months.

At least six people have died on the island so far due to Maria, according to The Associated Press.

President Donald Trump tweeted out his support for Puerto Rico on Thursday.

Many on Twitter have also expressed their support for Sotomayor and all Puerto Ricans dealing with the storm’s aftermath.

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says she hasn’t heard from half her family in Puerto Rico http://cnn.it/2wHo2Jc pic.twitter.com/hqxeq3ppll

Sending prayers to Puerto Rico citizens! Justice Sonia Sotomayor, hope you receive good news today your family ok. Probably no power🙏🏻

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says she hasn’t heard from half her family in Puerto Rico http://cnn.it/2wHo2Jc pic.twitter.com/hqxeq3ppll

Thoughts and prayers to all. May be they don’t have a way to communicate. Hang on, there’s still hope❤️💙❤️

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says she hasn’t heard from half her family in Puerto Rico http://cnn.it/2xV1c10 pic.twitter.com/AK69SLXW0C

That must be very scary for her. Praying they are safe, & just unable to get calls through!

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says she hasn’t heard from half her family in Puerto Rico http://cnn.it/2xV1c10 pic.twitter.com/AK69SLXW0C

We are praying for everyone in Puetro Rico & 🦋ppl on other islands. We are praying for all the beautiful people in Caribbean Islands👏🏼👏🏾👏🏿❤️ pic.twitter.com/Qj9BnJqq3y

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Sotomayor is the third woman and first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court.

On Thursday, she had been participating in the Democracy at a Crossroads National Summit.

Despite uncertainty about her family, she was still able to provide her thoughts on civic education and handling politics in today’s world

“Listen before you talk,” Sotomayor said. “That’s what a lot of people don’t do in these heated times.

 

Experiment Over: New Missouri Law Lowers Minimum Wage In St. Louis

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Minimum wage hikes costs jobs.

“Despite what you hear from liberals…”

At a time when many cities are increasing the minimum wage, it is heading in the opposite direction in St. Louis, Missouri, after a new state law took effect Monday.

“This increase in the minimum wage might read pretty on paper, but it doesn’t work in practice,” said Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

As of Monday, a new state law took effect banning cities from creating a higher minimum wage than the wage for the state overall. That means the $10-per-hour minimum wage set by the St. Louis city government dropped to $7.70 to match the rest of the state. St. Louis had planned to move the minimum wage to $11 next year. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Republican State Sen. Dan Hegeman said the higher minimum could have forced employers to cut jobs or move out.

“You end up having fewer jobs and you do a disservice to the workers,” Hegeman said. “In my heart of hearts, I really think it hurts people in the long run.”

Greitens said the higher wage in St, Louis, which began two months ago, would “kill jobs, and despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people’s pockets.”

“Our state needs more private-sector paychecks and bigger private-sector paychecks,” Greitens said in a statement. “Politicians in St. Louis passed a bill that fails on both counts.”

“Government imposes an arbitrary wage, and small businesses either have to cut people’s hours or let them go,” Greitens said.

Seattle, which was a leader in raising the minimum wage, has been closely examined for the impact of a higher wage.

The Seattle Minimum Wage Study Team at the University of Washington examined the 2014 law that first pushed the city’s minimum wage from $9.47 per hour to $11 per hour in 2015 and then boosted that to $13 per hour in 2016.

“Our preferred estimates suggest that the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance caused hours worked by low-skilled workers (i.e., those earning under $19 per hour) to fall by 9.4 percent during the three quarters when the minimum wage was $13 per hour, resulting in a loss of 3.5 million hours worked per calendar quarter,” the report said.

“The reduction in hours would cost the average employee $179 per month, while the wage increase would recoup only $54 of this loss, leaving a net loss of $125 per month (6.6 percent), which is sizable for a low-wage worker,” the report added.

St. Louis business owners had said the wage increase was an issue.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow and it doesn’t seem very well thought-out to go from $7.70 an hour to $10 and $11 next year,” said Ed Brock, owner of Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon, a costume and accessories shop.

Brock said that when the wage increase took effect, he hired fewer employees.

Trump Gets Key Win From 8th Circuit

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Not only is this a victory for President Trump and it is a win for everyone that knows abortion is murder.

“…2-1 ruling…”

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a state has the right to defund Planned Parenthood.

The 2-1 ruling specifically provided that while plaintiff Medicaid recipients who brought the suit are entitled to care, they cannot dictate that care includes Planned Parenthood facilities.

“The plaintiffs are asserting a right — the absolute right to a particular provider of their choosing — that (the law) does not grant them,” Judge Steven Colloton wrote in the majority opinion.

Several states, including Arkansas, the defendant in the suit, voted to defund Planned Parenthood after the release of a series of undercover videos that allegedly showed executives from the top abortion provider in the country discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts.

In April, Congress voted and President Donald Trump signed into law legislation guaranteeing states the right to defund Planned Parenthood, overriding an Obama administration Department of Health and Human Services regulation that had gone into effect two days before Trump took office.

The regulation mandated that “states and localities could not withhold money from a provider for any reason other than an inability to provide family planning services,” The New York Times reported.

In a statement, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson described the 8th Circuit Court’s ruling as “a substantial legal victory for the right of the state to determine whether Medicaid providers are acting in accordance with best practices, and affirms the prerogative of the state to make reasoned judgments on the Medicaid program.”

The 8th Circuit’s jurisdiction includes Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota.

Planned Parenthood noted that it had won federal suits against other states that sought to defund the organization.

“To date, seven other states (Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas) have sought to bar Planned Parenthood from Medicaid, and all have been blocked by federal courts,” Planned Parenthood said in a statement.

Louisiana has asked the 5th Circuit to rehear the case en banc, meaning all of the justices (rather than just three) would preside.

The differing rulings between the eighth and other circuit courts make it more likely the Supreme Court will take up the matter.

“This is not over,” said Planned Parenthood Federation of America chief medical officer Raegan McDonald-Mosley. “We will do everything in our power to protect our patients’ access to birth control, cancer screenings and other lifesaving care. Extreme politicians are trying to defund and shut down Planned Parenthood — and this is not what Americans want.”

Jerry Cox, the executive director of the Family Council, an Arkansas-based conservative group, told public radio station KUAR, “The videos aside, the question is should the state of Arkansas do business with an organization that aborts babies, when they don’t need to.”

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