Expert: Minimum Wage Hikes Could Close ‘Thousands of Restaurants’

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DemocRats say no jobs will be lost as a result of the minimum wage increases which is a lie thousands of jobs will be lost especially at the entry level positions.

Restaurants are feeling the heat as minimum wage increases across the country have been putting a strain on profit margins, leading at least one industry insider to assert that “thousands” of establishments may soon be forced to close.

Eighteen states saw minimum wage increases on Jan. 1, 2018, and while a raise in hourly pay may be beneficial to employees in the short term, the financial hold it places on restaurants could push the industry to the brink, in a similar manner to the so-called “retail apocalypse.”

Willie Degel, host of the TV program “Restaurant Stakeout” and the CEO of Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, thinks the minimum wage increases could cause many establishments to go out of business.

I think you’re going to see thousands of restaurants close their doors,” Degel told Fox Business.

“Fine dining is going to go by the wayside.”

Experts like Sonia Riggs have noted that restaurants already produce “slim profit margins,” according to KCNC.

“Restaurants typically make a very slim profit margins, roughly 3 to 6 percent. What this increase does each year is creating a greater disparity between the front of the house and the back of the house,” said Riggs, the president and CEO of the Colorado Restaurant Association.

Riggs was referring to Colorado’s recent minimum wage increase from $9.30 per hour to $10.20.

“What that means is typically servers with their tips tend to be the highest paid people in a restaurant,” she said.

“As this increase is happening each year, the folks already making above minimum wage, like the cooks and the dishwashers, are not required to get a raise at all and the folks that are highest paid people in the restaurant, like the servers, are getting a forced raise.”

Many restaurants are being forced to increase menu prices in order to keep up with the costs of doing business. However, prices can only go so high before a restaurant starts to lose customers.

“When we increase in prices … we see guest count go down,” Degel asserted.

“The consumer is not willing to pay for the experience then.”

With increased prices for sit-down eateries, many are turning to electronic sources like GrubHub to bring food directly to them.

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Meanwhile, for those who choose to venture out, technology is changing the way business is done inside of restaurants.

For instance, national chains like Chili’s and Applebee’s both use tablets mounted to tables to aid customers in paying their bills.

At many restaurants, diners are also able to use the devices to order food and play games, which drastically decreases the need for servers.

But with the minimum wage still on its way up in many places around the country, it’s not just technological advancements that are potentially killing jobs.

Red Robin recently announced plans to remove busboy positions at 570 of their restaurants.

Degel also admitted to Fox Business that he had removed busboys from his New York locations, in addition to cutting jobs “across the board.”

It would appear that the combination of reduced physical service due to budget cuts and more internet-based services could do to the restaurant industry something similar to what e-commerce did to the retail market.

If so, entry-level and low-skilled workers could be hit the hardest.

“I think it’s a real problem for people with low educational attainment and a low basic skills base,” said Iain Murray, vice president for strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“That sets you in a trend whereby it’s very difficult … to gain the extra skills to (get) a job even at minimum wage. That sets you in for long-term unemployment.”

Increased mandates on restaurants are not only hurting smaller business owners like Degel — the impacts have been felt by major chains as well.

Bloomin’ Brands, the parent company of Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s Italian Grill, recently closed 43 of their restaurants, while Pollo Tropical closed 30 of theirs.

Just In: After Watching Al Gore Doc Democrat Gov Pushes Massive Billion Dollar Climate Tax Democrat Governor Pushes Massive Billion Dollar Climate Tax If one Democrat governor gets her way, major employers in her state will be slapped with a carbon tax that is so high it exceeds the billion-dollar mark.

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This tax will cause many companies to move out of Oregon and there will be massive job loss along with less tax revenue.

The Sahara Desert recently had 16 inches of snow in places so much for globull warming.

Just In: After Watching Al Gore Doc, Democrat Gov Pushes Massive Billion Dollar Climate Tax

If one Democrat governor gets her way, major employers in her state will be slapped with a carbon tax that is so high it exceeds the billion-dollar mark.

This week, Gov. Kate Brown and her Democrat allies in the Oregon legislature introduced their long-anticipated “cap and invest” bill. The legislation calls for sweeping regulations to cap greenhouse gas emissions and charge a tax penalty on the state’s largest contributors of carbon emissions.

How large of a tax fee?

While it’s difficult to determine the exact number before a finalized bill is sent to the governor’s desk and enacted, most estimate the penalty will extract around $1.4 billion per biennium from Oregon’s economy — risking the flight of numerous companies, and job losses for people in the state, according to The Oregonian.

Brown publicly introduced her idea of a large-scale carbon tax at the screening of Al Gore’s latest climate-alarmist movie, “An Inconvenient Sequel,” last summer.

“I think the rest of the world needs to see Americans, and Oregonians, standing up,” Brown told The New Yorker. “We must participate, and we must be part of the solution.”

Given the large Democrat majorities in both the Oregon state House and Senate, it is likely that the climate change bill will become law. Because of legislative rules, supporters of the proposal only need a simple majority in order to pass it through the legislature — not requiring a single Republican vote.

The bill, meant to emulate a state version of Paris climate agreement that President Donald Trump rejected, has garnered controversy for its lack of specificity, and raises questions over conflict of interest.

The Bend Bulletin, a local Oregon newspaper, eviscerated the proposal in a recent op-ed, suggesting it doesn’t answer basic questions regarding who exactly gets taxed.

“We might be considered old-fashioned, but before the Legislature passes a climate change bill, it should be clear which businesses will have to pay up and which get a pass,” the editorial began. “How much will that jack up the price of filling a gas tank? What will it do to the cost of health care or the price of groceries? Those questions are difficult to answer, but it’s likely going to raise prices for a lot of things.”

Despite months of preparation, neither Brown nor Democrat leaders in the state legislature can differentiate between the carbon emitters who will be penalized and those who will ostensibly get a pass.

Republican critics have not been any nicer.

The Bend Bulletin got it right – @OregongovBrown‘s attempt to rush through a massive $1.4 billion energy tax isn’t just bad policy or poor leadership, it’s just plain wrong. Oregonians will paying dearly, we deserve better. https://twitter.com/thebulletin/status/950850721666256897 

“This $1.4 billion energy tax is more about creating a slush fund for special interests and crony capitalism than it is about sound public policy. This is a cavalier effort to pass yet another huge new tax that Oregonians simply cannot afford,” state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, said in a statement to The Western Journal.

Buehler is the GOP front-runner to take on Brown in her re-election effort later this year. A Republican with an independent streak, Buehler is running as the fiscally minded alternative to the tax-happy governor.

“We need to recapture a sense of shared purpose in our government here in Oregon and move beyond the pursuit of power, privilege and position — this bill simply perpetuates the political dysfunction in our state,” the gubernatorial candidate continued.

Questions have also been raised about the necessity for such a carbon reduction bill given that The Beaver State is already an established leader in the country for eliminating carbon and lowering green-house gas emissions.

Buehler previously pointed to the fact that Oregon is currently the sixth-lowest in the U.S. for per-capita carbon dioxide emissions — the result of taxes and penalties Oregon residents are already shouldering. There is no apparent need for yet another tax bill.

Brown became governor in 2015, succeeding Democrat Gov. John Kitzhaber following his resignation amid a corruption scandal, and won the 2016 special election to occupy the office for the rest of the term. The far-left governor has gone on to push for a litany of tax hikes and make Oregon one of the most abortion-friendly states in the country.

Here’s The Truth Behind How Santa Clause Came to America

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A look at Santa Claus in America.

Santa Claus may be a figure of myth, but the origins of his legend, stretching back from shopping malls to 3rd century Turkey, are very real.

The figure of Santa Claus has, in various forms, become ubiquitous throughout the world during the Christmas season and is, in fact, almost as old as the concept of celebrating Christmas. While his legend has taken on increasingly fantastical elements throughout the ages, from flying reindeer to to nearly divine omniscience, the truth about the man who began the legend and his example of generosity and care has also endured.

Here is how the saintly acts of a 3rd century bishop gave rise to the legend of Santa we know today.

St. Nicholas 

The origin of the story of Santa Claus began with the 3rd Century bishop of Myra, a Greek town in what is now Turkey, who is venerated by the church as St. Nicholas. Not only do written records tell of his existence, but researchers at Oxford University recently discovered that the church may have truly preserved the remains of St. Nicholas of to this day.

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Tales of Nicholas’s generosity and of the miracles he performed on behalf of children and sailors gave rise to traditions that would form the basis for the story of Santa Claus later on. The stories spread initially when, according to legend, Nicholas’s generosity saved the three daughters of a single father from enduring lives of prostitution or slavery, according to History.

The legend says that the father of the three sisters could not afford to pay a dowry for them to be married which, in the 3rd or 4th centuries, would resign them to a fate of begging, slavery or prostitution. Upon hearing of their plight, Nicholas went to their house and threw gold through an open window. Some traditions say that he dropped it through the house’s chimney.

The gold landed in either boots or stockings placed by the fireside to dry. The sisters’ father, after discovering gold enough for a dowry had seemingly appeared in miraculous fashion twice in a stocking or boot, stayed by the fire both night and day to try and catch the anonymous do-gooder in the act. He caught Nicholas throwing gold through the window for the third dowry, and though Nicholas begged him not to tell a soul, legend spread throughout the region of his generosity.

Christians in the area from then on often attributed unexpected gifts to St. Nicholas, according to the St. Nicholas Center.

The church venerated Nicholas as the patron saint of children and sailors for his generosity and for tales of his miraculous acts. His veneration in the church lasted through the centuries and even endured the Protestant reformation, despite Protestants’ rejection of the Catholic concept of saints. The legend of St. Nicholas took root especially in the Netherlands, according to History.


The Dutch name for Saint Nicholas was Sint Nikolaas, which was shortened to Sinterklaas. The legend of Sinterklaas developed in the Netherlands in large part because of the influence of the Spanish.

Nicholas’s remains were transported to the Italian town of Bari in 1087, which became part of the Spanish kingdom of Naples. The Dutch people also associated gifts of mandarin oranges, which came from Spain, with Sinterklaas. Thus, the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas held that he sailed to the Netherlands from Spain.

The Dutch celebrated Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, on Dec. 6, the feast day of the saint. According to Dutch tradition, Sinterklaas relied on his black servant, Black Pete, to listen in chimneys and find out whether children had been good or bad

Originally, the Dutch said Sinterklaas would stuff badly behaved children in a sack and take them back to Spain with him. Otherwise, Sinterklaas would visit the houses of good children and leave a sack of gifts on their doorstep.

The Dutch originally took part in these festivities to honor the legacy of St. Nicholas, but the traditions took on a life of their own especially after their arrival in America.

Santa Claus Comes To America

The Dutch are credited with bringing Sinterklaas to New York in the early 17th century, according to History. Newspapers from 1773 and 1774 reported that Dutch families gathered in New York to commemorate the death of St. Nicholas. The author Washington Irving, who popularized Christmas celebrations in America with his book The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, also popularized Sinterklaas in America with his book The History of New York. Irving’s work depicted Sinterklaas as the patron saint of New York.

Christmas celebrations and the tradition of Santa Claus, an English form of the name Sinterklaas, spread through America in the mid 19th century, especially via newspaper ads related to Christmas gift-giving.

Shopping mall Santas first appeared in America as early as 1841 as part of merchandisers’ efforts to capitalize on the rush to buy gifts during the Christmas season.

The shopping mall Santa also gave rise to the Salvation Army Santa. The Salvation Army dressed jobless men as Santa in the 1890s and unleashed them in the streets to gather donations for the organization.

The modern image of Santa as a jolly, rotund man dressed in red who flies to children’s houses in a sleigh drawn by reindeer also arose during that time, thanks to the Episcopal minister Clement Clarke Moore. Moore wrote a the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas,” in 1822.

That depiction of Santa Claus has remained popular in America ever since.

Other variations of Santa Claus figures exist throughout the world, such as the Swiss and German Kris Kringle or “Christ Child,” or the Scandinavian elf Jultomten, each bearing unique influences from the cultures in which they developed.

All of them, however, trace back in some way to legend of the 3rd century St. Nicholas, whose example of Christ-like generosity and piety continue to inspire Christian faithful to this day.

A version of this article appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website.

Senior Obama Official Issues Chilling Warning After Roy Moore Loss ‘Be Very Afraid’: Senior Obama Official Issues Warning to Ted Cruz Following Alabama Election ‘Be Very Afraid’

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The depths of depravity used by the DemocRats against Roy Moore will seem shallow when they start gunning for Ted Cruz.


Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro delivered a warning early Wednesday morning to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz following Roy Moore’s defeat in the special Senate election in Alabama.

Castro, who served as the mayor of San Antonio prior to joining the Obama administration, warned Cruz he should “Be very afraid.”

Earlier Tuesday, Democrat Doug Jones defeated the Republican Moore in the battle for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Once Jones is seated, the GOP’s razor-thin majority in the Senate will be cut even further, as Republicans will control the chamber by a one-seat margin.

Castro was likely referring to Cruz’s 2018 re-election bid, where he is facing a challenge from Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

O’Rourke must still prevail in the Democrat primary, though he has already raised almost $2.8 million since declaring his candidacy, The Hill reported.

Shortly after Jones was declared the victor in Alabama, O’Rourke sent out a fundraising email to supporters indicating that Cruz could be the next conservative to be defeated by a Democrat in a deep-red state.

“If you weren’t sure if our campaign to take on Ted Cruz was possible, you have to know it is now,” the email says, according to the Houston Chonicle. “Next stop, Texas 2018.”

O’Rourke also took to Twitter to capitalize on Jones’ win.

“Congratulations to the people of Alabama, to the United States and to Doug Jones!!” he wrote in one tweet.

Congratulations to the people of Alabama, to the United States and to Doug Jones!!

He also posted a screenshot of a Fox News clip where Cruz refused to say that Moore should be removed from the Senate even if he won the election.

“Of course not.”

That’s what Ted Cruz said when asked if Roy Moore – a man who preyed on girls – should be kept from the Senate. We can’t normalize his actions or elevate him to the Senate. And we can’t let those who’ve supported him off the hook.

“We’ve got to respect the will of the voters,” Cruz said at the time. “If the voters of Alabama choose to elect him, for some Washington politicians to say that we don’t care what the voters say, I think that would be a mistake.”

Cruz originally endorsed Moore, but rescinded his support in light of the allegations of sexual misconduct against the candidate.

On Thursday, Castro indicated he agrees with O’Rourke that Cruz will face a tough fight in 2018.

Republicans keep saying Alabama can’t happen elsewhere in 2018 because other candidates aren’t accused pedophiles. True, but AZ and TX aren’t Alabama. Dems don’t need those circumstances to win. They need a sting wave, and they will have one. 

Despite Castro and O’Rourke’s sentiments, any Democrat challenging Cruz faces an uphill battle. Texans have not elected a Democrat senator since 1988, according to the U.K. Independent.

WaPo: Groping Franken Should Not Resign Because He Might be Replaced by a Republican


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Liberal hypocrisy at its finest.

It is better to have a man who gropes women in office that to risk the appointment of a Republican, according to writer Kate Harding, who shared her views in an op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post.

Harding, the author of “Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America,” was responding to the scandal surrounding Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who has been accused of groping a woman and shown in photos acting in a way that has brought forth calls for his resignation.

Harding, who has claimed in the past that the Republican party ruins “everything,” describes herself as, “a feminist who lives under a two-party system, where one party consistently votes against the interests of women while the other sometimes does not.”

Although she supports singling out Franken for political punishment, she noted that the problem is deeper than one man.

” … it becomes difficult to believe that Franken is the only sitting Democrat with a history of harassment, abuse or assault,” she wrote.

“If I believed for one second that Franken is the only Democrat in the Senate who has done something like this, with or without photographic evidence, I would see that as the best and most appropriate option. But in the world we actually live in, I’m betting that there will be more. And more after that,” she wrote. “And they won’t all come from states with Democratic governors and a deep bench of progressive replacements. Some will, if ousted, have their successors chosen by Republicans,” she wrote.

Minnesota is currently a majority-Democrat seat with a Democratic governor, making it likely that if Franken steps down, a Democrat would be appointed to fill the seat until a special election is called. However, Harding said in red states, liberals could be replaced by conservatives.

“In other words, if we set this precedent in the interest of demonstrating our party’s solidarity with harassed and abused women, we’re only going to drain the swamp of people who, however flawed, still regularly vote to protect women’s rights and freedoms,” she wrote.

Mocking Republicans and claiming they are morally and ethically inferior to their Democratic counterparts is not unfamiliar territory for Harding. One look at her Twitter, and it becomes apparent her disdain toward the Republican party.

Goodnight, Twitter. Sleep tight, and remember: If the place where you’re standing is full of Republicans and Russian bots, it is unlikely to be the moral high ground.

Democracy 2017: I am sincerely arguing that we should not force a Democrat to resign for sexually abusing a woman, because I know Republicans never will, and that once the first Democrat goes, R’s next move is finding shady Ds from states with R governors.

Here’s the thing, though. If Franken has to step down, they all have to step down. Like, literally, all of them. But all the Republicans are going to find an excuse not to at the last minute. So maybe… don’t.

In the article, Harding continued to explain her fear for what could happen if liberals are ousted, even if they are abusers.

“The legislative branch will remain chockablock with old, white Republican men who regard women chiefly as sex objects and unpaid housekeepers, and we’ll show them how staunchly Democrats oppose their misogynistic attitudes by handing them more power,” she wrote.

Her remedy was not to punish Franken directly, but to have him submit to an ethics investigation, commit to not running for president, and begin a listening tour to hear how various groups of women are abused. Then, when his term ends, he should hand the reins to a liberal woman, she wrote.

“… in a sharply divided political climate where toxic masculinity knows no party, yet is only ever acknowledged by one, we must think about how to minimize harm to women. One more empty apology and resignation, one more head on a pike, will not make American women safer or better off,” she wrote.

According to CNN, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Thursday noted that a year ago, when she called for change in how members of Congress act toward women, the fact that the call came from a conservative voice meant she was ignored.

“I would talk to some of the members of Congress out there,” she said in a 2016 interview. “When I was younger and prettier, them rubbing up against girls, sticking their tongues down women’s throats uninvited who didn’t like it.”

On Thursday, she noted that it was nice that someone finally listened, even if the fact that she was aligned with Trump meant no one listened to her.

“I’m so glad that women on the left, particularly on Capitol Hill are now coming forward and now want to have hearings and are swearing under oath and getting people to come forward,” she said.

“That’s great. I tried to do it 13 months ago, nobody wanted to listen to me because of the campaign I was managing,” she said.

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


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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.

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.


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