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Lone MLB Player Who Refused To Kneel Before Game Cites His Christian Faith


Reported By Bryan Chai | Published July 24, 2020 at 9:22am

Given the current social climate, it probably came as little surprise that every MLB player from the four teams that played on Opening Day took a knee as a statement about inequality.

Well, every MLB player except for one.

San Francisco reliever Sam Coonrod was the only player among the Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals who didn’t take part in the demonstration.

To be clear, the players all knelt before the playing of the national anthem. They all held a black ribbon while a recorded message from actor Morgan Freeman played. Some players stayed kneeling during the national anthem. But again, not Coonrod. And his reasoning for not partaking in the social justice festivities is as good as it got.

“I’m a Christian,” Coonrod told reporters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I can’t get on board on a couple of things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean toward Marxism and said some negative things about the nuclear family.”

He went further to explain that he meant “no ill will” by not taking a knee.

“I don’t think I’m better than anybody,” Coonrod said. “I’m just a Christian. I believe I can’t kneel before anything but God, Jesus Christ. I chose not to kneel. I feel if I did kneel I’d be a hypocrite. I don’t want to be a hypocrite.”

Of course, it didn’t take long for the establishment media mob to jump on the Giants reliever as cancel culture reared its ugly head.  Sports Illustrated said Coonrod “stood out like a sore thumb” and that he “hid behind his religion.” The Chronicle claimed that there might already be a “sticky situation” in the Giants clubhouse. USA Today compared Coonrod to Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, who has largely been vilified for her critical Black Lives Matter sentiments.

 

And of course, amateur internet sleuths just had to dig into Coonrod’s past, dredging up the fact that he once wore a “Make America Great Again” hat on the Fourth of July.

While it will be fascinating to see if anyone joins Coonrod or cites similar faith-based reasons for not wanting to partake in the social justice demonstrations, the tide is certainly working against him. MLB seems insistent on committing to the Black Lives Matter movement, no matter how divisive some may find it.

While most players so far haven’t taken a knee during the national anthem, some are doing so. It’s more than a little jarring seeing a player like Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, a man who just signed a monstrous $380 million deal, kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest against “inequality.” It’s more jarring yet seeing MLB promote and endorse the kneeling on its official Twitter account.

Much like Dr. Anthony Fauci’s opening ceremonial pitch on Thursday, MLB might have an embarrassing miss on its hands if its social justice initiatives are going to ostracize anyone who would dare have a dissenting opinion.

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White House Responds Brilliantly to Baltimore Mayor’s Criticism Over Trump’s Memorial Day Visit


Reported By Joe Saunders | Published May 25, 2020 at 8:48am

The mayor of Baltimore wasn’t holding the president back.

President Donald Trump went ahead Monday with a planned Memorial Day visit to historic Fort McHenry, despite criticism from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who said the trip sets a poor example amid the coronavirus crisis.

“Dear Mr. President@realDonaldTrump, please stay home!” Young tweeted Thursday. “The City of Baltimore is currently under a Stay at Home order for the safety of our residents, who have been hit hard by #COVID19.

The White House wasn’t buying it for a second, and Trump was en route to the city late Monday morning.

“The brave men and women who have preserved our freedoms for generations did not stay home and the president will not either as he honors their sacrifice by visiting such a historic landmark in our nation’s history,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Fort McHenry is the scene of the battle during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

While the national anthem in recent years has become more of a polarizing issue then a unifying one, thanks to showboating NFL protesters, disgruntled women’s soccer players and a consistently craven liberal media, Trump has never been shy about signaling his support for the song.

And while it’s true that Trump has had his own tangles with Democratic leaders of Baltimore (particularly the late Rep. Elijah Cummings), for an American president on Memorial Day, visiting the site that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner” is as natural as his planned visit earlier Monday to Arlington National Cemetery.

While much of the social media responses to Trump’s planned trip to Charm City included the usual liberal cesspool of abuse (even after three years of the Trump presidency, it only gets more vile), the president had plenty of supporters online.


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Anyone too frightened can stay home but our President will be honoring patriots like himself this Memorial Day who were prepared to give all for our country

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The POTUS is set to visit Fort McHenry On Memorial Day the site of the War of 1812 battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner

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Fortunately, not all Maryland elected officials have a knee-jerk anti-Trump attitude. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, was not planning to attend Trump’s visit because he was spending the day with his family and celebrating his 64th birthday, the Sun reported Monday. But last week, according to a Thursday Sun report, Hogan’s spokesman welcomed the president’s presence.

“We are honored that the president and first lady have chosen to spend Memorial Day at Fort McHenry,” Hogan communications director Mike Ricci said, according to the Sun. “Although Marylanders are encouraged not to gather in large numbers this year — now more than ever — it’s important to reflect on the American heroes who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”

Democrats and the mainstream media might do well to remember that honoring those American heroes is what Memorial Day is supposed to be about. For Trump to do that with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place of so many of those heroes, followed by a trip to the birthplace of the American national anthem isn’t just appropriate, it’s just about perfect.

And the mayor of Baltimore can’t hold the president back.

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Watch Gladys Knight Smile as She Takes Apart Each of Don Lemon’s SJW Questions


Reported By C. Douglas Golden February 5, 2019 at 6:29am

If you’d forgotten how great Gladys Knight was, Super Bowl Sunday was a reminder of why she’s known as the “Empress of Soul” — and you don’t get royal monikers without earning them. It wasn’t just that the Atlanta-based R&B legend was singing the national anthem. It was she nailed it, absolutely nailed it. I may be suffering from a bit of recency bias, but I’d easily put it in the top five of Super Bowl album renditions. It wasn’t Whitney Houston in 1991 or Jennifer Hudson in 2009 — but for me, anyhow, it was close.

Sadly, even singing the national anthem is a political statement in a Super Bowl where every major performer was asked by protesters to stay away due to the fact Colin Kaepernick isn’t in the league. We could debate the merits of Kaepernick’s absence from the NFL endlessly, but the idea that every musician of note should boycott the game is a rather farcical request.

Knight had already been less apologetic and dithering than halftime headliner Maroon 5, which made her even more of a target for social justice warriors to take out their Kaepernick-related frustrations on musicians. On Friday night, she appeared on “CNN Tonight” with host Don Lemon to explain her reasoning, and it was almost as good as her version of the anthem on Sunday.

The show can be risky territory for anyone, particularly since Lemon is fond of taking the SJW line on almost anything. And yet Knight handled it perfectly.

Lemon, who’s made no secret of the fact he doesn’t really buy that Kaepernick isn’t in the NFL because of his talents and other problems he presents, hit Knight with a quote from Kaepernick attorney Mark Geragos, who’s been vociferously attacking any musical act that dared appear at the big game.

In an interview after Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine discussed his decision to perform, Geragos accused him of being an ideological scab: “If you’re going to cross this ideological or intellectual picket line, then own it, and Adam Levine certainly isn’t owning it,” Geragos said.

Lemon played another clip of Geragos discussing that ideological picket line and what she thought about it.

“People are going to have their opinions. You know, about whatever,” Knight said, smiling.

“And all I can deal with, all I can deal with right now is what my heart says,” she continued. “I believe in fairness. I believe in truth. I believe in all of those things, and as far as this is concerned, I grew up with the national anthem.

“We used to sing it in school before school started. We used to say prayers in school before school started, and we just don’t have that anymore and I’m just — I’m just hoping that it will be about our country and how we treat each other and being the great country that we are.”

When asked if the criticisms could hurt her professionally, she was similarly dismissive.

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“You know what? Nothing good comes easy,” Knight said. “And I would hope that they will understand, as I do, that we have a better way to do this than to be angry and why is he doing this or why ain’t she doing that, you know?.

“For me, it’s just for me about respect. If we start denying the anthem, there are so many people that have died for our country and there are so many people in my family that are still part of, you know, just standing for the country, they are in the services and that kind of thing, and just to not say that if you really listen to the lyrics of the beginning, you’ll understand that. We have fought hard for a long time and not just in wars. I have protested myself.”

Knight went on to discuss her personal experiences during the civil rights era — in other words, disavowing the idea that protest need involve disrupting the Super Bowl.

In  short, she absolutely schooled Lemon — both on his questions and the real meaning of social justice. Knight had made a similar defense of the anthem in January when the pressure to boycott was at its most intense.

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight said in a statement then.

“It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone,” the statement said.

“I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good — I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”

In the end, she sang the anthem beautifully and didn’t use it to make a political statement against America or the flag. When grilled by Don Lemon — including the implied threat that her career could suffer — she was pitch-perfect, just as she was on Sunday.

Our hats are off to you, Gladys Knight, and may future Super Bowl performers evince even a fraction of your grace and talent.

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School Decides Not to Play National Anthem Before Championship Game, So Crowd Starts Singing



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By Cillian Zeal | May 27, 2018 at 2:23pm

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The NFL announced last week it would require players who are on the field before the game to stand for the national anthem. The decision sparked a lot of contentious debate in the media, which made us wonder: Do Americans still believe it’s important to play the anthem before games?

flag on the fieldWell, if what happened recently in Fresno, California is any indication, fans still consider “The Star-Spangled Banner” to be an integral part of the game — so much so they were willing to sing it even though event organizers wanted to skip it.

According to the Fresno Bee, the situation in question happened when Clovis High School and Buchanan High were playing a championship game at the softball diamond at Fresno State University. 

When an announcement was made that there would be no anthem before the game, the crowd was genuinely upset. In fact, they actually started booing.

“Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,’” fan Tiffany Marquez of Fowler, Calif., told the Bee. 

But instead of just booing, the crowd broke into song.

“Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building,” Marquez said. “There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”

According to David White of the Bee, it was an incredible sight.

“Hundreds of softball fans took to their feet and spangled away, singing the anthem a capella while the players on the field stood at attention toward the centerfield flag,” White said.

White said the crowd’s reaction was a powerful message of what the anthem means to people. 

“Oh say, can’t you see? The national anthem and the flag it adores still matter to a whole lot of people, and they take it personal when anyone comes between them and the star-kissed stripes. Some are obnoxious, ugly Americans, no doubt. Most of the others happen to think you can stand against social injustice (we do) and stand for the national anthem (we do, too),” White wrote. “Since when did the concepts become so mutually exclusive? Does anyone think anthem protests have started anything more than an argument that can’t be won?”

We wholeheartedly agree.

The national anthem protests in the NFL have accomplished little more than shaving a few points off the league’s TV ratings and make its partners antsy. Have the protests made us aware that some people are unhappy with certain aspects of this country? We already knew that.

Did their wholesale rejection of one of the unifying symbols of this country engender any more sympathy for them for those sitting on the fence? Not a whit. What it did was turn fans away in droves — and the free market eventually spoke. 

There are very few things that we can come together about as Americans. Our anthem ought to be one of them.

When an entire crowd can sing along when the song is omitted, we know there’s something special and unifying about “The Star-Spangled Banner” — and those who died defending it. That’s something to remember this Memorial Day.

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Sponsors Threaten NBC if They Continue to Show NFL Protests


Reported By Kim Smith | November 7, 2017 at 5:03pm

The NFL continues to feel the pain from football players’ national anthem protests. NBC Universal’s head of advertising, Linda Yaccarino, said network advertisers are not happy with the ongoing protests. They’re so unhappy, in fact, that marketers told the network to stop airing the protests or they will pull their ads, Business Insider reported.

Speaking during an interview Friday, Yaccarino said that while no advertisers have pulled out of NFL games yet, that could change. Yaccarino said that although it’s hard to prove definitively, she believes the protests are having a negative impact on ratings.

“I don’t think there’s any way to prove it, but I do think it has affected the ratings,” she said during a “fireside chat” with Oath CEO Tim Armstrong at the Manhattan offices of Verizon’s media agency, R/GA.

She may not think there is a way to prove it, but anyone paying attention is well aware that protests are a big problem for the league. Yaccarino said there are many advertisers who are reaching a boiling point.

“There is a list of advertisers that have made themselves very clear: ‘If you continue to cover the political coverage of the issue, we will not be part of the NFL,’” Yaccarino said, according to Deadline.

“Think about it — they have half the country that is cheering about that and half the country that is emailing them saying, ‘Don’t do that.’ That’s a real thing.”

Last Wednesday, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter attributed slow sales in the third quarter of 2017 to the controversy surrounding the protests, asserting that the controversy was diminishing the pizza chain’s advertising.

“NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders,” Schnatter said, in a call with analysts, as reported by CBS. “This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.”

Schnatter criticized NFL leadership for letting the issue fester.

“We’re certainly disappointed that NFL and its leadership did not resolve the ongoing situation to the satisfaction of all parties this year, year-and-a-half ago,” he said.

“Good or bad, leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” the CEO said.

Schnatter hit the nail on the head, and his comments reflect how many Americans feel about the matter. That’s probably why advertisers are reconsidering advertising during NFL games.

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Refs Fed Up With Anthem Protests, Walk Off Field When Players Take a Knee


Reported By Kim Smith | October 31, 2017 at 7:05pm

URL of the original posting site: https://conservativetribune.com/refs-fed-up-walk-off-field-knee/?

Two New Jersey high school football officials walked off the field Friday night after players knelt during the national anthem. Ernie Lunardelli, 54, and his son, Anthony, 27, stood for the anthem and left the field after seeing players on Monroe High School football team kneeling prior to a Sept. 28 game at New Brunswick, NJ.com reported.

The officials’ spots were filled by junior cadet officials at the game, Ernie Lunardelli told NJ.com.

“I’m not in favor of anyone disrespecting our country, our flag, the armed forces,” he said.

“What they’re protesting has nothing to do with the national anthem and I’m against it, so I decided to protest for them kneeling and that’s what I did,” the veteran football official said.

“Whoever is disrespecting that flag and the national anthem, that’s who I have a problem with.

“That’s my protest. I don’t care if it’s a baby, if it’s an 80-year-old man, anybody. I don’t care. Any race, color, I don’t care who it is. It’s not the way I was brought up and it pisses me off that people are doing that,” he added.

“What hurts the most is these kids don’t even know why they’re kneeling. I just don’t understand why this is happening, especially at the high school level. If you’re not happy with being in America, go somewhere else. It’s that simple.”

Amen.

Anthony Lunardelli, who graduated from Monroe in 2008, said he thought kneeling during the anthem was disrespectful.

“They’ve got a right to protest and so do we,” he told MyCentralNewJersey.com. “That (taking a knee during the anthem) is not how I was brought up, and that’s not how I was raised. I’m not criticizing their right. That’s just my viewpoint.”

New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association assistant director Jack DuBois told NJ.com that the situation was unheard of.

“I’ve been involved in high school athletics for 48 years and I’ve never seen or heard of an official leaving a game in any sport,” DuBois said.

“I don’t think it would be appropriate to comment about what transpired without knowing exactly what happened and why. I can tell you this will be investigated by both the Central Jersey chapter and our office.”

Ernie Lunardelli, who is in his 18th season of officiating games, told NJ.com he expected to be ostracized because of his actions.

“I have a lawyer already set up because they’re not going to run me out of town,” Ernie said. “They’re going to try to blackball me. I know what’s going to happen.”

Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. After all, if the students have a right to emulate professionals, officials should have the right to protest it.

H/T Independent Journal Review

NFL Legends Put Anthem Protesters to Shame With Special Tribute to Christ


Reported By Davis | October 25, 2017 at 2:38pm

URL of the original posting site: https://conservativetribune.com/anthem-protesters-to-shame/?

In light of the ongoing anthem-protesters by entitled football millionaires, a group of former NFL legends showed the current crop what true greatness is all about. This past summer, 18 NFL Hall of Famers were baptized in the Jordan River in Israel, Sports Spectrum reported.

In Matthew 3, the Scriptures record that Jesus was baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist.

The group of players who were baptized included Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Joe Greene, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, John Stallworth, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Dave Casper, Jerome Bettis, Ron Yary, Aeneas Williams, Lem Barney, Willie Lanier, Mike Singletary, Andre Tippett and Bruce Smith, according to Sports Spectrum.

Former Arizona Cardinals player Aeneas Williams, who is a pastor at The Spirit Church in St. Louis, Missouri, was there to help perform the baptisms for the players.

This is the sort of stuff that the media should be covering, but of course they won’t because it would show something other than people kneeling on the ground to take part in a pointless protest.

“Baptism is an outward sign of what has already happened on the inside of us,” Williams explained.

“Getting in the water, literally, your sins have been washed away and when you come up, it is symbolically a new person. The old person has been buried. We rejoice in the Lord,” he stated.

You can watch a video about the baptism here.

This action also highlights the generation gap between football players. The old guard are concerned with their love for God, while the newer generation is more concerned about how many people will like a picture of them kneeling.

The newer generation really has its priorities screwed up. In a few years, once their bodies are completely shattered from playing football, they will be completely forgotten by the American public and will having nothing to show for their protests.

However, the old guard have made their peace with God, and have clearly accepted something more important than a cool hashtag and a 30-second sound bite.

This is the sort of stuff we should be promoting.

This Week In The NFL: Pictures Reveal Nearly Empty Stadiums As Fans Lash Back Against Protests


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It’s not quite the No Fan League yet, but on Sunday, NFL stadiums illustrated the damage that has been done by the seemingly endless national anthem protests, which have driven away thousands of football fans.

Dylan Gwinn, writing on Breitbart, called it the “’new normal’ in the age of anthem protests: empty seats.”

Multiple games were played with clearly visible holes in the stands.

In Jacksonville, Florida, the smallest crowd since 2009 watched the Jaguars lose to the LA Rams 27-17, according to the Florida Times-Union. The crowd of 56,232 was about 5,000 fewer fans than the audience that attended the team’s home opener.

“Granted, this is Jacksonville and they’ve never really packed the house. Yet, even by Jaguars standards, that’s empty,” Gwinn wrote.

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The Jaguars weren’t the only team to suffer this fate. As can be seen below, many other stadiums experienced a visible drop in attendance.

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“The fact that those same levels of emptiness can be seen at other stadiums throughout the league, means that the fan backlash against the NFL has now turned everyone into Jacksonville. That’s a problem,” Gwinn wrote.

Not so, said Jacksonville defensive tackle Malik Jackson.

“We only worry about the people who come support us,” he said. “If you don’t want to come support us because of the views we have off the field, that’s your problem and I think you have to look at yourself.”

The lackluster attendance has added to the NFL’s concerns as it approaches a lease meeting at which the protests will be discussed. However, the league has already indicated it is not likely to require players to stand, as demanded by President Donald Trump.

CBS Sports quoted a source predicting how the meetings might go.

“Basically, the message from the NFL is going to be that it has empathy for its players and the situation they now find themselves in,” the source said. “And therefore you’ve seen no enforcement of the rule about the anthem in the gameday manual. But now this has morphed into something that is seen as divisive and disrespectful toward the flag and our servicemen and women by a segment of the country, and that’s not what was intended by the players or the NFL.

“So the league is going to encourage the players to follow the gameday manual and vow to continue to engage directly with players and the NFLPA on a platform to work for positive change in their communities. It’s not going to be – ‘If you don’t stand then you are going to get fined.’ Some owners might favor that, but that’s not the intention here,” the source added.

NFL Suffers Rating Declines as Views Shut Them Off


‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Plummet To Season Low

Reported by Photo of Katie Jerkovich Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter | 2:00 PM 10/10/2017

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 09: Mitchell Trubisky #10 and Cody Whitehair #65 of the Chicago Bears celebrate after scoring against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on October 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears 20-17. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

 

Ratings for “Monday Night Football” plummeted to a season low in Week 5, despite the well promoted release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” trailer during the game.

According to Deadline, ESPN walked away with ratings that were 17 percent lower than the “MNF” game just the week before. (RELATED: ‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Down)

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 09: Storm troopers take the field during a special halftime showing of the new Star Wars movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Soldier Field during the game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings on October 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 09: Storm troopers take the field during a special halftime showing of the new Star Wars movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Soldier Field during the game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings on October 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)

The Monday night game, between the Bears and Vikings, pulled in 11.9 million viewers, with a 4.3 rating in the key demographic of ages 18-49. The 2017-2018 season has seen ratings fall significantly as a result of national anthem protests by players.

However, it’s not all bad news for the National Football League and ESPN. Last night’s game was actually 8 percent higher than the week 5 Monday night game a year ago between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers.

 

Breaking: Huge CEO Takes Stand, Hits NFL With Devastating News


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After President Donald Trump expressed his opposition to the growing trend of professional athletes taking a knee in protest of the national anthem, the NFL responded by supporting the protests, and some 200 players on countless teams “took a knee” this weekend.

Fans who were disgusted by the protests — viewing it as an anti-American middle finger to the flag and all it represents — have begun fleeing the game in droves, so much so that DirecTV felt compelled to offer refunds to customers seeking to cancel their NFL package subscriptions.

Now, a CEO for a company that advertises during NFL games and provides wardrobes for NBC’s on-air NFL analysts and sportscasters has decided to take a stand against taking a knee. In fact, he has announced that he is pulling all ads and will no longer provide clothing to NBC talent, according to Independent Journal Review.

That CEO is Allan Jones, owner of the payday lending chain Check Into Cash and Hardwick Clothes — billed as America’s oldest suit-maker — according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

“Our companies will not condone unpatriotic behavior” in the NFL, Jones said in a statement. Jones, who has been a big supporter of President Trump, ordered his media buyer — ad agency Tombras Group in Knoxville — to pull all ads for Check Into Cash, Buy Here Pay here USA, or U.S. Money Stores from all NFL games “for the entire season.”

“When I see Colin Kaepernick lecturing the ‘oppressed’ wearing a Fidel Castro T-shirt you realize the hypocrisy to this stupidity,” Jones stated, according to The Chattanoogan. “I love America. They have the right to protest and I have the right to turn off the channel and place our ads elsewhere.”

“The next time someone ask the public to finance a stadium this will have a very long term effect,” he continued. “These guys should really be the lead plaintiffs in the head injury cases — that’s the only jury that will find sympathy!”

“If you will research why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner you will realize why I am upset about these NFL players protesting. They don’t even know what it is they are protesting,” Jones lamented. “The flag was still standing. 200 English ships tried to take it down. They kept it up all night and it could only be seen when the bombs were bursting in the air. So many patriots gave their lives to keep the flag up — and now to have people protesting who don’t have a clue about any of this bothers me.”

“Our companies will not condone unpatriotic behavior!” he added. “TAKING A STAND … NOT A KNEE!”

Whether Jones is just the first domino to fall or will end up being the lone CEO to walk away from the NFL remains to be seen. However, if public pressure continues to mount and the NFL refuses to address the issue that is driving fans away, we suspect Jones will likely be the first of many to choose standing patriotically over kneeling.

MUSLIMS ARE OFFENDED AT NATIONAL ANTHEM: They Say It’s Forcing Them To….


Written by Thomas Holmes on November 3, 2015

Everybody’s favorite militant and oppressive- yet somehow peace-loving- cult of religious immigrants is back in the news. Last week, we reported on things getting serious in the U.K., today it’s all about Great Brit’s former colony of criminals, Australia. Yep, after escaping to Down Under and western freedom, a glut of Islamists now declare that Australia has no right to ask Muslims to sing their national anthem or value the democratic principles of western citizenship.

This, according to Islamic activist group, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which is campaigning against Australia because they believe the country is enforcing democratic values and a “disputed view” of history which contradicts Islamic beliefs.

“Requiring schoolchildren to sing the national anthem, and the citizenship pledge supporting democratic values, are a part of an oppressive campaign by Australian authorities of ‘forced assimilation’ of the Muslim community”.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir spokesman, Unthman Badar

Well, if there’s one culture that knows a thing or two about “forced assimilation” it would be Islam. Mr. Badar goes on to insist that this supposed oppression is due to an “exaggerated fear of a security threat”. Yeah, because someone who represents a belief system with a history of violence while giving the finger to democracy from inside your own borders is a totally absurd thing to be concerned about. Personally, I think Mr. Badar is just ticked off because he thinks the government got their indoctrination process started before he could start his.

Getting back to the whole national anthem quibble, Mr. Badar asks, “If you don’t share those values, why should they [Muslim children] be forced to sing it?” Believe it or not, Mr. Badar does veer into a valid question, although he mistakenly thinks it lends credence to his argument. If our western leaders would take a second to remove their heads from a certain sun-less location they might realize what this question actually implies: If Muslims don’t share our values, why would they want to migrate to democratic countries? If they reject democracy in favor of continued Muslim/Sharia culture, are they really “fleeing” from that society at all? Why would we want people like that inside our borders? 

Mr. Badar makes another crucial point when he states, “The attempt to reform Islam is doomed to failure.” Truer words have never been spoken. Sharia living is inseparable from Islam as any Muslim who admits to living under the Quran will tell you. The so-called western Muslims are keeping quiet about all these “Bad Muslims” either because they’re in abject denial about true Islam, in outright disobedience – which would be a death sentence – or are secretly supportive. Either way, it’s past time western leaders took a page out of Islam’s dedication and started identifying liberty-centric principles to stand up for exactly what democracy is and… is not. Anyone who wants to stand on our side of the line is welcome, anyone who doesn’t can go back home and rape your own women and embrace global hate.

Read more:  Pamela Geller

 

Breaking: Major Bank Delivers Brutal News to NFL and Network Carrying Games


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After the latest round of anthem-kneeling this weekend, the NFL was already feeling the wrath of its fans. Now, it’s beginning to feel the wrath of Wall Street.

According to Bloomberg, major investment bank JPMorgan Chase just gave a brutal outlook to the NFL and the networks that are carrying its games, singling out the anthem protests as one of the reasons the entities could be in serious trouble.

According to Bloomberg, analyst Shawn Quigg said investors should bet against CBS stock ahead of this week’s NFL matchups, arguing that more controversy could tank the stock.

The bank recommends buying an option that gives you the right to sell the shares at $57.50 on the likelihood that the stock will fall below that price after the company discloses ratings for the games,” Quigg said in a note to investors. “CBS closed at $58 on Tuesday.”

“NFL-related revenue is not trivial to CBS, and any decline in NFL viewership related to the national anthem debate may negatively affect future results,” he added. “We view this weekend’s viewership results as a cleaner proxy in determining whether the anthem debate may be a larger issue for the NFL, and CBS, or not.”

Quigg also pointed to the increase in Pittsburgh Steeler Alejandro Villanueva jersey sales in the wake of this past weekend. Villanueva was the only Steeler to leave the locker room and stand for the national anthem before the Steelers game on Sunday.

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“If one uses player jersey sales as a proxy, fans appear to favor an on-field standing presence during the anthem,” Quigg noted, adding that another week of controversy and bad ratings could possibly “mobilize investors to take the potential impact more seriously.”

According to Bloomberg, NFL-related ad dollars represent 10 percent of CBS’ total revenue. While ratings were slightly up this past weekend compared to last year, ratings from the first two weeks of the season have been down significantly. As USA Today points out, last year’s Monday night game in the third week of the season conflicted with one of the presidential debates, meaning it would be difficult to read too much into any ratings gain from this week.

And, while viewers might have tuned in to see the controversy, it’s unlikely they’re going to stick around to see it again. The fact is that plenty of fans are sick of the NFL’s anti-anthem posturing, and lower network revenues (and concomitant stock prices) are going to be the new normal until that gets sorted out.

CBS isn’t the only stock analysts are likely to be warning about if this keeps up.

Fans Turn On NFL Legend After He Kneels For National Anthem


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As the voices of football fans and patriotic Americans continue to swell in opposition to protests taking place before NFL games, even athletes who endeared themselves to the fans are feeling the sting. Retired Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis is an example.

Lewis made the Pro Bowl in 13 of his 17 seasons, was named Super Bowl MVP, and had a statue erected in his honor outside the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium.

Then came Sunday, when Lewis dropped to his knees during the singing of the national anthem at Baltimore’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London — and now a petition calling for the removal of his statue has collected over 50,000 signatures.

By Friday, a change.org petition for the removal of the statue had almost 69,000 signatures.

Officials are not taking the fans’ passion as lightly as are the NFL’s players.

“There is additional security at the statue plaza at this time,” said Rachelina Bonacci, a spokesperson for the Maryland Stadium Authority.

“Certainly observers can notice the presence of uniformed security officers at M&T Bank Stadium, which includes the statue plaza,” she said. “The additional officers and other security enhancements have been in place since Sunday afternoon.”

The petition reads, “I want the Ray Lewis statue at Ravens Stadium removed because of his refusal to stand during the national anthem. That song honors our country and our veterans who fought for it. To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting. I will not stand for that kind of disrespect towards our country, especially from a legend such as Ray Lewis. You stand for the National Anthem as a salute to those who can’t stand because they fought for this land.”

The petition was accompanied by a soul-searching letter from Eric Moniodis, who started the petition, to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.

“I sit here heartbroken, searching for answers, and questioning why it has come to this. I am disappointed, to say the least. The team that I have loved since 1996, and the Raven I came to respect more than any other, has defiled my National Anthem, my country, and all of it’s (sic) troops,” he wrote.

Moniodis said Lewis was once a legend, but is so no longer.

“A legend is a hero both on and off the field, and by disgracing this great country by kneeling during the national anthem, on foreign soil no less, he has lost the respect of myself and many of my peers who used to see him in a different light,” he wrote.

Moniodis called refusing to stand for the anthem “blatant disrespect to our country’s solute to our troops, veterans and first responders.”

Lewis spoke about the petition during a local sports radio show.

“It only bothers me if I blatantly did something to gain awareness for myself. What I did — is for our country. That’s why I challenge people,” he said.

Lewis said there was significance in the fact the he knelt on both knees, and not only one. “You can protest, I’m gonna pray,” he said.

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Kaep Loves Protesting on Live TV, but Here’s the 1 Photo He Wants Kept Secret


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When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the anti-American trend of sitting or taking a knee while the national anthem was played, he insisted he was using his platform to raise awareness and start a broader dialogue regarding perceived racial inequalities in America and police brutality.

Other players who have joined the protest trend have echoed those sentiments, and while some of them may truly believe it and think they aren’t being disrespectful or un-American, the reality is that many Americans do indeed find their actions to be quite disrespectful and offensive.

And in Kaepernick’s case, just a wee bit hypocritical.

You see, while the bi-racial Kaepernick rails against the perceived oppression of minorities in America by a “white supremacist” system, he himself doesn’t appear to have been all that “oppressed” and held back from opportunity by “white people,” but was in fact raised and presented with a multitude of opportunity by white people, namely his adoptive white mother and father.

Breaking: NFL Just Got Catastrophic News About Ticket Sales. It just keeps getting worse for the Goodell and the gang.


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At an Alabama rally Friday night, President Donald J. Trump argued that NFL owners should release any team member who “disrespects our flag.” Apparently, America agrees.

Since the president called on team owners to take action — and those same owners, along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, essentially thumbed their collective nose at him — ticket sales have plummeted.

Online ticket re-seller TickPick told Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner that NFL sales for Week Four games dropped nearly 18 percent since prior to Trump’s statement.

According to the Examiner, TickPick cited two numbers damning to the NFL’s response to Trump and the recent national anthem controversy:

17.9 percent decrease in NFL orders this week compared to the previous week.

Last year the drop was 10.8 percent in orders on Monday & Tuesday following Week Three games.

Bedard referred to the sharp decline as the “Trump Effect.”

Trump said at the Alabama rally that he would “love to see” players fired who participated in protests, such as kneeling, during the pre-game playing of the national anthem, according to NPR.

“‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired,” Trump said he’d like to hear NFL owners say. “‘He’s fired.’”

After those statements, many, many more NFL players — some joined by coaches and other staff members — publicly took a knee during the national anthem, bringing even more attention to the controversy and apparently angering many fans.

Nonetheless, Goodell didn’t appear ready to back down.

“The way we reacted today, and this weekend, made me proud,” Goodell said Sunday of the NFL’s response to Trump’s statement, which he called “divisive,” according to Sport Illustrated. “I’m proud of our league.”

“We have seen a massive decrease in NFL ticket purchases this past week in comparison to years past,” TickPick’s Jack Slingland told the Examiner. “Week 3 seems to usually have less ticket orders than week 2, but this year ticket purchases are down more than 7 percent from this time last year.”

“While we can’t specify if this decrease is due to the president’s comments, player and owner protests, play on the field, or simply the continued division of consumer’s media attention, the conversation around the NFL this week has focused on the president’s comments as well as the players’ and owners’ reaction,” Slingland said.

“As viewers continue to abandon their NFL Sunday habits, both the number of ticket sales and the purchase price of tickets will drop,” he predicted.

Others agreed:

Are planning to watch any NFL games this weekend?

The John Elway Way: Stand For The Anthem And Get Politics Out Of Football


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In response to the epidemic of national anthem protests sweeping the National Football League, NFL legend John Elway has made two things clear.

First, he will always stand for the national anthem even if others exercise their right to protest. Second, it is long past time to get politics out of football games.

Elway, who starred with the Denver Broncos as a player and is now the team’s general manager, made it clear this week that while not condemning players who kneel, he would never join them.

I’m one that believes in standing for the national anthem, and I’ve always believed that. I believe that this is the greatest country in the world. We are very fortunate to live here, but it’s obviously not perfect,” he said.

“There are a lot of things that need to be corrected, and we will continue to work on those things. I’m one that really believes in standing for the flag,” Elway said.

Elway indicated that he believed comments from President Donald Trump, who strongly criticized protesting NFL players, were a major factor in the protests that took place last weekend.

“I understand the players and the way they felt from the comments that were made earlier in the week. They felt they had to go down and kneel and that’s up to them,” he said.

But enough is enough, Elway also said.

“Hopefully, as we go forward we can start concentrating on football a little bit more. Take the politics out of football. But I think that last week was a good show of unity by the NFL and hopefully this week we can move forward,” he said.

Elway’s remarks mirrored those of Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, who said his players have the right to protest, even if he believes in standing for the anthem. Jones also seemed to finger Trump for the latest round of protests.

“That’s their right as U.S. citizens. The comments didn’t sit well with our football team or the entire NFL,” Joseph said. “Hopefully, we can move past this and play football because politics and football don’t mix, in my opinion. I’m a football coach and they’re football players, and our job is to win football games. Hopefully, we can get back to that this week.”

Elway had been asked about protests in August, and responded with a clear focus on job one — winning football games.

“My stance is that everybody has their right to do what they wish to do and their beliefs are their beliefs. That’s why we live in this country. They have the right to display whatever they wish to display,” he said then.

“I think one thing — where we stand and where I stand with the Broncos — is, ‘That’s OK and we will respect that and whatever you want to do is fine with us. But the bottom line is that can’t get in the way with our main goal. And that is to compete for world championships,’” he said.

“I just don’t want that pulling away from our team. It can pull (you) away, because it does get a lot of attention. The only thing that I would say to our players is to make sure it’s not hurting your teammate. If the questions and everything — if the tenor changes of what goes on in these interviews and you’re not talking about our next opponent, you’re talking about what’s going on in the world — that’s not the best thing for our football team,” Elway said then.

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Former Army Ranger Is Only Pittsburgh Steeler To Appear For Anthem


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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wanted to play football, not politics. Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva felt he had a higher duty. Thus, the former Army Ranger was the only Steeler visible on Sunday during the playing of the national anthem before the Steelers took on the Chicago Bears.

Tomlin admitted that two days after President Donald Trump tweeted out his condemnation of anthem protests, sparking a fierce negative reaction among NFL players, he wanted unity. Tomlin had said before the game that the team would not be on the field for the anthem, citing the players’ decision. Afterward, he said he wanted to respected what his players felt was best.

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

He said he let the players decide, with one condition.

“Many of them felt like something needed to be done. I asked those guys to discuss it and whatever they discussed that we have 100 percent participation or we do nothing,” Tomlin said.

“They discussed it for an appropriate length of time and they couldn’t come to an understanding, so they chose to remove themselves from it. They were not going to be disrespectful in the anthem so they chose not to participate, but at the same time many of them were not going to accept the words of the president,” he added, saying the team decided to remain out of view.

Tomlin said his focus was the game, not the anthem.

“We’re not politicians. We’re coaches and professional athletes,” Tomlin said Sunday. “If those of us or individuals choose to participate in politics in some way I’m going to be supportive of that. But when we come out of locker rooms, we come out of locker rooms to play football games.”

Offensive tackle Chris Hubbard said the players, by a slim majority, voted in favor of staying off the field instead of standing on the sideline holding hands, but that players knew Villanueva was going to do what he wanted.

“Al was cool with it, with whatever we went through. He was on board. That’s Al, man,” Hubbard told Penn Live. “He’s a good guy.”

“We thought we were all in attention with the same agreement, obviously,” said linebacker James Harrison. “But, I guess we weren’t.”

Villanueva, A Bronze Star recipient who three tours of duty in Afghanistan, has said there is a difference between changing society and protesting during the anthem.

“I agree that America is not perfect, I agree there are lot of issues with minorities in this country, I agree we should do something about it,” Villanueva in August 2016, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But I don’t know if the most effective way is to sit down when the national anthem of the country that is providing you freedom and providing you $16 million a year is the best way to do it when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan and protecting our freedom for less than $20,000 a year.”

“I just know I’m very thankful to be an American,” Villanueva said.

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Marie Osmond Offers To Perform at Trump Inauguration To Help “Unite” America


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Singer Marie Osmond made a surprising offer that could alienate her from the liberal elite in Hollywood, all for the sake of unity. She said she would be willing to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration if asked.

“I think when it comes to our country we need to unite,” Osmond recently said in an interview with Yahoo Finance“I think we should all support our president whether we’re happy or sad. This is America.”

Osmond, 57, has eight children of her own, and she said they all have different political beliefs. She added that she would never want them to feel division over politics.

“We should come together, and I think an Inauguration should be a time to unite, it really should,” the singer concluded.

Osmond and her brother, Donny, performed at President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981. She’s right that it’s time for the country to come together and let Trump do what the people elected him to do.

While Osmond confirmed that she would be on vacation during the event, we assume that she would have changed those plans had she been invited to perform.  That’s a big risk, considering the amount of venom most of Hollywood has been spewing against Trump since he announced he would run for office. There’s no doubt Democrats and liberal news outlets will trash Osmond for making the offer, but that’s exactly the kind of hate we’ve come to expect from the left.partyof-deceit-spin-and-lies

Yahoo reported that those who are scheduled to perform at the event included the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Radio City Rockets, the Talladega (Alabama) College Marching Tornadoes and “America’s Got Talent” star Jackie Evancho, who will sing the national anthem.

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NFL Executives Unload on Colin Kaepernick: ‘F— That Guy,’ ‘He’s a Traitor’


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Some fans filmed themselves burning Kaepernick jerseys. Otherstell the player to move to another country on social media. Even the woman who gave birth to him but then gave him up for adoption took to her Twitter account to criticize Kaepernick for his very public position.

Some pro football greats have also gone public to express their distaste over Kaepernick’s antics.

But according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, Kaepernick may be about to find out that his career prospects in the NFL look bleak, at least if Freeman is right about the large number of NFL front offices that now say they want no part of Kaepernick if the 49ers should let him go

One NFL team executive told Freeman, “I don’t want him anywhere near my team. He’s a traitor.”

Freeman said that his survey of NFL executives seemed to show that Kaepernick may find it impossible to play for another NFL team if San Francisco cuts him, a possibility even prior to his recent tirades. But with the executives giving their opinions anonymously deciphering the weight their opinions hold within organizations remains impossible.

But one general manager told the writer, “In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick.”

Freeman notes that Kaepernick has told friends that he has expected to be cut and maybe lose his NFL career after becoming “radioactive” because of his loud anti-Americanism. But some have also said that this is all a smoke screen on Kaepernick’s part as he likely knew he was about to be cut and ginned up this anti-American business so he could blame the NFL’s “racism” for his lost career.

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WATCH WHAT THESE JOURNALISTS DO: During The Nat’l Anthem At The #DemDebate


waving flagWritten by Wes Walker on October 14, 2015

Well, they certainly did in this clip. Too bad this is a lesson that the supposed media elite haven’t learned yet.

Journalists would have us believe that we’re wrong to write them off as elitists in ivory towers. They love this country too. They’re just as American as any average working stiff.

But the camera tells a different story, a story confirming many patriots’ suspicions.

Could there be an innocent explanation? Probably. It could be that people are reading more into this than they need to.

But you don’t need to be a PR consultant to see the credibility problem.  When people have been burned before, they notice the little things: the little snubs that others might get away with.

It doesn’t help that the media keeps writing off conservatives that love their country as the villains in their narratives. They like to put us on the same moral plane as terrorists — or even worse, since some downgrade actual terrorism to “workplace violence”.

If they didn’t disdain “fly-over country” it might be easier to offer the benefit of the doubt.

But those bridges have been burned already.  One too many scandals buried. One too many pieces praising the bold initiatives of those abusing their office.

Well, guess what, guys? We no longer trust you. Many of us never did.

You say you love America. We don’t believe you do. Not America. Not her People. Not her History. And certainly not her Institutions.

And that is why, when the cameras are rolling, and you think nobody is watching, we are. We notice that the Anthem is played, and you ignore it. You sit distracted in your chairs. Bored.

In a room of 400 journalists at the Democratic Debate, only about 20 stood up when the National Anthem played. The numbers were similar at the Reagan Library. (And ‘conservative’ media outlets? You were little better. We noticed that, too.)

Others might get the benefit of the doubt. Most probably would.

But your indifference, (disdain?) bears too close a resemblance to what we see at 1600 Pennsylvania. It has all the class and decorum of a selfie at a funeral.  And we’re sick of it.AMEN

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This Kid’s Amazing Rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Going Viral–Watch It And You’ll See Why


Posted by Michael CantrellMichael CantrellNovember 28, 2014

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Nothing stirs up the red, white, and blue coursing through my veins faster than hearing a talented singer completely rock out “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

If it’s done correctly, it brings a tear to my eye and gives me goosebumps as I reflect on how awesome this country really is. It reminds me that despite all of the bad junk going on with our corrupt government, this nation is truly worth fighting for, and in the end, we will be victorious in restoring her to her former glory.

This is exactly how I felt when I heard this young man belt out our National Anthem with the full respect the song demands. It’s simply amazing.

From TheBlaze:

But on Thursday, 12-year-old Quintavious Johnson — a contestant on the 9th season of “America’s Got Talent” — provided a beautiful rendition of the song that earned him quite a bit of praise.

Performing at the Thanksgiving Day game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears, Johnson inspired the masses with a perfect delivery of the national anthem.

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This is so awesome. I think we should all watch it again. Go ahead. Really. I’ll wait.

What makes this version of the song so special is that there have been so many terrible live versions sung at sporting events that each time a video gets posted of the latest one, it’s usually because someone flubbed it, not because they did a stellar job like Johnson did with the tune.

Hopefully this song will brighten your day and remind you how great America is. While things are bad, they could always be worse, so take hope. We’re fighting for freedom, and you know what? It’s a war we can actually win.

 About the Author; Michael Cantrell

Michael CantrellMichael Cantrell is a conservative journalist/blogger with over 8 years of professional writing experience writing for some of the largest publications on the Internet. He has participated in several campaigns to repeal Obamacare, worked with Tea Party candidates running for Congress, and more. Michael is a staunch constitutionalist and lover of American history.
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1,000 High School Students Sing US National Anthem on 18 Floors of Hotel


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 “So, I’m in Kentucky for work and today when we got back, 1000 high school students had checked into our hotel. They had been making quite the ruckus tonight, but then did this to celebrate the start of the Olympics. Not the best video, (cause my fear kept me pretty far from the edge) but that’s 18 levels of them singing! Amazing!” -Michelle Johnson

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