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Friday, November 24, 2017

NFL learns there's No Free Lunch

Let us cut to the chase: the NFL owns the players' protest because not only has the league failed to hold players accountable, its owners joined in the anti-American protest.

Well, virtue signaling has a price. Americans are about to pull tax breaks that the league enjoys.



I want to make clear exactly what this protest is about.

Colin Kaepernick said:
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
He said that on NFL.com.

His position is that police murder black people and get away with it.

That is now the league's position.

Make no mistake, the league controls the action on the field.

Instead of punishing Kaepernick, it embraced his position when owners kneeled with him.

OK.

Fine.

That is their right as Americans to publicly display a vile hatred for our nation.

But there is no right to taxpayer money, as the league will soon discover.

From Reuters:
The National Football League said on Tuesday it opposes a tax bill proposed by U.S. House of Representatives Republicans that could force teams to put up more of their own money to fund stadium construction.
Under the legislation unveiled last week, local governments could no longer fund the building or renovation of professional sports stadiums by issuing tax-exempt, public-purpose bonds, the sort of bonds typically used to fund schools, libraries and public transit.
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President Donald Trump has called for an end to the subsidy, at least for the NFL, after some of its players angered the Republican president by kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial bias in the criminal justice system. His Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, also proposed ending the tax break for stadiums in 2015.
Ha ha ha.

Obama wanted to strip the tax break as well.

I would rescind the NFL of its anti-trust exemption as well.

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58 comments:

  1. I wouldn't say the owners one else with him, but to him. They think the players are what keeps them in the money. They've forgotten about us. The breast cancer virtue signalling didn't cost them anything, and they think this will pass. In a way they are just like the Republican Establishment thinking that once they have control of the party again we will have no choice but to go along with them, after all what other alternative is there?

    Sometimes the best thing to do with a bad, abusive relationship is to quietly walk away without saying anything.

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  2. Stupid autocorrect. Not one else, but knelt.

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  3. The Forgotten Man is finding his voice once again. President Trump, the GOPe, and the NFL fiasco are but outward signs of the inner conscience, patriotism, and will of the majority of U.S. citizens. So far The Forgotten Man has sufficed with gentle reminders of his presence. If the Progressive Liberal Lefties keep pushing to the point that there is a serious attack on President Trump's legitimacy The Forgotten Man's reaction may not be so gentle. - Elric

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    1. yes
      there will be an uprising

      maybe that is what the left is hoping for
      however, they will regret it when all hell breaks loose

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  4. "That is their right as America to publicly display a vile hatred for our nation."

    How does objecting to extra-judicial killings by law enforcement on the street equate to a vile hatred of our nation? Citizens object to many things that the government does but no thing is so important to an individual as death. Asset forfeiture, for instance, would have inspired rebellion in the 18th and 19th centuries but is tolerated now because it doesn't always involve being shot full of holes.

    It's truly notable that the US is capable of sending equipment to the farthest reaches of the solar system that will report back information to earth for years. At the same time, it deals with people that fail to heed the instructions of their employees with 14th century technology that involves the use of a rapid chemical reaction to drive a metal pellet through their bodies, often with fatal results. Americans simply like to kill people, apparently.

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    1. The usual stuff and nonsense of the radical left!

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    2. I know it's a waste of pixels- but let me just say that your premise, that policemen are extra-judicially killing black people, is untrue.

      If you examine actual murder records, they show that it is black people who are murdering other black (and some white) people at an alarming rate. Not the police, who may not be perfect but who are not the cause of black murder.

      You also overlook the fact that many of the police who are being slandered by this protest are themselves black.

      So stand on the side of the liars if you like; it doesn't change the facts.

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    3. This shouldn't be a right-left issue. Cops aren't just extra-judicially killing black people, the skin color doesn't matter: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-minneapolis-response-to-police-shooting-of-white-woman-by-somali-officer-has-been-different/2017/08/01/e14aec18-7237-11e7-803f-a6c989606ac7_story.html?utm_term=.4f892c5be964

      The black people that you describe as murdering others are often murderers and are treated as such. Their numbers don't excuse murders by police officers, who are tasked with the protection of society. Instead, cops like these guys are running wild: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-09/news/ct-met-chicago-cop-sentencing-20131010_1_ronald-watts-drug-courier-fbi-informant

      http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-ci-gondo-testimony-20171025-story.html

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    4. Cops aren't extra judicially killing anyone. Period.

      If you try to have cops with no right to self-defense, you will have no cops.

      Hope you're prepared to do your own shooting.

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    5. "Hands up don't shoot" is a slanderous lie, debunked by eyewitness testimony and incontrovertible forensic evidence.

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    6. So...the very occasional police officer shooting a black man is the ONLY thing which makes or breaks our nation? Not the trillions of dollars we funnel to our poorest? Not trying to fix some of our national pathologies? Not saving Europe, not shutting down rape rooms, not inventing essentially EVERYTHING.

      It is all cop shootings. Okay. They are picking the metric. We disagree with their priorities.

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    7. Pulver, it's NOT a left-right issue. It's an issue of Americans versus dumbshits. I'm on the Americans' side.

      NFL delenda est.

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    8. "How does objecting to extra-judicial killings by law enforcement on the street equate to a vile hatred of our nation?"

      It is a blood libel, that's what makes it hatred of your nation.

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    9. Repeating a lie does not make it the truth.

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    10. Act right, don't get killed. It is as simple as that.

      If you want to get worked up about it, then go do so quietly in the corner. Nobody of consequence is interested in hearing your caterwauling anymore.

      This is the new normal. Get used to it. Don't like it? Leave. Nobody will miss you.

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    11. the nfl is full of convicts with rap sheets
      i guess when you pick thugs up off the streets to play football, this is what you get, the hood bangers that hate America while making millions of dollars

      imho

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  5. The NFL, should rebrand as the FL & drop the N, as they no longer appear to be National

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    1. But it does stand for "N" word tattooed thugs

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    2. Or how about the RFL - The Radical Football League?

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    3. How about the Anti-National Football League?

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    4. How about PFL? Progressive Football League, or Piffle for short.

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  6. I am not here making excuses for NFL players (by saying the following): Black Nationalism has stolen the protest, that's the politicized belief that whites are all racists, that cops are all killers, that people of color must rise up and take over to save themselves in evil America. I believe too many of those who have, at least sometimes, knelt, have done so in the spirit of MLK to draw attention to their sense of how far blacks have yet to go to feel like they are equal in America (and, yes, I know there is an argument that points out how much of the culture in gang-dominated neighborhoods completely abandons MLK's "dream" for a racial identity that makes it impossible to join the rest of the country -- that is, one can point to uncontrolled crime as the great weight keeping poor neighborhoods of color down and that it ought to follow that cops who arrest felons and control crime on not the enemy at all).

    If you are black, you are pulled into politicized protests and ideology and I do think many of the NFL kneelers are following what they think they heard and think they are protesting -- like they think they are only kneeling so, in their minds, white people will treat black people as human beings. Identity politics has made conversation or change impossible (what with all black people being forced to embrace gang killings and dead cops as positives?!?).

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    1. In the minds of today's young blacks MLK never existed! Their view is one of hatred and dominance, not goodwill and working for the benefit of the nation and all of it's people. I have never seen such hatred in my lifetime and it all seems to have jelled with the Black Nationalist movement of Obama.

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    2. Keith, where do you think these football players come from? How many are black and come from “the hood” from unwed mothers and fatherless families? They bring their pathologies with them to college where they are not really expected to study. They get tutors or take “gut” courses so they can practice the game. It’s what they are there for. And if they’re good athletes, can run, can catch, are agile they “graduate” to play pro ball.
      From high school through college and pro ball they live in a cocoon and bring their pathologies with them. They are rich beyond the dreams of most Americans but at heart they are really gang-bangers with tats, dreads and money. They are paid to play a game; not to preach to regular people because when they do we see them for what they are.

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    3. I wore the uniform (twelve buttons, thirteen button holes in the dress blues of the time), took the oath, and saluted the flag. This is my country. I am proud of it, and despise those who denigrate it. (Am I allowed to use that verb?)

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    4. Colin Kaepernik (note the last name) was raised like most white kids, by white parents.

      He has turned not only upon his nation but upon his family.

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  7. The owner of the Houston team was right - the inmates are running the prison. But shame on the owners and the sorry commissioner for letting this happen.

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    1. Short term goals vs long term. The Owners are afraid of their players. Afraid to be branded racist. So, they're pursuing the short term goal of appeasing Black greivances.

      The long term effects of that weren't so well thought out. Actual Black fatigue is becoming common amongst the White folks who are paying for all of this. But there's an end to calling White customers "racists". That's when they're not willing to pay attention any longer. Violent Black thugs aren't entertainment.

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    2. Agreed.
      Black Fatigue Syndrome (BFS) is real.
      Once afflicted, BFS renders you socially apathetic and immune to all things black.
      So the urban mobs and their allies can kneel, riot, and burn all they want.
      Don't care.
      Don't live there.
      And besides, I am to steeped in quiet rural bliss to heed predictable evermore "black noise".

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  8. If legislation does eliminate the federal tax emotion on local bonds that are used to build professional sports stadiums, then it will apply to other professional sports, too, not just the NFL. It will apply to MLB, to the NBA, to the NFL, and to the nascent soccer leagues. The law cannot selectively apply to just the NFL and survive a court challenge. It will have to aply to all, or to none. That's fine with me, but let's not overlook the collateral effects of this effort to punish the ungrateful NFL.

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    1. That's exemption not emotion. LOL.

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    2. My city has recently built or renovated several stadiums, with a soccer stadium currently under construction. I am fine with the teams having to build their own stadiums in future.

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    3. I don't think that is a bad thing. They would then have to raise money and take the risks that other businesses do.

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  9. There will be a way around it: If a new arena is built for college basketball or hockey, and a pro sports team shares it with the college team, and the college operates the venue, they will simply use the college to do everything as to evade this ban.

    Many Big East basketball teams play in pro arenas. Two ACC schools play football in pro venues. Many college baseball teams play in minor league stadiums. If the college runs the venues, they can simply get around this ban.

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    1. The state colleges will have to get tax funding. Private colleges will have to get alumni funding.

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    2. If colleges go into business renting out their facilities to pro teams, they are taking a chance of losing their federal tax exemption as non-profits. At the least, the income they would get from such schemes, and perhaps even the entire income of their athletic departments, would be fully taxable as being unrelated to the academic mission of the schools. The tax status of big-time college sports programs is under scrutiny these days and is jealously guarded by armies of attorneys for the universities, especially in view of many on-going calls for the schools to pay college athletes a real salary.

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  10. Well to begin with, I see a whole lot of blacks killing cops but very little of the reverse. Now that that is out of the way, I do agree on one point, it is time to get out of the way of blacks and let them stand or fall on their own. No free phones, absolutely no affirmative action, especially in college entrance. Stand or fall on your own! Take the test, if you can't pass then you fail to be admitted. No special "diversity" hires of substandard applicants simply because of their race. Make it or break it. Now do not get me wrong, every qualified black person should have every opportunity to achieve regardless of his race or background, but the kicker is QUALIFIED! Start treating violent killers and criminals as they should be treated. Longer prison sentences, in prisons with PROPERLY qualified guards who should be neither racists or half criminal themselves. Return the death penalty, with only one chance at retrial, so that it is enacted in a timely manner, for the killing of any police or law and order officer. If the category "hate" crime is going to exist then declare that ANY hate crime will be treated with extra penalties, not just white on black, etc. crimes. Finally but not last, do not allow unqualified TEACHERS into our schools from elementary up through college!

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    1. Blacks commit 50% of all murders and 55% of all robberies in the US. Simple math says a lot of cop encounters will involve black felons.

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    2. That sounds really bad. Until you look at the numbers more closely. The national murder rate is under 6 per 100,000 = .006 percent. Murderers are very extremely rare. If black Americans are 3 times more likely to commit a murder than a white American that is still only about .018 percent of the black population.

      Approximately 99.98 or 99.99% of any race are not murderers.

      Reversing the numbers you find that a cop is 50X more likely to kill a black man than vice versa.

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    3. You sir, are quite delusional. Cops kill, more whites than they do blacks. We are smart enough to realize that the killings by cops are either justified in and of themselves, or just terrible mistakes made when a split second decision goes wrong. We don't riot when whites are killed by cops. Cops aren't murdering anyone. BLM thugs are however murdering many cops, execution style. BFS is wearing us out.

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  11. Even living in CA, even knowing the tax bill is loaded with carp, I'll support it if it removes NFL subsidies and blue state state/local tax exemption.
    Can we get a repeal of the Hollywood tax break too?
    JimNorCal

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  12. They have the right to protest until they grow gills and swim in the sea and I have the right to boycott their teams and league until they make an apology to our nation, vets, military and police.

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  13. Who would have guessed that spitting on their own viewership was a bad business model?

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  14. Black players obviously don't need White Money

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  15. the nfl and its taxpayer subsidizes including dhs paying for 100% of the security at the stupid bowl must stop
    no decent human being would support taxpayer subsidies for any business

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  16. "His position is that police murder black people and get away with it."

    I have to constantly remind people that this IS what it is about, and it is not about "inequality" or other kumbaya terms that people want to use to soften things.

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  17. A black person is more likely to be struck by lightning than be shot by cops.

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  18. I am eagerly awaiting the Cowboys fanatics to perpetually cry out that JJones was just praying and not kneeling. Whatever, he went front and center and joined their circus of despair.

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    1. This former Cowboys fan is done with ALL of the NFL. Their collective antics are not worth my time or money.

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  19. "Reversing the numbers you find that a cop is 50X more likely to kill a black man than vice versa." Sure, yeah, right, black criminals are equally as justified when they shoot the cops trying to arrest them as the cops are when they shoot the criminals who are trying to kill them to avoid arrest. Need I say, /sarcasm off?

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  20. No-win situation for the NFL and the players. The protest is based on a lie, so it has nowhere to go and no solution possible. It must go on forever. Good luck with that.

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  21. So, Don, is 50 the largest number of comments for any of your posts?

    The NFL had called in the artillery and air strikes on its own self. Bummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmerrrrrrrrrrr.

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  22. Let's remember how this all got started with the lie of "hands up don't shoot" Michael Brown Ferguson Missouri when a black thug would just committed a robbery tried to take a police officer's gun and was shot in the process.

    This whole thing could've been nipped in the bud if the first time this ignorant activist ballplayer sat down during the national anthem he was suspended and the second time fired we wouldn't be where we are today but the NFL and owners let it go, just like giving into a spoiled brat's tantrum it just encouraged more of the same behavior and spread to the point of a pop-culture fad being done by teenagers who haven't a clue of how this got started and why they are doing it!

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  23. Call it the NFL Bill (Not Financing Leftism).

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