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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Betsy Ross cost Nike plenty

When Colin Kaepernick objected, Nike stopped selling shoes that were a tribute to Betsy Ross, a woman legend of the American Revolution. Now that will cost the company millions in incentives Arizona offered to snag a Nike plant.

It will cost the state 500 jobs.

More than a million soldiers have died defending that flag that Nike turned its back on.

The shoe featured the flag that legend holds designed the flag. That seems to be based on family lore.

But she did more for America than any of today's quarterbacks did.

A Nike spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal, “Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag.”

I don't believe it.

Republican Governor Doug Ducey responded today by ordering the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw an offer to Nike to build a plant in the state.

He tweeted, "Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike. Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.

"Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.

"Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here. Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.

"And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth Googling her."

I cannot add much except to say, Duck Duck Go her name.

Meanwhile, Michael Morris reported, "Seven days ago, Houston Texans NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson posted on his Instagram page that he 'got baptized in the Jordan River,' stating that the event, among others, was 'Life Changing.'

"'Went to Jesus’ hometown,' Deshaun Watson stated on Instagram in a list of things he did while in Israel. “Got baptized in the Jordan River. Went tubing in the Sea of Galilee. Took a trip through Mary Magdalene’s hometown. Saw the first church in Capharnuan. Life Changing Experiences – Major Blessings!'"

He took a knee for Jesus. He's a reason to root for the Texans.


  1. Dear Deshawn: While in Israel just don't preach the gospel to Jews! Its dangerous ya might end up on injured reserve.

    1. Israelis are very tolerant people.

      It's American Lefties that will lynch you.

    2. I think you are mistaking the tolerant Jews of Israel with the maniacs who Control the Dome of the Rock.

    3. Clearly you haven't seen the dozens of videos preachers post from Israel when they get spit on, pushed and shoved and cursed.

      Never mind even if you did see them you wouldn't believe it. Cause you're zealots.

    4. Christians who don't try to push their religion on us don't have to worry.

    5. Now we're too busy trying to protect ourselves from the commies who push their religion on us.
      Guess who many of them are.

    6. Aw, c'mon, acidulous -- tell us yourself.

    7. Then again, Nons, maybe not. The PM seems quite welcoming.

  2. I'm confused. Besides sewing the first flag just what did she do that is so inspiring? And what is so special about making the first flag?

    1. You're right--you *are* confused.

    2. Oh. It's you again. Ain't got out of your mama's basement yet, huh?

    3. Another idiot who thinks he's smart because he's a Lefty.

      So here's what she did.

      Betsy Ross made flags for the Pennsylvania navy during the American Revolution.

      John Ross was assigned to guard munitions and was killed by a gunpowder explosion. The 24-year-old Elizabeth ("Betsy") continued working in the upholstery business repairing uniforms and making tents, blankets, and stuffed paper tube cartridges with musket balls for prepared packaged ammunition in 1779 for the Continental Army.

      There is speculation that Ross was the "beautiful young widow" who distracted Carl von Donop in Mount Holly, New Jersey, after the Battle of Iron Works Hill, thus keeping his forces out of the crucial "turning-of-the-tide" Battle of Trenton on the morning of December 26, 1776, in which Hessian soldiers were defeated after the crossing of the Delaware River.

      Married and buried 3 husbands, bore 7 daughters (2 of which died in infancy).

      That's what she did.

    4. bet those blankets and uniforms were a treasure to the guys who left valley forge in tattered rags.

      like, the original template for rosy the riveter.

      pretty cool. thanks for the post.


    5. Thank you for your post and loving your country.. Fi on Colin K......... I'm buying Asics for my next pair

    6. Gracious be look at all the triggered zealots! Claiming to be Christian they holler America First.

      But Christ claimed His kingdom is first. So go ahead and worship the civil religion just like the liberals do.

    7. Confused? Another fine example of what's lacking in our educational system. 90% are confused and 10% get it. I'm so glad my 27 and 30 year old "kids" get it.

    8. Jesus also said to love your neighbor as yourself. And Paul said not to judge another man's servant. When anyone does that they are judging the law. Judging in effect God because the people judging are acting as if they are God. Tread carefully, friend.

    9. Always critical of everything, are you capable of saying anything constructive? Please tell us what you believe in that makes you superior morally and intellectually to everyone?

  3. Likely her singular contribution was changing the design for the stars from a six-pointed one to five points, so that it could sewn easier. Though the first American flag ultimately was likely the contributions of many, the main designer of the flag was probably Francis Hopkinson, a member of the Continental Congress who did design the Great Seal of the United States. He did bill the US for his flag work in 1780, the only person to have done so.

    In the first centennial of the United States in 1876, Betsy Ross was lauded as a particular inspiration for American girls and women for their singular contributions to the founding of our nation, of course for which they sacrificed so much, of which I would be surprised any reader here would dispute.

  4. whether it is a flag, a god, a family, a code of honor, it is important to have something to look up to, to respect.. a symbol of something bigger than yourself. first thing you learn in basic combat training. to put your own petty desires on hold, for the team and the mission. and when I say team, it's not rah rah go Yankees. its those guys in the mud with you. the ones you swap c-rats and wise cracks with. all flawed all different. but all with a bond of trust and respect. you might be slow to lend trooper c money because he is slow, but he's not slow at dragging you out of the pickle you got into, and you're not slow to do the reverse. that bond is important. and you look at your squad, and your company and those bonds multiply. individual strands. and you look back and forth in time. those same bonds and goals that unite us as a people. millions of strands making a cable stronger than steel.

    and what unites those common bonds and strands?

    a piece of cloth that is a symbol for a people. its not much. you can buy one at the 99cent store.

    but whether on a stick or a patch on your shoulder, it unites us.

    its what it symbolises to those who fought, and those who stood ready. those who walk a post. those who sacrifice family time for something bigger, that stands to protect your family while you are elsewhere.

    that's what the flag represents. the unity of many smart and dumb, many slow or quick. millions of people representing unity. a collective force, a common will.

    and that's what the democrats hate. they represent division self centeredness and spinelessness.

    narcissism as a core belief.

    gimme gimme gimme. the gimmiecrats. the petulant shriekers the tantrum throwers. unwilling to pay the slightest price but demanding the keys and crown of the kingdom just because they showed up.

    the haters.


    1. Well said!
      Sir, I salute you.
      Happy Birthday, U.S.A.
      Still the best damn country in the whole damn world.

    2. Waterman - your comments have been a fine addition to this very fine site.

    3. and I salute you as well.
      thank you. now go blow something up.

      just be careful. I had a friend elliot. wanted to do a Roman candle. american river park in sac. night mists.
      he lit one and came strolling back with a big grin.
      about that time it fell over.we were yelling but he didn't get it.
      until that first flaming ball shot between his legs.
      he picked up his pace sharply, sharply I say. 4 more flaming balls to follow. he didn't veer off the line of fire, so he continued to lead the parade of flaming balls. we were rolling on the ground laughing, including the wives. tears flowed in helpless spasms.

      good times


    4. "ts what it symbolises to those who fought"

      I never thank a soldier for his service. For what? There are no threats to Americans and haven't been since 1941.

      Instead I thank foreign missionaries for their service. They are the TRUE warriors. They are on the front lines of war.

      They're so courageous they go with no physical weapons at all. They know that the true battles lies in the spiritual realm.

      So y'all worship your flag it shows how you're genuine serfs of the civil religion.

      I proclaim the cross the genuine symbol of freedom.

    5. My dad was a United States Naval officer in WWII. later in life he was the local American Legion Commander. He, and all of his comrades had admiration for those who served and nothing but contempt for those who disrespected the flag.

      If he were alive today, he would want to see Kaepernick thrown into a cesspool...and if my dad was a young man again he would want to be the one who did it!

      Nike threw hundreds of thousands of American jobs under the bus so they could go have those $250 sneakers made by third world slave labor for $1.50 a pair. Their profit is "blood money" just like a drug dealer's is. They and big mouthed racist ex quarterbacks suck!

      Nothing with a NIKE emblem on it will ever be in my house unless it is in the garbage where it belongs!

  5. Nike is an not American company. It was founded in Portland.

  6. Will Kapernick crusade against blacks since a black man was the first in this country to legally own a slave? Will he demand statues of blacks be torn down and streets named for them be renamed because blacks owned slaves?

    Louis Gates Jr (of beer summit fame) wrote about it on The Root so it's not a right wing fantasy. It's historical fact.

    Can blacks ever be forgiven or should they all be forever shamed and reviled?

    1. Annnd..
      we get to the sixty-four million dollar question;
      Who sold all those Africans to the slavers in the first place?

      White traders didn't grab Africans willy-nilly, they traded with the various tribal chiefs.
      Whether they sold off those they didn't like from their own tribes or captives they got raiding other tribes. Didn't matter to the ashanti nation, berbers, or any other tribe in Africa. Nothing personal, Kunta, just business.
      Life was cheap. Still is. Recent history- the genocide of Tutsi tribes by Hutus in Rwanda, government troops killing Darfuri in Sudan, forced labor for blood diamonds, child soldiers, and school girls turned into sex slaves by boco harum terrorists.

  7. Flag shoes. Yup. That's the hate minute for our lil'trumpster snowflakes. So pathetic.

    1. Hate? Personally I feel sorrow for people who hate our nation so much.

  8. A few questions no one has the guts to ask.

    1. If it was not for slavery, we would not have FREE American Negros.
    2. How many slaves were present as recorded in ledgers before the civil war?
    3. Were all Slaves Negros?

    1.If no negro slaves were brought to America, they would still be in Africa.
    2. On million slaves were present before the Civil War as recorded in ledgers.
    3. 400,000 thousand were Negro slaves 600,000 were Caucasian Slaves Source White Slavery in America.

    So that means according to these dunderheads, I TOO should have reparations for something totally beyond my control and if my people had not been slaves, I too would not have been here.
    Semper Fidelis
    Snake ANGLICO USMC Ret

  9. From the United States Code, Tilte 4 (Flag Code) : No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.[3] The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart. So sick of seeing athletes drape themselves in the flag, so sick of it being used as a table cloth, a picnic blanket... Screw NIKE

    1. Agreed, though I may have to make exception for red-white-n-blue bikinis.

  10. If Nike had stopped make a show with the rainbow LGBT flag, the vicious & violent left would have run them out of business for real over 4% of the population.
    That's the problem with the right: we aren't as immoral and unscrupulous as the left to demand our way for the *majority*

  11. I think most of the tax incentives to have companies locate facilities to your region don't really pay for themselves. They are a subsidy.
    Even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opposed them and prevented Amazon from locating a big service center in New York. Probably it's better if these multinational companies conduct business without getting tax breaks and subsidies from local and state governments.
    Nike has made most of its money from cheap foreign labor in countries such as Vietnam.
    There was description of Nike sweatshops. Initially Taiwan, China and Korea, then as economies developed and people wanted higher wages, the companies moved to Vietnam, five factories owned by Korean and Taiwanese subcontractors, employing over 35 thousand people, primarily women. China and Vietnam prohibited labor unions. When people demanded better working conditions and higher wages, the company moved production to different countries including Honduras. Wages from 61 to 89 cents per hour. I hope Nike will build factories in the US, but it would be good if they could pay regular wages and not be subsidized by local and state governments. Maybe this is where tariffs could come in, higher tariffs for foreign produced goods.

    1. Those tax incentives pay dividends. While the company does not fork over property taxes, the workers all pay income taxes, sales taxes, fuel taxes etc. That money would not be coming in if the jobs were elsewhere.
      When people have jobs, they spend money. Whether it is to buy basics goods, a home, a new car, the flow of that money funds other jobs. The loss of a warehouse can almost shut down a town. The money quits flowing and the people who lost their jobs must look elsewhere. Hard to notice in big towns and cities, easy to observe when it is small town and rural America.

  12. lots of companies are moving to Arizona. 500 job seekers could find other employment easily. half of Calif is moving there.Nike is not in the habit of respecting employees anymore than they do flags of any country.

    their corporate credo is to gouge the fools relentlessly.

    screw Nike. other bosses will respect their employees more.


  13. Betsy Ross cost Nike plenty?! Why blame Betsy? Colin Kaepernick is the one who cost Nike.