NFL Anthem Imbroglio Fault of Roger Goodell, Owners

In an opinion article published by the Daily Caller on September 11, 2014, I argued that the National Football League (NFL) had to get rid of Commissioner Roger Goodell for using the League to promote his own political views and allowing activists like Al Sharpton to drive his agenda. I wrote:

If the NFL is truly “America’s Game,” it should not involve itself in divisive social issues. Everyone should feel welcome to attend a game or watch on TV…

I do not know to what extent Goodell consults with the owners before going out and making his political statements. I suspect that at times he does not…

On Sunday afternoons (and now Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights, I guess) we should take a time out from politics. Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives should be able to sit down together and watch football. In this way, the NFL provides

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NFL Sponsors Punt on Anthem Controversy Despite Fan Outrage

Roger Goodell/PHOTO: WEBN-TV via Creative Commons

Following in the footsteps of cowardice exhibited by the NFL’s owners, coaches, and media partners, the league’s corporate sponsors remained mostly mute following the offensive display by players who disrespected the symbols of American freedom by kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner.

Friday night’s remarks in Huntsville, Ala. by President Trump, who called upon team owners to “fire” the “SOB” players who refused to stand during the anthem, was met with a firestorm of resistance. Depending on the team, the league-wide response by more than 200 of its players was for some players – and sometimes entire squads – to stay in locker rooms, sit on benches, interlock arms in unity or otherwise go missing during the flag-honoring ceremonies of games.

Besides showing condemnation towards Trump and his remarks in every way imaginable, the media has gone into its typical “what do you think” … Read More ➡

Dominican Port Deal Could Be Most Damaging Part of Case Against Sen. Robert Menendez

The trial of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez began earlier this month, but NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm says the media is so far missing the most important part of the case.

The New Jersey Democrat is facing six counts of bribery, three counts of honest services fraud, one count of falsifying congressional travel disclosures, and one count of interstate travel to carry out bribery.

The charges stem from Menendez’s relationship with Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist and a major donor to Menendez’s re-election campaign. According to the testimony of Melgen’s former pilot, Menendez took at least 16 separate trips on the private jet between 2008 and 2010, which prosecutors claim constituted bribes to the senator.

The indictment also alleges that, in exchange for these favors, the senator helped Dr. Melgen’s two mistresses gain visas to the United States. Menendez’s lawyers claim that the women obtained the visas on merit.

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Newseum Asked to Rescind Free Speech Award to Apple CEO Tim Cook

The following letter was sent today by NLPC President Peter Flaherty  to Peter S. Prichard, Chairman of the Newseum:

We ask the Newseum to rescind the 2017 Free Expression Award conferred on Apple CEO Tim Cook on April 18 in order to preserve the integrity of Newseum mission, as well as the integrity of the Award itself.

Since Cook accepted the Award, he has struck two blows against free expression, either one of which renders him as a completely inappropriate recipient.

Complicity in Chinese government censorship– On July 29, Apple removed all major VPN apps from the China apps store. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. According to Jon Russell, a reporter for TechCrunch:

The App Store purge is hugely impactful because VPNs represent the only way that a China-based individual can bypass state censorship controls to access the internet without restrictions. The Chinese government effectively illegalized VPNs

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White House Shelves Coercive Obama-Era Gender ‘Pay Gap’ Rule

“Equal pay for equal work” – the phrase has a nice ring to it. But like other unsound egalitarian ideas, this one hasn’t earned the hype. And the Trump administration recognizes as much. On August 29, the White House announced it was temporarily blocking an Obama-era rule from taking effect that would require businesses with at least 100 employees to report payroll data by sex to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Defending the move, the Office of Management and Budget noted that parts of the rule “lack practical utility, are unnecessarily burdensome, and do not adequately address privacy and confidentiality issues.” Supporters are outraged, and no more so than at President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, supposedly their ally. Such critics, true to form, are overlooking some practical economic realities.

Pay discrimination by sex has been illegal in this country for more than a half-century. And the strictures have become increasingly … Read More ➡

Will House Ethics Committee Do Anything About Rep. John Conyers Severance Scam?

Congressman John Conyers is the subject of a recent review of his conduct by the Office of Congressional Ethics, a semi-independent organization charged with investigating misconduct by members of Congress and their staff. The Office has referred Conyers’ case to the House Ethics Committee.

In their initial report, the OCE found that there was “strong evidence” that Representative Conyers had continued to pay his Chief of Staff, after she had left his office, between April and August of last year.

According to NLPC President Peter Flaherty, “It is an open question whether the Ethics Committee will do anything about Conyers, whose corruption now spans decades. The Committee more often functions as a cover-up committee. Its whitewashes seem to be just one more service that the House leadership offers incumbents.”

According to the report, Conyers told the House Payroll Office that his Chief of Staff, Cynthia Martin, would be on “leave … Read More ➡

Awans of House IT Scandal ‘Would Have Done Anything’ For Money

On DailyMail.com today, Alana Goodman and Shekhar Bhatia provide important new information about Imran Awan, who has been indicted in the House IT scandal, along with his wife Hina Alvi. Awan relatives contradicted reports that the former House IT workers were victims of anti-Muslim discrimination as charged by their main sponsor, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. From the story:

“They are not being picked up because they are Muslims. They are being picked up because they did something wrong,” said Syed Ahmed, who is related to them through their stepmother.

“There are possibilities that [Imran] or them might have been selling this information to anybody who is not authorized to have them. For the sake of money they would have done anything,” he added. ‘They were not living an honest life. They were living like they were gangsters.”

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Charlottesville and Moral Equivalence

This commentary was first published by the Daily Caller.

A member of my staff was in Charlottesville the day of the clash. The University of Virginia campus, where he was tasked with delivering a table to his sister’s dorm room, was mostly deserted. It was like any other slow, muggy summer afternoon. So how did a bunch of racists and so-called counter-demonstrators come to descend on the place to create the ugliest of spectacles?

Simply put, they needed each other. For some, their passion was sufficient enough that traveling hundreds of miles was no impediment to confronting each other. Both wear their alienation from mainstream American society on their sleeve. Most significantly, they make group identity the basis for their activism.

Both also promote resentment and violence, although the media regularly fails to report this persistent fact about “anti-racist” demonstrators. They have been embraced (and funded) by philanthropists like George … Read More ➡

Boston Teamster Thugs Go on Trial for Terrorizing TV Host Padma Lakshmi, Others

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25 has a well-earned reputation as the bad boys of Boston-area organized labor. Indeed, the union has few peers anywhere when it comes to intimidation. A Boston federal jury last Thursday finished hearing several days of testimony in the case of four local members accused of terrorizing Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef, and other members of the popular reality TV show’s nonunion production crew, back in June 2014 for crossing a picket line. The incident occurred outside a restaurant where a segment was to be filmed. Lakshmi testified on Monday that she was “petrified” and “paralyzed with fear.” Evidence indicates this “picket line,” contrary to union assertions, was a shakedown. A fifth Local 25 member already had been sentenced in December. Verdicts are expected soon.

Teamsters Local 25, based in Charlestown (Boston), Mass., has been on the Union Corruption Update radar screen for … Read More ➡

‘Women in Tech’ Flap Shows Authoritarians Run Google

Street art by Sabo
 The 10-pager composed by newly unemployed James Damore was provocatively composed (not due to inciteful rhetoric, but tempered reasoning), yet also was imperfectly executed. It would be difficult not to stumble when dealing with an extremely hot button issue over 3,000 words. Imagine you were assigned a thesis titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” with a subtitle of “How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion,” and see how you do.

Damore deserves credit for tackling head-on such an emotionally charged topic, with which he triggered a passion power-surge. The CEO of Google subsidiary YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, immediately responded at Fortune.com with a “what will I tell my daughter” screed, ignoring Damore’s salient points, and fomenting simplistic “gender bias” accusations.

“When I saw the (Damore) memo that circulated last week,” Wojcicki wrote, “I once again felt that pain, and empathized with the pain it must have … Read More ➡