WALKER STAPLETON IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR He's officially in and he's on the show today at 3pm. Find out more about his run and watch his announcement by clicking here.
DEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP, STOP IT. JUST STOP IT. This last week was a pretty darn good one for President Donald J. Trump. He gave a stellar speech at the UN where he re asserted the United States sovereignty and he managed to get China on board with really meaningful sanction against the North Korean saber rattling dictator. But then, he couldn't help himself. He had to weigh in on the handful of NFL players who were kneeling before the anthem. Okay, fine. But by calling for these men to be fired, he crossed a line that simply should not be crossed by the POTUS. And now the world is on fire and in America, which is ostensibly a Beacon of Light around the world, we have a scrum happening over some pretty useless protests at football games. Sigh. Just sigh. And Steven Mnuchin calling for a rule FORCING grown men to honor the anthem is just pathetic. This whole thing is ridiculous. Completely ridiculous.
BUT ARE YOU TURNING OFF THE NFL BECAUSE OF IT? I saw a LOT of posts yesterday from people I care about saying when they saw kneeling, the tv clicked off. Some I know even went so far as to cancel their NFL Ticket package because of it. I'm curious to know how you die hard Broncos fans handled this. Me? I had plans to do other stuff anyway and saw bits and pieces of the game and then wished I hadn't because the Broncos lost.
BECAUSE THE POLITICIZATION OF EVERYTHING IS HITTING IT'S PEAK And The Wall Street Journal editorial board absolutely nails it with this column. Is there ANY area of life that isn't politicized? Anywhere?
BUT CAN WE ALL AGREE THAT ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA IS THE BIGGEST BADASS IN THE NFL? He is the Outside Tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers who decided to come out of the tunnel and pay attention to the anthem before the game yesterday. This after the rest of the team decided to stay in the locker room for the anthem. Why did he come out? He's an Army Ranger who went to West Point and served two deployments in Afghanistan before getting signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers from a regional training camp appearance and STARTING. If anyone deserves to do whatever TF he wants, it's this guy. And now he has one of the best selling jerseys in the league.
AND NOW, IN OTHER NEWS THAT MIGHT MATTER MORE THAN THE NFL
YOUR LACK OF SLEEP IS PROBABLY GOING TO KILL YOU And we can blame modern society for it, but you have to take control lest you suffer the significant consequences. A scientist who studies sleep and our lack thereof says this:
“Once you know that after just one night of only four or five hours’ sleep, your natural killer cells – the ones that attack the cancer cells that appear in your body every day – drop by 70 per cent per cent, or that a lack of sleep is linked to cancer of the bowel, prostate and breast, or even just that the World Health Organisation has classed any form of night-time shift work as a probable carcinogen, how could you do anything else?”
Yikes. Read more about it here. Maybe before bed. Early.
VIOLENT CRIME IS UP, BUT IT'S MOSTLY DUE TO A FEW BAD CITIES LIKE CHICAGO And I don't mean the ENTIRE city is bad, just the crime stats. If you read enough of this article, you see near the bottom that most of the victims and most of the perpetrators were black. I don't say this to stir up racial sentiments, but to point out that all the focus by the NFL players on the way cops treat black men is somewhat displaced. Those cops are protecting black citizens from black criminals. Except now they aren't doing it as well for fear of being called racists. Which is really, really ironic when you think of it.
DO BUSINESS ON AN OFFICIAL EMAIL ACCOUNT, PLEASE. REALLY THIS SHOULDN'T BE THIS DIFFICULT I am not sure this is a story worth commenting on, but since Hillary Clinton's private email was a very important topic of discussion for MONTHS, I am incredulous that this is even a thing. Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has a private email account and he has exchanged some emails, although no one is saying he sent classified information via the private account like Hillary did. Why is this a thing? REALLY, why is this a THING??? But it's nice to know Democrats finally think this is worthy of discussing.
TARGET IS RAISING IT'S MINIMUM WAGE To eleven bucks and hour with a move to $15 an hour by the end of 2020. Good for Target. Although as empty as the Target stores I've been lately have been, it will be interesting to see how long they keep this up. Too bad, I still love Target. You know what's amazing about this? The government didn't have to mandate it. And considering that Target is competing with Walmart for the same employees, I would be surprised if Walmart didn't make a move soon. It's called supply and demand, you can read about it in basic economics books.
WE ARE RUDE OVERSEAS. OR ARE WE?
AN ARMED GOOD GUY STOPS AN ARMED BAD GUY But the most interesting part of this story out of Tennessee is that before 22 year old Caleb Engle went to his car to retrieve his legal firearm, he confronted the masked shooter while unarmed. During the ensuing struggle, the bad guy shot himself in the chest and that allowed Caleb the chance to get his gun. It wasn't just the gun that stopped this guy, it was a brave man who put himself in harm's way while unarmed.
ANTHONY WEINER WON'T BE SEXTING FOR AT LEAST 21 MONTHS Or slightly less if he serves his time nicely and gets out early. He got the sentence today for sexting with a 15 year old girl who he knew was 15. What a disgusting creep.