NFL rules say players should stand for national anthem; ratings drop

Last Friday night, Sept. 22, 2017, President Trump ignited a firestorm when he told a rally in Alabama:

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired.'”

Trump, of course, was referring to National Football League (NFL) players, beginning with San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick last season, who show their disrespect and non-allegiance to the United States by kneeling or sitting, instead of standing, during the National Anthem, ostensibly to protest the Left’s tired old trope — racism.

That the NFL as a corporate body tolerates its players’ disrespectful conduct is outrageous because its own rules clearly stipulate that players must stand at attention during the National Anthem.

According to the NFL:

“The NFL Football Operations ‘bible’ is the Game Operations Manual — nearly 200 pages of procedures and policy for regular season games alone….

The NFL takes infractions of Game Operations rules seriously — so much so that clubs risk fines as high as $500,000 for violations ‘affecting the competitive aspects of the game.’ Some violations, such as late arrival for kickoff, can result in yardage penalties, and failure to comply with a uniform policy can result in a player’s temporary removal from the game.

The league takes violations seriously because it takes its responsibilities seriously. Good governance is an essential component in producing a fair and entertaining game.”

Here are the NFL’s rules governing the National Anthem, found on pages A62-63 of the NFL Game Operations Manual (Time):

“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

Whereas blacks make up the majority of NFL players (67.3% in 2014), the majority of NFL fans/viewers are whites or Caucasians (77% in 2015).

Available evidence shows that the fans are boycotting the NFL.

Beginning in October 2016, reacting to Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem, a Rasmussen survey found that as many as a third (32%) of U.S. adults said they were less likely to watch NFL game telecasts because of the Kaepernick-led player protests. Whites, especially, were twice as likely as minorities to say they were less likely to watch. (The Daily Wire)

True to the survey’s findings, the NFL’s TV ratings have slumped.

CNNMoney reports, Sept. 20, 2017:

The NFL’s TV ratings are down so far this season and if that news isn’t distressing enough for the biggest ratings driver on TV, the latest slump follows a 2016 season marked by unstable ratings that had pundits and analysts scratching their heads….

NBC‘s “Sunday Night Football” in the first two weeks of the regular season is down 7% in viewership compared to last year; ESPN‘s “Monday Night Football,” is down 5%; and the averages of Sunday afternoon games on Fox and CBS are down 11% and 19% respectively, according to Nielsen data.

The NFL blamed Hurricane Irma for the drop in ratings.

On Sept 25, three days after Trump’s urging that the NFL fire players who disrespect the flag, CNNMoney reports:

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” game, the Washington Redskins’ lopsided 27-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders, nabbed an 11.6 overnight rating compared to a 12.9 rating for a match-up between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys one year ago. That’s a drop of roughly 10%.

To come up with overnight ratings, Nielsen takes the percentage of households watching in 56 U.S. markets and comes up with an overnight average — so an 11.6, for instance, means that 11.6% of households in those 54 markets tuned into the game on NBC on Sunday night….

Fox took a bigger hit. Overnight ratings for its singleheader slate of games were down 16% compared to last year‘s week 3 numbers.

Only CBS’ overnight ratings increased compared to last year’s week 3 coverage, but only by a modest 4%.

Another sign of fans boycott is the drop in ticket prices.

SF Gate reports that resale tickets for the Rams-49ers game on Sept. 21, 2017 were being offered on StubHub for as low as $14, “cheaper than buying a pair of $7.50 pretzels through the Levi’s Stadium app and comparable to the price of a beer and a hot dog at the the three-year-old arena. According to the team’s seat licensing map, the cheapest original face value for any seat is $85.”

Ralph Garcia of TicketIQ says “The current get-in price of $17 is the Niners’ cheapest game this season” and that the 49ers’ average list price has declined 32% since 2014, according to their internal numbers.

To sign a petition to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on a national pledge to boycott the NFL, go here.

H/t FOTM’s bongiornoc

Update

A new poll on fox5sandiego.com found that 89% of people who took the poll are in favor of NFL owners firing players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem.

The poll is still active. Go here to take the poll.

See also “Black man agrees with President Trump on ‘SOB’ NFL players“.

~Eowyn

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63 responses to “NFL rules say players should stand for national anthem; ratings drop

  1. “NFL in London: Ravens, Jaguars Stand for ‘God Save the Queen’, Kneel for ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ ”
    http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/09/24/nfl-players-kneel-anthem-stand-british-god-save-queen
    overpaid special snowflakes…instead of taking a knee, they should quit in protest….
    I’m waiting for the American people to fire them by non attendance, no sales, and boycotting advertisers….simply pathetic weak-minded males…next month, they get to wear pink….I’m sure they can’t wait.

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  2. We are being herded into a New World Order, an updating of the Roman Empire’s Old World Order, and the circuses part of the bread and circuses is fading a bit. Good. Maybe we will wake up and see the reality of what is taking place and learn to value what is really valuable and live in gratitude towards the Provider of our real blessings. In doing so, we may avoid the horrors that a few have planned for us.

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  3. Like Muslims, this doesn’t seem to want to go away.. Enjoy the Video.

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  4. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Please sign the petition, if you agree – if not delete.

    kommonsentsjane

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  5. A new poll on fox5sandiego.com found that 89% of people who took the poll are in favor of NFL owners firing players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem.

    The poll is still active. Go here to take the poll: http://redpilledworld.blogspot.com/2017/09/fox-poll-89-support-firing-nfl.html

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  6. marblenecltr — Ditto. Agreed. Amen.

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  7. Maybe Roger Goodell should be fired.

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  8. I’m sorry but I can’t believe that a non-issue like this gets this much emotional response. We have insane assaults on our Constitutional rights, a high likelihood of nuclear war, pedophiles everywhere in Government, surges of savage migrants, you name it. This is fetch.

    Personally, I don’t give a rip if they stand or lie down. I don’t watch them anyway and, if I did, I would chalk this up to them being a bunch of ignorant, over-paid scum with no appreciation of the opportunities they’ve been given. That being the case, why watch them?

    If you want to watch sports go to a high school or a college event. Better still, go to the hardware store, buy some paint, redo the house and watch it dry.

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    • Yours is the sanest voice on this ridiculous controversy.
      But maybe NFL viewers need this as a kick in their butts to get off the “bread & circus” mind-control.

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    • And we have the Department of Homeland Security ready to take over our voting processes to protect us from the fictional Russian attack against our voting. Don’t look there, America, let’s go to war for the NWO.

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    • Lophatt, I can understand your disinterest in the whole ‘football thing,’ But– Up until now, there were those of us who looked at our Sunday Diversion as one of the last things that reminded us of ‘the good ol’ days;’ something to share with the family, fun games to watch, friendly banter with rival teams’ fans… you get the picture. Of course we could see it going downhill over the years, but with a lot of us, THIS is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

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  9. Gosh-what a surprise!! How about actively enforcing their own rules and de-politicizing these sports figures (entertainers),so the football fans actually ENJOY the game again?

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  10. There should be total visibility of all Officers including more cruiser external cameras on both sides and rear, same thing with body cameras On Shoulders, Front, and Back.along with GPS trackers, they are able to be within inches today. Those Cameras which must be Live at all times and not be able to be turned off Hard drives are capable of recording 10’s of thousands of hours of Video and Audio in BETTER QUALITY. The good old boy Judge slapping the back of Officers guilty of infractions should END if true, and dispose of the Officers AND Judges if found guilty. THAT would prove if Blacks do or do not have a valid point. If this goes live and stats do not change then Blacks will be pointed out as simply wanting to continue to be divisive and continued to be considered a Victim.
    Time for Both sides to be made responsible for their actions.
    I feel fine being White, Not a single Family member of mine has EVER owned another person as a slave and we have Fought and died to end the practice.
    Time to END this behavior which ever one is guilty!

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  11. “Steelers Owner Begs Fans Not To Abandon Team Over National Anthem Protest”
    https://www.infowars.com/steelers-owner-begs-fans-not-to-abandon-team-over-national-anthem-protest/
    HAHAHAHA!

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  12. Pingback: Damn! There is an NFL rule for that! – On the Patio

  13. Should. The silly rule keeps saying SHOULD. It could say may or might or optionally or can or any of a number of words other than MUST. Typical lawyer-ese that makes it look like a rule – if they want it to be – or not.
    And it’s a privately held endeavor so they can do what they want. And reap the rewards. Or suffer the consequences. I don’t use a buggy whip any more either.
    God. I love this country.

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  14. These multimillion dollar earning players have all year to do something about what they are protesting and have ignored that time to do so.
    To embarrass themselves and dishonor our flag, that has given them so much, is not the right time to do it when they should be showing respect.
    Our government tax dollars give billions of dollars to subsidize the NFL every year. I object.

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    • yes, also, people aren’t paying good money for tickets to watch millions-paid, brain-damaged “athletes” make socio-political statements and show contemptuous behavior toward the American flag and people before or during a game…very disrespectful…

      the ticket holders in the stadiums are held hostage to the players’ antics and that is not right. either the players are fired or the ticket holders quit (boycott)…
      I can’t imagine working for someone and then deciding that it’s ok to protest while at work and expect to continue receiving a paycheck.

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  15. A shame the percentages aren’t higher.

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  16. Maybe the NFL will dropped their prices the perhaps I can afford to get Giants season tickets

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  17. *** Truth:
    VERIFY: Are NFL football players required to stand for the National Anthem? – To verify this content, we first looked at the NFL’s 2017 Official Playing Rules. Nowhere in the 2017 rulebook does the NFL mention the National Anthem. Pages 62 and 63 contain information on the enforcement of fouls. : The only section of the rulebook that could be pertinent to the issue would be Article 8 under Section 4, “EQUIPMENT, UNIFORMS, PLAYER APPEARANCE.” The rule states that:
    “Throughout the period on game-day that a player is visible to the stadium and television audience (including in pregame warm-ups, in the bench area, and during postgame interviews in the locker room or on the field), players are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or otherwise conveying personal messages either in writing or illustration, unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office. Items to celebrate anniversaries or memorable events, or to honor or commemorate individuals, such as helmet decals, and arm bands and jersey patches on players’ uniforms, are prohibited unless approved in advance by the League office. All such items approved by the League office, if any, must relate to team or League events or personages. The League will not grant permission for any club or player to wear, display, or otherwise convey messages, through helmet decals, arm bands, jersey patches, or other items affixed to game uniforms or equipment, which relate to political activities or causes, other non-football events, causes or campaigns, or charitable causes or campaigns. Further, any such approved items must be modest in size, tasteful, non-commercial, ******* and noncontroversial******* ; must not be worn for more than one football season; and if approved for use by a specific team, must not be worn by players on other teams in the League.”

    http://www.11alive.com/news/local/verify/verify-are-nfl-football-players-required-to-stand-for-the-national-anthem/478347794

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    • Truth? Can you not read?
      I quoted from pages A62-63 of the NFL Game Operations Manual: “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.”

      But that’s not good enough for you.

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    • FYI: “I looked up for myself what to NFL official Rules were pertaining to conduct during the playing of Our National Anthem and here is the Official Rules found on pages 62-63 ~ A (PDF) Download. *** (The only section of the rulebook that could be pertinent to the issue would be Article 8 under Section 4, “EQUIPMENT, UNIFORMS, PLAYER APPEARANCE.” The rule states that: Which Was Included In My Original Post) ~ ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS PUBLIC RECORDS THAT CAN BE VIRIFIED.
      Thanks! , dkolb2010…
      2017 – OFFICIAL PLAYING RULES OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE – Roger Goodell,
      Page 62; Rule 14, Section 4 – Exceptions:
      (1) Intentional grounding is a loss of down at the spot of the foul, or a loss of down and a 10-yard penalty from the previous
      spot, whichever is less beneficial for the offense. If the foul occurs less than 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage, but
      more than half the distance to the goal line, the ball shall be placed at the spot of the pass. (If the pass is thrown from
      the end zone, it is a safety).
      (2) Pass interference by the defense is enforced at the spot of the foul. If it occurs in the fouling team’s end zone, the ball
      will be placed at the one-yard line, or half the distance to the goal line from the previous spot, whichever is more
      beneficial to the offense.
      (3) It is a safety when the offensive team commits a foul behind its own goal line.
      (4) If there is a personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct foul by the defense prior to the completion of a forward pass
      thrown from behind the line, enforcement is from the previous spot or the dead-ball spot, whichever is more beneficial
      to the offense. If the passing team is fouled and subsequently loses possession after a completion, the passing team
      retains possession of the ball, and enforcement is from the previous spot.
      (5) If there is a personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct foul by the offense prior to an interception of a forward pass
      thrown from behind the line, enforcement is from the dead-ball spot. If the intercepting team subsequently loses
      possession, the penalty is enforced from the spot of the interception, and the intercepting team retains possession.
      This also applies to a personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct foul by the offense prior to a forward pass thrown from
      behind the line, and the offense fails to make the line to gain.
      Notes:
      (1) The penalty for a forward pass from behind the line after the ball has been beyond the line, or for a second forward
      pass from behind the line, is enforced from the previous spot, unless the spot of the pass is behind the passer’s goal
      line, in which case it is a safety.
      (2) If a forward pass is thrown from beyond the line of scrimmage, or when there is no line of scrimmage, it is a foul during
      a running play.
      ARTICLE 6. FOUL DURING A BACKWARD PASS OR FUMBLE. If there is a foul by either team during a backward pass or
      fumble, the Basic Spot is the spot of the backward pass or fumble. The three-and-one method of enforcement is used (see
      Section 3, Article 6).
      Notes:
      (1) If Team B gains possession in its end zone, and the impetus was provided by Team A, if Team B fumbles or throws a
      backward pass in the end zone and fouls while the ball is loose, the spot of the fumble or the backward pass is
      considered to be the B20-yard line, or the 25-yard line if the impetus was from a free kick.
      (2) If a Team B player’s original momentum carries him into his end zone, where he fumbles the ball, the spot of the fumble
      is considered to be the spot at which the player established possession. See 11-5-1-Exc. 2.
      (3) If there is a personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct foul by the offense during a fumble or backward pass that is
      recovered by the defense, enforcement is from the dead-ball spot. If the recovering team subsequently loses
      possession, the penalty is enforced from the spot of its recovery, and it retains possession. This also applies to a
      personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct foul by the offense during a fumble or backward pass that is recovered by
      the offense, and the offense fails to make the line to gain.
      ARTICLE 7. FOUL DURING FREE KICK PLAY. If there is a foul during a free kick, enforcement is from the previous spot, and
      the free kick is made again. However, if the kicking team commits a foul prior to the end of the kick, and the receiving team
      retains possession throughout the down, it will have the option of enforcing the penalty at the previous spot and replaying the
      down or adding the penalty yardage to the dead-ball spot.
      Exceptions:
      (1) A personal foul (blocking) after a fair-catch signal is enforced from the spot of the foul.
      (2) A foul for fair-catch interference is enforced from the spot of the foul.
      (3) A foul for interference with the opportunity to make a catch is enforced from the spot of the foul.
      (4) A foul for an invalid fair catch signal is enforced from the spot of the foul.
      (5) A foul for intentionally forming an illegal wedge, whether during the free kick or during the return, is enforced from the
      spot of the foul.
      (6) For a free kick out of bounds, see 6-2-3.
      (7) For a free kick illegally touched, see 6-2-4.
      (8) Double fouls are enforced according to customary rules.
      Note: The dead-ball spot for free kicks that result in a touchback is the 25-yard line.
      A free kick ends when Team B establishes possession. Fouls by Team A prior to the time that Team B establishes possession
      are offensive fouls. If Team A legally recovers a free kick, there is no change of possession. After Team B establishes
      possession, a running play begins, and fouls that occur thereafter are enforced from the dead-ball spot or the spot of the foul
      (three-and-one method).
      ARTICLE 8. FOUL DURING SCRIMMAGE KICK PLAY. If there is a foul from the time of the snap until a legal scrimmage kick
      ends, enforcement is from the previous spot. This includes a foul prior to a legal kick, and running into or roughing the kicker
      (12-2-10). If the offensive team commits a foul in its own end zone, it is a safety.
      Page 63: Rule 14, Section 4 – Exceptions:
      (1) Unless the kick is a missed field-goal attempt, if there is a foul by the kicking team, the receiving team will have the
      option of taking the penalty at the previous spot and replaying the down, or adding the penalty yardage on to the deadball
      spot. On a missed field-goal attempt, the only option for the receiving team is the previous spot and the down must
      be replayed. (See 14-2-3 for exception for a personal or unsportsmanlike conduct foul after a score and 12-4-2 for
      exception for illegally kicking a loose ball).
      Notes:
      (1) The dead-ball spot for kicks that result in a touchback is the 20-yard line.
      (2) If there is a foul for an illegal touch inside the five-yard line, the receiving team also has the option of accepting a
      touchback.
      (2) Fair catch interference, interference with the opportunity to make a catch, an invalid fair catch signal, or a personal foul
      (blocking) after a fair catch signal are enforced from the spot of the foul.
      (3) If the receiving team commits a foul during a kick that crosses the line of scrimmage, the penalty for its infraction will
      be enforced as if it had been in possession of the ball at the time the foul occurred (a post-possession foul), provided
      that the receiving team does not lose possession of the ball at any time during the down. The penalty shall be enforced
      from whichever of the following spots is least beneficial to the receiving team:
      (a) the end of the kick
      (b) the spot of the foul
      Notes:
      (1) If the least beneficial spot is in the end zone, the spot of enforcement is the 20-yard line.
      (2) If the receiving team commits a foul during a kick that crosses the line of scrimmage, and there is a first-touch
      violation by the kicking team, if the receiving team possesses the ball and subsequently loses possession, the ball
      reverts to the receiving team, and its penalty shall be enforced from the end of the kick, or the spot of the foul,
      whichever is less beneficial to it.
      Item 1. The spot of the first-touch violation is not used.
      Item 2. If a distance penalty for a foul by the receivers is enforced, the violation by the kickers is disregarded.
      When Team B establishes possession of the ball, a scrimmage kick ends, and a running play begins, and fouls that occur
      thereafter are enforced from the dead-ball spot or the spot of the foul (three-and-one method).
      ARTICLE 9. DEAD BALL FOUL AND FOUL BETWEEN DOWNS. A Dead Ball Foul is a foul that occurs in the continuing
      action after a down ends, or a taunting foul that occurs at any time. The penalty for a Dead Ball Foul is enforced from the
      succeeding spot, and the down counts.
      A Foul Between Downs is a foul that occurs after the end of the down and after any continuing action resulting from the down,
      but prior to the next snap or free kick. The penalty for a Foul Between Downs is enforced from the succeeding spot, and the
      down counts, but it cannot be combined with a Live Ball Foul or a Dead Ball Foul to create a Multiple or Double Foul. A Foul
      Between Downs is always enforced separately from any other foul. A foul against an official, regardless of when it occurs, is
      always treated as a Foul Between Downs. See 12-3-1-h-pen.
      Exception: If there is a personal, unsportsmanlike conduct, or taunting foul by either team following the end of the second
      or fourth periods, the penalty yardage will be enforced on the second-half kickoff or the kickoff in overtime, unless it is part
      of a Double Foul (See Section 5).
      Item 1. Dead Ball Foul by Team A. If there is a Dead Ball Foul by Team A after a down in which Team A has made a first down,
      after enforcement of the penalty it will be first-and-10 for Team A. If there is a Foul Between Downs after a down in which Team
      A has made a first down, after enforcement of the penalty it will be first-and-25 for Team A.
      Item 2. Dead Ball Fouls by Both Teams. Dead Ball Fouls by both teams are offset at the succeeding spot, and the down counts,
      but any disqualified player or players must be removed pursuant to Rule 5, Section 2, Article 7.
      Item 3. Live Ball and Dead Ball Fouls. Live Ball Fouls and Dead Ball Fouls combine to create Double Fouls or Multiple Fouls,
      and all customary rules for enforcement apply.
      Exceptions:
      (1) If there is a 5-yard vs. 15-yard Double Foul on the last play of a half, and the 15-yard penalty is for a Dead Ball, personal,
      unsportsmanlike conduct, or taunting foul by either team, the penalty yardage will be enforced on the second half kickoff
      or the kickoff to start overtime. There will be no extension of the period.
      (2) If the scoring team commits a Dead Ball Foul after a score, and its opponent’s Live Ball Foul is not for unsportsmanlike
      conduct or unnecessary roughness, the opponent’s foul is disregarded, the score counts, and the offensive team’s
      Dead Ball Foul is enforced on the kickoff. If the opponent’s foul is for unsportsmanlike conduct or unnecessary
      roughness, the score counts, and both fouls are enforced on the kickoff.
      Notes:
      (1) When a foul occurs simultaneously with the ball becoming dead, it is considered to be a Dead Ball Foul.
      (2) The succeeding spot for a foul that occurs after a touchdown and before a whistle for a Try is the next kickoff.
      (3) The time between downs includes the interval during all timeouts (including intermissions). See 3-37-1
      http://operations.nfl.com/media/2646/2017-playing-rules.pdf

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    • Here is another article that I found very helpful:
      NFL Kneelers are in Violation of Multiple Federal Laws and it has Nothing to do with the 1st Amendment :
      What these athletes are REALLY doing is being used as political pawns in a subversive game in which the leftists in America are attempting to oust the President for no legitimate reason. Yesterday’s protests had NOTHING to do with “oppression” or “police violence,” rather they were orchestrated purposefully to subvert the President, and to disrespect out nation’s Flag and National Anthem. This was, and will continue to be, a clear violation of a few laws…NOT an expression of 1st amendment rights. Take a look at the 1st amendment and the laws for yourself, and judge for yourself…

      Amendment 1 to the Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

      4 U.S. Code § 8 – Respect for flag: No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

      18 U.S. Code § 2383: Rebellion or insurrection: Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
      18 U.S. Code § 2387 – Activities affecting armed forces generally:

      (a) Whoever, with intent to interfere with, impair, or influence the loyalty, morale, or discipline of the military or naval forces of the United States:

      (1) advises, counsels, urges, or in any manner causes or attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty by any member of the military or naval forces of the United States; or

      (2) distributes or attempts to distribute any written or printed matter which advises, counsels, or urges insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty by any member of the military or naval forces of the United States—

      Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
      http://ipatriot.com/nfl-kneelers-violation-multiple-federal-laws-nothing-1st-amendment/
      References They (I Patriot) Provided:
      Cornell University. (n.d.). 18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection. Retrieved September 25, 2017, from Cornell Law: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2383

      Cornell university. (n.d.). 18 U.S. Code § 2387 – Activities affecting armed forces generally. Retrieved September 25, 2017, from Cornell Law: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2387

      Cornell University. (n.d.). 4 U.S. Code § 8 – Respect for flag. Retrieved September 25, 2017 , from Cornell Law: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/4/8

      Cornell University. (n.d.). U.S. Constitution. Retrieved September 25, 2017, from Cornell Law:
      https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment
      “I only provided information that would help clarify what was going on; Not to be divisive in any way shape or form.” Sincerely; dkolb2010.

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  19. “NFL will soon mean NO FANS LEFT” – Michelle Malkin

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  20. In America, we ONLY enforce rules or laws if they don’t interfere with Liberals having their own way. This NFL thing is a great example. Patriotic players couldn’t wear 911 gear after the towers fell because it was against the rules. It’s fine to ignore THIS rule…

    Same goes for Hillary…Comey…Warren…Lynch…Rice…Wasserman-Schultz…ALL of them shameless felons and none have a worry in the world because they are above the law.

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  21. I guess the real question is whether the owners are leaving with the “ones that brung ’em” or running off with the New World Odor. Clearly their “base” doesn’t appreciate the fast-food philosophers that are payed to fetch, not preach.

    If they want to moonlight as Maoists they can do that (unless their contracts prohibit it). It is also clear that their owners are trying to impress THEIR owners.

    Finally, is there anything that can be done about the “WordPress” memorial ad at the top of the page It makes reading the site all but impossible. I’m using a Mac and. haveno way to turn it off. It keeps booting, over and over and returning to the top of the page.

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    • lophatt:

      What I see on the top of the FOTM page is a 2″ high ad by Ad Council for recycling, “Keep America Beautiful”. And it’s stationary and doesn’t do what you described — “keeps booting, over and over and returning to the top of the page”. I suggest you use another browser for FOTM?

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      • Dr. E, what I get is a video ad for an outfit in Seattle called “Dignity” that does memorials. It plays over and over with a very loud guitar piece. Every time it starts again the top of the page comes back no matter where one is.

        It is maddening. I don’t expect you to fix it but I don’t know who to complain to or how to go about it.

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        • lophatt:

          I just went on FOTM again. This time what I see on top is 2″ tall ad for Red Cross. It’s stationary.
          What browser do you use?

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          • I’m on Safari. Mine is about two inches tall by four inches wide right above the FOTM logo. It is a video and it runs over and over. I even went to the ad site and watched it hoping it would stop. It doesn’t. I don’t get it on other sites.

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            • My browser is Chrome. I just went on FOTM’s front page again, and it’s Ad Council’s “Keep America Beautiful” again (on top of the words Fellowship of the Minds. Once again, the ad is stationary, not a video.

              I’m at a complete loss about what you’re seeing!

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    • lophatt,
      have you tried opening the posts in private browser?

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  22. apparently, some of these players feel it’s more important to express their feelings on “social causes” rather than perform their jobs properly:
    “NFL’s Oakland Raiders Threw Game After White QB Refused To Kneel For National Anthem”
    https://www.infowars.com/shock-report-nfls-oakland-raiders-threw-game-after-white-qb-refused-to-kneel-for-national-anthem/
    they should be fired…

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  23. “Steelers’ Head Coach Held Fundraiser For Hillary, Donated Heavily To Obama”
    https://bluntforcetruth.com/steelers-head-coach-held-fundraiser-for-hillary-donated-heavily-to-obama/
    there’s one of the obama connections…

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