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Two Black U.S. Navy sailors refuse to stand for National Anthem

The Colin Kaepernick contagion is spreading — to the U.S. Armed Services.

In late August, as reported by Military.com, a sailor attached to the Naval Air Technical Training Center at Pensacola, Florida, posted a video to Facebook of herself sitting down during the base’s morning “colors” ceremony, which quickly received viral attention on the social media platform.

Naval Education and Training Command officials confirmed the sailor, who has not been publicly named, had been subject to administrative action, but had been retained for service in the Navy.

Here is a screenshot of the unnamed sailor from her Facebook video:

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On September 19, another U.S. sailor, Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, also refused to stand for the national anthem.

As you can see from her pic below, both Ervin and the unnamed sailor are black.

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FoxNews reports, Sept. 26, 2016, that a U.S. Navy sailor, Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, is under investigation for refusing to stand during the national anthem.

A reservist stationed at Pearl Harbor, Ervin declared in a post on Facebook why she’s following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick and others who have demonstrated against police brutality by not standing during the anthem:

“My fellow Americans,

I have been proudly serving in the US Navy Reserve Force since November 2008.

I have pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to spread freedom and democracy around the world.

I will never waver from that pledge.

On September 19, 2016, while in uniform, I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about “land of the free” when, I know that only applies to some Americans.

I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.

The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job.

It was my pleasure serving my country, I love it dearly, that is why I must do this for you. I will keep you all posted on what happens next!

Ervin says she lost her security clearance and was threatened with jail by the Navy in response to her actions.

Troops who don’t stand for the national anthem could face prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for violating Article 92, which states that troops can be punished for failing to obey a lawful general order.

On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Navy published a “Guidance” to remind sailors about the rules governing the national anthem.

As reported by Hope Hodge Seck for Military.com:

In the wake of two sailors going public with their decision to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by refusing to stand when the Star Spangled Banner is played, Navy Reserve Forces Command today published guidance warning troops that they can be punished or prosecuted for such protests.

A message directed at active-duty sailors and reserve personnel on active duty cites Navy Regulation 1205, which mandates that personnel in uniform must stand at attention and face the flag when the national anthem is played. It also notes that a Navy administrative message published in 2009 requires Navy active-duty personnel in civilian clothes to face the flag, stand at attention, and place their right hand over their heart.

“Additionally, Sailors receive training on the appropriate usage of social media, and must not use it to discredit the Naval Service, and should be reminded it could potentially be used as evidence against them,” the guidance continues, a message apparently directed at the two sailors who published posts on Facebook about their protests.

Failure to comply with these regulations, the message said, is punishable under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and constitutes commission of a serious offense — grounds for administrative separation from the service.

“While military personnel are not excluded from the protections granted by the First Amendment, the US Supreme Court has stated that the different character of our community and of the military mission requires a different application of those protections,” the guidance states.

The military of any country, including that of the United States, is not a place for moral relativism, but runs on strict rules and discipline because soldiers must be depended on to obey orders from their command in the battlefield. Soldiers simply cannot pick and choose which rule or regulation to obey. So the spread of the Kaepernick contagion to the U.S. Armed Forces is a very serious matter.

Just one more “accomplishment” of the POS.

Obama-Peeing-on-US~Eowyn

Mark Tritton moves from Nordstrom to Target to help refresh its “mojo”

Tritton has some homework to do. Maybe he doesn’t realize that Targets sales are down. As Dr. Eowyn noted last August, Target blamed it on the economy and the declining buying power of the consumer. The executives are totally clueless. They will not admit that the boycott against their transgender bathroom policy is having an effect on their bottom line. Yet apparently Tritton believes Target “hasn’t lost anything.” Go figure…

Retail "whiz" Mark Tritton

Retail “whiz” Mark Tritton

From Seattle Times: Some analysts and shoppers say Target has lost some of its je-ne-sais-quoi “Tar-zhay” magic. Mark Tritton doesn’t buy it. “We haven’t lost anything,” said Tritton, who now is the ultimate decision-maker on what products Target sells.

Legions of devoted shoppers in decades past adopted the Frenchified Tar-zhay nickname to reflect the elevated shopping experience the Minneapolis-based retailer created while still being a discount chain. “How do we capitalize on that now and take it even further? It’s Tar-zhay plus or Tar-zhay squared,” said the newly crowned chief merchant.

What exactly that vision looks like remains to be seen.

Target's "mojo" has gone down the can...

Target’s “mojo” has gone down the can…

For now, Tritton is calling it the “Target mojo” as he meets with vendors and his team to capture the spirit of innovation he wants to bring to merchandising and the shopping experience.

Tritton, a loquacious, exuberant man with thick dark-rimmed glasses and a big laugh, joined Target in June from Nordstrom.

He’s already seen plenty of examples of forward movement. He lavishes mounds of praise on Target’s recently launched kids apparel line Cat & Jack. That line, which replaces two other longtime in-house Target brands, Cherokee and Circo, was developed before he arrived but is a big move in the right direction, he said.

He sees other private-label brands within Target that could be up for total reinvention, too. “How do we leverage that level of refresh and redefine on our overall portfolio,” he said. “I think there’s opportunity for that.”

He’s not yet ready to discuss what may be coming up next, even a new women’s apparel line that is reportedly in the works. “Uff da,” he said, laughing, when pressed for details. He had just learned the common Minnesota phrase the night before.

Wendy Liebmann, chief executive of consulting firm WSL Strategic Retail, also sees a lot of room for Target to revamp its offerings, especially as other fast-fashion retailers such as H&M, Zara and Forever 21 are more quickly offering customers the latest fashion trends. “Target was always that perfect balance of need and want,” she said. “To me, that is really out of kilter right now.”

Tritton acknowledges he has his work cut out for him. “It’s a really exciting time to join,” he said. “Lots to do — but no one’s saying that’s not the case. We’re very transparent about that.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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Walmart employees refuse to make ‘racist’ Blue Lives Matter police cake for police retirement party

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From Daily Mail: A Walmart store has been accused of refusing to bake a cake decorated with the ‘police officer’s flag’ because workers said it was ‘racist’. The store in McDonough, Georgia, about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta, allegedly refused to make the Blue Lives Matter cake on Friday for a retirement party.

‘My buddy’s sister went to Walmart in McDonough, GA to have a cake made for their father’s retirement party,’ Taylor Wilkies, a police officer from Georgia, wrote on Facebook. ‘She asked Walmart to make a “thin blue line” cake to commemorate his extensive and honorable service as a dedicated police officer.  Walmart refused to honor her request due to it being “racist”. To me, this is appalling. People CHOOSE to make EVERYTHING about race. I’m so tired of it. It’s literally exhausting for me to think about now. “

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The claim was then picked up by conservative Fox News host Todd Starnes who wrote about the alleged incident. Starnes says he spoke to the daughter of the police officer on Saturday night, however he does not include any details of the family or the woman.

He wrote that the daughter said: ‘I was so shocked… One of the bakers told me the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake.’

Starnes claims the woman told him she was ‘disappointed’.

‘I just wanted to make my dad a cake to show how much i appreciated him,’ the unidentified woman said, according to Starnes.

The Fox News host then goes on to say the workers were told to make the cake after complaints were made to the store’s manager, but they still allegedly refused.

‘The manager offered to make and decorate a new cake. But there was just one problem — the cake decorators refused to comply,’ he claims. ‘I’ve attached photographs of Walmart’s handiwork — it’s absolutely embarrassing and unacceptable. Walmart needs to make this right and they can start by delivering a professionally decorated cake to the police officer’s family. The three cake decorators need to be told: either decorate the cake or be fired.’

Since Starnes tweeted the story, the Walmart alleged of refusing to make the cake has been flooded with criticism.

‘Why do you not hold your employees to the job requirements they agreed to, decorate cakes? Fire them or as a Patron I’d worry you would poison the cake or other food I might purchase there because your employees hate cops,’ Lisa Victoria angrily wrote.

‘Shame on you walmart!!!!! Hopefully you will take action upon your bakery department,’ Erik Fowler said.

However another person claims the store’s manager told them the allegations were false.  ‘She was very polite, was familiar with the story, and denied that any of this was true,’ David Sauls said. ‘I asked her if I wanted to have the bakery decorate a cake depicting the thin blue line would they do it, and she said that they would be more than glad to, that it’s ridiculous for anyone to make this claim, and that she doesn’t understand why someone would make it.

‘I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt at this point.’

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Surprise! (not): NFL is losing viewers in Kaepernick blowback

On August 26, 2016, San Francisco 49ers black quarterback Colin Kaepernick pointedly knelt, instead of stand, during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

He then followed his kneeling protest with wearing “pig” socks to a practice — socks with cartoon policemen done up as pigs.

Colin Kaepernick's pig socks

This, from a 28-year-old man who somehow managed to accumulate an estimated net worth of $16 million in our land of racial inequality and police brutality. (See “NFL player Colin Kaepernick sits during national anthem; 49ers defend move“)

San Francisco 49ers defended Kaepernick. The coach told The Daily Beast: “We were talking about things that were happening, taking place in society, and it went from the young men talking about the social injustice that they face on a day to day basis from coaches sharing their stories… And through our conversation, the players decided to do this. To make this movement.”

Other NFL players later joined his “peaceful” protest. A high school team in Seattle also followed Kaepernick’s lead.

Well, actions have consequences.

Sports-lovers are tuning out the NFL.

Brandon Katz reports for Forbes, Sept. 12, 2016, that whereas “It’s common knowledge within the TV world that NFL football will always dominate whatever time slot it’s in . . . the smallest of cracks” has appeared “in the NFL’s armor”:

  • The NFL opener and Super Bowl rematch between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8, 2016, drew in 25.2 million viewers — an 8% ratings decline compared to 2015 and a 6% drop from 2014. CBS scored a 10.2 overnight rating for its NFL offerings, a 13% drop from FOX’s numbers (11.7) last year and a 9% drop from 2014 on CBS (11.2). This also marked the lowest overnight season-opening rating in 7 years.
  • The Sunday Night Football (SNF) opener between the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 11 attracted 20.65 million total viewers — a steep 18% decline in the advertiser-friendly 18-49 demographic compared to 2015, and 16% less than the 2014 SNF opener. In fact, 2016 was SNF‘s lowest-rated offering since 2009. 
  • The following Sunday Night Football matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 18 did even worse. It drew in its lowest ratings in 7 years. According to Deadline, the primetime portion of the game scored a 13.7/22 in Nielsen’s metered market ratings — down 18% from last year’s ratings, and a 9% dip compared to the SNF opener just a week before.
  •  Monday Night Football didn’t fare any better.

A week ago Forbes‘ Brandon Katz wondered if the NFL’s lower-than-expected ratings are “just a blip on the radar or a growing trend.” After the successive SNF low ratings, he now concludes:

“[T]he NFL’s decline in the ratings is becoming more of a true pattern and less of a passing phase, especially as the National Anthem protest continues onward.”

Christy Strawser of CBS Detroit attributes the decline in NFL viewership to the Boycott NFL movement:

“The #boycottNFL hashtag on Twitter has hundreds of participants who are urging others to send a message to NFL owners and Roger Goodell by sitting out games, turning off the TV and refusing to buy merchandise.”

An example is James Olson of Birmingham, Michigan.

A Sports Illustrated subscriber since fourth grade, Olson watches NFL games on TV to escape from the endless political bickering. But with more and more “Kaepernick” national anthem protests, he feels like politics has taken over his favorite sport, too. So he’s tuning out.

Olson said: “I want to say to these guys ‘If you weren’t playing in the NFL, you would be working at McDonalds. I think people have had it. Sports used to not be a stage for this, and now it is, so I’m turning it off. I refused to watch the Chicago-Philadelphia game because they were going to protest …You start to figure out you can get along without football, there are other things out there I can do. We’re also pissed that the owners aren’t doing anything, that the coaches aren’t doing anything and the coaches aren’t doing anything. You can do this on our own time. Rent a stage somewhere and see if you can get a crowd of 70,000 people. The owners should force them not to use the NFL as a stage for their political beliefs. Once this whole thing starts, it was like ‘you know what, you’re a moron. What is wrong with you?’”

Olson spent his Sunday, instead, watching part of a soccer game, spending time outside, and then working out.

He’s not alone.

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~Eowyn

Muslim ‘migrants’ have transformed the city of Paris into a garbage dump

Gone is our antiquated image of Paris, France as an elegant, civilized city.

Here’s a video showing how the Muslim “migrant” invasion has transformed the French capital into a literal garbage dump, with men lounging on mattresses on streets choked with litter and garbage. I recommend you watch the video in full screen to get the maximum impact.

Notice that the vagrants are all men, and not just men, but young, able-bodied, military-age males. Where are the pore Muslim women and children of the media’s propaganda?

Here’s another video — of a Muslim riot in Paris:

Meanwhile, tourism in France has plummeted. In August 2016, the French government announced that the number of tourists in the country has fallen by 7% since January. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Jean-Marc Ayrault acknowledged that “The perception of security risk has had a clear influence on certain travelers, including the wealthiest ones or those from Asia.”

While all of France is affected by the drop in tourist numbers, Paris and Ile-de-France and have been hit particularly hard. The tourism sector in Ile-de-France has lost a billion Euros in sales since January, according to a report of the Regional Tourism Committee (RTC).

But France’s socialist president François Hollande, in a speech on September 8, 2016, defended Muslims and called on his country to be “tolerant” and “embrace” Islam.

H/t FOTM‘s josephbc69

~Eowyn

17-year-old in ‘unbearable physical pain’ becomes first child to die by euthanasia

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From Daily Mail: A 17-year-old has become the first child to die by euthanasia in Belgium after the country adopted new rules in 2014. Officials confirmed the death following the announcement to remove age restrictions on euthanasia requests two years ago.

The move has made Belgium the only country where children of any age are able to choose to have the fatal injection. In the neighbouring Netherlands the practice is possible for children aged at least 12.  Those aged under 18 in Belgium must do so with their parents’ consent and they need to be in the final stages of a terminal illness.

The law passed by parliament insisted the minor would have to be in ‘unbearable physical suffering’ before euthanasia could be considered.

Dr. Death

Dr. Death

And today the head of the national committee for euthanasia discussed the first case. Wim Distelmans, who chairs Belgium’s Federal Control and Evaluation Committee on Euthanasia, said in an emailed statement that the first case was reported to his committee by a local doctor last week. He added that doctors used ‘palliative sedation’, which is when patients are placed in an induced coma.

Mr. Distelmans told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper: ‘Fortunately there are very few children who are considered [for euthanasia] but that does not mean we should refuse them the right to a dignified death.’ 

Between 2003 and 2013, the number of patients being euthanised in Belgium rose nearly eight-fold to a total number of 8,752 cases, according to records of the national euthanasia control committee.

In the UK, euthanasia is illegal under English law and is regarded as either manslaughter or murder, with a maximum penalty of up to life imprisonment.

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