Three Things You Need to Know - November 13, 2017

The NFL Tries to Make Up for Protests With Giant Flags on Veterans Day

The NFL did their best yesterday to try and make their fan base forget the past two months. Giant flags were draped across the field during the national anthem, players that had previously sat or kneeled were now standing - well, besides two members of the 49’ers - and pre-game tributes were kicking off all over the country.

Officially, the NFL hasn’t changed their policy during the national anthem, and Commissioner Roger Goodell made that clear in a statement on Saturday:

“There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized.”

The NFL has been locked in a PR battle for over two months. How could they reconcile allowing their players to disrespect the entire country, but somehow remain receptive to their employees, the players. The solution was to let their national anthem and flag protest continue, but sneak in a little patriotic imagery whenever possible. Yesterday’s Veterans Day displays were the culmination, but they’ve been working on this for weeks. Maybe you’ve noticed the NFL camouflage gear that players and coaches have been wearing on the sidelines. The use of that apparel mysteriously increased as NFL ratings were going down and calls for boycotts increased. One Facebook page, called Boycott the NFL, had over a quarter of a million fans vowing to watch something else on Veterans Day. Ask nearly any veteran, they’re not fooled by any of this.

Newsflash to the NFL, you can’t defecate all over the flag on every other day leading up to Veterans Day, and all of a sudden pretend all is well. You can’t fix this with a parade, theatrics and camouflage clothing. Want to fix the problem for real? Change your policy. Require your employees to show a little respect. They can protest their country all they want, just not during working hours. Encourage them to use their fame at the local levels. Go to police departments and engage in actual conversations. That would do some good, and the premise wouldn’t be crapping all over the men and women that have died to keep them safe. Men and women that have died to ensure they can make millions of dollars chasing an oval shaped pigskin ball around a field.

Now, I don’t believe these players actually intended to insult veterans and the country when they began this protest, but I do think they just didn’t think it all the way through. There’s so many better ways they could get their point across. Most football fans are just sick and tired of this. They want to watch football again without all the politics. Yesterday’s tribute was a good start, but if a change in policy doesn’t follow, they’re not fooling anyone.

YouTube Blocks Alwaki's Jihadist Videos

YouTube needs to get its priorities straight.

The company is finally taking steps to block the late Anwar al-Awlaki’s videos that preached jihad against Americans. After receiving complaints for nearly a decade, YouTube is taking away this major recruitment tool for terrorists. This is a very good thing. But why are they just now doing it?

Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google (which is YouTube’s parent company) got called into the principal’s office last week on Capitol Hill where they got reprimanded for allowing Russia to exploit their services to mess with the U.S. election. But the problem of jihadist videos on YouTube has been around much longer. Awlaki’s jihad propaganda influenced the terrorists who attacked Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, Orlando and many attacks in Europe.

Six years after Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen, his videos remain the top English-language jihadist recruitment tool. Just a few weeks ago, a search for Awlaki turned up 70,000 results on YouTube. Now it returns just 18,600 videos that are supposedly mostly news reports and commentary about him, rather than his rants about killing Americans.

YouTube is using its “video fingerprinting technology” to find and block Awlaki’s videos. This could be a major turning point in policy because YouTube and other social media companies have usually argued that they’re just neutral platforms with no responsibility for what users’ post.

For a technology company, YouTube was seriously slow to get to this point. They first made a public commitment to block videos like Awlaki’s in 2010. Yet, even Awlaki’s famous 12-minute “Call to Jihad” sermon was available on YouTube until 2016.

Recently, YouTube restricted several Prager University videos that inform viewers about Islamic extremism, as if they contained controversial views. Ironically, YouTube is now blocking Awlaki’s jihadist messages, the very kind of extremism that the Prager U videos expose. It’s just another example of how the Left trips on its own shoelaces a lot.

North Korean Radio Station Hacked

Europe has the secret weapon against North Korea’s threats.

No, not the continent. The band.

Over the weekend, a brave soul hacked Radio Pyongyang and played Swedish rock band Europe’s 1986 hit “The Final Countdown” on loop.

Needless to say, 80’s hair metal isn’t regular programming on Radio Pyongyang.

The North Korean regime usually uses the station to broadcast coded messages ahead of provocations.

For example, North Korea made broadcasts on the station two days before conducting a nuclear test, one day before a ballistic missile test, and one day before Japanese flyovers.

You can imagine it was probably quite a shock to hear Joey Tempest’s vocals instead of super serious coded announcements.

This heroic act comes on the heels of President Trump meeting with Chinese leaders to reaffirm their stance against North Korea’s attempts to obtain nuclear weapons. Trump said, “All nations must come together to ensure that this rogue regime cannot threaten the world with its nuclear weapons.”

In a world where everyone is constantly afraid of North Korea’s raging instability, it’s nice to sit back and laugh at them every once in a while.

Especially when it feels like every day dealing with Kim Jung Un is going to result in…the final countdown. Sorry I had to do it.

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Legal scholar and famed criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz has a message for partisans dividing America: "A plague on both your houses." He voted for Hillary Clinton. He endorsed Joe Biden. He's a man who is basically the Forrest Gump of American judicial history.

Look up a big court case over the past few decades, and you'll probably see him standing in the background. He's represented notorious clients like Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Harry Reems, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and yes, Donald Trump. It's made him a target for both the left and right.

Alan also describes himself as a "civil libertarian," and that's probably why he and Glenn Beck get along despite their opposing political views. His story is like a history lesson, spanning half a century, and it just might be the key to bridging the political divide.

On this week's podcast, Alan explained that while he's a strong defender of the Constitution, he's never been a big fan of the Second Amendment. In the past he's called it absurd and outdated, and even today, he admits that he wouldn't have ingrained it into our Constitution if he was a framer. However, with the whole Bill of Rights under attack, he's now fully in defense of our right to bear arms. Because if the Second Amendment changes, any amendment could be next.

"I'm now a supporter of the Second Amendment. I don't want to change it. I don't want to change one word of it, because I'm afraid that if I get to change the Second Amendment, other people will get to change the First Amendment, and the Fifth Amendment," Alan said. "So, I am committed to preserving the Bill of Rights, every single word, every comma, and every space between the words."

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Investigative reporter David Steinberg joined the radio program Monday, to explain how a new video may provide enough evidence to begin a FBI investigation into alleged illegal practices by Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's campaign.

In the video, which was produced and released by Project Veritas, residents of Omar's community describe campaign teams that not only conduct illegal ballot harvesting practices but also pay people for their blank absentee ballots.

Steinberg told Glenn that, if these charges prove to be true, the federal government could bypass Omar's friend and protector, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. Could 2020 be the beginning of the end for Omar's political career?

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Mike Fratantuono is the manager of Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He wrote in the Washington Post's COVID-19 series about the recent, heartbreaking loss of his business, a restaurant that has been in his family for "four generations and counting."

"I know this virus is real, okay? It's real and it's awful. I'm not disputing any of that," Mike wrote. "But our national hysteria is worse. We allowed the virus to take over our economy, our small businesses, our schools, our social lives, our whole quality of life. We surrendered, and now everything is infected."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck reacted to Mike's letter, which he shared in full, adding his hope that those in government are ultimately held responsible for what he called the biggest theft of the Western world.

"This is the biggest theft of, not only money, but of heritage and of hope," Glenn said. "The United States government and many of the states are responsible for this, not you. And hopefully someday soon, we'll return to some semblance of sanity, and those responsible for this theft, this rape of the Western world, will be held responsible."

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We did our homework over the weekend; we did the research so we can tell you what is likely coming from Senate Democrats regarding President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Based on our research and the anonymous people who have already come forward to talk about Coney Barrett's youth, these are the main shocking things you can expect Senate Democrats to seize on during the confirmation process…

A man has come forward under the banner of "#MenToo," to say that in second grade, Amy Coney Barrett and her best friend at the time, cornered him at a birthday party at Chuck-E-Cheese and "injected him with a full dose of cooties." Which, if true, would obviously be disqualifying for serving on the highest court in the land.

Then there's a woman who says when she was nine-years-old, she lived on the same street as Amy Coney Barrett. She alleges that Coney-Barrett borrowed her VHS tape of Herbie Goes Bananas and did not return it for at least six months. And then when she did finally get the tape back, the woman says Coney Barrett did not even bother to rewind it. The FBI has interviewed at least two witnesses so far who say the tape was indeed not rewound and that it was very upsetting to the owner of the tape. Again, if true, this is troubling – clearly not the kind of integrity you want to see in a Supreme Court justice.

Apparently, in their elementary school days, they liked to drink milk – and lots of it.

The same neighbor also dropped a bombshell allegation about the drinking problem of Amy Coney Barrett and her closest friends. Apparently, in their elementary school days, they liked to drink milk – and lots of it. The neighbor says she "frequently" witnessed Coney-Barrett and her friends chugging entire cartons of milk – often Whole Milk, sometimes Chocolate Milk, occasionally both at the same time through a funnel.

Unfortunately, shooting-up cooties, injurious rewinding, and potential calcium-abuse are not even the worst of it.

A third person has now come forward, another man, and this is just reprehensible, it's hard to even fathom. But he alleges that in fourth grade, when they were around ten-years-old, Amy Coney Barrett and a group of "four or five of her friends" gang-GRAPED him on the playground during recess. He alleges the group of friends snuck uneaten grapes out of the cafeteria and gang-GRAPED him repeatedly in broad daylight. In other words, and I hate to have to spell this out because it's kind of graphic, but the group led by ten-year-old Amy Coney Barrett pelted this poor defenseless boy with whole grapes. He recalls them "laughing the whole time" as they were gang-GRAPING him.

He recalls them "laughing the whole time" as they were gang-GRAPING him.

Obviously, even if just one of these allegations is half-true, no Senator with a conscience could possibly vote to confirm Coney Barrett. When there is a clear pattern of destructive childhood behavior, it always continues into adulthood. Because people do not change. Ever.

Fortunately, for the sake of the Republic, Democrats plan to subpoena Coney Barrett's childhood diary, to see what, if any, insights it may provide into her calcium habits, as well as her abuse of illicit cooties and the gang-GRAPING incident.

We will keep you posted on the latest, but for now, it looks like Democrats will find plenty in the reckless pre-teen life of Amy Coney Barrett to cast doubt on her nomination. And if not, they can always fall back on her deranged preference for letting babies be born.

[NOTE: The preceding was a parody written by MRA writer Nathan Nipper.]