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Thursday, May 24, 2018

NY Jets Owner Defies NFL On National Anthem Fines

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

In a stunning move, without any input from player representatives, the NFL announced on Wednesday that it would impose sweeping penalties on any players who silently take a knee during the playing of the pre-game national anthem.

According to the new rules, players who appear on the field for the anthem must stand. If they do not, their respective club faces a league-issued fine, and teams can levy additional fines.

The anti-free speech move represents a clear NFL capitulation to Trump, who has often treated the silent protests as among the gravest threats facing the country.…

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Federal Judge Rules Trump Can’t Block Twitter Critics

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Trump’s tweeting keeps getting him into trouble in court, and on Wednesday it happened again, when U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that no, he can’t block people on Twitter for criticizing him.

“We readily conclude the speech in which individual plaintiffs seek to engage is protected speech,” the judge wrote.

In other words, Trump’s critics have a First Amendment right to tweet at him, even if he doesn’t like what they have to say.

The reason is not merely because he is president, but because of how he uses his personal account for “executive functions,” such as “the appointment of officers (including cabinet secretaries), the removal of officers, and the conduct of foreign policy[.]”

That time Trump used his personal Twitter account to announce the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, for example?…

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A Democratic Republic Or A Kleptocracy Of Klowns?

So what’s it going to be, America: a democratic republic, or Trumpistan? A nation governed by the rule of law, or an oversized kleptocracy, whose maximum leader uses the decayed shell of government to punish his political enemies and reward friends and family?

“Kleptocracy,” of course, means rule by thieves.

In another way of putting it, the United States government increasingly resembles a professional wrestling spectacle—all scripted feuds and melodramatic revenge plots enacted by a cast of alternately sinister and clownish figures skirting the edge of self-parody.

Consider the evidence from the last week alone:

According to the Washington Post, President Trump has personally intervened with the postmaster general in a fruitless effort to double the rates Amazon.com pays the US Postal Service to ship packages.

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