Actions and consequences

Ed Gallek: Cleveland police, EMS unions refuse to hold flag at game after Browns players kneel – “EMS union president Daniel Nemeth said it sounded great until a group of Browns players took a knee during the anthem.” The players’ excuse was something the Tim Tebow experience might clarify.

“This hit home with me. I am a veteran, an 8-year veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps. So, to disrespect the flag by taking a knee is not something I was going to be a part of,” Nemeth said.

“I’m here at a national police convention, and soon as they hear that I’m from Cleveland, the first question is ‘What about those stinking Browns?'” Loomis said. “So if the ownership of the Browns and the league are going to allow that type of stuff to happen, and then come to us and say, ‘We want you to help us with the flag,’ that’s hypocritical. We’re not gonna participate.”

Linebacker Christian Kirksey recently explained the demonstration by saying, “We respect our veterans, respect our military. We’re not protesting against them. We just have our reasons of why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

The NFL is under attack and those who benefit most are biting the hand that feeds them.

John Sexton: How Google uses its power to silence critics – “Google uses its significant financial power and influence to squash critics. That’s the conclusion from two former critics both of whom were pressured after publishing stories critical of the company’s practices.” The FOSS (free and open source) ethic at Google produces many benefits but how the company goes about protecting the income stream that supports it is raising many questions and concerns.

John Hinderaker: Trump Administration Cancels Oppressive Obama Employment Regulations – “This is one of many similar stories we have seen over the past seven months, which cause one to question the judgment of those who claim to be conservatives, but who favored Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.”

This was one of many regulations that the lame duck Obama administration put in place, or set in motion, while it was on its way out the door. President Obama didn’t want to take responsibility for such absurdly burdensome regulations while still in office, but left them as poison pills for his successor. The Trump administration has wisely killed a number of such wasteful and pointless regulations.

Kudos to Donald Trump and his administration. If Congressional Republicans would quit sniping at President Trump and instead try to match his performance in office, we could get somewhere.

Meanwhile John McCain writes blistering op-ed on Washington dysfunctioncalling for an end to Washington dysfunction and imploring his fellow legislators to stand up to President Trump.” Where did this sentiment exist in regard to the previous administration? Where are the current President and Congress in regard to promises to the electorate? Who is getting the job done and who is not?

“We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities,” McCain wrote of Mr. Trump. “We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.”

The people spoke. McCain is in denial.

Paul Mirengoff: Justice Scalia on “the very human realities” in Arpaio’s Arizona – “Whichever way one comes down regarding President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I think it’s important to recognize the context in which Arpaio took the over-zealous law enforcement actions that led to his conviction.” Citing “Justice Scalia in his opinion (concurring in part and dissenting in part) in Arizona v. U.S.” and Daniel Horowitz the context is that of a fundamental right of the States to protect their identity as sovereign entities. Points made include:

There is something fundamentally wrong when people delegitimize the pardon of one sheriff — whether you agree or disagree with Trump’s decision — but unquestionably support the de facto judicial pardons of millions of illegal aliens, including some of the most violent ones, even though courts manifestly lack such power.

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For me, the story here is less about hypocrisy than about realizing what can easily happen when the federal government abrogates its duty to enforce laws that are vital to the safety and well-being of certain communities.

Arpaio is another case of attempting to override and overrule the electorate who voted him to be sheriff. The hate spewed in his direction opposing the pardon is also telling.

Ashley McGuire: Hurricane Harvey photo proves chivalry is alive and well in America – “This is no time for jokes or sarcasm. The picture however, is a reminder of the reality that men and women are different, and that those differences can serve society for the better.”

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