Adidas won’t drop Kanye, but ‘will have conversations’ with him about controversial comments

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, the CEO of Adidas said that rapper Kanye West was still an “important part” of the company’s strategy, even after the performer’s comments about slavery.

However, he did stress that “there clearly are some comments we don’t support” and that he plans to discuss the matter with Kanye at some point.

Wait, what did Kanye say?

During an appearance on TMZ on Tuesday, West volunteered that he thought it was the mentality of African slaves that kept them from being free.

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?! — that sounds like a choice,” he said. “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all y’all? You know, it’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word prison ’cause slavery goes too — too direct to the idea of blacks.”

These comments, predictably, created swift backlash. West tried to address this outrage on Twitter, by seeming to double down on his original point. He wrote in a series of tweets:

To make myself clear. Of course, I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved. They cut out our tongues so we couldn’t communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut.

These tweets have since been deleted.

What did the Adidas CEO say?

Adidas CEO Kasper Rørsted was confronted with West’s comments during an interview on Bloomberg TV.

Rørsted at first tried to stick to a standard non-answer:

We neither comment nor speculate about every single comment that our external creators are making. Kanye has been and is a very important part of our strategy, and has been a fantastic creator. And that’s where I’m gonna leave it, I’m not gonna comment on every comment he or anyone else is making. That’s pretty much the party line at this stage.

Upon further questioning, Rørsted volunteered that he did not think that the incident would hurt his company:

If you look at our overall numbers, last year we did almost $25 billion, we’re a very large company. And Kanye and the “Yeezy” is a very important part of our brand. You know from a revenue standpoint less so, but it’s a very important part of how we promote our products, particularly in the U.S. and other parts of the world. … So while Kanye is a very important part of the Adidas brand, Adidas is a large global company with a very, very strong presence around the world, and will continue to perform well.

When he was pressed again about how Kanye’s comments were less easy to dismiss than most celebrity missteps, Rørsted replied that while he had not spoken to Kanye but he did plan on having “conversations” with him in the future:

I saw the comment as you have seen it. I haven’t had any conversation with Kanye within the last 24 hours, to be honest, because we have the earnings around. And we’re — it’s very clear to us that we’re a sports company, and we want to change people’s lives through sport, which is a very important part of course, then we will have conversations. But I do want to focus on the core, what the company’s about is delivering the best sporting goods products in the world, and having our consumers buy those products, and that’s what’s happening right now in the marketplace.

While he stressed how important West was to his brand, Rørsted also added that “there clearly are some comments we don’t support.”

 

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Project Veritas busts union president defending ‘teacher who had sex’ with student: It’s about the pension

A new Project Veritas video revealed a New Jersey teacher’s union president admitting a cover up to protect a teacher who allegedly had sex with a student.

The video, released on Wednesday, is part of a series of undercover videos of teachers unions from around the country that will reportedly be released by Project Veritas in the coming weeks. The new release comes in the wake of the suspension of Hamilton Township Education Association President Dr. David Perry who was caught on video  saying he would cover up physical abuse of a student by a teacher.

Union City Education Association President, Kathleen Valencia, appeared in the March 27th 2018 video recorded at the Union City Education Association office, as she explained why there would be no reprimand for a teacher who bruised a student in school.

“Did the kid’s parent come in? No? Nothing happened… There’s no video? Nothing happened… [The teacher] is fine,” she said.

“I’m going to get your brother a lawyer. Your brother’s not going to admit anything happened. The only witness is the scumbag kid… he’s got a record,” Valenica told the undercover Veritas journalist who was posing as the family member of a fictitious teacher.

When asked if other incidents have occurred that have had to be covered to protect the teachers, Valencia pointed to a file on her desk.

“This file right here is from a teacher who had sex with a student,” she said.  “You know what this whole file is about? It’s about whether or not the teacher gets to keep their pension. Sex with a teenage girl. Is he going to jail? No. How come? Because the child’s not pressing charges. They have no proof there was sex.”

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe called for the Union City Education Association to reveal the identity of the teacher it is protecting instead of protecting children.

The first video in the series involved a man identified as HTEA President David R. Perry telling the undercover Veritas journalist how he would “bend the truth” about an incident involving a teacher hurting a student. The incident was fabricated but Perry said the teacher should come to him and tell him “the truth” adding that he could change the date of any records and play down the incident.

“I need to know the truth, so that we can bend the truth,” he said in the video. “If nobody brings it up from (the) school, I don’t say boo.

“I’m here to defend even the worst people,” he added.

O’Keefe personally confronted Perry about the undercover video.

“I said, what we do is we help people,” Perry said in the second video. “And what they do wrong, they deserve their punishment.”

Perry was suspended as a result of the video, NJ.com reported.

“The true beliefs and values of this school district are not represented in this video and are not aligned with who we are as faculty, staff, administration, and community,” Hamilton Township Superintendent Scott Rocco said in a statement Wednesday.

Michelle Malkin praised O’Keefe and his organization for lifting “the rug so we can se how the cockroaches operate,” during a radio segment on the Sean Hannity Show on Wednesday. O’Keefe noted the problem is “systemic” and more videos would be coming.

“Any and all parents should be paying attention. This union would rather protect their teachers than their students,” he said.

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Greenspan: US Fiscal System ‘Out of Whack,’ Headed for ‘Stagflation’

The recent huge omnibus spending bill and growing interest rates are slowing the economy while creating a “false dawn,” according to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who added the nation’s fiscal system is “out of whack.”

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Conservative groups hope to release new ObamaCare replacement this month

Conservative groups are hoping to release a new ObamaCare … to address the Obamacare disaster and increase affordable healthcare options for middle-class Americans,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. Fishpaw added that Sen.

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Giuliani puts the kibosh on Stormy ‘payoff’ claim, and throws Laura Ingraham for a loop

Rudy Giuliani dropped what many are calling a bombshell during an interview on Fox News Channel’s Hannity, saying that President Donald Trump paid back his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, the $130,000 paid to porn star Stormy Daniels.

And while Giuliani was adamant that the pay off didn’t involve campaign money, the revelation sent the left into a frenzy because Trump stated on April 6 that he was not aware of the payment — even Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, a former defense attorney, said “that’s a problem,” but is there a simple explanation that’s being missed?

In a panel discussion Wednesday night on FNC’s The Ingraham Angle, contributor Byron York suggested that Giuliani “may not have thought this whole thing through,” prompting an interesting reply from Ingraham.

“If you go on ‘Hannity,’ you better think it through,” she said. “I love Rudy, but they better have an explanation for that, that’s a problem.”

Giuliani told Hannity that the $130,000 payment was “perfectly legal.”

“That money was not campaign money, sorry,” he claimed. “I’m giving you a fact now that you don’t know. It’s not campaign money. No campaign finance violation.”

When Hannity asked if this was because the money was “funneled” through Cohen’s law firm, the former mayor said, “Funneled it through the law firm, and the President repaid him.”

But Giuliani would also say Trump “didn’t know the specifics” of the payment.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., a participant on Ingraham’s panel, had a ready explanation that proved to be much closer to the truth, based on a later clarification by Giuliani.

“I don’t think somebody with President Trump’s income level writes all of his checks, you know what I mean?” he told Ingraham. “It would not surprise me if he authorized a payment and it gets lost in the shuffle. I know that sounds crazy perhaps on a certain level but here’s a guy with a massive income and he’s dealing with a lot of things.”

In a later interview with the Washington Post, Giuliani insisted the disclosure was no gaffe, saying he discussed it with Trump beforehand.

With the anti-Trump forces whipped into a lather over the possibility that Trump has been caught in a lie, Giuliani added more context to his comment with Fox News’ John Roberts — which is being described as “damage control” by the media.

“Rudy Giuliani told me that while reimbursed Cohen for the $130k SD payment, POTUS didn’t know what the money was used for. Giuliani says Cohen merely told the President he had “expenses” for which POTUS reimbursed him,” Roberts tweeted.

The payment is being described in the media as a “loan” because Trump reimbursed Cohen and anti-Trump forces insist it is related to his campaign, which will ensure wall-to-wall coverage.

But there’s so much vagueness in Giuliani’s revelation. In the end, it’s more likely to serve as another rabbit hole the president’s detractors will go chasing down in their quest to destroy him.

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Navy, Marines: Not Enough Data to Link Aviation Accidents to Lack of Funding

According to The Hill, the Navy and Marine Corps leaders said there is not enough data to link a string of recent military aviation incidents to lack of defense funding, but they added the military should examine the mishaps.

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Dershowitz: Dems ‘Prepared to Eliminate Civil Liberties’ to Get Trump – I’m Also Critical of GOP on This

Alan Dershowitz (Sergei Chuzavkov / Associated Press)
On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz stated, “Democrats and left-wingers obviously think President Trump is the devil, and they’re prepared to eliminate civil liberties.” He also criticized Republicans for their trying to expand criminal law and grounds for impeachment to go after the Clintons. Dershowitz said, “Well, the way they go after our rights is first to go after political enemies, establish precedents on the basis of the political enemies, and then that precedent lies around like a loaded gun that can be used against anybody.” Dershowitz then referenced the scene from “A Man for All Seasons” where two characters debate whether they would give the devil the benefit of the law and Sir Thomas More says he would give the devil the benefit of the law. Because without the law, the devil could turn and use the lack of laws against him. Dershowitz then stated, “Now, Democrats and left-wingers obviously think President Trump is the devil, and they’re prepared to eliminate civil liberties.” He added, “You know, when I was a kid, they used to tell me, ‘You know, a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged’…and I would respond by

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Big Pharma: Canada Added to Trump Trade Threat List Because Generic Drugs

The administration of US President Donald Trump on Friday added Canada to its ever-growing list of nations that it believes do not adequately protect the intellectual property rights of American drug makers.

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These $125 sneakers fold up to the size of a pair of socks and mimic what it’s like to be barefoot

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  • Vivobarefoot shoes mimic the natural shape of your foot and provide minimal cushioning for maximum sensory feedback.
  • The pair I tried, the Kanna ($125) are the most useful and versatile shoes I’ve added to my closet in a long time.
  • The Kanna is stylish, comfortable, breathable, and roll up to the size of a pair of socks so I can carry them in my purse or crowded carry-on.
  • You can find them at Vivobarefoot.com or Zappos

Let me begin by saying that I have never been one to proselytize shoes that look like gloves for your feet. I am no convert. And while I do prefer going barefoot, the surprise-ridden sidewalks of NYC have completely tampered the impulse. See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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