Poll: majority of Americans approve of NFL kneeling ban

Just this morning I was musing over the new kneeling ban in the NFL and what led to the outpouring of anger from fans. While mulling that over, I concluded that the new policy likely wouldn’t make much of a difference at this point because too much water has passed under the bridge. But a new survey released by SurveyMonkey this week provides at least a hint that I may have been wrong. After a lot of bad polling days for the league, a solid majority of respondents are now saying that they support the new policy.

Americans—and especially NFL fans—are supportive of the league’s recently-announced policy to fine teams whose players kneel on the field during the national anthem. More than half of adults in the U.S. (54 percent) say they approve of the policy, while just 43 percent disapprove. Among those who call themselves NFL fans, 56 percent approve and 42 percent disapprove. Drilling down even further, “big fans” of the NFL approve by a margin of 59-40.

More than four in 10 people (42 percent) say that kneeling during the national anthem “is not related to patriotism.” Nearly as many (41 percent) say that kneeling during the national anthem is unpatriotic–almost three times more than the number of respondents who think it is patriotic (14 percent).

A majority of people (55 percent) say it is fair for teams to be fined for a player’s actions. About as many (57 percent) say that the ability for players to stay inside the locker room during the national anthem rather than kneeling on the field is a fair compromise.

You can read the full results here. There are several clear demographic breaks in the responses. Democrats were far less impressed with the new policy, with 65% disapproving and 67% saying it would be unfair to fine the teams for the actions of the players. But 81% of Republicans approved, with only 19% disapproving.

The racial divide was almost equally stark, with whites approving at a rate of 59% while only 38% of blacks do. That may still prove troubling for the league since an even more interesting question had to do with who considers themselves fans or “big fans” of football. 68% of black respondents said they were fans, while 53% of whites did.

With all that in mind, I have to wonder if the plan among some players which Allahpundit reported on the other day will have much of an effect. If any significant number of starters who will have a real impact on their teams’ prospects decide to “sit out” the games until Kaepernick and Eric Reid are signed, how would the fans of their individual teams respond? I know that if any of the Jets’ starters decided to do that and reduce our already comically low shot at a Super Bowl ring even further, I’d be pretty ticked off at the players, not the league. But then again, am I in the minority there? From the looks of this poll, I’m guessing I’m not.

Anyway, that’s just some recent polling for you to mull over until the preseason kicks off. (Assuming it actually does.)

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NC School Safety Bill Would Arm Volunteer Teachers

While the airwaves and social media have had plenty of teachers saying that they sure don’t want to be armed, they don’t speak for all teachers. Not by a long shot. They’re trying to do just that, mind you, but they don’t.

You see, there are plenty of teachers who would gladly carry a firearm so they could defend not just their own lives, but the lives of their students.

North Carolina is considering a bill that will allow them to do just that.

Republican lawmakers have a new plan to address school safety in North Carolina.

The School Security Act of 2018 would allow teachers to apply to become undercover School Resource Officers.

Participants would be required to undergo basic police training and would be sworn officers with guns in the classroom.

The position would also come with a 5 percent pay increase.

“The two problems that the bill tries to address is, one, we really don’t have enough money to put enough School Resource Officers into schools if we just pay them for a separate position,” said Senator Warren Daniel (R-46). “And two, even if you had the funding, we wouldn’t have enough applicants to fill those positions. It would provide a cost effective way to get School Resource Officers into the school.”

Senator Warren Daniel is one of the bill’s sponsors, along with Senator Ralph Hise and Senator Dan Bishop.

“Hopefully their skills and services would never be needed as a resource officer and they would be able to focus on their teaching 99.99 percent of the time. But there’s just that small fraction of a possibility that something tragic could happen and that they would be ready,” Senator Daniel explained.

Of course, not all teachers are onboard. In particular, one is quoted prattling on like anyone is considering making this mandatory, which is typical for anti-gun zealots.

You see, in almost every aspect of life, those who oppose guns also tend to believe that anything not forbidden should be mandatory. With that mindset, they see a bill like this and automatically jump into the idea that this is somehow going to require teachers to be armed, which it isn’t. They don’t want the facts. More importantly, though, they don’t want the voters of North Carolina to have the facts.

Instead, they want to pretend that the apocalypse is upon us because a handful of teachers who want to will be armed.

I’m not crazy about requiring specialized training since a concealed carry permit should be all that is needed, but that’s a compromise I’m willing to make so that there will be more responsible adults armed in our schools.

With this law in place, don’t expect to see another Parkland or Santa Fe happen in North Carolina.

And to those teachers who think the idea of carrying a gun is a disaster, all I can say is, “Then don’t.” No one will make you carry a firearm. Frankly, if you’re stupid enough to think a bill that will allow someone to carry will require someone to carry, then I don’t want you to have a gun anyway.

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Latest Plan To Counter NRA? Tax Dollars Funding Elections

The NRA is the biggest boogeyman of the anti-gun zealot, hands down.

It’s not that the NRA is a radical group because it’s not. It’s willing to play a little ball with the ideological opponents if it thinks it can compromise and come out ahead. It’s not calling for the repeal of most existing federal gun laws either. It’s simply not wanting to take steps backward, as a general rule.

But the anti-gun crusader sees that as a form of radicalism. Adam Eichen, writing at NBC News, thinks he’s got the answer. That answer? Use your tax dollars to counter the NRA’s influence on elections.

Cynics are correct to doubt, despite the epidemic of school shootings around the country, that meaningful gun control policy will be forthcoming, even though over two-thirds of Americans want stricter gun laws. And everyone knows that there are two groups to blame: The NRA, and the politicians caught in its thrall.

To break the NRA’s stranglehold on politics, we have to directly address the attributes that make them so effective. This means democratizing political fundraising to limit the NRA’s financial firepower, and expanding the number of active voters to normalize the impact of NRA members in many districts where candidates are held hostage by the organization.

The NRA has given $40 million directly to both federal and state candidates, parties, and committees over the past 30 years, and spends millions more (at least $54 million in 2016 alone) in independent expenditures to turn the debate around gun control measures so toxic that even the smallest reform becomes politically dangerous.

I’m going to break in here to point out that $40 million over 30 years is a meager $1.3 million per year. When you consider how many candidates there are in this nation, that’s a drop in the bucket. Especially when compared to the nearly $44 million donated by labor unions (among the top 50 of all donators) to their allies in 2018 alone.

In other words, the amount of money spent by the NRA on politicians is outright meager compared to what some people spend.

Anyway, back to Eichen’s nonsense.

By comparison, gun control groups have only contributed $4.3 million to federal elections since 1989 and spend far less on independent expenditures (a meager $3 million in 2016).

Another interjection, maybe the reason gun control groups spend so little is because so little is donated to them? That may be a sign of support simply not being there for gun control. Those who truly care about an issue are far more likely to donate over that issue, and gun control just isn’t a subject that garners that much in the way of passion for most voters.

There is little that can be done to limit NRA spending in elections; the Supreme Court has all but forbidden any regulations. We have another option, however: We can raise the financial influence of ordinary Americans to counteract NRA spending through public financing of elections — a Supreme Court-approved policy.

Cities and states across the country have experimented with public financing. New York City developed one of the gold standards in 1988. Now, modest constituent contributions are matched at a rate of 6 to 1. That means a $10 contribution turns into $70, allowing small donors to propel a campaign.

And there we are.

The way to counter the NRA’s paltry influence in American politics? Make people donate to the opposition whether they want to or not by funneling tax dollars that direction.

Sure.

The truth is, Eichen knows they can’t beat the NRA when it comes to fundraising. It’s like he knows that the people won’t fork out their cash to support people taking away their rights, so he wants to make people do it.

Well, stuff like that is why so many of us have guns in the first place. We don’t want to be made to hand over our wallets, or wives, our husbands, our children, or our lives. We damn sure don’t want to see our tax dollars funding people who want to take away our sacred rights in the name of Adam Eichen not getting the vapors of people disagreeing with him.

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We All Looked On In Shock When Her Husband Stood Up And Grabbed The Brush From The Hairdresser

Marriage is a commitment. It is supposed to last a lifetime. No wonder it terrifies many young people. But marriage is a beautiful thing. When two people are matched right, they can unite their lives, their strengths, and build a family that is stronger than it could ever be if they went it alone. A married couple has the power to cover each other’s weaknesses and amplify each other’s strengths. It requires humility and compromise and the commitment to stand by your partner’s side through it all, sickness and in health.

One man’s wife became too ill for her to do the one thing she loved most – to style her own hair. It was part of her identity, and she did it every morning. Because her husband loved her, he wanted her to look the way she liked and not lose that despite her illness. That’s why the footage below has gone viral. In it, you’ll watch as the husband takes a lesson from a hairstylist so he can learn how to do his wife’s hair through her sickness.

While most men would never do something like this for their wives, especially since it takes so much time out of their days, this husband brought his wife to the fancy hair salon so he could learn from the best.

Because the hairstylist was so impressed that this senior husband was willing to learn, with humility, how to style his wife’s hair, she asked her coworker to film the heartwarming lesson. And we are glad it was caught on camera because it shows just how much this man loves his wife.

The hairstylist later shared the video and a message on the Love What Matters Facebook page where it quickly gained the attention of thousands across the country.

The stylist wrote, “Proof that true love really exists. She can no longer style her hair herself, and her husband insisted on learning how to do it for her step by step. From products to the way you hold the brush and dryer.”

Because the husband was woefully ignorant about the hair styling process, he needed to learn everything about the tricks of the trade. He didn’t even know how to operate a hairdryer properly. He was starting from zero. But usually, those types of people learn the best. They have beginner’s mind and don’t approach the situation with preconceived notions.

“Truly one of the best things I have been able to witness in my life. Brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing man and what a lucky woman. Bless them.”

For hours, the man held the hairstyling tools and learned how to do it right. While it was a struggle for him to learn how to do it from scratch, he figured it out eventually, especially with the help of the professional walking him through the process.

We never know what life is going to throw into our gears next. But when we have a committed partner there along for the ride, we can navigate life’s bumps more joyfully.

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Italy’s new PM vows immediate implementation of stricter asylum laws and moving budget away from EU control

Giuseppe Conte has vowed quick reforms after being confirmed as prime minister by Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella, following months of grueling talks that have put the Euroskeptic Five Star Movement-Lega coalition in charge. “This will be the government of change,” said the former law professor and lawyer at the traditional maiden speech at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, where he was summoned on Wednesday afternoon after his compromise candidacy was announced last week. Conte, 53, said he would immediately begin implementing stricter asylum requirements and negotiate a loosening Italy’s budget, away from Brussels’ spending requirements, describing himself as “defense lawyer for the Italian people.”

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My genuine bipartisan compromise offer

It was bipartisan in the sense that country club conservatives let Democrats waste $150 million on social programs, so they could waste an equal amount at the Pentagon Mall. It wasn’t a genuine compromise any more than two addicts agreeing to split …

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National Review op-ed says treat trans people with basic dignity, right-wing loses it

The conservative National Review on Wednesday published a piece by J.J. McCullough, suggesting it was “time for a compromise on transgenderism.” What followed was a desperate attempt by other National Review columnists to out-do one another in …

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AFP Will Key Vote in Opposition to Farm Bill

Arlington, VA –  Americans for Prosperity today announced it will score H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, on its congressional scorecard and is urging House lawmakers to vote “No”. In a letter sent to lawmakers Thursday, AFP called on members to stop Washington’s extreme overspending by rejecting the blatant cronyism and wasteful spending in the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Americans for Prosperity Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner issued the following statement:

“The 2018 Farm Bill is a missed opportunity for lawmakers to tackle some of the egregious spending that has become an unfortunate area of bipartisan compromise in Washington. It’s disappointing to see such a lack of fiscal restraint from Congress on the heels of the $1.3 trillion omnibus passed in March. We are urging members to take a stand for taxpayers by opposing this legislation that remains littered with corporate welfare and programs that put big agribusiness ahead of the overall well-being of the industry and the hardworking men and women who are the backbone of American agriculture.”

On Monday, AFP backed 13 amendments to H.R. 2 that would help modernize the agricultural safety net, minimize taxpayer risk and reduce wasteful spending. AFP key voted in support of the 3 amendments on that list that made it to the floor, but the legislation remains a missed opportunity for responsible and comprehensive reforms to the historically massive spending bill.

Last week, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Congress detailing  the organizations’ opposition to H.R. 2, which was passed out of committee and is awaiting a vote from the full chamber.

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Two senators, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), are making a rare push across party lines…

Two senators, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), are making a rare push across party lines to answer the question: What to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Aides to the Senators have begun meetings with industry groups and former government officials to discuss ideas. In addition, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, has also started to hold housing-finance briefings with the idea of building toward a compromise. Under the terms of the Fannie-Freddie bailout, the quasi-governmental agencies can’t retain any capital starting next year, meaning taxpayers would have to cover any future losses.

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