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Movie Attendance Lowest in 24 Years. How Hollywood Has Bitten the Hand Which Fed Them.

January 18, 2018

 

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“…It’s not so much the individual hypocrisy that concerns me as the collective hypocrisy being displayed by an elite that cannot seem to grasp the basic biblical and common sense principle – what you sow, you reap.” – David Robertson, “Weinstein, Spacey and the Hypocrisy of the Current Moral Panic”, ChristianPost.com

According to TheWrap.com,

The National Alliance of Theater Owners (NATO) announced Wednesday that the national ticket average for 2017 rose 3.7 percent year-over-year to $8.93, up from $8.65 last year.

At that average, the estimated number of movie tickets sold last year is 1.23 billion. While that is only a rough estimate that does not account for the higher ticket prices for premium formats and theaters in more expensive cities like New York and Los Angeles, NATO’s estimate is the lowest since 1993, when “Jurassic Park” was the top grossing film of the year and an estimated 1.24 billion tickets were sold.

“2017 highlighted once again the importance of a balanced, 52 week movie calendar,” said NATO in its analysis. “A record Q1 (in box office and admissions) was offset by a disappointing summer, with a range of sequels that were not embraced by audiences in the numbers we are accustomed to. Summer 2017 was 92 million admissions short of summer 2016. An unusually empty August accounted for half of summer 2017’s shortfall. Q4 2017 was nearly equal to Q4 2016, with 315 million tickets sold, compared to 319 million.”

While annual box office revenue stayed above $11 billion for the third consecutive year, revenue over the summer season plummeted to 18-year lows. Historic lows were also reached for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The 2017 box office was a case of bookends, as the struggling summer sat in between industry record highs for March and September that were powered by family films like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Boss Baby” as well as adult blockbusters like “Logan” and “It.”

Attendance has been on a downward trend since 2005, though small rebounds were seen in 2012 and 2015. A similar rebound is expected in 2018, with heavily anticipated films like “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” expected to provide a more robust summer.

Is is just me, gentle readers, or do you, too, see something deeper going on with the shrinking attendance at movie theaters?

Certainly, we can attribute some of it to the change in technology.

Nowadays, we can watch movies in the comfort of our homes at the same time that they are hitting the movie theaters.

And, the rising costs associated with taking a family to a movie have made it prohibitive for some average Americans.

However, if you will notice, the article I posted gives you a clue as to what average Americans will pay their hard-earned money to go and see…movies in which good conquers evil…movies which they can feel good about taking their family to.

But, what about the rest of the movies that the “super geniuses” in Tinsel Town are churning out?

The thing is, not only has Hollywood run out of ideas, their chosen Political Ideology of Liberalism and their penchant for championing it in their movies has succeeded in driving their customer base away.

The Hollywood “Elite” on the Left of the Political Spectrum,who voted for Hillary Clinton to be our next President of the United States of America, and who covered for Serial Abuser Harvey Weinstein for decades, continue in public to show their hindquarters, while throwing the longest temper tantrum that the world has ever seen over the results of an American Presidential Election, that happened over one year ago. These self-proclaimed activists, are making a lie out of the claim that they have made for years that they are the most tolerant…and “gifted” among us.

In fact, these sore losers remind me of the hysterically sobbing children that you hear in every Walmart across the country.

It’s not that those children are crying because they are physically hurt. Just like these Hollywood Liberals, they’re crying because they did not get their way.

This epic meltdown by those who are paid handsomely to entertain us is a direct result of an isolated ignorance of average Americans’ desire to rid ourselves of those in the Halls of Power who told us repeatedly that they knew what was best for us and “who we were”, while their actual mission was to turn America into a Third-World Barrio in their quest to make us a Socialist Paradise.

All during the Presidential Campaign, the Democratic Party, along with those in “Showbiz”, through their minions in the Main Stream Media, assured us that it was a foregone conclusion that Hillary Clinton would be our 45th president.

There is a reason for that.

They are completely and totally disconnected from reality.

The Liberal Elite have always believed that our country revolves around the big metropolitan areas in the Northeast and in California. They have always looked down their noses at what they derisively call “Flyover Country”, the same area that many of us call the Heartland of America or simply “home”.

Just like their fellow Modern American Liberals who run the Democratic Party, the disconnected “dancing monkeys” in Tinsel Tow, who insist on turning every awards show on television into an Anti-Trump Hate-fest, never saw actually saw Trump’s victory coming in the first place.

At this point, all their incessant national temper tantrum is doing, is making them look like fools, as evidenced by the continuing decline in box office returns.

As I have written before, I don’t remember any of us average Americans asking them for their opinion as to how we should vote, do you?

Their own haughtiness and super-sized egos have cost the Hollywood Liberal Hierarchy untold millions of dollars by allowing their own preconceived prejudices about average Americans and our “lack of intelligence” to drive a wedge between them and American Moviegoers.

The Hollywood Elite, as clearly demonstrated by the Harvey Weinstein Scandal and the self-serving, hypocritical “Me, Too” Movement, has no use for the ethics and morals of average Americans, until it is economically and politically expedient for them to erroneously claim that they do, indeed, share our values.

A claim which is proven to be false the moment they release another movie which glorifies evil or attacks American Values and/or America itself.

There is an old adage that warns “Do not bite the hand that feeds you.”

Hollywood not only bit the hands of average American Moviegoers in America’s Heartland, it has gnawed on them for over a decade.

And now, those smug Liberals in Hollywood are finding out that another old adage is true…

Payback’s a b!tch.

Until He Comes,

KJ

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GQ Names Colin Kaepernick “Man of the Year”and Hails Him as a “Hero”: Why They are Wrong. – A KJ Op Ed

November 14, 2017

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It’s ironic that we have now a quarterback who was adopted and raised by a white family, who was scouted and signed by white scouts, was employed by white owners, the National Football League, decides now to steal the stage of the National Football League to make personal statements during the week he is about to be cut from the team because of his inability to play.  I don’t now know if he’ll be cut.  It’s a question for the 49ers to deal with. – Rush Limbaugh, 8/29/16

Yahoo Sports reported yesterday that

It’s November, and that means numerous media outlets will be starting to look back at 2017 and all of the events and people that shaped the year and drove discussion.

Men’s magazine GQ is one of the first to do so, going a slightly different route with its 22nd annual “Man of the Year” selections – the publication announced three men and one woman on Monday, using four categories. Actress Gal Godot is named “Wonder Woman of the Year,” late-night host Stephen Colbert is “Bad Hombre of the Year” and two athletic stars garnered the final two: NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant is “Champion of the Year,” and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the publication’s “Citizen of the Year.”

“He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL—all because he took a knee to protest police brutality,” GQ editors wrote in an article about him, “Colin Kaepernick will not be silenced,” begins. “But Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson—athletes who risked everything to make a difference.”

While so many have demanded that he do a splashy interview with one of sports media’s big names to promise that he really does love football and really does want to play and really can put football first over his activism and whatever other demands they feel they can make of a grown man that they haven’t made of other NFL players who are not currently employed, Kaepernick has largely stayed silent.

He did, however, actively work with GQ on this project, though he wasn’t quoted: he got some of his closest friends and advisers, from acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay to legendary actor Harry Belafonte to his former 49ers teammate Eric Reid to his longtime girlfriend, Nessa, and others to speak on his behalf.

Kaepernick wanted to reclaim the narrative of his protest, the magazine explained, because while he enjoys his silence, he also understands that “silence creates a vacuum, and that if it doesn’t get filled somehow, someone else will fill it for him,” the magazine’s editorial team writes.

The 30-year-old did pose for photographs: on his cover, his afro is resplendent, and he’s wearing a black turtleneck and black leather blazer, a gold chain and pendant over the turtleneck. He’s staring straight ahead; his eyes look sad. In another, he wears a colorful dashiki, a garment with roots in West Africa and worn in other parts of the continent, and is surrounded by dozens of men, women and children.

Belafonte, who was one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s confidants during the Civil Rights movement, said, “In my 90th year of life, to see people like Colin Kaepernick having gotten the message and carrying the cause forward is the greatest reward I could ask for. Colin is a remarkable young man. The fact that he spoke out on police brutality against young black men—I thought it was absolutely admirable. I’m prepared to do anything it takes and whatever steps I can to support him if this insanity continues.”

GQ named another NFL quarterback, Tom Brady, among its men of the year in 2015.

The same cover for the magazine “GQ:, also known as “Gentleman’s Quarterly”, has featured in bold print in the upper right corner the words “America’s New Heroes”.

Really?

When I asked my computer for the definition of that word, bing.com responded

a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: “a war hero”

Let’s examine Mr. Kaepernick’s qualifications for this title, shall we?

“courage” – What inspired him to take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem at an NFL Game? Was he, in fact, kneeling because of some sort of perceived injustice to America’s black population by the men and women of America’s Municipal Police Forces, as alleged by those members of the NFLPA, who have been following his actions this year, like lemmings over a cliff in a Disney “Real Life Adventure” such as we grew up watching in our classrooms, decades ago?

Hardly. on 8/29/16, DailyCaller.com reported that

The report from sports gossip blog Terez Owens states, “As the entire world knows by now, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem in Friday’s pre-season game against Green Bay because he was protesting ‘black oppression’ in the United States. We’re now hearing that it was actually his girlfriend Nessa’s idea for Colin to protest. Colin and his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, an MTV DJ, are still planning an Islamic-style wedding.” 

“outstanding achievements” – Kaepernick’s mother gave him up for adoption. He was adopted by the Kaepernicks, a well-off white couple, who already had two children. He went on to play college football at the University of Nevada, where he was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year twice and became the only player in NCAA Division I FBS history to amass 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career. After graduating, he was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Nice life, great sports statistics, but hardly “heroic”. The NFL Owners must not be that impressed, either, as he is currently unemployed.

“noble qualities” – Showing a lack of respect for the national anthem and flag of the country which has given you the opportunity to make a ridiculous salary for playing a game which Americans grew up playing in their yards, is hardly an exercise in nobility.

Rather it is an act of petulance, brought about by a Liberal Popular Culture which has been molded and led by leaders who repeatedly tell young minds full of mush that America is a horrible, unjust nation, who is responsible for all the evils in this world.

During the Administration of Barack Hussein Obama, children and young adults, attending American Institutes of Learning from kindergarten to college campuses were taught by Liberal teachers and professors that America was “just another country” and to be a patriot was to somehow be close-minded, ignorant, and bigoted, not necessarily in that order.

What Colin Kaepernick, the still-employed NFL Players who have been protesting, and these “New American heroes which the Liberal Rag, “GQ” is presently lauding, fail to understand is the source of America’s exceptionalism as a Sovereign Nation.

Where the exceptionalism of America lies…is not in the Halls of Power…nor in the Halls of Academia. But, rather in the courage and spirit of the average American. A courage and spirit, which our history proves, has driven American Citizens to build a nation, which is indeed exceptional among all others.

The secret of this country’s exceptionalism is the “Average Joe”, the 9 to 5′er, working himself into the grave to try to provide for his family.

It was this same “Average Joe”, who fired the shot heard around the world and began the War for American Independence, who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in World War II, who waded through rice paddies in Vietnam, and who swallowed sand in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The same “Average Joe” who, as a New York City Policeman or Fireman, ran up the stairs of the World Trade Center on 9/11/01, instead of running down them. The same “Average Joe”, who simply wants things to be easier in this life for his children and grandchildren, than he had it.

It is this same “Average Joe”, who takes family and friends in, when they are in the midst of a life-altering tragedy. The same “Average Joe”, who volunteers on a soup line or at a Senior Citizens Home, or, who begins a successful business in his basement.

These are America’s REAL “Heroes”.

And, it is this same “Average Joe” whom, being fed up with the Democratic Party’s Far Left Crusade against anything and everything traditionally American, went to the voting booth and elected Donald J. Trump, a Citizen Statesman, as our 45th President.

Average Americans no sooner believe that Donald J. Trump colluded with the Russians to “fix” the Presidential Election than they do that the Main Stream Media is objective.

And that, boys and girls, is why the NFL and the rest of the followers of America’s minority political philosophy, known as Liberals are still showing the world their posteriors while continuing to throw the longest mass temper tantrum in recorded history.

So, “GQ”, go ahead and call an ungrateful loser like Colin Kaepernick a “hero”.

Judging by the multitude of empty seats in NFL Stadiums last Sunday, it is very evident that you do not know what that word means.

Until He Comes,

KJ

As the NFL Dies, Ownership Committee to Discuss Contract Extension for Goodell. Are You Kidding Me?

November 13, 2017

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The left has got this game in its sights. I have warned everybody about this. When I do, people think I’m a nut, a kook. “Nobody can bring down the NFL, what are you talking about, Rush? You see politics in everything and you think that these political forces on the left have the ability to bring about change.” What in the world is happening to our culture, folks? The left targets something it doesn’t like and they never give up and they keep going until they ruin it. And I’m telling you, National Football League is in their crosshairs right now. – Rush Limbaugh, September 10, 2014

ESPN.com reports that

The NFL’s Compensation Committee will hold a conference call Monday to discuss and further push ahead the proposed extension for commissioner Roger Goodell, sources confirmed to ESPN.

The conference call, first reported Saturday by The New York Times, comes after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones voiced his displeasure about the contract extension that the committee has been discussing. The call also gives the committee a chance to do what it believes is right.

An attorney for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says NFL owners are being misled about negotiations on a contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a letter that was sent to the league’s counsel and shared with NFL owners and executives.

The committee will address Goodell’s salary and compensation package. The last written counterproposal from Goodell, which was around the first of August, was seeking about $49.5 million per year, as well as the lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Joe Lockhart, the executive vice president of communications, denied that Goodell had submitted such a written counterproposal. He also said there have been several meetings or conference calls among the compensation committee before Monday’s scheduled meeting.

The source who originally provided the information on Goodell’s “only written counterproposal” of $50 million with the perks is standing firm on the matter. The source only clarified that Goodell’s monetary proposal was for $49.5 million.

Goodell currently makes around $30 million per year.

One NFL owner told ESPN that there are “several owners in this league who don’t make $40 million a year.” The owner was referring to the salaries that owners take, which does not include the increase in valuations that each NFL franchise has undergone.

“That number for Roger just seems too much,” the owner said. “It’s offensive. It’s unseemly.”

One NFL executive told ESPN that the committee should pass a rule that prohibits Goodell from making more than the league’s highest-paid player.

An attorney for Jones has said that owners are being misled about the Goodell negotiations, according to a letter obtained by ESPN that was sent late Wednesday to the league’s counsel and shared with team owners and executives. Jones has threatened to file a lawsuit if Goodell’s extension is completed without final review or approval from the league’s 32 teams.

Brad Karp, the league’s outside counsel retained for this matter, said in response that Jones was uninformed or deliberately misleading other owners, a source told ESPN.

There also are those in the league who believe the only way Goodell would not stay on as commissioner would be if he walked away. But according to sources who know Goodell, this will not happen.

“Roger is defiant,” one NFL owner told ESPN this weekend. “He’s not going to resign; he’s not going to take a pay cut. He can stand to show some humility, but he won’t listen to staff.”

Those around Goodell do not believe he will leave the job, despite the protestations of a handful of owners.

“I don’t sense that at all from him,” one source who is regularly around Goodell told ESPN. “He has said he’s committed to it. He feels there are important issues he has to deal with.”

Yet there are issues that other owners aside from Jones are aware of, and they are wrestling now with how to best handle it.

“The problem is, no one is talking about games anymore,” one owner told ESPN this weekend. “It’s about concussions, Jones vs. Goodell, [Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension], the anthem. No one is talking about football. It’s just killing the game.”

I can explain the problem that the NFL now faces in three words…and the first two are “Roger Goodell”.

Last Thursday, Rush Limbaugh asked and answered the following rhetorical questions on his nationally syndicated radio program, which has a listener base of over 20 million Americans…

Why would somebody purposely want to steer something as large and, up until now perceived as apolitical, to the left? What is the left known for? What is the left proud of? What does the left want you to know about? They don’t like this country. They think this country has deep flaws. They think this country is racist. They think this country has a bunch of racist cops that are just wantonly murdering innocent black men. This is what the left thinks, among many other perverted and screwball things.Why would you purposely want to steer your league toward that identity, when you know that it’s going to alienate statistically half of your fans? Why would you want to do this? On the other hand, I could understand why you would want people to think that your league is patriotic, that it believes in the time-honored American principles of hard work and discipline and teamwork.

You know, there are several identifying characteristics of conservatism that I would fully expect a sports league and its executives to want to identify with. I could understand if a sports league chose not to actively appear to be moving in that direction because liberals — some of them — go to games. Some of them watch, and some of them buy sponsored products.

Up ’til now, the NFL, other than a couple of players and their endorsements of presidents, and until recently the owners even stayed out of it. The owners were involved, but you never knew about it. Dan Rooney of the Steelers openly came out for Obama. Others, like Bob Kraft in New England, came out for Trump. But aside from that, this league pretty much had an apolitical identity.

And then when this protest stuff started, it became clear that the executive leadership of the NFL was in fact siding with the players. They had no desire, despite I think everybody should stand for the anthem, they took not one step to make that happen. They continued to let the people playing the game inflict damage on it. Why would you do that? You have a business to run here.

Well, the answer to the question is found in what is liberalism. And if you are dyed-in-the-wool liberal, everything must be. And if you have a powerful executive position or any other kind of position and you’re liberal, you’ve got to use it to advance it, to spread it, and if that means taking your league in that direction because you believe in it, that’s what you do, whether it inflicts damage or not.

…The news about the NFL is about player suspensions, about wife beating, spousal abuse, what kind of penalties there are for it, and the media seems to eat this up, the sports media seems to relish reporting this stuff. You can watch them, you can see how excited they get talking about all this other stuff. And because they’re media and because the NFL is a big corporate entity, the fact the NFL might be being harmed by this is exciting because that’s one of the objectives of liberalism is to damage corporations ’cause they’re not people. They’re all suspects. But these media people are the ones living off of the success of the NFL, and there they are openly participating in what many people think is the downfall.

So now all of a sudden the commissioner comes out and says, “Fans attend our games to be entertained, not be protested to.” Where was this two months ago? Where was this a year and a half ago when Kaepernick got all this started? Where’s this been? Why now? Is it ’cause of Papa John’s leaving or threatening to? Some of this stuff, just from the standpoint of proper management, business thinking and decision-making, just flummoxes me.

And the answer is this is what liberalism is. It is a destructive force, and the people who believe in it and practice it believe that it must be forced on everybody, primarily because most people would not choose it. They have to be indoctrinated with it from very young age in school, they have to be propagandized about it, but if left to an open choice with a decent education, people will not choose it.

I take that back. Some will because you don’t have to do much to be a liberal. You just have to convince people you care about suffering. You don’t have to do anything about it. All you have to know is who to blame for it. And you can end up being a great liberal.

You guessed it. The third word that describes the problem that the NFL must now deal with is “Liberalism”.

It appears to this average American that Rush Limbaugh is exactly right about this fact that Roger Goodell and the Executive Staff of the National Football League sat back and ALLOWED the players and outside Liberal Influencers to drag the NFL to the point of almost inevitable demise.

And, as I have written before, it is now quite apparent to anyone with a lick of common sense that this organized protest by the NFL Players has NEVER been about  “Police Brutality” against black Americans.

It has always been about Donald J. Trump being elected the President of the United States of America.

Just like the “New Bolsheviks” which have been paid by Billionaire Financier and Far Left Activist George Soros and others to stage “spontaneous” protests since the night of November 8, 2016, these ongoing protests by the NFL Players were designed to humiliate the president in the eyes of the world and to somehow force his departure from office.

The problem for the Goodell, his staff, and the NFL Players Association is the fact that the American Public does not support their protests as exhibited by the scarcely filled stadiums across the league.

What makes these protests different from others, including those thrown by the fascists of Antifa, is the fact that the NFL is a Private Organization and the players are violating the rules of that organization by protesting ON THE JOB.

The American Public realize that…even if the players don’t.

Hence the 180 degree turn by Goodell, as seen in his statement that fans come to the games to be “entertained” and not “protested to”.

He is now trying to save his phony baloney job.

The NFL Chapter of the “New Bolsheviks” appear oblivious to the fact that they are in the process of slitting their own throats, monetarily. NFL Revenues are decreasing every week at an alarming rate and will continue to fall as these concussion-prone athletes parade their political ideology in front of an audience who did not wish to see or hear about it in the first place.

It appears to this average American, that if the NFL Team Owners do not purge the emphasis on protests powered by the minority political ideology known as Liberalism, fire Goodell, and stop the financial bleeding of the NFL immediately by forbidding the NFL Players from protesting on Company Time, Goodell will go down in history as the LAST COMMISSIONER OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE.

Liberals ruin everything.

Until He Comes,

KJ

NFL’s Popularity Continues to Drop As Americans Find Better Things to Do – A KJ Analysis

October 27, 2017

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…it’s media people, supposed educated, learned people who are — further, it’s all part of the effort to make these guys look oppressed and discriminated against and so forth. And, of course, whatever they do, why that can’t be divisive. Why, that’s only uplifting. When it is divisive, and you can look at the stands and TV ratings to see that it is. It’s just common sense. It’s now in utter, total denial. – Rush Limbaugh on NFL Protests, 9/25/17

Foxnews.com reports that

The National Football League is taking some hits these days.  A new Fox News Poll finds that since 2013, the league’s favorable rating has dropped 18 points.

Today, 46 percent of voters have a positive view of the N.F.L. while 41 percent view it negatively.  Four years ago (the last time the question was asked), 64 percent had a positive view of the league and 19 percent were critical.

“If the NFL were a political candidate, alarm bells would be going off in campaign headquarters,” says Democratic Pollster Chris Anderson who conducts the Fox News Poll with Republican Pollster Daron Shaw.

The downward shift on favorability comes mainly from Republicans (-37 points), whites (-23 points), men (-23 points), and independents (-14 points). 

Majorities of Democrats and nonwhites continue to have a favorable view of the N.F.L, yet there’s also a drop in favorability among these groups. Positive sentiment among Democrats is down 6 points (66 percent in 2013 to 60 percent now) while among nonwhites it is down 3 (64-61 percent).

N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell made clear in an October 10 letter to team executives that the league thinks “everyone should stand for the National Anthem.”  Americans, however, are increasingly more likely to think kneeling is an appropriate form of protest.

Forty-four percent think kneeling during the national anthem is appropriate, up from 41 percent who felt that way last month and 32 percent who said so last September.  Sill, a majority thinks it is inappropriate (52 percent).

Most Republicans (88 percent inappropriate vs. 12 percent appropriate), baby boomers (61-33 percent), men (60-37 percent), and whites (60-38 percent) think kneeling during the national anthem is inappropriate.

The opposite is true for Democrats (67 percent appropriate vs. 27 percent inappropriate), millennials (65-32 percent), and nonwhites (61-30 percent) who think kneeling is an apt form of protest.

Women (50 percent appropriate vs. 45 percent inappropriate) and independents (46-50 percent) are more divided on the issue.

Voters who have an unfavorable opinion of the N.F.L overwhelmingly think kneeling is inappropriate (78 percent), while those who view the NFL favorably think it’s appropriate (62 percent).

The Fox News poll is based on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,005 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from October 22-24, 2017.  The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.

Okay. Here we go…

What this poll actually shows has nothing at all to do with the NFL.

It has to do with the same dynamic that we are witnessing being played out daily in the 24/7 Cable News Cycle and in the few newspapers that are left across this country.

This nation is still experiencing a Political Division of a magnitude never before seen.

A Political Division which came to fruition during the 8 long arduous years of the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.

The NFLPA was not protesting during those years, however. Just Colin Kaepernick and he did it to impress his Muslim girlfriend, a poor choice which led to his present unemployment, along with the cold hard fact that he is actually not that good of a quarterback.

No matter the feeble explanations which have been given by the NFL Players themselves, the fact of the matter is that the election of Donald J. Trump and the poor advice of external Liberal Protest Groups, such as Black Lives Matter, have caused these players, at least some of whom graduated college Thank You, Laudy, instead of Cum Laude, to make the decision to kneel and disrespect the flag and the national anthem of a country which has made them multi-millionaires for playing a game which the majority of American kids growing up in the Heartland played out in our yards with our friends.

I have written before that those who have influenced these players to kneel have played these poor saps for suckers.

I truly believe that.

If you don’t believe that to be the case, go back and read all of the articles, written by Liberal writers bemoaning the “violent NFL” and the subsequent articles written about the “Concussion Scandal” in the league.

Heck, go rent Will Smith’s bomb of a movie about the “problem”, titled simply “Concussion”.

Liberals have always turned up their noses at the NFL AND their fans.

What better way to kill two birds with one stone than to convince the players that it is cool to protest on “company time” by sharing a minority political philosophy through insulting our municipal police forces and the symbols of our country at the same time?

Who in their right mind would believe that would be accepted by average Americans?

Probably the same simpletons who believed the National Polls predicting that Hillary Clinton would be the 45th President of the United States of America.

Buh Bye, NFL

You turned America’s Pastime into Political Theater.

And, American turned you off.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

Are the Kneeling NFL Players Actually Unwitting Dupes to Their Own League’s Purposeful Demise?

October 16, 2017

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dupe –  a person who unquestioningly or unwittingly serves a cause or another person

The Washington Post reports that

National anthem demonstrations remain a predominant theme Sunday, with NFL owners and NFL Players Association representatives set to consider at this week’s ownership meetings how to channel the activism and passions shown by those who take a knee or link arms into community action.

The challenge for the NFL’s owners remains finding a compromise that pleases fans and players alike rather than issuing a mandate as they consider whether to alter the game-day guidelines that say players “should” stand for the anthem to something stronger.

Sunday brought the latest wave of demonstrations, including from Colin Kaepernick’s former team, the San Francisco 49ers. Six active members of the team, along with one inactive, took a knee at Washington’s FedEx Field in their first appearance since their display last week prompted Vice President Pence to walk out of the game in Indianapolis.

Elsewhere across the nation, a small number of players in the 1 p.m. EDT games took a knee and in Minneapolis, the Green Bay Packers chose to continue to stand, with players linking arms, before the game against the Vikings. TV networks continue to cut away to commercials before the anthem, as was their practice on regular-season games before the whole controversy arose.

Eric Reid, who has taken over the team’s leadership on the matter since Kaepernick became a free agent, promises the 49ers will continue to be out front on the issue. He and his teammates have, he says, the backing of owner Jed York, who has “expressed very clearly that he wants to support us,” Reid said. “That he’s not going to force us to do anything. Speaking for our team, that’s what he’s told me explicitly.”

It’s a dicier issue for Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has said he believes that “everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.” However, he has also stressed that players have the right to free speech. Among owners, there appears to be no unanimity of opinion. Jerry Jones has said that any member of his Dallas Cowboys who does not stand for the anthem will be benched and Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins feels the same way. (The Cowboys do not play this weekend.) However, Ross’s coach, Adam Gase, gave his players permission to remain in the tunnel during the anthem and Michael Thomas, Julian Thomas and Kenny Stils, who have long protested, remained there Sunday.

Forcing players to stand isn’t the answer, according to the Eagles’ Chris Long. A native of Charlottesville, he has endowed two scholarships at his high school alma mater in the wake of violence there in August and has stood with teammate Malcolm Jenkins as he has protested during the anthem.

“At the end of the day at this point, I think it’s important for the league to continue to try to investigate how they can provide a better vehicle for players to promote the things they’re trying to accomplish in the community as they relate to injustice, inequality and things they want to get done legislatively in their communities,” Long said. “I believe if the league put their best foot forward and provides the lifeblood of the league, which are the players, the opportunity to do this in a better vehicle than the national anthem, then you might see less people kneeling, but I don’t think mandating that players can’t kneel is gonna be the answer. I think you’ll see a messier situation.”

One answer suggested has been for players to stay in the locker room for the anthem, as they did before 2009 (except before the Super Bowl and on 9/11). But that won’t solve the chasm over this issue. Nate Boyer, the former Green Beret who played briefly in the NFL, suggested in an open letter published by ESPN that Kaepernick and President Trump sit down in a summit meeting of sorts to discuss their beliefs. He followed up on a letter he wrote a year ago and wrote how “much more hurt” he feels now at the divisions in the country.

“Not by [Kaepernick], not by where we’re at now with the protests, but by us,” he wrote. “Simply put, it seems like we just hate each other; and that is far more painful to me than any protest, or demonstration, or rally, or tweet.”

I just love how Liberals find people from groups whom they normally despise, like the Green Beret in the article above, to attempt to bolster their political ideology as being something more than a minority opinion.

As I have been watching and documenting the taking of a knee in protest by NFL Players during the playing and singing of our National Anthem before the games this season, a slow realization has come to me:

Modern American Liberals, or “The New Bolsheviks” as I have nicknamed them, are employing a time-worn Marxist Strategy, straight out of the playbook of “Coach” Vladimir Lenin: They are using the NFL Players’ Association as unwitting dupes, or useful idiots to advance their agenda and to destroy Professional Football, until recently a sport which they verbally dissected and ridiculed as something which only blood thirsty barbarians watched or played.

Don’t believe me?

Here is an excerpt from an op ed titled, “Is It Immoral to Watch the Super Bowl?” written for The Washington Post by Steve Almond and posted on January 24, 2014.

N.F.L. players are members of an elite fraternity that knowingly places self-sacrifice, valor and machismo above ethical or medical common sense. But most start out as kids with limited options. They may love football for its inherent virtues. But they also quickly come to see the game as a path to glory and riches. These rewards aren’t inherent. They arise from a culture of fandom that views players as valuable only so long as they can perform.

But if I’m completely honest about my misgivings, it’s not just that the N.F.L. is a negligent employer. It’s how our worship of the game has blinded us to its pathologies.

Pro sports are, by definition, monetized arenas for hypermasculinity. Football is nowhere near as overtly vicious as, say, boxing. But it is the one sport that most faithfully recreates our childhood fantasies of war as a winnable contest.

Over the past 12 years, as Americans have sought a distraction from the moral incoherence of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the game has served as a loyal and satisfying proxy. It has become an acceptable way of experiencing our savage impulses, the cultural lodestar when it comes to consuming violence. What differentiates it from the glut of bloody films and video games we devour is our awareness that the violence in football, and the toll of that violence, is real.

The struggle playing out in living rooms across the country is that of a civilian leisure class that has created, for its own entertainment, a caste of warriors too big and strong and fast to play a child’s game without grievously injuring one another. The very rules that govern our perceptions of them might well be applied to soldiers: Those who exhibit impulsive savagery on the field are heroes. Those who do so off the field are reviled monsters.

The condescension on display in this excerpt is representative of the way that “The Smartest People in the Room” actually feel about Professional Football.

Make no mistake about it.

The Will Smith movie “Concussion” in which he portrayed Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who fought against efforts by National Football League to suppress his research on the brain damage suffered by professional football players. was produced by Hollywood Liberals to show their “concern” for the game.

These same noble high-minded Liberals are now cheering those whom they previously looked down upon as barbarians and it is all because their disrespect for our flag and our national anthem and the division which they are exacerbating is forwarding Modern American Liberals’ Anti-Trump, Anti-America Agenda.

The protesting NFL Players who believe that they are “sticking it to The Man” are actually sticking it to their own pocketbooks to the tune of a 17% NFL Revenue Loss per week, while the same Liberals who are so vociferously defending their “First Amendment Rights” to protest on the job are laughing their keisters off because the NFL Players themselves are doing their dirty work for them and bankrupting the NFL, thus ending the “impulsive savagery on the field” which Modern American Liberals viewed with such disdain and contempt.

Just as George Soros and others who hate our Sovereign Nation are using the Modern American Liberals or “New Bolsheviks” to disrupt the presidency of Donald J. Trump and his plans to “Make America Great Again”, so are the Liberals using the NFL Players to advance their political agenda on National Television.

So, when the time comes that the NFL Owners have to start firing players, the players should not blame the fans who abandoned them.

They should blame the Liberals who supported them while they bit the hand which fed them.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

 

Trump 7 NFLPA 0 – Goodell: “Everyone Should Stand For the National Anthem”. What Happened? – A KJ Analysis

October 11, 2017

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Money makes the world go around
The world go around
The world go around
Money makes the world go around
It makes the world go ’round. – Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, “Carbaret”, 1972

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the following letter out yesterday.

To: Chief Executives/ Club Presidents
From: Commissioner Goodell
Date: October 10, 2017
Re: Fall Meeting/National Anthem

We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.

I’m very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue.

Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.

Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. We want to ensure that any work at the League level is consistent with the work that each club is doing in its own community, and that we dedicate a platform that can enable these initiatives to succeed. Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.

I expect and look forward to a full and open discussion of these issues when we meet next week in New York. Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country. The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified. In that spirit, let’s resolve that next week we will meet this challenge in a unified and positive way.

Of course, there are those who are hollering that telling the NFL Players that they actually have to honor our nation and respect our flag by standing for our National Anthem while on the job, is somehow violating their “Constitutional Rights”.

It’s not.

Rush Limbaugh gave a great explanation of why on his program, yesterday…

If you went into McDonald’s, you wanted a Happy Meal and you had to sit there and listen to the clerk or the checkout person preach to you about police brutality and all, what would you do? Would you expect the media to come in and support the so-called right of free speech for McDonald’s employees to do this while you await your Happy Meal? Put yourself in any business and have the same thing happen and ask if you would be expected to sit there and put up with it and shut up and not disagree with it and understand they have a right. “They have a platform! They’re protesting the evils of America, and you have to listen to it.” What’d you do? You’d walk out of the place. You wouldn’t put up with it. You’d tell other people what happened, and nobody else would show up. Which is exactly what’s happening in the NFL. Last night’s ratings, Monday Night Football, in the tank, according to what I just saw.

Not a record low, but way, way down.

Now, you had better believe this when I tell you that the NFL has been hemorrhaging money. Attendance is down. Viewership is down. And, most importantly, REVENUE IS DOWN.

Why do you think that, all of a sudden, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Obama Supporter, has done a 180 and now wants the Players to stand during the National Anthem, instead of taking a knee?

The problem Goodell has now is convincing the owners and the players to cooperate.

He is going to have to explain to the owners, that they are going to have to gain some intestinal fortitude and stand up to their players, with harsh discipline or permanent dismissal for those who will not follow League Rules.

If they are going to salvage any part of this season and avoid having a disastrous Super Bowl, action must be taken now, but, as Rush explained on his program yesterday, Trump is not going to back down.

…I told you: There’s no way the people standing for the right to oppose the flag, disrespecting the flag, the anthem, the military — no way that was gonna end up winning this. That Trump was gonna win it.“What’s happening?” Have you seen the TV ratings? Now you’ve got NBC and New Black Panther anchors calling for a boycott of the sponsors, to both the NFL and ESPN? (Unknowingly, I think.) You’ve got television ratings dropping. You have got fewer and fewer people going to the games. What’s happened is, the NFL’s learned who its audience is. What do you mean, “What’s happened?” (interruption) I know, they all were. They all were thinking this Trump guy’s a buffoon! He can’t tell us what to do! Our players are the greatest players in the world!”

This is why you keep fighting! This is why you don’t let the issue go, why you don’t let the media decide who wins and who loses it. There’s only one reason this happened, only one. No, that’s not true, because actually the fans made this happen. But without Donald Trump, the fans would not have been listened to. Without Donald Trump, the fans would have, “(Raspberry) you!” I guaran-damn-tee you, folks. I’m telling you, this IS what everybody’s talking about when they say, “You don’t win it all in one election.” Once you win the election, this is the kind of stand-up to this stuff that has to happen issue by issue.

I believe that what we are witnessing in the case of the backlash against the NFL Protesters is the same thing that happened on November 8, 2016.

Just like the Presidential Election, average Americans have decided that we have had enough of the intentional tearing apart of the fabric of our nation at the seams, for the sake of political expediency and selfish gain.

Just like the Democrats found out last November, average Americans will tolerate being abused and lectured to for only so long, before we let you know “how the cow ate the cabbage”.

Now the NFL Executives, including Goodell, are feverishly scrambling to somehow save the season, their jobs, and the owners’ investments.

We’ll see if average Americans buy this feverish bailing by Goodell and company of the sinking ship that is the NFL.

Or, as Johnny Mathis and Deneice Williams used to sing, is it,

Too Much…Too Little…Too Late?

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

NFL Sunday: Pence Pawns Protesters…Jones Jolts Jocks…Fans Flee

October 9, 2017

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Well, another Sunday Afternoon in America, and another opportunity for NFL Players to show Americans their backsides.

Only this time, an American Leader kicked them in it.

FoxNews.com reports that

Vice President Mike Pence walked out on his home-state Indianapolis Colts Sunday when members of the opposing team kneeled for the national anthem, but a report that Colin Kaepernick, the player who started it all, will stand if given another shot in the NFL was quickly dialed back.

“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence tweeted.

Several San Francisco 49ers players kneeled for the anthem on Sunday in Indianapolis.

Pence later posted a statement which read, “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us.” 

“While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem,” he continued. “I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and National Anthem.” 

President Donald Trump later tweeted, “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.” 

Trump’s son Eric also took to Twitter Sunday, writing, “Vice President Pence is truly an amazing man! Thank you for standing up for our country and for the respect of our great flag! @VP” 

While a quarterback for the 49ers last year, Colin Kaepernick sat or kneeled during the national anthem last season to bring more attention to the killings of black men by police officers. The protests have grown this season.

Meanwhile, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora corrected his report that had claimed Kaepernick would stand during the national anthem if given a chance to play football in the NFL again. 

“Wanted to clarify one thing regarding @Kaepernick7. When I was asked about his whether or not he would sit or stand for anthem …” La Canfora tweeted after the report came out earlier Sunday. 

“Standing for Anthem wasn’t something that I spoke to Colin about,” the reporter added. “I relayed what had been reported about him standing in the future…”

“Reports about @Kaepernick7 standing for anthem had not been refuted,” La Canfora wrote. “However, I can’t say if they are true or not. Colin and I didn’t discuss.”

In another message, La Canfora said, “Colin would have to address any future demonstrations. I didn’t ask him if he would sit or stand. Our chat primarily about his will to play.”

“I know @Kaepernick7 is fully committed to playing football and helping those in need. What he would do during the Anthem I do not know,” he wrote.

The reporter added that Kaepernick has been living in New York and working out privately in New Jersey with the hope of signing with a team this season.

“After sitting down with Colin Kaepernick for several hours, @JasonLaCanfora says the QB is still actively trying to play in the NFL,” NFLonCBS tweeted Sunday, including a video. 

After sitting down with Colin Kaepernick for several hours, @JasonLaCanfora says the QB is still actively trying to play in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/R9qTIZ7EQl

— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) October 8, 2017

“He’s not planning on kneeling, he’s going to donate all his jersey sales, and he’s planning on standing for the anthem, if given the opportunity,” La Canfora initially said in the video segment. 

On Sunday, Kaepernick’s girlfriend, radio personality Nessa Diab, took to Twitter. 

“The reports that Colin will stand for the anthem are completely false! He has never discussed this with anyone,” she posted. 

Kaepernick retweeted Diab’s message. 

Of course he did.

Meanwhile… per DallasNews.com

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers that any Cowboy who “disrespects the flag” will not play.Said Jones:  “If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period. We’re going to respect the flag and I’m going to create the perception of it. …

“I know this. We cannot in the NFL, in any way, give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag. We cannot do that. I know the vice president did leave because in his opinion, the teams were. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues. But there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. Just so we’re clear.”

In response, the NFL Players Association issued the following statement…

NFL players are union members and part of the labor movement that has woven the fabric of America for generations. Our men and their families are also conscientious Americans who continue to be forces for good through our communities and some have decided to use their platform to peacefully raise awareness to issues that deserve attention.

It is a source of enormous pride that some of the best conversations about these issues have taken place in our locker rooms in a respectful, civil and thoughtful way that should serve as a model for how all of us can communicate with each other.  

We should not stifle these discussions and cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects. That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the brave.  

Gentlemen, this is America.

You have the right to your opinion…an opinion that was limited to just a couple of you before November 8, 2016.

An opinion which has your base down 31% and which has caused you to drop to the position of the least favorite professional sport in America, trailing Major League Baseball and Professional Basketball.

Your opinion has also cost your league and the owners of your respective teams BIG money. Money which they had to give back to sponsors because of the NFL’s failure to meet promised revenue projections in order to secure lucrative advertisers’ partnerships.

That’s not even counting the empty stadium seats, which are so clearly visible that neither the league nor those televising the games can purposefully hide them anymore.

And, let’s not forget the stadium vendors and the peddlers of official NFL merchandise, such as jerseys and hats, which have been on display on Facebook as once loyal fans burn them in retribution for your on-field displays of your “Constitutional Right” to disrespect our flag and the playing of our National Anthem.

Now, Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones wants to “stop the bleeding” as he recognizes that moniker of “America’s Team” given to his NFL Franchise so many years ago, is no longer so, as Americans are finding something better to do on their Sunday Afternoons.

In my research for this post last night, after coming home from MY job, a real one, mind you, not a game we used to play with a Nerf Football in each other’s front yards,  I read where some of you were complaining that Vice-President Pence’s walking out after the 49s disrespected the flag and the national anthem was “staged”. Actually, he was there to watch a football game. Not a Political Demonstration.

You spoiled ungrateful brats protested our nation, so our nation’s Second-in-Command protested you right back.

Flipping off your fans, your Team Owners, and the majority of Americans, including those occupying the Halls of Power in Washington, DC, does not seem to be working out so well for you and your display of your “Constitutional Rights” while you are supposed to be a professional ON THE JOB, does it?

But, hey, no worries.

If you lose your jobs because of the decrease in revenue that your Political Demonstrations are causing, I’m sure that you “professionals” can find work.

After all, it is the time of year when companies are hiring “Seasonal Help”.

How do your guys look in a red suit and a white beard?

Repeat after me…

HO…HO…HO!

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

Hypocrisy Abounds in Hollywood: Praising Hillary While Protecting Weinstein

October 7, 2017

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hypocrisy:  the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.

Late Thursday evening, Hollywood, once again, celebrated the loser of the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton, as if she had actually won. While doing so, they were simultaneously patting themselves on the back for how brilliant and progressive they were for “empowering” women to “take their rightful place”.

Or, something like that.

According to yahoonews.com

Hillary Rodham Clinton visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and the show’s female writers were so impressed with the former presidential candidate that they couldn’t wait to give her thank-you notes.

One by one, the female writers came out and read aloud cards thanking Clinton for several things. One writer named Caroline said, “Thank you, Hillary, for always sticking to the issues even as people criticized you for superficial things like your hair, your wardrobe, and your appearance. You showed girls everywhere that politics isn’t a popularity contest, because if it were, you would have won by about 3 million votes.”

Miley Cyrus was the musical guest, and she also got in on the thank-you card action. Fighting back tears, Cyrus said, “Thank you, Hillary, for being a constant beacon of strength, hope, and determination for me and millions of other young women. You’ve been a role model and an inspiration, and the voice of reason in uncertain times. I could go on and on, but I’d like to get right to the point. Can I give you a hug?”

Clinton gave Cyrus a hug, and then she penned a thank-you note to all women, saying, “Thank you, Miley, The Tonight Show writers, and all of the women and young girls out there. You are smart, strong, and deserving of every opportunity. Together, we’ve made our voices heard, we’ve done great things, and we’ve come a long way. But as Miley would say, we can’t stop, and we won’t stop.”

While that projectile-vomit inducing display of hubris-filled Liberal Idolatry was taking place, a scandal involving one of Hollywood’s major figures was busting wide open…evidently like his robe in front of Hollywood starlets had many times before.

Foxnews.com reports that

“Who is Harvey Weinstein?” is a perfectly acceptable question in light of a bombshell story The New York Times broke Thursday that reports decades of his alleged serial sexual harassment and settlements with women in Hollywood.

Putting it bluntly, Harvey Weinstein, for a time, was the most powerful producer and studio head in Hollywood. He is almost singlehandedly responsible for the indie-to-mainstream film explosion in the 90’s (backing “Pulp Fiction,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Shakespeare in Love” to name just a few examples). His influence in Hollywood is unparalleled.

But it’s his influence out of Hollywood that has parts of media and the political left flummoxed to the point of silence. Weinstein, fresh off producing a media-hailed documentary titled “The Hunting Ground,” about sexual assault on college campuses, has also taken a leave from his production company, The Weinstein Company. Who would have guessed the only real hunting ground, according to women interviews by the newspaper, was Harvey Weinstein’s casting couch?

Actress and dedicated liberal women’s rights activist Ashley Judd went on record for the New York Times story, which states: ‘Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower, she recalled in an interview.

“ ‘How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?’ Ms. Judd said she remembers thinking.”

Weinstein has amassed a small army of professional political spin doctors, image consultants and PR wizards to help blunt any damage from the allegations of settled lawsuits involving several actresses. He has even gone so far as threatening legal action against the Times for its report, calling in favors from the highest ranks of Democratic party operatives.

After fundraising almost $650,000 for Barack Obama and a few thousand more for Hillary Clinton, Weinstein was bound to earn some favors, including advice to blame the NRA for his transgressions.

Lawyer Lanny Davis is defending Weinstein, which is great because Davis has experience in defending important people from sexual abuse allegations – most prominently President Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Also advising Weinstein is Democratic powerhouse PR firm SKDKnickerbocker Managing Director and former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn.

SKDK ran interference for Planned Parenthood when undercover videos inside the organization hit the media last year. SKDK also ran promotions for the Women’s March against Donald Trump’s inauguration this past January, where Ashley Judd was a prominent speaker. SKDK insists Weinstein is not a client in any capacity, which is technically true, as Dunn has stated she is advising Weinstein pro-bono. That’s neat.

Another attorney advising Weinstein is Lisa Bloom. If that name sounds familiar it’s because Bloom has made waves recently both organizing the campaign against Bill O’Reilly when he was at Fox News and representing victims against comedian and actor Bill Cosby.

Bloom’s advocacy on behalf of victims seems to stop at the water’s edge of where principled stands for victims end and politics begins. One other slightly important detail regarding Bloom? Weinstein has optioned her book for a mini-series. Convenient.

For a side of the aisle that has been grandstanding about the rights of women who made accusations against President Handmaid’s Tale, Weinstein’s Democratic defenders sure don’t seemed all that concerned with the rights of women who report being victimized by their biggest donors.

With Weinstein’s political influence came close connections to the Obama White House as well, meeting with then President Obama 13 times. At a gathering, former First Lady Michelle Obama described Weinstein, who was in attendance, “as a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse.” Malia Obama, upon exiting the White House and appearing to show an interest in the film industry, took an internship with The Weinstein Company.

Malia Obama should be left out of any debate concerning her father’s loyalty and his relationship to Weinstein. But the question has to be asked, if people are claiming that Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment was worst-kept secret in the media and Hollywood for years, than why was he  allowed repeatedly wield influence this close to the former president and his family?

Democrats en masse are rushing to return or donate campaign donations they received from Weinstein. These include the biggest names considered possible presidential candidates in 2020, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey, who have vowed to donate their contributions from Weinstein to charity.

Another prominent Democrat who met with Weinstein prior to publication of The New York times story was rising star Sen. Kamala Harris of California, took a private meeting with Weinstein in the Hamptons in July.

On top of Democratic politicians embracing Weinstein for years, is the question of how, if Weinstein’s alleged behavior was such an open secret for so long, did this go unnoticed and unreported in media?

In the wake of the New York Times article, reporter Rebecca Traister wrote in The Cut: “I have been having conservations about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment for more than 17 years.”

Discussing an incident that she says took place in 2000, Traister wrote that Weinstein called her a vulgar name referring to women when he complained about a question she asked, and then attacked her reporting colleague and then-boyfriend Andrew Goldman when Goldman tried to calm Weinstein down and get an apology.

“Weinstein went nuclear, pushing Andrew down a set of steps inside the Tribeca Grand – knocking him over with such force that his tape recorder hit a woman, who suffered a long-term injury – and dragging Andrew, in a headlock, onto Sixth Avenue,” Traister wrote.

Traister added that Weinstein was so powerful back then and “there were so many journalists on his payroll, working as consultants on movie projects, or as screenwriters, or for his magazine” that he was able to suppress the new coverage of the incident, even though news photographers captured photos of his actions.

“After that incident … I began to hear from lots of other people, now other reporters, who were working, often for years, to nail down the story of Harvey’s sexual abuses,” Traister wrote.

Democracy was apparently not only dying in darkness, but needed a defibrillator when it came to Harvey Weinstein.

Both media and the entertainment figures were happy to applaud Vice President Joe Biden taking the stage at the Oscars last year on behalf of his “It’s On Us” campaign against sexual assault. They called on everyone to speak up and join Biden, President Obama and survivors of abuse in taking the pledge to “intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given.”

But as reported in The Daily Beast, in the wake of the Weinstein settlements, Hollywood has been rendered mute.

There are those who have spoken out in defense of Judd since publication of the New York Times article. They including noted feminist, writer, director and actress Lena Dunham, along with actress Rose McGowan. Both deserve credit for doing so, as well as Ashley Judd, who has risked her career by going on record against a man who has employed some of her closest friends and allies to defend him.

Still silent is a media industry too dependent and obsessed with access to the upper echelon of Hollywood and its stars for content, and who have no problem lecturing America from their late-night talk show stages about health care or guns but are unable to find words of criticism when it comes to one of their own.

Remember that come this February, when Jimmy Kimmel is hosting another Oscar show where people in an industry that covered up for Weinstein for decades are once again lecturing us about the virtues of Hollywood, and the tolerant progressivism that comes with it. 

Okay. so, Weinstein the Wolf’s proclivities were widely known by both the Movers and Shakers and the rank and file workers in the Movie Industry in Tinseltown.

He was active in politics as well as a supporter of Former President Barack Hussein Obama.

I wonder if Barry and Mooch knew that he was a lech when they let Malia intern at his company?

And now, here we are. This same bunch of “I’m smarter than you are” Hollywood Liberals, who have been insulting and talking down to average Americans, simply because we believe in Traditional American Faith and Values and we would not swallow the Kool-aid they we offering during the 2016 Presidential Campaign and elected Donald J Trump as President, instead of the Queen of Mean, knew all along about the Casting Couch of Harvey Weinstein, considering it Standard Operating Procedure.

Boys and girls, do you realize what magnitude of hubris and hypocrisy it took for them to live with themselves by passively accepting the seducing of young starlets by a lecherous old producer, while at the same time, didactically pointing a finger at all of us between the coasts?

The Host of “Wheel of Fortune”, Pat Sajak, nailed these hypocritical harlequins in a recent tweet, sarcastically explain…

OK, let me explain this again: We’re celebs. We’re wiser & more empathetic than you. We are famous. Please take our opinions more seriously.

As I have written before,

To those of you in Tinsel Town who believe that your ability to stand of a piece of tape on a set, mug for the camera, and read lines on a cue card or even memorize a few of them, somehow gives you the authority to insult, demean, and act superior to those of us here in the Heartland who were responsible for the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America…HERE’S A REALITY CHECK FOR YOU:

Average Americans, such as myself and my readers, really don’t give a tinker’s damn about your opinions of our intelligence or the Citizen Statesman whom we put into the Oval Office.

And now, with this revelation about Harvey Weinstein, we don’t need to hear about how wonderful you are for “championing Women’s Rights”.

The only “Women’s Rights” you trained monkeys champion are the right of failed female professional politicians to somehow still remain relevant and the right turn young starlets had to make into Harvey Weinstein’s office in order to be sexually assaulted on his Casting Couch.

Be proud, Hollywood Liberals.

Your hypocrisy knows no bounds.

And, average Americans are NOT your “Huckleberry”.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

From Laugh Riot Comedy to Trump Hatefest: The Return of “Will and Grace”. They Should Have Left Us Laughing.

September 30, 2017

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Will and Grace, was a “groundbreaking” (according to Hollywood Liberals) sitcom which aired on NBC from 1998-2006.

The series centered around Will, a gay lawyer and Grace, a straight interior designer. They both lived in New York. Grace was engaged to a absolute jerk,. When they broke up, she moves in with Will, who happens to be her best friend. It was only supposed to be until Grace found herself a place of her own, but she and Will wound up with each other as permanent roommates. Also featured in the ensemble were Jack, Will’s flamboyant gay friend and Karen, Grace’s secretary/assistant who didn’t really need to work because she married money several times.

As seems to be the pattern nowadays, due to a lack of good writers out in Hollyweird, “Will and Grace” has returned to NBC’s Thursday Night Lineup.

Judging from the first episode, they should have stayed gone.

FoxNews.com reports that

The premiere episode of NBC’s reincarnated “Will & Grace” was essentially a 30-minute anti-Trump infomercial on Thursday night and conservatives have taken notice.

The first episode of “Will & Grace” in 11 years referred to First Lady Melania Trump as a “hostage,” portrayed Midwesterners as people who didn’t eat vegetables until Michelle Obama  came along and featured Debra Messing’s character, Grace, complaining about the results of last year’s presidential election.

Grace has somehow landed a job redecorating the Oval Office because Trump “has been pouting that his office is a real dump.”

After a subtle jab that Melania wouldn’t hire anyone for the job who is pretty enough to attract the president, Grace and her assistant headed to the White House, where the show mocked Kellyanne Conway’s infamous couch photo and President Ronald Reagan’s Alzheimer’s disease.

Grace is told Trump wants his the Oval Office “to look like he’s there from time to time,” another obvious shot.

People magazine even published a list of all the times the show ripped Trump.

The premiere episode did well in the ratings department, with 10.2 million viewers tuning in, making it the most-watched scripted show on television Thursday night. The Wrap’s Senior TV Reporter Tony Maglio believes future ratings could depend on viewers who side with the show politically.

“Post-premiere, ‘Will & Grace’ ratings should come back down to Earth, and will soon settle into a pretty predictable range. The return was an event [that] had the nostalgia factor going for it, plenty of promotion and generally favorable reviews,” Maglio told Fox News. ”The show does have a few things working against it though: The younger half of the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic don’t know or care at all about these characters, and a series that takes such a political stance is, by its very nature, divisive.”

Fox News’ Senior Vice President of Marketing and entertainment contributor Michael Tammero was “very excited” for the return of “Will & Grace” but didn’t stick with the episode for the entire 30 minutes.

“It was a very important show, as someone who is gay and married… it was a show that initially played a huge role in changing hearts and minds in this country and advancing LGBTQ issues,” Tammero said. “I expected some anti-Republican, anti-Trump lines, but I did not expect every single line to be some sort of jab.”

Tammero said the show “is on broadcast for a reason, ‘broad’ being they key word,” as networks typically try to to reach the largest possible audience. He can’t predict if the show’s political views will hurt viewership.

“I think it could… I think it will probably hurt the show,” he said. “In Hollywood, we’re seeing a lot of people center-right are turning off and tuning out.”

Conservatives viewers took to Twitter to react, with many noting that they wouldn’t tune in again because they were offended by the show’s politics. One viewer asked, “Why alienate a large part of America?”

Another viewer tweeted that “Will & Grace” used to be a good show but is now simply a “tool for hate,” and dubbed it “Will & Disgrace.”

The Media Research Center’s TV reporter Amelia Hamilton blasted the episode, calling the storyline “a lazy way to take shots at the president for the entire length of the show” and said it was embarrassing.

“Hollywood still hasn’t realized that shows like this do nothing but help Donald Trump,” Hamilton wrote. “When will Hollywood learn that they’re basically running his reelection campaign by doing this?”

Ironically, “Will & Grace” creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick told The Hollywood Reporter they only agreed to a reunion because former NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker isn’t involved anymore, since he is now the president of the liberal network CNN Worldwide.

“Zucker was the only reason we had a problem at NBC,” Mutchnick said. 

More than likely, Zucker was the reason that you never saw 30-minute hatefests during the series’ original run, like the before-mentioned episode.

Those in power in Hollywood, like the rest of Liberal America’s “Smartest People in the Room”, seem to be under the misguided notion that the majority of Americans think precisely like them, meaning that we all are as dedicated to hating the 45th President of the United States of America as Captain Queeq (Humphrey Bogart in “The Caine Mutiny”) was in his search for the missing strawberries.

I don’t know if their unrequited anguish over the events of November 8, 2016 has eroded their memories, or just plain sent them over the edge of sanity. However, they seem to remain oblivious of the fact that 30 states voted for Donald J. Trump on that fateful night.

During the original run of “Will and Grace”, average Americans watched the program because it was funny, plain and simple. They overlooked the less than stellar living arrangement of the title couple for that very reason.

While Liberals viewed the series as groundbreaking because of the “mainstreaming” of homosexuality, average Americans tuned in because the characters were a “hoot”.

I am sure that Jeff Zucker recognized that and probably fought behind the scenes to keep the show politically neutral in order to maximize the potential viewing audience.

The producers, it now appears, could care less about what the viewers want. Like the oblivious NFL Players, the producers of “Will and Grace” have decided to use their entertainment platform as a political launching pad for diatribes against the American President and those of us who voted for him.

While, like Hillary Clinton herself, vitriol and insults hurled incessantly at the President for 30 minutes may enthrall the “culturally hip” audiences on the East and Left Coasts, here in the Heartland, a television program so weak that it relies on 30 minutes of that to “entertain” their audience will have Americans turned off faster than Rosie O’Donnell in a thong bikini.

This current revival of “Will and Grace” has only been scheduled for 10 episodes.

That’s a wise move. However, judging from the premiere episode the new “Will and Grace” may not even last 2.

And, that would be a blessing.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

Americans Show Hollywood Liberal Elite What They Think of Them: Summer Movie Attendance at 25-Year Low

September 5, 2017

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…”I always thought I was a liberal but I came up terribly surprised when I found I was a right wing conservative extremist…I have always listened to every human being I’ve ever met about how I should feel.  But this so-called new liberal group… they never listen to your point of view and they make a decision as to what you think and they’re articulate enough and in control of enough of the press to force that image out for the average person.” – John Wayne

According to John Nolte at Breitbart News

Even before this catastrophic Labor Day weekend is factored in (more on this below), the domestic 2017 box office is in hideous shape. This year is –6.3% behind 2016 and continues to fall behind 2015, 2013, and 2012.

If you figure in inflation, those numbers are even worse. For example, in 2012 the average ticket cost $7.96. Today it is almost a full dollar more at $8.89. Yeah, things are that bad and will look even worse on Tuesday.

With no apparent faith in their own product, this is the first Labor Day in 25 years where a new title has not been released on more than 1,000 screens. Over this weekend last year, the box office hauled in nearly $130 million. This year will do about a third of that.

Summer attendance is at a 25-year low.

The summer box office is down a whopping –16% compared to 2016.

Can a handful of titles — It, Kingsman 2, Bladerunner 2, Thor 3, Justice League, Star Wars 8 — save an entire year? Doubtful. Pull out of a dive? Maybe. Still, we are talking about only six big titles over four months, which is about on par with last year’s Passengers, Rogue One, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts, Inferno, Sully, and Magnificent Seven.

Hollywood has had bad years before and it was not the end of the world. This year feels different, like we have crossed a Rubicon. Investors appear to agree.

We begin with the fact that some 15 years ago, the movie business stopped being a growth business. While revenues have increased a bit, admissions have remained stagnant. Those revenues were boosted through premium priced gimmicks like 3D and Imax.

One can argue that the worldwide box office has opened up considerably, and while true, entry into that market is an insanely expensive gamble, meaning a CGI’d frachise film, a $250-$350 million entrance fee when you account for production and promotion costs. Moreover, after exhibitors take their cut, a movie has to gross a little more than twice its budget just to break even. So if you spend $250 million and your worldwide gross is $550 million, you are still on the bubble.

China, which accounts for the most international growth of late, takes a whopping 75 cents of every box office dollar, and look at how much international revenue comes from a partner that eats up three-quarters of the pie. Yes, the international box office might be up a tick, but I doubt it’s ahead of inflation.

Anyway, that is just a summary of the lay of the land. Hollywood’s fundamental problems are much deeper and fall into three categories: product, ideas, and customer service.

 
A quality product, like a tasty burger, is the golden goose that keeps laying the golden egg. Great ideas, like iPads and iPhones, are the golden geese that keep laying those golden eggs. Great customer service — well, you get the idea. And Hollywood’s biggest problem right now, it’s most fundamental problem, is…

Product:

Outside of low-budget horror, today’s movie biz is only about insanely expensive franchises, which is fine, if you have enough of them. What happened this year and last, unlike any other years I’m aware of, is the death of a whole bunch of golden geese:

Straight up bombs include Alien, Transformers, Cars, Smurfs, Resident Evil, Underworld, Wimpy Kid, Xander Cage, Nut Job, Independence Day, Ice Age, Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland, Inferno (DaVinci Code), and Jack Reacher.

Underperformers include Pirates, Kong/Godzilla, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and X-Men.

Add to this an entire genre: the comedy, an area in which Hollywood painted itself into a corner primarily with raunchy titles aimed at teens. Casualties include Baywatch, Snatched, Fist Fight, Rough Night, Ghostbusters, The Boss, Why Him?, Neighbors, Barbershop, Dirty Grandpa, and Zoolander 2.

Dead golden geese. Pillars removed.

But this happens. Customers grow bored. Things wear out. And this is where ideas are supposed to come into play, because ideas breed more golden geese.

Right?

Riiiight…?

Ideas:

The longstanding joke that Hollywood is officially out of ideas is no longer funny. Here is a list of the new ideas, the potential new franchises, that died in the crib: The Mummy, The Emoji Movie, the poorly titled Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, The Dark Tower, Valerian, King Arthur.

I do not know of a single new franchise successfully launched this year, and last year there were only three to four: Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Doctor Strange, and Fantastic Beasts.

A handful of new franchises compared to somewhere around 20 lost and/or were severely wounded.

You do the math.

The thing is, not only has Hollywood run out of ideas, their chosen Political Ideology of Liberalism and their penchant for championing it in their movies has succeeded in driving their customer base away.

The Hollywood “Elite” on the Left of the Political Spectrum who voted for Hillary Clinton to be our next President of the United States of America, continue in public to show their hindquarters, while throwing the longest temper tantrum that the world has ever seen over the results of an American Presidential Election, that happened almost five months ago. These self-proclaimed activists, are making a lie out of the claim that they have made for years that they are the most tolerant…and “gifted” among us.

In fact, these sore losers remind me of the hysterically sobbing children that you hear in every Walmart across the country.

It’s not that those children are crying because they are physically hurt. Just like these Hollywood Liberals, they’re crying because they did not get their way.

This epic meltdown by those who are paid handsomely to entertain us is a direct result of an isolated ignorance of average Americans’ desire to rid ourselves of those in the Halls of Power who told us repeatedly that they knew what was best for us and “who we were”, while their actual mission was to turn America into a Third-World Barrio in their quest to make us a Socialist Paradise.

All during the Presidential Campaign, the Democratic Party, along with those in “Showbiz”, through their minions in the Main Stream Media, assured us that it was a foregone conclusion that Hillary Clinton would be our 45th president.

There is a reason for that.

The Liberal Elite have always believed that our country revolves around the big metropolitan areas in the Northeast and in California. They have always looked down their noses at what they derisively call “Flyover Country”, the same area that many of us call the Heartland of America or simply “home”.

Just like their fellow Modern American Liberals who run Democratic Party, the disconnected “dancing monkeys” in Tinsel Town and the Big Apple, like the mentally deranged Kathy Griffin, who now says that she does not regret staging a photograph of her holding a replica of the severed head of the President of the United States of America, never saw Trump’s victory coming.

At this point, all their incessant national temper tantrum is doing, is making them look like fools, as evidenced by this summer’s box office returns.

As I have written before, I don’t remember any of us average Americans asking them for their opinion as to how we should vote, do you?

Their own haughtiness and super-sized egos have cost the Hollywood Liberal Hierarchy untold millions of dollars by allowing their own preconceived prejudices about average Americans and our “lack of intelligence” to drive a wedge between them and American Moviegoers.

There is an old adage that warns “Do not bite the hand that feeds you.”

Hollywood not only bit the hands of average American Moviegoers in America’s heartland, it gnawed on them for almost a decade.

And now, those smug Liberals in Hollywood are finding out that another old adage is true…

Payback’s a b!tch.

Until He Comes,

KJ