NIKE: THE SOCIAL JUSTICE SLAVE LABOR SHOE THAT HATES AMERICA

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.

It’s a bad time for bad sneakers.

Nike sales have seen their slowest growth in seven years. It was the worst performing Dow stock of 2016. Americans don’t seem to want badly made overpriced shoes put together by slave labor.

The failing company tried to turn around its poor sales by doubling down on its abrasive lefty politics. Nike’s Consumer Direct Offense was supposed to stand for reclaiming American market share, instead of directly offending consumers. But if Nike can’t sell its shoddy athletic wear, it can offend Americans.

Last winter, Nike unveiled the “Pro Hijab”. Now it decided to make Colin Kaepernick, the racist black nationalist who began the trend of protesting the national anthem, into the face of its Just Do It campaign. Nike’s new contract with its America-hating racist will rush out Kaepernick shoes and jerseys. No word on whether Kaepernick’s socks showing police officers as pigs will also be part of the package.

Nike will pay Kaepernick millions every year with a deal that looks like those of “top-end” NFL players.  Actually being a top-end player or having the talent to be one is surplus to social justice requirements.

The huge payday for Kaepernick clashes with Just Do It’s new tagline, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” Making millions of dollars for hating America without having to ever get out there and play is the opposite of “sacrificing everything.” It’s getting paid for doing nothing.

Unlike the hundreds of women working in a Cambodian factory that supplies Nike (among other companies) who passed out as temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Over three days, 360 female workerspassed out after working ten hour days with little food at punishing temperatures.

Nike’s Code of Conduct allows girls as young as 16 to work in factories. But they may be even younger.

At one Nike supplier, “workers routinely collapsing unconscious at their work stations from overwork and excessive heat, then being forced to return to work minutes after waking up” were observed.

Just don’t pass out.

Nike’s Asian slave labor force actually sacrifices everything. And the proceeds go to Nike executives and millionaire racists like Kaepernick who invoke the historical memory of slavery even as they profit from real life slavery. Kaepernick had compared the police to runaway slave patrols and his latest NFL deal fell through after his girlfriend had compared the owner of the Baltimore Ravens to a slave master.

But the truth about slavery can be found in Colin Kaepernick making millions from Nike slave labor.

Nike’s embrace of Kaepernick marks its transition away from sports and into social justice. It’s the same trajectory that crumbled ESPN and the NFL’s core business. And it’s not doing wonders for Nike.

Its post-inauguration Grammy’s ad already took a dip into anti-American waters, demanding, “Is this the land history promised?”  The bizarre spectacle of millionaire athletes lecturing a working class audience about equality and racism didn’t do anything for Nike’s brand or its sales.  But it also foreshadowed its Kaepernick deal with its transparently fake efforts to glamorize millionaire athletes as civil rights figures.

And athletic wear made by sweatshop workers as the costume of civil rights heroes.

“We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward,” Nike’s VP of Brand Marketing Gino Fisanotti told ESPN.

Colin Kaepernick is to sports what Nike is to conscious workers. Gino is signaling that Nike, like ESPN, is more interested in leftist politics, moving the “world forward”, than in any of that yucky sports stuff.

But unlike the NFL and ESPN, Nike really isn’t in the sports business. It glamorized athleisure wear by making the illusion of sports performance accessible to everyone. But the brand is becoming dated. Nike retailer demand fell by 10% and it was forced to fire 1,400 employees. Adidas’ Superstar sneakers outsold Nike’s fading Jordan brand kicking the swoosh company out of the top spot for the first time in a decade. Adidas sneakers rely on the celebrity power of Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.

Nike’s Kaepernick deal is a shift away from sports stars to pop culture social justice stars. Adidas may have Kanye West, but Nike has Colin Kaepernick. Making a black nationalist icon into the face of its Just Do It campaign also conveys the fact that Nike isn’t really selling sports performance, but lefty celebs.

Just Do It rolled out thirty years ago with Walt Stack: an 80-year-old who made a point of running 17 miles across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Now Nike has severed athletic performance from its brand which will instead embody the “courage” of lefty politics rather than physical perseverance.

It’s been 15 years since fans have seen Michael Jordan play. An entire generation has come of age for whom Air Jordan is a brand that’s disconnected from an actual person. Nike has decided that a lefty political celebrity may be a safer investment for millennials than the greatest basketball player of all time. It’s going to try and catch Adidas by turning Just Do It into a leftist revolutionary slogan.

Nike has been battling slave labor charges with fake virtue signaling for a generation.

Last year, Nike’s Mark Parker had declared that President Trump’s terror travel ban was a threat to Nike’s values, “Nike believes in a world where everyone celebrates the power of diversity.”

A world where everyone believes the same thing is as diverse as a bunch of people wearing Nikes.

Much like Hollywood, sneaker sales in China matter more than they do in the United States. Nike has been declining in North America, but growing in China. And even in the American market, Nike is more concerned about the collegiate market, with its touchy lefty politics, than mainstream consumers. Its college contracts run well into the hundreds of millions. Those matter much more than Americans.

30 years after the launch of Just Do It, Nike’s ideal target audience has shifted dramatically. Nike has rightly calculated that the illusion of the athletic ideal has been eclipsed by political agendas. It’s trying to sell overpriced shoes to the sort of virtue signaling thirty-something suburbanites who decorate their barren front yards with placards reading, “In This House Black Lives Matter and We Believe in Science.”

Owning Nike shoes used to signal pretentions to fitness, now it’s meant to signal pretensions to activism. Everyone can’t change the world. But everyone can buy two hundred dollar shoes assembled by teenage girls on the verge of passing out in hundred degree heat to show off their commitment to social justice. And what better spokesman for that fake farce could there be than Colin Kaepernick?

 

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NY Times anonymous anti-Trump op-ed writer is a criminal who belongs in prison

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/09/07/ny-times-anonymous-anti-trump-op-ed-writer-is-criminal-who-belongs-in-prison.html

 

The anonymous “senior administration official” who wrote the anti-Trump tirade published by The New York Times as an op-ed Wednesday is a seditious traitor who must be identified and prosecuted for illegal conduct.

The writer has broken the law by blatantly violating his or her oath of office with a level of arrogance and criminality that is outrageous and should face decades in prison for his or her despicable actions.

President Trump was justified in asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday to launch an investigation to identify the writer of the op-ed, which was headlined online: “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” Sessions should begin this important investigation immediately.

“It’s treason, you could call it a lot of things,” the president said in an interview on “Fox & Friends.” He’s right.

Judicial Watch, the conservative nonpartisan organization where I work, is investigating the publication of this op-ed by a writer too cowardly to reveal his or her identity and too unprincipled to resign from federal employment.

The anonymous op-ed writer – let’s call him or her “the resister” – claims to be “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his (President Trump’s) agenda and his worst inclinations.”

When President Trump identifies the resister (and he will) the president has good cause to fire him or her.

But larger questions loom for the resister, his or her allies and the Democratic and Republican political operatives who populate and manipulate the federal departments and agencies in a conspiracy to attempt to thwart President Trump at every turn.

The framework for the questions can be found in Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Chapter 115 – “Treason, Sedition and Subversive Activities.”

While purportedly a “senior official in the Trump administration,” the resister’s understanding of his or her duty is fatally flawed from the start. The resister writes: “But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.”

Wrong.

The resister’s duty is not “to this country.” That sort of thinking and language is usually reserved for the well-intentioned but ill-informed. In the context of an anonymous New York Times op-ed, the resister is naïvely arrogant and self-righteous as well as cowardly.

The oath that senior government officials and commissioned officers in the military take it to the Constitution. This is an important point. The oath includes specific language, swearing: “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The resister does not understand his or her duty. He or she does not want to do so. The resister is leveraging his or her office for power, while collecting a salary paid by U.S. taxpayers – and selfishly granting himself or herself authority to thwart the Constitution and duly elected president of the United States, with an arrogance and hubris fueled by the desperate, publicity stunt mentality of The New York Times.

The resister explicitly brags about deliberately undermining and defying the president on foreign policy decisions concerning hostile foreign powers (“giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere” – 18 USC §2381 – “Treason”) and attempts to reframe Deep State subversion against the president as the work of virtuous officials from the “steady state.”

The resister did not, apparently, take the time to learn there are the duties and responsibilities inherent in the oath he or she violated. Before deciding to “save the country,” the resister should have examined 18 USC § 2384 – “Seditious Conspiracy,”containing specific language about people who “conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States,” and “prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States.”

The resister arguably faces 20 years imprisonment for each count of his or her malicious campaign against the Constitution and the Chief Executive, as defined under Article II.

The greater problem for the Constitution is that the current administration is loaded with these sorts of self-serving operators. President Trump’s greatest single administrative challenge has been personnel.

The resister exemplifies this fact. Washington Post articles detail the dysfunction of the Presidential Personnel Office that seems not to have been corrected. The threat to the Constitution comes from the people that President Trump is forced to rely upon due to the scale and scope of the federal government.

If there was ever a time for President Trump to clean house of the phonies, the self-righteous, the political operators, the leakers and seditious conspirators – while simultaneously reinvigorating public servants’ sense of duty to the supreme law of the land – the time is now.

Crimes have been committed against the Constitution by the resister and his or her ilk. They must be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Not doing so would be a further betrayal of the sacred oath our government officials take to the Constitution that serves as the foundation of our constitutional republic.

 

Nicolaitan Bishop Refuses to Resign, Allegedly Returned Priests Accused of Sexual Misconduct to Ministry

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Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, is refusing to step down in the wake of leaked documents from the chancery that suggest he mishandled allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by priests he oversees in his diocese.

“My handling of recent claims from some of our parishioners concerning sexual misconduct with adults unquestionably has fallen short of the standard to which you hold us, and to which we hold ourselves,” Bishop Malone told Catholics of his diocese in a statement posted to the diocese’s website on August 26.

In rejecting the calls for his resignation, Malone said, “The shepherd does not desert the flock at a difficult time.”

As Catholic News Agency reports, several of the allegations involve “boundary violations or sexual misconduct against adults,” which are not addressed in the same way as those against children in the 2002 Charter for Protection of Children and Young People published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The report continues:

However the diocese may have failed its obligations under state law. The Erie County District Attorney has indicated that it is a matter of when, not if, he opens a criminal probe with the Attorney General into Bishop Malone and diocesan administrators. DA John Flynn Jr. told local news if administrators covered-up sex abuse, there are a number of potential charges they could face, such as hindering prosecution or child endangerment.

An investigation by 7 Eyewitness News I-Team into hundreds of church documents exposed how some of the allegations had been handled. Malone reportedly said he inherited the problem of sexual abuse within his diocese.

In one case – that of Father Art Smith – the investigation found students at St. Mary of the Lake school in Hamburg referred to the priest as “The Creeper.” Smith also reportedly exhibited signs of “grooming” and “stalking” an eighth-grade boy. WKBW reported that, in 2011, Smith sent a Facebook message to the boy using the words, “love you.”

According to the documents, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec – the former bishop of Buffalo – suspended Smith, and his parishioners were told he was on “medical leave.”

Nevertheless, the school principal reported to the diocese that Smith continued to show up at the school in 2012.

“This man is a predator and a groomer of young children,” St. Mary’s school principal Kristine Hider told the diocese in a letter. “Something needs to be done…As school principal, I feel the students in grade 8 have been injured and troubled by the actions of this man more than originally thought.”

However, in 2012, with the arrival of Malone – newly appointed by Pope Benedict XVI – Smith made the case to the new bishop he had been rehabilitated after attending a church-directed treatment center.

In November of the same year, Malone returned Smith to ministry as chaplain of the Brothers of Mercy nursing home in Clarence. Smith, however, still had access to hundreds of teens when he heard confessions at the diocese’s Catholic youth conference, held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

“If a teacher would have been grooming children and had inappropriate relations with a minor, they would have been fired and lost their license to teach,” Hider wrote to Malone. “Yet a priest that has a history of inappropriate contact with the youth was among the youth ministering the sacrament of Reconciliation.”

According to WKBW:

Malone wrote back to her to say that Smith’s behavior wasn’t technically in violation of the Charter for the Protection of Young People, a 2002 document adopted by American bishops in response to the sexual abuse crisis. He does not specify why he does not consider it a violation of that charter.

In 2013, the regional superior of the Brothers of Mercy wrote to Malone, reporting that Smith had inappropriately touched two young men at the nursing facility.

“We were willing to take a chance with Father Art,” Br. Jude Holzfoerster, wrote to Malone. But due to “his inappropriate conduct with employees…we must terminate Fr. Smith’s work on our campus.”

When Malone reportedly urged Smith to return to treatment, the priest responded, “Just get rid of me. I will not subject myself to that torture again.”

The following year, Smith wrote to Pope Francis that he had served as a priest for 42 years “without incident.”

According to the report:

“My canon lawyer says that there is absolutely no foundation for the way the Church has treated me,” he wrote to the Holy Father.

Later, in an email to one of Malone’s aides, Smith mentioned he retained both civil and canon lawyers and wrote, “They know I was done a severe injustice.”

In May 2015, the documents show Malone wrote to Smith to discuss “beginning to reintegrate your priestly ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo.”

The bishop then granted Smith permission to administer the Eucharist, to hear confessions, and assist other “priests in local parishes.”

Smith’s letter to Pope Francis, however, eventually required some response from Malone.

“Under my watch as diocesan Bishop…” Malone wrote to the Vatican investigative agency, “…contrary to what Father Smith stated in his letter, he once again faced boundary issues.”

“I need to note that in all cases and at all times, I have continued to express fraternal outreach, care, and pastoral support, as well as a concern for Father Art and will continue to do so,” wrote Malone.

The bishop concluded his letter to the Vatican, stating, “On the basis of his cooperation in regard to regular counseling, I have granted Father Smith faculties to function as a priest in the Diocese of Buffalo.”

“He is a person of good moral character and reputation,” Malone also wrote in a letter dated October 5, 2015, endorsing Smith to serve as a chaplain aboard a cruise. “I know nothing which would in any way limit or disqualify him from this ministry. I am unaware of anything in his background which would render him unsuitable to work with minor children.”

In 2017, after four new allegations of sexual misconduct, Malone granted Smith’s request to return as a parish priest. Smith currently lives at the rectory of Blessed Mother Teresa Church in Depew, states the news report. He was again suspended in July following another “substantiated” allegation of sexual misconduct against a minor.

The news investigation team provided the diocese’s statement regarding the report concerning Smith:

In the case of Father Art Smith, previous issues involving boundaries with minors were carefully and properly addressed. He was eventually given limited faculties at a senior living facility but no parish assignment. It wasn’t until March of this year that an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was presented and immediately investigated. The claim was never ignored.

An editor’s note following the diocesan statement indicates it “makes no mention of the two sexual misconduct allegations made against Smith at Brothers of Mercy,” or of “the 2012 incident at St. Mary of the Lake in Hamburg,” as well as other prior allegations.

“The diocesan statement claims Fr. Smith received ‘no parish assignment,’ but its own records include a letter from Smith in August 2016, when he lists his new address as Blessed Mother Teresa Parish, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew,” the editor’s note continues.

In a second case investigated by the news team, Father Robert Yetter – who as recently as last week was pastor at St. Mary’s of Swormville – had been accused of unwanted sexual advances by at least three young men in 2017-2018.

Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz reportedly referred Yetter for counseling, then wrote that the cases were closed.

Following the report by the news team, the diocese announced it had received a new complaint against Yetter, leading Malone to request the priest’s resignation as pastor of St. Mary’s and to place him on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted.

In one document leaked to the news team, Malone stated, “We have no obligation, I believe, to report to [the media] or anyone else on adult misconduct allegations.”

WKBW reports the diocese is attempting to find out how their documents were leaked. The news story states one diocesan attorney has charged 7 Eyewitness News with hacking their church emails – an accusation the news group states is “false.”

In Malone’s statement rejecting the calls for his resignation, he said he has focused on sexual abuse toward “children and teens” since the publication of the 2002 Charter.

“[R]eflecting on my handling of recent allegations of sexual misconduct with adults, I fear that in seeking to uphold the Charter to the letter, I may have lost sight of the Charter’s spirt, which applies to people of all ages,” the bishop said.

Malone announced that George Richert, the diocese’s communications director, would be stepping down September 7.

Dhimmitude: Subway removes ham and bacon from nearly 200 stores and offers halal meat only after ‘strong demand’ from Muslims

 

 

 

Fast food giant Subway has removed ham and bacon from almost 200 outlets, and switched to halal meat alternatives in an attempt to please its Muslim customers.

It has confirmed turkey ham and turkey rashers will be used instead in 185 of its stores, where all the meat will now be prepared according to halal rules.

The chain, which has around 1,500 outlets across the UK, explained its decision by saying it had to balance animal welfare concerns with ‘the views of religious communities’.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2616576/Subway-removes-ham-pork-nearly-200-stores-strong-demand-Muslims-eat-Halal-meat.html