NFL Gets it Right on Domestic Violence Among Players

BREAKING NEWS — The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice, the team announced today, the same day a shocking video surfaced showing the NFL star punching his then-fiancee in February. 

If you don’t know why this happened – let me share a report by CNN.

My next question is WHY did she marry him after this attack and when can she get the help she needs. This is an article that I thought had some disturbing information about her, their relationship, his trial and their marriage – http://www.playerwives.com/nfl/baltimore-ravens/ray-rices-girlfriend-janay-palmer/

Ray Rice terminated after newly released video shows NFL star punch fiancee

(Video posted here http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/sports/2014/09/08/nr-vo-ray-rice-elevator-video.cnn-tmz.html)

The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice, the team announced Monday, the same day a shocking video surfaced showing the NFL star punching his then-fiancee in February.

The news release from the NFL team was terse.

“The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon,” it read.

Rice had been suspended by the league for the first two games of the season, a controversial move that led to widespread criticism and to the league re-evaluating the punishment for domestic violence cases.

The new video shows Rice punching Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, inside an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, seven months ago.

TMZ Sports posted the video Monday showing Rice and Palmer entering an elevator. Inside the elevator, Rice punches Palmer. Palmer lunges after Rice, and then Rice hits her back and she falls to the floor.

Previously, TMZ Sports had released hotel surveillance video of Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of the elevator. This is the first time video has been released that shows Rice punching her.

A few months after the incident, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice without pay and fined him an additional game check for “conduct detrimental to the NFL.” However, no one in the NFL offices, including Goodell, had seen the newly released footage of the incident until Monday, the league told CNN.

Ray Rice: ‘My actions were inexcusable’

“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,” NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello said. “That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”

The NFL has previously said that Rice entered a pretrial intervention program in May. Under the program, he won’t be prosecuted, and the charges will be expunged after one year.

In a press conference in July, Rice said his actions were “inexcusable” and that he and his wife are in counseling.

“We’re taking the necessary steps to move forward,” he said. “My job is to lead my family. My job is to lead my wife. My job is to lead in whatever I do. And If I’m not being the example, then my family crumbles.”

Goodell has already been scrutinized for suspending Rice for just two games, months after the first video aired. Many felt the suspension wasn’t enough, and in August, the commissioner himself agreed.

In a letter to all NFL team owners, he said the league had fallen short of its goals in its handling of the Rice case: “We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place.”

“I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will,” he added.

Some NFL fans have questioned why Ravens head coach John Harbaugh would call Rice “one heck of a guy,” and why the Ravens would tweet out “Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident.”

They have also questioned why Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon would be suspended for a year after testing positive for marijuana when Rice was suspended for just two games.

In his August letter to team owners, Goodell said the league will institute a six-game unpaid suspension for personnel who violate the league’s personal conduct policy when it relates to domestic violence. A second domestic violence incident would be punished by a lifetime ban from the league.

The article was originally posted here – http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/08/us/ray-rice-new-video/index.html

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Kind Words & Tolerance From the Left…NOT!

Elisabeth Hasselbeck of Fox News has been attacked with the most vile words imaginable…words spoken by a woman. In answer to a tweeted comment by bizarre food eater Andrew Zimmern,

Andrew Zimmern         @andrewzimmern

This is such BS it can’t be true, but it is RT @HuffingtonPost: Elisabeth Hasselbeck really asked this about feminism http://huff.to/1dvYEU6

 

Mariah Milano (Dinner Mariah) posted the following:

Mariah Milano @DinnerMariah

@andrewzimmern@HuffingtonPost she is such a moron! you KNOW she’s getting a Mandingo train run on her every weekend! You know how it works!

 

Harvey Levin on Duck Dynasty Debacle

I was really impressed with Harvey Levin’s remarks about the situation with Duck Dynasty and A & E — Watch the full clip, its less than 10 minutes and he makes some really good points…

Watch the latest video here

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2956658630001/duck-dynasty-controversy-an-attack-on-christian-values/

I’m not going to make a judgment on homosexuality, but I do want to include some quotes from scriptures – and I feel this is what Phil was saying and he was using actual scriptures to back up his beliefs. He worded it harshly, but listen to him, that how he talks when its something he is passionate about – and beliefs are something most people are passionate about.

Scriptural References to Homosexual Acts – check the wording, it is very close to the words he used in his interview with GQ….

Leviticus 18:22 ESV

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 1:26-28 ESV

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

Leviticus 20:13 ESV

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

Another “Celebrity” Compares Their Life to Soldiers and Police

Do you remember when Tom Cruise compared his being on a location shoot for a film to military members being deployed overseas? Now Kanye West is saying something similar – I don’t often quote TMZ, but you have to see this…

Seems to me if maybe on a subconscious level – Kanye is realizing the culture surrounding his life and the industry where he works and realizes they are creating dangerous atmosphere’s and mentality for their fans. However – he ignores that, unlike our service men and women, he has the luxury of being protected by bodyguards. He pays people to do the same thing the police and our military personnel do – hmmmm, just not seeing the similarity for him.

What do you think?

Kanye West — BLASTED BY OHIO POLICE CHIEF … How Dare You Compare Yourself to Cops

KANYE WEST

BLASTED BY OHIO POLICE CHIEF

How Dare You Compare Yourself to Cops!

A police chief in Ohio is GOING OFF on Kanye West — tearing the guy apart for comparing himself to cops and soldiers … saying Kanye has NO CLUE about the real dangers they face.

The cop with the beef is Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver … who says he was listening when Kanye told a media outlet that he puts his life on the line at his rap concerts … just like cops and soldiers.

Chief Oliver was so angry, he posted an open letter to West on the department’s Facebook page … saying, “You sir, are as misguided as they come.”

The majority of the letter is dripping in sarcasm, mocking Kanye for the ridiculous comparison:

Since you are accustomed to danger, from your life as an international rapper, I am strongly encouraging you immediately abandon you career as a super star and join the military.

After joining, I would like you to volunteer to be deployed in Afghanistan or one of the numerous other forward locations where our men an women are currently serving. When the Taliban starts shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow.”

I’m sure they would just drop weapons and surrender. You could quite possibly end all wars, just from the enemy being star-struck.”

The letter ends, “What I do not get is you EVER comparing what you do for a living to our heroic military members, who are always in harm’s way… and my brother and sister police officers who have to go to work carrying weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest to protect themselves.”

Check yourself, before you wreck yourself….Chief Oliver.”

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/12/12/kanye-west-police-chief-afghanistan-rapping-war/#ixzz2nILKfUrq

 

 

Rich America and Everyone Else

I don’t begrudge people who work hard and make money – I do get tired of people who flaunt their wealth to make others look bad – but that’s another topic 🙂 I also think there are a lot of people making far more money than they are worth – that’s another topic too….

But however you feel about wealth in America – I have a feeling you will find these stats surprising…

The following are 21 facts about “wealthy America” and “poor America” that are hard to believe…

#1 The lowest earning 23,303,064 Americans combined make 36 percent less than the highest earning 2,915 Americans do.

#2 40 percent of all American workers (39.6 percent to be precise) make less than $20,000 a year.

#3 According to the Pew Research Center, the top 7 percent of all U.S. households own 63 percent of all the wealth in the country.

#4 On average, households in the top 7 percent have 24 times as much wealth as households in the bottom 93 percent.

#5 According to numbers that were just released this week, 49.7 million Americans are living in poverty.  That is a brand new all-time record high.

#6 In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.

#7 Household incomes have actually been declining for five years in a row and total consumer credit has risen by a whopping 22 percent over the past three years.

#8 According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.

#9 The homeownership rate in the United States is at an 18 year low.

#10 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have as much wealth as the bottom one-third of all Americans combined.

#11 18 percent of all food stamp dollars are spent at Wal-Mart.

#12 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.

#13 It is hard to believe, but right now 1.2 million students that attend public schools in America are homeless.  That number has risen by 72 percent since the start of the last recession.

#14 One recent study discovered that nearly half of all public students in the United States come from low income homes.

#15 In 1980, CEOs at S&P 500 companies made 42 times as much as their employees did on average.  Today, CEOs at S&P 500 companies make 354 times as much as their employees do on average.  In fact, there are many CEOs that make more than 1000 times what the average employees in their companies make.

#16 U.S. families that have a head of household that is under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.

#17 At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.

#18 Today, the United States actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.

#19 Approximately one out of every five households in the United States is now on food stamps.

#20 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

#21 At this point, the poorest 50 percent of all Americans collectively own just 2.5 percent of all the wealth in the United States.

Source – http://dcclothesline.com/2013/11/07/america-live-21-hard-believe-facts-wealthy-poor-america/

Things Are Bad when Oprah Won’t Help Sell Obamacare

If anyone needed a sign that Obamacare is a disaster – just look at the fact Oprah wouldn’t attend a meeting to discuss ways for celebrities to once again sell an agenda for Obama. In fact, she sent a low level flunky 🙂

The New York Post reports:

As the White House was gearing up to sell ObamaCare to the American people last summer, Valerie Jarrett, the president’s pointwoman on a host of issues, phoned Oprah Winfrey.

She invited the Queen of All Media to join celebrities, including Amy Poehler, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys, to meet with President Obama and discuss how they could generate publicity for his health-care law.

Oprah refused.

“All of Oprah’s top people thought she would go, because when the president invites you to the White House, most people automatically say yes,” said one of Oprah’s closest advisers. “But Oprah said she didn’t have the time or inclination to go. It wasn’t like she had to think it over. It was an immediate, flat-out, unequivocal no.”

Instead, Oprah sent a low-level rep from one of her talent agencies, which was regarded as a insult. Obama had been counting on Oprah’s immense persuasive powers to help enroll millions in ObamaCare. But as the rollout turned into a disaster, Oprah didn’t lift a finger to help.

The story of why Oprah has changed her tune and gone AWOL onObamaCare goes well beyond mere gossip. It speaks volumes about the convergence of celebrity and politics under Obama and about a president who thinks nothing of using and then discarding his most loyal supporters.

A tidbit from the article that wasn’t public knowledge and that explains quite a bit —

Everyone remembers that Oprah went all out for Obama during the 2008 presidential election. What was not reported was that, in return, Oprah was promised unique access to the White House if Obama won. She’d get regular briefings on initiatives and a heads-up on programs to give her material for her fledgling cable network, OWN.

“Oprah intended to make her unique White House access a part of her new network,” a source close to Oprah told me. “There were big plans, and a team was put together to come up with proposals that would have been mutually beneficial.

“But none of that ever happened. Oprah sent notes and a rep to talk to Valerie Jarrett, but nothing came of it. It slowly dawned on Oprah that the Obamas had absolutely no intention of keeping their word and bringing her into their confidence.”

Oprah did not campaign for Obama in the 2012 race, and she has been absent from his battles on gun control, immigration reform and the environment. She claims she is too busy to get involved in politics, even though she hosted a fund-raiser for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who won a US Senate seat last week.

To read the full article – http://nypost.com/2013/10/20/even-oprah-isnt-on-board-with-obamacare/

Warren Buffett Says “Scrap Obamacare” – Three Years Ago

Update September 19, 2013

Sadly the initial information isn’t true — I was encouraged and thought Warren Buffett was coming out of the Obama haze and seeing that while realistic health care reform and medical litigation reform is very needed in the US — Obamacare is a disaster, but the left seem determined to run us off a cliff to enact this law. Well, that’s not entirely true – they are exempting their friends and big businesses, Congress, and on and on and on. But the “middle class” and the millions that are struggling – who really NEED help, are being hung out to dry again. So, I am sorry for giving false hope that someone the president likes to quote – had finally decided to stand up against this impending mess that we all need to deal with on October 1. Although I still have no clue if/when I need to do anything — does anyone else???

Info about what Buffett evidently said – http://www.businessinsider.com/defund-obamacare-warren-buffett-quote-government-shutdown-debt-ceiling-2013-9

Original Post –

Obama is determined to keep Obamacare – no matter how damaging it will be to the US. But how many times has he used Warren Buffetts words to push one of his agendas – the tax laws are a big one that comes to mind. (Obama – “Warren Buffett’s secretary pays higher taxes….”)

This time – Warren Buffett is even speaking out about scrapping Obamacare and starting over. We are less than 2 weeks from major parts of this “trainwreck” being implemented, could Obama finally admit he screwed up…. probably not, but it would be a great time to START being accountable for his mistakes.

(I added the red type.)

Buffett: Scrap Obamacare and Start All Over

By Money Morning Staff Reports


Healthcare costs in the United States are like a tapeworm eating at our economic body.

Those words come from famed investor Warren Buffett, who said he would scrap Obamacare and start all over.

“We have a health system that, in terms of costs, is really out of control,” he added. “And if you take this line and you project what has been happening into the future, we will get less and less competitive. So we need something else.”

Buffett insists that without changes to Obamacare average citizens will suffer.

“What we have now is untenable over time,” said Buffett, an early supporter of President Obama. “That kind of a cost compared to the rest of the world is really like a tapeworm eating, you know, at our economic body.”

Buffett does not believe that providing insurance for everyone is the first step to take in correcting our nation’s healthcare system.

“Attack the costs first, and then worry about expanding coverage,” he said. “I would much rather see another plan that really attacks costs. And I think that’s what the American public wants to see. I mean, the American public is not behind this bill.”

Editor’s Note: Two paragraphs of Obamacare will force the government to become the biggest buyer of vaccines and one company will receive the majority of these new contracts. This firm is working on vaccines for the flu, AIDS, and practically every infectious disease known to man. To see the one stock that will make a killing from Obamacare, click here.

Buffett’s certainly not alone in his discontent for Obamacare. Ask millions of Americans what they think about the new law, and chances are they’re ready to pop a jugular.

The government program, slated to being in earnest October 1 when the exchanges go live, is one of the most hated bills in history.

Critics heavily oppose the mandate requiring them to purchase health insurance. They’re also furious at all the new taxes, fees, and higher premiums they’ll be stuck paying, thanks to Obamacare.

Yet, while millions of Americans loathe every facet of The Affordable Care Act, as it’s officially titled, another group of Americans see it as a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to get rich: Investors.

According to most Wall Street experts, Obamacare will create unheard of fortunes for investors who tap into the right companies.

That’s because the U.S. will spend billions, even trillions of dollars implementing, regulating, and enforcing Obamacare.

Select companies and their investors are set to make a fortune in the next several months – and years – as the full Obamacare plan gets underway.

Even main street investors will have a chance to reap big paydays – provided they know which sectors stand to benefit most.

With the implementation of Obamacare quickly approaching, millions of Americans are asking what they can do to prepare for all the new costs and rules.

One expert, Betsy McCaughey, former Lieutenant Governor of New York and constitutional scholar with a Ph.D. from Columbia University, recently wrote a best-selling book showing Americans how they can survive Obamacare.

McCaughey is one of the only people in the country — including members of Congress – who has actually read the entire 2,572 page law.

Her book, titled Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for Surviving the New Health Care Lawbreaks down the complicated bill into 168 pages of actionable advice.

The book, written in an easy going, easy to read style, shows some startling facts about Obamacare not seen in the mainstream press.

For example, she points to a little known passage in the bill that shows how you could get slapped with a $2,000 fine for not having health insurance – even if you do actually have it.

She also goes into detail explaining how one third of all U.S. employers could stop offering health insurance to their workers.

In one chapter, she shows how ordinary Americans will get stuck paying for substance abuse coverage even if they never touched a drink or drug in their life.

And according to McCaughey’s research, senior citizens will get hit the hardest. “If you’re a senior or a baby boomer, expect less care than in the past,” she says. “Hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery will be especially hard to get from Medicare in the months ahead.”

She warns seniors to get some of those types of procedures done now before Obamacare goes into full effect.

In addition, many will find it difficult to keep their medical records private, according to McCaughey.

“The law will compel Americans to share with millions of strangers who are not physicians confidential private and personal medical history information they do not wish to share.”

Editor’s Note: Real facts and figures about the hidden Obamacare taxes and fees and how they will affect ordinary Americans and seniors are hard to find. As a courtesy, Money Morning is giving readers a copy of Betsy McCaughey’s new book Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for Surviving the New Health Care Law. But only a limited number are available. Please go here to reserve your free copy today.