At a press briefing last week with International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams, there was stern talk about a country of cheaters so shot through with a gold-at-all-costs mentality that they countenanced the systematic exploitation of Olympic athletes.
And when they weren’t talking about the United States, they talked some about Russia.
“I join everyone by saying how appalling this is and how appalled as a parent you can be when you read these things,” Adams said to reporters, referring to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case that has consumed USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee. Moments earlier, he had addressed a mild softening of the IOC’s ban on Russian athletes from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, vamping about “democracy and liberty and freedom.”
Former President George W. Bush criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies during a speech in the Middle East Thursday.
Speaking at a summit in Abu Dhabi, the 43rd US president slammed Trump’s hardline immigration stance without mentioning him by name, claiming illegals should be welcomed because they’re doing jobs Americans won’t.
“America’s their home,” the ex-head of state said. “They’ve got to get it fixed.”
“There are people willing to do jobs that Americans won’t do,” Bush added. “Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees (Fahrenheit), but there are people who want to put food on their family’s tables and are willing to do that. We ought to say thank you and welcome them.”
The newest “Purge” film just got a title, and it was unveiled in a way that trolls President Donald Trump.
The film will be called “The First Purge,” and those three words were featured in a new poster, written in white letters on a red hat, copying the format of the “Make America Great Again” caps worn by Trump and his supporters.
To dial the trolling level up to max, the poster and promo clip were released on the same day as Trump’s first State of the Union address.
The fourth “Purge” film is a prequel that shows the origin of the titular purges (one night a year, crimes become legal). The new film’s synopsis sets the scene:
“To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
From “The President Show” to “Our Cartoon President,” the laundry list of TV shows targeting President Trump is getting longer. But with still more projects poised to flood the small screen landscape, is there a danger for the entertainment industry in greenlighting so much anti-Trump fare?
“It feels like there are two Americas out there under one border,” says GOP strategist Ron Bonjean. “You have the anti-Trump crowd and then, of course, pro-Trump voters.”
“Networks are having shows that appeal to the anti-Trump crowd; that can create a backlash from those who support the president, over time,” Bonjean contends.
A new poll found 33% of NFL fans boycotted the league the year, with the majority citing support for President Donald Trump as the reason.
The NFL’s ratings are imploding, stadiums are no longer filling up and merchandise sales are way down with one store in Albuquerque, New Mexico saying they’ve declined 50 percent in one year.
Russian attempts to skew the 2016 US election through Facebook reached much, much further than first thought. Numerous publications (including Axios, NBC News and the New York Times) have obtained Facebook’s prepared testimony for the Senate, which reveals that Russia-linked pages reached 126 million American users between January 2015 and August 2017. That’s over half of the social network’s US base, for those keeping track. About 80,000 pieces of divisive materialwere shown to 29 million users whose likes, shares and follows spread the content to many more people.
There’s more beyond that. Facebook also deleted over 170 Russia-linked Instagram accounts that had made about 120,000 posts, and it had discovered security threats against politicians that stemmed from APT28, the hacking team regularly connected to Russian military intelligence.
Pro Football Hall of Famer and former ESPN analyst Mike Ditka dove again into the NFL protest controversy last night in an interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One Radio, saying that players kneeling during the national anthem need to “go to another country and play football” because he “doesn’t know what social injustices have been” and that “there has been no oppression in the last 100 years.”
Ditka’s weighed in on Colin Kaepernick before, but never with such blindness to this country’s miserable history with race relations. Here’s a refresher for you, Mike