Two men arrested for not buying anything at Starbucks

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross is defending the actions of his police officers after they arrested two men for refusing to leave a Starbucks after not buying anything. The two men are black.

From CNN:

The employees told officers the two men wanted to use the restroom but were told the facilities are only for paying customers. The Starbucks employees then asked the men to leave, but they refused, Ross says.

Officers responded and asked the men three times to “politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing.” When the men again refused to leave, they were arrested “without incident,” Ross says.

The men were taken to a police station and released when it became clear Starbucks didn’t want to press charges.

Driving for Uber and Lyft, I often find myself sitting around waiting for a ride request. I try to stay in my car parked in a public parking lot. McDonald’s is a favorite choice of mine to wait for a ride request. Sometimes I go through the drive-through and get a coffee, sometimes I don’t.

I’ve never been asked to leave while just sitting in my car in the parking lot playing Candy Crush or reading a book, but if I was, I’d do exactly what was asked and leave.

That’s the thing. I cannot imagine being asked to leave by someone from McDonald’s and not doing what they asked. I really cannot imagine cops “asking” me to leave and not leaving. Police carry guns. I always do what people with guns ask me to do.

I’ve never walked into a Starbucks and just sat down and not bought anything. I guess I’ve always thought it was an unspoken agreed rule of living in a civilized society that you buy something before sitting down in Starbucks. Does Starbucks need to put up signs stating that its limited seating is for paying customers? I guess they do.

A big part of this story is the two men were waiting for a third man to join them. Did the two men tell anyone at Starbucks they were waiting for someone to join their party?

I’m not sure that the two men were black had anything to do with the incident. Then again, the two men were asked three times to leave Starbucks by the police and they refused all three times.

I’ve been told by groups like Black Lives Matter the police will murder black men without provocation and when they do commit murder, they are not held legally responsible. Because of this fact, black men are fearful of the police. It doesn’t seem these two men at Starbucks were at all fearful of the police. If they were, they would have left.

This incident could have been easily avoided. Even if they didn’t like coffee, they could have bought a $2 bottled water or a $5 cookie. If I didn’t know better, I’d assume the two men wanted to be arrested. That would just be silly, right?

Update

Protesters have been pouncing on Starbucks. The guy with the megaphone is so woke, looking directly at him is like staring into the Sun.

Facebook shuts down largest Black Lives Matter group

Facebook has closed the largest Black Lives Matter group because the group was run by a white man in Australia. Even though the group had over 700,000 followers, Facebook deemed it inauthentic.

The group reportedly raised over $100,000 in support of racial-justice causes in the United States.

The group’s founder has been identified as Ian Mackay, an employee of the National Union of Workers in Australia.

Founder of the largest Facebook Black Lives Matter group, Ian Mackay, a white guy.

Why would Facebook even allow a user from Austrailia to create a Black Lives Matter group dedicated to racial-justice causes in the United States? One of the benefits of Facebook is users are usually who they say they are. It’s hard to be a troll on Facebook because of the fact each account is tied to a cell phone number. Did Ian Mackay have a cell phone based in the United States?

I would think that to create a Facebook group dedicated to Black Lives Matter, you would have to live in either Detroit, New York, Baltimore, or Wakanda.

Facebook is stupid. The fact that it’s been able to keep going as long as it has is really a miracle. There’s obviously a market for whatever Facebook is offering. Why a more competent company, run by competent people, hasn’t entered the marketplace and offered consumers an alternative, is a mystery.

The same applies to Twitter.

This isn’t how the marketplace is supposed to work. Companies that fail to satisfy what the market wants are supposed to be replaced by companies that do satisfy consumer demand. It’s 2018 and neither Facebook nor Twitter has any competitors. I find that weird.

And what’s it say about the real Black Lives Matter group when they get outperformed by some random white guy in Austrailia? Nothing good, that’s what.

 

The NFL could ban National Anthem protests if they wanted to

We’re currently in Week 9 of the National Football League 2017 schedule. It’s the ninth week in a row the league is allowing players to protest during the National Anthem. The only question at this point is why the NFL is allowing this stupid spectacle to continue.

The idea the league doesn’t have total control of what players can and cannot do while standing on the sidelines is a joke. The NFL expects us to believe there’s nothing they can do about players sitting, kneeling, or raising a fist in the air during the National Anthem?

I do not believe the NFL

The NFL bans players from wearing Beats headphones anywhere in the stadium. If a player wants to wear headphones before or after a game, they have to wear only Bose headphones. The NFL also specifies what kind of tablet device teams and players can use. They have to use a specific kind of fake iPad, the Microsoft Surface Pro, not a real iPad made by Apple.

The list of products players aren’t allowed to use on the field or the sidelines are extensive. It’s one of the things that makes the decision of the NFL not to stop players from protesting during the National Anthem so weird.

The NFL will only fine a player protesting the National Anthem if he’s wearing Beats headphones or using an iPad while doing it.

Why is it the National Basketball Association can require players to stand during the national anthem, but the NFL can not?

The NBA rulebook states:

2) Players, coaches, and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem.

The NFL doesn’t have such a rule because it doesn’t want it. The question is why?

Is the NFL trying to lose money?

If I was a conspiracy theory guy, I’d think the NFL was purposely trying to damage its own product so it can then leverage the damage to its advantage. The amount of money the owners pay the players is based on how much revenue the league and teams make. The less money the NFL makes, the less money it will have to share with players.

Are they trying to decrease revenue so they can play players less?

My name is John Schnatter, but you can call me Papa.

TV ratings of NFL games are down compared to last year. Sponsors are threatening to pull their ads if the protests don’t stop. Papa John’s, the official crappy chain pizza sponsor of the NFL, posted lower than expected earnings for North America this past quarter. Papa John Schnatter, the founder, and CEO of Papa John’s is blaming National Anthem protests for weaker sales.  Schnatter said the following:

NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.

If he thinks this is true, how long until he decides Papa John’s needs to end its partnership with the NFL? It could happen sooner rather than later. Once the first big-time sponsor leaves, more will follow.

Almost all players in the NFL represent the privileged 1%

This whole National Anthem protest thing is so stupid. Maybe I’d feel differently if the people doing the protesting weren’t privileged members of the 1% and living large compared to the rest of us, the other 99%. When I was 19-years-old I had to join the Air Force, not because I wanted to, but because I had no other options. I couldn’t find a real job. I couldn’t afford to go to college. If I was going to make anything of my life, I had to enlist in the military.

In the military, you must respect the flag and the National Anthem

While in the military, I learned to respect the flag and the National Anthem. It was ingrained into my core. Every day, on every Air Force base I was ever at, the base flag was lowered before sunset. Before it was lowered, a bugle call was played over a loudspeaker. It alerted everyone to prepare for retreat, the lowering of the flag.

After the bugle call was complete, the National Anthem was played and the flag was lowered, removed, and folded up. While the National Anthem played, you were to stop whatever you were doing, turn to face the music, and stand at attention. You were required to salute if you were in uniform. You were required to salute or put your hand on your heart if you were in civilian clothes. You were required to pull off to the side of the when driving a motor vehicle.

The Air Force could court marshall someone for not standing at attention during retreat. You could go to jail for not honoring the flag and the National Anthem.

I think this is why I find these National Anthem protests so disgusting. They not only disrespect our country, they disrespect anyone who served in the military. It’s not about freedom of speech. When players are on the sideline before a game, they’re at work. Your employer puts expectations on you when you are on the job. Respecting the National Anthem should be one of those expectations.

NFL players can disrespect the country on their own time

If players want to disrespect the National Anthem on their own time, I have no problem with that. They can burn the American flag on their own time and I would not complain. My problem is when they protest while everyone in attendance is standing and showing respect to our country. Standing for the National Anthem is a something all Americans share together. The National Anthem protests shit all over that.

There is a time and place for everything. Before a game when everyone else is standing in respect is not the right time or the right place. It’s the wrong time and the wrong place.

 

 

Remember when I said we should ban all guns?

Shortly after the Las Vegas massacre, I declared that all firearms should be banned. I’ve thought a lot about it since writing that and I’ve changed my mind. I don’t think we should ever ban firearms, at least in my lifetime.

In a perfect world, guns would be obsolete

Don’t get me wrong, in a perfect world, we wouldn’t need guns. The problem is, we don’t live in a perfect world. Do I think things would be better if people didn’t have access to deadly weaponry? Yes. Do I think things would be better for future generations if Americans didn’t live in a country full of high-power weapons? Yes. Do I think guns should be banned now? No.

My problem is this: as long as the government refuses to enforce our laws, Americans will need to have access to firearms.

The 2015 Baltimore Riots

How can you expect the police to protect you when they won’t even stop thugs from destroying their cars?

I was thinking recently about the 2015 Baltimore riots. The police stood by and did nothing while Black Lives Matter inspired thugs destroyed everything. We have laws against smashing windows and burning down innocent drugstores, yet the Baltimore police did nothing to stop it.

The police are allowed to pick and choose what laws they will enforce. If people assemble into a mob and decide to do harm against you, and the police decide not to do anything about it, there’s a very good chance the mod will kill you.

I have a real problem with that.

I’m a huge fan of the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness clause of the Declaration of Independence. It’s hard to enjoy life and liberty when you’ve been murdered by a hate-fueled, racist mob. It’s hard to pursue happiness when you have to worry about law enforcement not doing their duty.

I don’t blame the individual police officers for not doing their job. In Baltimore, they were ordered to stand down and not do anything. I don’t blame the police for not upholding the law in Baltimore any more than I blame Border Patrol for not enforcing our immigration laws. Not enforcing our laws comes from the top.

Not enforcing our laws comes from the top.

I was wrong about banning guns

In closing, I want to set the record straight. Even if our elected leaders enacted sweeping gun control legislation, making individual ownership of guns illegal, the chances those laws would be uniformly enforced is about zero. No matter what the law said, some people would be allowed to own guns and others would not.

That’s just the way the system is.

ESPN suspends SportsCenter host Jemele Hill for two weeks

ESPN suspended SportsCenter host Jemele Hill for breaking the company’s social media policy. She posted two tweets encouraging people to boycott Dallas Cowboys advertisers. The reason? Cowboys owner Jerrey Jones threatened to sit any player who sits for the national anthem.

Jemele Hill’s tweets

When Jemele Hill’s suspension is over, she needs to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Does she want to be a social justice activist fighting for issues she believes are important? Does she want to represent ESPN as a host for SportsCenter?

I don’t see how she can be both.

The Dallas Cowboys are part of the National Football League. The National Football League is in partnership with ESPN. The network pays $1.9 billion a year to televise Monday Night Football. It’s inappropriate to have an employee of ESPN, let alone a SportsCenter host, go after advertisers.

Hosting SportsCenter used to be a big deal

To be a host on SportsCenter used to be a big deal. It represented the pinnacle of a person’s sports career. It be a talking-head on ESPN, reporting the news to the United States, was a privilege. I’m not sure it’s that way anymore. I don’t watch ESPN anymore except for  30 for 30 documentaries.  I get my sports news from a lot of places these days. ESPN SportsCenter is not one of them.

To be a host of ESPN is still carries a lot of clout.  Jemele Hill’s Twitter account has a blue check next to it, something it would not have if she were not on ESPN. She needs to recognize that. When she Tweets something stupid, it reflects on ESPN.

Jemele Hill cannot have it both ways. She cannot enjoy the advantages of being a SportsCenter host and also enjoy the freedoms of shitposting on Twitter. Calling for an NFL boycott while working for a company in partnership with the NFL is shitposting.

If she thinks she can do both, she’s wrong.

Woman kneels while singing national anthem

Denasia Lawrence sang the national anthem before a Miami Heat pre-season game. In a ridiculous attempt to show what she thinks about the country she was honoring with her singing, she kneeled. That’s right. The singer of the national anthem pulled a Kaepernick.

She also wore a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt under her blazer, sending a very strong message to the people watching who believe the lives of black people don’t matter. The type of racist mouth breathers who flock to pre-season NBA games.

Kneeling in place of sitting during the national anthem is stupid. To kneel is to show servitude to someone or something. Kneeling is demonstrating the complete opposite of what people who pull this stunt are trying to convey. They don’t even seem to realize this, making it terribly funny.

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Colin Kaepernick

I think whoever told Colin Kaepernick kneeling was a good compromise to standing for the national anthem was punking him. Has Colin Kaepernick never been to a Catholic church? What did he think all the kneeling was about, Catholics protesting God? Has he never seen Superman II? What did he think General Zod was doing when he wanted Superman to kneel before him?

If Denasia Lawrence doesn’t like America, if she believes it’s an evil, racist country that refuses to value the lives of black people, then she should have just declined the offer to sing the national anthem at the Miami Heat game.

What’s with the teal colored blazer? She was singing the national anthem at a Miami Heat game, not a Charlotte Hornets game. The color teal doesn’t belong at a Miami Heat game.

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Denasia Lawrence should be ashamed. Not for kneeling while singing the national anthem, that’s just silly, but for wearing teal to a Miami Heat game.