Two black men arrested for not buying anything at Starbucks

Does Starbucks need to put up signs stating that its limited seating is for paying customers?

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross is defending the actions of his police officers after they arrested two black men for refusing to leave a Starbucks after not buying anything. 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 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 like to believe I would 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 being asked to leave by members of law enforcement and not doing what they asked. Police carry guns. I always try to 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 who were arrested 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 black 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 done what they were asked.

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

What’s it say about the real Black Lives Matter group when they get outperformed by some random white guy in Austrailia?

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.

 

Marshawn Lynch sits for U.S. anthem, stands for Mexican anthem

The Oakland Raiders played a home game down in Mexico on Sunday, losing to the New England Patriots 33-8. The Raiders losing is nothing new. The big story coming out of Mexico City on Sunday was Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.

Marshawn Lynch stood for the Mexican National Anthem but sat for the American National Anthem. That’s just rude.

How brainwashed by the Black Lives Matter propagandists Lynch must be to protest your own nation in a foreign country? If the man hates the United States so much, he has the money to immigrate anywhere in the world that would have him. New Zealand, France, Canada, Zimbabwe, or Yemen are only some of the wonderful countries Marshawn Lynch could move to if he wanted to get out from under the oppressive shadow of the boot of the United States.

Considering all the countries in the world that would make a better home for Marshawn Lynch, why does he insist on staying in the United States? If I didn’t know any better, I’d think the United States and its able opportunities stack up quite nicely when compared to the rest of the world.

GQ names Colin Kaepernick its ‘Citizen of the Year’

I just learned GQ is still a magazine. I also learned they have named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year. Good for them. I’m glad a print magazine is still able to remain viable in 2017. I also value good citizenship.

I’m just not sure what world GQ is living in if they think someone like Colin Kaepernick displays good citizenship.

Kaepernick is the first man who got attention for showing disrespect to the flag and the National Anthem by sitting, not standing like everyone else. His sign of disrespect became his own personal protest. The reason for the protest was the number of black men who had been shot and killed by police officers. As of this morning, 874 people have been shot and killed by police in 2017. Of that number, 424 were white and 203 were black.

I’ve long had a problem with Kaepernick’s misguided attempt to bring attention to police shootings. There is a time and place for everything. Protesting against the United State of America while everyone is paying their respects to the United States of America is not the right time and it’s not the right place.

It’s rude.

Colin Kaepernick has to know what he was doing was rude, but he just didn’t care. It was more important to him that he demonstrated that he was taking a stand (by sitting) for his black brothers and sisters. Kaepernick was born to a white mother who gave him up for adoption when he was six weeks old.  His birth mother says she knows who the birth father is, but she refuses to name him. He was then adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, a white couple from Wisconsin.

Colin Kaepernick’s blackness is tenuous at best. A biological father who rejected him at birth? That’s his sum total connection to the black community.

People like Colin Kaepernick would have you believe that the United States of America is a racist place. It’s so racist, that a white couple would adopt a baby of mixed race and raise it as their own. If only the rest of the world could be as racist as the United States. The world would be a much better place.

 

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?

Sorry, I’m not buying that.

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 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.