Kaepernick’s Collusion Case Against the NFL Moves Ahead — Step By Step

In a major blow to the N.F.L., Colin Kaepernick achieved a preliminary but important win in his case accusing the league of colluding to keep him off the field because of the player protests during the national anthem that he instigated.

The ruling, essentially granting a full hearing on the dispute, keeps alive a case that the N.F.L. desperately wanted to go away. The league is preparing for a new season beginning next week and is still grappling with how to defuse the smoldering debate over players who demonstrate during the national anthem to protest racism, police brutality and social injustice…

If Kaepernick wins his case in a full hearing, he would be eligible to receive the money he might have received if he were signed as a free agent. The damages would be doubled.

And worth every penny if it drags the NFL into the 21st Century.

Pic of the Day

Gripe water is a liquid given to infants with colic, gastrointestinal discomfort, teething pain, reflux and other stomach ailments. Its ingredients vary, and may include alcohol, a bicarbonate, ginger, dill, fennel and chamomile. It is typically given to an infant with a dropper in liquid form. Adults may also take gripe water for soothing intestinal pains, gas or other stomach ailments. There is no clinical evidence for the effectiveness of gripe water.

It boggles the mind that this advert from 1934 is representative of the understanding and knowledge of modern science demonstrated by a typical conservative Republican, nowadays.

I suspect the Tea Party-types in particular are a solid market for underwear with copper threads woven in to preserve the purity of precious bodily fluids.

Pitiful.

Rightwing radio blows up over Coke Super Bowl ad

Conservative talk radio is criticizing a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad that featured multiple languages, with Rush Limbaugh joking it might be a ploy from Republican leaders on immigration reform.

Radio hosts were reacting Monday to Sunday’s ad from Coke, in which several voices sing “America the Beautiful” in multiple languages, as faces of people of different cultures are shown. The ad has been both praised as a display of multiculturalism and slammed as divisive as immigration reform remains a controversial political hot topic.

…popular conservative radio voice, Glenn Beck…criticized the ad, calling it divisive and politicized amid the immigration debate. On his show Monday, Beck said he got a tweet from a viewer asking what he thought of the spot.

“I said, ‘Why? You need that to divide us politically?’ Because that’s all this ad is,” Beck said. “It’s an in your face — and if you don’t like, if you’re offended by it, then you’re a racist. If you do like it, well then you’re for immigration, that’s what it is. You’re for progress…”

Beck got it right – even if by accident, even though he stands against anything that smacks of progress.

Thanks, Coke, for reminding me why I hold what passes for conservatism in America, nowadays – in such contempt. The Republican Party has become the mouthpiece for racism and bigotry that Dixiecrats of old only dreamt of becoming.

They should stuff their ears with whatever fecal matter is handy. Plug them with rubber stoppers carved from the gaskets reserved from Auschwitz. And die of the several plagues resulting from lives lived as obedient fascist clones.

Americans will continue to sing.

Google buys newspaper ad to show that newspaper ads don’t work

Here’s a nice bit of multi-faceted irony for you: On Thursday, Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper ran a print ad for Google’s (directly competitive) search advertising business.

You know who needs a haircut? People searching for a haircut,” the ad reads. “Maybe that’s why ads on Google work.”

The ad was tweeted by media reporter Steve Ladurantaye with the caption, “An ad for Google ads in today’s Globe demonstrates the value of print ads, yes?”

Google’s ad ran in both the Globe‘s print and digital editions, as well as in the National Post, the Globe‘s main competitor, Ladurantaye tells us.

Impolite, funny, probably overdue.

Vatican blows a gasket over picture of pope kissing Muslim leader


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Italian clothing company Benetton has withdrawn a publicity shot of the pope kissing a Muslim religious leader following a Vatican backlash.

A digitally manipulated picture showed Benedict XVI locking lips with Mohammed Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand sheikh of al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, as part of an advertising campaign that…featured unlikely combinations of religious and political figureheads kissing…

The offending poster of the pope and Tayeb briefly appeared in Rome, but the Vatican reaction was swift. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi criticised the company for exploiting the pope’s image, calling it completely unacceptable…

Benetton apologised, saying it was sorry the picture “had so hurt the sensibilities of the faithful“.

Har. Photoshop rules!

Dumb enough to answer the advert for a job as gigolo in Spain?

A gang of six based in Fuengirola on Spain’s Costa del Sol made at least €50,000 euros after persuading some 180 men to pay a joining fee to register as gigolos. The elaborate scam lured men in with advertisements in the national media promising vast returns for wining and dining lonely women.

Men wanting to follow in the footsteps of ‘Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo’ – a 1999 comedy about a fishtank cleaner who goes into business as a male prostitute – were then asked to pay joining fees of between €200 and €1,000 euros to be put on the books of “reputable agencies”. But the online agencies were hoaxes and the clients never materialised.

Police said the masterminds behind the scam were a husband and wife and her older brother. Three others were arrested for opening bank accounts used to transfer money from the victims for five per cent of the profits…

Police said they uncovered the network after receiving complaints from different men who said they had never received any work as a result of signing up with the agencies.

Falls under the category of “too good to be true” usually means too good to be true, eh?

Toy bus given parking ticket in Brighton

A hairdresser has appealed a £50 parking fine after a traffic warden gave his children-size toy bus a ticket.

Giovanni Cortessi’s 3ft-tall classic toy vehicle had been parked on the side of London Road in Brighton, for over a month when it was slapped with the ticket.

Mr Cortessi had initially put the miniature double decker bus on display outside Giovanni’s salon to cheer up customers and advertise his hairdressing services…

He said: “I saw the traffic warden talking to the head office over the radio about whether to give my bus a ticket, and the guy on the other end said yes to give me one”

NSL, the company responsible for overseeing parking enforcement in the Brighton and Hove area, reportedly told The Metro that they had since cancelled the fine following his appeal.

However, Mr Cortessi said that if NSL did cancel the overzealous ticket, they hadn’t notified him.

The astounded hairdresser also described the warden who issued the fine to the miniature vehicle, a “killjoy.”

Sure, if parking is a problem there – that’s sufficient reason for a traffic warden to press to free up a partially-blocked parking spot. OTOH, all I’ve been able to find is that [a] there wasn’t a parking shortage and [b] the traffic warden was a bureaucratic dweeb!

Thanks, honorarynewfie