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  1. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/16/politics/buttigieg-response-officer-involved-shooting/index.html Perhaps now the real South Bend story will be told to the nation...... https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/publicsafety/fewer-crimes-reported-in-south-bend-but-shootings-linger-as/article_e6a6368d-5887-5131-8643-0dfdb21f278c.html
  2. OK - so there is a member of the Women's Soccer team that is "protesting" in her own way, yet abiding by the rules of the US Soccer Federation, let's move on. Here's the crux of the matter - SF's first post in the thread may have been incorrect. According to the Wall Street Journal - Women's soccer ACTUALLY out-earned men's soccer. https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-womens-soccer-games-out-earned-mens-games-11560765600 PARIS—In the three years after the U.S. women’s soccer team won the 2015 World Cup, U.S. women’s games generated more total revenue than U.S. men’s games, according to audited financial reports from the U.S. Soccer Federation. The ability of the women’s team to generate gate revenues that equals or exceeds the men’s team is an important battleground in the U.S. women’s March 8 gender-discrimination lawsuit against the federation. In the suit, all 28 members of the U.S. women’s national team player pool allege U.S. Soccer has paid them less than the men’s team, along with denying them equal playing, training and travel conditions and promoting their games less. U.S. Soccer has made revenue generation a key part of its defense. In U.S. Soccer’s May 6 legal response to the suit, the federation said the men’s and women’s teams are separate organizations with separate collective-bargaining agreements. It said that any alleged pay differential between the men’s and women’s teams is “based on differences in the aggregate revenue generated by the different teams and/or any other factor other than sex.” But U.S. Soccer’s numbers show that while men’s games used to generate millions more than women’s games, in recent years the gap in revenue all but disappeared. From 2016-2018, women’s games generated about $50.8 million in revenue compared with $49.9 million for the men, according to U.S. soccer’s audited financial statements. In 2016, the year after the World Cup, the women generated $1.9 million more than the men. Game revenues are made up mostly of ticket sales. In the last two years, at least, the men’s tally includes appearance fees that opposing teams pay the U.S. for games. “The event revenue from the USWNT demonstrates the potential that can be realized when investment is made,” said Becca Roux, executive director of the U.S. women’s national team’s players association. “While there is still a long way to go, I applaud U.S. Soccer, their partners, and our partners for the new marketing initiatives over the past couple of years. I hope it serves as a case study and example for other federations around the world to emulate.” U.S. Soccer declined to comment. To be sure, ticket sales are only one revenue stream that the national teams help generate. U.S. Soccer brought in nearly $49 million in marketing and sponsorship revenue in 2018, nearly half of its $101 million operating revenue, according to federation records. Marketing and sponsorship revenue includes the sale of broadcast rights for U.S. Soccer games and sponsorships sold to Budweiser, Nike and others. That being the case - SF sees the point of the women's fight here. If they are contributing same or even more revenue than the men's squad, then absolutely SF can agree they should be paid as well.
  3. https://dailycaller.com/2019/06/13/mayor-pete-buttigieg-playboy-2020/ PETE BUTTIGIEG TO BE FEATURED IN NEXT EDITION OF PLAYBOY
  4. SF doesn't sing the National Anthem either - My protest is that my public education wasn't sufficient enough to give me the pipes to be able to even sound close to the proper tune, even (when I did sing) getting dirty looks from the other members of the crowd I was in.......So in protest I just mouth the words......I sound better that way, Mrs. SF approves......
  5. Literally cannot roll my eyes any deeper Muda....Again - her actions on the field are not political in my eyes, nor do I really care. She stood during the anthem - good for her. And yes - she did use her freedom of speech in May to make her political point surrounding her observance of the National Anthem during the World Cup. Again - no big deal - her choice. My point is cater to and attempt to build your market if you want to expand your marketshare. Besides - who is saying she isn't catering to her market, maybe she is?
  6. https://abcnews.go.com/US/dozens-officers-injured-rowdy-protesters-man-shot-dead/story?id=63682056 A man who was killed by U.S. Marshals in Tennessee on Wednesday night, which sparked protests that injured dozens of police officers and sheriff's deputies, was wanted for stealing a car and shooting a man in Mississippi, authorities said. U.S. Marshals were in Memphis to carry out arrest warrants issued out of Hernando, Mississippi, for aggravated assault, conspiracy and armed robbery, DeSoto County District Attorney General John Champion told reporters at a news conference Thursday afternoon. The victim of the shooting in Mississippi had placed an ad on Facebook for a vehicle and had been negotiating with the man who was killed by authorities in Memphis, identified as 20-year-old Brandon Webber. On June 3, Webber traveled to Hernando where he and the victim took the car for a test drive, Champion said. Webber then allegedly told the victim that he wanted to see what the car could do, and after the victim got out of the car, Webber shot him five times, Champion said. The victim is alive but is still in the hospital. Warrants were issued for Webber's arrest by the Hernando Police Department on June 8. Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service attempted to stop Webber as he was getting into the vehicle outside a home in the Frayser area of north Memphis on Wednesday night. He allegedly rammed the car multiple times into the officers' vehicles and then got out holding a weapon. The officers fired at Webber, killing him, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the shooting. No officers were injured in the incident. TBI said the investigation remains active and ongoing and it will share its findings with the district attorney general. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7137479/Violent-street-clashes-erupt-Memphis-marshals-kill-suspect.html Webber had been wanted in a June 3 shooting that happened during a car theft about 25 miles south of Memphis in Hernando, Mississippi. He shot his victim five times at point blank range after Webber took the car on a test drive and then drove off in the stolen vehicle, according to DeSoto County, Mississippi, District Attorney John Champion. The victim remains hospitalized but is expected to survive. A second suspect in the June 3 attack remains at large. Police said they believe the second suspect drove Webber to the location where he met the man selling his car, but was not present for the shooting itself. 'This was a violent felon who did not obviously want to go to jail. And (the marshals) ended up, from my knowledge, doing what they had to do up there, not only to protect themselves but protect other people in the neighborhood,' Champion said. 'He wasn't a bad guy,' the elder Webber told Reuters of his son. 'He wasn't even living long enough to be a bad guy.' He said his son had sold marijuana but was not a drug dealer. Webber was described by those who knew him as an honors student who graduated from Memphis Central High School in 2017 and was enrolled at the University of Memphis. He had two young children of his own, a 2-year-old boy and a newborn daughter, and was expecting a second daughter soon. His girlfriend Alorea Hardwick, who is the mother of his toddler son, was in labor when Webber was killed. They had been expecting a baby girl but it is not yet clear if she has given birth. She filmed an emotional Facebook Live video of her crying in her hospital bed after hearing the news of Webber's death. Webber and Hardwick had hosted a baby shower on June 1 at the home where he was killed. In the hours after his death, friends flooded Webber's Facebook page with messages of love, grief, disbelief and outrage at the authorities responsible for his death. Well - OK then......Still police brutality? Maybe ought to ask that guy he shot 5 times what he thinks...... Thankfully no new uprisings, but Memphis police are still on high alert.......
  7. I agree Muda, the simple action is not a political statement at least she stands - So we should just overlook her saying "My national anthem protests are an ‘F you’ to Trump administration" last month? https://nypost.com/2019/05/14/megan-rapinoe-my-national-anthem-protests-are-an-f-you-to-trump-administration/
  8. Another word for "getting political". I came and paid to watch you play a game or enjoy your acting, or listen to you sing, not spout off about politics - do that on your own time. OK, I get and can possibly even agree with the premise of removing the national anthem from amateur sports and even professional. But when the league that pays your salary makes it a requirement, I think you should comply. Again - you want to have a "national anthem" argument, start a thread. Back to the thread - the gals demanding equal to men pay to play soccer need to focus on ways to increase their audience to the size of the men's league.
  9. SF never said he was offended - Again Muda, SF couldn't give a rat"s patooty about Rapinoe versus Trump moment in the wide scheme of things. Like you I think it's overdone by the media, and is her choice just like it was Kapernick's choice. If a professional athlete or other celebrity figure chooses to venture beyond their profession where they are at the top of their game(s) then so be it. I don't go to a football game or concert to be reminded of something controversial, I go to see a performance. And if I am not happy, I'm not going to prance around declaring "I'm so offended", I just won't spend my money next time...... Look this whole thread started because I supported the ladies team's right to go over the top and celebrate, but not the demands for "equal pay". It had nothing to do with Ms. Rapinoe and the national anthem....
  10. Stephanopoulos interview question regarding oppo research = much ado about nothing.......
  11. As I said - her/his choice. My choice whether I fill the stands, or watch on TV. Simple. My statement was (from a marketing background) if you want to improve marketshare, maybe don't offend a portion of your market......Of which I am not, since I am not a soccer fan.
  12. It's not really funny, just sad (IMHO). Her choice though. If women's soccer wants to attract more viewers and gain attendance at their matches, maybe making a political statement on the world's stage with maximum exposure to your target market (US Citizens) isn't the best practice.......
  13. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/memphis-unrest-police-shooting_n_5d021716e4b0304a120a34a3 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Armed officers and an angry crowd faced off after a Tennessee man was fatally shot by U.S. Marshals in a working-class Memphis neighborhood. People in the crowd threw rocks and bricks, with 25 officers suffering mostly minor injuries during the tense clash Wednesday night in the Frayser community in north Memphis. Officers cordoned off several blocks near the scene. By 11 p.m., officers had used tear gas and most of the crowd dispersed, police director Michael Rallings said at a Thursday morning at a news conference. Three people were arrested. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Keli McAlister said the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force went to a Frayser home to look for a suspect with felony warrants. Marshals saw the man get into a vehicle and then proceed to ram task force vehicles several times before exiting with a weapon, McAlister said. Marshals then opened fire, killing the man who died at the scene. McAlister did not say how many marshals fired or how many times the man was shot. One local official identified the victim as Brandon Webber and said he was shot several times in his family’s front yard. Family members confirmed to the Daily Memphian that the 21-year-old Webber died. In identifying Webber on Twitter early Thursday, Shelby County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Tami Sawyer said “Every life lost should matter...every single one. How many times will this be ok? It cannot continue to be.” Memphis police officers were called in to help with crowd control as word of the shooting spread on social media. As more protesters showed up, more Memphis officers and Shelby County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene. The situation then escalated, and officers donned protective riot gear as people threw rocks and bricks. Police cars and a nearby fire station were damaged, Rallings said. The TBI is called in to investigate police-involved shootings by district attorneys in Shelby and other counties in the state. TBI investigators then give their report to the district attorney, who will decide whether to pursue charges against officers involved. The police director implored residents to wait until the TBI finishes its investigation before spreading possible misinformation about the shooting. “I need everyone to stay calm,” Rallings said. While police support the right of people to demonstrate, Rallings said “we will not allow any acts of violence.” Passion Anderson, a 34-year-old student, drove her 13-year-old son to the scene early Thursday, after protesters had gone and the scene had calmed down. She grew up in Memphis, but left to Ohio before moving in November to the Frayser neighborhood, a mostly low- to middle-income area north of downtown. Anderson said she worries about her son’s safety every day in Memphis which like other large cities, struggles with violent crime. “I just want him to see this, know what’s going on, to be conscious,” she said from the driver’s seat of her car, with her son in the passenger seat. “I fear for him all the time.” So according to the mayoral candidate, it is not OK for the US Marshals to defend themselves from someone with multiple warrants, who is armed, ramming their vehicles to avoid arrest. The result was the revenge and handling efforts to calm being put on the local police.
  14. I did - However the main topic was meant to focus on the "running up the score" and the "equal pay" controversies. SF really doesn't watch soccer.......
  15. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/worldcup/2019/06/12/world-cup-2019-why-its-ok-run-up-score-like-usa-did-13-0-win-thailand/1429351001/ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/10/magazine/womens-soccer-inequality-pay.html The US women's soccer team is incredible. SF could care less that they trounced the Thailand team 13-0 yesterday, and the chorus of "sportsmanship" "over-celebrated" "ran up the score" started immediately. They are the US women's soccer team and are considered the best in the World. WTG girls. The issue to SF its the rising call for "equal pay". My answer is simple - fill the stands first. Professional sports is a business. The team makes more money, the team can afford to pay it's employees more. The other aspect (which SF can agree with - if it can be reality) is that the Women's National Team (I believe it is separate from the league) should be paid commensurate with the performance and competitive level.
  16. SF didn't say anything about bringing them into the country did he?
  17. I find that the Cuban cigars are not that much better (IMHO) that their counterparts, but any cigar that is free always tastes better to SF.......Same of 23 y.o. whiskey - you buying?
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