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Cowboys QB Applauds Fans for Pelting Refs with Garbage After Game’s Controversial Ending

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With 14 seconds left in the Dallas Cowboys’ wild-card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at AT&T Stadium, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott made a decision that cost his team a chance to win the game.

Despite his mistake, Prescott took an opportunity in his postgame interview not only to blame the referees but also to cheer on fans who threw plastic bottles at them.

Here was the situation: Dallas was down by six points with no timeouts and 14 seconds left on the clock. It was second down and 1 yard to go from the 49ers’ 40-yard line, but picking up a first down should not have been the priority.

Any NFL quarterback has ample arm strength to throw the ball 40 or 50 yards, and 14 seconds was plenty of time for the Cowboys to take two shots at the end zone. A touchdown and an extra point would have given them a dramatic victory.

It is certainly true that picking up 10 or 20 extra yards would have made a throw to the end zone a bit easier, but it was risky.

Without any timeouts, the Cowboys would need to get out of bounds to stop the clock, and San Francisco had defensive players up and down both sidelines.

The 49ers left the middle of the field wide open knowing that if the Cowboys ran a play that ended in bounds, time would almost certainly run out.

Prescott saw the opportunity to gain some valuable yardage and took it, running straight up the middle for about 17 yards. He was counting on being able to spike the ball and stop the clock with enough time for one throw to the end zone.

However, the umpire has to touch the football and spot it correctly before another play can occur. Instead of giving the ball to him, Prescott gave the ball to his center, wasting valuable seconds.

Time ran out before the Cowboys could get the ball snapped, and their season ended with a heartbreaking 23-17 defeat.

As the play was reviewed, color commentator Tony Romo, who enjoyed a long and successful career as Dallas’ quarterback in his own right, explained the refs were not to blame.

“It’s gonna be over, because the umpire has to touch the ball,” Romo said. “Of course, that’s ridiculous for a game to end like that, Jim. Wow, I am livid if I’m a Cowboy fan.”

In another clip, Romo made it clear that the person responsible for the mishap was Prescott himself.

“Dak Prescott should have looked and found the ref,” he said. “You can’t give it to your center.”

Even without this mistake, there is no guarantee the Cowboys would have had enough time to spike the ball. By rule, the umpire lines up 5 yards behind the play, meaning he had to run more than 20 yards down the field to try and touch the ball.

Prescott arguably made two mistakes in this sequence — running up the middle with no timeouts remaining and giving the ball to the wrong person. Notice that neither of those was the fault of the referees.

In his postgame news conference, the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback seemed to know he had mistakes, which is why he was so defensive when a reporter asked him about fans throwing plastic bottles on the field.

“You’re talking about a team, you’re talking about men that come out each and every day of their lives and give everything to this sport, give everything to this game of football,” Prescott said.

Is Prescott to blame in this situation?

“Nobody wants to succeed more than we want to succeed. I understand fans, and the word ‘fan,’ for fanatic. I get that. But to know everything that we put into this day in and day out … for people to react that way when you’re supposed to be a supporter and be with us through thick and thin, that’s tough.”

However, his tune changed immediately when a reporter explained the fans were throwing bottles because of their anger with the refs, not the players.

“Well s***, credit to them, then,” Prescott said.

WARNING: The following video contains vulgar language that some viewers may find offensive.



The Cowboys quarterback later doubled down on his support of the fans’ behavior.

“I mean yeah, if they weren’t at us and the fans felt the same way as us and that’s what they were doing it for, then yeah … I guess that’s why the refs got out of there so fast,” he said. “So I mean yeah, I think everybody’s upset with the way this thing played out.”

When Prescott thought the garbage was being thrown at him and his team, he said the behavior was unacceptable. Yet as soon as he learned the bottles were aimed at the refs, he suddenly wanted to give fans “credit” for throwing them.

Emotions are high in professional sports, especially in a winner-take-all playoff game like this one. Even so, there is no excuse for a player to encourage this sort of behavior.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Army Reveals New Weapon Intended to Become Standard-Issue Rifle in Combat Force

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The Army has revealed the weapon intended to replace the M4 carbine in front-line combat units.

The branch announced a 10-year, $20.4- million contract to Sig Sauer to produce two weapons it’s calling the next-generation squad weapons at the end of April, according to a U.S. Army Public Affairs press release.

The weapons are the XM5 rifle and the XM250 automatic rifle. The former is intended for individual soldiers, and the latter is intended as a replacement for squad automatic weapons like the M249 light machine gun.

The weapons are being supplied to combat arms across the branch, with the branch planning on eventual widespread distribution. If the weapon is adopted across the Army, it would be the most dramatic change to the branch’s standard weapon since the Vietnam War.

The M16 became the first assault rifle in US military use during that conflict, with the M4 carbine entering service as a shortened version of the rifle in the following decades.

The two weapons will fire a bigger bullet than their predecessors. Both are chambered for 6.8-millimeter rounds, rather than the 5.56 of the M4 and M429.

The new round is thought to be more lethal against a foe who is wearing body armor.

The military is gradually retooling for more conventional wars against state opponents, as opposed to the Global War on Terror against irregular Islamic terrorist forces.

The weapon has some visual similarities to the AR family of weapons used by both American civilians and service members, and some crucial differences.

The rifle has a charging handle like the AR-15, but its bolt catch is different.

“Both weapons provide significant capability improvements in accuracy, range and overall lethality,” said the Army’s statement in announcing the contract.

“They are lightweight, fire more lethal ammunition, mitigate recoil, provide improved barrel performance, and include integrated muzzle sound and flash reduction.”

The weapons are designed for use with the XM157 Fire Control system, a tool that will integrate a variable optic, a laser rangefinder and a ballistic calculator.

Widespread adoption of the XM5 rifle isn’t assured at this stage of its development, with the performance of the weapon likely to determine whether it becomes the Army’s standard-issue rifle.

Colonel Scott Madore, who oversaw testing of the XM5 against competing rifles, said that service members tested the weapon for 20,000 hours to gauge its utility.

There’s no indication that a civilian version of the XM5 is in commercial development, although it’s likely a semi-automatic version will end up in gun stores if the rifle proves effective and reliable.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The Army has revealed the weapon intended to replace the M4 carbine in front-line combat units. The branch announced a 10-year, $20.4- million contract to Sig Sauer to produce two weapons it’s calling the next-generation squad weapons at the end of April, according to a U.S. Army Public Affairs press release. The weapons are the XM5 rifle and the XM250 automatic rifle. The former is intended for individual soldiers, and the latter is intended as a replacement for squad automatic weapons like the M249 light machine gun. The weapons are being supplied to combat arms across the branch, with the branch planning on eventual widespread distribution. If the weapon is adopted across the Army, it would be the most dramatic change to the branch’s standard weapon since the Vietnam War. The M16 became the first assault rifle in US military use during that conflict, with the M4 carbine entering service as a shortened version of the rifle in the following decades. The two weapons will fire a bigger bullet than their predecessors. Both are chambered for 6.8-millimeter rounds, rather than the 5.56 of the M4 and M429. The new round is thought to be more lethal against a foe who is wearing body armor. The military is gradually retooling for more conventional wars against state opponents, as opposed to the Global War on Terror against irregular Islamic terrorist forces. The weapon has some visual similarities to the AR family of weapons used by both American civilians and service members, and some crucial differences. The rifle has a charging handle like the AR-15, but its bolt catch is different. “Both weapons provide significant capability improvements in accuracy, range and overall lethality,” said the Army’s statement in announcing the contract. “They are lightweight, fire more lethal ammunition, mitigate recoil, provide improved barrel…

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Op-Ed: I’m Furious the Black Community Is Being Used to Perpetrate an Attack Against Americans

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Something maniacal was unleashed in the wake of the leaked draft opinion detailing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

This frightening new obscenity is more insidious and deadly than Jim Crow ever was. I join many others who are furious that the black community is yet again being used to perpetrate a terroristic attack against the people of America.

It is the elites who are calling for women to take it to the streets — to protest the potential reversal of a decision that has had a genocidal and devastating impact on this nation. In particular, they desire the black community — those who have had their birthrate so gutted they are no longer having enough children to remain 12 percent of the population — to join them in the streets. That will not happen this time.

All across America, black women of childbearing age — those who have been targeted consistently by the abortion industry — have had proportionately the greatest number of abortions. In fact, black women of childbearing age are roughly 3 percent of the population and yet have 40 percent of all abortions. In some states, the numbers are so horrific they should take your breath away, with more abortions being performed than babies being born.

Georgia, where I am running for governor, is one of those states. In 2020, there were 31,248 abortions performed. Of that staggering number, 20,601 — 66 percent — were on black women. More abortions were performed in Georgia than ever before, making it a banner year for the abortion industry — even during a pandemic.

The very same year, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider whose Southeast regional office is in Atlanta, announced that it is a systemically racist, white supremacist organization that has caused “reproductive harm” to minority women. The reaction… crickets.

There was no marching, protests or outrage from black “social justice” leaders. There was no rioting, shouts of “Black Lives Matter” or demands to shut Planned Parenthood down. Not one black legislator elected to protect black interests marched in the streets or otherwise reacted to Planned Parenthood’s admission. Instead, they continued to accept money from the organization that has killed millions of their own. The silence was deafening.

The civil rights movement was never meant to be used as a tool to destroy the black family. Yet politicians have used the movement to create a false narrative that includes the “right” to take unborn lives.

Through Planned Parenthood’s Negro Project, launched in 1939 and continuing today, political operatives such as Stacey Abrams and Sen. Raphael Warnock are paid to promote birth control and abortion as lifesaving tools, especially for black women. They call it “reproductive justice” — but it is anything but just.

In response to the possibility that Roe could be no more, Abrams announced she is suspending her campaign fundraising in favor of raising money for the very organizations that have taken more black lives than any group, including the KKK. Since 1973, more than 20 million black babies have died in one of the abortion centers in or near black neighborhoods. This staggering number is more than America’s entire black population in 1960.

I am furious that Abrams and others dare to prostitute the black experience to sell abortions to black women. Not one of our ancestors fought, bled and died so that the black community could be exterminated in the name of civil rights, social justice or women’s health.

The diabolical plan launched by Abrams in support of the longstanding Negro Project has to be stopped dead in its tracks, along with all the other elite-driven plans of terror aimed at persuading the Supreme Court justices to change their votes. I am calling on all people of goodwill, all people who believe every life should be protected whether in the womb or out, to stand in unity against this latest plot intended to intimidate the court to make a political rather than a constitutional decision.

I am calling on the black community to no longer allow our lives to be prostituted for the sake of enriching a few. Our nation, our state and our community deserve the right to life.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Something maniacal was unleashed in the wake of the leaked draft opinion detailing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. This frightening new obscenity is more insidious and deadly than Jim Crow ever was. I join many others who are furious that the black community is yet again being used to perpetrate a terroristic attack against the people of America. It is the elites who are calling for women to take it to the streets — to protest the potential reversal of a decision that has had a genocidal and devastating impact on this nation. In particular, they desire the black community — those who have had their birthrate so gutted they are no longer having enough children to remain 12 percent of the population — to join them in the streets. That will not happen this time. All across America, black women of childbearing age — those who have been targeted consistently by the abortion industry — have had proportionately the greatest number of abortions. In fact, black women of childbearing age are roughly 3 percent of the population and yet have 40 percent of all abortions. In some states, the numbers are so horrific they should take your breath away, with more abortions being performed than babies being born. Georgia, where I am running for governor, is one of those states. In 2020, there were 31,248 abortions performed. Of that staggering number, 20,601 — 66 percent — were on black women. More abortions were performed in Georgia than ever before, making it a banner year for the abortion industry — even during a pandemic. The very same year, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider whose Southeast regional office is in Atlanta, announced that it is a systemically racist, white supremacist organization that has caused “reproductive…

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