Nike continues to reap what it sowed with the choice of Colin Kaepernick for the 30th anniversary of their “Just Do It” campaign, as the mayor of a city in Louisiana has officially banned Nike in his town.
Guess the vast majority of Americans don’t like to see their country, their flag, and the brave souls in the military who defend our freedom treated like dirt by professional athletes and hailed as heroes by sportswear companies.
Who would’ve though?
In response to Nike endorsing the man who triggered the anthem protest by declaring in 2016 that he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Republican Mayor Ben Zahn of Kenner, Louisiana issued a new rule for the city’s recreational facilities: No more Nike.take our poll - story continues below
“Effective immediately all purchases made by any booster club operating at any Kenner Recreation Facility for wearing apparel, shoes, athletic equipment and/or any athletic product must be approved by the Director of Parks and Recreation, or his designee,” Kenner wrote in an official memo, the Times-Picayune reported Sunday. “Under no circumstances will any Nike product or any product with the Nike logo be purchased for use or delivery at any City of Kenner Recreation Facility.”
Donna Brazile, the former interim DNC chair and CNN analyst who allegedly leaked questions to Hillary Clinton, tweeted out the memo and said she was “disappointed” in her home town:
What’s on your Sunday menu?
Disappointed in my beloved City of Kenner. pic.twitter.com/Rc2uP5Wcyl
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) September 9, 2018
Yahoo Lifestyle notes that the mayor has gotten some criticism from some local officials, including the booster club president for one of the playgrounds and a city councilman, who said he’s “100% AGAINST the decision” and vowed to “meet with the Mayor and other Council members in an effort to rescind this directive.”
The response to Nike’s endorsement of Kaepernick has been as divided as the response to his unpopular protest movement. While Nike reports a 31% increase in sales over last year, polling data suggests the Kaepernick endorsement isn’t going over well at all. A Morning Consult poll last week found that Nike suffered a 34-point drop in favorability overall, with nearly every demographic souring on the brand. Here are the key takeaways from the poll:
Nike’s Favorability Drops by Double Digits: Before the announcement, Nike had a net +69 favorable impression among consumers, it has now declined 34 points to +35 favorable.
No Boost Among Key Demos: Among younger generations, Nike users, African Americans, and other key demographics, Nike’s favorability declined rather than improved.
Purchasing Consideration Also Down: Before the announcement, 49 percent of Americans said they were absolutely certain or very likely to buy Nike products. That figure is down to 39 percent now.
The Effect on the NFL Seems Small, For Now: Forty percent of consumers said Nike’s campaign does not make them more or less likely to watch/attend NFL games — 21 percent said more likely and 26 percent said less likely (14 percent didn’t know).
No one has a problem with Kaepernick standing up for something he’s passionate about, that he believes is an issue that needs to be addressed. That’s the beautiful thing about living in a free country. We can voice our grievances and draw attention to serious topics that are being ignored.
The problem is the way he has chosen to express himself. And on top of that, the way Nike has turned him into some sort of martyr, as if he’s sacrificed a whole lot for his cause.
The man played a professional sport where he made millions of dollars, and lost that privilege after making himself such a controversial political figure. That’s totally on him. Contrast that with military members who have shed blood, lost limbs, or given their lives. It makes the whole thing look really absurd.
Kaepernick is not a hero or a martyr. He’s just a disrespectful, second rate quarterback who is itching to make his living off the back of a political cause rather than making himself actually useful.
Source: Daily Wire
DC Mayor Now Bribing Children to Get Vaccine with Gift Cards, AirPods
The Biden Administration is coming to a startling realization in recent weeks, as the number of folks who aren’t vaccinated approaches the number of folks who won’t be vaccinated. As it stands today, about half to the nation is inoculated, with the other half largely unwilling to go down that road. In order to reach herd immunity, experts suggest that as many as 70% of us will need to have COVID antibodies – a fact that has prompted a number of municipalities to work up programs to entice Americans to get the jab. In DC, they are now targeting children with these incentives. Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday the city will offer cash and goodies to children from August 7 as gifts for those who receive their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine. Bowser previewed the August reward program saying, “All DC youth can claim their free COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] vaccine” at three locations in D.C., adding the “youth can receive a $51 VISA gift card.” Additional prizes will see, “The first 400 youth to get vaccinated at each site will have the option to forgo their gift card and instead receive a pair of AirPods.” And the parents are being targeted as well. She revealed other enticements, saying “parents/guardians will also get one $51 VISA gift card,” adding the gift cards are “per child vaccinated,” which could be lucrative for families with multiple children. The announcement comes on the heels of a similar bribe by NYC officials who offered $100 to anyone willing to get the jab.
Delta Info Leaked: CDC Says It’s More Transmissible Than Smallpox
That can’t be good.
We are now in month 17 of our “2-week lockdown”. You remember? The one that was meant to “flatten the curve” two St. Patrick’s Days ago. So, nearly a year-and-a-half later, we are now dealing with something called the “delta” variant, and a return to the masks and restrictions that marred society during the early days of the pandemic. The CDC’s guidance on the matter changed abruptly this week, drawing a great deal of criticism from Americans the nation over. Now, a leaked document appears to show why the organization changed their tune. The Delta variant is much more contagious, more likely to break through protections afforded by the vaccines and may cause more severe disease than all other known versions of the virus, according to an internal presentation circulated within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the agency, acknowledged on Tuesday that vaccinated people with so-called breakthrough infections of the Delta variant carry just as much virus in the nose and throat as unvaccinated people, and may spread it just as readily, if less often. And, when compared to other infamous outbreaks, “delta” holds its own. The Delta variant is moretransmissible than the viruses that cause MERS, SARS, Ebola, the common cold, the seasonal flu and smallpox, and it is as contagious as chickenpox, according to the document, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times. The immediate next step for the agency is to “acknowledge the war has changed,” the document said. Its contents were first reported by The Washington Post on Thursday evening. The news comes just a children the nation over are preparing to head back to the classroom, and with cooler, drier weather just around the corner to drive some of us back indoors.
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