Fandango’s Friday Flashback — May 22

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

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This was originally published on May 22, 2018. Do you remember the big brouhaha when San Francisco Giants’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem at an NFL game to protest inequitable treatment of backs by police? Oh, for the good old days when something like this what the biggest news of the day.

Changing the Rules

E6885681-5EB7-47E9-9BC4-964FD657D828NFL owners met in Atlanta to discuss how to handle the national anthem protests going forward. The owners are reportedly contemplating hitting teams with a 15-yard penalty if any of their players or coaches kneel during the playing of the anthem.

It is also considering allowing the home team to decide whether players and coaches come out for the national anthem or stay in the locker room. But if the team decides to have players and coaches come on the field for the opening ceremonies, and a coach or player decides to kneel, the team would be penalized 15 yards. This penalty would be assessed against the team in violation of this new rule on the first play of the game.

If the NFL owners ultimately decide to change the rules and to impose such a 15-yard penalty for players (and/or coaches) who kneel during the anthem, I will never go to or watch on TV another NFL game until such a rule, if enacted, is rescinded.

No Wonder

60F00C78-DD72-4A79-930D-2E638D965902It’s no wonder that the people associated with Donald Trump are defying congressional subpoenas. I mean why not? They apparently are facing no penalties and no negative consequences for refusing to comply with those subpoenas.

But former Trump cronies, from Paul Manafort to Michael Flynn to Michael Cohen, are either in jail or will be going to jail for testifying before Congress. While those who are refusing to respond to subpoenas are walking around scot-free. They are being rewarded for not appearing.

It appears that Congress, the Legislative Branch of our federal government, which is supposed to be a co-equal branch of government (along with the Judicial Branch) and which is supposed to have oversight responsibility over the Executive Branch, is a toothless tiger. What can Congress do when the president, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department, and everyone else in the Trump administration chooses to ignore Congress? Write sternly-worded letters? Ooh!

Oh wait. I almost forgot that Donald Trump, Jr. has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Junior apparently got to dictate the terms of his appearance before the Republican controlled committee. He set the time limit to no more than two to four hours and is willing to address a limited number of questions focusing on just five or six specific topics.

That’s like a defendant in a murder trial agreeing to testify only if his appearance is limited to a few hours max and the prosecution cannot ask him any questions about the murder. Besides, Junior takes after his father and will just lie and lie. And why not? No consequences.

It’s time for Congress to impeach the bastard.

Changing The Rules

E6885681-5EB7-47E9-9BC4-964FD657D828NFL owners met in Atlanta to discuss how to handle the national anthem protests going forward. The owners are reportedly contemplating hitting teams with a 15-yard penalty if any of their players or coaches kneel during the playing of the anthem.

It is also considering allowing the home team to decide whether players and coaches come out for the national anthem or stay in the locker room. But if the team decides to have players and coaches come on the field for the opening ceremonies, and a coach or player decides to kneel, the team would be penalized 15 yards. This penalty would be assessed against the team in violation of this new rule on the first play of the game.

If the NFL owners ultimately decide to change the rules and to impose such a 15-yard penalty for players (and/or coaches) who kneel during the anthem, I will never go to or watch on TV another NFL game until such a rule, if enacted, is rescinded.