New Bill Proposes Indianapolis Colts Refund Fans For Kneeling During National Anthem

 

If Indiana lawmaker Milo Smith has his way, the Indianapolis Colts will be forced to refund every single fan offended by players who kneeled during the Nation Anthem.

An Indiana lawmaker is filing legislation that would require the Indianapolis Colts to offer fans refunds if Colts players kneel during the national anthem at home games.

Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, said his bill would allow fans who feel disrespected by the kneeling to ask for a refund during the first quarter.

Smith and his daughter were attending the Colts’ September game against the Cleveland Browns when a group of Colts players decided to kneel along with about 200 other NFL players across the country.

He was offended but stayed at the game.

“I’m pretty patriotic, and it didn’t sit right with me,” said Smith.

“To me when they take a knee during the national anthem, it’s not respecting the national anthem or our country,” Smith added.

“Our government isn’t perfect, but it’s still the best country in the world and I think we need to be respectful of it.”

The team came under fire on October 8th when Vice-President Pence walked out of the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game after nearly two dozen 49ers kneeled during the National Anthem.

Pence had this to say after exiting Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience…While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. I stand with @POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”

SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit 

Done Differently in Hillary Clinton Email Probe

 

THIS IS DEFINITELY A “MUST SEE VIDEO…………Papa Mike

 

Rep. Trey Gowdy demanded House investigators receive access to key documents in connection with the salacious Trump-Russia dossier – including forms from FBI interviews – and called out irregularities in the Hillary Clinton email probe.

In a Fox News exclusive, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes went after the Department of Justice and the FBI for its “failure to fully produce” documents related to the dossier, saying “at this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves.”

Nunes demanded all records be provided by Jan. 3, emphasizing that subpoenas went out on Aug. 24.

Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Oversight Committee, stressed Thursday that an investigation is only as good as the access to documents and witnesses. He said lawmakers cannot interview FBI agents like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page without first getting the documents.

“This has taken longer than it should,” he said, adding that “almost everything” was done differently during the investigation into Clinton’s private server.

He conceded that the FBI had a “difficult year” since it had to investigate a candidate in the “throes of a presidential race” but he stressed the need for oversight and a full accounting of what occurred.

Gowdy questioned whether the decision was made not to prosecute Clinton months before it was announced by then-FBI Director James Comey.

“If you have made the decision not to charge someone in May of 2016 before you have interviewed two dozen witnesses, before you have interviewed the target of the investigation, then you’re going to have to explain how you reached that decision not to charge,” he said, adding that he believes the FBI and DOJ are “big enough to withstand those questions.”

SOURCE: FOX NEWS Insider

Apple’s Tim Cook Paid $102m This Year Including Bonuses Worth $98m

 

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, was paid $102m (£76m) this year after collecting a huge share bonus linked to the iPhone maker’s stock market performance.

Cook was paid a basic salary of $3.06m, a cash bonus of $9.3m (up from $5.4m last year), and collected share awards worth $89m taking his total 2017 payout to $102m, Apple disclosed in a regulatory filing.

The bonus of 560,000 shares paid out in September. Cook received half the award because Apple’s stock delivered shareholder returns in the top third of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index during the past three years. He got the other 280,000 shares for simply staying in the job.

The stock package awarded to Cook when he became chief executive in 2011 was originally valued at $376m, but is now worth much more because Apple shares have increased six-fold since he signed the deal.

As long as he remains the boss, Cook will receive 560,000 shares of stock annually until 2020. He will then get 1.26m shares in August 2021 as the final payment under his original contract.

Apple’s filing also revealed that it requires Cook to travel by private aircraft “for all business and personal travel” for security reasons. Cook’s use of the private jet for his holidays cost the company $93,000. The cost of his personal security detail was $224,000.

Cook collected an extra $104,000 in “vacation cash out”, and his basic $3m salary was increased to $3,057,692 “because 2017 was a 53-week fiscal year, the 2017 salary amounts reflect an extra week of pay”. That extra week’s pay is slightly more than the median US annual household income of $56,516, according to the US Census.

Cook’s top five lieutenants were paid about $24.2m each. Luca Maestri, chief financial officer; Angela Ahrendts, head of retail; Johny Srouji, head of hardware technology; Dan Riccio, head of hardware engineering; and Bruce Sewell, the outgoing general counsel, collected $20m in share awards, cash bonuses of $3.1m and basic pay of just over $1m.

The amount paid to Jony Ive, the company’s British chief design officer, was not included in the filing.

Apple’s shares have increased by more than 200% since Cook became chief executive in August 2011, shortly before founder and previous chief executive Steve Jobs died.

The shares peaked at $176.4 on 18 December but have since weakened slightly to $170.60 following reports of weaker than expected demand for its new $999 iPhone X.

 

Man Whose Son Was Killed by Illegal Immigrant: CA Gov’s Concern for Criminals Is ‘Outrageous’

 

A man whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant in California lambasted Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for his decision to pardon two men who were on the verge of being deported for committing crimes while in the U.S.

The pardons were given to two Northern California Cambodian men facing deportation under the Trump administration’s crackdown on criminal aliens.

One of the men was convicted in 2003 for felony joyriding and sentenced to a year in jail, while the second was convicted in 1995 on a felony weapons charge with a gang enhancement.

California has also butted heads with the Trump administration for its “sanctuary state” policies, signed into law by Brown in October.

Don Rosenberg, whose son Drew was killed in 2010 by an unlicensed illegal immigrant driver, said on “Fox & Friends” that Brown’s stance toward illegal immigrants is “terrible.”

“Well, for those in California who know about his folly with our bullet train, I wish he would get on that bullet train – first stop to hell – and he should get off and stay there. His concern for criminals, be they legal or not, is outrageous and has cost the lives of many Californians,” said Rosenberg.

He explained that the Honduran man who ran over his son, Roberto Galo, was eventually convicted on reduced charges of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

Rosenberg said federal authorities refused to deport Galo and after “about eight months, along with fighting a lot of hell, then we finally got him deported.”

“But he managed to stay in the country for another two years. Spent all of 43 days in jail for killing somebody,” said Rosenberg, whose son was attending law school in San Francisco when he was hit by Galo.

Rosenberg explained that in an attempt to flee the scene, Galo ran over Drew multiple times. Galo had entered the U.S. illegally in 1999 but received Temporary Protective Status, according to the Mercury News.

SOURCE: FOXNews Insider

Dirty Cop Comey is Sweating Bullets – Sends Late Night Tweet Following Rumors More Top FBI Agents Will Be Purged

 

Fired FBI Director James Comey is sweating bullets on the heels of a major shake up at the FBI. Rumors are also flying of another purge of top FBI brass involved in the Clinton email investigation.

It was been a rough week and a half for the FBI and Obama holdovers. Deep State FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is set to retire early next year after a barrage of attacks for his corruption.

McCabe’s retirement announcement comes on the heels of a major shake up at the FBI; Wray just removed Comey “confidant” and suspected leaker James Baker from his top post as general counsel.

Then President Trump blasted Andrew McCabe for his overt corruption and accused him of racing the clock to retire with full benefits with only 90 days to go.

The pressure is mounting for McCabe’s pension to be pulled and rumors are flying that more FBI agents are going to be purged soon.

According to reporter Sharyl Attkisson, the exodus may not be over just yet.

“8 high ranking DOJ/FBI officials have been removed, reassigned or are rumored to be leaving incl. top agents who worked on 2 high-profile probes: Clinton mishandling of classified info, and Trump-Russia collusion investigation,”Attkisson tweeted on Tuesday.

The reporter did not elaborate on the rumbling, but with all that has occurred, it would not be surprising to see more top FBI officials leave.

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) also told MSNBC there needs to be a purge at the FBI and DOJ.

Comey is obviously nervous. He sent out a late night tweet linking to a video of NBA player Lebron James saying he doesn’t lose sleep over games he loses. James goes on to say the most important thing is his family and losses are no big deal in the grand scheme of things.
Comey is probably losing sleep now after realizing that his Deep State operatives and ‘confidants’ are all being purged from the FBI.

Crooked cop Comey’s captioned the tweet, “For years in leadership talks I’ve used LeBron James as an example of the relentless pursuit of improvement. Now he offers another great example – in balance and perspective.”

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Amazon Is Planning A Push Into Digital Advertising In 2018, Challenging Google And Facebook

 

Amazon has been quietly experimenting with various advertising products across its portfolio and off its website, according to interviews with half a dozen ad buyers and technology partners. And it’s getting ready to make waves in 2018.

Most of the conversations are focusing on new ad opportunities on Amazon’s e-commerce search and video products, sources say.

The company is also looking to sell advertising beyond Amazon sites and products. For example, a source with knowledge about the situation says it is working with third-party mobile advertising companies such as Kargo to pair advertising on television and on mobile screens.

Ad industry sources also say Amazon is stepping up hiring for its advertising division, especially in the New York area. CFO Brian Olsavsky noted that the company was hiring more ad sales staff on its Q2 earnings call in July.

Amazon did not respond to requests for comment on its advertising business.

Why Amazon wants in

Digital advertising was a $209 billion business globally in 2017, according to media buying research firm Magna Global. And it’s only increasing: The company predicts the industry will grow 13 percent to $237 billion next year. The U.S. is currently the most lucrative market, where advertisers spent $40.1 billion on digital advertising during the first half of 2017 alone, according to digital ad industry group Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Although Amazon doesn’t break out revenues from its advertising business, eMarketer estimates Amazon was the fifth-largest digital advertiser in the U.S. in terms of revenue this year. Still, it makes up a little more than 2 percent of the market. It’s leagues below industry leaders Google and Facebook, which take home more than 70 percent combined, according to a recent estimate from analysts at Pivotal.

But advertisers have been searching for a third large competitor in order to lower prices and force Google and Facebook to be more open about sharing user data. Amazon could be a major player, if only based on the sheer volume of consumer insights it has thanks to its robust e-commerce business.

Two media buyers said Amazon showed some willingness to share more user data than Google and Facebook have traditionally — if the advertising budget was big enough.

As a result, advertisers are welcoming Amazon with open arms, with one media buyer saying some of its consumer packaged goods clients already spend more on Amazon search ads than Google.

Another media buyer said that while Google is still the search ad category leader, Amazon is gaining ground and budgets are quickly shifting in its direction.

“Driving conversion and sales or creating very immersive high-impact branded content is what drives a lot of digital advertising revenue,” said Aaron Shapiro, CEO of advertising agency Huge. “Amazon is a player in both those areas.”

 

SOURCE: CNBC

Senate Waited Until Christmas To Reveal How Many Harassment Settlements Were Paid Out

 

And we were never told about this stuff, nor did we ever approve it. And they all knew.

Via Daily Caller:

As the Christmas holiday weekend set in, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee released a report revealing the Senate has spent $1.5 million on workplace harassment settlements since 1998.

The data, provided by the Office of Compliance, a little known administrative body that has quietly settled dozens of complaints against congressional offices, provides little by way of details, beyond an itemized list of violations and the corresponding settlement.

GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, who chairs the Rules Committee, said further particulars cannot be made public, in order to respect the confidentiality afforded to victims.

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German Wonderland

 

Stunning isn’t even close. Considering the craftsmanship, electronic
circuitry, man hours and operating schedule this is mind boggling on
the scale of putting a man on the moon.

Watch this on a monitor rather than a cell phone. Quite amazing

Click on the “Wonderland” link below.

Remember the two brothers, in Germany , who had a wonderful model
railway that was something to see? This is an update of their German
Wonderland.

A short review, it was started by two brothers as a place to show
their hobby began to grow by leaps & bounds. Soon they were joined by
other ‘Model Railroad Clubs’ and other craftsmen. Some were
electricians, model makers, carpenters, computer programmers. Their
wives would stop by to see what they were doing and usually bring them
a lunch.

One thing led to another. Three of the ladies had worked at a bakery,
several visitors would ask if they had a snack bar. The idea was
planted; some of the carpenters came and built a nice restaurant area
for the bakery and a kitchen, too. If the fresh coffee smell didn’t
get you, then the bakery definitely would. Over 400,000 man hours were
spent making this dream come true.

This was about 5 years ago. One of the breweries came and furnished
all the tables and chairs, serving counter etc. Their latest finished
area is the airport. Planes look like they are flying and landing.