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Updated: 2018-02-19T08:35:01.204-08:00

 



Don Surber's New Book is Another Home Run

2018-02-13T15:12:41.375-08:00

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Don Surber's two previous books on Trump's ascendancy explored the 2016 election and exactly why the pundits got it so wrong.

Both of these bestsellers were written in a delightful, cutting edge fashion that had me either laughing out loud or saying to myself, 'boy I forgot all about that .'

This book is no different. It's a superbly written account by a journalist with over 40 years experience  of exactly how and why most of the press became swamp creatures as they printed deliberate falsehoods and forsook all semblance of journalistic ethics once Donald J. Trump became president, to their shock and dismay. His  attention to detail and his style in conveying it would have pleasantly surprised me if I wasn't familiar with his other works.

As with Don Surber's other books, it's a great read and one you will have trouble putting down. I believe that in the future when people look back at these times, Don Surber will be one of the chroniclers they'll be reading.

Highly recommended. Like his other books, Available at Amazon in Kindle or paperback.



Forum: What Do You Think Of the New Budget Deal?

2018-02-12T15:43:20.906-08:00

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: What Do You Think Of the New Budget Deal?Rob Miller:I've never been a fan of debt unless it's tax deductible.But as we all know sometimes, it's a necessary gamble and government has its own rules, after all. Sometimes, you really do have to spend money to make money, and other times there are simply necessary expenses you have to finance.I think this deal was necessary for a couple of reasons. And I think President Trump as a businessman is well aware of this.First, it gets rid of Barack Hussein Obama's sequester nonsense and allows for badly needed defense spending. Most Americans have no clue as to how badly Barack Hussein Obama and his minions damaged our military.American military policy since the beginning of the 20th century has been to have the naval strength to project our power globally and to have the ability to fight a two front war if necessary. The more candid members of our military admit we no longer have this capacity. Not only is our Navy way behind in the ships it needs, but a number of our weapons, including our nuclear arsenal are outdated and in need of upgrades and modernization. And since Mrs. Clinton and President Obama gave the Russians free access to a number  of our top secret missile defense assets like Hit-To-Kill as part of the so-called reset, that needs major upgrading too.This all takes money to fix.This period also saw our military reduced  to a 'social justice' and 'diversity' experiment, with a number of experienced NCOs, enlisted men and officers who wanted to make the military their career being tossed out and in many cases replaced by new recruits who were far less capable but belonged to groups more likely to vote Democrat. And a number of our top combat commanders like Stan McCrystal and then Marine General Mattis saw themselves forced into 'retirement' and passed over for promotion. President Obama's war on religion in the military and insistence that chaplains officiate at same sex marriage not only saw many chaplains resign their commissions but had a definite effect on re-enlistments. Rebuilding our military from a personnel standpoint will also take money and commitment.Second, America's infrastructure very badly needs repairs. That also takes money and is a national security issue as well as an economic one.Finally, this is a political victory. It is a two year funding bill, and it was done without the concessions for the illegal migrants known as 'Dreamers' the Democrats formerly demanded. They signed onto this bill for nothing more than a promise of a debate in congress. And they did it understanding that the promise means nothing.. President trump will not sign any bill that doesn't end chain migration, end the ridiculous 'diversity visas' hire more border patrolmen and pay for the border wall, and the Democrats will never concede these points. In other words, they have, for all practical purposes cut the Dreamers adrift except for some nasty, meaningless rhetoric that can be used as CNN soundbites for the True Believers.And don't think that the Dreamers and their vociferous supporters don't know they've been shafted. That could have some interesting implications in the midterms when it comes to Democrat turnout.Another point worth mentioning is that much of what President Donaldus Maximus wants to spend the deficit spending on is going to lead to a great deal of economic activity, all of which can be taxed, not to mention real job creation which will also brings lots of money into the economy. I wouldn't be surprised one bit if the taxable revenue created pretty much disposes or even exceeds the amount of deficit spending required. I actually like Senator Rand Paul a lot and I think his late night showmanship in congress was actually necessary to remind his colleagues that they're spending other people's money and that fiscal competence is d[...]






Forum: What Did You Think Of Trump's State Of The Union Speech?

2018-02-06T13:42:05.159-08:00

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: What Did You Think Of Trump's State Of The Union Speech? Don Surber: President Trump changed the presentation of the annual State of the Union by incorporating the stories of amazing people. His speech was an excellent example of see-not-say writing, which is the most persuasive form of the art.If you want to convince Americans that your tax policies are working, show the company that rebounded -- and the welder who got a bonus and whose paycheck is bigger.If you want to convince Americans that DACA has a down side, show the parents of MS-13 murder victims.If you want to convince Americans that your Korean policy works, show the man who lost a leg and an arm escaping tyranny.They were not just guests in the audience called out by Ed Sullivan, something presidents from Kennedy to Obama did.They were real people who helped sell the policy. He didn't interrupt his speech to point them out. He pointed them out to tell his speech. In school you had Show-and-Tell not Tell-and-Tell.Trump specializes in changing the game. He took large donors out of the equation in his presidential nomination. While his 16 rivals spentthe summer of 2015 raising money, he spent the summer holding rallies and hogging the spotlight. The very next summer, the same thing happened. Hillary holed up in August. Trump continued to rally. She spent twice as much and did worse than any Democrat since Dukakis.You don't need me to tell you his speech was a home run. Congress did, when it chanted USA! USA! USA! It sent the detestible Congressman Luis Guitteriez running from the gallery to his safe space: Univision.Trump had rhetorical flourishes. Sure. "Americans are dreamers too!" was an excellent co-opting of the other guy's message, reminiscent of Reagan telling the 1988 RNC (which nominated his successor) "We are the change."But Trump did Reagan one better.We are in the midst of the best 8 years of our lives.Patrick O'Hannigan:I only caught the last 25 or so minutes of the SOTU. I remember thinking that what turned out to be an 80-minute speech was perhaps 30 minutes too long, but that was a reflexive reaction based on youthful training in speech and debate. What I was able to watch was memorably good. I was particularly taken with the way President Trump singled out North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho for praise. I also noticed that while the president's diction is average at best, his public speaking style sounds more natural and less condescending than his immediate predecessor's. Trump was making a case -- and looking (however ironically) for virtue worth celebrating -- in the same situation where Obama always seemed to be lecturing a class or pointing to failure. On top of that, President Trump's optimism seems contagious. It contrasted well with the pleading tone of the main Democratic response. Rob Miller : Donald Trump's first State Of The Union Address was a triumph. Not just because it was a great speech that showcased our president's achievements, his goals for the future and his willingness to work together for the good of the country...but because the disgraceful disrespect of the Democrats in attendance showed America who really has the good of the country at heart and who is content to swim in the sewer of hyper partisanship, obstruction and yes, sheer hatred.CBS, of all people published a post speech poll which had 75% of the Americans who watched the speech; heartily approving of it. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Noh2Tl0dI6c" width="640">The Democrats in attendance were barely civil. When Trump mentioned how happy he was of the lowest black unemployment rate ever recorded, those Democrat members of the Black Congressional Caucus who bothered to attend sat there stone faced.I particularl[...]



How Israel Handled Its Illegal Migrants Problem

2018-01-30T19:49:59.749-08:00

 One of the frequent talking points about illegal migrants, especially in Europe is that it's 'inevitable and we have to accept it.'Israel is a first world, prosperous nation in the midst of a number of countries who are anything but that.It had a similar problem with illegal migrants. Here's how they solved it.It should be mentioned that aside from being a haven for Jews, Israel has been relatively generous to real non-Jewish refugees*, considering how small the country is. In the 1970's, Israel took in a number of Vietnamese boat people fleeing communist gulags and they're still there. They also took in a number of Muslim Bosnian refugees, some who stayed and some who returned after the war ended. Israel is also the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population is actually growing. Israel is also home to the headquarters of the Baha'i faith, who were horribly persecuted in Iran once the ayatollahs took over in 1979.That said, let's move on and see how the problem developed and how Israel solved it.Almost all of the illegal migrants were Muslims who came from Sudan, Eritrea and other countries in the region. As in Europe, they came to enjoy Israel's welfare benefits but showed few signs of ever assimilating. They mostly came through Israel's back door, its border with Egypt and Gaza.At first, the Israeli government didn't devote much attention, which meant that the numbers began to increase. Many of the migrants gravitated to South Tel Aviv, where they terrorized the local inhabitants and became a major factor in the area's increase in crime, especially thefts, sexual assaults, murders and muggings.The Israeli government finally took action and built a fence across the part of its Egyptian border not covered by the border wall with Gaza. That cut the number of illegal migrants to zero. But before the fence was finished, The number of illegal migrants reached about 50,000, and were still a problem to be dealt with since their behavior hadn't changed.These illegal migrants, by the way were referred to as 'infiltrators' by many Israelis in and out of government since they had penetrated the borders illegally in a very security conscious country. No one to my knowledge, not even the Israeli Left referred to them as 'immigrants'. The Left preferred to call them 'refugees' in an attempt to equate them with the other refugees Israel had given a home to, both Jews and non-Jews. However, the Left is not exactly ascendant in Israel these days.Originally, the government put together a detention center to try and evaluate actual refugees from criminals and welfare scroungers. Israel's Supreme Court originally ruled against that, which meant that a different solution was called for. What the Israelis finally did was simply to identify refugees who had real claims for asylum because they came from a war zone and give them a different status than the others. The ones from Eritrea and Sudan are mostly bring returned immediately to their home countries, which takes care of the majority of the illegal migrants. Any of the others who put in a legal request for asylum by Dec. 31, 2017, and whose request has not yet been processed, especially if they came with children won't be deported until a decision on their status is reached. A total of 14,700 asylum requests were submitted in 2017,over half of them from Ukrainians.The other illegal migrants are being given a choice. They can leave voluntarily before March 31st, receive free air fare and the equivalent of $3,500 USD. A couple of African countries have offered to take them in (which probably required some additional baksheesh from the Israeli government). Or they can refuse to leave and be detained in Holot Detention center until they're deported.The Israelis will probably allow most of the 14,700 asylum seekers to stay if they have a legitimate claim, especially if they came with children. Israel can easily absorb them, and they will become another part of[...]



Forum: Will The Memo Be Released? Why Or Why Not?

2018-01-30T14:40:58.136-08:00

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: Will The Memo Be Released? Why Or Why Not?Bookworm Room : Scott Adams suggests that the memo's strength lies in its existence, not in its contents. That means that the Republicans are running on con on the Democrats by hyperventilating about the memo's contents to draw the Democrats out into the open by forcing them to defend themselves and their institutions, which should stop them from attacking Trump.For once, I think Adams is too clever by half. The FBI's known conduct over the past two years has been so heinous -- engaging in a deliberately improper investigation into Hillary's conduct; using the Steele memo, which the Fibbies knew was unsupported, to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Trump's campaign; engaging in a KGB/stasi-style raid on Manafort; forcing pleas from people who committed no wrongdoing other than being foolish enough to talk to the FBI; refusing to produce documents for Congress; etc. -- there's every reason to believe that its unknown conduct is even worse.I'm therefore betting that there is in fact something explosive in that memo, although I don't know whether it's going to blow up the FBI, Holder's and Lynch's DOJ, or the Obama White House itself. Trump, though, is nothing if not a showman. He understands the wonders of giving his opponents enough rope to hang themselves before pulling the trap-door lever on the gallows. That is, he's not going to allow premature lever-pulling. He probably wants to go a few more rounds before springing that fatal door. As Sean Hannity says, "tick-tock."Now that we're in 2018, I wake up every day asking myself "what marvelous thing will Trump accomplish today?". In 2017, Trump followed Scott Adams' predicted path, going from Hitler, to incompetent, to "competent but we don't like him." But what we now know he did as well was to start laying traps for his opponents. That's why 2018 is so great: he's unfettered his competency and is springing those traps left and right. If my understanding of Trump's trajectory is correct, there's no reason to believe that the memo will be as ephemeral as Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate was. As you recall, Obama effectively used the idea of a birth certificate to bait those who opposed him. When push came to shove, though, he didn't actually release a birth certificate. Instead, he released a PDF that was manifestly created from scratch on a computer. In other words, he didn't produce red meat. He produced tofu disguised as red meat and amused himself watching his opponents lash themselves into a frenzy fighting over those fake crumbs.(For the record, I believe Obama was Hawaiian born. I also think the fake PDF was just more clever baiting, intended to make his political opponents look irrational. What I think was really happening is that Obama falsely claimed to be a Kenyan national in order to leverage himself into colleges that, from 1978 onward, could no longer practice open affirmative action because they were hamstrung by the Supreme Court's Bakke decision. Obama, an abysmal student, was counting on affirmative action. When that failed, he got creative.)For now, I'm stocking up on popcorn. Whether the memo gets released or not (although I think it will), I know that Trump the showman is going to give me a spectacle I can enjoy.Don Surber: Well, who am I to argue with Bookie?Devin Nunes appears to have the goods on the FBI thanks to an honest inspector general. But Nunes has to get the public to care about this issue. It is tricky. The memo is a trick. And Bookie's explanation of the Kenya deal is excellent. By the way, even if he were born in Nairobi, Obama would qualify as an American native. He never had to be naturalized, and that is the test. Heck, his 2008 opponent was born in Panama!Trump likely is[...]



(Video) What British Muslims Really Think

2018-01-27T23:21:18.265-08:00

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This video on what British Muslims think is especially interesting. First, because it involves a survey that was conducted by Trevor Phillips, the former chair of the British government's Equality and Human Rights Commission, someone who was actually part of the bureaucracy involved in bringing so many Muslim migrants to Britain. Second, because it involved an extensive study by a well known and renowned survey company with a much larger than average sampling using techniques that were especially designed for accuracy rather than speed or cost effectiveness.

Mr. Phillips, to his credit, appears to analyze the results in a non-biased way, openly admits his surprise at the results and acknowledges what they mean. Well worth a watch, as this applies to more countries than just the UK:

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On the other hand, (spoiler alert) I disagree with his conclusion that more forced integration of Muslims into non-Muslim British society in the entire solution.

Most British Muslims, according to the results of very study he uses would never agree to it. A significant number would never consent to giving up their sharia courts, or be capable of changing their innate beliefs on the treatment of women, Jews, homosexuals or infidels in general. Instead, they would insist on British society changing so that their beliefs and practices would be the new norm. Anything else they would loudly scream is 'racism.'

Given the craven way the the British government has comported itself thus far when it comes to appeasing Islam domestically, Mr. Phillip's suggestion would simply mean exactly that, a major change in British society to accommodate Islam, sharia and everything that involves.

This is, after all, a country where the police spend their time 'cautioning' (Britspeak for the police threatening fines and arrests) people who merely express their opinions on certain subjects like the problems involved with the Muslim migrants instead of tracking down British Muslims who are home now from fighting for ISIS, conducting surveillance on certain suspicious jihadi mosques or cracking down on 'Asian' sex grooming gangs targeting young, often underage British girls. And in England,that can mean girls younger than 15.






WoW! Forum: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Fictional Characters?

2018-01-23T12:55:27.099-08:00

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Fictional Characters?Fausta Rodriguez Wertz : So many fictional characters to like!In literature: Jane Austen's Emma, "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her."Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, the original. When other kids were reading Nancy Drew, I was reading Sherlock.Amor Towel's Count Alexander Rostov of A Gentleman in Moscow. A man to love.Guy de Maupassant's George Duroy of Bel Ami, spiritual ancestor to Mad Men's Don Draper and Bonfire of the Vanities' Peter Fallow.On film:The entire cast of Casablanca. Every character stands out.Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Leave out the action scenes and you find a human being.On TV:Emma Peel of The Avengers as interpreted by Diana Rigg. She took care of Mr Steed in great style. I want to be Emma Peel when I grow up.Rob Miller : OK, here we go...the short list...Bart Simpson, Alice Kramdon, Chaplin's Tramp, Odysseus, Vulcan sex kitten T'pau as played by Jolene Blaylock, Rufus T. Firefly (Duck Soup), Bugs Bunny, Yojimbo (in the Kurosawa film of the same name), Edwina and Patsy from Ab Fab, Sherlock Holmes, Guy Hamilton and Jill Bryant (Aussie journo and his love object  in The Year of Living Dangerously), James Bond (the book one, not the movies), Larry Darrell in 'The Razor's Edge' (book version) Jay Gatsby (ditto, the book), Ian Rankin's detective John Rebus, Suzy Wong (both the book and the film) The Man With No Name, Col. Jock Sinclair (Tunes Of Glory), Chio Chio San from Madama Butterfly, Lucy Warriner in The Awful Truth.Dave Schuler : I couldn't name any one favorite and I'm afraid my favorites are pretty lowbrow. Here are a few of my favoritesNikos Kazantzakis's ZorbaRobert Van Gulik's Judge DeeRex Stout's Nero WolfeSeabury Quinn's Jules de GrandinRobert E. Howard's Steve Costigan (from his novela Skullface)H. Rider Haggard's Allan QuatermainThat should puzzle just about anyone.Patrick O'Hannigan : Among my favorite fictional characters, these stand out:* Frodo, Sam, and Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," all of whom are steadfast in different ways.* Éowyn, "Shieldmaiden of Rohan" in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of "The Return of the King," because she steals every scene she's in.* Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as mother-and-daughter con artists in the 2001 movie "Heartbreakers," because they both act like they're in on the joke (which, of course, they are)* Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles-based private detective, who manages to be rough and cynical while remaining honorable.* Don Quixote de la Mancha, because Cervantes made him more memorable than delusional.* The entire cast of the "Princess Bride" movie (1987)* The late, great John Candy as Dell Griffith, shower curtain ring salesman, in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles"Well, there it is! Make sure to drop by every Monday for the WoW! Magazine Forum. And enjoy WoW! Magazine 24-7 with some of the best stuff written in the 'net. Take from me, you won't want to miss it.http://s7.addthis.com/static/btn/v2/lg-bookmark-en.gif[...]






Forum:How Would You Deal With The DACA Issue?

2018-01-15T14:17:09.884-08:00

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: How Would You Deal With The DACA Issue?Patrick O'Hannigan: I don't know what a viable legislative solution to the DACA puzzle would or should like, but I do think that the Trump administration could apply appropriate political pressure on Congresscritters through a sustained public education campaign that involved more than occasional press briefings by Sarah Sanders. We could all stand being reminded that words mean things, and that "Deferred Action" does not mean "kicking the can down the road for another generation." Trump is already under fire for pointing out that "temporary visas" should be just that -- temporary. His people lose no credibility if they add another defense of the English language to the political lexicon. which has the incidental benefit of forcing at least a few politicians on both sides of the aisle to confront their own hypocrisy.A public education campaign should also make the point that DACA is NOT rooted in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, but in an executive order advanced by then-president Barack Obama. Anything created by executive order can also be undone by executive order. By forcing Congress to deal with the issue, President Trump is actually showing some restraint. The media loves to portray him as impulsive or impetuous. I think the only arena where that holds true is in his Twitter account. In fact, "No Drama Obama" was more impulsive than the executive with the orange mane whom we have in the White House now. Bookworm Room:Well, you'd have to start by getting rid of every activist judge in America -- such as the one who recently held that Obama had the right to issue an illegal executive order regarding immigration, but that Trump has no right to undo that order. He takes is place in a long and dishonorable line-up of judges who ignore the Constitution and duly passed law to achieve Progressive goals. Nothing will happen with DACA as long as we have judges like that.I'm weird in that I believe in enforcing the law as written. If you don't like the law, you change the law; you don't have the Deep State, the Chamber of Commerce, and RINOs bypass the law entirely, while castigating the law abiding as racist, bigoted haters.So, my solution: Start deporting everyone who is here illegally. Yes, there are a lot. Eventually, though, we won't have to deport all of them. People will figure out that the government is actually serious about its laws. At that point, those who are here illegally, rather than being rushed out on someone else's timetable, will move elsewhere in an orderly manner -- or apply for political asylum if they need it. Also, I'd strip all government monies from illegals. Every last dime.Yes, this is cold and cruel, but at a certain point, you either decide to cut out the cancer or accept that it's going to kill you. We cannot and should not be responsible for every disastrous country in the world. They and their citizens must take responsibility for themselves. Nowhere in the Constitution is America mandated to take in millions of illiterate, often medieval, people. In the 19th century, when a pre-technological world needed bodies, immigration policies were one way; in the 21st century, well, they need to be another way.And no, I don't want to hear "what about the children"? Children are always the pawns of adults' poor decisions. If I'm going to care about the children, I'm going to care about children whose are legal Americans: Children who live in Democrat-run ghettos, children whose parents are in prison, children who are trapped in public schools because Progressives, buoyed at voting booths by illegals, [...]






Dennis Prager Asks...Is There An Afterlife?

2018-01-11T17:01:58.652-08:00

Dennis Prager is an author,lecturer and long time popular talk show host based in Los Angeles. One thing I enjoy particularly about him is his ability to go beyond the usual political themes and focus on what I call ultimate issues both onhis show and in his books and lectures. This video, part of his Prager University series asks "Is there an Afterlife?" Definitely worth the five minutes...and please feel free to comment on this one.


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My own views on the subject? I certainly think there’s an afterlife, although I think the portrait of it painted by certain denominations is more of a selling point than reality. The afterlife as far as I can say is either something we can’t perceive of, or is different depending on our development in this world. It might also be true that we get the afterlife we believe we will, and as with many things, it might not be anywhere near as pleasant as we imagine!

There’s an old Jewish joke about a Rabbi and a vicious criminal in the afterlife. “Can you imagine this?” said the criminal? “No booze, no sex, boring with nothing to do and the food sucks,not even a decent steak to be had! It’s driving me crazy! You like it here?”

“Why yes,” said the Rabbi. “Milk and honey, the music of the angels praising the Holy One, the chance to study the Holy books and reflect on the most important issues of the soul? Wonderful!”

“I never thought heaven would be like this,” said the thug. “You and I lived such different lives.Why are both of us here in the same place anyway? I can’t figure it out”

“Oh, I can,” said the Rabbi. “You see, I am in heaven. You sir, are in hell.”

Selah.



Forum: What Are Your Predictions For 2018?

2018-01-09T11:56:26.552-08:00

 Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question:What Are Your Predictions For 2018?David Schuler: I've given up doing predictions at the end of each year. I had an annual prediction post for the better part of a decade and my track record was pretty good- about 85% correct IIRC. However, nowadays despite my greater engagement with the outside world (or maybe because of it), I find making meaningful predictions very difficult indeed. I mean, very few predicted Trump's first defeating the Republican and then the Democratic Parties.Here's a near term prediction for you: the mullahs in Iran won't be driven from power by street demonstrations. That would take a real shootin' revolution and that does not seem to be materializing.Here's an example of why I don't make predictions any more: at this time next year Chicago and Illinois will be in worse fiscal shape than they are today. That's hardly a prediction more a foregone conclusion.Instead I'll wish us all the best, happiest, and healthiest of New Years.Don Surber: My predictions for 2018 are modest after 2017, which as we know was the best year in American history.This year will be better because Trump will be president for all 365 days, not just the last 345 that followed his inauguration.Clip and save:1. The Dow closes above 30,000.2. Unification talks between the Koreas yield some fruits. The best thing for everyone would be Kim Jong Un reaching an exile deal with China, which now sees North Korea more as a hindrance than a buffer zone.3. DACA is resolved. Democrats either end chain migration and get DACA in part, or Trump goes ahead and ends DACA.4. The wall is half finished before anyone notices. 5. Iran's mullahs hang on but Hezbollah is dead. Hamas too. Palestinians seek peace. Bibi tells them to pound salt. He becomes the most popular man in Gaza.6. England botches the Brexit, pisses off Trump, and basically becomes France without the cuisine or vineyards.7. Investors leave Londonistan because of security concerns. 8. Republicans figure out a way to hang onto the House and gain the first filibuster-proof Republican Senate.9. Fears of inflation are offset by the increased take-home pay and bonuses following the tax cut will ease pressure to raise pay.10. Finally -- and I may be going out on a limb here -- but the Cleveland Browns will win a game. This will end my NFL boycott.Rob Miller : Ah, 2018! Lessee...I personally see 2018 as something of a watershed year in history. 2017, to borrow from Sir Winston, was not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning. 2018 will see whether the process continues and which way it goes.Politics? 2018 in America will of course be dominated by the midterms. The Angry Left has two primary objectives. The first one is to elect as many far Left congressmen as they can while holding on to what they have. They still fantasize about impeaching President Trump.   The second will be to introduce both the talking points and the players jockeying for 2020.I would be surprised to see them take either house of Congress, but recent events suggest the Senate won't be a walkover for either party. The Democrats have a lot of seats in Trump Country to defend, and they will certainly lose some of those. But OTOH, two seats the GOP would likely have won could very well slip out of their hands. Josh Mandel quit his campaign in Ohio today due to his wife's illness, so Sherrod Brown could win re-election. And the influx of traditionally Democrat voting Puerto Ricans into central Florida could very well doom Rick Scott's senate bid[...]









Please Pray To Bring Rain To Israel

2017-12-28T09:54:59.091-08:00

The Rabbinate in Israel has called for a day of prayer and fasting to beseech the Almighty, blessed be He to send rain to Israel. Only 40% of the normal rainfall has come so far.Today is the tenth of the Hebrew Month Tevet, which is normally a fast day to mourn the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians and the destruction of the First Temple.I am fasting today, as are many others. Please pray today for rain for Israel, and please broadcast this message as best you can. Below is the prayer, in English. The Hebrew version can be found here:“Af-Bri is designated as the name of the angel of rain; to thicken and to form clouds, to empty them and to cause rain.Water with which to crown the valley’s vegetation may it not be withheld because of our unredeemed debt.In the merit of the faithful Patriarchs protect the ones who pray for rain.(Chazzan (if praying with a minyan) bends his knees at Blessed’; bows at ‘You; straightens up at ‘HASHEM)Blessed are You, HASHEM, Shield of Abraham. (Cong. – Amen.)You are eternally mighty, my Lord, the Resuscitator of the dead are You; abundantly able to save.May He obligate [the Angel Af-Bri] to give us portions of the segregated rain (3), to soften the wasteland’s face when it is dry as rock.With water You symbolized Your might in Scripture, to soothe with its drops those in whom was blown a soul, to keep alive the ones who recall the strengths of the rain.”“Our God and the God of our forefathers:Remember the Patriarch [Abraham], who was drawn behind You like water. You blessed him like a tree replanted alongside streams of water. You shielded him, You rescued him from fire and from water. You tested him when he sowed upon all waters.Cong.- For his sake, do not hold water back!Remember the one [Isaac] born with the tidings of, ‘Let some water be brought. ‘ You told his father to slaughter him – to spill his blood like, water. He too was scrupulous to pour his heart like water. He dug and discovered wells of water.Cong.- For the sake of his righteousness, grant abundant water!Remember the one [Jacob] who carried his staffand crossed the Jordan’s water.He dedicated his heart and rolled a stoneoff the mouth of a well of water,as when he was wrestled by an angel composed of fire and water.Therefore You pledged to remain with him through fire and water.Cong. – For his sake, do not hold water back!Remember the one [Moses] drawn forth in a bulrush basket from the water. They said, ‘He drew water and provided the sheep with water.’ At the time Your treasured people thirsted for water, he struck the rock and out came water.Cong.- For the sake of his righteousness, grant abundant water!Remember the appointee [Aaron] over the Temple, who made five immersions in the water. He went to cleanse his hands through sanctification with water. He called out and sprinkled [blood bringing] purity as with water. He remained apart from a people of waterlike impetuosity.Cong. – For his sake, do not hold water back!Remember the twelve tribes You causedto cross through the split waters,for whom You sweetened the water’s bitter taste.Their offspring whose blood was spilt for You like water.Turn to us – for woes engulf our souls like water.Cong. – For the sake of their righteousness, grant abundant water!Chazzan:For You are HASHEM, our God,Who makes the wind blow and makes the rain descend.Cong. then chazzan – For blessing and not for curse. (Cong. – Amen.)Cong. then chazzan- For life and not for death.(Cong. – Amen.)Cong. then chazzan – For plenty and not for scarcity. (Cong. – Amen.)The last time this happened was in 2010 when Israel was in [...]



Forum: An Essay On Christmas From A Non Christian

2017-12-25T19:56:46.229-08:00

Since most of the WoW! community and staff are busy celebrating, I thought I'd fill in the gap with my own feelings on Christmas.They may be of interest, since I'm not as Christian and don't celebrate it in the usual sense. I don't mind at all admitting that I really like Christmas.Not for the usual reasons, probably. I don't celebrate it. There's no religious context for me, although I certainly find the faith that others express moving. The thought of slogging through a mall any time of year let alone Christmas sees me gritting my teeth and think 'hmmm, flight,or fight?'My main thought about the lights and decorations, honestly, is that they're kinda pretty but I'm very glad I don't have to put them up, although I confess to being moved by nativity scenes here and there and some of the wonderful art that this holiday has inspired over the years. I can't imagine anyone with an ounce of musical taste listening to Handel's Messiah or some of the carols or secular songs in the right setting and not being moved. Christmas trees? I'd rather see one live out in the forest myself, but that's me.Yet the irony is that all of these things contribute to what I most like about Christmas..they are sort of psychic triggers for the spirit that seems to permeate so many people during this time. At least, unless you consciously choose to close yourself off from it.I revel in it.People are easier, nicer to one another. They give of themselves. They smile more, and treat each other with more courtesy, generosity of spirit and decency.. The cop who ordinarily might ticket you for going 35 in a 30 mile zone to meet his monthly quota will say 'Heck, it's Christmas. Just be more careful, OK?' People go out of their way to do favors for you or help you out in ways they ordinarily wouldn't because it's, you know, Christmas.I suppose, in a way, what people are trying to do is to imitate how they view the behavior of Jesus Christ to the extent they can. That's a beautiful thing. And being a Jew, I have to admit that I'm far more comfortable with non-Jews who embrace that spirit as opposed to those who don't.For the record,I have no problem with wishing people a Merry Christmas or having them do the same to me. The polite and decent response as far as I'm concerned is either 'Thanks, and Merry Christmas to you,' or rarely "I don't celebrate it but thank you so much.' Only a sour faced, perpetually raging lefty would respond in any other way. What other sort of person would urinate on someone wishing them well? Yech! Zey kenen lebn in drek, as my father of blessed memory (Z"L)  used to say.And of course, where they live is of their own making, N'est pah?As the editor of WoW! Magazine, I have the privilege and good fortune to work with a number of very wonderful people. They're the ones who keep the site going, who write the articles that entertain and inform and who have been so important to our continuing success in what amounts to our first year(14 months, actually) in operation. But it is you, our readers who have played the biggest part in that, and to say the least, I'm very grateful for your support and continued patronage of WoW! Magazine. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018, Everyone! And here a few stocking stuffers: Ah, Christmas...a time for warmth and family, as the Dropkick Murphys remind us: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qTx-sdR6Yzk" width="500">No worries Ken..we know you're just funnin'...But also, on more serous note, a time for faith: And of course, there's always the office Christmas party... allow="encrypted-m[...]



Nikki Haley And What Today's UN Vote Really Meant

2017-12-26T20:07:25.739-08:00

 In response to agitation by the Palestinian Authority over President Trump's decision to recognize Israel's capitol and move the U.S. embassy there,the UN Security Council (UNSC) hurriedly put together a resolution criticizing it. The entire process was little more than bad Kabuki theater, since the U.S. said openly it would use its veto as one of the five permanent members. The other 14 members all voted for it.A look at who these members are is illuminating:PERMANENT MEMBERSBritain, France, The U.S.A, China, The Russian FederationNON PERMANENT MEMBERSBolivia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Sweden, Ukraine, and Uruguay.Some of these countries are actively hostile towards Israel, especially but not exclusivelythe Muslim majority nations. Others have large groups of restive Muslims they need to appease, others have important trade relationships with the Muslim world and some have a combination of all three.U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley correctly diagnosed this as an insult to the U.S., who hosts the UN on its soil and funds a disproportionate part of the organization's budget. Here's what she had to say:“The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy. What we have witnessed here is an insult. It won’t be forgotten. It is one more example of the UN doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli Palestinian conflict."Well, true enough. Israel at the UN remains the Jew among nations..despised, discriminated against for the most part and singled out as the chief evil in the world community. For instance, non-permanent members of the UNSC serve rotating terms. One nation that will never get a chance to serve on the UNSC is Israel, and that's deliberate because many countries in the region Israel was lumped in with don't even recognize its existence let alone go along with allowing Israel to serve.What happened next is that Iran and Yemen advanced a resolution in the UN General Assembly, which allows no veto and where every member gets a vote. This one passed 128-9, with 33 abstentions and a pretty fair share of no-shows, as the chart below shows.Again, there are certain patterns. For instance, you'll notice that all of the Western EU members with large numbers of violent restive Muslims they imported to their countries voted for this resolution,like the UK,France, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. So did EU countries historically biased against Israel like Ireland and Norway. Most of the EU countries in Eastern Europe voted against it, abstained or simply didn't show up for the vote.Most majority Muslim countries voted for it, as did most countries with a substantial Muslim population. But Turkmenistan did not. Neither did Kenya, which enjoys a very good relationship with Israel in terms of trade and security cooperation. India, which likewise has a great relationship with Israel voted for it, largely because of commercial interests and their large Muslim population.So what does all this mean? Here's what today's UN vote really meant.Absolutely nothing.The same is true of the UNSC vote earlier.Like all the other UN diktats involving Israel, this one is worth about as much as used toilet paper. Only Security Council resolutions with a Series 7 category mean anything or have any legal standing at all, and all the ones Israel has supposedly 'ignored' are Series 5 at best.Fun fact...the UN, of course only abides by what it wants to, even when it comes to Series 7 resolutions that supposedly have consequences for violations.In 2006, Israel had overcome a poor start in its[...]



(Video) Douglas Murray On 'The Strage Death Of Europe'

2017-12-20T14:33:23.441-08:00

 British author and lecturer Douglas Murray has a recent bestseller out called "The Strange death of Europe. Here he is talking about the book and the ideas it presents at David Horowitz's Restoration Weekend. A transcript is below. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="359" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/244488305" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640">Douglas Murray: I'm only going to speak for about 15 minutes because I wanted as much time as possible for Q&A, because I sense that there hasn't been much, so far, and because I'm always very excited about hearing other people's views and questions. But let me start by making a few remarks. The first, by the way, is that I'll talk a little about my recent book. It's always rather difficult to understand another country, let alone another continent, or another culture. There are things you have in common. There are things which seem bizarre, when you look at them from outside, and there are things that look recognizable. There are things that rhyme. There are an enormous number of similarities between where I'm from and where most of you are from, and an enormous number of differences too. I've been in the states a week, spoken at a campus, and was on the West Coast at the beginning of the week, and I had one of those disassociation moments in San Francisco, when I had been in my second day in the city, and I just noticed that absolutely everywhere, there seemed to be posters advertising delivery services for marijuana. And I thought this is interesting because if there's one thing it seems to me that San Francisco doesn't need it's easier access to marijuana. More of it, just so that people who smoke it don't even have to go down the street. But there are lots of similarities between our societies as well, and one of the, I suppose, most gratifying things since the "Strange Death of Europe" came out in June here in the U.S. is the number of people who have come over to me and written to me from America, from Canada, from Australia, and said this book is about us isn't it? And, perhaps I could stop by just saying a little about what it is about, and you'll get some of the resonances. The "Strange Death of Europe" centers on the 2015 migration crisis, which you all remember was the moment when Angela Merkel massively exacerbated an already existing problem by announcing, unilaterally, that the external and internal borders of Europe were basically dissolved. In a single act, the mass movement of people that had been going on for decades sped up exponentially, so that Germany in a single year took in an additional 2 percent of its population. Sweden took in an additional almost 3 percent of its population. This is all part of a pattern. I say that has been going on for many decades. And, just like those previous decades, what happened after the 2015 crisis was that politicians and the media found excuses to justify something that would have happened anyway. So, for instance, German citizens and others were told that this mass migration, millions of people into Europe, was there would be a net economic gain for their society, that it would enrich their society. Now, actually, all of the studies that I have gone over on this show that, at best, most such migration cannot be called to be any kind of economic gain. A study in Britain showed that over a 15 year period, migrants took out 95 billion more in services than they put in taxation. And, of course they would. If you go to another country, you don't spea[...]



Forum: Trump And Jerusalem: Strategic Mistake Or Smart Move?

2017-12-18T17:07:14.555-08:00

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: Trump And Jerusalem: Strategic Mistake Or Smart Move? Bookworm Room : It's not a smart move. It's a brilliant move. Let me count the ways:1. It truly acknowledges Israel's sovereignty because a sovereign nation gets to choose its own capital.2. It aligns American policy with longstanding American law.3. It tells the Palestinians that their decades' long, bloody, post-Oslo Accords temper tantrum is over.4. It tells the Muslim world that its decades' long post-Oslo Accords temper tantrum is over.5. It changes the accepted, and consistently failed, paradigm of pretending that Palestinians have a say in Israel's self-governance.6. It exposes how America's fracking and Iran's Obama-powered ascendance have dramatically affected power and alliances in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is no longer floating on a sea of oil wealth and it's terrified of Iran, so the modernizing Prince Salman improves women's rights, tries to teach men how to work . . . and starts working with Israel. More and more Sunni nations will soon do the same. Those nations' leaders always knew that Israel was a scapegoat to distract an ignorant, inbred people from their own governments' failures and brutality. Now, with a real boogeyman on the horizon in the form of Iran, it's time for them to get real and know who their actual friends are. This will involve retraining their subjects, but ignorant masses can be moved.And as a bonus, the plan exposes the State Department for the antisemitic sinkhole it really is. Tillerson cannot fire enough of those people fast enough.Rob Miller:  I discussed what happened and why here, and the the back story is definitely of some interest.The compact car version is that Abbas thought he was still dealing with Barack Hussein Obama and acted out, doing what had always worked before...obstruction, violence and outre' demands It didn't work at all with President Donald John Trump. And he reacted to Abbas's four major provocations with, shall we say, a message that the old schtick isn't going to work anymore.It also didn't work either with most of the Arab countries, some of whom served up some tasty rhetoric but really don't consider 'Palestine' or Abbas a priority and haven't for some time. Iran looms much bigger in their consciousness, and  a rapport with Trump and with Israel is far more vital to them just now.Abbas's song and dance did work with EU leaders like  Merkel, Macron and the UK's Theresa May who are petrified of their own domestic Muslim population. They might be better advised to worry about regaining control of their own cities from these foreign invaders rather than sticking their noses into Israel's affairs.And at any rate, Abbas's attempts to get the EU and/or the UN to take over the moribund peace process and exclude the U.S. are beyond stupid, although they're what you might expect from a Soviet trained 82-year-old kleptocrat dictator.  Israel is not going to accept diktats from the EU or the UN, and furthermore Trump is not going to lean on Israel the way Bush, Clinton and Obama did. The U.S. is getting pretty tired of 'Palestine' too, and it is the U.S. that provides $948 million of the $1.2 billion of the budget of the largest and best funded UN agency, UNRWA, the one devoted exclusively to the Arabs called 'Palestinians.'  And with the b[...]



#MeToo Helps The Media Clear Dead Wood

2017-12-17T15:11:13.506-08:00

By Don Surber Ah, now I get it. The story about NBC settling a sexual harassment suit involving Chris Matthews broke for a reason.72 of them.The 72 are not the number of virgins awaiting a Muslim suicide-bomber in heaven.The 72 are the number of birthdays that Matthews has celebrated.In dragging out in public a case quietly settled 18 years ago, Comcast now has a reason to cashier him. How convenient.Matthews may soon join a list of over-55 television presenters bounced like a Bernie Madoff check this year.Bill O'Reilly, 68, gone.Charlie Rose, 75, gone.Matt Lauer, 59, gone.In all four cases, their employers knew about the sexual harassment for years and looked the other way. In the case of Matthews and O'Reilly, their employers paid to settle sexual harassment lawsuits.I am not condoning the sexual harassment. In all four cases, they should hit the road, Jack.But sexual harassment is just the excuse to can them.Age is the reason management wants them gone. What a drag it is getting old.These were stars that were fading. The "Today" show ratings are up after Lauer left, and the show is back to being No. 1 in the morning.Three of these men -- Lauer, O'Reilly and Rose -- were the biggest rainmakers for their networks drawing the top ratings. And boys and girls, just like morning newspapers supplanted the afternoon ones, morning TV shows rake in more money than the evening news.By firing them for sexual harassment, management at CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, and NBC can virtue signal -- even though the networks aided and abetted this sexual harassment for years.I love it when a good media hypocrisy comes together.Just for the record, I would have canned them, but when they did it, not years later when it became convenient."#MeToo helps the media clear dead wood"? Hmm, maybe my headline could have been worded differently.Nyah.If he is fired Matthews will be 39th on the list of those who feuded with President Trump -- and lost.Lindsey Vonn is still pending as a possibility if she does not make it to the Olympics next year.The Updated List:1. Casey Affleck.February 2017: "Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech."November 2017: "Thousands Sign Petition To Keep Casey Affleck From Presenting At Oscars."2. Alec Baldwin.2016: "Alec Baldwin totally nailed Trump on the 'SNL' premiere."2017: "Alec Baldwin Admits He's 'Bullied Women,' Calls for a Change in Hollywood."3. LaVar Ball.November 2017: "LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From China."December 2017: "LaVar Ball sends his sons to play in LITHUANIA after pulling them both out of school in the United States after UCLA-Trump row."4. Hillary Clinton:2016: "Clinton has 90 percent chance of winning."2017: "Hillary, I love you. But please go away."5. George Clooney.2016: "Clooney's Vow: Trump Will Not Be President; See Trump's Response."2017: "Clooney's 'Suburbicon' tanks, 'Saw' sequel No. 1 with $16.3M."6. John Conyers.2016: "Rep. John Conyers: Donald Trump Is the Next Richard Nixon."2017: "Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations."7. David Corn.2016: "MSNBC’s David Corn destroys Ann Coulter for defending Trump’s decision not to release tax returns."2017: "David Corn investigated for inappropriate workplace behavior."8. Bill Cosby.2011: "During an appearance on the 'Today Show,' Bill Cosby slammed Donald Trump's political aspirations, telling him to 'run or shut up'."2017: "Bill Cosby trying to take out $3[...]






Trump And Jerusalem - The Story Behind The Story

2017-12-07T12:19:22.680-08:00

President Trump announced today that the United States is now formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capitol, and that the U.S. would be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. here's what he had to say. allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/K-XE2pvc_7o" width="540">The U.S. congress passed a law 22 years ago to move the embassy to Israel's capitol, but including abi-annual waiver the president could sign if he felt national security conditions warranted a postponement. President Trump signed the first waiver in June, when he was still very involved in other matters and was still working on the outline of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. The deadline for the signing of a new waiver was December 4th. President Trump not signing it and his subsequent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capitol and the movement of the American embassy not just a nod to reality but a sign of a new realism in the Middle East and perhaps, even a possible solution.The responses to the president's relatively even handed speech are hideously revealing.The most interesting ones came from U.S. European allies. And they deserve some examination.'I'm intending to speak to President Trump about this matter. Our position has not changed, it has been a long standing one and it is also a very clear one. It is that the status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement.'  British Prime Minister Theresa May Why yes, Madame Prime Minister, Britain's position on Israel  is indeed long standing and clear. Let's recall a few things, shall we?It was Britain who added to the death toll of the Holocaust substantially by disregarding their responsibilities under the League of Nations Mandate and closing Palestine to all Jewish migration in 1939. It trapped many Jews in Europe who were desperate for refuge and whose lives would have been saved...while unlimited Arab migration to Palestine was allowed. It was the British who prior to WWII actually sent desperate Jewish men, women and children they caught trying to enter Palestine back to the countries they had escaped from, including Nazi Germany. It was the British who attempted to strangle Israel at birth by arming and training the Arab armies attacking them, even though they knew the Arabs were openly promising a second Holocaust.And it was British officers who led Jordan's Arab legion and oversaw the ethnic cleansing of every Jew in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem, the burning of 28 historic synagogues and the use of the Kotel as a garbage dump and latrine. That, by the way is Jerusalem was divided in the first place and got most of its Arab population…with the eager assistance of Britain.You've already turned your own capitol  over to the Muslims to the point where whole areas aren't safe for non-Muslims, and whose own Muslim mayor recently said that London would 'just have to get used to terrorist attacks' like the London Bridge massacre.  If the British people are stupid enough to vote for  politicians like you intent on turning their country into a place where women and children aren't protected, where jihadist mosques flourish, where the once renowned London cabs have become largely unsafe for non-Muslim women and where Britain's heritage and culture of freedom is becoming replaced by something far more sinister,  well, I supp[...]



Epic Fail: The NFL Owners Try Bribing The Protesting Players

2017-12-07T03:54:37.243-08:00

 Faced with what amounts to a revolt from the protesting players on the one hand and the fans outraged at what they see as blatant disrespect for flag and country, the NFL owners decided to pursue several compromises, all of which failed...so now, they've resorted to what amounts to race based bribery.As ESPN reported, the owners sat down with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who represent something called 'the Coalition,' a group that is supposed to be representing the protesting black players. And the owners made them an offer. If the players act nice and stop sitting, taking the knee and raising fists in the air when our national anthem is played, The owners are willing to give them a pile of cash.The bribe consists of $89 million in donations over seven years to the Coalition and other national organizations, according to ESPN, and franchises would also contribute to local charities. You can only imagine what some of those consist of. Twenty-five percent of the portion of the money for national initiatives would go to the United Negro College Fund, 25 percent to Dream Corps and 50 percent, almost $45 million to the Coalition itself. Which has already filed papers to qualify as a tax exempt non-proft. That means they can invest that money for profit tax free as long as a small portion of it can be shown to be used for charitable donations. Just ask the Clintons how lucrative that can end up being!The players have learned  well from the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson on other 'activist' race pimps. And as you see from who's getting the money, you'll see exactly what I mean by raced based bribery.  And as far as I've been able to find out, there aren't any white or Latino players in the Coalition either.The ironic thing about it is that even if the Coalition accepts this and the owners shell the cash out, it isn't going to have any effect whatsoever.For one thing, a number of the players the Coalition supposedly represents are now saying the Coalition doesn't represent them at all, and that they're not bound by any deal. Among them are 49ers safety Eric Reid (one of the first players to jump on Colin Laepernick's wagon and take the knee with him) and Dolphins safety Michael Thomas, who announced via Twitter that the Coalition doesn't represent them. And they're by no means alone. The black players are apparently having disagreements between various faction over whether to go for more money and exactly how the booty is to be divided.Not only that, but if the main reason for the bribe is stopping the protests to get the fans back to the games, buying NFL merchandise and watching the games on TV,  that isn't going to happen even if the protests stop. There are literally thousands of former NFL fans who have tuned out forever, and won't be back. Not only were they disgusted by the protests themselves, but by the cowardly PC pandering of Roger Goodell and the other owners to the protests. The NFL owners could have stopped this last years had they simply abided by their own rules as stated in the NFL Games Operation Manual. Instead, they decided to try an appease the black protesting players. That tactic never works in situations like this. The perpetrators always ask for more, more, more.The NFL might be able to limp along, but it will never be the major sporting franchise it once was. Those days are[...]