No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Is Roger Goodell For Real??

Sources: Committee to talk Roger Goodell contract; last commish proposal included $49.5M salary, private jet

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The NFL’s Compensation Committee will hold a conference call Monday to discuss and further push ahead the proposed extension for commissioner Roger Goodell, sources confirmed to ESPN.

The conference call, first reported Saturday by The New York Times, comes after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones voiced his displeasure about the contract extension that the committee has been discussing. The call also gives the committee a chance to do what it believes is right.

The committee will address Goodell’s salary and compensation package. The last written counterproposal from Goodell, which was around the first of August, was seeking about $49.5 million per year, as well as the lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Joe Lockhart, the executive vice president of communications, denied that Goodell had submitted such a written counterproposal. He also said there have been several meetings or conference calls among the compensation committee before Monday’s scheduled meeting.

The source who originally provided the information on Goodell’s “only written counterproposal” of $50 million with the perks is standing firm on the matter. The source only clarified that Goodell’s monetary proposal was for $49.5 million.

Goodell currently makes around $30 million per year.

One NFL owner told ESPN that there are “several owners in this league who don’t make $40 million a year.” The owner was referring to the salaries that owners take, which does not include the increase in valuations that each NFL franchise has undergone.

“That number for Roger just seems too much,” the owner said. “It’s offensive. It’s unseemly.”

One NFL executive told ESPN that the committee should pass a rule that prohibits Goodell from making more than the league’s highest-paid player.

An attorney for Jones has said that owners are being misled about the Goodell negotiations, according to a letter obtained by ESPN that was sent late Wednesday to the league’s counsel and shared with team owners and executives. Jones has threatened to file a lawsuit if Goodell’s extension is completed without final review or approval from the league’s 32 teams.

Brad Karp, the league’s outside counsel retained for this matter, said in response that Jones was uninformed or deliberately misleading other owners, a source told ESPN.

There also are those in the league who believe the only way Goodell would not stay on as commissioner would be if he walked away. But according to sources who know Goodell, this will not happen.

“Roger is defiant,” one NFL owner told ESPN this weekend. “He’s not going to resign; he’s not going to take a pay cut. He can stand to show some humility, but he won’t listen to staff.”

Those around Goodell do not believe he will leave the job, despite the protestations of a handful of owners.

“I don’t sense that at all from him,” one source who is regularly around Goodell told ESPN. “He has said he’s committed to it. He feels there are important issues he has to deal with.”

Yet there are issues that other owners aside from Jones are aware of, and they are wrestling now with how to best handle it.

“The problem is, no one is talking about games anymore,” one owner told ESPN this weekend. “It’s about concussions, Jones vs. Goodell, [Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension], the anthem. No one is talking about football. It’s just killing the game.”

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No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. DONNA BRAZILE HAMMERING THE CLINTON’S.

How the ex-DNC chair ruined Clinton’s chance

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Who’s afraid of the Clintons? Not Donna Brazile.

The explosive book by the former head of the Democratic National Committee is rocking the political world with its tales of Hillary Clinton’s brazen corruption and tawdry deceits. To add extra punch to her insider’s account, Brazile is telling interviewers that Clinton’s 2016 campaign was “sterile” and a “cult,” and mocking it as sexless and joyless.

She even writes that she considered trying to replace Clinton as the nominee over health concerns after the candidate collapsed at the 9/11 anniversary ceremony, a fact that demolishes the myth that suspicions about Clinton’s condition were the sole province of conservative partisans.

To say the Clinton camp is furious at what they regard as betrayal doesn’t do justice to their outrage. They are attacking Brazile personally, accusing her of telling outright lies just to sell books.

Which is mighty rich when you consider the history of the Clintons.

Still, you can’t blame their distress because the stakes are huge. If it sticks, Brazile’s searing indictment of Hillary’s persona, ethics and political skills could prove fatal to her hopes for a 2020 comeback.

In fact, I believe that is the ultimate point of the book: to clear the Democratic decks for desperately needed new leadership and messages.

It’s easier said than done because Clinton’s comeback plan is not as crazy as it sounds. Until a new challenger comes along to knock her off the party pedestal, she remains the default Democrat.

She cements her position by playing the role of entitled victim and winner of the 2016 popular vote. In her own book and interviews, she spies a vast conspiracy against her, from Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump to James Comey to misogynists and racists and deplorables everywhere.

Even Barack Obama, whose Justice Department saw no evil when it came to Clinton’s reprehensible self-dealing involving Bill Clinton’s speaking fees and donations to the Clinton Foundation, is nonetheless a target of ­Hillary’s ire.

Yet Clinton is also looking forward, having started a new slush fund that could easily become a campaign super PAC. It’s called Onward Together, and she cited it in a volley of tweets where she claimed credit for the Democrats’ wins in the New Jersey and ­Virginia governor’s races.

“Last night was a great reminder of what’s possible when we come together and fight for what we believe in,” she tweeted Wednesday. “So I wanted to take a few minutes to celebrate the extraordinary successes of a few groups I — and Onward Together — proudly fight alongside.”

Like it or not, that’s her story and she’s sticking to it until a challenger appears with a better one.

Which is why Brazile’s account is so devastating. Beyond laying bare how Clinton secretly took control of the DNC to ward off Bernie Sanders’ challenge and other foul plays, Brazile’s book is at heart a cry for somebody different in 2020.As such, Brazile, a well-liked party veteran, has dared to stand up to the Clinton machine and tell Bill and Hillary their time has passed.

In theory, that shouldn’t be so hard. Obama is younger and more popular than both Clintons, and he’s made no secret of his plan to stay involved in organizing Dems for upcoming elections.

But Obama’s standing is not without its own drawbacks. The nationwide losses the party suffered under his tenure were directly owing to his leftward lurch, with his focus on the very rich and very poor. He talked about the middle and working classes, but his policies mostly worked against them.

That mistake opened the door for Trump, whose appeal to long-ignored blue-collar voters and beleaguered families was the key ingredient in his Electoral College triumph.

For now, and especially after last week’s results, leading Dems believe they have a winning approach. They aim to motivate their base by endless bashing of Trump and assume the president will help them by continuing to split the GOP, which makes it nearly impossible for Congress to pass major legislation. They will also continue to play the Russia, Russia, Russia card.

In the short term, that might be sufficient. But 2020 is a long way off and the party is not likely to recapture the White House without an appealing messenger and a forward-looking message of economic growth.

Which is why Brazile is right about the need for somebody new. In terms of both message and messenger, Clinton is a proven loser.

Living in the shadow of shooters

The unsettled nature of our times is reflected in a Wall Street Journal story that finds churches, libraries and schools joining businesses in teaching people what to do if an active shooter is in the building.

“It’s going to keep happening,” a 77-year-old retired doctor told the Journal about why he attended a survival class. “We have to be prepared because you go to church, it’s not safe. You go shopping, it’s not safe. Just walking around the park, it’s not safe.”

Statistically, he’s wrong. But after a series of sensational mass murders, no one can argue with the very real and understandable fear he’s expressing.

Buried in a Democratic landslide

Hey, did you hear — New York City had an election? Sadly, only one team showed up to play.

Mayor Putz easily won four more years, but as an indication of how Republicans are outgunned, he got “only” 66 percent of the vote — by far the smallest winning margin among top races.

Democrat Scott Stringer got 77 percent in winning a second term as comptroller and partymate Tish James got 74 percent in being re-elected as public advocate.The lopsided pattern held among borough presidents, too. The four Democrats seeking a second term won with at least 78 percent, with Ruben Diaz Jr. in the Bronx getting the most, at 88 percent.

The lone Republican borough president, James Oddo, won with 75 percent on Staten Island.

The City Council is overwhelmingly controlled by Dems, and most incumbents won in landslides, with about a dozen getting 90 percent or more.

The only council incumbent among 34 running who faces possible defeat is Queens Democrat Elizabeth Crowley. She has not yet conceded in a squeaky-tight race to another registered Democrat, Bob Holden, who ran on the GOP line.

With the party that holds virtually all power being the same party that believes government can solve all life’s problems, New Yorkers are on Easy Street. Presumably, all their needs and wants will be provided as promised in a ditty about the magic of free stuff:

Don’t tax me, don’t tax thee,
Tax that fellow behind the tree.

Headline:Indonesia selfie museum stirs outrage with Nazi display

The Times of Israel says the museum is “advertised as ‘fun’ for teens, who can take pictures posing with Hitler and a backdrop of the Auschwitz death camp.”

No doubt it’s a barrel of laughs.

No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Donald J. Trumps New Approval Rating.

Presidential Tracking Poll

In a language that everyone can understand, the plain speaking of Donald J. Trump, it is not difficult to realize that his ratings are getting better. With unemployment down, people are starting to buy into his programs and his ideas. His non PC talk is starting to even resonate among  some millennials. Many see Trump as another Reagan, loves his Country and loves his people.
Whereas Obama failed miserably connecting to most Americans, Trump is seen as being identified with most. Robert M. Massimi believes Trump will be at 55% by summer.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 30% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. (see trends)

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The government jobs report for October showed the hurricane-hit U.S. economy rebounding strongly, with the unemployment rate down now to 4.1%, the lowest level since 2000. We’ll tell you at 10:30 how Americans view the job market these days.

Economic confidence remains high. The latest Rasmussen Reports Consumer Spending Update shows that Americans are ready to spend for the holidays.

Interestingly, however, while all these indicators have been rising since Trump’s election, voters are evenly divided over whether the economic boom is due to the new president or his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Find out tomorrow if voters think there will be an economic payoff from Trump’s visit to China.

The Air Force has acknowledged that it failed to alert law enforcement authorities about the violent behavior of the man who massacred 26 people in a Texas church. Such notification would have limited his ability to get firearms. Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters think the United States needs stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws.

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Alcohol-induced deaths on college campuses are back in the news, and many Americans continue to question whether schools are doing enough to prevent them.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) approve of keeping the legal drinking age at 21. Twenty-four percent (24%) favor lowering it to 18, the age of most incoming college freshmen.

See “What They Told Us” in surveys last week.

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Some readers wonder how we come up with our job approval ratings for the president since they often don’t show as dramatic a change as some other pollsters do. It depends on how you ask the question and whom you ask.

To get a sense of longer-term job approval trends for the president, Rasmussen Reports compiles our tracking data on a full month-by-month basis.

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Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. To reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from a demographically diverse panel. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 1,500 Likely Voters is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Results are also compiled on a full-week basis and crosstabs for full-week results are available for Platinum Members.

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No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. The NFL, Is This The End?

With severe concussions that sometimes leads to erratic behavior, Robert M. Massimi believes that the NFL could be in future trouble. With the latest Aaron Hernandez discovery, The NFL is reeling over reports on head trauma.  It is now permeating down to the little league levels where fewer kids are playing due to reports on head injuries. With fewer kids playing, what will this mean for the NFL down the road, not to mention the lawsuits they are losing to past players who say they were irreparably damaged?

Me personally, I believe that is what they signed up for. In a lot of cases it took many of them out of the ghetto and put a lot of money in there pockets and also the fame that goes along with it.

Robert Massimi.

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No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Shadowlands Review, C.S. Lewis.

“Shadowlands” at the Acorn Theater is a play about C.S. Lewis’s life in Oxford England around the 1950’s. Lewis, a tremendous intellect is frequently surrounded by his brother,(Major Warnie Lewis, played by John Vennema), and four other friends. Lewis , (Daniel Gerroll) is content on his Fellowship and his writings and nothing else. He is a lifelong bachelor and likes it that way. This all changes when a fan of his, a pen pal shows up at Oxford with her son, Douglas,( Jack Mc Carthy). Her name is Joy Davidman, (Robin Abramson), she is an Atheist, a former Jew, Christian and Communist.  Rough around the edges, this New Yorker is an accomplished poet who won a poetry writing contest with Robert Frost. She has an edge to her, upon meeting Lewis and his brother and friends, they are taken aback by her gruff ways. Lewis agrees to meet again for tea at his house, then invites her and her son to Christmas dinner, much to the chagrin of Warnie. Lewis is becoming smitten with Joy, and asks her to marry him so that she may stay in England, as her husband is having an affair and wants a divorce which she is more then willing to comply with. He is a violent drunk and has hit Douglas at times. the first act ends with her grabbing her leg and passing out in pain.

The second act finds Joy in the hospital, she has bone cancer and it is terminal, she can die any day. Through some miracle, she gets better and Lewis decides that they are truly in love and should have a real wedding ceremony with a Preacher at there side. She leaves the hospital and go to Greece for a honeymoon, where everything seems to be perfect. Joy has gotten C.S. out of his shadow, he begins to let go of his safety net.

Upon arriving home, Joy takes a turn for the worst. It is inevitable that she is going to die. C.S. and Joy banter about dying and what it must be like. Lewis, it turns out is more scared then she is about her imminent death, he has put his life out there, started to open up, to live and he is about to lose his best friend.

After Joy’s death, we see a courageous Lewis, one who takes control of Douglas, who stands up to his fellow colleagues about Joy and his love for her. They all realize that C.S. has changed and that he is stronger, wiser in the ways of love  and life.

What I liked most about this play is the opening act starts with Lewis talking about life and God. He does the same at the opening of Act two and again at the end of the play. I found these monologues to be both poignant and deep.

What I liked least about the play is that I thought Gerroll, C. S. Lewis, was weak. He was tentative in his delivery, stuttered on some lines and would often be out of place on the stage.

Robert M. Massimi recommends this play.

Robert Massimi.

 

No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi.TSA Fails MiserablyWhen tests in latest undercover operation at US airports By David Kerley and JEFFREY COOK ·Nov 9, 2017, 1:10 AM ET  Share  Tweet PHOTO: A Transportation Security Administration officer stands in the pre-check area at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., Aug. 19, 2015. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images, file photo WatchTSA tests new screening procedures  Share  Tweet Email  Email In recent undercover tests of multiple airport security checkpoints by the Department of Homeland Security, inspectors said screeners, their equipment or their procedures failed more than half of the time, according to a source familiar with the classified report. Interested in TSA? Add TSA as an interest to stay up to date on the latest TSA news, video, and analysis from ABC News. TSA +Add Interest When ABC News asked the source familiar with the report if the failure rate was 80 percent, the response was, “You are in the ballpark.” In a public hearing following a private, classified briefing to the House Committee on Homeland Security, members of Congress called the failures by the Transportation Security Administration “disturbing.” Rep. Mike Rogers went as far as to tell TSA Administrator David Pekoske, “This agency that you run is broken badly and it needs your attention.” Pekoske was confirmed by the Senate this summer. Inspectors “identified vulnerabilities with TSA’s screener performance, screening equipment, and associated procedures,” according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The statement adds that the findings remain classified but that eight recommendations have been made to TSA to improve checkpoint security. It is not clear what those recommendations are. The news of the failure comes two years after ABC News reported that secret teams from DHS found that TSA failed 95 percent of the time to stop inspectors from covertly smuggling weapons or explosive materials through screening. That report led to major changes ordered at TSA by then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The agency opened a training academy for transportation security officers and changed procedures to reduce long lines. While still being described by lawmakers as a poor performance, TSA performed better in this round of testing than two years ago, according to the source familiar with the report. In the public hearing today on Capitol Hill, members pushed for the full implementation of new scanner equipment that creates a 3D image of bags, giving screeners better ability to spot threatening items. Are biometric scans the checkpoint of the future? The equipment is ready and being tested in TSA checkpoints in at least two airports, but software and installation challenges have slowed wider implementation. Rep. Bill Keating questioned if the diversion of money from the agency is being used to build the president’s border wall. “We have the technology and resources to do it but we’re not doing it because … we’re paying for a wall,” Keating said. The congressman also noted that Viper teams, specially trained Homeland Security teams that use canines to secure transportation facilities, are being cut from 31 to eight. It is not clear when the report will be released publicly. The TSA said in a statement that the agency “concurs with the DHS OIG findings and is committed to aggressively implementing the recommendations.” “We take the OIG’s findings very seriously and are implementing measures that will improve screening effectiveness at checkpoints,” said TSA administrator David Pekoske. “We are focused on staying ahead of a dynamic threat to aviation with continued investment in the workforce, enhanced procedures and new technologies,” he added. Robert M. Massimi believes ex military should be used in the TSA.

No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. Bezos, Buffett And Gates.

Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett are wealthier than poorest half of US

Institute for Policy Studies warns of a ‘moral crisis’ and says Trump tax change proposals will exacerbate disparities

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo
Since the Forbes 400 was published in October, Amazon’s share price has risen by more than 10%, lifting Jeff Bezos’s fortune to around $95bn and making him the world’s richest person. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett are wealthier than poorest half of US

Institute for Policy Studies warns of a ‘moral crisis’ and says Trump tax change proposals will exacerbate disparities

The three richest people in the US – Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett – own as much wealth as the bottom half of the US population, or 160 million people.

Analysis of the wealth of America’s richest people found that Gates, Bezos and Buffett were sitting on a combined $248.5bn (£190bn) fortune. The Institute for Policy Studies said the growing gap between rich and poor had created a “moral crisis”.

In a report, the Billionaire Bonanza, the thinktank said Donald Trump’s tax change proposals would “exacerbate existing wealth disparities” as 80% of tax benefits would end up going to the wealthiest 1% of households.

“Wealth inequality is on the rise,” said Chuck Collins, an economist and co-author of the report. “Now is the time for actions that reduce inequality, not tax cuts for the very wealthy.”

The study found that the billionaires included in Forbes magazine’s list of the 400 richest people in the US were worth a combined $2.68tn – more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of the UK.

“Our wealthiest 400 now have more wealth combined than the bottom 64% of the US population, an estimated 80m households or 204 million people,” the report says. “That’s more people than the population of Canada and Mexico combined.”

The report says the “billionaire class” continues to “pull apart from the rest of us” at the fastest rate ever recorded. “We have not witnessed such extreme levels of concentrated wealth and power since the first gilded age a century ago.”

Forbes celebrated 2017 as “another record year for the wealthiest people in America”, as “the price of admission to the country’s most exclusive club jumped nearly 18% to $2bn”. That was a tenfold increase on the amount of money needed to enter the list when it first started in 1982.

Josh Hoxie, another co-author of the thinktank report, said: “So much money concentrating in so few hands while so many people struggle is not just bad economics, it’s a moral crisis.”

The report says many Americans are joining an “emerging anti-inequality movement”. “A century ago, a similar anti-inequality upsurge took on America’s vastly unequal distribution of income and wealth and, over the course of little more than a generation, fashioned a much more equal America,” it says.

The rise at the wealthiest end of society comes as one in five US households live in what the report’s authors call the “underwater nation”, with either zero or negative wealth. Inequality is even more stark among minorities. Three in 10 black households and 27% of Latino ones have zero or negative wealth, compared with 14% of white families.

Just two African Americans made the Forbes 400: Oprah Winfrey (number 264 with $3bn) and the tech investor Robert Smith (226 with $3.3bn). Five members of the Forbes 400 have Latino backgrounds, including the property magnate Jorge Pérez, the LA Angels baseball team owner Arturo Moreno and three members of the family of late Colombian beer magnate Julio Mario Santo Domingo, a major shareholder of SABMiller.

The top 25 people in the survey are all white. The richest is Gates, the Microsoft founder, with $89bn, followed by Amazon’s Bezos with $81.5bn, then investor Warren Buffett with $78bn and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg with $71bn.

Since the Forbes 400 was published last month, Amazon’s share price has increased by more than 10%, lifting Bezos’s fortune to an estimated $95bn, putting him in the provisional number one spot.

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