This Is What The New World Order Wanted; This Is What The American People Allowed. Robert Massimi. New Chinese Leader Makes A Line In The Sand.

Not since the Olympics were held in Beijing have we seen a display like this in China or anywhere in the world for that matter. China, and don’t kid yourself, is into world dominance. How we shipped our jobs to China is beyond me. We made China rich,  and no one questioned it.

We only have ourselves to blame, we allowed the New World Order and the American Politicians to be bribed by the Chinese and other nations.

As Americans we never question what our politicians.  It is about time we question the swamp, the take artists, the scum bag politicians.


Robert M Massimi.      

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Singers from the state-owned Ningxia Song-and-Dance Theater perform a revolutionary song in city of Wuzhong. Chun Han Wong/The Wall Street Journal


China Celebrates Xi Jinping With Fervor Not Seen Since Mao

Communist Party deploys dancers, ‘camelback publicists’ to spread leader’s message

Singers from the state-owned Ningxia Song-and-Dance Theater perform a revolutionary song in city of Wuzhong. Chun Han Wong/The Wall Street Journal

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    Singers from the state-owned Ningxia Song-and-Dance Theater perform a revolutionary song in the city of Wuzhong.
    Singers from the state-owned Ningxia Song-and-Dance Theater perform a revolutionary song in the city of Wuzhong. Photo: Chun Han Wong/The Wall Street Journal

    WUZHONG, China—In a packed auditorium in this Yellow River city, dancers in floral-pattern costumes twirl against a backdrop of a red star shining over the Great Wall.

    “General Secretary Xi’s words ring around our ears!” the dancers exclaim.

    Welcome to the “Spirit of the 19th Party Congress” publicity tour.

    The Communist Party traditionally launches propaganda drives to imprint new slogans unveiled at major conclaves. This time, after the party revised its charter in October to crown Xi Jinping as its greatest living theorist, an army of Marxist propagandists has gone to unusual lengths to spread their leader’s philosophy.

    Some rode camels across arid steppes to deliver lectures on Mr. Xi’s political manifesto. Others braved South China Sea waves to take his congress report to island outposts and fishing trawlers, or turned to communications satellites to beam the highlights.

    The Ningxia Song-and-Dance Theater performs a patriotic song about the Great Wall of China, on a tour to promote the ‘Spirit of the 19th Party Congress.’
    The Ningxia Song-and-Dance Theater performs a patriotic song about the Great Wall of China, on a tour to promote the ‘Spirit of the 19th Party Congress.’ Photo: Chun Han Wong/The Wall Street Journal

    Train passengers have taken part in quiz games on Mr. Xi’s policies. Subway staff in the northeastern city of Tianjin treated commuters to congress-related songs and tongue twisters.

    After some Xi allies started referring to him with labels such as “helmsman,” which is usually associated with Mao Zedong, such reverential terms have increasingly crept into broader use by officials and in state media.

    For some Chinese, such zeal skirts uncomfortably close to the adulation that underpinned Mao’s tumultuous rule. Though the party formally banned personality worship after Mao’s death, officials often use obsequious propaganda displays to signal loyalty to senior leaders, at times going too far in trying to strike appropriate tones of enthusiasm.

    A state-run newspaper in Guizhou province called Mr. Xi a “great leader”—a title that the party has granted only to Mao—under a portrait that dominated its Nov. 10 front page. That page and others showing Xi veneration are now absent from the publication’s website. An employee at the office of its editor said the pages may be missing due to technical issues.

    Villagers on boats attended a Nov. 1 event in southern China promoting the recent Communist Party Congress.
    Villagers on boats attended a Nov. 1 event in southern China promoting the recent Communist Party Congress. Photo: Zhou Hua/Xinhua/Zuma Press

    Mr. Xi’s congress slogans blanket cityscapes, filling highway billboards, streetside banners and electronic displays in malls and office blocks. Hammer-and-sickle symbols flash on screens above a Gucci store in Shanghai, paired with slogans promoting Mr. Xi’s vision of turning China into a “modern socialist power.”

    In central Henan province, senior officials paid homage to a tree planted by Mr. Xi eight years ago in honor of a local county chief who died in 1964. They listened to a recital of a poem, “Remembering Jiao Yulu,” that Mr. Xi wrote in 1990, according to local newspaper Henan Daily.

    The top item on China Central Television’s flagship news program one November evening broadcast more than four minutes of nonstop applause for Mr. Xi as he greeted attendees at an awards ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

    “The new party constitution reiterates: The party forbids all forms of personality cult,” Wang Zhanyang, a retired Beijing-based professor, wrote on his verified microblog in a thinly veiled critique of the Xi veneration, which was later censored, according to censorship monitor Weiboscope. Mr. Wang then republished his message with dots added between characters, a common ploy to foil censorship. That post remained online.

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    Such a personalized publicity campaign hasn’t been seen in China since the Mao era, said Daniel Leese, a professor at Germany’s University of Freiburg who has studied the Mao personality cult. The Communist Party is demanding “faith in one absolute truth” epitomized in its leader, like an organized religion, he said.

    The public celebration of Mr. Xi is a turnaround from the staid style of Mr. Xi’s immediate predecessor Hu Jintao. From the party’s perspective, “a strong leadership figure helps refocus people’s loyalty and emotions,” according to Mr. Leese. Even for people who don’t believe the party’s claims that Mr. Xi is infallible, it has created a political environment in which they may feel compelled to act as if they do, the professor said.

    In parts of Inner Mongolia, party propagandists arriving by camel received warm welcomes, according to the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper, People’s Daily. It quoted an elderly herder, Wuyundalai: “We herders live too far from the towns, so we need these camelback publicists to inform us about policies that benefit the people.”

    Screens above a Gucci store in Shangha show Communist Party symbols and General Secretary Xi Jinping's slogans, as part of a nationwide campaign to publicize the outcome of the party's 19th National Congress.
    Screens above a Gucci store in Shangha show Communist Party symbols and General Secretary Xi Jinping’s slogans, as part of a nationwide campaign to publicize the outcome of the party’s 19th National Congress. Photo: James T. Areddy/The Wall Street Journal

    The dance performance in Wuzhong was part of a state-backed concert tour in Ningxia, an expanse of desert steppe in western China with a large Muslim population. The state troupe had spent two hectic weeks throwing together a 12-item set list of choral performances, song-and-dance routines and a poetry recital to promote Mr. Xi’s report to the party congress.

    “As performers, it’s our duty to educate the masses about how they benefit from party and state policies,” said Chen Liyun, the troupe’s director and Communist Party branch chief.

    Pop idols and technology have been tapped to reach younger Chinese. In late November, film-industry regulators gathered some 120 movie stars and directors to discuss how to inject “core socialist values” into filmmaking. A smartphone quiz centered on Mr. Xi’s report has been attempted more than 2 million times since its October launch. A new combat-simulation smartphone game released by NetEase Inc. features Mr. Xi’s slogans on in-game banners.

    Old-school distribution methods predominate. Millions of party members, state workers and others have received copies of Mr. Xi’s 32,000-character congress report, the party’s newly revised charter and “study guides” with essays by top officials and answers to questions such as “Why do we insist that the people run the country?”

    “With this goody bag, I can better educate my townsfolk,” Staff Sgt. Zhang Fenglei told the official People’s Liberation Army Daily after receiving the package ahead of his discharge from the military.

    The newspaper said Sgt. Zhang’s father, a village chief, told his son by phone, “We don’t want for anything back home, but it’d be great if there’s someone to tell us about the new policies in the 19th Party Congress report.”

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    Sander’s Wife In Trouble. Robert Massimi.

    Bernie Sanders’ wife’s land deal still under FBI probe; witness recently questioned

    A federal investigation launched in 2016 into possible bank fraud by Jane Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, is still underway — with “a potential” grand jury review possible.

    The probe could thwart Sanders’ 2020 presidential ambitions — as well as the Vermont political plans of Jane Sanders’ daughter, Carina Driscoll.

    Individuals questioned by the FBI confirmed to Fox News that the investigation was still open, with FBI agents interviewing at least one witness within the last six weeks.

    Jane Sanders is under investigation following a land deal she clinched when she was president of Burlington College in Vermont in 2010.

    In order to expand the college, Sanders sought to obtain a tract of land from a Roman Catholic parish. She secured a $6.7 million loan from a bank and a $3.6 million loan from the parish from which she planned to purchase the property.

    But she resigned in 2011 amid allegations that she purposely inflated and made up the amount of money donors have pledged to the school and provided incorrect information to a bank to get the loan. Multiple individuals, who were listed as college donors, have since come forward denying the commitments.

    Questioned recently

    Former Burlington College Board Chairman Yves Bradley told Fox News that the investigation was still underway. He said he was visited by FBI agents in the last six weeks and was questioned about Sanders’ involvement in the alleged bank fraud.

    Attorney Rich Cassidy, representing both Bernie and Jane Sanders, approached Bradley regarding the investigation, but by the advice of his counsel decided not to engage. Cassidy did not respond to Fox News’ multiple requests for an interview.

    Previous reports stated that the investigation accelerated this past summer when multiple people were questioned and investigators seized records from Burlington College.

    The recent questioning of Bradley signals the investigation is far from over.

    The probe is being handled by the U.S. Justice Department and will proceed at the discretion of Christina E. Nolan, the U.S. Attorney of Vermont, who was sworn into office last week after being appointed by President Donald Trump in September and confirmed by the Senate last month.

    Coralee Holm, the former Burlington College dean of operations, confirmed as well that the probe “has not been closed” and that it has “no specific deadline” for completion. She was among the individuals questioned in the summer.

    “I have not talked with anyone since then, other than checking with the FBI agents,” she said over the phone.

    To the question whether the investigation could lead to an indictment, she said the FBI agents told her it was “a potential” – although not “an absolute” – that the case will be brought in front of a grand jury.

    “If there is going to be something that happened it would be the grand jury … it would be brought in front of the grand jury … they already told me to be … that was a potential but they did tell me that wasn’t an absolute,” Holm said.

    Change of plans?

    The ongoing probe and the potential for a grand jury review might be enough to impede Bernie Sanders’ and Driscoll’s political plans.

    Politico reported last month that Sanders was angling toward a more mainstream candidacy heading into the 2020 presidential election and reaching out to key Democrats to solidify his support among the party machine.

    Driscoll, the stepdaughter of the senator, announced Monday her plans to run for her stepfather’s first political job: mayor of Burlington, Vt.

    A spokesperson for Bernie Sanders did not respond to Fox News’ request for a comment. Driscoll declined to comment.


    Lindsey Vonn. No One Cares About Your Politics, Just Ski.

    ber of US athletes have spoken out against Donald Trump during his presidency — and skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say.

    Targeting Olympic gold at February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vonn is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she spoke passionately about what it means to compete for the US ski team.
    “Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn told CNN’s Alpine Edge.
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    The 33-year-old Vonn is getting ready for the final act of a long and illustrious career.
    As well as competing for a second Olympic gold medal in South Korea, she is attempting to break the record of 86 World Cup victories held by Ingemar Stenmark since 1989.
    Away from the slopes, Vonn also appears willing to put her head above the parapet and speak out about US politics.
    “I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony,” she added.
    “I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”
    Another big league athletic ass hole comes out against Trump. Lindsey Vonn, I guess, thinks she is self righteous when she comes out saying she will not ski for the president, or go to the white house if she is invited. This a women who dated Tiger Woods, a philandering golfer on the PGA Tour. Woods got creamed in the media, and creamed by his wife with a 9 iron. Golf, like skiing is an elitist sport. Like Woods, Vonn has been given every opportunity to succeed in life.  For her to say, and was led on by some British liberal ass hole reporter, that she opposes the president is ludicrous. Because she dated Woods is she PC because she dated a black man? Is she making a PC statement against Trump and all conservatives much like Black Lives Matter? Woods cheated on her, made an idiot out of her just like all the other white girls who were PC and dumb enough to date him.
    I hope Vonn loses at the Olympics, she is an elitist, a entitled girl who thinks that she has the right to say and do anything she wants without any consequences.
    The mere fact that people kiss these athletes asses , giving them clothing lines, modeling contracts and much more, athletes feel that they are above it all. Skanks like Vonn get to feel like there opinion matters, but it doesn’t, just ski and shut your mouth, no one cares about your politics or your room temperature IQ.
    It should be further noted that every time an athlete opens there mouth, protests in some  way, they are at least held accountable by the public. In other words they usually suffer some economic loss by the public boycotting them. The same will happen to Vonn for sure. If NFL players have been getting dinged, imagine what will happen to an elitist skier who had it all her whole life.
    Robert Massimi.
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    This year Trump has been embroiled in a controversy with the NFL and some of the NBA’s top players — a spat with significant racial and cultural undertones — after he blasted prominent athletes for kneeling during the national anthem and refusing to come to the White House.
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    Pelosi On The Ropes. Robert Massimi.

    With Al Franken about to resign, Pelosi and the Dem’s are in free fall. Democrats thought at the very beginning that Russia/Trump was going to be the Republicans undoing, however, it has avalanche d on them instead. Conyers, Franken are out and the public wants answers.   The Democrats answer to all this is to impeach Trump? For what? People continue to Tyre over this partisanB.S.   On Wednesday, House Democrats introduced a motion to impeach President Trump, despite Pelosi’s insistence for months that Democrats hold off on pushing impeachment. Fifty-eight Democrats voted in favor of impeachment on Wednesday, despite Pelosi’s objections.

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    The first two Democrats to demand Conyers’ resignation were New York Rep. Kathleen Rice — who has said for months that she thinks Pelosi should step down from her leadership position — and Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a first-term congresswoman.

    Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for House Minority Leader last year, similarly pressured Democratic leadership, demanding last Wednesday that the investigation into Conyers finish up by the end of the week. (RELATED: Democrat Accused Of Sexual Harassment: Pelosi Knew And Did Nothing About It)

    That same day, Rice, a second-term congressman stormed out of a meeting with House Democrats about Conyers because she didn’t believe they were taking the matter seriously enough.

    New York Rep. Joseph Crowley and California Rep. Linda Sanchez — chair and vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus, respectively — took the opposite position that day, urging restraint and trying to draw the process out.

    “I don’t know all the facts, I don’t know the specific allegations,” Sanchez said, adding that she “can’t sit and judge a member and call for their resignation unless I’ve been party to hearing all of the evidence and hearing the defense of the evidence.”

    “Calling for the resignation of someone doesn’t actually create the resignation,” said Crowley, adding that he would wait for the ethics committee’s investigation.

    The very next day, Pelosi, Crowley and Sanchez caved to their more junior colleagues and demanded Conyers’ resignation.

    Full disclosure: Kathleen Rice is a distant family relative of this reporter.


    Theater Review. “Desperate Measures” Robert Massimi.

    ‘Desperate Measures” At the York Theater is a must see. If you like a show of a genre like Fantastiks , you will love this one!

    It is a story about Johnny Blood,(Conor Ryan), who in self defense kills another man and is scheduled to hang in two days. He has some allies in trying to get him pardoned, however, the sheriff,Martin Green,(Peter Saide),his prostitute girlfriend, Bella Rose, (Lauren Molina), his sister, who is about take her vows as a nun, Susanna,( Emma Degerstedt). The only problem is that the Governor, von Richterhenkenpfichtgetruber,(Nick Wyman), has no interest in pardoning him.

    When the sheriff reaches out for his sister to go speak to the Governor, he finds her dismissive, not cooperative and self righteous. She does end up agreeing to do it and is shocked when the Governor will only agree to it if she sleeps with him. This is where the show gets very funny because not only does the Governor fall in love with her, so does the Sheriff.

    Bella Rose steps in to protect Susanna and fools the Gov into thinking it was Susanna who he had sexually, the agreement is broken by the Governor as he announces his love for her and insists he will only pardon Johnny if she agrees to marry him. Once again, the Sheriff must plan his next plot against him and it is a bute!

    The songs in “Desperate” are really strong related to the play, they are sung equally effective. The cast is very strong, I was especially impressed with Nick Wyman, great actor as well as singer. Songs worth remembering were: “Look in Your Heart”, “The Way You feel on the Inside”, “Hot in Here”, “Just for You” and “Good to Be Alive”.

    The show is loosely based on Shakespeare’ s Measure for Measure and Director Bill Castellino spoofs  it well!  Desperate Measures runs through Dec 31st, I recommend that you see it, I promise you that you will love it.

    Robert M. Massimi.


    Another Leftist, Gone!

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    Washington — Another woman who worked for longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers is accusing him of touching her inappropriately “by stroking and rubbing my thighs” and appearing naked before her.

    Elisa Grubbs, who said she worked for Conyers from 2001-13, claims she also witnessed him touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Marion Brown, Grubbs’ cousin, and other female employees of the congressman on “multiple occasions.”

    “When Rep. Conyers would inappropriately touched me like this, my eyes would pop out and I would be stunned in disbelief,” Grubbs wrote in an affidavit posted on Twitter by Brown’s attorney, Lisa Bloom.

    Conyers, the longest-serving member of the U.S. House, has repeatedly denied claims he mistreated staffers.

    Calls for his resignation reached the highest levels of House leadership last week, as Brown and another accuser went public detailing his alleged misconduct.

    Supporters held a rally in Detroit on Monday to call for Conyers to receive “due process” and for critics to stop pressuring him to step down.

    Bloom said Grubbs’ affidavit is the first of several she will release describing allegations that Conyers sexually harassed employees and “covered up complaints.”

    “My client Marion Brown asks only for an acknowledgment and apology,” Bloom said on Twitter.

    Grubbs described a time that Conyers slid his hand up her skirt while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.

    She said she was startled and jumped to her feet, exclaiming, “He just ran his hand up my thigh!” — an incident she said was witnessed by other staffers.

    On another occasion, she was at Conyers’ home when he emerged from the bathroom naked, she said. Grubbs ran out of the house.

    Grubbs said Conyers referred to her and Brown as “Big Girl Cousins” and would often say, “Those are some big girls.”

    “Witnessing Rep. Conyers rub women’s thighs and buttocks and make comments about women’s physical attributes was a regular part of life while working in the office of Rep. Conyers,” Grubbs wrote.

    Conyers’ lawyer, Arnold Reed, dismissed the new allegations late Monday.

    “With regard to the latest #affidavit just released, this is nothing more than tomfoolery coming from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer and unworthy of further comment,” Reed tweeted.

    Bloom had represented Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, against several claims of sexual harassment.

    Brown broke a confidentiality agreement to go on NBC’s “Today Show” on Thursday, describing what led her to file a 2014 complaint against her boss, alleging she was fired for refusing his sexual advances.

    Conyers settled Brown’s complaint for $27,000 using his taxpayer-funded office budget. Brown has offered to testify before the House Ethics Committee, which is investigating Conyers.

    The Detroit News first reported last week that former staffer Deanna Maher said Conyers sexually harassed her, including inappropriately touching her, in three incidents spanning 1997 to 1999. And another former

    No Bull With Raging Robert. Robert Massimi. NFL Problems.

     Robert M. Massimi. Ravens, NFL scramble as fans stay home
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    It seems paradoxical: The Ravens, who have sold out every home game since they arrived in Baltimore in 1996, are advertising tickets for Sunday’s contest at M&T Bank Stadium.

    But this is where the Ravens find themselves in 2017: Contemplating the prospect of empty seats, and appealing to fans to “Win Together. Purchase your tickets today!” even as the team is contending for what would be its first playoff berth since 2014.

    Thousands of fans are trying to resell their tickets to the sold-out game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at 71,000-seat M&T Bank Stadium via Ticketmaster, the team’s official resale outlet, or StubHub. Seats were available this week in almost every section; an $80 ticket for an upper end zone seat could be had for as little as $29.

    Every week, some ticket holders must miss the game. But the NFL is laboring across the board this season to maintain its fan base and minimize no-shows. It’s not just the Ravens. Television ratings are down league-wide and empty seats can be seen at many games.

    The league faces troubles on multiple fronts this year from politics to health and the game itself. There’s fan anger, stoked by President Donald Trump, over the decision of some players to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequity and police brutality; injuries to star players such as Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers; fresh concerns about the long-term effects of hits and concussions on players’ brains; and inconsistent play.

    “The Ravens are finding themselves in the same situation as a lot of NFL teams this year,” said T.J. Brightman, president of A. Bright Idea, a public relations and marketing firm with offices in Bel Air and California. “There is a disengagement by fans across the country stemming from the daily and weekly stories the NFL league office confronts.”

    The Ravens, who seem unable to mount a threatening offense, exemplify the challenge on the field. The team ranks 31st of 32 NFL teams in total offense (although, true-to-form, the defense is among the league’s best; the team is the first since the 2003 Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots to record three shutouts in a season).

    But with six wins and five losses, the Ravens are fighting for a wild card spot in the playoffs. If the season ended now, they would capture the sixth and final American Football Conference spot, good for a first-round matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

    Still, there were wide swaths of empty purple seats, particularly in the upper deck, during the later stages of Monday night’s Ravens’ victory over the Houston Texans.

    While the Ravens do not release the number of “no-shows,” the team says fans are more prone to skip night games than day games, particularly in November and December.

    The rise of online sites has enabled fans to easily sell their tickets and watch from home, where they can not only watch the games but also track their fantasy football teams. High-definition televisions, which have improved in quality and come down in price, are enticing many fans to spend Sundays in their living rooms or basements.

    “Watching from the comfort of home is what we battle,” said Baker Koppelman, Ravens vice president for ticket sales and operations. “Having a fan-friendly, dynamic and exciting environment at our home games is something we work at, tweak and talk about constantly. It is a relentless pursuit and we are in it together.”

    The Ravens say they took the unusual step of advertising tickets not only to help themselves — teams get a cut from seats resold on Ticketmaster — but also to help get better deals for their fans who are selling. The Ravens have advertised tickets for Sunday’s game on their website and in The Baltimore Sun.

    While the club declined to address how many times it has done this in the past, Koppelman acknowledged “it is relatively new for us to advertise or promote ticket sales when we’ve sold out every game in our history.”

    But this has been a most unusual season, marked by the debate over players, including some Ravens, who have followed the lead of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by taking a knee during the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Trump called for owners to fire players who don’t stand for the anthem.

    At the height of the tensions in September, the Ravens postponed a lunch-hour pep rally at White Marsh Mall. After franchise icon Ray Lewis joined current players in kneeling, extra security was added near his statue at M&T Bank Stadium. Some called on the team to remove the retired star’s likeness from the grounds.

    Brightman said the NFL has struggled during the protests “to take into account both the fans’ and players’ positions.”

    “The league has an issue in front of them that demands they keep owners, players, fans and ultimately their business partners — sponsors — happy,” he said. “They aren’t doing any of this well.”

    A month into the season, the Ravens tried to appeal to the opposing factions when the players kneeled for a prayer to promote unity, then stood when the anthem was played. Fans still booed.

    It doesn’t help that the Ravens are “a .500 team at best,” Brightman said.

    Last season, after the team lost four games in a row, tickets for a November contest against the winless Cleveland Browns could be had for $30.

    This season, the Ravens are playing meaningful games in December.

    But somehow, Robert Harris said, games don’t feel the same.

    The 48-year-old New Freedom, Pa., man has 10 personal seat licenses, six televisions for football viewing in his basement, and his stadium section number — 541 — painted on the wall.

    “It’s not as intense as it used to be,” Harris said. “I remember it would be wall-to-wall people. You couldn’t even go to the bathroom. Now you can go to the bathroom whenever you want.”

    Harris, a construction foreman, still goes to the games. But “I know some people from the Ravens Roost putting their tickets up for sale.”

    Season-ticket holder Jim Runser of Westminster said there is frustration with the team’s lack of punch on offense.

    “Friends of mine that have come to games with me in the past have little interest in coming,” he said.

    If the games don’t feel as special, Runser said, it might be because the NFL has hit a saturation point. Five years ago, the league expanded its Thursday night lineup from a half season to a full season, and now struggles to field compelling matchups to compete with the national games on Sunday and Monday nights.

    Runser joined the more than 4,000 Ravens fans who trekked to London’s Wembley Stadium in September to see the team lose 44-7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. That tied the franchise mark for the most lopsided defeat.

    “It was a great time,” he said. “Except for the three and a half hours watching football.”

    The Ravens, buoyed by Super Bowl victories in the 2000 and 2012 seasons, remain a popular brand in Baltimore. In January, the team said it was investing $120 million in M&T Bank Stadium as part of a three-year project to add elevators and escalators, enlarge the end zone video boards and improve the sound system and kitchen facilities.

    The season ticket renewal percentage is 99 percent, and