NFL PLAYERS, OWNER, COACHES STAND UP AGAINST RACIST IN CHIEF!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/09/24/jaguars-owner-joins-players-during-anthem-protest-in-first-game-since-trumps-nfl-remarks/

The Washington Post reports about today’s first NFL game in London:

“Less than three hours after President Trump called on NFL owners to suspend or fire players who protest during the national anthem, the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — the first teams to play on Sunday — linked arms or took a knee during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the teams 9:30 a.m. EDT kickoff in London’s Wembley Stadium.

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh joined his players, linking arms, and Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis took a knee. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who had contributed $1 million to the Trump inauguration, locked arms with his players in what is believed to be the first visible participation in relation to anthem protests by a league owner.”

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Read the full report on the link.

Our President is a racist. Decent folks should band together and stand up against him. The entire state of Alabama should be hanging its head in shame as should the GOP which enabled and continues to enable this type of destructive conduct by an unqualified President.

And our racist, homophobic Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his White Nationalist agenda are a key part of dividing our country, whipping up bogus racial paranoia, and making a mockery of our justice system. Liz was right!

Meanwhile, star NFL QBs Tom Brady (Patriots) and Aaron Rodgers (Packers) posted their own messages of “unity” with their teammates.

http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/tom-brady-instagram-aaron-rodgers-nfl-player-protests-unity-brotherhood-donald-trump/49cy9zprfs21gqjtwraqth6e

Oh yeah, after the anthem, the Packers came from behind to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 in OT!🏈🏈
PWS

09-24-17

TRUMP DECLARES WAR ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN ATHLETES — DISSES CURRY, NFL, NBA, LEBRON JAMES REACTS! — Packers & Other NFL Teams Push Back Against President’s Appeals To Racism & Disrespect For Constitution!

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/23/politics/donald-trump-nfl-nba/index.html

Chris Cillizza writes on CNN:

“On one level, this is classic Trump. He feels as though he is being disrespected — whether by NFL players not standing for the national anthem or by Curry saying if it was up to him, the Golden State Warriors would not visit the White House. (The Warriors, in a statement Saturday afternoon, said they would come to Washington and do events to promote diversity and inclusiveness rather than meet with Trump.)
They hit him, so he hit back.
But, there’s something far more pernicious here. Both the NFL and the NBA are sports in which the vast majority of the players are black and the vast majority of owners are white. In the NFL, there are 0 black owners of the 32 teams. In the NBA, Michael Jordan is the lone black owner of a team.
Consider that in the context of what Trump said both Friday night and Saturday.
In Alabama, Trump called the players who refuse to stand for the anthem “sons of bitches” and insisted that any owner worth his or her salt should fire them immediately.
That got a lot of attention — and rightly so. But it’s what Trump said next that’s really telling. “Total disrespect of our heritage, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” he said — adding for emphasis: “Everything that we stand for.”
Notice the use of “our heritage” and “we” in those two sentences above.
But wait, there’s more. In both his Curry tweet and his two NFL tweets, Trump expressed frustration that these lucky athletes felt the need to be ungrateful.
Trump noted the “great honor” of going to the White House and the “privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL.” You should just be thankful for what you have and not be making any trouble, Trump is telling these players.
Here’s the thing: Even if we lived in a color-blind society, that would be a dangerous sentiment. After all, freedom of expression is right there in the First Amendment. And our brave soldiers didn’t fight and die so that everyone stood during the national anthem. They fought so people could have the right to make a choice about whether or not they wanted to stand. That’s the whole damn point of the First Amendment.
The thing is: We don’t live in a color-blind society. Slavery sits at the founding roots of America. The goal of racial equality remains a goal, not an achievement. To pretend otherwise is to willfully blind yourself to hundreds years of history.
Even more context darkens the picture for Trump. He played at racially coded language throughout his presidential campaign. He also displayed a stunningly simplistic view of the black community.
“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?” Trump said of African-Americans in a speech to a largely white audience in Michigan during the campaign. When NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot in Chicago, Trump tweeted: “Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”” He took an inordinate amount of time to condemn former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. And so on.
As President, Trump has done little too ease concerns about his racial views — and, in fact, has heightened them. His handling of the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests — in which white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched in protest of the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee — was particularly alarming.
Even as the protests turned violent — one woman was killed — Trump claimed that there were violent factions “on many sides” to be blamed. Days later, he doubled down on that false premise; “I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it,” Trump said. “And you have — you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now.”
Although his administration tried desperately to move on from his remarks, it was made clear recently that Trump meant exactly what he said. The day after meeting at the White House with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott — the lone black Republican in the Senate — Trump was quick to note that he had been right in his initial comments after Charlottesville.
“I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what’s going on there, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that’s what I said,” Trump told reporters.
And now, this.
I’ve long believed that Trump is simply saying whatever comes to mind, that there is no broader strategy to his comments. But it’s impossible to conclude that after Charlottesville, Trump is totally ignorant of the racial context in which his remarks on the NFL and NBA land. No one is that oblivious.
When, given all the water under the bridge — both in terms of our country’s history and the more narrow history of Trump’s campaign — you make comments about how the athletes in predominantly black pro sports leagues should just be happy with what they have and not complain, you aren’t doing it by accident. You really believe it.
Play football or basketball so we can be entertained, Trump seems to be telling these athletes. No one wants to hear your lack of gratitude for what you’ve been given.
There’s so many things wrong with that view.
First of all, no one gave these players anything. They worked for it.
Second, just because you are a professional athlete doesn’t mean you don’t get to be a citizen, too. We don’t tell accountants, for example, that they can’t express their opinions on politics and the culture more broadly, right? So why should we be in the business of telling professional athletes? And would Trump feel the same way if the majority of those protesting the anthem were white?
Trump defenders will note that Trump didn’t name names — other than Curry — when he blasted professional athletes. That “we” are adding color to it, not him.

But that doesn’t fly. As I noted above, both the NFL and NBA are majority black. And those refusing to stand during the national anthem are, with one exception, also all black.
Trump knows this. He is an avid consumer of TV and culture. Which means that he is purposely playing at and with racial animus here. That is a dark thing to do as the leader of the United States. And something he deserves to be condemned for.”

As reported in the Green Bay Press Gazette, Packer President/CEO Mark Murphy issued the following statement:

The full statement from Murphy:

“It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact.

“We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”

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Trump’s racism and his condescending attitude toward minorities should come as no surprise given his campaign, his base, the GOP’s racially divisive agenda, and the folks surrounding him. It also should come as no surprise that Trump’s remarks came in Alabama, a state unable to advance beyond its disgusting racist history (except on the football field in Tuscolusa in the Fall) and move into the present.

It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow at NFL stadiums. It will also be interesting to see whether African-American athletes put their money, time, and prestige behind encouraging others to vote so that Trump will never happen again and that the GOP stranglehold on our Government and our country will be broken.

Finally, why do we sing the National Anthem at sporting events in the first place? These athletic contests are entertsinment, not expressions of patriotism. We don’t sing it before concerts, movies, plays, and other performances. It doesn’t belong at sporting events either.

It is a bizarre and sad state of affairs when the President of the Green Bay Packers has to “school” the President of the United States on the meaning of our Constitution and an appropriate tone for race relations in our country!

PWS

09-23-17

 

 

 

 

MY MOST RECENT SPEECHES: “MY LIFE & TIMES” — CATHOLIC LEGAL IMMIGRATION NETWORK (“CLINIC”), July 18, 2017; “JOIN THE ‘NEW DUE PROCESS ARMY’ — FIGHT FOR DUE PROCESS IN THE UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION COURTS” — HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST, JULY 19, 2017

On Tuesday July 18, 2107, I gave a luncheon address to interns and staff at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (“CLINIC”) in Silver Spring, MD. My speech entitled “My Life & Times” is at this link:

MY LIFE

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, I delivered the a luncheon address that was part of the Frankel Lecture Series at Human Rights First in Washington, D.C. & New York, NY (by televideo). My speech entitled “Join The ‘New Due Process Army’ — Fight For Due Process In The United States Immigration Courts” is at this link:

AMERICA’S REAL IMMIGRATION CRISIS

Both speeches are also reproduced in the left menu of immigrationcourtiside.com.

 

Trump “Channels A.R.” — Tells “Dreamers” To R-E-L-A-X, Nothing Bad Is Going To Happen — But, Should They Believe Him? — Sessions Has A Different Message: Nobody Is Protected!

https://apnews.com/85c427bf25c747ce85d837caccd90648

Julie Pace reports for AP:

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now here illegally can “rest easy,” President Donald Trump said Friday, telling the “dreamers” they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies.

Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, said his administration is “not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals.”

The president, who took a hard line on immigration as a candidate, vowed anew to fulfill his promise to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But he stopped short of demanding that funding for the project be included in a spending bill Congress must pass by the end of next week in order to keep the government running.

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As a candidate, Trump strongly criticized President Barack Obama for “illegal executive amnesties,” including actions to spare from deportation young people who were brought to the country as children and now are here illegally. But after the election, Trump started speaking more favorably about these immigrants, popularly dubbed “dreamers.”

On Friday, he said that when it comes to them, “This is a case of heart.”

This week, attorneys for Juan Manuel Montes said the 23-year-old was recently deported to Mexico despite having qualified for deferred deportation. Trump said Montes’ case is “a little different than the dreamer case,” though he did not specify why.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was launched in 2012 as a stopgap to protect some young immigrants from deportation while the administration continued to push for a broader immigration overhaul in Congress.

Obama’s administrative program offered a reprieve from deportation to those immigrants in the country illegally who could prove they arrived before they were 16, had been in the United States for several years and had not committed a crime since being here. It mimicked versions of the so-called DREAM Act, which would have provided legal status for young immigrants but was never passed by Congress.

DACA also provides work permits for the immigrants and is renewable every two years. As of December, about 770,000 young immigrants had been approved for the program.”

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, “Fear Monger in Chief” Jeff Sessions had a somewhat less reassuring message for young people and their families:

As reported by Ted Hesson in Politico:

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions could not promise that so-called Dreamers, or participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, will not be deported, when he was interviewed Wednesday morning on Fox News.

Sessions fielded questions from host Jenna Lee about an undocumented immigrant who claims he was deported to Mexico despite his enrollment in the program, which was created through administrative action during the Obama administration.

The program allows undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. at a young age to apply for deportation relief and work permits. In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Juan Manuel Montes, a 23-year-old enrollee in the program, claimed he was sent to Mexico in February despite active DACA status.

“DACA enrollees are not being targeted,” Sessions said on Fox. “I don’t know why this individual was picked up.” But when pressed, Sessions said, “The policy is that if people are here unlawfully, they’re subject to being deported.”

“We can’t promise people who are here unlawfully that they’re not going to be deported,” Sessions added.”

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Neither Trump nor Sessions, or for that matter anyone else in the Trump Administration, has much credibility on anything, particularly immigration policy. In reality, however, it appears that very few, if any, “Dreamers” have actually been removed.
The facts of the “Montes case” are still rather murky. He appears to have reentered the U.S. illegally, which generally would subject even a green card holder to removal.  Montes reportedly is asserting an earlier “illegal removal” to Mexico. But, even if proved, that wouldn’t necessarily justify an illegal return. We’ll have to see how this case “plays out” in Federal Court, before the same judge who had the “Trump University” case.
But, the situation seems unusual enough that I would not draw any conclusion that it represents a policy change. Indeed, most “Dreamers” of whom I am aware do not actually have “final orders of removal.”
If they had pending U.S. Immigration Court cases, such cases were “administratively closed” and removed from the docket. Removal of such a “former Dreamer” would require the DHS to submit a “motion to re-calendar” to the U.S. Immigration Judge.
Once re-calendared, the case would proceed in the “normal manner,” whatever that might mean in the zany world of today’s U.S. Immigration Court. Generally, however, if the “former Dreamer” were not detained, he or she would go to the “end” of the 542,000 pending cases.
In most Immigration Courts, that would mean an “Individual Hearing” date after 2020, the end of Trump’s first term. And, as I have pointed out before, absent some “smart reforms” of the Immigration Court by Congress or the Administration to restore sanity and an emphasis on due process, the 125 new U.S. Immigration Judges proposed by Sessions will not eliminate the docket backlog at any time in the near future.http://wp.me/p8eeJm-Jf
However, notwithstanding what sometimes is called “Docket TPS,” former Dreamers could face another major obstacle: lack of “employment authorization” which was included in the DACA program. Without such authorization, continuing employment could cause major legal problems for both former Dreamers and their U.S. employers.
One possible solution would be for the “former Dreamer” to file an application for immigration benefits that carries with it the opportunity to qualify for a new employment authorization. The most likely application is probably asylum, although some who have never previously been in Removal Proceedings might also qualify to file for “cancellation of removal” or other forms of regularization of status.
Indeed, many of the dreamers who were on my docket when DACA was granted by USCIS had asylum applications pending, either on their own or as a dependent on a parent’s or spouse’s  application, at the time the case was “administratively closed” and removed from my docket. The complexity of individual situations makes the prospect of mass removal of Dreamers even more unlikely.
Stay tuned!
PWS
04-22-17

SPORTS/PACKERS/ENTERTAINMENT: Splitsville! AR & Olivia Munn End 3-Yr Relationship Amicably — Will It Affect Leader Of The Pack’s Play This Fall?

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/fans/2017/04/07/rodgers-munn-have-split-people-reports/100162808/

Kendra Meinert reports in the Green Bay Press Gazette:

“Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn have decided to punt.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback and his Hollywood actress girlfriend have ended their nearly three-year relationship, according to People. The magazine cites “a source close to the situation” in the exclusive report.

The couple “remains close friends and wish nothing but the best for each other moving forward,” according to the source.

Rodgers, 33, and Munn, 36, became a power couple, showing up together at such high-profile events as the ESPYs, Academy Awards and Costume Institute Gala Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2014, they presented together at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Closer to home, the couple caused a major stir in the fall of 2014 when they were spotted walking together in downtown Appleton, where Rodgers was filming a commercial outside the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

Neither Rodgers or Munn has commented on the news on their individual Twitter accounts.”

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Too bad. They were a nice couple. And, it’s not every day that you get Hollywood actresses like OM walking down the streets of Green Bay or hanging out in downtown Appleton (home of my alma master, Lawrence University).

But, life goes on. Hopefully, AR will have his head in the right place in time for the season opener next September.

PWS

04/08/17

 

Falcons Destroy Pack Behind Matt Ryan, Move On To Super Bowl — Ryan Outplays AR, Shows MVP Credentials

Atlanta — The Pack’s up, down, up, down season ended with a thud as the Atlanta Falcons, led by presumptive MVP Matt Ryan, dominated in every phase of the game en route to a 44-21 rout in the NFC Championship game in Atlanta.   It was the last game to be played at the Georgia Dome with a new stadium slated to be ready for next year.

Ryan threw 27-38 for 392 yards and four TDs, with no interceptions, and added 23 yards rushing and a 14-yard rushing TD to put an emphatic exclamation point on his probable MVP season. He also cemented his place among the NFL’s elite QBs while earning his first Super Bowl berth.   He could be the league’s most “under-recognized superstar.” That’s likely to end, however, particularly if he can lead his team to a Super Bowl victory.

Meanwhile, AR was 27-45-287 with 3 TDs and one interception. Don’t be fooled, though; all the TD’s and a big chunk of the yards were in “garbage time” after the Falcons had effectively put this one out of reach by jumping to a 31-0 lead before the Pack scored in the third quarter.

The game was not even as close as the lopsided score indicated. From the outset, the Pack was plagued by offensive mistakes, missed opportunities, and a complete inability of the depleted defense to put up any real resistance to Ryan and his star receiver, Julio Jones. Meanwhile, the much-maligned Atlanta defense had little problem keeping AR and the Pack in offense in check until the game was effectively over.

Next stop for the high-flying Falcons: the Super Bowl in Houston in two weeks v. the winner of the Patriots v. Steelers game.

For the Pack, it was a disappointing ending after a string of eight straight victories, led by some incredible play from AR, which took them within a game of the Super Bowl after a 4-6 start. The Pack finished the season at 12-7 and an NFC North Championship. With AR and a hopefully healthy team, the Pack should be positioned to make another Super Bowl run next fall.

Good luck to Matt Ryan and the Falcons in two weeks!

PWS

01-22-17

WSJ Sports: With AR v. Matt Ryan On Sunday, The Points Will Mount Up — Kicking a FG Might Cost You The Game!

http://www.wsj.com/articles/nfc-championship-the-losing-team-will-be-the-one-kicking-field-goals-1484868545

“The forecast for offense in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game is nothing short of unprecedented. The expected total of more than 60 points is the highest in NFL postseason history, and for good reasons. The Falcons have one of the highest-scoring offenses ever, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is on an all-time roll, and both defenses tend to underwhelm.

This game is such a unicorn that the coaches may have to employ an unthinkable strategy: forget about the kicking game. Punting the ball near midfield may be nonsensical when the other team is likely to score no matter where they start the drive. And the team that converts a field goal may find itself three points closer to losing.”

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Should be an exciting contest!

Go AR!  Go Pack Go!

PWS

01/20/17

Packer Receiver Randall Cobb Says AR Threw Out The Play Book On “Play Of The Game!”

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000775045/article/aaron-rodgers-magic-makes-believers-of-all-in-victory?campaign=Ext_Email_NL_REG_19_20170116_GB&cvosrc=Ext_Email.Epsilon.NL_REG_19_20170116_GB

Remember when you were a kid playing touch football all in the back yard?  Your quarterback takes a twig and sketches out the play — “you go short, you go medium, and you stop then run like hell for the garage and I’ll hit you!”  Well, that’s just about how the incomparable Aaron Rodgers reportedly did it on the key completion of the game —  a 36-yard dart to Jared Cook on third and twenty from his own 32, a play that started with just 12 seconds left in the game and set up the game-winning field goal kick by Mason Crosby to lift the Pack to a 34-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys yesterday.

Packer wideout Randall Cobb later told a reporter:  “the final play was essentially written up in the dirt by Rodgers before the snap, with the quarterback telling each receiver where to go.”

AR and the Pack will match up with the Atlanta Falcons and their red-hot QB Matt Ryan in Atlanta this coming Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.  Expect the air to be filled with footballs in a high-scoring contest.

PWS

01/17/17

 

Crosby Kicks Game Winner — AR, Jared Cook Make It Happen, As Pack Down Boyz In Divisional Thriller — Falcons Last Hurdle To Super Bowl! Greatest Pack Game Ever? Open For Debate, But It Was One Of The All-Time Best!

Green Bay Packer veteran kicker Mason Crosby had a genuinely horrible year in 2012.  Notwithstanding his 80% career accuracy, Crosby missed more that one-third of the field goals he attempted. Even for a popular veteran player who does much for the community, that normally would be the end of the line; younger, stronger legs with much lower salaries were readily available. Most teams would have made the switch.

But, Packer management was unusually reticent to pull the plug. They viewed 2012 as an aberration in an otherwise sterling career. Crosby was resigned for 2013, and it payed off. He returned to form and has been golden when it counts ever since.

Tonight, that confidence paid off, big time! Crosby hit a 56-yarder to give the Pack a short-lived lead; then, he pushed two game winners, the second one, the only one that counted, barely inside the left upright to clinch the win and send the Pack into the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. For Crosby, it was an NFL record 23rd consecutive made field goal in playoff competition!

Crosby’s heroics were set up by superstar QB Aaron Rodgers (“AR”) and wide receiver Jared Cook. Following the Boyz game-tying FG by Dan Bailey, the Pack took over on their own 25-yard line with 35 seconds left. On a first down play from the Pack 42-yard line, AR was brutally sacked by the Boyz for a ten-yard loss. Most NFL QB’s would have coughed up the ball, setting up the Boyz for a 39-yard chip shot game winner. But, AR not only held onto the ball, but also had the presence of mind to call the Pack’s final timeout.

Then, on third and 20 from the 32, Rodgers drilled a bullet to Cook, who made a spectacular catch with two feet just barely in bounds at the Dallas 32 for a 36-yard gain. Although the pass originally was signaled incomplete, the call was reversed. Crosby then kicked the 51-yard game winner. But, Cowboy coach Jason Garrett absurdly was allowed to call a last second timeout. Fortunately, Crosby kicked it through again, although not by much. The Pack celebrated and are moving on  to Atlanta for the NFL Championship game, one step from the Super Bowl.

The amazing AR thus led his team to a eighth consecutive victory following a 4-6 start. While he threw his first interception in 319 attempts, he finished 28 for 43 with 2 TDs and one INT, and the game-winning drive. On the negative side, the Pack blew a seemingly insurmountable 18 point lead, and AR’s single interception cost the Pack an almost sure touchdown that would have ended the game much earlier.

My brother, Jim, suggested that this was “the greatest Packer victory  ever.”  I countered with “what about the Ice Bowl in 1967” where the Packers bested the Cowboys on a famous last-second TD “sneak” by QB Bart Starr behind guard Jerry Kramer.  Jim’s response: “As good as Starr was, I don’t think he could have pulled off some of the AR plays.”  OK, I agree.  But, it only makes a difference if they win the Super Bowl!

Check out the game-winner, set to music from “Titanic,” below.

RULES CHANGE NOTE:  The ability of coaches to call last second timeouts from the sidelines when the ball is ready to be snapped, thus causing the kicker to kick twice, is a travesty that is both unsportsmanlike and dilutes the integrity of the game.  It must be eliminated!  The defensive team should not be allowed to call a timeout after the ball has been whistled “ready for play.”

But, hey, I’m only a retired judge.  What do I know?

PWS

01/15/17

 

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/01/green-bay-packers-mason-crosby-field-goal-titanic-music-dallas-cowboys-nfl-playoffs

 

“Full Frontal’s” Samantha Bee Discovers SHOCKING Truth: Obama & Trump Share Similar Views On Immigration Enforcement! — Also Introducing Late-Nite TV’s Newest Superstar, Retired USIJ Bruce Einhorn!

Check out this video link from last night’s Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” on TBS:

http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/1/12/14250148/samantha-bee-obama-trump-deportation

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Yup, that’s right Sam, for years the Obama Administration has been going after foreign nationals with criminal records, even though, as illustrated by the young lady you profiled, some of them are nonviolent, have paid for their crimes, have rehabilitated themselves, and are productive, law-abiding, tax-paying members of their communities — many with U.S. citizen families — by the time ICE Enforcement shows up.

Perhaps realizing that, contrary to campaign rhetoric, President Obama has already implemented a “get tough” immigration enforcement program, Trump spokesman Kris Kobach promises to expand (by Executive Fiat, mind you) the definition of “criminal” to include foreign nationals who have merely been charged or arrested, not necessarily convicted of any crime. Hey, what’s the presumption of innocence anyway?  To paraphrase another great American thinker, “If they were’t criminals, they wouldn’t be in court.”  Perhaps the next logical step will be anyone who has ever thought of violating the law or watched a TV crime show!

I think it is safe to predict that many of those who would fall within Kobach’s ever-expanding concept of “criminal” will eventually prove not to be removable under the laws of the United States.  Even now, that’s the case in a remarkable number of prosecutions brought by the Obama Administration’s ICE (“Immigration and Customs Enforcement”).

That’s why we need a strong, independent, impartial, expert United States Immigration Court (including the “Appellate Division,” the “BIA”) to insure that fairness and constitutional Due Process are always at the forefront and that any Administration’s enforcement initiatives comply with the law. And, any Administration would find that final orders of removal achieved through such a due-process oriented court system would have great credibility (sadly, not necessarily the case now and particularly in the recent past) and would stand up to judicial review by the Federal Courts of Appeals.

Finally, my friend and former colleague Judge Einhorn has proved what I’m finding out — there is lot’s of “life” out here after retiring from the Immigration Bench, and it’s pretty much “all good.” Will SNL be the next stop for Judge Einhorn?  Stay tuned!

Go Pack Go!!!!!🏈🏈🏈

PWS

01/15/17

My Upcoming Interview With David Noriega On Vice News/HBO

I did a taped interview today with Vice News Reporter David Noriega.  It was done in the freezing cold and wind outside the U.S. Department of Justice at the corner of 9th and Pennsylvania — but, it probably would have been warmer outside Lambeau Field (“Go Pack Go”).  It’s possible the only “takeaway” will be “Man you guys sure look cold out there!”  It was worse for David, who hails from sunny California, than those of us born and raised in the frigid winters of Wisconsin.

The subject is why the Attorney General’s role in administering the U.S. Immigration Court system is so critically important to the hundreds of thousands of individuals who depend on that system for due process and fair treatment, to the many Immigration Judges and support staff who have dedicated their professional lives to making the system work, and to our nation and its future.

The interview is scheduled to air tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 7:30 PM EST, on the “Vice News” show on HBO (which we don’t happen to have on our cable package).  But, I encourage everyone with HBO access to tune in and see how David and I did, elements notwithstanding.

PWS

01/09/17

 

Good To His Word, “The Leader Of the Pack” Takes Them Into The Playoffs — AR’s 4 TD Passes Tame Lions!

In mid-October, the Green Bay Packers were 4-6, wallowing in the throes of a four game losing streak. In Green Bay, where the home-town Packers aren’t everything, just the only thing, the conspiracy theories abounded — Aaron Rodgers was “over the hill,” he was preoccupied with girlfriend Olivia Munn, Vladimir Putin was hacking the signals and relaying them to the opposition.

But, AR remained cool. Acknowledging that he hadn’t played up to par, he predicted that the Pack would “run the table” — win their remaining six games — and make the playoffs. Many observers were skeptical.

Tonight, AR silenced the skeptics. Overcoming hamstring and calf injuries, the lack of a consistent running game, and an unreliable defense suffering from numerous key injuries, Rodgers threw four touchdown passes (giving him 40 for the season) in leading the Packers to a 31-24 road victory over the Detroit Lions that clinched the NFC North title. AR eluded rushers who seemed to have him in their grasp, ridiculously extended plays, and made several key runs .

Kudos to the Pack’s under-appreciated offensive line, which provided outstanding protection while controlling the line of scrimmage. Additionally, the defense, under beleaguered coordinator Dom Capers, made key stops and generally contained the Lions’ high-octane passing attack led by quarterback Matthew Stafford.

The Pack’s victory earned them a home playoff date against the NY Giants at Lambeau Field next Sunday. But, beware Packer fans: The last two times these teams met at Lambeau in the postseason, quarterback Eli Manning led the Giants to impressive wins.

Meanwhile, all was not lost for the Lions. They journey to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday.

PWS

01/01/17

Pack Drops Season Finale to Fairies! Controversial Call Ends Bid For Perfect Season!

The Beloit Fairies handed the Green Bay Packers, led by their legendary player-coach Curly Lambeau, their first — and only — defeat of the professional football season in a gritty, hard fought 6-0 game that ended with controversial call denying the Pack a potential game-winning touchdown, resulting in a near riot!  The year was 1919, and while the teams, faces, and style of the game differed from today, some things were the same — excitement, controversy, rivalry, and hard hitting.  Gotta wonder how many arrests and ejections took place among the fans!

Anna Patchin Schmidt, our daughter, who lives with her family in Beloit, WI, forwarded this item from Treasured Lives:

“Before the Green Bay Packers could conquer the world, first they had to best the state of Wisconsin and parts of Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. In their first two seasons, before joining what later became the National Football League, the Packers battled the Laphams from Milwaukee, the Oshkosh Professionals and the Stambaugh Miners from Michigan.
The 1919 Green Bay Packers, sponsored by the Indian Packing Co. of Green Bay. (Wikipedia)
In their first two seasons, the only team to beat them was a scrappy factory-backed team from Beloit called the Fairies. Make no mistake, the Beloit gridiron 11 was no group of winged waifs with pixie dust and a magic wand. Named for the Fairbanks Morse & Company, the Fairies handed the storied Packers franchise its first-ever loss in the fall of 1919. The game was decided on the last play and nearly caused a riot at Beloit’s Fairbanks-Morse Field.

With time slipping away, the Fairies led the Packers by a 6-0 score. The Packers punched through the Beloit line repeatedly and reached the opponents 5-yard line. “Beloit then stiffened, threw up a stone wall and fought back,” wrote the Janesville Daily Gazette in its game recap, “but though they were heavier than the Bay boys, Beloit couldn’t hold.”

The Packers scored a touchdown as time expired, but the linesman flagged the Packers for being offsides. “Cries of derision were heard all over the sidelines from the spectators when the penalty was called,” the Gazette wrote. “For a time, with the 2,000 spectators surging over the field towards the two teams and the referee, it appeared that a riot would be in progress, but the players of both teams forced the crowd back.”

It was not the first controversial call of the game. Earlier, the referee whistled the Packers for being out of bounds. “A beefing match then followed, with the referee and the captain of the Green Bay team chewing the fat over the rule book, and the discovery that the referee was using a 1918 set of rules.” The Green Bay captain was none other than the legendary Curly Lambeau, who served as player and coach in those early years.

Adding to the lore of that Packers-Fairies match was an after-game rumor that the Packers offered $5,000 to play the game again on a neutral field with football authority Walter Eckersall as referee. That never happened, and the Pack finished its first season with a 10-1 record. Even in the 1920 season, the Fairies again proved a nemesis, handing the Packers their only loss, a 14-3 decision at Fairbanks-Morse Field.

In those early years of Packers football, they played teams including the Menominee Professionals, the Racine Iroquois Athletic Club, the Marinette North End Badgers, the Chicago Boosters, the Milwaukee Maple Leaf Athletic Club and the Milwaukee Lapham Athletic Club. The first seasons, the Packers were under the sponsorship of the Indian Packing Company of Green Bay, where Curly Lambeau worked.

Those first two seasons, the Packers compiled a 19-2-1 record. They registered eight shutouts in the 1920 campaign. They played their first Thanksgiving Day game versus the Stambaugh Miners in 1920, winning by a 14-0 score. In August 1921, the fledgling American Professional Football Association (later called the NFL) awarded a franchise to Green Bay under the sponsorship of the Acme Packing Co.”

©2015 Treasured Lives

https://treasuredlives.us/2015/12/27/beloit-fairies-handed-green-bay-packers-first-loss/

Of course, I hope that the 2016 version of the Pack does better in their regular season finale — a date with the Detroit Lions in Detroit on New Year’s night for the NFC North Championship and a trip to the playoffs.  Go Pack Go!🏈

PWS

12/30/16

Packers Roll Over Vikings As Reveling Rowdies Set Season Mark For Fan Ejections At Lambeau

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2016/12/24/season-high-30-ejected-packers-vikings-game/95830894/

As reported by the Green Bay Press Gazette, a noon start on Christmas eve is no guarantee of “peace on earth goodwill to men” at Lambeau Field.  Getting a head start on their Christmas Revels, a season high 30 rowdy fans were booted from the stadium during the Packers-Vikes contest, narrowly topping the 28 fans given the heave ho during the Packers December 11 win over the Seattle Seahawks.  On the bright side, the six arrests fell woefully short of the 13 arrested during the Packers 23-16 victory over the playoff-bound NY Giants on October 9.  But, the combined 36 arrests and ejections sets a season  mark that can only be surpassed if the Pack beats the Detroit Lions in Detroit on New Year’s Day, which would guarantee at least one home playoff game at Lambeau.  Ah, Christmas in Wisconsin — I remember it well!

Although it appears that much of the action was in the stands, there actually was a game taking place on the field.  The Pack thrashed the Vikes 38-25.  Aaron Rodgers was brilliant again, accounting for all five Packer touchdowns, four through the air and one running, notwithstanding hamstring and leg injuries.

The game was not as close as the score would indicate, as the Packers, with the game well in hand, spent most of the interminable fourth quarter in a so-called “prevent” defense, allowing Minnesota to run up tons of yards and score two meaningless touchdowns.  Unfortunately, however, for much of the season it’s been difficult to tell the difference between the “prevent” and the porous “normal” defense that has allowed zillions of yards (particularly through the air) and lots of points — try 17 in the fourth quarter last week against the hapless 3-12 Bears that almost cost the Pack the game and their season.  Only another spectacular throw from AR to Jordy Nelson as time wound down saved the day and prevented an embarrassing disaster at the hands of the “Midgets of the Midway.”

More arrests, evictions, and general rowdiness from Packer fans is predicted for next week’s Division Championship Game in Detroit both at the Lion’s home, Ford Field, and at the many bars, taverns in, and on the streets of, Green Bay.