I’M GLAD EMILY WEST DID NOT WIN – SHE IS A LIAR – SHE HAS A RECORDING CONTRACT ALREADY

AND SHE’S BEEN ON TV AND IS AN ACTRESS ALREADY

SHE WAS PUT IN THIS COMPLETION AS A SHILL FOR SIMON COWELL

WHAT A BITCH HE IS

I BET SIMON COWELL IS THE GUY “GUIDING” EMILY’S CAREER

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

IS WHAT SHE PAID FOR

AND GOT

WHAT A LIAR!

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  1. Emily West
    Musical Artist
  2. Emily Marie Nemmers is an American country and popular music artist who performs and records under the name Emily West. Wikipedia
  3. Born: July 9, 1981 (age 33), Waterloo, IA
  4. Nationality: American
  5. SHADES OF KELLY CLARKSON ON “AMERICAN IDOL” WHO ALREADY HAD A RECORDING CONTRACT WHEN SHE WON THAT SHOW.
    SIMON COWELL IS FAMOUS FOR THROWING SHILL’S INTO THE MIX TO DISTRACT THE VOTING PUBLIC
    I BET HE’S MANAGING EMILY WEST
    I’M SO GLAD SHE LOST!
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    Emily West

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    This article is about the country music artist. For the Texas folk heroine, see Emily D. West.
    Emily West
    Birth name Emily Marie Nemmers[1][2]
    Born July 9, 1981 (age 33)[3]
    Origin Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.
    Genres Country, pop
    Occupations Singer-songwriter
    Instruments Vocals
    Guitar
    Years active 2007 – present
    Labels Capitol Nashville
    Associated acts Chely Wright
    Website Emily West Music

    Emily Marie Nemmers (born July 9, 1981) is an American country and popular music artist who performs and records under the nameEmily West. Signed to Capitol Records Nashville, she debuted on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts in early 2008 with the single “Rocks in Your Shoes”. This song peaked at No. 39 early in the year, and is the first single from a self-titled EP. She entered the country charts a second time with “Blue Sky”, a duet with Keith Urban, in 2010.

    In 2014, West competed on the 9th season of America’s Got Talent, where she finished as the runner up to magician Mat Franco.

    Biography[edit]

    West, the youngest of four children, was born in Waterloo, Iowa. In July of 1994 her parents took her to Bird-On-Fire Recording Studio in West Union, Iowa where studio owner Doug Koempel worked with her producing four demos: “Sweet Dreams”, “Piece Of My Heart”, “Higher Love” and “Me And Bobby McGee.” She moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2000 following her graduation from Waterloo West High School in hopes of achieving her goals of becoming a country music singer.[4] West soon signed a deal with a publishing company in Nashville, Warner-Chapell. West was then signed to Capitol Records Nashville when producer Mike Dungan listened to her demo tapes.[5] One of her first appearances was as a background vocalist on Chely Wright‘s 2005 album The Metropolitan Hotel.[6]

    Capitol released a self-titled EP December 11, 2007 to the iTunes music store. In early 2008, West was featured in People Magazine and completed a media tour for her debut single, “Rocks in Your Shoes”.[7] “Rocks in Your Shoes” peaked in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in early 2008. The song received a “thumbs up” rating from The 9513 critic Jim Malec, who called it “a fun-but-gritty up-tempo that exudes confidence and perfectly frames her music.”[8] A second single, “That Kind of Happy” was released in April 2009 and failed to enter the chart.

    West appeared on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on September 25, 2009, winning $25,000. In January 2010, West released a duet with labelmate Keith Urban titled “Blue Sky.” The song debuted at No. 53 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of February 23, 2010. Roughstock gave the song 4½ stars out of 5,stating that “‘Blue Sky’ is already a contender for one of 2010’s best singles.”[9] It spent thirteen weeks on the charts and peaked at No. 38.

    Emily appeared in the April 18, 2010 episode of Celebrity Apprentice, as the “music make-over” target for the women’s team led by Cyndi Lauper. Lauper won the challenge and as a result West donated 100% of the first month of iTunes sales of her song “Blue Sky” to the Stonewall Community Foundation, Lauper’s charity.

    She appeared in the January 10, 2012 “Shades of Blue” episode on Body of Proof on ABC. She played a drug addict trying to make it in the music business. She sings her single “Head On” at the end of the episode.

    America’s Got Talent[edit]

    In 2014, West competed on the 9th season of America’s Got Talent, advancing to the finals.[10] She finished in second place.

    Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order Result
    Audition Auditioner’s Choice Sea of Love Phil Phillips N/A Advanced
    Judgement Week N/A You Got It Roy Orbison N/A Advanced
    Top 48 Quarterfinals Chandelier Sia 9 Advanced
    Top 24 Semifinals, Part 1 Who Wants to Live Forever Queen 12 Advanced
    Top 12 Top 12 Nights in White Satin The Moody Blues 10 Advanced
    Finals Breakthrough Performance
    Brand New Choice
    Chandelier
    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
    Sia
    Roberta Flack
    3
    12
    Runner-up

    Discography[edit]

    Extended plays[edit]

    Title Album details Peak chart positions
    US Country US Heat US Indie US Folk
    Emily West
    I Hate You, I Love You
    • Release date: December 29, 2011
    • Label: Emily West
    41 9 41 7
    Rocket Science
    • Release date: June 24, 2014
    • Label: Yellow Brick Road Records
    “—” denotes releases that did not chart

    Singles[edit]

    Year Single Peak chart positions Album
    US Country US Bubbling
    [11]
    CAN
    2008 “Rocks in Your Shoes” 39 Emily West (EP)
    2009 “That Kind of Happy” N/A
    2010 “Blue Sky” (with Keith Urban) 38 4 97
    “—” denotes releases that did not chart

    Music videos[edit]

    Year Video Director
    2008 “Rocks in Your Shoes” (road video)
    “Rocks in Your Shoes” Stephen Shepherd
    2009 O Holy Night
    2010 “Blue Sky”

    References[edit]

    1. Jump up^ 20 Questions With Emily West, By Jim Malec | ,April 24th, 200, The 9513
    2. Jump up^ http://www.lyrics.net/lyric/13990107
    3. Jump up^ “Birthdays”. Country Weekly 17 (28): 58.
    4. Jump up^ Neal, Chris (2008-04-21). “Who’s New: Emily West”. Country Weekly 15 (8): 13.
    5. Jump up^ “Emily West Biography”. Capitol Records Nashville. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
    6. Jump up^ The Metropolitan Hotel (Media notes). Chely Wright. Dualtone Records. 2005. 80302-01200-2.
    7. Jump up^ “2 Music Geeks’ Podcast 13: Lucky—Featuring Emily West”. http://www.2musicgeeks.com. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
    8. Jump up^ Malec, Jim (2008-02-19). “Emily West – “Rocks in Your Shoes””. The 9513. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
    9. Jump up^ Emily West (Featuring Keith Urban) – “Blue Sky”, By: Matt Bjorke, Last Updated: March 23, 2010, Roughstock
    10. Jump up^ Simmer, Alan. “West through to Talent finals”, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, September 11, 2014
    11. Jump up^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 962. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.

    External links[edit]

NICK CANNON IS A POSITIVE TYPE GUY – MARIAH CAREY IS A BITCH

I ALWAYS HATED CAREY

WHAT A CUNT

BUT WHEN CANNON MARRIED HER I THOUGHT

“Okay maybe she’s okay”

I WAS RIGHT THE FIRST TIME

WHEN CAREY & CANNON WENT ON THEIR ELOPEMENT

THEY NEVER NOTIFIED HIS RELATIVES

THAT’S JUST NOT RIGHT

HOWEVER

NICK CANNON IS A FORCE OF GOOD

HIS KIDS ARE LUCKY THEY GOT HIM AS THEIR POP

I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED CANNON EVEN WHEN HE DOES AND SAYS STUPID STUFF

HE’S JUST A COOL DUDE

I’M SURE I’D LOVE HIM IF I KNEW HIM IN MY REAL LIFE

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PHOTO: Moroccan and Monroe, the children of Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, celebrate their birthday.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – FINALE

MIGUEL DAKOTA is a hottie

MAT FRANCO is another hottie

QUINTAVIOUS JOHNSON is a kid hottie at 12

SONS of WEIRDNESS has no hottie’s except for its lead singer – I don’t think they are special in any way and my partner thinks that their harpist is a serial killer? Don’t ask me – that’s what she thinks.

FLASHBACK: to LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY JR who is now headlining in Vegas in his own show with Sinatra tunes.

That guy showed p at AGT with his last pieces of clothing on his body. This show actually DID change this dude’s life and he deserved it. His wife and he are unfortunately getting divorced now but sometimes you lose stuff when you win big.

http://www.landaumurphyjr.com/

My partner loves Emelie West

Her performance with Cyndi Lauper – made me cry!

Very moving -

Also moving was the show before when Howard Stern & Rosie O’Donnell hugged each other

I totally love Rosie & Howard is cool – he reminds me so much of JOEY RAMONE who is dearly departed and we all really loved Joey

Big talk lanky Joey always stooping over to accommodate the pretty girls peering up at him. I always wanted to be his girlfriend. He passed away the same year and month as my own mom. I – well – nuff said.

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America’s Got Talent Winner Mat Franco: I’m No Longer Embarrassed to Say I’m a Magician

America's Got Talent Winner Mat Franco: I'm No Longer Embarrassed to Say I'm a Magician
Mat Franco
VIRGINIA SHERWOOD/NBC/NBCU PHOTO BANK/GETTY

09/18/2014 AT 08:45 PM EDT

Just call it magic.

Mat Franco made America’s Got Talent history Wednesday night as the first magician to win the NBC variety competition.

“I couldn’t help but just be shocked and honored,” the Johnston, Rhode Island, native tells PEOPLE. “It’s great to be an inspiration to people. … The underlying message is following your passion. Whatever it is you like to do, do it: Dreams can come true.”

Making it big in the biz has been a dream of Franco’s since he was 4, when he started to teach himself card tricks. The season 9 winner used to record the pros on TV and watch them back in slow-motion, often with his grandma, Eleanor, who was one of his biggest cheerleaders during his AGT journey.

“She ran up on stage at the end of the show at the finale and told me how proud she was,” he says, adding that his family has “supported this whole crazy dream of mine since before I can remember.”

One thing he does remember is often being embarrassed to tell people he was a magician – especially girls.

“It has a certain connotation to it, so you wouldn’t necessarily want to bring it up,” says Franco, 26. “Maybe that can change. Now that magic has won the biggest talent show in the world, maybe that’ll give magic a little credit.”

Before wowing the judges, the struggling magician made his way through the college circuit, performing at campuses across the country to make ends meet. Now, Franco loves stepping into the spotlight on a bigger platform.

“It’s night and day if you consider the college campus dining hall versus Radio City Music Hall,” he says of the overnight switch in venues.

“There was this moment when we were rehearsing for the first live show, and I look up, and all these [production] people who are the best in their field are all coming together to help me,” Franco says. “It was emotional for me having a team like that. I felt like David Copperfield for a second. It was pretty wild.”

Next, Franco will hit up Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas to headline theAmerica’s Got Talent Live at The AXIS show with fellow top acts from season 9 on Sept. 26 and 27.

 

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FRAT GETS WOMEN HIGH TO FUCK THEM?

SERIOUSLY

IF YOU ARE A FRAT BROTHER

WHO NEEDS TO PUT A RUFIE INTO A WOMAN’S DRINK

TO GET HER HIGH TO FUCK HER

YOU GOT NO LIFE.

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YOU BELONG IN JAIL

JUST SAYING

NOT ONLY YOU BELONG IN JAIL

BUT YOUR PARENTS WHO TAUGHT YOU ABOUT LIFE AND LOVE

DESERVE A KICK IN THE BALLS AND A 10 YEAR SENTENCE ALONG WITH YOU

Fraternity Suspended After Accusations It Used Color-Coded System To Drug Female Students

Posted: 09/19/2014 4:53 pm EDT Updated: 09/19/2014 5:00 pm EDT

The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is being investigated by the school, its national organization and campus police after accusations that female guests who attended a Sept. 12 party were marked with color-coded Xs on their hands and given date rape drugs.

The national TKE organization told The Huffington Post it has temporarily suspended the Zeta-Zeta chapter at UW-Milwaukee and is working with the university to investigate the situation. The university said via Twitter on Thursday that it alsosuspended the fraternity.

“Police tell us that one person has been arrested in the case, but has not been charged pending review by the district attorney,” Tom Luljak, vice chancellor for university relations at UW-Milwaukee, told HuffPost. “The police have not released the name of the individual who was arrested.”

University officials told HuffPost there was no report of sexual violence at the fraternity on the night of Sept. 12.

At least three women and a man were found that night vomiting and unable to walk at Sandburg Hall, a university residence, reports WISN, a local ABC affiliate. All four needed to be hospitalized. One of the women told police she experienced a “weird feeling” before blacking out, according to the Associated Press.

The three women were each marked with a red X on their hand from the TKE party,according to a search warrant affidavit cited by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The man had a black X on his hand, but told police he drank from the same cup as a woman with a red X.

Female partygoers were allowed to buy an index card for $8 that provided “all access to the house” and drinks, the paper reported. One of the women told police “you have to be hot” to purchase one of the cards, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

Others who attended the party told university police that cups were moved under the bar to mix the drinks, and that drinks appeared cloudy when served, the Journal-Sentinel reported.

According to Wisconsin news outlet WTMJ, police searched the frat house and confiscated plastic cups, glasses, alcohol, cellphones, laptops, bongs and other drug paraphernalia.

“We are deeply concerned about these allegations because the safety of our students is our number one priority,” Luljak said. “Our police are aggressively pursuing this investigation to determine exactly what happened and who may have been involved.”

There were reports of three sexual assault at the same fraternity last year, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

TV SHOW “Z NATION” SUCKS – It’s like “Really”?

I know the title makes no sense

or does it?

Watched 3 episodes of Z NATION and I gotta tell ya

I WORKED FOR USA NETWORKS during the launch of THE SCI FI CHANNEL in 1992

and when I think of SCI FI or SYFY – ridiculous – I gotta say

I never envisioned a piece of shit show like Z Nation happening

A Zombie stuck in the wheel axis of a car?

Grossest scene ever

I mean really?

and the zombies they are all over the place?

especially in NY/NJ and New England

Right!

I own a zombie Katana and am dying to use it on one of these producers.

Just saying.

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Z Nation

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Z Nation
Z nation title.png
Genre
Format Serial drama
Created by
Starring
Composer(s) Jason Gallagher
Country of origin United States
Originallanguage(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2
Production
Executiveproducer(s)
  • Paul Bales
  • David Michael Latt
  • David Rimawi
  • Karl Schaefer
Location(s) Spokane, Washington
Cinematography Alexander Yellen
Running time 44 minutes
Productioncompany(s) The Asylum
Distributor Dynamic Television
Broadcast
Original channel Syfy
Original run September 12, 2014 – present
External links
Official website

Z Nation is an American post-apocalyptic television series created by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler, which airs on Syfy. The first season, which will consist of 13 episodes, premiered on September 12, 2014.[1]

Premise[edit]

Three years after a zombie virus devastated the United States, a group must transport the only known immune survivor three thousand miles from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. His antibodies are the world’s last best hope for a vaccine. However, he harbors a dark secret that threatens them all.[2]

Cast[edit]

  • Kellita Smith as Roberta Warren
  • DJ Qualls as Citizen Z: a computer hacker who joins the team to help navigate the zombie-infested terrain
  • Michael Welch as Mack Thompson: a wanderer who, along with Addy, joins the team to survive
  • Keith Allan as Murphy
  • Anastasia Baranova as Addy Carver
  • Russell Hodgkinson as Doc
  • Pisay Pao as Cassandra
  • Nat Zang as 10K
  • Tom Everett Scott as Charles Garnett: Hammond’s second-in-command
  • Harold Perrineau as Mark Hammond: the leader of the westward-bound group

Production[edit]

On June 29, 2014, it was announced that the filming of 13 episodes for the first season of the series was underway in Spokane, Washington.[3][4]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 “Puppies and Kittens” John Hyams Karl Schaefer September 12, 2014 1.58[5]
2 “Fracking Zombies” John Hyams Michael Cassutt September 19, 2014 TBA
3 “Philly Feast”[6] TBA TBA September 26, 2014 TBA
4 “Full Metal Zombie”[6] TBA TBA October 3, 2014 TBA
5 “Home Sweet Zombie”[6] TBA TBA October 10, 2014 TBA
6 “Resurrection Z”[6] TBA TBA October 17, 2014 TBA
7 “Welcome to the Fu-Bar”[6] TBA TBA October 24, 2014 TBA
8 “Zunami”[6] TBA TBA October 31, 2014 TBA

References[edit]

STRATEGIST NATE SILVER WAS WRONG ABOUT SCOTLAND & I PREDICT HE’S WRONG ABOUT CONGRESSIONAL VOTING IN NOVEMBER 2014!

SCOTLAND VOTED TO STAY WITH THE UK

THE BIG DEAL JEW

NATE SILVER GOT IT WRONG

TO ME THAT’S A GIFT FROM THE UNIVERSE

THIS MEANS THAT THIS YOUNG STRATEGIST HAS FAILED

BIG TIME

AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE PISSED OFF WITH CONGRESS

I FEEL THAT

IF NATE WAS SO WRONG ABOUT SCOTLAND

OUR CONGRESS IS A SHOE IN TO BECOME ALL DEMOCRATIC!

YAY! NATE SILVER – THE WONDER BOY IS WRONG!

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About a year ago, I was on a book tour in Edinburgh and was asked by a couple of reporters about Scotland’s upcoming vote on whether to secede from the United Kingdom. The “yes” vote (a vote to secede) had “virtually no chance” of prevailing, I said. “For the most part it looks like it’s a question of how much the ‘no’ side will win by, not what the outcome might be.”

Now that the “no” side has won by what looks to be a definitive margin, I suppose I should be touting that prediction. But despite the outcome, it was one of the worst predictions I’ve made. I’d spent all of 15 minutes studying the issue before weighing in. That’s not enough — and it’s not what we’re all about at FiveThirtyEight. We take predictions seriously, and there’s usually a heck of a lot of research involved before we make one. My Scotland prediction failed that test.

So I don’t pretend to have any particular authority to discuss Scotland’s results. But the “no” side’s margin of victory, by 10 to 11 percentage points, might give us some pause.

To be clear, most of the polls had “no” ahead in the closing days of the campaign. But they suggested a considerably closer electionthan actually happened. There’s a parallel to the final days of the 2012 U.S. presidential election, when the polls showed Barack Obama ahead of Mitt Romney. Those polls “called” most outcomes correctly but nevertheless had a significant bias, underrating how well Obama — and Democratic candidates for the Senate — might do.

Out of all of the polls in our (soon to be publicly released) polling database (which includes polls for the Senate, the presidency, and gubernatorial and U.S. House campaigns), the average survey understated the Democratic candidate’s performance in 2012 by almost 3 percentage points. Had the error run in the opposite direction — had Republicans outperformed their polls by that margin instead of Democrats — Romney might have won states like Colorado, Ohio and Florida and possibly have become president. The GOP perhaps would not have taken the Senate, but Republicans would have been highly competitive in states including Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Ohio and Virginia and made it very close.

Suspend your disbelief for a moment, and imagine I’ve persuaded you that the margin between actual and predicted results — not the number of correct “calls” — is what counts in polling. What then accounted for the mediocre results in Scotland?

I have only a theory: Scotland’s results may have had something to do with the “Shy Tory Factor.” This was the tendency of conservatives (Tories) to outperform their polls during a number of U.K. elections in the 1990s and especially in the U.K. general election of 1992. The idea is that conservatives were less enthusiastic than Labour voters and therefore less likely to declare their support for a conservative government to pollsters. Nevertheless, they turned out to vote.

U.K. pollsters responded to these elections in a variety of ways, including by weighting their results based on voters’ party preference in prior elections. But this may have been a patch that failed to address the underlying issue: Voters are not equally likely to respond to polls; those who are more enthusiastic about an upcoming election are more likely to do so.

This potentially leads to a double-counting of enthusiastic voters if turnout models are not applied carefully.

The problem could become worse as response rates to polls decline. Furthermore, many polls of the Scottish independence referendum were Internet-based, and some of those polls did not use probability sampling, historically the bedrock for demographic weighting. AYouGov poll earlier this month, for example — one of the few to show the “yes” side ahead — did so only because of its weighting procedures. On an unweighted basis, it had “no” ahead by about 6 percentage points.

Almost everyone in Scotland voted in the referendum. Less enthusiastic voters — Shy Unionists? — may have been missed by pollsters, but they may have made the difference.

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SENATOR CORY BOOKER HAS A SOLUTION TO NFL DOMESTIC ABUSERS

CORY BOOKER used to be MAYOR of NEWARK

Then he became a SENATOR for Democrats in NJ

His intent, I believe, is Presidency however I don’t think we’ll see a black President again in my lifetime

But Booker would be a great President – I think – and I would vote for him.

I would also vote for former BUSH JR ADVISER – COLIN POWELL

I look at him and see the generation of my parents – I feel safe when I see him – don’t ask me why

His ideas are sound and his demeanor is enticing – I really like him as a person and as a leader

I would follow him into battle

I would call him my friend

I would vote for him as POTUS

I just would.

I feel that way about Senator Booker too.

This is his idea about the NFL

THE COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE THE NFL NON PROFIT STATUS REVOKED

MAKE THEM A NON-PROFIT

AND HAVE ALL THEIR PROCEEDS GO TO THE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

EXACTLY HOW I FEEL AND

THANK GODDESS THAT SOMEONE LIKE HIM – STRONG OF MIND AND IDEA HAD THE COURAGE

TO VOICE HIS OPINIONS

THANKFULLY SENATOR’S BOOKER & WARREN – ARE AMAZING!

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SLADE says:

COMMENTARY ABOUT BUSINESS AND FINANCE.
SEPT. 18 2014 2:18 PM

The NFL Is Not a Nonprofit

Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker wants to use tax money from the NFL to fund domestic abuse programs.

Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The National Football League generates about $9.5 billion in revenue each year. It is, by Forbes’ estimate, the most valuable sports league in the world. Its commissioner, Roger Goodell, makes $44 million in a year. And yet, the NFL’s head office has long been allowed to operate as a tax-exempt nonprofit—as if its sole purpose for existence wasn’t to extract wads of cash from the wallets of American sports fans.

Jordan WeissmannJORDAN WEISSMANN

Jordan Weissmann is Slate‘s senior business and economics correspondent.

Even if it’s taken a series of national scandals to give this idea a fresh push, it’s nice to see common sense gaining more steam. Previously, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma (whose state lacks an NFL team) and the House Ways and Means Committee have proposed legislation that would strip sports leagues of their nonprofit status. But if senators representing Giants, Jets, and Seahawks fans suddenly feel comfortable getting behind this idea, that’s progress.

Chances are, yanking away the NFL’s tax exemption wouldn’t drastically change its finances. Only the league office, which considers itself a trade association for its clubs—just like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or the National Dairy Council—is a nonprofit; the teams themselves are purely for-profit. As a result, pro football’s copious TV revenues are taxed once they’re passed down to the franchises. A separate, for-profit company called NFL Ventures, co-owned by the teams, handlesthe league’s merchandising and sponsorship earnings. Finally, the league office oftenoperates at a loss—in 2011 it finished more than $77 million in the red, while in 2012 it only had $9 million left at year’s end. Without profits, of course, there’s nothing for the government to tax.

The case of Major League Baseball is instructive for what might happen to the NFL if it were to lose its exemption. In 2007, MLB gave up its nonprofit status, reportedlybecause of new IRS rules that would have required public disclosure of its executives’ salaries. Later, it said the move was “tax-neutral.”

Congress itself doesn’t think the NFL’s tax bill would be that big. Coburn has suggested that taxing the NFL and NHL alone would raise about $91 million per year. But the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation—probably a bit more credible in this instance—believes ending tax exemptions for allsports leagues would bring in just under $11 million per year. Booker hopes his bill would raise about $100 million over a decade, which would go to support domestic abuse programs. That’s a mere trickle compared with the geyser of cash the NFL generates each year.

So if money isn’t really the issue, what is? It’s about principles. Letting the NFL operate tax-free makes a mockery of the entire concept behind nonprofits, which is that we should give a special break to organizations that do the useful, unprofitable work normal corporations won’t.

The NFL’s lawyers like to point out that the IRS has a long history of treating sports leagues as tax-exempt. The government first gave the league office its nonprofit status in 1942, they note, and hasn’t questioned it since. Citing this history is a reasonable response to critics, such as Gregg Easterbrook, who claim that the NFL is simply benefiting from a special tax loophole that came about thanks to some brilliant lobbying in the 1960s—Congress actually inserted “professional football leagues” into the list of nonprofit trade groups covered by Section 501(c)(6) of the tax code. The code had previously covered “business leagues, chambers of commerce, real-estate boards, or boards of trade.” But this legislative carve-out doesn’t explain why, for instance, pro hockey and pro golf also get to operate tax-free.

The problem is that the NFL should never have been considered a trade association in the first place. Love or hate the lobbying they do in Washington, trade groups are supposed to work for the benefit of entire industries, and be open to any business in that industry that would like to join. If you own a butter-making factory, then by God, you can pay dues and become a member of the American Butter Institute. The NFL, in contrast, operates a legally sanctioned sports cartel. It’s not in the league’s interest to let in more teams, because that could hurt the value of existing franchises.

“To be a 501(c)(6) organization, anyone who meets your requirements for who’s part of the industry has to be allowed to join the association as a member,” Jeffrey Tenenbaum, chairman of the nonprofit organizations group at the law firm Venable,explained to ESPN last year. “With professional sporting leagues, that’s not the case; it’s a very closed circle. You can’t start a professional football team and join the NFL.”

If NFL executives were out lobbying on behalf of college football teams or arena football, we might have a different story. But they’re not. The league office is the enforcement wing and rule-making body of a profit-making operation. The same goes for leagues like the NHL, which exist for the express purpose of excluding competition.

The deeper issue at play here is that nonprofits exist to do things for the public good—things that for-profit companies generally don’t do. That’s why we give nonprofits a break from the IRS. And it’s why the government should be stingy about which kinds of organizations count and which don’t. We know that sports leagues won’t suddenly disappear if we treat them like normal corporations and ask them to pay, at most, a few million dollars to the government. Major League Baseball certainly hasn’t gone anywhere. The NFL won’t either.

IF THIS REPORT IS TRUE ABOUT NFL RUNNING BACK JON DWYER – HE’S AN ASSHOLE

JON DWYER WANTED TO HAVE SEX WITH HIS WIFE

BUT SHE REFUSED HIM

HE HEADBUTTED HER AND BROKE A NASAL BONE IN HER NOSE?

AND THEN THREW A SHOW AT HIS 18 MONTH OLD SON?

SERIOUSLY?

57 TIMES THE NFL HAS HAD THESE NIGGERS BEATING UP ON THEIR WIVES AND GIRLFRIENDS

BUT NIGGER BOY MICHAEL VICK LIKES DOGS

THE NFL SHOULD BE SUSPENDED

AND FROM NOW ON CHECK THE BACKGROUND OF ALL THESE BLACK MORONS BEFORE ALLOWING THEM ACCESS TO THE FIELD AND A PAYCHECK.

I AM MORE CONVINCED THAN EVER THAT BLACK MEN SHOULD GO TO JAIL FOR THE FIRST 4 YEARS BEFORE COLLEGE SO THEY CAN GET SCARED STRAIGHT BEFORE ENTERING THE WORLD

EITHER THAT OR KILL THEM WITH EBOLA OR A WHITE COP

THEY SEEM TO SUCK AS PEOPLE.

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NFL Running Back Allegedly Headbutted Wife After She Refused To Have Sex With Him

POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 AT 3:26 PM

NFL Running Back Allegedly Headbutted Wife After She Refused To Have Sex With Him

Jonathan Dwyer, Gerald Hodges

CREDIT: AP

On Wednesday, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested in connection with two alleged domestic violence incidents involving his wife and 17-month old son. It was the 57th time that an NFL player has been arrested on a domestic violence charges since Roger Goodell become the commissioner in 2006.

 Today, the details of the allegations against Dwyer emerged and they are especially brutal. The particulars demonstrate why it can be terrifying and life-threatening to report an assault.

The statement of probable cause filed by the police details how the first incident started when Dwyer’s wife refused to have sex with him. According to the report, Dwyer’s wife bit his lip “to get away from him and stop his advances.” Then “he head-butted her in the face, which she later learned had caused a nasal bone fracture as a result of the head butt.”

The police were alerted after a neighbor heard loud arguing. Dwyer then threatened to kill himself if she reported the incident to the police, texting her a picture of a knife. So she initially denied the assault to the police.

The next day, according to the report, Dwyer punched he in the face and threw a shoe at their 17-month-old son. When she tried to call 911, he threw her cell phone from the second floor balcony. She then alerted the police when she felt safe, which was only after she was able to get to another state with her son.

The full report:

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Of the 57 players arrested for domestic violence incidents since 2006, 34 have not received any punishment at all.

The NFL’s handling of domestic violence incidents, most notably Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson this season, has come under heavy criticism from a variety of fronts, including corporate sponsors. Major advertisers like Anheuser-Busch, FedEx and Verizon have all released statements critical of the NFL in recent days. In a statement released today, Pepsi’s CEO said “I am a mother, a wife, and a passionate football fan. I am deeply disturbed that the repugnant behavior of a few players and the NFL’s acknowledged mishandling of these issues…”

Thus far, no major sponsors have terminated their relationship with the NFL. Pepsi’s CEO, while slamming the league’s response to incidents, reaffirmed her support for Roger Goodell.

Dwyer has been deactivated by the Cardinals this week. It is unclear what penalty he will ultimately receive from the league.

UPDATE

An analysis by Tara Culp-Ressler on what this disturbing incident can teach Americans about domestic violence

THIS PROVES BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT AMERICAN CONGRESS IS FUCKED UP!

OUR STUPID CONGRESS

CONFLICTED AND OBSESSED WITH HATING POTUS OBAMA

WHO WANTS TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS TO FIGHT ISIS

WENT ALONG WITH THIS STUPID ASS PLAN OF OBAMA’S AND NOW WE’RE IN A NEW

CONFLICT

WITHOUT REALLY BEING IN A WAR.

If that sounds conflicted you are correct.

Meanwhile our CONGRESS can’t help the people in America who are starving, homeless and have no jobs

But giving guns to assholes – well we have no fucking problem with that

says CONGRESS

VOTE IN NOVEMBER TO GET RID OF THESE CLOWNS.

IN TWO SHORT YEARS THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT WILL BE HISTORY

AND WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO OUR FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT

I HOPE TO GODDESS SHE IS ANYTHING BUT BLACK

JUST SAYING.

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Conflicted Congress Passes Obama’s New War Funding

Posted: 09/18/2014 6:39 pm EDT Updated: 1 hour ago
CAPITOL

WASHINGTON — The Senate added its conflicted stamp of approval to President Barack Obama’s request to arm and train Syrian rebels against the Islamic State, voting to fund what amounts to the start of a new war without an actual war vote.

The measure — attached to a must-pass bill to fund the government until Dec. 11 — spends $500 million to start training and arming Syrian rebels and to expand on the campaign launched in August against the extremist advance in Iraq.

The bill passed 78 to 22, and heads to the White House, where President Barack Obama, who ran as an anti-war president, is likely to sign it. It allows Obama in effect to begin hostilities against an enemy in Syria, relying on the war declarations passed with the authorizations to use military force in 2001 and 2002 that targeted al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.

 The vote was a strong show of support for the president’s military action but revealed some unusual fractures in each party. A total of 33 Republicans voted to back the administration’s Syria request while 10 Democrats opposed it. Among those Democrats: Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.), who holds the Senate seat previously held for nearly 30 years by Secretary of State John Kerry, who is actively making the case for supporting military action in Syria.

There was also a notable split among potential 2016 presidential contenders. Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) voted against the bill, while Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) supported it. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) voted against it.

Lawmakers and the White House agreed the AUMFs are outdated — some members don’t even think it’s constitutional for the president to apply them to current military operations against ISIS — and need to be modernized.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who made the case for the majority, acknowledged that the Senate needs to hold a broader debate, and a vote, on a new war authorization. Durbin said he expects that to happen only after lawmakers return from the elections in November.

“We have a special responsibility given to us by the Constitution that says the American people declare war, not the president,” Durbin said. “So we will come back and start the debate on what’s known as [an AUMF], a modern version … It’s a debate that’s long overdue.”

The debate Thursday was a study in contradictions, with senators like Durbin who backed the funding complaining about Obama’s war authority, and senators who opposed the funding saying nevertheless it is vital for the United States to stop ISIS or ISIL, as the extremists are also known.

Perhaps the highest profile opponent, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), argued that he would have voted for a war authorization, even as he condemned intervention and mocked the idea of arming Syrian rebels under the old war declarations.

“As [Secretary of State John] Kerry understands it, we could use that [2001] authorization of force to attack the same people we’re giving the weapons to. Think about the insanity of this,” Paul said. “We’re giving weapons to people fighting in trenches with al Qaeda. We could actually attack under that formulation the very people we’re giving the weapons to. It’s absurd.”

Still, before voting against funding, Paul said ISIS was a real threat. “I think there are valid reasons for being involved, and I think we are doing the right thing, but just in the wrong way.”

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) also argued that Obama does not have the authority to wage a new war, but he voted for the funding, calling it “the least-worst option.”

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) called ISIS “terrorist thugs” and a threat to the United States, but adamantly opposed arming the rebels “or who they might be 12 months from now.”

“I disagree with my president,” Begich said, arguing that the people who live in the area are the ones who should be “stepping up to the plate.”

Similarly, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said Arab nations should be the ones stepping forward and bearing the burdens, and worried that the costs would again be born by American taxpayers.

“We must stop putting wars on a credit card,” Tester said before voting for the bill. “And I wonder if once we start an overseas conflict, do we know where and when it will stop? Do we know what our spending will achieve?”

Even senators who were adamantly for tougher action were not happy with the measure they backed.

“I’ll support it. It’s long overdue support for the brave Syrians who are fighting on the front lines against a common terrorist enemy,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), even as he complained that Obama should have acted two years ago, and that even now he was telegraphing his plans to the enemy.

“Two years ago, it could have been decisive, it’s not now,” McCain said. “We’re talking about 5,000 [Syrians] that we’re going to train over a year or more period, and they’re going to be fighting against an estimated 31,500 fighters.”

McCain also complained about a lack of candor over the required U.S. commitment to winning, citing former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who predicted “they’re not going to be successful against ISIS strictly from the air.”

“That’s the opinion not of John McCain … but Robert Gates and every military expert I have talked to,” McCain said.

Current administration military leaders have said they have no intentions of putting boots on the ground, but also warned that the circumstances could change.

After Thursday’s vote, whatever the circumstances become, Congress will not have another say until mid-November, at the earliest.

Obama later praised lawmakers for overwhelmingly voting to support the administration’s military efforts.

“I want to thank leaders in Congress for the speed and seriousness with which they approached this urgent issue,” he said during brief remarks at the White House. “Bipartisanship … is the hallmark of American foreign policy at its best.”

This article has been updated to add Obama’s comment and vote details.

CORRECTION: An earlier version incorrectly reported the vote tally. It has been corrected.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT SCOTLAND BREAKING FROM ENGLAND

I HOPE THAT THE SCOTS DON’T BLOW THIS CHANCE TO GET AWAY FROM THE UK

I MEAN REALLY

WHO WANTS TO BE TAKEN OVER BY THE BRITS?

I’M HOPING THAT THE SCOTS DECLARE INDEPENDENCE FROM THE QUEEN

SHE’S JUST AN OLD BLOODY BITCH, NOW ISN’T SHE!

IT’S NOT LIKE SHE’S ELTON JOHN!

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Scotland’s Polls Have Closed, Vote Counting Underway In Independence Referendum

Posted: 09/18/2014 5:09 pm EDT Updated: 6 minutes ago
SCOTLAND

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country’s 307-year union with England.

After the polls closed late Thursday, many Scots settled in to stay up all night in homes and bars, awaiting the result that could change their lives, shake financial markets worldwide and boost other independence movements from Flanders to Catalonia to Quebec.

“Why not roll the dice for once?” Yes supporter Thomas Roberts said at one Edinburgh polling station. “I’m going to sit with a beer in my hand watching the results coming in.”

 A nationwide count began immediately at 32 regional centers across Scotland. At Highland Hall outside of Edinburgh, where the final result will be announced later Friday, vote-counters at dozens of tables sorted through paper ballots, watched keenly by monitors from the Yes and No camps.

Early turnout totals for a number of regions ranged from 75 percent to over 90 percent, among the highest levels seen in decades.

The first of the 32 results saw a 54-46 percent No victory in the central district of Clackmannanshire. Results from the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow were not expected for several hours.

Eager voters had lined up outside some polling stations even before they opened Thursday. More than 4.2 million people had registered to vote — 97 percent of those eligible — including residents as young as 16.

For some, it was a day they had dreamed of for decades. For others, the time had finally come to make up their minds about the future — both for themselves and for the United Kingdom.

“Fifty years I fought for this,” said 83-year-old Isabelle Smith, a Yes supporter in Edinburgh’s maritime district of Newhaven, a former fishing port. “And we are going to win. I can feel it in my bones.”

After polls closed, some No campaigners said they were confident they had swayed enough undecided voters to stave off independence. They may have been helped by a last-minute offer from Britain’s main political parties for more powers for Scotland if they reject secession, and by fears about the future of Britain’s pensions and the National Health Service in an independent Scotland.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was expected to make a televised address about Britain’s future Friday morning after the result was announced.

The question on the ballot could not be simpler: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Yet it has divided Scots during months of campaigning, generating an unprecedented volume and intensity of public debate and participation. The Yes side, in particular, has energized young people and previously disillusioned working-class voters.

Polls suggest the result was too close to call. A final Ipsos MORI poll released Thursday put support for the No side at 53 percent and Yes at 47 percent. The phone survey of 991 people has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Many questions — the currency an independent Scotland would use, its status within the 28-nation European Union and NATO, the fate of Britain’s nuclear-armed submarines, based at a Scottish port — remain uncertain or disputed after months of campaigning.

One thing was known: A Yes vote would trigger 18 months of negotiations between Scottish leaders and London-based politicians on how the two countries would separate their institutions before Scotland’s planned Independence Day on March 24, 2016.

After weeks in which the British media talked of little else, the television airwaves were almost a referendum-free zone Thursday due to electoral rules. On the streets, it was a different story, with rival Yes and No billboards and campaigners outside many polling places.

For Smith, who went to the polling station decked out in a blue-and-white pro-independence shirt and rosette, statehood for Scotland was a dream nurtured during three decades living in the U.S. with her late husband.

“The one thing America has that the Scots don’t have is confidence,” said Smith, who returned to Scotland years ago. “But they’re getting it, they’re walking tall.”

Yes campaigners insisted Scots would not allow a return to the status quo, even if the independence bid failed.

“Whatever happens, Scotland is going to be different,” said Luke Campbell, a member of the Radical Independence Movement.

But some No supporters said the pro-independence campaign had fueled bad feeling among neighbors.

“The country is divided with a hatchet. It’s so awful — and it was completely unnecessary,” said Fiona Mitchell, distributing No leaflets outside a polling station.

If the Yes side prevails, First Minister Alex Salmond will have realized a long-held dream of leading his country to independence from an alliance with England that was formed in 1707.

“This is our opportunity of a lifetime and we must seize it with both hands,” Salmond said in his final pre-vote speech.

Pro-independence forces got a last-minute boost Thursday from tennis star Andy Murray, who signaled his support of the Yes campaign in a tweet to his 2.7 million followers.

Anti-independence leaders, including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, himself a Scot, have implored Scots not to break their links with the rest of the United Kingdom and have stressed the economic uncertainties that independence would bring. There have been fierce disputes over whether an independent Scotland could use the pound and several companies have said they would move their headquarters from Scotland to England if the Yes vote prevails.

Many Yes supporters were heading to symbolic spots like Calton Hill overlooking Edinburgh — hoping the sun would rise Friday on a new dawn of independence and not just a hangover.

But financial consultant Michael MacPhee, a No voter, said he would observe the returns coming in “with anxiety.”

Scottish independence is “the daftest idea I’ve ever heard,” he said.

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