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Coffee Shop Just Royally Enraged Every Racist Patron In Town With New Sign In Their Front Window

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A controversial exchange that occurred on August 8th, between a coffee shop and a concerned customer, is still gaining traction on Facebook. The concern, between coffee shop and customer, has sparked an ongoing debate that centers around two supportive concepts: Back the Blue and Black Lives Matter. It was like the two support causes butt heads, but didn’t ever meet in person. It was a simple sign in the window of a coffee shop vs one strong willed woman’s opinion.

It all started when Brandi Wilson posted on Facebook that she felt uncomfortable from the moment she walked into the Ground-A-Bout coffee shop in Jackson, Missouri. She posted that the coffee shop had a sign in the window saying “Back the Blue” and it made her comfortable as an African American person. She also, and not in these exact words, claimed that having the shop post the “Back the Blue” sign was like them screaming “black lives don’t matter.” The Ground-A-Bout coffee shop responded in support of all races and expressed that supporting police does not mean a company is hostile towards people of color. If someone supports the fire department, then does that mean they dislike people of color? People are allowed to support police and not be racist. That’s how everyone should be.

The controversy started Aug. 8 when a customer named Brandi Nicole Wilson posted on the Ground-A-Bout company’s Facebook page that the sign “Back the Blue” made her “super uncomfortable being African American walking in it’s a lot like a shouting ‘Black lives don’t matter’ sign.”

“I think diversity should be catered to,” Wilson wrote.

Ground-A-Bout replied to her concerns: “Our support of law enforcement is IN NO WAY whatsoever stating that ‘black lives don’t matter.’ We support racial diversity as well as cultural diversity and religious diversity. And we believe that supporting our law enforcement AND those issues can be accomplished together without exclusion. We’ll be disappointed to lose your business ma’am, but the sign will remain.

The coffee shop responded to the complaint and will keep the “Back the Blue” sign posted on their business. Brandi Wilson voiced her concern, which was extremely valid, however Ground-A-Bout provided a perfectly logical response. There’s no reason people can’t support diversity and police. Everyone should support each other regardless of race. Everyone should also support the police. They deal with the worst people in our country. If you want to see a staggering amount of diversity, then look at the people arrested every day. Criminals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors – they are just as diverse as the customers entering the coffee shop looking for a fix of some dark roast with cream.

Cops are diverse. Customers are diverse. Criminals are diverse. People don’t know it, but they already support diversity. Now it’s time to get behind the police and support them. We need police on our side when the time comes to call them for an emergency.

The Ground-A-Bout coffee shop replied very respectfully to Brandi Wilson. She should still shop there. She was always welcome before and she will always be welcome now. If she doesn’t continue shopping there, because of the sign, then we have to wonder if she is a racist. Or does she dislike police officers? She wants to dictate to a business that they should take down a sign, or that the sign makes her feel uncomfortable – but what about the other side of the opinion and story? Should it worry people that Brandi Wilson seems like she doesn’t support police? If she’s uncomfortable with the “Back the Blue” sign, then is that indicative of her being a potential cop-hater?

What would happen if Brandi Wilson was raped behind the coffee shop? If there was a police officer in the shop, then he/she might get there fast enough to save Wilson. It makes me uncomfortable that Brandi Wilson gets uncomfortable at a sign that supports the police officers in Missouri. Now I wonder what she’s thinking about the police or if she’s plotting to do something and simply wants to be unsafe or in a town with no law enforcement.

It’s refreshing that Brandi Wilson expressed her opinion and didn’t hold it in. She had every right to express herself and she did so in a very polite way. It’s also nice to see that a company (who supports police) can response in such a nice way and be respectful to her while disagreeing at the same time. Wilson and the shop made a peaceful exchange in which they did not exactly see eye-to-eye. It was a peaceful exchange of thoughts that saw Ground-A-Bout stand their ground and not give in to a customer. The shop did what they want to do for once and that’s very enlightening.

Brandi and the shop weren’t the only people who notices this.

The business posted on their Facebook page Aug. 10 that the response in support of their decision to not remove the sign has blown them away.

“They really need to come up with a word BIGGER than ‘overwhelming’ to describe the amount of support we have received in the last 36 hours!” the company’s post read.

“We typically get about 10 new “likes” per WEEK but have gotten 700+ new page “likes” in the last 24 hours. We have gotten messages of support from people ALL OVER the country and the issue/posts have been picked up nationally by a few pages with hundreds of thousands of followers.”

Brandi Wilson didn’t care about the response and expressed her interest in finding another coffee shop in town.

“This is exact response that will cause people like myself not to drink there, obviously I’m a consumer and my money is just as important as yours I wasn’t mean or nasty with my comment but then there are people like you who just don’t get it. I don’t think you will. Thank you ground about for replying respectfully! But there are other coffee shops and I’ll just go there,” she posted in response to the company keeping the sign up.

Brandi’s other response claims her money is just as important, which she is 100% correct. However, she doesn’t run the store. Ground-A-Bout has every right to display their support for police if they wish. Brandi Wilson should reconsider her decision to possibly spend money at other places. This shop has opened stated that they support diversity and police. What more could you ask for? I’m not sure they’ll give free coffee, but I like the direction they’re going in.

Hopefully Brandi and Ground-A-Bout meet again and she becomes a valued customer.

It’s amazing to see a store support the people in the community who fight to keep us safe on a daily basis. It was huge when they openly stated they support diversity.

Ground-A-Bout seems like a winner to me, but that doesn’t make Brandi Wilson a loser. She’s a person who knows what she wants, but I think her opinion of the sign went off the chain a little bit. It wasn’t supported with facts, but with feelings. Feelings don’t matter, but everyone is entitled to their opinions.

We’re also entitled to a nice hot cup of steaming covfefe too.

How do you like your covfefe?

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Michelle LOSES IT After What Barack Gave ‘White Woman’ He Slept With Suddenly Surfaces

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Nobody likes to hear about their spouse’s former love affairs. However, even if you’ve successfully put it behind you, when you put yourself in the public eye, you won’t be able to ignore it for long. In the case of the highest job in the land, any exes will be dug up and interrogated by the media relentlessly.

We’ve witnessed an example of this recently with the President Trump’s ex-wives and even ex-girlfriends being trotted out and examined for some thread of evidence that can be used against him. While President Trump has been pretty upfront about his life up to this point, the ever-mysterious Barry Obama was a little less forthcoming.

Even if we skip over the issue of his birth, we come to another sticking point when the issue of his personal life. The former President and First Lady made a huge show of having the perfect marriage. They had their whispering and giggling making them look like glorified school children on some days. And while that might be believable to some, the exes have another story to tell.

Love letters: The letters by a young Barack Obama, pictured, in the 80s are to his first serious girlfriend Alexandra McNear

Just a few months ago we heard from one ex-girlfriend who wrote a book about her time dating the former POTUS, and now according to the Daily Mail another has turned over some letters that were written to her by good old Barry:

“The nine letters, sent by Obama to his college girlfriend Alexandra McNear were unveiled by Emory University today where they will be placed in an archive. 

Written in the 1980s, the future president tells McNear about his feelings on making love, racial issues, money struggles and his plans for a political future. 

The pair broke up in the mid-80s and McNear went on to work in green energy and marry a Serbian boxer. Obama moved on to his second love Genevieve Cook before marrying Michelle.  

In one of the letters – from September 1982 – he writes: ‘I trust you know that I miss you, that my concern for you is as wide as the air, my confidence in you as deep as the sea, my love rich and plentiful,’ before signing it ‘Love, Barack.'”

The nine letters, sent by Obama to his college girlfriend Alexandra McNear, are being made public to researchers through Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library

 You might be wondering where you can read more about these letters between the former President and his first real live girlfriend (though I don’t know why you would) or why these are being brought up now. Apparently, there are people in this world who want this to be put into book form. At least one person thinks that, because Professor Andra Gillispie is writing a book about Obama and including this love affair in her work.

 Emory University professor Andra Gillispie, director of Emory’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, is using the letters in an upcoming book about Obama. She said they span the end of the pair’s relationship.

‘I think of you often, though I stay confused about my feelings,’ Obama wrote to McNear in 1983. ‘It seems we will ever want what we cannot have; that’s what binds us; that’s what keeps us apart.’

The letters provide a fascinating insight into Obama’s relationship with McNear, who is now a mother-of-one last known to be running a green energy company and living in a $2million mansion in Sag Harbor, New York. “

There you have it, folks.  The world is about to be treated to a look at the inner workings of the mind of Barrack Obama. If Michelle thinks she loves these letters being out now, just wait till all the loyal Obama fans snatch this book up and keep it on their nightstand, treasuring every juicy detail.

[H/T: Daily Mail]

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Anti-American NFL Commissioner Obliterated For Alarming Message He Hid In Plain Sight During Presser

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No matter your political leanings, it’s safe to say that most wouldn’t want to trade places with the National Football League’s commissioner, Roger Goodell. Goodell has the weight of the entire NFL anthem protest sitting squarely on his shoulders and both sides want him to go in their direction.

Even though it’s clear to every patriot what Goodell should do, we can probably all appreciate what a frustrating position he is in. If he sides with the boycotters, he faces the wrath of some football players that are pretty large, and think they’re in charge. But now that he’s sided with the those who want to continue their protest, he is risking the entire league go out of business.

The boycott that patriotic Americans have been supporting has been so effective that every single week the numbers of those watching the games gets lower and lower. It’s unclear what would prompt Goodell and the others in charge of this show to not give in to what America wants, but it is clear that it’s starting to wear Goodell down. Grabien reported about Goodell’s speech shortly after the most recent meeting between the league and the teams. The commissioner is obviously buckling under the stress that frustrated former fans are putting on him:

“Over the last two days, Goodell has huddled with NFL team owners and the Players Association. Speaking to the press about how he intends to salvage the season, Goodell came up incomplete. As he fumbled for words, a very odd verbal tic emerged.

Over the course of about 20 minutes before the press, Goodell used the same two words no fewer than 45 times.”

If you’d like to count for yourself, here’s the bulk of the press conference that Goodell held after the meeting with the players and team owners.

Being the NFL commissioner is already a tough job, but one that he’s paid well for. The problem that this commissioner is having is that he’s facing problems that no one wrote a manual for. The league is going down the drain and the only thing that he can do about it is something he’s unwilling to do; make his players mad.

“Without a doubt this is already an NFL season Roger Goodell can’t wait to drop kick into distant memory. As players’ political activism increasingly encroaches onto the playing field, ratings are getting blitzed.

Over the first six weeks, NFL ratings are down 7.5 percent as compared to last season, per Nielsen. They’re down 18.7 percent from the 2015 season. (Commenting last year on the decline, Goodell punted, blaming the presidential election for America’s fading interest.)

Faced with such awful stats, it’s incontrovertible that if Goodell were himself a player, he’d have already been cut.

But Goodell is clearly intent on retaining possession of his commissionership. His game plan appears to be encouraging players to remain committed to ‘the issues in their communities’ while also telling fans he agrees these athletes should stand for the national anthem.”

What Goodell is willing to do is straddle the fence, and act like he’s not taking a side at all. In the moments following that meeting, when the world wanted to know if the NFL would stand up for American values, Goodell said that while he wanted the players to act patriotic, the league would not force them to be. Instead, Goodell attempted to steer frustration of Americans toward the players, and away from himself.

Bleacher Report wrote:

“We spent today talking about the issues players are trying to bring attention to,” he said (via ESPN.com). “Issues in our communities, to make our communities better.”Goodell sent a memo to all 32 NFL owners last week in which he also said the league believes everyone should stand for the anthem.

“It is an important moment in our game,” Goodell’s memo said. “We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”

The good news for Goodell is that if the NFL fires him (which at this point many expect) he might have a future in politics. His noncommittal reassurances are something that those on Capitol Hill would be proud of. We all know perfectly well that the league is well within their powers to tell the players what they can and can’t do while the cameras are on them. Goodell is obviously feeling the pressure, and with good reason as he’s complicit in one of the worst displays of disrespect toward this great nation to take place on its shores.

[H/T: Grabien]

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Entire Broncos Team Just Woke To WORST News Of The Season After They Didn’t Listen – Too Late Now

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They say if you want to know why something is happening, all you have to do is follow the money.  Unfortunately for the NFL, they grossly miscalculated what would be the results of their stance on the National Anthem protest started by Colin Kaepernick and all of those supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

The plan was obviously to bring awareness to an issue that they considered to be problematic, however, all they seem to have drawn awareness to is the rampant nature of the entitled racist mindset held by many players that most of the NFL fans wanted to overlook. In the case of the Denver Broncos, their plight is worse than most. Not only do they have to deal with the league itself tanking as the ratings and ticket sales go down the drain, their local sponsors are pulling away from them in droves.

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall was at one time a college teammate of Kaepernick and an early convert to the cause. This caused Marshall to lose some of his personal endorsements, but even bigger than that is the mass exodus from the team itself. Westword reports that local radio stations are starting to lose advertisers for the slots taken up during the broadcasts of the Broncos games.

“At least two advertisers have asked that their commercials no longer run during KOA‘s radio broadcasts of Denver Broncos games because they’re upset by national anthem-related demonstrations prior to the kickoff of NFL games.

‘Yeah, there’s been a couple’ that have pulled out, confirms Tim Hager, market manager for iHeartMedia’s Denver stations, including KOA, ‘and that’s the rationale.'”

No matter what the entitled millionaires think, the small business in the heartland just aren’t going to want to be associated with a group that is against everything we stand for.

“Controversy bubbled up again last month when teams throughout the league took part in various protests before and during the playing of the anthem — and this time around, there was fallout for Von Miller, the Broncos’ biggest star. Miller’s decision to take a knee, along with dozens of teammates, was followed by reports that Phil Long Dealerships had dropped him as an endorser. Miller’s reps subsequently insisted that his deal with the company had lapsed months earlier and negotiations were ongoing — but a statement from the firm strongly suggested that he shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for a new pact to be signed. It read in part: ‘When we bring in celebrities to represent us, we run the risk of being misinterpreted.'”

Tim Hager with former Broncos and current Orange and Blue Radio personalities Ray Crockett and Steve Atwater at a Broncos game last month.

Basically what Phil Long Dealerships is saying is that when they  entrust their name to a celebrity, their reputations are entwined at that time. In other words, if that celeb acts badly, it reflects badly on the business that they’re endorsing. We’ve seen this in the past with other businesses who got mud on their face because someone that they entrusted with their brand acted badly.

“Hager characterizes [their reasons for pulling their ads] as general displeasure with the NFL over the controversy.

In response, he says, ‘we immediately found ways for the advertisers to get their message out and support what they wanted to support. And we’ve also been airing the national anthem in our game broadcasts, which we didn’t do before this year. So we’ve found ways to strengthen what we’re doing.'”

Americans are still working on wearing down the NFL on a national level, but at least for now the local stations are beginning to see just how importation patriotism is to the American people. It was one thing when an individual player wasn’t willing to respect the flag, but with signs of disrespect across virtually every team in the league, it’s a problem too large to ignore.

“Television ratings for NFL contests are reportedly down by 7.5 percent compared to this time last year, and many pundits think the protests are one of the main reasons. However, Hager says KOA’s broadcasts, starring new booth-mates Dave Logan and Rick Lewis, haven’t suffered the same fate.

 [Hager] acknowledges that ‘there was a groundswell immediately after [the September protest] happened, but that’s calmed down. Right now, I’m not seeing anything that has me overly concerned.’

Good thing, because iHeartMedia recently launched Orange and Blue Radio, a station at 760 AM that boasts of being all Broncos, all the time. And more kneeling by Denver players could be very bad for business.”

There’s going to come a time very soon when the Broncos and all the other teams who insist on being disrespectful will have to choose between their principles and staying in business. This isn’t an issue that Americans are ready to let go, probably because it’s chipping away at the very foundation of our country’s ability to stay free. The sooner this protest is put to rest, the more likely we will be able to show the rest of the world that those of us with integrity are still indivisible.

[H/T: Westword]

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