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Some MLB, NBA sports teams requiring ‘vaccine passports’ from fans for entry to venues

Sports fans can expect to be required to show proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to see their professional teams in person, according to a report from CBS News, detailing how a growing number of NBA and MLB franchises will be asking for “vaccine passports” as they reopen their venues.

What are the details?

MLB teams such as the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets as well as the NBA are utilizing an app called Health Pass in requiring fans to provide digital proof that they have received their coronavirus inoculation upon entry to stadiums, according to the story. But the safety measure comes at a hefty price.

The outlet reported:

The screenings arrive at a time pro sports leagues are projected to lose billions of dollars in revenue because of coronavirus shutdowns. MLB teams were losing a projected $640,000 per game due to the absence of fans, according to league data. The Yankees alone stand to lose $312 million for the lost season, the league said. The NBA meanwhile could lose $3.5 billion from its 2020-21 season because fans weren’t buying arena tickets, concession stand food or parking vouchers, commissioner Adam Silver said in December.

But several Republican governors in the U.S. have banned the so-called vaccine passports in their states. In issuing an executive order last week banning their use in his state, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis explained, “Florida seeks to ensure every Floridian who desires a COVID-19 vaccine can obtain one, but such vaccines will not be mandated… no COVID-19 vaccine is required by law.”

Not only are local government entities prohibited from requiring vaccine passports, according to the order, but “businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business.”

Anything else?

CBS News’ “This Morning” reported that Israel is already using vaccine passports and the European Union has proposed them.

In the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson also floated the idea Monday, saying verification of vaccinations could help reopen “tough to open” places like theaters, bars and sports venues, The Daily Mail reported.

The Biden administration has been working with private firms to develop a vaccine passport for U.S. citizens, too, but the White House vowed last month that such a system would not be required for Americans, Fox News reported.

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UFC fighter won’t apologize for anti-communist comments ahead of title fight with Chinese champion

A UFC strawweight fighter who made anti-communist comments ahead of her fight with the reigning champion is not apologizing for her remarks.

Contender Rose Namajunas told “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” Wednesday that she does not regret saying her opposition to communism is part of her motivation to defeat Zhang Weili, the current UFC strawweight champion and the first and only champion from China.

Namajunas is of Lithuanian descent. Her parents emigrated to the United States to flee communist tyranny under the old Soviet Union. Her grandfather served with the Independent Lithuanian military and was killed by Soviet forces.

In a recent interview with Lithuanian media, Namajunas said that while she doesn’t have anything against Zhang personally, she believes Zhang is representative of communist China and she’s drawing inspiration from the documentary, “The Other Dream Team,” to prepare for the fight. The documentary focuses on the 1992 Lithuanian men’s national basketball team, in which Lithuania competed in the Barcelona Olympics for the first time as an independent country.

Namajunas said the movie is a reminder that “it’s better dead than red,” quoting a popular anti-communist slogan from the Cold War era.

“The animosity and things like that, those can be very motivating factors in short moments. But in all actuality going into the fight, maybe there was certain rivalries and things like that, but I always kept myself in control,” Namajunas said. “I never really hated the person — and I don’t hate Weili or anything like that. There’s nothing … but I do feel as though I have a lot to fight for in this fight and what she represents.

“I was just kind of reminding myself of my background and everywhere that I come from and my family and everything like that, and I kind of wanted to educate my training partner on the Lithuanian struggle and just the history of it all, so we watched (2012 documentary film) ‘The Other Dream Team’ just to kind of get an overall sentiment of what we fight for. After watching that, it was just a huge reminder of like, yeah, it’s better dead than red, you know? And I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Weili is red. That’s what she represents.”

Her comments proved to be somewhat controversial among UFC fans, some of who attacked her as “brainless.”

But Namajunas said Wednesday her critics should look up how Lithuanians suffered under communist oppression.

“If you’re confused about any of my opinions, you can watch the documentary and you could get a good idea as to what my family had to go through, the reason I’m in the United States today, the reason that I do mixed martial arts, all of that stuff,” Namajunas said. “I’d probably have a really different life if it wasn’t for everything in that documentary, how Lithuanians had to struggle with communism oppression.

“The reason that I brought it up and that I referenced it is because the reporter suggested I had animosity toward past opponents, and that’s what maybe caused some motivation in those fights, and in this one there’s no animosity so maybe there’s a lack of motivation. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Namajunas reiterated that she holds no personal ill will toward Zhang and even hopes the two can be friends after the fight.

“I love Weili. I don’t know her. I know she wants to be friends and all that stuff. It would be great to get to know her, if we could, if it’s possible,” she said.

Zhang will defend her championship title against Namajunas at UFC 261 on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Brett Favre blasts woke sports, says fans don’t want politics in their games

NFL legend Brett Favre says that sports fans aren’t interested in injecting politics into sports.

What are the details?

During a recent interview with Andrew Klaven, Favre said that politics and movements simply aren’t welcome in sports for many die-hard fans.

“Yeah, I think both sides, for the most part, want to see it just remain about the sport, not about politics. At least that’s my interpretation. I know when I turn on a game, I want to watch the game. I want to watch the players play and teams win and lose and come from behind. I want to watch all the important parts of the game, not what’s going on outside the game. I think the general fan feels the same way,” Favre said during a recent interview with Klavan.

The retired quarterback also added that despite race and upbringing, teammates were family .

“We were in something together,” he said. “We fought together. We won together. We lost together. And we truly were a family. So yeah … we absolutely didn’t have issues.”

He added, “I don’t know what issues, if any, in the locker room that they’re facing now other than what I hear, or assumptions,” he said. “So if there are problems within the locker room, you know, that’s too bad.”

Favre says sports unites Americans

Favre said that sports used to unite Americans, and it should remain doing so despite politics.

“Something’s got to unite us. And the games or sport in the past has been some kind of unification,” he added. “Now, it’s almost like a division. I can’t tell you how many people, including yourself, have said to me, ‘I don’t watch anymore. It’s not about the game anymore.’ I tend to agree.”

“Again, it’s a shame. There’s always been differences and issues within the world, within the country, within our states. But something has to unify us. I felt like the flag and standing patriotically — because blacks and white and Hispanics have fought and died for this country. It’s too bad,” he added.

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Gov. Kristi Noem says South Dakota celebrating International Women’s Day with bill banning biological males from girls’ sports

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem joined in Monday on a social media frenzy to recognize International Women’s Day, sending the message that her state was celebrating the occasion by passing legislation that will protect women’s sports by prohibiting biological males from competing with girls.

What are the details?

Noem tweeted out, “In South Dakota, we’re celebrating #InternationalWomensDay by defending women’s sports! I’m excited to sign this bill very soon.”

The Republican governor linked to a message sent by the group American Principles, which proclaimed, “GREAT NEWS! The South Dakota Senate just passed the Women’s Fairness in Sports bill, 20-15. It now heads to @govkristinoem’s desk for signature.”

The Hill reported that the bill, once signed into law, will “legally prevent any student at a state institution from joining a sports team that does not match their at-birth biological identity.” The legislation would require “athletes in South Dakota state schools to provide information regarding their biological sex as well as their age and whether they are taking steroids.”

The American Civil Liberties Union in South Dakota is not happy about the legislation, issuing a statement that said the bill “is an attack on transgender women and girls that will cause them serious emotional and physical harm.”

“It prevents transgender women and girls from having the opportunity to play sports and have their personal dignity respected,” the statement added.

Debate continues on transgender athletes

Biological males competing in girls’ sports has sparked a fierce debate in recent years as transgender athletes have dominated biological females in competitions. The situation has caused particular controversy in high school sports, where girls’ athletic records and college scholarships are on the line.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling on U.S. schools to allow transgender athletes to compete in the gender category with which they identify, dismissing biological women’s civil rights protections under Title IX. When pressed on the issue, White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently explained that “the president’s belief is that trans rights are human rights,” Fox News reported.

But the White House and trans advocacy organizations have dismissed biological women’s civil rights in regard to the issue.

The ACLU, which purports to stand up for all those whose civil liberties are oppressed, is one of the groups that has selectively ignored biological female athletes’ civil liberties on the topic.

In the organization’s own tweet celebrating women on Monday, the ACLU tweeted, “On International Women’s Day, here’s your reminder that trans women are women.”

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Soccer star says LeBron should stay out of politics, James responds: ‘I am kind of the wrong guy to go at’

LeBron James was called out by a soccer star, who said the NBA legend should stay out of politics. James has responded to Ibrahimovic’s recommendation by saying, “I am kind of the wrong guy to go at.”

Ibrahimovic, a 39-year-old Swede who plays for Italy’s A.C. Milan, questioned the basketball player’s political and social activism in an interview with Discover+ this week.

“[LeBron] is phenomenal at what he’s doing, but I don’t like when people have some kind of status, they go and do politics at the same time,” Ibrahimovic said. “Do what you’re good at. Do the category you do. I play football because I’m the best at playing football. I don’t do politics. If I would be a political politician, I would do politics.”

“That is the big first mistake people do when they become famous and they become in a certain status,” he added. “Stay out of it. Just do what you do best because it doesn’t look good.”

Following the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, LeBron was asked to give a comment regarding Ibrahimovic’s statement about him.

“He was the same guy who said when he was back in Sweden … because his last name wasn’t a certain last name, that he felt there was some racism going on when he was out on the pitch,” James said.

James is referencing a 2018 quote from Ibrahimovic, in which he said he was the victim of “undercover racism” in his native Sweden because his Bosnian heritage gave him a surname that doesn’t sound traditionally Swedish.

“I am not Andersson or Svensson,” Ibrahimovic told Canal+. “If I would be that, trust me, they would defend me even if I would rob a bank. They would defend me, I tell you.”

James stated, “I would never shut up about things that are wrong. I preach about my people, and I preach about equality. Social injustice. Racism. Systematic voter suppression. Things that go on in our community.”

“I use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that may be going on, not only in my community, but around this country and around the world,” the Lakers star continued. “So, there’s no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand how this platform and how powerful my voice is.”

“I speak from a very educated mind, so I’m kind of the wrong guy to actually go at because I do my homework,” LeBron.

Despite James saying he “would never shut up about things that are wrong around the world,” LeBron was previously widely criticized for supporting the totalitarian Chinese Communist Party in the firing of former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and not speaking up for pro-Democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong. Many people, including activists, slammed LeBron as being hypocritical with his social activism while turning a blind eye to protests in Hong Kong because the NBA makes billions from China.

This isn’t the first time LeBron was advised to focus less on politics. In 2018, there was the infamous confrontation between James and Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who instructed the NBA great to “shut up and dribble” instead of providing his political opinions.

James has been an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump while supporting the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, plus getting involved with campaigns for black Americans to vote. LeBron has also been a staunch proponent of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as speaking out against police brutality and racial injustice against black Americans.

NBA ratings plummeted last year, including during the NBA Finals that included LeBron’s Lakers, which were the least-watched Finals on record. Many believe the NBA’s overwhelming embrace of social justice was a factor in 2020’s dwindling viewership, and a poll found that 38% of fans said the sport had become “too political.”

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White House: Tampa Bay Buccaneers are invited to visit when it’s ‘COVID safe’

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be invited to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory eventually, at some point in the future, when, hopefully, maybe, the White House will be “COVID-19 safe,” but no one really knows when that will be.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said as much Monday when she announced that the champions of Super Bowl LV will be invited to the White House, as well as the 2020 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

“Very exciting, the outcome of the Super Bowl, I guess, if you’re a fan of the Buccaneers,” Psaki told reporters at the daily WH press briefing.

“But we will be inviting – I don’t have an update if it’s happened yet – but I do have an update that we look forward to inviting the Buccaneers, as well as the 2020 NBA champions, the Lakers, to the White House when it is COVID safe, but I don’t know when that will take place yet.”

Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady led the Buccaneers to a resounding victory over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, defeating them 31-9 and earning his seventh Super Bowl ring. The Buccaneers also made NFL history as the first-ever team to host and win a Super Bowl in their own city.

It’s unclear what Psaki meant by the White House being “COVID safe.” If she was referring to enforcing proper social distancing protocols, then it will be up to the White House staff to determine what’s appropriate for mask-wearing, sanitization, and other virus safety measures.

If by “COVID safe,” however, Psaki meant when things begin to return to normal, when for example the government determines there is no need to wear masks, that could be much longer.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director and top White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday said that if an estimated 70%-85% of the American people are vaccinated against the virus to “a degree of herd immunity,” then it might be time for the government to roll back coronavirus health restrictions.

Asked for a time frame on when that might happen by Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fauci guessed that “if everything falls into the right place and we get this under control, it is conceivable that you might be able to pull back a bit on some of the public health measures as we get into the late fall of this year.”

“But there’s no guarantee of that,” Fauci added.

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Clay Travis reveals ‘staggering’ number of people in sports world are voting for Trump, scared of backlash

Sports commentator Clay Travis revealed Monday that a “staggering” number of people in the sports world from all walks of life have told him privately that they will vote for President Donald Trump.

Last week, Travis, the founder of OutKick, revealed that he would vote for Trump. Travis, who twice voted for Barack Obama, told his readers in an essay, “On Tuesday, I will vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.”

What is Travis saying now?

Presumably after he went public with his pro-Trump essay, Travis said a “staggering” number of people in the sports industry have reached out to him about also supporting Trump, but won’t go public because they fear backlash.

“The number of men & women in sports media, of all races, who reached out to say they are voting for @realDonaldTrump, but are afraid to say so on social media because of the Twitter blue checkmark brigade in sports is staggering,” Travis explained.

“How many people in all industries are like this?” he added.

In a subsequent tweet, Travis highlighted the fact that many Trump supporters don’t make their support for the president known.

“That’s the most fascinating thing about this election to me, the quiet number of supporters. The most rebellious thing you can do is vote Trump because Trump has made the Republican Party the counter culture this election,” Travis said. “It’s wild.”

What are ‘shy Trump’ voters?

One of the polling errors that experts have cited as possibly giving a false indication of Joe Biden’s winnability is the so-called “shy Trump” voter, those who don’t reveal to pollsters that they will, in fact, vote for Trump.

Even though mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post and Vox claim “shy Trump” voters don’t exist, they do — and pollsters who correctly predicted Trump’s 2016 election victory say “shy Trump” voters could make the difference again this year in Trump’s favor.

In fact, Robert Cahaly of the Trafalgar Group — which correctly predicted Trump’s win in the Rust Belt — said there may be even more “shy Trump” voters this year because of the social backlash that has come from supporting the president.

“In 2016, the worst being said about Trump voters is that they were ‘deplorable.’ 2020 is a whole different ballgame,” Cahaly told Politico.

“This year had more things where you can get punished for expressing an opinion outside the mainstream than almost any year I can think of in modern history,” Cahaly explained. “I’m finding that people are very hesitant [to share their preference for Trump], because now it’s not just being called ‘deplorable.’ It’s people getting beat up for wearing the wrong hat, people getting harassed for having a sticker on their car. People just do not want to say anything.”

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Photos appear to show NFL wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins giving Trump supporters two middle fingers

Photos appear to show an NFL player giving Trump supporters the middle finger as he drove past in a sports car on Arizona’s I-10 highway Sunday.

Multiple reports indicate that Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, 28, appeared to flip off a miles-long caravan of Trump supporters as he drove past in his Ferrari on the way to State Farm Stadium for Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

According to KSAZ-TV, a caravan of people supporting President Donald Trump for re-election rallied that day on several Arizona highways, including I-17, Loop 101, 202, and I-10.

Hopkins was reportedly seen driving past the caravan, making obscene gestures along the way, around 1:30 p.m. According to the Arizona Republic, Hopkins was wearing a distinctive shirt that he was seen wearing when he arrived at the stadium later that afternoon.

Members of the pro-Trump caravan accused Hopkins of driving recklessly, speeding and swerving in and out of the caravan line.

“It’s scary when they are coming up fast and swerving into you,” April Garcia, one of the drivers in the caravan, said. She also noted other “intolerant” people threw water and other objects at the Trump supporters.

Others on social media called out Hopkins for his behavior.

So far neither the Cardinals nor the Arizona Department of Public Safety have released a statement about the incident, KSAZ reported.

The Cardinals beat the formerly undefeated Seahawks Sunday night 37-34. Hopkins, one of the NFL’s best wide receivers, ended the game with 10 receptions for 103 yards, scoring one touchdown.

Hopkins is a vocal Black Lives Matter supporter and critic of President Trump.

In June, Hopkins starred in a video along with other NFL stars including Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Cleveland Browns receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, and others condemning police brutality after the death of George Floyd.

“How many times do we need to ask you to listen to your players? What will it take? For one of us to be murdered by police brutality?” the players asked the league.

“I am George Floyd,” Hopkins and the others said.

Back in 2018, Hopkins, then playing for the Houston Texans, said Trump is too “closed-minded” to understand the NFL national anthem protests.

“I think Trump is more closed-minded and he thinks the reason that we’re kneeling is because of the flag,” Hopkins told TMZ Sports. “When that’s like not at all the reason we’re kneeling. I kneeled last year and one of my best friends is a Purple Heart veteran and my uncle is a Purple Heart veteran and they understand that it’s not about the flag.”

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Big Ten Conference reverses itself, votes to bring back college football during pandemic

It’s official. Big Ten college football will return in October.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors announced Wednesday after a unanimous vote that the conference’s football season will resume on the weekend of Oct. 23-24. The announcement follows reports that a proposal had been approved for the league to resume play and a hot mic moment from the University of Nebraska’s president suggesting an announcement was imminent.

Each school is to play eight games in a nine-week window, with the league title game tentatively set for Dec. 19, the Journal Sentinel reported. The decision on whether fans will be able to attend the games will likely be left up to individual schools.

In August, the Big Ten voted to postpone all college sports, including football, because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors soon followed suit, also voting to postpone its own fall sports season.

The Big Ten’s statement announcing the resumed play indicates student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and anyone else on the field for practice and games will undergo daily antigen testing for COVID-19. The decision to play was reportedly made after hours of deliberation Sunday afternoon in cooperation with the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a team of medical experts that established rules and procedures to maintain the health and safety of the teams.

“Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities,” Dr. Jim Borchers, the head team physician at Ohio State University and co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee, said.

“Our focus with the Task Force over the last six weeks was to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes. Our goal has always been to return to competition so all student-athletes can realize their dream of competing in the sports they love,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said. “We are incredibly grateful for the collaborative work that our Return to Competition Task Force have accomplished to ensure the health, safety and wellness of student-athletes, coaches and administrators.”

Daily testing for football will begin by Sept. 30. Other Big Ten college sports will also require testing protocols before they may return to play. The Big Ten will soon announce updates on men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, wrestling, and other winter sports.

The Pac-12 is also in discussion to return to play this year. ESPN reported that the “most aggressive” return plan is looking at mid-to-late November to see play return. The Pac-12 has partnered with Quidel Corporation, an FDA-approved rapid tests manufacturer, to prepare to test student-athletes daily for the coronavirus. However, schools in California and Oregon are dependent on state public officials to be cleared to resume play.

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Horowitz: Trump-appointed judge: Idaho can’t block men from competing in women’s sports

Another day, another failure of those conservatives who chose the “appoint better judges” route rather than scrapping judicial supremacy over our culture.

We are living in a time when states and cities can indefinitely mandate draconian “face coverings” on our own mouths and noses, along with a full panoply of restrictions on life, liberty, and property. Yet the courts have been silent because those are real constitutional rights that are being infringed upon, and old-fashioned inalienable rights are not in vogue. What is cool to the black-robed tyrants, including some GOP appointees, is the “right” for men to participate in female sports. Presumably, so long as they wear masks while they are running the track.

On Monday, Judge David C. Nye, a Trump appointee to Idaho’s federal bench, placed a temporary injunction on Idaho’s “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” which bars men who claim they are women from participating in female sports (and vice versa). Nye said that plaintiffs, who include track and field athletes at Boise State University, “are likely to succeed in establishing the Act is unconstitutional as currently written” because, in his estimation, it likely violates the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the 14th Amendment.

Nye claimed that Idaho’s ban is “in stark contrast to the policies of elite athletic bodies that regulate sports both nationally and globally” and that separating sexes by scientific designation “burdens all female athletes with the risk and embarrassment of having to ‘verify’ their ‘biological sex’ in order to play women’s sports.”

Shockingly, Nye acted as if he really wanted to avoid this controversy, but he contends that the 14th Amendment from 1868 is what compels him to redefine sexuality! “In making this determination, it is not just the constitutional rights of transgender girls and women athletes at issue but, as explained above, the constitutional rights of every girl and woman athlete in Idaho,” Nye wrote.

Remember when we were told that Gorsuch’s opinion in the transgender employment case was just about statutory reading of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and not about creating a constitutional right? Yeah, right. As I warned at the time, the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision served as a green light for lower courts to take it a step further.

Imagine the looks on the faces of those who wrote the 14th Amendment if they were to see how a provision designed to grant freed black slaves equal fundamental rights is being used for state-sponsored gender-swapping. Rep. James F. Wilson, R-Iowa, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee back in the 1860s who helped draft the 14th Amendment, spoke emphatically that it was “establishing no new right, declaring no new principle.” “It is not the object of this bill to establish new rights, but to protect and enforce those which belong to every citizen,” declared Wilson in 1866.

No new principle, indeed! In fact, the only thing this amendment is not used for today is what it was intended – to stop states from crushing individual liberty, as we are seeing with the mask mandates and closures of churches and businesses.

Justice Gorsuch tried to deny that his decision would grow legs beyond the scope of the employment discrimination ruling, but Justice Alito warned that it would affect female sports, among other things. “The effect of the Court’s reasoning may be to force young women to compete against students who have a very significant biological advantage, including students who have the size and strength of a male but identify as female and students who are taking male hormones in order to transition from female to male,” wrote Alito in his dissent, citing, among other cases, this budding Idaho lawsuit.

Fast-forward to this week, and the Idaho judge cited Gorsuch’s Bostock decision as part of his rationale for believing transgenderism is enshrined in the 14th Amendment. Noting that while the ruling was in the context of Title VII employment discrimination law, Judge Nye still cited Gorsuch’s operative line to apply it elsewhere: “It is impossible to discriminate against a person for being … transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.” The bottom line is that once you apply that thinking to a statute, it will be applied to the 14th Amendment, and once it’s applied to employment, it will be applied to every facet of life.

Taking a broad look at the state of play in the courts, conservatives must finally recognize the imbalance in political outcomes. Notice how, in blue states, where the governments mandate broad violations of individual liberty, the courts are nowhere to be seen in defending rights that existed since the time of Blackstone. Yet, when red states want to simply protect against novel and destructive policies that are in opposition to individual rights, the federal courts are empowered to swoop in.

Thus, conservatives who are stuck in California where “my body, my right” doesn’t seem to extend to one’s own mouth and nose to breathe fresh air, can’t exactly go to Idaho to find respite. Where the legislators don’t implement the woke leftist agenda, the courts will. The Ninth Circuit has already forced Idaho to pay for a castration “operation” for a male child sex offender sitting in state prison. The Supreme Court refused to reverse that opinion. Likewise, last year, the Supreme Court refused to overturn a Ninth Circuit opinion preventing the city of Boise from cleaning up homeless encampments.

Heads the Left wins, tails the Right loses. Either way, the alt-Left gets its policies enacted in all 50 states.

Putting everything together, the courts of Sodom and Gomorrah believe there is a right for a man to play female sports, a right for a man to secure a taxpayer-funded castration, and a right to camp out on city streets – but no right to open your business or walk freely without a cloth on your own mouth and nose.

At a time when blue states clearly have a license to supplant the Constitution with the Antifa agenda, red states have a responsibility to hold their ground against lawless courts. And no, “but Gorsuch” and “appointing Republican judges” are not the answer. It is the problem.

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Friday Squid Blogging: Introducing the Seattle Kraken

The Kraken is the name of Seattle’s new NFL franchise.

I have always really liked collective nouns as sports team names (like the Utah Jazz or the Minnesota Wild), mostly because it’s hard to describe individual players.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

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California bans travel to Idaho over prohibition on boys competing in girls’ sports and new birth certificate rules

If you’ve ever spent time in Idaho — especially the Treasure Valley — you’ve likely heard citizens there lament the massive influx of Californians to their conservative state. There’s a familiar refrain that SoCal hippies are going to destroy Idahoans’ way of life.

So the latest declaration from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra banning publicly funded trips to Idaho probably did not cause great consternation among the people of the Gem State.

What’s this ban?

Becerra announced in a news release from his office Monday that the state will ban government-funded trips to Idaho beginning July 1 because of two new laws that “directly authorize discrimination against the transgender community.”

He was referring to Idaho’s House Bill 500 and House Bill 509.

House Bill 500, which goes into effect July 1, prohibits biological men from competing in women’s school sports statewide.

The law, signed in March, says, “Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex.” And it offers specific criteria for determining sex: “[A] student may establish sex by presenting a signed physician’s statement that shall indicate the student’s sex-based solely on: (a) The student’s internal and external reproductive anatomy; (b) The student’s normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone; and (c) An analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.”

It also permits testing of students to ensure that they meet the standards of biologically female athletes.

House Bill 509 blocks transgender Idahoans from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates.

The law, also set to take effect July 1, states that “the purpose of documenting factual information on vital records is to help the government fulfill one of its most basic duties: protecting the health and safety of its citizens,” and adds that “allowing individuals to alter their vital records, including birth certificates, based upon subjective feelings or experiences undermines the government’s interest in having accurate vital records.”

Becerra’s move this week is based on California AB 1887, which bans “state-funded travel to states with laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” The ban applies to all California state agencies, departments, boards, authorities and commissions. It also applies to the state’s public university system, which would impact travel for college sporting events in Idaho.

What was the reaction in Idaho?

The Family Policy Alliance of Idaho blasted California’s move.

Blaine Conzatti, the organization’s director of advocacy, said in a statement, “Title IX was designed to protect women’s opportunities, and one of the key ways it’s been used to accomplish that is through giving women their own sports teams. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act protects the spirit of Title IX by ensuring that girls’ sports are reserved for girls.”

“Girls deserve fair play and equal opportunities in sports today just as much as they did in 1972 when Title IX was implemented. California liberals and the ACLU are sending the message that female athletes who don’t want to compete against biological men are ‘bigoted’ and ‘intolerant,'” she continued. “In reality, they just want to compete in sports on a level playing field. This gaslighting of Idaho girls needs to stop. There is nothing discriminatory about laws that protect fair play and equal opportunities for female athletes.”

(H/T: The Christian Post)

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US Women’s soccer suffers defeat in court over ‘equal pay’ lawsuit

U.S. Women’s soccer players suffered a legal defeat when a judge ruled that they were not being unfairly paid in comparison to their male counterparts.

The ruling was handed down by Judge R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California on Friday.

Critics have claimed that female soccer players aren’t payed as well as their male counterparts, but Klausner disagreed.

“The WNT (Women’s National Team) has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT (Men’s National Team) over the class period,” said the court according to a report from Reuters.

Klausner allowed for a separate claim to proceed by the female players arguing that they were receiving disparate compensation in the form of travel, training, housing and other proceeds.

The United States Soccer Federation showed that the female players were paid $8 million more in salaries and bonuses, despite the games of the male players grossing much more game revenue.

Molly Levinson, who represents the female players, said that they plan to appeal the decision.

“We are shocked and disappointed. We will not give up our hard work for equal pay,” said Levinson.

“We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women who play this sport will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender,” she added.

Here’s more about the great soccer gender pay debate:

Here’s Why Women Are Paid Less In Soccer

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ACLU threatens to sue if Idaho passes law banning biological males from competing against biological females in sports

LGBT groups are decrying the state government in Idaho as a bill banning biological males from competing against biological females in sports comes closer to becoming a legal reality.

The bill was approved by the Senate and will go the House for approval. Critics say the bill is unconstitutional and allows for discrimination against transgender persons.

Supporters of the law say it will protect females from unfair competition by biological males.

“It started to level the playing field. But now we are in a new crisis,” said Republican Sen. Mary Souza according to the Associated Press.

“Girls who have been struggling and training and competing in their sport are suddenly confronted by biological males,” she explained.

Trangender advocates and supporters complained about the bill on social media.

“The notion the Idaho House would spend time during #CoronavirusOutbreak looking for new ways to persecute transgender people is just beyond the pale. Don’t do this,” pleaded Montel Williams.

“While the world grapples with #coronavirus the Idaho Senate focused on discriminating by legislating against #transgender people and voting 24-11 to pass a bill barring transgender girls and women from women’s high school and college sports teams,” said Democratic strategist Meghan Stabler.

“We will sue”

The ACLU promised legal action if the governor signed the bill.

“The Idaho Senate just passed a bill targeting trans student athletes. This bill could subject any student athlete to invasive screenings,” the ACLU tweeted. “If @GovernorLittle signs this bill, we will sue.”

Here’s more about the proposed Idaho law:

Idaho lawmakers hear debate on transgender athletes’ bill

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Olympic torch lighting ceremony will be closed to spectators because of the coronavirus outbreak

As the world’s top athletes get ready for the upcoming Summer Olympic games in Toyko, Japan, the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch will be closed to the public as a result of the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak.

According to a Monday announcement from the Hellenic Olympic Committee — the olympic body of Greece— this Thursday’s torch-lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia “will be held without the presence of spectators and will be attended by only 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.”

Additionally, the committee said that Wednesday’s dress rehearsal would be closed to the public and the press, but that media credentials “will be allocated to ensure coverage of the lighting ceremony” the following day. A follow-up announcement from the committee on Wednesday says that the dress rehearsal “took place today without any problems.”

Reuters reports that this will be the first time since 1984 that the ceremony — which usually draws “several thousand spectators” — will take place without a public audience.

The lighting of the olympic flame takes place months before the Olympic games actually begin in the host country. At the ceremony, the flame is traditionally lit by an actress dressed a high priestess via the ancient method of concentrating the suns rays with a parabolic mirror. Once the torch is ablaze, a series of relay runners take it through Greece and the host country to the site of the games for the opening ceremony, according to the Tokyo 2020 games’ website.

The decision to bar spectators from the torch lighting ceremony came just one day after the country’s Health Ministry announced a two-week moratorium on fans attending sporting events and school field trips as the country in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

In its Monday announcement, the HOC also urged “the Mayors of the cities through which the Olympic Flame will pass or stay overnight to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Organization.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Greece had 90 confirmed cases of the virus and zero deaths, according to numbers from Johns Hopkins University.

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Arizona state House passes bill barring biological males from girls’ sports

Lawmakers in Arizona moved a step closer to barring biological males from competing in girls’ sports.

According to a report Tuesday from the Arizona Republic, the state’s House of Representatives passed a bill that would close off designated female sports “to students of the male sex”:

The emotional hours-long debate on House Bill 2706 culminated in a party-line vote of 31-29, sending the measure to the state Senate, where it will become another flashpoint in the culture wars at the state Capitol.

Rep. Nancy Barto, a Phoenix Republican who is sponsoring the measure, argued it is necessary in the face of a lawsuit in Connecticut brought by the conservative Scottsdale-based group Alliance Defending Freedom and students who argue they unfairly lost out in competition with transgender athletes.

H.B. 2706 would require sports or teams sponsored by educational institutions to be designated as either coed, male or female, with biological males not being allowed to compete in female-designated events.

The bill also says that in the event of a dispute about participation on a sport or team, “A student may establish the student’s sex by presenting a signed physician’s statement that indicates the student’s sex based on an analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.”

The Arizona Republic story points out that a previous version of the bill had more stringent requirements for establishing biological sex in a dispute — which included determining testosterone levels — that were amended after pushback from Democrats, who said they were too invasive.

Language in the findings section of the bill declares that “biological differences between females and males, especially as they relate to natural levels of testosterone, ‘explain the male and female secondary sex characteristics which develop during puberty and have lifelong effects, including those most important for success in sport,” citing a paper from the Duke Law Center for Sports Law and Policy.

The proposed restrictions would apply to public schools and private schools that are part of interscholastic sports organizations, as well as public colleges and community colleges and other higher learning institutions that are members of national athletic associations such as the NCAA.

Naturally, the bill has drawn criticism from those who say that student athletes’ biological makeup shouldn’t trump their perceived gender identity in the realm of athletics.

“Transgender girls are girls, and transgender boys are boys,” Amanda Parris, policy counsel for the ACLU of Arizona, said of the bill in a statement against the legislation last Friday. “Transgender students participate in sports for the same reasons that other students do. They want enjoy the activities, challenge themselves and be a part of a team.”

“Trans athletes are not a threat. We need to protect trans kids—and all LGBTQ+ kids—and ensure they feel safe and welcomed at school,” Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said last month, urging lawmakers to reject the bill.

Meanwhile, legislators in several other states have also sought to address the question of transgender athletes in girls’ sports. Similar bills have so far been proposed or filed in Idaho, Missouri, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Washington, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio and Alabama.

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Chiefs’ Travis Kelce joined in kneeling protest, but he’s facing backlash over his comments about visiting the White House

Kansas City Chiefs star player Travis Kelce is facing online criticism after he explained why he would visit the White House to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl victory despite his personal political objections.

“Grew up my whole life watching teams win championships and then go to the White House and get recognized for their greatness… regardless of who is in office I think it’s a unique opportunity to experience our nations Capital,” he tweeted.

While Kelce was excited to visit the White House, many online were less than enthused, as they were expecting him to protest against President Donald Trump. Kelce had previously participated in the controversial kneeling protest during the national anthem.

Kelce’s teammate Frank Clark had mixed feelings about attending.

“I know historically,” he said, “that’s something you do as a Super Bowl champion. But we’ll see, man. It’s a lot of mixed emotions about stuff going on there. We’ll see.”

Head coach Andy Reid said that he would be attending the celebration. “If they’re inviting us, I’ll be there,” Reid said. “It’s quite an honor, I think.”

The president had said previously that he was excited to host the Chiefs.

“Every one of them wants to be here. And the coach loves us. The coach is great. Andy Reid,” he said.

Here’s more about the White House visit:

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ESPN suspends analyst over ‘derogatory slur’ about Browns quarterback caught on hot mic

An ESPN analyst was suspended on Tuesday over a “derogatory slur” that was accidentally caught by a microphone about Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Tony Grossi complained that the Browns could have had other, better quarterbacks, when a live microphone caught his insult against Mayfield.

He named other quarterbacks the Browns had passed on, then called Mayfield a “f**king midget.”

The video quickly went viral and ESPN Cleveland released a statement about his suspension.

“We are aware of Tony Grossi’s statement about Baker Mayfield. The term Tony used is a derogatory slur to describe Little People. Good Karma Brands will not tolerate derogatory language that demeans others or groups of people,” the statement read.

“We are addressing this matter with Tony directly, and while we normally do not comment on personnel matters, we do want to share that we have made the decision to immediately and indefinitely suspend Tony Grossi,” the statement continued. “In addition, we will pursue sensitivity and inclusion training for everyone on our content teams across our company.”

Grossi also released a statement via his official social media account.

“I am truly sorry for my language and choice of words in a remark I made about Bakery Mayfield that was captured on our live feed on TheLandOnDemand,” said Grossi.

“I sincerely apologize for using a word that is a derogatory slur. There’s no excuse for using that language in any context. It was said without malice but also without thought,” he added.

“I have always endeavored to report and comment on him and the team fairly, and am shaken by these vents.” Grossi concluded.

The Browns had a disappointing season after much hype in the media about their talented roster. They finished the 2019 season with a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs.