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You may be wondering why on earth an article on sports teams is here on TNA, but I promise there’s a relevant point.

Team loyalty makes no sense. When someone makes the decision to become a loyal fan of Team X, what are they saying? If it’s 2009 and they like the Yankees for example, then they are saying they are a fan of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Johnny Damon. But what about next season when Johnny Damon moves to Detroit? What about 2014 when Jeter retires? What about when none of that core group is left? If you were a fan of the team because of the players on that team, why doesn’t your loyalty shift when those players move on?

So it can’t be the players that sustain our devotion.

Is it the city? In terms of loyalty that makes a lot more sense, but what part of your city are you actually rooting for? Players are rarely from the city where they play, so they really don’t represent the city in that manner. Our loyalty would make more sense if athletes were only allowed to play for the city or state they grew up in… but that’s not reality.

So it can’t be the city.

Is it the organization? This is still the same problem as the players – people in the organization change. The only ones who don’t are the owners, but are we really loyal to a team because of its owners?

Maybe it has nothing to do with people at all. Maybe it’s the atmosphere, climate, and principles under which the organization operates that sustains our loyalty. This seems the most plausible explanation so far, but is the climate of a team really that different from one team to the next? All teams have the same goal, do they not? And, even when a team is known for having a losing aura about them, that can change with the shifting of management. For example, ten years ago you could have pointed to the Chicago Cubs as an example of an organization with a “loser” climate, and the LA Lakers as an example of a “winner” climate. Yet, those organizations are on opposite sides of the spectrum in 2017.

So what is it? Honestly, I don’t know. That’s a question psychologists would be better suited to answer. The more important point here is how we should pick a team, and it’s not complicated. All it really takes is knowing yourself and what you really believe.

In other words, when you truly know yourself, you are able to say, “I believe in these values and principles. Which team represents those values and principles the most?” Then you look around… Well, Team X kept that guy who abused his wife, so they don’t seem to represent my values. Team Y was caught cheating and tried to lie their way out of it, so they don’t represent my principles. But Team Z… when they found out one of their players was cheating, they kicked him off the team even though he was their best player! That’s what I would have done, so that’s my team! Additionally, the moment they stray from acting in accordance with your values, they should no longer hold your allegiance.

The same thing goes for a political party, a school, a church, or a job. Don’t remain loyal out of habit and laziness. Demand that they stick to their principles, and when it becomes evident that they no longer align with your beliefs, move on. If you find that what you truly believe is much different than what your church believes, why not find one that believes something more similarly? If the company you work for is constantly making decisions you disagree with, find a better fit. And please… if the political party you support continues to disappoint you over and over again, leave it! It seems so obvious, but if the actions of the party don’t seem to be aligning with your values anymore, stand up and find one that better represents you.

Welcome to the Federalist Party.

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Fred Savage owns Deadpool in Once Upon a Deadpool trailer

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Fred Savage owns Deadpool in Once Upon a Deadpool trailer

I’ll admit, I didn’t even know this was a thing. When I heard about it, I assumed it was a spoof, probably put out by Ryan Reynolds to catch a few Christmas laughs. I was wrong.

Once Upon a Deadpool is a new edit of Deadpool 2 made with a PG-13 rating. Fox has been pushing for Reynolds to do a PG-13 version for over a decade, but the star has refused until now. He had two requirements. First, he Fox to donate money from the movie to a charity of Reynold’s choice. Which did he choose? A charity Fox is referring to as “Fudge Cancer,” though the charity’s real name would be better served in the R-rated version of Deadpool.

The second requirement is that Reynolds needed permission to kidnap Fred Savage.

Reynolds got both of his wishes and Once Upon a Deadpool was born. It’s due for a limited engagement next month.

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Legislators tell Allen West: Next version of First Step Act will cut loopholes

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Legislators tell Allen West Next version of First Step Act will cut loopholes

Last week, a handful of conservatives, including Lt. Col. Allen West and Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz, went after the bipartisan First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill that has the backing of the President and many conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Our complaint: why would the GOP support a bill that releases violent criminals and illegal immigrants?

According to legislative proponents of the bill, protections and benefits for both of these groups of felons have been eliminated in the next version of the bill that will reach the Senate floor. They reached out to West over the weekend to let them know they heard the concerns and are addressing them.

First Step Act: Response and Reassurances

https://i0.wp.com/theoldschoolpatriot.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/prison-553836_640.jpg?w=200&ssl=1The First Step Act is supported by many conservatives and law enforcement groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National District Attorneys Association. There are other proposals offered by those on the far left under the same banner of “criminal justice reform” that would release people from prison without regard to the danger they pose, including illegal immigrants and serious violent offenders. We must remember that there are some folks who are, well, as the ol’ folks would say, “just bad.” Additionally, some left-wing professors even propose abolishing all prisons partly based on their notion that the system is racist in nature. Hmm, I tend to believe that skin color or race has nothing to do with a person deciding to break the law. I just do not want us to go down the path of having criminals believe that there are no consequences, ramifications, for their actions and behaviors.

The legislators echoed our concerns and said the version that is currently available doesn’t reflect the changes that cut the loopholes. They say it will be impossible for these two groups – serious violent offenders and criminal illegal immigrants – to get the benefits of the bill. Many felons will be released early. Future felons will be given lighter sentences. That makes sense for many, but by no means should anyone in either of the two most dangerous groups receive sentence reductions, according to the letter to West.

My Take

Call me cynical, but lately I’ve changed my general rules regarding promises of politicians. It used to echo President Reagan’s stance on nuclear disarmament: “Trust but verify.” I now have to go with a more adversarial stance on political promises: “Show me proof, then we’ll talk.”

When the legislation is made available to the public, many will take a close look at it. I’ll personally be checking to see if there are any loopholes that would put violent offenders or criminal illegal immigrants back on the street sooner. If so, it’s a no-go for me.

 

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Hundreds search rubble in California for human remains

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Hundreds search rubble in California for human remains

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The search for remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire took on a new urgency Monday as rain in the forecast threatened to complicate those efforts while also bringing relief to firefighters.

Hundreds of crews and volunteers were searching the ash and rubble where homes stood before flames engulfed the Sierra foothills town of Paradise and surrounding communities, killing at least 77 people in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century.

The fire has destroyed more than 10,500 homes while burning 234 square miles (606 sq. kilometers). It was 65 percent contained.

The rain expected to arrive Wednesday could cause wet ash to flow down steep inclines in the mountainous region, forecasters said.

Rescue workers wore white coveralls, hard hats and masks as they poked through debris, searching for bone fragments before rain could wash them away or turn loose, dry ash into thick paste.

A team of 10 volunteers accompanied by a cadaver dog went from house to house in the charred landscape. Some went to homes where they had received tips that someone might have died.

They used sticks to move aside debris and focused on vehicles, bathtubs and what was left of mattresses for possible signs of victims.

When no remains were found, they spray-painted a large, orange “0″ near the house and moved on.

Robert Panak, a volunteer on a team from Napa County, said he was trying to picture each house before it burned and imagine where people might have taken shelter.

“I just think about the positives, bringing relief to the families, closure,” Panak said.

The search area is huge and the fire burned many places to the ground, creating a landscape unique to many search-and- rescue personnel, said Joe Moses, a commander with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, who is helping oversee the effort.

“Here we’re looking for very small parts and pieces, and so we have to be very diligent and systematic,” he said Friday.

Sheriff Kory Honea said it was possible that the exact death toll from the blaze would never be known. He also questioned whether the search for remains could be completed by midweek when the rain is forecast.

“As much as I wish that we could get through all of this before the rains come, I don’t know if that’s possible,” he said.

About 1,000 names remain on a list of people unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began in Butte County about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

Authorities don’t believe all those on the list are missing and the number dropped by 300 on Sunday as more people were located or got in touch to say they weren’t missing.

On Sunday afternoon, more than 50 people gathered at a memorial for the victims at First Christian Church in Chico, where a banner on the altar read, “We will rise from the ashes.”

People hugged and shed tears as Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for firefighters, rescuers and search teams: “We ask for continued strength as they are growing weary right now,” Kearns said.

Paul Stavish, who retired three months ago from a Silicon Valley tech job and moved to Paradise, placed a battery-powered votive candle on the altar as a woman played piano and sang “Amazing Grace.”

Stavish, his wife and three dogs escaped the fire, but their house is gone. He said he was thinking of the dead and mourning for the warm, tight-knit community.

“This is not just a few houses getting burned,” he said. “The whole town is gone.”

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Associated Press journalists Christopher Weber and Brian Melley in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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