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After Nike Brags About Smashing Sales Records From Kaepernick, The Truth Comes Out

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As the whole universe has heard by now, Nike, in the most asinine move ever perpetrated in the business world, has decided to make the ungrateful National Anthem-kneeling, cop-hating, millionaire, never-was-ball-tosser, Colin Kaepernick the face of their company by making him the face of their renewed 30-year-old “Just do it” marketing campaign.

But here is the best part of this whole saga that was produced by this now anti-American and anti-cop company that is Nike. The right in this country and even some on the left who don’t hate all we stand for decided to boycott. In an odd turn of events though, a week later, Nike announced that in the weekend following the reveal of their anti-American campaign sales skyrocketed.

But today they are singing a different tune via The Street:

“Nike shares fell to the bottom of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Wednesday after the world’s biggest sportswear maker held onto it full-year earnings targets despite the expected support of a controversial ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“Nike said earnings for the three months ending in August, its fiscal first quarter, came in at 67 cents a share, topping the consensus forecast of 63 cents and rising 17.5% from the same period last year. Group sales, the company said, rose 9.7% to just under $10 billion, again ahead of Street forecasts. However, a smaller-than-expected improvement in gross margins, as well as a tepid assumption for growth despite the headline-grabbing Kaepernick campaign, pushed shares lower in extended-hours trading.

“We’re motivated to inspire our consumer to connect and engage and inspire,” CEO Mark Parker told investors on a conference call late Tuesday. “We feel actually very good and very proud of the work that we’re doing with Just Do It, introducing Just Do It to the new generation of consumers, on the 30th anniversary of the campaign when it first debuted.”

“Like many campaigns, it’s driving a real uptake, I think in traffic and engagement, both socially as well as commercially,” Parker added. “We’ve seen record engagement with the brand as part of the campaign. And our brand strength, as you well know, is key dimension that contributes to the ongoing momentum that we’re building across the NIKE portfolio.”

“Nike shares were marked 2.4% lower at the opening bell and changing hands at $82.75 each, a move that trims the stock’s year-to-date gain to just under 31.75% and value the Beaverton, Ore.-based group at around $135.7 billion.

“We are maintaining our full-year guidance for fiscal year ’19,” said CFO Andy Campion. “Specifically, we expect revenue growth in the high single digits, albeit at the lower end of that range as operational upside will likely be somewhat offset by FX headwinds.”

“We expect gross margin to expand 50 basis points or slightly greater, SG&A to grow in the high single digits and our effective tax rate to be in the mid-teens,” he added. “Other expense net of interest expense is now projected to be an expense of $100 million to $125 million.”

“Nike said its gross margin for the first quarter improved by 50 basis points to 44.2%, noting that selling and administrative expenses rose 7% to just over $3.1 billion.

“North American revenues, which comprise around half of overall group sales, rose 5.6% to $4.145 billion. Rival Adidas AG (ADDYY), however, said its last quarter sales in North America, where it is stealing market share from Nike on a consistent basis, rose 7% to just over $1.27 billion. Adidas’ gross margin was also expanding at a faster clip, rising 2.2 percentage points to 523%.

“In China, where the two sportswear giants are going head-to-head, Adidas second-quarter sales, which comprise the three months ending in June, rose 27% from the same period last year while Nike’s first-quarter sales in China rose 24% to $1.379 billion.

“Nike unveiled its new advertising campaign featuring Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback who inspired a series of nation-wide protests against police brutality and social injustice but courted controversy by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, earlier this month.

“Nike chose Kaepernick, who is currently suing the National Football League for collusion after he failed to find a spot on any team roster despite leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, to lead the 30th anniversary of its iconic ‘Just Do It’ campaign that includes tennis superstar Serena Williams and skateboarder Lacey Baker. Kaepernick’s participation was first made public via his official Twitter account with the phrase “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

“Engagement from the campaign, despite initial controversy and criticism from President Donald Trump, has been nonetheless been solid: analysts estimate its Instagram account has gained 170,000 new followers and the online sales jumped by 31% over the three-day period in which the ad was released. Nike shares, too, have risen 6.5% since the ad’s launch, adding around $6 billion to the group’s market value.”

Now you see what really happened here is that when they announced their Kaepernick campaign and the right said they would boycott, the left went out and bought Nike gear. Why? well, because the left has become like a toddler who throws temper tantrums everytime they are told “no.”

So since the right is against it they have to be for it. But what Nike forgot is the left may raise their bottom line for a weekend or two, but they have very short attention spans and they might just buy the products only to turn around and return them later since they actually had to pay for them. But those of us on the right never forget.

Speaking for myself, Nike gear is the only sports gear I have bought in the last 25 years. I know about the slave labor and all that, but they fit me the best. But I will never buy another Nike product again! Ever! In fact, I have now started buying Under Armor and New Balance, not because I need them, but because I’m ashamed to wear my Nike gear in public.

Nike, what were you thinking?

 

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LGBTQ Activists LIVID That Trump Served Chick-Fil-A To College Football Champs

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There’s nothing that ticks off the left like Chick-fil-A. And President Trump is a master troller who used that to full advantage this last week. Universities may be fine with banning Chick-fil-A but at the White House, they are at the top of the menu. And that is triggering some LGBTQ activists.

Trump served another feast of fast food to college football champions last week. This time it wasn’t McDonald’s and Wendy’s… it was the feared Chick-fil-A that sparked outrage and anger.

“For the second time this year, Donald Trump has invited an athletic team to the White House and boasted about serving them fast food,” wrote Tracy Gilchrist at The Advocate. “But this time, chicken sandwiches from the virulently anti-LGBTQ company Chick-fil-A were arranged on silver platters for champions on the North Dakota State Bison football team Monday.”

The horror of it all! The sky is falling!!

President Trump said the athletes requested Chick-fil-A so that is what they got. “We could’ve had chefs, we could have, but we had fast food — because I know you people,” Trump told the athletes. “Chick-fil-A, they say? Chick-fil-A.”

From The Daily Wire:

“Bill Browning of LGBTQ Nation denounced Chick-fil-A’s presence at the White House with the same fervor as Gilchrist.

“For the second time in his presidency, Donald Trump has served fast food to an athletic team to ‘celebrate’ their victory,” wrote Browning. “This time, the President who has attacked the LGBTQ community the most served up Chick-fil-A, a company known for opposing LGBTQ rights.”

“The left-wing hatred for Chick-fil-A began in 2012 when company president and COO Dan Cathy expressed support for traditional marriage, prompting boycotts across the country from LGBTQ activists.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'” Cathy said at the time. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said on the Biblical Recorder. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that. We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

“Just last year, two major publications wrote scathing articles begging people to boycott the business: The New Yorker and Huffington Post. “If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A,” wrote Noah Michelson of HuffPo. When Chick-fil-A wanted to set up shop in New York City, Dan Piepenring of The New Yorker called it a “creepy infiltration” of the city.

“Later in 2018, the Pittsburgh city council signed a letter asking Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to drop the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon one-mile run for children and their families at the Pittsburgh Marathon. Fortunately, the organizers did not cave.

“We have and will continue to be accepting of any individual or family who wants to participate in our events,” the organizers said in a statement. “This partnership with Chick-fil-A will help us ensure even more children in southwestern Pennsylvania can learn and share in our love of running.”

“Most recently, a Dean at Rider University resigned from his post when the school banned the chicken restaurant on campus.”

This is beyond dumb. Because Christians own a chicken restaurant the left just can’t take it. But they embrace those of the Muslim faith. Memo to the left… they stone gays to death or worse. The owner’s religion should make no difference when you decide to eat somewhere and if it does… that’s your thing, not mine.

Darn it… now I’ve got to go eat me some yummy Chick-fil-A. I guess I’ll just suffer through it and make mine a double.

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British Olympian Says Transgenders Should Be Barred From Competing Against Biological Women

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Sharron Davies, 56, is a British Olympian. She has said that transgenders should be barred from competing against biological women and for that, accusations of hate have been thrown at her. This woman won a silver medal in swimming at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. She’s also a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. But that doesn’t matter… now she’s being labeled as ‘transphobic’.

Davies isn’t shying away from the controversy. She took to Twitter to tell people how she really feels about all this and how transgender athletes make sports unfair for women. I could not agree more. It makes it pointless to compete as a woman when men who are transgendering are in the mix. They still have superior biology that gives them an unfair advantage against women.

“I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender,” Davies wrote on March 1st. “However, I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as. To protect women’s sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women’s sport.”

After the massive blowback Davies received, she defended her stance by stating that she is not the only natural-born female athlete who feels that transgenders are essentially cheating natural women out of titles.

“It is not a transphobic thing – I really want to say we have no issue with people who are transgender,” Davies told the BBC on Saturday.

”Every single woman athlete I’ve spoken to, and I have spoken to many, all of my friends in international sports, understand and feels the same way as me,” Davies elaborated. “Unfortunately, a lot of people who are in the races [now] are in a very difficult predicament when they can’t speak out.”

Davies also pointed out that it is incumbent upon athletes past and present to speak up for women’s rights. ”

“It maybe falls to the people who were competing [in the past] who would understand the predicament that is being faced at the moment to try to create a debate, and try to explain how we feel there needs to be a fair and level playing field.”

Martina Navratilova is a legend in tennis. She’s also gay and a big defender of LGBTQ rights. She was attacked by transgender activists for her stance that transgender athletes were “cheating” by competing against natural-born women. Which they are.

“You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women,” Navratilova said last December. “There must be some standards and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”

18-time tennis Grand Slam tennis singles champion Navratilova also called transgender athletes competing against women “insane.” It’s hard to argue with her opinion on this. The whole subject is insane. Unfortunately, she felt it necessary to apologize for what she truly thinks here.

From The Daily Mail:

“She was called out by Canadian academic and cycling champion Dr Rachel McKinnon, who is the first transgender woman to win a female world cycling title.

“McKinnon, 35, still has her male anatomy, but has lived as a woman since she was 29.

“She accused Navratilova of transphobia and demanded an apology.

“Following an article on the subject that Navratilova wrote for The Times Athlete Ally, an LGBTQ athlete advocacy group, removed her from their advisory board, stating her comments ‘are transphobic [and] based on a false understanding of science and data.’

“Writing on her website, the 62-year-old admitted she ‘stumbled into a hornet’s nest’ when giving her opinion on the issue.

“‘I know that my use of the word ‘cheat’ caused particular offence among the transgender community. I’m sorry for that because I certainly was not suggesting that transgender athletes in general are cheats,’ she wrote.

“She said her comments related ‘to a notional case in which someone cynically changes gender’ to gain an advantage.

“The Czech-born former star said there is no ‘blanket rule’ that will appeal to everyone, adding: ‘After all, if everyone were included, women’s sports as we know them would cease to exist.'”

Which is exactly the point I have been making.

“The communists tried to shut me up 45 years ago and look how that worked out…” Navratilova wrote towards the end of her blog post. It was a possible reference to the fact that she was stripped of her Czechoslovakian citizenship in 1975 after defecting to the U.S. It’s the same ideology here except the communists are transgender. Navratilova didn’t back down then, she should not back down now and neither should Davies.

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