The Royal Janitor
Chapter Nine: The Rouge Shoes
“I didn’t know Nike bought Converse. What happened to the Monopoly rule?” asked Starfish. “I’m going to buy me a pair of Reds because they got a STAR on them, and proceeds go for a good cause.”
Victoria brought up her partners screen to see what she had been doing in the ten minutes they stopped talking to each other. Victoria made a note that they would meet more often in the Admiral’s Bentley and discuss the most Top Secret – stuff. She loved the English countryside, and now, Miriam was spoiling the moment with American Branding. What about the elections? Is Oregon going to have a Republican Governor – thanks to Phil Knight?
Victoria watched Starfish gather an army of Rouge Shoes – and paraded them before her. Googling Converse she was reading the star and chevron was inspired by the military. Having worked at the College of Arms, and owning a photographic memory. She gathered an army of cotes of arms with a chevron and star. Because all humans are Tribal, she put the Bond shield – on top! She couldn’t stop herself. The Red Hand of Ulster represented – HER PEOPLE! Starfish had mocked her.
“O.K. – smartass! What about THE CROSS you Christians wear – that you don’t?”
“I know better! Dimwit! I wear this!”
Starfish yanked her gold anchor on a gold chain.
“This is the symbol of the first Christian Church, called The Way. It symbolizes Isis on her royal ark heading to the Promised Land. There should be a star in the loop, that has been sighted with an augur’s wand which was used as a navigation tool.”
Hmmm! Is the chevron – and ark? Victoria asked herself, and then saw that her wife was putting red tennis shoes in her check-out basket. Starfish hand wandered off course. It’s a – Christian thing. They go nuts for symbols and signs. Victoria summoned….THE THING…..and flashed her on Starfish’s phone! Under the pic of Marjorie wearing RED WITH STARS, she asked….THE FORBIDDEN QUESTION!
“Why didn’t Jesus condemn slavery? If Jesus is God, then God condones slavery?”
Starfish -threw down her phone on the leather seat between them – as if it was a burning coal – and hissed at it, like a great cat!
Seeing Starfish was weakened, Victoria went in for the kill. “How come Martin Luther – the man who reinvented God – DIDN’T CONDEMN SLAVERY AND ANTISEMETISM?:
Starfish grabbed her throat! “STOP! I can’t breath! Have you no mercy on this poor Christian?”
“Aha! Victoria shouted, she delighting they were back doing THE ROUTINE they invented after Starfish DARE ask her husband why she was not a Christian!
“I hate Hypocrites – and Hypocrisy! Was her reply. And to prove her point she shouts!
“Why hasn’t Phil Knight objected to the firing of Kyrie Irving for being anti-Semitic, when he gives millions to Christine Drazan – TO MAKE MARJORIE’S DAY – if she wins! The Greene Thing will go to Oregon to do – A VICTORY DANCE! She will be covered with images of the Winged Nike, and do a Victory Dance with Christine – THE CHRISTIAN! They will put on – ROUGE SHOES – and parade all over Oregon. And the Bundy Boys will be with them! What is wrong with you Americans? You’ve gone insane! Where’s Mohammed Bin Salman? The world is ganging up on the Black Voter -including Phil Knight. Jesus was King of the Jews. THE JEWS! Why wasn’t Jesus – A FREEDOM FIGHTER?
“STOP! You’re killing me! He was a Freedom Fighter, I tell you!”
“Show me. Show me where it says he was an Abotionist – like Moses! He doesn’t even utter his name!”
“MOSES! MOSES! Victoria shouted! Look! Here is a video of the Oregon Duck Marching band. This is what Phil has done to your beloved Ducks – with Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Help. I bet they are wearing Rouge Nike Converses.”
To Be continued
“Nike has suspended working with Kyrie Irving, the American basketball player, after he posted about an antisemitic film. The U.S. sportswear giant said Friday night that it will put its relationship with the Brooklyn Nets guard on hold. “At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of antisemitism”
QAnon’s conspiracy theories echo the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the source of one of the most enduring antisemitic conspiracy theories in history, which proposes that a secret group of Jews controls the world, and also references blood libel.
Greene, on a now defunct site called American TruthSeekers, wrote that Q is a “patriot.” She also wrote that the secret, Satanist cabal Q believes rules the world is funded by George Soros and the Rothschilds, both frequent targets of antisemitic allegations of global control and domination.
Calling George Soros a Nazi
In videos unearthed by Politico, Greene goes on hourslong rants against Muslims, Democrats and Soros. Frustrated with his criticisms of Trump, Greene accused the billionaire Holocaust survivor of collaborating with Nazis and “[turning] in his own people over to the Nazis.” Later, she called Soros “the Nazi himself trying to continue what was not finished.”
Martin Luther (1483–1546) was a German professor of theology, priest and seminal leader of the Reformation. His positions on Judaism continue to be controversial. These changed dramatically from his early career, where he showed concern for the plight of European Jews, to his later years, when embittered by his failure to convert them to Christianity, he became outspokenly antisemitic in his statements and writings. Recent historical studies have focused on Luther’s influence on modern antisemitism, with a particular focus on Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
- “First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools … This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians …”
- “Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed.”
- “Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them.”
- “Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb …”
- “Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside …”
- “Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them …”
- “Seventh, I recommend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow … But if we are afraid that they might harm us or our wives, children, servants, cattle, etc., … then let us emulate the common sense of other nations such as France, Spain, Bohemia, etc., … then eject them forever from the country …”
A special collection called “1Hund (RED)”, whereby fifteen percent of the profits are used to support HIV/AIDS prevention, was released by the brand. One hundred artists from around the world were chosen to create designs for the collection as part of the (RED) campaign. Professional skateboarder, Anthony Pappalardo, who, at the time, was also associated with another (RED) participant, Girl skateboards—Pappalardo was sponsored by Chocolate skateboards, a brand distributed by the Crailtap, the distribution company that owns both Girl and Chocolate—released a (RED) edition of his high-selling signature skate shoe model. Pappalardo explains:
Appearing on pottery and petrographs throughout the ancient world, the chevron can be considered to be one of the oldest symbols in human history, with V-shaped markings occurring as early as the Neolithic era (6th to 5th millennia BC) as part of the Vinča symbols inventory. The Vinča culture responsible for the symbols appear to have used the chevron as part of a larger proto-writing system rather than any sort of heraldic or decorative use, and are not known to have passed the symbol on to any subsequent cultures.
Many comparatively recent examples appear from approximately 1800 BC onward, beginning as part of an archaeological recovery of pottery designs from the palace of Knossos on Crete in the modern day country of Greece. Furthermore the Nubian Kingdom of Kerma produced pottery with decorative repertoire confined to geometric designs such as Chevrons,.
A chevron is one of the ordinaries in heraldry, one of the simple geometrical figures which are the chief images in many coat of arms. A chevron is constructed by choosing a visually appealing angle such as the Golden Angle or any other angle the artist prefers. It can be subject to a number of modifications including inversion. When the ends are cut off in a way that looks like the splintered ends of a broken piece of wood, with an irregular zig-zag pattern, it is called éclaté. When shown as a smaller size than standard, it is a diminutive called a chevronel.
Nike has suspended working with Kyrie Irving, the American basketball player, after he posted about an antisemitic film. The U.S. sportswear giant said Friday night that it will put its relationship with the Brooklyn Nets guard on hold. “At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of antisemitism. To th …
James Bond Fans have gone over every Bong Thing with a fine-tooth comb, and, can not answer the riddle of the Red Hand of Ulster being in the Bond cote of arms.
Bernie Blasts Nike Founder: ‘Democracy Is Not Billionaires Buying Elections’
Campaigning in Oregon, Bernie Sanders calls out Phil Knight for staking millions on right-wing candidates
OCTOBER 28, 2022
PORTLAND — Bernie Sanders’ barnstorming tour to rescue the 2022 midterms for Democrats took a spicy turn in Oregon on Thursday. The populist Vermont senator and serial Democratic presidential candidate appeared at a downtown Portland concert venue to
The warnings come after it was reported in October that America’s military had become weaker over the last several years and is at risk of not being able to respond to outside threats.
The Heritage Foundation, in its 2023 Index of U.S. Military Strength, noted that the military is “weak” and that it was “at growing risk of not being able to meet the demands of defending America’s vital national interests” — marking the first time in the index’s nine-year history that the country has been rated so low.
“This Ukraine crisis that we’re in right now, this is just the warm-up,” said Navy Adm. Charles Richard, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, according to the Wall Street Journal. “The big one is coming. And it isn’t going to be very long before we’re going to get tested in ways that we haven’t been tested [in] a long time.”
Bill Maher has little hope for the future of America if the Republican Party sweeps the midterm elections Tuesday as polls have predicted. “Democracy is on the ballot and unfortunately it’s going to lose. And once it’s gone, it’s gone,” he said. “It’s not something you can change your mind about in reverse.”
Ammon Bundy, leader of the armed anti-government militia at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters near Burns, Oregon, January 5, 2016 (AFP Photo/Rob Kerr)© provided by RawStory
There are generations of history that culminated in Ammon Bundy’s campaign for governor, an expert on the family explained in an interview with the Idaho Statesman.
Ian Max Stevenson interviewed historian Betsy Gaines Quammen, author of the 2019 book American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God, and Public Lands in the West.
Quammen explained the history of settlement by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
“I’m very interested in how people perceive landscape based on their religious points of view,” she explained. “I began to look at the LDS settlement in the West and what ideas were brought with settlement. There was a real effort to establish a place that this new religion could practice without feeling oppression. In terms of the way land is viewed now, it’s important to understand that package of things that were bundled in the idea of Zion.”
Bundy is running as an independent in Idaho’s governor’s race after initially running in the GOP primary.
“There is the idea that as a landscape is considered promised, what that means in terms of a religious obligation to utilize it. There are also texts or revelations that you can find in Mormon history that it’s incumbent upon a member of the church to be the hero, to protect the Constitution,” she explained. “You have prophecy, you have religious significance of the Constitution, you have the way that land is utilized, which all have religious implications. The Constitution is essentially part of a sacred canon. I think you’re seeing that in Idaho — and it’s not just LDS — but it is a part of what informs the Bundy family.”
She noted Bundy does not think the government can own land.
“There is a real anti-government history in the church. They were trying to escape the U.S. government,” she explained. “When they went to the Great Basin, it was Mexico. And so they really felt like they were going to have this autonomy. I think it informs the way they see land, that you have this history of anti-government sentiment that continued throughout generations, especially in rural places in these areas that were settled by Mormons. There’s a history of anti-government sentiment, there is a history of generation, after generation, after generation of Mormon land use.”
Many of the groups involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol were influenced by the Bundy standoffs.
“They very much connect because the militia movement has really been inspired by the actions of the Bundy family,” she noted. “The Three Percenters, the Oath Keepers, they both had a presence in Nevada at the standoff, and I think the Bundy family has inspired them.”
Even if Bundy loses on Tuesday, Quammen expects his influence to continue to increase in Idaho.
“I feel like they still have momentum. I feel like they’re gaining power,” she wrote. “You now have Dorothy Moon who is head of the Republican Party. She very much is part of this network of figures that includes Ammon Bundy. As long as the Idaho Freedom Foundation and organizations like it continue to have power, you’re going to continue to see figures like Ammon Bundy be in the public eye in some capacity.”
Quammen is currently writing the book, True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America.
Kyrie Irving lit a flame. The NBA, top to bottom, watched the fire spread.
Candace Buckner – 1h ago
While the NBA was engulfed in an unquenchable controversy, set by the league’s favorite arsonist, who would prefer to watch it all go down in flames, the most empowered professional athletes in the world sat and watched.
Kyrie Irving lit a flame. The NBA, top to bottom, watched the fire spread.© Dustin Satloff/Getty Images
In the days after Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving tweeted a link to a propagandist film heavy with antisemitic themes, his outspoken peers said nothing. While players could have stepped up and shown how to be allies, the very kind they expected from their White coaches and peers in 2020, they did nothing.
Their collective silence, coupled with their union’s statement (52 toothless words from the National Basketball Players Association), revealed the worst about empowerment and exclusivity run amok. And we have seen this problem through all walks of life. The thin blue line that will protect even a thug simply because he wears a badge. The politicians who would stick with their party’s talking points rather than show basic human sympathy for violence enacted on an elderly victim. And now, of course, the band of brothers who will fight together against racial injustice and hate speech as long as the perpetrator isn’t one of their own.
Irving is his own molotov cocktail, infused with unmerited hubris and crippling ignorance. And he hurled himself directly at the league. He created the worst kind of PR that allowed years of goodwill to be scorched by hypocrisy.
The NBA and its players have done tremendous work by using the league as a vehicle to promote issues such as voting in the Black community and shining a spotlight on Black businesses. They spoke out against the killing of Trayvon Martin because they looked at his young Black face and saw their own sons. They wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts because those haunting last words from a Black man dying at the hands of police could have been their own.
But as a so-called “progressive” league, their advocacy shouldn’t end with only the causes they can relate to and the crises they care about.
On the morning of Oct. 28, after Irving’s tweet had been going viral through the night, the first thing NBA Commissioner Adam Silver should have done was call Irving, who was just a borough away, into his office in Manhattan. It took a week for Silver to publicly address the biggest threat to his league.
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Surely, Silver, who is Jewish, had to have been awake these past few weeks and noticed the cancellation of Kanye West. After West made antisemitic remarks, corporations raced each other to be the first to distance themselves from him. The response to West by global brands such as Gap and Adidas should have been top of mind for Silver, who as long as he’s in charge will be tasked with growing the business of the game. So what else could have been more important last week than breaking the in-case-of-emergency glass and extinguishing this fire set by Irving?
There was once a time when the NBA, under then-commissioner David Stern, fined a player (J.R. Smith) for posting a photo of a scantily clad woman to his Twitter account. That sophomoric decision cost Smith $25,000, a smidgen for a millionaire athlete but enough to send a message that if you’re going to be a representative for this global enterprise, there is a standard to bear.
But Silver dallied. Perhaps he was waiting on the dysfunctional Nets to do the right thing, but they were busy firing coach Steve Nash, the only adult in the room, and figuring out a way to spin the hire of Ime Udoka, whose leadership skills are shaky at best.
Silver should not have waited. But the players, who run this league, were all too quiet as well.
It should have been easy for the NBPA to call Irving by his name and denounce the antisemitic movie he promoted to millions of followers in the same sentence. Instead, it released a vanilla statement — Sesame Street’s episode on race went harder than anything the NBPA offered — and the players remained either silent or not nearly as forceful as they have been on other topics.
Kevin Durant, Irving’s friend and teammate, spoke Friday about the matter. By his word choice, however, Durant seemed more concerned about the team issuing Irving a suspension of no less than five games (the proper steps, albeit days after the offense). Durant never called out Irving for his actions.
“I ain’t here to judge nobody or talk down on nobody for how they feel, their view or anything,” Durant said. “I just didn’t like anything that went on. I feel like it was all unnecessary. I felt like we could have just kept playing basketball and kept quiet as an organization. I just don’t like none of it.”
It’s never a good thing when a follow-up tweet has to be sent to clarify remarks, and Durant tried to do just that: “I don’t condone hate speech or anti-semetism [stet], I’m about spreading love always. Our game Unites people and I wanna make sure that’s at the forefront.”
On Friday evening, after Durant and the Nets handed the Wizards a 128-86 loss at Capital One Arena, Washington opened its locker room for reporters. One by one, we walked closer to the stall where Deni Avdija was sitting, shirtless, and looking down at his phone. Avdija, the only known Jewish player in the league, knew why the crowd was gathering. He agreed to answer some questions but first wanted to get presentable and put on more clothes. When Avdija couldn’t find a shirt, he asked a nearby staffer for one. Then teammate Daniel Gafford, who overheard the request and was buttoning up his own shirt right next door, draped a gray warmup tee over Avdija’s shoulder.
In that micro moment, Avdija had someone looking out for his best interest. An ally. But in the days following Irving’s tweet, where were those allies?
While Irving played with matches, players watched the fire grow. They traded their power for a distorted code of silence, making their union and league look impotent. They may have wanted to stay out of Irving’s mess, either for their own self preservation or to help their peer, but this desire to protect the chosen few at all costs will end up irreparably damaging the brand.
They looked weak by remaining on the sidelines, choosing to save their peer’s reputation rather than to protect the league. Despite seeing themselves as thought leaders, they shut up and dribbled.