Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Can employers hire whomever they want? Sure, but can they NOT hire someone?

Posted Thursday, August 24, 2017, at 9:26 AM
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  • I fail to understand any part of the uproar over Kaepernick. If he was starting QB calibre, someone would sign him. Short of actually being in jail, and unable to show up, there is no one not playing in the NFL due to character issues. Other players have played in the past and not acknowledged the anthem. Other players are playing now, and doing the same thing.

    The threshold is different for a backup. Backups need to be model citizens, who don't offend anybody, or create any distraction. At most positions, they need to be ready and able to help the team by sacrificing their body on special teams. Backup QB's need to be over by the coaches with their clipboard staying in touch with what is going on, and keep track of where their helmet is, just in case.

    By the same token, who cares about the people protesting him not being employed? They obviously have no grasp of the real world of sports. Not that it matters. There is no way for the NFL, or the government, to pick a team and force that team to take Kaepernick... or anyone else. So the protests are meaningless.

    As for Kaepernick and his protest...this is America, where you get to think what you want. He gave up millions of dollars a year (maybe, if he would have been able to make a team) in order to make a political statement that did not hurt anyone. I either respect him for his convictions, or pity him for his foolishness (if he did not understand how this would turn out.) Since he is standing his ground without a job, I respect his convictions. I don't have to agree with someone's beliefs to support their right to believe them.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Aug 24, 2017, at 10:24 AM
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    Well, of course, people and companies should be able to hire, fire, and not hire whoever they want based on how the owner thinks they will affect the bottom line. The owner can also include other considerations such as how the potential employee will look to the customer base. Since Kaepernick carries so much baggage with him, he would need to be of Brady or Manning caliber to get hired. Wouldn't mind seeing him play back up some, mainly to see the pass rushers grinding his face into the ground so he can see how good America tastes. While everyone has the right to express themselves, they don't really have the right to do that on company time. And then they have the responsibility of dealing with the consequences of others exercising their rights. I am disappointed in the 49ers and the NFL in allowing Kaep and others to get away with their nonsense. It distracts from enjoying the game. No reason they couldn't keep them in the locker room during the Anthem. Not sure why people are wasting their time protesting about this when there are so many more important things to protest about. 😂

    -- Posted by fair share on Fri, Aug 25, 2017, at 6:11 AM
  • Fair Share, when I first read your comment in my email client I saw the crying face in code and thought you had cats at home helping you type.

    If I leave my keyboard unprotected while typing something, I have to check carefully to make sure none of them made changes while I was away. You may have read some of that when I was not diligent.

    Of course, using a smart phone can create interesting comments too when the auto complete thinks it knows what you want and you don't re-read.

    I agree that it must be a slow "demonstration" day when they feel the need to organize for a football player's employment, let alone this one.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 25, 2017, at 6:53 AM
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    Yeah, Steve. I'm sure I have written some stupid stuff due to autocorrect. Even after proofreading. It would be nice if it would change color when it changes what is written.

    -- Posted by fair share on Fri, Aug 25, 2017, at 8:15 AM
  • Niiiiiiceeee idea fair share, very nice.

    It could change back when we hit send. Then is it pretty much on us if we spoke in parables.

    Watch, it will show up soon.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 25, 2017, at 8:42 AM
  • Or should!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 25, 2017, at 8:42 AM
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    Maybe just for government communications. 😎

    -- Posted by fair share on Fri, Aug 25, 2017, at 9:57 AM
  • Employers have the right to hire anyone based on the need they have...if it's a bad choice or the decision to hire that person doesn't work out for any reason they also have the right to fire them! In some states there are even an "at will" law that states no reason needed and they have the right for no reason at all to let one go....Florida was like that! I had to hire seasonal employees or temporary help and there were never any guarantees that individual would be working in the future...I either liked working with them or didn't and usually found out after a few hours or days!

    People are protesting everything, everywhere, anytime these days....apparently they don't have lives and families or they wouldn't have the time....besides, who wants to purposely walk into a crowd in this day and time and disagree with what they stand for. It sounds like stupid to me or begging to get your butt kicked or hurt from the other ego centered idiots that are their especially if the protest is a hot topic like race or rights! There are so many other ways to stand up for what you believe in....your character alone is a great example!

    I watch football for the game itself not for the players or owners and could care less what's happening behind the scenes....I'm not that fixated on it, I have to many other things my brain has to deal with just trying to keep my head above water in this economy....sure I have a favorite team that I watch, but that's only so I can know what I'm talking about when my 82yr old mother is rooting for Bama...btw there is no reason to protest or we all will show up...the whole family are Rolling the Tide!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Aug 28, 2017, at 9:28 AM
  • The TIDE!? The only time I am conflicted watching Bama is paying UT and all I ask for there is a "good game" with no major injuries.

    I am both happy and sad for the respective winners/losers.

    Good point about the protesters not having lives or families. I tend to think the protesting group IS their life AND their family.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 28, 2017, at 9:36 AM
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    Since you brought PROTESTORS into the blog, let me refresh everyone's memory!

    Then President, Barack Husein Obama Jr., spoke several times about creating a United States Military of young Americans to deal with domestic chaos. A domestic army of young people.

    Well! The Traitor has succeeded with his army of left wing Antifa devils backed by the Democratic party. They are doing exactly what they are protesting against.

    Under the law, Kaepernick can say or do anything he feels is okay to say or do and no one has the authority to do anything about it without injuring him or violating his God given right.

    Althou many people have lost their job for something they said or done (On Their Own Time) on social media. A Violation of their rights, had they sued.

    Declaration of Independence:

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    This means ALL MEN, (including women) are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain (Absolute) unalienable (can never be taken away or sold) rights. Our unalienable rights are far superior to any rights that could be granted by any man made document, or any government.

    Our country and our laws recognize the Unalienable Rights of all People. That means only people who voluntarily surrender their rights, don't have sovereign rights. That is why undocumented aliens have more sovereign rights than most Americans have. When they become US Citizens they surrender their sovereignty for 14th Amendment Privileges (Civil Rights).

    However, Daca Dreamers have been in America for years. I am sure they have been documented because they have been admitted in public schools in America. To enroll in school you have to present or obtain all kinds of proof of citizenship or existence. That would document most of them making them US citizens. Many of them are working and paying Taxes, so they have to be documented! If that is true then they would be allowed to stay as US citizens. If they were NOT documented, then they could use their sovereignty to override the laws of the United States and stay in the United States as part of "We the People", because United States Laws say "ALL People are Created Equal". The 115th United States Congress better get off their ashes and create some Immigration Laws and FAST in order to prevent future Daca Dreamers!

    And speaking of Protestors, Why is the world talking about applying more sanctions to a crazy man who has Tested a Hydrogen Bomb in his back yard? How many more violations will he be allowed to make before someone stops him? If he has Hydrogen Bombs in his basement, what is a sanction or two to him?

    -- Posted by sui on Wed, Sep 6, 2017, at 10:14 PM
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