Multiple sclerosis: What you need to know

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. It affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.

Symptoms range widely. In milder cases, there may be numbness in the limbs. Severe cases may involve paralysis or vision loss.

It is not possible to predict how multiple sclerosis (MS) will progress in any individual.

Over 400,000 people in the United States (U.S.) have MS, and around 10,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

It is two to three times more common in women than in men, and diagnosis usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 50 years.

Fast facts on multiple sclerosis

Here are some key points about multiple sclerosis. More detail is in the main article.

  • Multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system.
  • Diagnosis usually happens between the ages of 20 and 50 years.
  • It is impossible to predict how the disease will progress.
  • Mild symptoms include tingling and numbness, but severe cases can involve vision loss and paralysis.
  • There is no cure, but treatment can relieve symptoms and help the person manage their daily living.

What is MS?

Multiple sclerosis affects the nerve cells.

MS affects the central nervous system (CNS), but exactly why is happens is unclear.

In the CNS, nerve fibers are surrounded by a myelin sheath, which protects them. Myelin also helps the nerves conduct electrical signals quickly and efficiently. In MS, the myelin sheath disappears in multiple areas, leaving a scar, or sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis means “scar tissue in multiple areas.”

The areas where there is no myelin or a lack of myelin are called plaques or lesions. As the lesions get worse, nerve fibers can break or become damaged. As a result, the electrical impulses from the brain do not flow smoothly to the target nerve.

When there is no myelin, the fibers cannot conduct the electrical impulses at all. The messages from the brain to the muscles cannot be transmitted.

Types of MS

There are four types of MS:

Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS): This is a single, first episode, with symptoms lasting at least 24 hours.

Relapse-remitting MS (RRMS): This is the most common form, affecting around 85 percent of people with MS and involving attacks of new or increasing symptoms.

Primary progressive MS (PPMS): Symptoms worsen progressively, without early relapses or remissions. Around 15 percent of cases are PPMS.

Secondary progressive MS (SPMS): After initial episodes or relapse and remission, the disease progresses steadily.


MS affects the CNS, which controls all the actions in the body. When nerve fibers that carry messages to and from the brain are damaged, symptoms may occur in any part of the body.

For some patients, symptoms are so mild that they do not notice anything until later in the course of the disease. Others may be aware of their symptoms in the early stages.

The overall symptoms of MS are:

  • muscle weakness
  • visual disturbances
  • difficulties with co-ordination and balance
  • numbness and tingling, as in “pins-and-needles”
  • problems with thinking and memory

Effects of MS

These can lead to:

Bladder problems: There may be difficulty emptying the bladder completely, frequent urination, and urge incontinence.

Bowel problems: Constipation can lead to fecal impaction, and this can lead to bowel incontinence.

Fatigue: This affects up to 90 percent of patients, and it can undermine their ability to function at work or at home.

Dizziness and vertigo: These are common problems, along with difficulties with balance.

Sexual dysfunction: A loss of interest in sex is common in both males and females.

Spasticity and muscle spasms: Damaged nerve fibers in the spinal cord and brain can cause painful muscle spasms. Muscles might get stiff and be resistant to movement, known as spasticity.

Tremor: There may be involuntary quivering movements.

Vision problems: There may be double vision or blurring vision, a partial or total loss of vision, or red-green color distortion. This usually affects one eye at a time. Inflammation of the optic nerve can result in pain when the eye moves.

Gait and mobility changes: MS can change the way people walk, because of muscle weakness and problems with balance, dizziness, and fatigue.

Emotional changes and depression: Demyelination and nerve-fiber damage in the brain can trigger emotional changes, apart from the challenges of adjusting to the diagnosis of MS, an unpredictable, disabling disorder. Research has linked MS with a 50 percent chance of depression.

Less common symptoms include:

  • headache
  • hearing loss
  • itching
  • respiratory or breathing problems
  • seizures
  • speech disorders
  • swallowing problems

In the later stages, there may also be changes in perception and thinking and heat sensitivity.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease, and it affects people in different ways. For some, it starts with a subtle sensation, and months or years could pass without noticing progression. For others, symptoms worsen rapidly, within weeks or months.

Causes and risk factors

The exact cause of MS is unknown, but it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. This means that the immune system attacks the myelin as if it were an undesirable foreign body, just as it might attack a virus or bacteria.

Risk factors include:

  • Age: A diagnosis is more likely between the ages of 20 and 50 years
  • Sex: More women develop MS than men
  • Ethnicity: It is more common among people of European descent
  • Genetic factors: Susceptibility can be passed downin the genes

Rates of MS are higher in people who live further away from the equator, suggesting that exposure to sunlight may impact MS risk.

Other possible factors that have been linked to MS, but are not confirmed by research, include:

  • Exposure to a toxic substance: This could be a heavy metal or solvent.
  • Infections: Viruses, such as Epstein-Barr, or mononucleosis, and varicella zoster, may be triggers.
  • Salt: In 2013, a study suggested that too much salt in the diet may trigger an autoimmune reaction.

Previous theories have included exposure to canine distemper, physical trauma, or aspartame, an artificial sweetener, but there is no evidence to support these.

It is unlikely there is a single trigger for MS, but it is probably triggered by multiple factors.


The doctor will carry out a physical examination, ask about symptoms, and consider the patient’s medical history. No single test can confirm a diagnosis, so several strategies are needed when deciding whether a patient meets the criteria for a diagnosis.

There will be a neurologic exam, imaging scans, a test to measure the electrical activity of the brain, a spinal fluid analysis, and possibly other tests. These can help rule out other possible causes of the symptoms.

Early signs

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the early signs of MS include:

  • blurred or double vision
  • optic neuritis, leading to eye pain and rapid vision loss
  • weakness and stiffness in the muscles
  • painful muscle spasms
  • tingling or numbness in the arms, legs, face, or trunk
  • clumsiness
  • difficulty remaining balanced when walking
  • loss of bladder control or suddenly needing to urinate
  • persistent dizziness

If these symptoms occur, the person should see a doctor.


There is no cure for MS, so treatment focuses on suppressing the autoimmune response and managing symptoms.


Several disease-modifying drugs are approved for the relapsing forms of MS.

Corticosteroids: These are the most commonly prescribed drugs for MS. They reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. They mostly treat an acute flare-up of symptoms in certain types of MS.

Interferon Beta 1a or 1b: These may slow down the progression of symptoms, but they must be used with care, as they can cause liver damage.

One study of data for 868 patients concluded that Interferon Beta was not helpful in preventing disability in the long term.

Copaxone (Glatiramer): This aims to stop the immune system from attacking myelin. It is injected once a day. Flushing and shortness of breath may occur after receiving the injection.

Tysabri (Natalizumab): This is used for patients who either cannot tolerate other treatments or have not benefitted from them. It increases the risk of developing multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a fatal brain infection.

Mitoxantrone (Novantrone): This immunosuppressant is normally used only in the later stages. It can damage the heart, but if symptoms are worsening rapidly, it can help slow down the progression of disability.

Cannabis extract: Studies have suggested that this may help relieve pain, muscles stiffness, and insomnia.

Aubagio (teriflunomide): This is a once-daily tablet for adults with relapsing forms of MS.


Rehabilitation aims to help patients improve or maintain their ability to perform effectively at home and at work.

Programs generally include:

Physical therapy: This aims to provide people with the skills to maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability.

Occupational therapy: The therapeutic use of work, self-care, and play activities to increase development and prevent disability.

Speech and swallowing therapy: A speech and language therapist will carry out special training.

Cognitive rehabilitation: This helps people manage specific problems in thinking and perception.

Vocational rehabilitation: This helps people with disabilities make career plans, learn job skills, get and keep a job.

Plasma exchange

Plasmapheresis involves withdrawing blood from the patient, removing the plasma, and replacing it with new plasma. The blood is then transfused back into the patient.

This process removes the antibodies in the blood that are attacking parts of the patient’s body, but whether it can help patients with MS is unclear. Studies have produced mixed results.

Vitamin D and Omega-3 supplements

Researchers have found a link between vitamin D deficiency and MS, but they are still investigating whether vitamin D supplements might help in treatment.

It has been suggested that omega-3 fatty acid supplements may help patients with MS, but scientists in Norway concluded that they do not.

Various supplements can be purchased online, including vitamin D and Omega-3 supplements. Patients should not use supplements without first consulting their doctor.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

It has been suggested that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may help people with MS, but this is unproven.


The progression of MS is different for each person, so it is hard to predict what will happen.

However, the lifespan of a person with MS is usually about the same as for a person without the condition.

In rare cases, the symptoms can be fatal.


Tighten Your Belly in 21 Days with the Plank Challenge

All of us want to get the results of a hard workout, speedy metabolism, improved balance, reduced risk of injuries, decreased stress, heightened flexibility and toned abs. Everybody starts with confidence, fully motivated going to the gym and lifting heavy weight, but that lasts until we feel too sore to open our car door and drive home. It feels very good until we start realizing that our daily schedule is way too busy for us to spend that much time in the gym each day.

But there is a simple and very effective exercise called the plan exercise, and it provides amazing benefits, just as much as a full workout. And that is not the best thing, it can also be preformed anywhere, anytime and how you like it. Find those positions that make you feel like you are burning fat the most, and do them every day for about 10 minutes.


1. Improve Body Posture

The lifestyle we live today is quite conductive to slouching. But doing the plank exercise on daily basis will create a stable and straight posture. Our abdominal muscles are the ones that are vital for the positioning of our shoulders, chest, neck and back.

2. Enhance Performance and Core Definition

The plank exercise is strengthening our core muscles, and builds our body in the next ways:

  • Glutes — Results are toned and strong buttocks.
  • Oblique Muscles  — The capacity for waist-twisting and side-bending will be increased.
  • Rectus Abdominous — Defines the abs, and improves jumping.
  • Transverse Abdominis — Improves the ability to lift heavier weights.

3. Boosts our Metabolism

Doing the plank exercise regularly will make your metabolism to maintain a higher metabolic rate throughout the whole day, therefore burn more energy.

4. Improve Overall Balance

The side plank exercise is enhancing the balance capabilities of our body, and every general ability in all type of exercises as well.

5. Increased Flexibility

While you do the plank exercise your shoulders, shoulder blades, toes, arches, hamstrings, and collarbone are expanded and stretched out. To oblique the muscles the side plank exercise is perfect, at the same time stretching out your toes, that will support in the body weight.

6. Mental Benefits

While in this position your nerves and mood are influenced, by the stretch of your muscles, which release stress and tension. This is very beneficial in case of depression or anxiety because it relaxes our brain as well.

7. Lowers the risk of Spine and Back Injury

The plank exercise is strengthening our muscles without putting much pressure on our spine and our hips. Therefore this exercise is supportive for our back, while relieving camps and pain at the same time.

Do It Right!

In order to get the benefits of the exercise make sure you don’t do these mistakes and try to avoid them as much as possible!


  1. Hold your breath.
  2. Allow your head, hips and shoulders to drop down.
  3. Try holding the position longer, it is much wiser to preform it correctly and maintain the correct position for a shorter period, than to be in an incorrect position for a longer period.
  4. Placing your hands too close will cause instability in the shoulder joints and internal rotation.


This is one of the most simple exercises that provide the most effects, support your body weight and strengthen you muscles as well. Nothing is more simple that this exercise, even a challenging physical exercise. Start from your own level and build your way to the top. The results that will be noticeable after a short period of time will keep you motivated and they will make your work out even more.

21 Day Plank Exercise Challenge

Days 1 to 2: One set for half a minute planks.

Days 3 to 7: Do two sets for half a minute planks, it is best to do one set in the morning and one set before going to sleep. If it is too easy for you, boost it up to 60 second planks.

Days 8 to 10: Keep it up with at least 2 sets of a minute planks every day. This is the time when you can get sloppy, focus on the position, try to maintain the correct one from the beginning to the end!

Days 11 to 15: Try some variations of the plank exercise. Start on the forearms supporting, then you can raise yourself to balance with your hands, than one hand, than the other one, than lower your back, and with your forearms again. Do this until 60 seconds have passed.

Days 16 to 18: Push yourself to the limit, aim the time as much as possible, start with 90 seconds than go to 120, and do more if you can, but never run out of focus of your position and the form of your body.

Days 19 to 21: Do some variations, shaken up a little bit. Do one set in he morning than in the evening and try to beat your own records of doing the exercise.


A no-gym workout plan for 10 weeks that can help get rid of fat

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A slim body, excellent state of health, self-confidence – those factors that attract modern women. Unfortunately, the rhythm of the city’s life does not always have a beneficial effect on our shape. Much needs to be done at work and at home, but there is little time left for yourself.

Recently, more and more often people are interested in the possibility of doing sports at home and so the internet search “fitness for beginners at home” is especially relevant. Fortunately, to the help of women comes the Internet, which gives us the opportunity to read different articles and find most effective exercises. Today I’m going to show you simple workout plan doing which can help create the new body in 10 weeks. All you need is the desire to change and some free time.

#1. Squats

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– Stand with your feet hip width apart. Your toes should be pointing straight ahead or only slightly outward. – Cross your arms in front of your body, place your hands behind your head (prisoner squat) or at the sides of your head. – Keep your weight on your heels and bend your knees while lowering your hips towards the ground as if you are sitting down on a chair. – Keep your back straight at all times. – Continue until you feel a slight stretch in your quadriceps. Pause for a count of one. Do not let your knees extend out beyond the level of your toes. – Return to the start position by pushing down through your heels and extending your hips forward until you are standing straight. Repeat.

#2. Push-Ups

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– Position yourself on all fours on a mat. – Place your hands in front of you and shoulder-width apart. – Now bring your hands in towards the center until the tips of your index fingers and tips of your thumbs are touching. This creates a diamond shape between your hands. Your elbows and wrists should be in line with your chest. – With your fingers facing forwards, lift off your knees so that your body forms a straight line and just your hands and toes touch the floor. – Keep you pelvis straight and abs engaged and aim to keep a straight back throughout the movement. – Bend your elbows and lower your body towards the floor, aiming to touch your chest to the top of your hands. Pause briefly. – Return to the starting position by extending your elbows and lifting your body off the floor again.

#3. Jumping Jacks

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– Stand with your feet together, arms fully extended with your hands by your sides. This is the start position. – Bend your knees slightly then straighten and push through the balls of your feet while straightening your your knees to jump up spreading your legs to wider than hip width apart. – As you do so, raise both arms out and up in a smooth arc until your hands meet above your head.

– As you return to the ground, bring your feet together and your hands back to your sides with your arms fully extended. – Continue without pause for the desired amount of time or repetitions.

#4. Crunches

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– Lie flat on your back with your feet flat on the ground, with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Alternatively, you can place your feet up on a bench a few inches apart with your toes turned inwards and touching.

– Place your hands lightly on either side of your head.

– Keep your elbows in so that they are parallel to your body.

– Push your back down flat into the floor to isolate your abdominal muscles.

– Gently curl your shoulders forward and up off the floor.

– Continue to push down into the floor with your lower back.

– Raise your shoulders about four to six inches only.

– Hold and squeeze your abdominal muscles for a count of one.

– Return to the start position in a smooth movement.

#5. Lunges

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– Stand upright with a tight core and flat back. Extend arms to chest level in front of you.

– Step forward with one leg. Front thigh should be parallel with the floor. Drop the back knee.

– Rotate the torso towards the leg that stepped out while keeping arms extended. Push back up to the starting position.

#6. Sit-Ups

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– Lie on your back. Bring your knees up to a 90-degree angle. Shins should be parallel to the floor. Place your hands behind your head and bring your shoulders off the ground.

– Exhale and contract your abdominals. Bring your head towards your knees while moving your knees toward your chest.

– Pause and return to the starting position.

#7. But-Kicks

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– Position yourself on all fours on a mat.

– Position your hands underneath your shoulders and place your knees under your hips.

– Keep your right knee bent at 90 degrees and flex the foot as you lift the knee until it is level with the hip.

– Lower the knee without touching the floor and repeat the lift.

– Once you’ve completed the reps on the right leg, switch legs.

#8. Plank

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– Get into a face down position on the floor supporting your upper body on your forearms. Your elbows should be bent at 90 degrees.

– Extend your legs straight out behind you, supporting them on your toes and balls of your feet.

– Keep your body in a straight line by tightening your abdominal and oblique muscles.

– Hold for as long as possible. The BetterMe Team is by your side throughout your fitness journey! Stay motivated and you can achieve your goals. If you are struggling with your motivation have a look at one of our many articles for inspiration. Help us support and motivate those you love by sharing this article with them and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Science Explains What Happens to Your Body When You Do Planks Every Day


Planks have been called “The Perfect Exercise” to change your mind, your attitude, and your mood.

Alternative exercises are highly undervalued. It has gotten to the point where some people think they must dole out hundred-plus dollar gym memberships to get fit. That is all nonsense, of course.

There is plenty of value to be found in so-called minimalist exercise. Planks are one variety of exercises that are both old-fashioned and highly-effective. This writing focuses on (a) the importance of core strength, (b) why planks are a useful core exercise, and (c) how to perform the “classic plank.”

Let’s get to it!

Where Is Your “Core”?

First, let’s discuss what comprises your core muscles. The core consists of the abdominal, back, and pelvic muscles, which are broken down into primary and secondary muscles.

For fitness and science buffs, the primary core muscles are the: pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae, and the diaphragm.

The gluteus maximus, latissimus dorsi, and trapezius are considered the secondary core muscles.

Why Is The Core Important?

The core has many vital functions. In fact, the core muscles are involved in just about every imaginable thing that you do, including:

– Back support: Lower-back pain affects 80 percent of all Americans at some point in life. Chronic lower back pain can be painful to the point of being debilitating. Core muscles play the primary role in ensuring a healthy back.

– Posture: Strong core muscles are vital to good posture, which both “trims your silhouette and projects confidence.” Most importantly, good posture limits the amount of wear and tear that inevitably takes its toll as we age.

– Routine movements: Any movement that involves the manipulation of your torso requires the core muscles to execute. This includes bending, sitting, rotating, and standing.

– Stability and balance: Your core essentially “connects” the upper and lower parts of the body. As such, good balance and stability require a well-conditioned core.

Regarding core health, it’s neither a good idea to overwork or under-work these muscles. Overworking or overtraining abdominal muscles increases the risk of long-term injury while underworking or undertraining the core can leave the area weak, not to mention flabby!


The plank (which gets its name from a stiff board; you’ll find out why!) is a simple, anytime, anywhere core exercise that can produce some fantastic benefits for the entire body. Yes – the whole body; not just the core muscles.

The classic plank activates the muscles of the abdomen, biceps, shoulders, buttocks, quadriceps, and shins! Moreover, according to the American Council on Exercise, performing the classic plank on a regular basis significantly reduces the risk of lower and upper back pain.

Some other benefits of planking include:

–  A boost to metabolism: Planks burn more calories than crunches or sit-ups.

– Improving core definition: Planking engages all of the major core muscles groups.

– Better posture: Planks help to keep your bones and joints in alignment, which encourages good posture.

– More flexibility: Planks stretch all of the posterior muscle groups – shoulders, shoulder blades, and collarbone, hamstrings, foot arches, and toes.

– Mood benefits: While this benefit may seem farfetched, consider that planking stretches the muscles most prone to tension (read: stress). Planking stretches your legs, thighs, back, and shoulders, eases tension and stress, and in turn, helps calm the brain’s fight-or-flight response.

Performing The Classic Plank

Here are a couple of pointers before we list the steps. First, remember to keep the abdominal muscles engaged, and keep your back straight. Second, remember to breathe: inhale slowly and deeply, and exhale stably.

While you can perform a plank without stretching first, a quick stretching routine is recommended, particularly if you haven’t worked out in a while.

Alright, let’s do this thing! Here’s how to perform the classic plank:

1. Lie face down on the floor, in a “pre-pushup” position.

2. Keeping your upper and lower body straight and rigid, lift yourself up using your forearms. (The upper arms and forearms should form a near-perfect 90-degree angle.)

3. Supporting your entire body with your forearms and toes, keep your body as straight as possible from head to toe.

4. Engage your abdominal muscles by sucking in your belly inwards towards your spine.

While performing the plank, remember that technique is far more important than time. It does no good to hold a 30-second plank position if your belly is sagging down towards the floor. If you must, start off with a 10-second hold and steadily increase the time as your core becomes stronger!

The plank, while a simple exercise, is far from easy. Do not become discouraged! Give it all you’ve got for as long as you can. And remember that technique comes first!

You will achieve the myriad benefits of the plank exercise if you give full effort and remember the basics!

California Is Heading To The Supreme Court Over What They Are Forcing Conservatives To Do

It must be great to be a liberal. You spend your days telling other people what to do, and then act surprised when those same people are offended.

But I’m willing to bet you’d be more surprised when those same people fight back – and no one puts up a better fight than a group of pissed-off conservatives.

Actually, I take that back – no one puts up a better fight than a group of conservatives protecting the weak. And there’s no group more vulnerable than the unborn. Especially in California, where they can be slaughtered at will.

It’s also the state that decided that pro-life clinics must advertise for abortion clinics…in their own waiting rooms.

Congratulations California libs – you just found a group of pissed-off conservatives willing to fight back.

The Daily Caller reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to a California law requiring pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post information about state-funded abortions.

A coalition of pro-life groups challenging the law say it explicitly targets and coerces religious counseling centers into pro-abortion expression.

The law requires crisis pregnancy clinics to post a bulletin informing patients that the state offers subsidized abortion access.

“California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office.”

I don’t have words for this.

The fact that liberals are somehow surprised by conservative reaction here shows just how stupid they are. Imagine how outraged liberals would be if schools were forced to tell homosexual students that some faiths believe there are alternatives to being gay. You’d have rioting in the streets.

And yet, when it comes to protecting the unborn, the state sees no problem with telling young mothers about ‘alternatives.’ The hypocrisy here is piled high.

Luckily, a group of sharp legal conservative minds has tackled the issue.

The case is the second of the new term involving a conservative group’s challenge to a liberal state law.

“It’s unthinkable for the government to force anyone to provide free advertising for the abortion industry. The state shouldn’t have the power to punish anyone for being pro-life. Instead, it should protect freedom of speech and freedom from coerced speech.”

California’s had a tough time fighting these conservative lawyers. And the state now has to face down SCOTUS – and with a newly appointed Neil Gorsuch within it.

It doesn’t look good for the lib state.

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NFL Commissioner Just Woke To The Worst News Of His Life When He Saw Who Sued Him Overnight

Sometimes even the greatest friendships fail, and duos like Sonny and Cher find themselves at an impasse where they just can’t get along. That seems to be the case with National Football League Commissioner Rodger Goodell and what was formerly known as “America’s team” owner, Jerry Jones.

Jones is the longtime owner of the Dallas Cowboys and has worked quite a bit with Goodell. He knows what the good, the bad, and the ugly are in the NFL, and he knows who is responsible for it. Every team owner has a vested interest in the league doing well, and at this point, it has become clear that Goodell isn’t what’s good for the league.

The National Anthem protest that led to the largest nationwide NFL boycott in history has hit the league’s bottom line hard, and the trickle-down effect to the teams has been incredibly detrimental. That means that the commissioner, who is supposed to be looking out for the good of the league, isn’t doing his job, and Jones intends to do something about it.

Daily Mail reports that Jones, who has been threatening to sue the NFL has now decided the best course of action will be to block commissioner Goodell’s contract from being extended. It’s safe to say that Goodell isn’t thrilled with the proposition:

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is reportedly threatening to sue the NFL and several owners over contract negotiations with embattled commissioner Roger Goodell, going so far as to hire high-profile lawyer David Boies, who defended scandalized Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein against accusations of sexual harassment.

Goodell’s contract is set to expire in 2018, and although Jones is not on the committee responsible for negotiating a new deal, the Cowboys owner is threatening to serve legal papers if the committee extends the NFL Commissioner, according to the New York Times.

Jones declined to comment through a team spokesman. A spokesman for Boies also declined to comment.   

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (left) and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (right) attend the 4th Annual NFL Honors in 2015. Jones is now critical of Goodell for suspending Ezekiel Elliott

The NFL protest wasn’t the first issue that Jones had with the commissioner. Undoubtedly, the commissioner has to make some tough choices, even ones that might infuriate the teams or the owners, and up to now, everyone has accepted that.

However, the differences between now and then is that when it came to tough decisions that were detrimental to an individual time, like benching a player, Goodell has no problem with it. But when a whole slew of owners asked him to make a decision that would be good for the league but would tick-off the social justice warriors, the man seems to have his hands inexplicably tied behind his back.

“Jones’s issue with Goodell ostensibly began when the Commissioner suspended Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games back in August after the former Ohio State star was accused of domestic violence by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson.

Elliott, however, has remained on the field thanks to a series of rulings and court appeals. Last week the second-year running back was granted an emergency injunction that lifted the suspension again and allowed him to play in Sunday’s 28-17 win over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs.

According to the report, Jones told the owners of the Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Houston Texans that legal papers had been drawn up and would be served if the negotiating committee decided to extend Goodell’s deal.

Jones was a nonvoting member of the owners committee that is negotiating Goodell’s extension, but the six aforementioned owners recently revoked that status after he told them of his plans to sue, according to the report.

Goodell’s salary is no longer disclosed publicly since the NFL changed its tax status in 2015. But he did earn $34.1 million in 2014 and was paid a whopping $174.1 million over the first seven years of his tenure as commissioner.”

Jones has referred to Elliott’s suspension as an ‘overcorrection’ for Goodell, who admittedly mishandled the suspension of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice back in 2014. Goodell first suspended Rice only two games after [a] video emerged of the former Rutgers star dragging his unconscious fiancée out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. However, that suspension was extended indefinitely after another video was released depicting Rice striking his fiancée in the elevator.

Rice has been out of the NFL ever since.

Jones has questioned the suspension of Elliott, who has maintained his innocence. In fact, Ohio prosecutors decided against pursuing a case against Elliott last year.

‘Zeke is a victim of an overcorrection,’ Jones said in an October radio interview.”

 Perhaps Jones is right, and Goodell could have fallen back on his desire to only do what was best for the league and that Elliot was in the wrong place at the wrong time to get the kind of reputation that the league wanted no part of. He still could have probably gotten away with that reasoning had it not been for this confounded protest.

This commissioner sticking to these guns and letting the players do something that is ripping the league apart is proof positive that whatever is motivating Goodell isn’t what’s good for the league, and Jones plans to do something about it.

Source: Daily Mail,

Right After SICK Rant Against Trump, Black Lives Matter Founder Said The One Thing That Will RUIN Them For Good


This time the Black Lives Matter regime has gone way too far.

In a shocking video tirade released to the Los Angeles Times, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors let loose with a sickening diatribe about President Trump. This may be old news coming from the BLM movement, but the message sent this time around is simply unforgivable.

“We wouldn’t as a movement take a seat at the table with Trump because we wouldn’t have done that with Hitler. Trump is literally the epitome of evil, all the evils of this country, be it racism, capitalism, sexism, homophobia and he has set out the most dangerous policies not just that impacts this country but that impacts the globe,” said Cullors.

So according to Cullors and Black Lives Matter, over 1 million new jobs in the U.S. is “literally the epitome of evil.” It’s also fair to say that these jobs would benefit ALL communities, including African-American communities. But Cullors is adamant that she wants absolutely nothing from President Trump, even when it will clearly help her followers.

“And so for us, the answer is not to sit with Trump but to resist him and to resist every single policy that he’s implemented that impacts our communities,” Cullors said. “I’m thinking about what I want my children to know in 30, 40, 50 years and I want them to know that I resisted a president at all costs because this president literally tried to kill our communities.”

These are not the words of someone who wants a peaceful resolution. These are fightin’ words, plain and simple, and the last thing this country needs is more racial tension. If Cullors and Black Lives Matter don’t want to follow President Trump, that’s their choice, but what’s the point of trying to ignite more violence in our cities? President Trump has done nothing but work to broker peace in the streets and it’s people like Cullors who want to unravel all the amazing achievements of our Commander-In-Chief.

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Mike Rowe Absolutely Destroys Guy Who Accuses Him Of Being A White Nationalist

“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe had some choice words Tuesday night in response to a question he got accusing him of harboring “white nationalist” sympathies.

Rowe posted a question submitted to him on his Facebook page that accused the TV host’s advocacy for the skilled trades of amounting to anti-intellectualism, and therefore racism.

A man named Chuck Adkins asked, “One of the tenants of white nationalism is that college educated people are academic elitests. Comment? No? I’m not surprised. You never take a political stand because you don’t want to alienate anybody. Its bad for business. I get it. But there is a current of anti intellectualism in this country – promoted by Republicans. Those people love you, and they think your initiative is their initiative. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is kickin our ass academically.”

Rowe, a popular jovial TV personality, went off in a long, brutal response

“Since we’re being candid, allow me to say how much I dislike your post. Everything about it annoys me – your smug and snarky tone, your appalling grammar, your complete lack of evidence to support your claims, and of course, the overarching logical fallacy that informs your entire position,” Rowe wrote. “What really bugs me though, is the fact that you’re not entirely wrong. It’s true; I haven’t shared any political opinions this week, in part anyway, because doing so might very well be ‘bad for business.’”

“What can I say? I work for half-a-dozen different companies, none of whom pay me to share my political opinions. I run a non-partisan foundation, I’m about to launch a new show on Facebook, and I’m very aware that celebrities pay a price for opening their big fat gobs. Gilbert Gottfried, Kathy Griffin, Colin Kaepernick, Milo Yiannopoulos…even that guy from Google who just got himself fired for mouthing off. There’s no getting around it – the first amendment does not guarantee the freedom to speak without consequences. And really, that’s fine by me,” he continued.

“So no – I’m not going to share my personal feelings about Charlottesville, President Trump, or the current effort to remove thousands of statues of long dead soldiers from the public square. Not just because it’s ‘bad for business,’ but because it’s annoying. I can’t think of a single celebrity whose political opinion I value, and I’m not going to assume the country feels any differently about mine,” Rowe wrote. “So, rather than blow myself up, or chime in with all the obvious observations about the cowardly scum in the pointy hats, I’m going to talk instead about my belief that comments like yours pose a far greater threat to the future of our country than the existence of a memorial to Thomas Jefferson, or a monument to George Washington. Ready?”

Then Rowe started in on Adkins’ insinuations.

“You say that White Nationalists believe that everyone who goes to college is an ‘academic elite.’ You then say that Republicans promote ‘anti-intellectualism.’ You offer no proof to support either claim, but it really doesn’t matter – your statements successfully connect two radically different organizations by alleging a shared belief,” Rowe said. “Thus, White Nationalists and The Republican Party suddenly have something in common – a contempt for higher education. Then, you make it personal. You say that Republicans “love” me because they believe that my initiative and ‘their’ initiative are one and the same. But of course, ‘their’ initiative is now the same initiative as White Nationalists.”

He continued “Very clever. Without offering a shred of evidence, you’ve implied that Republicans who support mikeroweWORKS do so because they believe I share their disdain for all things ‘intellectual.’ And poof – just like that, Republicans, White Nationalists, and mikeroweWORKS are suddenly conflated, and the next thing you know, I’m off on a press tour to disavow rumors of my troubling association with the Nazis!”

“Far-fetched? Far from it,” Rowe continued. “That’s how logical fallacies work. A flaw in reasoning or a mistaken belief undermines the logic of a conclusion, often leading to real-world consequences. And right now, logical fallacies are not limited to the warped beliefs of morons with tiki torches, and other morons calling for ‘more dead cops.’ Logical fallacies are everywhere.”

Not near done, Rowe wrote, “As I type this, a Democrat on CNN is making an argument that says, ‘because Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, those Republicans now opposed to tearing down his memorial are ‘pro-slavery,’ and therefore aligned with the modern day KKK.’ That’s a logical fallacy.

“Over on Fox, a Republican is arguing that ‘any Democrat who has not yet condemned the Senator from Missouri for publicly wishing that Donald Trump be assassinated, is guilty of wishing for the exact same thing.’ That’s a logical fallacy.

“Yesterday, on The Science Channel, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, a noted astronomer, tweeted that the ability of scientists to accurately predict the solar eclipse, was proof that predictions of global warming were also accurate. That’s a logical fallacy.”

Then Rowe turned the tables on his accuser, continuing, “Want to hear another one? Imagine something like this, unfolding over on MSNBC.

“‘Good Evening, America, our top story tonight… Chuck Atkins is a racist! Why? Because he can’t spell. Just look at his grammar! In a recent post on Mike Rowe’s Facebook page, Mr. Atkins, while bemoaning America’s global academic standing, not only misspelled ‘elitist,’ he used ‘tenants’ when he meant ‘tenets.’ He neglected to use a hyphen in ‘anti-intellectual,’ and he misplaced several commas and apostrophes! But why is he a racist, you ask? Simple. Because everyone knows racists are ignorant. Chuck Atkins is clearly a poor speller. Poor spelling and grammar are signs of ignorance. Ergo – Chuck Atkins is a racist! Boom! The matter is settled!”

“There’s not much we can do about the news, but here on Facebook, I think we can do better. This isn’t Twitter,” Rowe said. “We’re not limited to a few inflammatory sentences and a flurry of emojis. Take a moment, Chuck. Think. Make a rational argument. Otherwise, just link us to a cat video. People love those, and they’re almost never ‘bad for business.’ (Unless of course, the cat gets hurt. People hate that.) Just don’t assume that people will care about your beliefs, if you’re not willing to back them up with some relevant facts and a rational conclusion. Here, for instance, are a few facts that matter to me, with respect to my foundation and the recurring charge of ‘fostering anti-intellectualism.’”

Rowe then defended his charitable work, writing, “mikeroweWORKS is a PR campaign for the skilled trades. For the last nine years, we’ve partnered with numerous trade schools, raised millions of dollars for work-ethic scholarships, and called attention to millions of jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. But that doesn’t mean we’re ‘anti-intellectual.’ We’re not even ‘anti-college.’ We simply reject the popular notion that a four-year degree is the best path for the most people. And we’re hardly alone.

“Millions of reasonable people – Republicans and Democrats alike – are worried that our universities are doing a poor job of preparing students for the real world. They’re worried about activist professors, safe spaces, the rising cost of tuition, a growing contempt for history, and a simmering disregard of the first amendment. These people are concerned that our universities – once beacons of free speech – now pander to a relatively small percentage of students who can’t tolerate any political opinion that challenges their own. And they’re concerned – deeply concerned – that millions of good jobs are currently vacant that don’t require a four-year degree, or any of the catastrophic debt that comes with it.”

Returning to the original attack, Rowe concluded, “Again – these are not the concerns of ‘anti-intellectuals.’ They are the concerns of people who care about the future of the country. I don’t know how many of these people are Republicans, but I can assure you that no one who actually supports my initiative is remotely confused about my feelings on education, because I’ve been crystal clear on that topic from the very beginning. To quote Thomas Jefferson, (while I still can,) ‘If a nation expects to be ignorant and free and live in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.’ On this point, my foundation does not equivocate.

“In other words, Chuck, I have no idea what The White Nationalists think about my efforts, or the Republicans, the Democrats, the elitists, the Italians, the Presbyterians, the unions, or the self-proclaimed anti-intellectuals. And really, I couldn’t care less. My question is, why do you? Mike”

After his long rant, Rowe added two postscripts to lighten the mood a bit.

“PS. Ok, I’ve just re-read this, (in a desperate search for typos,) and I want to apologize for pointing out that you’re a lousy speller. This is probably not the time to trot out The Grammar Nazi, but your tenor and tone pissed me off, and I responded in my own snarky way. Sorry,” he wrote.

“PPS Maybe this is how political correctness begins? Maybe we start by correcting each other’s grammar, and then move on to the business of correcting everything else? Today a missing hyphen, tomorrow a missing monument. Or, maybe not,” he concluded.

Trump Rally Leaves Media Fearing For Safety

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President Donald Trump’s attack on the news media at his rally in Phoenix Tuesday night has many journalists fearing for their safety and claiming that the president is inciting violence against reporters.

“The media can attack me. But where I draw the line is when they attack you, which is what they do,” Trump told his supporters. He accused the media of “fomenting division” and claimed that most reporters “don’t like our country.” Journalists were clearly still shaken on Wednesday morning by Trump’s rhetoric.

On “Good Morning America,” ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega claimed that Trump’s attack on the media “was incitement, plain and simple,” adding that “it really feels like a matter of time before someone gets hurt.”

Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei wrote an open letter on Twitter to “family/friends who support Trump” about the president’s attacks on journalists, saying: “what he said last night about reporters was despicable, extremely deceptive, [and] dangerous.”

“There are great Americans deeply concerned about a changing nation,” VandeHei wrote. “God forbid one buys Trump’s mad rant and takes action…”

Reporters on Twitter circulated VandeHei’s concerns about violence in the media, with many expressing similar worries.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd expressed concern that an inspired Trump supporter could commit violence against the media.

“Whether POTUS means it or not, I don’t know, but this could motivate a crazy,” Todd wrote of Trump’s attacks on the media, which he called “dangerous rhetoric.”

Trump, for his part, seemed pleased with how the rally went.

“Last night in Phoenix I read the things from my statements on Charlottesville that the Fake News Media didn’t cover fairly,” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning. “People got it!”

Seconds Ago Trump Reached Into His Jacket In Phoenix, Then Pulled Out The INCREDIBLE

Tonight at President Trump’s rally in Phoenix, Arizona thousands appeared to hear what the president had to say.Trump sent a message to Americans that the Washington just wouldn’t understand. He said “We are all on the same team, we are all Americans, and right now we all believe in ‘America First.’” He lashed the heck out of the media.

He went on to talk about Charlottesville. Trump said that the entire arena tonight stands united against the thugs who perpetrated hatred and violence in Charlottesville. Then he went on to reveal who was really responsible for division and hate.

This is what he said:


Trump says there are some fair journalists, but says the media is dishonest, bad people that don’t love our country.

Trump blamed the “fake news and the crooked media” for the division in our country.

He then continued to shout out Fox News, who he said treated him “fairly.”

“Not only does the media give a platform to hate groups, but the media turns a blind eye to the gang violence on our streets.” 

He went on to credit social media for his success saying, “If I didn’t have social media, I wouldn’t be able to get the word out. I probably wouldn’t be standing here.”

His message here is clear. The media is responsible for the division and hatred in this country and what happened in Charlottesville. If it wasn’t for social media where he can talk to his supporters directly, the media would twist every word that comes out of his mouth.

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