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Tom Brady thinks visiting Donald Trump’s White House isn’t “a political thing.” He’s wrong.

  • Five New England Patriots players are protesting their team’s visit to the White House this year. QB Tom Brady is not one of those players.
  •  In an interview with NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk, the Super Bowl MVP and Trump pal went so far as to claim that the visit wasn’t even about politics. (See quote above)
  • It’s convenient that the person most outspoken about how nonpolitical a visit to Trump’s White House would be is the person least likely to be impacted by Trump’s politics. 
  • For the players doing the protesting, however, few things are more political than palling around with the most openly bigoted president in recent memory. Read more (Opinion)
Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.
Minnesota Summer- Brady Skjei

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Alright are y'all happy that I have feelings for all 31 teams? XD Anyway! Brady is adorable! So I hope you guys like this! Let me know what you think!

Warning: One cuss word

Anon Request: I would love to request one for Brady Skjei!! Anything relating to the off season and getting to know each other because he isn’t traveling all the time!! Thanks!!

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              You weren’t sure if this was such a good idea now that you had actually done it.

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I hate the style that is now called “mid-century modern”.
I thought it was ugly when it was new. I still think it’s ugly. Neighborhoods full of ranch style houses and Brady Bunch houses built from the sixties to seventies are just awful.

Donte Stallworth says Tom Brady's wife didn't stop White House visit

Tom Brady’s former teammate wants to set the record straight.

Some reports speculated the star quarterback skipped the Patriots’ trip to the White House because of his supermodel wife’s dislike for President Donald Trump, but retired wide receiver Donte Stallworth claimed that’s not the case.

“Speaking to a couple of guys that are extremely close with Tommy, his mother hasn’t been feeling too well. I do know that he wanted to be here, obviously,” Stallworth told TMZ Sports. “Regardless of what anyone thinks of Donald Trump — or Tom Brady, for that matter — they have been friends for a very long time. I remember in 2007 Donald Trump being in our locker room after a game. Their relationship goes far back.”

Stallworth, who played for New England alongside Brady in 2007 and 2012, insisted Brady skipped the traditional visit to be with his sick mother and that Gisele Bundchen had nothing to do with his decision.

Hours before the team was scheduled to make the customary visit on Wednesday, Brady cited “some personal family matters” as a reason he could not travel to Washington. Later that day, Bundchen shared a link to the “People’s Climate March”, scheduled for Trump’s 100th day in office on April 29, in a tweet that has since been deleted.

Brady also cited a family matter when he skipped the White House trip in 2015 when Barack Obama was president.

Portrait of two unidentified Pawnee chiefs probably taken at Mathew Brady’s studio in Washington, D.C., c. 1860. They were members of a large Native American delegation to visit the White House. By Mathew Brady.

A Controversial Case of “Self Defense”

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, a retired man called Byron Smith shot and killed two intruders in his home in Little Falls, Minnesota. Under the Castle Doctrine of the state, which allows a person to use lethal force to defend his property, he was in the right. That is, until an investigation revealed a more complex scenario.

Smith had worked for the US State Department as a security specialist and had been living in different countries around the world. At 64, he decided to retire and spend the rest of his life in the quiet Little Falls. However, he soon became the victim of a series of breaking ins. The perpetrators stole not only money, but guns and a prized watch his father had got after being a prisoner in WWII. Smith went to the police at least once, but they told him to strengthen the security in his house and not much else.

According to friends and neighbors of Smith, the robberies made him paranoid to the point he wouldn’t sleep for days. That Thanksgiving day, Smith decided to do something about it. He moved his truck away from the house to make it seem like there was no one home, and sat in his basement for hours armed with a gun to wait.

At some point, two teenagers broke in his house. It was Nicholas Brady (17) and his cousin Haile Kifer (18), who according to a later investigation had worked for Smith before and had been responsible for at least some of the burglaries. Both had some drug related trouble. 

As soon as Brady started coming down to the basement, Smith shot him twice and then once more in the face, killing him. Around 12 minutes later, Haile went down looking for her cousin and she got the same fate, except she was shot six times.

Smith wrapped both bodies and then waited until next day to alert a neighbor to call the police. His reason for not doing it sooner, he said, was because he didn’t want to bother authorities during Thanksgiving.

The whole episode was recorded in audio by Smith, and there he can be heard rehearsing a call to his lawyer before the killings and also the cold, angry words directed at the burglars. The audio was made available here, and a warning; it’s very disturbing.

All this made authorities consider the deaths of Brady and Kifer premeditated, so Smith was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The case is still very controversial, with part of the community supporting Smith and saying that the actions of the teenagers and the little help from the police drove him to such an extreme reaction.

Above is a letter from British serial killer Ian Brady, who is one-half of the killing duo nicknamed the Moors Murderers. Brady wrote the letter to a man named Tom Rattigan, who claims Myra Hindley, the other half of the killing duo, offered him bread and jam if he went home with her. Rattigan, who was seven at the time, remembers agreeing due to poverty.

Rattigan, says he walked to a terraced house in Gorton where Hindley was living with grandparents at the time, whilst being followed by a man, who also entered the property with them. Hindley’s attitude switched from being pleasant to agitated and nervous. Rattigan started to feel uneasy and frightened when he heard the man shouting. He climbed out of the window and left the property when the pair were arguing elsewhere in the home. Years later, Rattigan wrote to Brady, wanting closure and confirmation that he had in fact been in the house with them, but Brady denies it, something Rattigan doesn’t believe. The letter reads:

Dear Mr Rattigan re: your letter.
‘I’m afraid you are mistaken in believing you encountered us in the past. I’ve had letters from other people mistaken in this belief. The peculiar thing is of all the strangers we met and on our many travels not one remembers, or if they do, have dismissed the idea as too fantastic, as we were quite ordinary and not dripping blood. As for Hindley’s latest absurd allegations and protestations, I’ve already rebutted them publicly and it has appeared in all the media. All coverage of her latest desperate attempt to gain freedom has been dismissive of her allegations which have taken her over 30 years to dream of.
Yours sincerely, Ian Brady’

The letter was written in 2000, two years before Myra Hindley passed away. (x)

Message today from Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald Reagan. In 1981, 69 days into his presidency, President Reagan was shot in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr. Reagan was seriously injured but (obviously) survived; his White House Press Secretary, James Brady, was shot in the head and endured permanent brain damage, and even his much later death (in 2014) was directly related to the shooting. A Secret Service officer and a policeman were also shot.

Hinckley’s motivation for the assassination apparently stemmed from his obsession with a teenage Jodie Foster, who he had seen in the film Taxi Driver. He thought this would get her to finally notice him, after years of stalking failed to get her to talk to him (duh). In his D.C. hotel room after he was arrested, investigators found masses of Jodie Foster clippings and letters addressed to her.

And in case you haven’t seen Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Robert DeNiro’s character Travis Bickle attempts to assassinate a U.S. Senator running for President, and he also has a complicated protective relationship with a child prostitute played by 12-year old Jodie Foster.

@tvuckic‘s heartfelt post earlier, about the parallels between fandom and politics –“Words Matter”– brought to mind the Hinckley event and the ways in which even seemingly “innocuous,” fictive media representation can incite actual real-life violence. Not to mention the terrifying consequences of demonizing and dog-whistling–after Trump’s “Second Amendment People” comment, people have cited the hate speech that preceded the attempted and successful assassinations of Gabby Giffords, Jo Cox, Yitzhak Rabin, MLK, Gandhi, Reagan, and countless other instances. The above rebuke to Trump from Patti Davis, Reagan’s daughter, really makes the case why “words matter”–in politics, in fandom, in everyday life. There is no such thing as “just joking” when it comes to suggesting that it is okay to do harm unto another. 

As a wise woman said on twitter today: 

“Women know Just Joking Guy. We know him real well.”

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