Patriotic Till The End: Colorado Springs Veteran, 87, Dies Building Flagpole…

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Another member of the Greatest Generation reports for his final roll call.

Via Stars and Stripes

Age was no barrier for Richard “Dick” French, who, at 87, set out to build a 20-foot flagpole in the yard of his Colorado Springs home to show off his immense patriotism.

For months, he talked up the project to family members and couldn’t wait for the weather to warm up so he could get started. On Easter, he planned to hold a ceremony for his family and raise a large American flag and flags for each of the military branches for which he served as a photographer in the 1940s.

He got to work Saturday, but the project was left unfinished when he suffered what was called a sudden “cardiac event” and died.

“It was exactly the way he wanted to go,” said his granddaughter, Laurel Barrett, 27. “It was a shock. My mom and I were the ones who found him.”

Barrett said French was a lively man with a great sense of humor. He was the kind of guy who would put a plow on his riding lawnmower so he could clear the driveways for the “old ladies” nearby who were younger than he.

“He had a joke for every occasion,” said his daughter and Laurel’s mother, Jean Barrett, 58.

He was stubborn, too. At 86 years old, he refused to let anyone help him re-tile his garage roof, Laurel Barrett said. He made a makeshift elevator to get supplies up to the roof, and did the project himself.[…]

A few years ago, French started throwing “flag parties,” basically his version of the Fourth of July – but held whenever he felt like it to share his love for his country with the youngest generations of his family.

“He would pass out flags and tell military stories and make everybody pose with the flag and take pictures,” Laurel Barrett said.

Pictures were involved with pretty much everything he did throughout his life, she added.

French was born in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 23, 1927. He spent 1944 to 1947 in the military at Fort Lewis, Wash., where he was a photographer for the Coast Guard, Army and Merchant Marines, Jean Barrett said. He took pictures of presidents and showed one to Cunningham of President Dwight D. Eisenhower visiting what was then Camp Carson.[…]

French grew increasingly patriotic as he aged, his daughter said.

“He didn’t like the way the country was being run now and it really upset him,” she said. “The madder he got, the more patriotic he got, and he kept saying we need to go back to the values we used to have. … He just wanted people to remember it was important to be patriotic.”

French had four daughters: Linda Shields, Janet Cooper, Jean Barrett and the late Mary French. He is survived by eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His wife, Carolyn, whom he met at the age of 15, died in 2013.

When French’s family holds a celebration of life ceremony later in April, there will be a patriotic theme, and everyone will wear flag lapel pins, Jean Barrett said.

The flagpole project likely won’t be finished because French will be buried with the flags he planned to raise.

But one thing is certain: wherever she is, Laurel Barrett will always fly an American flag in her grandfather’s honor.

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Hillary Supporter Makes Not-So-Veiled Threat Against O’Malley If He Dares Challenge Hillary

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Via Daily Caller:

A former governor on ABC’s “This Week” made a not-so-veiled threat Sunday to former Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley that he could lose a cabinet position in Hillary Clinton’s administration by running against her.

Former Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who also serves as a Senior Advisor to Ready for Hillary PAC said, “She is comfortable enough to be able to withstand a primary.”

Granholm added, “And Martin O’Malley, he’s a very nice guy, and I was thinking he might make a nice member of a President Clinton administration, so he better watch it.”

“I think he and anybody else, she would welcome into the mix,” Granholm continued. “That would be healthy. But I also think ultimately, she’ll be the next president.”

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Shocker! Obama Didn’t Vote Present, He Voted For Illinois Religious Freedom Reformation Act In 1998…

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Votes in the past don’t matter, that was a long time ago.

Via Washington Times

White House spokesman Josh Earnest took aim Sunday at Indiana’s newly signed religious-freedom law, saying it appears to “legitimize discrimination,” even as critics said that President Obama voted in favor of a similar law as an Illinois state senator.

“When you have a law like this one in Indiana that seems to legitimize discrimination, it’s important for everybody to stand up and speak out,” said Mr. Earnest on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Just before Mr. Earnest made his comments, however, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the law in an interview on the same show, noting that the federal government and 19 other states previously passed a Religious Freedom Reformation Act, including Illinois.

After President Bill Clinton signed the federal Religious Freedom Reformation Act (RFRA) in 1993, “some 19 states followed that, and after last year’s Hobby Lobby case, Indiana properly brought the same version that then-state Sen. Barack Obama voted for in Illinois,” Mr. Pence said.

Indiana Senate Republicans made the same point in a Thursday press release: “The bipartisan respect for religious freedom has also carried over to the votes for most state-level RFRAs. For example, when President Obama was an Illinois State Senator in 1998, he voted for Illinois’ RFRA.”

Mr. Obama served as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004. The Illinois RFRA took effect in July 1998.

Mr. Earnest dismissed the argument: “If you have to go back two decades to try to justify something that you’re doing today, it may raise some questions about the wisdom of what you’re doing.”

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Obama’s Golfing Buddy Milton Carroll Is On Halliburton Board, Where Is The Left’s Outrage?

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Isn’t Halliburton evil? And connection with it showed the evilness of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? So where’s the outrage?

Clinton Lackey Defends Hillary’s Email, Laughter Ensues From Meet the Press Panel…

Stuck on the spin cycle.

Via NRO

Neera Tanden, who’s president of the Center for American Progress, a think tank closely associated with the Clintons, did her best on Meet the Press today to defend Hillary Clinton’s scandalous handling of her e-mails, but her co-panelists, and even host Chuck Todd, weren’t having it. Tanden whipped out Clinton defenders’ favorite weapons: trying to tie concern over Clinton’s practices to Republican overreach on Benghazi and making some reference to “the scandal machine,” as if the e-mail issue were a ginned-up controversy rather than genuine bipartisan outrage over America’s top diplomat keeping official records however she likes.[…]

Chuck Todd, Joe Scarborough, and Kathleen Parker certainly didn’t buy it, repeatedly pushing back on Tanden, interrupting her to correct misleading claims, and at times just laughing at the case she laid out. Eventually, it got raucous enough that Todd cut off the segment with a reference to desert rodents and optical devices that was almost surely incomprehensible to 95 percent of Meet the Press’s audience.

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Iowa Democratic Party Comm Director Takes Selfie At Site Of NYC Building Explosion…Update: Two Missing Victims Found Dead In The Wreckage

Disaster selfies are all the rage these day.

Look who we caught taking one at the site of a building explosion where dozens were injured and two might possibly have lost their lives..

From her LinkedIn Page:

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Update:

Searcher found the bodies of the two missing men today.

One was Nicholas Figueroa, 23, who was there for a lunch date.
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The other was Moises Lucon, 26, who worked as a busboy at the sushi restaurant that exploded.
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Obama Nearly Stumbles Down The Stairs Coming Off Air Force One

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Causing America to stumble in its approach all over the world, so somewhat apropos.

Dem’s Back Up, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Has Difficulty Saying What The Number One Threat To U.S. Is

At least he does say a nuclear Iran, which at least has to be up there. Of course, then he completely fails and says climate change.

HT: Right Scoop

Lindsey Graham On Being The Next McCain : ‘There’s A Pathway Forward For A Guy Like Me’

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Lindsey, the RINO’s crowded the Republican primary so you could win, now you are doing the same for Jeb Bush.

Via The Des Moines Register

After his third venture into Iowa testing the waters for a presidential bid, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham is convinced he sees an opening for himself in the 2016 race.

“At the end of the day, I think there’s a pathway forward for a guy like me,” Graham, a 12-year U.S. senator known for pushing for stronger national defense, told The Des Moines Register in an interview Saturday. “Whether I finish first or 10th, at least I had a chance here.”

Asked which GOP competitors he considers most formidable, Graham, 59, mentioned former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — in that order.

“Jeb starts in a good spot,” Graham said. “He comes from a well-known family. People like the Bushes. I like the Bushes. He’s going to have a lot of money. Scott Walker is your neighbor here, and he has been a very successful governor. He’s a fighter. People like that. Marco is a very young, charismatic Republican, a Cuban-American. But the game that’s created in Iowa is an interesting game. It’s an antidote to big money. … A guy like me has a chance out here.[…]

On Friday night, about 60 people, including a small contingent of Iowa press, crowded into a banquet room at a Des Moines restaurant to meet Graham. He had dinner with former Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn, his wife, Erin Strawn, and several state senators. On Saturday, he attended the Iowa National Guard Officers’ Association, meeting separately with top brass, then company grade officers, then enlisted members. He met with some well-known Linn County GOP activists privately, then did a meet-and-greet in the Iowa City area.

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Obama Spends Palm Sunday Deep In Prayer….Nah, Golfing Again…At $843,508 Cost To You…

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And that number is just for the airfare…

Via Washington Examiner:

In its latest attempt to shut down media coverage, the White House Saturday dismissed reporters to their Florida hotel by declaring a news “lid” even though President Obama was just beginning his golf game — but the press pool voted to stay.

After a two hour flight, Obama motorcaded to the posh Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City to play a round and also stay.

At that point, the pool reporter, Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal, wrote in his report to other correspondents, “The White House has called a lid. Pool does not anticipate news or POTUS sightings until tomorrow’s departure of Air Force One.”

With a lid, the reporters in the “travel pool” would typically return to their hotel. But with Obama still in public golfing, though at a very exclusive club, something could happen. So the pool voted to stay in the area just in case.

“However, the pool will hold on the grounds of the golf course until the early evening. This was the a result of a democratic vote by the pool to hold as close as possible to POTUS. (The other option was a hotel about 15 miles away.) Despite the lid, pool voted to stay on site.

“Pool is holding in a maintenance shed,” Tau reported.

Obama’s golf pools are regularly frustrated by never even seeing him. Some previous presidents, notably George H.W. Bush, would allow reporters to watch his play on one or two greens. Sometimes he answered questions.

Obama has golfed at the club before, with Tiger Woods.

The trip will cost taxpayers $843,508 in airfare alone.

Arab League Leaders Agree To Joint Military Force, Blue Beanies Can Stand Down…

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks on to Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby before the start for the closing session of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh

Won’t work, they will spend more time fighting amongst themselves.

Via Al Arabiya

The Arab League on Sunday called for the establishment of a voluntary, unified military force that member states can turn to when facing security challenges.

The statement, issued in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, calls for establishing a voluntary Arab military force that can intervene to counter challenges that threaten the safety and security of any member, based on a specific request from that state.

Iraq, one of the members of the Arab League, voiced reservations to the proposed military force.

The statement also urged Houthis to “immediately withdraw from Sanaa, government institutions, and give their weapons to the legitimate authorities,” citing its support for the Saudi-led ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ in Yemen.

On Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition continued for a third day a bombing campaign against the Houthi militias who are marching to the southern city of Aden after seizing the capital Sanaa last year.

According to the statement, Arab leaders at the summit in Egypt also backed Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi’s request to hold a conference in Saudi Arabia under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Iraq rejected military intervention in any country and called for dialogue as the best solution. Lebanon stressed that any decision taken should prioritize Arab consensus.

The Arab states also expressed their political and financial support to the legitimate government in Libya, and urged for the backing of the national army, according to the draft statement.

They called on the United Nations Security Council to hastily lift an arms embargo on the internationally recognized Libyan government, which they considered as legitimate.

The statement also stressed support for the Libyan government in order for it to control its borders with neighboring countries, a decision that Qatar voiced reservations.

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Obama Allies, Including David Axelrod Firm, Have Been Working To Elect Sharia-Favoring Presidential Candidate In Nigeria

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The hand of the slimy David Axelrod is involved, so you know to vote for anyone who he is against. The election is today, so we shall know soon whether they fail here as spectacularly as they did in Israel…

Via The Commentator:

On Saturday, Nigerians will go to the polls to choose their president. The race pits an incumbent with an imperfect record against a former military dictator who has flirted with Islamism.

As with the recent election in Israel, alumni of Obama are aiding the challenger — and not because he would make the region safer.

The decision Nigerians will make this weekend matters greatly, both for themselves and the West. Nigeria has Africa’s largest economy, with a gross domestic product of about $500 billion. It is a major energy producer and exporter, but also a political and cultural bellwether: the nation of 177 million is divided almost equally between Christians and Muslims.

Nigeria’s problems are serious, ranging from endemic corruption to a spiraling jihadist insurgency. The economy is growing but the unemployment rate exceeds 20 percent. Transparency International, which ranks nations by the absence of corruption, places Nigeria at an undesirable 136th out of 175.

Far more concerning, Boko Haram, the foremost jihadist group in Nigeria, has waged a bloody Islamist insurgency. This month, the group’s leader pledged allegiance to ISIS, whose own reach now includes parts of North Africa.

The challenger in Saturday’s election, Muhammadu Buhari, blames incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan for these problems. Buhari recently remarked, “if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.”

That sounds appealing: corruption repels foreign capital and creates misery for those without privilege. But Buhari’s medicine may be worse than the disease.

His prescriptions range from the facile, like passing a whistleblower law, to the dangerous, like expanding the use of sharia — Islamic law that is enacted and enforced by clerics rather than democratic institutions.

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Meanwhile, brave Nigerians have been getting out to vote, despite the threat of Boko Haram trying to disrupt the election:
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At BET Awards, Mooch Declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

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Segregation at its finest.

via WISTV

Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls.

“I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you,” she added. “We have so much hope and dreams for you.”

Obama was not among the honorees at Saturday night’s festivities, held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. That distinction went to actress Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Erykah Badu, actress Cicely Tyson, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez and Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, a humanitarian organization.

However, Obama was the most celebrated participant. Wearing a form-fitting white dress, she jammed to performances from the likes of Badu, Fantasia, Sheila E!, Estelle and others and applauded the honorees.

But Obama got among the night’s loudest ovations as she came on stage and declared “Black girls rock!” – the slogan and name of the organization founded by Beverly Bond, which is designed to uplift young black girls, a group that often has difficulty finding positive and reaffirming images of themselves in the world.[…]

DuVernay, whose civil rights drama “Selma” received an Academy Award nomination, making her the first black woman to notch such an achievement, name-checked a host of other black filmmakers in her speech as she accepted her Shot Caller award, and implored women to “figure out what you need to do to be the heroine of your own story.”

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Obama’s Race To Chaos

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A window into the future, if we do not stop it…

Via NY Post:

If you’re confused about the Saudi Arabia-led air attacks against Islamist rebels in Yemen and can’t tell one group of head-choppers in Iraq and Syria from another, don’t despair. All you need is imagination.

Close your eyes and imagine that those countries and terrorists have nuclear weapons. Imagine their barbarism going nuclear as they blow up cities, wipe out ethnic and religious groups and turn the region into cinders.

Now open your eyes and realize you’ve seen the future, thanks to President Obama’s policies. It is a future that will be defined by Obama’s Wars. Yes, plural.

I’ve written frequently about the likelihood of a dystopian “Mad Max” scenario if Iran gets nukes. My thinking is guided by a belief among American military and intelligence officials that a nuclear exchange would take place in the Mideast within five years of Iran getting the bomb. To judge from events, the future is arriving ahead of schedule.

The fact that a top Saudi official wouldn’t answer a question about the kingdom’s plan to get nukes is an answer in itself. Proliferation in the world’s hottest spot was guaranteed once Obama abdicated American leadership, a decision that led our adversaries to conclude we would not stop them and our allies to conclude we would not protect them.

A future where it would be every nation for itself was trouble enough, but something far worse is unfolding now. Obama’s courtship of Iran and his willingness to let it go nuclear is speeding up the race to chaos.

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Sanctuary City San Francisco Mayor Bans Tax Payer Funded Travel To Indiana…

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Bus loads of protesters are exempt.

Via Politico

San Francisco prides itself as a tolerant place, but it is closed off to one thing: Indiana.

On Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, a Democrat, directed all City Departments under his authority to bar publicly funded travel to the Hoosier State.

The decision followed Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign a “religious freedom” bill that critics say effectively sanctions discrimination of LGBT citizens by private businesses.[…]

Though San Francisco is a famously LGBT-friendly city, the mayor did not mention in his announcement the 19 other states that currently have similar religious freedom acts on the books.


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De Blasio Policy For “Zero Tolerance” For Jay Walking Means Police Ticketing Little Girls Run Over By Cars

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No tolerance for jay walking but plenty of tolerance for cop hating.

Via NY Post:

Brooklyn cops who said they were following Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero orders to crack down on reckless drivers and pedestrians gave two bleeding 16-year-old girls jaywalking tickets as they were being treated in an emergency room after a car hit them, their enraged parents told The Post.

Teen pals Beanca Moise and Jo-Anna Thiboutot had suffered multiple fractures and deep bruises in the March 14 accident while crossing busy Flatbush Avenue in Sheepshead Bay.

But the cops told their parents the tickets were mandatory given the mayor’s “zero tolerance” jaywalking policy.

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Ex-CFO Who Belittled Chick-fil-A Employee Reportedly Now Unemployed And On Food Stamps After Tantrum…

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Released from job lock.

Via Daily Mail

An ex-CFO and Chick-fil-A protestor who lost his job after posting a video rant against one of the chain’s employees has since lost his home and lives on food stamps.

Adam Mark Smith, 37, who worked for an Arizona-based medical device manufacturer, was shamed after the 2012 YouTube video was posted showing him berating employee Rachel Elizabeth.

The video which expressed his disdain over the firm’s anti-gay marriage stance went viral, and left him unemployed and forced to lose his home.

Nearly three years later, the married father of four is still searching for a job and his family previously had to give away possessions before he was hired and fired again, according to ABC.

At the time he was working as CFO for Vante, Smith was earning $200,000 annually and had more than $1million in stock options, but he said it was all taken from him when he was fired.

His 2012 firing was reported on the same day as the counter-protest against Chick-fil-A’s Appreciation Day as thousands of gay couples flocked to restaurants to kiss during the summer of 2012.

Things were looking rough for Smith and his wife, Amy, along with their four sons after they lost their home and moved into an RV.

But there was silver lining for him and the chance for a new start when he was offered a new job as a CFO in Portland a few months later.

‘I felt like, “yeah, I got it. I am back”,’ he said.

However, nearly two weeks later, he was fired once again after his boss realized he was the man from the video.

As the incident continues to haunt him, he said he does not regret the stand he took but he regrets the way he spoke to Elizabeth.

While Smith is unsure if the incident will ever go away, he has turned to meditation, and has written a memoir, A Million Dollar Cup of Water: Discovering the Wealth in Authenticity.

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Woman Charged With Scamming Money From Boston Bombing Victims Fund

A still image captured from surveillance video at the Boston Marathon shows the scene moments before a second bomb exploded near the finish line of the race

Via Reuters:

A Boston woman has been indicted with fraudulently obtaining $8,000 from the fund set up for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and thousands more from other fundraising, officials said on Thursday.

Investigators found that Joanna Leigh, 41, was at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260, but they argued that she was not injured, the Boston Police Department said in a statement.

Leigh was indicted earlier this month by a Suffolk County grand jury on five larceny counts and a charge of making a false claim to the government, the police department said.

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PM Of Cambodia: Mooch Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is On Education…

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Mooch received a Cambodian smack down.

Via IJR

Michelle Obama recently traveled to Japan and Cambodia to promote girls’ education in those nations, as part of the “Let Girls Learn” White House Initiative:

During her visit, the First Lady gave a speech in Cambodia which covered issues facing female education, as well as the benefits that can be claimed with further progress on this front:

“When girls get educated — when they learn to read and write and think — that gives them the tools to speak up and to talk about injustice, and to demand equal treatment. It helps them participate in the political life of their country and hold their leaders accountable, call for change when their needs and aspirations aren’t being met.”

According to the Phnom Penh Post, Prime Minister Hun Sen told the U.S. embassy that, although speaking about the initiative is good, it does nothing to help with the costs associated with making such a program functional:

“’Her [Michelle Obama’s] mission is very good, but I suggest the United States should help completely and not play like this,’ he said. ‘It is just playing around – it is not good. What if she chose 300 students? It would be death. I don’t have that money to give.’”[…]

Since his statements, the Prime Minister made the point that not only does he not have the financial resources to back such a campaign, but he also worries the U.S. will be able to take credit for the initiative.

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NYC Councilwoman: Too Many Asians In Public Housing, It Might Be ‘Beneficial’ To Assign Housing By Ethnic Group…

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Housed based on your color.

Via IJR

Crown Heights Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo has an odd question – she wants to know why there are large numbers of Asians living in housing projects in Brooklyn.

According to the NY Post, Ms. Cumbo made the bizarre comment while speaking at the New York City Housing Authority hearing:

A Brooklyn city councilwoman wants to know why “blocs” of Asians are living in two Fort Greene housing projects — and suggested it would be “beneficial” to assign housing by ethnic group.

“How is it that one specific ethnic group has had the opportunity to move into a development in large numbers?”

After initially apologizing for her comments, Ms. Cumbo doubled down and told the Post:

“There could be some benefit to housing people by culture . . . I think it needs to be discussed.”

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