Message Purporting To Be From American-Born Member Of ISIS Promises New Attacks…

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Via Polititainment:

A message titled “The New Era” posted to the Internet some 20 hours ago by a man alleging to be Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki (“The American“) promises more attacks. “The American” claims that 71 soldiers have been trained on U.S. soil in 15 states.

“We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan.”

The message closes with:

“The next six months will be interesting, To our Amir Al Mu’mineen make dua for us and continue your reign, May Allah enoble your face.

May Allah send His peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhummad and all those who follow until the last Day.”

Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki

“Missions like Sunday” of course refers to the ISIS-endorsed attack by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi in Garland Texas. This message, like Simpson’s tweet 20 minutes before the Garland attack also speaks of the leader of ISIS, who they reference when they say ‘Amir Al Mu’mineen’ and ‘making dua’ appearing to pave the way in the event they die in their missions.
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Simpson then urged following this man, whom SITE has confirmed is a British member of ISIS, for more tweets after the start of the attack:
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These new apparent threats may be empty. They may not. But a threat on American soil has already proven to be too real.

We should be prepared to meet it, as indeed, Texas was.

South Carolina African-American Chamber Of Commerce Urges Black Voters To Keep An Open Mind, “Consider Both Parties”

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Vote for a person based on their character, not the color of their skin or their gender.

Via WISTV

As the 2016 presidential primaries approach, the South Carolina African-American Chamber of Commerce is encouraging African-American voters to consider both parties when choosing the next president.

In a recent announcement,the non-partisan chamber said, “It’s no secret that African Americans almost always vote Democratic.”

The group believes it’s important for every citizen to know the plan and perspective of each candidate.

“Our choices may reflect leadership representation across lines of political affiliation,” said Chamber board member Dr. Regina E. Wragg. “When our choices are informed, we are best equipped to hold our leaders accountable to the privilege of our civic support.”

The main reason for the push, according to the chamber, is for voters to look at candidates who campaign against police brutality and support issues such as fairness in the workplace and equal pay.

So far two Democrats and five Republicans have announced their run for the presidency and the field is expected to get more crowded over the next few months.

The African American Chamber of Commerce says black voters should consider both parties.

Stephen Gilchrist, the president of the Chamber, says the Palmetto State is the perfect example of why voters should keep an open mind.

“In South Carolina we have the first minority and female governor in the state,” Gilchrist said. “We also have in the state the first black Senator since Reconstruction. Those are some very significant firsts on the Republican side of the aisle that African Americans can no longer just stay silent about.”

In the coming weeks the group plans to develop a questionnaire to educate black voters and candidates on their call. It will be sent to the community and candidates as an outlet for both sides to voice their concerns. It’s a tool the chamber believes is needed.

“It begins to at least create an agenda in our community for both sides of the house at least to consider,” said Gilchrist.

The questionnaire will be distributed to voters prior to the primaries.

New York Mets Honored Slain NYPD Officer Brian Moore Tonight During Game In Baltimore

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Good on the Mets for their constant support of the police, and perhaps with no better team to do so at this time than the Baltimore Orioles.

Via WFB:

The New York Mets announced they will honor killed NYPD officer Brian Moore before their Tuesday night game and will wear NYPD hats during the game.

“Honoring Officer Moore is important today,” said manager Terry Collins during a press conference on Tuesday. “We will wear these hats with pride.”

The 25-year-old Moore was shot in the head in Queens on Saturday and died in the hospital on Monday. Hundreds of officers lined the streets as his body was taken from the hospital.

This is the second time this season the Mets have honored NYPD officers killed in the line of duty. The families of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were killed in Brooklyn while sitting in their car, were invited to throw out the first pitch for the team’s home opener.

The game will be played against the Baltimore Orioles.

Homicides In Baltimore Continue As Protests Draw Law Enforcement Away From Rest Of Charm City…

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Those black lives don’t matter.

Via Guns

As most of Baltimore Police focused on protests, riots and looting last week, the city continued to be plagued with another problem which was present before the protests and will likely remain once they have subsided.

Homicides in the city have increased by 25 percent, with 77 intentional deaths so far this year. Twenty people have been killed since the death of Freddy Gray, the man who died from a head and spinal injury while in police custody and the spark in an onslaught of both peaceful and violent protests. Last week alone, more than a dozen different shootings across the city claimed at least two lives while all eyes – and a good portion of law enforcement – remained centered on the city’s civil unrest.

While the police force has been built up in anticipation of city-wide protest-related violence, police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk indicated the extra forces helped authorities continue to respond to other, unrelated crimes across the city. Nonetheless, Jay Davis, who has worked at a local pawn shop since the 1990s, told The Baltimore Sun that authorities recommended businesses close up shop at 5 p.m. instead of waiting until the designated 10 p.m. curfew. Davis, who believes investments in the area are discouraged because of mismanagement by the city, said there was concern that, due to downtown rioting, law enforcement resources would be lacking if any incidents were to occur.

Regardless, Davis stays because of the people, and despite the history of violence, Davis said he has “a lot of faith” in the neighborhood.

Troy Evans, a 46-year-old Baltimore resident, said the city’s everyday violence stems from both the police and the people themselves.

“It’s all under one umbrella,” Evans told the newspaper. “Half the kids, their parents are on drugs.”

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The Issue Is Not The Issue, The Issue Is The Revolution…

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The Left is fond of saying everything is connected. And indeed, it is, as this article well shows.

Via The American Thinker:

The Left doesn’t care about gay rights, any more than they care about civil rights, welfare rights, minority rights, animal rights or any other “rights.” According to the Left, “the issue is never the issue; the issue is always the revolution.” The various “rights” the Left has aggressively promoted over the years are merely vehicles to advance the Left’s power.

Consider: the welfare “rights” movement, founded by the notorious socialists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, was not established to guarantee welfare to the poor. As they said, their purpose was to pack the welfare rolls with so many beneficiaries that the government would collapse of its own weight. In the ensuing riots, they hoped policy makers would be driven to accept their socialist solution. In short, they sought anarchy, using a militant poor as their foot soldiers. They couldn’t care less what happened to the poor in prosecuting this agenda, and they said so. Doubt me? Just look at the status of the poor today. There are more people on welfare than at any time in history. And the crime and degeneracy that accompany it are epidemic.

Look at our country today. With manufactured crisis Strategist-in-Chief Obama, we are almost there, and Cloward and Piven’s intellectual descendants were out in force in Ferguson. The communist agitators seeking “social justice” for Michael Brown burned down much of the neighborhood. Do black lives matter to them? Apparently not. And they have even said so. The issue is not the issue.

Occupy Wall Street’s black anarchist organizer Nelini Stamp’s new group, Dream Defenders, popularized the slogan “Hands Up Don’t Shoot!” But prior to Ferguson there was Trayvon Martin. Working with Eric Holder’s DOJ, Stamp’s group was responsible for getting Sanford, Florida police chief Bill Lee fired. This despite the fact the FBI agreed with Lee’s assessment that there was no case against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. Did Stamp care about “Justice for Trayvon?” Not according to Stamp. “We are actually trying to change the capitalist system we have today, because it’s not working for any of us,” she said.

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A further note. The article notes one of the organizers of the group “Dream Defenders”, a leader of the general Black Lives Matter effort, is former Occupier Nelini Stamp. But it goes back further than that. Before Occupy, Nelini Stamp was part of New York’s ‘Working Families Party’, which was a front group for…wait for it… ACORN.

Most of the organizers have a similar background of the ‘professional protester'; it didn’t start with Occupy for many, Stamp being an excellent example of this.

Before Occupy showed up on the streets of NYC in September of 2011, it was recruiting on Anonymous forums for boots on the ground, and from other anarchist, communist and leftist groups. And not only people from this country. Indeed, some of the folks involved in NYC had had experience in agitating in Spain against austerity. Because the idea is not just one to apply to America. Hence one of the major Twitter accounts of Occupy, @GlobalRevolution (not shy about putting out the actual goal), manned by folks who weren’t even American citizens. There were people like Marisa Holmes, who was a leader in NYC Occupy (yes there were real organizers, real leaders), and who had been part of the new SDS. She also went to Egypt to agitate against the government of Hosni Mubarak.

We could go on, and no doubt will. More to come shortly on their next endeavor…

Children Caught On Camera In Florida Stealing Hair Extensions, One Flashes Gun At Store Owner..

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Mothers Day is this weekend…

Via WSVN

North Miami Beach Police are searching for four children who were caught on camera stealing thousands of dollars worth of hair extensions from a beauty supply store.

Police said the robbers, three boys and one girl, walked into the beauty supply store, located near Northeast 163rd Street and 16th Avenue, Saturday.

Surveillance video showed the children heading to a back room and stuffing a book bag with $5,000 worth of hair extensions. After store manager Nur Uddin confronted them, one of the young robbers then flashed a gun. Uddin said once he saw the gun, he was not going to put up a fight. “No. I didn’t want to do that. There’s nothing [worth] more than a life,” he said.

The gang of four were able to run off with the bag filled with pricey extensions and Capt. Richard Rand of the North Miami Beach Police Department said there is concern that the suspects will strike again. Police believe one of the children, who slipped into the back room and grabbed extensions, is the youngest and may be as young as 8 years old. “We have very good video. We are asking that the public come forward and help us,” said Rand.

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MSNBC: Hillary’s Poll Numbers Are “Crushingly Bad”

Via Daily Caller:

The panel of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” tore into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers in the wake of a series of scandals surrounding her use of private email and foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, calling them “Nixonian” and “crushingly bad.”

“You have a lot of Clinton supporters saying this is all much ado about nothing and we heard that her scrubbing her email server was much ado about nothing,” Scarborough said. “Well, it is actually having an impact.” (VIDEO: Krauthammer: Clintons ‘Make Their Own Rules,’ ‘Take The Money Where They Can’)

“The fact is, Hillary Clinton’s approval rating stayed up around 66 percent … and was 65 percent just two and a half years ago, her approval rating. Now it’s 42 percent approve, 42 percent disapprove,” he continued “It’s quite a drop.”

“The good number is 76 percent of Democrats still view her favorably,” Bloomberg’s John Heilemann said. “She is still on a glide path to be the Democratic nominee people in the party still support her, like her, trust her.”

“And yet in the broader electorate, 25 percent, only 25 percent view her as honest and straight-forward. That is a crushingly bad number,” he continued. “That is the kind of number you go do not get elected president with a number like that.”

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Meets With Freddie Gray’s Family…

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The family of a thug takes priority over the family of a cop.

Via Baltimore Sun

Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with members of Freddie Gray’s family today, part of a tour that included discussions with officials and community leaders about the 25-year-old whose death sparked rioting and looting around the city.

At her first stop, at the University of Baltimore, she met with some members of Gray’s family; they left without commenting to the media waiting in the lobby.

Lynch’s visit comes four days after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced criminal charges against six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport. He died April 19 — one week after suffering a spinal injury during the arrest.

Among those at the University of Baltimore meeting were several members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the officials praised Lynch for coming to Baltimore so quickly after being sworn in.

Rep. Elijah Cummings said Lynch did not rule out an investigation of “patterns and practices” of possible legal and constitutional violations in the police department, similar to a probe the federal agency conducted in Ferguson, Mo.

Cummings called this “a transformative moment” that could change policing throughout the nation. When Lynch spoke to clergy at the meeting, “the ministers made it clear that they do not just see this as a Baltimore issue,” he said.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski said the group discussed requiring police to receive training on community relations as a prerequisite for obtaining federal grants for hiring and equipment.

“‘The Justice Department has the power of the purse to begin to restore the trust between the community and the policed department,” she said.

Mikulski said they also talked about challenging the “broken-window” policing strategy, which can lead to widespread arrests for minor crimes as a way to improve a community.

“We have to re-evaluate the broken-window policy that has been used for the last 20 years,” she said. “Has the broken window-policy of policing now resulted in broken trust with the community?”

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Wait What? MSN Headline: #Garland “Event Organizer Offers No Apology After Thwarted Attack In Texas”

Yes, seriously, this is the headline:
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An ISIS terror attack on American soil and the focus of the MSM is it’s obviously the fault of the victims who sucked those poor impressionable, unwilling terrorists into attacking the event.

WWII Vet, 95, Fights Off Robber With Cane, Now “My .357 Will Be With Me All The Time!”

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Go Mr. Kemberis!

Via NYDN:

A 95-year-old World War II veteran showed off his fighting spirit when he bravely battered a robber away with his cane.

Arthur Kemberis had just taken cash out from a Walgreens ATM in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday morning when the attacker pounced, reports CBS.

The suspect tried to grab the nonagenarian’s wallet several times.

But Kemberis heroically fought him off — and struck him several times with his walking stick.

“He saw me coming up to strike him on the shoulders. I hit him three or four times,” the valiant victim told CBS.

“He wasn’t very aggressive, but I was,” he added.

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Mr. Kemberis was picking up his wife’s prescription at the pharmacy when the man tried to rob him.

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Liberals: Reading to Your Kids Gives Them An Unfair Advantage…

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Oh boy.

Via Rush Limbaugh:

RUSH: Let’s go to Australia.  Here are these two stories.  We’ll get to phone calls in the next segment, I promise.  If you’re on hold, be patient.  You’re there for a reason.  This is the Daily Telegraph first.  The second story is actually an Australian news website.  This the UK Daily Telegraph.  “Reading to Children at Bedtime: ABC Questions Value of Time-Honored Practice — The ABC…” The Australian something.  The ABC.  You know, it doesn’t spell up what that is.

It leaves it up to the reader who is supposed to know what ABC is.  This is not the ABC network. It’s Australia.  In fact, this may be in the UK.  But the point here is some authority, some agency is questioning the value of this. The ABC “has questioned whether parents should read to their children before bedtime, claiming it could give your kids an ‘unfair advantage’ over less fortunate children.”

The next line: “‘Is having a loving family an unfair advantage?’ asks a story on the ABC’s website.” Now, folks, this is exactly what I have warned of, what I have predicted for the 26-plus years that I have been hosting this program.  These people have been allowed to go completely over the bend of insanity.  This obsession with equality and inequality, as though there ought to be some giant, maybe not invisible but very visible hand mandating equality of outcome, because that’s the only thing that is fair?

And, of course, liberalism creates all of these abject oddities.  Liberalism creates single-parent families, for example.  Liberalism creates all of these screwball family arrangements and other things that give kids all kinds of problems growing up, and since liberalism creates these things… They won’t admit that, by the way. Since liberalism creates these things, they now have to come up with a way of fixing what is the resulting “inequality” based on their own policies.

Bernie Sanders Is Not The Man For President Says The . . . Socialist Worker…

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Whatever miniscule chance he had is now officially toast.

More from the Socialist Worker’s piece:

…But in running for the Democratic presidential nomination as the liberal outsider with almost no chance of winning, Sanders isn’t very “bold”–no more so than the fizzled campaigns of Dennis Kucinich in past presidential election years. And by steering liberal and left supporters into a Democratic Party whose policies and politics he claims to disagree with, Sanders–no matter how critical he might be of Hillary Clinton–is acting as the opposite of an “alternative.”

The recent uprising in Baltimore proves this. Without that revolt, the Baltimore state’s attorney would never have charged the six cops who killed Freddie Gray. Without more struggle, they will certainly not be convicted.

At the same time, the left shouldn’t abandon the electoral arena to the two capitalist parties. If we do, we create a vacuum that the Democrats will fill, co-opting movement activists, demobilizing unions and social movements, and redirecting their precious time, money and energy into electing candidates who then betray workers and the oppressed.

We need to win the new left born out of Occupy, public-sector union struggles and the Black Lives Matter movement to breaking with the Democratic Party and building an electoral alternative as a complement to struggle from below. Bernie Sanders’ campaign inside the Democratic Party is an obstacle to that project.

Mother Of Jihadist Behind Garland Terror Attack: “He Was A Muslim, But Not In An Extreme Sense”…

If he was “in an extreme sense” he would have done a better job than just getting himself killed. I suppose that’s her logic.

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Ferguson Wants Shrine To St. Swisher Moved From Middle Of Road, Fears Racial Backlash…

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Al Sharpton last seen booking a first class ticket to Missouri.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — To some, a makeshift shrine in the middle of the Ferguson street where Michael Brown was killed last summer is a hallowed symbol of a new civil rights movement over race and policing. To others, it has served its purpose and is now more of an eyesore and a road hazard.

Within hours of Brown’s Aug. 9 shooting death by a white police officer, people began placing stuffed animals, candles and other tributes in the middle of Canfield Drive, where the unarmed black 18-year-old’s body lay for about four hours before it was removed.

The shrine stretches several yards down the center of the two-lane road that bisects a housing complex, and city leaders are grappling with the thorny question of whether to remove or replace it and risk further inflaming racial tensions in the 21,000-resident St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black.

“It’s a very sensitive topic,” says Janie Jones, a black, Washington-based mediator who says she has been working behind the scenes with Ferguson municipal leaders and the Brown family on how to clear out the memorial without agitating the black community.

“It represents a community’s cry for justice – not just for Michael Brown, but for people all over the world,” Jones told The Associated Press on Monday. “The city has some serious decisions to make going forward.” […]

Jones said Brown’s mother wants a portion of the road where the memorial rests carved out and repaved because “she feels like her son’s blood is still in the streets.”

California Assembly Passes Bill Banning High Schools From Using “Redskins” As Name For Sports Teams…

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Libs rejoice!

Via Guardian:

California could be the first US state to bar high schools from using the racially charged term “Redskins” for athletic teams. An assembly bill passed on Monday would require public schools in the state to phase out their use of the term by 2017.

Just four high schools in California, where the country’s largest Native American population resides, continue to use the name Redskins. These schools appear fiercely opposed to the state’s intervention, saying the names don’t offend anyone locally and resisting a nationwide call to stop using the racially offensive term.

“It’s been a proud mascot for their community,” said Amanda Morello, a communications director for Republican assembly member Devon J Mathis, who represents a district including the Tulare union high school, where the school mascot is the Redskins. “They’ve celebrated it, had it in their parades … To them, it is not a racist term. It’s a proud heritage name.” […]

Increasing pressure on owners of the Washington Redskins to change the name has brought the issue to a head in communities across the country. Last year, the Washington DC team had nearly three decades of patents invalidated because the US patent office found the term “disparaging of Native Americans”. As of 2013, at least 28 high schools in 18 states have abandoned the Native American mascots.

The protracted battle to change team names is the result, at least in part, of 50 years of advocacy by the National Conference of American Indians. The group cites the origin of the term as coming from government bounties for Native American scalps in the 1800s, and persisting through years of government policy that marginalized communities.

Al Gore Threatens To “Become A Catholic” Because Of Pope’s “Inspiring” Global Warming Stance…

Here’s a quote for my fellow Catholics that you hoped you’d never hear from Al Gore: “The vast majority of my Catholic friends are just thrilled to the marrow of their bones that he is providing this kind of spiritual leadership.”

Via Daily Caller:

Like Paul on the road to Damascus, Al Gore had a revelation that he could become Catholic. Not because he’s had any religious revelation, but because of Pope Francis’s concern over global warming.

“I think Pope Francis is quite an inspiring figure really,” Gore said during an event at the University of California, Berkeley. “A phenomena. I’ve been startled with the clarity of the moral force that he embodies.”

“Well I’ve said publicly in the last year, I was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition, I could become a Catholic because of this Pope,” Gore said. “He is that inspiring to me. And I know the vast majority of my Catholic friends are just thrilled to the marrow of their bones that he is providing this kind of spiritual leadership.”

A New Moonbat Hero Emerges: Kansas Waitress Refuses Tip From GOP Governor – UPDATE: “He Wants To Take Kansas Back Into The Dark Ages”…

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He tipped her 10% anyway.

Via Raw Story:

A Kansas waitress, who had already given notice that she was quitting her job, refused a tip from tax-cutting Gov. Sam Brownback (R), noting on his credit card receipt “Tip the schools” instead.

As reported by KSN, Chloe Hough took a picture of the receipt and posted it to her Facebook page under the heading “MIC DROP.”

According to Hough, she had already given notice at Boss Hawg’s Barbeque in Topeka when the governor came into the restaurant with his family.

Jumping on Facebook she wrote, “You guys 911 emergency. It’s my last shift and I am waiting on our governor. What should I say to him. This is not a test. Go.”

According to Hough, she wasn’t trying to be malicious but she didn’t want to waste a once in a lifetime moment.

“I just knew I had to say something, or I would regret it,” she said, adding, “It was my last shift at the restaurant, as I had quit, so it worked out nicely.” […]

According to Hough — who said she believes education is the “foundation” of a progressive country —  the governor still gave her a tip, using the customer copy to leave her  10 percent.

UPDATE: In other words, she has no idea why she hates him except for the fact he’s a Republican.

SALON: You could’ve written a message about a number of things: his tax cuts, his rollback of LGBT and women’s rights. Why education?

My sister is a factor. She’s lost a lot of educators, and just hasn’t had a good education experience in general. So that bothered me. She’s lost a lot of teachers and paraprofessionals, but more generally, there’s been such a lack of communication between the state government and the schools.

I met with a state legislator recently, and with the block grants, the attitude was basically, “We’re going to get this passed no matter what they want.” I think that’s ridiculous. That’s what I was more mad about.

I know a lot of people think what I did is funny, and it’s gone viral. But I honestly hope, even though this will blow over eventually, that people continue to question the way things are going.

Education is so important. But we’re in an embarrassing place. When I meet people outside of Kansas, they’re like, “So do you believe in evolution?”

Would you say you’ve always been a political person, or has Brownback been the catalyst?

I think [I’ve been a political person]. But he’s definitely awakened something more, because all of his policies are just backwards. He wants to take Kansas back into the Dark Ages.

And it’s not education. It’s the fact that people can get fired for being LGBT. It’s the fact that we don’t have equal opportunities. It’s all kinds of things.

Federal Agency In Charge Of Keeping Workplace Safe For Workers (OSHA) Forms “Alliance” With “Social Justice” Group To Push Gender Neutral Bathrooms…

OSHA is branching off from fining the crap out of construction companies (small and large) and into “social justice.”

Via Weekly Standard:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) isn’t just about hard hats and safer machinery anymore. The federal government agency charged with regulating workplace conditions has formed an “alliance” with a “national social justice advocacy organization for transgender people” primarily to promote gender-appropriate restroom access. The agreement, signed on April 27, is part of a larger OSHA program to partner with groups “committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.”

This particular alliance provides for the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) to “[r]eview, promote and disseminate the OSHA-developed bulletin of recommended best practices for restroom access for transgender workers.” In return, the NCTE will disseminate general OSHA information on a quarterly basis via its website or other method as well as provide OSHA representatives opportunities to speak at NCTE events.

The press release announcing the agreement notes:

A report released by NCTE and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force found that 55 percent of transgender people surveyed lost a job due to bias. Twenty-two percent of workers in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported that they were denied access to gender-appropriate restrooms on the job.

Barack Obama Marks “Star Wars Day” With A Picture Of . . . Barack Obama…

Obama’s a never-ending stream of raging narcissism.

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Daily Beast Offers Guide On How Not To Be A “Racist Douchebag” While Celebrating Cinco de Mayo…

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Quick summary: If you wear anything even remotely tied to Mexican culture you are a racist.

Via Daily Beast:

In the grand tradition of St. Patrick’s Day and…well, that’s it, we find ourselves on the brink of that uniquely American phenomenon, the Secular Drinking Holiday Celebrating a Culture You Are Not a Part of by Co-Opting Random Bits of It.

We get it: Salsa—delicious and fundamental! Margaritas in vast quantities—seems like a phenomenal idea at the time, every time! (Omitted for space reasons: the 2,378,947 other incredible aspects of Mexican culture that we are grateful for, including but in no way limited to Norteño music, the works of Octavio Paz, mole poblano, rebozos, la Guelaguetza, the Mayan civilization in general, and those incredible dioramas of skeletons having the best time ever in the afterlife.)

And yet Cinco de Mayo can veer so, so quickly into Cinco de Weirdly Racist Douchebaggery. […]

So here, as a public service, we present a Q&A about how not to be awful this Cinco de Mayo:

Q: Does any of the following apply to people who are Mexican-American or have significant and ongoing ties to that community, or are genuinely looking forward to a chance to respectfully witness and enjoy folk music, dance, and art?

A: Nope!

Q: What’s wrong with drinking Modelo until the fabric of the space-time continuum seems to rip and/or I accidentally sext my aunt?

A: Not a damn thing. Well, until the aunt part anyway. But call a spade a spade: You’re not celebrating Cinco de Mayo or some higher cultural good. You’re celebrating the latest victory in the long war of attrition you wage against your liver and your boss’s good graces.

Q: Wait. Are you saying that it’s inappropriate to celebrate other cultures?

A: Not at all! Mexican culture is well worth celebrating. However, the Venn diagram between “appreciating the art, music, cuisine, and countless intangible contributions of a group that is fundamental to the American tapestry” and “shouting ‘Olé!’ after taking a shot of Sauza” is just two lonely circles, miles and miles apart, never to meet.

Q: May I dress up like a Mexican?

A: What…what do you mean by that? Like…wearing pants and a shirt?

Q: No! You know, like, throw on a sombrero and a poncho, maybe draw a mustache on my face?

A: May you dress up like a racist caricature? No. No, you may not. Hot tip: In general, dressing up as an entire ethnic group is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad plan. Every time.

Q: So…so what can I do?

A: I don’t know, man. Just be a normal human being. Support a local restaurant or business you love, eat some chips and salsa if you’re so moved.

Q: What does it say about the American character that we feel a need to dress up a random drinking day in cultural veneer and offensive mimicry in the service of frat bros and sauced-up suburban moms everywhere?

A: Oh, man, I wish I knew.