A 9-year-old Ohio girl used a lemonade stand this week to help her raise money to buy an electronic tablet to help with schoolwork — and maybe play a few video games. She failed to raise enough money to meet her goal, but she got the device anyway, thanks to a thirsty police officer.
Rising fourth grader Gabrielle Garcar was tending to her lemonade stand Monday at her grandmother’s condo building when Zak Ropos stopped by for a cup. When the Lake County sheriff’s deputy learned what the girl planned to do with the money she raised, he pulled her mother aside.
“I told her, ‘I have an old iPad at home. I’ll go home and see what I can do with it,'” he told TODAY.com. But once home, Ropos realized the device no longer worked, so he headed to Best Buy and purchased a brand-new electronic tablet.
“She’s 9 years old and she’s willing to work for what she wants, and I found that very admirable of her,” said Ropos, 22. “I knew her lemonade stand wasn’t probably going to bring in enough money for a tablet, but seeing that she was willing to work for what she wanted, I was willing to help her. People have helped me out in my life, so it was kind of like a pay-it-forward type thing.”
He is supposed to announce tomorrow.
Social Justice Warriors avoiding Detroit. Last weekend had 11 shot and one killed at a block party.
Via Detroit News
After a second bloody weekend that saw multiple shooting deaths and injuries, including a 14-year-old boy at a large party, Detroit’s police chief vowed to step up enforcement.
Shootings at parties where there have been more than 200 people have “become an increasing concern for us,” Chief James Craig said during a press conference at Public Safety Headquarters downtown.
“We’re working on getting intelligence as to why it happened.”
Five people were shot at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at a gathering at a car wash at Gratiot and Whithorn. That followed a quadruple shooting at about 11 p.m. Saturday during a party near an apartment complex at Conner and Shoemaker.
The victims of both incidents were expected to recover, Craig said.
On June 20, 11 were shot at a block party on a basketball court at Webb and Dexter. A 19-year-old was killed.
Police have not received much cooperation from citizens in any of the three shootings, and no arrests have been made, Craig said.
“It’s kind of a recent anomaly that we had three separate large-scale events and haven’t gotten any information,” he said.[…]
Craig said he will work with city officials to see if revamping the city ordinances governing block parties might help stem the violence, but he said that’s not a priority.
“The ordinances do work,” he said. “We have to be aware that there’s going to be a block party. We encourage parties. We want neighbors to enjoy their neighborhoods. But the police department needs to be aware of it, because we do monitor those to make sure they’re safe events.
Anyone who wants to hold a block party must inform the police precinct and get a permit. However, there are also large parties that take place without permits, and Craig said he doesn’t want officers breaking those up if they’re peaceful.
“This is a festive time of the year, and we’re not going to be going through neighborhoods shutting down parties. That’s just not feasible,” he said. “Should we know there are parties going on? Absolutely, if for no other reason than to let the folks who are enjoying the festive time of the year know that we’re there.”
Nothing wrong with being rich, but there is something wrong when you claim to be ‘dead broke’, sanctimoniously tout ‘income inequality’ and claim to be for everyday Americans while living it up like a rock star.
Via Campus Reform:
Hillary Clinton has vowed to be a champion for “everyday Americans.”
The former Secretary of State—who once described herself and husband Bill Clinton as “dead broke”—kicked off her campaign on June 13 and in her 45-minute speech on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, Clinton delivered a message similar to her initial presidential announcement.
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times,” Clinton said in the video announcement on April 12. “But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.”
So what do Millennials think of a candidate who criticizes the “1 percent,” but simultaneously owns multi-million dollar properties in Washington, D.C. and New York and spends her summers in the Hamptons? Campus Correspondent Cabot Phillips took to the streets of our nation’s capitol to find out in Campus Reform’s debut of “Candidate’s Cribs.”
The battle is nearing.
The Confederate flag is no longer flying over Fort Sumter.
The National Park Service said the flag, along with other historic replicas, was taken down last week in the wake of the Charleston church shooting when Gov. Nikki Haley ordered the American flag lowered to half-staff.
Officials with Fort Sumter say the flag will not be going back up.
They also say they have decided to remove Confederate flag items from the Fort’s gift shop.
The Fort Sumter National Monument Park also includes Fort Moultrie and the Charles Pinckney National historic site.
Confederate forces fired on the Union-held fort on April 12, 1861, the moment that served as the start of the American Civil War. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours after the first shots, according to the National Park Service.
Hope the dealer had very expensive lawyers…
Via Free Beacon:
A federal judge has ordered that the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence pay the legal fees of an online ammunition dealer it sued for the Aurora movie theater shooting.
The order, which was issued last week, comes after Judge Richard P. Matsch dismissed the gun control group’s suit that sought to hold Lucky Gunner legally responsible for the 2012 shooting. The Brady Center had argued in their suit that the way Lucky Gunner sells ammunition is “unreasonably dangerous and create a public nuisance.”
“A crazed, homicidal killer should not be able to amass a military arsenal, without showing his face or answering a single question, with the simple click of a mouse,” Brady Center’s Legal Action Project Director Jonathan Lowy said at the time. “If businesses choose to sell military-grade equipment online, they must screen purchasers to prevent arming people like James Holmes.”
Judge Matsch disagreed with the Brady Center’s argument. He said the suit was filed for propaganda purposes. “It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order,” he said in his order.
Black robed Social Justice Warriors legislating from the bench.
Via Texas Tribune
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with Texas abortion providers and temporarily put on hold a ruling that would have closed 10 of the state’s 19 abortion facilities.
Abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 — and set to go into effect Wednesday — would have required Texas’ abortion facilities to meet hospital-like standards, including minimum sizes for rooms and doorways, pipelines for anesthesia and other infrastructure. The nine Texas abortion clinics that meet those standards are all in major metropolitan areas.
On June 9, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld most provisions of the state’s strict abortion law, and then denied a request from abortion providers to delay the implementation of the abortion restrictions until they appealed to the high court. Abortion providers then turned to the Supreme Court, asking it to intervene before the restrictions went into effect.
Attorneys for the abortion providers said that the Supreme Court’s order also blocked the state from enforcing a separate provision of the law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic. The Supreme Court restored a lower court’s ruling striking down both provisions of the law statewide, the attorneys said.
The appellate court had carved out an exception from most of the hospital-like standards for the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in McAllen and granted one of the McAllen clinic’s doctors a reprieve from the admitting privileges requirement.[…]
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, the state’s former attorney general, said Texas would continue fighting for “higher-quality healthcare standards” and the unborn, and that he was confident the Supreme Court would rule in the state’s favor.
The abortion law “was a constitutional exercise of Texas’ lawmaking authority that was correctly and unanimously upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals,” Abbott said in a statement.
The high court voted 5-4 to put the ruling on hold, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito voting against the delay.
Next on the list…
The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing religion and non-profits
Two weeks ago, with a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on the way, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which ensures that religious institutions won’t lose their tax exemptions if they don’t support same-sex marriage. Liberals tend to think Sen. Lee’s fears are unwarranted, and they can even point to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Friday’s case, which promises “that religious organizations and persons [will be] given proper protection.”
But I don’t think Sen. Lee is crazy. In the 1983 Bob Jones University case, the court ruled that a school could lose tax-exempt status if its policies violated “fundamental national public policy.” So far, the Bob Jones reasoning hasn’t been extended to other kinds of discrimination, but someday it could be. I’m a gay-rights supporter who was elated by Friday’s Supreme Court decision — but I honor Sen. Lee’s fears.
I don’t, however, like his solution. And he’s not going to like mine. Rather than try to rescue tax-exempt status for organizations that dissent from settled public policy on matters of race or sexuality, we need to take a more radical step. It’s time to abolish, or greatly diminish, their tax-exempt statuses.
Warnings like Friday’s advisory of potential attacks against the U.S. during the Fourth of July weekend are routine, says CBS News senior security contributor Michael Morell, but said “there’s nothing routine about this particular one to me.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the United States. That’s how serious this is,” Morell said Monday on “CBS This Morning.”
The former CIA deputy director said the FBI and Department of Homeland Security’s recent bulletin resonated with him for two reasons. One note for concern, he said, is the large number of people who align themselves with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“There’s been about 50 people in the last 12 months who have been arrested in the United States for being radicalized by ISIS, wanting to go fight there or wanting to conduct an attack here,” Morell said.
He’s also worried about ISIS’ “call to arms” for attacks against the terror group’s enemies during Ramadan.
Since January 2015, there have been 24 ISIS-linked plots against Western targets — an increase from 19 in all of 2014.
Black Lives Matter is so annoying, even leftist Pride folk have to tell police to get them the heck out of there…
LAKEVIEW — The 2015 Chicago Pride Parade came to a grinding halt around 1:45 p.m. Sunday as protesters staged a “die-in” to draw attention to the challenges facing LGBT communities of color.
About 15 protesters, most wearing black shirts sporting #BlackOutPride logos, were marching in the parade before they reached Addison and Halsted streets. Then, some laid down on the ground and others sat in a circle around them, bringing the parade to a stop.
They chanted “Black lives matter” and “Stonewall was a f—ing riot,” a reminder of June 1969 riots for LGBT rights in New York that led to pride parades in Chicago and around the country.
After the pause in the parade progression was noted by the crowd, some booed, while other cheered the protesters.
Police officers spoke to a woman who appeared to lead the protesters, who refused to disband at officers’ request. After about 10 minutes, about six of the protesters were led away from the intersection in handcuffs and taken to the Town Hall police district, 850 W. Addison St.
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— Ferrari Sheppard (@stopbeingfamous) June 29, 2015
Apparently corporations and news are bad. Except when you want them to listen to you or use their products to promote your cause…
Best sign? “Rainbows are just reflected WHITE light”, translation, all you gay white folk are racist.
HT: Sooper Mexican
But I thought they were supposed to be gun-free?
Clearwater, Florida — Clearwater Police are investigating a shooting at Clearwater Beach Sunday night.
Police say an Uber driver picked up a customer around 10 p.m. in the 400 block of Mandalay Avenue and the two got into an argument which turned physical. At one point, the passenger, 74-year-old Steven Rayow, reportedly started choking the driver, 60-year-old Marc Gregory Mermel.
Mermel, who has a concealed weapons permit, then pulled a gun from his waist area. As the struggle continued, the gun went off, hitting Rayow in the foot. Rayow was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa and treated for the gunshot wound.
The investigation continues.
Speaking of ignorant.
Via Michael Moore:
It was one of those weeks, this past week. A week in which we witnessed profound history being made. A week when a large chunk was taken out of the wall of hate that criss-crosses this country, a nation founded on genocide and built on the backs of slaves. A people who pride themselves on being ignorant, and thus are easily manipulated with fear by those in power. We know the routine, we’ve tallied up the score.
There is massive change in the air. While angry white men stew and wonder what happened to their roost, the young, the women, the working poor, the people of color have forged an intense political bond. Having raised their voices higher, having suddenly been filled more with a sense of hope than one of despair, this alliance is now poised to catapult further. Even in a month of unspeakable tragedy in the birthplace of the Civil War, the race war that one young man who was inspired by the politics of hate had hoped to ignite saw his sick dream backfire into a (nonviolent) war against racists. Blacks and whites have held hands in Charleston. Wal-mart and NASCAR have eliminated the Confederate flag. Two republicans on the Supreme Court have voted to support the vision of the black man who lives in a white house down the street. That wall of hate, devoid of any healthy foundation, has begun to crumble. It’s a new America that is fighting its way out of the cocoon. On Thursday the Census Bureau announced that, for the first time ever, there are more millennials than baby boomers in the Untied States — and, for the first time, there are now more children under 5 who are of color than those who are white. The paradigm has shifted; all we had to do was stay active, stay engaged, refrain from hate and then watch the decrepit right-wing ideology wither and fall off its mysoginist, homophobic, white-privileged vine. It is a New America, but it is not a free America – yet. Free of corporate control, free of Citizens United, free of income inequality, free of an ongoing environmental catastrophe, free of Jeb Bush, free of profit-making health insurance companies, free of a privatized prison system, free of a failed war on drugs, free of the scourge of capitalism.
No, we’re not free yet. But it’s the closest we’ve ever been.
I’m ready for Week Two. How ’bout you? What else can we make happen before America’s 239th birthday this coming Saturday?
And we thought Nanny Bloomberg was bad.
Via Fox News:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is butting in to what city residents do in their homes, by pressing landlords and developers to ban smoking inside apartments, according to a report.
The mayor’s administration is planning to pay four health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to press landlords and developers to prohibit lighting up in their apartment complexes so neighboring tenants don’t breathe in secondhand smoke, according to the New York Post. The city has already banned smoking in bars and restaurants, workplaces, sports venues and parks, but has not moved against smokers who practice their habit in the privacy of their own homes.
City health officials emphasized the initiative is voluntary — at least for now.
“Everyone benefits from smoke-free housing. Residents enjoy breathing cleaner, healthier air in their homes . . . while owners see reductions in property damage and turnover costs,” a Health Department spokesman said.
Dozens of buildings containing hundreds of apartments have already kicked the habit, according to the Health Department. The de Blasio administration is actually accelerating an initiative started at the tail end of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure.
De Blasio said in his recently released long-term “sustainability blueprint” — “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City” — that the city “will work to pass legislation requiring multi-unit housing to have a smoking policy and to disclose it to residents and prospective residents.”
Update to this story.
Via NBC News:
Jeb Bush said Monday that the Confederate flag has become a “racist” symbol and applauded efforts to remove the flag outside the South Carolina State Capitol after a racially motivated church shooting.
In his first campaign stop in South Carolina since the deadly shooting that killed nine at AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, Bush recalled how he “decided to do something politically incorrect” and removed the flags outside the Florida state house when he was governor in 2001.
“The symbols were racist,” the Republican presidential candidate said during a campaign stop at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant.
“If you’re trying to lean forward rather than live in the past, you want to eliminate the barriers that create disagreements, and so I did,” he added.
Or is he talking about the Choom Gang’s green?
Via Campus Reform:
The Confederate flag is more than a symbol of slavery and northern oppression, “[i]t is the ultimate symbol of white heteropatriarchal capitalism” according to one University of Memphis (UM) professor.
Dr. Zandria Robinson, an assistant professor of sociology at the university wrote in a series of tweets last week that the flag is a derogatory “symbol of race, class, gender, & sexuality oppression,” and claimed that the symbolism of the flag needed to be applied to all of the categories listed.
However, the criticism did not stop with the Confederate flag. Robinson continued by saying that racism, gender and sexuality oppression, as well as heteropatriarchal capitalism are all equally represented in the American flag; the only difference between the two is that the Confederate flag only “represents those things for whites.”
Christian suicide bombers to ensue…no, wait, wrong religion.
(CNSNews.com) — The Milwaukee Art Museum is getting complaints from the Milwaukee archbishop, members of the public, and even some of its donors over its plans to display a huge portrait of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.
“This piece is made out of 17,000 nonlubricated condoms,” artist Niki Johnson recently told WITI television in Milwaukee. “What I did was inter-stuffed them and folded them in order to create this tonal range.”
The portrait, titled “Eggs Benedict,” measures almost seven feet high and five feet wide, and it can be viewed from both the front and the back: “When you come to the back, you see the condoms themselves,” Johnson noted.
Johnson told the WITI she decided to make the latex mosaic after Pope Benedict’s visit to Africa in 2009. Benedict said condoms would not resolve the AIDS epidemic: “On the contrary, it increases the problem,” he said at the time.
“And I was just dumbfounded,” Johnson said. “I mean, I couldn’t make any sense of that statement. And so I figured I needed to do something.”
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki says the museum’s decision to display the piece is insulting and callous, the Associated Press reported. Some patrons have dropped their membership, and at least one donor has ended financial support of the not-for-profit museum.
John Kerry gets whiplash from nodding in approval a bit too furiously.
Via Daily Mail:
David Cameron today called on the BBC not to use the phrase ‘Islamic State’ when referring to the terror group operating in Iraq and Syria.
The Prime Minister – who calls the group ‘ISIL’ – said Muslims would ‘recoil’ at the phrase being used to justify the ‘perversion of a great religion’.
He insisted that the battle against extremists targeting Britons around the world can be won but will require ‘extraordinary resolve and patience’.
Today Mr Cameron urged imams and Muslim leaders to continue to speak out against the terrorism carried out under a ‘perversion of a great religion’ and that extremism is a ‘gateway into terrorism’.
He criticised BBC presenter John Humphrys for referring to the group as Islamic State.
The extremists are variously known as Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and DAESH, based the Arabic acronym.
During his interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Mr Cameron referred to the group as ‘ISIL’.
‘I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State because it’s not an Islamic State; what it is is an appalling, barbarous regime,’ Mr Cameron said.
‘It is a perversion of the religion of Islam and many Muslims listening to this programme will recoil every time they hear the words ‘Islamic State’.
‘So-called’ or Isil is better,’ he added.