Black Civil Rights Icon Andrew Young: Problem Is Blacks Killing Blacks, Not Confederate Flag

Sense, but is anyone listening?

Via DC Clothesline:

Black civil rights icon and former Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young says that debate over the Confederate flag is a divisive non-issue which completely distracts from the real problem – the fact that 93% of blacks are killed by other blacks.

Young is widely recognized as a prominent activist for the African-American civil rights movement, having been a personal friend and supporter of Martin Luther King. Young marched with King in Selma, Alabama and was with King when he was assassinated. He was also instrumental in pushing through the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Young, a former Democratic Congressman, was also the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and served as President of the National Council of Churches USA. He cannot be dismissed as an “Uncle Tom” or an apologist for right-wing Republicans.

In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta, Young skewers the politically correct outrage mob that has targeted the Confederate flag in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting, asserting that the elimination of southern heritage will do nothing to address the problems faced by black people today.

“The challenge for us is not to wipe out our past history but to learn to live together in the future,” said Young.

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State Supreme Court Rules To Remove 10 Commandments Statue At Oklahoma State Capitol…

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Ten Commandment displays at courts and capitols have been upheld in the past as foundations of the law. A depiction of Moses with the commandments is still on the U.S. Supreme Court, but Moses is placed there amongst other lawgivers as well.

Via Daily Signal

By a margin of 7-2, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday to remove the State Capitol’s Ten Commandments monument. The State Supreme Court ruled that the monument is “obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths,” and therefore defies separation of church and state.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the monument was constitutional and cited a similar monument in Texas the U.S. Supreme Court deemed constitutional.

“Quite simply, the Oklahoma Supreme Court got it wrong,” Pruitt said in a statement. “The court completely ignored the profound historical impact of the Ten Commandments on the foundation of Western Law.”

As a result, Pruitt said his office will request a rehearing and attempt to repeal the verdict.

The case was originally filed by four plaintiffs from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma on the basis that the monument violates the Oklahoma State Constitution, which prohibits public funding to go toward supporting a particular sect of religion.

“I think that at the end of the day it is the right decision simply because it acknowledges limits on the government’s power to effectively decide what religious edicts are right and wrong,” said Brady Henderson, legal director for the ACLU of Oklahoma.

The ruling has received pushback from state officials, including Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

“Gov. Fallin is disappointed with the court’s opinion that a privately funded monument acknowledging the historical importance of the Ten Commandments is not allowed on Capitol grounds,” said Fallin’s spokesman Alex Weintz. “She will consult with the attorney general to evaluate the state’s legal options moving forward.”

Previous attempts have been made to remove the monument as well. Last March, American Atheists attempted to file a suit to abolish the monument. However, the case was rejected because the court found the plaintiffs did “not have standing to bring the legal action.”

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Obama To Announce US, Cuba To Open Embassies In Each Other’s Capitols, Restore Relations

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In the time of Obama, enemies are treated as friends, friends he treats as enemies.

Via ABC:

President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said.

The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the reestablishment of embassies following the historic December announcement that they would move to restore ties after a half-century of animosity.

For Obama, ending the U.S. freeze with Cuba is central to his foreign policy legacy as he nears the end of his presidency. Obama has long touted the value of direct engagement with global foes and has argued that the U.S. embargo on the communist island just 90 miles south of Florida was ineffective.

The official insisted on anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter ahead of the president.

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State Department To Release 3,000 Pages Of Hillary Clinton’s Emails Tonight…

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2,999 pages deal with the wedding plans for Chelsea…

Via Stars and Stripes

The State Department said it would release about 3,000 pages of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s correspondence from 2009, her first year as the nation’s top diplomat, on Tuesday night.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said the emails, covering March through December 2009, would be posted online.

“There’s been nothing but nearly nonstop work on this” since the last group of emails was released, Kirby told reporters at a State Department briefing in which he acknowledged the inconvenient timing. “You have to understand the enormity of the task here. It is a lot of stuff to go through.”

The release comes as part of a court mandate that the agency release batches of Clinton’s email correspondence from her time as secretary of state every 30 days starting June 30. The goal is for the department to publicly unveil 55,000 pages of her emails by Jan. 29, 2016. They were sent from the personal email address Clinton used when she was secretary.

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Video: Black Friend Of Dylann Roof, “Church Wasn’t His Primary Target”, Never Racist With Me

This video has gotten very little play in the media. The friend, Christon Scriven, is black and says that Dylann Roof was never racist with him. He also notes that his original target was the University of Charleston, and that maybe he didn’t attack there because of the security. In other words, maybe he saw the church as an easier target.

Scriven says he hid the gun, but that because of his own problems with the law, he couldn’t be around guns, so had to give the gun back.

Salon: Evil Dastardly July 4th Fireworks Responsible For Spikes In Air Pollution

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The stupid, it burns. They must have meetings where they decide, what element of Americana can we attack today?

Statue Of Former Democrat SC Governor “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman On State House Grounds Vandalized…

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Time to dispatch the DOJ hate crime squad.

Via The State

The statue on the S.C. State House grounds of a former governor and senator widely known as a white supremacist has been vandalized.

It was not known around noon Tuesday when the red paint was thrown at the statue of “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman, splattering paint down one of the statue’s legs and base.

Efforts to reach law enforcement officials about the vandalism were unsuccessful immediately after it was discovered.

Security has been increased on the State House grounds in recent days because of tensions over the Confederate flag there. Many, including Gov. Nikki Haley, have called for the flag’s removal, following the June 17 killings of nine African-Americans in a Charleston church. A 21-year-old white Columbia area man has been charged.

There have been at least two arrests connected with the flag in recent days – one early Saturday, after someone climbed a pole and took the Confederate flag down; and a second person Monday night after an alleged scuffle with anti-flag demonstrators. Both people face charges.

Tillman is a former governor and U.S. senator whose political career spanned 1890 to 1918.

He promoted white supremacy, including lynching and denial of voting rights to blacks and women. Tillman also was a participant in the massacre of black militia members during Reconstruction.

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MSNBC Host Upset Obama Scolded Heckler During WH “Pride” Event Because He Was Transgender…

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There’s no winning with these people. Update to this story.

Via Grabien:

“This is one thing I want to say: I know the haters on Twitter are going to come after me about. At the pride service at the White House there was a amazing — who interrupted the president. And it was unfortunate not only how she was treated not only by her but all the people in the room. And you could also count that as a success. Because ice released new guidelines around how to treat undocumented trans folks in detention centers.”

Al-Qaeda Frees More Than 1,000 Prisoners From Yemeni Prison…

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Via The Hill:

More than 1,000 prisoners — including suspected al Qaeda terrorists — escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, according to reports.

The incident, the biggest in a series of prison breaks that have freed al Qaeda militants in recent years, comes amid a breakdown in Yemen’s security and stability since the Arab Spring.

“Groups of al Qaeda supporters … today attacked the central prison in the city of Taiz and more than 1,200 of the dangerous prisoners escaped,” a security official told state news agency Saba, according to Reuters.

Yemen is currently in the midst of an insurgency by Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who took over the capital of Sanaa last fall from the Western-backed government.

The U.S. was forced to withdraw troops and diplomatic personnel from Yemen in February, and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has sought to make gains in the chaos. Its leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, was killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike earlier this month.

The U.S. is currently supporting a Saudi-led military coalition that has been conducting airstrikes against the Houthis, as well as units in Yemen’s army that are siding with the Shiite-rebels.

The security official said army forces linked to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh allowed the prisoners to escape as the Houthis advanced.

Bill De Blasio Bans NYC Employers From Asking Job Applicants If They Have A Criminal History…

New York Mayor De Blasio Delivers State Of The City Address

What could possibly go wrong?

Via NYDN:

In front of emotional supporters, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal record prior to a job offer.

“Today I see hope for people like me,” said Marilyn Scales, 52, of the Bronx, who said she never has had a full-time job because of her record for dealing heroin.

The mayor also signed legislation to step up regulation of the car wash industry. Car washes will have to obtain biannual city licenses as well as a $150,000 bond to cover costs if they are sued for wage theft.

New ICE Guidelines: Give Transgender Detainees The Underwear Of Their Choice…

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Celebrate diversity!

Via CNS News:

After six months of study, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has issued new guidelines on how to care for transgender illegal aliens who end up in detention facilities, awaiting possible deportation.

The goal of the Transgender Care Memorandum is to provide a “respectful, safe and secure environment for all detainees, including those individuals who identify as transgender.”

Among the questions to be asked of men who identify as women or vice-versa: “Do you prefer to wear male or female clothing?” “Are there any specific clothing items (e.g. undergarments) that you need that you have not been provided?”

(An attachment to the guidance notes, “The detention standards do not restrict the provision of gender-appropriate clothing. In general, brassieres should be provided to individuals who request them, as appropriate.”)

Other questions for transgender detainees include, “Would you feel safer being housed in a cell with someone else or by yourself?” “Do you have a preference for whether a male or female staff member searches you?”

When there are questions about an illegal alien’s gender identity, ICE intake officials are instructed to ask, right at the start, “Do you wish to disclose your gender identity?”

Total Number Of Syrian Rebels Obama Spending $500 Million To Train To fight ISIS: “Fewer Than 100″…

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Well done, Barack.

WASHINGTON — Fewer than 100 Syrian rebels are being trained by the U.S. military to fight the Islamic State group, a tiny total for a sputtering program with a stated goal of producing 5,400 fighters a year.

The training effort is moving so slowly that critics question whether it can produce enough capable fighters quickly enough to make a difference. Military officials said last week that they still hope for 3,000 by year’s end. Privately, they acknowledge the trend is moving in the wrong direction.

On June 26, 2014, the White House said it was asking Congress for $500 million for a three-year train-and-equip program. It only got started in May, however.

That program, together with a more advanced but also troubled parallel effort to rebuild the Iraqi army, is central to the U.S.-led effort to create ground forces capable of fighting IS without involving U.S. ground combat troops.

The Syria initiative is seen more as a way of enabling moderate opposition forces to defend their own towns against the militants. Expectations for the Iraqis are much higher; the goal is to have them roll back IS and restore the Iraq-Syria border.

The main problem thus far has been finding enough Syrian recruits untainted by extremist affiliations or disqualified by physical or other flaws. Of approximately 6,000 volunteers, about 1,500 have passed muster and await movement to training camps in other countries. Citing security concerns, the Pentagon will not say exactly how many are in training. Officials said that as of Friday, the number was under 100 and that none has completed the program.

“We have set the bar very high on vetting,” said Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.

Elizabeth Warren Says She Might Campaign For Fellow Commie Bernie Sanders…

Moonbat dream team.

Via Politico:

Elizabeth Warren says it’s “too early to say” whether she’ll hit the campaign trail in support of her Senate colleague Bernie Sanders.

“Bernie’s out talking about the issues that the American people want to hear about,” the Massachusetts Democratic senator told the Boston Herald Monday.

She did not rule out the possibility of campaigning for the Vermont senator, nor would she comment on the prospect of supporting other Democratic candidates like former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley or presumptive front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“Bernie is there on the issues,” Warren said. “That’s what matters to a lot of people.”

“I love what Bernie is talking about,” she added.

Warren also criticized Republican candidates Monday at a roundtable in Worcester, Mass. for using the Affordable Care Act “as a punching bag to try to excite their base.”

“[I]f they want to fight, then we better be ready to fight,” she told the audience.

Illinois Teacher Sacked For Stomping On American Flag In Front Of Class….

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Surprised he wasn’t promoted.

Via Daily Caller:

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger. And, as yet another taxpayer-funded English teacher has now learned, it’s generally good advice to avoid stomping on the American flag in public schools.

The teacher this time is Jordan Parmenter. Until the other day, he had been an employee of the school district in Martinsville, Ill., a tiny rural town (pop. 1,167).

On Thursday, the Martinsville school board voted 6-0 to sack Parmenter, reports the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, a local newspaper.

The school board had previously placed Parmenter on administrative leave after he stomped on a U.S. flag in class during a May 15 incident at the Martinsville Junior-Senior High School.

Students say he was using the American flag as a pointer. When a student suggested that this use of Old Glory could be viewed as disrespectful, Parmenter got really mad, students said. He dropped the flag on the floor and intentionally stepped right on it.

Senate Dems Demand Hearings On Domestic White Terrorists

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You know, because so many exist.

Via Roll Call:

The Charleston, S.C., shootings have prompted six Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to push for hearings on domestic terrorism.

Spearheaded by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and the top Democrat on the committee, Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the senators point to statements by alleged shooter Dylann Roof before the massacre at the black church.

“If this same act had been perpetrated by someone claiming a desire to harm Americans in the service of Islamist principles, it would immediately be labeled an act of terror,” the senators write. “A violent act motivated by a racist desire to intimidate a civilian population falls squarely within the definition of domestic terrorism.”

The letter is addressed to Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa.

“We urge you to hold hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the threat posed by domestic terrorism and homegrown hate groups. In the past, mass violence in our country has been explained away as an act of insanity to be treated as a mental health issue. What we saw in South Carolina is about hate, and it is about evil,” the Democrats write.

Obama On Turning White House Rainbow Gay: “That Was Pretty Cool”…

No, it wasn’t.

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Islamic State Beheads First Female, Accused Her Of “Sorcery”…

Via Reuters:

The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday.

The beheadings took place in the eastern Deir al-Zor province this week said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict using sources on the ground.

One of the women was beheaded along with her husband in Deir al-Zor city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded another woman and her husband. All of them were accused of sorcery, the monitor said.

Islamic State has beheaded local and foreign men in Syria, including enemy combatants, aid workers and journalists as well as people it has deemed as violating its hardline interpretation of Islamic law.

Left Eats Left Giggle: Professional Race Agitator DeRay McKesson Chastised For ‘Improper Gender Pronoun Use’

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DeRay McKesson, always on the job agitating, is pushing the #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches hashtag. There has been no indication that the three church fires which officials have preliminarily called arson were burned because they were ‘black churches’, or that the fires are even related. One could point to the fact that there are many churches where there has been arson that are not ‘black churches’.

Arson of a church is a serious question.

But the giggle is instead of picking up on his race baiting, another leftist chastises him for using the ‘s/he’ pronoun, since that is not ‘all inclusive’.

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Dem Rep. Hank Johnson: Racist Police Culture Enables “Officers To Shoot To Kill Blacks”…

Via CNS News:

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says, “I believe it’s a culture that enables or says it’s okay for law enforcement officers to shoot to kill blacks.”

Johnson made the comment during an appearance on the So That Happened podcast last week, when Johnson was asked about cultural problems on police forces.

“I believe it’s a culture that enables or says it’s okay for law enforcement officers to shoot to kill blacks be they male or female, Hispanics -to use excessive force. Yes, I do think it’s a cultural issue within certain departments.

NY Times: Why We Printed Picture Of Pope Benedict Made Of Condoms, And Not ‘Draw Muhammad’ Pics…

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Update to this story. And the Virgin Mary in elephant dung was just a ‘critique’…

Via Washington Examiner:

For The New York Times, deciding which images are too offensive for publication is a tricky business.

On Monday, the paper published an image of Niki Johnson’s “Eggs Benedict,” a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI fashioned entirely out of condoms.

The artwork is “not hate-based,” the Milwaukee artist told the Times, but is meant only to “critique” Benedict’s views on sex and contraception “while raising awareness about public health.”

“What I want to do is really destigmatize the condom, normalize it,” she told the newspaper. “I’ve watched kids and parents talk about condoms. It opens a door to talking about what those things are and what they do.”

The Times’ decision to run an image of “Eggs Benedict” comes just five months after it opted not to show Charlie Hebdo’s infamously provocative artwork.

The newspaper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, said in public statements at the time that the French satirical magazine’s cartoons were simply too offensive for publication.

“Was it hard to deny our readers these images? Absolutely. But we still have standards, and they involve not running offensive material,” Baquet told the Washington Examiner in January. “And they don’t meet our standards. They are provocative on purpose. They show religious figures in sexual positions. We do not show those.”

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