Let’s put aside Giuliani’s transparent hypocrisy and personal deficiencies for a moment and focus on the premise of the article, which is right there in its headline: “De Blasio’s Progressivism Created City’s Homeless Crisis.”This is a lie.This is a lie that has already been debunked several times. In 2013, during the last year of Bloomberg’s administration, NYC had more homeless people than it had in decades. During his whole final term, from January 2010 through December 2013, “the monthly average number of families with children in the city’s shelter system grew 20 percent. The number of adult families rose 46 percent and the number of single adults climbed 38 percent.”As the de Blasio administration has pointed out, imprisoning panhandlers doesn’t exactly solve the homeless problem in the long run. “Instead of ‘getting rid’ of people, Mayor de Blasio wants to implement long-term solutions to homelessness, building new shelters, providing supportive services and ensuring the mentally ill homeless receive the care they need,” de Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton said in a statement.
Donald Trump is so outrageous and noisy that it’s easy to forget about Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. So we Googled him this morning and we were rewarded.Here is what he said on Thursday about Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail for contempt of court after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples:“Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.”He’s right. That’s not America – in the real country, as opposed to his fictional version, Ms. Davis was not arrested for living according to her faith. She was arrested for using her government power to impose her religious beliefs on others. A conservative should be furious at her for violating the First Amendment.But no — Mr. Cruz said: “I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion.”Leaving aside the interesting phrase “lawless court opinion,” when did the Obama administration try to compel anyone to make that choice? Certainly not in the case of Ms. Davis, who was directly flouting a ruling by the Supreme Court. Mr. Obama had nothing to do with it.
It may be time to offer this forlorn candidate some free advice. Although if he really is the smarter Bush, he knows these things already:
1. He should never let himself say the words “anchor babies” ever again. He got in trouble for using that derogatory reference to the children of unauthorized immigrants in passing, in an interview, then dug himself a hole by defending his use of it. On Monday, he dug deeper. He tried to explain that he had been talking about “Asian people” who arrive on tourist visas through organized schemes to give birth to American babies on American soil.
Though the phenomenon is real, Mr. Bush was blasted by Asian-American groups for repeating the slur. And, astoundingly, he handed Mr. Trump the opportunity to send out tweets like this: “In a clumsy move to get out of his ‘anchor babies’ dilemma, where he signed that he would not use the term and now uses it, he blamed ASIANS.”
It was such an unnecessary battle to wade into — maternity tourism is not what Mr. Trump and his enablers on the restrictionist right are talking about. When they say “anchor babies,” they are talking about the browning of America, with its growing Latino population, and recasting it as a sinister plot by child-rearing Mexicans. They want to upend the 14thAmendment, and the country’s family-based immigration laws, to keep the population as white as can be. Maternity tourism by middle-class foreigners is a separate, much smaller issue; changing the Constitution to stop it, as one immigrant rights advocate once put it, is like killing a fly with an Uzi.
(The added cost of your gasoline this summer is paying for this!) Dubai, the Gulf emirate known for extravagant projects and scorching temperatures, has announced it will build the world’s largest indoor ski resort, with a 1.2-kilometre run.
Dubai’s current indoor ski resort, opened in 2005 in the Mall of the Emirates, remains the largest in the world, according to the Guinness World Records website, boasting a 400-metre slope.
The slope runs year-round despite summer temperatures in Dubai that can top 45C (113F).
The new covered ski resort comes as part of a scheme dubbed Meydan One, also to include the world’s tallest residential tower at 711metres (2,333ft), a dancing fountain sweeping up to 420m (1,378ft), a vast shopping centre, 350-room hotel and marina, according to a government statement.
The iceberg suspected of having sunk the RMS Titanic. This iceberg was photographed by the chief steward of the liner Prinz Adalbert on the morning of April 15, 1912, just a few miles south of where the “Titanic” went down. The steward hadn’t yet heard about the Titanic. What caught his attention was the smear of red paint along the base of the berg, indication that it had collided with a ship sometime in the previous twelve hours. (via Wikipedia)
They have attacked pensioners, children, dogs, even a tortoise. They have stolen countless chips, Cornish pasties and doughnuts from unwary holidaymakers. The tabloids (and broadsheets) have branded them killers, and even the prime minister has been drawn into the debate over what is to be done. It truly has been the year of the gull.
The latest attacks in Cornwall, south-west England – which appears to be the hotspot for attacks this summer – have left a 66-year-old woman needing hospital treatment and a four-year-old boy traumatised after his finger was savaged.
When Esraa disappeared without a trace, Duaa Mahfouz El-Taweel said she immediately knew what to do: The next day, she ripped off all the photos decorating her elder sister’s bedroom walls. Three weeks later, Duaa, a softly-spoken 22 year-old student, reached for her mobile phone and scrolled through her pictures. She pointed to a grainy, slightly skewed shot showing several colorful collages of her sister smiling into the camera, laughing and hugging friends. Today, only a few shreds of blue-tack remain stuck to the walls.
Sitting on her sister’s bed in a small flat in a lower class neighborhood in Cairo, the many cuddly toys Esraa loved so much lined up neatly beside her, Duaa shrugged. “Everyone knows you have to do that.”
It was, she said, the normal thing to do once a relative or friend went missing: “We try to hide as much stuff as possible that tells you what kind of a person this really is.” Otherwise, she added matter-of-factly, the intelligence services might decide to abduct anyone else shown in the photos. Three of her close friends and about a dozen of her acquaintances had been detained in recent months and she was taking no risks.
Beirut – “According to a recent survey, 60% of the Lebanese are considering the idea of emigrating, and 35% of them are actually waiting for a visa”. This was reported yesterday by the Greek-Melkite Patriarch of Antioch, Grégoire III, during the opening speech of the annual assembly of the Synod of the Church. The meeting of the Greek-Melkite Bishops, underway at the patriarchal summer residence in Ain Trez, will discuss the theme of family and emergency situations experienced by communities in Syria. But in one part of his speech, the considerations of Patriarch Grègoire was extended to the chaos that affect all the Middle Eastern region and push the population to flee to other areas of the world.
Presenting the survey data cited, the Primate of the Greek-Melkite Church pointed out that among the potential Lebanese migrants the majority are Christians. “If this is the case for Lebanon – said the Patriarch in his speech, the text of which was sent to Agenzia Fides – what will happen in countries with less stability? It is necessary to operate in every way possible to try to stop this bleeding”.
Also yesterday, the annual assembly of the Synod of the Maronite Church began at the patriarchal see of Bkerke, presided by the Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Boutros Bechara Rai.
The Maronite synodal assembly includes challenging topics such as the status of religious courts and their service regarding marital crisis, theological teaching in ecclesiastical institutions, the work of the missions and the Maronite dioceses out of Lebanese territory, in the Diaspora. But the Patriarch, in his opening speech, also referred to the political paralysis which the nation is facing: “No authentic Lebanese – said the Patriarch among other things – can tolerate the vacancy of the presidential office, which has entered in its second year and increases the malfunction of constitutional institutions, poverty and lawlessness”. The Maronite Bishops prayed to ask “the war to end, through diplomatic channels in Syria, Iraq, Yemen”, and for peace to be re-established and consolidated in Holy Land and in all the Countries of the Middle East.
Christie has been trying to set himself apart from other candidates in the crowded Republican Party field. His belligerent rhetoric on China looks like an effort to win over neo-conservatives with an eye on foreign policy.
While sabre-rattling is all well and good on the campaign trail, that is assuming he decides to throw his hat into the ring, it is another matter altogether to come up with a coherent strategy by which China can be confronted. The Obama administration has been trying and failing for several years now.
That being said, China bashing is almost obligatory for presidential candidates these days. Late last month, Republican candidate Carly Fiorina declared that the Chinese “can’t innovate” and aren’t “terribly imaginative.” And let’s not forget Mitt Romney’s determination to label China a currency manipulator.
Rachel Dolezal, Blackface and Pretendians, By: Ruth Hopkins
Rachel Dolezal, an adjunct professor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University and President of the NAACP Spokane chapter, has been outed as a white woman who’s been passing herself off as black, for years. This newsflash comes straight from the horse’s mouth, her own Caucasian birth parents.
Her deception runs deep. In a Facebook post on NAACP Spokane, Ms. Dolezal poses with a black elder, claiming the man was her father when he is not. Rachel has also been telling people that her two younger adopted black brothers are her sons.
While some argue that Ms. Dolezal was merely sympathetic to the cause, Rachel was committed to blackface and playing the role on a daily basis by bronzing her skin and wearing black hairstyles. Rachel’s IG handle is, “Afrocentricfemme.”
Yes. Rachel was way, way down the rabbit hole.
Whether the woman is delusional and really believes herself to be black or if she is indeed knowingly disguising herself as a black woman and has woven a web of lies to support it, is beside the point.
Rachel used the harrowing struggle of blacks in America for her own benefit. She made bank by giving speeches about her experiences growing up as a ‘black woman,’ and by making a living and gaining notoriety and prestige from this false identity, she exploited their culture and heritage- one her own white ancestors sought to dismantle.
Other black women could have assumed the leadership roles Rachel usurped. It’s hard enough for women of color to be heard in this country already. Platforms for black and native voices are still few and far between. Yet here stands this white woman, supplanting them. Not to mention, as someone who is not black, she had no right to speak for them or represent them.
But wait, there’s more. Rachel also claims to be native, although she has not stated from what Tribal Nation she hails. In an interview with The Easterner, she says she was <a href=”http://easterneronline.com/35006/eagle-life/a-life-to-be-heard/
Rachel Dolezal, Blackface and Pretendians, ….
Really strange and even stranger the coverage and discussion. #lastrealindians is on the mark.