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Proud Seahawks fan comes under racist online attacks

Some people are just too thin-skinned, hyper-sensitive, and party poopers.

lopez seahawk  Many 12s have seen Efrain Lopez at Seahawks games. After all, he’s been a season ticket holder for years. But recently, a seemingly innocuous Twitter post featuring this passionate Seahawks fan has sparked an online war of words, causing a lot of hurt for the man’s family and community.

Lopez, of Milton, decided about eight years ago to do something special with his Seahawks fervor. “He started thinking of what he could do that would represent not only him but his passion for football, and represent his community,” Lopez’s wife Ana said.

So Lopez came up with the idea for an authentic Charro suit — similar to those worn by Mariachi bands. He even got it hand-made in east Los Angeles.

It was expensive and elaborate. The wide-brimmed sombrero and matching vest and pants adorned with hand embroidered stitching features the Seahawks logo and colors, matching the team’s uniforms.

He’s been wearing the suit for years, and it’s garnered some attention. This week, a photo of Lopez in his suit went viral when ESPN Sports Reporter Darren Rovell tweeted a picture of him. That’s when the problems started.

Rovell didn’t bother asking Lopez for his name or anything about him. Instead, he tweeted a photo with the headline, “He calls himself the Seattle Si Hawk.”

Well, that’s not true — Lopez does not call himself the “Si Hawk.” But the post sparked an onslaught of racist online comments across social media — many citing illegal immigrant stereotypes.

“This guy puts so much passion into it and he put his culture into it, and he did his research. His costume has a whole story and a meaning behind it,” Ana said.

He wanted to let it go. But his wife wasn’t about to. Ana wants people to know the real story, and more about her husband — the man in the suit.

“He represents his community, as a Hispanic,” she said. “He’s a volunteer for many communities. He puts together events for the Ronald McDonald house and cooks meals for the families there. He volunteers for his Port of Seattle community because he’s a Port of Seattle employee.

And in defense of Rovell, nothing racist was intended by his post — he was seemingly impressed, as were many other people who commented online.

But with so many others spewing hate and racist comments, Ana says she’s troubled with how easy it is to get something so wrong and cause so much trouble for someone. “He’s not just a Mexican in a Charro suit,” Ana said.


Gun control, Chicago style: More Than 50 People Shot for the Second Weekend in a Row in Chicago

Chicago has a serious problem and Rahm is finally waking up? He obviously hasn’t read the news for the past year or so.

Yahoo: Four people were killed and 52 wounded during shootings across Chicago over the weekend. After multiple weekends in a row of increased violence in the cityChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is urging a fresh and more proactive approach to gun control. The latest incidents, including the murder of a pregnant mother, come on the heels of two weekends in a row with more than 50 shootings in Chicago.

At least 2,300 people have been shot in Chicago this year alone, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to their analysis, that’s roughly 400 more incidents than during the same period in 2014. Homicides are currently up 21 percent in 2015, with the past two weekends pointing to a noticeable increase in gun-related violence.

“Wherever you live, you should be able to get out of your car and go to your home,” Emanuel told reporters on Tuesday after receiving news of the increased violence continuing on Monday evening, leaving six dead and at least eight injured. “You can say this happened in the neighborhood of the Back of the Yards, but everybody (who) woke up this morning, or heard it last night, felt a pain of anguish, and it’s time that our criminal justice system and the laws as it relates to access to guns and the penalties for using ’em reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago.”

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UN Introduces New Feudalism Under Guise of Social Activism

Originally posted on Memory Hole:

Global Goals” Is Lavishly-Funded Public Relations Endeavor “We the People” Never Voted For

This month delegates to the United Nations ratified the so-called “Global Goals For Sustainable Development.” This will Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 8.53.44 AMinvolve a radical, far-reaching social and economic transformation of everyday life that has been in the works for decades.

In true Hegelian dialectic style, the program is taking place as various black swans linger on the economic horizon, while some of the very interests involved in the “Global Goals” are likewise putting the finishing touches on the Trans-Pacific trade agreement, designed to (not coincidentally) crush the nation state.

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Germany is Insane: Nurse evicted from home of 16 years to make way for “refugees”

RT reports, Sept. 26, 2015, that German nurse Bettina Halbey, 51, is in shock after receiving a letter from her landlord and the local municpality of the small town of Nieheim, pop. 6,000, informing her that because building a new shelter for refugees is too expensive, she is being evicted from her flat of 16 years to make way for those refugees.

To add insult on injury, Halbey has helped asylum seekers in the past.

Bettina Halbey's flat

Halbey told the newspaper Die Welt, “I was completely shocked and I can’t even begin to find the words to describe how the city has treated me. I have had to go through a lot of difficulties recently, and then I get this notice. It was like a kick in the teeth.”

Halbey will have until May 2016 to find a new place to live, along with her dog and her cat. The three-story building, where she rented a 90 sq/m flat will now be turned into accommodation for refugees.

Nieheim mayor Rainer Vidal defended the decision to send the nurse packing, saying converting the building would be “the cheapest option. A new residential unit for 30 refugees in Nieheim would cost €30,000 ($33,600). This solution will cost me nothing.”
Rainer VidalOver half the population of Germany live in rented accommodation and the country has laws to defend the rights of tenants.

Ulrich Ropertz, spokesman of the German Tenants’ Federation, told the Telegraph, “Normally, only a private individual can terminate the terms of a contract for personal use. A municipality cannot move into a flat as a legal entity, so the process is legally highly questionable.”

Halbey, who brought up two sons as a single parent, became so incensed by the decision that she wrote about her plight on Facebook. The social media reaction was instant. Over 200,000 people have shared her story, which was also picked up by the German media.

The nurse says that she is not against Germany taking in refugees and she says she got on well with asylum seekers who had earlier become her neighbors, “We take care of each other. Helping people, this is of the utmost importance to me.” [That makes Bettina Halbey a most “useful idiot“. – Ed.]

Mayor Vidal slammed Halbey for going public with her complaints and added that she had been given ample time to find new accommodation: “I find it very regrettable that the tenant has sought to go public with her issues. We have given her a generous period of notice, up until May of next year. We are also willing to help her find a new place to live. There have been several opportunities, but each one has failed because no one wants to offer her a flat because of her dog.”

On Sept. 24, the German government agreed to allocate a further €2 billion ($2.24 billion) for refugee housing, with €500 million ($560 million) to be spent on the construction of new accommodation centers. Local authorities have also implemented their own strategies, such as Hamburg’s plans to turn empty commercial properties into shelters, while empty apartments could serve the same purpose in Berlin.

Germany could receive between 800,000 and one million refugees this year, according to the UN, with an estimated 8,000 people arriving in Europe every day.

Meanwhile, German intelligence says ISIS is recruiting from among the “refugees” and “migrants.” 

H/t FOTM’s Glenn47


Washington State Fair bans firearms; workers robbed at gunpoint

Guess the criminals didn’t receive the memo.

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KOMO: Puyallup police are beefing up patrols around the Washington State Fair after armed robbers hit three times over the weekend.
No one was hurt in the incidents that happened several blocks away from the fair. The robbers struck Sunday night just after the fair closed and workers were heading home.

The State Fair had been operating only three days when robbers decided to move into the surrounding neighborhoods. Robbery victim Leif Strom was walking in the 1000 block of 7th Avenue Southeast when he got held up. He and another worker at the State Fair were heading east toward home when confronted by four men in a white Buick.

“One of them came up and the other one was behind him and he asked me for all my money and I gave him $6 at first,” Strom said.  But Strom had just finished a 10-hour shift selling items at the fair and had been paid $100 in cash.  “But then he pulled out a gun and he asked me for it all, and so I gave him $100 and just walked away before he asked me for my phone or anything,” Strom said.

Strom said the robber was only 5’8″ tall. Strom stand 6’6″ tall. Strom said the man’s gun made up for the size difference.  “I guess you feel pretty big when you have a gun,” he said.

Just 8 minutes later and a mile away on the complete other side of the fair grounds, two more pairs of State Fair workers were robbed at gunpoint. Police believe they were targeted by the same group of robbers.

“I’d say it was very bold to be doing this, especially this time of year with the fair going on and so many people being out and about,” said Capt. Ryan Portmann of the Puyallup Police Department.

Portmann said the department already have extra police in the area for the fair, and now they’re going to bring in even more to ease growing concerns.  “The Fair is safe,” said Portmann. “This is highly unusual to have this type of a crime series to occur during the fair.”

Residents fear this will hurt the image of the fair, but they’re confident in their police department.  “I think it was just a few incidents and I know our police force is definitely working to catch the guys,” said Puyallup resident Sarah Lawson.

All of the victims were fair workers, but police don’t if they were targeted specifically or just random targets.


California economic portrait not pretty

Apparently Californians don’t know the definition of insanity.

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Sacramento Bee: Federal officials released three major economic reports this month and together, they paint a dark picture of California.

Superficially, the monthly employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was good news. California added 36,300 jobs in August, 470,000 in one year and more than 2 million since the recovery began. The unemployment rate, which had topped 12 percent during the recession, dropped to 6.1 percent in August.

Meanwhile, the Census Bureau reported that California’s official poverty rate for 2014 was 16.3 percent, somewhat higher than the national rate of 14.7 percent.

Finally, a Bureau of Economic Analysis report on regional economies revealed that outside the red-hot San Francisco Bay Area, California’s economy trailed national expansion last year, and several rural areas actually saw declines.

Taken together, the voluminous data dumps reveal that those on the upper rungs of the economic ladder, and the communities in which they cluster, particularly in the Bay Area, are doing well. However, very large portions of the state, both geographically and sociologically, are struggling.

Take that 6.1 percent jobless rate. As low as that may seem, it’s still the ninth-highest among the states, a full percentage point higher than the national average and 50 percent higher than Texas’ 4.1 percent. Among the nation’s 387 Bureau of Labor Statistics “metropolitan statistical areas,” nine of the 10 with the highest unemployment rates are in California, topped by 24.2 percent in Imperial County.

Among the nation’s 51 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), the Riverside-San Bernardino region is dead last at 7.1 percent, yet environmental groups want to block a proposed new warehouse complex (and its jobs) in Riverside County.

California fares even worse by a truer measure of underemployment, called U-6, which counts not only workers who are officially unemployed, but those “marginally attached” to the labor force and those involuntarily working part-time. Our U-6 rate is 14 percent, down a bit from the recession but still the nation’s second-highest, topped only by Nevada’s 15.2 percent.

Finally, the true employment picture is affected by the “labor force participation rate,” the percentage of those in the prime working age group (16-64) working or seeking work. Ours is 62.3 percent, the lowest level in 40 years. When more than a third of potential workers sit on the sidelines, the official unemployment rate, or even U-6, look much better than they truly are. The true underemployment rate may be closer to 20 percent.

Back to the poverty rate. It’s not only higher than the national rate, but as the California Budget and Policy Center points out, the data indicate that 22.7 percent of the state’s children are living in poverty, and they are nearly a third of all officially impoverished Californians. As dark as that situation may sound, it’s actually worse. By the Census Bureau’s supplemental poverty measure, which uses broader factors including the cost of living – especially housing – 23.4 percent of Californians are impoverished.

Those data are bolstered by two other factoids. Nearly a third of California’s 39 million residents are enrolled in Medi-Cal, the federal-state health care program for the poor, and nearly 60 percent of K-12 students qualify for reduced-price or free lunches due to low family incomes.

This is not a pretty picture.


Mother Claims Her Daughter Was Suspended for Wearing Wrong Shade of Green

Maybe they should consider moving to the Seattle School District.

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Fox 29 (NJ): It’s not easy being green. In fact, it could even get you suspended from elementary school, especially if you’re wearing the wrong shade. She says school officials told her not to bring her daughter back to class and as she told FOX 29’s Brad Sattin it had everything to do with the color of her shirt.

8-year-old Kylie and her twin sister Karlie don’t look like troublemakers, but Kylie was suspended from school.  The reason, according to her mother: a violation of the dress code Monday. Their mother, Crystal, says she got a call from the vice principal at Winslow Township School 4.

“He wanted me to know that she can’t wear that shirt and if she does wear that shirt again, she would be suspended,” she told FOX 29.

The district’s policy states that shirts or blouses be white, dark green or navy blue with collars only. Kelly green is a violation. Crystal admits her conversation with the assistant principal and then the principal did get a bit heated.

My child messed up, I messed it up for my child, and she be suspended next time for it, but to suspend a child over the shade of a shirt. I found it a little ridiculous,” she explained.

The girls missed the bus Tuesday morning, and when they arrived at school a few minutes late– properly dressed– they were met by the principal. “She told me don’t bother to sign her in and told Kylie that she’s not in school today,” the mother explained.

“I got suspended for wearing the different color they wanted me to wear,” said Kylie. “The principal told me that I don’t have to stay here and I could leave.” The mother decided to take both girls home.

Another woman says her 2nd grandson was suspended Tuesday for wearing the wrong shade of blue. According to the woman, it’s the same shirt he regularly wore last year.

One  little boy’s mom defends the school, saying the uniform dress code was made crystal clear in orientation from day one. “I mean, if you start letting certain things slide, then you have to let a lot of things slide, and then everyone is pretty much wearing what they want to wear,” she said.

FOX 29 reached out to both the principal and the district superintendent. A spokesperson would only tell FOX 29 that our information about Kylie’s one day suspension is incorrect, but would not go into detail. There’s no school tomorrow for Yom Kippur, but the kids will be back to school on Thursday.