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100 most livable cities in USA

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Livability just came out with their 2nd annual top 100 best small to mid-sized cities in the U.S.

More than 2,000 cities were ranked by the following criteria:

  • Amenities: Variety of terrain; access to water; farmers markets; golf courses; parks; a moderate climate; role of arts in the community. 
  • Demographics: Racial, ethnic, and age diversity; population growth.
  • Economy: income inequality; income growth forecasts; employment; the amount residents spend on food.
  • Education: Quality of public schools; presence of colleges and universities; education levels of the adults.
  • Health care: Presence of hospitals within the town limits; low-birth-weight rate among children; obesity rates among adults; ratio of primary care physicians per 100,000 residents.
  • Housing: Access to affordable housing; diversity of housing stock.
  • Social and civic capital: Who are the people in your neighborhood? and what do they do for your neighborhood?
  • Transportation: Access to major airports; walkability; transportation costs; percentage of the population who commute to work by some means other than driving alone.

Below are the top 100 cities:

  1. Madison, Wisconsin
  2. Rochester, Minnesota
  3. Arlington, Virginia
  4. Boulder, Colorado
  5. Palo Alto, California
  6. Berkeley, California
  7. Santa Clara, California
  8. Missoula, Montana
  9. Boise, Idaho
  10. Iowa City, Iowa
  11. Bozeman, Montana
  12. Asheville, North Carolina
  13. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  14. Bellevue, Washington
  15. San Mateo, California
  16. Santa Barbara, California
  17. Overland Park, Kansas
  18. Salt Lake City, Utah
  19. Rockeville, Maryland
  20. Eugene, Oregon
  21. Pasadena, California
  22. Fargo, North Dakota
  23. Ventura, California
  24. Fort Collins, Colorado
  25. Sunnyvale, California
  26. Mountain View, California
  27. St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  28. Santa Monica, California
  29. Durham, North Carolina
  30. Ames, Iowa
  31. San Rafael, California
  32. Frederick, Maryland
  33. Greenville, South Carolina
  34. Lakewood, Colorado
  35. Provo, Utah
  36. Sandy Springs, Georgia
  37. Lincoln, Nebraska
  38. Miami Beach, Florida
  39. Quincy, Massachusetts
  40. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  41. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  42. Towson, Maryland
  43. Tempe, Arizona
  44. Portland, Maine
  45. Alameda, California
  46. Renton, Washington
  47. Bellingham, Washington
  48. Beaverton, Oregon
  49. Fullerton, California
  50. Columbia, Missouri
  51. Bismarck, North Dakota
  52. Helena, Montana
  53. Irvine, California
  54. Reno, Nevada
  55. Olympia, Washington
  56. Santa Cruz, California
  57. West Des Moines, Iowa
  58. Honolulu, Hawaii
  59. Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  60. Ashland, Oregon
  61. Monterey, California
  62. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  63. Alexandria, Virginia
  64. North Bethesda, Maryland
  65. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  66. Lexington, Kentucky
  67. White Plains, New York
  68. Costa Mesa, California
  69. Corvallis, Oregon
  70. Manhattan, Kansas
  71. Tampa, Florida
  72. Silver Spring, Maryland
  73. Kirkland, Washington
  74. Lawrence, Kansas
  75. Westminster, Colorado
  76. Bend, Oregon
  77. Redmond, Washington
  78. Santa Rosa, California
  79. Goleta, California
  80. Knoxville, Tennessee
  81. Stamford, Connecticut
  82. Des Moines, Iowa
  83. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  84. Denton, Texas
  85. Springfield, Missouri
  86. Orlando, Florida
  87. Menlo Park, California
  88. Salem, Oregon
  89. Burbank, California
  90. Hayward, California
  91. Greensboro, North Carolina
  92. Charleston, South Carolina
  93. Richardson, Texas
  94. Tysons Corner, Virginia
  95. La Crosse, Wisconsin
  96. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  97. Framingham, Massachusetts
  98. Billings, Montana
  99. Brookline, Massachusetts
  100. Coral Gables, Florida

Do you live in one of the above cities?

Do you agree with the ranking criteria? (I’m surprised crime rate isn’t a criterion.)

~Eowyn

Obama administration forcing new gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity

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Washington Times: The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.

With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.

The amendment is causing a headache for gun retailers, as each box needs to be checked off or else it’s an ATF violation — severe enough for the government to shut a business down. Many times people skip over the Hispanic/Latino box and only check their race, or vice versa — both of which are federal errors that can be held against the dealer.

Requiring the race and ethnic information of gun buyers is not required by federal law and provides little law enforcement value, legal experts say. And gun industry officials worry about how the information is being used and whether it constitutes an unnecessary intrusion on privacy.

“This issue concerns me deeply because, first, it’s offensive, and, secondly, there’s no need for it,” said Evan Nappen, a private practice firearms lawyer in New Jersey. “If there’s no need for an amendment, then there’s usually a political reason for the change. What this indicates is it was done for political reasons, not law enforcement reasons.”

ATF said the change came about because it needed to update its forms to comply with an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reporting standard put into effect during the Clinton administration. The ATF declined to comment on why race and ethnicity information are needed in the first place or what they are used for. On its prior 4473 forms, the bureau had been collecting race data.

OMB’s race and ethnicity standards require agencies to ask both race and ethnicity in a specific manner (as done on [Form 4473]), and agencies may not ask for one without asking for the other,” wrote Elizabeth Gosselin, a spokeswoman for the ATF, in an emailed response to The Washington Times. She did not say why the agency suddenly made the change in response to a rule that was more than a decade old.

For ATF to ask for a purchaser’s race and ethnicity is not specifically authorized under federal statute, and since a government-issued photo ID — like a driver’s license — and a background check are already required by law to purchase a gun, the ethnicity/race boxes aren’t there for identification reasons, Mr. Nappen said.

“There is nothing [in ATF or OMB’s website links addressing the change in policy] that supports the requirement that ATF collect race-based information. The OMB guidance merely describes what categories of race should look like if information is collected,” Laura Murphy, the American Civil Liberties Union director for legislative affairs in Washington, said in an emailed statement.

In addition, Mrs. Murphy notes, the OMB guidance was supposed to be implemented by 2003; there’s no information given why ATF decided to make this change almost a decade later, she said. “If there is a civil rights enforcement reason for the ATF to collect this data, I have not heard that explanation from ATF or any other federal agency,” said Mrs. Murphy.

Both the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza — the nation’s largest national Hispanic civil rights group — declined comment.

The 4473 form is supposed to be kept in a gun retailer’s possession at all times — allowing ATF agents to inspect the form only during the course of a criminal investigation or during a random audit of the dealer. The form is to be kept out of the hands of the government, hence the distinction between “sales/transaction form” and “registration form.” But that isn’t always the case, gun rights advocates say.

“We’ve been contacted by several dealers saying ATF is or has been making wholesale copies of their 4473 forms, and it’s just not legal,” said Erich Pratt, spokesman for Gun Owners of America, a gun advocacy group. “If this is what they’re doing somewhat out in the open, what’s going on behind closed doors? Are these names and demographic information getting phoned [in and] punched into a government computer? Do they ever come out?

During the time ATF revised its 4473 form to include Hispanic or Latino as an ethnicity, the Obama administration was building gun control cases by saying U.S. firearms dealers were supplying Mexican gangs with weapons and that violence related to the sales was seeping across the border.

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In March 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Mexico City and gave a speech against American gun stores and owners — blaming them for the drug cartels’ violence. Mrs. Clinton subsequently told CBS News that “90 percent” of the “guns that are used by the drug cartels against the police and military” actually “come from America.”

Eric Holder

About a week later, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. made the same points at a gun trafficking conference outside of Mexico City. In April, the president himself flew down to Mexico to inform President Felipe Calderon that Mr. Holder was going to review U.S. law enforcement operations, according to a 2011 report by the American Thinker.

This political worldview may have fueled decision-making at ATF, Mr. Nappen suggests. Around the same time that ATF started specifying “Latino/Hispanic” on their U.S. purchasing forms, they also required border firearms dealers in Texas, Arizona, California and New Mexico to start reporting multiple rifle sales.

In 2012, when ATF made the Form 4473 modification, they insisted their new reporting requirement for multiple rifle sales in those border states had led to “follow-up investigations involving transactions that might indicate firearms trafficking activities.”

“Was it coincidental [that] about the time the form changed the requirements came in that border states had to report multiple rifle sales, and there was a push in the antigun movement to claim American guns were arming Mexican cartels south of the border?” asked Mr. Nappen.

Although gun advocates speculate on the reasoning behind changing the form, on one thing they are clear: Requiring ethnicity and race to purchase a gun is a clear government overstep, violating Second Amendment rights.

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“It’s an overreach, not authorized by Congress, taken upon [by ATF] unilaterally,” said Mr. Pratt. “The president has said his biggest frustration has been not getting gun control enacted — but we can see he’s been very active with his phone and his pen. And this certainly — either intentionally or unintentionally — feeds that notion.”

DCG

Commuters attacked with machete in gun-control Chicago

Obama’s hometown Chicago is a gun-control city. But that hasn’t stopped Chicagoans from gun violence, as our DCG reports every Monday on the shootings that took place the weekend before. (See “A good weekend in Chicago? Less than a dozen shot“)

Not only does gun control fail to stop or even reduce gun violence and homicides, Chicago’s criminals are now wielding the primitive but lethal machete.

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Meg Wagner reports for New York Daily News that on Sept. 8, 2014, seven Chicago hoodlums, including three 15-year-olds, slashed a commuter on a train platform with a machete, which left the victim with serious cuts to his neck and head.

Around 12:30 a.m., the seven hoodlums — ranging in age from 23 to 15 — approached two brothers, 17 and 26 years old, sitting on a bench on a Brown Line train platform in Albany Park, Chicago’s WLS reported.

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They asked the victims to flash them gang signs, a request the two refused because they were not in a gang, they said.

That’s when 18-year-old Mario Elvira pulled out a machete.

The teen hacked into the 26-year-old’s head and neck, police said. Platform security video showed the rest of the group surrounding the victims as Elvira slashed.

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He kept swinging until the next train pulled into the station, sending the seven scurrying.

The 26-year-old was taken to a local hospital in stable condition with a deep gash to the head, which required 30 stitches. The 17-year-old was not injured.

Police caught the group shortly after the attack.

Elvira, 23-year-old Jean Salvatierra, 19-year-old Kevin Ramierz and 20-year-old Kevar Preston were charged with robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing.

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One of the 15-year-old boys was charged with aggravated assault and trespassing. The two others, a boy and a girl, face only trespassing charges. Police have not released the juveniles’ names.

The four adults are being held on bails between $250,000 and $450,000.

Welcome to Amerika! – rapidly devolving before our very eyes into a third world country.

H/t FOTM reader Amy

~Eowyn

Was Juneteenth a bit premature?

We have reason to celebrate with our Black citizens the greatness of the Emancipation Proclamation, known as Juneteenth. And I, a man of Irish decent, have reason to celebrate my ancestors’ escape from the Irish famine. But both the Irish and the Blacks have some who grossly misrepresent their own people. We Irish have hideous examples like Whitey Bulger, and black people have bad apples like these guys, ruining their reputation.


Breitbart

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BLACK GANG BEATS WHITE COUPLE IN MISSOURI AFTER SEXUALLY HARASSING WOMAN

by WARNER TODD HUSTON 6 Sep 2014

Police in Springfield, Missouri released shocking surveillance footage of a gang of six black males viciously attacking a man and his girlfriend in a driveway near a downtown nightclub.

The woman, Meredith Cole, told police she was sexually harassed outside the club by several of the black males on August 22. She quickly went inside to retrieve her boyfriend, Alex Vassey, a DJ at the Outland Ballroom. The pair then went outside to see if they could identify any of the harassers.

Once out on the street, a gang of six black youths snuck up behind them and started attacking the couple, beating them in their faces and kicking Vassey after he was knocked to the ground.

The video clearly shows Vassey being viciously assaulted, as well as showing the young woman being punched in the face and knocked to the ground twice.

The victims were both sent to the hospital and treated for multiple contusions, bruises, and cuts. Cole also suffered a fractured ankle.

Police were not able to apprehend any of the perpetrators and ask that if anyone recognizes the attackers in the video that they should call Crime Stoppers at (417) 869-TIPS (8477).

Springfield, in southwest Missouri, the state’s third largest city, is nearly three hours away from Ferguson, Missouri, the town that erupted in racial strife after a police officer shot a black teen in August.


Marine veteran requires brain surgery from assault by 20 blacks angry about Ferguson,” Aug. 27, 2014.

No Justice and No Peace now in one convenient package,” August 21, 2014.

Majority of D.C. hate crimes are black-on-white,” Aug. 20, 2014.

Looters stole groceries from crashed car that killed mother of 2,” June 7, 2014.

“I kill white people like you,” June 5, 2014.

Hundreds of Obama’s sons & daughters riot in Ft. Lauderdale,” May 27, 2014.

Hundreds of Obama’s sons and daughters fight in downtown Berkeley,” May 14, 2014.

200 sons of Obama riot in Louisville, Kentucky,” March 26, 2014.

Obama’s son brutally beats up Washington bus driver,” March 3, 2014.

Hood rat gets only 4 years for killing man in “knockout game”,” Feb. 26, 2014.

Mob of 400+ feral black teens loot NY shopping mall,” Dec. 29, 2013.

Mob of black bikers terrorize Asian family in SUV in NYC,” Oct. 1, 2013.

Knockout Game: Epidemic of random vicious deadly assaults,” Sept. 30, 2013.

2 Women Gang Raped By Black Juveniles In Wilmington Park,” Aug. 31, 2013.

Black teen rapes 93 y.o. white woman. Media silent,” Aug. 30, 2013.

Time magazine breaks media media on epidemic of Black violence,” Aug. 25, 2013.

Black teens beat to death 88 y.o. WWII vet,” Aug. 23, 2013.

New Black Panthers call for killing all white people,” Aug. 22, 2013.

President Lucifer’s DHS Employee Calls for Genocide Against Whites,” Aug. 22, 2013.

Censored News: Black woman kills 12 y.o. white boy with blow torch,” Aug. 16, 2013.

President Lucifer’s racial legacy” (3 blacks pummel white kid in school bus), Aug. 5, 2013.

Gang of blacks in Baltimore beat up Hispanic man ‘for Trayvon’,” July 16, 2013.

Unarmed Mother Beaten,” June 25, 2013.

Another mob of Black teens “working twice as hard” terrorizing Chicago,” May 20, 2013.

Hundreds of (black) teens attack pedestrians in downtown Chicago,” April 1, 2013.

Baby in stroller shot dead by 2 Black teens,” March 23, 2013.

No Conscience: Blacks kill white college student for $10,” Dec. 21, 2012.

Jamie Foxx: “It’s great I get to kill all the white people”,” Dec. 9, 2012.

More election fraud in Philadelphia,” Nov. 12, 2012.

Black minister at 2008 inauguration says all Whites are going to hell,” Nov. 1, 2012.


Explain that away, Al Sharpton!

 

Ferguson cop Darren Wilson sustained injuries to his face

On August 9, 2014, a white police officer named Darren Wilson shot dead an unarmed 18-year-old black man named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting led to days and nights of rioting and looting .

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In time, more information came out, giving a different version of what we first had been told:

  • Instead of Brown being a hapless gentle innocent “teen,” he was a giant at 6′ 4″ and 300 lbs who had strong-arm robbed a nearby convenience store just minutes before his fatal encounter with Officer Wilson.
  • Instead of Brown being shot in the back, autopsy results show he was shot in the front in areas of his body which point to him charging at Wilson.
  • What evidence we have indicates Brown was shot 6 times, instead of 11 times heard in an audio broadcast by CNN on Aug. 26, 2014 without first verifying the audio’s authenticity. The next day, CNN retreated from the audio after two law enforcement experts stated the audio to be a hoax.
  • Instead of Officer Wilson being the unprovoked aggressor, it was Brown who first attacked Wilson.

On August 19, it was first reported that Wilson had suffered an “orbital blowout fracture” to his eye socket from Brown’s attack. (See Steve’s post here.)

Now, a photo (below) alleged to be of Darren Wilson with eye and facial injuries has gone viral. But the photo is NOT of Wilson, but of a man named Jim McNeil. (A big h/t to FOTM’s Steve)

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Despite the photo hoax, CNN is reporting that Darren Wilson did sustain injuries to his face from his encounter with hulking Brown.

Jason Howerton reports for CNN, Aug. 21, 2014, that “an anonymous source close to the investigation” said Officer Darren Wilson did not suffer a fractured eye socket prior to fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown. The anonymous source’s claim therefore “directly contradicts a recent Fox News story” that had also cited an anonymous source “close to the [police] department’s top brass.”

The Fox News report cited the anonymous source claiming that Wilson was beaten nearly unconscious and suffered a fractured orbital bone prior to the shooting. The source also said there is “solid proof” that a violent altercation occurred before Brown was shot.

At the same time as CNN saying that Wilson’s X-ray “came back negative for a fracture to his orbital bone,” CNN nevertheless admits that Wilson had gone to the hospital after the shooting incident with “swelling around his face and eyes.” 

CNN reader GeoCk says it the best:

I see… So if the officer was beaten severely, and has a broken orbital bone, the shooting is justified? But if the injury is only to soft tissue, then the shooting is NOT justified? I am so tired of biased reporting. The main stream media keeps reporting the autopsy results, headlining “he was shot SIX times!” Without emphasizing that he was shot, from the front, four times in the arm and shoulder, and twice in the head, in a pattern that shows that he was coming towards the officer in an aggressive manner? It’s obvious they want the rioting, they want this to be a racial issue, they want to distract from the miserable failure that is progressive leadership. It makes me sick, and I’ve lost hope that the people in this country will ever wake up and see that they are being manipulated

CNN was the first to make public Officer Wilson’s address and, in so doing, endanger the safety of Wilson and his family (they went into hiding).

On Aug. 15, 2014, after Ferguson police chief Jackson released Darren Wilson’s name, CNN broadcast a report that very day showing Wilson’s house, including the street number. In the video report, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera is seen walking in the street where Wilson lives. The CNN video shows a wide view of Wilson’s house and then pans around the street to show its relative position in the neighborhood. While Lavandera does not name the street, he gives its approximate location.

John Nolte of Breitbart points out that this is the second time CNN has been irresponsible with their reporting. Using unintelligible audio of George Zimmerman’s 911 call, CNN falsely claimed Zimmerman had described Trayvon Martin as a “fucking coon” before fatally shooting the teenager. Even after it was proven Zimmerman didn’t use the racial slur (Zimmerman said it was “fucking cold” that night), CNN continued to lie to its audience, insisting Zimmerman had said the racial epithet. 

See also:

~Eowyn

116 rallies across America this weekend to support Ferguson cop

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Leo Hohmann reports for WND that as many as 116 mass rallies are scheduled  in cities and communities across the country this weekend in support of several causes, including Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The rallies began yesterday, in support of:

  • Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson: that he’s being unfairly portrayed as a cold-blooded killer in the national media.
  • U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi who is still languishing in a Mexican jail because he accidentally crossed the border with guns for which he has a U.S. permit.
  • U.S. Border Patrol agents who have come under fire from Mexican drug cartels while trying to police the southern border.

Overpasses for America and Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) are leading a broad coalition of groups participating in the rallies, which they see as a “warm-up” for even larger protests scheduled for Oct. 24-25 against illegal immigration if Obama unilaterally declares amnesty, which he has already telegraphed.

ALIPAC president William Gheen said that if Obama follows through with threats to declare amnesty for a large percentage of the roughly 25 million to 35 million illegals now in the country, his organization is prepared to “take the next step,” beyond holding protest signs on highway overpasses. “We may have to escalate our peaceful activism beyond overpasses and begin doing large scale sit-ins of whatever processing facilities they try to set up for the illegals. What Obama is doing and telegraphing he is going to do is a complete violation of our existing laws, our Constitution and our republic.”

James Neighbors, founder of Overpasses for America, said he senses that grassroots activism is growing in America:

“You get the train moving and people jump on, so whatever it takes. We jumped on the border protests July 18-19 and that was the first time multiple groups had come together, and that was sort of our alpha test. We had some bumps and potholes along the way, but we ended up pulling it off with over 320 groups. We understand Obama is the poster child for the problem but he is not the problem. He’s just the front man for the whole thing. You can almost look at Obama as the crowning achievement of the corruption going on in D.C. right now. He’s easily the most corrupt president we’ve ever had, but we like to bring attention to all of the problems that are a result of that agenda, and some of those we’ll be addressing this weekend [one of which is the “misperception” that all police are out to kill unarmed black teens.]

I honestly think what we’re seeing now is an example of neo-feudalism. If you look at the middle ages, it was that 1 percent of elites that seized control of everything. It’s a common behavior throughout history, and I think we’re just seeing another example of it in the 21st century. If you look at it, we have corporate lobbyists that go to Congress, and they go to every level of government, they lobby, they donate to campaigns and they get what they want. We’re now $18 trillion in debt. And at some point, we will have to repay that. If the U.S. government goes bankrupt, what will the U.S. government do if corporations say, ‘OK, we’ll pay off your debt, but guess what, we want provision?’”

Neighbors said few government programs have fulfilled their intended purpose, and most create a culture of dependency. “The vast majority of them have just simply failed. They’re ineffective. They’re over cost, and yet the government tries to get involved in every aspect of our lives. It’s almost as if the United States doesn’t matter to them. We’ve got 35 million illegal aliens in our country now. They tout 11 million but that’s a 10-year-old number.”

Neighbors believes that the collapsing of the U.S.-Mexico border is a purposeful act meant to usher in the North American Union, unifying the U.S., Mexico and Canada and modeled after the European Union across the Atlantic. “You have to wonder if that’s their agenda. I can’t remember hearing anything about it in the mainstream media, not a peep. The mainstream media are now controlled by six mega corporations, and because of that we no longer have real and fair journalistic reporting. That’s why this doesn’t get talked about. If it weren’t for the alternative media, thanks to the Internet, journalism would be dead.

Neighbors believes the Obama administration has declared war on hard-working middle-class Americans, tearing away at jobs by fostering open borders and disastrous trade agreements. “With Obama, I don’t know if he’s weak or just weakening us. We need a president who understands what this country is about, what our culture is.”

As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Texas already had 25 communities signed up to participate in the rallies this weekend.

Gheen said all racially inclusive groups are invited to join the growing coalition: “We are looking for more peaceful and racially inclusive organizations willing to unify with all Americans in opposition to illegal immigration.”

Any leader of an organization wishing to add their group to the coalition may email Gheen at WilliamG@alipac.us.

For a complete list of rally locations in each state, click here.

Gosh, do you think there’ll be riots and looting at any of the 116 rallies? [Sarc/]

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Meanwhile, here’s the latest on Ferguson.

Last Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, CNN broadcast a purported audio of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, with sounds of 11 gunshots. The audio led almost every hour and was the biggest story of the day on CNN.

CNN did that without verifying the authenticity of the audio.

The next day, however, CNN was no longer crowing and began retreating from the audio, after two law enforcement experts believe the audio to be a hoax.

John Nolte of Breitbart points out that this is the second time CNN has been irresponsible with audio and, in so doing, smeared two men’s reputation. Using unintelligible audio of George Zimmerman’s 911 call, CNN falsely claimed Zimmerman had described Trayvon Martin as a “fucking coon” before fatally shooting the teenager. Even after it was proven Zimmerman didn’t use the racial slur (Zimmerman said it was “fucking cold” that night), CNN continued to lie to its audience, claiming Zimmerman had. 

No wonder CNN is doing so poorly in viewer numbers that it’s trying to reduce its staff with buyoffs and layoffs. (See DCG’s post on this here.)

H/t FOTM’s pnordman for the audio story.

~Eowyn

Seattle City Council to consider Columbus Day name change

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KOMO: The Seattle City Council will consider changing the name of Columbus Day after a resolution initiated by tribal community members.

The federal holiday should be recognized in Seattle as “Indigenous Peoples Day” according to the Seattle Human Rights Commission.

“This move would put the City in good company with Minneapolis, which took similar action in April, and other cities such as Berkeley that have already made the change,” the Human Rights Commission said in a news release Thursday.

For the second year, Matt Remele is calling on the Seattle City Council to rename the holiday. “It’s just an ongoing fight and struggle, and I’m just continuing on in that legacy,” Remele said.

Seattle City Council members Bruce Harrell and Kashama Sawant are co-sponsoring the measure.

For Remele, a Lakota tribal member, Columbus Day represents what he calls mass killing and genocide by Christopher Columbus. He also says the purpose of the resolution is to celebrate the thriving indigenous cultures, honor their history, and educate students.

We can’t change the course of history to what has happened in the past, but we can change the future and move forward together,” Remele said.

The council will vote September 2 at Seattle City Hall. The observation of Columbus Day dates from a proclamation by President Benjamin Harrison in 1892. It became a federal holiday in 1937.

DCG