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United Nations says U.S. should pay reparations to blacks for slavery

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Booker T. Washington was right on the money (sorry for the pun).

Look under the rock of any liberal cause, you’ll find a slimy snake. The end game is always money.

As an example, a year ago, representatives of “developing nations” (Third World countries) to a UN Conference on Climate Change demanded more than $100  billion a year in “climate change” reparations.

Now, a UN panel has issued a report saying that the U.S. owes “African Americans” reparation for the history of slavery and “contemporary police killings”.

As reported by Ishaan Tharoor for the Washington Post, September 27, 2016, the UN panel is the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body of human rights lawyers and law professors who  report to the international organization’s High Commissioner on Human Rights.

On Sept. 26, the group presented their findings to the UN Human Rights Council. The report says:

“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent. Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.”

Citing the past year’s spate of police officers killing unarmed black men, the panel warned against “impunity for state violence,” which has created, in its words, a “human rights crisis” that “must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

Ironically, the same UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent conducted a fact-finding mission in the United States just this year in January, and hailed the strides that have been to make the U.S. criminal justice system more equitable.

Now, however, the Working Group has changed its mind. It said in a statement:

“Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today. The dangerous ideology of white supremacy inhibits social cohesion amongst the US population.”

The reparations could come in a variety of forms, according to the panel, including “a formal apology, health initiatives, educational opportunities … psychological rehabilitation, technology transfer and financial support, and debt cancellation.”

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The members of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent are:

  1. Ricardo A. Sunga III (Chairperson, Philippines): a human rights lawyer and law professor.
  2. Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France (France): a professor at the University Paris V- Descartes in France; currently a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley in international law and conflict resolution.
  3. Sabelo Gumedze (South Africa): head and senior researcher of the Research and Development Unit of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) of South Africa.
  4. Michal Balcerzak (Poland): professor of international human rights law at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland.
  5. Ahmed Reid (Jamaica): assistant professor of Caribbean History at the City University of New York

See also “Attn: Useful Idiots! There’s a website for you to pay reparations to blacks“.

~Eowyn

Clinton docs released late because lawyer couldn’t use smartphone

Yeah, riiiiight.

From NY Post: The State Department missed a court-ordered deadline to release documents about whether Hillary Clinton and her top aides took important security training — because a government lawyer didn’t know how to use his smartphone, a new report said Tuesday.

The Foggy Bottom legal eagle tried to send 8.4 megabytes worth of documents at 7:58 p.m. Monday to the Daily Caller to meet a midnight deadline, according to court papers filed by the government on Tuesday, The Hill reported.

“The size of the file attached to the email, however, exceeded the maximum file size allowed for the mobile device used by counsel for State, and thus transmission of the email did not complete,” the department said.

“Counsel for State was unaware of this fact until this morning, September 27.”

When the department’s lawyers realized what happened, they sent a second email from another device that was able to handle the load — at 7:45 a.m., nearly eight hours after the midnight deadline.

Last week, Washington, DC, federal Judge Richard Leon said the department had until Monday to release a third of the 400 documents showing whether Clinton and her aides were told about the need to protect classified material.

The Daily Caller’s lawsuit is aimed at uncovering Clinton’s efforts to protect sensitive material through the use of her private email server.

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Mark Tritton moves from Nordstrom to Target to help refresh its “mojo”

Tritton has some homework to do. Maybe he doesn’t realize that Targets sales are down. As Dr. Eowyn noted last August, Target blamed it on the economy and the declining buying power of the consumer. The executives are totally clueless. They will not admit that the boycott against their transgender bathroom policy is having an effect on their bottom line. Yet apparently Tritton believes Target “hasn’t lost anything.” Go figure…

Retail "whiz" Mark Tritton

Retail “whiz” Mark Tritton

From Seattle Times: Some analysts and shoppers say Target has lost some of its je-ne-sais-quoi “Tar-zhay” magic. Mark Tritton doesn’t buy it. “We haven’t lost anything,” said Tritton, who now is the ultimate decision-maker on what products Target sells.

Legions of devoted shoppers in decades past adopted the Frenchified Tar-zhay nickname to reflect the elevated shopping experience the Minneapolis-based retailer created while still being a discount chain. “How do we capitalize on that now and take it even further? It’s Tar-zhay plus or Tar-zhay squared,” said the newly crowned chief merchant.

What exactly that vision looks like remains to be seen.

Target's "mojo" has gone down the can...

Target’s “mojo” has gone down the can…

For now, Tritton is calling it the “Target mojo” as he meets with vendors and his team to capture the spirit of innovation he wants to bring to merchandising and the shopping experience.

Tritton, a loquacious, exuberant man with thick dark-rimmed glasses and a big laugh, joined Target in June from Nordstrom.

He’s already seen plenty of examples of forward movement. He lavishes mounds of praise on Target’s recently launched kids apparel line Cat & Jack. That line, which replaces two other longtime in-house Target brands, Cherokee and Circo, was developed before he arrived but is a big move in the right direction, he said.

He sees other private-label brands within Target that could be up for total reinvention, too. “How do we leverage that level of refresh and redefine on our overall portfolio,” he said. “I think there’s opportunity for that.”

He’s not yet ready to discuss what may be coming up next, even a new women’s apparel line that is reportedly in the works. “Uff da,” he said, laughing, when pressed for details. He had just learned the common Minnesota phrase the night before.

Wendy Liebmann, chief executive of consulting firm WSL Strategic Retail, also sees a lot of room for Target to revamp its offerings, especially as other fast-fashion retailers such as H&M, Zara and Forever 21 are more quickly offering customers the latest fashion trends. “Target was always that perfect balance of need and want,” she said. “To me, that is really out of kilter right now.”

Tritton acknowledges he has his work cut out for him. “It’s a really exciting time to join,” he said. “Lots to do — but no one’s saying that’s not the case. We’re very transparent about that.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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Al Sharpton’s daughter admits prancing around on hurt ankle she wants $5M for

Daddy taught her good how to hustle…

Like father, like daughter...

Like father, like daughter…

From NY Post: The Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter admitted in a damning legal deposition that she danced, pranced and jetted around to romance her beau after supposedly suffering permanent damage to her ankle when she stumbled in a city pothole.

Dominique Sharpton gave the deposition, a transcript of which was obtained by The Post, in her $5 million lawsuit against the city — and it reveals startling new details about her escapades following the injury.

She admitted that she changed into party clothes and attended a two-hour gospel concert in honor of her father’s 60th birthday just hours after the incident at Broome Street and Broadway on Oct. 2, 2014.

“I was walking to cross the street, and my foot went into something and caused me to fall,” Dominque Sharpton, 30, testified during her July deposition, according to documents obtained this week through a Freedom of Information request. “I heard a snap,” recalled Sharpton, who said she was wearing flat boots at the time.

City lawyer Michelle Fox asked, “Were you able to attend the concert that night?” Sharpton acknowledged that she changed into a dress and “some shoes . . . probably black, flat shoes” to go to the party, before finally heading to the emergency room. She also griped during the three-hour grilling that she can no longer “dive off a diving board, go skiing . . . or go run marathons.”

But when Fox asked if she was “a runner before,” Sharpton admitted she wasn’t. “Not necessarily,” she said. “But if I, you know, if I needed to do it and exercising or something like that, I was capable of it. Now, I can’t.” Meanwhile, at the hospital, “they said nothing was broken,” she conceded.

She underwent physical therapy, wore a therapeutic boot, used crutches for a few weeks and got an injection after swelling in her ankle didn’t subside.

She eventually had surgery for ligament tears — but the injuries didn’t stop her from visiting her fiancé in Miami a dozen times a year, dancing with her dad in New Orleans, working out, touring the country in a play, and, as previously reported by The Post, hiking a mountain in Bali and dancing in heels.

Trying to explain away the heels, Sharpton claimed under oath that she “can only wear them for a short amount of time.”

“It’s really annoying,” she said.

She tried to downplay her two-hour hike in Bali, saying she was helped by two people and “had to take a lot of breaks.”

“There were times I didn’t think I was going to make it,” Sharpton said.

A city Law Department spokesman declined to comment. Sharpton’s lawyer did not return a request for comment.

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This is Chiraq: 7 killed, 36 wounded in weekend shootings

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From MyFoxChicago: Seven men were killed and at least 36 other people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening, including a man left in critical condition on a sidewalk near Millennium Park.

The downtown attack happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe. A 54-year-old man walking with two other people got into an argument with another male who then pulled out a gun and shot him in the head, according to Chicago Police. He was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The shooter took off on a bicycle but was arrested nearby and questioned Saturday night, police said.

The most recent homicide happened at 4:29 a.m. in South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood. A 28-year-old was shot in the neck in the 9200 block of South Colfax, police said. He was taken to Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:04 a.m., authorities said.

At 7:25 p.m. Saturday, a man was shot to death in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. The 22-year-old was standing outside looking at a vehicle in the 1500 block of West 56th Street when shots rang out and he was struck multiple times. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

Earlier Saturday, a man was shot to death in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Officers responding to a call of a person down about 2:30 a.m. found a 37-year-old man dead with a gunshot wound to the head in the 2600 block of West Wilcox, police said. The medical examiner’s office has not released his name.

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Less than 30 minutes earlier, a man was killed and a woman wounded in Gage Park on the Southwest Side. They were outside at 2:10 a.m. in the 2200 block of West 50th Street when a vehicle pulled up and a gunman got out and opened fire, hitting 20-year-old Jose Vizcarra in the head and a 24-year-old woman in the foot, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Vizcarra, of the 400 block of North Hamlin, was dead at the scene, authorities said. The woman was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition.

Friday night, a 19-year-old man was killed and a 20-year-old man critically wounded in another Englewood neighborhood shooting. A gunman walked up to them about 8 p.m. in the 5600 block of South Racine and opened fire, hitting Izael McKenzie in the head and the older man in the back, authorities said. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where McKenzie died at 8:44 p.m. He lived in the 5600 block of South Throop. The other man was in critical condition, police said.

About 5:35 p.m. Friday, 21-year-old Joaquin Gonzalez was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene in the 2600 block of West Haddon in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, authorities said. Police have not provided details on the circumstances of the shooting, but an autopsy ruled Gonzalez’s death a homicide. He lived in the 7700 block of South Peoria.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting came 10 minutes before that in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, where someone chased 56-year-old Carl Jackson into his apartment building in the 1000 block of West 77th Street and shot him repeatedly, authorities said. Jackson died at the scene.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened at 7:05 a.m. Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The 34-year-old was standing in the 300 block of South Laramie, waiting to cross over to West Gladys, when an SUV pulled up and a male got out and shot him in the abdomen, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 32 more people have been shot in other city attacks since 4:15 p.m. Friday.

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

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Walmart employees refuse to make ‘racist’ Blue Lives Matter police cake for police retirement party

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From Daily Mail: A Walmart store has been accused of refusing to bake a cake decorated with the ‘police officer’s flag’ because workers said it was ‘racist’. The store in McDonough, Georgia, about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta, allegedly refused to make the Blue Lives Matter cake on Friday for a retirement party.

‘My buddy’s sister went to Walmart in McDonough, GA to have a cake made for their father’s retirement party,’ Taylor Wilkies, a police officer from Georgia, wrote on Facebook. ‘She asked Walmart to make a “thin blue line” cake to commemorate his extensive and honorable service as a dedicated police officer.  Walmart refused to honor her request due to it being “racist”. To me, this is appalling. People CHOOSE to make EVERYTHING about race. I’m so tired of it. It’s literally exhausting for me to think about now. “

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The claim was then picked up by conservative Fox News host Todd Starnes who wrote about the alleged incident. Starnes says he spoke to the daughter of the police officer on Saturday night, however he does not include any details of the family or the woman.

He wrote that the daughter said: ‘I was so shocked… One of the bakers told me the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake.’

Starnes claims the woman told him she was ‘disappointed’.

‘I just wanted to make my dad a cake to show how much i appreciated him,’ the unidentified woman said, according to Starnes.

The Fox News host then goes on to say the workers were told to make the cake after complaints were made to the store’s manager, but they still allegedly refused.

‘The manager offered to make and decorate a new cake. But there was just one problem — the cake decorators refused to comply,’ he claims. ‘I’ve attached photographs of Walmart’s handiwork — it’s absolutely embarrassing and unacceptable. Walmart needs to make this right and they can start by delivering a professionally decorated cake to the police officer’s family. The three cake decorators need to be told: either decorate the cake or be fired.’

Since Starnes tweeted the story, the Walmart alleged of refusing to make the cake has been flooded with criticism.

‘Why do you not hold your employees to the job requirements they agreed to, decorate cakes? Fire them or as a Patron I’d worry you would poison the cake or other food I might purchase there because your employees hate cops,’ Lisa Victoria angrily wrote.

‘Shame on you walmart!!!!! Hopefully you will take action upon your bakery department,’ Erik Fowler said.

However another person claims the store’s manager told them the allegations were false.  ‘She was very polite, was familiar with the story, and denied that any of this was true,’ David Sauls said. ‘I asked her if I wanted to have the bakery decorate a cake depicting the thin blue line would they do it, and she said that they would be more than glad to, that it’s ridiculous for anyone to make this claim, and that she doesn’t understand why someone would make it.

‘I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt at this point.’

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Reports of Seattle gun crime reaches record levels

But, but how can this be? Seattle’s new gun tax has left no shop in Seattle selling firearms. Wonder where the criminals could be getting their guns…

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From MyNorthwest.com: The second highest number of shots fired in Seattle were recorded between January and August of 2016. The only year to have a higher number was 2015. Seattle has also experienced more gun deaths in 2016 than the previous year.

City Living Seattle reports that a recent meeting of the East Precinct Police Advisory Council reviewed gunshot statistics for Seattle from January to August 2016. According to City Living:

The year 2016 saw 211 reports of shots fired from Jan. 1 to Aug. 1, the second-highest number of incidences for the same period of every year from 2012. Only 2015 was higher, with 226 police reports that included evidence or eyewitness reports of gunshots. The gap was even narrower when it came to the number of victims of gun violence. Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 1, the year 2016 saw 35 gun-related injuries, compared to 45 for the same period in 2015. But 2016 has seen more gun-related deaths, with seven fatalities this year versus six in 2015.

City Living reports that on Aug. 2 — the day after the January through August statistics end — Seattle had its eighth gun death. The majority of the shots fired were reported in the east precinct.

Anti-Second Amendment Mayor Ed Murray

Anti-Second Amendment Mayor Ed Murray

The data adds to other recent statistics reported by Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, who noted that rapes are up by 55 percent in Seattle over the past year. Police data shows that there have been 127 reported rapes in Seattle between January and Sept. 10, 2016. That’s more than the 82 reported during the same time in 2015, as well as more than the reported numbers over the past 10 years.

Domestic violence calls are also up by 11 percent in Seattle.

And going back to the issue of Seattle gun crime, local police seized more than 900 illegal guns in 2015.

Socialist Kshama Sawant has HER priorities straight...

Socialist Kshama Sawant has HER priorities straight…

But there is a debate between the data and other issues plaguing Seattle. Council member Kshama Sawant recently told the Jason and Burns Show that housing is a higher concern than police funding. That debate comes amid controversy over a proposed — and now canceled — north police precinct. Sawant argues that funding the construction of more housing trumps the need to fund such police projects.

A group called Block the Bunker also maintains this argument. It not only aims to halt the construction of the north precinct, but also has demanded that no more officers be hired in Seattle; the dismantling of the police officers’ union; and more.

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