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NYC to link funding for arts and museums to diversity, de Blasio says

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From Fox News: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city will begin linking funding for arts groups and museums to how quickly they increase diversity at their organizations, posing a challenge for the city’s major institutions.

New York City is renowned for its diversity – 67 percent of residents identify as people of color – but only 38 percent of employees at cultural organizations are employees of color, according to a recent study from the city’s Cultural Affairs Department.

However, the 175-page report comes amid the mayor’s re-election campaign, as de Blasio works to strengthen his standing as someone who fights inequality.

The plan to tie funding to diversity was unveiled as part of CreateNYC, the city’s first comprehensive cultural plan that received feedback from 200,000 New Yorkers and took 10 months to complete.

In a press conference, de Blasio said the city would collect data on the diversity of staffs and boards at places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall and dozens of other organizations, according to the New York Times. “This will be a factor in the city’s funding decisions going forward,” Mr. de Blasio said at the announcement in Queens, reports the Times. “We do this because we believe in fairness.”

“The least-white jobs are maintenance and security,” Tom Finkelpearl, the commissioner of cultural affairs, told the Times. “And the whitest are curators. That points to some problems.”

Although it remains to be seen how much cultural organizations will now feel pressured to change their hiring tactics — and whether or not this move boosts the mayor’s campaign in any way — de Blasio’s announcement drew praise from some city officials.

Our city draws strength from its diversity. No matter who you are, what language you speak, or how much money you have, you have a right to take part in the city’s rich cultural resources,” said New York City Council Member Stephen Levin.

DCG

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Black teacher calls pro-Trump high school students ‘racist’

There is hope for America’s young.

Despite the partisan political indoctrination students are subjected to in our public schools, students in one high school pushed back by posting in their classroom a Trump pic with the words “Obama, you’re fired”; Trump’s agenda; an Electoral College map of the 2016 presidential election; and a paper “wall” in support of President Trump’s proposed US-Mexico border wall.

All of that, of course, is called “racist” by the Math teacher who made the video.

I scoured the comments on the video’s YouTube page, as well as blogs that posted the video, but no one knows which school it is or the name of the teacher.

A YouTube viewer Abc Abc describes the political indoctrination he experienced in school:

“I just graduated high school and the head of the English department is a radical feminist, and she teaches 6 different English classes, sophomores and seniors… and in AP Literature we have a feminism unit, a white privilege unit, and other crap, and she told her students to take BuzzFeed ‘how privileged are you’ test. We did a unit about gender roles and how they are bad and we need to break free of them…. In history class this past year, I had one semester with one teacher, and second semester with another. In first semester, we watched a pro Hillary documentary the day of the election (some students were 18 and could vote and that swayed their vote to Hillary). And in the same class we watched a pro-ILLEGAL immigration documentary. Yes, ILLEGAL immigration. It was all about how illegals are nice and changing some guy’s mind about it in the movie. In second semester with a different teacher, we watched an anti-gun documentary, a biased police brutality documentary that disrespected police officers a lot (police brutality is awful and never acceptable of course but they portrayed it so wrong and leftist), we watched youtube videos against the trump travel ban. And videos against the electoral college. It made all the students think Trump didn’t deserve to win even though he campaigned in a way catered to the electoral college. it’s not unfair, he played by the rule and won all the important swing states. The teacher also said that the United States taking in ‘only 50,000 refugees a year isn’t that many,’ and made the class feel like we should take in more. In government class we were discussing current events and remember that nonsense thing with Mike Pence and his AOL server? It wasn’t comparable at all to what Hillary did and Pence literally didn’t do anything wrong or illegal. He didn’t smash blackberries for fucks sake. It’s not comparable to Hillary at all. And the teacher said to the class, ‘So guys isn’t this a bit hypocritical? Is this a big deal?’ And the zombified class was like, ‘yeahhh…’ and I said out loud, ‘No, it’s not.’ And the teacher shushed me and waved her hand at me to dismiss my comment. When I was a junior (2015-2016), I had a really nice history teacher but when we got to the part in US history about Roe V Wade, she literally told us what opinion to have about abortion. Pro choice obviously. And she also told us that Trump is racist. And a bigot and whatever. I don’t mind political opinions from teachers personally but I think they have a responsibility not to say that to the class. My art teacher is my friend but … he wants socialism. ‘Democratic socialism,’ he says. I only got interested in politics once Trump started running, so I wasn’t even paying attention to bias in classrooms before that… but I’m sure there was so much liberal crap that me and other kids just absorbed without even noticing.”

~Eowyn

Outrage as Dallas officials threaten to tear down wall honoring fallen police officers because of regulations

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Fence at Last Call Lounge/AP photo

From Fox News: A downtown Dallas business owner says city officials are threatening to issue summonses over an 8-foot-tall fence on her property that features a mural honoring five police officers killed in an ambush last year.

The large mural pays tribute to the officers who were killed during an attack on law enforcement at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas on July 7, 2016. Flowers, notes and other tokens have been left at the mural regularly since its unveiling four days ago.

Diana Paz, who runs the Last Call Lounge, told Fox News Friday that city officials didn’t want to listen when she tried to them about the mural, which is about a mile away from where the shooting took place. “They never gave me the chance to tell them what it was that we wanted to do,” Paz said.

City officials insist the mural is not the problem and that they are wrongly being portrayed as insensitive. They say the fence was constructed in violation of city codes.

“We did not ask that any mural be taken down, this has nothing to do with any mural,” said Richard Hill, the public information officer for Dallas City Hall. “It has to do with the fact that a fence was built without a permit.”

“The building inspector went out and looked at it, and gave them a notice,” Hill said. “They went back and the owners still didn’t have a permit, so they gave them a warning. The city did its job.”

Paz was issued a violation notice May 25 saying that she failed to obtain a permit to use metal siding in the construction and that the fence blocks visibility at a nearby four-way stop.

Paz said her cousin, Cesar Rodriguez, made changes. He moved the fence back three feet to address complaints about visibility at the intersection at an added cost of $2,000, bringing the cost of building the fence to more than $17,000.

“They still said it wasn’t right,” Paz said. “The previous old posts are still there, they can see we moved the posts. They say they’ll keep giving us citations.”

Paz said her intention was to commemorate the shooting anniversary with the mural, which shows six officers of different races carrying a coffin with an American flag draped over it.

She said she vividly remembers that horrible night. Three officers working at her bar took off when they heard the call for assistance. “We saw how they rushed out,” Paz said. “It touched our own employees. We just wanted to do something for the anniversary, to give some positivity” by commissioning the mural.

Paz said she will continue making modifications to the fence until inspectors are satisfied and grant her a permit.

DCG

This is Chiraq: 9-year-old boy among 10 dead, 37 wounded in weekend shootings

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Heck of a job mayor…

These are the numbers at the time I scheduled this blog post on Sunday at 3:00 pm. Don’t be surprised if the numbers go up by Monday morning.

From MyFoxChicago: Ten people have been killed, including a 9-year-old boy, and 37 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

Since the start of the year, 1,984 people have been shot in the city, 349 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Last weekend, two people were killed and 38 others were wounded in city gun violence.

The 9-year-old Gustavo Garcia was in an SUV with a 31-year-old at 11:13 p.m. Friday when they were shot in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. They were traveling west in the 3500 block of East 97th Street when someone fired shots from a gray car that pulled up next to them. The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died, police said. The man was in critical condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Family members gathered inside and outside the children’s hospital. A man who said he was Garcia’s father took about 10 minutes to calm down before entering the hospital. He went back outside and fell to his knees when he learned of his son’s death. A man in the group said the family didn’t want to comment any further on the incident and declined to reveal the boy’s identity.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 3:20 a.m. Sunday in the South Shore neighborhood. A 23-year-old man was sitting in a parked vehicle in the 2100 block of East 71st Street when he was approached by two males who shot him in the chest and left arm, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died.

About two hours earlier, one man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. A male approached and shot the men while they were standing on the sidewalk in the 3900 block of West Arthington, police said. They were both taken to Stroger Hospital. A 31-year-old man died with a gunshot wound to the neck. A 32-year-old man was shot in the right leg, and his condition had stabilized.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not release their identities Sunday morning.

At least 31 more people have been shot across the city between 6 p.m. Friday and 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Read the rest of the story here.

DCG

U.S. has 2 of 26 most dangerous cities in the world

In the United States, the number of homicides supposedly is at a near 25-year low — at approximately 5.3 homicides per 100,000 people.

Nevertheless, 2 of the 26 most dangerous cities in the world — where the murder rate is more than 50 per 100,000 people — are in the U.S., according to data provided by international research group Seguridad, Justicia y Paz. They are St. Louis, Missouri (#14) and Baltimore, Maryland (#26).

The ranking is determined by a city’s rate of homicide (# of homicides per 100,000 people), not by the absolute number of homicides.

A shocking 23 of the world’s 26 most dangerous cities are in Latin America:

  • 8 in Brazil: Natal (#10) Belém (#11), Aracaju (#12), Feira de Santana (#15), Vitória da Conquista (#16), Campos dos Goytacazes (#19), Salvador (#21), Maceió (#25).
  • 6 in Venezuela: Caracas (#1), Maturín (#6), Ciudad Guayana (#8), Valencia (#9), Barquisimeto (#17), Cumaná (#18)
  • 4 in Mexico: Acapulco (#2), Victoria (#5), Tijuana (#22), Culiacán (#24).
  • 2 in Hondoras: San Pedro Sula (#3), Distrito Central (#4).
  • 1 in Columbia: Cali (#22).
  • 1 in Guatemala: Guatemala (#23).
  • 1 in El Salvadore: San Salvadore (#7),

The most dangerous city in the world is Caracas, the capital of Venezuela — the socialist country that literally is falling apart (see “Venezuela has come to this: Cannibalism in prisons”). The homicide rate in Caracas is a shocking 130.35 per 100,000 people. Caracas also tops the list in the absolute number of homicides in 2016: 4,308.

Here are the 26 most dangerous cities in the world (source: 24/7 Wall St.):

  1. Caracas, Venezuela: 130.35 homicides per 100,000 people; 4,308 homicides in 2016.
  2. Acapulco, Mexico: 113.24 homicides per 100,000 people; 918 homicides in 2016.
  3. San Pedro Sula, Honduras: 112.09 homicides per 100,000 people; 845 homicides in 2016.
  4. Distrito Central, Honduras: 85.09 homicides per 100,000 people; 1,027 homicides in 2016.
  5. Victoria, Mexico: 84.67 homicides per 100,000 people; 293 homicides in 2016.
  6. Maturín, Venezuela: 84.21 homicides per 100,000 people; 1,483 homicides in 2016.
  7. San Salvador, El Salvador: 83.39 homicides per 100,000 people; 1,483 homicides in 2016.
  8. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela: 82.84 homicides per 100,000 people; 727 homicides in 2016.
  9. Valencia, Venezuela: 72.02 homicides per 100,000 people; 1,124 homicides in 2016.
  10. Natal, Brazil: 69.56 homicides per 100,000 people; 1,097 homicides in 2016.
  11. Belém, Brazil: 67.4 homicides per 100,000 people; 1,633 homicides in 2016.
  12. Aracaju, Brazil: 62.8 homicides per 100,000 people; 589 homicides in 2016.
  13. Cape Town, South Africa: 60.8 homicides per 100,000 people; 2,434 homicides in 2016.
  14. St. Louis, USA: 60.4 homicides per 100,000 people; 188 homicides in 2016.
  15. Feira de Santana, Brazil: 60.2 homicides per 100,000 people; 375 homicides in 2016.
  16. Vitória da Conquista, Brazil: 60.1 homicides per 100,000 people; 208 homicides in 2016.
  17. Barquisimeto, Venezuela: 59.4 homicides per 100,000 people; 785 homicides in 2016.
  18. Cumaná, Venezuela: 59.3 homicides per 100,000 people; 266 homicides in 2016.
  19. Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil: 56.5 homicides per 100,000 people; 275 homicides in 2016.
  20. Salvador, Brazil: 54.7 homicides per 100,000 people; 2,180 homicides in 2016.
  21. Cali, Colombia: 54 homicides per 100,000 people; 1,358 homicides in 2016.
  22. Tijuana, Mexico: 53.1 homicides per 100,000 people; 871 homicides in 2016.
  23. Guatemala, Guatemala: 52.7 homicides per 100,000 people; 1,596 homicides in 2016.
  24. Culiacán, Mexico: 51.8 homicides per 100,000 people; 469 homicides in 2016.
  25. Maceió, Brazil: 51.8 homicides per 100,000 people; 529 homicides in 2016.
  26. Baltimore, USA: 51.1 homicides per 100,000 people; 318 homicides in 2016;

It should be noted that both St. Louis and Baltimore have Democrat mayors, and both have black majority populations: 49.2% and 63%, respectively. St. Louis has lost 62.7% of its population since the 1950 census; Baltimore‘s population, too, has declined at each census since its peak in 1950.

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~Eowyn

Teen who blasted “f*ck tha police” at NYPD funeral booted from apartment

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Julien Rodriguez

Na na na na na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.

From NY Post: A cop-hating Bronx teen has been kicked out of his apartment for repeatedly blasting the rap song “F–k Tha Police” from the window as thousands of NYPD cops gathered to mourn a slain colleague, the building’s superintendent said Friday.

Super Danny Morales said he ordered a tenant to get rid of Julien Rodriguez, 16, and his older sister, who had been staying in the tenant’s third-floor pad. “I called him and told him he needs to take care of this right away,” Morales said.

“I told him it’s disrespectful and they can’t be doing this. The police lost a family member. We all need to come together and respect that.”

Morales said he was especially offended because his nephew, Saul Quiles-Morales, is a cop assigned to the nearby 40th Precinct. “I wouldn’t want to see him lying in a box also. We need to respect the police,” he added.

The tenant, who identified himself only as “Jesus,” insisted the incident wasn’t his fault and called Rodriguez and his sister “lowlifes.”

They’re gone. The case is closed. They’re no longer in my house. I don’t know where they went,” he added.

On Tuesday morning, Rodriguez started cranking gangster rap songs from his bedroom when cops began arriving for the funeral of Officer Miosotis Familia at the World Changers Church around the corner.

Familia was shot in the back of the head early July 5 by a gunman who fired without warning through the window of an NYPD truck in which she was filling out her official memo book.

Rodriguez switched to NWA’s infamous anti-police anthem — which includes a line about “taking out a cop or two” — moments before her memorial service was set to start, and only turned it off after 20 cops paid a visit to his apartment.

Rodriguez tried to justify his insolence by claiming that his brother and a friend had been killed by the NYPD, but The Post couldn’t verify that claim based on the names he provided.

The teen’s sister, Suleika Rodriguez, complained Friday that her brother has been threatened over his anti-cop antics, adding: “I got people on Facebook telling him, ‘You’re wrong.’”

“I don’t give a f–k. I already have an apartment,” she said, but refused to elaborate.

DCG

Welfare mom brags about raping taxpayers

The Conservative Tribune reports that in a viral clip uploaded to the Internet, a welfare mom of 3 in Brooklyn brags about raping stupid taxpayers, who work 9 to 5, of their hard-earned money.

Language Warning: The woman’s rant is full of f_, s_ and a_obscenities and nearly incomprehensible.

I was able to make out these words:

“Fuck it, I don’t pay taxes.

Fuck Trump. I’m gonna rape that shit sitting on my ass.”

Send this to President Trump, and ask that this woman be stripped of all welfare benefits: SNAP or food stamps, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, public housing, Medicaid . . . .

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~Eowyn