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IronLionZion

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All American born and raised and not on any kind of visa or stealing your jobs or whatever. Americans are more diverse than you think. I'll never let you forget it. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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Everything We Know About the Gun Battle in Jersey City That Killed 6

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/everything-we-know-about-the-gun-battle-in-jersey-city.html



A New Jersey police officer, three bystanders, and two suspects were killed in an extended firefight in Jersey City on Tuesday. Shots broke out around 12:30 p.m. outside a kosher market, which officials say was the targeted by the gunmen; the police officer was killed about a mile and a half to the south, near Bay View Cemetery.

According to Jersey City police chief Michael Kelly, the shooting began when Detective Joseph Seals approached a man and woman sitting in a U-Haul van at a Jersey City cemetery. The van was reportedly linked to a homicide that happened over the weekend. Seals, who Kelly said is the city’s “leading police officer in removing guns from the street,” was shot by one of the suspects, who then fled to the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket. When officers arrived at the grocery, suspects fired on them with rifles, holing up in the store in a small Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.

Law enforcement called the attack an “ambush” and confirmed that the casualties include three victims from inside the store and the two suspects. Two police officers, Ray Sanchez and Mariela Fernandez, were injured in the gunfight but both were released from the hospital Tuesday night. The police and the suspects exchanged gunfire for over an hour, the chilling scenes taking place in the city just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan.

https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/1204475965973266432

https://twitter.com/KeldyOrtiz/status/1204474014946779138

At a press conference Wednesday Morning, Fulop said “We do feel comfortable that it was a targeted attack on the Jewish kosher deli. We could see the van moving through Jersey City streets slowly, the perpetrator stopped in front of there, calmly opened the door with two long rifles — him and the other perpetrator — and began firing from the street into the facility.”

Also Wednesday morning, the New York Times reported that one of the suspects in the shooting was found to have “published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online and investigators believe the attack was motivated by those sentiments.” A “manifesto-style note” was also found inside the van the suspects were driving, according to the Times.


There are lots more videos in the tweets where you can hear gunfire and screaming, and see people running. Fair warning if you choose to watch it. There was a time when this was shocking. This sort of thing has become way too common these days.

A Person Was Fatally Struck By A Train At Farragut West

https://dcist.com/story/19/12/09/after-train-strikes-person-metro-suspends-service-between-metro-center-and-foggy-bottom/?fbclid=IwAR1uobqJrZgwhOGBIIvKZN4ZYy_XJnphOtVdPqIL8T70e47_PIWwEv_lDkk



Metro said Monday afternoon that it was suspending train service between Metro Center and Foggy Bottom after a person was struck by a train at Farragut West.

Metro Transit Police said the person died and that video of the incident indicated the person purposely entered the tracks as a train was coming. Further details about the incident were not immediately available.

Metro said on its Twitter account shortly after 1 p.m. that commuters could expect delays on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, and encouraged riders to consider bus routes instead. Metro said Silver Line trains were operating between Wiehle and Ballston only.

Metro said shuttle bus service was available at 23rd St. NW and I St. NW, 17th St. NW and I St. NW, 14th St. NW and I St. NW, and 12th St. NW and G St. NW.

Metro also offered alternative Metrobus routes for commuters, including: 32, 31 and 36 at Foggy Bottom; 31, 30N, 30S, 32, 33, 36, 42, S2, 52, and 54 at McPherson Square; 30N, 30S, 32, 33, 36 and 38B at Farragut West; and 54, 64, 42, P6, S2, and S4 at Metro Center.

According to Metro Transit Police, another person was struck by a train on Dec. 3 at Capitol Heights Station. Officials said they believed the person intentionally entered the tracks as the train was coming.

Metro has not responded to a request for comment.
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Dec 9, 2019, 10:34 PM (0 replies)

Trump Frustrated With Toilets: "People Are Flushing ... 10 Times, 15 Times as Opposed to Once"

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/12/trump-frustrated-toilets-people-flushing-10-15-times.html

President Donald Trump has had enough of water efficiency standards and is taking a stand. At the White House on Friday, Trump said he ordered a federal review of those standards because they are making bathrooms unusable. “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water,” Trump said.

It isn’t just the toilets that are an issue, though. “We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms, where you turn the faucet on in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where it rushes out to sea because you could never handle it. And you don’t get any water. You turn on the faucet and you don’t get any water,” Trump said. The result of this situation is “you can’t wash your hands practically, there’s so little water comes out of the faucet” and then you “end up using the same amount of water.”

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1203050997423255553

The president said that his administration is looking into “opening up the standard” of regulations to save water. He recognized that may not be possible in all areas of the country but that doesn’t mean everyone should suffer from a toilet that doesn’t flush well. “There may be some areas where we’ll go the other route—desert areas,” he said. “But for the most part, you have many states where they have so much water that it comes down—it’s called rain—that they don’t know, they don’t know what to do with it.”

https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1203047792622686210

He also complained about energy-efficient lightbulbs that “give you an orange look,” a statement he has made before. “The new bulb is many times more expensive, and, I hate to say it, it doesn’t make you look as good,” Trump said. “Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me. It gives you an orange look. I don’t want an orange look. Has anyone noticed that?”

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1203049998503612425


Anyone this concerned about flushing has to be completely full of it. He should see a doctor or nutritionist about his diet.

Lots more great tweets at the link

Oklahoma Pastor Busted Running White Supremacist Prostitution Ring

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2017/12/oklahoma-pastor-busted-running-white-supremacist-prostitution-ring/



“Aryan Pride” for Jesus: An Oklahoma pastor is under arrest after being caught running a prostitution ring with a white supremacist.

Pastor Walter Eugene Brazington Jr. is “being charged with procuring for prostitution and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony,” according to a report from Tulsa World.

The Oklahoma pastor was caught running a massage parlor that was being used as a front for a prostitution ring. His partner in crime was white supremacist Tiffany Roach, an HIV positive prostitute who calls herself “Aryan Woman” and professes to have “Whitegirl Pride.”

Brazington is listed as an apostle and prophet for the All Nations Evangelistic Team, a preaching group based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

The felony charges are a result of a sting operation by Oklahoma police. Skeptic Review reports:


He's doing God's work. Or it could be the devil. It can be hard to tell the difference in the bible belt.

Dollar General is opening 1,000 new stores next year

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/05/business/dollar-general-stores-stock-earnings/index.html

New York (CNN Business)Dollar General remains one of the fastest-growing retailers in America, attracting customers with rock-bottom prices on snacks and household goods. It's so confident in that strategy that it plans to open 1,000 new stores in 2020, just as it has for the past several years.

The company tightened its grip on shoppers during the most recent quarter, increasing sales at stores open for at least a year by 4.6% compared with the same period a year ago. It marked Dollar General (DG)'s fastest quarter of sales growth in five years.
Its profit increased, too, up 11% during the quarter and the company raised its outlook, driving its shares up 5% in early trading. Dollar General stock has rallied more than 50% over the last two years.

By opening 1,000 new stores next year, Dollar General's growth is nearly unrivaled in the industry at a time in which many brick-and-mortar retailers are closing stores or folding. Walmart (WMT), which swept into new towns for decades with massive superstores, has essentially stopped opening new ones. By contrast, Dollar General is entering new cities and towns with small stores and opening up in areas where it has already gained hold.

Dollar General currently has more than 16,000 stores in the United States and caters mainly to low-and-middle-income customers in rural and suburban areas, while its rival, Dollar Tree (DLTR), targets suburban, middle-income shoppers. Family Dollar focuses on lower-income urban and rural customers. Dollar Tree bought Family Dollar in 2015, but has struggled to absorb the chain into the company.


The one area of the retail sector that is thriving instead of dying. The article mentions places where Americans have been left out of the economic growth and are still living on lower wages. It also claims dollar stores are killing mom and pop shops and discourages new supermarkets from opening in neighborhoods.
Posted by IronLionZion | Thu Dec 5, 2019, 04:45 PM (4 replies)

US threatens 100% tariffs on French cheese and champagne

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/02/tech/french-tariffs-digital-services-tax/index.html

New York (CNN Business)US trade officials proposed a wave of tariffs on French goods Monday as they released a report finding that a new French tax on digital services — affecting large American tech companies such as Facebook (FB) and Google — represents a barrier to trade.

The list of proposed US tariffs covers dozens of products, including cheeses, beauty products, handbags and sparkling wines such as champagne. The move risks raising escalating transatlantic trade tensions after the United States already hit $7.5 billion worth of European goods — including French wine, Italian parmesan cheese and Scotch whisky — in October over subsidies to planemaker Airbus (EADSF).

Roughly $2.4 billion in French products could be subject to the new taxes of up to 100%, the office of the United States Trade Representative said Monday. The public will have until early January to weigh in on the proposal.

The report and proposed tariffs could drive a further wedge between members of the European Union and President Donald Trump, who in July threatened France with "substantial reciprocal action" if it moved forward with its digital services tax.
Trump told reporters in London on Tuesday that while he was "not in love" with Facebook and Google, (GOOGL) he would defend US businesses.

"I'm not going to let people take advantage of American companies," Trump said Tuesday. "If anyone is going to take advantage of the American companies, it's going to be us, it's not going to be France."
Posted by IronLionZion | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 07:36 AM (7 replies)

Anti-Semitic graffiti reported at Sixth & I synagogue

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/12/02/anti-semitic-graffiti-reported-sixth-i-synagogue/

A D.C. Jewish landmark was a target of anti-Semitic graffiti on Friday, an act of vandalism that the organization’s rabbis said fit into a painful nationwide pattern of rising anti-Jewish crime.

“While the damage to the building is minimal and will be fixed quickly, events like this can throw even the toughest person into a tailspin. Given the current climate, we unfortunately are not surprised by this happening,” three rabbis from Sixth & I, the historic Washington synagogue named for its downtown street address, wrote in an email to community members on Monday afternoon. The email cited rising hate crimes against many groups, including Jews.

Staff at the synagogue building, which hosts a wide range of prayer services and communal events, showed photos of the vandalism to The Washington Post. The damage included the word “JEW” carved into a door and swastikas scrawled in red ink on a staircase.

In emails to the synagogue community, Rabbis Shira Stutman, Aaron Potek and Jesse Paikin anticipated some Jews would react emotionally to the damage. “In these moments, it’s important to remember that it is not a shame but an honor to be a Jew …,” the rabbis wrote. “We can and will respond to this hateful act with open doors, in resilience and spirit, living Jewish lives of joy, optimism, and pride.”

D.C. police spokesman Hugh Carew said officers are investigating the incident.
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Dec 2, 2019, 09:47 PM (2 replies)

Water main break floods Pentagon Metro; Blue and Yellow lines bypassing

https://wtop.com/dc-transit/2019/11/pentagon-metro-flooded-blue-and-yellow-lines-bypassing-buses-requested/

https://twitter.com/cacaobunni/status/1199665701629374464

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

As if the weather isn’t crummy enough this pre-Turkey Day, the Pentagon Metro has closed due to flooding from a water main break. Blue and Yellow line trains are bypassing it.

The Arlington Department of Environmental Services tweeted that their crews “have determined that the break is in a private @wmata water line. The water flow is now reportedly stopped in the station. Arlington staff will be available to assist with any County feed lines.”

The station is expected to reopen for the evening rush hour. Delays will persist throughout the morning.

According to a Metro spokesperson, at its worst, there was about 5 inches of standing water in the station.

People shared footage and photos of commuters trying to walk through murky water near the faregates.

One commuter decided that walking barefoot through the water was the right choice.

WMATA says there are shuttle buses available to get passengers around the problem.


More tweets and videos at the WTOP link

California cannabis industry sending SOS to state leaders

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/26/business/california-cannabis-industry-layoffs/index.html

San Francisco (CNN Business)About 170 years after California's gold rush came the promise of the green rush.

California's legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use was expected to be massive. In 2016, industry investors claimed sales could top $6.5 billion by 2020.

And as 2019 comes to a close, California is indeed home to the world's largest cannabis market, totaling close to $12 billion in estimated sales. But here's the rub: $8.7 billion of that is changing hands in the illicit market.

Now, members of California's cannabis industry are sending an S.O.S. to the state capitol, saying they're struggling to compete against black market operators who don't have to meet stringent regulations or pay taxes and fees. They're urging leaders to make swift regulatory changes or risk the collapse of their emerging industry.

"The hard truth is that until legislative changes are made, our industry will continue to wither away," said Michael Steinmetz, CEO of cannabis distributor Flow Kana, which recently joined a growing list of California cannabis firms that have cut their workforces.


Sounds like much of the illegal market is from local governments making it difficult to get licenses or banning it. So it is still prohibition at the local level in many areas. With illegal sellers come all sorts of other problems like safety or selling to kids.

Muslim woman confronts man over antisemitic rant at Jewish father and son on Tube



The world seems a bit Trumpy these days.

This incident was in London. There have been many cases where people of different backgrounds help each other out when confronted by a racist idiot. Same with sexist, homophobic, and other types of bigots.
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