NYC to impose back-breaking fines on businesses that fail to do WHAT?

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This is from Liberty UnYielding.

Businesses need to pack up and tell New York City to go to hell.

Refusing to sell your goods or services to people whose lifestyle violates your religious beliefs is so old hat. New York City has taken a bold new step in the social justice wars. A directive issued by the city’s Commission on Human Rights puts merchants and their employees on notice that fines will be levied against businesses that fail to use a customer’s or client’s preferred gender pronoun in transactions.

If you’re not aware of gender-neutral pronouns, which include such marvelous and necessary inventions as ze, sie, e, ou, and ve, you can get a crash course on them here.

It is up to every business to learn a customer’s pronoun preferences, which reflect his (make that “xir”) gender, and use those pronouns during the course of an exchange. A sample conversation might go something like this.

Employee or owner: Hello. Might I inquire which gender you self-identify as?

Customer: Yes. I am intersex (or gender non-conforming or genderqueer or questioning or some other label).

Employee or owner: Very well. How may I help ze?

The law is also intended to cover employees. According to the mandate, “refusal to use a transgender employee’s preferred name, pronoun, or title may constitute unlawful gender-based harassment.”

The penalty for violations doesn’t come cheaply either:

The Commission can impose civil penalties up to $125,000 for violations, and up to $250,000 for violations that are the result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct.

If this all sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is. In an article in theWashington Post, UCLA Law Prof. Eugene Volokh writes:

So people can basically force us — on pain of massive legal liability — to say what they want us to say, whether or not we want to endorse the political message associated with that term, and whether or not we think it’s a lie.



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This is from Revive America.

One more reason to avoid New York City.

New York City law enforcement officers have been placed even more in harm’s way thanks to recent changes from liberal mayor Bill de Blasio.

De Blasio has settled a case that emphasized social justice over the safety of the public and essentially made the police powerless against radical Islam.

In the case of Hamid Hassan Raza v. City of New York, Muslim activists accused de Blasio and the police department of profiling. In response, de Blasio removed a valuable intelligence gathering tool from the police department’s training strategy, according to National Review.

The counterterrorism strategy has allowed police to keep the city safe since Sept. 11, 2001. The strategy, inspired by the 2007 report “Radicalization in the West,” was put in place by then-Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and it helped identify patterns often associated with individuals who participated in jihadist violence.

The report also helped police identify subsets of Muslims who might be “radicalizing” andinterrupt their terror plots before lives were lost.

Mulsim activists claimed the report made unfair connections between Muslims and inclinations toward terrorism, even though the report was a far cry from tarnishing all Muslims.

Some Muslims have staunchly opposed post-9/11 counterterrorism measures, claiming they constitute a war against Islam and lead to unfair profiling of all Muslims.


George Washington 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation.

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The story below is from  Rush Limbaugh.

It is a very good history lesson.
The George Washington 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor — and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of governmentfor their safety and happiness.
“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks — for his kind care and protection of thePeople of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation — for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the tranquility [sic], union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed — for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted — for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions — to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually — to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a
Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed — to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn [sic] kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord — To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease [sic] of science among them and us — and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
George Washington You want me to count the number of references to God?
How about just the first line? “Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor.
“Let’s see. One, two, three, four references in just that first clause.
What a fanatic, George Washington!Just wanted you to hear that.
That’s the first Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
The real story of Thanksgiving — and by the way, the real story is continuing, what I just read to you.
The thanks was given to God, not the Indians.

Gun Lies

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This is from Town Hall. 

Let me see a show of hands of anybody surprised by the fact the anti gun crowd lies.

They can only lie and distort polls to advance their agenda.


My town, New York City, enforces rigid gun laws. Police refused to assign me a gun permit. The law doesn’t even let me hold a fake gun on TV to demonstrate something.

But New York politicians are so eager to vilify gun ownership that they granted an exception to the anti-gun group States United to Prevent Gun Violence. New York allowed States United to set up a fake gun store, where cameras filmed potential gun customers being spoofed by an actor pretending to be a gun-seller.

“This a nine-millimeter semi-automatic. It’s a very handy gun. It’s easy to use,” he says. “You can carry it in a purse like that gal from Wal-Mart. Her two-year-old son reaches into her pocketbook, pulls it out, shoots her. Dead, gone, no Mom!”

States United then made that footage into an anti-gun public service announcement. “Over 60 percent of Americans think owning a gun will make them safer. In fact, owning a gun increases the risk of homicide, suicide and unintentional death,” says the video.

It’s a powerful message. But it’s a lie, says John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center. He says that gun control advocates lie all the time.

Lott acknowledges the tragedies. Sometimes a gun in the home is used in a homicide or suicide, or leads to accidental death, but he adds, “It also makes it easier for people to defend themselves — women and the elderly in particular.”

Lott says, “Every place in the world that’s tried to ban guns … has seen big increases in murder rates. You’d think at least one time, some place, when they banned guns, murder rates would go down. But that hasn’t been the case.”

I pushed back: what about people harming themselves?

“There are lots of different ways for people to commit suicide,” Lott said, and researchers have looked at how those tragedies are affected by access to guns. “We find that people commit suicide in other ways if they don’t have guns.”

What about accidents? Lott replies that accidental shooting deaths are relatively rare: “about 500 a year.” That sounds bad, but about 400 Americans are killed by overdosing on acetaminophen each year (most of them suicides), and almost as many Americans drown in swimming pools.

“It would be nice if it was zero (but) consider that 120 million Americans own guns,” Lott says.

Often those guns are used to prevent crime. The homeowner pulls out the gun and the attacker flees.

No one knows how often this happens because these prevented crimes don’t become news and don’t get reported to the government, but an estimate from the Violence Policy Center suggests crimes may be prevented by guns tens of thousands of times per year.

Add politics to the mix and the anti-gun statistics get even more misleading. Gang members in their late teens or early adulthood killing each other get called “children.” Fights between gangs near schools get called school “mass shootings.”

The number of mass shootings in America has been roughly level over the past 40 years, but the New York Times still runs headlines like, “FBI Confirms a Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000.” That headline is absolutely true, but only because they deceitfully picked the year 2000 as their start point, and that was a year with unusually few mass shootings. It’s as if the paper wants to make it seem as if mass shootings are always on the rise, even as crime keeps going down.

It all helps stoke paranoia about guns. Some people respond by calling for more controls. Others, fearing the government may ban gun sales, respond by buying more weapons. The number of people holding permits to carry concealed weapons has skyrocketed to 12.8 million, up from 4.6 million just before President Obama took office. Since 40 percent of American households now own guns, anyone who wants to take them away will have a fight on his hands.

Has the increased gun ownership and carrying of guns led to more violence? Not at all. “Violent crime across the board has plummeted,” says Lott. “In 1991, the murder rate was about 9.8 (people) per 100,000. (Now) it’s down to about 4.2.”

I can’t convince my friends in New York City, but it’s just a fact: More guns — less crime.×9&widgetId=2&trackingGroup=69017

Crime Wave: Murders Skyrocket Across The Country in St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, New York City


This is from Town Hall. 

In case you missed it all of the cities on this list are being controlled by DemocRats.





Anti-police sentiment in big cities across the country comes at a cost and we’re seeing it now with skyrocketing crime statistics from St. Louis to New York City.

Baltimore – Murders have doubled with 43 homicides last month alone

Chicago – 900+ shootings this year

St. Louis – 55 murders this year

Dallas – Violent crime up 10 percent

Atlanta – Homicides up 32 percent

Milwaukee – Homicides up by 180 percent

New York City – Murders up 20 percent

Heather Mac Donald at the Wall Street Journal has a detailed piece about the increase in crime that’s worth a full read. Reporters from different cities broke down the numbers last night with Greta Van Susteren.

“There’s a war on cops. Not bad cops, not bad apples, but all cops and the police know it. The conduct of the suspects is never in question they’re always right, it’s usually drawn on racial lines. It’s a complete, toxic formula to actually do police work,” former Los Angeles Police Department Homicide Detective Mark Fuhrman said. “The police are simply scaling back, exactly what everybody’s chanting for in all of these protests. ‘Don’t be so aggressive. Don’t stop and frisk. Don’t stop and ask where people are going. Don’t make traffic stops.’ So, they are and now crime’s out of site.”

As I’ve said before, the criminals in these neighborhoods aren’t anti-law enforcement because the police engage in racial profiling or brutality, they’re anti-police because cops stop their criminality.

Ironically, some of the very same people in Baltimore who accused the police of racism and wanted them out of their neighborhoods, are begging them to come back.×9&widgetId=2&trackingGroup=69017

Woman to become NYC firefighter in spite of having failed physical fitness test


This is from Liberty UnYielding.

How many firefighters will die as a result of New York City being  trendy and politically correct?


Tomorrow, 33-year-old Rebecca Wax will graduate from the New York City Fire Academy — the 18-week training course that all prospective members of the New York Fire Department must complete — and, soon afterward, she will be assigned to a firehouse and tasked with the full duties of a firefighter. Yet, some of New York’s Bravest have concerns about her fitness for the job.

Their hesitation has nothing to do Wax’s sex. In fact, she is one of three female graduates in the current class.

Rather the reservations about Wax is that she failed to pass the Functional Skills Training test, a grueling obstacle course of job-related tasks performed in full gear with a limited air supply.

An insider familiar with the training told the New York Post:

They’re going to allow the first person to graduate without passing because this administration has lowered the standard.

We’re being asked to go into a fire with someone who isn’t 100 percent qualified. Our job is a team effort. If there’s a weak link in the chain, either civilians or our members can die.

The FDNY, which turns 150 this year, is under pressure by Mayor Bill de Blasio to hire more women, which is all to the good … if the female “probies” (probationary firefighter) are up to snuff. The other two women who graduated alongside Wax are. According to the Post source:

They’re kicking butt. They’re doing better than 50 percent of the class. When they get assigned to a firehouse, they’ll be welcomed with open arms because they’ve done what everyone else has gone through.

But when it comes to Wax, even women in the department are unhappy. Some worry that they are getting “lumped into the same category of a female getting special treatment and not meeting the same standards as the males. It devalues what the women in the field have accomplished.”

The fitness test is not easy. It entails breathing through a mask attached to an air tank while carrying 50 pounds of gear, climbing six flights of stairs, stretching hose lines, dragging dummies through tunnels with no visibility, and more. The test must be completed, moreover, in under 17 minutes and 50 seconds.

Wax finished the test just once in numerous tries — and even then needed 22 minutes to do so. During an actual fire, the difference could spell death for fellow firefighters and rescue victims.

A group of FDNY women called the United Women Firefighters objects to the fitness test, contending that it unfairly singles out women. Experts contend that the test mirrors demands of the job.


Measure to ban kids under 12 from gun shows introduced

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One more reason for any decent American to avoid New York City and New York State.

The nanny statism is running wild in New York City and New York State.


A New York lawmaker wants to prohibit minors under age 12 from being able to visit a gun show anywhere in the state in an effort to reduce gun violence.

The bill, introduced by state Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, a Democrat who represents the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan, would bar entry to pre-teen youth to these shows with no provision allowed for those with a supervising adult.

“As the gun industry prepares a public campaign to broaden the appeal of guns, it is important that we establish reasonable age limits for admission to gun shows by children,” reads a memo Rosenthal wrote for her legislation.

“Within New York State and other areas of jurisdiction, we have myriad regulations that seek to protect minors from exposure to certain potentially dangerous situations and influences,” the memo continued. “For example, a minor is restricted from watching films or playing certain video games that portray deadly weaponry and gunplay. Currently, however, minors of any age may gain unfettered access to a gun show.”

Rosenthal thinks that by curbing a young person’s interactions with firearms, gun violence reform can be achieved.

“As our State continues to look for solutions to violence involving guns, we must begin by limiting the exposure of young children to these weapons and their capabilities,” wrote Rosenthal.

Her bill, A967, would add a simple 19-word sentence to New York state laws that would effectively place gun shows off limits to those under 12 years of age. It is a carbon copy of a2013 measure from the lawmaker that failed to gain traction. Current federal law prohibits persons under the age of 18 from purchasing a firearm already.

While the Assemblywoman’s office declined comment to about how the legislation would affect her own district, there seems to be few gun shows in Manhattan to regulate.

In researching four different gun show listing sites to include Gunshow Monster, American Gun Shows, Gunshows USA, and Gunshow Trader, of the more than 60 shows listed in New York state so far for 2015, few if any are in Manhattan. In fact, the closest shows listed to Rosenthal’s district are in Long Island, some 50 miles away, leading to the conclusion that by far the biggest impact for her bill would be in other parts of the Empire State.

However the lawmaker, a member of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns, is no stranger to the introduction of gun control bills that aim to tackle problems in their infancy. In 2013, she proposed a bill to make it a felony to manufacture, sell or use firearms and ammunition magazines made with digital 3-D printers.

Rosenthal’s legislation currently has five co-sponsors and has been referred to the Assembly Committee for Economic Development.



The Duplicitous Nature of Requiring Good Cause In Order To Exercise 2nd Amendment Right

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Hat Tip Bullets First.

Just one more way for liberals to micromanage people’s lives.


DC has, because they were forced to by the courts, enacted legislation that allows people to get pistol permits in order to carry a firearm while in the citysort of.

Unfortunately the District looked to places like New York City and other rights infringing metropolitan areas to model there new program on.  And while they MAY be technically following the judges orders, it is akin to a childish tantrum in which a parent tells one child to stop touching the other so the belligerent child holds his fingers a hairs breath from the skin all while cackling “I’m not touching you, I’m not touching you.”

As the Associated Press reports:


“Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials said they plan to propose legislation that would make the District of Columbia similar to a half-dozen states, including Maryland, where residents can be denied a concealed-carry permit if they can’t show a need for one. … The District is seeking to let the police chief decide whether people have a reason to carry a concealed firearm, and officials said living in a high-crime neighborhood would not be a sufficient reason to obtain a permit.”

So basically, if the Police Chief doesn’t believe that citizens should have carry permits (which he doesn’t) he can just say ‘NO’ to all of them and have a de facto carry ban that the courts had just ruled unconstitutional.  Sure, he’ll give 4e DC Circuit Court of Appeals will follow the example of the 9th circuit, who ruled earlier this year in Peruta v San Diego that discretion on the issuing authority can not help but lead to instances where that authority denies the right of the people and as such is unconstitutional.  California is now a shall issue state (pending appeal) as is Hawaii that had a ruling overturned (Baker v Kealoha) by the 9th Circuit after the Peruta v San Diego verdict.

It seems that acutally being able to exercise a civil right is back in vogue.  But what if we applied the same type of mindset that DC and NYC place on the 2nd Amendment to others?  This is what an America run by DC and NYC looks like in regards to civil rights.

1st Amendment:  You cannot voice an opinion unless you take elocution lessons, are certified in speechgiving, and can display the “need” in which you feel it necessary to speak your mind.  The result of which will be determined by the issuing authority of the Vocal Speech Permit card.

3rd Amendment: Unless you can express a valid reason accetable to the authority why troops should not be quartered in your home, you will be forced to provide room and board for them for a time based on the authorities discretion.

4th Amendment: You must document every item, paper, and piece of property you own and submit it to the authority before they allow you to be safe from searches.

5th Amendment: You will be provided with due process of lawAFTER you prove your innocence to the authority.

6th Amendment: You will provide reasoning why you believe you require a speedy trial and may or may not be granted one based on the issuing authorities discretion.

13th Amendment: You must provide reasoning why you shouldn’t be made a slave or be placed in indentured servitude, you may or may not be enslaved based on the issuing authorities discretion.

15th, 19th, 24th, 26th Amendments: You must provide reasoning why you have a need to vote as well as providing the necessary proof that you are qualified to vote and disclose who you are voting for, as well as pay all fees and charges required in order to receive the permit to vote.  The permit to vote will be issued at the discretion of the authority.

The right to free speech, the freedom from illegal searches and seizures, the right of due process and a speedy trial, liberty, the right to vote and freedom from poll taxes…

If these rights were treated in the same manner that the 2nd Amendment is, the Amendment that specifically states that it “shall not be infringed” then we wouldn’t have much of an America left.  At least not one that the founders who want their names attached too.

We don’t allow our other rights to be determined by an issuing authoritywe don’t have to pay to vote or to speak or to not be a slave, why then do we have to go through the injustice of doing so just to exercise our God given right to keep and bear arms for the security of our lives, our family, our property and our country?

I answer you that we do not.  With luck the courts will continue to hold to their recent rulings and strike down the liberty crushing infringements that places like DC and NYC still have in place.

I would like it if we didn’t have to rely on the courts to do so, but some places like the aformentioned cities just aren’t going to free themselves, but it doesn’t mean that the rest of the country should follow their lead into being subjects of the authority.

We are Americans, so long as we are armed, we are free.
The only person’s discretion that should matter into whether we are armed or not is our own.

7 Facts About the First Labor Day You May Not Know

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This is from Joe For America.

I did not know these things about the first Labor Day.


Have you ever wondered how Labor Day came to be, what is its background and whose big idea it was? Well, you can stop wondering. Joe for America has dug up some information about this uniquely American holiday, and we’re proud to share it:

#1 The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. But by 1884 it was changed to the first Monday in September. And in 1894 Congress decreed Labor Day as a national holiday honoring working men and women whose accomplishments had made America the most productive country on earth.


#2 For years the identity of the founder of Labor Day was in dispute. It was either Peter McGuire or Matthew Maguire.


McGuire would join with his friend, Samuel Gompers, to found the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Through the AFL and the Carpenters, McGuire led the great strikes of 1886 and 1890, which would eventually result in the adoption of the eight-hour workday on the nation’s agenda.


Maguire held some political beliefs that were considered fairly radical for the day and also for Samuel Gompers and his American Federation of Labor. Allegedly, Gompers did not want Labor Day to become associated with the sort of “radical” politics of Matthew Maguire, so in a 1897 interview, Gompers’ close friend Peter J. McGuire was assigned the credit for the origination of Labor Day.


#3 That first Labor Day was celebrated by a parade in lower Manhattan. laborday firstMusicians for the parade were from the Jewelers Union of Newark Two. When the marching jewelers turned onto lower Broadway they were playing “When I First Put This Uniform On,” from Patience, an opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. Like much of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, this comic opera satirized the popular culture of the day. In this opera, Gilbert chose to satirize the aesthetic poetry movement led by Oscar Wilde.


#4 A post-parade party at Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and Ninth Avenue featured “Lager beer kegs… mounted in every conceivable place.” From 1p.m. until 9 p.m. that night, nearly 25,000 union members and their families filled the park and celebrated the very first Labor Day, initiating the tradition of having a picnic or cookout for the occasion.


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#5 The park was decorated with flags of many nations. Everyone picnicked, drank beer and listened to speeches from the union leadership. In the evening, even more people came to the park to watch fireworks and dance. The newspapers of the day declared it a huge success and “a day of the people.”


#6 The police, wary that a riot would break out, were out in force that morning. By 9 a.m., columns of police and club-wielding officers on horseback surrounded city hall.


#7 By a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

I’m pretty sure it was our Labor Day that inspired the Vulcan motto, “Live long and prosper.” Even in a galaxy far, far away they recognize the value of prosperity. Cool.

Meanwhile in the Gun Control Capital of New York City: 15 Shot in 8 HOURS

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This is from Guns Save Lives.

Why no press coverage of these shootings?

I promise you if there was one man with a semi-automatic rifle there would have been wall to wall press coverage. 


No city in the United States has stricter gun control laws than New York City. Is is ridiculously hard for normal law abiding citizens to own a firearm for self defense inside their home, let alone carry one outside of it.

However, the strictest gun laws in the nation aren’t enough to stop violent crime involving firearms inside of the Big Apple.

According to Fox New York, 15 people were shot in NYC over and 8 hour period this weekend,

Fifteen people were shot in a rash of violence in New York City.

The violence left two people dead and 13 others injured within a span of just 8 hours.

The NYPD reported the first shooting late Saturday. It happened at an East Harlem Park.

In that incident, 3 people were shot, with one of the victims being seriously injured, at Jefferson Park on 113th Street and First Avenue; Shortly before 3 a.m.

As this story illustrates, violent crime can occur regardless of the laws in place. As we’ve pointed out before, criminals don’t follow laws. Shooting people and murder are already felonies, yet people still do those things.

We’d also be remiss if we didn’t point out the fact that there is nationwide outrage at the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, but there is virtually nothing in the media or activist circles about the situation in New York.

Also, if a single person with a semi-automatic rifle shot 15 people in an 8 hour period it would be national news for weeks.

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