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Return of the feckless Chick-fil-A-phobes

Return of the feckless Chick-fil-A-phobes
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

Move over, Trump Derangement Syndrome. Another unhinged liberal pathology is back:

Chick-fil-A-phobia.

Perhaps, in the interest of public health, the CDC should launch a weekly C-F-A-P surveillance report to map the recurrence of this culturally infectious disease. Early-onset symptoms include fear of pressure-cooked poultry, allergic reaction to waffle potato fries and an irrational hatred of cow costumes. Anti-Christian prejudice and coastal elitism are common comorbidities associated with this debilitating progressive condition.

Ground zero for the latest outbreak? The headquarters of The New Yorker magazine. This week’s issue online features the bigoted lament of writer Daniel Piepenbring, who decries the fast-food chain’s “creepy infiltration” of the Big Apple and warns against the company’s “pervasive Christian traditionalism.” Chick-fil-A opened its fourth location in the city last month. The largest franchise in the country, it seats 140, employs 150, and along with the other NYC locations, donates an estimated 17,000 pounds of food to a local pantry for the homeless and hungry. The company is reportedly on track to become the third-largest fast-food chain in the world.

What are the Chick-fil-A-phobes so afraid of?

A private business succeeding in the marketplace based on its merits, without coercion or cronyism.

An enterprise that values hard work, honesty and integrity.

A family-owned American Dream come true that creates jobs, pays taxes, satisfies customers of all backgrounds and gives back to the community.

Horror of horrors, what menaces these sandwich-sellers of faith be!

Chick-fil-A’s corporate mission to “glorify God” and “enrich the lives of everyone we touch” leaves The New Yorker scribe terminally heartsick about the “ulterior motive” of its restaurant execs. So do the founding family’s commitments to faithful marriages, strong families, Sundays off and the highest standards of character for their employees. The frightened New Yorker critic is especially perturbed by the “Bible verses” enshrined at Chick-fil-A’s Atlanta headquarters and by the restaurant’s popular bovine mascots — which he dubs “morbid” and the “ultimate evangelists” — whose ubiquity on New York billboards and subway corridors is akin to a “carpet bombing.”

Notice, by the way, how these hysterical Chick-fil-a-phobes have no qualms about the success of Jewish-owned delis or the spread of Muslim halal food shop operators in New York City who openly pay tribute to their faiths. Imagine a reporter freaking out over Quran verses or Torah citations hung up on a business owner’s wall. Welcome to Social Justice 101, where discriminating against Christian-owned business in the name of opposing discrimination is the definition of tolerance.

We’ve been here before, of course. It was a liberal activist reporter and gay marriage advocate at The New York Times, Kim Severson, who helped launch the first nationwide witch hunt against Chick-fil-A in 2011. The former vice president of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association used her straight-news platform to invoke fear of “evangelical Christianity’s muscle flexing” and spread false and libelous attacks on Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy and his family as “anti-gay.” Her propagandizing in the radical rag of record helped stoke boycotts and regulatory crackdowns by pandering Democrat Mayors Thomas Menino in Boston, Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, and New York City’s Bill de Blasio.

Ultimately, those media-manufactured efforts to stifle Chick-fil-A’s free enterprise and First Amendment rights failed. The company’s products have proved irresistible to customers on all sides of the political spectrum. Gastronomical satisfaction trumps anti-Christian zealotry and zealous anti-Trumpism.

And that’s what chaps the thin hides of the far-left journalists at The New York Times and The New Yorker who choke at the sights and smells of good, old-fashioned capitalism.

If leftists only want to eat and drink at a global fast-food company whose progressive CEO shares their Democrat-supporting, gun-grabbing, open-borders, gay marriage-boosting values, they should stick to Howard Schultz’s Starbucks cafes.

Oh, wait…

Return of the feckless Chick-fil-A-phobes by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2018 Move over, Trump Derangement Syndrome. Another unhinged liberal pathology is back: Chick-fil-A-phobia. Perhaps, in the interest of public health, the CDC should launch a weekly C-F-A-P surveillance report to map the recurrence of this culturally infectious disease. Early-onset symptoms include fear of pressure-cooked […]
The Student Data-Mining Scandal Under Our Noses

The Student Data-Mining Scandal Under Our Noses
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

While congresscritters expressed outrage at Facebook’s intrusive data grabs during Capitol Hill hearings with Mark Zuckerberg this week, not a peep was heard about the Silicon Valley-Beltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American schoolchildren.

It doesn’t take undercover investigative journalists to unmask the massive privacy invasion enabled by educational technology and federal mandates. The kiddie data heist is happening out in the open — with Washington politicians and bureaucrats as brazen co-conspirators.

Facebook is just one of the tech giants partnering with the U.S. Department of Education and schools nationwide in pursuit of student data for meddling and profit. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Pearson, Knewton, and many more are cashing in on the Big Data boondoggle. State and federal educational databases provide countless opportunities for private companies exploiting public schoolchildren subjected to annual assessments, which exploded after adoption of the tech industry-supported Common Core “standards,” tests, and aligned texts and curricula.

The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act further enshrined government collection of personally identifiable information — including data collected on attitudes, values, beliefs and dispositions — and allows release of the data to third-party contractors thanks to Obama-era loopholes carved into the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.

And the so-called school-to-work pipeline creates endless avenues into taxpayer coffers for firms pitching data-gathering initiatives to “align” student learning with “skill sets” and “competencies” desired by corporations.

Facebook, for example, joined with the Department of Education’s federally sponsored Digital Promise initiative last fall to develop a system of “micro-credentialing” badges for adult students in digital marketing. You can be sure it’s not merely out of benevolence and public interest that Zuckerberg’s empire is training thousands of these students to learn “Social Media Marketing Basics,” “Marketing with Facebook Pages,” “Marketing with Facebook Ads” and “Marketing with Instagram.”

As parent and educational privacy advocate Cheri Kiesecker reported, the Facebook/Digital Promise partnership is “a wonderful data collection and marketing tool for Facebook and the US Department of Ed, but it is incredibly alarming for students’ privacy and security.”

Facebook is on the march from luring adult students into its orbit to encroaching on secondary and elementary school-age users through its Messenger Kids app and “whole-child personalized learning” programs funded through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. CZI, a “philanthropic investment company” funded with up to $1 billion in Facebook shares over the next three years, [4/11 correction: whose education division] is headed by Jim Shelton. He’s a former program officer at the Gates Foundation and a key Common Core champion in the Obama administration.

“Personalized learning” is an edutech buzz phrase for hijacking the classroom and hooking students and teachers on branded software and hardware — iPads, smartboards, computerized portfolios, homework apps, you name it — without any evidence that such shiny objects improve academic performance.

Under the guise of customizable assessments, public and private preschools in Colorado experimented with toddlers whose student activities and social/emotional behaviors were tracked using the TS Gold (Teaching Strategies Gold) system — funded with $30 million in Race to the Top subsidies under the Obama administration. As I reported in 2014, parent Lauren Coker discovered that TS Gold assessors in her son’s Aurora, Colorado, public preschool had recorded information about his trips to the bathroom, his hand-washing habits and his ability to pull up his pants.

Sunny Flynn, a mom with kids in Jefferson County, Colorado, asked all the right questions: “What security measures are being used to protect this data? Who exactly has access to this data? How long will the data be stored? What is the proven benefit of a kindergarten teacher putting all of this data into a database?”

With little public oversight, Google has infiltrated schools through its “free” Google Apps for Education suite. As I’ve reported previously, Google is building brand loyalty through its questionable certification program that essentially turns teachers into tax-subsidized lobbyists for the company. GAFE enrollees are “trained” on Google products, earn certification, and then open up consultancy businesses and bill their school districts (i.e., the public) to hawk Google’s suite of products to other colleagues.

And this week, 23 parent and watchdog groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google is violating child protection laws by collecting personal data of and advertising to those aged under 13.

Over the past four years, Google has admitted “scanning and indexing” student email messages sent using GAFE and data mining student users for commercial gain when they use their accounts for noneducational purposes. Google can collect student/family data to target ads through related services outside the GAFE suite, such as YouTube for Schools, Blogger and Google Plus. These are not covered under the already watered-down federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Under the Obama years, Grand Canyon-sized loopholes in federal student and family privacy protections opened data mining to third-party private entities. Those have yet to be closed by the Trump administration. Why not? It’s time to drain the student data-mining swamp and their facilitators in Washington. For the children.

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More Malkin reporting on student data-mining here and here:

The Student Data-Mining Scandal Under Our Noses by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2018 While congresscritters expressed outrage at Facebook’s intrusive data grabs during Capitol Hill hearings with Mark Zuckerberg this week, not a peep was heard about the Silicon Valley-Beltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American schoolchildren. […]
Open-borders churches, caravans, and criminal sanctuaries

Open-borders churches, caravans, and criminal sanctuaries
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

Open borders tour guides in Mexico illegally shepherding 1,500 Central Americans to the United States border declared victory this week. Mexican officials reportedly are offering humanitarian visas to avert a showdown. But the parade of immigration lawlessness marches on — with reckless aiding and abetting by churches across the U.S.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group in charge of the annual “migrant caravan,” launched its effort during Holy Week by invoking the Stations of the Cross with biblical costumery and prop crosses. When they’re not serving as human traffickers masquerading as human rights activists, these travel agents for amnesty busy themselves constructing shelters along their illicit pathways that span the globe. Catholic groups have sponsored and subsidized such nation-sabotaging campaigns for decades.

The Vatican itself donated at least $20,000 in 2009 to erect a shelter for Central American illegal aliens sneaking through Ixtepec, Mexico, where they hopped on freight trains into our country. Another papal society, Catholic Extension, has poured more than $12 million dollars into ministries along our southern border over the past five years “to ensure that those who are on a journey are protected by the Church and that we advocate on their behalf,” according the Catholic News Agency.

In Colorado, five illegal aliens have taken sanctuary in houses of worship in the outlaw safe spaces of Mancos, Denver, Carbondale and Boulder — more than any other state. Each had multiple bites at the legal apple that stretched out for years. Our immigration courts heard their cases, rejected their appeals, turned down the appeals of their appeals and ordered them to leave. Religious groups have provided lawyers and media relations consultants every step of the way.

In Washington state, the Jesuit-affiliated St. Joseph Catholic Church of Seattle blasted President Trump’s “destructive and brutal” immigration enforcement and declared “our unwavering solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the immigrant community.” All deportations violate “Catholic Social Teaching” and “the common good,” the parish asserted.

In Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the Fourth Universalist Society of New York is harboring a mother and her family who’ve lived here illegally for more than a dozen years and feel entitled to flout their deportation orders.

In Springfield, Massachusetts, the South Congregational Church is shielding a Peruvian woman and her two children facing deportation. Mayor Domenic Sarno has called on the city council to revoke the church’s property tax exemption so that no “public dollars shall be allocated for the purpose of interfering with the religious freedoms of South Church in accordance to our Constitution.” In response to a rare public official taking his legal and fiduciary responsibilities seriously, the church’s leader condemned Sarno’s soul.

In Las Vegas, the incoming Catholic Bishop George Leo Thomas announced that illegal immigration and gun control will top his spiritual agenda. Echoing the left-wing U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops, Thomas pledged to support and advocate for the so-called illegal alien Dreamers and welcome them into the church.

In San Diego, Catholic and Episcopal leaders united to protest construction of the border wall while waving Mexican flags. “Jesus said we should love our neighbor,” one argued.

True, but Scripture also teaches citizens to honor the rule of law and secular authorities who preserve and defend civil order and safety: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment” (Romans 13:1-7).

The Acton Institute’s Brooke Levitske put it more bluntly: “Christ expected his followers to treat criminals in prison the way they would treat him, but he said nothing about busting them out of prison.”

As a Catholic who believes in strict immigration enforcement, I have argued repeatedly that it is one thing to show compassion to legal immigrants, legitimate refugees and asylees, and those abused and mistreated by smugglers. It’s quite another to conspire against an orderly immigration and entrance system that imposes commonsense limits, eligibility requirements, criminal background checks, medical screening and a commitment to assimilation.

Our laws are clear: 8 U.S. Code Section 1324 makes it a felony to knowingly bring or attempt to bring aliens across the border illegally; to knowingly conceal, harbor or shield them from detection in reckless disregard for the law; and to engage in any conspiracy or to aid and abet such acts.

We reserve the right to regulate entry into our country for the same reasons the Vatican itself has high barriers, armed guards and metal detectors. Yet, Pope Francis has lambasted President Trump and our walls as “not Christian.”

If you don’t like our laws, change them. If you can’t respect our sovereignty, go organize a caravan of alien trespassers and seek permanent shelter at the Sistine Chapel. Good luck with that.

Open-borders churches, caravans, and criminal sanctuaries by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2018 Open borders tour guides in Mexico illegally shepherding 1,500 Central Americans to the United States border declared victory this week. Mexican officials reportedly are offering humanitarian visas to avert a showdown. But the parade of immigration lawlessness marches on — with reckless […]

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What’s Up With Trump’s Multiple Clashes With GOP Lawmakers? Russia, Of Course

Besides McConnell, McCain, and Flake, he's also had behind the scenes interactions with Senators Corker and Tillis.

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President Trump’s rancor with lawmakers from his own party should come as no surprise. He’s looking for cover that they’re not providing.

And while his public feuding with John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Mitch McConnell is well-documented, by now, there have been several others that he’s had more private clashes with.

A for instance would be the recently passed sanctions bill against Russia.

Trump expressed frustration over a bipartisan bill sanctioning Russia and tried to convince Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that it wasn’t good policy, according to three people familiar with the call. Trump argued that the legislation was unconstitutional and said it would damage his presidency. Corker was unrelenting, these people said, and told Trump the bill was going to pass both houses with bipartisan support.

“He was clearly frustrated,” one person said of Trump’s call with Corker earlier this month. The bill cleared Congress overwhelmingly last month and Trump grudgingly signed it on Aug. 2.

Bummer. And his budding relationship with Russian strongman, Putin, was off to such a great start, too.

Russia has since expelled a number of U.S. diplomats, in response.

Another burr under Trump’s saddle is a bill that protects Robert Mueller (or any special counsel) from being fired by the president.

Trump dialed up Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on Aug. 7, two days before a blunt call with the Senate majority leader that spilled over into a public feud. Tillis is working with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on a bill designed to protect Robert Mueller, the independent counsel investigating the president’s Russia connections, from any attempt by Trump to fire him.

The Mueller bill came up during the Tillis-Trump conversation, according to a source briefed on the call — the latest signal of the president’s impatience with GOP senators’ increasing declarations of independence from his White House. Trump was unhappy with the legislation and didn’t want it to pass, one person familiar with the call said.

Spokespeople for both Tillis and Corker refused to discuss specifics of the conversations, but did confirm that the conversations took place.

Trump’s chewing out of GOP senators, according to people briefed on the calls, reflected the president’s frustration that fellow Republicans would make moves that could damage him, particularly on an investigation that he detests. Trump also complained about the Russian sanctions measure in a call with McConnell earlier this month that devolved into shouting. The New York Times first reported that Trump discussed the Russia probe with McConnell.

“It seems he is just always focused on Russia,” one senior GOP aide said.

That’s because he is.

In the couple of weeks John Kelly has been chief of staff, he’s attempted to exert some control over Trump’s unscheduled interactions with lawmakers. The president is said to have a habit of seeing a senator on television, getting a wild hair, and then having an assistant call that senator up.

Kelly has asked that there be a senior White House aide present whenever Trump make these calls, and that Trump be briefed on the topic he’s planning to call about.

That sure speaks volumes.

Embarrassing, cringe-worthy volumes.

The president needs to understand that he’s likely never going to get the approval of Democrats for anything he’s hoping to push. He needs the Republicans. He needs actual allies in Washington, and not just clingers.

He’s really not off to a good start.

 

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It’s a Cult: Spiritual Adviser Paula White Makes Wild Claims About Trump’s Role in God’s Plan

Sane people should run very far away from anyone suggesting such a thing.

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It will be interesting to see if Trump supporters who thought Barack Obama’s involvement with Jeremiah White was a huge red flag—and make no mistake, it was—will show any concern over statements made by President Trump’s own spiritual adviser, prosperity gospel preacher and televangelist Paula White. She made some pretty wild claims on convicted fraudster and former (as far as we know) pervert Jim Bakker’s show.

While speaking on a panel on “The Jim Bakker Show,” White said that Trump’s presidential victory was similar to a story from the Hebrew Bible where a woman named Esther was chosen to be queen, since both parties were unlikely to be selected for their roles.

As the scripture goes, Esther was a young, orphaned Jewish woman living in exile who, through her wits and good looks, ends up being selected by the Persian king to be his queen at a time when Jews were widely persecuted.

Because of her new position of power, Esther was able to stop a plot to murder all the Jewish people in Persia. The Bible concludes that Esther was placed in her position as queen by God to fulfill this important mission.

On Tuesday, White compared Trump to Queen Esther, saying that he, too, was selected by God to carry out a divine plan.

I’ll be honest, televangelists generally make my skin crawl. When they start explaining current events with the Old Testament and making sleazy politicians out to be the ones chosen by God to carry out a divine plan, I get both the heebies and the jeebies. It’s even worse when there’s a big studio audience heaping a pile of amens on top of whatever pseudo-spiritual political rationale the preacher is laying down. These people are, at best, misinformed.

White went so far as to suggest that those opposing Trump are literally opposing God.

“They say about our president, ‘Well, he is not presidential.’ Thank goodness. Thank goodness. Thank goodness,” White said. “And I mean that with all due respect. Because, in other words, he is not a polished politician. In other words, he is authentically, whether people like it or not, has been raised up by God.”

“God says that he raises up and places all people in places of authority,” she continued. “It is God who raises up a king. It is God that sets one down. When you fight against the plan of God, you are fighting against the hand of God.” (emphasis added)

I have no quarrel with the Judeo-Christian concept that God raises up leaders and puts people in authority. With that comes the reality that not every person raised to a position of authority is put there for the immediate good of humanity. I’m fairly certain that Paula White and those who follow her weren’t saying the same thing about opposing Trump’s predecessor who God also placed in authority.

Let me be perfectly frank here, anyone who claims that disagreeing with any President’s agenda is tantamount to opposing God is crazy. Sane people should run very far away from anyone suggesting such a thing. To say it about Donald Trump makes you a certifiable lunatic or a dangerous liar.

Trump’s alleged Christian faith—which comes with a stated belief that he has never needed to ask forgiveness for anything—absolutely seems to be born of political expedience. I can’t say for sure what’s in his heart but even by his own admission he’s broken a few commandments. You do the math. Paula White sure doesn’t seem like much of a stickler for doctrine if her spiritual advice left Trump with the idea that he was immaculately conceived.

Erick Erickson made waves prior to Trump’s inauguration by calling White a”a prosperity gospel charlatan” and  “Trinity denying heretic.” Erickson pointed out that the doctrine of the Trinity was settled at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. Those who deny it are by definition preaching something other than Christianity.

Since AD 325, it has been settled in the orthodoxy of the Christian church of every single Christian denomination that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God. Re-iterated in the First Council of Constantinople in AD 381, the Nicene Creed as we know it today contains these line:

I believe in one God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
Begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
Very God of very God,
Begotten, not made,
Being of one substance with the Father,
By whom all things were made;

This is literally 1,691 year old settled orthodoxy of every Christian denomination. Presbyterians, Catholics, Orthodox, Methodists, Baptists, Anglicans, and other Christian denominations, along with a few Episcopalian churches all say this creed. It, along with the Apostles Creed, are the two major, foundational creeds in Christendom.

At least one member of Trump’s religious advisory panel has walked away from Trump. White shows no signs of doubting Trump though. She certainly exemplifies the cult of Trump. Let’s hope people who support the President do so based on policy and not on religious fervor stirred up by a crackpot.

 

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A Ha’awina in Humility: Did a Hawaiian Politician Receive Hate Mail or Execute a Hoax?

(Updates Below) The racial discord in this country is both palpable and intensifying. One of the bothersome aspects however is when the people who supposedly decry the hatred and division are the very same stoking that foundry of intolerance. Note how those in the media question with dismay how it is the Nazi party has so much exposure these days, all while they cannot refrain | Read More »

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Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto

Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto

(Updates Below)

The racial discord in this country is both palpable and intensifying. One of the bothersome aspects however is when the people who supposedly decry the hatred and division are the very same stoking that foundry of intolerance. Note how those in the media question with dismay how it is the Nazi party has so much exposure these days, all while they cannot refrain from granting the SS-holes blanket coverage.

Equally vexing are politicians who supposedly speak out against the divisions in this country while highlighting those same social barricades enthusiastically. Let us now go to Mauka, in the county of Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the district where State Representative Beth Fukumoto originates. The politician has made a small splash on social media by posting a letter purportedly sent to her by a purported Donald Trump supporter.

Fukumoto had previously caused ripples in the aquamarine when she switched parties this year, from being a GOP representative to a Democrat. This switchover was said to be due to her being removed from her Minority Leader position, a move spurned by her comments made to the negative towards newly elected President Trump. This was really more of a lateral move, given Beth has posted pics of herself with liberal iconography, such as “She Persisted” posters, or sporting a magenta feminist vagina hat. Also, those scathing comments about Trump? They were delivered at a Women’s March rally.

(What’s the Hawaiian word for “RINO”?)

Now Fukumoto is drawing attention to herself based on a missive delivered to her office. The typewritten letter, dated 08 – 09, was posted to her personal Twitter account.

As many outlets in the media have dutifully detailed this as an example of hate, and repeated that Donald Trump is the cause, note the lack of journalistic curiosity. There are a number of questions regarding this correspondence, most which will go unasked.

I contacted Rep. Fukumoto’s office, and reached her spokesperson. I asked if the letter had been turned over to any law enforcement agency, and was told at this time that no, the letter had not been given to any authorities. This is after one full week from the letter being received. I had a number of other questions, including a request to have a picture of the full face of the envelope, but was then told that any further inquiry had to be delivered via email.

 

  • Why would someone from “La, Calif” be so concerned with a Hawaiian State Representative?
  • Why are the stamps on the envelope not postmarked?

 

stamp1

 

  • Why would someone use $0.10 stamps which were issued in 1975? And why would they separate the block when it does not give sufficient postage to deliver said envelope today?

 

stamp2

 

  • Has anyone tried tracking the USPS bar code shown at the bottom of the envelope? If that is a code that derives from a commercial account it may be traceable, or can track   the origination address. This would at the very least tell someone the location from where the letter had been mailed.

 

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At press time I had not received contact back from the spokesperson, nor Rep. Fukumoto herself. Considering the level of accusation being leveled towards the President the burden of proof to this culpability rests with Ms. Fukumoto.

UPDATE:

Following this post I did receive contact back from Rep. Fukumoto herself. She states that, contrary to what I had been told by her reps, they have reached out to authorities: “Yes, we’ve been in touch with law enforcement to see if it’s possible to determine the origin of the letter. The postmark of the letter indicated that it was from CA, but it’s faded so the city is not entirely clear.”

As for an image of the envelope she informed me that a pic had been provided to The Huffington Post. (Available here.) The writer, a resident of Hawaii, received this image Wednesday evening.

HuffPost sent a copy of the envelope to officials at the U.S. Postal Service in Honolulu, who confirmed that the enveloped was processed by a USPS center in California before it was sent to Honolulu.

 

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Where the Streets Have No Name – Confederate Drive Is History

Weeks before the tragic events of Charlottesville, the City of St. Louis was embroiled in a controversy over the removal of the Confederate memorial located in Forest Park. Though talk of relocating the memorial began in 2015, Mayor Lyda Krewson, who assumed office in April of this year, revived the discussion, strongly advocating its removal. Arguments were raised on both sides of the issue.  There were | Read More »

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Weeks before the tragic events of Charlottesville, the City of St. Louis was embroiled in a controversy over the removal of the Confederate memorial located in Forest Park. Though talk of relocating the memorial began in 2015, Mayor Lyda Krewson, who assumed office in April of this year, revived the discussion, strongly advocating its removal. Arguments were raised on both sides of the issue.  There were some demonstrations — largely nonviolent, thankfully. And the memorial, which was dedicated in 1914, was ultimately removed in June.

I wanna feel sunlight on my face.
I see the dust-cloud
Disappear without a trace.

But the street which formerly led to it remained in place.  Until Monday. While most area residents focused their attention on the solar eclipse, Confederate Drive was being torn up by the City Streets Department.

The city streets department says it’s spending nearly $12,000 to add plants, flowers, and grass. Barring any weather problems, work should be completed by next week.

Some city leaders claim a master plan dating back to 1995 always included removing Confederate Drive in favor of green space. Since the road never served any other purposed or use, it city leaders said it makes sense to tear it up and turn it into a garden.

Fair enough. The street may well have served no other purpose – it certainly was never integral to my jogs or bike rides through the park. And I like green space as much as the next person. (As an aside, Forest Park really is a jewel, and I’m glad it’s part of the St. Louis landscape.)

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And there may well have been such a plan in the works, though one wonders why it took 22 years to be implemented. (Come to think of it, we’re talking about city government here. Maybe one needn’t wonder all that much.)

Still, the timing is quite interesting, particularly given that a bill to rename the street “Scott Joplin Drive” is currently under consideration by the Board of Alderman. Guess that measure can be tabled now, and the City can move on to other pressing issues.

To be clear, I don’t have an issue with the Confederate memorial being removed from Forest Park and placed in a museum. Nor do I take issue with the removal of Confederate Drive, coincidental timing notwithstanding. Like many, though, I do wonder where we ultimately draw the line? And whether the recent push to tear down and rename will help heal old wounds or inflict new ones?

We’re still building and burning down love.

 

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