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Investigators Probe Fires At 6 Black Churches In 5 Southern States

From NPR:

Investigators continue their examination of a fire at the Glover Grove Baptist Church of Warrenville, S.C.

Fires damaged Glover Grove and some other black churches in the days following nine shooting deaths at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, raising concerns that the incidents were hate-inspired arsons.

Gay Marriage Opponents Act Like an Oppressed Minority in Catholic Group’s Ad

From AdWeek:

About halfway through this two-and-a-half-minute film from conservative nonprofit the Catholic Vote, its treacly, overlystylized message becomes clear. These Catholics are nervous about revealing their stance on same-sex marriage because they’re (spoiler alert!) against it.

That stance is nothing new. And everyone is entitled to their opinion, as long as it doesn’t lead to legislation that discriminates. No, what’s galling about the ad is its appropriation of LGBTQ themes to marginalize LGBTQ people.

The ad, with a straight face, position Catholics as a persecuted group for not having their message of intolerance (here blatantly recast as its opposite) widely accepted these days.

The strangest dialog regarding the gay marriage discussion is when Christians start claiming they are being persecuted because people they probably don’t know will be able to marry other people they don’t know. You aren’t being persecuted if it has nothing to do with you. Christ, what a bunch of assholes.

There’s a parody of the ad already up that nails how ridiculous this argument is:

Macy’s Dumps Trump

Shitty candidate, shittier businessman:

Macy’s is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after the Republican presidential candidate’s recent controversial remarks created a public uproar.

The department store has come under intense pressure to cut ties with the real estate magnate and businessman after he referred to immigrants from Mexico and other countries “killers and rapists.”

In a statement Wednesday morning, Macy’s said the company “stands for diversity” and that it had no tolerance for discrimination.

East Tennessee Hardware Store Puts Up ‘No Gays Allowed’ Sign

He says gays are against his religion. Does that mean he’ll exclude people of other religious faiths (or no faith at all), or people with tattoos?

GRAINGER COUNTY, Tenn. — An East Tennessee store owner is using what some call a controversial sign to express his beliefs following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

WBIR 10 News says the sign was brought to the station’s attention after multiple people posted about it on the WBIR Facebook page.

Jeff Amyx, who owns Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies in Grainger County, added the ‘No Gays Allowed’ sign because gay and lesbian couples are against his religion.

Conservative Media Argue Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Creates Constitutional Right To Carry A Gun In Public

Of course. It’s all so logical. At least in Wingnutlandia:

Conservative media used the Supreme Court decision affirming that marriage is a fundamental right of all Americans to argue that the Constitution also requires states to recognize concealed carry permits issued by other states. But the Supreme Court has never held that carrying a gun in public is a fundamental right.

On June 26, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires that states issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

Conservative media and the National Rifle Association (NRA) quickly seized on the decision to draw a parallel with concealed carry reciprocity, a top federal legislative priority of the NRA. Reciprocity legislation, also known as federally mandated concealed carry, would force states to recognize permits to carry concealed guns issued by other states, regardless of what the issuing state’s standards are for issuing permits.

The PopTart Sandwich

DisneyWorld sells a poptart sandwich. Because egg, bacon, and cheese isn’t filling enough unless sandwiched between two strawberry filled frosted poptarts.

KKK Holds Rally for Totally Not Racist Confederate Flag

From Politico:

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’s Pelham, North Carolina, chapter have reserved the Statehouse Grounds in South Carolina for a rally next month.

James Spears, the Great Titan of the chapter, said the group would be rallying to protest “the Confederate flag being took down for all the wrong reasons.”

“It’s part of white people’s culture,” he added.

Brian Gaines, who runs the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, which oversees reservations, confirmed the scheduling in an email to POLITICO Monday. He added that the group submitted the request on June 23 and, because his office allows any group, regardless of ideology, to reserve the grounds on a first-come, first-serve basis, the KKK will be able to hold its rally.

Paris: 50 Do’s and Don’ts guaranteed to improve your trip

I usually HATE these kind of lists but these are pretty dead on. I always forget #20 though. I know service is included but you also can leave a few Euros if service is exceptional. I think I left a few Euros even if service was basic. It’s difficult not to tip when you’re coming from the US at a restaurant.

Key & Peele – Town Hall Meeting

NBC Fires Donald Trump

From CNN.com:

NBCUniversal, succumbing to pressure from an array of Hispanic groups, is severing its business ties to presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, will no longer air on the network. Miss USA and Miss Universe were, until now, jointly owned by NBC and Trump.

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the company said in a statement. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”

Trump had no immediate comment.

Monday’s announcement follows a similar move by Univision, the Spanish-language broadcaster, last week. Univision decided it would not air Miss USA in the wake of his racially-tinged comments about Mexican immigrants.

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