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Shaming Restaurants.

Idiocy has reached new heights.

If you’re a white person, you have no business running a restaurant that serves Asian, Latin, African, or Indian cuisine.

That’s according to the creators of a “white-owned appropriative restaurants” list, which accuses several Oregon establishments of engaging in cultural appropriation—a tool of “a white supremacist culture.”

The list, a Google Docs spreadsheet, includes about 60 Portland-area restaurants, the names of their white owners, and the kind of cuisine they serve. (For example, the list informs us that Burmasphere “was founded by a white man who ate Burmese food in San Francisco.”) The spreadsheet also lists competing restaurants that are owned by people of color and urges customers to try them instead.

“This is NOT about cooking at home or historical influences on cuisines; it’s about profit, ownership, and wealth in a white supremacist culture,” wrote the spreadsheet’s authors. “These white-owned businesses hamper the ability for POC [people of color] to run successful businesses of their own (cooking their own cuisines) by either consuming market share with their attempt at authenticity or by modifying foods to market to white palates. Their success further perpetuates the problems stated above. It’s a cyclical pattern that will require intentional behavior change to break.”

The “success” the restaurants have is based on the quality of food and service. That is why people go the the establishment – to get good food and service. Furthermore, if you don’t want to patronize a certain business, here’s a radical thought:

DON’T GO TO THE PLACE!

Apparently this list came in response to an article written on the WillametteWeek website profiling a food cart where two women made tortillas. The owners said this:
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Regulating The Selling Of Books.

One of our good friends here at ROH is a self published, (indie publishing) author. The rise of self published books has been a boon for authors whose works would not have been seen or read by others. On demand printing means that the author has access to resources they would have had to pay a large publishing house in the past for. Indie publishing authors are also able to market their own books and appear in book stores or marketplaces where they can meet fans and sign copies of books for people.

It’s a “win-win” for all. Right?

Nope.

California has passed a memorabilia law that somehow has caught bookstores, authors and even customers in its web.

The law was intended to verify and keep fake memorabilia out of the marketplace. For years, there have been fake baseball cards, jerseys, albums etc that have been purported to have been signed by someone and have not been. It’s a legitimate concern that someone should be getting what they pay for.

But in the case of a book, you aren’t paying for the author’s signature at a book signing. You pay for the book and the author signs it. There is no added value at the time of the sale to the signed book. That’s why the law should not apply to book signings.

The regulations are onerous, to say the least.
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Virginia Woman Arrested For Having An Alarm Clock.

Last year the daughter of a friend of ours graduated from high school. We searched for an appropriate gift for the young lady – perhaps one that she could use as she ventured off to college.

We didn’t want to do a gift card, or a pen set, or anything that didn’t have a certain “what the heck?” fun element to it.

So we got the lass an alarm clock. We were surprised at the different types of alarm clocks that are out there. There are regular digital clocks. There are clocks that if you don’t shut them off will jump off your nightstand and go racing around the room while the alarm is going off, forcing you to get out of bed to chase the thing. There are clocks which require you to enter a code or answer math question before shutting off. There are clocks that will spray water on you until you cut them off. There are clocks that look like a “bomb” that require you to unplug wires in a certain order before the alarm goes off. (More on that in a moment.)

We went with a loud clock. The clock we got the young lady, who like any typical teen hates to get up in the morning, has a piercing alarm that can be set to 140 decibels – about the noise of a jet engine. (It also came with a “shaker” that you can put under the mattress and it will vibrate and shake until you wake up.)

Congratulations on graduating! Here’s a clock. Welcome to the real world where mom isn’t there to make sure you wake up.

This past Friday 52 year old and mother Daphne Paige saw an alarm clock in the shape of a bomb at a yard sale in Virginia. Paige bought the clock for a buck and put it in the backseat of her car. She says she bought it as a gag gift for her daughter.

Page went to the local Whole Food Market and all Hades broke out.
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Anything Not Permitted Is Prohibited.

There are a lot of times we get accused of trying to bring to light some things that cities are allowed to do, but elected officials say they would never do. Perhaps people think that we are being a little like Chicken Little and proclaiming “the sky is falling,” but our position is always going to be “if you say you aren’t going to use a law / statute / policy in that manner, then get them off the books where they cannot be used.

How does that play out real life?

Consider the town of Columbiana, Ohio, a small town of less than 7,000 people.

Residents of the town are up in arms about a new proposed city ordinance which would allow gardens in residential back yards.

The garden legislation would amend the zoning code to allow gardens on residential property, but [city resident Tony] Dolan and others at the meeting believed it was just another effort on the city’s part to restrict their rights.

The proposed amendment originally stated that residential gardens would need to be confined to rear yards, but that wording was later removed by a motion of council during the meeting.

Think about that for a moment. The City of Columbiana wants to allow its residents to have gardens. That’s backwards. The residents should have the right to do whatever they want on their property unless it harms others. It is hard to think how a garden can harm others so the City should stay out of it.

But that’s not the real issue.

This is:
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You Don’t Have To Print That – A First Amendment Victory.


Hands on Originals (HOO) is a t-shirt and clothing outfitting company in Lexington, Kentucky.

Their owner, Blaine Adamson, is a Christian. That works for him because his company does a lot of printing for churches, camps, gatherings, etc.

In 2012, HOO was approached by Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization who wanted him to print tee-shirts for a “gay pride” event and parade to be held in June of that year.

Adamson declined to print the shirts, essentially saying he would not be a part of an event that promoted what he felt was a sin.

Of course as there are no other tee-shirt printing shops in the Lexington area (that’s sarcasm,) the LGLSO group filed a complaint with the The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission saying HOO had discriminated against them on the basis of sexual orientation.

The Human Rights Commission ruled HOO had in fact discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation.

Of interest to us was this statement from the order:

The investigation reveals that Respondent references the fact that they have hired, employed and still currently employ individuals who identify as homosexual. Respondent also references that they have filled orders for customers who have identified as homosexual in the past and state they will continue to do so in the future. The investigation reveals that both of these comments regarding treatment of homosexuals in other situations are irrelevant. The investigation reveals that although Respondent states that they have not denied business to one customer based on their sexual orientation, does not eliminate the fact that they denied GLSO business based on their sexual orientation.

HOO specifically stated that they would not print the tee-shirts based on the message – not who was ordering them. The fact that the shop hasn’t discriminated in the past for hiring or other printing jobs backs up the fact that it was the message on the shirts and not the group ordering them.

Hands On Originals and their counsel, The Alliance Defending Freedom, appealed the Commission’s ruling and this past Friday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that the company had not discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation but rather chose not to print a message that offended them or was contrary to their beliefs.

However, the Court of Appeals disagreed on Friday, ruling that speech is not necessarily protected under the fairness ordinance.
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Don’t Clap Or “Whoop.”

(Jazz Hands.
image courtesy of Getty images.)

There are no words.

Literally.

Or maybe we should say “people think there should be no words.”

From England:

Students who whoop, cheer and clap should face “consequences” because they are excluding deaf people, delegates at the National Union of Students conference said.

Audience members were repeatedly warned that they must cease whooping to express support for a speaker, because it has a “serious impact” on the accessibility of the conference.

Delegates at the NUS annual conference in Brighton were encouraged to use “jazz hands” instead of clapping – where students wave their hands in the air – as this is deemed a more inclusive form of expression.

Estelle Hart, an NUS elections committee member who was chairing a session on Thursday, told students: “No whooping, it does have a serious impact on some delegates ability to access conference.”

It actually gets worse:
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World’s Smallest Rubik’s Cube Puzzle.

Everyone needs a hobby and for Tony Fisher, it is making Rubik’s Cubes.

The one below is 5.6mm or 7/32 inch in size. That’s not even a half of an inch.

Fisher also holds the record for the largest working Rubik’s Cube (seen below) measured at 1.57m / 5 feet 1 inch. (That’s a world record too!)
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Fresno State Professor Has Warped Idea Of “Free Speech.”

A professor at Fresno State lectured our pro-life leader erroneously on free speech, recruited students to wipe away pro-life chalk messages, and then scrubbed the chalk away himself on video.

Our friends @AllianceDefendingFreedom are helping Fresno State Students for Life file a lawsuit today against the professor for violating free speech.

Good grief.
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