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Even though he’s not with us anymore, Tupac Shakur’s legacy continues to live on.
When not making hit records, Shakur, who died in 1996, imagined owning an eatery called the Powamekka Café, which he meticulously detailed on a page of yellow-lined paper in a notebook.
Now, the late rapper’s family opened a pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles of the same name and is set to welcome diners until June 30.
The restaurant, which is an entity of Sacramento’s Fixins Soul Kitchen, serves lunch and dinner, and its menu features the “Changes” hitmaker’s favorite dishes, including fried chicken wings and meatloaf.
The “California Love” rapper came up with the concept before his murder nearly 26 years ago – which remains unsolved. In September 1996, Shakur was hit four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He died six days later at the age of 25.
In a handwritten note found by family members, Tupac wanted the cafe to be a place for “divaz” and “playaz.” His family shared an image of the said note on Instagram.
Tupac also wrote that he wanted his restaurant to be “a passionate paradise 4 people with power 2 play and parlay,” which would be “the perfect hideout 4 those who wish 2 escape the world’z cold reality.”
According to Eater Los Angeles, the pop-up eatery already appeared in Fresno, Calif., and New York City in past years.
By: Ny Post
The Democrats’ lies on abortion since SCOTUS’ overruling of Roe v. Wade
Abortion enthusiasts have been telling so many lies since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, it’s hard to take them seriously.
Now President Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi are salivating at the prospect that “abortion is on the ballot,” as opposed to inflation, crime, border security and all the issues that have the Democrats under water and without a viable policy.
But abortion may not be the electoral game-changer they hope for, and largely that’s because the lies they tell themselves and their supporters have caused them to lose touch with the reality of America.
Lie 1: Biden and Pelosi are “devout Catholics.”
“Women caring for their health” is the president’s euphemism for abortion.
It was a “sad day” and “a tragic error,” said Biden, when the Supreme Court returned the issue back to the voters and their elected state representatives to decide. He vowed to “do everything in my power” to preserve abortion.
Pelosi called the decision “outrageous” and “criminalizing reproductive freedom,” another euphemism which tries to hide the death element of abortion.
Like Biden, her unequivocal support for abortion is wildly at odds with Catholic teaching and her ostentatious religiosity.
“I’m very Catholic, devout, practicing,” she has declared.
But San Francisco’s Catholic archbishop, Salvatore J. Cordileone, last month rebuked Pelosi over her vocal support for abortion, and declared she would be denied Communion.
Biden has escaped accountability for his abortion advocacy. I guess we have to take his word for it that Pope Francis told him in April that he was a “good Catholic” and should continue receiving Communion.
But the Vatican is all for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, issuing a statement praising the decision last week, and the pope explicitly has called abortion murder, likening it to “hiring a hit man.”
Lie 2: Most Americans support abortion.
Polls show almost nine in 10 Americans oppose Biden and Pelosi’s extreme position of abortion on demand until birth.
A Trafalgar Group poll last month showed less than 12% of Americans support abortions to birth, while 57% believe abortions should be banned once an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected at about six weeks. Even among Democrats, only 19% think that abortion should be legal until birth.
Scientific advances showing us detailed ultrasound photos inside the womb, and allowing premature babies to survive at 25 weeks, have changed the equation. Most Americans want reasonable restrictions with compassionate exceptions to safeguard the mother’s life and in the cases of rape and incest — which Planned Parenthood’s own research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, says is less than 1% of abortions.
What’s more, a Rasmussen poll last month showed 48% of voters said they would approve of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, and 45% who would disapprove. Among Democrat voters, 33% said they would approve.
And a Fox News poll found 54% of voters supported state laws banning abortion at 15 weeks, such as in Mississippi, where the Supreme Court case originated.
Lie 3: Abortion will be a vote-winner for Democrats.
If they are so opposed to the Supreme Court decision, why don’t Democrats simply pass a law to codify Roe v. Wade, since they control Washington?
Well, they tried it already with the Women’s Health Protection Act, and failed. The Senate voted 49-51 against the bill, which would have overridden state abortion laws, well short of the 60 votes needed. The problem, as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complains, is that members of their own party are pro-life.
Biden claims America has become an outlier, when actually it was an outlier under Roe, since only five other countries — including China and North Korea — allow abortion until the moment of birth.
Lie 4: “Christo-fascists” brought this on.
The truth is Democrats strayed too far from public opinion. Where once the phrase “safe, legal and rare” summed up a palatable position for Democrats, they allowed extremists to push it to abortion any time for any reason, including for sex selection and to get rid of Down syndrome babies, which is opposed by 70% of Americans, according to a Knights of Columbus survey last year.
In Mississippi, it wasn’t pro-life activists but an abortion clinic that went to court to overturn the state law banning abortions after 15 weeks, except in the case of a mother’s life being threatened. It’s their own fault, and Harry Reid’s filibuster reform also played a role.
Lie 5: Abortion is a constitutional right, and contraception and gay marriage are next on the chopping block.
Wrong. The Constitution mentions nothing about abortion. All the Supreme Court did was send abortion regulation back to the states where it always belonged. Abortion remains available, but there are now 50 abortion laws. All 13 states with so-called trigger laws allow abortions to save the life of the mother.
As for the slippery slope which Pelosi and Co. are fearmongering about, Justice Samuel Alito explicitly wrote that “nothing in this opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion,” such as contraception and gay marriage.
While Justice Clarence Thomas wrote separately that other “substantive precedents” decided by the court on “due process” should be re-examined, he just says they should be based on other constitutional provisions. In any case, no other justice agreed.
Lie 6: Companies that are offering thousands of dollars to employees who want abortions interstate are enlightened.
Hardly. They should offer similar lump sums to pregnant employees who keep their babies.
But let the woke corporates serve as an inspiration for Republicans to enact Hungarian-style policies, which reward mothers and fathers handsomely for having children and encourage them to have lots more.
By: Ny Post
LIV Golf receiving pushback in Oregon ahead of first US stop
Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf is getting a chilly reception in Oregon, its first stop in the United States.
This coming week, the series, which is paying enormous signing fees for players such as Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, descends on Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in tiny North Plains, nestled in the rolling hills west of Portland.
But the North Plains mayor, as well as officials from surrounding cities, have written the club’s owner, Escalante Golf, with concerns. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is speaking out against the tournament, and some members of the pricy club also are uncomfortable with the situation.
Opponents point to Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses, including the murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But in Oregon, there also is anger over the hit-and-run death of 15-year-old Fallon Smart in 2016.
Saudi student Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah was facing a trial on first-degree murder charges when he removed a tracking device and vanished. U.S. authorities believe the Saudi government helped arrange for a fake passport and provided a private jet for travel back to Saudi Arabia. The case was featured on “60 Minutes.”
“It’s wrong to be silent when Saudi Arabia tries to cleanse blood-stained hands, in the fight for Oregonians to get justice — Fallon Smart was killed very close to our house in Southeast Portland, and the person charged with the crime, a hit-and-run death, was, based on all the evidence, whisked out of the country by the Saudis before he stood for trial,” Wyden said in an interview with AP.
There is also concern the event could bring protests to North Plains, a town of just 3,400 people. Tickets to the event prohibit fans from displaying any political signs.
“We oppose this event because it is being sponsored by a repressive government whose human rights abuses are documented. We refuse to support these abuses by complicitly allowing the Saudi-backed organization to play in our backyard,” said a letter signed by North Plains Mayor Teri Lenahan and 10 other mayors from surrounding cities.
Wyden accuses the Saudi government of sportswashing.
“It’s just a page out of the autocrats’ playbook covering up injustices by misusing athletics in hopes of normalizing their abuses,” he said.
The event also has put Pumpkin Ridge members in a difficult spot. Some decided to leave the club over the tournament, but it’s unclear how many departed.
“A lot of members are like stuck between a rock and a hard place right now where politically they don’t agree with it at all,” said member Kevin Palmer of Beaverton. “But I also joined last year and put down like $12,000, and if I leave I don’t get any of that money back.”
Greg Norman is CEO of LIV Golf Investments and the face of a circuit that aims to rival the PGA Tour. The 48-man field in Portland will compete for $20 million in prize money for individual play, and $5 million in team play, with 12 teams. Teams will be announced Tuesday after a draft.
Johnson, who had been No. 1 in the world longer than any player since Tiger Woods, and six-time major champion Mickelson were among the first big names to join. The Portland field since has added Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed, all major champions, though none among the current top 20 players in the world ranking.
The PGA Tour has suspended every member who competed in the first LIV event because they did not have conflicting event releases. Those in Portland also will be suspended when they tee it up.
The tour typically awards three such releases a year, only for tournaments overseas. It does not allow its members to compete in tournaments held in North America.
The Portland event is held the same week as the John Deere Classic in Illinois.
“The PGA Tour, an American institution, can’t compete with a foreign monarchy that is spending billions of dollars in attempt to buy the game of golf,” commissioner Jay Monahan said last week. “We welcome good, healthy competition. The LIV Saudi golf league is not that. It’s an irrational threat, one not concerned with the return on investment or true growth of the game.”
The LIV tour consists of eight events this year, five in the United States. Following the stop in Portland, the tour moves to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
Texas-based Escalante Golf, owner of Pumpkin Ridge and another course on the LIV series, did not respond to a request for comment.
“We believe that we have a moral obligation to take a stand and speak out against this event in order to protect the people we serve,” the mayors wrote in their letter to the company. “While our local jurisdictions may not be able to prevent this event, we stand together to voice our concerns about the unwelcomed potential risks, visitors and harm this event could have on our communities.”
By: Ny Post
Super PACs target AOC-backed ‘defund the police’ NY candidates
Two political action committees bankrolled by New York business interests are waging a hard-hitting $1 million counteroffensive to defeat “defund the police” state Assembly candidates running in Tuesday’s Democratic primary races.
The related Super PACs — Common Sense New Yorkers and Voters of New York — have sent out mailers attacking the lefty candidates as soft on crime and are engaging in an 11th-hour “get out the vote” effort through robocalls, text messaging and other canvassing, said Jeff Leb, the treasurer of both groups.
“We are specifically running independent campaigns against socialist candidates who have declared publicly and privately that they want to defund the police,” said Leb.
“We have done multiple polls that confirm that across NYC and NYS regardless of the neighborhood or the district, public safety is the number one issue of concern to Democratic voters,” he added.
The candidates targeted by the groups are backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens), the left-wing Working Families Party and the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Leb said his groups will conduct a similar campaign to bolster pro-safety candidates in state Senate primaries in August.
At least three mailers have targeted insurgent Jonathan Soto — a former AOC staffer endorsed by the socialist congresswoman and the WFP — who is running against veteran Assembly incumbent Michael Benedetto in The Bronx.
“Don’t vote for Jonathan Soto. He’s Too Extreme for the Bronx,” said one mailer, which described the “defund” challenger as a “dangerous, reckless, socialist.”
The PACs have also run attack ads against insurgent Jessica Altagracia Woolford, who is running against veteran Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz in the northwest Bronx Assembly District 81 covering Riverdale, Kingsbridge Heights, Norwood and Woodlawn; and Samy Nemir Olivares, who is seeking to topple incumbent Erik Dilan in Brooklyn’s District 54, covering Bushwick and Cypress Hills.
Benedetto, who is not connected to the independent groups, on Sunday welcomed their campaign.
“They accurately point out that my opponent wants to defund the police. I’m not for that all. I happen to be in the same political camp as Joe Biden,” said Benedetto, who received a donation from the New York State Troopers PAC.
“They realize [Soto] is a radical who is out of step with the mainstream. We don’t want that.”
Soto on Sunday sought to turn the tables, saying Benedetto is backed by “Trump Republicans” who are sending attack mailers “distracting voters from what’s actually being defunded, our schools!”
Mayor Eric Adams has endorsed the more moderate Benedetto, and donated to his campaign in the ongoing proxy war with Ocasio-Cortez over the direction of New York’s Democratic Party.
The Adams-affiliated Striving for a Better New York gave Benedetto $4,700 work in mid-June, state BOE records show.
The AOC-backed Courage to Change PAC, meanwhile, donated $4,700 to Soto and cut four-figure checks to seven other lefty candidates in recent weeks, including challengers running against incumbents Dilan, Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster) and Nikki Lucas (D-Brooklyn) in the state Assembly, records show.
Dilan’s father is former longtime state Brooklyn state Sen. Martin Dilan, who lost a 2018 primary to the DSA-backed Julia Salazar.
The younger Dilan received a $4,700 check of his own from A.J.W. Properties Management and $2,000 from a PAC associated with state realtors, in addition to at least $13,000 more in donations from other labor and trade groups in recent weeks.
As for the two pro-law and order Super PACs, campaign finance records show Voters of New York received four donations from real estate and financial interest in recent weeks totaling $250,000.
Silverstein Properties gave $50,000 while Thomas Tuft, a former chairman of the Global Capital Markets Group at Goldman Sachs chipped in $25,000. Anel Holding Group and Broadwest Group 3 LLC contributed $100,000 and $75,000 respectively, according to campaign finance filings.
More than $100,000 in these donations went to just two entities – Live Media Productions LLC of lower Manhattan and Albany Marketing Solutions just blocks from the state Capitol, according to campaign records.
Both companies also received dozens of payments totaling a similar amount from Common Sense New York in recent days, records show.
Donors to this group include a litany of limited liability companies representing real estate and financial interests. The family-owned United American Land gave $100,000. Venture capitalist Lisa Blau gave $50,000, according to records.
The insurance industry and other trade groups have dumped $6,000 on Cahill, who chairs the Assembly Insurance Committee, as he battles back a challenge from the DSA and WFP-backed Sarahan Shrestha.
Shrestha also got $4,700 from the AOC-backed PAC on June 24, records state.
By: Ny Post
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