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The Morning Roundup: More Of the Same


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Good morning. 

1. This is all so predictable.

Two days after the massacre at Pulse in Orlando, world-renowned scumbag Donald Trump gave a national security speech filled with lies, half-truths, and contradictions, in an attempt to drive up fear against Muslims. From the Daily Beast's solid takedown:

Even in the prepared remarks, Trump suggested Muslims knowingly avoid reporting other, “bad” Muslims to authorities. “Muslim communities must cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad—and they do know where they are,” the script read.

No evidence has emerged to support the insinuation that any Muslims were aware of the plot to murder members of the LGBT community in Orlando on Sunday...


In his prepared remarks, Trump correctly says that the terrorist responsible for Sunday’s bloodshed was born to Afghan parents who immigrated to America.

In the speech Trump gave, however, he said something different, and wrong. The shooter, he claimed, “was born Afghan, of Afghan parents, who immigrated to the United States.”

But Trump doesn’t seem to recognize the difference, anyway.

“The bottom line is that the only reason the killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here,” he said. 

By that logic, protecting America–or Making America Safe Again!–would require banning all people of Middle Eastern descent on the off chance that they could one day spawn an American-grown terrorist.

Meanwhile, a former classmate of the shooter said he believed the shooter was gay:
The classmate said that he, Mateen and other classmates would hang out, sometimes going to gay nightclubs, after classes at the Indian River Community College police academy. He said Mateen asked him out romantically. “We went to a few gay bars with him, and I was not out at the time, so I declined his offer,” the former classmate said. He asked that his name not be used.
It appears that the massacre in Orlando, however, might have nixed an attempt by Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Concord) to put a voter referendum on the ballot that would have made it easier to carry a concealed weapon. From Colin Campbell:

The bill garnered more attention Monday in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, and gun control supporters started a petition drive to oppose the measure. Several dozen people also gathered Monday night at the Legislative Building, calling on lawmakers to reject the proposal.

House Speaker Tim Moore referred the gun bill to the Rules Committee on Monday night. That committee’s chairman, Rep. David Lewis of Dunn, said he doesn’t expect to hold a hearing or vote on the bill this year because legislators are busy crafting a budget.

2. Local response to the attacks.

The N&O covered the candlelight vigil at the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh on Monday night. 

Two men who grew up in North Carolina died in the Florida attack: a talented vocalist and a young businessman, both described as having infectious personalities. Shane Evan Tomlinson, who graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School and East Carolina University, was 33. Tevin Eugene Crosby, a graduate of West Iredell High in Statesville, was 25.

The vigil drew enough people to fill the pews, balconies and space along the walls at Pullen, the crowd spilling out into the lobby. Before the names of the victimes were read, one man rushed outside in tears, explaining, “I couldn’t hear their names that way.”

There will be another vigil tonight, in Durham at 8 PM at The Bar, and the Remedy Diner in Raleigh is donating proceeds from its DineOut dinner tomorrow night to benefit the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

3. Raleigh City Council rejects one-time bonuses for police officers and firefighters.

From Jane yesterday:

Council member David Cox requested a budget note directing city staff to look at giving first responders a one-time bonus to bring their starting pay up to local market standards. For police officers he said that would be around $40 thousand a year; for firefighters, around $36 thousand. Cox said that by his estimate, the bonus would cost the city less than $500 thousand in total. 
Mayor Nancy McFarlane and council member MaryAnn Baldwin nixed the idea, however.

"I don't think anyone at the table disagrees that our police and firefighters deserve more, they are underpaid," said council member Mary-Ann Baldwin, adding that she had two concerns about the proposal. "First, it's picking one class of employee. The second is I see it as potentially not being a morale booster for all of our employees, but quite the opposite to single somebody out."

Mayor Nancy McFarlane said it would be too complicated from an organizational standpoint to give bonuses to some employees and not others.

"As much as we would all love to do it, we need to do it right," she said. 
4. Sports!

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last night, making the series 3-2. In The UEFA European Championship yesterday, Spain and Italy won, while Ireland drew with Sweden. In the Copa America, Mexico and Venezuela advanced. The US National Team plays Ecuador in the quarterfinal on Thursday night.
That's it. Look at this video of a baby elephant chasing a dog. You deserve it. 


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