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‘I’m Going to Come Back Orlando-Style!’: Gay Bars Across US Receive Threats in Wake of Attack



Authorities Report Incidents in Atlanta, Houston, New York City, San Diego, Seattle

Authorities in at least five major cities have reported terroristic threats made against gay bars and the LGBT community in the wake of the shooting that left 49 people dead at Pulse Orlando early Sunday. 

Police have increased patrols in LGBT entertainment districts across the country, and law enforcement is encouraging people to follow the practice of, “If you see something, say something,” and call 911 if they witness a threat. 

“If we give up our freedoms, (terrorists) win. If we become fearful, they win. That should never happen,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told The Oakland Press. “What we should do is become more united, more engaged and more situationally aware — individually and as a society.”

In Atlanta, police reportedly have questioned a gay man, Brett Edgerton, who posted threatening messages against two local gay bars on Twitter. 

“TEN or Blake’s could be the next Orlando,” Edgerton wrote. “You think I am the type to be the next ‘shooter’? Keep hating me then.” 

“You are all dead to me,” Edgerton wrote later. 

Atlanta police, who tracked down Edgerton after receiving tips about the tweets, say he is cooperating with their investigation, and they don’t believe either bar is in danger, according to a report from Project Q. 

In Houston, police are investigating a threat made on Twitter against the city’s upcoming LGBT Pride parade. 

“There will be a massive shooting at the pride parade in Houston, Texas,” read the post from an account that has since been deleted. 

Police say they’re trying to determine who made the threat, according to AbOUT magazine.  


Meanwhile, New York City police arrested a man early Monday after he made threats against HappyFun Hideaway, a neighborhood bar with many LGBT patrons in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Justin Rice, 40, had been kicked out of the bar by a bouncer for arguing loudly with his girlfriend, according to and The New York Daily News. 

“I’m going to come back Orlando-style!” Rice reportedly yelled. “I’m going to shoot this place up and get my 50 just like Orlando, Florida.”

Rice punched the bouncer and threw a metal bucket filled with sand at him, while screaming, “Fuck you faggots, fuck that faggot, I’ll kill you faggots!”

The bouncer suffered minor injuries but managed to restrain Rice until police arrived. He is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated harassment, making a terrorist threat and menacing as a hate crime. 

The New York Post reports other gay bars in the city have received threatening phone calls. 

In Washington state, authorities says online threats against gay bars in Seattle and Tacoma are not credible. The FBI interviewed a Spokane man who posted the threats but did not find “reason to suggest a pending physical threat,” according to The News Tribune.

Finally, in San Diego, police are investigating an ad posted on Craigslist that included an image of a firing handgun and a threat toward the LGBT community. 

According to, the ad in the men-seeking-men sub-section of the site stated: “We need more Orlando’s (sic). Orlando was long overdue. Cleanse your community of the filth that gives decent gay men and women a bad name. Those people were walking diseases, bug chasers, and thank god for AIDS and 9-11 and now Orlando. San Diego you are next…”

Watch’s report below. 


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‘A Monumental Fraud and Failure’: Trump Had a Plan to ‘Blow Up’ the G7 and Give the ‘Middle Finger’ to Our Allies: Report



President Donald Trump’s plan was to bully our G7 allies on a range of issues by touting the strong U.S. economy. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote Friday morning, “Trump will proclaim his ‘America First’ agenda a smashing success, and throw that in the faces of our European allies.”

That plan will have to be changed now that his trade war with China just exploded.

China imposed tariffs of $75 billion of U.S. goods on Friday. Trump launched a tweetstorm causing the DOW to drop more than 600 points (at several times during the day more than 700 points.)

The president apparently found wiping out the value of millions of Americans’ 401(k)s amusing:

And just an hour after the markets closed, Trump once again took to Twitter, announcing he is increasing tariffs against China on $250 billion of goods.

“Trump’s appearance [at the G7] will in reality demonstrate that the very nationalist agenda he will be touting is, thus far, a record of deep fraudulence and failure, covered up with lies,” Sargent added. “Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, particularly the trade war with China, is a key reason the U.S. economy is now at greater risk of tipping into recession.”

“It’s important to appreciate just how heavily Trump’s political mystique relies on the constant middle finger he gives to allies and international leaders. It’s central to the story he told in 2016 and the one he’ll tell in 2020.”

Last year President Trump promised winning trade wars is “easy.”

Read the entire piece at The Washington Post.


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Trump Administration Urges US Supreme Court to Declare Firing a Worker for Being Gay Is Legal



The Trump administration has just urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that firing an employee simply because they are gay is perfectly legal. The request comes in the form of a 34-page amicus brief, which was not required, but voluntary.

The brief, signed by Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco, tells the Court it is the opinion of the administration’s Dept. of Justice that a “plain text” reading of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do9es not protect gay people in the workplace from discrimination, including firing for being gay, as The Washington Blade, which was first to report, notes.

“The question here is not whether Title VII should forbid employment discrimination because of sexual orientation, but whether it already does,” the brief says. “The statute’s plain text makes clear that it does not; discrimination because of ‘sex’ forbids treating members of one sex worse than similarly situated members of the other — and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, standing alone, does not result in such treatment.”

President Trump has also stated he will not sign the Equality Act, which would specify that the Civil Rights of Act of 1964 does protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.

The Supreme Court will hear three cases related to anti-LGBTQ discrimination on October 8.

The move is consistent with the entirety of the Trump administration’s policies and actions.

Just ten days ago the Dept. of Justice tried to strong-arm the Equal Employment opportunity Commission to set aside up to eight years of findings and rulings and support the DOJ’s position firing LGBTQ workers is legal.

One week ago the DOJ in similar fashion urged the Supreme Court to rule that firing transgender workers is legal.

And on August 14 the Trump Dept. of Labor moved to prioritize the rights of so-called “religion-exercising organizations” over those of LGBTQ workers. The DOL offered a new proposal that appears to be a roadmap which faith-based organizations claiming to have religious beliefs or moral convictions can use to protect themselves from charges of discrimination.

As NCRM has reported previously, the Trump administration is the most anti-LGBT administration in modern U.S. history.


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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Completed More Cancer Treatment



Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent outpatient pancreatic cancer radiation therapy and has been declared cancer-free, according MSNBC’s Pete Williams and a statement from the Supreme Court.

“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the SCOTUS statement says. “No further treatment is needed at this time.”

The three-week treatment was completed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Ginsburg, who is 86 and keeps an active schedule, has maintained she will continue to serve as long as she feel capable.

Here’s MSNBC’s report:


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