Yet another leader of a large police department is learning that you'd better not ever suggest that racism is a thing that exists, or you will be accused of Disloyalty to the Thin-Skinned Blue Line. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Cameron Mclay is getting a lesson in how post-racial America works:

During a First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Cameron McLay encountered some activists who were urging society to “unlearn racism.” He talked to them for a few minutes, and posed for a photo carrying a sign that says, “I Resolve To Challenge Racism @ Work. #End White Silence[.]”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto came upon the photo while sitting at home and, viewing it as a “great way to start the new year,” promptly shared it on his own Facebook page. “I thought there was very little chance for someone to say this was the wrong message to send,” Peduto told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Obviously, McLay and Peduto have not watched Fox News since the inauguration of Barack HUSSEIN Obama. You see, if you suggest that racism is a thing still exists anywhere, what you are doing is attacking all white people, especially white people in blue. Worse, the pre-made sign someone handed to McLay to pose with said he'd fight racism in his workplace, which obviously means that he was accusing all Pittsburgh cops of belonging to the Klan. It wasn't just a sign that someone else made, dude, it was a manifesto!

Or so says Pittsburgh police union president Howard McQuillan, who read the generic anti-racism sentiment as the most scurrilous attack imaginable, as he told local TV station KDKA: “The chief is calling us racists. He believes the Pittsburgh Police Department is racist. This has angered a lot of officers.” And McLay obviously is singling out the honorable men and women of the Pittsburgh police, who put their lives on the line every day, because that's exactly what the sign says (no it doesn't), and it can ONLY mean that he thinks that every single cop is a racist, that hater.

McLay released a statement attempting to tell people to calm the fuck down:

I was hired to restore the legitimacy of the police department. I did not seek these young activists out. I was stopping for coffee at First Night. Their message is not anti-anybody. It is simply a call for awareness. The photo was a great, spontaneous moment in time. Please join dialogue for community healing.

Healing? HEALING? Is he saying that Pittsburgh police are sick now? Is he saying cops are DISEASED? How dare he!

KDKA reporter Marty Griffin claims to have an unnamed source in the mayor's administration who "has called the sign potentially very destructive, with no upside," which seems maybe a little at odds with Mayor Peduto's own decision to publicize the photo in the first place. In addition, Peduto's chief of staff, Kevin Acklin, said the mayor continues to support McLay and his efforts to foster better relations between the public and police. Why would he think that's needed? Is he saying the police aren't perfect? God, what a disgrace to the uniform he is.

Yr Wonkette would like to offer a revised version of the sign for Chief McLay, since apparently his officers are such delicate flowers whose feelings are easily hurt:

If this version still seems too accusatory, perhaps the Pittsburgh PD needs some training. Forget racial sensitivity training; they may need some basic lessons in not being a bunch of whiny titty babies.

Not that anyone, anywhere, is racist in Pittsburgh, or indeed anywhere in this great land of U.S. America. Except of course for that notorious hate group the NAACP.

[KDKA / ThinkProgress]

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Great GOP wordsmith Frank Luntz, the guy who gave us the "death tax" and who urged the George W. Bush administration to talk about "climate change" since it was less politically motivating than "global warming," did some more of his characteristic word magic today! While staying at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria, Luntz offered this cautionary tale about the evils of socialism, as illustrated by the shoddy conditions in a 5-star luxury hotel owned by Dubai's "Al Habtoor" conglomerate and operated by Marriott:

Talk about your grim hellholes! Apparently, there's only one elevator in the entire building, and it's been broken for three days, proving that European-style socialism is a failure that should never be imported to the USA, where -- damn it! -- all buildings work!

As some smartass pointed out, now Luntz may have to take the STAIRS, like a common Bolshevik!

We're still trying to get our heads around how a delay in getting an elevator fixed in a luxury hotel owned by the United Arab Emirati proprietors of Dubai's

  • Habtoor Grand Resort
  • Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
  • Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts
  • V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
  • Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
  • Metropolitan Hotel Dubai
  • Al Habtoor Polo Resort

as well as

  • Imperial Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna (Austria)
  • Hilton London Wembley (United Kingdom)
  • Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand (Lebanon)
  • Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace (Lebanon)
  • President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (United States)
  • InterContinental Budapest (Hungary)
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest (Hungary)

is an example of the horrors of socialism, but then, we don't earn the big bucks like Luntz does. Austria is among the 14 richest countries in the world, so we're fairly certain it's not a commie hellhole. Then again, there is a very strong social safety net, so maybe people in subsidized housing stole all the elevator parts. Or perhaps the elevator would have been fixed sooner if only Austria didn't have such strong unions. It's a mystery.

Or maybe it's that NATIONAL socialism that's the problem, seeing as it has socialism RIGHT IN THE NAME!

Adolf Hitler, once a day labourer outside the Hotel Imperial Vienna, returned as the Führer and "delivered a speech to a rapturous crowd from [the hotel] suite's balcony, on 14 March 1938", according to

We suppose it's worth noting that the Imperial is decidedly not owned or operated by the Austrian government, where a far-Right coalition has recently imploded -- although maybe Luntz is confused about that, since official state guests are traditionally housed there. In any case, the elevator's busted, it's in Europe, Europe is socialist, and Frank Luntz is homesick for America, where no elevator ever goes unrepaired for an entire weekend. It simply has never happened because of our efficient free market!

Still, Luntz's tweet inspired some valuable reflections on how economic theory shapes the reality of everyday life. This is the kind of Austrian economics we can support.

In conclusion, capitalism always allocates resources efficiently and fairly, although that still doesn't explain why Frank Luntz has a job. And now it would be your DOKTOR ZOOM'S BIRTHDAY PARTY OPEN THREAD, if only the socialists would fix the elevator, the end.

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