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A new restaurant in New Mexico is drawing attention and criticism for the names of its menu items.

Urban Taqueria, a locally owned Albuquerque establishment, recently opened with menu items named after phrases commonly used by President Donald Trump.


If you ever wanted to eat a burrito called "The Wall" or "No Collusion", it looks like you know where to go.

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The names have sparked controversy, with many online denouncing the restaurant. Local news, KOAT interviewed Albuquerque citizens who expressed their displeasure.

Juan Hernandez said:

"The way things are right now. It's not good. We need to have respect for others and have limits."

University of New Mexico professor, Patricia Perea was more worried about how this kind of use for these terms will affect our perception of them.

"It seems fun, it seems like you can make fun of this and maybe make it lighthearted, but you really can't, you're offending a whole community.
"It's normalizing the terms and potentially turning them into funny or humorous terms, and the more that you do that, the more likely people are to repeat them and perhaps forget the contexts in which they were said."



However, before you go thinking this is some MAGA obsessed fan, let's talk about the owner of the restaurant.

Hanif Mohamed is the owner of the restaurant. A Muslim immigrant from Kenya, Mohamed is no fan of Donald Trump.

He named the dishes after these phrases to "have a conversation" as he puts it.

"Ninety-nine percent of the people who walk in, more than 99 percent, don't seem to have an issue with it. The menu's not designed to insult people or hurt people, but it's just meant to keep the conversation going as to what's happening around us."

I'm unsure if it can really spark the kind of discussion he's looking for, but maybe people will find it a little funny?



The inflammatory phrases associated with Trump get the most attention, but the menu also includes phrases our dear President wouldn't be pleased with.

Items like "The Stormy" and "Popular Vote" bring to mind scandals that Trump surely wants the public to forget.

Mohamed also claims the menu items have special meanings, if you look for it. In an interview with The Washington Post, he pointed out that "The Republican" taco is made with pork, something Muslims would avoid.

It's hard to say if Mohamed is really looking to "start a conversation" or if he's banking on the controversy. It wouldn't be surprising seeing as everything the President does ends up making headlines.

If you still think it's a bad advertisement plan, remember:

It got us to talk about the restaurant and you to read about it, didn't it?


Urban Taqueria opened just a few weeks ago, and employs immigrant workers. Many of the ingredients are locally sourced, with vegetarian and vegan options.

It's difficult to say someone from MAGA would do all of that. From where I'm sitting, the worst you could accuse Mohamed of is being a little tone deaf, and banking on controversy.

And on the more positive outlook, who knows? Maybe your next taco will inspire political action.

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A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

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See it in action here:

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Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

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Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

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"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.





Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.

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Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.





Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.





Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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