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Restaurants Would Appreciate Gun Fondlers Leaving the Toys at Home

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The last seat I'd want in 'the front of the house' at a restaurant would be next to some armed adrenaline/Open Carry Euphoria peoples.

So you can't smoke inside an American eatery, but feel free to bring your Glock or strap-on long guns out to supper with you. Or let a child kill with an Uzi in broad daylight.

Panera Bread is one of the companies that has been on the right side of reason. No matter the repercussions or lost sales, there's a conscience in those actions.

From Stltodaycom.

The company said it respects the rights of gun owners but doesn’t want firearms brought into its stores unless carried by “an authorized law enforcement officer.”

The move was applauded by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization formed as a result of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut in 2012.

The group said Monday that Panera’s announcement came after months of talks.

“We are thrilled that after months of discussions between Panera and Moms Demand Action, Panera is taking a proactive position in favor of our families’ safety by putting a new gun policy in place,” Shannon Watts, the group’s founder, said in a statement.

“Moms are the consumers-in-chief of our households, and we will reward companies that take a stand for our families’ safety,” the group said.

Image from Mother Jones

Esquire had a terrific piece on the matter.

I would have thought that Georgia would be more enlightened than some western states about the dangerous consequences of allowing guns in bars and restaurants, and all it will take is a few bar owners and restaurateurs to test the law by posting signs saying “No Guns Allowed.” Until that happens, cancel my reservations in Atlanta, including at a restaurant called Gunshow, whose chef-owner, Kevin Gillespie, named the place as homage to his father, who took his young son for bonding experiences to gun shows on Sundays.

The Second Amendment is a reasonable one, but any reasonable person will wonder whether it was intended to promote the kind of arrogant license now being shoved through state legislatures. Reminds me of the lyrics in the song by the Charlie Daniels Band, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”:

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What Man in His Right Mind Wants Four More Wives?

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Of course, it's a question best posed for Orthodox Utah.

It's a great article, at Addicting Info, catch it all here, but these excerpts are a little scary. The Church of the Latter Day Saint$ has a whole lotta' growing up to do before they are truly inclusive.

Utah’s attorney general said Wednesday he was considering an appeal of a U.S. federal judge’s ruling that declared part of Utah’s bigamy law unconstitutional and which sided with the star of reality television show “Sister Wives” and his four wives.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes’ office said in a statement that attorneys were reviewing the ruling and could file an appeal in coming weeks.

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Now I followed Big Love rather religiously when it ran through HBO the first time, and as much crazy that went on on that program, truth is always stranger than fiction. Hands down.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups on Wednesday finalized a December ruling that struck down a section of the law that bars consenting adults from living together in a romantic arrangement and criminalizes their intimate sexual relationships.

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And could you imagine the alimony figures? The Mormons are a 'plainer' people historically, but I think I'd wager that the Roman Catholic Church could go toe to toe for assets.

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History Keeps Repeating

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We know that history tends to repeat itself.

Today is the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, which brought us Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech.

It's the 46th anniversary of the infamous police riot that broke out during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, when police brutalized thousands of anti-war protesters on nationwide television as the demonstrators chanted, “The whole world is watching.”

57 years ago today, North Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond began an (unsuccessful) attempt to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes, setting a record for the longest filibuster by a single senator.

Today, though, it seems that not much has changed. Yes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Ferguson, MO is ground zero in the summer of 2014 civil rights struggle. Police are regarded as the oppressors rather than the protectors. And Mitt Romney, while denying he'll run again, told a radio host that "circumstances can change." The reason people are even asking him the question are more puzzling than the idea that he'd even consider it: recent polls show Romney as the front runner, by huge margins, in both Iowa and New Hampshire, should he decide to throw his hat in the presidential ring again!

Not only does history repeat, but Americans have very short memories. I thought I'd do a public service and refresh those memories about Menacious Mitt. Feel free to share it liberally...

After hearing that, all I can hope for is that Mitt Romney will, indeed, run again!

Today on the Show

I first had Steven Thrasher on my show a few years back when he was writing for the Village Voice, and we spoke about the anniversary of the Stonewall riots.  Today, he's embarking on a few new journeys - including attending NYU as a Henry M. MacCracken Doctoral Fellow in American Studies, and writing a new weekly column for The Guardian. 

It was in the latter capacity that he went to Ferguson to cover the aftermath of the shooting death of Mike Brown. One piece in particular stood out to me in its sad truth, "Wisdom from Ferguson's kids: 'They shouldn't shoot people for protesting'."

BradBlog's Brad Friedman agreed to wake up early to join in the show today, so I took advantage of his presence! We spoke about the latest scandal to hit the McConnell campaign, the police falsifying and cover-up of the Michael Brown shooting incident report, the latest twist - and the twist on the twist - to the Don Siegelman political persecution, and a whole lot more.

I'll be back again tomorrow to wrap up the week, the month and the summer with Vice News' Jason Leopold. And for Flashback Friday and in honor of the ALS challenge that's taken the world by storm, Dan Navarro will join me live before we reach into my music radio archives for a session with Lowen & Navarro ... radio or not!

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No one ever handed the 8-12 year old me an Uzi to play with at summer camp

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No one ever handed the 8-12 year old me an Uzi to play with at summer camp in Maine. Target shooting and archery, yes … but nary an assault rifle to be seen. Blue ribbons and some face-rubbing if you had brothers.

That was plenty of excitement for kiddos.

What broke my heart in the footage first of the horrific tragedy -- at the shooting range/bar/burger shop -- was of that young girl's courage a wonder about what kind of parent sets this up as a Fine American Family with Christian values yadda yadda yadda. Plus the parents culpability in the macro picture.

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And crickets from the NRA. They must be pulling in legal globally- try as we follow to fluff and fold this, they should be back to bullhorns.

Had this happened in Israel, where everyone serves their nation for a year, the American and UK/continental press would be spinning like a Sufi after the last batch of whirling dervishes went through like a damned hurricane and quite baldly left the cleanup to a lesser students.

We have an increasing propensity for plain old 'dumb'. In thinking, in Grossly Inappropriate Hill Style.

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