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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”:

Teh-Stupid-Hurts-Mah-Brain

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Roads and bridges falling down, falling down, falling down...

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Sing it with me, now!

Roads and bridges falling down,

Falling down,

Falling down!

Roads and bridges falling down!

Where is Congress?

Face it, America, not only is our infrastructure in a total state of disrepair, but our stellar lawmakers *coughGOPcough* make our roads and bridges look positively reliable.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

America's transportation infrastructure, once an engine of mobility and productivity, has fallen into such disrepair that it's become an economic albatross. Consumers shell out billions of dollars for extra car repairs every year. Insufficient and poorly maintained roads mean costly bottlenecks for businesses, which discourage expansion and hobble American companies competing in the global economy. [...]

A quarter of the country's 147,870 bridges are deficient or obsolete, according to a July report by the White House on infrastructure investment. [...]

[In East Greenwich, south of Providence, Rhode Island]... some of the supporting beams underneath were so beaten down by time and rainwater that they were "paper-thin." [...] All told, about a third of [California's] public roads are in bad shape, compared with 14% nationally.

Public safety, schmublic schmafety.

"Pro-life" my ass.

Here's a little flashback dedicated to Republican Congress members who obstruct infrastructure bills the way Fox obstructs truth in broadcasting:

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Tell Target, No Open Carry in Texas - By Male OR Female Shoppers

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Wasn't it enough when a loaded gun was found in a Tar-ghay toy aisle earlier this month?

The Open Carry people are just arming up for their everyday activities now in Texass, apparently they feel the police, sheriffs and even their famed Rangers aren't keeping us 'safe' enough.

Judas Priest. Gun-fondling is increasingly a two-gender problem.

One more thing to credit half Governor Sarah Palin with, the bloodthirsty, warmongering, gun-toting, wolf-annihilating, bullet bonkers Teabagger Queen.

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I can just hear Laffy mimicking her now: "You need us protectors of the inn-o-cent in your stores, at your res-tau-rants, at your school func-tions …  Amer-i-ca just isn't safe anymore under these hippie commie  pinko Kenyan liberals!"

Now, Texas women are slinging long guns over their backs instead of (or along with) their diaper bags and cross-body soft beer coolers, apparently … a movement not being enjoyed by Moms Demand Action. Nor the good folks over at Mother Jones.

Moms Demand Action began highlighting the images from the Corpus Christi store on social media on Thursday, again urging Target to take action. The company has acknowledged criticisms about the demonstrations, but to date has only said that it complies with all applicable laws; a spokesperson confirmed to me last weekend that the company has no policy specifically regarding firearms in its stores, and declined to say whether the company was considering one.

Open Carry at Target, Image, Mother Jones

Open Carry at Target, Image, Mother Jones

But there are indications that Target may now be doing so. On Thursday, Christopher Gavigan, the CEO of The Honest Company, which just began selling its line of eco-friendly family products in Target stores, tweeted "we are very much in an active dialogue to find a solution" on the issue.

Do these women think a homicidal dust-up is going to occur over a half-price Ralph Lauren tumbler set in Housewares? Or that other Target shoppers will just know the gun-fondling members of the über-armed Open Carry posse members aren't domestic terrorists, and not shoot back or go home with PTSD?!?

It's time to let Target know we would just as soon NOT shop alongside rifle-wielding Second Amendment fanatics. There must be plenty of Walmart stores in Texas for the gun-fetishist population to call home.

Seriously.

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What I cannot imagine:  walking down the housewares aisle in Target, looking for a cherry pitter or something, and saying 'excuse me' to some dame wearing a loaded rifle when I bump into her barrel while bending over to check a sale price. First instinct would be to disable the gun-fondler by hitting her over the head with the nearest Dutch oven.

 

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Never Too Young Or Too Old To Be Accosted By Cops In Miami Gardens, Florida

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If Florida has become the laughing stock of the country when it comes to law enforcement, then this story should come as no surprise. Miami Gardens, Florida. Ever hear of it? It's a city on the northern border of Miami. It's estimated population, as of 2011 is around 110,000. That number will be relevant in a moment.

Before that though, it's interesting to take note that the city has its own stop and frisk laws. And if you thought what was happening in New York under Bloomberg was shameful, here's the big apple on steroids.

From Fusion Network (co-owned by the Disney Corporation and Univision Communications) -- known for also owning ABC News and Univision Television comes a startling series of reports.

In the summer of 2010, a young black man was stopped and questioned by police on the streets of Miami Gardens, Florida. According to the report filled out by the officer, he was "wearing gray sweatpants, a red hoodie and black gloves” giving the police "just cause” to question him. In the report, he was labeled a "suspicious person.”

He was an 11-year-old boy on his way to football practice.

That might seem a bit "aggressive" but cops have to be vigilant for our safety.

A Fusion investigation has found that he was just one of 56,922 people who were stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) between 2008 and 2013. That’s the equivalent of more than half of the city’s population.

Here's the topper:

Not one of them was arrested.

Let's back up. Half of the city's population has been stopped and frisked and not one arrest?

According to a review of 99,980 "field contact” reports, they were stopped, written up and often identified as "suspicious” -- but just like the 11-year-old boy -- the encounter was recorded in a public database, and they were let go.

Fusion’s analysis of more than 30,000 pages of field contact reports, shows how aggressive and far-reaching the police actions were. Some residents were stopped, questioned and written up multiple times within minutes of each other, by different officers. Children were stopped by police in playgrounds. Officers even wrote a report identifying a five-year-old child as a "suspicious person."

Lest you think just tweens and teens are being targeted, seniors as well.

Senior citizens were stopped and questioned near their retirement home, including a 99-year-old man deemed to be "suspicious.”

What made this 99 year old suspicious other than he was still breathing on his own at that age? And God bless him, BTW.

Two officers from the MGPD told Fusion that high-ranking department officials gave them orders to "bring in the numbers” by conducting stops and arrests. One officer said he was ordered to stop all black males between 15 and 30 years of age.

What is this whole thing is about? It's an outrage. Can there be any valid defense of these actions? Here's the Miami Garden's Police Department's official justification for this program that's stopped so many and arrested so few (if you call zero being a few).

According to the current police chief, simply being in a "high crime area” may be enough reason to stop and question people. Because of the city’s high crime rate, this means virtually any person can be stopped.

If this stop and frisk program was working, then why is there a high crime area? It should have little to none -- just like their arrest reports. This is nothing more than institutional harassment and needs to be stopped.  This is as blatant as civil rights infringements can get.

If you want to see for yourself how random all of this is, check out this video from Fusion.

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