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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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Did You Have Tyson Bacon With Your Breakfast Today?

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Cooking for many is a passion. For others, it's an obligation. For even others, it's an elusive skill. But one thing that we all have in common is we enjoy a good meal. It's even made more special when it's a home cooked dining experience. Somehow a well made home meal, despite the fact that it can take a lot of planning and preparation (compared with the relatively short time it takes to devour) makes everyone, especially the cook, feel good.

Maybe the least likable part of the making the special meal is shopping for ingredients, yet it's perhaps the most important. You can't make an omelette without eggs, and meat loaf is hard to cook without some ground beef.

There's a lot to consider along with just figuring out the menu. There's the freshness of components, the price of the items you'll need and the time the entire shopping process takes. If you're going to be preparing and cooking for hours, convenience always enters into into consideration as well. Many times we'll consider partially prepared elements so we only have to add them to the process and not actually make them from scratch-- things like a prepared pie crust, a prepared spaghetti sauce or a pre-cooked chicken to add to our "home made" chicken pie. It's okay. All cooks do that from time to time. Time is precious and we look for convenience.

What we don't spend enough time on though is the consideration into the brand or how a particular company chooses and prepares it's product before our purchase and use.

We grab a container of eggs without giving the method of collection much thought. We have the FDA to make sure the product is clean and safe. We buy chicken, beef and now that we're approaching Thanksgiving, turkeys figuring they're humanely raised and slaughtered, done under clean and the safest methods possible. All that most of us think about is the bottom line -- the price.

Actually, there's more to think about if we're going to be responsible shoppers. And that's how the products are raised, harvested and delivered. It's important though to consider how humanely this process was handled.

Despite the price, wouldn't you boycott an item if you knew it as using sweatshop labor, child abuse or slaves to manufacture the item-- some jeans, shirts, shoes or other fashion item? We speak out for these victims by refusing to buy the products that are made with substandard labor.

Well, what about with food? Isn't it time we avoid blatantly abusive companies that don't stand up to industry standards? Those that routinely torture the animals used for products?

Tyson, a company you've undoubtedly heard of and seen in your local grocery chain is one such violator of animal cruelty laws.  And the attached video is all you need to see, if you can stomach it. None of this kind of behavior is proper, necessary or legal. But yet we support Tyson with our purchases of their products.

If this disgusts you as much as it does me, seek out an alternate. Don't tell Tyson this is okay by just turning your back on the animals that are sacrificed to bring us our daily meals. I'm not saying you should become a vegan. I won't. I love my meat products, but I will avoid any company that won't humanely treat their livestock while raising them, or harvest them as painlessly as possible when their time comes.

Caution -- extremely disturbing footage:

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Police officer fired over Trayvon Martin shooting target

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Nope, we weren't going to shoot at the target, nosireebob. h/t.

A Port Canaveral police sergeant was fired Friday after an internal investigation showed he offered other officers a target resembling Trayvon Martin to use for shooting practice.

Sgt. Ron King, a firearms instructor and two-year veteran of the force, offered the target of a hoodie-wearing figure at the range near Cocoa during the first week of April, Rosalind Harvey, a port spokeswoman, said Saturday.

The other officers, who were on duty, refused, officials said.

In a YouTube video posted late Saturday, King said he did not intend for the Trayvon target to be used for shooting. It was designed "to use a bad situation as a learning tool," he said.

Port Canaveral Interim Chief Executive Officer John Walsh apologized publicly to Trayvon's family Saturday and called King's behavior unacceptable, insensitive and unprofessional.

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Minnesota anti-marriage equality group targets Target for selling gay pride tee shirts

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Target is on the right side of this one. Kare11 is reporting that the anti-gay organization Minnesota for Marriage is coming down hard on the chain for next month's "Wear it with Pride" tee shirt promotion. The proceeds from sales of the tees will be donated to groups that are against a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

There are now a bevy of shirts with pro-gay themes on Target's website (and yes, I just wanted to say "bevy"). I wonder if they come with guarantees that the people who wear them won't magically turn gay or cause divorces among straight couples. Probably not.

The Deputy Campaign Manager for Minnesota for Marriage is accusing Target of now "trying to make nice" with supporters of marriage equality to compensate for their donations of a couple of years ago to a not-at-all-gay-friendly gubernatorial candidate (see video). Target got a whole lot of flak for that; and by flak I mean boycott efforts galore, among other things.

Target responded to Minnesota for Bigotry Marriage in a statement in which they referenced their " inclusivity and diversity" and their "long history of supporting the LGBT community."

Well, except for that whole contributing to the bigoted candidate thing.

H/t: My pal Jeff Wilfahrt, who you can read about here.

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VIDEO: Website selling "BastardBlasters" with Nancy Pelosi, President Obama, Sarah Palin faces as targets

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The above promos are "user videos" submitted to the company for use on their website.

I taught comedy for years, including this fundamental rule: The "joke" has to be, you know, funny, to the entire audience, not just a select few.

So if you have to put up this kind of disclaimer, then maybe you should re-think your sense of humor as well as your site (click to enlarge):

Encouraging and profiting off of violence, how quaint. Such wisdom, such fine taste, such exquisite judgment, kind of like those "crosshairs" symbols that SarahPAC used. Especially in light of the Gabby Giffords shooting, and all those innocents who so often get caught in the crossfire, and bullying, and an atmosphere of hatred that has increasingly permeated the air waves since President Obama was elected.

Yeah, pure genius.

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BastardBlasters™ are a FUN, FAST and EFFECTIVE way to relieve extreme political frustration!

A BastardBlaster™ is a regulation clay target that's only purpose is to be completely destroyed by your method of choice.
Obama, Palin, Pelosi...they are all here & the list keeps growing. Find the one that works best for you.

BastardBlasters™ look great on a desk or wall but even better in a THOUSAND PIECES!!!

And then they suggest that we should "Be SMART, blast SAFE." 

"Be SMART"... They should follow their own advice.

This comes on the heels of a blatantly racist site that is selling anti-Obama stickers. And it's only March.

Sorry, but this kind of "fun" leaves me cold.

HuffPo has more.

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Photo Quickie- Michelle Obama shops at Washington-area Target. VIDEO ADDED.

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Dammit, he should have taken the pic when the cart was full, I want to know what she bought. Probably stuff for the girls.

WASHINGTON -- Attention Target shoppers: You could have been standing in line with Michelle Obama.

The first lady, hard to recognize in a baseball cap and sunglasses, shopped Thursday at a Target store in Alexandria, Va., just outside Washington.

Casually dressed Secret Service agents arrived about a half-hour before Mrs. Obama, who walked in through the main entrance with an assistant. She spent 30 to 40 minutes shopping, pushing her own cart. She apparently was recognized only by the cashier who rang up her purchases.

Since coming to the White House, Mrs. Obama has lamented missing out on what she calls "normal stuff," like Target runs.

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Anti-union Target video actor has quite a union resume!

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Not only is our webmaster, @lwdgrfx, a tech wizard and an all around cool guy, he's also great at digging around and finding interesting little tidbits. He found a few last night that I will now pass on to you.

Remember that ridiculous, creepy, Jawsy-scary Target propaganda video featuring Target “employees” who went out of their way to badmouth unions? And remember how the actors in the video turned out to be dues-paying members of AFTRA?

As it turns out, actor and union member Ric Reitz, who played Target spokesman “Doug” in the video, has been one busy little thespian. Notice who the narrator is for this audio book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington:

Why, yes, it's our own Ric Reitz! But wait! There's more!

Wowzers, the tea party and Rick Perry! He must have some amazing conservative-toned, Christian-resonant voice!

And finally, via The Christian Index, from a 2006 post titled Abuse of "Freedom in Christ" is dangerous:

Liberty is a costly commodity. It never comes without a price. I was reminded of that in a very succinct way on Monday evening, July 3. Martha Jean and I went with some friends, Dr. and Mrs. Walter McBride, to hear the Atlanta Symphony present their annual patriotic concert at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton.

In addition to the stirring music, including Fanfare for Freedom, This Is My Country, Battle Hymn of the Republic and Liberty for All, Ric Reitz, an actor who has appeared in a number of films, did a heart-rending narration on the cost of liberty. He quoted from a speech George Washington gave at Valley Forge during the American Revolution. I do not remember all that he said, but I was reminded that freedom is never free.

Interestingly, AFTRA isn't the only organization Ric-without-a-K belongs to. He's chock full-o'-union memberships!  According to his IMDb bio, he is also a member of Actor's Equity Associciation (AEA), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the Director's Guild of America (DGA), the Recording Academy (NARAS), the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) and the Writer's Guild of America (WGA).

That is one great big beneficiary of unionitude!

So there he is, ladies and germs, your union-bashing union member, one of the lucky few "heart-rending" actors/writers/directors who has managed to find employment, all while under the protection of AFTRA, AEA, DGA, SAG, and WGA.

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