On Memorial Day this week, a former Marine in Texas named James got a couple calls from friends who'd spotted an unusual gathering in downtown Fort Worth: Roughly a dozen people, mostly men, were hanging out in the middle of the city's cultural district, armed with semi-automatic rifles. James quickly knew what his friends were describing, having recently encountered an open-carry demonstration himself in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. An independent TV commercial producer who sometimes films live events, James headed downtown with his camera to get some footage.
What he saw there struck him as especially provocative. Not only had the open-carry activists come to a typically relaxed, family friendly part of town, they were displaying intimidating firearms just three days after a major gun m#$%$acre in Southern California. What he didn't anticipate was that they would soon be pursuing him for several city blocks with cameras of their own, har#$%$ing him and later posting the footage online, where they would also level homophobic slurs and violent threats against him.
I do not know how that guy did not lose his cool. Listen to what they did in an attempt to provoke him:
In a video obtained by Mother Jones that was posted online later that day by one of the activists, the group can be seen pursuing and har#$%$ing James through downtown Fort Worth. "I'm following this guy around," declares one of them, setting off after him with his weapon slung across his back. He and others stay right behind James for several city blocks, following him through traffic and taunting him along the way. James grows more agitated and tells them off, calling them #$%$holes and bullies.
"We're being polite, you're calling people names," one of the gun activists pursuing him says.
"You're not being polite out here with #$%$ault rifles the weekend after people lost their children," James retorts, before again trying to walk away.
The har#$%$ment continues down the street. "Are you gonna cry?" one says. "Sounds like you're about to cry." Another says: "What's wrong with that guy—is he a liberal?
Men openly carrying #$%$ault rifles following a veteran around and har#$%$ing him. And THIS is supposed to convince people to become more accepting of seeing armed men walking the streets of America?
I would like to think I would be pretty cool headed, and I KNOW they wanted this guy to get physical, but I would have had a hard time nor knocking one of these idiots on their #$%$.
This is kind of behavior is WAY out of line.
Posted by Gryphen at 12:00 PM
said that the republicans conducting a witch hunt on Bergdahl's release is going to cost them the election. Even he is smart enough to know that American's really get turned off when you try and smear and make political points off our brave soldiers. I say the republicans should keep it up.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15, which would make it the highest in the nation.
The Seattle City Council panel OKs $15 minimum wage Associated Press
Seattle approves hike in minimum wage to $15 per hour Reuters
Tensions grow in Seattle's minimum wage plan Associated Press
Seattle aims to lead nation to $15 minimum wage Associated Press
Chicago aldermen propose hiking minimum wage to $15 an hour Reuters
The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months, and a boisterous crowd of mostly labor activists packed the Council chambers for the vote. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A newly-elected socialist City Council member had pushed the idea as well.
"We did it. Workers did this," said Kshama Sawant, the socialist City Councilmember "We need to continue to build an even more powerful movement."
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen said "Seattle wants to stop the race to the bottom in wages" and address the "widening gap between the rich and the poor."
The measure, which would take effect on April 1, 2015, includes a phase-in of the wage increase over several years, with a slower process for small businesses. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase. Those providing health insurance will have four years to complete the move. Smaller organizations will be given seven years.
Anyone who puts a value on the life of others can thank this great president for all the American lives he is saving. They may seem faceless to some but remember that these people are spouses, siblings and friends of other people who treasure having these people around.
Last week on cnbc when the 10 year note was yielding 2.42%, a guest said the yield is going to go up to which Rick Santelli jumped in screaming and saying no, the yield is going to 2.17%. This morning the yield is 2.55%. I know of nobody that is wrong more often than Santelli, not even Kudlow. Santelli seems to think the louder you scream the more important you are, no matter how wrong you are. He is one of the true jokers of the financial media world. Why they keep paying people like this is one of life's great mysteries. It would be like a surgeon who botched 50 straight surgeries in a row and someone saying this is the guy you want to do your surgery.
The Obama economy has put a lot of money in peoples pockets and they're spending it. But the poor republicans from the south who have sentenced themselves to a life of poverty with both the politicians they've elected and their guarantee of low wages because of right to work laws, can't believe that the rest of the country is doing this well and think its all lies. Try raising your minimum wage to $15 an hour like Seattle just did and maybe you can understand that more money in low paid workers pockets means a better economy. Or you stay stuck in the mud forever while everyone else pulls away from you. I believe a little thought from the southern republicans about what their political votes have bought them, is in order.
They will get them and it will pass because Davis is the second most educated city in America. Educated people know the benefits that come from a higher minimum wage.
1. It gets people off of government assistance programs which saves all taxpayers money and gives people pride in what they do.
2. It brings more money into the local economy, thus creating a stronger and more vibrant economy with the extra purchasing power the low paid workers have and they are the ones who will spend any extra money.
3. It will force the poor operators out and the smart operators will flourish.
4. With all the extra spending it will create new jobs.
5. This is something that most people don't even think about. It makes the social security system solvent for a longer period of time as people making more money are paying more into the social security system.
6. In Davis, it will be a boon to the students at the University of California-Davis that are working their way through school. They will be able to pay more of their college costs and that will mean less debt when they finish school.
Educated people understand the benefits of raising the minimum wage to a living wage. Of course you will always have the slow southerners that will be told things like it will raise prices and people will stop going to restaurants and spending less at stores. That minimum wage jobs were never intended to be a career (I wish someone could point me to where that law is in writing) and that company's will just pass all the costs onto the consumer. All of these are completely false arguments but the corporate controlled media will tell this to the people like the less than intelligent southerners and they will eat it up and say, duh, I don't understand it but if they tell me that, it must be true and I will repeat it. Any wonder why the southern states are the poorest states with the least educated people, making the lowest salaries?
As I said, there will be some losers but others will flourish from their loss. Take WMT's Sam's Club. Sam's Club salaries are already% below that of Costco, yet Costco is blowing away Sam's Club in both sales per store and profit per store. What do you think will happen when the playing field is more level? Costco will put Sam's out of business. WMT management simply doesn't have the intelligence to compete with Costco on a more level playing field as they're losing the battle now on a playing field much tilted in their favor. Don't worry though, Costco can build more stores and hire more people.
Quite obviously, there's a whole lot of things that make no sense to you. That seems to be a big problem in the south.
Thanks for proving my point about people in the south. I knew you would come through for me. I'll bet you even think that right to work laws are good for people because you've been told to believe they are. Don't ever visit Davis, CA, you'd feel very out of place.
and as we all know from history, Rasmussen heavily fudges their numbers in favor of republicans and against Democrats. Too bad republicans but keep trying to tear down our brave veterans and you won't even be able to win a race for head street sweeper.
51% Oppose Obamacare Mandate That All Must Be Insured
Pennsylvania Governor: Wolf (D) 51%, Corbett (R) 31%
Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats 41%, Republicans 38%
48% Support Keeping Some U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, 44% Oppose
Idaho Senate: Risch (R) 54%, Mitchell (D) 29%
Obama’s Full-Month Approval Up Two Points in May
36% Favor Pulling U.S. Troops From Western Europe
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The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove
A WMT shopping cart no doubt. Real smart people there in the south.
unless they are whining about something? Anything. It doesn't have to be true or make sense, just so they can whine. I suspect it has something to do with the color of the man's skin in the white house.
Power to the people. Each time these strikes occur, more and more people become informed about how terribly WMT treats it workers and many quit shopping there, refusing to support such a horrible company. Knowledge is a great tool and WMT doesn't want people to have that knowledge. Too bad WMT. All the striking workers are asking right now is for WMT to pay their workers at least $25,000 a year. I hardly think that's out of line. $25,000 is nothing. I don't know how anyone could even survive on that money for a year. It should be more like $50,000 but I guess they think baby steps is the best approach.
Walmart employees plan strikes in 20+ cities
Posted: Jun 03, 2014 3:35 PM CDT
Updated: Jun 03, 2014 3:37 PM CDT
The employees want higher wages and no punishment for striking. (Source: CNN)
(CNN) - Walmart workers in more than 20 cities are planning to hold strikes Wednesday.
Their demonstrations come just days before the retailer's annual shareholder meeting Friday.
Protesters want Walmart to pay workers at least $25,000 a year.
They also want the company to not retaliate against workers who go on strike.
HMMM, last time I checked, not one of those striking WMT workers are in a union. But keep up your mindless rant if it makes you feel better.
The republican politicians in North Carolina just approved fracking in the state.
Right, I'm the uniformed one while you eat up everything the energy companies feed you, while your community scratches its head, trying to figure out why their cancer rate is so high. That's rich.
Oklahoma Gun Range Gets Liquor License
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But they ain’t the first
A new gun range set to open later this spring in Oklahoma City has been approved for a liquor license from the city council.
The 40,000-square-foot Wilshire Gun Range complex will include 24 lanes for shooting, 10 archery lanes, classrooms, a simulation room and a café that will serve food and alcohol.
“As a group we wanted to build a place, the first one in Oklahoma, where you could go in, shoot, enjoy the retail area and then go to the café,” range co-owner Jeff Swanson told local Oklahoma City news station KOKH.
Swanson told KOKH that strict rules will prohibit anyone from entering the gun range, even as a spectator, after consuming alcohol.
“Any misconceptions or joking aside, beer and bullets, guns and alcohol, they do not mix,” he said.
Swanson says he has consulted with similar ranges in California and Texas. A gun range in Georgia received a license to sell liquor to patrons in 2012.
She said that The Duck Clown Phil Robertson should run for president. Take it easy on me Sarah, I can't stop laughing at the candidates the GOP already have. Is the GOP trying to murder me with laughter?
And 98% of shoppers who enter WMT have no money. Did you ever stop and wonder why they lost the shoppers over 35? Its called wising up. Most people become wiser with age but there are exceptions, like you. Just that can't teach you any new tricks.