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Gun Activists Cut Up NRA Member Cards Over Criticism Of AR-15s In Restaurants



Gun lovers in Texas are furious at the National Rifle Association right now.

In response to the NRA's statement on Friday criticizing Texas activists' recent tactics, members of the pro-gun group Open Carry Texas have been cutting up their NRA membership cards, and the group has issued a statement demanding a retraction of the NRA's "disgusting and disrespectful comments." Or else.

"The more the NRA continues to divide its members by attacking some aspects of gun rights instead of supporting all gun rights, the more support it will lose," Open Carry Texas said in a statement published Monday on its Facebook page.

In its statement last week, the NRA said that activists in Texas had recently "crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness" with their attempts to bring semi-automatic rifles into fast food restaurants. Open Carry Texas -- the most prominent group involved in the Texas demonstrations -- responded Monday by saying it was "unfortunate that an organization that claims to be dedicated to the preservation of gun rights would attack another organization fighting so hard for those rights in Texas."

"Already, OCT members are posting pictures of themselves cutting up their life membership cards," the group said. "If they do not retract their disgusting and disrespectful comments, OCT will have no choice but to withdraw its full support of the NRA and establish relationships with other gun rights organizations that fight for ALL gun rights, instead of just paying them lip service the way the NRA appears to be doing."


Seattle set to approve $15 minimum wage in 'historic victory' for workers more

Source: The Guardian

Seattle set to approve $15 minimum wage in 'historic victory' for workers
• Plan would more than double federal minimum wage
• Move will benefit 100,000 working people in Seattle

Seattle council is expected to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour on Monday, the highest in the US. The move will benefit about one quarter of the city’s workforce, particularly women and minorities, as it lifts the lowest paid to more than double the federal minimum wage over the coming years.

It is also likely to boost local campaigns across the US, from San Francisco and Chicago to New York state, to raise the incomes of minimum wage workers after Republicans in Congress blocked President Obama’s proposal for a national increase.

But Seattle’s law will be closely watched for its economic impact and for threatened legal action by local franchises of fast-food corporations, such as McDonald’s and Subway, some of the largest employers of low-paid workers in the city, seeking to be classified as small businesses in order to win more years to implement the increases.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/02/seattle-plan-minimum-wage-hike-workers

KRUGMAN: I’m liking Obama more and more as he slogs through his second term. (Me Too!)

Coal Comfort
I just hope the president sticks to his guns — and the good news is that I’m starting to believe that he will.
Paul Krugman

I recently had a discussion with someone who felt disappointed in Obama; he had not, this person complained, lived up to the high hopes of his supporters. My response apparently came as a surprise: I’m liking Obama more and more as he slogs through his second term.

Of course you’re disappointed if you believed that soaring rhetoric could transform our political life, or if you believed that Obama could, by sheer force of will, turn crazy right-wingers into centrists. But I never bought into all of that. In fact, I was always exasperated by the inspiring speeches, which suggested to me that Obama didn’t understand what he was facing.

What mattered instead were concrete achievements, things that would shape America for the better over time. And in the end, Obama has delivered. Health reform is working, and the repeal crowd is slinking slowly away. And now, the environment.

The power-plant proposal isn’t enough, by itself, to save the planet; and like heath reform, it could be undone if enough justices on the Supreme Court decide that their partisan loyalty trumps the law and sound policy. But if the plan does go into effect, it could have huge implications. Climate diplomacy could resume; and if something like cap and trade is actually implemented, it will prove far cheaper than the doomsayers claim, undermining anti-environmentalists in much the way that the success of the ACA has undermined enemies of universal coverage.



CA Baptist congregation changes view on homosexuality after pastor’s son comes out

CA Baptist congregation changes view on homosexuality after pastor’s son comes out
By David Edwards
Monday, June 2, 2014 11:56 EDT

A church in California has decided to reject the Southern Baptist Convention’s official position on homosexuality after a pastor told members that his son was gay.


“I couldn’t help but think that my 15 year journey was in preparation for that moment,” he wrote. “If it wasn’t for this 15 year journey and my change in theology, I may have destroyed my son through reparative therapy.”

After telling his congregation that he no longer believed homosexuality was a sin, the congregation voted on May 19 not to dismiss Cortez. Instead, the church members elected to become a “Third Way” church that withholds judgement against LGBT members.

“So now, we will accept the LGBT community even though they may be in a relationship,” he explained. “We will choose to remain the body of Christ and not cast judgement. We will work towards graceful dialogue in the midst of theological differences.”


The lethal confluence - by Tom Tomorrow


please keep this thread respectable,

They hate this President more than they love the troops.

Every Time the Sun Comes Up, I’m In Trouble
Posted by constitutional mistermix at 8:48 am
Jun 02 2014

So let me get this straight. A young soldier who was clearly having a hard time with the most awful thing human beings do, war, should not be rescued because: (a) it’s not crystal clear how he was captured, or (b) he sent a few emails home questioning the war, or (c) the people we are fighting are “terrorists” so we can’t negotiate with them as we would in any other POW situation, even though we call what we’re doing a “War on Terror”?

And this is coming from the people who still support a war where we wasted, squandered, frittered away and otherwise burned up $6 trillion?


"no, you're wrong and this is why" ...


Speaking of who really spits on the troops:



"Everything that we know about the war we were told by men."

War's Unwomanly Face
by Svetlana Alexievich

We usually think of wars as something that men do. Boys play with toy soldiers and toy guns, and play with real things when they get older, right? But women have been fighting in wars throughout history. We just don't know their stories. We know the stories of men. The women remain in the background, mostly silent, occasionally telling the stories of the war from the accepted 'manly' perspective. Until now.

"Everything that we know about the war we were told by men. We are the prisoners of "manly" impressions and "manly" experiences of war. "Manly" words. Women always remain silent, and if they suddenly begin to speak they tell not about their war but the war of others. Adjust to the language that is not theirs. Adjust to the unbreakable canon of men

We think we know everything about the war. But listening to these women - from villages and cities, simple and educated, those who saved the wounded and those who wounded the others - I can attest that this is not true. A big misconception. There is another war, unfamiliar to us. I want to write the story of that war. The story of women's war... "


Much MORE (older post, but relevant due to New Warmongering:

Obama's global warming rule leaks early, plans to cut carbon emissions by 30%

The Environmental Protection Agency will debut draft regulations on Monday to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The agency will seek a 25% overall reduction in power plant emissions by 2020 and ratchet up the requirement to 30 percent by 2030. EPA plans to set varying percentage reduction standards by state, however, in recognition of the fact that each state has a different energy and electricity mix.

States will be given a deadline of June 2016 to create state implementation plans to comply with the rule, which is expected to be finalized in June 2015.

The administration will allow states to chose from a menu of options to comply with the standard, including adding additional renewable power generation, spurring gains in energy efficiency and crafting cap and trade programs.

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