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December 30, 2013

No guns policy at new Toby Keith restaurant in Woodbridge, Virginia

No guns policy at new Toby Keith restaurant in Woodbridge

Posted: Dec 26, 2013 2:21 PM PST Updated: Dec 26, 2013 2:27 PM PST
By John Henrehan, FOX 5 Reporter


A big country star opened a huge, new restaurant last week in Woodbridge, Va. But a house rule for the new establishment is roiling some Virginians: no guns are allowed inside.

Toby Keith is not only a hugely successful country star (and actor), he also has personally opened a couple of restaurants, and through other companies, has now expanded those establishments into about a dozen cities.

The latest Toby Keith restaurant opened in Woodbridge. Prominently displayed on the front door is a sign saying: “NO GUNS PERMITTED.”

Virginia happens to be a gun-friendly state, where it’s quite permissible for citizens to strap on a weapon and go into a bar or restaurant, as long as the weapon is clearly visible. State law is silent on the issue of drinking while openly carrying a gun. (State law does prohibit most citizens who are legally carrying a concealed weapon from consuming alcohol, but they, too, are allowed to go into a bar or restaurant.)



Virginia Gun Owners Not Pleased With ‘No Guns Permitted’ Sign Outside Toby Keith’s New Restaurant

By Sy Mukherjee on December 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Country music star Toby Keith is facing some backlash from gun owners after one of his new I Love This Bar And Grill restaurants in Woodbridge, Virginia posted a “No Guns Permitted” sign outside its premises.

“I’ll never eat here. Lawfully armed and spending my money elsewhere,” read one of many disgruntled reviews on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The furor spurred a response by the restaurant, explaining, “While we understand and respect every person’s right to own and bear arms, we at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, with guidance from the State of Virginia and based on insurance regulations, have adopted a no weapons policy. It is our desire to provided a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.”

That did little to quell the ire of gun owners, one whom responded to the restaurant’s Facebook message by saying, “Your post regarding your stance on not allowing patrons to defend them selves should the need arise is a total cop out to the bad publicity that your bad policy has initiated.”

But gun owners may actually be legally allowed to carry loaded weapons in Keith’s restaurant under Virginia law, irrespective of what the sign says. Virginia is one of at least six states — the others being Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona — that explicitly allows loaded guns in bars. “No Guns Permitted” signs don’t actually have the force of law in Virginia unless the state specifically lists the facility as one where people cannot carry guns.


Should be interesting...

December 22, 2013

O HELL No!!! I'm Crackin' Up! Obama is Crackin' me the fuck up!!!

You all know this expression, it's McKayla Maroney, and she is not impressed...

Remember her? Well, she's a good sport! And she went to visit the president and what do you suppose happened?




Oh yeah, you know...







And, just for good measure:











December 19, 2013

Debunking the claim that US mass murders are on the rise since 1976.

Let me preface this by repeating that I want to see a host of measures to reduce violence in America, including sensible gun control legislation, most of California's laws applied nationally.


I was reading applegrove's interesting post in the other group: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12625349

And attached to the source article was this graph of "mass shooting" incidents and number of victims by year from 1976 through 2010.

I was thinking that it seems to be mostly flat with maybe a bit of an upward trend and then it struck me.

That graph doesn't take into account the growth in population over that time frame; it's not per capital, it's just raw overall data.

In 2010 there were 40% more citizens than in 1976 but guess what? The shooting incidents numbers haven't risen by 40%-- they haven't risen at all, and the number of victims has risen only slightly.

Adjusted for population growth or measured per-capita, the number of incidents and victims of mass shootings, then, has fallen by as much as 40%.

If I'm statistically wrong, and I'm pretty sure I'm not, please feel free to refute the above.


December 17, 2013

For Sale on EBay: First hand painted artwork by me, NYC_SKP.

Bid on it here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=191007420595

All proceeds go to Wishadoo! Feel free to donate! DONATE

It's first hand "painted" by me!

First hand painted artwork by me, NYC_SKP. Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself. I found a creative, way to express myself, my emotions and the symbols that represent my experiences. My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors I hope you enjoy owning this piece as much as I enjoyed creating it. Your friend, NYC_SKP.

December 15, 2013

Newtown. Here's a very thoughtful slideshow with a picture and little bit about each victim.

Huffpost, unfortunately, but worth the visit.

The topic is how proceeds have been spent in different ways for each victim, a very thoughtful and individualized story on this sad day.

Look for the slideshow after the text part of the article, which is about various ways donations have been spent to commemorate individual victims.



November 7, 2013



October 25, 2013

What are some of your favorite progressive sources? Make suggestions to add to a master list.

Hi DU:

Now that we have the group, let's develop a list of resources to maintain in a thread we can pin to the top of the board.

We're looking for both "alternative progressive news SOURCES", and useful media gathering TOOLS, such as news feeds, little known cable and broadcast television and radio stations, podcasts, social media, etc.

Please add your contributions and a short description along with the URL would be helpful.


Institute for Public Accuracy: http://www.accuracy.org/news-releases/

World Wire: http://world-wire.com/

Media Wire" http://www.poynter.org/category/latest-news/mediawire/

Spiegel Online International: http://www.spiegel.de/international/

Media Channel, a directory of resources: http://www.mediachannel.com/

Stratfor Global Intelligence: http://www.stratfor.com/ ***Stratfor is a contractor to CIA, pretty creepy.

Also, if you have suggestions for how to logically order these various resources, please feel free to offer ideas!



Update with two new interesting sites:

Disinformation- http://disinfo.com/

Project Censored- http://www.projectcensored.org/

A few more from the new Progressive Reform group:




October 20, 2013

Proposing a new DU Group:

Hi Skinner,

A discussion with others interested in posting less mainstream and newly emerging, media resources and modes for accessing content prompted us to gauge interest with this OP:


Progressive Media Resources Access Group

Statement of Purpose:

A safe place to share and discuss wider ranging news, views and opinion from both internal alternative US news sources and Global sources available through external wireless or ethernet connected alternative delivery systems.

Alternative formats might include podcasts, streams, and other emerging formats that carry Left/Progressive Voices reporting about Current Topics in USA/Politics/Global Financial, Food and Water Resources, Climate Change News, etc.

If approved, we think it's a good fit under the DU "Media" and the "Activism" columns.

What do you guys think?

Do we have enough support?

Thanks, NYC_SKP
October 9, 2013

Check in if you're sick of Boehner and his fucking "Conversation" shit.

[font size=3] You Fucking Dick.

September 28, 2013

This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics.

EDIT to add link to the full speech, RFK, April 5, 1968, given the day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
AND hat tip to Robb for his original post in the GCRA group: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12624998

Except as noted, the following words are those of Robert F. Kennedy:

[font size=3]"This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics."

"I have saved this one opportunity, my only event of today, to speak briefly to you about the mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives."

"It is not the concern of any one race.The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown."

"They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one - no matter where he lives or what he does - can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on and on in this country of ours."

"Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet."

"No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of reason."

"Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily - whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence - whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded."

"Among free men," said Abraham Lincoln, "there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and those who take such appeal are sure to lose their cause and pay the costs."

"Some look for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul."

April 5, 1968 [/font size]

[font size=4]Wake up, America, to a new call for comprehensive measures to reduce violence in America. (NYC_SKP)[/font size]

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