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Groceries, Not Guns: Send Kroger a Message | Everytown. A grocery store is one of the last places we should expect to see someone openly carrying a loaded weapon. But Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, has policies that allow customers to openly carry guns in its stores -- where moms and their kids shop every day. Numerous shootings and gun rallies have taken place at Kroger brand stores in recent years. The company policies that have enabled this to happen are not in line with its core values, which include creating a "safe and secure workplace and shopping environment. " Most states have weak gun laws that let people openly carry guns even if they haven't had a background check or training.

Target, Chipotle, Starbucks, and other businesses have already responded to petitions from moms and supporters urging them to adopt common-sense gun policies in their stores. Kroger Under Fire From Gun-Control Moms. The fight over whether shoppers should be allowed to tote guns openly in American businesses is about to spill into the aisles of Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national gun control organization backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will kick off a campaign on Monday that seeks to pressure the grocery giant to ban the open carry of firearms in all of its nearly 2,500 stores. The moms' group decided to take action in response to recent demonstrations by open carry activists in Kroger stores in Ohio and Texas, and after conducting research that identified more than a dozen shootings on Kroger property since 2012, said Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman.

"Kroger employees shouldn't have to determine whether the person holding a gun in the frozen aisle is someone dangerous or someone making a political statement," Lamb said. An Open Carry Texas supporter shopping at a Kroger store in Texas. The strategy has worked. Why Congress Is Reluctant To Stop The Military Toys Flowing To Local Cops. WASHINGTON -- The militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, is forcing members of Congress to explain their ongoing support for a Pentagon program that provides local law enforcement with weapons used in war zones -- and how, if at all, they plan to change it. House lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in June to block legislation by Rep.

Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) that would have stopped the program, which funnels surplus military weapons to police departments at no charge. The so-called '1033 program,' launched in 1997, has provided billions of dollars in military equipment to local law enforcement agencies around the country. Grayson's amendment failed 62 to 355, with Democrats opposing the legislation by a 3-to-1 margin. The consequences of a militarized police force are varied, as Radley Balko writes in his book, Rise of the Warrior Cop. Rep. "We need to re-evaluate distributing this kind of war equipment to municipalities," Cleaver said. Share + Here's a photo: State Sen. Israeli Man Socialises In Jerusalem Bar Wearing 'DEPLOYED, DESTROYED, ENJOYED, GAZA 2014' T-Shirt. Nearly 2,000 Palestinians have died in the recent Israeli offensive against Gaza, including many civilian women and children – innocents blasted apart by the modern weaponry of the IDF.

Still, why not celebrate the campaign, an operation UN humanitarian chief Navi Pillay said likely included “war crimes”, by wearing a t-shirt decorated with the words “DEPLOYED, DESTROYED, ENJOYED, GAZA 2014”? AP is reporting the man is an Israeli army reservist The man, whose picture was taken by an AP photographer in a pub in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, is reported to be an Israeli army reservist, yet this remains unconfirmed. The picture was posted on the same day the 72-hour cease-fire was scheduled to end, with little sign that negotiations in Cairo would yield a more permanent peace. Palestinian negotiators were looking at a fresh Egyptian proposal, in which the blockade of Gaza would be eased, though a breakthrough seems unlikely before the deadline.

Rand Paul Just Can't Stop Rewriting His Own History. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants you to "Stand With Rand," but for all the work he has done to revise his record lately, it's getting a little hard to figure out where to place one's feet. The Kentucky Republican raised eyebrows on Monday by denying that he supported ending all U.S. aid to Israel -- despite the fact that he authored a budget in 2011 that did just that. “We’ve never had a legislative proposal to do that. You can mistake my position, but then I’ll answer the question.

That has not been a position — a legislative position — we have introduced to phase out or get rid of Israel’s aid," he said. Democrats immediately pounced on the remarks, accusing the libertarian-leaning senator of trying to rewrite history ahead of what is widely seen as a campaign for the White House in 2016.

A politician attempting to iron out his position as he seeks higher office isn't new or remarkable. Before Russia annexed Crimea earlier this year, Paul chided Sen. News - #BBCtrending: The mystery Turk gagged on Twitter. Verizon plan to slow data 'troubling', says FCC. 31 July 2014Last updated at 08:05 ET Verizon's plan to slow download speeds for its biggest data users was "disturbing", the FCC said Verizon's plan to slow data download speeds for 4G mobile customers on unlimited deals is "deeply troubling", the US government has said.

In a letter, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) boss Tom Wheeler criticised Verizon for targeting users who had paid for an unlimited service. He said Verizon's plan conflicted with demands imposed when it took over spectrum supporting its 4G service. Verizon said it would respond once it had received and read the letter. Last week Verizon announced that, starting from October, in times of high network demand, it would slow speeds for the 5% of customers on unlimited plans using more than 4.7GB of data per month.

The operator stopped offering unlimited data deals in 2011. The FCC has acted now because the spectrum underlying the 4G service was bought from the US government. Capacity crunch. Mediterranean anchovies caught in North Sea at Walton Pier. US appeals court says Colombians cannot sue Chiquita. The Right-Wing Terror Plot You Didn't Hear About This Week. Following the murder of two NYPD officers in New York City, much of the political right moved to blame Mayor de Blasio and other progressive critics of police brutality for inciting the violence, claiming that the mentally ill man who was behind the attack was motivated by left-wing rhetoric. That narrative doesn't fit very well with a terror case brought this week by the FBI against three Georgia men, all members of a right-wing militia that plotted to attack police and others.

Yesterday, Terry Peace, Brian Cannon and Cory Williamson pleaded not guilty to a charge of domestic terrorism, as well as charges of conspiring to defraud the government. Northwest Georgia News explains: In other words, the men plotted to launch large-scale explosive attacks against local government and police that, if successfully carried out, would have been the largest terror attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11.

Only two news outlets, the Rome News-Tribune and Northwest Georgia News, have reported the charges. We Single Israel Out Because We in the West Are Shamefully Complicit in Its Crimes | Mehdi Hasan. Seventeen members of a single family wiped out in a missile strike. A centre for disabled people bombed. Schools and mosques attacked. Operation Protective Edge has been a humanitarian disaster for the residents of Gaza. This, apparently, is how Israel defines "self-defence". The experts disagree. The UN's top human rights official, Navi Pillay, has said the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza raises "serious doubt... whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law".

For its many supporters in the west, Israel is being unfairly singled out for criticism. According to the likes of Ben-Ami, there are much more vile regimes, and more violent groups, elsewhere in the world. There are various possible responses to such attempts at deflection. Second, isn't this "whataboutery" of the worst sort? Taking a moral stand inevitably requires us to be selective, specific and, yes, even inconsistent.

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Israeli PM Pushes Constitutional Law on Jewish Exclusivity. Fearing growing movement on symbolic and practical return of Palestinian refugees, Israeli PM pushes to reassert Israel's Jewish exclusive nature - Precis Days before Israel marked its 66th anniversary, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he intends to pursue a new law that will further enshrine Israel as a Jewish State of the Jewish nation. This Basic Law was announced in the midst of a growing debate over the symbolic, practical, and realistic return of the Palestinian refugees, displaced by Israel in 1948 when the state was created. The Real News' Lia Tarachansky profiles such projects, including a fictional anthology by the Israeli group Zochrot where short stories tell of the day after a future return. Transcript LIA TARACHANSKY, PRODUCER: [inaud.] THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants....

End Comments. Supreme Court: Constitution allows for public prayer at town meetings (+video) The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a small town in upstate New York can continue to open its town meetings with a prayer, citing an American tradition of similar religious invocations. Skip to next paragraph Subscribe Today to the Monitor Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS ofThe Christian Science MonitorWeekly Digital Edition The case posed an important question about the scope of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and the so-called wall of separation dividing church and state.

In a 5-to-4 decision, the high court said the Town of Greece did not violate the First Amendment’s prohibition of establishment of a government-favored religion when it authorized community members to deliver invocations prior to the start of its monthly meetings. Two residents complained that the invocations were too explicitly doctrinal and Christian, and made them feel coerced into participating in religious worship. “That is what it means to be an equal citizen, irrespective of religion,” she wrote.

Hobby Lobby Invests In Abortion Pill Manufacturers. The owners of Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned craft supply chain, were so offended by the idea of having to include emergency contraceptives and intrauterine devices in their health insurance plans that they sued the Obama administration and took the case all the way up to the Supreme Court. But Mother Jones reported on Tuesday that the company's retirement plan has invested millions of dollars in the manufacturers of emergency contraception and drugs used to induce abortions. Hobby Lobby's 401(k) employee retirement plan holds $73 million in mutual funds that invest in multiple pharmaceutical companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and abortion-inducing medications.

The companies Hobby Lobby invests in include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which makes the Plan B morning-after pill and ParaGard, a copper IUD, as well as Pfizer, the maker of the abortion-inducing drugs Cytotec and Prostin E2. Iain Duncan Smith's 'Statistical Foul Play' Exposed For Fourth Time In Year. Iain Duncan Smith has been caught up in a new row over his department's dodgy use of official figures, the fourth in a year.

The controversy erupted after top Department for Work and Pensions official Neil Couling tried to defend the government's Work Programme during a grilling by members of Parliament's work and pensions committee using unpublished data, which angered MPs as they did not have a chance to properly scrutinize the figures. Labour member Sheila Gilmore complained to Sir Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, who confirmed that "published official statistics should be referred to in public statements" and that alternative information should be used only in "exceptional circumstances". Sir Andrew added: "It is a matter of regret that DWP’s usual practice, which would have ensured compliance with the National Statistician’s guidance, was not followed. " Also on HuffPost: Hero College Student Will Not Stand For College Textbook’s Mean Ronald Reagan Lies.

Just in case you missed it, we have yet another tale of Liberal Extremism in Our TAXPAYER-SUPPORTED Universities. The most recent butthurt concerns the outrageous, unthinkable claim in a social work textbook that — hope you’re sitting down, folks — Ronald Reagan was not much of an advocate for women. More specifically, the furor started with one brave sophomore at the University of South Carolina, Anna Chapman, who was so outraged by passages in her Social Work textbook, Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives, by Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, that she just had to share them with the “liberal bias watchdog” website Campus Reform, a conservative “youth” organization from 74-year-old rightwing activist Morton Blackwell’s “Leadership Institute.” So what horrible things does the book say about Reagan? “Reagan…ascribed to women ‘primarily domestic functions’ and failed to appoint many women to significant positions of power during his presidency.”

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