July 11-13: At Netroots Nation

The Hidden History of Guns and the 2nd Amendment Book Tour Is Coming...

  • Saturday, June 22: Los Angeles, CA 3:00pm - KPFK Speaker Series: Thom Hartmann (Stephanie Miller will be joining Thom) on The Hidden History of Guns. UCLA Dodd Hall 147, 315 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles - Get tkts here https://www.facebook.com/events/2263735727213646/
  • Sunday, June 23: SEATTLE, WA 7:30pm
    Location: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle (West Entrance) w/Elliott Bay Book Company
  • Tuesday, June 25: SAN FRANCISCO, CA 7:00pm
    Location: First Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley w/The Booksmith
    Here’s the Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/2418269571727663/And here’s the link to purchase tickets: https://hiddenhistoryofguns.bpt.me/
  • Friday, June 28: CHICAGO, IL 7:00pm
    Location: Frugal Muse, 7511 Lemont Rd. #146 (Chestnut Court Shopping Center), Darien
  • Saturday, June 29: MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7:00pm
    Location: Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave, St. Paul
  • Friday, July 12: PHILADELPHIA, PA 4:15pm - At Netroots Nation
    Location: PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

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Best public-private commercial/industrial practices (efficiency expertise), constitutional reassessment of tradition (enlightenment), regulatory caution/care (prudence) and other erstwhile “conservative” principles have been subverted by fanatic, uncompromising, unqualified Republican Party “authorities” (leadership?).

Extracting lending resources from the “domestic market”, business incentives to defraud consumers and betray the public trust, and conflicts of interest are not good for business nor for, I say. Corporations aren’t in peril of precluded speech rights; but factuality and quantifiable social sentiment have been given much too short shrift in the public forum, I fear. Interpersonal, inter-agency, and interstate cooperation and commerce are keystones to democratic “economy”, I think, just as the “individual” whose liberties must be respected is a social/dialogic construct; neither our freedom nor our responsibilities stop at state lines (although local and regional circumstances and statutes differ) nor our “selves” at our epidermis (Sandyhook taught my kids too), I argue.

What nickname did they give themselves? “What difference does it make?” someone should ask. Whether we know the politics of murderers or we call them Al-Qaeda “backed”, “affiliated”, “linked” and/or just Al-Qaeda “like”; murderous extremists of any other name would still be criminal thugs; although the provocateurs, fear-mongers and war-industrialists imagine that some monsters under the bed should frighten us more than some others.

The questions about necessary reforms and upgrades of the State Department – the sharing of resources between DOD and State, the low funding of State and bloated Pentagon budgets, ‘high risk’ posting and security, etc. – were important for the Secretary to address; and she did so very well I think.

Does it strike anyone ironic that people who are demonstrating about the lack of earnings and allowances that provide means and mobility to workers and commuters must be disbursed and arrested (Europe metro sit-in) for the “good” of “public mobility/transportation”? Austerity is an economic contradiction (contraction/constriction for growth).

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