Arizona gun store owner bans Obama supporters

Last week, the owner of an Arizona gun shop made national headlines after it was reported that he had posted a sign and taken out a full page ad in a local newspaper that banned Obama supporters from entering his store.  One week later, Cope Reynolds is cashing in on the attention.

Mr. Reynolds, owner of Southwest Shooting Authority says “business is booming” after his sign and newspaper ad caught the attention of various media outlets.  The sign read: “If you voted for Barack Obama, your business is not welcome at Southwest Shooting Authority. You have proven you’re not responsible enough to own a firearm.”

Reynolds says he has been inundated with hundreds of calls and emails from media types and supporters.  When asked about business, he replied, “I’ve been busier than a cat covering up poop on a marble floor.”

The Arizona Republic spoke with Mr. Reynolds about his sign and the effect it’s had on his business…

via Gun Store Owner Who Banned Obama Supporters Says ‘Business Is Booming’ | CNS News.


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How TUSD decides to close neighborhood schools and for Native kids on the rez

The Tucson Unified School District’s governing board heard pleas from dozens of parents, students and educators on why their school shouldn’t be on the proposal list for school closures and consolidations — made public for the first time on Monday evening.

The meeting started at 6 p.m. and ended around 11:30 p.m. Held at Catalina Magnet High School, about 300 people filled the large auditorium. The largest contingent of parents and students came from Hollinger and Pueblo Gardens schools, as well as a group from Ochoa. While Ochoa was not on the closure list as it has been in the past, a group of parents and activists from South Tucson who helped start a campaign this summer to prevent school closures, showed up to show their support.

Read what happens next at Tucson Weekly.

TUSD considers shutting down Wakefield Middle School!

Tucson News Now has learned that two more schools may be added to the list of schools targeted for closures by the Tucson Unified School District. They are Santa Rita High School and Wakefield Middle School.

The board will hold public hearings in December on these schools – Sewell, Corbett, Lyons, Schumaker, Fort Lowell, Carson Hohokam, and Howenstine.  Things got very emotional at the meeting last night.

Hollinger, Cragin, Brichta, Menlo Park, Manzo and Pueblo Gardens could still be on the chopping block.

via TUSD: 2 more schools added to list facing closure – Tucson News Now.

Chomsky on Israeli Gaza strikes; It is not war, it is murder

The following statement by Noam Chomsky indicates a different stand toward Israeli aggression than Prof. Chomsky has revealed in the past:

“The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace. The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians.

Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.

When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense.”