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Fineman strikes again!

I’m sure that gun owners all across the nation are quaking in their boots because Elliot Fineman has finally broken his silence on the Colorado theater shooting.

He can’t even be bothered to disengage the caps lock key.

 If you make the mistake of clicking on the link in the above tweet, you’ll be taken to NCGAV’s website where you will be exhorted to redouble your efforts at boycotting Starbucks because Starbucks won’t ban guns in their stores.

You remember the Starbucks Boycott? Yeah, me neither.

Here’s the problem. The Colorado theater where the shooting happened was exactly the sort of Gun Free Zone™ that Fineman wants. No guns unless you are a law enforcement officer. No concealed carry, no open carry, and presumably, no dressing up in riot gear and murdering the audience during the show. Somehow the killer missed that last rule.

Elliot Fineman demands that Starbucks follow the exact same policy that the Cinemark USA theater in Aurora followed. Fineman demands that companies enforce helplessness on their patrons. We see what that got us.

Fineman is basically the crazy uncle in the attic of gun control. If you have the time, watch this video of David Burnett taking on two anti-concealed carry people including Fineman.

Listen to Fineman’s statements. They don’t even seem to track. Are we witnessing the mental breakdown of an old man? There’s an old joke. What’s the difference between “eccentric” and “crazy?” The answer: One Million Dollars.

I think Fineman just has money.

I went to Starbucks today to support the Second Amendment

I hate coffee. I mean, I really hate the stuff. It tastes like battery acid. I spent 9 years in the military, including 5 years on a ship in the Navy. I still hate the stuff. Honestly, I’m not Starbucks’ target demographic. But still, they showed me some love, so I thought I’d pop in and show them some love right back.
I stopped into the Starbucks at 125 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC. It’s a pretty interesting shopping center in an overcrowded and claustrophobic sort of way. It’s one of those hybrid set of outdoor shops and apartments that I can’t understand anyone wanting to live in. Sure it’s a short walk from your apartment to Bonefish Grill, but it’s also a short walk from a public shopping area to where your car is parked all night. For car thieves. Plus, Bonefish Grill? Yech. There is a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, so if you’re willing to spend a lot of money there is that.
I haven’t been into a Starbucks since the start of the most recent Gulf War. I was counter-protesting an anti-war demonstration in DC in January 2003 (I was the guy with the 82nd Airborne flag in this story), and I’d been there most of the day. I was freezing and I had to pee. The only place I could get to a toilet was a Starbucks. Being a nice guy (for some values of nice) I thought it was only fair that I buy some coffee. I didn’t want it, but there were other counter-protestors who would drink the stuff. In my entire life, that’s the only other time I’ve spent even a penny at Starbucks. Like I said, I’m not their target demographic.
Starbucks, like any other corporation, pretty much wants to stay out of our political business. They might have personal feelings, but they realize that their core mission is selling coffee to people who want coffee. Pissing off some of those coffee drinkers is a bad idea. Accordingly, when the issue of people carrying guns inside their stores came up, Starbucks made what I think is a really good decision. They decided to stay out of it. They said, in effect, “The law outside Starbucks is the same as the law inside Starbucks.” Recently another retread anti-gun group decided to object to Starbucks’ open door policy. They not only wanted Starbucks to ban firearms, they also demanded $10 Million a year. Ban, Pay, or we boycott. What a bunch of jerks.
As is usual in situations where gun owners are attacked, we responded en masse. There are a lot of gun owners going to Starbucks today. Incidentally, if you stumbled onto this post because you are a Starbucks worker (Barista, I think they call them) those $2 bills you saw in your tip jar were from us. $2 bill = 2nd Amendment. Pretty cool, huh? Makes a point and you still can spend it. I stopped in to the same Starbucks twice.
Now I’ve always been told that Starbucks was expensive. Maybe I’m old and rich now, but I don’t think it was unreasonable for them to charge me $2.32 (including tax) for a medium Earl Grey tea. The coffee prices weren’t too outrageous as far as I could tell. Maybe they get more expensive if you get one of those fru-fru coffee things, but I think that’s just a tax on pretentious. Plus, you’re making them work hard, so you should pay for that.
So, did I sweep my jacket to the side, wave my gun around, and scare the poor short bearded guy who was patiently explaining that, yes, Starbucks had about 50 different teas? Nope. I just took my tea, and my surprising amount of change, showed him the $2 bill, stuffed it into the tip jar and said thanks.
Now, Starbucks Corporate People, let’s talk.
1.       Your counter staff at 125 Weston Parkway appears to be uniformly helpful and pleasant. Let them know please.
2.       You know, coffee smells really good. Why does it taste so bad?
3.       I just started my diet. I have decided to lose about 50 lbs to come down from 232 lbs to 180-185. Having those cakes and sweets sitting in the display case just begging me to eat them was a total dick move on your part. I’ll have to try some when I’m down to my target weight.
4.       Those slip ring things you hand out to keep people from burning their fingers on hot cups? They suck. They slip off the cup. Can you figure out some heat sensitive glue or some tape?
5.       Honestly, the guy who helped me this morning with the teas was very patient.
6.       You know, when you drink tea in your car and then come back to it at lunch, your car still smells like Earl Grey tea. You should get to work making an air freshener that smells like Earl Grey tea. Or maybe one of those scent packages. I would totally buy that.
7.       Having the courage to stay out of a fight that isn’t yours is rare. Good for you.
So I’ve learned a few things today. Mostly that Starbucks has tea, and that it is pretty good tea. The fools boycotting Starbucks are counting on us counter-protestors to stop going to Starbucks after today. Well, I’m here to tell you that it isn’t going to happen. I wouldn’t have ever gone in. Now I’ll go every once in a while. How many others will be in the same boat? How many non Starbucks people stopped in and will decide that it’s ok to stop in for more later?


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Thoughts on the difference between Brady and NGVAC

Bitter has some analysis on the incoming President of Brady Campaign.
This is what I’ve been saying all along. They have to save their phony baloney jobs. They know that they can’t win legislatively. They know that it’s a matter of time before they get their heads kicked in by Alan Gura again. They know that their foundation money is drying up. They are facing the end of the (anti-gun) world as they know it. So they are going to shift gears, work on their non-profit mission, and focus on trying to fundraise their salaries.
The big question; is NGVAC “official” or rogue? I think it’s a rogue organization. Brady has never done grassroots well. It’s a factor of the way they approach the gun debate. They approach it as top-down technocrats who naturally assume that the people are too stupid to do what’s best for them. That attitude doesn’t change when they look at their own partisans. This would account for how they have consistently used their “victims” as figureheads and human shields instead of policymakers. Thought let’s face it, if you had an organization filled with angry, terrified, faux victims, you’d think that the masses were stupid too.
So what happens to the “true believers” when the bureaucrats tell them that the party’s over? You can just imagine the board meeting.
“Sorry guys, we’ve had our asses handed to us. The Supreme Court has told us twice that the Second Amendment means basically what it says. We couldn’t get tighter gun control out of Obama when he had control of both houses of Congress and a supermajority in the Senate.  Basically we’re screwed.”
“But you told us that the Heller and McDonald decisions were limited and worked to our favor?!?!?”
“You didn’t actually believe our lies, did you? I mean, that’s great, I’m glad someone believes us, but it was just us whistling past the graveyard.”
“But GUNS R EBIL! We must prevail!!!”
“About that, we need to focus less on making changes in the law and more on getting the money to pay my salary.”
“People are dying due to EBIL GUNZ and you’re worried about salaries and your damn TPS reports!??!?!?!?”
(under his breath) “Dear God, why did we let those crazy people in here?”
“We’re leaving and starting our own gun control group! We are GUN VICTIMS!!!111Eleventy! And we want ACTION! NATIONAL ACTION!!”
(mumbled) “don’t let the door hit you on the way out. I know we have to have the support of the masses, but do they have to be such dumbasses? It sure is tough being the Vanguard of the Proletariat.”
This would account for the deeply unprofessional way they operate. We are used to the Brady Campaign acting in a sort of professional way. They have a website that looks good and they have a media strategy that doesn’t totally rely on people being dumb enough to swallow the most outrageous lies. They try to at least stay within shouting distance of something that, if you squint at it on a cloudy day, might pass for the truth.

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Does anyone know if this meets the legal definition of extortion?

The leader of the latest sacrificial lamb gun ban organization seems to be trying to extort money from Starbucks.
 
 
Is there a lawyer in the house? Does demanding $10 million a year constitute a shakedown? Or can they claim that because Jesse Jackson does it that it’s legal?
 
Of course, there is always the defense that their threatened boycott is such a laughable idea that it doesn’t constitute a real threat to the company. What with the fact that they had to remove their Facebook “number attending” widget because the actual number was embarrassingly low.
 
Plus, they can’t be bothered to spell “latte” correctly on their website.
 
Honestly, who’s going to take a boycott seriously from a group that can’t correctly spell the name of the product that everyone’s supposed to boycott?
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