Mon, 16 June 2014
Monday, interrupted! Another gun story has popped up, thankfully not involving any actual shooting this time, and dominates today's discussion. With open carry protests so much in the news, another one comes to our attention that brings into focus a lot of issues this practice is forcing more and more of us to confront. Greg Dworkin does his best to give us other things to talk about, like Tony Blair urging Iraq intervention again, while insisting the current crisis has nothing to do with the last one. And Boris Johnson calling him nuts for it. And (some in) the media critiquing their performance last time around. The amazing backstory of Michael Hastings' reporting on Bowe Bergdahl. Health care cost curve: bending. Gop angles to use gov't shutdown tactics to block new EPA regs. At Greg's prompting, we explore the Iraq background a little more, as well as reporting on the legal status of the five Taliban detainees traded for Bergdahl. Then a lingering look at the previously largely unnoticed "open carry situation" that arose in Michigan last month. "Gun Advocacy Has Now Become Parody." And don't forget to "Respect the Culture" that insists America is a hellhole.