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Shoot First, Ask No Important Questions Later: Part II

July 28, 2012 by Upside Downtrodden

Last week, merely hours before the Colorado movie theatre shooting, we here at Upside Downtrodden discussed the McDonald's massacre from 1984 on our Facebook page. All throughout that day, people had been getting it wrong. People were talking about gun control. Maybe there are some things we can do via regulation that help in some minor way, but that's treating the symptom. People were talking about how the shooter was a crazed gunman. Maybe there is some truth to those statements, but that neglects to get at the core issues behind why he decided to commit this massacre. People were calling the shooting itself a senseless act. Nothing could be further from the truth. Other words to describe senseless include pointless, mindless, trivial, unimportant, and insignificant.    Read more

Shoot First, Ask No Important Questions Later: Part I

July 28, 2012 by Upside Downtrodden

When it comes to not shooting each other at McDonald's, let's do a better McJob.

On July 18th back in 1984, James Oliver Huberty carried several guns into a busy McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California, and opened fire killing 21 people and injuring 19 others. Although an act such as this is especially abhorrent, acts like it are unfortunately all too common. Last week, a teen was shot walking into a McDonald’s in Phoenix, Arizona. Earlier this month, a man was shot in a drive-by shooting driving his car in a McDonald’s drive thru in Daytona Beach, Florida. Prior to that, a McDonald’s manager in Jackson, Mississippi was shot by a customer claiming his order was incorrect. Talk about a “McFlurry” of shooting activity! Rather than shoot the manager, that angry customer could have just given him the “Birdie”.    Read more

ALEC and the Unduly Influence of Corporations

April 16, 2012 by fidlerten

Recently, large corporations such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Kraft and the latest, Wendy’s, have been dropping out of supporting American Legislative Exchange Council also known as ALEC, a conservative political organization that introduces and pushes pieces of legislation through Congress and state houses across the country.    Read more

Super-Sizing the Law

August 10, 2010 by Peter Funt

On the day U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued his landmark ruling regarding same-sex marriage in California, I found myself at a McDonald's restaurant listening to a seven year-old boy engaged in spirited debate with the guy behind the counter about which toy he'd be getting with his happy meal.    Read more

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