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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Bulletproof blankets:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - Bulletproof blankets
  • On this date 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act:
    Johnson shakes hands with Martin Luther King Jr.
    after signing the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964.
    We believe that all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being deprived of those blessings—not because of their own failures, but because of the color of their skin.

    The reasons are deeply imbedded in history and tradition and the nature of man. We can understand—without rancor or hatred—how this all happened.

    But it cannot continue. Our Constitution, the foundation of our Republic, forbids it. The principles of our freedom forbid it. Morality forbids it. And the law I will sign tonight forbids it.

    Here's President Obama's statement on the anniversary of the signing.
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook July 1:
    What if a Muslim Company Used the 'Hobby Lobby' Decision to Impose Its Values on White Christians?, by chaunceydevega

    Boycott Eden Foods (organic beans and Edensoy soy milk), by cordgrass

    Ronald Reagan on the Separation of Religion and State. I Agree. Conservatives Might Not., by Mets102

  • ADP reports creation of new jobs soared in June. Automated Data Processing, which, among other things, handles payrolls for hundreds of thousands of clients, reported Wednesday that 281,000 private-sector jobs were created in June, with 36,000 of those jobs in construction. The ADP rarely meshes with the government's monthly jobs report, which will be released a day early Thursday. But the large number of jobs ADP concludes were created last month is an indication that the government report on both private- and public-sector jobs may come in a lot higher than the 211,000 that the consensus of experts surveyed by Bloomberg has forecast.
  • Clean-up in Aisle #5 could have had a whole new meaning. In Valdosta, an armed man entered a store carrying a holstered firearm and approached another man doing the same. Drawing his gun and not pointing it, the first man demanded to see the other's gun permit. The second man refused twice, paid for his items and left. The law does not require an armed person to show a gun permit, even to police. Things might have turned out differently if a third man with a gun thought the first man with the unholstered gun near the cashier was committing a robbery and decided to stop it. The 62-year-old man who demanded to see the gun permit was later arrested for disorderly conduct related to drawing his weapon inside the store. Police confiscated his firearm.
  • Meanwhile, Target tells customers to leave their guns at home:
    A month after images first surfaced of pro-gun activists flaunting semiautomatic rifles at Target stores, the retailer has become the latest US company to officially reject firearms in its outlets.

    "Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so," Target said in a statement Wednesday. "But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target—even in communities where it is permitted by law."

  • Here's an interactive county-by-county map of where Mormons and evangelical Christians live.
  • New bridge design could make a big difference:
    Frankly, anything helps, at least in the United States, home to some 5,237 "structurally deficient" bridges on the national highway system alone. Add in all US roads and highways and the figure climbs to 70,000 bridges that have a "deck, superstructure, substructure, or culvert rated in 'poor' condition." Another 80,000 are considered "functionally obsolete," meaning it's not adequete for its current use. Another 18,000 US bridges are "fracture critical"; if any single component were to fail, then the whole bridge would collapse. A civil engineering technology that might help solve this willfully overlooked crisis isn't exactly a way cool new app, but it might keep some people from dying.
  • Right-winger Dinesh D'Souza wonders why more immigrants aren't just like Dinesh D'Souza.
  • Nissan Leaf leading Chevy Volt in sales:
    For the eighth straight month, the Nissan LEAF outsold the Chevy Volt, and while the sales gulf between the two models isn’t massive, Nissan is clearly winning. In June Nissan sold 2,347 LEAF electric vehicles, compared to 1,777 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids, reports Autoblog Green.

    The last time the Volt outsold the LEAF was in October of 2013, and since then sales of the Volt have leveled off, perhaps in anticipation of the announcement of the next-gen model. Meanwhile though, state tax incentives in Texas have helped increase LEAF sales, especially in the Austin, Dallas, and HOuston areas, though Atlanta (with its $5,000 tax credit) remains the top market for the LEAF.

  • Fans want more fame for Tim Howard:
    A bunch of USA soccer fans thinks Tim Howard deserves his own airport.
    On Tuesday evening, they launched an official White House petition to rename Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after the Team USA goalkeeper, who set a World Cup record by saving 16 shots during Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Belgium.
  • In a magical taste of irony, Whitelandia, a new documentary on the problematic racial history of Oregon, has run into some problems surrounding appropriation and white privilege. The white filmmakers of the documentary had planned to work with black communities in Oregon, but the individuals who the filmmakers reported as supporting the film were not on board. Writer and scholar Walidah Imarisha whose work the documentary was based on, was featured in the trailer for the documentary and the movie's Kickstarter all without her permission.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin & Joan McCarter have more on Hobby Lobby. Target gets a gun policy. Gun protesters say they'll ignore it. Day 1 of GA's "guns everywhere" law: two open carriers square off. Gun "success" story is underwhelming.

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