Fine Dining With Mr. G and the Chick-fil-A Family

All that was missing was the wine and candles.

We did our stint for the cause this evening, Mr. G and I went to Chick-fil-A for the first time and was gratified to see so many others who are willing to stand up for what they believe in in this little podunk town of 8100.  Much to our surprise, the restaurant was very crowded, both at the drive-thru and at the door for walk-ins. The line of cars behind us were backed up beyond the traffic light on this 4 lane highway and the line for inside dining went back beyond the end of the building.  There were so many people there that they had to park their cars in the Home Depot lot behind Chick-fil-A.

We waited an hour for service, but didn’t mind. As we waited, we got to talk to other patrons as they walked out with their food.  The servers were very friendly and acted like they were glad we came to have our dinner with them. We had most delicious chicken sandwiches with fries (#2) and peach milkshakes.  The crowds were well mannered and polite. And people driving by, honked their horns in support of the “buycott.”

I don’t know why the gay community didn’t know that the owners were Christian since the sign clearly states “closed on Sundays” and it’s the only fast food chain that is.  I also noticed that it was the only business in that area that was flying the American flag until we rounded the back and noticed that Home Depot also had one on their roof.  McDonald’s were not flying one, neither were KFC, Burger King, Fatz or 3 mini malls.

Please enjoy this slideshow, click on pictures to enlarge.

Georgia Lumberyard Owner Funny “You didn’t build that” Sign

Georgia lumberyard owner hammers Obama on ‘You didn’t build that’


Published August 01, 2012

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    Ray Gaster poses in front of one of his “you didn’t build that” response signs.

President Obama’s message to entrepreneurs that “you didn’t build that” prompted one Georgia business owner to respond with a not-so-subtle retort.

“I built this business without gov’t help. Obama can Kiss my ass,” reads the sign outside Gaster Lumber & Hardware in Savannah, Ga. Owner Ray Gaster posted that and two similar ones at all three of his company’s locations in response to Obama’s comments during a speech to supporters in Virignia, which struck a nerve with small business owners around the nation.

“When I heard what he said, I said ‘I’m going to give him an answer in Chicago language–something he’s used to.'”

– Ray Gaster

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” the president said at a campaign stop last month in Roanoke, Va.. “There was a great teacher somewhere in your life,” he continued. “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Since the comments created a firestorm, Obama’s campaign has sought to put the comments in perspective, saying that Obama only meant that businesses rely on the community to flourish. Yet, his opponents have seized on the remarks, making them something of a small business rallying cry.

Gaster, a Vietnam veteran, told he built his now 28-year-old business from the ground up.

“I started on my own,” Gaster said. “The government wasn’t there. We work long, hard hours and what he said is an insult to any businessman.”

The sign has been criticized for its harsh language, but Gaster said that the rough words were necessary.

“When I heard what he said, I said ‘I’m going to give him an answer in Chicago language–something he’s used to,'” he told “If I would have said ‘Dear Mr. President…’ there wouldn’t have been as strong of a response.”

Gaster sent a photo of his sign to 45 of his friends and business acquaintances. He said he wants other businesses to post signs as well.

“We need to stand up to the criticism coming from our own government.  If this economy is to get better, it will be driven by small and independent businesses.  We are part of the solution, not the problem,” Gaster said.

“I want to use this sign to urge other businesspeople to stand up and say ‘Mr. President, you’re wrong. I built my business,'” he told “I represent the majority of business owners in my belief.”

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The Rio Norte Line

Nancy Reagan regarding John Hinckley’s release: We could all learn so much from this elegant and gracious lady. You might recall that John Hinckley was a seriously deranged young man who shot President Reagan in the early 1980’s. Hinckley was absolutely obsessed with movie star Jodie Foster, and, in his twisted mind, loved Jodie to the point that to make himself well known to her, he attempted to assassinate President Reagan.
There is speculation Hinckley may soon be released as having been rehabilitated. Consequently, you will appreciate the following letter from Nancy Reagan to John Hinckley:
To: John Hinckley
From: Mrs. Nancy Reagan
My family and I wanted to drop you a short note to tell you how pleased we are with the great strides you are making in your recovery. In our country’s spirit of understanding and forgiveness, we want you to know that we bear no…

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“Out Of My Cold Dead Hands”

When They Come For Your Guns . . . You Will Turn Them Over

Monday, July 30, 2012 at 11:41AM

[Editor’s note: the following post is by Jim Karger, TDV Legal Correspondent]

“When they come for my gun, they will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands,” is a common refrain I often hear from the Neo-Cons when there is a threat, credible or otherwise, that the US government is going to take their firearms.

And, when I hear this crazy talk, I agree with them openly.  “You are right.  They will pry your gun from your cold dead hands,” which I often follow with the question, “And where will that leave you except face down in a pool of your own blood the middle of the street, just another dead fool resisting the State?”

This is not a question they are comfortable with, if only because the intent of their saber-rattling was to imply they would fight to keep their weapons, and win.

Nice fantasy. It’s not happening.

If the federal government decides to disarm the public, and one of these (see photo below) rolls down your street after a not-so-subtle request that you kindly turn over your firearms and ammunition “for the common good,” it will be nothing less than suicide by cop to do anything other than what you are told.

 “Want to take this on?”

The militarization of US police forces is ongoing and escalating.  Many cities and towns now own tanks, armed personnel carriers, even attack helicopters, and almost all are outfitted with military weapons not available to the general public.


And, it is not just your hometown cops who are getting new boy-toys.  The military itself is buying up weaponry not just for use in the current or next scheduled war, but to deal with the likes of you, citizens who don’t seem to understand that the Bill of Rights has been overruled, and that specifically includes, but is not limited to, the right to protest and engage in civil disobedience.

Also ignored (as if it didn’t even exist) is the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which generally bars the military from law enforcement activities within the United States.

According to Public Intelligence:

 “…for the last two years, the President’s Budget Submissions for the Department of Defense have included purchases of a significant amount of combat equipment, including armored vehicles, helicopters and even artillery, under an obscure section of the FY2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the purposes of “homeland defense missions, domestic emergency responses, and providing military support to civil authorities.” Items purchased under the section include combat vehicles, tanks, helicopters, artillery, mortar systems, missiles, small arms and communications equipment. Justifications for the budget items indicate that many of the purchases are part of routine resupply and maintenance, yet in each case the procurement is cited as being “necessary for use by the active and reserve components of the Armed Forces for homeland defense missions, domestic emergency responses, and providing military support to civil authorities” under section 1815 of the FY 2008 NDAA.” (Emphasis supplied.)

And, they are not just arming cops and weekend warriors for domestic purposes.  Active duty Marines are now being trained for law enforcement operations all over the world (of which the US remains a part) specifically to deal with civil uprisings, and the US government knows that civil uprisings are coming to a town near you just as soon as the fantasy of a healing economy is shattered, the US dollar fails, and unemployment goes to 30%+ in real numbers.

And, to you tough-talking Neo-Cons with your AR-15 rifles and a few thousand rounds of ammo, here is reality:  they will take your guns, and no, all your Second Amendment bluster aside, you are not going to do anything about it.  You are not going to take on a platoon of Marines with state of the art automatic weapons and the best body armor you cannot buy protected by armed personnel carriers and attack helicopters unless you choose to die that day — for nothing.

You will either be in the country or out, and if you are in, you will stay in and you will comply.

That is your choice . . . for the moment.