Friday Reads: Buffoon and Boycott addition

Good Morning!

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter B.  Here’s some great letter B words.  There’s a BUFFOON lose in London and he has some friends we should be BOYCOTTING.

Well, I’m waking up thinking I should check the TV and make sure Romney hasn’t created such an international stir that the British have declared war on us!  I’m sure Hillary will have to head there to patch things up a bit.  I certainly hope that they look at his likeability ratings and realize that NO one likes him over here either.  He’s considered an oaf on both sides of the pond.

Upon winning an Oscar for her performance in the 1984 film “Places in the Heart,” Field famously declared: “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!”

Romney’s problem is that right now, some key voters don’t, as underscored in the polling co-sponsored by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

The NBC News blog “First Read” dug deep into recent results concerning “undecided” voters — the very ones who could tilt the election. Unimpressed with the president’s performance, “these should be people willing to fire Obama and vote for Romney — EXCEPT that they don’t like him very much at all,” First Read noted (complete with the capital letters).

Focusing on undecided voters unearthed in surveys over the last three months, the pollsters found Obama’s unfavorable/favorable rating stands at a poor 42 percent/29 percent. The figures for Romney, though, are worse — 44 percent turn thumbs down on him, with just 16 percent viewing him favorably.

And in a separate look at a voter segment much prized in such key states as Florida, Colorado and Virginia, the same pollsters found that twice as many Hispanics view Romney negatively as positively, 44 percent to 22 percent.

So, how bad is he in the eyes of the Brits?  Why, he’s worse than Princess Dumbass of the North (with due credit to Charles Pierce for the name). They’ve declared him “in shambles”.

The British reaction to Mitt Romney has gone from openness, to skepticism, to mocking, to concluding that Mitt Romney is worse than Sarah Palin.

Daily Mail Political Editor James Chapman has been providing the world a play by play of Romney’s British implosion via his Twitter account. Romney started things off by criticizing London’s preparedness for the Olympics. He then forgot the name of British Labour Leader Ed Miliband, and then he admitted that he had been given a secret briefing by MI6. This led the British to ask aloud if they have another George W. Bush on their hands, “Romney blunders again by revealing he’s had (supposedly) top secret briefing by John Sawers, MI6 boss. Do we have a new Dubya on our hands?”

After his visit to Whitehall, Chapman offered two of the kinder reviews of Mitt Romney, “Serious dismay in Whitehall at Romney debut. ‘Worse than Sarah Palin.’ ‘Total car crash’. Two of the kinder verdicts.” Chapman also reported another verdict from British meet and greet with Mitt, “Another verdict from one Romney meeting: ‘Apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity’”

 Getting compared to Sarah Palin is one thing, but being called worse than Palin is an indication of the epic display of fail that Romney is putting on in London.

If you thought things couldn’t possibly get worse for Mitt Romney, you were wrong. How does one top being unfavorably compared to Sarah Palin? If you’re Mitt Romney, you get mocked in front of 60,000 people.

The Telegraph
is reporting that London Mayor Boris Johnson mocked Romney’s readiness comment, “Quite a moment from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Shortly after Rix had lit the flame he really went for it in Hyde Park. He referenced Mitt Romney’s ‘London isn’t ready’ quip and shot back in style. “Are we ready?” he called and the crowd went wild. There may even have been a hint of the Obama-friendly “Yes we can!” in there – he may have jumped into a winning scenario but I’ve not heard a politician get that reaction before.”

This is a “charm offensive”?  ROFLMAO!

The Guardian has a running and updated list of all of his gaffes to date.  Go grab the popcorn my friends!!!

There are two things you should know before you “look out of the backside of 10 Downing Street”, as Mitt Romney did on Thursday.

Firstly, in Britain, “backside” means “ass”. As in the part of the body. Secondly, “10 Downing Street” is often used in political reporting as a synonym for a press spokesman for the prime minister, in the same way as “the White House” can say things or have opinions.

We haven’t looked quite this bad since Dubya was caught trying to massage Merkel.  We know Obama was a lousy gift giver his first time over there and FLOTUS hugged Her Majesty.  But, all of that looks mildly folksy compare to the Romney mishaps!  I bet they’re glad they’re rid of us!

I’m not sure you’ve been watching the Chick-Fil-A dust up but it’s getting rather interesting.  Chick-Fil-A has an over the top born again evangelical, bible thumping approach to business.   They’re real fussy about who they sell franchises to and like other corporations that are either hyper Mormon-based or Opus-Dei Catholic-based, they’ve been sending tons of money to tank civil rights movements.  The Mormon Church church and related Mormon businesses funded tons of anti-ERA propaganda and groups in the 1970s and 1980s along with plenty of anti-black civil rights in the 1960s.  Many were aligned with the right wing hate group The John Birch Society.  It’s one of the reasons I refuse to stay at a Marriott.  A huge portion of that money funds basic hate group movements against the ERA and abortion rights but it’s been upped to include GLBT civil rights too.  Same goes with Domino’s Pizza whose owner practices an extremist brand of Catholicism.  We’ve know around here that Country Kitchen and Chick-Fil-A are associated with evangelicals and have been known to fire any openly gay employees.  Believe me, I’ve had plenty of run ins with a lot of these religious extremists. They are hateful and they embrace the role of the martyr eagerly. So, don’t groan on this, but Chick-Fil-A has a “biblically based” mission statement.

Here’s some basic facts on Chick-Fil-A’s corporate citizenship profile.  It’s pretty awful!

Here are the basic facts about Chick-fil-A in regards to LGBT issues:

  • Chick-fil-A has given at least $5 million to anti-gay organizations, including known hate groups and proponents of ex-gay therapy, since 2003, including almost $2 million in both 2009 and 2010.
  • Chick-fil-A has a 0 rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which signifies that the company does not offer one protection, one benefit, or even one diversity training for its LGBT employees.
  • Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy openly admitted that he would probably fire any employee who “has been sinful or done something harmful to their family members.”
  • It has recently come to light (thanks to Jeremy Hooper) that current Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy has used the following language to describe supporters of same-sex marriage:
    • “We are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”
    • “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
    • “We see all the twisted up kind of stuff that’s going on. Washington trying to redefine the definition of marriage and all the other kinds of things.”
    • “We are suffering the consequences of a society and culture who has not acknowledged God or not thanked God—he’s left us to a deprived mind. It’s tragic and we live in a culture of that today.”

That is outright condemnation. That is open discrimination. Now, Chick-fil-A said last week that it will “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” which sounds nice, but as the HRC score indicates, there is nothing to substantiate such a claim. There is no policy on the company’s books that actually protects LGBT people from discrimination, and funding hate groups cannot be justified as “honor, dignity, and respect.”

With all of the facts at hand, there is no accurate way to portray Chick-fil-A as any kind of “victim.”  There is also no accurate way to reduce Chick-fil-A’s words and actions to merely defending “biblical principles.” This is — in every way, shape, and form — a company proactively engaging against the interests of LGBT people, and that is the quite justified reason for outcry.

Many politicians are now working locally to ensure Chick-fil-A’s over the top hatred and discrimination does not show up in a neighborhood near them. Local politicians in places like Boston and Chicago are trying to block expansion of the company in their neighborhood.  It’s not likely legal, but it’s calling attention to corporate donors that fund anti-civil rights movements.  Protestors disrupted a grand opening of a storefront in San Diego.  Quite a few businesses–including the Muppets–are refusing to partner with Chick-fil-A.  Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has been very vocal about the
company’s policy and statements.

“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values,” Emanuel said Wednesday.

“What the CEO has said as it relates to gay marriage and gay couples is not what I believe, but more importantly, it’s not what the people of Chicago believe. We just passed legislation as it relates to civil union and my goal and my hope … is that we now move on recognizing gay marriage. I do not believe that the CEO’s comments … reflects who we are as a city.”

Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) is using the same argument to block Chick-fil-A from opening its first free-standing restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

Chick-fil-A already has one Chicago store — at 30 E. Chicago near Loyola University’s downtown campus.

“Same sex marriage, same-sex couples — that’s the civil rights fight of our time. To have those discriminatory policies from the top down is just not something that we’re open to. …We want responsible businesses,” Moreno said.

If you support marriage equality and basic civil rights, here are 10 companies to boycott. Domino’s Pizza is on their list too.   I told my Department Chair at UNO that I wouldn’t come to staff meetings until he started buying pizza some place else.

Another case of CEOs and management using their prominent position and hefty salary to put down gays and lesbians, Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan is a co-founder of the Thomas More Law Center, which recently defended the San Diego Fire Fighters who won a lawsuit claiming they were sexually harassed by being forced to March in a gay pride parade. Monaghan also financed a 2001 ballot initiative to remove sexual orientation from Ypsilanti, Michigan’s, non-discrimination ordinance. David Brandon, the current CEO, opposes gay marriage and brushed off questions about Domino’s decision not to extend health benefits to spouses of gay employees when asked about in 2006 saying when he ran for Regent of the University of Michigan, explaining why he doesn’t support non-discrimination by saying,

“I don’t understand why we continually have to have discussions about who should and who shouldn’t be included, in terms of our nondiscrimination policy, because I think identifying specific, special-interest groups or specific entities within the institution almost implies that unless you’re on that list, then somehow we think you should be treated differently than people who are on that list. It should not be about lists.”

How They’re Faring: So so. Domino’s lost about half of its stock value in the crash, but has been steadily gaining traction since and now trades at $6.49/ share, down from a 52-week high of $15.33.

What You Can Do: Weirdly, just about everyone from all sides of the political spectrum have called for a boycott on Domino’s. Conservatives decry their decision to open a halal-only branch of the pizzeria in the UK and the National Organization of Women boycott the store for the company’s decision last year to donate $50,000 to a pro-life group.

The more daylight that gets shown on these horrible companies, the better.  Alternet reports that more big companies have left ALEC which has been one of the biggest right wing groups that have actively worked against all civil rights movements. Turning up the heat is working.

Two more large American companies, headquartered in the Midwest, have responded to their customers and cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): General Motors (GM) and Walgreens. This brings the total to 30 corporations and four non-profits — 34 total private sector members — that have cut ties to the right-wing corporate bill mill.

General Motors “In Motion” Away from ALEC

General Motors Headquarters (Source: AP)GM is the $149 billion-a-year maker of Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC brand name cars, among others. About 26 percent of the company is owned by the United States government, which backed its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in 2009. It was founded in 1908 in Detroit and remains headquartered there. It employs 209,000 people, as of May 2012. Chevrolet alone sold more than 763,000 passenger cars in 2011.

Although the full extent of GM’s ALEC membership is not known, it was a member in 1992. In 2011, it paid for a seat on both ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force and its Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force. The commerce task force is the primary source of anti-worker and anti-consumer legislation such as the “Paycheck Protection” and “Right to Work” Acts and other “model” bills that limit workers’ rights and drain labor unions of resources for protecting employees, undermine consumer protections, favor the Wall Street financial agenda, and limit the ability to cap exorbitant interest rates on credit cards and big bank fees.

Here’s a list of FIVE food chains to avoid if you want to put your money and mouth where you values are.  Waffle House is one to avoid.

The breakfast joint has given $100,000 this election cycle to the Karl Rove super PAC American Crossroads. Mother Jones ’ Tim Murphy reported on the donation:

This is surprising because one doesn’t normally associate Big Waffle with big scary super-PACs, but also not that surprising: CEO Jim Rogers Jr. is a longtime supporter of Republican causes, and the company’s political action committee has given exclusively to Republicans (in considerably more modest quantities). His ties to Romney date back to 2006, when he joined the finance team of Romney’s political action committee, Commonwealth PAC.

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Ah, there’s just one more letter B word that I’d love to embrace!!!  Yes, this post just brought out my inner BITCH.   I’d shout the word vagina a few times but it’s not the letter V’s turn today.  Join me in not wasting money or votes on the folks that pay to take away our civil rights and liberties.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

28 Comments on “Friday Reads: Buffoon and Boycott addition”

  1. surfric says:

    Well, at least Mr. Cathy (kind of a funny name for an anti-gay guy) isn’t sugar coating it.
    Thanks for the quotes about firing “sinners”. Defenders have been saying that the company doesn’t discriminate in its hiring. You have put the lie to that one!

  2. ANonOMouse says:

    Great Post Dak.

    My contribution to the “B” words, Chick-Fil-A and all Homophobes are “B”astards. 🙂

    • dakinikat says:

      Thanks. I had fun with it. It is nice to see companies like Jim Hensen company stand up for civil rights against these bullies. JC Penny has been great too as well as the folks that make Oreo cookies.

      • Hey, take a look at this:

        Brenda Honeycutt, Former Chick-Fil-A Employee, Sues Restaurant Over Gender Discrimination

        I had been thinking that whatever the owner of a private fast food chain thinks/said is freedom of speech…but here is the thing I was waiting for before really voicing my opinion.

        Brenda Honeycutt, a former employee of a Chick-fil-A establishment in Georgia, is suing the restaurant for wrongful termination, alleging that she is a victim of gender discrimination, according to GLAAD.

        The lawsuit, which was obtained by GLAAD, refers to a June 27, 2011, incident in which Jeff Howard, the owner and operator of a Duluth, Ga., Chick-fil-A, fired Honeycutt so she could be a “stay home mother.”

      • dakinikat says:

        My experience with chick-fil-a isn’t good either. I used to go and pick up some chicken planks to eat on the long drive home from the campus up in Hammond when I taught there a few years ago while finishing up the doctorate. I had a sack with my sauces in it and was at the cashier with my meal and was paying for it. The snooty owner came over to check my sack to make sure I was paying for everything. She liked grabbed it and looked inside and mumbled something about checking to make sure the cashier got everything. I was like, thanks, last time I eat here, lady if that’s what you consider customer service. Then, I started hearing the stories about how almost all the franchise owners were christoban fascists and hated any one that wasn’t … NEVER went back to one again. Switched to picking up sushi from the student union even though it was a drive to the other side of campus before heading back to New Orleans. Just one of the many icky experiences I had there. Glad it was only a temporary situation. Thankfully, we have Cane’s down here which was started by some LSU students and is doing well.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    Romney is showing that he takes his “boorishness” (my contribution to the use of the B word)wherever he goes. Britain is laughing its arse off with this clown parading all over the place.

    But it could have been worse. Just think if either Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann had captured the nomination and headed for a European “goodwill” tour instead. Holy moly!

    And someone decided it was time to take Billy Graham out of mothballs to declare the owners of Chick-Fil-A upholders of the Christian faith. Nothing says “religion” better than an ancient homophobe putting his stamp of approval on discrimination.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    I can’t wait to see what Romney does today. He’s a walking disaster area! My *B* words:

    He’s such a *Boob.*

    He totally *bombed* in *Britain.*

    • Pat Johnson says:

      Poland and Israel are next up on his itinerary.

      Don’t be surprised if he announces his “heritage” emanates from either one of these countries if it means he can wring one more vote in the process.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Now he’s trotted Ann out again, hoping she’ll help him recover from his total humiliation. Let’s hope she doesn’t call the Brits “you people.”

      • bostonboomer says:

        However, behind the scenes officials were even more scathing about the Republican presidential hopeful, describing his visit as a ‘car crash’ and comparing him unfavourably to Sarah Palin.
        Another official who met with the former Governor of Massachusetts said he was ‘apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity’.

        Even Conservative right-wingers, who traditionally back the Republicans, expressed dismay.
        MP Mark Pritchard said: ‘If he becomes President of the United States, he will perhaps be less casual in his language.’

        Another Whitehall official said of Mr Romney’s remarks: ‘What a car crash. We are speechless’ – with one aide saying the candidate was ‘worse than Sarah Palin’, John McCain’s 2008 running mate who has a poor reputation in the UK.

        Read more:

  5. Allie says:

    Chic-fil-A and Waffle House originated here in my home town of Atlanta, sad to say. It’s a shame, too, because Chic-fil-A sandwiches and iced tea are delicious. Domino’s is poison – I can’t hold their food down!

    Glad to see Walgreens has left ALEC.

    It’s so hard to avoid corporations with bad track records on one thing or another. But in the case of Chic-fil-A I can forgo the fat and calories just fine. They probably buy their chikin from those nasty factory farms anyway.

    • surfric says:

      Not only that, but in their ads, they malign cows as stupid mammals who can’t spell!

    • dakinikat says:

      Try Raising Cane’s if it ever comes that way. They use cane sugar in their sweet tea and the fried chicken is just great. I think they’re expanding now. It was started by a couple of guys while they were students at LSU at it’s really popular here in Louisiana.

  6. Pat Johnson says:

    Romney continues to be Romney.

    Case in point: here in MA where Republican legislators can be counted on one hand, Romney was accused of never being able to remember their names.

    Heading off to England, he was unable to remember the name of the party opposition politician whom he referred to as “leader”.

    In this he was outshined by Palin who would have at least inscribed the guy’s name on her hand! Huge difference when speaking of “preparedness”.

  7. Pat Johnson says:

    Another unbelievable moment when Romney shrugged off the dressage competition that his wife supports.

    A reasonable answer would have that he stands firmly behind her in this event since it has eased some of her suffering from MS. Yet when asked, this nitwit dismisses his own interest in when the event is to take place not knowing the date or time it is scheduled to take place.

    What a doubled edged sword with this comment. It shows that he is either lacking interest in his wife’s activities, or that he could care less about the benefits she derives from this activity as a victim of MS.

    Once again, another “missed opportunity” to appear human for fear of “offending” an undecided voter who may view their dressage interest as suspect.

    He continues in his role of asshole.

  8. BB, looksee: Romney Falls Flat In London But Still Rakes In Cash From Libor Bankers « CBS Boston

    W. Mitt Romney had quite a day in Great Britain yesterday!

    Before his arrival things were looking a little shaky.

    His foreign policy team was in full retro-mode talking about Anglo-Saxon history and threats from the Soviet Union.

    Romney delivered his foreign policy speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and failed to mention Al Qaida one time. The speech was panned across the spectrum of political views, excepting the neo-cons, as being devoid of ideas.

    When criticized because Romney has not delivered specifics on what his Afghanistan policy is, the reply from Team Romney was that “real Americans” don’t care about his Afghanistan policy.

    Not good signs.


    Or perhaps it was all a distraction so that we would not notice that W. Mitt Romney was raising money overseas, organized by a banker at the center of the Libor scandal.

    That’s right. After Mitt was done insulting the country’s preparations for the Olympics, forgetting names, exposing spies and inspiring quotes like “apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humor or sincerity, “worse than Sarah Palin” and “total car wreck”, Romney moved on to cashing campaign checks from bankers and lobbyists who are at the center of the rate-fixing scandal.

  9. I completely missed this: TALLAHASSEE: Former RPOF chair Jim Greer lashes out at Republican party leaders – Florida –

    In a wide-ranging deposition that spanned two days in late May, former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer denounced some party officials as liars and “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies’’ as he described turmoil in the months before his resignation.

    Greer said some GOP leaders were meeting to discuss ways they could suppress black votes while others were constantly scheming against each other.

    He blamed criminal fraud charges filed against him in 2010 on legislative leaders and other party officials who he says orchestrated an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the statewide grand jury to avoid paying him money he was due.

    His statements were in response to questions from lawyers for the party, Senate President Mike Haridopolos and Sen. John Thrasher. Greer has filed a civil suit against the party and the two officials in an attempt to collect $130,000 he was promised in a written agreement shortly before he resigned. The civil suit, pending in Leon County, is unlikely to be resolved until after a criminal trial scheduled for mid November.

    Copies of the 630-page deposition and other documents were released by statewide prosecutors Wednesday.

    • dakinikat says:

      oy … I’m not surprised at all. The Republican party has been usurped by crazy people. It’s the christoban!!!

      • northwestrain says:

        In my state — Washington — one of the favorite targets of the GOP has been the Indian tribes and reservations. The wacky GOP wanted to terminate all Indian reservations and they put that in a “plank” of the platform at their GOP state convention.

        The GOP in this state has been solidly bat sh*t crazy since the 1980s.

        I keep wondering how low can the GOP go? They are a bottomless pit of stupidity. Mind you that the Democrat history isn’t much better.

  10. Remember the banker who died after taking something in court, minutes after the guilty verdict was read? Autopsy confirms arsonist committed suicide in Arizona courtroom – U.S. News

  11. NW Luna says:

    Despite the R-Wacko support for cooked chickens, they don’t care much about live ones:

    An effort by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to establish a national standard for the cages in which hens lay eggs has run afoul of farm-state lawmakers. ….

    Feinstein’s bill grew out of California voter approval in 2008 of a measure requiring chicken farmers to give egg-laying birds enough room to stand and spread their wings. ….

    An effort is under way in the Republican-controlled House to block states from imposing their own standards for agriculture products on producers from other states. ….

    According to the United Egg Producers, most of the nation’s 280 million hens are provided 67 square inches of space, with roughly 50 million receiving 48 square inches. After the phase-in, the birds would have a minimum of 124 to 144 square inches of space.

    I think the R congresscritters need to spend some time in adequate cages — say, big enough to sit in, and no room to stand up or stretch the arms.

  12. northwestrain says:

    The link below is to a long article — which is a must read to understand the crisis we are in right now — not 10 or 20 years from now.

    Global Warming — Romney is one of the deniers (being GOP). 0bama’s record on Global warming is a tad bit better than Romney’s but not by much. The one plus in 0bama’s column is requiring better more miles per gallon in new cars. 0bama didn’t bother to go to the Rio conference — and he is full steam ahead on in keeping with the Palin chant “drill baby drill. However, based on Romney’s record — he would be worse.

    The world that today’s children will be inheriting will be mostly gutted by the massive corporations who have been declared — persons.

    Meanwhile the tide of numbers continues. The week after the Rio conference limped to its conclusion, Arctic sea ice hit the lowest level ever recorded for that date. Last month, on a single weekend, Tropical Storm Debby dumped more than 20 inches of rain on Florida – the earliest the season’s fourth-named cyclone has ever arrived. At the same time, the largest fire in New Mexico history burned on, and the most destructive fire in Colorado’s annals claimed 346 homes in Colorado Springs – breaking a record set the week before in Fort Collins. This month, scientists issued a new study concluding that global warming has dramatically increased the likelihood of severe heat and drought – days after a heat wave across the Plains and Midwest broke records that had stood since the Dust Bowl, threatening this year’s harvest. You want a big number? In the course of this month, a quadrillion kernels of corn need to pollinate across the grain belt, something they can’t do if temperatures remain off the charts. Just like us, our crops are adapted to the Holocene, the 11,000-year period of climatic stability we’re now leaving… in the dust.

  13. northwestrain says:

    The Colorado shooter — he’s in jail and now the legal games begin.

    The link below is to an article by someone who knows about mental illness — close up and personal. Most people in this country know very little about mental illness.

    One of the questions people have about Holmes — how can a man who planned and carried out the violence of mass murder also be mentally ill? The personal observations of the author at the link can give us a clue.

    Like BB and the author of the article at the link I also have personal experience with a family member who has major mental health issues. .

    • janey says:

      I agree that he may not be sane, but if he can plan and execute such an atrocity while insane, then he really cannot be allowed out and about. He might do it again.

      • northwestrain says:

        Oh absolutely — he should be locked up forever.

        Just because someone is mentally ill does not give them a free get out of jail card. The public must be protected from the Holmes of the world.