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Amazon.com Is For Republicans
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/22/4 | Mark Morford

Posted on 12/22/2004 8:05:50 AM PST by SmithL

Attention, liberal shoppers! Next year, screw those GOP-supportin' companies, and try buying blue

Do you care much that greasy ol' Pizza Hut gave tens of thousands in PAC money to the GOP last year? How about the fact that Taco Bell stopped pumping out their happily toxic semirancid meatlike substances just long enough to write a fat check to the conservative Right? Isn't that weirdly fascinating, in a depressing and indigestible sort of way?

Does it matter a whit that, say, Fruit of the Loom underwear gave nearly 100 percent of its corporate donations to tighty-whitey-wearing Republicans, nearly every one of whom I'm guessing wouldn't know appetizing undergarments from a flap of burlap and some string?

Do you think maybe it should? Matter, that is?

This is what happened: there was this list, see, a long and rather surprising list of major consumer corporations in America, and it detailed just how much money each company forked over to the respective political parties last year in political-action-committee (PAC) donations.

Stop yawning. It gets better.

And the list was a bit revelatory and interesting, as such lists are often wont to be, and the companies' fiscal behavior might even surprise you a little, might even take you aback and make you reconsider your consumerist options, especially the part about how Amazon.com gave 60 percent of their donations to the GOP and except maybe for the part about how Coors Brewing gave almost every penny of their donations to Republicans in a concerted effort to, presumably, stop them icky Colorado gays from getting married and keep women in their place, all while furthering the cause of skanky undrinkable pisswater beer made for red-blooded Americans who lack taste buds and hope.

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Morfordite Alert!
1 posted on 12/22/2004 8:05:50 AM PST by SmithL
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To: presidio9

Poofy Ping.


2 posted on 12/22/2004 8:06:44 AM PST by martin_fierro (</pith>)
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To: SmithL; martin_fierro

3 posted on 12/22/2004 8:08:45 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: SmithL

Where's the barf alert?


4 posted on 12/22/2004 8:09:50 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (I can no longer dicern real stories from satire on this site. America is losing her common sense.)
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To: SmithL

I checked out the website he's talking about. It lists "blue" and "red" companies.
There are a couple of companies listed that I didn't know were blue. I'll not be shopping there any more.


5 posted on 12/22/2004 8:10:04 AM PST by wolfpat
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To: martin_fierro

I am glad Amazon is not a "blue" company.

My wife is a gormet chef and "needed" about $700 of Lecruset (sp?) cast iron, but enameled, cooking stuff this Christmas. (Actually very cool products for foodies, alas.)

It was bad enough buying French products. I don't think I could stand being double-whammed.


6 posted on 12/22/2004 8:10:24 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: SmithL
Someone please post all the "right wing" supporting companies from this article...I'd like to note what they are, and give them some business whenever possible. I'm not a huge fan of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell or Fruit of the Loom...but maybe I can help them out with gift certificates for friends. :)
7 posted on 12/22/2004 8:10:35 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SmithL
Fruit of the Loom underwear gave nearly 100 percent of its corporate donations to tighty-whitey-wearing Republicans
I swear I always I feel much better wearing Fruit of the Loom underwear... now I know why :)
8 posted on 12/22/2004 8:10:36 AM PST by Toidylop
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To: SmithL
I'm guessing wouldn't know appetizing undergarments from a flap of burlap and some string?

I wonder what his favorite flavor is?

9 posted on 12/22/2004 8:10:49 AM PST by frog_jerk_2004
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To: SmithL

I hope this guy was wearing a tie, so someone could help him get his head out of his A--. I would know where he was from without naming his city.


10 posted on 12/22/2004 8:11:00 AM PST by snowman1
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To: SmithL

This thing was actually published? Thank goodness I haven't bought a Chronicle in about ten years.


11 posted on 12/22/2004 8:11:44 AM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: SmithL

Does this guy really get paid for writing this garbage. It is pathetic how hatefilled Dums are. Anyway, all good fascist/socialist/commie/dums don't have any money to spend.


12 posted on 12/22/2004 8:13:18 AM PST by marty60
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To: GVgirl

"Fruit of the Loom underwear gave nearly 100 percent of its corporate donations to tighty-whitey-wearing Republicans,..."

Yeah, cause everybody knows that's all FOTL makes, tightey whiteys.

That article was so hate-ladened, it actually made me concerned for the soul of it's writer.


13 posted on 12/22/2004 8:14:58 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: SmithL
I was ticked at Amazon for how it treated Unfit for Command -- but now all is forgiven!
14 posted on 12/22/2004 8:15:23 AM PST by Rocko
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To: GVgirl

The only time I bought a Chronicle was on 9/12/2001. And it was only because the Merc was sold out (not that the Merc is much better).

Still have it on my desk at work.


15 posted on 12/22/2004 8:15:43 AM PST by Betis70 (I'm only Left Wing when I play hockey)
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To: L98Fiero
That article was so hate-ladened, it actually made me concerned for the soul of it's writer.

You hane nothing to worry about.

16 posted on 12/22/2004 8:17:27 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Stay safe in the "sandbox" Greg!)
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To: presidio9

LOLOLOL!!!!!


17 posted on 12/22/2004 8:18:22 AM PST by mike182d
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To: frog_jerk_2004

Chocolate.

Sorry, someone had to say it.


18 posted on 12/22/2004 8:18:54 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: SmithL
There's nothing on Earth I consider more pathetic than a pansy-male full of hatred.  Morford makes it worse because he thinks he witty and cute.

Honestly, I have more respect for Islamic suicide bombers: even in the depths of their evil they, at the very least, have a seriousness of commitment.

19 posted on 12/22/2004 8:19:09 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (I know a great deal about the Middle East because Ive been raising Arabian horses" Patrick Swazey)
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To: Finalapproach29er
Sorry if I was too subtle for you:

Morfordite Alert!

20 posted on 12/22/2004 8:22:10 AM PST by SmithL (People who are willing to accept everything, don't believe in anything.)
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To: SmithL

What can you do? You can skip the Marriott or the Holiday Inn (76 and 73 percent to the GOP respectively), and stay at the lib-friendly Hyatt. Skip Yahoo.com (a shocking 92 percent to the GOP -- what the hell?) and head over to Google, which gave 100 percent (!) of their donations to the Dems (side note: Google rules).

What else? Toss American and Continental, fly JetBlue. Join NetFlix. Screw Repub-lovin' Wal-Mart and K-Mart (and, if you're reading this column, chances are you need no prompting from me to avoid those epic karmic wastelands) and head over to the giant vortex of consumer madness known as Bed Bath & Beyond, which gave 93 percent to the Dems. I know. I hate that store, too. But now you get to hate them a little less.

Another amazing example? Starbucks. And as much as I despise their ruthless march into funky neighborhoods and strip malls across the nation, the coffee monolith does indeed have truly fabulous employee benefits and incredible customer service, and now you learn that they gave 100 percent of their donations, every single frothy frappaccinoed dime, to the Democrats. It's true. So leave that hideous Folgers and the Sanka swill to jittery BushCo. Go get yourself a peppermint mocha and feel good about it.

As for Amazon, well, it is a bit distressing for many of us who love that bulbous megastore and who shop there all the time to discover that they gave so much to Repubs, which is just odd and a bit inexplicable, especially given how they're based in hugely liberal Seattle and geeky CEO Jeff Bezos seemed at one time to be reasonably attuned and quirky and progressive, except maybe he's not.

Maybe he's just another hollow profiteer who supports war and disses foreigners and thinks gays are, you know, icky. But then again, Amazon did give 40 percent to Democrats. So it's a close call. After all, the venerable and terminally annoying Barnes & Noble gave 98 percent to the Dems, and I can't stand Barnes & Noble. But now, like Starbucks, I hate them a little less. And now maybe I'll just skip Amazon and buy my next gift copy of "The Surrender" or "What's the Matter with Kansas?" from B&N instead.

(taken from the article)


21 posted on 12/22/2004 8:23:06 AM PST by mamalujo (tag, you're it.)
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To: SmithL
Cakeboys unite!
22 posted on 12/22/2004 8:24:09 AM PST by wardaddy (Quisiera ser un pez para tocar mi nariz en tu pecera)
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To: SmithL
Q: What happens it Mike Morford stays in blue turf and shops only blue turf?

A: I'm free to travel wherever I want. There's a hellava lot of Red for me to roam.
23 posted on 12/22/2004 8:24:48 AM PST by shadowman99
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To: mamalujo

I drink a great deal of coffee and I am proud to say I have NEVER been to Starbucks!!


24 posted on 12/22/2004 8:24:56 AM PST by mamalujo (tag, you're it.)
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To: SmithL

Morford is.... you know, icky.


25 posted on 12/22/2004 8:27:02 AM PST by UltraKonservativen (( YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID ))
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To: SmithL

I wonder if it had occurred to this pinhead (Morford, not you Smitty) that Coors Brewing might have been trying to help Pete Coors in his run for Senate?


26 posted on 12/22/2004 8:27:27 AM PST by RebelBanker (To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!)
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To: SmithL
As for Amazon, well, it is a bit distressing for many of us who love that bulbous megastore and who shop there all the time to discover that they gave so much to Repubs, which is just odd and a bit inexplicable, especially given how they're based in hugely liberal Seattle and geeky CEO Jeff Bezos seemed at one time to be reasonably attuned and quirky and progressive, except maybe he's not.

The Jeff Bezos I knew back in high school was more conservative than I, but then I was a liberal idiot. He was extremely intelligent and thoughtful. I would say he is probably an "Arnold Republican". Not enough for most of you all here I guess..

27 posted on 12/22/2004 8:28:53 AM PST by Paradox (Occam was probably right.)
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To: SmithL
Amazon is fine with me.


28 posted on 12/22/2004 8:29:07 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Here's another Dem site but it lists companies which donate to Repub causes, too:

http://www.buyblue.org/current_campaign.html


29 posted on 12/22/2004 8:29:41 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: Finalapproach29er
Where's the barf alert?

Doesn't the name "MORFORD" count as an implied Barf Alert?

30 posted on 12/22/2004 8:30:38 AM PST by TonyRo76 (American by birth. Patriot by choice. Christian by grace.)
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To: SmithL
Do you care much that greasy ol' Pizza Hut gave tens of thousands in PAC money to the GOP last year? How about the fact that Taco Bell stopped pumping out their happily toxic semirancid meatlike substances just long enough to write a fat check to the conservative Right?

Hey, Morford: Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are the same company, doofus. They're both part of Yum! brands, which also includes KFC and Long John Silver's.

And while we have free speech in this country, describing the real chicken and beef served by Taco Bell as "toxic", "semirancid", and "meatlike" strikes me as borderline actionable. Watch yourself.

31 posted on 12/22/2004 8:33:02 AM PST by Politicalities (http://www.politicalities.com)
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To: mamalujo
I knew Starbucks had to be a liberal creation. Created by liberals for liberals, became the "in" thing somewhere and took off due to sheer herd mentality. I find it hard to believe that it grew on quality of product. I like strong coffee, but theirs is about like motor oil.

Want good coffee? Order whole beans from Dunkin Donuts. Utterly splendid, and not expensive, either.

MM

32 posted on 12/22/2004 8:37:01 AM PST by MississippiMan (Americans should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.)
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To: MeanWestTexan
"It was bad enough buying French products. I don't think I could stand being double-whammed."

You are aware that all Amazon shareholders are not Republican, just as all French are not anti American or even anti Bush.

People who boycott companies or countries due to their perceived politics are as stupid as Mark Morford.
33 posted on 12/22/2004 8:41:42 AM PST by monday
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To: SmithL

It's really stupid for liberals to start up the red-blue business patronization game. Virtually every conservative has a JOB, and therefore has MONEY TO SPEND, whereas a large percentage of Dem voters are perpetually unemployed and broke.

MM


34 posted on 12/22/2004 8:44:03 AM PST by MississippiMan (Americans should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.)
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To: monday

I disagree.

I think making the French feel the pain of their govenment's back-stabbing ways is the only way I have of influencing the French people to encourage their government to act better.

Indeed, the French wine makers have spent bundles trying to get more American-friendly representatives, no doubt because they are hurting terribly.


35 posted on 12/22/2004 8:45:20 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: SmithL

To quote Yul Brynner playing Rameses in "The Ten Commandments": "Let him rave on, that all the world shall know of his madness"


36 posted on 12/22/2004 8:46:58 AM PST by NRA1995 ("Yew jes' go and lay yore hand on a Pittsburgh Steelers fan & Ah think yer gonna fin'lly understand")
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To: MississippiMan; mamalujo

From suggestions on another FR thread (I forget which one) I have taken the plunge and started roasting my own coffee beans. Will take a little adjustment to get the roast right, but it sure brews a tasty cup of coffee.


37 posted on 12/22/2004 8:51:17 AM PST by Betis70 (I'm only Left Wing when I play hockey)
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To: SmithL

The left in America once again doing their best to "heal the divide" in the country. . .


38 posted on 12/22/2004 8:53:23 AM PST by Tempest (Click on my name for a long list of press contacts)
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To: wolfpat

Check the oil companies. Shell oil gave more to dems than republican? What is up with that? They WANT to go out of business?


39 posted on 12/22/2004 8:53:24 AM PST by RetiredArmy (DEMOCRATIC PARTY MOTO: If you can't win fair and square - cheat, steal and lie to do so!)
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To: mamalujo
"and I can't stand Barnes & Noble. But now, like Starbucks, I hate them a little less"

Know how to spot a loser? Anyone who brags that they hate hugely successful people, or companies, or even products (TV's, cell phones).

Something in their black souls derive satisfaction in disparaging that which is successful. Perhaps it makes their pathetic little lives seem less pathetic in comparison?
40 posted on 12/22/2004 8:54:16 AM PST by monday
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To: Travis McGee

But what about this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1306114/posts


41 posted on 12/22/2004 8:58:16 AM PST by MileHi
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To: MeanWestTexan
"Indeed, the French wine makers have spent bundles trying to get more American-friendly representatives, no doubt because they are hurting terribly."

They are hurting but not due to their politics. They have lost the marketing battle to new competitors from California, Chile and Australia.
42 posted on 12/22/2004 9:00:38 AM PST by monday
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To: MeanWestTexan

i wouldnt buy from them unless they have started shipping to FPO/APO boxes recently.


43 posted on 12/22/2004 9:03:45 AM PST by Docbarleypop (Navy Doc)
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To: SmithL
Republicans, nearly every one of whom I'm guessing wouldn't know appetizing undergarments from a flap of burlap and some string?

It is NOT a flap of burlap and some string. It is tanned deer hide, and leather "string", and it's called a Loincloth - which, I must admit as humbly as possible, makes me look pretty damned hot...

44 posted on 12/22/2004 9:04:14 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks ("Just because you were born stupid doesn't give you any right to be stupid!" - Paul Watson to Makahs)
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To: monday

I am sure the competition hurts, too.

But the organized boycott had a significant effect.


45 posted on 12/22/2004 9:04:48 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: MileHi

That's being misinterpreted in a selective way. Amazon allows ANY group to get a kickback on clickthroughs resulting in Amazon sales. It's not just a MMM program, far from it! Any websites can do this, and get paid for clickthroughs resulting in sales on Amazon.


46 posted on 12/22/2004 9:05:58 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: SmithL

"Taco Bell...pumping out their happily toxic semirancid meatlike substances..."

Anti-Latino slurs. Someone should sue. (/Sarcasm)
Seriously, if he thinks Taco Bell is "icky", hope he never discovers barbacoa or tamales...


47 posted on 12/22/2004 9:06:44 AM PST by Incandesia (Please don't eat the Newbie)
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To: Docbarleypop

They do.

Checking my order, it says at the botton:

"Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses."


48 posted on 12/22/2004 9:07:23 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: SmithL
I see a member of the party of tolerance (SIC). The more they foam at the mouth, the more ridiculous they look, so let them continue make morons out of themselves, they do a superb job.
49 posted on 12/22/2004 9:13:27 AM PST by Quinotto (On matters of style,swim with the current,on matters of principle stand like a rock-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SmithL
Does it matter a whit that, say, Fruit of the Loom underwear gave nearly 100 percent of its corporate donations to tighty-whitey-wearing Republicans, nearly every one of whom I'm guessing wouldn't know appetizing undergarments from a flap of burlap and some string?

The poor dear has clearly never seen my FR profile page.
50 posted on 12/22/2004 9:15:23 AM PST by Xenalyte (Surf's up, space ponies! I'm making gravy without the lumps!)
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