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15 Major Brands That Unabashedly Support Gay Marriage
Business Insider ^ | 03/27/2013 | Laura Stampler

Posted on 04/02/2013 8:29:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

While the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the legalization of gay marriage this week, some of the biggest companies in the world risked isolating its conservative consumer base to come out in loud support of marriage equality.

Brands from Bud Light to Martha Stewart Living riffed on the Human Rights Campaign red equal sign that has gone viral on Facebook.

Although the image of Paula Deen riding the symbol — with the caption "It's like two sticks of butter, y'all" — that has been going around is clearly a parody, many other companies have created legitimate social media campaigns to show their unabashed support for the cause.

1) Bud Light re-created the red equal sign — a symbol of people's support of marriage equality that has taken over Facebook newsfeeds — with two cans of Bud.

The company has received a lot of Facebook hate, but it doesn't care.

2) Martha Stewart Living decided to spread the message with cake.

3) Expedia changed its cover photo to the popular image linked to marriage equality advocacy.

Here's the Expedia ad about how a father overcame his prejudices to travel to his daughter's lesbian wedding last fall.

"I told her, this is not the dream I had for my daughter," Artie Goldstein said. But the journey to the wedding and experiences with his new daughter-in-law opened his mind and heart.

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1 posted on 04/02/2013 8:29:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

My favorite is the two strips of bacon...


2 posted on 04/02/2013 8:31:24 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good, I don’t patronize any of those companies anyway.


3 posted on 04/02/2013 8:33:55 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for the info. Don’t use too many of those brands anyway, but was using Expedia.

Won’t do it anymore.

I keep wondering why these jokers don’t just try to do a good job in their area of specialty...and leave the political bull-Obama to those who are pretty useless in the game of life.


4 posted on 04/02/2013 8:36:16 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind
Imagine this scene with a roomful of guys hoping for a rose from the Bachelor:


5 posted on 04/02/2013 8:37:16 AM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Disgusting.

I can do without every one of these companies except Microsoft since I’m forced to use and support their products in my office place.

I’ve been sober for a while now, so Budweiser, Smirnoff, and Absolut can go pound sand. Burger King will never get my business again. JCP sucks. Amazon... c’mon Amazon!


6 posted on 04/02/2013 8:37:26 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: wolfman23601; Da Coyote

You mean you don’t buy anything at or from or use — Amazon, Microsoft, Nike, and Google?


7 posted on 04/02/2013 8:37:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

STOP IT.
There are no gays.
That word was hijacked by homosexuals and liberals to try and make the perversion palatable to normal people. Homosexuals as a group are angry, unstable, rife with illness and have no reason to be gay as in happy..........
It is HOMOSEXUAL marriage and it is a perversion and an abomination.


8 posted on 04/02/2013 8:37:58 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Maybe some of these “tolerant” folks should take a tour of the folsom street fair in san fagcisco if they want to see just how wonderful the gay life style is.(zombie.com) Or maybe attend some of the wonderful gay pride parades where the freaks tend to let it all hang out with their dominatrix outfits with all the leather and chains, gag balls, zippered masks. Not to mention the “backless” chaps etc. How delightful eh? Maybe penney’s will have a new line out since they are such great supporters. Of course, should you make a disparaging remark, you are a hater. You HAVE to accept all their garbage, but don’t you dare state your objection because then you are being intolerant and will require more diversity training/indoctrination. NOT!


9 posted on 04/02/2013 8:39:29 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: SeekAndFind

Missing In Action:

Gilead Sciences Inc. and all the other large manufacturers of AIDS drugs.

You would think they’d be first in line to promote more sodomy.


10 posted on 04/02/2013 8:39:33 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: SeekAndFind

Paula Deen riding anything is a scary enough.


11 posted on 04/02/2013 8:39:36 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: wolfman23601
Good, I don’t patronize any of those companies anyway.

I'm sure at least part of the equipment and service you used to post your reply was made/supplied by a homo-company.

If anyone has an alternative on the technology side, please let me know. Maybe something Asian-made?

12 posted on 04/02/2013 8:39:48 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Wiggins
RE: Paula Deen riding anything is a scary enough.


13 posted on 04/02/2013 8:41:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Wiggins
Paula Deen riding anything is a scary enough.

Hahaha! Good one!

14 posted on 04/02/2013 8:43:03 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Iron Munro

RE: Gilead Sciences Inc. and all the other large manufacturers of AIDS drugs.

Why would they need to advertise? Their pharma reps sell their products directly to the doctors ( who need very little convincing when the science is there ).


15 posted on 04/02/2013 8:43:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Could someone please post the list for us “Behind Firewalls” people.


16 posted on 04/02/2013 8:43:40 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here is the list of the 15 companies for those not inclined to click/read:

Bud Light
Martha Stewart Living
Expedia
HBO
Smirnoff
Absolut
Kenneth Cole
Oreo
Microsoft
Amazon
Levi’s
Nordstrom
Target
J.C. Penis
Starbucks


17 posted on 04/02/2013 8:44:36 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: SeekAndFind

Imagine a world where people glorify drug addiction, alcoholism or pedophilia? It’s based on the worst vices of human behavior. Yet homosexuality and hedonism gets a pass. We are living through and witnessing a truly sickening era.


18 posted on 04/02/2013 8:44:47 AM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: AngieGal

ping


19 posted on 04/02/2013 8:45:46 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Mich Patriot

blech.


20 posted on 04/02/2013 8:45:51 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: SeekAndFind

Bud Light, why do people drink this? If you want to get a buzz go for the Tequila or 90 Proof Gin or if you enjoy getting into drunken fights, Mescal.


21 posted on 04/02/2013 8:46:48 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: rarestia
Amazon... c’mon Amazon!
I feel your pain!
22 posted on 04/02/2013 8:47:07 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: SeekAndFind
2) Martha Stewart Living decided to spread the message with cake.

Martha better be careful or she will end up in the SLAMMER again.
Cake, my aunt Fanny. She's as big a pimp as anyone in The Game. She doesn't give a rat's patootie about gay marriage. Never has; never will.

23 posted on 04/02/2013 8:48:03 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: wolfman23601

I smashed my Kenneth Cole watch with a hammer. I need another watch now.


24 posted on 04/02/2013 8:48:49 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: US Navy Vet

RE: Could someone please post the list for us “Behind Firewalls” people.

1) Bud Light re-created the red equal sign — a symbol of people’s support of marriage equality that has taken over Facebook newsfeeds — with two cans of Bud.

2) Martha Stewart Living decided to spread the message with cake.

3) Expedia changed its cover photo to the popular image linked to marriage equality advocacy.

Here’s the Expedia ad about how a father overcame his prejudices to travel to his daughter’s lesbian wedding last fall.

“I told her, this is not the dream I had for my daughter,” Artie Goldstein said. But the journey to the wedding and experiences with his new daughter-in-law opened his mind and heart.

4) HBO’s “True Blood” gave the red equals sign a supernatural edge.

5) Smirnoff’s message is clear: “Every pairing is perfect.” Note how the straws are holding hands. But not all Facebook fans loved the message.

6) Absolut has long been an ally to the gay rights movement. Wednesday it showed its “Absolut Support” of gay marriage.

Absolut began advertising its support of gay marriage as early as 1989.

7) Kenneth Cole posted this message of support for equal rights on its Facebook Tuesday while the Supreme Court was listening to arguments on the subject.

Although Kenneth Cole has been a long-time ally to the movement. This billboard recently popped up in New York City.

The company also ran this print campaign in favor of marriage equality.

8) Oreo has supported gay rights in the past but was relatively silent regarding this week’s Supreme Court gay marriage case.
Oreo tweeted this image for gay pride day in 2012.

9) Last week, Microsoft released this ad for Outlook that showed two women kissing on the steps of a courthouse getting married. It’s called “Get up-to-date.”

10) In late February, Amazon released a pro gay marriage Kindle ad in which a man and a woman jokingly wait for their husbands to grab them drinks. Amazon has been pretty silent this week.

11) Last month Levi’s posted this ad — with a white equals sign — to show its support of the Human Rights Campaign’s fight for marriage equality.

But its fight has been going since 2009, when Levi’s attached a pro-gay marriage white ribbon on the pocket of all of its new jeans as a symbol of the company’s opposition to Prop 8.

12) In October 2012, Nordstrom sent an email to all employees announcing its full support of gay marriage.

The letter from Blake, Pete, and Erik Nordstrom — the president and presidents of merchandising and stores, respectively — began discussing the company’s respect towards gay and lesbian employees and early anti-discrimination policy.

It continued:

“We feel the next step in this journey is to now support freedom to marry, also called marriage equality. There is a lot of awareness of this issue across the country and we’ve heard from many employees and customers. We gave this thoughtful consideration and felt the time was right to come out in support of this civil rights issue. It is our belief that our gay and lesbian employees are entitled to the same rights and protections marriage provides under the law as all other employees. We also believe supporting freedom to marry will help us create a more attractive and inclusive workplace for our current and prospective employees. Again - this decision is consistent with our long-time philosophy of inclusively and equality for our customers and employees.
“We recognize there are differing opinions about freedom to marry. We hope we’ve been clear about why we made this decision. To all of our employees - if you choose to talk about this with each other, please do so respectfully. We want you to be informed about our position so you can also respectfully answer any customer questions that come your way.”

13) In July 2012, right around when Chick-Fil-A came under fire for slamming gay marriage, Target released this wedding gift registry ad featuring a gay couple. Some still criticized the company for not taking an official stance against Minnesota’s traditional marriage bill, however.

Of the Minnesota bill, a Target spokesperson said, “We recognize that there is a broad range of strongly held views on the MN Marriage amendment. Consistent with our longstanding support of civic engagement, we strongly encourage our team members to exercise their right to vote in November.”

14) JC Penney was criticized by the right for using openly gay personality Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson, but the company didn’t care. It also ran this ad featuring two dads for Father’s Day 2012.

Although JCP isn’t scared to show ads featuring same sex couples, it hasn’t made an official statement regarding gay marriage.

15) Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has been particularly vocal about his support of gay marriage and last week told stockholders that disagree, “You could sell your shares at Starbucks and buy shares in other companies.”

In 2012, Starbucks — along with other Northwest companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Nike, and Google — supported legislation that would legalize gay marriage in Washington State.


25 posted on 04/02/2013 8:49:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Flavious_Maximus

The downhill spiral is accelerating.


26 posted on 04/02/2013 8:49:57 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: SeekAndFind

Doesn’t our side have a competing alternative for the red/pink equals sign logo?


27 posted on 04/02/2013 8:51:03 AM PDT by TheEditor
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To: SECURE AMERICA

STOP IT.
There are no gays.
That word was hijacked by homosexuals and liberals to try and make the perversion palatable to normal people. Homosexuals as a group are angry, unstable, rife with illness and have no reason to be gay as in happy..........
It is HOMOSEXUAL marriage and it is a perversion and an abomination.


Thank you.

In my church a few Sundays ago, during the sermon, the pastor used the word “gay”. Literally, without thinking, and rather loudly in front of the entire congregation, I said, “you mean homosexual”. I made no apologies.


28 posted on 04/02/2013 8:52:21 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: sarasota

Oreo? Oreo? Please God, Not Oreo!!!!


29 posted on 04/02/2013 8:53:25 AM PDT by refermech
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To: SeekAndFind

Shareholders need to object (or file suit) ...


30 posted on 04/02/2013 8:53:25 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: rarestia

Burger King is not on that list. That was a tease for a list of “inappropriate” ads - but Burger King is not promoting homosexual marriage.


31 posted on 04/02/2013 8:54:57 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: Mich Patriot

For smart phone, music, TV and computer I strictly use Apple products. I’m actually surprised the Bay Area-based company isn’t on the list, but that could and likely will change any second now.


32 posted on 04/02/2013 8:55:03 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: rktman
Maybe some of these “tolerant” folks should take a tour of the folsom street fair in san fagcisco if they want to see just how wonderful the gay life style is.

Some time ago I flew into San Francisco for a business conference. I hooked up at the airport with one of my peers who drove in from southern Cal in a Corvette. We put my overnight bag in the car and off to San Francisco we went.

Being from out of town and not well informed about the San Franciso queer scene, we had no idea what was in store for us. The driver got lost and twisted around and we ended up in the middle of a "Gay" parade.

I don't know if it was the street fair you refer to but it was the most disgusting thing I have ever witnessed. Once the faggots swarmed the line of cars we were stuck in there was no way out. And we were really at a disadvantage sitting in those low Corvette seats.

As you said, if anyone really wants to see what faggotry is all about San Francisco is the place to get educated.


33 posted on 04/02/2013 8:55:33 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: SeekAndFind

ALASKA AIRLINES;

http://www.alaskaair.com/content/gay-travel.aspx

My wife and I know Brad personally. He is a very nice guy. This whole thing blossomed when Bill left the helm and Brad took over. Very disappointing and my wife told him so in an email.

We now avoid Alaska Air like the plague.


34 posted on 04/02/2013 8:56:06 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Mich Patriot

Oreo means Nabisco, I believe.

That’s a shame.


35 posted on 04/02/2013 8:57:05 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: jaydubya2
Here's Amazon's Wonderful Kindle Ad That Supports Gay Marriage
- (Feb. 22, 2013) Business Insider ^ | Feb. 22, 2013, 9:26 AM | William Wei http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2992716/posts
36 posted on 04/02/2013 8:57:10 AM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: Flavious_Maximus
Imagine a world where people glorify drug addiction, alcoholism or pedophilia? It’s based on the worst vices of human behavior. Yet homosexuality and hedonism gets a pass. We are living through and witnessing a truly sickening era.

Money, power, fame and land...the 4 scarce resource. Humans have been seeking those scarce resources since there were humans.

We USED to have only a billion people on earth. I THINK that was in 1800. Now we have 6 billion and counting. Our world IS six times more sickening.

Imagine how much worse it will be when we are 60 billion. Yikes.

37 posted on 04/02/2013 8:57:57 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Flavious_Maximus

Wny not skip right to beastiality? Think of all the commercials. Woman sitting by a fireplace with her great dane. “We were intimate last evening...he was the best I’ve ever had.”

This whole thing is not going to end well.


38 posted on 04/02/2013 8:59:02 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: refermech

39 posted on 04/02/2013 8:59:32 AM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: cuban leaf

have you ever noticed how all of the talk radio (and other conservative) personalities always have so many “GAY FRIENDS”?

Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, OReilly, Rick Warren, always talk ad nauseum about their gay friends as if it gives more credibility to their stances.


40 posted on 04/02/2013 8:59:43 AM PDT by MNDude (I survived the sequester!)
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To: refermech

Buy generic versions like Walmart’s “Great Value”.


41 posted on 04/02/2013 9:00:39 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: MNDude

Virtually none of those people you mentioned are very conservative.


42 posted on 04/02/2013 9:01:32 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: SeekAndFind

RE: Paula Deen

Paula Dean Prom Picture


43 posted on 04/02/2013 9:01:33 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: haffast

Thanks for the link....the truth hurts!


44 posted on 04/02/2013 9:05:30 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: SeekAndFind

Good we already do not contribute to any of these already. They have been off our shopping lists for years.


45 posted on 04/02/2013 9:08:01 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: Iron Munro
Odd note: Since the state of California is SO liberal, homosexuals are now welcome in other parts of the state. They are all over the state now. They buy homes more easily because they are two working men...usually with higher incomes pooled.

San Francisco has experienced an OUTFLOW of tutti-frutties, a visible outflow of them. The once 100% homosexual Castro District has heterosexuals now. Well, I SEE young men with young women pushing baby carriage with a real baby in it. I THINK they are hetero.
The heteros can afford it because so many apartment and houses are on the market because the tuttie-frutties have moved north and south for bigger and better homes/properties.

The GAY PRIDE PARADE (as it is SICKENLY called) brings tham all back in for the weekend. Truly sad. Homosexuality is a CHOICE.

What sad sack would CHOOSE that?

46 posted on 04/02/2013 9:08:05 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: BlueStateRightist

RE: For smart phone, music, TV and computer I strictly use Apple products.

Apple is gay friendly too. They got a perfect score for gay friendliness as far back as 2006:

http://macdailynews.com/2006/09/20/apple_computer_gets_perfect_score_for_gay_friendliness/

Their CEO Tim Cook advocates for gay marriage. Not surprising, he is known in some circles as the most powerful gay man in America.

see here:

http://gawker.com/5834158/


47 posted on 04/02/2013 9:08:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Pilated

RE: They have been off our shopping lists for years.

Just curious, what kind of computer do you use? If it’s either Apple or Microsoft based, you ARE patronizing gay friendly companies.


48 posted on 04/02/2013 9:09:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: MNDude

RE: Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, OReilly, Rick Warren, always talk ad nauseum about their gay friends as if it gives more credibility to their stances.

They do it to show that they are NOT homophobes even as they oppose gay marriage.


49 posted on 04/02/2013 9:10:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Mich Patriot

Other than the tech companies, I have no association with any of these, and am looking for alternatives to the techs.


50 posted on 04/02/2013 9:13:54 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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