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November 16th, 2012 12:08 am

A liberal friend of mine had posted on Facebook a link to an article from one of his favorite liberal loudmouth websites, entitled, “A Guide To Consumer Brands Helping Bankroll Right-Wing Attack Ads”… and my first thought was, “Sweet, a succint list of companies I should be patronizing!”

So on that note… enjoy!

Have you eaten at White Castle recently? Or caught a movie at Regal Cinemas?

If so, you may be unwittingly helping finance right-wing attack ads.

That’s because many of the country’s most common brands are run by rich conservatives who are using their personal wealth to bankroll outside spending groups that are running attack ads smearing progressives. From Marriott Hotels to Brawny paper towels, and from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Coachella music festival, corporate executives at these organizations have given millions of dollars to groups like Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future.

Some corporations, like Waffle House, give direct donations to conservative attack ad groups like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads.

The following list of consumer brands either have leaders who wrote checks to outside right-wing attack ad groups or gave money directly from the corporation. Only entities that gave $25,000 or more were included in this guide.

Hotels

Marriott Hotels is a subsidiary of Marriott International, whose chairman J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. has contributed $1,000,000 to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future.

Omni Hotels is a subsidiary of TRT Holdings, a private corporation whose co-founder Robert Rowling has given more than $1,000,000 in total to American Crossroads and Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future.

Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas is owned by Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife have pledged $71 million to right-wing attack groups, including Newt Gingrich’s Super PAC Winning Our Future, Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future, Crossroads GPS, a group set up by former Eric Cantor aides named the Young Guns Network, and a group tied to John Boehner named the Congressional Leadership Fund.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is a subsidiary of Marriott International, whose chairman J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. has contributed $1,000,000 to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future.

Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is owned by Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife have pledged $71 million to right-wing attack groups, including Newt Gingrich’s Super PAC Winning Our Future, Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future, Crossroads GPS, a group set up by former Eric Cantor aides named the Young Guns Network, and a group tied to John Boehner named the Congressional Leadership Fund.

Household items

Angel Soft toilet paper is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch who are planning to funnel approximately $400 million to groups like the National Rifle Association, Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the National Right to Life Committee, Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, the 60 Plus Association and the American Future Fund.

Brawny paper towels is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch who are planning to funnel approximately $400 million to groups like the National Rifle Association, Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the National Right to Life Committee, Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, the 60 Plus Association and the American Future Fund.

Dixie Cups is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch who are planning to funnel approximately $400 million to groups like the National Rifle Association, Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the National Right to Life Committee, Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, the 60 Plus Association and the American Future Fund.

Georgia Pacific is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch who are planning to funnel approximately $400 million to groups like the National Rifle Association, Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the National Right to Life Committee, Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, the 60 Plus Association and the American Future Fund.

Entertainment

Coachella Music & Arts Festival is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC.

Regal Cinemas is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC.

Food

Blue Bell Creameries, the ice cream manufacturer, gave $40,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC.

Waffle House, the 24-hour breakfast food restaurant, gave Karl Rove’s group American Crossroads $100,000 from its corporate fund.

White Castle, the Ohio-based burger chain, gave $25,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC.

Athletics

New Balance, the shoe company, is headed by Jim Davis who has donated $1,000,000 to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future.

Gold’s Gym is a subsidiary of TRT Hodlings, a private corporation whose co-founder Robert Rowling has given more than $1,000,000 in total to American Crossroads and Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future.

Sports franchises

Houston Dynamo, the MLS team, is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC.

Los Angeles Galaxy the MLS team, is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC.

Los Angeles Kings, the NHL team, is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC.

Los Angeles Lakers the NBA team, is an affiliate of AEG, whose parent company Anschutz Corporation is run by Philip Anschutz. He has made many political donations, including a $50,000 to the Boehner-linked Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC.

Orlando Magic, the NBA team, is owned by Richard DeVos, a Michigan billionaire who has given more than $1,000,000 to the Koch Brothers’ 2012 anti-Obama efforts.

Miscellaneous

Charles Schwab Corporation, an investment company founded and run by Charles Schwab, who along with his wife has given $250,000 to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC Restore Our Future.

Menards, the Midwestern home improvement chain, whose founder and owner John Menard pledged more than $1,000,000 to the Koch Brothers’ 2012 anti-Obama efforts.

And of course, don’t forget Chick-fil-A!

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A Tale of Two Leaks…
November 9th, 2012 10:12 am

Apparently the new Obama Doctrine on Top Secret information is that it’s not permissible to leak classified details to a company making video games about soldiers…

Seven members of a unit that killed Osama bin Laden got career-ending reprimands Thursday for spilling secrets to a video game developer, a Navy official said. The members of the elite SEAL Team 6 were charged with dereliction of duty for disclosure of classified materials and unauthorized use of unit equipment for two days of off-the-clock work earlier this year. The SEALS were helping the firm EA with its new first-person shooter “Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” which came out last month.

…but it’s perfectly permissible to leak national security secrets to filmmakers designed to support your re-election campaign.

…newly released documents confirm his suspicions that the CIA and the Defense Department jeopardized national security by cooperating too closely with filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal in producing a movie on the raid that led to the death of the terrorist leader.

Tom Fitton is president of Judicial Watch, the organization that obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

“The original investigation was tied to a Maureen Dowd column in The New York Times who said that the classified information was conveyed to help with the film designed to help boost Obama’s re-election chances,” Fitton explains.

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CNN’s headline this morning: Biden, Ryan in combative exchange, but call it a draw

Interesting analysis, considering CNN’s own post-debate poll results released last night showed Paul Ryan winning in EVERY SINGLE category.

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Obama: Race-Baiter and Liar-in-Chief
October 3rd, 2012 3:46 pm

A video has surfaced of Barack Obama from 2007 showing Obama using what can only be described as an “urban accent” to deliver racially-charged lies to an audience of black ministers. In the video, Obama sends a “special shout out” to Jeremiah Wright, whom he calls “my pastor” and “my friend” despite his claims a year later that he barely knew the guy who’d been his pastor for 20+ years as Wright was lighting up the airwaves with his fiery anti-American, black liberation theology sermons. But watch the video and notice something more disturbing…

In the video Barack Obama tosses out racially-charged allegations about the federal government’s actions in the wake of 9/11 and New Orleans in an attempt to remind the crowd that the federal government doesn’t care about black people. (Of course, this plays into the Kanye West line as George W. Bush was President during this speech). Pretty racist allegations coming from the guy who was supposed to transcend race in politics.

But the most appalling aspect of this speech isn’t he bogus accent he rolls out or the racially-charged allegations he makes… that’s not surprising given his ability to pander to any crowd seated before him. No, the real tragedy here is the outright lies that spew out of his hateful, racist mouth.

“Down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt twenty months later, there’s a law, federal law — when you get reconstruction money from the federal government — called the Stafford Act. And basically it says, when you get federal money, you gotta give a ten percent match. The local government’s gotta come up with ten percent. Every ten dollars the federal government comes up with, local government’s gotta give a dollar.

Now here’s the thing, when 9-11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act — said, ‘This is too serious a problem. We can’t expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you gotta put in. Well, here’s ten dollars.’ And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, ‘Look at this devastation. We don’t expect you to come up with y’own money, here. Here’s the money to rebuild. We’re not gonna wait for you to scratch it together — because you’re part of the American family.’

What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money? Makes no sense! Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!

You see, what makes these statements so disgusting is by January 2007, six months before Obama’s speech, the federal government had sent at least $110 billion to areas damaged by Katrina. This was more than five times the money that the Bush administration pledged to New York City after 9/11.

To make it even worse… with respect to the Stafford Act that Obama uses as the foundation of his racial allegations, the federal government DID waive the matching requirements for the money sent to New Orleans… And the act approving the funds and the waiver was signed into law by President Bush after it passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 80-14.

And guess who was one of the 10 Democrats of the total 14 Senators that voted AGAINST the legislation?

Yep… Barack Hussein Obama.

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Protesting Profits.. and Prophets?
September 12th, 2012 12:13 am

Looking at the coverage of today’s embassy attack in Cairo, Egypt, I came across this photo:

…and knew I’d seen them somewhere before…

So are we supposed to be protesting profits or prophets?

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Words Matter
August 21st, 2012 6:12 pm

Unfortunately, it seems the MSM is not interested in following up on the LYING WORDS that Obama delivered directly to their faces…

Think this would be a little bigger issue if the liar was a Republican?

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This was a picture taken by a friend this morning at a local high school here in the Houston area. Notice any issues?

That’s what I asked the principal and several assistant principals in an email (the contact info was publicly available on the school’s website). The response from the principal - THE PRINCIPAL - was quite shocking. Unsurprising, but yet shocking.

Why should we expect our kids to learn when those in charge of the education system don’t even know the basic laws of our lands themselves?

UPDATE: The principal emailed me to say the errors would be corrected. Incidentally, the thread she fowarded me was between her and the ROTC teacher to whom she sent the inquiry. Seems he had to do a little research, himself….

Ahhhh…. public education.

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Building upon the liberal-manufactured “rich vs ordinary” meme, the MSM generally casts wealthy Republicans as “out of touch” and paint their wealth in a negative light, while simultaneously either ignoring the wealth of Democrats or painting it as a show of dignity and class.

In one of the clearest examples of MSM bias in modern times, compare how the media reacted to the clothing worn by the wife of the Republican candidate, Ann Romney, who’s clothing came with a price tag of $990:

Does Ann Romney wear her $990 designer shirt while driving one of her two Cadillacs? The very wealthy Mitt and Ann Romney have often been painted as out of touch with average Americans. Ann’s pricey shirt will not help her husband change those perceptions, no matter how many Laundromat photo ops are on the campaign’s daily itinerary.

…with the reaction to Michelle Obama’s choice of clothing, ringing in at a cost of $6,800:

A shimmering Michelle Obama wowed Buckingham Palace in a captivating, all-white embroidered jacket that retails for $6,800 — inflaming British hearts and fueling debate back home about the price of beauty in perilous economic times.

The First Lady who put middle-market J.Crew on the fashion map turned to the ultraluxe, Park Avenue-style femininity of J. Mendel for the London soiree held at Queen Elizabeth’s pad before opening Olympic ceremonies Friday night.

“She isn’t just wearing a $6,800 jacket — she’s supporting the commerce of the nation,” said top celebrity fashion stylist Robert Verdi, who plies his trade on Eva Longoria, Hugh Jackman and numerous other A-listers.

The hypocrisy is part of a orchestrated campaign to focus on the wealth of rich Republicans while focusing on the style of rich Democrats. Wealth is, of course, evil… but style… it’s oh so timeless.

And remembering how successful the MSM was at generating “news” about VP candidate Sarah Palin’s wardrobe cost in 2008, it’s clear the MSM thinks they have a winning strategy.

The formula is simple… manufacture a “controversy” that fits the liberal talking points, then report on said controversy as if they haven’t generated it themselves. Then beat the dead horse until everyone has forgotten about Fast & Furious, tax cheats in the administration, DOJ coverups in voter intimidation cases, a horrible economy fueled by out of control spending, the largest tax increase in history and the fact that the President still hasn’t released many of his historical documents.

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