Ever since Target decided to wade in on the MN-GOV election last year with a big check for notoriously anti-gay Tom Emmer, I haven’t shopped there. And I’m hardly the only one; for instance, check out the YouTube below.
Why Target’s CEO – Greg Steinhafel – hasn’t been fired is beyond me. And it’s not that Steinhafel – personally – is a big donor to the Mn GOP and GOP candidates – it’s his money, and it’s his right to donate to who he wants. It’s that Steinhafel is the guy who apparently has “The Buck Stops THERE!!!” sign on his desk. Steinhafel has given me no reason to once again shop at Target; if anything, his actions make me more determined that until Steinfels goes, I don’t go to Target.
Steinfel’s latest Mea Nota Culpa? From CityPages.com:
Now, CEO Gregg Steinhafel is telling Target shareholders that the company isn’t taking a position on the gay marriage ban campaign now getting cranked up ahead of the 2012 elections.
“We are going to be neutral on that particular issue, as we would be on other social issues that have polarizing points of view,” Steinhafel says.
So, why is that a complete BS? From the Strib:
(Steinhafel) said Target will stay politically neutral when it comes to social issues such as gay marriage but wants “a seat at the table” when it comes to business issues such as credit-card swipe fees, health care, tax and trade issues.
“…business issues…”? “…BUSINESS ISSUES..”??!?
Apparently, in the cruel and cold-hearted conservative world Steinhafel lives, the happiness and well-being of employees that happen to love someone of the same sex and want the same right to wed as everyone else isn’t a “business issue.”
Maybe Steinhafel thinks The Bradlee Dean Anti-Marriage Amendment is a “social issue” – I think not. It’s a human rights issue.
If Steinhafel wants Target Corp’s Corporate Treasury donating to candidates based on their business beliefs, he better be sending Target dough to help defeat The Bradlee Dean Anti-Marriage Amendment.
Or he’d better not be sending anything from Target Corp’s Corporate Treasury to anybody.
Once Steinhafel quits these flip-flopping “contortions” (that’s what CityPages calls ‘em; go on over there for their take AND links to some coverage City Pages has given Steinhafel’s FUBAR) he might just mend a few fences and regain a few customers.
Of course, if Target Corp simply decided to (stuff)-can Steinhafel, and replace him with someone that isn’t the cold-hearted conservative Steinhafel is, they might regain a lot.
(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)
The last example we looked at was Brodkorb’s Blog; this time we’re looking at what some GOPer WingNuts think is a “joke” – but it’s not. In fact, sources tell me that one GOPer actually sent the following to a DFL State Lawmaker, with the subject line of: “They Have My Endorsement”
While discussing the upcoming Universal Health Care Program with my sister-in-law the other day, I think we have found the solution. I am sure you have heard the ideas that if you’re a senior you need to suck it up and give up the idea that you need any health care. A new hip? Unheard of. We simply can’t afford to take care of you anymore. You don’t need any medications for your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, etc. Let’s take care of the young people. After all, they will be ruling the world very soon.
So here is the solution. When you turn 70, you get a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 representatives.
Of course, you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head and all the health care you need!!! New teeth, great!!! Need glasses, no problem. New hip, knee, kidney, lung, heart? Well bring it on. And who will be paying for all of this. The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care. And, since you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income tax.
I really think we have a Perfect Solution!!!
Some variations of this chain email sent out and forwarded and reForwarded and reFORWARDED AGAIN by “conservatives” have a different version:
You are allowed to shoot 2 liberal senators and 2 liberal congressmen that support this bill.
Funny funny; ha ha – NOT.
Does anyone really wonder why Governor Mark Dayton is meeting with legislative leaders today about Capitol security?
Too many of today’s GOPers have an unnatural if not downright immature fixation on “guns.” Let me be perfectly clear: assualt rifles, Glocks, et al are NOT “guns” – they are WEAPONS. Not “everyone” should have one because – simply put – in the wrong hands they are dangerous.
As can be words.
Words that – hopefully – the GOPer “leaders” attending today’s Capitol security meeting take seriously.
(cross posted to MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)
“Oh, but TwoPutt: Brodkorb doesn’t own that blog anymore!”
Until it’s registered to somebody, it’s still Brodkorb’s blog and all the filth and slime that still is on it is simply the continuation of Mud Slinger Mike’s “work.” And this “work” is the stuff that continues to stoke the GOP’s extremist base; the base, for example, that rallied behind candidates such as Tom Emmer, who said: “I don’t think you can call yourself a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat.”
Or, for example, Michele Bachmann, who stated on right wing radio:
“I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing, and the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. “
Take a look at the YouTube below the ad Brodkorb’s Blog named the “3rd Best Political Ad of 2010. For a full minute, you have an exceedingly angry former Marine acting like a crazed cowboy; waving a rifle around and then firing a round to land God knows where.
By now, you should have seen the map Palin put on her website, “targeting” Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. It’s now been taken down.
Will Brodkorb take back his gushing plattitudes for Bachmann and Palin, who Brodkorb called the GOP’s “Gold Standard“?
Don’t hold your breath.
Then again, maybe you won’t have to; some GOPer with a gun just might take your breath away.
It’s been said if you’re not a part of the solution you’re part of the problem.
Brodkorb, Brodkorb’s Blog, and Brodkorb’s “Gold Standard” mentality are the epitome of the problem.
That YouTube “featured” on Brodkorb’s Blog’s “3rd best ad” is below.
(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)
Where I got it isn’t important, but what is important is where I didn’t get it from: Best Buy. Why? Take a close look at the picture on the “right” – “featuring” paid campaign staffer Tripp Emmer, son of GOP Endorsed candidate for Governor Tom Emmer.
Over the years, my family has bought plenty from Best Buy; last Christmas it was a big freakin’ flat screen.
Those days are over.
As has been pointed out over and Over and OVER, the issue with Tripp is NOT a little underage drinking (For The Record: I have long advocated a drinking age of either obtaining a high school diploma or obtaining 18 years of age – whichever comes later; any law that is routinely ignored – such as underage drinking – only undermines law and order); the issue a paid campaign staffer’s treatment of an obviously incapacitated woman.
Further, to me, it Target’s and Best Buy’s direct financial support of Tom Emmer’s campaign. Hey, if Target and Best Buy and Red Wing Shoes and Holiday Gas Stations want to further Tom Emmer’s capaign, that’s their business. Where I buy stuff is mine, and I’m not about to support a business that supports Tom Emmer.
Let me be very clear: I highly doubt Best Buy, after a background check, would hire private citizen Tripp Emmer after finding that facebook photo. And I highly doubt Team Emmer, after a background check, would hire a non-related Tripp Emmer after finding that facebook photo.
And I have to wonder if Target would hire Tripp to do a little “facepainting” at their upcoming Children’s Book Festival…
(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject.com;, comments welcome there)
Whether the story broke here on MPP or over at The UpTake.org, clearly videographer Bill Sorem’s YouTube of Randi Reitan’s personal boycott of Target Corp has gone viral. Personally, it seems to me that it was Mike’s Blog Roundup that lit the firestorm:
MN Progressive Project: A Minnesota grandmother cut up her Target Card to protest Target giving $150,000 to RightWingNut candidate for governor Tom “I don’t believe you can be a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat” Emmer.
Traffic was heavy here all day while more and More and MORE places picked up the story and linked to the YouTube (many embedded it); at last check the YouTube has been viewed 59,089 times. The story has gone far beyond local, like the and been picked up all over; from ABCNews.com and CBSNews.com.
So, what about San Francisco? Are we still excited about the prospect of having access to discount prices, low-wage jobs, and tax revenue in light of what we are learning about Target? The development of this story is like licking the outside of a Tootsie pop and getting to the middle only to discover a turd has taken the place of the delicious chocolate.
To be sure, this is not a new phenomenon and it’s also one that we can get used to hearing more of now that the U.S. Supreme Court has opened the floodgates to even more corporate involvement in politics.
But that doesn’t mean we have to accept every chancre-ridden Trojan horse that pulls up to the gates of our city promising to bring us bargains and jobs and tax dollars. This story is about more than whether or not politicians (or a CEO) supports same-sex marriage. This is about associations much worse than simple bible thumpers.
The leader of the You Can Run ministry, Bradlee Dean, applauds the execution of gays. The group is closely associated with the Minnesota Republican Party and has attracted the support of the Party’s candidate for governor. These people aren’t just political hacks being provocative — they are spewing some rabid, hate-filled rhetoric that has consequences for LGBT people; not just at the ballot box but also on the street.
Target gave money to a PAC that ran ads for the supremacist politician who keeps company with a right-wing fringe group; a group whose rhetoric is more KKK than it is Carrie Nation. Two days ago Target defended its contribution.
(San Francisco Weekly)
OK, listings of “who gave” and a weekly that notes ties to the Minnesota state GOP….
Who is missing from that list of donors?
So, why did Target pony up $150,000, but Tony Sutton’s Baja Sol didn’t?
One guess is “leadership” – or, more specifically, lack thereof.
Was FEC Tony waiting to see if there was any carnage before he put his money where his mouth is?
(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)