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2021-04-12 9:34:58 AM  
I think corporations are in a tough positions and I'm glad to see they're taking it seriously. They have businesses to protect. That they struggle with clear issues of right and wrong remains troubling.

This process is confusing the racists of America who seem to think only white people buy things.
 
2021-04-12 10:06:31 AM  

edmo: I think corporations are in a tough positions and I'm glad to see they're taking it seriously. They have businesses to protect. That they struggle with clear issues of right and wrong remains troubling.

This process is confusing the racists of America who seem to think only white people buy things.


I mean hell, just watching the Right twist themselves over the army Lt that got arrested. Defend the cops? Support the troops? Defend the second amendment?

They have gone both ways to each of those questions just for that one incident. They have no messaging and this is what happens.

I think we finally cracked the Right's power. They're messaging is all they have to maintain control and they can't even do that coherently anymore.


1/6 was the death knell for the GOP. Everything since has been just a prolonged death dance until the last gasps escape the body
 
2021-04-12 2:16:22 PM  
It is time for Corporations to use their apparently citizenship to protect the rights of their fellow citizens.
 
2021-04-12 2:17:37 PM  

somedude210: edmo: I think corporations are in a tough positions and I'm glad to see they're taking it seriously. They have businesses to protect. That they struggle with clear issues of right and wrong remains troubling.

This process is confusing the racists of America who seem to think only white people buy things.

I mean hell, just watching the Right twist themselves over the army Lt that got arrested. Defend the cops? Support the troops? Defend the second amendment?

They have gone both ways to each of those questions just for that one incident. They have no messaging and this is what happens.

I think we finally cracked the Right's power. They're messaging is all they have to maintain control and they can't even do that coherently anymore.


1/6 was the death knell for the GOP. Everything since has been just a prolonged death dance until the last gasps escape the body


And as much as I'm loathe to say this because it will sound like wishing harm on others...it has been GLORIOUS to witness.
 
2021-04-12 2:18:50 PM  
Pissed off the money finally. Have fun in that death bed GOP.
 
2021-04-12 2:19:37 PM  
Republicans, turning the American dream into nightmares since the day Lincoln was shot.

/off to the dustbin of history with you
 
2021-04-12 2:20:28 PM  

texanjeff: It is time for Corporations to use their apparently citizenship to protect the rights of their fellow citizens.


if corporations are people in America aka citizens.  Then they have a duty to be involved in politics.
 
2021-04-12 2:22:22 PM  
I heard from some dumb son of a biatch that Mitch McConnell is a dumb son of a biatch.
 
2021-04-12 2:22:56 PM  
It's been lovely.
 
2021-04-12 2:23:06 PM  

A Cave Geek: somedude210: edmo: I think corporations are in a tough positions and I'm glad to see they're taking it seriously. They have businesses to protect. That they struggle with clear issues of right and wrong remains troubling.

This process is confusing the racists of America who seem to think only white people buy things.

I mean hell, just watching the Right twist themselves over the army Lt that got arrested. Defend the cops? Support the troops? Defend the second amendment?

They have gone both ways to each of those questions just for that one incident. They have no messaging and this is what happens.

I think we finally cracked the Right's power. They're messaging is all they have to maintain control and they can't even do that coherently anymore.


1/6 was the death knell for the GOP. Everything since has been just a prolonged death dance until the last gasps escape the body

And as much as I'm loathe to say this because it will sound like wishing harm on others...it has been GLORIOUS to witness.


Oh it has been. I like seeing the GOP broken in my lifetime.
 
2021-04-12 2:24:10 PM  

Badafuco: I heard from some dumb son of a biatch that Mitch McConnell is a dumb son of a biatch.


Yet has somehow still managed to avoid being tackled off a riding mower and beaten with a stick.
 
2021-04-12 2:24:29 PM  
Corporations should take care to wear garlic when McConnell is around. Communion wafers on the door frames or lintels would help to keep him out also. If they are able to drive a stake through his heart it should be ash. If he does not whither into dust within minutes and remains a corpse he should have his head removed, his mouth stuffed with garlic, and then buried separately from the body. At least according to Salem's Lot which i recently listened to as an audio book.
 
2021-04-12 2:24:33 PM  

Bugerz: Pissed off the money finally. Have fun in that death bed GOP.


It felt like a shifting of the money seemed to happen when the NFL signaled support for blm last summer. I think alot of these corporations have come to the realization that the gops particular brand of white supremist fascism is bad for business
 
2021-04-12 2:24:51 PM  
Having corporations decide policy for the country as a whole seems... bad
 
2021-04-12 2:25:12 PM  
"The first Amendment is without limit!"
(CEO's meet to talk about defunding the republicans for hate speech)
"Whoa, you're stepping on my first Amendment rights, buddy!"

"Corporations have rights to speak as they see fit!!!"
"(CEO's meet to discuss cancellation of re-publican donations)
"Hold on there, bucko, corporations need to stay out of politics!"

re-publican logic, folks
 
2021-04-12 2:25:39 PM  
Executives from major airlines, retailers and manufacturers - plus at least one NFL owner - talked about potential ways to show they opposed the legislation, including by halting donations to politicians who support the bills and even delaying investments in states that pass the restrictive measures, according to four people who were on the call, including one of the organizers, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale management professor.

When even the GOP's good friends in big business think they've gone too far, it's time to stop and reassess.
 
2021-04-12 2:26:29 PM  

Badafuco: I heard from some dumb son of a biatch that Mitch McConnell is a dumb son of a biatch.


Mitch McConnell is a lot of things, but dumb is not one of them.
 
2021-04-12 2:26:37 PM  
GOP may as well just rebrand as Fascists.
 
2021-04-12 2:27:16 PM  
"This month, former president Donald Trump called for conservatives to boycott Coca-Cola, Major League Baseball, Delta Air Lines, Citigroup, ViacomCBS, UPS and other companies after they opposed the law in Georgia that critics say will make it more difficult for poorer voters and voters of color to cast ballots."

Wow. Cancel Culture much? The blatant hypocrisy is simply astounding.
 
2021-04-12 2:27:18 PM  
When the American people turn to corporate CEO's for moral leadership...well...it's a long way we have fallen.
 
2021-04-12 2:27:42 PM  

rudemix: Corporations should take care to wear garlic when McConnell is around. Communion wafers on the door frames or lintels would help to keep him out also. If they are able to drive a stake through his heart it should be ash. If he does not whither into dust within minutes and remains a corpse he should have his head removed, his mouth stuffed with garlic, and then buried separately from the body. At least according to Salem's Lot which i recently listened to as an audio book.


I subscribe to the theory that somewhere out there is a Paladin frantically looking for that SOB McConnell's phylactery.

/The filibuster is the phylactery
 
2021-04-12 2:28:12 PM  
What's that saying? Money talks and bullshiat walks?

I guess we will have to wait and see how much money it's going to take. I'm guessing it will be a lot because without cracking down on those pesky left-wing voters they will lose bigly anyways.

Congress really needs to get the updated VRA rammed through. Including a common algorithm for federally drawn districts and mandatory vote by mail options and an x-number of drop boxes per region based on population.

F*ck the QOP
 
2021-04-12 2:28:40 PM  

Badafuco: I heard from some dumb son of a biatch that Mitch McConnell is a dumb son of a biatch.


No, because a female turtle is called a "Shelly."
 
2021-04-12 2:29:00 PM  
Sounds like that corporate Communism that MTG is always talkin' about.
 
2021-04-12 2:29:57 PM  

LL316: Badafuco: I heard from some dumb son of a biatch that Mitch McConnell is a

dumb son of a biatch.

Mitch McConnell is a lot of things, but dumb is not one of them.


Fine.  Happy?
 
2021-04-12 2:31:04 PM  

somedude210: edmo: I think corporations are in a tough positions and I'm glad to see they're taking it seriously. They have businesses to protect. That they struggle with clear issues of right and wrong remains troubling.

This process is confusing the racists of America who seem to think only white people buy things.

I mean hell, just watching the Right twist themselves over the army Lt that got arrested. Defend the cops? Support the troops? Defend the second amendment?

They have gone both ways to each of those questions just for that one incident. They have no messaging and this is what happens.

I think we finally cracked the Right's power. They're messaging is all they have to maintain control and they can't even do that coherently anymore.


1/6 was the death knell for the GOP. Everything since has been just a prolonged death dance until the last gasps escape the body


The media, which they loathe, hasn't weighed in to tell tell them what to think yet. They'll react by 8pm tonight.
 
2021-04-12 2:31:39 PM  
This isn't hard.  If you want to "signal displeasure" with the GQP, stop donating to candidate and PACs and stop sponsoring their content.  That's it.  That's the only tool you have to communicate in the only language they understand (power loss).

You can publicly oppose them, but that doesn't matter because they can gin up outrage and donations from that opposition. The only way they learn is to be exiled from power, and the only corporate tool for that is finances.
 
2021-04-12 2:32:04 PM  

Bugerz: Pissed off the money finally. Have fun in that death bed GOP.


And the Johnny Rubes and Johnny Rebs of America will run out of money soon.
 
2021-04-12 2:32:41 PM  

edmo: I think corporations are in a tough positions and I'm glad to see they're taking it seriously. They have businesses to protect. That they struggle with clear issues of right and wrong remains troubling.

This process is confusing the racists of America who seem to think only white people buy things.


I have a friend who took a hard-right turn a few years back. One of the (many) things that really got under her skin was when commercials featured mixed-race couples and families. I tried to explain that couples and families of that variety exist, and companies wish to sell to them too.
 
2021-04-12 2:32:55 PM  

Markus5: LL316: Badafuco: I heard from some dumb son of a biatch that Mitch McConnell is a dumb son of a biatch.

Mitch McConnell is a lot of things, but dumb is not one of them.

Fine.  Happy?


Mitch is not dumb. He is a treasonous lying asshole.
 
2021-04-12 2:33:48 PM  

rudemix: Corporations should take care to wear garlic when McConnell is around. Communion wafers on the door frames or lintels would help to keep him out also. If they are able to drive a stake through his heart it should be ash. If he does not whither into dust within minutes and remains a corpse he should have his head removed, his mouth stuffed with garlic, and then buried separately from the body. At least according to Salem's Lot which i recently listened to as an audio book.


Vampires don't get buried, they get burned. 24 hours on an ash (the wood) bier if possible. Otherwise you're spot on.
 
2021-04-12 2:34:03 PM  

LL316: Badafuco: I heard from some dumb son of a biatch that Mitch McConnell is a dumb son of a biatch.

Mitch McConnell is a lot of things, but dumb is not one of them.


when one fails to notice a storm brewing on the horizon, it it being dumb, or just willfully ignorant?
 
2021-04-12 2:34:16 PM  
the one thing a "person" who only exists because of the rule of law wants is the rule of law.  The R's are trying to undermine the rule of law, so those "persons" have to be concerned.
 
2021-04-12 2:35:25 PM  

APO_Buddha: Having corporations decide policy for the country as a whole seems... bad


Agree. It's a weird world though.... we keep wanting corps to solve things like livable wage etc.. in my mind, I would much rather have highly flexible corpse that can compete, and actual good law that grants basic guaranteed income and minimum wage based on a well founded algorithm that we argue the specifics of.

Going after companies for playing the game as the rules are layed out never made sense to me. Neither does allowing only specific interests have a say on minimum wage. I think we have proven at this point that for a whole series of jobs, its a market failing and you aren't going to get a reasonable wage set.
 
2021-04-12 2:36:34 PM  
With everything that has been going on, one thing I know has pissed off a lot of Reich-wingers is large corporations either following mask mandates or making their own mask mandates to protect their workers and other customers.

Now they are getting their panties in a twist over the possibility of having to prove a vaccination record, and they are realizing that US citizens are banned from traveling to over 90 countries because of how farked up COVID is here because of their orange goddess and the GQP terrorists.
 
2021-04-12 2:36:47 PM  

APO_Buddha: Having corporations decide policy for the country as a whole seems... bad


Lobbyists beg to differ.

There's no "seems", it's how our county is run.  I'm happy that people are figuring this out and forcing companies to act somewhat more responsibility.  People (can) vote every day with their wallet.
 
2021-04-12 2:37:20 PM  

Bugerz: Badafuco: I heard from some dumb son of a biatch that Mitch McConnell is a dumb son of a biatch.

Yet has somehow still managed to avoid being tackled off a riding mower and beaten with a stick.


I'm betting he avoids that by never doing work outside of politics a single day of his life.
 
2021-04-12 2:37:52 PM  
let's circle back to this 90 days from now and touch base.

the only deliverable here that makes any sense is for this corporate council of elrond to publicly  make one big push for HR1. because I can't see them holding their line long enough to go state by state.
 
2021-04-12 2:38:38 PM  
Republicans have two supporters:  racists and corporations, and they've chosen to pick a fight with corporations so they can keep the support of the racists.
 
2021-04-12 2:40:42 PM  

petec: LL316: Badafuco: I heard from some dumb son of a biatch that Mitch McConnell is a dumb son of a biatch.

Mitch McConnell is a lot of things, but dumb is not one of them.

when one fails to notice a storm brewing on the horizon, it it being dumb, or just willfully ignorant?


"Just" selfish.  What should he care about the storm?  He's doing fine, and he'll continue to do fine.
 
2021-04-12 2:41:02 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Republicans have two supporters:  racists and corporations, and they've chosen to pick a fight with corporations so they can keep the support of the racists.


Well yeah, the racists are the biggest single-issue bloc in GQP primaries.  That plus gerrymandering means racism wins seats.
 
2021-04-12 2:41:08 PM  
Copy Ready links for ALEC activities ready to go for your reply to your crazy sovereign citizen uncle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of​_​members_of_the_American_Legislative_Ex​change_Council

https://www.citizensforethics.org/rep​o​rts-investigations/crew-investigations​/trump-administration-alec-influence/

Eight White House officials and six Trump Cabinet members have attended events hosted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) during the Trump presidency, according to an analysis by CREW. Those officials include Vice President Mike Pence, then-Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

ALEC brings together politicians and corporations to write model legislation and is a notorious vehicle for business interests to covertly (and not so covertly) push their policy agenda. ALEC has become a vehicle for special interests to leverage corporate dollars to shape bills across state legislatures and Congress, often without significant public input or scrutiny.
 
2021-04-12 2:41:26 PM  
January 6th scared a number of corporations because they've seen the money lost when a coup attempt works, and they know how much money they have tied up in the US.
 
2021-04-12 2:43:07 PM  
Republicans flew too close to derp and got their wings covered in shiat.
 
2021-04-12 2:43:34 PM  
GOP is - essentially  - up against modernity. And they're having a hard time.
 
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2021-04-12 2:44:44 PM  
Well, it's almost as if years of diversity and inclusion efforts are beginning to change the corporate view of who their customer base is and that their customers' ability to participate in how the country is run directly affects their ability to participate in the economy
 
2021-04-12 2:45:11 PM  

Dr. Peter Gozinia: "This month, former president Donald Trump called for conservatives to boycott Coca-Cola, Major League Baseball, Delta Air Lines, Citigroup, ViacomCBS, UPS and other companies after they opposed the law in Georgia that critics say will make it more difficult for poorer voters and voters of color to cast ballots."

Wow. Cancel Culture much? The blatant hypocrisy is simply astounding.


And it's always boycotts with these people, never girlcotts.
 
2021-04-12 2:45:22 PM  

CaptainFatass: edmo: I think corporations are in a tough positions and I'm glad to see they're taking it seriously. They have businesses to protect. That they struggle with clear issues of right and wrong remains troubling.

This process is confusing the racists of America who seem to think only white people buy things.

I have a friend who took a hard-right turn a few years back. One of the (many) things that really got under her skin was when commercials featured mixed-race couples and families. I tried to explain that couples and families of that variety exist, and companies wish to sell to them too.


BUT do they have to shove it in our faces?

-similar story and that was the gist of the reply.  "I am okay with gay people. I just don't want to have to see them on the TV"

/narrator: they were not okay with gay people.
 
2021-04-12 2:46:40 PM  
Okay I'll admit it: I'm not a fan of this. Shades of Snowcrash and other such novels. Feels like a corporate held dystopia, that corporations are farking arguing about whether we have a right to vote while actively crushing unions. Excuse me while I shudder my skin off my body.

On the other hand: If they bring enough clout and money to bear and tell the GOP to knock this shiat off with regards to voter repression laws, I suppose it's tolerable though still terrifying.
 
2021-04-12 2:47:19 PM  

notto: Copy Ready links for ALEC activities ready to go for your reply to your crazy sovereign citizen uncle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_​members_of_the_American_Legislative_Ex​change_Council

https://www.citizensforethics.org/repo​rts-investigations/crew-investigations​/trump-administration-alec-influence/

Eight White House officials and six Trump Cabinet members have attended events hosted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) during the Trump presidency, according to an analysis by CREW. Those officials include Vice President Mike Pence, then-Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

ALEC brings together politicians and corporations to write model legislation and is a notorious vehicle for business interests to covertly (and not so covertly) push their policy agenda. ALEC has become a vehicle for special interests to leverage corporate dollars to shape bills across state legislatures and Congress, often without significant public input or scrutiny.


is there leftist version of ALEC?  It is kind of impressive how their model legislation appears in so many state laws.  Is there no counter-version of that level of organization?
 
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