Thursday, December 15, 2005
Check out this list of companies James Dobson wants his flock of homophobic Neanderthals to avoid because they may, indeed, do business with gays and lesbians. I have tried to categorize them as best as I can. Please excuse any mistakes I may have made, it is a very long list:
Corporations, Industry & Legal
• SC Johnson and Son
• Dow Chemical
• Johnson & Johnson
• Procter & Gamble
• Owens Corning (Home exterior products)
• Northrop Grumman Corp.
• International Paper Co.
• Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
• Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe
• Morrison & Foerster
• Alston & Bird
• Air Products & Chemicals
• Mohawk Industries
• McKinsey & Co.
• Reynolds American
• Jenner & Block
• Visteon Corporation
• Levi Strauss
• Federated Department Stores (includes Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, May Department Stores, Lord & Taylor, Marshall Field’s)
• The Gap
• Bausch & Lomb
• Target Stores
• Borders Group
• Best Buy
• Reebok Intl
• Sears Holding Companies (includes K-Mart)
• Limited Brands (includes Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, White Barn Candle Co., The Limited, Express, and Henri Bendel).
• Estee Lauder Companies
• Barnes & Noble
• Office Depot
• Home Depot
• Liz Claiborne
• Hannaford Brothers
Volkswagon of America.
California State Automobile Association
The Boeing Co.
Ryder System Trucks
Subaru of America Inc.
Ford (includes Volvo and Hertz)
Lodging, Food, Entertainment and Media
• Molson Coors
• Kraft Foods (Alltria Group)
• Cendant (Cendant is the parent company of Avis, Budget, Days Inn, Knights Inn, Fairfield, Howard Johnson, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, Wingate Inns, Wyndham Worldwide, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Cheap Tickets, Galileo International and other holdings)
• Walt Disney
• Miller Brewing
• General Mills
• Pepsi (includes Quaker Oats and Frito Lay)
• Anheuser-Busch (includes Sea World, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens)
• Ben & Jerry’s (Unilever)
• StarcomMediaVest Group
• Brinker Intl Inc. (Chili’s Restaurant, On The Border)
• Campbell Soup
• Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Sheraton, Four Points, St. Regis, Westin)
• Carlson Companies (includes TGI Friday’s, Radisson, Regent International, Park Plaza, Park Inn, Country Inn & Suites).
• Dole Food
• Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant
• MGM Mirage
• Electronic Arts Inc.
• Sara Lee Corporation
• Applebee’s Intl, Inc.
• Marriott International
• Hilton Hotels
• Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster)
• Hasbro Inc.
• Scholastic Corporation
• Global Hyatt, Hotels.com
• Wyndham International
• CMP Media
• The Olivia Companies
• McGraw-Hill Companies
• Compass Group North America
• New York Times
• Gannett Co, Inc.
• Cox Communications
• Eastman Kodak
• Cisco Systems
• Sun Microsystems
• Lucent Technologies
• Agilent Technologies
• Cingular Wireless (owned by AT&T/SBC Communications—60%; and BellSouth—40%)
• Lexmark International
• Gateway Inc.
• Oracle Corporation
• Worldspan Technologies
• Earthlink Inc.
• Honeywell Intl Inc.
• Freescale Semiconductor
• Adobe Systems
• Qwest Communications Intl
• Aramark Corp.
• Texas Instruments, Inc.
• Affiliated Computer Services
• Polaroid Corporation
• Seagate Technology
• Keane Inc.
Health & Insurance
• WellPoint (Blue Cross/Blue Shield)
• Aventis Pharmaceuticals
• Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
• Medtronic, Inc.
• Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (workplace child care)
• Quest Diagnostics (medial lab tests)
• Novartis Pharmaceutical
• Vision Service Plan
• Allianz Life Insurance Co of NA
• Kaiser Permanente
• Merck & Co
• Nationwide Mutual Insurance
• Amgen, Inc.
• Schering-Plough Corp.
• Guidant Corporation
• Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.,
• Northeast Utilities System
• Edison International (Southern California Edison)
• Sempra Energy
• Siemens Energy & Automation
• Xcel Energy
• BP America/BP Amoco
• Dominion Resources
• ABN AMRO Holding NV (includes La Salle Bank and Standard Federal Bank)
• Master Card
• E* Trade
• Bank of New York
• SLM (Sallie Mae)
• Providian Financial Group
• Countrywide Financial
• Lincoln National
• Hartford Financial Services
• Wainright Bank & Trust
• Harris Bank
• Sun Trust Banks
• Washington Mutual
• Deutsche Bank
• US Bancorp
• John Hancock Financial
• Morgan Stanley
• Mellon Financial
• Merrill Lynch
• Northern Trust
• Credit Suisse First Boston
• Bank of America
• Goldman Sachs Group
• Fannie Mae
• Capital One
• Charles Schwab
• Citigroup (includes SmithBarney, Primerica, and Banamex)
• JP Morgan Chase
• Wells Fargo
• Ameriprise Financial/American Express
• Lehman Brothers
• Deloitte & Touche
• Pricewaterhouse Coopers International Ltd.
• Ernst & Young
• UBS AG
• Replacements, Ltd.
• Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams
• United Parcel Service
• Pitney Bowes
• Hewitt Associates
• Waste Management, Inc.
• CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.
Maybe they should all move out to a commune somewhere and grow yams while they wait for Jeebus to rapture them all up.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Bill O'Reilly escalated his War on Christmas by firing all people who will not be having a Merry Christmas this year. On the Radio Factor, the militant O'Reilly declared that he had awarded himself the rank of Field Marshall in the Christmas Defense Army. The CDA now requires that all people swear an oath to Christmas. If they refuse, their businesses and homes will be marked with a large 6-sided star and the words "Christmas Killer."
All who swear fealty to the CDA will wear a red armband that has a white circle with a Christmas tree inside of it:
Field Marshall O'Reilly has demanded a boycott of all non-CDA establishments as well as the firing of all non-CDA employees.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
I love Jews, I swear!
On this anniversary of his untimely passing...
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
And so this is Xmas for black and for white, for yellow and red, let's stop all the fight.
Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity.
Everything is clearer when you're in love.
God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?
I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!
I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.
Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.
Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law. It's nine-tenths of the problem.
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.
Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
The more I see the less I know for sure.
The older generation are leading this country to galloping ruin!
The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
When you're drowning, you don't say 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,' you just scream.
You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.
You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Some things just need to be done. Check it out.
Apparently Wikipedia is not as progressive as I thought they might be and have marked my submission for deletion.
Delete. Wikipedia policy expressly forbids promotion of not yet widespread terms. Wikipedia is NOT the place to promote a new word. Sorry. - Mgm|(talk) 11:44, 8 December 2005 (UTC)
And someday, when it is an old word, it shall return!
Monday, December 05, 2005
Being a Southern Californian Jew with multiple step-parents who have not been Jewish, I have always had to reconcile that on December 25, I would be a part of some kind of Christmas celebration. Not that I really mind it. I mean, Chanukah is a lovely holiday that celebrates a very interesting chapter in Jewish military history topped off by a minor miracle involving oil that lasted longer than expected. I mean, really, God parted the Red Sea and threw frogs at Egyptians for the ancient Hebrews and yet we give gifts because a lamp stayed lit. Eight nights of gifts sounds really great until you become an adult and have to try to stretch these things out. So Christmas at our house has been really interesting because it always begins with lox and cream cheese on a nice toasty bagel (although Xmas dinner has become popular as of late...my rich cheap parents providing a nice cut of meat instead of the lox breakfast...I prefer the lox...my in-laws are always good for lox, though and I'm seeing them in a couple of weeks, so I'll let my parents off the hook this year). And my father, sadist that he is, always throws his ten or so Xmas CDs into his large changer and pipes songs about chestnuts and ringy bells throughout his cavernous beach house (nothing like Xmas in Malibu...I'm dreaming of a...sandy Xmas, just like the one in Tel Aviv). So anyhow, I could never wrap my head around the whole Xmas thing, being a Jew, and finally came up with the perfect way to celebrate an annual gift giving holiday by removing the religion from the swapping. I call it NODWISH, or the NOn-Denominational WInter Solstice Holiday. You can swap it out for Xmas in any of the songs, it has a nice pagan, but not pagan feel to it and nobody in Malibu is likely to be offended, what with Shirley McLaine a few houses down. You can have a NODWISH tree, sing NODWISH jingles and even have a white NODWISH, should you be so inclined. It is the perfect holiday compromise for the Judeo-Christian family that hasn't seen the inside of a temple or church since the last bar mitzvah or wedding which was most likely in some outdoor venue.
So have a Happy Merry NODWISH everyone! (and the guy in the red suit? You can call him Mr. Nick or Uncle Claus...)
Friday, December 02, 2005
So these twits believe that they need protection from liberal food throwers? How about liberal punch throwers? Can we all agree that Ann Coulter needs a proper thrashing? Perhaps she should be tortured so she understands that torture does not work. I say punch her, kick her, bash her, smash her, pie her, fry her, smote her, slap her, cut her, chop her, burn her (that should be enough for google)...
I don't really recommend violence. I recommend that anyone who incites others to hate the words "Happy Holidays" and somehow think that their pretty damn popular religion is being marginalized is probably going back to the green room after the show and laughing that there are suckers out there who think this and some girl in Aruba are more important than the real issues that face our nation. We should all be able to celebrate NODWISH in peace without these people forcing our retailers to inject Christ into everything. Just because U.S. Grant made Christmas a federal holiday in 1870 doesn't mean that times have not changed enough that we can have one egalitarian statement that covers all of our holidays, be they Jewish, Muslim, Christian or none-of-the-above.
I think O'Reilly should go back to writing porn and Coulter should crawl back under whatever sick and perverted rock she came from. What awful awful people...evil people. They are evil. Don't touch them. You might turn into a hermit crab.