"Blue" Companies

dotnina

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Columnist Mark Morford has an interesting article today about which companies donate to Republicans and which donate to Democrats.

I was a little amazed to see how many companies gave money to political parties. There’s a list at BuyBlue.org. Quite a few surprises there – companies that I would have guessed would support Democrats (i.e., Target and Amazon.com) actually gave a lot to the GOP.
 

Xtremehkr

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What a great article, thanks for posting it. Team Blue needs to start working together if we are going to get anywhere in the future. It's nice to see that things are getting organized again, this is definately going to influence who I purchase products from.

Though it baffles me as to why Fast food outlets like Taco Bell would be for the GOP. Don't they know who buys their food like stuff.
 

mactastic

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Xtremehkr said:
Though it baffles me as to why Fast food outlets like Taco Bell would be for the GOP. Don't they know who buys their food like stuff.
They also know who regulates their food like stuff.
 

zimv20

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Xtremehkr said:
Ah, I didn't think you could go lower than triple 'E' grade beef. Silly me.
when she was in college, my sister worked in the cafeteria in her dorm. she reported to me the boxes which read, "grade D but edible".
 

Lyle

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dotnina said:
Columnist Mark Morford has an interesting article today about which companies donate to Republicans and which donate to Democrats.

I was a little amazed to see how many companies gave money to political parties. There’s a list at BuyBlue.org. Quite a few surprises there – companies that I would have guessed would support Democrats (i.e., Target and Amazon.com) actually gave a lot to the GOP.
It is an interesting list, but note that it only covers campaign donations during the last election cycle. I'd be interested to see the same kind of lists for previous election cycles (more to the point: when it was a Democratic incumbent and not a Republican). I don't have a particular theory in mind, I'm just curious about how (if) that changes things.
 

Xtremehkr

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zimv20 said:
when she was in college, my sister worked in the cafeteria in her dorm. she reported to me the boxes which read, "grade D but edible".
I've come to enjoy cooking my own food, it's as cheap and I know what is in it.
 

Daveman Deluxe

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mactastic said:
They [fast food outfits] also know who regulates their food like stuff.
Actually, you may be surprised to know that the fast food outfits get the highest-quality and the safest beef and chicken for their food. I read that in Fast Food Nation. I'd quote it, but I haven't got a copy on me.
 

mactastic

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I would be surprised to find that out. I was under the impression that fast food places helped keep costs down by buying less-than-prime meat.
 

stubeeef

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I always thought it was pressed together pieces and parts!

I was a BK manager in the early 80's, and wether or not the processing of the meat, and or the meat is of quality, how it is handled at the store makes it a mute point.

Interestingly my wife bought some Hienz Katchup recently! OMG!!! :D

(yes i know H wanted to stay out of the whole mess, and probably even gave more to W, who knows, just a bit of a joke).


PS My wife just came down the steps and asked for the 1000th time "Is she PRETTY?" ie, why is he spending so much time on the forums?
 

mactastic

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It's OK Stu, I went to Home Depot this weekend and bought stuff there. That should more than cancel out any ill effects of your Heinz purchase.

And does it surprise anyone that corporations tend to give more heavily to the GOP? They are the party more in tune with big business after all...
 

skunk

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stubeeef said:
is a castrated ram: is this what you meant??
a mute point.
Moot. Moot. Moot. How many times? Tsk, tsk! :rolleyes:

Interestingly my wife bought some Hienz Katchup recently! OMG!!! :D
I give up, honestly! :D

PS My wife just came down the steps and asked for the 1000th time "Is she PRETTY?" ie, why is he spending so much time on the forums?
I get a lot of that, too! :)
 

Zaid

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When I was at Uni, i once saw a truck delivering meat to our hall canteen. The boxes had printed on them: "Fit for human consumption" :eek:

I had the vegetarian option for the rest of the week ;)
 

Xtremehkr

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So there is no such thing as USDA Grade A Beef? I am sure meat quality is graded in some manner.
 

pseudobrit

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Xtremehkr said:
So there is no such thing as USDA Grade A Beef? I am sure meat quality is graded in some manner.
From my snopes link:

the FSIS does not "grade" meat as part of the standard inspection process: inspection is strictly a pass/fail system, and meat products either pass or are rejected as unfit. There is no such thing as "Grade D but edible" or "pet food only" grades of meat.

...

USDA Prime, Choice, Select, and Standard grades come from younger beef. The highest grade, USDA Prime, is used mostly by hotels and restaurants, but a small amount is sold at retail markets. The grade most widely sold is USDA Choice.

Standard and Commercial grade beef frequently is sold as ungraded or as "brand name" meat.

The three lower grades — USDA Utility, Cutter, and Canner — are seldom, if ever, sold in stores but are used instead to make ground beef and other meat items such as frankfurters.
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This grading process is optional, however, and even meat assigned to the lowest grades is perfectly edible.
 

tristan

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Interesting information, but they shouldn't put $19,000 contributions on the same list as $2m contributions. Also, it looks incomplete to me - no banks contributed? No defense companies? No wall street firms? Etc etc.
 

Thomas Veil

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Zaid said:
When I was at Uni, i once saw a truck delivering meat to our hall canteen. The boxes had printed on them: "Fit for human consumption" :eek:

I had the vegetarian option for the rest of the week ;)
That's just offal.

(Sorry.) :eek:
 

solvs

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skunk said:
Moot. Moot. Moot. How many times? Tsk, tsk! :rolleyes:
A moo point... you know, like a cow. It's moo. No, seriously though... it's moot, I know. Mute, that made me smile. :)

On topic though, so much for campaign finance reform? For some reason, I have a problem with companies being able to buy candidates. Bad enough they give contracts to their buddies. I mean, if Heinz became the official ketchup used by the goverment under a Kerry Presidency, I'd think it would be conflict of interest.
 

zimv20

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zimv20 said:
i will question my sister about her story.
i must have misremembered; my sister never worked in the cafeteria, it was her friend.

of course, this has all the makings of an urban legend, but i will hold out for one more bit of information. i know this friend (dated her, actually, which annoyed my sister), and will have to ask her when i next see her if it was actually her (the friend) who saw this box, or if she just heard about it.

hope that made sense.
 

Durandal7

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We're going to start buying products based on political affilliation? Why don't we just force everyone to wear a patch on their clothing stating their political party? That way we'll be able to tell who is a good person and who is a bad person.
 

pseudobrit

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Durandal7 said:
We're going to start buying products based on political affilliation? Why don't we just force everyone to wear a patch on their clothing stating their political party? That way we'll be able to tell who is a good person and who is a bad person.
Why don't we ban political contributions from corporations? That way we'll be able to end the legalised bribery that passes for government in the US.
 

mactastic

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Durandal7 said:
We're going to start buying products based on political affilliation? Why don't we just force everyone to wear a patch on their clothing stating their political party? That way we'll be able to tell who is a good person and who is a bad person.
Do you support the right of those who want to boycott FDS for not saying "Merry CHRISTmas"? How do you feel about blood diamonds? Was the boycott of aparteid South Africa akin to wearing a patch saying which side of the matter you were on?

I'm not sure why you would argue against freedom of choice. You even have the freedom to decide that boycotts are stupid and you want no part in them, but they have been effective as instruments of change for a long time. I see no reason to tell people they should be forced to buy or support any person or group that they don't want to.

And aren't you being a little overly dramatic with your 'good person/bad person' line there? Which side is 'good' and which is 'bad'?