8.09.2005

Jen doesn't like me very much right now

Well, Jen didn’t seem to like my recap of the series finale of Queer as Folk (what can I say, I didn't hate it!), and I’ve decided that our friendship is too important for us to be disagreeing about anything. So, I checked out our friends at LifeSite, and found that they are up to all kinds of wingnuttery, namely, crazy talk about abortion and the like. So, Jen, here’s a post we can both agree on…

First, LifeSite links to a list of abortion-supporting companies, provided by Life Decisions International (Hey, doesn’t "decisions" imply choice? Heathens!). Seems they want their readers to use this as a boycott list, but don’t you think it would be so much more fun to use this as a list of companies to buy shit from? For instance, in need of an accountant? Try Ernst & Young. Need school products? Highsmith! How about drugs? Merck and Pfizer are your friends! Have money to invest? Wells Fargo and Wachovia donate money to Planned Parenthood. Clothing? Neiman Marcus, Levi Strauss, Kenneth Cole are all about killing the babies. How about over-priced organic foodstuffs? Whole Foods loves free range chicken more than your fetus!

Actually, the LDI site is a font of useful information. For example, the Celebrity Watch lists all kinds of actors, musicians and writers, etc. who endorse and/or support Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, LDI uses the word "celebrity" rather loosely (LaVar Burton?), and shows their complete lack of the cool when saying things like this: "Nirvana (following the suicide death of the band's lead singer the group has worked under the name Foo Fighters)." Ummm…no. But they did manage to confirm what I have always suspected: Richard Belzer fucking rocks!

Richard Belzer


According to LDI President Douglas Scott, "This is not a Jesse Jackson boycott; make news for a day or two and then go away. Several corporations were boycott targets for many years before their chief executives finally realized we are relentless and will continue to let them know we disapprove of their philanthropic practices. The key is remaining diligent. If we give up, Planned Parenthood wins."

Actually, darling, the key is remaining "vigilant," not diligent. You see, while they rhyme, those are actually two totally different words.

But, that Jesse Jackson slam really pisses me off. Yeah, I know, the whole "Bud's a dud" campaign failed, but, um....how about South Africa? Remember that one? Considering Mandela's out of jail and apartheid's kind of over, I hardly consider Jackson's boycotts to be failures all around. Maybe we Planned Parenthood supporters should be glad that LDI's not running a "Jesse Jackson boycott."

And they say feminists can't take a joke


Then LifeSite gets even funnier, linking to Dawn Eden (isn't she the one that called AmandaPanda a Porn Liberal?), who takes Planned Parenthood to task for creating a silly cartoon. Seems Planned Parenthood Golden Gate's Superhero for Choice, Dianysis, likes to shoot the anti-choicers with her condom-dispensing laser gun, and once they are caught and neutralized (that nonoxynol-9 is a killer!), they Poof! disappear. Dawn seems to think they get all blowed up, but more likely they just, well, disappear...you know, which is what happens to all villains in comic books. Sheesh...it's a cartoon, no one really dies!

But Dawn has a point when she says that Planned Parenthood and its supporters wouldn't stand for an American Life League cartoon featuring an anti-choice superhero blowing up pro-choicers. But maybe that's because, unlike anti-choice extremists, we don't necessarily have a history of turning our violent fantasies into reality.

annamaria at 2:09 PM

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at Tuesday, August 09, 2005 2:25:00 PM Blogger just sayin' said...

"But maybe that's because, unlike anti-choice extremists, we don't necessarily have a history of turning our violent fantasies into reality."

So true. So republican. So sad.

 
at Tuesday, August 09, 2005 4:06:00 PM Blogger person x said...

I think the funniest thing about this is this quote:

"Several corporations were boycott targets for many years before their chief executives finally realized we are relentless and will continue to let them know we disapprove of their philanthropic practices. The key is remaining diligent. If we give up, Planned Parenthood wins."

The key is the "several corporations were boycott targes for many years before their chief executives realized..." I think the key is that their boycotts didn't make an ounce of difference, allowing for CEOs to take years to realize there was even something going on.

"Wha? We are the subject of a boycott?"

Granted, I'm sure that the PR people of the company knew, but it obviously wasn't a huge impact or they would have changed their ways.

Annamaria and I have discussed that boycotting a company's products is more of a personal choice then one that will impact the bottom line for anyone.

If it did, do you think that Wells Fardo, Wachovia, and Neiman Marcus would still be in business after the targeted boycotting of the religious (oh, I'm sorry - "moral") right?

And, no, I don't hate you, Annamaria!

 
at Tuesday, August 09, 2005 4:10:00 PM Blogger person x said...

After looking at the public figures that support Planned Parenthood/Abortion, I think that we should petition to have our names included in the "Lesser Known" category.

I don't know who most of those people are. Why can't they add my lesser-known name up there?

 
at Tuesday, August 09, 2005 4:31:00 PM Blogger annamaria said...

Jen said:

"I think that we should petition to have our names included in the "Lesser Known" category."

No shit! I just sent them a check for $50, doesn't that count for anything?

 
at Tuesday, August 09, 2005 4:39:00 PM Blogger annamaria said...

For the sake of clarity, I would like to note that I sent Planned Parenthood a check for $50, not LDI. Just so you know...

 
at Wednesday, September 14, 2005 11:44:00 PM Anonymous Doug Scott said...

Hi. Douglas R. Scott, president of Life Decisions International here. ("Decisions" certainly implies that a "choice" is made, but it also implies that some choices are good and others are bad--or deadly.) In any case.

No, the word is "diligent." Check out the dictionary definition:

"diligent; adj 1: quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness; "a diligent (or patient) worker"; "with persevering (or patient) industry she revived the failing business" [syn: persevering] 2: characterized by care and perseverence in carrying out tasks; "a diligent detective investigates all clues"; "a diligent search of the files" [ant: negligent]"

Yep! Just the word I was looking for!

Pro-abortion people don't have a "history" of resorting to violence? Nonsense. Check out: http://proabortionviolence.com/.

Finally, anyone who knows anyone about a boycott that is not intended to make headlines or money (you know, like "the Reverend" Jesse Jackson)understands that it is not important if every pro-abortion person on earth patronizes the listed corporations. The list is published so pro-life people don't unknowingly do business with them. So, feel free to support them all you like. Won't make one bit of difference to us!

(Oh, and as for LaVar Burton, you make a good point. We are using the term "celebrity" rather loosely indeed!)

 

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