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NASCAR turns to the Left; rejects gun ads

The public perception of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has always been that NASCAR is all-American, pro-Second Amendment, and in sync with red-state values.

No more.

Stephen Gutowski reports for The Washington Free Beacon, August 30, 2019, that two gun companies said NASCAR rejected their gun ads because of the racing company’s “gradual shift on guns”. Both gun companies said a NASCAR advertising agency had solicited ads from them for NASCAR publications, but when they submitted ads, they were told NASCAR would not accept them.

The two gun companies are:

(1) Dark Storm Industries:

Dark Storm said an ad it submitted featuring one of the company’s AR-15s was rejected. Dark Storm wrote in an Instagram post:

“NASCAR decided to turn their back on their customer base, joining the likes of Yeti, Dick’s and Under Armour. We were approached by a NASCAR publication eager to earn our business, but after submitting our ad it was immediately rejected, stating that we cannot depict ‘assault weapons’. As we have learned, NASCAR has made a ‘gradual shift’ but this doesn’t seem very gradual to us. It seems as though NASCAR has turned their back on the overwhelming majority of their fan base in the most embarrassing way possible.”

(2) Online retailer K-Var Corp:

K-Var said NASCAR rejected an ad featuring an AK-47 and 9mm handgun. An April email exchange between K-Var and National Event Publications, which books ads for NASCAR publications, obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shows the ad booker working with the gun dealer on final details of an ad for the souvenir program sold during the Race for the Cup series. Dave Dolbee, general manager of K-Var, said the company thought the ad would be good for brand awareness since the NASCAR audience is considered to be very gun-friendly and notable gun companies had previously advertised in the program. However, the ad company emailed Dolbee in August to say NASCAR rejected K-Var’s ad because of the firearms included in it. Sunny Berlin, art director for National Event Publications, told Dolbee in an email:

“We just heard back from NASCAR on a number of gun related ads and unfortunately due to a gradual shift in their position on guns, these ads must be edited/changed– especially those that are depicted as assault style rifles/sniper rifles. They are still open to some ads featuring some of the less controversial gun accessories, concealed carry, or classes. Can you supply a new ad that would fit more along these guidelines? NASCAR will then review again.”

Dolbee said:

  • K-Var was unable to get any clarification from NASCAR on what it considered an “assault style rifle” or “sniper rifle” or other details of their “gradual shift” on guns.
  • National Event Publications were “cagey about it when they gave me that 24-hour deadline to resubmit an ad.”
  • NASCAR had not even been clear with National Event Publications and did not provide “clear enough guidelines to say ‘it was exactly this in your ad or it was exactly that in your ad.'”

Dolbee told the Free Beacon K-Var refused to submit another ad:

“Naturally we took the position ‘absolutely not’. You can’t do ‘this gun’s good, that gun’s bad.’ You know? I said we wouldn’t deal with them at all if that was going to be the case. We could never go forward with that type of a policy.

It’s just bad for business. I’m somebody who grew up on NASCAR. My father was a huge fan. So, he of course brought me into the sport as a fan. And you see something with that type of a legacy and heritage, instead of being a sporting organization, try and play politics.”

Neither National Event Publications nor NASCAR responded to requests for comment on the policy change.

Backlash to NASCAR’s ban on gun ads was swift:

  • A headline at Outdoor Hub said: “Turning Left: NASCAR Bans Firearm Ads, Cites ‘Gradual Shift’ on Guns.”
  • All Outdoor said: “NASCAR Goes Anti-Gun, Bans Black Rifle Ads”.
  • Radio show host and lifelong NASCAR fan Mark Walters said in a piece for Ammoland that the shift in gun ad policy tells him the racing association is “no longer the NASCAR I thought I knew. Go ahead NASCAR, try to fill the stands with a bunch of David Hogg, Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, urban, progressive, skinny jean wearing, soy sipping, man-bun wearing, Antifa loving, gun-hating socialists. I won’t be around to see how that turns out for you.”

See “Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that Second Amendment applies to individuals, not militias, and may include military weapons,” Feb. 27, 2018.

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H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

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The new face of fascism: 181 CEOs say profits & shareholders no longer their main concerns

In America today, privately-owned businesses are no longer motivated by profit and service. Instead, businesses have become an arm of the Democrat Party by discriminating against conservatives and promoting the Left’s agenda — of abortion, climate change, gun control, illegal “immigration”, LGBTs, etc.

See, for example:

On August 19, 2019, Business Roundtable — a group of 181 chief executive officers (CEOs) from major U.S. corporations — formalized this de facto trend by issuing a statement redefining the “purpose of a corporation”. The signatories include:

  • Mary Barra, 57, chair/CEO of General Motors.
  • Jeff Bezos, 55, founder/president/CEO of Amazon.com; owner of Washington Post.
  • Tim Cook, 58, openly “gay” CEO of Apple Inc.
  • Jamie Dimon, 63, chairman/CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and chairman of Business Roundtable.
  • Brian Moynihan, 59, chairman/CEO of Bank of America.
  • Dennis A. Muilenburg, 55, president/chairman/CEO of Boeing.

CNBC‘s Maggie Fitzgerald reports that gone is the age-old notion that corporations function first and formest to serve their shareholders and maximize profits. Rather, “investing in employees, delivering value to customers, dealing ethically with suppliers and supporting outside communities are now at the forefront of American business goals.”

Business Roundtable chairman Jamie Dimon piously said in a press release: “The American dream is alive, but fraying. Major employers are investing in their workers and communities because they know it is the only way to be successful over the long term. These modernized principles reflect the business community’s unwavering commitment to continue to push for an economy that serves all Americans.”

Here is Business Roundtable’s Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation:

Americans deserve an economy that allows each person to succeed through hard work and creativity and to lead a life of meaning and dignity. We believe the free-market system is the best means of generating good jobs, a strong and sustainable economy, innovation, a healthy environment and economic opportunity for all.

Businesses play a vital role in the economy by creating jobs, fostering innovation and providing essential goods and services. Businesses make and sell consumer products; manufacture equipment and vehicles; support the national defense; grow and produce food; provide health care; generate and deliver energy; and offer financial, communications and other services that underpin economic growth.

While each of our individual companies serves its own corporate purpose, we share a fundamental commitment to all of our stakeholders. We commit to:

  • Delivering value to our customers. We will further the tradition of American companies leading the way in meeting or exceeding customer expectations.
  • Investing in our employees. This starts with compensating them fairly and providing important benefits. It also includes supporting them through training and education that help develop new skills for a rapidly changing world. We foster diversity and inclusion, dignity and respect.
  • Dealing fairly and ethically with our suppliers. We are dedicated to serving as good partners to the other companies, large and small, that help us meet our missions.
  • Supporting the communities in which we work. We respect the people in our communities and protect the environment by embracing sustainable practices across our businesses.
  • Generating long-term value for shareholders, who provide the capital that allows companies to invest, grow and innovate. We are committed to transparency and effective engagement with shareholders.

Each of our stakeholders is essential. We commit to deliver value to all of them, for the future success of our companies, our communities and our country.

As we have seen in the policies and practices of Chase Bank, Bank of America, and countless others, the new objectives that now drive these corporations — those of “investing in employees” and “supporting outside communities” — mean, in practice, support for the Left’s agenda, as well as discriminatory policies against conservatives and Christians.

~Eowyn

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CEO Ed Stack is okay with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ $150M loss from gun control stance

In America today, privately-owned businesses are no longer motivated by profit and service. Instead, businesses have become an arm of the Democrat Party by discriminating against conservatives and promoting the Left’s agenda — on abortion, anti-Trump political partisanship, illegal immigration, LGBT, and anti-Second Amendment gun-control.

A case in point is Dick’s Sporting Goods.

After the mass shooting last February 2018 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Dick’s was one of the first businesses in the U.S. to clamber on board the ensuing “March for Our Lives” gun-control movement by declaring they would stop selling assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, barr the legal sale of guns to those under age 21, and hire their own gun-control lobbyists to push for stricter gun laws nationwide.

At the time, Dick’s paradoxically predicted that although the move could hurt sales, it would also draw more shoppers to its stores.

In August 2018, Dick’s admitted that sales at stores open for at least 12 months  tumbled by a bigger-than-expected 4% during the second quarter. But billionaire Chairman and CEO Edward W. Stack, 65, put on a brave face, insisting he was confident sales would turn around. (See “Pro-gun control Dick’s Sporting Goods sales down 4%; will close 35 stores”)

Dick’s drop in sales has continued, such that the company may soon close down their entire Field & Stream chain of 35 stores across 18 states. CEO Stack admitted the company’s gun control stance was hurting business but offered no indication he would reverse course.

On March 29, 2019, Bloomberg reports that since its gun-control policy, Dick’s lost “about $150 million” — an amount equivalent to 1.7% of annual revenue. Yet Stack claims the $150 million loss was worth it. He virtue-signaled:

“The system does not work. It’s important that when you know there’s something that’s not working, and it’s to the detriment of the public, you have to stand up.”

What happened at Dick’s confirms a new Stanford University study that fond that although respondents said they were more likely to buy a product to support a CEO’s political stance than they were to boycott in disagreement, their actions revealed the opposite. When asked for specific examples, 69% could name a product they’re boycotting, but only 21% could recall a product they started buying to support a political stance.

Strangely, despite Dick’s loss of $150 million from its gun control stance, the company’s stock price hasn’t suffered. Dick’s shares, which didn’t move much following the gun-control announcement last February, actually climbed 14% in the 13 months since, outpacing the 4% rise in the benchmark Russell 3000 Index.

Stack owned about 25% of Dick’s common stock, and controlled nearly two-thirds of its voting shares, as of 2010. After selling 5.8% of his holdings in 2013, he owned around 20% of the company, primarily via Class B shares. (Wikipedia)

Stack’s not finished, though. He is one of just four CEOs to sign a letter supporting a universal gun control bill, and he recently joined the business council of Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit for gun control founded by billionaire former New York Michael Bloomberg.

H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

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Chase Bank denies service to conservatives & Trump supporters

Privately-owned businesses — including banks — have become politicized, adopting the Left’s gun-control agenda. See:

Now, Chase Bank is going after conservatives and Trump supporters by closing their accounts.

Chase Bank is one of the Big Four banks in the United States, with more than 5,100 branches and 16,000 ATMs. (The other three big banks are Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo.)

Chase Bank was known as Chase Manhattan Bank until 2000 when it merged with J.P. Morgan & Co., the multinational banking and financial services holding company. Headquartered in Manhattan, NYC, Chase Bank is the consumer and commercial banking subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

(1) Martina Markova

Martina Markova is a conservative commentator, performance artist, creator of the Lady Alchemy graphic novel, and a Trump supporter.

In January 2019, Markova received a letter from Chase Bank, dated January 24, 2019, stating that “After a recent review of your account, we have decided to end our relationship with you.” Below is a screenshot of the letter:

Markota told Big League Politics that the account shut down by Chase Bank was associated with her IndieGoGo campaign for the Lady Alchemy graphic novel which raised over $34,000:

“I received a letter saying that the bank is going to end its relationship with me and I didn’t know why I called them and they said that they can’t tell me why they are shutting it down. They refuse to tell me and when I complained about it they said that they have the right to close my account without telling me why. When I saw other right wingers/conservatives getting their Chase accounts closed I was then convinced that it was political. I was concerned over my IndieGoGo campaign. Luckily, IndieGoGo will allow me to change banks, but in the meantime I have to transfer lots of funds and sort out all the new information. You can still contribute to my IndieGoGo campaign.”

(2) Enrique Tarrio

Enrique Tarrio, who is Cuban-black, is the chairman of a fraternal organization called Proud Boys, which is slimed by Wikipedia as “a far-right neo-fascist organization that admits only men as members and promotes political violence.” This is how Proud Boys describes itself:

The Proud Boys are a men’s organization founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. McInnes has described the Proud Boys as a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists.

Proud Boys‘ values center on the following tenets:

Minimal Government
Maximum Freedom
Anti-Political Correctness
Anti-Drug War
Closed Borders
Anti-Racial Guilt
Anti-Racism
Pro-Free Speech (1st Amendment)
Pro-Gun Rights (2nd Amendment)
Glorifying the Entrepreneur
Venerating the Housewife
Reinstating a Spirit of Western Chauvinism

…We do not discriminate based upon race or sexual orientation/preference…. We have an international reach, with members spanning the globe.

As reported by Big Leaque Politics, Tarrio received a letter from Chase Bank, dated February 4, 2019, that “After careful consideration, we have determined that we can no longer support your banking account(s) and will be closing it on April 01, 2019.” Below is a screenshot of the letter:

The letter came days after Chase Bank’s payment processor, Chase Paymentech, de-platformed Tarrio on 1776.shop — a website he runs that allows groups and charities to sell merchandise and raise money for causes. The website is most known for selling the “Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong” shirts which Stone was wearing during the late-night arrest at his home.

(3) Joe Biggs

Joe Biggs is an Iraq war veteran, former Infowars reporter, and high-profile supporter of President Trump.

In June 2016, Biggs reported for Infowars that the Secret Service was the source of leaks on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s deteriorating health. For a video of why Biggs left Infowars, click here.

Last week, Biggs discovered Chase Bank suspended his account without any explanation. He contacted his local bank office and was told they cannot tell him why he was suspended. After Biggs’s tweet about Chase Bank closing his account went viral, employees from Chase contacted him and restored his account.

Biggs is calling for a boycott of Chase Bank due to their targeted closures of the accounts of independent media personalities, and encouraged people to tweet the hashtag #DumpChase.

(4) Laura Loomer

The latest political target of Chase Bank is Laura Loomer, a conservative independent journalist and political activist.

Last January, Loomer led a protest in front of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s mansion in Napa Valley, CA. Loomer brought a group of illegal immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico, and set up a “sanctuary camp” on Pelosi’s lawn, with photos of Americans — including Kate Steinle — who were killed by illegal aliens. Police were called, and evicted, i.e., deported, the group of illegals.

Laura Loomer’s sanctuary camp at Nancy Pelosi’s Napa Valley home

Gateway Pundit reports, February 19, 2019:

Conservative activist Laura Loomer was already banned from Twitter months ago. This was after Laura attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar on her own record and beliefs. A CAIR activist was reportedly behind the silencing of Laura Loomer.

In January Laura Loomer was banned by PayPal….

And today Laura Loomer was blocked from her Chase Bank app.

Here’s a pic of Loomer’s Chase Bank app.:

Loomer told Gateway Pundit:

“Chase Bank targeting a Jewish Conservative activist and journalist is a disgusting attack on our rights as Americans. First they marginalized a colored man for his support of President Donald Trump. Then they targeted combat veteran Joe Biggs. Now they have suspended my access to the Chase app which I used to manage my bills. These censorship tactics that are being carried out by left leaning executives like Jamie Dimon, Jack Dorsey, and Mark Zuckerberg are disgusting and depraved. I’m the target today. Tomorrow, it could be any one of you who dares to have a conservative opinion or idea. These Nazi like censorship tactics send a clear message that supporting Donald Trump can bankrupt, silence, and marginalize people who ought to be considered a protected class. I’m sick to my stomach knowing that I am being targeted by billionaires who have now suspended my access to my online banking via the Chase App, and I am contemplating ways to fight back. The suspension of my chase app comes just weeks after I was banned by PayPal. Why am I being treated like a terrorist in my own country? Is it now a crime in America to be a supporter of President Donald Trump? It sure feels like it.”

There is a petition at Change.org to restore Laura Loomer’s Paypal account.

Meanwhile, there is only silence from Republican leaders, as banks and tech giants continue to ban, de-platform and demonetize conservative voices.

H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

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New York Times wants banks and credit card companies to monitor and ban gun purchases

Although there are rules preventing banks and credit-card companies from seeing what customers are buying, if the New York Times has its way, those financial companies would begin to do just that. Not only would they see what we purchase, but the NYT would also have them monitor and ban our gun purchases.

Writing for the New York Times on Dec. 24, 2018, financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin justifies himself by asserting that “credit cards have become a crucial part of the planning” of mass shooting in the past decade in that “many of the killers . . . built their stockpiles of high-powered weapons with the convenience of credit”. Not only did “the killers financed their attacks using credit cards. Some used credit to acquire firearms they could not otherwise have afforded.”

Although “some banks ended their relationships with gunmakers and some investors pushed manufacturers for more transparency” after the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, “financial firms have so far resisted changing the way they deal with the sale of guns. Banks and credit-card networks say it is not their responsibility to create systems to track gun purchases that would allow them to report suspicious patterns.”

Sorkin then highlights two credit card companies that are resisting his call to monitor and ban gun purchases:

  • Visa spokeswoman Amanda Pires said: “We do not believe Visa should be in the position of setting restrictions on the sale of lawful goods or services. Our role in commerce is to efficiently process, protect and settle all legal payments. Asking Visa or other payment networks to arbitrate what legal goods can be purchased sets a dangerous precedent.”
  • A spokesman for Mastercard echoed Pires and emphasized that Mastercard protects “cardholders’ independence” and the “privacy of their own purchasing decisions.”

To counter Visa’s and Mastercard’s refusal to monitor and ban gun purchases, Sorkin equates gun violence with terrorism, quoting John Streur, CEO of mutual fund firm Calvert Investments: “In a very real sense, I think these mass shootings are terrorism.” Sorkin writes:

[A]fter the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the government enacted even stricter rules under the Patriot Act: Banks must file so-called Suspicious Activity Reports for transactions involving more than $5,000 that the financial institution “has reason to suspect” are part of a plan to “violate or evade any federal law.”

Sorkin then instructs banks and credit card companies to use a feature called “boxcar” that “allows retailers to tag transactions with extra data” such as the device used to make a purchase and the location of the buyer.”

Sorkin proposes that “If banks required retailers to transmit details on sales of guns and ammunition, they would be able to make more informed decisions about transactions.” All banks need do is to choose “to use the systems they already have in place . . . to monitor such customers” and prevent them “from buying multiple guns in a short period of time.”

Already, pro-gun controllers have succeeded in getting some businesses to restrict our Second Amendment rights:

  • Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods announced they would not sell firearms to anyone under 21.
  • Citibank and Bank of America said they would no longer finance or advise gun manufacturers.
  • Investment firms like BlackRock and pension funds like Calpers, the retirement fund for public employees in California, said they would demand more information from the gunmakers they invested in.
  • Several payment systems — including PayPal, Square and Apple Pay — already had established rules that ban the sale of guns and gun-related items using their systems.

See also “List of anti-NRA businesses“; “Bank of America to stop lending to some makers of ‘military’ firearms“; and “Levi’s Jeans joins the anti-gun Left

But no bank thus far has instituted a ban or committed to tracking gun purchases because in October, Senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) introduced the No Red and Blue Banks Act, which wouldprohibit the federal government from giving contracts to banks that discriminate against lawful businesses based solely on social policy considerations” such as gun control.

Sorkin also decries the American Civil Liberties Union for expressing concern that efforts to prevent mass shootings could infringe on individual rights.

Sorkin’s solution to banks and credit card companies refusing to monitor and ban gun purchases is government. Just as the legislators in 29 states ban consumers from using credit cards to buy lottery tickets (so that they won’t rack up debt gambling), so too can legislators ban Americans from using credit cards to buy guns.

H/t Breitbart

See also “New York Times calls for war against President Trump using mafia Godfather tactics” and:

~Eowyn

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