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Ben & Jerry’s unveils “Pecan Resist” ahead of mid-term elections

I have never bought Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. And I never will.

From USA Today: Ben & Jerry’s is launching a new flavor, Pecan Resist, which the company made to promote activism in the U.S.

The Limited Batch flavor – chocolate ice cream with white and dark fudge chunks, pecans, walnuts and fudge-covered almonds – is part of the company’s campaign to “lick injustice and champion those fighting to create a more just and equitable nation for us all,” it said Tuesday.

Ben & Jerry’s is donating $25,000 to each of four organizations working on behalf of people of color, Native Americans’ environmental justice and women – Color Of Change, Honor the Earth, Women’s March and Neta.

“The company cannot be silent in the face of President Trump’s policies that attack and attempt to roll back decades of progress on racial and gender equity, climate change, LGBTQ rights and refugee and immigrant rights – all issues that have been at the core of the company’s social mission for 40 years,” Ben & Jerry’s said in a statement.

The White House could not immediately be reached for comment.

The ice-cream maker made the announcement in the National Press Club’s First Amendment Room in Washington, D.C.

Ben & Jerry’s, which Unilever acquired in 2000, has used its sweet treats to promote its social justice agenda before. For example, Chubby Hubby became Hubby Hubby in 2009 to celebrate same sex marriage in Vermont, Chocolate Fudge Brownie was temporarily renamed Food Fight Fudge Brownie to support GMO labeling and EmpowerMint in 2016 was used to promote voting rights, the company said.

A half-cup serving of Pecan Resist contains 300 calories, 20 grams of fat and 25 grams of sugar, according to the flavor’s nutrition label.

A quick note for flavor-watchers: Pecan Resist was previously called New York Super Fudge Chunk. The flavor is sold only at participating Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops and through the company’s website.

Bay Area artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez designed the Pecan Resist pint. The carton reads, “Welcome to the resistance. Together, Pecan Resist!…We celebrate the diversity of our glorious nation & raise our spoons in solidarity for all Americans. Take a stand & join those on the front lines.”

A URL on the package directs people to information about the four organizations to which Ben & Jerry’s donated money.

Dipayan Biswas, a University of South Florida professor of marketing, said the new flavor will foster loyalty from some customers and prompt others to boycott Ben & Jerry’s – like what happened to Chick-fil-A in 2012 after CEO Dan Cathy spoke out against gay marriage (yeah, that boycott really did in Chick-fil-A, didn’t it? /sarc).

“Paradoxically, it makes good business sense. Brands, like politicians, often do well when they’re more polarizing,” he said. “A lot of people hate them for that. That’s fine. They get loyalty from other segments.”

But Biswas said he doesn’t know if the ice cream flavor will effect the change the company wants it to. “Research shows words have subliminal impact,” he said. “When you see the brand name, in this case, it can subtly remind people of certain things. I’m not sure it will (inspire) action.”

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“Keep NYC Trash Free” images of Trump supporters show up on NYC garbage cans

Edgy! Now do supporters of Islam.

I don’t wear a MAGA cap (mine is NRA) but I do occasionally carry a Chick-fil-A cup…

From Fox News: Images of Trump supporters and Boston sports fans have turned up on garbage can and train station posters in New York City under the slogan “Keep NYC Trash Free.”

The artwork was reportedly done by street artist Winston Tseng and began showing up on trash cans where a public service announcement would normally be.

One shows a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat with a Confederate flag tattoo on his arm and a Chick-fil-A cup in his hand.

Another drawing shows a woman with the same red “MAGA” hat holding a Bible. 

Others took aim at Boston sports fans, showing a screaming man in a Tom Brady jersey and a Boston Red Sox hat holding a Sam Adams beer.

The posters were not authorized by New York City officials, initially appearing on trash cans on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Some have been removed, but others remain, according to PIX 11. Tseng denied that he was behind the posters in a statement to the station.

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Florida Democrats clucking over voter registration drives at local Chick-fil-A restaurants

How the proggies really feel...

How the proggies really feel…


From Fox News: Democrats in Pinellas County, Fla., are crying fowl over the supervisor of elections’ decision to hold voter registration drives at nine area Chick-fil-A locations earlier this week on National Voter Registration Day.
Susan McGrath

Susan McGrath


Susan McGrath, head of the county Democratic Executive Committee and leader of the Pinellas Stonewall Democrats, a pro-LGBT equality group, says she is all in favor of getting out the vote — just not at Chick-fil-A, the Georgia-based fast-food restaurant chain beloved for its fried chicken sandwiches and its adherence to the Southern Baptist culture of its founder by closing on Sundays. The company’s CEO Dan Cathy has made multiple remarks in the past expressing a personal opposition to same-sex marriage.
According to the Tampa Bay Times and Creative Loafing, McGrath wrote a letter to Elections Supervisor Deborah Clark, who chose Chick-fil-A for the voter drives, saying: “As an elected official, you have a duty to be evenhanded and fair. Surely, you and your office staff do understand that using Chick-Fil-A as the base for voter registration activities is not only inherently unfair but overtly partisan as well. This company has a strong and well-understood history of anti-LGBT activism and is publicly associated with Republican Party values.
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Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBT stance on display


(Hey McGrath! Did you know that Chick-fil-A distributed food and ice tea to those waiting in line to donate blood after the Orland shooting? Yeah, I didn’t think so.)
She compared it to a Democratic supervisor deciding to hold the event at Planned Parenthood and said the get-out-the-vote campaign might just as well be held at the county’s Republican Party headquarters.
McGrath suggested that a recent surge in the number of registered Democrats in the county may have been an impetus to hold the drive in a place Democrats tend to avoid. “While some Democrats may occasionally dine at Chick-fil-A (and perhaps even members of the LGBT community), the coordination of Pinellas voter registration activities with this right-leaning business very clearly conveys that your office is targeting Republican-leaning voters,” McGrath wrote.
A spokesman for Clark said her office will hold 350 voter drives at hundreds of locations this year. He did not address McGrath’s allegations, other than to say the popular chicken chain gets a lot of customers.
In her letter, McGrath strongly urged Clark’s office to reconsider holding future voter registration events at Chick-fil-A locations. 
Across the country, other food establishments are getting into the voter registration game. In Houston, a fleet of taco trucks is now doubling as voter registration centers throughout the city.
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Washington state liberals hardest hit: Another Chick-Fil-A, another crowd – this time in Lynnwood

People camped out for the opening of the Lynnwood Chick-Fil-A

People camped out for the opening of the Lynnwood Chick-Fil-A


KOMO: They’re chowing down on chicken in Lynnwood. A brand-new Chick-Fil-A restaurant opened Thursday morning near a busy stretch of 196th Street there.
Traffic has been moving smoothly on the street – but the eatery’s parking lot is a different story. It’s been congested all morning.
The die-hard fans of the chain have been camped out for 24 hours – working to win Chick-Fil-A meals for a year. The store opened its doors at 6 a.m. to the clammer of pots and pans and those lucky winners getting their one-year supply cards.
Outside – on 30th Place – city crews altered the normal traffic pattern to make sure Chick-Fil-A diners did not delay shoppers at the nearby Lowes outlet. But so far this extra step seems to have confused more drivers than helped them.
The Lynnwood store is the third Chick-Fil-A to open in the area over the past four weeks. Previous store openings in Bellevue and Tacoma also attracted large crowds.
Maybe there’s a lot of closeted conservatives in Lynnwood (and Bellevue and Tacoma)? Or just maybe a lot of liberals supporting the hate group known as Chick-Fil-A trying to get free meals for a year!
But sells very well!
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The first Chick-fil-A that opened in Washington State still causing massive traffic congestion

Washington State’s first Chick-fil-A opened three weeks ago. And it’s still going strong!

KIRO Radio photo

KIRO Radio photo


MyNorthwest.com: Most restaurant openings cause a splash, maybe a little extra congestion, and then die down. But not the Chick-fil-A debut.
The restaurant opened its doors nearly three weeks ago near one of Bellevue’s busiest intersections. The lines to grab a chicken sandwich are still causing massive traffic delays.
Drivers are sitting through two or three light cycles. Customers are parking in businesses nearby. An attendant at the AM/PM across the street says she’s calling a tow truck at least 15 times a day to get people out of her lot.
Bellevue transportation engineer Mark Poch says it’s caused quite the problem. “The volumes through that intersection have gone up by about 10 percent,” Poch said. “Now, it doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but it doesn’t take a whole lot on a big intersection like that to cause additional congestion.”
From about 10 a.m. every day until after the afternoon commute, 116th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street are jammed. The I-405 northbound off-ramp to NE 8th Street is slammed. The city has closed turn lanes to manage the congestion. I even witnessed one rear-end accident because of the traffic.
The restaurant is pitching-in, even paying Bellevue cops overtime to manage the traffic. “We meet with them weekly,” Poch said.
Poch is hoping this will all blow-over soon. “We’ve noticed the volumes have been going down and transactions at Chick-fil-A have been going down, but they have not reached as far down as we think that they will,” he said.
It could be a while before all the chicken congestion goes away. “To get to normal, it can take up to 5 months or a little bit longer,” Poch said.
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NO H8? S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder, dies

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CNN: S. Truett Cathy, who grew his boneless chicken sandwich business from one store in Georgia to the Chick-fil-A chain — a $5 billion company with more than 1,800 locations — died early Monday morning. He was 93. He had been ailing for some time.

“He died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement posted on its website.

Deeply religious, Cathy made the decision when he opened his first store in Hapeville, Georgia, that it would stay closed on Sundays. Sixty-eight years later, that policy still stands at all Chick-fil-A stores.

Cathy first dreamed up his concept for a chicken sandwich after a poultry distributor wondered if there was a way to use leftover chicken from meals prepared for plane passengers.

He tried it on his customers at his Hapeville store, the Dwarf Grill. The first Chick-fil-A opened at a mall in Atlanta in 1967. Today, Chick-fil-A has surpassed KFC in U.S. sales. But the company Cathy founded remains privately held and family-owned. In recent years, Cathy handed over the reins of the company to his son, Dan, and assumed the title of chairman emeritus.

Chick-fil-A’s leadership shares Cathy’s religious beliefs, openly espousing biblical values not only in its operating principles but in its conservative definition of family as well.

Gay and lesbian rights groups have had a longstanding beef with Chick-fil-A over what they claim is the company’s opposition to gay marriage. In 2012, the company was forced to weather a firestorm of criticism when Dan Cathy weighed in on the issue in an interview with The Baptist Press.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

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I ventured over the oh so “welcoming to everyone” liberal web site Huffington Post to read the comments. While many were respectful, the No H8 crowd was ever-present (with a little colonialism and severe lack of  self-awareness):

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  • This ‘hero’ of bigots is dead, and not a minute too soon.
  • A little less hate and ignorance in the world is a good thing.
  • will he be surprised when he meets god and learns that SHE is a bisexual who had an abortion
  • Doing charity work cannot hide the fact that this man pushed hate while claiming his religion made him do it. Bigotry in the name of the bible.
  • I just love when white men with white male privilege (yes, I realize he was “poor” but even poor white men get white male privilege so don’t respond with some gotcha’ comment if you can’t get your head around this) talk about how it’s just so easy to make money. He was raised during a time when women were expected to cook, make babies, and ask their husbands for money and when people of color still drank from segregated water fountains. AND, just to be sure that the status quo stays that way he’s a devout christian, a religion that goes out of its way to remind its followers that man is the head of the household. It must be pretty hard to make it when colonialism and religion have placed you at the top of the food chain. Yeah, tough breaks, buddy. Maybe the WBC will picket his funeral in a beautiful spin of irony.
  • They say you should only say good things about the dead. So—-Truett Cathy is dead? Good.
  • Adios, Mofo.
  • Who cant wake up and read this and say the world is now a slightly better place to live?
  • He is a giant example of why cultish organized religion causes harm while dining at the bible buffet. Ding dong.
  • One more billionaire down, a few hundred more to go. Can’t be fast enough for my taste.
  • This ‘hero’ of bigots is dead, and not a minute too soon.
  • RIP… Rot in Purgatory
  • Dirtbag won’t miss him
  • Must just be a gift from god. Don’t know why you people are all sad.
  • It’s a start. Blast away bigots.
  • When a hater dies the world becomes A BETTER PLACE!

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Chick-fil-A coming to Seattle, where mayor calls owner a bigot

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KIRO: The fast-food chain owned by a family that vocally opposes same-sex homosexual marriage is planning to open a restaurant in Seattle, a city that overwhelmingly approved marriage equality.

Chick-fil-A attracted protests last summer, after company President Dave Cherry told a radio show, “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

Planning documents show Chick-fil-A is preparing to file an application to build an outlet at Northeast Northgate Way and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

“I’m stunned,” said state Sen. Ed Murray. Murray would become Seattle’s first openly gay homosexual mayor if his challenge to incumbent Mike McGinn is successful.

“If they want to be in Seattle, they have to obey the civil rights laws that protect our citizens, civil rights laws that I passed,” Murray said.

Neither Murray nor McGinn wants to see Chick-fil-A in Seattle, but neither would try to use mayoral powers to block it. “We’ll process the application according to the rules,” McGinn said. “The land-use code doesn’t have a provision about bigotry of owners.”

“Simply having a mayor being able to say this business can be here and this business can’t, I don’t think that is a democratic process,” said Murray.
Whoever is elected mayor may not have much leverage. The planning department says Chick-fil-A may likely not need to ask for any special zoning to build on the Northgate area site. And approval may not require a public hearing.

I’d like to know what civil rights law Chick-fil-A is violating, just because the owner has a belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

"Tolerant" liberal Mayor McGinn

“Tolerant” liberal Mayor McGinn

Perhaps McGinn should take a look in the mirror for the definition of “bigot“. It goes both ways when he doesn’t accept the ideas of members of a particular group.

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Eat mor chikin!

Business is booming at Chick-Fil-A as gay marriage controversy actually HELPS  the fast-food chain

Daily Mail: All publicity is clearly good publicity —  when it comes to chicken burgers at least. Despite receiving a PR drubbing three months  ago when its boss publicly slammed gay marriage, business is booming at  fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A.

Consumer use of the restaurant, visits and  advertisement awareness all shot up in the third quarter, according to a  research report, as it was in the midst of an intense media frenzy. ‘There was a lot of talk that this  would hurt  Chick-Fil-A, but it actually helped the brand,’ said Jeff  Davis, president of  research specialist Sandelman & Associates.

Consumer use was up 2.2 per cent  in the  third quarter compared with the same period in 2011, according to a survey of more than 30,000 fast-food consumers  conducted in markets  where Chick-Fil-A is located. Market share was up 0.6 per cent and total ad awareness was up a significant 6.5 per cent during the period.

Gay rights groups held protests at the  restaurants and called for boycotts  in July after President Dan Cathy told a religious publication that his  company was ‘guilty as charged’ in supporting  the biblical definition of the family unit.

Supporters of the chicken burger chain also  held rallies outside stores but the bulk of national media and social media  coverage was negative. However, the bad PR has only fuelled  Chick-Fil-A’s popularity.

During the third quarter, Chick-Fil-A  broadened its regular customer base in 28 of 35 media markets, Davis  said.

The surprising results have dumbfounded PR  experts. ‘Chick-Fil-A did everything wrong in the  book,’ Chris Goddard, president of CGPR, told USA  Today. ‘Their president shot from the hip, and his  PR team was not equipped or prepared (to respond). It was a PR disaster and a clear case of what not to do in a crisis.’

Others believe the success proves that not all brands must appeal to everyone. ‘Brands that take risks can win big rewards, but they must be prepared for the backlash that comes with it,’ Ronn Torossian, CEO at 5WPR, told the website. ‘They were saying to their core constituency:  Here’s what we believe.”

Dumbfounded PR experts? Perhaps they missed the massive turnouts that occurred for the support of Chick-Fil-A and traditional marriage. Silly experts…

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Funniest Chick-fil-A Video of the Day


H/T  Hillbuzz
Kevin Dujan, the courageous conservative who is the editor and guiding spirit of the fantastic Hillbuzz blog, is a gay man based in Chicago.

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