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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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Madonna makes “powerful” gun control statement in disturbing video “We need to wake up”

Maybe this womyn should wake up to the realities of how gun control really works. She should take a visit to Chiraq.

From Yahoo: Madonna has never been one to shy away from controversy in her music videos, but her new clip for “God Control,” lensed by her frequent collaborator Jonas Åkerlund, may be her most shocking — and important — yet.

The unsettling and unflinching eight-minute opus actually opens with the gory aftermath of a mass shooting at a Pulse-like discotheque. Åkerlund then retraces Madonna’s steps throughout the evening as she watches a school shooting on the news, is held up at gunpoint on her way to the nightclub, and then boogies her cares away (in fun disco-dance sequences that recall 1992’s “Deeper and Deeper” and 2005’s “Hung Up”) before tragedy strikes.

The juxtaposition of scenes of carefree clubbing (set to Mirwais-produced retro-disco beats) with scenes of brutality and bloodshed is extremely chilling.

“Everybody knows the damn truth/ Our nation lied/We’ve lost respect/When we wake up/What can we do?/Get the kids ready/Take them to school/Everybody knows/They don’t have a chance/To get a decent job/To have a normal life/When they talk reforms/It makes me laugh,” sings Madonna, a mother of six. Later she implores, “Blood of innocents spread everywhere/They say that we need love/But we need more than this.”

The video ends with a close-up of tears spilling down Madonna’s face, along with a call to action for viewers to support multiple organizations fighting for gun-safety legislation, including Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, March For Our Lives Foundation, Gays Against Guns, Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, National LGBTQ Task Force, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, One Pulse for America, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

In a statement released in conjunction with the video, Madonna explained, “I want to draw attention through my platform as an artist to a problem in America that is out of control and is taking the lives of innocent people. This crisis can end if our legislators act to change the laws that fail to protect us all.

“As a mother, you feel protective and responsible for all of the children in the world,” Madonna recently told People. “It’s really scary to me that the once-safe spaces where we gather, worship and learn are targets. Nobody’s safe. So of course, as a mother, I acutely feel the worry.”

This is not the only pro-gun control statement on Madonna’s new album, Madame X, which just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. Another Madame X track, “I Rise,” features audio from a speech by Parkland shooting survivor and activist Emma González.

How much you want to bet that HER personal protection is armed…

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Singer Madonna offers a BJ to anyone who’ll vote for Hillary

Secret Service will investigate Madonna for her “blow up the White House” remark in expletive-filled rant at women’s march

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NRA may lose tax-exempt status due to internal corruption

A long article by Mike Spies, “Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A.,” in The New Yorker, April 17, 2019, describes the National Rifles Association (NRA) as being in serious trouble.

The Hill reports that the New Yorker article led gun-control group Everytown For Gun Safety (EFGS) to file an IRS complaint on April 19, claiming that the NRA is in violation of tax laws on charitable organizations and should be investigated. As EFGS says in a letter attached to their complaint:

The NRA is a purported charity and exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and we write today to alert you to what we believe are activities that clearly fall outside of the NRA’s charitable purpose and mission. We call on the IRS to commence an investigation into whether (i) the NRA has violated the federal laws governing 501(c)(4) charitable organizations, and (ii) if so, consider what remedies are warranted, including potential revocation of the NRA’s 501(c)(4) status.

For his New Yorker article, Mike Spies conducted interviews and obtained the NRA’s federal tax forms, charity records, contracts, corporate filings, and internal communications. Although the “vast majority” of contributions to the NRA come from “millions of small individual donors”, what Spies uncovered is an organization of secrecy, corruption, and grossly overpaid executives. Memos by a senior NRA employee describe a workplace distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, while marginalizing those who object.

Spies’ article, “Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A.,” begins with an admission by NRA top executive Wayne LaPierre that the organization is “troubled”. Here are the signs of financial trouble:

  • In recent years, the NRA has run annual deficits of as much as $40 million.
  • A financial audit from 2017 revealed that the NRA had nearly reached the limit of a $25 million line of credit.
  • According to minutes of a meeting of the NRA board’s finance committee in December 1996, “the NRA has been technically insolvent for several years” and “has incurred substantial debt.”

To raise money, the NRA:

  • Raised its dues for the second time in two years.
  • Liquidated more than $2 million from an investment fund.
  • Borrowed almost $4 million from its officers’ life-insurance policies, while the costs of insurance increased by 341% from 2018 to 2019.
  • Tapped another $4 million from its affiliated charitable foundation.

To cut costs, the NRA:

  • Eliminated free coffee and water coolers at its headquarters.
  • Froze its employees’ pension plan.
  • Reduced spending on its avowed core mission of gun education, safety, and training to less than 10% of its total budget.

The source of the NRA’s insolvency is a small group of executives, contractors and vendors who “extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from the nonprofit’s budget, through gratuitous payments, sweetheart deals, and opaque financial arrangements“.

The small elite group who’s bleeding the NRA dry includes:

  1. LaPierre, who earns more than $1 million a year.
  2. Dana Loesch, NRA spokesperson and former Breitbart News editor, who earned close to $1 million in at least one year.
  3. Oliver North, NRA president and former Iran-Contra operative, is paid roughly $1 million a year.
  4. Kyle Weaver, former executive director of NRA’s general operations who was fired in the fall of 2016, nevertheless was paid $720,000 for that year. State filings show Weaver also received $150,000 upon his exit, and continued to be paid through 2018, receiving “a final lump sum” this past January.
  5. Weaver’s successor, Josh Powell, was paid nearly $800,000 in 2017. Powell came to the NRA after running two clothing catalogues that catered to men who enjoy adventure, venison, and fine wine. He was sued at least 20 times by businesses that had worked with him, for unpaid bills amounting to more than $400,000. In December, 2018, Powell was moved out of the job of executive director of general operations, and was “promoted” to the NRA’s legal team as  a “senior strategist” although he is not an attorney.
  6. Mike Marcellin was a senior NRA employee for almost 23 years who oversaw the NRA’s relationship with Lockton Affinity, an insurance administrator that worked on Carry Guard and other NRA-branded insurance products. Iin 2016, Marcellin retired from the NRA and started a private consultancy. Although he had worked only the first few weeks of January, the NRA paid him a full year’s salary — nearly $630,000, mostly in the form of a bonus. During the same year, Lockton paid him about $450,000. No one was aware that Marcellin was receiving income from both organizations—a situation that should have been disclosed on the NRA’s 2016 tax filings.
  7. Curiously, North and Loesch technically are not employed by the NRA, but are paid by Oklahoma-based public-relations firm Ackerman McQueen, which has shaped the NRA’s public identity for more than 30 years, wields great influence over the NRA’s initiatives, and is involved with nearly all of the group’s divisions. In 2017, according to tax filings, the NRA paid Ackerman McQueen and its affiliates $40.9 million, or about 12% of the NRA’s total expenses that year.

The NRA and Ackerman McQueen have become so intertwined that it is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. Top officials and staff move freely between the two organizations. For instance, Ackerman has worked closely with LaPierre’s wife, Susan, who maintains an Ackerman e-mail address and was briefly employed there in the mid-1990s.

Many NRA employees have long suspected Ackerman of inflating the cost of the services it provides. Aaron Davis, a former special-education teacher from rural South Carolina who spent a decade working in the NRA’s fund-raising department, told The New Yorker: “Most staffers think that Ackerman is too expensive. They think they’re just using the N.R.A. to make a massive profit.”

On April 12, the NRA sued Ackerman McQueen, claiming that the PR firm has denied the NRA access to basic business records, including the terms of Oliver North’s contract, and blaming Ackerman for the NRA’s financial insolvency.

Marc Owens, who was head of the Internal Revenue Service division that oversees tax-exempt enterprises for 10 years, recently reviewed the NRA’s records, said:

“The litany of red flags is just extraordinary. The materials reflect one of the broadest arrays of likely transgressions that I’ve ever seen. There is a tremendous range of what appears to be the misuse of assets for the benefit of certain venders and people in control. Those facts, if confirmed, could lead to the revocation of the N.R.A.’s tax-exempt status.

Without its tax-exempt status, the NRA likely will not survive.

H/t truckjunkie and Guns & Gadgets

~Eowyn

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Levi’s jeans joins the anti-gun Left

Levi jeans are often associated with gun-toting cowboys in the minds of consumers.

Now, Levi jeans have gone full-blown anti-gun.

In November 2016, the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., the corporate owner of Levi jeans, virtue-signaled in an open letter on LinkedIn, asking that gun owners not bring firearms into Levi stores, offices, or facilities, even in states where it’s permitted by law.

Now, in a Sept. 4, 2018 op/ed in Fortune, CEO Charles “Chip” Bergh declares himself a believer in all the false-flag shootings from Sandy Hook to Parkland, and the company Levi Strauss a supporter for “gun violence prevention”.

Bergh begins by saying that he and his company were attacked after his 2016 open letter, “But these personal attacks pale in comparison to the threats that activists and survivors from Parkland, Sandy Hook, and daily incidents of gun violence face every time they speak up on this issue.”

Then Bergh describes why Levi Strauss is “stepping up” its support for “gun violence prevention”:

As president and CEO of a values-driven company that’s known the world over as a pioneer of the American West and one of the great symbols of American freedom, I take the responsibility of speaking up on the important issues of our day very seriously. We can’t take on every issue. But as business leaders with power in the public and political arenas, we simply cannot stand by silently when it comes to the issues that threaten the very fabric of the communities where we live and work. While taking a stand can be unpopular with some, doing nothing is no longer an option.

That’s why Levi Strauss & Co. is stepping up our support for gun violence prevention. You may wonder why a company that doesn’t manufacture or sell guns is wading into this issue, but for us, it’s simple. Americans shouldn’t have to live in fear of gun violence….

I know that Americans, including many of our own consumers, employees, and other partners, hold a wide spectrum of views related to guns. I’m not here to suggest we repeal the Second Amendment or to suggest that gun owners aren’t responsible. In fact, as a former U.S. Army officer, I took a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. But as retired four-star general Michael Hayden once said, “There are some weapons out there that frankly nobody should have access to. And actually, there are some people out there who should never have access to any weapons.”

Levi Strauss is supporting “gun violence prevention” in three ways:

  1. By establishing the Safer Tomorrow Fund, “which will direct more than $1 million in philanthropic grants from Levi Strauss & Co. over the next four years to fuel the work of nonprofits and youth activists [like Parkland’s David Hogg] who are working to end gun violence in America.”
  2. By “partnering with Everytown for Gun Safety and executives including Michael Bloomberg to form Everytown Business Leaders for Gun Safety, a coalition of business leaders who believe, as we do, that business has a critical role to play in and a moral obligation to do something about the gun violence epidemic in this country.”
  3. By doubling Levi Strauss’ “usual employee donation match to organizations aligned with our Safer Tomorrow Fund.”

Note: Everytown for Gun Safety, founded in 2014 and financed by Michael Bloomberg “to match the National Rifle Association in political influence,” is a non-profit that advocates for gun control.

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Hollyweird hypocrite: Julianne Moore's latest film is full of gun violence


Shocker, right. Guess the pay was good for the hypocrite.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a Hollyweird movie that is due out on September 22. About the movie, from IMDb:
“When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.”
The movie stars Julianne Moore who is a rabid anti-Second Amendment elite. She participated in the “Demand a plan to end gun violence” video that bodyguard-protected celebrities created in December 2012.
As Dr. Eowyn reported in January 2015, Moore is a gun-control pro-abortion atheist. From Dr. Eowyn’s post:
“…she (Moore) doesn’t want for strong opinions and has drawn angry responses to her tweets in favor of Planned Parenthood and gun control. “I get more reactions on Twitter about gun safety than anything else,” she says. “I don’t understand how we’re threatening the Second Amendment because we’re talking about gun safety rules. That, to me, is really shocking.”
…Turbulence is not unknown to her; she acknowledges that a peripatetic childhood left its share of instability, and she returns over and over to the theme of impermanence. She says she doesn’t believe in God and has a strong sense that meaning is imposed on a chaotic world.
In October 2015, Moore joined forces with Everytown for Gun Safety to launch the Everytown Creative Council in support of preventing gun violence. From my blog post:
“Moore hopes that with the help of the council, she can help create awareness for change. A note on the website reads, “We believe the creative community has an opportunity to use our communications skills and the power of culture to galvanize many more Americans in the gun violence prevention movement.”
Moore also noted in a press release that the council is not meant to fight against the 2nd Amendment.  “We do not believe that the 2nd Amendment and gun safety are mutually exclusive ideas, and as a creative community, we will do everything we can to support the safety of our fellow Americans, and galvanize more to join us in this movement.”

Guess “gun violence” is acceptable when performing your “cultural craft” and making the big bucks.
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Gun controllers change tactics to mimic those of homosexual movement

Having failed to effect nation-wide gun control despite the Sandy Hook school massacre false-flag hoax, the anti-gun rights ilk are now taking a page from the successful “gay rights” and same-sex marriage movement: 

What you can’t get done at the federal level, try to get done state by state.

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Genevieve Woods writes for The Daily Signal, Jan. 9, 2015:

John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, explained to the New York Times that when advocates of same-sex marriage fought their battle at the federal level, they ended up with the opposite of what they wanted–the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman was passed.  So, what to do?   Feinblatt:  “Then they went to the states and showed that if you can get the majority of the public on your side state by state, that will influence the courts and Congress in the end.

Gun control exponents are adopting two tactics of the “gay rights” movement:
1. Take the fight to the states.
2. Change the language: Just as homosexuals co-opted the word “gay,” thereby replacing the image of sodomites with happy sunshiny “gay” people, the gun control lobby also has decided to ditch the “control” part of its name because the word is so, well, controlling.  It now prefers to be known as the gun safety movement.
Whatever they call themselves, Woods warns that “despite what gun control advocates call themselves or what strategy they use, their ultimate goal is an America where citizens don’t have the right to bear arms.”
You are forewarned!
H/t Robert K. Wilcox
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