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Know What You're Backing When You Shop At Certain Stores


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Who really pays much attention when they go shopping as to corporate political leanings or support when they need an item? If you can't find your hammer or drill, you just go to the closest hardware or Home Depot-ish store and grab one.

Hungry and in a hurry, you might just pick the next fast food store that comes up on the right, so you don't have to cross traffic on your way to sating your grumbling stomach.

For most of us, if we need a new pair of jeans, we walk into the mall, see who's got a sale and grab a pair. They're jeans, for Chrissake, not evening wear for the Oscars red carpet ceremony.

The bottom line is for most things, we really don't care where we get them -- price and convenience are the guidelines. But maybe we should take a moment and realize that there's more to our decisions. There's financial backing of a company that gives it power to drive away the competition as well as get their political missions funded. Recently HuffPo posted an interesting look at corporations and what they stand for. It's entitled, 8 Brands with Religious Affiliation. The quotes below are from them.

Perhaps you heard of Hobby Lobby. They're a crafts store with many branches across the country as well as having a large, internet E-tail business. They have over 560 stores nationwide. They also happen to be a right-wing Christian run outfit. They are so inclined that this year they refused to carry and Chanukkah merchandise or materials until public outroar made them change their mind. They also are outwardly anti-Obamacare, having filed a federal lawsuit against the ACA for mandating contraceptive coverage in their insurance.

Is this a place you want to support?

How about Forever 21, the youthful appealing casual attire outfit? They are considered a Born-Again Christian run chain. How so? Their founder, Do Wo Chang had demanded the following:

 — John 3:16 is printed on every bag: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Not a bad message, but do I need to advertise this on every shopping bag from them? If religious backing is that important to you, then the next time you buy chicken to make at home or for a barbecue, don't forget to buy Tyson Brand. They're so evangelical Christian that they provide counseling services for all employees from their evangelical in-house Chaplaincy Program, Would you like a prayer with those hot wings?

But you know who else falls into this Christian category? In and Out Burgers. Yeah, that big dog'll hunt -- for double barbecue cheese burgers, and a side of the Holy Ghost.

Now if Mormonism is more to your liking, next time you travel, stay at a Marriott. In your night stand,

you'll find another religious text alongside your Gideon's Bible: the Book of Mormon.

Now if only it was a DVD of those South Park guys' play, I'd stay there for sure. Oh, and just so you know, don't go looking for any porn on their pay TV in-room service. That's all been taken out. You'll just have to settle with regular TV or video's of the complimentary breakfast available from 5:30 AM until 9:30 AM.

Here's a twofer if you're interested in that kind of bonus-- Chick-fil-A. This company is both openly anti-LGBT AND devoutly Southern Baptist. How can you hate that?

Truett Cathy, the founder and CEO of Georgia-based Chick-fil-A, says he closes all 1,700-plus locations on Sundays for two reasons: "One, that there must be something special about the way Chick-fil-A people view their spiritual life and, two, that there must be something special about how Chick-fil-A feels about its people." He also believes that giving employees Sunday off "as a day for family, worship, fellowship or rest" is the secret to attracting quality people to the company.

If you're Seventh Day Adventists or Jewish and celebrate Saturday as your Sabbath, I guess you're excluded from the fun and frivolities Chick-Fil-A has to offer it's employees. But there's someplace for everyone.

Have no fear, Seventh Day Adventists, you aren't without a retail outlet of your own. It's the delectable darling of the desserts, Little Debbie Snacks.

And though the Company Statement begins with a faith-infused Family Statement — "The McKee family acknowledges the providence of God in our continued success." — you'd be hard-pressed to find evidence of the founders' Seventh Day Adventist faith without an encyclopedic knowledge of NASCAR.

The point of all of this is that we do say things by where and what we buy. Our spending power sends a message either by support or by boycott. I'm not preaching any of those, but merely wish to point out some of your choices. Shop however you like. And your reasons can be random, based on convenience, price, location or perhaps by personal choice to support those who believe the same way as you do.

I just thought it's interesting to let you know where you shop makes a statement about who you are.

Now, getting back to NASCAR...


The Book Booth: Red Carpet Edition



The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

It's Oscar weekend and Hollywood is all a twitter for its big gala. I would be, too, if I had seen any of the nominated films. And I'm sure I will, once they get around to Netflix. My pet gripe this week about undeserved Awards is that in 1966, Born Free (how many times have you sang that one in the shower recently?), beat out both Alfie and Georgy Girl for Best Song. What were they thinking? And, yes, I still hold a grievance after 46 years.

On to the Book news of the week. I do like the short story form. At its best, it can combine the best qualities of both the poem and the novel. The good news is that Leslie Kaufman of the New York Times believes the short story is having a resurgence.

But wait a minute! Not so fast says Laura Miller over at Salon. Ms. Miller is right about publishers being wary of publishing short story collections. They just don't sell very well, no matter how critically acclaimed they might be.

There is still an on-going kerfuffle over the public domain. Stephen Joyce, grandson of James, famously threatens lawsuits over what he perceives to be infringements on the Joyce Estate (so far as to threatening lawsuits over readings of Ulysses on Bloomsday). The latest is a lawsuit over the characters of Arthur Conan Doyle, and I don't mean Professor Challenger. One enthusiast is suing the Doyle estate by trying to have the courts declare Holmes and Watson in the public domain. And I'll refrain from ranting about the Bono Law that extended copyrights for all works at the behest of the Disney Co. and the Mouse.

Modern Library has issued new editions of Truman Capote's Complete Stories and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Michael Bourne has some reflections on Capote the man over at the Millions that makes for sad reading.

For those of you who enjoy the gavel of the auctioneer, now comes your opportunity to bid on a recently found rare poem, penned by the worst poet ever to write in the English language, William Topaz MacGonagall. If the example of his work given by The Guardian is any indication, the accolade is well-deserved.

And if money is no object, check out the library of Donald Oresman, courtesy of New York Magazine.

History is something that both Modernist and Post-Modernist authors have struggled with over the long century past. Publishers Weekly has a very interesting list of novels that involve themselves with dealing with the past.

And, yes, it is Oscar weekend. Via ABEBooks, Scott Brown (no, not that Scott Brown) has a good article on collecting Film history.

And although film and fiction may seem to be competing narrative arts at times, the relationship is symbiotic. Walker Percy's The Movegoer and David Madden's Bijou both explore in fiction the impact Hollywood has had on their characters. And HuffPo has a list of books that you may or may not have known were based on books.

A splendid weekend to you all and tell us what is on your nightstand! Or Netflix queue,as the case may be.


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