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  • Your Guide to Food-Based Civic Engagement

    Once, some cultural observers thought America had reached the pinnacle of its greatness, a prosperous and virtuous republic turned into a dissolute empire destined only for slow-motion collapse. Then, we decided that eating a spicy chicken sandwich could be an expression of political engagement and thereby learned that American exceptionalism had some life in it.

    Not to be outdone by the legions of Americans who stuffed their faces with Chick-fil-A in an effort to oppose equal rights for gay people, organizers of  National Marriage Equality Day – originally known as National Starbucks Appreciation Day — have called for pro-equality to consumers to spend their money at businesses sympathetic to gay rights.

    Perhaps it's a misuse of resources to encourage people to go give money to large corporations instead of donating directly to civil rights organizations or a political campaign, but what is more American than eating some highly processed junk food and calling it a political statement? With that in mind, here's your guide —  not endorsed by any of these firms! –  to fast food-based civic engagement…

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    Tags: Chick-fil-A, Food, Marriage Equality, Starbucks
  • Tworld News: Week of January 24, 2011

    To tweet or not to tweet, a question (un)fortunately never asked. Here's this week's crude news report:

    More like YoMommaCare! Am I right?! Wait, but seriously, who's going to pay for my mother's health care?

    Advice to Todd: Just tell Sarah that you've been sleeping with 'Tripp' — let her assume you mean your grandson, and then the affair with an adult woman will seem like no biggie.

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    Tags: China, Google, Health Care, Joe Lieberman, Rush Limbaugh, Starbucks, Todd Palin, Tworld News
  • Great News! You No Longer Have To Vote…

    … to get free Starbucks coffee.  Turns out a couple of activist judges huddled in a corner and decided that the powerful chain's free-coffee-for-voters promotion was a violation of the law

    Starbucks, which announced in an ad on "Saturday Night Live" that it would give a free coffee to anyone who came in on Election Day and said, "I voted," has been forced to change its plan.

    Now anyone who wants the free coffee gets it, voter or not.

    It turns out that a giveaway to voters could violate election laws in some states that prohibit gifts for voters.  While these laws are generally intended to discourage attempts to influence voters, the lawyers were worried the Starbucks policy might be a violation.

    In the spirit of the Starbucks announcement, Diebold Election Systems offered their services to make John McCain president without anyone having to actually vote, but that proposal has been declined.

    So far at least.

    Tags: John McCain, Starbucks