This Folks Is How You Do Social Media

I almost missed the whole Nabisco Honey Maid “This is Wholesome” brouhaha this past couple of days but thanks to a Geekosystem’s post about it I get the gist of what was happening.

It started with an excellently done ad for their Honey Maid and Teddy Graham crackers that showed families of all diversities: same-sex , biracial, and military. However before I continue take a moment and watch the original ad – it’s only 32 seconds long.

Well, who knew that such a great and touching ad would bring out the bigoted f**kwad contingent in the way it did; but it did and prime of those mindless bigoted groups is the 1 Million Moms. Now I don’t want to give this group of inane idiots any link juice, no matter how little, so here is what they posted:

Nabisco should be ashamed of themselves for their latest Honey Maid and Teddy Graham cracker commercial where they attempt to normalize sin. Right away it shows two men with a baby, followed by other families, and ends with different families pictured including the one with two dads. This commercial not only promotes homosexuality, but then calls the scene in the advertisement wholesome. The ad states, “Everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family. This is wholesome.”

One Million Moms stands up for Biblical truth which is very clear in Romans 1:26-27 about this particular type of sexual perversion.

Honey Maid is also using the hashtag #thisiswholesome. There is concern about the way this ad is pushing the LGBT agenda, but an even greater concern is the way that they are changing the meaning of the word “wholesome.”

This is truly sad. If this is what Honey Maid thinks is wholesome, then my family will no longer purchase Honey Maid or Nabisco products.

TAKE ACTION                                                                                                                                                            Please send U.S. key executives for Honey Maid and Nabisco (owned by Mondelez International) an email urging them to pull this liberal commercial immediately and remain neutral in the culture war.

What follows next should be taken as the right way to handle any kind of social media backlash when it comes to dealing with brainless twits like 1 Million Moms – and yes Mozilla I’m looking at you.

In response to this very social attack on their ad Nabisco could have gone the safe route and pulled the ad immediately and posted some namby-pamby apology about how wrong they were to have posted the ad and that those responsible are on their way to the unemployment line.

Except they didn’t. For once a company believed enough in their public stance, and policies, and fought back against the people attacking them with an even better response ad which is right here:

Kudos to Nabisco for stand-up to these social bullies and their moronic agendas that are even more disgusting than any so-called LGBT agenda that their warped minds dream up on a daily basis.

I think I might just have to go and by myself a box of Honey Maid Graham crackers.

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Good-Bye Sweet Ruby

Good-Bye Sweet Ruby

Ruby came into our lives on December 16 2005 and it was never the same. It was two weeks almost before she came out of her ‘shell’ as Kim and I use to call it but once she did, well the house and us were her’s.

When my wife passed away last May my little Ruby, our little girl, became even more of my rock, a reason to sometimes get up in the morning because she made sure that I got my ass out of bed so she could do her business.

Today I held her and said good bye as she went to sleep for the last time. I told her I loved her and that to say hi to momma when she saw her.

I will miss you Ruby girl, and now the house is truly empty.

Be at peace my baby girl and know I loved you so much.

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The Most Incredible, And Touching, Christmas Gift I have Ever Gotten

As my friends, and many of my readers, know my wife Kim passed away this past year in May. The intervening time since then to now has been a very hard one for me personally and that probably won’t change for some time. After all one can’t have lived and loved another person for almost 20 years and just move on but my lovely daughter has made it just a little easier.

The image you see is her gift to me this Christmas and was created from a photograph by a company in Canada called 3D Crystal.

I am eternally grateful of my daughter’s love and for doing something like this for me.

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Crossing the climate change Rubicon

Climate change is here, climate change is happening, climate change has happened. We have already crossed that Rubicon and now it isn’t a matter of trying to stop it but rather a matter of mitigation.

This opinion is nothing new for me as it is one that I have held, mostly privately, for quite some time now. So what has prompted me to make a statement like the one that opens this posts?

Well the above, and what follows, was sparked by a Twitter message from Franke James a.k.a. @frankejames on Twitter and a post she shared this morning titled What can “Anybody” tell Obama about the Keystone XL?

Now if you are not Canadian or involved with the Canadian government and the climate change movement her name might not be that recognizable. However this artist has become a very vocal opponent of the Canadian government’s stance on climate change and the Alberta tar sands to the point that Franke has been called “a wicked thorn in Stephen Harper’s side”.

For those not familiar with the name Stephen Harper, he is probably Canada’s equivalent to past US president George Bush and in my opinion has been one of the worst Prime Ministers this country has had (well with the exception of one recent PM); and needs to be replaced.

However that is for another post for another time; this one is about the inevitability of climate change to alter our world in ways we can’t even conceive of right now. Yes, as you can tell by what I have written so far I do believe that we have reached that climate change tipping point and that we are only just beginning to see that change’s effect on us.

Now lest any bright lightbulb out there hoist the old weather cycles argument as a defense for the current weather changes we are seeing let me cut you off at the bridge. I know weather cycles, I’ve lived long enough to see a few of them. I also know that we live in a cyclical world where everything comes and goes in cycles. Everything from political to war there are cycles. The problem here is that cycles don’t explain one of the worst droughts that the US has seen since the Dust Bowl, and shows no signs of improving.

It also doesn’t explain the increasing number of “super” storms that we have seen to date, or the worried pronouncement from climate scientists that they are only a sign of what is to come. It also doesn’t explain the increase of earthquakes in places that aren’t suppose to experience them; although many are pointing to the increase in fracking operations as a “possible” cause.

Of course one of the prime areas of argument is around the science of climate change with both sides of argument firing shots across the river at each other. Claims of data manipulation echos around the halls of government with each proven case held up like a victory banner by each side.

The problem is that even though there have been cases of climate scientists “playing” with the data on the side of those fighting against climate change deniers they are in fact outnumbered, out-moneyed, and out-powered. The reality is that big business and their lobbyist controlled governments have, and will continue to control the halls of power.

If you don’t think so, or you don’t believe that big business won’t do everything it can to protect their massive profit margins and power base obviously don’t remember the Tobacco War years of the 50′s and 60′s when the tobacco companies successfully called into question the “science of tobacco”. During that time the tobacco giants were some of the biggest lobbyists on Capital Hill, and state hills, pouring billions into government campaigns in order to protect their fortunes.

Sure things have changed, as the anti-smoker coalitions like to trumpet, but look how long it took, some 40 to 50 years. Think about that for a minute. 40 to 50 years to bring about a social change. Even today there are still court battles going on over the whole tobacco industry, even today they are still pouring money into lobby groups.

With that kind of time scale as a reference; and really when it comes to money, only a fraction of what the energy industry is currently pouring into the coffers of lawyers, lobbyists, and government officials, how long do you think the battle over climate change will continue?

The problem is we don’t have the time. Actually we ran out of time while the pro and con fought their war of words and backroom funding. As long as the argument continues, and the money continues to flow, climate change will be this generation’s Big Tobacco War except this time we will all lose.

If, and this is a big IF mind you, you believe that climate change has already crossed that “tipping point” and that now it is a matter of mitigation, and learning how to live in a world that will be fundamentally changing within this and the next generation, who do we hold accountable; and will they be held accountable.

I know that I will probably get ridiculed for this post, after all the Internet mentality is one of slamming first and forgetting to think, but as I said in the beginning this is my own opinion, and one that probably won’t change, so you can say what you want about it. Just realize that the real world doesn’t move in Internet minutes and this change has had many, many, years to come about and really we are all to blame in the eyes of our children and their children as we leave them with a totally screwed up world.

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