Don’t Let Up the Fight

Personally, I don’t care if it appears Komen is backing down- I still intend to boycott anything related to Komen, because them backing down doesn’t make them any less a political organization staffed with fringe right-wing lunatics, nor does it change any of the information I have learned this week about how Komen is a terrible organization that donates very little while acting as a marketing shill for major corporations:

I’ll keep donating to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that manage to do some good with the money (Ed at G&T has some solid suggestions), rather than spend 70% of it lavishing a half million dollars on the CEO and other expenses (self promotion, mainly) while spending only 30% on actual breast cancer related issues.

But the important thing now is to not back down. Komen is backpeddling, which is good, but it doesn’t change who they are. All that has changed is that they realized they were just a tad too brazen this time around. The nature of the beast has not changed, the same people who cut stem cell funding to Hopkins and other universities are still there, the folks who attempted to play petty partisan games by attacking Planned Parenthood are still there, and they will do the same sorts of things in the future, only this time they will try to be more sophisticated in the PR efforts. Keep up the pressure. Keep calling companies and pressuring them to drop Komen. Don’t do what liberals always do and stop just because it appears we have won. Keep your foot on their neck, no matter how many times Nancy Brinker whimpers “uncle” through mealy-mouthed PR releases. We need this to be an object lesson in pain for anyone else who wants to try some bullshit like this in the future.

Basically, pretend you are a Republican and we are talking about ACORN.






112 replies
  1. 1
    satby says:

    Right there with ya, John!

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    Major Mel Funkshun says:

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local.....990641.php
    It just keeps gettting better and better……

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    cathyx says:

    I agree. It’s as if they had no idea so many people disagreed with their point of view. How out of touch can someone be?

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    Egg Berry says:

    Damned Komen thugs! I’ll believe it when their CEO takes a 50 percent paycut.

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    Tractarian says:

    But…. money is fungible!

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    slag says:

    Basically, pretend you are a Republican and we are talking about ACORN.

    OK. But only if you have to be the prostitute this time. Those heels don’t work as well on me as they do on you.

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    Yutsano says:

    The ACORN thing was a lie. We’re telling the truth about SGK. That’s the difference.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @cathyx:

    How out of touch can someone be?

    Do they get there news only from FOX?

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    Zifnab says:

    nor does it change any of the information I have learned this week about how Komen is a terrible organization that donates very little while acting as a marketing shill for major corporations:

    You know, everyone kinda sorta suspects this kind of thing happens. But it’s refreshing to point to a charity or other organization and say “There! That is the perfect example of where corporate ‘giving’ and for-profit charities are bilking the system in the name of public good.”

    If nothing else comes of Komen, it will serve as an model against which other charities may be judged.

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    amk says:

    Go cole. Appreciate your role in the pushback.

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    BGinCHI says:

    People are learning that giving to organizations that actually get the money efficiently to the people for whom they are raising it is the way to go. Scrutinize where you give.

    Corporate irresponsibility and inefficiency is exactly what the Komen Foundation represents. Corporate welfare posing as charity.

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    geg6 says:

    I’m with you, John. But one quibble…

    They lied about ACORN. The ugly lie behind SGK public image was what was shattered in this episode. The rot at the core of SGK that’s been uncovered is true. It’s a very different thing and one that just makes me more determined to see this organization killed.

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    amk says:

    @Yutsano: Yup. The left is finally learning to fight back in an unified manner ? Keeping my fucking fingers crossed.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    I absolutely agree. It’s great that SGK was forced into this humiliating about-face, but it’s too little too late. The damage has already been done, and the sordid truth about an organization for which a lot of people (myself included) used to have vaguely positive warm fuzzies has come out. I now hold SGK in contempt, I am redoubling my support of Planned Parenthood, and I will no doubt be contributing to an actual breast cancer research/breast cancer patient support org.

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    SteveM says:

    If Komen’s health plan covers Brinker’s plastic surgery, it’s amazing there’s any money left over for women’s health.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Guys, I think John knows that the right lied about ACORN.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    The ACORN thing was a lie. We’re telling the truth about SGK. That’s the difference.

    @Yutsano:
    @geg6:

    John’s not saying they’re the same. He’s saying to treat it like the Republicans treated ACORN. Doesn’t matter which was a lie and which was true. Totally irrelevant. Treat it the same. Don’t stop talking about it, don’t stop demanding action about it, and don’t stop until they’re defunded and broke and no one would dare put it on a resume. Treat them the way Republicans treated us.

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    JPL says:

    The reputation if forever tarnished. I won’t be buying pink.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Crush Corporate Charity, see it driven before you, and hear the lamentation of its sponsors!

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    kfreed says:

    Damn straight!

    P.S. Rightwing fundies running amok: anti-gay haters at American Family Assoc. targeting JCPenny to get Ellen Degneres outed as spokeswoman; Family Research Council targeting Starbucks over “radical pro-gay support”

    Fighting back. All In.

    Keep up with the latest fundie outrages at People for the American Way: http://www.rightwingwatch.org

    P.S. Black Ribbon Komen Campaign: http://dagblog.com/reader-blog.....tion-12952

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    ShadeTail says:

    I think they have *not* backed down. Their statement doesn’t promise that they will renew PP’s grant after the current one expires. It also weaselly redefines their “no investigations” policy in a way that sounds good but doesn’t satisfy me.

    This is a more thorough explanation of my opinion.

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    Redshift says:

    @cathyx:

    It’s as if they had no idea so many people disagreed with their point of view. How out of touch can someone be?

    One of the fatal flaws with the wingnut bubble is that they’re always certain a large majority agrees with them right up until the backlash hits. It’s one of the few advantages we have.

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    slag says:

    @BGinCHI: It does concern me when such a big name in the nonprofit world deservedly loses trust. I think it puts the whole sector on the defensive. For sure, the cancer-related organizations are going to be. They’re going to be threading the needle in distancing themselves from the Komen model without directly stating, “We’re not like those people!”. It can be good, as long as citizens don’t use Komen’s behavior as an excuse to not do their part.

    There are many bad-doers in it, for sure, but we need a do-gooding sector. Just like there are many bad politicians but we need a public sector. Just like there are many bad businesspeople but we need a private sector.

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    Angry Egilsson says:

    This is getting even better.

    Having turned themselves into the charitable-equivalent of PP by becoming controversial (and thus justifying everyone refusing to give them money), and thus shooting themselves in one foot, Komen now firmly seizes the shotgun again and takes a blast at their OTHER foot.

    Now the pro-lifers who rallied to their side feel completely abandoned and foolish, and they ALSO will disdain Komen.

    It’s a twofer! This story is like the 12 days of X-mas, presents every day.

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    patroclus says:

    Of course I will be boycotting SGK from now on. They will have to alter their behavior FOR YEARS in order to get back into my good graces. But in this post, I want to specifically thank John and all the frontpagers for covering this issue so thoroughly over the past few days. BJ has really been the place to go to find out about this issue.

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    Wiesman says:

    Agree 100% with Cole on this.

    The ACORN parallel is spot on, except that ACORN was never as well-funded, and it actually, you know, accomplished things, which is why it was targeted obviously.

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    JoyceH says:

    I’m with you, John. I’m seeing ‘yay, we won’ posts all over my Facebook feed. Baloney. Not only is Handel still there, but the board who hired Handel, knowing she’s a fringe wingnut who ran for governor pledging to defund PP, they’re still there too and they’re not going anywhere. They hired her because she’s one of them – flocking together with birds of a feather.

    Frankly, I don’t think there’s anything Komen can do that would regain my former benign opinion of them. We know who they are now. To quote the LOLcat, “What has been seen cannot be unseen.”

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    MikeBoyScout says:

    Basically, pretend you are a Republican and we are talking about ACORN.

    Ok, but I’m not wrapping my head in foil and I don’t give a sh*t if Karen Handel has a photo ID.

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    Niques says:

    @patroclus: I absolutely agree . . . thank you BJ!!!

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    All that has changed is that they realized they were just a tad too brazen this time around…

    Exactly. Yesterday they said it wasn’t the investigation, it was the fact that PP didn’t perform mammograms in their clinics. So who wants to bet that one gets dusted off in about 4 months when PP is denied its grant?

    Horrible people.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    Is there nothing a former Bushite can’t fuck up? Seriously, anything they have their grubby little paws in should come with a warning label. The incompetence.

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    The Bobs says:

    Brinker got rich and successful prostituting her dead sister’s name to any willing corporate client.

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    JGabriel says:

    NICE rant, John. And, of course, I’m with you too.

    .

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    Rafer Janders says:

    Keep your foot on their neck, no matter how many times Nancy Brinker whimpers “uncle” through mealy-mouthed PR releases. We need this to be an object lesson in pain

    This is why we love you.

  35. 35

    […] @ 11:38 West coast (civilized) time: John Cole over at balloon-juice suggests that we liberals should treat Komen the way the right treated ACORN. […]

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    edmund dantes says:

    Yeah. Read those words carefully. I don’t think they’ve substantially changed their stance at all.

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    amk says:

    This whole unholy mess has gone even international.

    Great job, you rwnj’s.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Right on, John.

    This outfit is rotten to the core…it’s another griftapalooza scam. Fuck Brinker, fuck her fundigelical co-conspirators. Burn, baby, burn.

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    Donut says:

    @ The Moar You Know

    Treat them the way Republicans treated us.

    This – a respects not only SGK, but every single issue. We are in a war with these people. They don’t play by rules like “always tell the truth” and they certainly don’t believe in rational discussion of issues and principled compromise.

    All the time. Every fight. We need to be vicious with rhetoric and maintain pressure like this. Romney is going to lie (already does) about Obama every single day from now to Nov.

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    gordonsowner says:

    Komen reversed its stance, and will continue to fund Planned Parenthood? Upon closer reading through the media hype on the reversal, I find that 1.) Komen intended to honor its obligations to PP for the next 3 years, even before the uproar, and 2.) Komen didn’t give full-throated support for the work of PP, who brings need cancer screenings and other necessities for the poorest of women where other organizations don’t go, but instead says that, since PP is not under criminal investigation, they are still free to apply for grants.

    This is good news to me, as I think I can get in on this action too. As I am not under investigation, and still have my “Federal Breast Inspector” badge from 8th grade, I bet in the eyes of Komen I have as much qualification for their money as PP does. Well done, Komen, whatever you are paying your SVP of Public Policy, Karen Handel, is isn’t enough…

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    amk says:

    @The Bobs: Yup. And the assholes here were defending her gouging ways. Fuck’em.

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    scav says:

    @amk: I saw stuff on The Guard before I saw anything in the nuanced NYT and ChiTrib empire.

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    JGabriel says:

    @The Bobs:

    Brinker got rich and successful prostituting her dead sister’s name to any willing corporate client.

    Brinker was already rich:

    In 1981, Nancy Goodman wed Norman E. Brinker, a pioneer of the casual dining industry and founder of Brinker International, which provided access to capital and influence which enabled her role in public service. … Brinker was an avid polo player.

    So, to be fair, Brinker prostituted her dead sister’s name for power, not fortune.

    .

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    @Yutsano:

    The ACORN thing was a lie. We’re telling the truth about SGK. That’s the difference.

    And that is precisely why we should ramp up the pressure on these clowns.

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    David Hunt says:

    @Tractarian:

    But…. money is fungible!

    Amen. So every penny that goes to Koman is an accomplish to the salary that goes to Handel. The only solution to the travesty of that woman getting paid is to make sure that NO donations go to Koman while she’s there.

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    honus says:

    First let me say that I totally agree with John’s treat it like ACORN advice. The way it mirrors ACORN is striking. ACORN was a lie, with a phony misleading video. SGK was unmasked by it’s own press release. And the video of Brinker trying to justify it is so damaging it almost looks an O’Keefe dream piece.

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    scav says:

    @David Hunt: Handel is a shiny object and the cute smiley-mask, no more. Don’t be mislead by whether she’s there or not. The forces that put her there remain.

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    Violet says:

    @Jewish Steel:

    Is there nothing a former Bushite can’t fuck up? Seriously, anything they have their grubby little paws in should come with a warning label. The incompetence.

    So true.

    Agreed, John. Boot on the neck. Make them pay. Turn them into the example about what happens when you do this kind of thing.

    Suggestion: If you have not yet written any letters to SGK’s sponsors, now is a very good time to do so. Let them know that despite this pathetic PR attempt by SGK to make this controversy go away, it is not going away. That you are not willing to support any of the pink tie-ins because SGK doesn’t focus on cancer research and treatment, as it says it does, and that they have a history of doing this sort of thing. Let the corporate sponsors know you’re still there.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @satby: oops, if there’s still time, you will want to fix your link.

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    SectarianSofa says:

    No, I surrender! I am sending Komen flowers and cards! Thank you, Komen, for pretending you care about poor women and their health! Job well done.

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    amk says:

    @scav: Fucking fourth estate in US of A are fucking fifth columnists.

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    Jay C says:

    @Redshift: @cathyx:

    It’s as if they had no idea so many people disagreed with their point of view. How out of touch can someone be?

    Near-totally, if the SGKF flap is any indication: but I think the basic problem with today’s Organized Right is that for all too many issues, they really don’t care how many people disagree with them. Especially when it comes to abortion-related crap (or anything that the tag of “abortion-related” might even vaguely be connected to, even tenuously) – they’ll just retreat behind a cloak of “religion”, i.e. self-righteous holy-holy sentimentalism about Baby Jebus and happy snowflakes from heaven or whatever; and redouble their efforts: only more under-the-radar this time.

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    JGabriel says:

    TBogg (of course) finds the perfect image to illustrate the SGK executive leadership.

    .

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    kindness says:

    Actually the way to push back against groups like Komen are to hit their corporate sponsors where it hurts. And that’s being done here and it has shown to be working. Well, then keep doing it. Keep e-mailing the corporations that bankroll scam charities like Komen and tell them you won’t buy their product until they stop paying off the right wing idiots.

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    Lex says:

    We need this to be an object lesson in pain.

    That, my friends, is how a free market is supposed to work.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    Abortion is a dirty business. Even if you believe it should be legal, it’s still a dirty business. It’s no surprise, then, that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, which focuses on breast cancer, backed away from its financial support of the abortion-providing Planned Parenthood. There is no reason why breast cancer funding should be mixed up in the dirty money from the practice of extinguishing unborn human life. Abortion is legal, and will probably always be legal, but it’s becoming ever more stigmatized. Good.

    From God Botherer Dreher’s blog, on the day the controversy broke out. Is he for real? Sounds insufferable.

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    satby says:

    @satby: I would fix the link, but it’s John’s next post anyway.

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    scav says:

    @scav: Not that the sound of her tears, as she is driven before us, wouldn’t be Handel’s Water Music to mine ears.

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    Jager says:

    Here is a link to the entire list of SGK corporate sponsors and partners

    http://ww5.komen.org/corporatepartners.aspx

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    catclub says:

    @Jewish Steel: David Frum couldn’t keep a job with AEI.

    But that was because he told the truth.

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    West of the Cascades says:

    Amen, Cole. I’ve marked the date of the Race for the Cure in Portland and want to talk to friends who are organizers in Occupy Portland to float the idea of an “Occupy the Race” event, letting participants know they’re unwitting tools paying Brinker’s bloated salary and suggesting alternative, more direct ways to fund breast cancer research and prevention.

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    David Hunt says:

    @scav:

    She’s a shiny object righto up until the time she becomes a (figurative) head mounted on our pikes. The idea is to make Koman offer up a blood-sacrifice hoping it will make the calls to all their sponsors stop. Of course since we’re talking about coming after them the way that Republicans came after ACORN, it should have zero effect on the PR assault that they’re under, but killer her job could serve as a deterrent to future right-wing urges even if the organization survives.

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    Chet says:

    @Bubblegum Tate:

    The damage has already been done, and the sordid truth about an organization for which a lot of people (myself included) used to have vaguely positive warm fuzzies has come out.

    Call it the Penn State Effect.

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    Bulworth says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Even if cutting off PP results in fewer cancer screenings and more cancer deaths. Because abortion is teh dirty.

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    Someguy says:

    Great. Meanwhile, as SGK restores funding (maybe) for a few outsourced breast exams, the Catholic bishops declare war on Obama Care. Guess you all missed that one.

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    Arclite says:

    You know, if you’re a charity, you should be forced to give 80% of contributions to charitable causes or lose your tax exempt status. The end.

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    scav says:

    @David Hunt: So long as the head on spike is not seen as the finish line, I’m with you.

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    Trinity says:

    @amk: This brings me great joy.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Repost from the last thread here:
    EE over at RedNeckState has an explanation up to assuage the anger of the locals:

    As a Komen Board member told Life News, the reversal is not really so much a reversal as a clarification of Komen’s grants procedures, which will still impact Planned Parenthood’s future funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

    So nothing has changed eh? Keep ringing those bells people!!

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    Calouste says:

    @kfreed:

    We should put more emphasis on the pro-gay stances of Apple, Google and Microsoft, and how wingnuts should stop using their products.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @kindness:

    Actually the way to push back against groups like Komen are to hit their corporate sponsors where it hurts. And that’s being done here and it has shown to be working. Well, then keep doing it. Keep e-mailing the corporations that bankroll scam charities like Komen and tell them you won’t buy their product until they stop paying off the right wing idiots.

    Exactly. As a lot of us have been saying since this thing broke, Komen’s strength was that they were safe and non-political, so it was a non-controversial organization for giant corporations to partner with.

    Now they’ve managed to make themselves radioactive. They wanted Planned Parenthood to be “controversial,” but they managed to make themselves the center of the controversy. And there is NOTHING that giant corporations hate more than being associated with a partner’s controversy.

    Komen Pink Ribbon boycott, and don’t forget to let Kraft, General Mills, Con Agra, etc. know that you won’t be buying their products that benefit Komen and why. Those companies depend on busy moms grabbing their product off the shelves without thinking about it too much, and knowing that the Komen pink ribbon will make people think twice about buying that product means those companies are scrambling to figure out how they can drop Komen without too much fuss.

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    Cap'n Magic says:

    Sully finally posts – and decides to quote others (I.e., the usual clowns) – but not take a stand himself. Daniel Halper’s screed is is incredible:

    Look, the beauty of free speech is that, if you’re inclined to do so, you can write a check to PP in an act of solidarity, or write a check to Komen as an expression of moral approval. That’s all fine. But there’s something quite a bit different, something creepy and not a little despicable, about the Planned Parenthood set’s besmirching Komen’s good name across a thousand platforms for having the audacity to stop giving them free money. And I don’t care why that decision was made, frankly.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Yutsano: True enough. But those same tactics in furtherance of the truth ought to be so much more powerful than they have been in the past. And SGK is a LOT larger than ACORN ever was.
    Kill it. Kill it with fire.

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    Trinity says:

    @Arclite: THIS.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Someguy:

    Great. Meanwhile, as SGK restores funding (maybe) for a few outsourced breast exams, the Catholic bishops declare war on Obama Care. Guess you all missed that one.

    Dude, that happened a week and half ago and was fully covered at the time. Try to keep up with current events.

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    Lex says:

    @Calouste: Problem is, Microsoft also is a Komen sponsor.

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    scav says:

    @David Hunt: to be entirely blunt, I’m after the troika, not the passenger they elect to throw to the wolves.

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    Pongo says:

    Their apology was qualified and they only agreed to reinstitute funding already granted to PP in this funding cycle–not to fund PP in the future.

    They dropped a turd in the punchbowl. Even if they fish it out, the punch is forever contaminated.

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    geg6 says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    And SGK is a LOT larger than ACORN ever was.
    Kill it. Kill it with fire.

    THIS.

    Oh, and I appreciated your apology and extend my own.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    Actually, the lyric should be don’t give up the fight.

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    jibeaux says:

    @The Moar You Know: And bring it up frequently, in reference to completely unrelated topics, for years!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @West of the Cascades:

    I’ve marked the date of the Race for the Cure in Portland and want to talk to friends who are organizers in Occupy Portland to float the idea of an “Occupy the Race” event, letting participants know they’re unwitting tools paying Brinker’s bloated salary and suggesting alternative, more direct ways to fund breast cancer research and prevention.

    Hate to say it, but that sounds like a really, really bad idea. The last thing you want is to give the forced birthers a chance to make themselves look like martyrs because they got booed for doing a cancer walk.

    It would probably be a better idea to set up an alternative walk benefiting the American Cancer Society and/or a local Portland cancer treatment center and start getting pledges now. From what I’ve read, a lot of people who would otherwise lean Republican are PISSED about Komen’s actions and you may be able to get them to sign onto a competing event if you play your cards correctly.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Someguy: We can multitask. It’s time to ask the next Catholic Bishop you run into whether or not he’s more concerned about providing appropriate healthcare to all his employees in accordance with the law or protecting and sheltering pedophiles.
    Ask whether or not the part he objects to is the part that would pay for counseling for victims of sexual abuse.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Halper: Free speech is beautiful, except when I don’t like it. Then it’s creepy and despicable.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Cap’n Magic:

    But there’s something quite a bit different, something creepy and not a little despicable, about the Planned Parenthood set’s besmirching Komen’s good name across a thousand platforms for having the audacity to stop giving them free money.

    So people can stop giving money to Komen, but they’re not allowed to talk about it or explain why?

    I do love how conservatives can besmirch liberal institutions six ways to Sunday without a peep out of idiots like Halper, but let liberals dare to do anything similar to a conservative group and you’ll never hear an end to the screeching about how unfaaaaaiiiiirrr it is.

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    jibeaux says:

    @Cap’n Magic: Got it, Sully thinks we ought to judge others by the color of their ribbon rather than the content of their character.

    EDIT: Halper thinks, sorry

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    Constance says:

    No donations. No purchases. That’s a promise. And I will talk/write letters about it.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Halper: it’s very creepy to go online and smear an organization, which is what that despicable Planned Parenthood did.

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    slag says:

    @Culture of Truth: To be fair, if there’s one thing that dude knows, it’s creepy and despicable.

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    Bulworth says:

    And I don’t care why that decision was made, frankly.

    Probably because you don’t give a shit about ensuring breast cancer screening programs across the country especially for those lacking other health care options and probably because you don’t give money to SBK to help ensure said access. But if you do, then you’re likely to be upset and act to change that.

    Also, too: prick

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    […] Review are furious at people who would dare object to the PP funds being stopped. (Surprise!) John Cole doesn’t care what Komen does now; in his mind they have spit on a sacred liberal cow and he will […]

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    This is probably the only time I’ll quote a Jeff Goldberg piece. From the documents he posted there:

    Q8:
    Planned Parenthood provides health services in many of the nation’s poorest communities. How does your new policy align with your mission of serving women who lack resources to pay for important breast health services?

    A8: Susan G. Komen is deeply committed to providing breast health services to women throughout the U.S. It is our belief that where a woman lives should not determine whether she lives. Komen provided funds for 700,000 breast screenings last year alone, and provided financial and social support to another 100,000 women, as part of our $93 million investment in education, public health outreach and service to vulnerable women last year alone. That work will continue. We believe these new standards will further enhance the integrity of our granting process and strengthen our overall community health program.

    Anyone see an actual answer there? I read lots words, some comprising sentences, none of which address the actual question posed. I’m thinking feature, not bug.

    Just as a careful reading of the “reversal” shows it’s not in the least a reversal, but the liberal MSM is reportimtg it as such.

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    Bulworth says:

    From the Sully mention:

    McArdle, who’s pro-choice, defended the original decision

    And we all appreciate the many, many times McArdle has taken to keyboard to argue on behalf of the right to choose…

    (snark)

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    Jamey: Bike Commuter of the Gods says:

    @kfreed:

    P.S. Rightwing fundies running amok: anti-gay haters at American Family Assoc. targeting JCPenny to get Ellen Degneres outed [snip]

    They’re about fifteen years too late…

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Carrie Gordon Earll, the senior director of issue analysis for government and public policy at Focus on the Family, said “This is an example of how difficult it has become for organizations to take a morally principled stand. It’s also evidence of the strong-arm tactics employed by pro-abortion allies of Planned Parenthood. Komen would do well to remember who is it partnering with — a group that will stop at nothing to keep its funding.”

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    Calouste says:

    @Lex:

    It wasn’t in reference to Komen. It was in reference to the post that wingnuts wanting to boycott JC Penney’s because they have hired Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson. If we could only get the wingnuts to boycott Apple, Google and Microsoft products, the average level of the conversation on the internet would double overnight.

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    Rekster says:

    @Mnemosyne: I agree with you completely. Now is not the time for us to celebrate this victory. It is time to continue this fight. We need to keep the pressure on all of these “sponsors” and let them know we will not purchase their products is they continue to be associated with Komen.

    I feel that Komen thinks that this will just “blow over”. We need to make sure that we “blow it up”! We can’t just wait for the next little skirmish to come along. We need to keep our pressure on and be proactive.

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    geg6 says:

    The good news in all of this just came in an email from PP:

    In the past few days, millions of Americans have rededicated themselves to protecting women’s health and expanding access to lifesaving breast cancer screenings to every woman. This compassionate outcry of support for those most in need rose above political, ideological, and cultural divides, and will surely be recognized as one of our nation’s better moments during a contentious political time. I am so proud and so grateful for each and every person who has contributed to elevating the importance of breast cancer prevention for so many women in need.
    __
    Over the last three days, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Breast Health Fund has received more than $3 million from thousands of people across the country. Every dollar we received for this fund will go directly to breast exams and diagnostic services, as well as breast health outreach and education so that more women can receive this critical care.
    __
    Our first priority is to fill any gaps in service in the 19 communities where Komen Foundation grants support Planned Parenthood health centers’ breast care programs. The extraordinary generosity will also allow us to help expand Planned Parenthood breast health services nationwide far beyond what we ever thought possible. Planned Parenthood provides nearly 750,000 clinical breast exams each year at health centers across the country, but we know there are hundreds of thousands of women who need these services but still don’t have access to them. The Planned Parenthood Breast Health Fund will enable us to reach these women and ensure they have access to affordable, quality clinical breast exams.
    __
    In short, this outpouring of public support will lead more women to detect breast cancer earlier, and will save more women’s lives.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Nutpicking a rarely sighted realist at RedNeckState about the reversal:

    They just cut off their nose to spite their face…..
     
    Why would a large leftist donor send Komen money
    when they can send it right to PP.
     
    Komen will lose all conservative and some moderate support.
    I don’t think the leftists have enough donors to fill the void.
    I see layoffs and cutbacks ahead for Komen – like what
    happened to ACORN.

    I like their optimism! :)

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    JCT says:

    @geg6: See what we can do when we focus…. Awesome!

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    Angela says:

    @geg6: Thanks for posting this, it is so good to read/realize what we can do.

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    gwangung says:

    Hm….if some of the local affiliates want to spin off and go independent, I’d certainly wouldn’t want to discourage them….

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    Angela says:

    I will be re-writing the corporate sponsors of SGK this weekend and letting them know, if they continue their affiliation, they are aligning with a company that has politicized women’s health care and refused to take responsibility for it.

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    Bullsmith says:

    So Sully finally put something up. I tried to read it but when the first blocquote was about the moral outrage PP has perpetrated upon poor Korman, I simply couldn’t read on. Sully has some serious problems with women.

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    Rawk Chawk says:

    Amen, Cole.

    But I WOULD donate to a fund to have Nancy Brinker’s face repaired to correct whatever she’s had done to it.

    Woman looks like a robot.

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    The Raven says:

    As of noon today, they still haven’t approved the grant, link.

    Have they backed down at all?

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    Maus says:

    http://thinkprogress.org/polit.....arenthood/

    Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, secretly helped guide Komen Foundation’s disastrous strategy regarding Planned Parenthood. Fleischer personally interviewed candidates for the position of “Senior Vice President for Communications and External Relations” at Komen last December. According to a source with first-hand knowledge, Fleischer drilled prospective candidates during their interviews on how they would handle the controversy about Komen’s relationship with Planned Parenthood.
    Fleischer’s relationship with Komen and the Planned Parenthood controversy was previously undisclosed. Fleischer confirmed to ThinkProgress his recent role in filling a key communication position at Komen. He stressed, however, that another communications firm (Ogilvy PR) was retained by Komen to deal with the explosive controversy over the last few days.
    In November, Komen advertised for a top level communications position in Roll Call. Promising applicants received a call from Fleischer. The advertisement is no longer posted on the Roll Call website, but a portion is accessible via Google:
    According to a source, during at least one interview, Planned Parenthood was a major topic of conversation. Fleischer indicated that he had discussed the Planned Parenthood issue with Komen’s CEO, Nancy Brinker, and that she was at her wits end about how to proceed. Fleischer described himself as a longtime friend of Brinker.
    Fleischer confirmed to ThinkProgress that he would receive a fee from Komen when the search is complete. Fleischer did not specify the amount of his fee but said it would be “substantially below the normal placement fee charged by executive search companies” because “they’re a charity I believe in.”
    Fleischer’s high-level involvement with Komen further complicates its image as an apolitical cancer charity. Fleischer is a prominent partisan commentator and a longtime critic of Planned Parenthood. In his book, Taking Heat, Fleischer criticized Planned Parenthood as a partisan, ideological organization that receives undeserved positive coverage in the press. In 2001, Fleischer said that the Clinton administration verged too far to the left on family planning efforts because “if Planned Parenthood wanted it, the previous administration favored it.”.

    But it’s not political, because we said so. Would we lie?

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @Bulworth:

    we all appreciate the many, many times McArdle has taken to keyboard to argue on behalf of the right to choose…

    It was standard McArdlism: claim herself pro-choice sotto voce, then talk about all the horrible horrible people who accuse anti-abortion activists of hating women.

    She’s an awful human being.

    (And yeah, I called the “revise our criteria” thing last night. Standard emergency PR tactic.)

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    Roxie says:

    I happened to stumble across a right to life facebook organization. One of my friends posted a question on a thread andI, being the curious voyeur, read how they felt about the Komen cave-in . Almost everyone was devastated by their decision and vowed to never support Komen again. There are as angry as we are. Komen is fucked

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