Saturday, August 14, 2010


Protesters have been rallying outside Target Corp. or its stores almost daily since the retailer angered gay rights supporters and progressives by giving money to help a conservative Republican gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota. Liberal groups are pushing to make an example of the company, hoping its woes will deter other businesses from putting their corporate funds into elections.

A national gay rights group is negotiating with Target officials, demanding that the firm balance the scale by making comparable donations to benefit candidates it favors. Meanwhile, the controversy is threatening to complicate Target's business plans in other urban markets. Several city officials in San Francisco, one of the cities where Target hopes to expand, have begun criticizing the company.

"Target is receiving criticism and frustration from their customers because they are doing something wrong, and that should serve absolutely as an example for other companies," said Ilyse Hogue, director of political advocacy for the liberal group, which is pressing Target to formally renounce involvement in election campaigns.

Now first off, Hogue is lying. The criticism is from, not Target customers. As discussed below, gays are simply not enough of a percentage of the total population to be a target market. Except for Vaseline.

Okay, I know that was in bad taste. But it was a little funny, right?
The point is, Hogue is not upset because Target is involving itself in the election process. Hogue is upset because Target is involving itself with a candidate not endorsed by
Apparently, it is only WRONG to support candidates who are not liberal. is obviously full of themselves after the California Prop 8 ruling, which is still due to be challenged.

Any sympathy may have won on the marriage issue gets flushed down the toilet idiotic moves like this.

You see, I believe that Target has the right to endorse whomever they want. And contrary to the bile being spewed by Hogue and the other liberals who represent a small minority of the population, I believe Target’s customers will feel the same way.

Now as distasteful as I find organizations like, I also feel that they have the right to boycott whomever they want.

And I think that a lot of conservative organizations are likely to exercise the same right to demonstrate and boycott, and jump into this silly little duel that the gay activists have started.

I think it will be a mistake for Target to cave to the left-leaning groups, but it seems like the Minneapolis-based chain has gone from defending the donation as a business decision to apologizing and saying it would carefully review its future giving.

Come on Target-show a little backbone! If you’re going to go after a target (no pun intended) market, there’s got to be more profit in targeting (again, no pun intended) Christians than gays.

Gays probably have more disposable income, but there are a heckuva lot more Christians and they’ve got lots of kids. You may decide they are better for business.

You see, gays claim to be ten percent of the population, but according to several sites I researched, the actual number is closer to one percent.

Eighty-five percent of the population is Christian. Another three-to-five percent is Muslim. Those are some pretty big numbers who are probably in your corner, Target.
Tell to pound sand!

Can you let the Salvation Army set up in front of the store again this Christmas? You’re sending out some mixed messages here…


  1. >> You see, gays claim to be ten percent of the population, but according to several sites I researched, the actual number is closer to one percent. <<

    Back when I worked at UCLA in the mid-1980s through the early '90s, there was a newspaper called "The Ten Percenter" published on campus for the gay community. Even back then they were claiming to represent 10% of the population, inflating their numbers in the belief it added legitimacy to their "alternative lifestyle".

    I wasn't buying that figure then and I ain't buying it now. Yeah, it might be possible that they represent 10% of the movie industry, and they probably represent 98.6% of "San FranCrisco's" population. Otherwise, I seriously doubt they rise any higher than 5% of the general population, and I think I'm being generous with that number.

    >> Tell to pound sand! <<

    I'd tell them to "shove it where the sun don't shine", but that produces an icky mental image, and I suspect that many members of are ALREADY doing that.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  3. Stephen-

    Is there an echo on this blog?

    Even if ten percent were a good number, are they ten percent of the Target demographic?

    I'm really sick of Corporate America bowing to this movement as if it represents some form of silent majority.

    I'm not saying gays should be discriminated against-their judgement will come from a higher source.

    My company has a position to target the needs of gay/lesbian/transgender customers.

    Transgender? Seriously? How is that a group?

    What about the needs of middle-aged bald guys who own CD's? Where's my focus group?

    -The Hermit Of Deer Valley

  4. Say, DISCMAN, is there any particular reason why you show only the most recent blog bit on BACK IN THE USSR's home page?

    I think you would maybe keep readers on your site longer if you displayed, say, the last 5 to 10 blog bits on page one. Due to the black background, the "Older Posts" link is not very visible and some casual visitors might not even notice it.

    Why not give us more to read all at once by displaying mo' at "home"? Just a suggestion, Bro.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  5. More political extortion at work. I'd like to see some corporations standing up to it and defending mainstream America.

    Tossing It Out

  6. Well said, Lee-

    Hopefully the corporations will toughen up a little...they're acting (here comes another bad taste joke) a little "limp-wristed."

    Stephen-some day you'll have to tell me how you withdrew your duplicate comment.


  7. L.C. ~
    Right next to the date and time of a comment's posting, you'll see a small white symbol that is supposed to be a trash can. Just click, Bro.

    The owner of a blog can delete any comments that have been posted - his own, or the comments of a visitor. As the owner, after clicking the trash can symbol, you will be asked a question, something like: "Delete this comment forever?" If you put a check mark in that box and click "yes" or "delete", the comment will be removed and no trace of it left.

    If, however, you are deleting a comment you have left as the visitor on someone else's blog, you can click the trash can and remove it, but a remark will remain the place where the comment formerly was, saying (as you can see above), "This post has been removed by the author."

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Deleter Of Da Duplicates'