Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, February 5, 2012 10:55 pm

And the Academy Award for Best Short Documentary goes to …

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[h/t: John Cole]


Friday, February 3, 2012 8:44 pm

Komen: BWAHAHAhahahahameh

Filed under: Evil — Lex @ 8:44 pm
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Komen folds, outsourced to TBogg:

Komen CEO Nancy Brinker blinked, presumably after every PR agency in the world told her that she had screwed the pooch on national TV in HD and 5.1 Surround sound audio and everyone in America had DVR’d the act. [snip] Not to be ungracious, and not that it will undo the damage because nothing ever will , but Brinker might want to bring us the head of [Komen senior VP and anti-choice activist] Karen Handel as a peace offering. It’s not like Handel has been using it in the first place.

Well, it’s nice that Komen is going to reverse course on, you know, killing poor American women, but this pooch is well and truly screwed. And Komen’s “leadership” is continuing to lie, in tacit acknowledgment of the fact that not only is there nothing they can do now to unscrew it but that they’re also going to be showing up in marketing textbooks in a few years, and not in a good way:

We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.

Uh, Nance, your own employees aren’t even buying that crap.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered …

Uh, no, Nance, you can clap as loudly as you like, but this is not going away.

… without controversies that hurt the cause of women.

Because letting women get dead faster because of political pressure from anti-women religious zealots isn’t nearly as big a deal as your precious, lucrative marketing arrangements, is it, you … I was going to call you a morally retarded old whore, but that would be an insult to competent, ethical professional sex workers worldwide.

We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue.

Why? Y’all can file for Chapter 7 without our help.

We ask for the public’s understanding and patience …

Sorry. I’m fresh out. And you’re done. You’re done because a lot of people are angry enough at being taken in by Komen that they’re starting to think like  John Cole:

But the important thing now is to not back down. Komen is backpeddling [sic], 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.

That, my friends, is how free markets are supposed to work.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:03 pm

Komen: hubris or stupidity?

You don’t have to pick just one.

c. 2012 by @AzureGhost

Let’s be very clear. This wasn’t just a PR mistake. This was a fundamentally disastrous error in judgment of the type an organization and its brand ought not to survive.

Komen hired a stupid, vicious person who led them to do a stupid, vicious thing, and now their head is doubling down, lying publicly and shamelessly about the reasons. (And if you doubt they’re lying, let’s just see if they take back the $7.5 million they gave Penn State.)

Stupid because it was absolutely predictable that many women who identified with the group’s ostensible aims would be outraged by the action and see through the rationalization.

Vicious because unless Planned Parenthood can make up the money Komen is withholding, a nontrivial number of American women will die of breast cancer, a disease in which early detection is key to survival, because they can’t afford to be screened or get mammograms anywhere else.

The bigger picture here is that the American Right simply does not care about women, and in many cases is actively hostile to them. When Rick Santorum argues that most forms of birth control should be illegal because sex is only for procreation, when Komen cuts off money for breast-cancer detection, then the issue  has gone way past abortion and into an area even more indecent and un-American.

These people need to be called out. They need to be shunned. And they need to be kept away from the levers of power, if not institutionalized as dangers, perhaps to themselves and unquestionably to others.

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