Frequently Asked Questions

(Please feel free to send in your questions via the comments link above. This is very much a work in progress, so keep checking back and we'll accept any and all the help we can get.)

So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!" John 2:15-16

Question: "Who should I use to ship Christmas presents?"

Answer: NOT Fedex or UPS. Use the good old USPS. Here are some ideas on how to have a Merry Christmas without supporting the money changers and militant Christians.

Question: I want to know whether my local (_______) is helping or working against the causes that I believe in. You don't have any information that answers my specific questions. Where can I go to look it up?

Answer: We have a links page that's just chock full of links to pages that track campaign financing, environmental impact by company, etc.

Question: "Where should I fill up my car?"

Answer: Citgo, or if you can't find a Citgo use Shell. If you can't find either, look for a local guy who you know supports our causes (if you don't know where to look try fundrace). If you have more than one "friendly" local source, ask him where he buys his gas. (Oil companies are basically evil. If you can cut your consumption you're reducing pollution, stopping the flow of dollars to the middle east/terrorists, ending a big revenue source for politics as usual, and in general doing the world a favor.)

Question: I don't want to spend 3 hours reading some stupid FAQ. Can't you just give me a list of "good" and "bad" companies?

Answer: Sure, but we aren't ready to vouch for it's accuracy, just yet. This list was sent by a like-minded activist and was lifted from a message board. He couldn't remember where, so I can't attribute it. The names in CAPITAL LETTERS are said to fit their group especially well. Links lead to product listings and/or locations.

BAD : Paperless electronic voting machines, Wal-Mart, General Electric (owns NBC), NBC, Dell Computers, PepsiCo, General Mills, Pfizer, Exxon Mobil, Amway, Fox News, DIRECTV (MURDOCH), Circuit City, Pizza Hut, Coors Brewing, Safeway, HOME DEPOT, Wendy’s restaurants, Valero Energy, McDonalds, Wendys, Outback Steakhouse, Marathon Oil, Pilot Corporation, Diamond-Shamrock, Chevron Texaco, The Bush administration’s reasons for the war in Iraq, Sam’s Club, Phillip Morris (Includes Altria Group and Kraft Foods), Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Shamrock Foods, R.J. Reynolds (merged with Brown and Willimson), Lorrilard, CNN, Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Wachovia Corp., MBNA Corp, AFLAC INC., Ernst & Young, American Bankers Association, Deloitte & Touche, KPMG LLP, UBS Americas, Credit Union National Assn, CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS, Salem Communications, Pappas Telecasting Companies, Cocola Broadcasting Companies, Maxwell House, Budweiser, Hotpoint, AOL Time Warner, Microsoft, UPS, Fed-Ex, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Citigroup, Anheuser Busch, Archer Daniels Midland, Schering Plough, American Airlines, Disney, Ford Motors, Alticor Inc., Wyeth, Amoco, Esso, GENERAL MILLS (+CASCADIAN FARM), Monsanto, IBM, Taco Bell, KFC, Cable television, Diebold, Sears Roebuck and Co. JC PENNEY’S, Cracker Barrel restaurant chain (was this really a surprise?), Bacardi USA, Westar Energy...

GOOD: Voluntary Simplicity, Costco, Barnes & Noble, Hard Rock Cafe, Bashas, Hyatt Corporation, Brown and Cole food stores, Chronicle Books, E&J Gallo Winery, Bed, Bath and Beyond, working with Co-Ops, Random House, CITGO, Shell oil, Ligget Vector Group (Cigarettes), Dreamworks SKG, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Holiday Shopping Boycotts, Apple Computers, Pixar, Working Assets, Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Farmer’s Markets, Used and Antiquarian books, Secondhand Shops, DishNetwork, Netflix, Verifiable Voting, BURGER KING, BEN & JERRY'S...

Question: What brands of cigarettes are not big supporters of the GOP?

Answer: Liggett is the least GOP friendly. They make most of the generic brands, so they're even cheaper. We're looking into Indian reservation cigarettes as another option.

Question: I like to drink beer? What's a good brand?

Answer: We're still looking into this. Imports should generally be safe. Two brands that are NOT good are Coors and Budweiser/Anheuser Busch. Coors is one of the biggest funding sources for the right wing think tanks, and A-B is in the top 25 GOP donors. Drink these and you may as well write out a check to the GOP.

Question: I just can't face life without cable TV. The local networks are SO boring.

Answer: DishNetwork doesn't support corporate politics. It's clear that DirecTV has ties to the GOP through Murdoch. Most of the big cable companies are into supporting Michael Powell's giveaway of our airwaves, too.

Question: What else can I do?

Answer: Steel yourself with a few mugs of brandy or several shots of Jack Daniels and flip on any of the following: Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity's radio show, practically anything on PAX, or whatever your local right wing station is. (You might want to have your significant other remove all sharp objects and firearms, first.) Make note of the advertisers there, and write them down. That way, when you sober up, you can write them all a letter explaining why you won't be doing business with them, any more.