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zaj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:30 PM
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Boycott: Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Red Lobster & Wendy's
Edited on Mon Nov-29-04 12:43 PM by zaj
http://www.politicalmoneyline.com /

Sixteen company PACs gave 90% or more to Republicans. They include the federal PACs of:

Phillips Int'l. (100%),
Cooper Industries (100%),
Flowers Industries (100%),
Harris Corp. (98%),
Illinois Toolworks (97%),
Outback Steakhouse (96%),
ExxonMobil (96%),
National City Corp. (95%),
Wendy's Int' l. (93%),
Anadarko Petroleum (92%),
Timken Corp. (91%),
Halliburton (91%),
Meadwestvaco Corp (90%),
Darden Restaurants Inc. (90%) (Red Lobster, Olive Garden),
Branch Banking & Trust Co (90%), and
Int'l Paper (90%).



Contact information:

Outback Steakhouse Inc
2202 N. West Shore Blvd., Suite 500
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 282-1225
Fax: (813) 282-1209

Chris T. Sullivan
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Invstor relations email page:
http://www.outbacksteakhouse.com/contactus/contactus.as...

Wendy's International Inc
P.O. Box 256
4288 West Dublin-Granville Rd.
Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: (614) 764-3100
Fax: (614) 764-3330
Email: investor_relations@wendys.com
Web Site: http://www.wendys-invest.com /

Darden Restaurants Inc
5900 Lake Ellenor Drive
Orlando, FL 32809
Phone: (407) 245-4000
Fax: (407) 245-4989
Email: irinfo@darden.com
Web Site: http://www.darden.com /

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medeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:31 PM
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1. that won't be difficult! n/t
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zaj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:32 PM
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3. I never like Outback and the Southbeach diet helps with Olive Garden.
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:32 PM
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2. Let's start calling & e-mailing them.
Outback is my kids' favorite restaurant. I want the owners to know why they won't have our business anymore.
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Florida_Geek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:35 PM
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7. I live in the home of Outback and they are
as Repug as you can get. The owners are big time Bush supporters.

Grrrr.... I liked eating there until I saw some of the things the owners do to support Bush.

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LuCifer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 02:39 PM
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23. Same here
I live within walking distance of an OutbacKKK, and ya know, Target is closer! And so is Burger King!

There's also plenty of small chains and mom N pop resturants here in Delray, so guess where I go!

Also, here's a few more to add to the list of places to boycott:

Walmart (DUH! But I can't help it, GODS I HATE THEM!)
McDonalds
Coke
Pepsi
Microsoft (FIREFOX web browser is BETTER! And it actually DOES block pop up windows! Imagine that!)
Publix (just FYI, it's a grocery store in the Southeast USA)

I can't think of any others, but that's a damn fine start!

Lu Cifer, still trying to make the case for human cloning with Siouxsie Sioux!
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zaj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:35 PM
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8. great idea...
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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:34 PM
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4. Anyone who eats at any of those establishments...
are nuts to begin with.

Just my opinion.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 01:41 PM
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17. I am not nuts and I refuse to boycott Red Lobster.
I love that restaurant.
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:52 PM
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33. I love Outback (sob!)
I'll boycott the others, but not Outback. I am addicted to their bread. LOL I only go there about once a month anyway.
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BillZBubb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:35 PM
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5. Kick!
I'm in!
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okieinpain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:35 PM
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6. you don't ask for much.
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RaleighNCDem Donating Member (152 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:38 PM
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9. Darden Restaurants also owns Bahama Breeze.
I got some really bad service there once, and they refused to admit that their manager had handled our complaint badly. I went all the way to the top about it, and got no apology. So I don't go to any of their restaurants anyway.
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OneTwentyoNine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:38 PM
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10. Every check to see if they advertise on AA??
I've always wondered about that when you see the "boycott everything" posts on DU.

BTW,whether you know it or not you probably have some Timken roller bearings in your car,better go rip them out right now.
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zaj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:40 PM
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12. That's why I named the restaurants... do what you can, ya know?
Edited on Mon Nov-29-04 12:41 PM by zaj
Nice avatar, BTW!

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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:40 PM
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11. Wendy's is no surprise
Dave, the founder, was the guest on the 700 Club with Pat Robertson a few times.

TlalocW
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 01:42 PM
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18. I never eat at Wendy's, since I am not a fast food junke.
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 01:51 PM
Response to Reply #11
20. Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's, was friends with the OH governor
who ordered the National Guard to go to Kent State University. That ended with four students dead, killed by their own state government.

Dave Thomas came across as a nice guy in his ads, but he was very close friends with some very nasty people.
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 12:57 PM
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13. Not a good enough reason
I don't think supporting one candidate over another is good enough reason to boycott someone.

First, given that 90% of this countries businesses are Republican supporters it is going to be difficult to find a place to eat.

Second, if we boycott at the drop of a hat, it will make boycotts that are really necessary less effective.

I boycotted Cracker Barrel and Denny's because they were practicing racist policies in their hiring, not because they were Republicans
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 02:32 PM
Response to Reply #13
22. They're taking your hard-earned money and giving it to Bush**
Is that a good enough reason?
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 02:43 PM
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24. No it's not
While I have problems with corporate involvment in partisan politics, it is currently legal and both parties benefit. Because a company chooses one candidate over another is not a good enough reason to boycott them.

It's a bit hypocritical for us to mock Republicans who boycott Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins movies because of their political views when we do the same things ourselves. Boycotts should be reserved for serious cases of injustice.
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secedeeconomically Donating Member (380 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:58 PM
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37. I tend to agree
However, I believe that as consumer we should exercise judgment when dealing with any company, and their political affiliations should be one. As should there employ policy and environmental policies. Though I dont believe we should call it a boycott but rather and individual excising his/her capitalist rights.
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Mend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 01:11 PM
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14. Will continue to boycott
Not too hard, as we don't like their food. We think if businesses don't stay out of politics, it is justified that we stay out of them if we don't agree with their choices.
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xerox Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 01:12 PM
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15. dude
Where can I eat at now? Heinz corp gave money to republicans before. Should I boycott them as well?
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 01:27 PM
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16. No need to boycott- those places all suck anyway
bad food- Gak!

I woudn't have eaten at any of those skanky "restaurants" in the first place.
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 01:43 PM
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19. Great information Zaj. Thanks.
I will forward it on.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 01:58 PM
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21. My wife and I dine at Outback at least once each week
Here is my email to them:

Hello,

I am a long time Outback Steakhouse customer. My wife an I regularly dine at your Naperville facility, generally at least once each week (some weeks twice).

Today I discovered your organization supported a Corporate Political Action Committee that donated 96% of its funding to the Republicans. Because this is against the interests of average Americans, The United States of America, the Constitution, and my own interests, I can no longer in good conscience be an Outback customer. Therefore, as of today, my wife and I will cease ever dining in any Outback facility ever again.

Good Day
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 02:57 PM
Response to Reply #21
27. Good for you WS**
Thanks for sharing the note.
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secedeeconomically Donating Member (380 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:20 PM
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44. I prefer this letter
To whom it may concern:

I have never eaten at your restaurant and recently I learned a very troubling fact that has justified my many years of suspicions about your organization. You company not only primarily supports Republicans but more troubling, you company is not Australian and has no location in the outback of Australia. This deception is both anti American and some would say borderline communist. All these years Ive made poor excuses for not frequenting your restaurants. Always feeling guilty because I was somehow suppressing my love for everything Australian. Your commercials brought tears to my hearth and a sense on nostalgia for that former prisoner colony that we all love, Australia. However, today I learn the sad truth. Your organization is made of Republics who think they are Australian. And for this, the next time I walk by an Outback Steak House, I will hold my head up high, that Ive unwillingly boycotted your sad excuse for a steak house for all these years.

God bless Australians (the real ones)

Sincerely,

fill in your name
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nonconformist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 02:50 PM
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25. BB&T is on the list... I just recently closed my account with them
for other reasons - now that I see this, good riddance.
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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 02:51 PM
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26. Places like Outback & Olive Garden have clientele that is 90% repug.
I'm quite sure of it. The repug mindset doesn't recognize sterile cookie-cutter suburbs to be fake communities, nor does it recognize food factory outlets like Olive Garden and Applebee's to be fake restaurant. They love their quasi-restaurants, because their corporate owners make sure the staff are sycophantic and fake-happy, the food is always the exact same, never bad and never interesting, and they have no problem with the fact that most of the profit generated in such places leaves the community.

I'll bet democrats in general are much more into frequenting locally-owned restaurants (if we can even afford to eat out).

Anyway, I've been de facto boycotting those places since they started popping up. They seemed like fake crap to me then and still do now.
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Hamlette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:14 PM
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28. Better plan is to boycott all chains, restaurants and otherwise.
10 years ago we all took a pledge to buy all Christmas gifts from locally owned businesses. We searched around and found some cute shops we didn't even know existed. Now I rarely go into a chain with the exception of Costco where I try to get everything I can't get a small shops.

Try it. You might end up spending a small percentage more so buy less. Buy quality. Boy local. I do it not for politics but because it keeps the money in my community.

This year, I will be spending a lot less. Mostly because we need to starve the beast. Again, not only for political reasons but because consumerism in our culture is out of control. I also try to give consumables, food, wine, candles, smelly lotions/soaps, books, plants. I'm totally into simplification. I guess I'm getting to be that age.
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loudestchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:39 AM
Response to Reply #28
59. Here, Here!! I know that for some there are few local businesses
left to patronize, but if you are fortunate to have alternatives to Wally world UTILIZE THEM! The best way to keep communities strong is to support local business, regardless of the political affiliation of the proprietors. In my neighborhood, we have a couple of really delightful bookstores...the children's bookstore is filled with granola-liberal homeschoolers...the new/used bookstore is run by old-school conservatives...I frequent them both...think globally/act locally. End of rant.
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natrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:46 PM
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29. a forum for good bussinesses
Arguably democracy here is just about dead. Grassroots action is the only way we may be able to change our world. Alot of people would probably like a forum to visit for shopping ideas. Does such a place exist?
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:47 PM
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30. If you're going to boycott some restaurants, you might as well boycott
then all. Really.
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xerox Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:49 PM
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31. But, But, But
I get hungry and those are the only resturants in my town. I risk polluting the air to drive 50 miles to the next town to boycott. I am torn between the environment and supporting the DU cause. What should I do?
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LisaLynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:52 PM
Response to Reply #31
32. Cook at home?
I used to go out a lot because I thought it saved time, but it really doesn't by the time you drive to the restaurant, wait for a table, etc! And I'm sure you can find some mom-and-pop restaurants around, can't you? Not even one? If not, I'm moving to your town and startin' one up! :)
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xerox Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:56 PM
Response to Reply #32
35. Ok you got me
I was just kidding. I refuse to eat honeycomb tripe though at the mom and pop resturants around here.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:55 PM
Response to Reply #31
34. Last time I was there, Los Angeles had no shortage of restaurants.
From small, cheap & ethnic to extremely fancy. Plenty of options!

(Of course, your profile might not be accurate.)
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xerox Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:58 PM
Response to Reply #34
36. It is accurate down
to 200 mile radius. I say LA because that is easy to explain my location.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:07 PM
Response to Reply #36
39. Test us. Please let us know where you live.
Edited on Mon Nov-29-04 04:12 PM by Bridget Burke
Just generally. Remember, it has to be 50 miles from any restaurant other than the ones mentioned here!

I live in Houston, Texas--just north of Downtown.

Edited after reading your post about "honeycomb tripe": Calvin Trillin, famous Liberal foodie, says he prefers Mexican restaurants that serve tripe. He doesn't order it, but sees tripe on the menu as a test of authenticity. (Plenty of places like that in my town--& all sorts of other places.)

Apparently you've got a problem with restaurants that cater to the wrong sort of people. Clue: guess who's back in the kitchen?

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xerox Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:13 PM
Response to Reply #39
40. Hint: Roy Rogers is buried here.
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:18 PM
Response to Reply #40
43. apple valley, no?
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xerox Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:32 PM
Response to Reply #43
49. Yep!
You are correct sir.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:05 AM
Response to Reply #40
58. Victorville
I lived in the high desert for 25 years just recently went back in August. Most mom and pop rest. there do suck.
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xerox Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:15 PM
Response to Reply #39
42. I don't eat tripe
but I eat mexican at least twice a week. Obviously I can't eat Tex mex but I like that too. You can't live out here and not like Mexican food.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:25 PM
Response to Reply #42
48. So, you really do have choices.
Truth is elusive at times.
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xerox Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:35 PM
Response to Reply #48
50. I said
ok you guys got me. I was just playing. We have a better Italian resturant than olive garden.

My cholesterol is too high to be eating out all the time anyway. I try to eat at home.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:38 PM
Response to Reply #42
52. If I saw tripe on the menu...
I'd figure I was going to get the Real Deal....Uh, that's the REAL "Real Deal", not the RAW one we got...
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secedeeconomically Donating Member (380 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:20 PM
Response to Reply #31
45. Eat at home
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tom II Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 03:59 PM
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38. Outback contributes to High School Programs
Can we please stop with the non-working calls for BOYCOTTS!

Outback raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for high school programs by donating the use of their restaurants, labor costs, and food cost, letting the stidemts keep the proceeds for selling tickets to the fund raisers for their programs.

I know this is correct because each year my son's have raised a ton of cash for their school with Outback.

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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:15 PM
Response to Reply #38
41. Good for them.
However, I'd prefer that more of my tax dollars went to the schools & less to starting illegal wars.


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secedeeconomically Donating Member (380 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:23 PM
Response to Reply #38
46. How sad this is
Those schools have to use Outback restaurants to raise money. Other countries expose their youths technology, we expose them to the rib eye and fillet mignon.
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cabbage08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:24 PM
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47. Done
Thanks for the info
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:36 PM
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51. Umm... Have you tried Red Lobster's cheddar bay biscuits?
I can boycott everyone else on the list though :)
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zaj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:39 PM
Response to Reply #51
53. You, me and my wife are all addicted...
... going on South Beach sucked that first few weeks.
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:40 PM
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54. Whimper.
Nooooooooooooo!

Not Red Lobster! Those little garlic biscuits... Outback! The Victoria filet...

Aw, man, I don't wanna live...

(gets out the carrots and munches glumly) You've been talking to my doctor, haven't you. You're all in on it. All of you. Bastards!

Erica the rotund
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zaj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:50 AM
Response to Reply #54
56. The South Beach diet worked for me
But those biscuts are crack.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-29-04 04:42 PM
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55. Throw your tools away, too!
Cooper Industries...

If it cuts, grabs, twists, tighten, loosens, melts, solders, etc....Cooper probably owns the company that made it.

Weller
Xcelite
Crescent
Lufkin
Plumb
Nicholson
Erem
Wire-Wrap

Shit, just throw it all away and use your TEETH, that's what GAWD gave 'em to ya for!
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TexasLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:54 AM
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57. Dont like any of em
Wendys is a BIG ol YUK. We try to stick to local food joints.

Thanks for the list.
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LiberalCat Donating Member (257 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:45 AM
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60. I already boycott Wendy's.
I have gotten spoiled food and bad service there several times.
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:49 AM
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61. I only boycott Dominos
As Monaghan gives money to Right to Life. I don't really care if a company gives to the GOP, so many do it's impossible to keep track.

I love the Olive Garden. I like the "Soup, Salad and Breadsticks" lunch deal, I like lots of other things on their menu. True, there are likely better italian restaurants out there, but OG can do work luncheons well.

I used to like Red Lobster better when they had larger portions. The cheese biscuits are to die for, however.

I've never been to an Outback, but I love their ads because they feature the voice of one of my all time favorite soap guys. If I can't see him on GH anymore, at least I can hear his voice on Outback ads.
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LakeCohoon Donating Member (71 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:09 AM
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62. Wendy's Is Easy
but the others are decent restaurants. Moreover, a boycott would only hurt the folks who work there.
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bac511 Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:13 AM
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63. Anybody else really fuckin hungry now????
ENOUGH OF THE FOOD TALK ALREADY!

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Robin Hood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:21 AM
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64. Dave Thomas (Wendy's founder) I believe was a democrat
he also...over the years, Thomas has worked with children's hospitals, medical research institutes, and other children's charities. In 1992, he founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

He was a good guy. I can't believe those running his company are contributing to the Republican agenda...Can you prove such?
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