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Posted: 8/10/2005 4:51:29 AM EDT
Starbucks: A habit easily broken

Posted: August 10, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Meghan Kleppinger


It's been two weeks since my last Starbucks coffee.

Admittedly, I am one of those who don't think twice about dropping $4 for a cup of coffee that costs less than $.50 to make. I am a self-proclaimed coffee house junkie and need that wonderful yuppie, intellectual "atmosphere" and freshly brewed aroma as much as the caffeine.

When I moved to D.C. right out of college, I encountered my first Starbucks drink, or should I say "experience"? Growing up in a military family, I loved chain restaurants because of the sense of familiarity they offered in every new town we moved to. So, to be able to get the same type of specialty coffee – grande, iced, skim, sugar-free vanilla, latte – everywhere, was an addiction waiting to happen.

Fast forward four years, and about 800 lattes later – I'm a Starbucks addict!

When a report came out earlier this year showing that none of Starbucks' charitable contributions went to conservative causes, I didn't blink -- I bought a latte. When I walked by a liquor store in Northeast D.C. with a big advertisement for Starbucks liquor, I kept walking, stopped in at Starbucks and bought a latte! When I was at work a couple weeks ago, reading an e-alert from our California organization (yes, latte in hand), I finally had a wake-up call.

The alert described the annual "gay" pride events which are scheduled in San Diego each year:

San Diego's annual "Pride" events include dangerous "circuit" parties, a parade with sexual content and sponsors along the route, including one advertising anal lubricants, a festival with sexually oriented venues.

OK, yes, that is all pretty disturbing, but daily, I read, write about and edit papers dealing with the homosexual agenda, so I was not at all shocked that this was going on. I was a little upset when I read that Starbucks was a sponsor. I took a sip of my latte as I read on:

In addition, the "festival" includes a "Youth Hangout Space" and a "Children's Garden." Not only is there concern about young people being part of sexually oriented events and venues, but two members of San Diego's Gay Pride organization's volunteer staff have been exposed as registered sex offenders who committed sex crimes against children.

OK – STOP, WAIT A MINUTE AND PUT THAT CUP OF COFFEE DOWN!

Not only is Starbucks sponsoring "Pride" week, but an event that places innocent children in the middle of sexually explicit materials ... and registered child molesters will be there running the show? If Starbucks is doing this knowingly, it is blatant irresponsibility, and if they are doing it unknowingly, it is irresponsible of them not to have done their homework. I started pacing back-and-forth, and all I could think was "Starbucks hates children."

For the first time, I stepped away from my latte, faced my denial about this company and started to do some serious soul searching – I needed to find out what they really supported. Fortunately, I didn't have to search very long because I have the Internet at my fingertips and one of the nation's top experts, Robert Knight, just down the hall from me.

Less than 30 minutes of research revealed the following:

* Robert Knight told me that about 10 years ago, Starbucks started sponsoring these types of events, but backed off when conservatives started putting on the pressure. He explained that it is apparent they are slowly working their way back into the "gay" movement.

* Starbucks is listed on the Planned Parenthood website under this introduction:

The following companies all generously match employee donations to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. If your employer is on this list, then you can make your gift go as much as twice as far.

* Seattle, Wash., held "Gay Pride" events last month where, according to the newspaper, Seattle Post Intelligence Reporter:

About 75 Starbucks employees will march in the parade and will wear T-shirts in rainbow colors with the word "PRIDE" on the front ... A van from the coffee company will follow them. On Capitol Hill tomorrow, Starbucks employees at the company's three stores there will pass out samples of Mint Mocha Chip Frappuccino.

The marketing director for Starbucks in Washington explained: "We're committed to supporting things that matter to our employees and our customers."

* Several conservatives are upset already by Starbucks' fairly new "The way I see it campaign," which prints quotes from actors, artists, etc., on the outside of their paper cups. By visiting their website and reading some of the quotes, it's easy to see why there has been this big brouhaha – nearly all of them are liberal celebrities.

The list does go on, but in a nutshell – Starbucks has a corporate policy of supporting the homosexual agenda by sponsoring "Pride" events all over the country -- events where children will be exposed to sexually explicit materials and pedophiles as well as the extremely liberal and pro-abortion Planned Parenthood. This might be a good time to add that the owner of Starbucks made a large donation to a liberal candidate's campaign.

So what do I do now?

I am not a big fan of boycotts. A friend once told me if we boycotted everything we disagreed with, we would be naked and hungry. I've also heard something like, "It doesn't matter what's on the cup, but what's in it." I love Starbucks coffee and as I worked through this problem, I wasn't about to give up without a fight – and I didn't give up, but rather, I failed miserably.

I overestimated, but discovered that if I drink five grande lattes a week for a year, the total number of lattes would equal 260, coming to a total cost of $1,040. So, in my four post-college years, I could have contributed as much as $4,160 to a company that supports the volunteer work of child abusers, "Pride" events, abortionists, and do I really need to go on? Back to that marketing director's quote: "We're committed to supporting things that matter to our employees and our customers." Um ... HELLO, I am a customer, too!

As I was searching the Internet, I saw a link to a site with words no Christian girl should repeat. I didn't have to enter to read this: "Folks, if Starbucks is 'too liberal' for you then don't buy their @#$# percent*# coffee."

Thanks for the tip! "Folks," what you do is up to you, but as for me and my habit, I will no longer support Starbucks.

Yes, I started as a Starbucks coffee snob, but I am very open-minded now – if you know any good coffee houses, please let me know!

Meghan Kleppinger is assistant to the national field director at Concerned Women for America.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 4:53:44 AM EDT
I have never been to a Starbucks. I make my own coffee.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 5:00:14 AM EDT
First thing on my list of things to do when I get stateside is buy my own expresso machine. I can pay for it with all the starbuck's lattes I wont be buying anymore
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 5:02:47 AM EDT
Are you reading the Prevert Times this morning?
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 5:02:59 AM EDT
Well, this is not going to be a tough boycott,
since Starbucks' coffee tastes like burnt ass.

I only roll with the DD, beezatch.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 5:03:35 AM EDT
Starbuck's shall not get any of my money . I drink man coffee.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 5:03:59 AM EDT
yet another reason to hate starsux!
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 5:12:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Starbucks: A habit easily broken

Posted: August 10, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Meghan Kleppinger


I overestimated, but discovered that if I drink five grande lattes a week for a year, the total number of lattes would equal 260, coming to a total cost of $1,040. So, in my four post-college years, I could have contributed as much as $4,160 to a company that supports the volunteer work of child abusers,



that's a LOT of Lake City.


-5000 for Starbux
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 5:19:09 AM EDT
I have never been to a Starbucks...are you telling me people actually pay that much for a cup of coffee?

Just proves that there are plenty of stupid people in the world.

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 5:20:19 AM EDT
Never been inside a starbucks.....isn't that where homos go to meet other homos?
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 5:21:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheCynic:
Starbucks' coffee tastes like burnt ass.



Yep. I cannot figure out why anyone would drink that crap.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 6:37:00 AM EDT
Four dollars for a cup of coffee?! It better be super-gourmet and have unlimited refills. Otherwise, that place is just being visited by people with more money than sense.

For four dollars, I can make gallons of very good coffee at home.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 6:44:38 AM EDT
If you found me in a Starbucks then I ask you put a bullet in my head anyway just on general principle.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 6:47:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheCynic:
Well, this is not going to be a tough boycott,
since Starbucks' coffee tastes like burnt ass.

I only roll with the DD, beezatch.



+1 I've always thought the same thing.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 7:01:35 AM EDT
my Wife has M.S, she pulled up to the local starbucks and sent my 11 year old son into starbucks,to fetch her a coffee

My son was a witness to two of the "girls" behind the counter talking about cheating on their lesbian lovers

I wish that I A. was there-not at work
B. could have prove it
C. reported it
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 7:03:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheCynic:
Well, this is not going to be a tough boycott,
since Starbucks' coffee tastes like burnt ass.

I only roll with the DD, beezatch.



Char-bucks
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 7:29:14 AM EDT
"Mint Mocha Chip Frappuccino"

Even the coffee itself sounds gay.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 7:50:09 AM EDT
started boycotting those bastards when they wouldn't support our troops, fuck them!!!
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 7:51:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By np50bmg4evr:

started boycotting those bastards when they wouldn't support our troops, fuck them!!!



that was FALSE. The whole story was FALSE
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 8:21:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/10/2005 8:22:25 AM EDT by spcwes]
So why did you post the story?

Or are you talking about the "did not support our troops"?
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 9:18:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/10/2005 9:20:29 AM EDT by thelastgunslinger]

Originally Posted By BigDozer66:
I have never been to a Starbucks...are you telling me people actually pay that much for a cup of coffee?

Just proves that there are plenty of stupid people in the world.

BigDozer66



THAT is the proof you have been waiting for? What about this?

http://www.democraticunderground.com
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 9:19:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
I have never been to a Starbucks. I make my own coffee.



I have never been to Starbucks. I don't drink coffee.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 9:23:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By spcwes:
So why did you post the story?

Or are you talking about the "did not support our troops"?



I assume he's referring to the "did not support our troops" bit. that claim has shown up in chain-letter e-mails, and it has been debunked as untrue.

www.snopes.com/politics/military/starbucks.asp
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 9:29:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
I have never been to a Starbucks. I make my own coffee.



They don't serve coffee at starbucks.

Try asking for a cup the next time you are in there.
People will do anything to be trendy, including eating cooked snails, raw fish, and unfertilized fish eggs.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 9:29:59 AM EDT
Cool, I was about to get hot headed. I have been working real hard to keep the voices at bay.

LOL
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 9:31:54 AM EDT
Call it something suave - like "latte"

...and all the dimwit idiots will line up to pay $5 a cup.
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