Coke and Delta Try

OK, so Coke and Delta try to do some backfilling. WaPo:

Some of Georgia’s biggest companies — including Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines — and Atlanta sports teams the Falcons and the Hawks came out strongly against the state’s new voting law Wednesday amid growing backlash against the business world for failing to do enough to stop the measure from becoming law.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian condemned the legislation as “unacceptable” and contrary to the company’s values.

“Last week, the Georgia legislature passed a sweeping voting reform act that could make it harder for many Georgians, particularly those in our Black and Brown communities, to exercise their right to vote,” Bastian said in a Wednesday memo to employees.

“The entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie: that there was widespread voter fraud in Georgia in the 2020 elections. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, that excuse is being used in states across the nation that are attempting to pass similar legislation to restrict voting rights.”

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James Quincey, the CEO of Coca-Cola, a Georgia corporate stalwart, said the legislation was “wrong” and “a step backward.” He said on CNBC: “Let me be crystal clear and unequivocal. This legislation is unacceptable. It is a step backward and it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity.”

The strong statements Wednesday come after Black Voters Matter, a national community-organizing group that advocates on behalf of Black voters, held demonstrations and called on Delta and Coca-Cola as well as four other Georgia-based companies — UPS, Home Depot, Southern Company and Aflac — to speak out more strongly against the law.


So how does Kemp’s statement:

“At no point did Delta share any opposition to expanding early voting, strengthening voter ID measures, increasing the use of secure drop boxes statewide, and making it easier for local election officials to administer elections — which is exactly what this bill does.”

Square with:

The bill will expand early-voting hours, curtail the use of drop boxes for absentee voters, require additional identification for mail-in voting, criminalize third-party groups passing out food and water to voters standing in line outside polling stations, allow electors to challenge the eligibility of an unlimited number of voters and require counties to hold hearings on those challenges within 10 days, block the use of mobile voting vans, and prevent local governments from accepting private-sector grants. It would also strip the secretary of state’s voting power as a member of the State Elections Board and give lawmakers the power to start taking over local election boards.

Are there 2 Georgia voting bills?  The One Kemp refers to is nothing like the bill I’ve read about.

Oh, what to believe…? I can say with out reservation I DO NOT BELIEVE A WORD KEMP SAYS.


31 thoughts on “Coke and Delta Try”

  1. pogo, here’s what they get (or at least delta gets) for trying

    Georgia House votes to strip Delta Air Lines of big tax break after carrier’s CEO condemns state’s new voting curbs – CBS News

    Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives voted late Wednesday to strip Delta Air Lines of a tax break worth tens of millions of dollars annually. The vote followed the company’s CEO condemning harsh new voting restrictions in the state earlier in the day.

    But it was rendered symbolic when the state Senate failed to take up the measure before adjourning its yearly session.


  2. Image result for cartoon april fools 2021

    from huffpo back in 2014:

    During an appearance on the Rachael Ray Show, Vice President Joe Biden revealed how his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, pulls off amazing April Fool’s Day pranks. Biden said April Fool’s Day is “like a tradition” for his wife’s family.
    “What I worry about when I wake up on April Fool’s Day is, ‘what in the hell is Jill gonna do this time?’” Biden said.
    “I feel so stupid!” Biden said when thinking of his wife’s past jokes.
    “Like for example, one April Fool’s Day… we get in Air Force Two, we’re flying and I’m saying, ‘where the hell is Jill?’” Biden said. “And I open up the baggage compartment on top, above, you know? And she jumps out of the compartment. This is the Second Lady of the United States of America jumping out of the overhead baggage compartment.”

  3. google has cancelled today by the way

    from Google skips April Fools’ Day 2021, the second year in a row – 9to5Google

    An internal memo sent by Google’s VP of global marketing, Marvin Chow, explains that the company will continue its “pause” of April Fools’ Day pranks in 2021 as “much of the world” is still dealing with “serious challenges” during the pandemic. The message, obtained by Business Insider, reads:

    Throughout the past year, I have been so inspired by how helpful our products, programs and people have been during humanity’s toughest times. We’ve done it with sensitivity and empathy, reflecting the range of challenging experiences so many are experiencing globally.

    As you will remember, last year we made the decision to pause our longstanding Google tradition of celebrating April Fools’ Day, out of respect for all those fighting COVID-19. With much of the world still grappling with serious challenges, we feel we should again pause the jokes for April Fools’ Day this year. Like we did last year, we should continue to find appropriate ways to bring moments of joy to our users throughout the year (e.g. Doodles, easter eggs, etc.)

    Google has confirmed that the message is genuine.


  4. The last year and a half have been like a horrible prank.  It’s plenty as it is, thanks.

  5. Wow, a pissing contest between businesses and  elected, white supremacists. Pass the popcorn.  

    Dollar votes from consumers are, in the long run, much more important.  

    Also, what  happens to that precious money from lobbyists if ya’ don’t play nicely?  

  6. usatoday oped

    Stacey Abrams: 3 ways for corporations to show they get what’s at stake on voting rights
    Leaving us behind with boycotts won’t save us. I ask you to bring your business to Georgia and, if you’re already here, stay and fight. Stay and vote.
    Boycotts not necessary — yet
    Be warned, though. Georgia is just one of the first in the orchestrated march of voting restrictions that Heritage Action and the Republican National Committee intend to secure in every state that will have them. According to the Brennan Center, there are 125 bills that would restrict mail voting, 66 bills that would create new, more restrictive ID requirements and three states that would make it more difficult for students to vote.
    Businesses can redeem themselves
    But having your hometown corporate heroes turn their backs does nothing good. That’s why I recommend the following course of redemptive actions for those corporations that want to show they know what’s at stake:

    First, publicly acknowledge the truth of what’s happening. Georgia corporations should leave behind tepid statements of self-congratulations for turning horrific intent into terrible reality. Yes, we stopped complete annihilation of long-protected rights. But the damage done by SB 202 and its companions in other states will hurt thousands upon thousands of voters. For corporations doing business in the other 42 states considering voter suppression legislation, speak out now when it might actually stop the bills from becoming law.

    Second, corporations eager to prove their good faith can do so by putting their resources to good use. Rather than financing state legislators pushing these anti-democratic bills, refuse to fund their efforts. Instead, use those earmarked campaign dollars to support projects that help the poor, the elderly, students and the isolated get the identification they need to cast their ballots in 2022. In Georgia, for example, an estimated at least 200,000 Georgians do not have the required restrictive photo ID. The so-called “free” ID offered in Georgia and other states is not free when the hours to access it are limited, transportation is difficult and the documents necessary are hard to locate, too expensive or unavailable.
    Third, companies must stand up for voters by endorsing the federal voting rights standards included in the For the People Act (H.R. 1 and S. 1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4). The For the People Act would ensure that Americans’ access to democracy does not depend on the state in which they live. As proposed, automatic voter registration, in-person early voting and no-excuse absentee voting would be guaranteed for voters regardless of geography. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore enforcement of the historic Voting Rights Act, blocking state laws that would disenfranchise voters of color in the future.


  7. wonder if ingenuity makes cute little peep peep or beep beep sounds as it goes about its journey.

  8. gaetz-gate creepy picture taken at one of his “open gaetz days” at a high school




    lotta comments from the twitterverse yesterday and not-so-friendly sites such  as dailydot


    “…NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. It will be history’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet.”

    “A small amount of the material that covered the wing of the aircraft, Flyer 1, during the first flight was flown to Mars aboard NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. An insulative tape was used to wrap the small swatch of fabric around a cable located underneath the helicopter’s solar panel. “

  10. After calling Covid a hoax, after lying about the pandemic, after saying she would never get infected, after she told people not to wear masks, Sarah Palin and several in her family were diagnosed with Covid. Now she’s all for wearing masks.

  11. daily beast:

    Rep. Matt Gaetz accused a Florida lawyer of a $25 million extortion scheme to make sex trafficking allegations disappear, Republicans on and off Capitol Hill on Wednesday largely kept their mouths shut.
    Gaetz—the Trump-loving, Fox News-grinning, 38-year-old Florida Republican—has a less-than-sterling reputation among his congressional colleagues. More than a half-dozen lawmakers have spoken to these reporters about his love of alcohol and illegal drugs, as well as his proclivity for younger women. It’s well-known among Republican lawmakers that Gaetz was dating a college student—one over the age of consent—in 2018. She came to Washington as an intern.
    As for his few friends in Washington, The Daily Beast found that to be true. One former GOP staffer said Wednesday that their office had an informal rule to not allow their member to appear next to Gaetz during TV hits, fearful of the inevitable scandal that would come out one day.
    Only two House Republicans jumped to his defense on Wednesday: Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Jim Jordan (R-OH), who himself has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexual assault; and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who has repeatedly boosted the QAnon conspiracy theory accusing Democrats of abusing children.

    While Greene compared the Gaetz allegations to a “witch hunt” and the “conspiracy theories and lies like Trump/Russia collusion,” Jordan was more muted. “I believe Matt Gaetz,” he said in a statement to CNN.

    GOP aides noted to The Daily Beast that Jordan has been one of Gaetz’s closest allies in Congress—and the most he would offer was that tepid statement and his support for Gaetz staying on the Judiciary Committee.
    “Even the Republican Party doesn’t like him very much,” said a Republican operative familiar with the Florida congressional delegation.

  12. LMAO – The Five Laws of Human Stupidity.
    No. 3 – the Golden Law of Stupidity:

    Law 3. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.

    Oh, Georgia Legislature, sound familiar?

  13. patd, after…

    Only two House Republicans jumped to his defense on Wednesday: Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Jim Jordan (R-OH), who himself has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexual assault; and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who has repeatedly boosted the QAnon conspiracy theory accusing Democrats of abusing children.

    … what more needs to be said about Gaetz?  I seem to recall a president in the 90’s who was impeached as a result of his actions regarding a certain White House intern, who was also over the age of majority.

  14. ~~~whatta guy ~~~     sheeesh, no wonder no one likes him.  he, cruz & paul should form their own party of ultra unlikables 

    (CNN)Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican being investigated by the Justice Department over sex trafficking allegations, made a name for himself when he arrived on Capitol Hill as a conservative firebrand on TV and staunch defender of then-President Donald Trump. Behind the scenes, Gaetz gained a reputation in Congress over his relationships with women and bragging about his sexual escapades to his colleagues, multiple sources told CNN.

    Gaetz allegedly showed off to other lawmakers photos and videos of nude women he said he had slept with, the sources told CNN, including while on the House floor. The sources, including two people directly shown the material, said Gaetz displayed the images of women on his phone and talked about having sex with them. One of the videos showed a naked woman with a hula hoop, according to one source.
    “It was a point of pride,” one of the sources said of Gaetz.

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