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Starbucks Ditches Red Holiday Cups, Includes Same-Sex Couple in New Holiday Ad



‘The Holidays Mean Something Different to Everyone’ Starbucks Says

Starting in 1997 Starbucks, for the Holiday season, began switching its regular coffee cups to Holiday-themed red-colored cups. Over the past few years some extremist evangelical Christians who believe they have the right to direct Starbucks’ marketing campaigns have responded in fury, demanding a return to Starbucks’ more Christmas-themed cups of previous years.

The Seattle-based international coffee purveyor in 2008, for example, used snowflakes and turtledoves to send its Holiday messages of cheer. In 2009, the cups looked almost like Christmas trees, with Holiday messages on ornaments. In 2010, carolers and snowflakes. 2011, ice skaters and sledders. 2012, a snowman. 2013, the cups were red and gold with Christmas tree ornaments. In 2014, varying shades of red to imply snowflakes.

And then, it happened.

In 2015, Starbucks went solid red, inspiring this evangelical former pastor and Facebook attention-seeker to proclaim that Starbucks “hates Jesus.” Remember? The far right went ballistic. Starbucks responded by saying the red cups allowed customers to write or draw their own messages.

Last year, Starbucks opted for 13 different designs created by customers around the world. And we didn’t hear a peep.

But we will this year.

Starbucks has not only ditched the red cups entirely, last week they released an ad that features a multicultural couple and even a same-sex couple about to kiss.

It’s a beautiful ad that’s sure to infuriate the religious right.

Starbucks has launched a holiday ad featuring two women about to kiss, and an older white woman holding hands in a park with a man wearing a taqiyah, a type of skull cap often worn by Muslims,” CNBC reports.

“The holidays mean something different to everyone,” states text during the 30-second animated ad, which features a hand-drawn white dove flying towards the couple in the park, a young woman talking to an elderly relative via her laptop, people of different races decorating a Christmas tree and two women about to kiss as fireworks appear.

For Allen Adamson, founder and CEO of BrandSimple Consulting, using animation allows Starbucks to have control of its message. “They are leaning in to the issue of this country needs to come together across all lines and by making it an animation it’s a little softer and potentially less polarizing,” he told CNBC by phone.

To prep their customers, on Nov. 1 Starbucks posted a short animated video explaining the newest cups:

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Cuomo Charged With Sex Crime Months After Resigning as Governor



Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor sex crime, NBC News reports.

The former governor who resigned after multiple accusations of sexual harassment resigned, leaving office August 23.

“Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor complaint in Albany City Court for a sex-crime related charge, a spokesperson for New York State courts tells NBC News,” according to NBC’s Tom Winter.

A investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James found the Democratic governor had sexually harassed at least eleven women, most of them state employees.

“Forcible Touching” is listed on the complaint:


This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Meadows ‘Will Face Consequences’ for Stonewalling Jan. 6 Committee if He Does Not Comply With Subpoena: Report



Could former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows face criminal contempt of Congress charges like Steve Bannon?

The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack subpoenaed Meadows, a former GOP congressman, on September 23, over a month ago, and he has yet to comply.

“Our patience isn’t unlimited, and engagement needs to become cooperation very soon,” a Select Committee source told CNN. “As we’ve already made clear, anyone who tries to stonewall our effort will face the consequences.”

The committee sees Meadows, who has been by Trump’s side every step of the way even for months before exiting the House to join the Trump administration, as a “key witness.”

Jan. 6 Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is being patient but that appears to be waning thin.

“If and when the staff says to us it’s not going anywhere, there won’t be any hesitation on the part of the committee to make the referrals” for contempt of Congress he tells CNN.

CNN adds multiple sources have “indicated” Meadows has “been ‘engaging’ in negotiations over the terms of his turning over documents and appearing for a deposition.”

Earlier this week a bombshell Rolling Stone report citing two people involved with planning the January 6 pro-Trump rallies mentioned Meadows nine times, including calling him “someone who played a major role in the conversations surrounding the protests on Jan. 6.”

That report also says those sources describe Meadows “as having had an opportunity to prevent the violence” of January 6, and that “Meadows was 100 percent made aware of what was going on.”



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Rupert Murdoch Is a ‘Domestic Threat’ Says Never-Trumper Over Tucker Carlson’s Upcoming Jan. 6 Special



Stuart Stevens is calling out News Corp founder and chief Rupert Murdoch as a “domestic threat” in response to a stunning preview clip from Fox News’ top personality, Tucker Carlson, that falsely paints Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection as a false flag operation by Democrats.

“If Rupert Murdoch were applying for American citizenship today, there would be ample evidence to classify him as a domestic threat and deny citizenship,” Stevens says of Murdoch, an Australian-born naturalized U.S. citizen. “He’s a dangerous man who should be treated as the anti-democratic propagandist he is.”

Stevens is known as one of the top Republican strategists who became a never-Trumper and co-founded The Lincoln Project. Murdoch owns News Corp, the parent company of Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and numerous other outlets across the globe. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985 to meet the requirements to purchase and own TV stations.

The clip of Tucker Carlson’s three-part series on the January 6 insurrection (below) is being called “fucking insane” by fellow never-Trumper Tim Miller, a former GOP strategist.

“I’d like to focus in on the fact that Fox is hosting one of the main architects of the Stop The Steal insurrection Ali Akbar Alexander for this 1/6 special,” Miller adds. “Going full Newsmax.”

In a scathing strike against Carlson, former Obama HUD deputy assistant secretary Brandon Friedman compared the Fox News personality to a radio station known for helping to incite the Rwandan genocide in which more than one million people died and up to half a million women were raped.

Here’s the clip, which is loaded with falsehoods and anti-American, anti-democracy propaganda:


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