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  •  I already shop Lowes and signed the petition (11+ / 0-)

    I like the local Lowes where you can buy the seconds for more than 1/2 off and out of season items for even less.
    It's also Casino voting day here in Middleboro Mass.
    Casino Stock...
    Were voting yes, Its either give them their Casino or their land back....

    From the Book of Horrible Questions , Would you push a red button for $10 million but 100 random people would die of natural causes, Survey said 55% would ?

    by FAUX GOP DEATH TV on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 06:34:03 AM PDT

    •  Plus, Lowes Sells its Seconds as Seconds (10+ / 0-)

      Whereas, in Home Depot's lumber section, the trick is allowing enough time to dig through the 2 x 4 heap to find a few studs that aren't seconds.

    •  How about a sample, bro? (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Da Buddy, 4Freedom, figleef, daeros

      Update by kos: Remember to be polite when emailing. If your email looks anything like the winger hate mail I'm getting, it won't be effective at all.

      Maybe you can even immortalize some of the more hilarious ones here as a regular feature.

      ...no hell below us, above us only sky.

      by rightiswrong on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 07:16:52 AM PDT

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      •  My Email (7+ / 0-)

        Here's what I sent to the Home Depot Execs listed above:

        Dear Home Depot Executives:

        Up until now, I have been a loyal (and regular) customer of Home Depot. I purchase a great deal of Telecom/Data supplies from your stores.

        However, I fear that I will  have to find another retailer for my needs (Fry's or Graybar). You see, I simply cannot, in good conscience, support a company that gives revenue to Rupert Murdoch's Faux News. Mr. Murdoch  openly admits, in interviews, that FOX News intentionally distorts news stories to favor the GOP in general, and the Bush Administration in particular. They even went so far as to say - on air - repeatedly, that Congressman (and pedophile) Foley was a DEMOCRAT, when in fact he was a REPUBLICAN...Despicable.

        I don't care about Home Depot's politics. That's your business. But to support a con artist like Murdoch, who openly deceives older, less educated Americans (and laughs about it in interviews), is something I simply will not tolerate...Especially now that Lowe's, one of your fiercest competitors, has pulled their advertising from FOX.

        Please take this message to heart. I mean it sincerely.

        Your (former) Loyal Customer

        "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." ~Winston Churchill

        by Da Buddy on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 07:25:25 AM PDT

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        •  Just spent $237 at Lowes instead of Home Depot (6+ / 0-)

          I live half a mile from a Home Depot and 2 miles from Lowe's. My wife and I bought a 1939 house in 2003, and I still spend pretty much every weekend fixing one thing or another. Up to now, I have done ALL of my shopping at Home Depot, except on that rare occasion when I couldn't find something very specific. NO LONGER. I will now drive the extra 3 minutes to Lowes, where this morning I spent nearly $250 on a low-flow toilet and some minor plumbing supplies. I'll be going back there tomorrow for everything I need to reseal and calk my bath. Goodbye Home Depot.

          •  Seriously. (0+ / 0-)

            a liberal point of view = GOOD business pratice. Smaller margins = more customers, etc, etc, etc. It just goes on and on. They NEED to hear this roar. Once we get past the initial rejection they'll start to realize it actually makes sense.

      •  I went with "fellow businessman approach" in mine (0+ / 0-)

        Sent the following to Env VP, CEO, and CFO

        Subject: Seasoned Marketing Executive

        Ron, Francis, and Carol,

        I am a seasoned 20 year marketing executive and I have to tell you that the controversy surrounding your choice to continue advertising on Fox News is not going away. When you continue to support with your ad dollars a company that denies global warming and promotes irresponsibility about the environment, you have to expect that people that actually care about the planet will let you know it. I've been a customer for years and will now become a Lowes customer and drive the extra miles to their store, because they had the fortitude  to stop advertising on Fox. If your company decides to take the moral high ground and remove your ads, then I will come back to you.

        You are in such a tough spot. Straddling the fence is a long time corporate tradition, but I don't think the current marketplace is going to support it anymore. Being on Fox is like saying you support the war in Iraq. Only about 27% of the population sees that as a good thing and that means you are on the losing team. Just so you know, there is a huge movement that is going to be targeting you to get off fox just like Lowes and you would be smart to do it sooner than later. Very specifically if you don't pull your ads from O'Reilly, then you will really learn to regret it.

        I know these decisions are difficult, but are they really that tough? Fox promotes, hate, intolerance, and a disregard for true news reporting. Everything they do is biased and they are a mouthpiece for oil companies and the Republican party. You know as well as anyone that in 2008 the Republicans are going to be destroyed and Democrats will rule government for the next 10-20 years after the corruption and malfeasance they have exhibited.  The American public is on to the game and Fox' ratings are dropping. Do you want to go down with them or do you want to be seen as progressive leaders. It is smart business, smart marketing, and smart PR to get on this bandwagon now. I can tell you that the army of progressive netroots activists aren't going away and will continue to attack you and compare you to Lowes. I've been in your shoes and understand how tough these can be, but ultimately you have to make a decision to decide to do the right thing and I hope that Home Depot will realize that straddling the fence is a losing proposition.

        I look forward to your reply.

        Sincerely,

        Brad Nickel
        http://www.clickbrain.com

      •  Here's mine, (0+ / 0-)

        Dear Sir,

        I have frequently shopped at Home Depot and Expo, and bought gift cards for family and friends. As a loyal customer, I'd like to express my concern, and see by
        your response if I can remain a customer.

        I'm disturbed that you advertise on a show and network that supports supression of free speech, among other disturbing positions. Fox network's Bill O'Reilly has campaigned against scientific information about Global Warming, DailyKos, and
        any one who questions O'Reilly's veracity or position. He has been known to threaten callers who disagree with him with "Fox security" and even gone so far to have security personnel call their homes. He persecuted these callers for the grave crime of calling his show and politely disagreeing with him.

        It is unfortunately clear that Bill O'Reilly would like the only voice in any debate to be his own, and those who agree with him - not the values of the America I know and love. By supporting him and his network with your advertising dollars, you are, by his own standards, endorsing his position. This is the man who said  of the kidnapped and molested child Shawn Hornbeck, "there was an element here that this kid liked about this circumstances." O'Reilly also said: "The situation here for this kid looks to me to be a lot more fun than what he had under his old parents."

        I find his hate speech repulsive, and I am sad to hear that you support him. I hope that Home Depot will reconsider its position, and that I will once again be able to proudly shop in a store whose positions reflect good American values, and sound
        environmental science.

        Sincerely...

    •  The petition... (0+ / 0-)

      It sends the messages directly to the following e-mail recipients:

      david.spencer@onstar.com,
      jhd@johnhdaniel.com,
      customerservice@skipgambert.com,
      nm2208@att.com, sbean@attnews.us,
      cbriscoe@archermalmo.com,
      jennifer.wendt@usbank.com,
      laurie@cosmo-pr.com,
      cfsa@multistate.com,
      investorrelations@hertz.com,
      customerservice@1800petmeds.com,
      info@sepracor.com,
      ron_jarvis@homedepot.com, francis_blake@homedepot.com,
      carol_tome@homedepot.com

      Since the e-mail is sent directly from the democrats.com website - and thus risks spam-blocking, it might be good for us to e-mail the group directly from our personal e-mails as well as via the "petition."  I am going to do so first thing Monday morning.  (to start off the business week!)

      Here is the message I added to my petition:

      As a patriotic American with graduate degrees in both law and science, I am disgusted with the recent slanderous comments propagated by Bill O'Reilly and his affiliates.  As a result of recent actions taken by Home Depot, Jet Blue, and the O'Reilly Factor, I have terminated my use of those companies.  I will return to them if, and only if, they publicly and definitively apologize to me - and to hundreds of thousands of other DailyKos users - for their judgemental & ignorant disdain.  Please denounce the slanderous and ignorant approach of Bill O'Reilly.  Please stop advertising on the O'Reilly Factor, perhaps in support of DailyKos, but - more broadly - in support of the FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

      I received an out-of-office reply from Susan Bean, susan.bean@fleishman.com:

      I'm sorry I've missed your message. I'm on vacation until Monday July 30th. If your matter is urgent in any way please call my cell at 917 507 4907. I'll be happy to take your call.

      Who is she?  Should I call her?

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