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Today I woke up to the news that some LGBT activists have decided to launch a Star­bucks Appre­ci­a­tion Day since their attempts at Chick-​Fil-​A protests were as the LA Times put it: more sub­dued as opposed to those who live in real­ity land that called it: a dis­mal fail­ure

Still a pos­i­tive move is smarter than a neg­a­tive one, I fig­ured I’d check when the date would be to see if Chick-​Fil-​A fans would counter there or per­haps stay away from Star­bucks for the day…

…then I found out it was TODAY.

The story came out THE DAY BEFORE THE “appre­ci­a­tion day”.

This is very sig­nif­i­cant because it shows not strength but weak­ness. Here is why.

1. Nor­mally you might expect this to go out a few days before such an event, that allows peo­ple to build up folks and media. Instead the media announce­ment comes the night before and doesn’t hit nation­ally until the day of the event. This tells me the groups push­ing this are not con­fi­dent in draw­ing beyond their core protest groups. The addi­tional days would not add to their numbers.

2. The groups push­ing this were afraid of any kind of counter. A 2nd Chick-​Fil-​A day where they would be out­num­bered would be very bad for them, but peo­ple choos­ing to skip Star­bucks for the day would be worse. By not announc­ing this event the major­ity of Star­bucks cus­tomers today, unlike the peo­ple at Chick-​Fil-​A last Wednes­day will have no idea their cus­tom will be con­sid­ered a sym­bolic act.

These tac­tics tell me they know they are in trou­ble, the whole Chick-​Fil-​A thing allowed the real­ity of both their weak­ness and their oppo­nents strength, this “instant” event allows them to cre­ate a false media meme that will be picked up by national media.

Unfor­tu­nately for them the mask is already off.

Update: Tammy Bruce com­ments

The Anti-​Chick-​Fil-​A Kiss-​In not worky so well? LOL! As I noted on Fox & Friends this week­end, the approach of pun­ish­ing peo­ple and com­pa­nies with whom you dis­agree is fas­cist, petty and rejected by the Amer­i­can peo­ple. I’m all for pos­i­tive, encour­ag­ing activism meant to pro­mote the things we agree with. Appar­ently that’s a les­son the left can only learn from fail­ure and embarrassment.

Update 2: No More Mr. Nice Blog has the hive mind busi­ness back­wards (note a per­son of the right/​tea party will talk about why they believe what they do while the left demon­strates er fedo­ra­pho­bia) but he is exactly right in terms of tactics

Face the fact that Chick-​fil-​A Appre­ci­a­tion Day was a great one-​day suc­cess for the right, and it’s going to be dif­fi­cult to mount an imi­ta­tion protest that equals or exceeds it; if you fail, you look less pow­er­ful, and even if you suc­ceed, what you did looks like me-​too-​ism.

Bet­ter to give the right its one-​day news-​cycle vic­tory and then stop draw­ing atten­tion to that victory.

Due to the rel­a­tive birthrates of left and right I think he’s wrong about the long game, but it’s still the right move for the left and the best advice I’ve seen any­one there give.

I bet I’d have enjoy play­ing AH games with him back in the pre-​pc days.

Update: Allen West Bazinga!

A Demo­c­ra­tic law­maker says Rep. Allen West (R-​Fla.) offended the entire Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus by deliv­er­ing Chick-​fil-​A chicken and bis­cuits to their weekly meeting

I’m sure every mem­ber of the black cau­cus can’t wait to explain to the min­is­ters in their dis­trict how they were so offended by Chick-​Fil-​A chicken. Should be interesting.

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Hey let’s make today DaT­e­chGuy Appre­ci­a­tion day kick into the Tip jar to help pay for that cheap 15 yr old car so I can con­tinue to cover events with­out using dawife’s car

For details click here for the progress check the ther­mome­ter to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.




Today I woke up to the news that some LGBT activists have decided to launch a Starbucks Appreciation Day since their attempts at Chick-Fil-A protests were as the LA Times put it: more subdued as opposed to those who live in reality land that called it: a dismal failure

Still a positive move is smarter than a negative one, I figured I’d check when the date would be to see if Chick-Fil-A fans would counter there or perhaps stay away from Starbucks for the day…

…then I found out it was TODAY.

The story came out THE DAY BEFORE THE “appreciation day”.

This is very significant because it shows not strength but weakness. Here is why.

1. Normally you might expect this to go out a few days before such an event, that allows people to build up folks and media. Instead the media announcement comes the night before and doesn’t hit nationally until the day of the event. This tells me the groups pushing this are not confident in drawing beyond their core protest groups. The additional days would not add to their numbers.

2. The groups pushing this were afraid of any kind of counter. A 2nd Chick-Fil-A day where they would be outnumbered would be very bad for them, but people choosing to skip Starbucks for the day would be worse. By not announcing this event the majority of Starbucks customers today, unlike the people at Chick-Fil-A last Wednesday will have no idea their custom will be considered a symbolic act.

These tactics tell me they know they are in trouble, the whole Chick-Fil-A thing allowed the reality of both their weakness and their opponents strength, this “instant” event allows them to create a false media meme that will be picked up by national media.

Unfortunately for them the mask is already off.

Update: Tammy Bruce comments

The Anti-Chick-Fil-A Kiss-In not worky so well? LOL! As I noted on Fox & Friends this weekend, the approach of punishing people and companies with whom you disagree is fascist, petty and rejected by the American people. I’m all for positive, encouraging activism meant to promote the things we agree with. Apparently that’s a lesson the left can only learn from failure and embarrassment.

Update 2: No More Mr. Nice Blog has the hive mind business backwards (note a person of the right/tea party will talk about why they believe what they do while the left demonstrates er fedoraphobia) but he is exactly right in terms of tactics

Face the fact that Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was a great one-day success for the right, and it’s going to be difficult to mount an imitation protest that equals or exceeds it; if you fail, you look less powerful, and even if you succeed, what you did looks like me-too-ism.

Better to give the right its one-day news-cycle victory and then stop drawing attention to that victory.

Due to the relative birthrates of left and right I think he’s wrong about the long game, but it’s still the right move for the left and the best advice I’ve seen anyone there give.

I bet I’d have enjoy playing AH games with him back in the pre-pc days.

Update: Allen West Bazinga!

A Democratic lawmaker says Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) offended the entire Congressional Black Caucus by delivering Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits to their weekly meeting

I’m sure every member of the black caucus can’t wait to explain to the ministers in their district how they were so offended by Chick-Fil-A chicken. Should be interesting.

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Hey let’s make today DaTechGuy Appreciation day kick into the Tip jar to help pay for that cheap 15 yr old car so I can continue to cover events without using dawife’s car

For details click here for the progress check the thermometer to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.