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#1 Jeremiah

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:37 PM

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May 31, 2007

Microsoft Funds the Anti-Hunting Movement


(Columbus) – Microsoft has rejected a U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance request to abandon its partnership with the nation’s leading anti-hunting organization.

Microsoft, the software giant, will make a $100,000 donation to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and is partnering with the group on a pilot program called the i’m Initiative. Through the new program, whenever a Windows Live Messenger user has a conversation using i’m, Microsoft will give a portion of the program’s advertising revenue to one of ten organizations selected by the user. The HSUS is one of the choices, and there is no limit to the amount of money that can be donated.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, the nation’s leading sportsmen’s advocacy organization, has urged Microsoft to end its support of HSUS, but the company refused. According to Microsoft representative Tara Kriese, Microsoft believes the i’m Initiative is “a great way to enable people to help causes that are important to them.”

“Microsoft is going to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars, probably more, into an organization that recently issued a manifesto that targets hunting for extinction,” said USSA President Bud Pidgeon. “If there was ever a time for sportsmen to take grassroots action, this is it.”

Sportsmen should contact Microsoft and demand that its financial support of HSUS be terminated. Contact Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft, 1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052. Phone: (425) 882-8080. Fax: (425) 936-7329.

The Humane Society of the United States opposes all animal use, including trapping, hunting and fishing. It was a key player in the campaigns to outlaw dove hunting in Michigan, trapping in California, and black bear hunting in Colorado. The organization has created a hit list of hunting traditions that it hopes to dismantle, including bear hunting and hunting with hounds.

“The HSUS already has a multi-million dollar budget that it invests in legislative and ballot campaigns to ban trapping and hunting,” said Pidgeon. “The partnership that it has formed with Microsoft, the maker of the Xbox, will allow the organization to make money hand over fist, and continue to fund efforts to ban outdoor sports.”

Sportsmen can make a difference in an issue like this. Companies such as Iams, General Mills, Accor Hotels, Pet Safe, Sears, and Ace Hardware ended relationships with HSUS after thousands of sportsmen levied strong protest.

In 2002, Jeep raised the ire of sportsmen when it aired a blatantly, anti-hunting commercial called the “Deer Hunter.” After a flood of sportsmen’s contacts, Jeep pulled the commercial in three days.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organization that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:40 PM

Ubuntu anyone?

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 09:27 AM

Ohhh fudge.

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 02:10 PM

Ohhh fudge.


That's about what my reaction was. Anti-Hunting being openly funded by the richest man in the world... "GREAT!" Oh, and it's not like it's peta... Even Penn & Teller can tell there are bats in that belfry. It's the HSUS which half the people I've spoken with over the years think of their local animal shelters when they hear "Humane Society of the United States". (NOT the same group! The HSUS has absolutely nothing to do with your local animal shelters etc. They're really just peta incognito.) So, you know lots of people will be signing on who don't even know any better. "How lovely!"

Mac already supports anti-hunting/anti-gun efforts. So, there's no help there... I think I really will be looking into Linux when I get around to getting a new hard drive for my notebook. (It's my understanding the Mac OS is based on Linux, so it's probably all still the same darn thing and I might be just wasting my time.) I wouldn't think that with Ubuntu being open-source and free that they could afford to donate money to anyone. :hmm:

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 07:53 PM

Why am I not surprised. :doh: The very equipment we use supports the opposite side.

I think if we all switch to Linux stuff we'll be ok. Swedes arent anti hunting. But sadly they are socialists. But you could do worse than Saab, Husqvarna, Linux, Electrolux, Volvo, etc

I guess theres really just no room in the world for radical right wing 2nd Amendment gun toting Republicans any more. I paid last installment on my NRA life member dues. You should too to fight this kind of crapola.
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Posted 02 June 2007 - 12:54 PM

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 06:58 PM

I'm with you Charlie I just paid off my life membership too.
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