Naughty or Nice?
AFA’s 2013 listing of top retailers and how they recognize Christmas
BLUE: An AFA “5-Star” rated company that promotes and celebrates Christmas on an exceptional basis.
GREEN: Company uses the term “Christmas” on a regular basis, we consider that company Christmas-friendly.
YELLOW: Company refers to Christmas infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others.
RED: Company may use “Christmas” sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it.
List updated on 11-25-13
|Companies For “Christmas”
|AFA Online Store
Bass Pro Shops
Bed Bath & Beyond
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Harris Teeter Stores
Home Shopping Network
Pier One Imports
Scheels Sporting Goods
Super D Drug
Toys R Us
|Companies marginal on “Christmas”
Bath & Body Works
|Companies AGAINST “Christmas”
|Barnes & Noble
Radio Shack -BOYCOTT! See more
We continually update the list, so check back often.
Criteria – AFA reviewed up to four areas to determine if a company was “Christmas-friendly” in their advertising: print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store. If a company’s ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.), it was considered as an attempt to reach “Christmas” shoppers.
If a company has items associated with Christmas, but did not use the word “Christmas,” then the company is considered as censoring “Christmas.”
Want to report on a company? Send your detailed report to chri...@afa.net. Please know that we receive hundreds of reports (emails) each day. We are unable to respond to each one personally, but your report will be read by one of our staff.
Note: AFA does not list local or regional companies. Only nationally-recognized companies will be listed. This list only reflects a company’s “Christmas” advertising and does not take into account other corporate policies AFA may not agree with.
SPECIAL ALERT! Legal group offers valuable resources
If you hear of instances of hostility toward Christmas expression, please let us know. AFA is working with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) to provide resources for government and public school authorities laboring under the misimpression they must censor Christmas. You can contact ADF at (1-800-TELL-ADF ) for a copy of their legal analysis and memo on rights of seasonal expression at Christmas. We want to inform public officials about the law, and then encourage them to take a stand for Christmas.
A major GOP donor who told Breitbart News Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made disparaging remarks about the Tea Party movement and about Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) continues to stand by his original story after claims that the reports were not accurate.
This individual reported that on the Oct. 30 fundraising call American Crossroads’ Karl Rove and Steven J. Law held with McConnell, “McConnell specifically talked about Mike Lee by name, specifically talked about Ted Cruz by name, and he specifically talked about the Tea Party by name,” the donor told Breitbart News in response to a story Rove’s and McConnell’s teams have purported shows otherwise.
This is a beautiful photo of a giant American flag in Arizona . The photo is authentic, UN-retouched and was taken on regular Kodak 35mm film. The person who took the Picture couldn’t believe the image created by the sun’s rays. Nice of them to share it with the world!
Texas bill HB 308, the “Merry Christmas” Bill, was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry at a special ceremony at the Texas Capitol. Designed to counter the growing War on Christmas. This new law guarantees the freedom of our children, teachers, parents and school administrators to acknowledge Christmas on school grounds without fear of censorship, persecution or litigation.
Texas Values has launched a new website, MerryChristmasTexas.com to help spread the word across Texas. To review summary of this bill go to this website and share with your school district and with your friends across Texas.
Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,
It is hard to find the words to adequately describe how much of a disaster Obamacare is turning out to be. The debut of Healthcare.gov has been probably the worst launch of a major website in history, millions of Americans are having their current health insurance policies canceled, millions of others are seeing the size of their health insurance premiums absolutely explode, and this new law is going to result in massive numbers of jobs being lost. It is almost as if Obamacare was specifically designed to wreck the U.S. economy. Not that what we had before Obamacare was great. In fact, I have long argued that the U.S. health care system is a complete and total train wreck. But now Obamacare is making everything that was bad about our system much, much worse.
Americans are going to pay far more for health care, the quality of that care is going to go down, they are going to have to deal with far more medical red tape, and thousands upon thousands of U.S. employers are considering getting rid of the health plans that they offer to employees altogether due to Obamacare. If the U.S. health care system was a separate nation, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet, and now Obamacare is going to absolutely cripple it. To say that Obamacare is an “economic catastrophe” would be a massive understatement.
Of course we were assured that it wouldn’t turn out this way. We were promised over and over that we were going to pay less for health care, get better coverage, and be able to keep our current health plans if we were pleased with them. The following is what Obama said at a rally in 2009…
“First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”
That was such a dramatic lie that even NBC News is turning on him. They discovered that Obama has known for three years that most people that rely on individual health insurance policies would not be able to keep them…
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Please help us honor these two courageous
“Champions of Freedom”
(both are confirmed for the awards ceremony and dinner)
Date: Friday, December 6, 2013
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM; doors will open at 5 PM
Location: Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front Street, Tyler, TX
An “Uptown Supper” will be catered by Eddie Deen and Company of Dallas.
Please note: This event will be advertised regionally. Seating is limited to 1,000 and is likely to sell out quickly. Please reserve your place now. Due to our financial obligations for the venue and caterer, we will not reserve seats or tables with e-mails or calls. Seats or tables will only be reserved when we receive your check – no exceptions.
To sponsor a table or buy tickets, please mail your check to:
Grassroots America – We the People PAC
P. O. Box 130012
Tyler, TX 75713
Individual tickets are $40 each.
“George Washington” table sponsors (8 seats) – $5,000
“Thomas Jefferson” table sponsors (8 seats) – $2,500
“Benjamin Franklin” table sponsors (8 seats) – $1,000
“Ronald Reagan” table sponsors (4 seats) – $500
A portion of the event proceeds will go to the campaign funds for our honorees. Table sponsors will be recognized at the event.
The clash in Congress over efforts to derail President Obama’s health-care law has lit up tea party groups across the country, reenergizing activists who had drifted away from the movement while intensifying the divisions tearing at the Republican Party.
The standoff, which threatens to plunge the federal government into a financial crisis, has served as a rallying cry for a cadre of conservatives, who are bombarding lawmakers with phone calls, e-mails and social media messages backing a last-ditch effort to hobble the health-care law.
It was the passage of that legislation, commonly known as Obamacare, that animated the movement when it first emerged in 2009.
“I’ve not seen this level of intensity since we fought to keep Obamacare from passing,” said JoAnn Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America, a group of conservative activists based in Tyler, Tex. “I’m getting calls from people who are not in our network, saying, ‘Can we do something?’ It’s a full-time job just trying to get rid of all my e-mails.”
CLICK HERE to watch Cruz on Senate Floor…
The Senate on Friday voted to strip language defunding ObamaCare from a stopgap spending measure on Friday after a bipartisan vote to proceed with the measure.
The Senate voted on party lines to remove the ObamaCare language, in a 54-44 vote. GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) were absent for the vote.
The ObamaCare vote came after the Senate voted to proceed in a 79-19 vote, with 25 Republicans voting in favor of moving forward and 19 voting against.
The GOP votes represented a rejection of Sen. Ted Cruz’s arguments that Republicans would be helping Democrats in moving the bill forward.
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Texas Liberty Group Leaders Say, “Real Texans Don’t Blink”
Send Message to Cornyn and US House Texas Delegation
Tyler, Texas – Today the leaders of more than seventy Texas liberty groups (TEA parties, Grassroots America, Patriots, 9/12s) are sending a strong message to US Senator John Cornyn and the US House Texas Delegation – stand with Senator Cruz and fight!
These group leaders are sending the message via a letter which can be seen here: Stand with Cruz – Grassroots America Has!
Texas liberty group leaders say no issue is more important than stopping Obamacare because it will destroy America. “People are losing jobs, losing wages, paying more for insurance premiums, or losing coverage altogether. Seniors live in fear they will simply no longer qualify for “quality of life” or life-extending health services. Doctors are seeing their profession destroyed. Owners of small businesses are grappling with decisions to reduce full-time jobs to part-time jobs, knowing this will hurt their businesses and employees. Quite simply, Americans are living in fear of this law.”
Texas liberty group leaders cite the unconstitutionality of exemptions and special waivers and actions of the President to alter the law by going around Congress: “These special waivers and deals clearly violate the “Uniformity Clause” of the US Constitution. Since the US Supreme Court has held the ObamaCare mandate to be a tax, it invokes the Constitution’s “Uniformity Clause” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 1) which requires the tax to “be uniform throughout the United States.” The Framers were explicit that taxes had to be applied uniformly; this intent was later extended to equal protection of the laws by the 14th Amendment. Moreover, the President has repeatedly bypassed Congress to alter the law.”
The letter’s author, JoAnn Fleming, (chairman of the TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee and executive director of Grassroots America) says Texas liberty group activists will begin calling the Texas US House delegation with this message:
“The Texas House Delegation should now take the lead in a strategy to fight to win. If Harry Reid strips out the defunding of ObamaCare, sending the government-funding bill back to the House, Speaker John Boehner should begin passing individual bills funding one department at a time, starting with the military. This should be followed by a bill to fund Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The House should pass government funding one bill at a time, driving home the fact that if the government shuts down, it will be because the President and Senate Democrats are willing to sacrifice jobs and the economy for a health care law a majority of the American people don’t want.”
The united Texas liberty group leaders concluded with a plea to stand against the Washington insiders and to fight.Fleming says, “Ted Cruz is every bit the fighter he said he’d be. He’s every bit the fighter we knew he would be when we rallied to send him to Washington. Real Texans don’t blink.”