Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rock Steady Trigs Crew!

As of tonight, Wednesday evening, Trigs Crew is holding steady at 49-15. 

Is this end game? 

Not for me, and this is why.

First, some things that I've learned from being a loud and proud member of Trigs Crew.
  1. Never underestimate the power of Twitter because within 48 hours of this story posting, more than half of companies that advertised on the website that shall not be named pulled their ads.
  2. A few dedicated people can get a lot done when armed with factual information.
  3. No one wants to be associated with a vile publication that promotes the mocking of disabled children or any individual for that matter.
  4. That particular post was mean, disgusting, vindictive, hurtful and was directly aimed at Sarah Palin.  Fact.  Anyone who states otherwise is ignorant.  Period.
  5. Last, but not least, we have not heard the last from the website that shall not be named.  They will continue their bullying.  Just with a lot less advertisers thanks to us.
The honorable 49 companies not only deserve our respect, but they deserve our business as well.  Let's not forget them during these tough economic times.

So now what?  Do we stop at 49-15 and let it go?   Well ...

As I drove through the beautiful countryside of KY, IN, IL and MO yesterday, I saw a Fed Ex truck and thought "Wow. They're still on the Trigs Crew Advertisers list and haven't responded to a single tweet, phone call or email in 7 days."

Hmm. I wonder why?!

Not one single acknowledgement has been received by any of the concerned Trigs Crew members that use their products/services.  Nothing.

It's a free Country and it's their right to choose wherever they wish to place their ads/business.  Just man up to it!  Silence is not golden in your case, Fed Ex.  So, it is also MY right to take my business elsewhere.  And I will.

I'm only one person so how much of a difference can lil ole me make to their bottom line?  A huge difference my friend.  Huge.  And you wanna know why? 

I have a big mouth.  And I share my thoughts and feelings with those around me ... whether they like it or not.  HA!  Hey, you're reading this now, right? :)

But seriously.  That is how it begins.

It's been a short week.  7 days.  And Trigs Crew has accomplished a lot.  We've also learned a lot.  And we deserve to pat each other on the back for working together and sharing information to get where we are today. 

We've learned that many companies don't submit their ads directly to websites.  They use their marketing departments to contact other marketing companies who then in turn blast out their particular marketing message to the consumer base.  And there could even be *another* company in the mix there too pulling the puppet strings on where the ads go. 

Then there's the "behavioral marketing" in which our own internet usage shows ads which suit our search engine hits.

So, with all this modern technology that surrounds us, here also comes this fact:  The remaining 16 companies should have at least responded to one comment/phone call/tweet/email and they have not.

I believe that the twitter accounts of the remaining 15 companies are used for outgoing messages to their followers as they are not responsive to any incoming messages.  For whatever reason I don't know.

But it is time to reverse direction and go a different way, my friends.

We need to email.  We need to call.  And we need to follow-up.

When we finally do get a live person - and I think we will - we must remember to be respectful at all times.  Get names, titles, telephone numbers and share it with the rest of Trigs Crew through this blog or via Twitter.

Always use your inside voice, but be firm with the facts of their advertisements and where they were seen.  Send screen shots as back up as well.  Then, the ball is in their court and they should have some time to investigate/research.  Ask them how long it will take for them to complete their research so you can follow-up.  And follow-up when/if they don't.

What if they continue to not respond?  How much longer do we send emails and telephone calls?

Could their silence = support of the website that shall not be named? 

My Gorgeous Gra'ma in New Jersey used to always say "You Don't Know What You Don't Know," but is could their ignorance truly be bliss?

I'm skeptical.

They surely can't be savvy enough to think that if they don't respond, we'll just give up because they're not having to be called out on the spot, right?!

I suppose this could be the case.

When it comes down to it, I do NOT advocate censorship as they can choose to advertise where they wish.  I just wish they'd man up and admit it.  But I do advocate that actions have consequences.  And their actions (or lack thereof) of continuing to financially support a hateful website will have the consequences of losing my business. And I will share with others my experience.

One person can truly make a difference.  After all, one person brought attention to the vile post mocking innocent Trig Palin to another person.  That person told another person who told another and so on.

One week later and 49 companies have chosen to have the moral decency, and integrity in their business practices to pull their ads from a website that hides behind the word "satire" and use it as a shield in order to mock others for their own sick pleasure. 

Their sick pleasure has cost them a loss of 76% of their original advertisers.  That's karma, my friends. 

Bullies eventually lose.  Cue 2012.

Amen. Hallelujah.  Hallelujah.  Amen.

Please refer to my post dated Wednesday, 4/20 for a complete list of email addresses and contact phone numbers should you wish to join Trigs Crew.  Thank you for your support and God Bless!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Why So Silent, Mainstream Media?!

I am in awe how a few dedicated people can work together for the greater good and get so much accomplished within a short time period.  

When we are regularly inundated by news of war, civil unrest, disasters of Mother Nature, economic and financial concerns and general gloom and doom, I have hope for humanity in a little thing called Trig's Crew.  I am honored to be a part of this crew.

As some of you have heard, earlier this week a blog article surfaced mocking disabled children that also referenced rape and incest.  I will not reference the name of the website as they are unworthy of any internet traffic to further feed their vitriol hurtful despicable existence; however, you can read specific details in my Wednesday post if you'd like to know more.

How has a website like this remained in business?  Has our society become so numb and indifferent that our silence promotes their popularity?  And where is the "mainstream media" in all of this?  Why haven't they ... as the journalists bound to keep the public informed ... spoken to condemn these acts against the innocent?  

The answer is simple.  They are no where. And why are they silent?  They're silent because the child who was mocked was Sarah Palin's youngest, Trig.  The mainstream media has long been a proponent of placing her in an unfavorable light because of an agenda I'll just call bias. Yeah, I said it.  The mainstream media is BIAS.  WhaaaAAAAt?!  No way.  

Alert the media!  Oh wait ... they don't care.  

So I, along with a dedicated and resilient group of others joined Trig's Crew and took it upon ourselves to start looking up the names of those advertisers who promoted their businesses on the website that shall not be named.  We then obtained telephone numbers to said businesses.  Then twitter handles.  Then email addresses.  

Trig's Crew started sharing this information with others and within 72 short hours, our dedication to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves became an internet sensation.

Oh there will be some who will say this was no sensation, but facts are stubborn things my friends.  Not only has the website that shall not be named removed the vile post mocking Trig Palin and provided a pansy apology they initially stated would never come, but as of right now ... 0815ish CST on a beautiful Saturday morning ... the website that shall not be named has lost 71% of its advertisers after receiving calls, emails and tweets from concerned citizens (i.e. consumers).

You read that right, my friends.  Seventy-one percent.  71. 7.1. 7-1. That's 45 major companies pulling their ads and blacklisting the website that shall not be named for their vile posts.  This is MAJOR news, and do you hear our mainstream media talking about it?  Yeah, me neither.  Their silence is deafening.

The story of what Trig's Crew has been able to accomplish in THREE DAYS is amazing and should be one of their top stories on how a few can make a difference to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.  But they've not said one word.  Pathetic.

Let me be clear!  The public will no longer sit by quietly and listen to your news anchors and reporters tell us what is news worthy.   We are over it and all the one-sided story lines.

If we hear or see something we feel is wrong, we're going to DO something about it.  We are all CITIZEN JOURNALISTS!  We're going to take down names, emails, telephone numbers and we're going to share that information with our friends, our colleagues, our family.  We are going to take photographic evidence.  We are going to video everything, everywhere.  

We The People *ARE* going viral.

And we're going to do all of this to get the *real* story out there to the public because guess what ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and yes, even Fox News?!  You're doing it wrong.

So I, a simple wife and mother of three who cares deeply about the dark path our country has taken the past decade, is putting the mainstream media on notice. I'm going to be doing your job from here on out because you can't.  I have no problem multi-tasking and will gladly take this on.  After all, if I can have a full-time job, be happily married with 3 kids and juggle it all on a daily basis, I can easily pay attention to what's really happening in our great country and do what I can to make a difference.  Yes, I can.

Shame to those companies who continue to advertise on the website that shall not named.  The days of satirical tones of making fun of others - children or otherwise - because of their political affiliation, or their gender, or their faith, race, or personal choices is OVER!

And shame on the mainstream media for ignoring a story mocking a disabled child simply because the child was that of Sarah Palin.  Don't say you didn't know because it's your job to know!  You are guilty by your silence and the public will not forget.  Think I'm alone in my opinion?  Think again.  There are more like me.  A lot more. 

To borrow a phrase, "We are the ones we've been waiting for."  

Yes. We. Are.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

TEXANS ACTION ALERT for Wednesday, 4/6/2011!

From our friends at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, we wanted to make sure you were aware about “Texans for a Conservative Budget Day” at the State Capitol this Wednesday, 4/6. It is extremely important that all Texans who believe in limited government and fiscal responsibility communicate with their state representatives on Wednesday, 4/6.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, Americans for Prosperity-Texas, Americans for Tax Reform, Empower Texans, the Liberty Institute, and the National Federation for Independent Business-Texas are hosting a joint press conference at 11 a.m. on the North Steps of the Capitol to encourage our legislators to cut non-essential programs, not raise taxes or fees, and not go back into the rainy day fund.  Afterwards, AFP is organizing a resource room at which you may pick up literature on the state budget that you can share with your state senator and representative.  We know this is short notice, but we hope you can join us at the State Capitol on Wednesday.

If you cannot come to Austin, please make a point to call your state senator and state representative on Wednesday and convey the same message:

1. cut non-essential programs,
2. don’t raise taxes or fees,
3. don’t go back into the rainy day fund.

Whether you come to Austin or not, your legislators need to hear from you tomorrow, Wednesday, 4/6.

The unions and left-wing groups are busing in their troops from all over the state to pound our legislators into raising taxes and emptying our savings instead of reducing spending.  We need to reinforce our legislators to hold the line and live within our means.

Thank you for your commitment to limited government and fiscal responsibility!

Please share this information to all your fellow Texans via email, Facebook, tweet, phone call, etc.!  

Don't leave it to someone else, you ARE someone else!  :)