Well, you guys fessed up about your pining for the redheads, I may as well cop to B&J's Karmel Sutra. It's all there: chocolate, vanilla, chocolate chunks and caramel.
Here, dear reader, is my ask: forgive me in my weakness. I felt I could overlook the ice cream juggernaut its little sideline into the gay marriage debate. After all, I wasn't going to buy any Hubby Hubby ice cream. I conveniently set aside and justified the little dalliances with politics they engaged in because I chose to not fully inform myself. I weakly succumbed to the siren call of round molecules of sweet, frozen cream and silky, outrageous caramel. Oh, it was a delight!
Until I went to their website pages showing where their charity foundation spends its money:
Community Activism. Community Activism. Immigration Activism. Community Activism. Homeless Activism. Community Associations. Affordable Housing Activism.
They've proudly laid it out by fiscal quarters for the last twelve years. It's not all bad, there are some-- a few-- grants going to tangible projects. But the grant from last June, 2008, was for the following:
Private Health Insurance Must Go! Coalition New York, NY $1,000
New York City Health Care Teach-In, June 2008
PHIMGC is a direct-action coalition of two dozen New York organizations working to secure health care as a human right; to end the health care crisis in the U.S.; and to establish a federal law that guarantees the highest quality, comprehensive health care to all U.S. residents through a national single-payer health insurance plan. Funding was provided in support of a New York City teach-in focusing on the state of the health care crisis in the U.S.
And another grant in 2007:
Ten thousand dollars to help bureaucrats figure out what was wrong with their plan? Shirley, you're joking!
Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health-Care (Mass-Care) Boston, MA $10,000
Mass-Care is a state-wide network working to develop policies that will lead to the adoption of a comprehensive, effective and efficient health insurance program for Massachusetts. Massachusetts recently passed a law to provide health insurance coverage to about 500,000 residents who lack it. The program relies on a complex system of incentives and penalties and raises concerns that it will prove to be inefficient and inequitable. Funding was provided to enable Mass-Care to actively monitor program implementation to document shortcomings and develop achievable policy alternatives.
Go peruse their website, if for no other reason than to educate yourself about the myriad ways in which communities "organize" themselves. And yeah, ACORN is in there in a few places. It's a Leftist, illiberal playground of social engineering.
Hey B&J are free to make ice cream and make good money from doing so. But I think I have rediscovered my strength and my moral backbone in my fight against the transient pleasures of the flesh. I'm not a food activist, nor am I on a boycott bandwagon, but when someone wants to proudly flaunt their politics along with their reckless disregard for my health with their calorie-laden confections, I'm thinking it's a small little step in the right direction to put down the spoon and back away from the ice cream.
Well. From their ice cream.