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You get guys like Donald Wildmon (wait, is he still around?) spouting garbage like this:

(Reproduced in full from my Spam box, because you just can't make this stuff up, and it's so hard to believe anybody capable of independent thought would buy it:)

PS. Since I'm not a Fox watcher, (except for, sometimes, HOUSE), I can't say whether Pepsi buys ads on these cartoons or not. (I'm kinda proud of being able to say I've purposely never watched a whole episode of The Simpsons, 24, Friends, or Seinfeld, so ... there you go. I did watch the X-Files in its heyday, and Firefly.) Since my html coding skills are inadequate to reproduce the formatting the email contained, let me add parenthetical comments: the first line that starts "Please help" is in scarlet print; the "Pepsi Sponsored" line is in about 24-point boldface; From "Take Action! to 'homosexual organizations' is in a blockquote box, and the whole spew is liberally sprinkled with links (I didn't click any of 'em). The print drops off to six points below the box except for another link in Wildmon's signature, and the links, presumably back to beg-lines, get thicker.
There. That about covers it. Now, imagine finding this in your inbox:

Please help us get this information into the hands of as many people as possible by forwarding it to your entire e-mail list of family and friends.

Pepsi sponsored program: 'Jesus Christ, who hates many people, but none more than homosexuals'

March 30, 2009

Dear Sarah,

On March 8, PepsiCo helped sponsor Family Guy, a perverted and sickening television program on FOX network.

PepsiCo helped sponsor the program which pushed the homosexual agenda and denigrated Christ. At a "straight" meeting, the speaker talks to gays about Jesus and tells them, "Jesus Christ, who hates many people, but none more than homosexuals.” The scene comes near the end of the video.

Watch the video. Warning, the video is very offensive.
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• Sign the Boycott Pepsi Pledge. After signing the pledge, please call Pepsi (914-253-2000 or 1-800-433-2652) and tell the company you will boycott its products until it stops promoting the homosexual agenda.

• Call the Pepsi bottler nearest you and ask it to stop supporting the homosexual agenda.

• Pepsi’s products include Pepsi soft drinks, Frito-Lay chips and snacks (800-352-4477), Quaker Oats (800-367-6287), Tropicana (800-237-7799) and Gatorade (800-884-2867).

• Print the Boycott Pepsi Pledge and distribute it.

• Forward this e-mail to your friends and family so they will know about Pepsi’s support of the homosexual agenda. Millions of people are not aware of Pepsi’s support of homosexual organizations.

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PSS: apparently when I clicked on a link in a recent post on another site that let me use the AFA's own email to write supporting the President's actions in defiance of Wildmon & Company, it 'autosubscribed' my email address to their "action alert" list. So it's targeted spam, in a way. Gah.

(Now if I just drank soda, I'd go buy Pepsi stuff.)

Hmm. Turns out I do anyway, since Gatorade's our standard defense when confronting gastrointestinal woes, and Quaker Oats are a staple in my cheapskate kitchen after our local groceries stopped carrying 3-Minute brand. (The round box, not the instant varieties). I don't do Frito-Lay stuff very often, as it's too pricey. But I might have to consider it next time I'm working and it's in a vending machine at lunch...

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Submitted by lambert on

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A doctor once explained to me that sugar can help relax the muscles in the g.i. tract, particularly the stomach, so if you're having pain, like a stomachache, a little something sweet that's easy to digest can help to alleviate it. e.g., a plain cookie (not chocolate), a hard candy, or a sweet non-carbonated drink that's easy to digest, something that is basically nothing more than sugar and water (not tea or coffee). Kool aid and gatorade fit the bill.

Gatorade has electrolytes, which are good to have if you're dehydrated, from, say, diarrhea.

I get horrible stomach pain when I'm dehydrated. Basic dehydration is not necessarily a g.i.woe, but gatorade helps to alleviate both the problem (dehydration), as well as the side effect (stomach pain), on several levels - water and electrolytes, and sugar.

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Submitted by Sarah on

which is, not to put too fine a point on it, vile.
But you can make your own at home with Fla-Vor-Aid or Kool-Aid powder. For every quart, reduce the packet-directions sugar by 1/2 and add 1 teaspoon table salt and 1/4 teaspoon potassium chloride (you can buy this in most grocery stores labeled something like 'nu-salt' or 'lite salt'). Works best if you dissolve the salts in 1/4 cup hot water then add that water to the rest of the required water for the drink, along with the sugar, and mix well.

Oral rehydration, according to the docs in the ER at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, is the WHO gold standard for patients suffering from emesis or diarrhoea. I find Gatorade more palatable (marginally) than PediaLyte, which they recommend (and Gatorade's cheaper).

Submitted by hipparchia on

that's the worst tasting stuff ever invented. gatorade isn't too bad, especially if you're desperate. thanks for the koolaid recipe. i knew you could do that [and have sometimes wished i had the recipe] but had never known what amounts of salts to use.

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Submitted by Sarah on

cut it half-and-half or so with (preferably filtered and boiled, thus potable) water. Potassium's a tricky thing to balance with little folks, and monkeys with heart rate and internal heat modulation -- too much and they'll go febrile, too little (like with salt) and they'll go edematous.

Electrolytes are supposed to be the point of "sports drinks". Thing is, potassium chloride and salt is a nasty combination of flavors and it takes a lot to thin them out so you don't spit the brew, which defeats the purpose.

Submitted by hipparchia on

i always drank it when i doing a little light cleaning, back in the day [that's also when i was working with, or more often, trying to avoid, 'splody stuff].

we'd step out of our suits and gulp down the gatorade and/or fruit juice like it was nectar from the gods. i'd heard stories of people falling out from drinking their gatorade too fast, but never saw it happen. nevertheless, most of the jobs i was on served the gatorade half-strength.

i bought pedialyte for a sick dog one time, on the advice of the vet. she [the dog, not the vet] refused to drink the stuff, so i tasted it. no wonder. i mixed the rest of the pedialyte half&half with chicken bouillon, which worked out better.

my brother's kids will be reaching the 5-&-older stage soon, so i as doting auntie who occasionally babysits shouldn't have to worry about this part of it for too much longer.

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Submitted by Sarah on

a Tyvek overall, double gloves, booties, hood and respirator when doing air testing in South Texas school buildings.

NEVER in my life did I appreciate having something to drink as much as I did at the end of those days.

Five years in IAQ, three as a field investigator / tester. You learn to even like blue Powerade if you do enough of that stuff.

The people who did demolition, cleaning and reconstruction wore two sets of Tyvek and, since we had deadlines in August when school started, often worked at night.

Submitted by hipparchia on

most of my work was in level b, saran suit over tyvek suit [only had one job where we had to add a nomex suit], usually with an air-line respirator, but sometimes with an scba. even with the impermeable plastic suit over the semi-permeable plastic suit and carrying a 30-lb tank on my back, i absolutely hated -- hated hated hated -- level c. trying to suck in enough air through one of those air-purifying respirators, especially on a hot day, was draining. plus, they smell funny.

Submitted by hipparchia on

... pedialyte is lower in sugar than gatorade, et al

... people do use crystal lite mixed with pedialyte [also some other suggestions, including one who uses a homemade recipe like sarah's but with less sugar]

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Submitted by Sarah on

'cause even then I was on Metformin for diabetes. If you're south of the Expressway (US 83) don't drink the tap water.

I was never in nomex (thank Ceiling Cat, FSM and all the gods) but I've ripped my way out of more Tyvek than the average 40-something female, I bet.

Respirators. Yeah, I remember respirators ... we didn't have scbas, though. Company couldn't afford 'em. So I haven't done the tank-carry task. Did you ever work with an airline in a Tyvek hood?

and you'll note that I cut the sugar in the Kool-Aid directions by half when I make this stuff. (Strawberry-Kiwi is not too shabby.)

Submitted by hipparchia on

been several years now, so i forget some of the details, but...

for level b [breathing air]:
- tyvek suit, then
- tyvek hood, duct tape hood to suit, then
- gloves, duct tape sleeves of tyvek over glove cuffs, then
- saran suit [all one piece, includes hood and booties], then
- scba backpack [for airline: escape bottle on belt, no backpack], then
- face mask, duct tape saran hood and tyvek hood around face mask
- more gloves, duct tape saran suit sleeves over gloves, then
- yellow booties [more than one layer depending on terrain], duct tape booties to saran

most of the jobs i did were level b, and most of the level b jobs i did were air-line [my preference] but a couple of them were scba [which turned out not to be as bad as i expected].

the one job i worked in nomex, varied between level d [nomex, hard hat, steeltoed boots, safety goggles] and level c [tyvek, with hood, over nomex, air purifying respirator, gloves, booties over steeltoed boots].

i went through training for level a [which is level b + that big plastic/rubber suit over everything], but never had to work in it, for which i was most grateful.

ripping your way out of tyvek, yes. i can soooo identify. this is also where i learned that anytime you work with duct tape, you fold one end over itself to make a tab you can grab onto. also, i've probably ripped more duct tape than the average 40-something female.

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Submitted by Sarah on

to pick up during a flight layover in Dallas. He'd fashioned a shoulder strap for it so I could call it a "carryon," bless his heart. But he wore a typical 35-10 haircut, and my shoulder-length hair (had a lot less gray in it then) ended up thoroughly ensnarled in the underside of the duct tape (never crossed his mind to fold it double). Yeah, I've ripped some duct tape myself, including that strap....

I'd pick up a tall bottle of water (1.5 liters) and a gallon jug to refill it out of, first stop out of the parking lot with the rental car. Kept it in the shade and usually needed another gallon every evening.

Never had to wear a bottle; we did run some jobs with air lines, and for the life of me I couldn't tell the difference between that tubing and the tubing you use to run water into a swamp cooler. The air tasted weird and I never felt like enough came through the tube. But we were never in a "rescue breather" situation where I worked; they sent the specially certified techs into those areas (you had to make it through confined-spaces OSHA school, and the instructors would never seat me). I always understood scba was too costly for our company to buy. We did have pretty good test gear and we carried it in Pelican boxes.

Yeah, strawberry-kiwi's not too bad. Strawberry lemonade is actually pretty good, especially if you freeze some of it in those 'ice stick' trays and put 'em in the bottles. Splenda wasn't around yet when I was doing this stuff, so I used a lot of aspartame.

Submitted by hipparchia on

[35-10 haircut, you made me google on that one]

breathing air is no fun when the pressure is too low. sounds like maybe you might have had substandard air hose, so they kept the pressure down? it's supposed to be rated for fairly high pressure, min 150# iirc.

another case of iirc, i think the standard setting is 60#, which is ok if you're just standing around, or operating equipment, but uncomfortable if you're working. one of the things i liked about where i worked, we all had to be able to do everything, so if you were in the hot zone, you could almost always count on the tender keeping the pressure cranked up to 80-100#, since their turn in the hot zone was likely to be coming up shortly.

yeah, the air tastes funny [not as bad as respirators, if you ask me], but two things i liked [in the way that one likes blue powerade]... if you're getting a little overheated, you can pull the mask away from your face just enough to break the seal [with your face, not the duct tape seal with your suit] and have all that lovely air rushing over your face at 80 psi for a few seconds. plus, my allergy and sinus problems were minimal those days i spent breathing that funny-smelling air.

you had to make it through confined-spaces OSHA school, and the instructors would never seat me

wha? i can't imagine why not. if i can make it through confined space training, most people can. heck, i've even taught it.

pelican cases... awesome boxes. i used to be jealous of people who had them [we carried our gear in duffel bags]. then i got a chance to actually carry one, what a pain.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

a favorite of mine, make it with milk, add a dash of soy protein at the very end of cooking, and top with stewed rasberries, very tasty. I love frito's by the way, but a little too pricey under present circumstances.

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Submitted by Damon on

I'm actually an avid watcher and fan of Family Guy, and actually saw the episode. Creator Seth MacFarlane is hilarious, and he also happens to be an unapologetic liberal (aetheist, gay marriage supporter, union supporter, etc...), who donates to a lot of liberal causes and candidates. But, if you ask me, he doesn't get anywhere near as preachy as some thing he does in his animated shows, which are often more about showing conservative hypocrisy than pushing any kind of agenda other than comedy (both high and low brow, at times).