The Marines and Chick-Fil-A: Sponsors of Domestic Terrorism?

By Lloyd the Idiot

As disturbed as I was to see that any national advertiser would still sponsor the Penn State/Nebraska football game today, I was absolutely sickened that the Marines continued to run their ads, ads that emphasized duty and honor above all else. How very ironic.  Their adverting dollars, part of the $50 million a year the university receives from football, feed an enterprise so corrupted by that money that it would provide safe haven for rapists of young boys just to better its chances of winning a football game.  Honor?  Courage?  Hardly.  Criminal?  Terrorist?  Just ask the victims’ families and you’ll have your answer.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that the recent firings have remedied the problem.  Far from it.  This cancer is far more advanced than the mere dismissal of three men will cure.  It’s a fundamental cultural issue with the institution, a mindset, which, in many respects, remains almost unchanged through all this.  Just look at the signs about Joe Paterno that surrounded the stadium during the game.  If anything, Paterno’s firing has turned him into a martyr.

Therefore, stealing a page from the liberal activists” playbook, I urge you to join me and others in  boycotting, as best you can, those companies that continue to advertise during Penn State football games.

Below is a partial list of advertisers from today’s game along with a few comments.  Most are national but some are local, so a boycott some could have an immediate and profound impact in some cases.


Chrysler (would never buy one anyway)

Farmers Insurance

State Farm Insurance





Sprint (worst service ever, so no real sacrifice)



DG Debt Relief

US Postal Service (Like I said, some are hard to boycott)

Citizen Disability helpline


Cici’s Pizza

JackLinks Jerky

Chick-Fil-A (very surprising, especially considering their Christian, child-friendly environment)


Home Depot


Yeungling (no sacrifice there)

Applebees (same)


Russell Athletic

US Marines


Aviva Life Insurance

Amazon Kindle


To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure what a boycott really would do considering some of the advertisers, but I, for one, refuse to do nothing.


  • Fred says:

    Lloyd – How does a taxpayer and American citizen boycott the Marines? I thought the game should have been cancelled, but directing your anger at the Marines and Chick-fil-a seems a bit obtuse. Shouldn’t your beef be with ABC for airing the game? Your shock and awe headline does a great disservice to two first rate organizations.

  • Liz Miller says:

    Fred, they should have pulled their advertising.

  • DUKE says:

    How about we boycott all big money football? NFL too, it’s just a distraction from the real issues. Tuning out the tv coverage will cut off the flow of money, if you want to see football go to a High School game. This isn’t a ban, as a Penn State grad, I never watched or went to a PSU game, I don’t watch the NFL or the Superbowl either. I did watch the opening of a World Series game a few years back, it felt so soulless at the dreary and bland Yankees stadium, just felt like a bunch of people in it for the money and not the love of the game. I’ve been boycotting big money sports for decades.

  • clarke conservative says:

    It is a shame the Chinese didn’t sponsor Penn State games. Then a boycott would be worth something.

  • John says:

    This is getting a little out of hand. I saw a comment by Geraldo Rivera where he said that they should cancel the rest of the Football season. Really? Who exactly is that intended to punish? The current students? The current players? The opponents for those games? They had absolutely nothing to do with any of this. The misdeeds here were done by a very small number of people and they are answering for it. Last I checked, we were still in America and here we punish the guilty, and only the guilty. Why should everyone else suffer? Guilt by association?

  • David says:

    John, I think the anger is directed not just toward the very small number of people who had direct knowledge of this criminal situation and did nothing, but also toward an institutional and cultural willingness to overlook the sacrifice of these kids in favor of continued entertainment and enrichment. That a large number of students initially rioted in support of their false idol instead of in support of the victims is a visceral symptom of this illness. Are they legally culpable? Of course not, but that’s not the only kind of guilt people are thinking of.

  • I would shut down the entire program for five years as a deterrent to others. As I said before, every NCAA violation ends up punishing many for the infractions of only a few. Here, however, the infractions were so hideous and the administrative response so pitiful that shutting down the program is the only appropriate response.

  • And I say that as a HUGE college football fan who despises the NCAA.

  • jeff rodkey says:

    thanks for the list, i will be sure to support these organizations. typical conservative talk about freedom and liberties until they cross your viewpoint, conservatives are hypocrites………pro life but dont want to help support single mothers. a true conservative would not boycott but allow the free market to decide….typical hypocrite!!!! attack dope smokers and have your maid by pills in parking lots……dittos wackos…..

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Well jeff… boycotts are using the marketplace and free market levers.

  • John says:

    Lloyd, your solution would accomplish nothing other than punish literally thousands of people for the crimes of a few. Even if you want to include the number of rioters who came out in a misguided show of support for Paterno as guilty, they are a tiny fraction of the Penn State student body (let alone alumni supporters). And, really, how many past NCAA bans have actually deterred anything?
    The best solution is to quite simply punish, and make an example of those responsible. That is what is happening. As swiftly as due process allows. Penn State’s board is moving agressively in removing those who’ve been shown to have involvement. They should be applauded for that. There should be a show of support not only for the victims of the crimes, but for those who put their faith and trust in these people and were betrayed.
    I think you are completely misguided and short-sighted in your suggestion. You are all about revenge, not improving anything.
    And not to sound cliche, but your solution completely goes against the American way. And your own comment that you were taking a page from the liberal activists should have been a big red flag that you were about to suggest something stupid.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    “And not to sound cliche, but your solution completely goes against the American way.”

    Really? How?

  • John says:

    Ever heard of “due process” or “innocent until proven guilty”?
    This whole event has been tried in the media before all the facts have come out. Read one Grand Jury report and all the sudden everyone is an expert and knows everything. Well GJ reports are not hard facts or proof. They are allegations. They are used to further the justice process, but are not the end game.
    New facts are coming to light every single day. Now reports are coming out that the assistant coach DID stop the attack he walked in on. Considering that he has been crucified in the media and received death threats, that’s kind of significant.
    Look at it this way – How many here have been upset at the way that Herman Cain has been attacked over his sexual predator allegations? Did we call for a boycott of him from the debates? No, people have called for an investigation to wait for all the facts to come out and be verified. That is all anyone is asking for in the Penn State case.
    Maybe Jeff has a point – I see some hypocrites among the conservative elite.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Ok, so after due process we can boycott advertisers? I concede that no one has been convicted of anything, but the GJ isn’t in the business of making stuff up John.

    We are now in the mode of finding out how bad things are and figuring out the legal recourse, not if there is something bad going on in the first place.

    Using a boycott isn’t saying these folks are guilty or innocent, it’s setting a bar way above the legal thresholds and saying to other programs: don’t even think about behaving this way.

    I don’t condone personal threats, but putting all programs on notice through market pressure doesn’t seem like an un-American thing to do.

  • liz says:

    10 more victims have come forward. And this is not the first or the only time that Joe Paterno has swept rape accusations under the rug.

    And at the game, fans attacked a protester.

    Punish the many for the crimes of a few? No. Punish the folks who think a winning team is more important than justice for rape victims. Shut down the program.

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