I Don't Care About Chicken. I Care About My Gay Friends.

The whole Chick-fil-A fiasco isn’t about one ignorant guy’s opinions. There’s more to it. They spent $2,000,000 in 2010 funding anti-gay organizations. More importantly, they are selectively misreading the Bible to couch their bigotry in faith.

There are Christians all over the world who don’t share these views. This isn’t about Christianity. This isn’t about chicken sandwiches. It’s about, well, watch – in the first video, at 3:40 she stands up for what’s right. At 4:19 she explains how you can help change the conversation. TODAY.

The original recipe:

Her followup:

You can RSVP for the protest, which is happening today, by clicking here. If you RSVP, your friends will see it and maybe RSVP too. You don’t have to go, you just ought to say you are, in solidarity so more people will RSVP. Just sayin’.

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Brad Feld: Broken Immigration Shutters Innovation

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Mashable is proud to join technology’s brightest entrepreneurs in the March For Innovation, a virtual march on Washington that calls for smart, comprehensive immigration reform to attract and keep the best and brightest to fuel innovation and American jobs.

It’s no secret that I’m passionate about startups. It’s how most people see me.

Whenever I travel and speak to groups about my book Startup Communities, or I talk with startups that are seeking investment, I see so many cases in which bright people are doing great work by trying to build something special. And very often, these bright people are immigrants.

Unfortunately, while these people have come to our country seeking opportunity and the chance to contribute to American progress, we make it all too difficult for them to stay here.

If it sounds illogical, that’s because it is. Instead of providing visas to foreign-born entrepreneurs who can help create American jobs and drive innovation, our broken immigration system presents a constant string of obstacles that frequently shuts these people out –- and, in turn, threatens our economic well-being.

We need to fix these antiquated laws, and we need to do it now.

That’s why I’m proud to be participating in a nationwide effort to call for the passage of immigration reform, the March for Innovation.

This march is the largest-ever virtual march on Washington in support of commonsense immigration laws, and it’s bringing together hundreds of thousands of Americans from all across the country.

As the co-founder of Foundry Group, a venture capital firm and TechStars, one of the first startup accelerators, I’m excited to leverage the power of social media to make sure that people directly contact their elected officials online to voice their support for bipartisan reform. Through May 23, anyone can go online and join the march at MarchForInnovation.com. There, you’ll be able to use Twitter, Facebook, Thunderclap and a number of other online tools to tell your leaders in Washington that the time for action is now.

For several years, I have advocated for an overhaul of our nation’s immigration system, as the current system does more to stymie innovation than it does to nurture it. Technology is rapidly evolving, and access to information — which, in the past, was limited to wealthy, advanced countries like America — is now readily available worldwide. This great equalizer means that we now have to be smarter about how we compete with the rest of the world.

On my blog, FeldThoughts, I recently wrote about the forward-thinking immigration policies in Canada and Britain. This is important because we no longer have a monopoly on innovation. If we allow our competitors in the global economy to recruit U.S.-trained innovators and entrepreneurs, our competitive edge in the marketplace will very soon be wiped out.

One of the smartest things we can do is fix our outdated immigration system to allow us to attract the world’s best, brightest and hardest-working.

Please join me in this effort to call for comprehensive immigration reform now! Go to MarchForInnovation.com today. With one simple click of a button, you can send a message to Washington and tell Congress the time is now for immigration reform.

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Brad Feld is a managing director at Foundry Group, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage software and Internet companies throughout the United States. He is the co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator. Brad is also the autho…More

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The Most Unappetizing Menu I’ve Seen Since … I'll Just Call It 'The Accident'

The National Restaurant Association is a political lobby representing the nation’s largest food service corporations. They’re one of the most powerful lobbies on Capitol Hill, spending millions of dollars each year to advance a political agenda that’s as unsavory as the worst their menus have to offer. When you see the things they spend money on, you’ll know why it matters to you.

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Zuckerberg Likes Chris Christie Enough to Throw Him a Fundraiser

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As Facebook is expanding its footprint in Washington, D.C., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has picked a seemingly unlikely beneficiary of his good graces: Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Zuckerberg, along with his wife Priscilla Chan, will host a fundraiser for Christie at Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto, Calif. home on Feb. 13. Attendees will be a mixture of Zuckerberg and Chan’s social and business circles, and donations will be capped at $3,800, New Jersey’s limit.

Why has Zuckerberg picked Christie as the beneficiary of what will be the Facebook chief’s coming-out party in politics? The two met after Zuckerberg made a $100 million contribution to Newark public schools and have kept up ever since, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Zuckerberg recently approached Christie’s team to find a way he could help the governor reach a third term, reports BuzzFeed.

Does this mean Zuckerberg is a card-carrying member of the Republican Party now? Not really: Zuckerberg hasn’t been public about his political preferences, though he has attended events with President Barack Obama and Facebook hosted a presidential town hall with Obama in April of 2011.

Christie also has bipartisan support, particularly after his leadership efforts in the wake of superstorm Sandy. His job approval rating is 74 percent among all New Jersey residents, and 56 percent among Democrats, recent data from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Facebook spent a record $4 million in Washington, D.C. lobbying efforts last year, focusing on privacy issues, immigration reform, security and a United Nations telecommunications treaty which the United States did not sign.

Mashable composite. Images courtesy of Flickr, Bob Jagendorf; Flickr, jdlasica

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Romney Campaign Uses Twitter Searches to Advertise VP App

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Mitt Romney’s campaign is using strategically placed Promoted Tweets to advertise a mobile app designed to deliver the first word of the candidate’s vice presidential pick.

Twitter searches for politicians considered top vice presidential contenders, such as Tim Pawlenty and Rob Portman, show a Promoted Tweet advertising the app:

Romney’s Promoted Tweet was first noticed by Politico.

A Romney campaign spokesperson didn’t divulge details about its digital targeting strategy to Politico. Brands, including political campaigns, can pay Twitter to highlight certain tweets relevant to a user’s search query.

The “Mitt’s VP” app was released last week for iPhone and Android smartphones. People who download the app and activate push notifications are promised to be among the first to know who Romney picks as his running mate. However, there’s always a chance that the information might leak through the press first as thousands of political journalists are scrambling to be the first to break the news.

Is this a smart use of Promoted Tweets by Romney’s digital staff? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Images courtesy of Flickr, Gage Skidmore

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MTV Taking Young Voters’ Questions for Obama via Facebook

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Taxes and bailouts and sanctions, oh my! We’ve spent the past few months listening to President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney hit all their talking points during stump speeches and debates. With less than two weeks to go before the election, now young voters are getting a chance to question the president.

MTV is hosting a half-hour interview with Obama that will air this Friday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. EDT. In advance of the broadcast, the network is inviting young voters to go to MTV’s Facebook page and submit a question by commenting under the promo picture for the event.

“Young people want a candidate who speaks to them, and who is going to answer their questions on the issues that are important to their generation,” MTV political corespondent Sway Calloway told Mashable. “When it comes to education — the cost of college is rising, and a lot of students are coming out of school under mountains of student loan debt.”

Calloway will be conducting the interview with the president at the White House. Concurrently, another MTV political corespondent, Andrew Jenks, will be on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington D.C. — talking with a group of young voters as a part of the broadcast. Jenks will also host live-stream discussions before and after the event on MTV’s website.

How Young Voters Can Impact the Election

It seems appropriate for Obama to address young voters at this crucial stage of his re-election campaign, since they were largely responsible for his successful bid for the office in 2008.

“Young people want a candidate who speaks to them, and who is going to answer their questions on the issues that are important to their generation.”

The “youth vote” is a designation for voters ages 18 to 29. In 2008, this group had a voter turnout rate over 50%, which amounted to an uptick of about 2 million voters over 2004, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Not only did the youth vote show up on election day in 2008, they cast a decisive vote for Obama. Some 66% of youth voters selected then-senator Obama over Sen. John McCain, according to the Pew Research Center. Traditionally, the youth vote tends to lean left, but 2008 was by far the largest percentage any presidential candidate has ever garnered from young voters since exit polling began in 1972.

Decision 2012: Who Will You Choose?

One possible explanation for Obama’s popularity among young voters stems from his campaign’s ability to reach the youthful demographic on its home turf — social media. Obama’s agressive social media strategy which took shape during the 2008 election has continuously expanded to incorporate new platforms as they become popular.

With 45 million eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 29, the youth vote has a chance to have a similar impact in the 2012 election.

“Millennials represent the single largest potential voting bloc in the country, which means that they have the power to make a difference in this election,” Calloway said. “We’re excited to give young voters a platform to have a discussion with President Obama, and we hope we’re able to do the same with Gov. Romney.”

Representatives from MTV said they hope to conduct a similar interview with Romney before Election Day on Nov. 6, but the former governor’s campaign has not yet indicated whether they will accept the network’s invitation.

What are the biggest issues facing young voters? What would you like to ask President Obama and Gov. Romney? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section before heading to Facebook to post your question for Obama.

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