Tweet of the Day, I’d Die On This Hill edition.

I mean, now I want one right now.

Don’t get me wrong: the sandwich is great, the fries are good, the frosted lemon shake is downright dangerous. But the Chick-fil-A breakfast chicken biscuit and box of hash browns is… gah!  Now I’m going to have to wait until tomorrow to get some!

Tweet of the Day, This This Chick-fil-A Picture Should Surprise Nobody edition.

Note: that line is for the NYC Chick-fil-A opening tomorrow.

On the other hand; just wait until they find out that no, it’s never going to be open on Sunday.  And there’s nothing anybody can ever do about that.  And yes, it hurts us all. It hurts us all sorely.

Moe Lane

PS: Do I dare hope that somebody will attempt to engage in Chick-fil-A Trooferism?

What *not* to do when reality interferes with your story.

So. Let’s say that you sat down to write a story on the topic of… oh, say, how infuriated gay people are that Chick-fil-A is opening its first site in Manhattan*.  You write about forty percent of it, and then you think OK. Time to get all the outrageous outrage.  Only… it turns out that the the LGBTAlphabetSoup community is reacting sanely to the marvelous, wonderful news that Chick-fil-A is gonna be in Manhattan: which is to say, they’ve thanked God and marked the day down in their calendars.   Continue reading What *not* to do when reality interferes with your story.

The Activist Left’s sympathy for Adam Mark Smith is worth its weight in gold.

Quick background: Adam Mark Smith, as you almost certainly will not remember until I remind you, was that daft idiot who not only filmed himself harassing a Chick-fil-A drive-through cashier over her employer’s social conservatism, he did his best to make the video (air quotes) ‘go viral.’  It did. He then lost his job.  Now Mister Smith is on food stamps*.  And I’m told that various groups and sites out there have gotten kind of worked up about it** in the last few days… sorry, what’s that?

“Who cares?” That’s a very good question. And the answer is, of course, “Nobody on our side.”  Which is a good thing for Adam Smith, right?  After all, this entire thing happened in 2012. I had forgotten about this guy.  So did the rest of you, probably. I don’t think that any of us really gives a… ah, it’s no skin off of our collective noses if he works or not***.  So why didn’t anybody in the Activist Left just quietly give Mr. Smith a job about a year or so ago and be done with it? Continue reading The Activist Left’s sympathy for Adam Mark Smith is worth its weight in gold.

#rsrh Chick-fil-A acts in a Christian fashion towards Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno…

and lets him retreat gracefully, while saving face:

Alderman Joe Moreno has relented and said he now will allow Chick-fil-A to open in his Chicago ward. Earlier this summer, Moreno had attempted to block the company after decrying president Dan Cathy’s comments in support of traditional marriage.

According to Moreno, he’s giving in because Chick-fil-A has now released a memo entitled “Chick-fil-A: Who We Are,” which reaffirms that they “will treat every person with honor, dignity, and respect–regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender.” The language in this document almost exactly mirrors a statement Chick-fil-A had placed on its facebook page on July 19, prior to any of Moreno’s actions.

Continue reading #rsrh Chick-fil-A acts in a Christian fashion towards Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno…

#rsrh I have a complicated reaction to this Chick-fil-A story.

Background: local Florida reporter for the News-Press goes to Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, says a lot of rude things about it on Facebook, gets canned for it.  So, here’s how it looks to me, after the fact:

  • On the one hand, when I say ‘rude things’ I mean ‘really rude things.’  The guy clearly came to the event spoiling for a fight, or at least for something that could be usefully filmed; and he didn’t seem to find any that could be documented.  In fact,  the guy’s accusations of racism and horrible behavior is not backed up by his former newspaper’s own reporting.  Which is undoubtedly why the guy was fired by the News-Press; he was saying stuff in public that was actually calling into question the newspaper’s professional ethics.
  • On the other hand: this isn’t really a story about reporters hating Chick-fil-A: it’s a story about whether the stuff that you post as a private individual should impact your employment status.  In this case, there was sufficient provocation: the guy was essentially saying that his own paper was lying about the event, and he got caught doing it*. But what would have happened if the reporter hadn’t lied? If, instead, he had simply used his personal site to be a hate-ridden bigot who wasn’t making false accusations? Would he still have gotten fired? …Maybe; and I have to say, I have a certain inclination towards allowing people to be schmucks on their own time.
  • On the gripping hand: if we’re firing people, can we somehow fire this godawful Lefty poet defending said schmuck?  SCANSION. METER. RHYME.  OUR ANCESTORS DEVELOPED THEM FOR A REASON, SPARKY. LEARN IT. LIVE IT. LOVE IT.

OK, I’ve now gotten that out my system.

Moe Lane

The Unintentionally Viral Chick-fil-A Drive-thru Schmuck video.

(Via AoSHQ) I’m in an airport bar right now – shaddap, I’m on vacation – so let me make this brief: see this video? (If you can’t, it was a YT video of a self-appointed crusader for same-sex marriage filming himself being a complete schmuck to a Chick-fil-A drive-thru cashier.)

THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY ‘YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.  First rule of activism: You know that guy? Yeah, that guy. Well, don’t be that guy.


I could teach a class on How Not To Do It, using only that video as a bad example.

#rsrh QotD, This Is Exactly My Take On This edition.

Glenn Reynolds, commenting on John Kass’s disgust with the selective outrage in Chicago over Chick-fil-A*, notes:

See, I support gay marriage — though I think it should be arrived at legislatively, not through judicial fiat — but the thuggish behavior of gay-marriage supporters is a real turnoff. There’s a good chance it will inspire a backlash.


Moe Lane

*The short version is, apparently you can get away with being publicly against gay marriage in Chicago if you are a) Louis Farrakhan and b) don’t own a Chick-fil-A franchise.  Actually, Farrakhan could get away with it even if he did own a Chick-fil-A franchise.