Now, I’m ready for a new challenge. Next up, I’ll be taking on that vile corn dog/Hot Pocket monstrosity you see pictured above, and after that… Well, I’m not sure. I’m asking you, the readers, to come up with my next vile food challenge. The rules are below the fold.
I can’t quite say why this story has gotten so much mileage, but why stop now?
Today is both Chick-Fil-A appreciation day and a day of counter-protests. The biggest anti-Chick-Fil-A protest I know of is one encouraging same sex couples to kiss at a Chick-Fil-A on Friday, so if you go to a Chick-Fil-A (a name I’ve grown to hate typing out) over the next few days, you should find either gay couples kissing or lots of people saying grace before they eat, maybe both. Enjoy the contrived outrage and traffic near Chick-Fil-A restaurants.
Honestly, I expect a much bigger turnout of supporters than protesters for a few reasons:
- Supporting Chick-Fil-A isn’t hard. You can do it on your lunch break without sacrificing any personal time
- Most people who support gay rights are straight, and straight people kissing at a Chick-Fil-A will go unnoticed. Plus, Chick-Fil-A serves food, and people can show their support by eating at a place where they always eat. I’m sure there are places where Chick-Fil-As will see more protestors than supporters but probably no many.
- If you’re already boycotting why bother? They don’t care if you protest. You’ve already done all the damage you can be not giving them money.
No matter what side of this argument you agree with, I just want to remind everyone that the worst thing about Chick-Fil-A is the shitty, god-awful food. Seriously, if you tried to give those things out as humanitarian aid, you would end up on trial at The Hague.
[I guess gay couples were kissing yesterday at Chick-Fil-A, but the thing I saw did say August 3rd. Regardless, I'm tired of this story and won't be posting about it again.]
Chick-Fil-A has recalled the Muppets toys it gave out in its Happy Meal equivalent over “a possible safety issue”. The fast food chain is apparently offering something called an Icedream in exchange for returning the toys. No injuries have been reported, so even though Chick-Fil-A says otherwise, it’s hard to believe this is not over their very public disagreement with the Jim Henson Company.
I can understand recalling the toys over the disagreement, but making up a safety issue to hide behind is more chicken shit than chicken sandwich. I feel like the Bible said something about bearing false witness, but why pretend any of this is actually about faith? This is about money, and Chick-Fil-A knows that no one in America loves playing the victim more than than the people who are trying to turn the rules they choose to follow as part of their religion in to laws everyone is forced to follow by government. It’s that victim mentality that makes them love being pandered to and makes it so easy to separate them from their money.
The Jim Henson Company isn’t without blame for this mess, either. Don’t get me wrong. I agree with their stance on equality. However, it is widely known that Chick-Fil-A contributes to organizations that fund anti-gay causes. It took me a Google search and 2 minutes of reading to confirm that, but I’ve heard it for years. The Jim Henson Company didn’t seem to care until it was more publicly known. Why? Because their audience would be disgusted by homophobia just as much as Chick-Fil-A’s customer base is disgusted by civil rights for anyone other than themselves.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: every case of outrage you see in the media is fueled by money.
There is a bit of a kerfuffle over this recent rift between the Jim Henson Company and Chick-Fil-A. Late week, Dan Cathy, president of the fast food chain, went on the record with something called the Baptist Press and said that he supports the biblical view of the family unit. Then he doubled down on that by going on the radio and essentially saying that God’s judgement is coming because of society accepting gay marriage. In turn, many have expressed their disapproval or support, and the people at the Jim Henson Company posted the following on Facebook:
The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (http://www.glaad.org/)
In our society everything revolves around money. Because of this one of the best ways to effect change is to vote with your wallet. My family, my girlfriend and I are going to tell Chick-Fil-A that we disagree with them by never giving them any of our money. I don’t think it will make any difference. After all, I haven’t been to a Chik-fil-A in about two years. I stopped going after two visits because they make genuinely disgusting food. However, I can’t give money to a company when I know part of that money will be used to fund causes that I disagree with, especially when we’re talking about civil rights. I’m sure others will express their beliefs by boycotting Muppets movies. That’s just the way the world works.
What it really comes down to is this: you can’t be vocal about a controversial, polarizing topic and expect everyone to treat you way the same after. That’s reality. This isn’t a free speech issue. Actions have consequences, and me being respectful and accepting of your religious beliefs doesn’t mean that I have to support your efforts to turn the dogma of your faith in to secular laws for the rest of us. Moreover, the fact that so many want to turn their religious beliefs in to laws makes me question their religious conviction. How weak is your faith that you need it to be law for the rest of us? Is it not enough to practice your faith in your own lives or are you incapable of practicing your faith without Big Brother forcing you to?
After hearing the news about Mad Cow disease being found in my home state of California, I decided to try to do something to stop the disease in its tracks before it became a serious problem. Given my limited resources, I thought starting with a petition and a blog post would be a good start. Please sign my petition at Change.org.
Mad Cow disease comes from feeding the remains of dead cattle to living cattle as food. Unfortunately, much of our cattle is fed a meat and bone meal made from the remains of other cattle. You see, cows are vegetarians by nature. They’ve been herbivores for as long as they’ve existed. We know that feeding beef products to cows is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, more commonly known as Mad Cow disease. If we ban this practice by requiring that all cattle is fed a 100% vegetarian diet, we should be able to greatly reduce and maybe even eliminate instances of mad cow disease.
Mad Cow disease can be transmitted to humans who eat beef products from infected livestock, causing a variety of neurological symptoms and, eventually, dementia. Given how much beef Americans consume, a requirement for all cattle to be fed 100% vegetarian diets is long overdue.
I humbly request that all of you take 30 seconds out of your day to sign my petition. Link provided below.
In two days it will have been two years since the 87 day BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began. Since then we’ve been told everything is okay and that we should swim in the water and eat the seafood. Well, as many suspected, that might not be the case. Strange deformities are showing up across a wide variety of species in parts of the gulf where dispersants were used in large, concentrated amounts. Deformities include but are not limited to:
- Shrimp, fish and crabs with no eyes or eye sockets
- Female shrimp with their babies still attached
- Growths on shrimp and fish
- Crabs with missing and underdeveloped claws
- Crabs with malformed and underdeveloped shells
- Shellfish with thin shells and worn away spikes on the shells
- Fish missing gill covers
It makes you wonder if the Gulf Coast is just a few years away from an epidemic of human birth defects. Surely eating these animals and living in the same area has in impact on humans. If this concerns you the way it does me, I highly recommend checking out the Al Jazeera article.
I approach food with a very open mind. I always want to like what’s being served and embrace the idea that just because something isn’t my taste doesn’t mean that it’s not a well prepared example of that dish. Not that I dislike food very often, but on the off chance that I do dislike something, I am generally willing to give it another try later. The local Pei Wei is in a shopping center where restaurants open and close in that center pretty frequently, but Pei Wei has lasted. Plus, it’s owned by P.F. Chang’s, and I like P.F. Chang’s. I had all of that in mind when my girlfriend and I tried it on Saturday night. So how was it? Well, the restaurant looks nice, but that’s about it. Unfortunately for Pei Wei, cool decor and inflated prices don’t automatically raise you up to being a higher class of restaurant, neither does stirring in thawed frozen veggies at the last minute. Not that Pei Wei is expensive, but based on taste and quality, any price is too high.
Let me put it this way: it’s never a good sign when a restaurant makes me wish I had gone to the Panda Express up the road. Read More…
Here are a few things I wanted to post all day:
David Beckham signed a new two-year deal with the LA Galaxy, reportedly turning down offers from all over the world.
People kind of lost their shit over not being able to access Wikipedia for day. Those of us who are techie enough to understand SOPA and PIPA just loaded Google’s cached pages.
L.L. Bean built a boot car that gives the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile a run for its money.
Paula Dean has had diabetes for three years and is still trying to sell you the recipes that are killing her. Anthony Bourdain put it in perspective for us on Twitter.
We knew the Captain of the Costa Concordia was a coward, but now it looks like he’s a ridiculous liar too.
And if hell freezes over and Newt Gingrich becomes POTUS, he’ll need an I’m With Stupid T-shirt.