Smug and pompous as ever, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood at the podium and declared, "Chick-fil-A values are not our values."
Chick-fil-A's founder Truett Cathy, and his son, Dan, are Southern Baptists who believe in the traditional, biblical definition of marriage. Their fast-food chain has given money to organizations opposing same-sex marriage.
The city of Chicago plans to ban Chick-fil-A from opening a new restaurant inside the city limits. And sure as clockwork, left-wing and pro gay organizations and their media stooges such as the New York Times are up in arms against this highly successful and admirable company.
So, Mayor Emanuel, strip clubs, S & M bars and x-rated movie theaters are in keeping with the Windy City's values, but a restaurant chain owned by devout Christians who oppose gay marriage IS NOT? Boy, that's some "logic" you've got there.
Sorry to disappoint you, Rahmy, but there are dozens of Catholic and Protestant churches and mosques in your city whose clergy also preach out against homosexuality and gay marriage. Are these, pray tell, against your vaunted "Chicago values"?
And it's also rather rich that Chicago, a notorious cesspool of backslapping pols, cronyism, nepotism, thuggish unions, dirty politics, voter fraud and, shall we say, a colorful history, is preaching about "values." Oh and, by the way, I thought you libs were moral relativists. You mean you actually DO believe in moral absolutes, like, say, the right for two same-sex people to be legally married, or the right to abort a fetus with a heartbeat?
Anyhow, I am happy to report that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former U.S. Rep. Rick Santorum are coming out in full support of Cathy and his company. Aug. 1 is "Patronize Chick-fil-A Day." Believe me, if I had one near me, I'd be patronizing it on that day and many other days. When I lived in Atlanta during the 1990s, that was one of my favorite restaurants. It is hands-down the best fast-food restaurant around, in my humble opinion.
Since its founding in 1967, Cathy's highly respected restaurant chain has always been closed on Sundays to allow employees to worship God and spend time with their families. Methinks this effort to smear a good man and a great organization will fail miserably, like so much of what the brain-dead leftists do.
This is similar to the left-wing effort to demonize and boycott corporations that donate to conservative political causes or organizations such as ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Companies that cave in to this blackmail will find out all too soon that they are alienating their conservative customers.
Regardless of what an entrepreneur's political view are (or what a corporate board's view are), it's wise not to get embroiled too much in politics, lest you alienate a large chunk of your customers in our polarized nation. As Rush Limbaugh has noted on numerous occasions, Michael Jordan is a huge liberal, but he keeps quiet about it because he doesn't want to lose the many conservatives who buy his apparel and shoes.
Can't help but recall with a chuckle a coworker who proudly drove his pickup truck around ca. 2004 sporting an "I LUV (actually a heart) Halliburton" bumper sticker. He probably just enjoyed tweaking the noses of self-righteous busy-body liberals.
Myself, I'd like to get a bumper sticker with the infamous red-white-and-blue setting sun "O" of the Obama campaign, and follow that letter with "rwellian"... Some of his supporters might get angry, but frankly, a large number of them wouldn't have a clue. But I guess I'll pass on that temptation. Only a few more months until this nightmare is over.
THE TWO-ARREST CLUB — Last year the Detroit Lions made the playoffs with a 10-6 record, their first post-season appearance since 1999 coming after too many years of woe. This year a lot of the preseason prognosticators are predicitng the Lions will not make the playoffs. Partly because they didn't do well in the draft and have a horrendous secondary. But it's also because the squad apparently has way too many knuckleheads on the roster. Several of their players have been arrested, not once, but TWICE, during the offseason. The latest, mediocre-at-best cornerbeck Aaron Berry, was booted from the team the other day. He was arrested for driving under the influence a few months ago, and this past weekend was arrested for pointing a gun at several other people in a parking lot.
Running back Mikel Leshoure TWICE got busted for possession of marijuana, and is suspended for two regular season games. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley, a first-round draft pick in 2011, was arrested for marijuana possession in April, and for DUI and fleeing and eluding police in May. In-freakin'-credible that the Lions could have THREE PLAYERS each ARRESTED TWICE in the offseason. The curse of Matt Millen's piss-poor drafting seems to be still plaguing them. A former player, offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath, also was arrested for possession of hooch. Sheesh!
It stands to reason that guys who are so out-of-control in their personal lives would also be lacking in self-discipline and poise in real games. No wonder the Lions keep shooting themselves in the foot with stupid penalties. I am withholding judgment until we get into the exhibition season, but at this juncture I am inclined to agree with those who predict the Lions won't reach the post-season this year.