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Social Media recently brought to my attention an article published by The New Yorker on April 13th 2018, titled “Chick-Fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City.” I had to drop everything and read the piece. I couldn’t let a provocative headline like that one pass uninspected.

The piece in The New Yorker betrays a kind of urban parochialism that I sometimes forget exists. It faults the restaurant chain for being a restaurant chain, for humorously using cows to advertise their poultry-based products, for being popular, for being successful, and most of all for being owned by Christians. It is the otherness of Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A that appears to be most offensive to the writer.

Conservative Protestant Christians, of which I am one, have long engaged in a weird habit of looking for evil in mundane things. During my formative years I learned that a variety of objects and items were to be kept at arm’s length, or even better, across the street at the worldly neighbors’ house. These corrupt items included playing cards, sweepstakes entry forms, rock and roll music, and more. Casual conversations were liable to be interrupted by assertions that “That song is about sex/drugs/rebellion, don’t you know?” and “Did you know what awful person invented such-and-such, and why?”

A favorite story heard in my childhood involved missionaries, African tribesmen, and the Beatles. It seemed that some missionaries had succeeded, with great persistent effort, in convincing the natives that their beloved syncopated rhythms were of the Devil, and must be abandoned. When the new converts heard the missionaries’ kids listening to the Beatles on the phonograph, in a panic, pleaded with the missionaries to make the kids stop indulging in syncopated music of the Devil. To my preteen ears it seemed obvious that the natives’ objection was plaintive on the basis of fairness rather than alarmed on the basis of damnation, but what does a kid know?

Dan Piepenbring, author of the New Yorker’s attempted hit on Chick Fil A, has embraced the same repressive attitude while at the same time standing it on its head by advancing it in the secular sphere. He asserts in paragraph two that “[T]he brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism.” Viewed through that prism, everything about the restaurant, its food, its advertisements, and its presentation is suspect. Even a representation of the city skyline incorporated in a store’s facade is disconcerting, the twin towers of the World Trade Center look to him like “imperious rectangles.” Chick-fil-A offends Piepenbring by “proselytizing” and by resembling (to his distaste) some kind of fast-food megachurch. It seems even to offend Piepenbring that the S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, hadn’t the good grace to die before becoming a billionaire.

Piepenbring reminds us that when Chick Fil A first entered the New York market in 2015, there were protests, and “when a location opened in a Queens mall in 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a boycott.” Piepenbring’s regret at the evident dissipation of hostility is palpable, and he devotes considerable effort to reminding New Yorkers how different and offensive and other the restaurant and its management really are.

A substantial portion of the composition is dedicated to the Cows. If you have lived in the United States in the last twenty years, you’re familiar with the cartoony Chick-fil-A cows and their “Eat Mor Chikin” picket signs. The whimsical advertisements work because the concept is so outlandish, like a Far Side cartoon. After all, cows aren’t people; they aren’t politically active or socially aware. They don’t even know that they’re food. That is, unless you’re morbid Dan Piepenbring, who laments that Americans have fallen “in love with an ad in which one farm animal begs us to kill another in its place.” He continues, “Most restaurants take pains to distance themselves from the brutalities of the slaughterhouse; Chick-fil-A invites us to go along with the Cows’ Schadenfreude.”

In the end, our reception of the article will reveal something of our own world view. Who reads The New Yorker? Is it New Yorkers? To one who imagines a cow munching grass contentedly standing on a green hill, under a blue sky, this piece will seem so much nonsense. To on who imagines the same cow secretly agonizing about the futility of her life and fearing her gruesome destiny, Piepenbring’s weird vision will resonate.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-gastronomy/chick-fil-as-creepy-infiltration-of-new-york-city

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It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally ready to admit that I’ve been wrong.

I’ve been hoping that Hillary Clinton would win the Democrats’ nod for the presidency and run against John McCain for president of the United States.  I thought that she would be easier to defeat than Obama because of her high negatives and because of his ample charisma.

But I’ve come to realize that Obama is an intelligent buffoon, the most transparent kind of elitist, and a poor extemporaneous speaker.  Hillary, by contrast, is a manipulative and unscrupulous competitor.  If she were to come from behind to win the Democrats’ contest, that would be further proof of what we already know about her: she is hard to beat because she’ll do anything to win.

So as a conservative Republican I’m no longer hoping for a Clinton victory.  I’m hoping that the easiest opponent will win, and that’s Barack Obama.

CNN has called Kansas for Huckabee, and it was a landslide: with 80% of precincts reporting, Huckabee had taken 62% of the vote to 22% for McCain and 11% for Ron Paul.Read more at: www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/02/09/feb.9.contests/index.html

This continues the trend of Huckabee winning the most conservative states. He had already won Iowa, West Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Louisiana and Washington are also voting today.

CNN’s Bill Schneider says that Mike Huckabee won tonight’s Republican debate at the Reagan Library.  Read about it at: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/category/bill-schneider/

Mike Huckabee

  • National standings, according to the NBC/WSJ poll to be released Friday 1-25
  1. McCain: 29%
  2. Huckabee: 23%
  3. Romney: 20%
  4. Giuliani: 15%
  5. Paul: 4%
  • Also, in Georgia, which is a Super Tuesday state, Huckabee has a commanding lead:
  1. Huckabee: 34%
  2. McCain: 19%
  3. Romney: 16%
  4. Paul: 12%
  5. Giuliani: 11%

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/georgia/georgia_republican_presidential_primary

John Edwards’ victory/concession speech following the Iowa caucuses tonight was bizarre.  I’m paraphrasing here, but this is almost exactly what he said:  “America sucks!  Vote for me,  Change, change, change!”  His supporters, evidently puzzled by his words, responded by halfheartedly bellowing “WOOOO-oooooo-oh.  Woo?”

Stupifying Speechifying

The Republican presidential candidate Congressman Dr. Ron Paul was on Meet the Press (NBC) on Sunday, December 23 where he refused to rule out an independent or 3rd-party run for president.

It has been noted here at Righty Loosey that Ron Paul has a vast fortune in political contributions that he is sitting on, refusing to spend anything in competition against other Republicans.  Tim Russert pressed Paul to rule out a non-Republican run for president and Paul declined to do so, insisting that he deserves “one wiggle now and then.”

In the same appearance the alleged Republican from Texas also decried the Civil War as unnecessary, saying that the federal government should have bought the slaves and released them, failing to recognize that such a policy would have been opposed both at the federal level and at the local level, and that only a change in the Constitution could have forced private parties to comply with such a program.  Congressman Paul also failed to address the rights of the slaves, and the fact that they would have continued to live and die in bondage while politicians argued the finer points of the Ron Paul Doctrine.  That doesn’t sound very libertarian to me.

Ron Paul looks more and more like a flake every time I check him out.  But don’t take my word for it – you have a computer, do the research yourself!

Folks, tonight I’m watching the Floyd Mayweather -vs- Ricky Hatton fight.

If you didn’t get this bout on Pay-Per-View, you can read analysis and scoring on my other blog, www.fisticmystic.wordpress.com.

See you there!