Doyle Lonnegan: You see that fella in the red sweather over there? His name’s Donnie McCoy. Works a few of the protection rackets for Cunnaro when he’s waiting for something better to happen. Donnie and I have known each other since we were six. Take a good look at that face, Floyd. Because if he ever finds out I can be beat by one lousy grifter, I’ll have to kill him and every other hood who wants to muscle in on my Chicago operation.
Henry Gondorf: If they put you on the spot, we’ve got to fold the con.
The Sting 1973
Got no opinion sir, they’re bad for business
Inherit the Wind 1960
One of the things that the Internet has done is amplify the “crazy uncles”. Every family had one, and on the family level it doesn’t mean much, but give that guy an internet connection and a way to talk to the other crazy uncles and presto you have 3,000,000 Americans ready to go, ready to swarm and intimidate business who assume that 1 contact equals 20 people who do not.
That is pretty much what happened with the gay marriage movement, a movement that had practically no public support but thanks to networking and the strong-arm tactics convinced large amounts of people of their strength (polls indicate adults overestimate the number of Gay people in the country by a factor of 8-10) because of that extreme strength and the passivity of the people who disagreed with them, such activists wielded an inordinate amount of power with the corporate world.
It was not unsurprising that they would adopt this tactic, there is a lot of crossover with the most radical parts of the left and said left had used these tactics over and over in the past
The only problem with this kind of con is scale. In order for it to be successful one has to avoid two things:
1. Never allow the marks to realize how weak you are compared to your foes
2. Never energize your foes or they will start to move on the marks
The first allows the mark to ignore you, the 2nd allows your foes to both intimidate the mark and defeat you. Both are fatal to the con and are an excellent example of what the Tea Party has done to the MSM over the last two years
This brings us to the whole Chick-Fil-A business.
It is no secret that Chick-Fil-A is a Christian business. It is also no secret that long before the Gay Marriage issue reared its head the left despised them, one friend who works at CNN would go on about how some of his co-workers were incensed that they would close on Sundays. It was (at least it would be to a non-Christian) an irrational hatred. That the Gay Marriage Crowd would dislike them was a given, but the decision to highlight that position was a HUGE mistake.
The wise move would have been a small statement and then allow the media to subtly drop hints that a visit to Chick-Fil-A was not a place where an “enlightened” person would go. That would have kept up the con without a whole lot of fuss.
Alas for them Mayor Tom “I don’t mind if you slaughter gay people as long as you let them get married first” Menino decided to open his mouth.
Why did he do this? Was he pressured by members of the gay community feeling their oats after forcing the President to “come out” on gay marriage, as the mayor of one of the bluest cities in the nation did he fall for his own propaganda thinking the sheer numbers involved were in his favor or was it a matter of sheer opportunism as a person in a place where such a pronouncement could only help him?
regardless of the reason it was highly necessary for the backlash to be countered. Rahm Emanuel in Chicago and Mayors in Philly & DC jumped into the fray, the story now had to be one focused on them not on the populace.
There were two significant responses to the story that I’d like to look at. One was by Brian Ries of Newsweek:
So. Here we are. Tumblr, listen up.
We’re hoping to find a current or former employee of Chick-Fil-A who might want to spill the beans on life inside the alleged antigay company.
That was July 24th I haven’t seen said follow-up story from Newsweek
The other was Mike Huckabee suggesting support Chick-Fil-A day.
The previous week people on twitter had suggested it but Huckabee is a radio talk show host and a former presidential candidate with hundreds of thousands of followers. The media could mock him or ignore what he said but literally millions would discover the idea via the net totally bypassing them. Then the worst of all possible worlds for the left took place Wednesday.
They showed up
By the hundreds and the thousands and the hundreds of thousands they showed up. Restaurants ran out of food, lines were incredible nationwide and worse of all there was a lack of all the vitriol that the left would normally portray and the violence and threats came from the left, not their foes.
— Mr Broes (@mrbroes) August 2, 2012
For the first time in my life, today I visited a Chic-Fil-A to show my support for the CEO’s right to free speech. Today was billed as “support Chic-Fil-A Day”. I live in LA so, I was not expecting much in way of support but, I was not just surprised, I was blown away. The Chic-Fil-A in Northridge, California had a line that twisted throughout the parking lot. It was almost 100 degrees but, that didn’t seem to deter anyone. They were peaceful and the demographic was wide ranged. Blacks, whites, teenagers, kids, Latino’s and all other categories you could imagine. At this location their there were no anti-Chic-Fil-A protesters.
So, how was the chicken? Amazing! Now I know why people love this place. The store was run extremely well. Clean, polite and efficient. The staff brought water to those in line, they handed out umbrellas for protection from the sun and they served delicious food quickly. This has been replicated across the nation. This huge one day movement involving millions of supporters made their opinions heard and voted with their money and presence. It has been estimated that the chain will have booked almost $100 million or more just today.
When I returned home I turned on the news to see how this would be reported. NBC in Los Angeles chose to focus on the protesters. Not the ones supporting Chic-Fil-A but, the ones protesting the supporters. The protesters are a tiny fraction to the supporters yet the media focused 90% of their attention on those few. This does not represent the truth of the actual event.
Mind you this is a reporter from Forbes talking about this and calling out his fellows in the media
But it didn’t matter anyways, on twitter Chickfila was trending and a multitude of pictures & video of long lines and happy people were all over twitter and facebook. The kicker came from Pastor Rick Warren
— Rick Warren (@RickWarren) August 2, 2012
The media can spin this, they can deny this but every person driving by a Chick-Fil-A saw the lines, the photos are available anywhere on the web and you’d better believe every other business noticed those lines too and will remember them the next time these issues arise, and at least one of the Wendy’s likely wishes they kept their mouth shut.
Some eleven hours after this all began, Wendy’s finally tweeted an apology to Chick-fil-A. “@Chickfila Looks like some thought we were picking on CFA earlier on Twitter. Really wasn’t the case- apologize if it came off that way!”
And while they did issue an apology, some may question the sincerity given that it was a tweeted directly to Chick-fil-A, therefore leaving it out of Wendy’s followers’ feeds.
Even worse for the left what are the odds people willing to stand in line for hours to get a meal for the sake of principle will not stand in line to vote when November comes along?
So lets compare the responses.
Newsweek, the magazine that liberals have lost millions of dollars to support goes fishing for a story and as of right now has come up empty.
While Mike Huckabee little suggestion has resulted in record sales for Chick Fil A and has made a visible demonstration of the power of their supporters on this issue.
The ultimate irony, Thanks to Huckabee’s call and the response Chick-Fil-A may have managed to gross more money Wednesday than Newsweek lost all of last year and the profits they made today were fueled by individual customers who each spent more money on their meal than the selling price of the entire Newsweek franchise.
Our friend on the left did this to themselves, because they forgot or were unaware of this verse that Mr. Cathy doubtless remembers
When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind Hosea 8:7
and a lot of other business owners will remember this as well.
The last word belongs to Patterico:
I keep telling myself that actions like this are not a reason to oppose gay marriage. But note: I have to keep telling myself that.
A tipping point may arrive: where I decide that the need to oppose terrorist tactics outweighs my desire to seek social justice.
I’m not there. Yet. But does the fringe of this movement really want to keep pushing me that direction?
And do you think I’m the only person having thoughts like this?!
I wonder if he’s read Hosea?
Update: I mentioned the left and bullying. One member of the left was so proud he videoed this Chick-Fil-A video berating them:
It would seem that the poor fellow is a little computer illiterate and somehow accidentally deleted (or perhaps made private) his video, not to worry though Ace informs me Jim Treacher being a fair minded fellow wanting to give both sides of the story, plus he is such a helpful guy, he is put it up on his account for him.
Just a reminder, the internet is forever.
Update 2: A con man knows a blown con when he sees one:
The whole Chick-fil-a boycott debacle demonstrates that the con is blown, that the marks aren’t buying the B.S. any longer. It’s time to fold up shop and run for the hills like Mordecai C. Jones M.B.S., C.S., D.D. (Master of Back-Stabbing, Cork-Screwing and Dirty-Dealing).
And Legal Insurrection maps it out:
Update 3: Hey maybe the left was right after all:
Now that’s funny!
Update 4: Apparently the fellow in that video (the one without the lasers) has been identified, then fired
Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.
The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.
Speaking as a guy rattling his tip jar to buy a car I can’t be happy about a guy losing a job, even if it was due to his own foolishness. Maybe Chick-fil-A is hiring.
Update 5: The Daily caller/Newsweek shows why they lose 10 mil a year:
I can’t tell you much more about the customers today, because of my limited contact with them. I work in the kitchen, so I don’t see much of the clientele. What made today so difficult—more difficult than always being behind on food, running out of one thing or another, needing to be in two places at once, etc—was the attitudes of the other employees.
Maybe it’s just me, but even in a bad economy nobody is telling me that someone who cooks at Chick-Fil-A can’t cook at McDonalds, or a Wendy’s or a Burger king or even a diner, those type of jobs, even in a bad economy are constantly turning over.
Even though I did my best to make the salads and wraps extra-gay, I don’t want to harm the customers. (Otherwise I may have been moved to spit on their food. I didn’t, because that’s going too far.)
And yes this woman IS an anti-Christian bigot. I’ll pray for her
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