Ten Thoughts Under My Fedora: Chick-Fil-A vs the FedoraPhobic in NE, Dating advice & Trump SCOTUS pick

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Ten Thoughts Under My Fedora: Chick-Fil-A vs the FedoraPhobic in NE, Dating advice & Trump SCOTUS pick

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A new USA today sur­vey names Chick-​Fil-​A as the #1 fast food restau­rant in the US. As you might guess as soon as the arti­cle went up there were com­men­ta­tors urg­ing peo­ple not to go there because they sup­pos­edly “hate gays”. I sub­mit and sug­gest that these very loud obnox­ious peo­ple like the fedo­ra­pho­bic ones I cov­ered years ago protest­ing Chick-​fil-​a at the mall in Burling­ton MA have a lot to do with their con­tin­ued suc­cess. At the time of those protests (2012) that was the only Chick-​Fil-​A in Mass­a­chu­setts and one of only two or three in all of New Eng­land. Today I went to the Chick-​Fil-​A site and asked them to show me stores within 100 miles of my home the map above is the result.

Take a bow you fedo­ra­pho­bic fools.


My old­est son’s birth­day is next week and as a gift he and I are going to go see John Cleese. As he occa­sion­ally takes audi­ence ques­tions I was think­ing of ask­ing about the assump­tion that a per­son like me who has loved Python all his life can’t be a fan of Sarah Palin and of course Don­ald Trump’s Pres­i­dency, but I sus­pect he just might be more sym­pa­thetic to some­one like me after this story:

Some­one asked [BBC com­edy con­troller] Allen if that would rule out shows like Monty Python in the future. He replied, “If you’re going to assem­ble a team now, it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes. It’s going to be a diverse range of peo­ple who reflect the mod­ern world.” That didn’t sit well with direc­tor and Monty Python cast mem­ber Terry Gilliam. Gilliam was asked what he thought of the com­ments and said he wanted to hence­forth be known as a black les­bian:

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence at the Karlovy Vary film fes­ti­val, where he was pre­sent­ing his new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam said: “It made me cry: the idea that … no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a com­edy show. Now we need one of this, one of that, every­body rep­re­sented… this is bull­shit. I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for every­thing wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black les­bian… My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black les­bian in transition.”

He added: “[Allen’s] state­ment made me so angry, all of us so angry. Com­edy is not assem­bled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that every­one is represented.”

It will be inter­est­ing to see if he addresses this dur­ing his talk now that the shoe is metaphor­i­cally on the other foot.


Yes­ter­day my next door neighbor’s daugh­ter cel­e­brated her 21st birth­day, I gave her this advice: she should look at a they any guy she dates not as a poten­tial hookup but as the a per­son audi­tion­ing for the role of father and role model of her chil­dren and if they don’t pass the audi­tion, move on at once. I once said that to a girl dat­ing my son and she said: “If it had been any­one other than you say­ing this I would have left at once.” I would give that same advice for a guy, as my father said: “If she’s good enough to sleep with she’s good enough to marry.”


There have been sto­ries lately about a huge rise in STD’s among the elderly. The expla­na­tion is very sim­ple, the same 60’s gen­er­a­tion that tossed my dad’s advice is now retir­ing. It’s funny how peo­ple tend to think of old peo­ple as a group as opposed to the same indi­vid­ual they were when young only grown older. That’s why I’ve never under­stood why peo­ple find sto­ries of old thieves or mur­ders as weird news. If a vio­lent per­son or a thief man­ages to grow old I see no rea­son why he or she would change his or her ways.


Yes­ter­day I saw news of a flash mob in DC, maybe it because of my age when some­one says “Flash Mob” all I can think of is a bunch of old guys in trench­coats expos­ing them­selves in uni­son. It’s not a pleas­ant thought. Of course a real “flash mob” should all be in red suits or metal hel­mets.


Medi­ate reported that Steve Ban­non was berated by a per­son while he was at a book store this week­end. What I found inter­est­ing about the story wasn’t that this hap­pened or that peo­ple are attack­ing the owner of the story for call­ing the cops because some­one was harass­ing a cus­tomer, but the fact that Steve Ban­non still goes to book stores instead of order­ing online. There is a plea­sure in actu­ally hold­ing a book in your hands that an online or a kin­dle book just doesn’t con­vey, plus as long as you have either sun­light or a pair of glasses, your book will not run out of power.


There was a story in the Wash­ing­ton Free bea­con about a pair of anti-​capitalist-​socialist ral­lies in NY . Instapun­dit high­lighted the very true state­ment from one of the older marchers that: “None of this is new. This is just the same old stuff they told us to chant in the six­ties — and noth­ing changed then either.. Other than curios­ity about who “they” are (I sus­pect it’s the for­eign gov­ern­ments who pay for this stuff as a cheap and easy way to give grief and play the media) I think it’s worth point­ing out that in a city of over 8,500,000 peo­ple get­ting a crowd of 8000 is not a very big deal, it’s kind of like get­ting a crowd of 38 in my home town of Fitch­burg MA pop­u­la­tion 40,000, but the media fall for it every time, mainly because they want to .


A group of Demo­c­rat Social­ists went after Mitch McConnell while he was at lunch. You might won­der why he doesn’t bother to have secu­rity get rid of these fools. I sus­pect the rea­son is the same that Trump doesn’t fire Mueller. Each time these fools do this kind of thing to him, or Sarah Sanders or Steve Ban­non they help keep the GOP in gen­eral and Trump in par­tic­u­lar in power. I still think with more Sicil­ians in gov­ern­ment these threats would prac­ti­cally disappear.


I com­pleted my fourth “inter­views with immi­grants” inter­view last week, it’s not got­ten the recep­tion I’d hoped but then again there is noth­ing to sen­sa­tion­al­ize in them. Their answers are their answers and the data is the data and the mar­ket for infor­ma­tion for the sake of it isn’t what it used to be.


Finally by the time you’re read­ing this Pres­i­dent Trump will have named his Supreme Court pick to replace Anthony Kennedy. If he takes Bar­rett as I believe he will, it will be inter­est­ing to see how Collins and Murkowski vote, if he picks Ray Keth­ledge then I sus­pect it likely means he won’t need their votes this time around, of course he might pick some­one else alto­gether but no mat­ter who he picks I guar­an­tee you that the media/​left will declare his pick the great­est threat to Amer­i­can Democ­racy that the coun­try has ever seen

.…until the next vacancy on the Supreme Court comes up, then the per­son Trump picks for that one will inherit the title.

Chick fil-a in New England

A new USA today survey names Chick-Fil-A as the #1 fast food restaurant in the US. As you might guess as soon as the article went up there were commentators urging people not to go there because they supposedly “hate gays”. I submit and suggest that these very loud obnoxious people like the fedoraphobic ones I covered years ago protesting Chick-fil-a at the mall in Burlington MA have a lot to do with their continued success. At the time of those protests (2012) that was the only Chick-Fil-A in Massachusetts and one of only two or three in all of New England. Today I went to the Chick-Fil-A site and asked them to show me stores within 100 miles of my home the map above is the result.

Take a bow you fedoraphobic fools.


My oldest son’s birthday is next week and as a gift he and I are going to go see John Cleese. As he occasionally takes audience questions I was thinking of asking about the assumption that a person like me who has loved Python all his life can’t be a fan of Sarah Palin and of course Donald Trump’s Presidency, but I suspect he just might be more sympathetic to someone like me after this story:

Someone asked [BBC comedy controller] Allen if that would rule out shows like Monty Python in the future. He replied, “If you’re going to assemble a team now, it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes. It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.” That didn’t sit well with director and Monty Python cast member Terry Gilliam. Gilliam was asked what he thought of the comments and said he wanted to henceforth be known as a black lesbian:

Speaking at a press conference at the Karlovy Vary film festival, where he was presenting his new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam said: “It made me cry: the idea that … no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a comedy show. Now we need one of this, one of that, everybody represented… this is bullshit. I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian… My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”

He added: “[Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry. Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.”

It will be interesting to see if he addresses this during his talk now that the shoe is metaphorically on the other foot.


Yesterday my next door neighbor’s daughter celebrated her 21st birthday, I gave her this advice: she should look at a they any guy she dates not as a potential hookup but as the a person auditioning for the role of father and role model of her children and if they don’t pass the audition, move on at once. I once said that to a girl dating my son and she said: “If it had been anyone other than you saying this I would have left at once.” I would give that same advice for a guy, as my father said: “If she’s good enough to sleep with she’s good enough to marry.”


There have been stories lately about a huge rise in STD’s among the elderly. The explanation is very simple, the same 60’s generation that tossed my dad’s advice is now retiring. It’s funny how people tend to think of old people as a group as opposed to the same individual they were when young only grown older. That’s why I’ve never understood why people find stories of old thieves or murders as weird news. If a violent person or a thief manages to grow old I see no reason why he or she would change his or her ways.


Yesterday I saw news of a flash mob in DC, maybe it because of my age when someone says “Flash Mob” all I can think of is a bunch of old guys in trenchcoats exposing themselves in unison. It’s not a pleasant thought. Of course a real “flash mob” should all be in red suits or metal helmets.


Mediate reported that Steve Bannon was berated by a person while he was at a book store this weekend. What I found interesting about the story wasn’t that this happened or that people are attacking the owner of the story for calling the cops because someone was harassing a customer, but the fact that Steve Bannon still goes to book stores instead of ordering online. There is a pleasure in actually holding a book in your hands that an online or a kindle book just doesn’t convey, plus as long as you have either sunlight or a pair of glasses, your book will not run out of power.


There was a story in the Washington Free beacon about a pair of anti-capitalist-socialist rallies in NY . Instapundit highlighted the very true statement from one of the older marchers that: “None of this is new. This is just the same old stuff they told us to chant in the sixties—and nothing changed then either.. Other than curiosity about who “they” are (I suspect it’s the foreign governments who pay for this stuff as a cheap and easy way to give grief and play the media) I think it’s worth pointing out that in a city of over 8,500,000 people getting a crowd of 8000 is not a very big deal, it’s kind of like getting a crowd of 38 in my home town of Fitchburg MA population 40,000, but the media fall for it every time, mainly because they want to .


A group of Democrat Socialists went after Mitch McConnell while he was at lunch. You might wonder why he doesn’t bother to have security get rid of these fools. I suspect the reason is the same that Trump doesn’t fire Mueller. Each time these fools do this kind of thing to him, or Sarah Sanders or Steve Bannon they help keep the GOP in general and Trump in particular in power. I still think with more Sicilians in government these threats would practically disappear.


I completed my fourth “interviews with immigrants” interview last week, it’s not gotten the reception I’d hoped but then again there is nothing to sensationalize in them. Their answers are their answers and the data is the data and the market for information for the sake of it isn’t what it used to be.


Finally by the time you’re reading this President Trump will have named his Supreme Court pick to replace Anthony Kennedy.  If he takes Barrett as I believe he will, it will be interesting to see how Collins and Murkowski vote, if he picks Ray Kethledge then I suspect it likely means he won’t need their votes this time around, of course he might pick someone else altogether but no matter who he picks I guarantee you that the media/left will declare his pick the greatest threat to American Democracy that the country has ever seen

….until the next vacancy on the Supreme Court comes up, then the person Trump picks for that one will inherit the title.