Todd Starnes

Starnes: BOYCOTT! California Democrats declare war on In-N-Out Burger

California Democrats have declared war on one of the most popular family-owned hamburger chains on the West Coast. Gabe Schneider, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, discovered that In-N-Out Burger has been engaged in unseemly – if not downright scandalous – behavior. “In-N-Out added a new item to their secret menu,” Schneider mischievously tweeted. He then went on to explain that In-N-Out has donated $25,000 (gird yourselves, good readers) to the (no, really – gird yourselves) California Republican Party on Tuesday. Oh, the humanity. Smelling salts, anyone? In-N-Out is a beloved hamburger chain based in California and has a cult following. The chain’s double-double burgers, fresh-cut fries and a legendary secret menu have consistently landed it among the most favorite burger chains in the country. In-N-Out is owned by a deeply religious family, known for discreetly placing Bible verses on hamburger wrappers and soft drink cups. It’s fair to say that In-N-Out is to beef what Chick-fil-A is to poultry. So when the In-N-Out donation to the California Republican Party was exposed, Democrats and the mainstream media lost their lunch. “Left-leaning Fast Food Fans Lose Appetite After In-N-Out Burger Donates to California Republicans,” Fortune.com announced. “Your Favorite Burger Chain Just Donated a Bunch of Money to the Republican Party,” LAMag.com wrote. “In-N-Out Burger Angers Customers by Donating to Republican Party,” US Weekly declared. Eric Bauman, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, called for an immediate boycott. “Et tu In-N-Out,” the state party chairman wrote on Twitter. “Tens of thousands of dollars donated to the California Republican Party…it’s time to #BoycottInNOut – let Trump and his cronies support these creeps…perhaps animal style.” “Animal style,” by the way, refers to a popular In-N-Out specialty hamburger and not something inappropriate. So what – now it’s morally offensive for business owners to back pro-business Republicans in a state that is run by decidedly anti-business lawmakers? Fortune.com reports that In-N-Out also donated money to a political action committee that supports Democratic candidates who are “considered cordial to businesses.” I don’t seem to recall any Republicans calling for a burger boycott over that. In-N-Out has not commented on the controversy, nor should it. The owners of the company have a right to donate as they see fit. The Democrats’ attacks on In-N-Out are eerily reminiscent of the Great Poultry War of 2012 – when liberals declared war on Chick-fil-A. Feathers got ruffled when the company’s owner made comments affirming the biblical definition of marriage. Soon, the restaurant chain was facing a full scale assault from Democrats, the mainstream media and Hollywood. An armistice of sorts was declared thanks to the fine peacekeeping work of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Hundreds of thousands of supporters rallied by vowing to eat more chicken. But in the ensuing years there have been some minor skirmishes in places like Chicago, Boston and New York City – where Democratic lawmakers tried to stop Chick-fil-A from opening up restaurants. Their nefarious scheme backfired. All that is to say that Democrats should tread carefully. They do not want a beef with California voters over their double-double with special sauce. I stood with Chick-fil-A during the Great Poultry War and I am proud to stand alongside In-N-Out Burger. The most effective way to fight back is to eat more beef, California (with apologies to the Chick-fil-A cows, of course).

More food fascism…this time courtesy of the Dems in Cali.  Typical..  Thanks to veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes for bringing this eye-rolling story to our attention.

Starnes: Teen Bullied by Anti-Trump Goons Honored by Gold Company

Ashton Hess, the 17-year-old who was attacked by a pair of anti-Trump goons in Seattle, was a guest on my nationally-syndicated radio show the other day. Ashton and his family were on vacation when one of the thugs smacked him in the head and another grabbed his “Make America Great Again” ball cap. Ashton told me that teenage Trump supporters routinely find themselves targeted by the Left. “Every time I wear a Trump shirt at school, I am always prepared to be abused and hated by the leftists at my school. Knowing that teachers may go out of their way and grade you with bias because of your views is also a factor,” he said. “I do not wear the shirt for extra attention, or confrontation, but I wear it because I support our president, and why the hell shouldn’t I be able to wear my Trump shirt?” Charles Thorngren, the chief executive officer of Noble Gold Investments, was listening to my radio program and was so impressed by Ashton’s comments that he wanted to honor the young man. “Noble Gold Investments wants Ashton to know that it is still acceptable to be a proud American,” Thorngren told me. “As a veteran, I solemnly swore that i would support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I would bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I would obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me. So help me God.” So he decided to send Ashton a collection of the official President Trump 2020 Freedom Coins – a beautiful silver coin that depicts the president’s image along with a list of his accomplishments. “Ashton was demonstrating the rights I served to protect for all Americans,” Thorngren said. “I have never seen a conservative snatch the clothing off anyone wearing a Hillary Clinton hat or shirt. So in a time where liberals believe they are the only ones that are afforded freedom of speech, we at Noble Gold will do all we can to support and reaffirm those like Ashton who have been exposed to the ugliness of the liberals.” Thorngren said it’s important for conservatives to support young men and women who choose to stand up against the bombardment of the liberal agenda. “This was just a small way that we could help do that,” he told me. I salute Charles Thorngren and Noble Gold Investments for standing resolute in the face of a hostile culture!

We agree!  Thanks to radio talk show personality, and veteran culture warrior, Todd Starnes for bringing us that story.  Kudoes to both Ashton and Charles.  Excellent!  🙂

Vermont Church Slams America, Desecrates “God Bless The USA”

There is outrage from the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee after a Methodist church in Vermont rewrote the lyrics to Lee Greenwood’s beloved song, “God Bless the USA,” and turned it into a “bash America” anthem. “I look around this America but not everybody’s free. And I won’t forget all those who died beneath our fear and greed,” a singer crooned during Sunday “worship” at the First United Methodist Church in Burlington. “God forgive the USA.” The singer went on to ask forgiveness for ripping families apart at the border and taking land from the Native Americans and the way we treat LGBT citizens. “For the native tribes we conquered – Sioux, Lakota, Cherokee – for the slaves we beat and tortured for the interned Japanese,” the singer warbled. “For the women and the children for the lesbian, gay.” The confession of America’s alleged sins went on and on and on and on. “Mr. Greenwood’s song is emblematic of pride in and prayer for blessing of our country,” Pastor Mark Demers told me. “Changing the words to make it also a prayer for forgiveness and healing served to expand the meaning, thus reflecting with the anthem the theme of our worship service.” He did not seem at all bothered that the church had desecrated a beloved patriotic anthem. “Confession is a central part of Christian worship, as is prayer for healing. The lectionary text and sermon for the day told of two healings requested of Jesus – one a person of power in the community and the other a person impoverished by her illness,” the pastor told me. “The text lends itself to the idea that all, of every station in life, individuals and communities alike – including churches – stand in need of forgiveness and healing.” I reached out to Mr. Greenwood’s publicist who told me the church did not seek permission to alter the copyrighted song. Nor did the church let Mr. Greenwood know in advance they would be taking great liberties with the lyrics. “It’s illegal to do that,” Greenwood told One America News. However, the United Methodist Church pastor defended the atrocities they committed against Mr. Greenwood’s song. “A change of lyrics such as was done does not violate copyright law, falling under the category of parody,” he said.

Perhaps..   Perhaps not.  Mr. Greenwood should seek the advice of counsel, and if they think a copyright law was infringed upon, then he should sue this UMC in court.  Either way, what this idiot pastor did was at best hugely offensive.  Shame on him.  Thanks to veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes for sharing this head-shaking story with us.

Starnes: Remember when Starbucks just served over-priced, burnt coffee?

If you are in the mood for a high priced cup of coffee that tastes burnt – you’ll have to go somewhere other than Starbucks during a three-hour period Tuesday afternoon. More than 8,000 shops are shuttering for anti-bias training – an ill-conceived attempt to restore Starbucks’ tarnished liberal image. Last month, two black men were arrested in Philadelphia after they refused to leave one of the coffee chain’s stores and one was denied use of the restroom. The men, who said they were waiting for a friend, were sitting quietly but had not purchased so much as a latte. They were taking up space meant for paying customers. While police arrested the two men for trespassing, they were later released without charges and both the police and Starbucks apologized to them. Starbucks had every right to ask those men to order a beverage or food or leave the shop. It’s a place of business, not a public park. Nevertheless, the social justice warriors pounced – accusing the folks who wear the green aprons of racial profiling and discrimination. Instead of standing its ground, Starbucks threw their baristas under the roaster and offered a profuse apology. “Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome – the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong,” CEO Kevin Johnson wrote in a meandering mea culpa. “Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did.” Starbucks vowed to treat every customers with “respect and dignity” – even if they don’t purchase an expensive cup of their bitter java. Tuesday’s anti-bias training features appearances by company executives along with the rapper named Common. Baristas are being encouraged to “open up about implicit biases and stereotypes in encountering people of color, gender or other identities.” Starbucks has no one to blame for this fiasco but itself. For decades Starbucks has been using its stores to promote social justice, but now it’s come back to bite ’em in the coffee bean. Remember back in 2015 when Starbucks ordered baristas to strike up conversations about race relations with customers? “So that’s one venti Veranda Blend Blonde Roast with extra cream. May I have your name, sir?” “Yes, thank you. It’s Todd.” “So, Tom – I’m curious – do you have a problem with Dark Roast?” “My name is Todd. Wait. What?” “And Ted, based on your defensive posture, I’m sensing some privilege, too. We can help with that.” From that day forward I began brewing Community Coffee. The beans are roasted by a family-owned company based in Louisiana. It’s a good cup of coffee, it costs less and best of all – no political agenda. There’s a lesson we can all learn from this Starbucks debacle. When a coffee house serves up a piping hot cup of politics – well – it’s going to end up frothing everybody’s latte.

Well said, Todd..  Veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes is responsible for that witty piece.  What Todd left out of this story was the back story.  Starbucks had a policy of asking loiterers to leave if they don’t something…and if they refuse, then the mgr is (or was) directed to call the police.  That’s exactly what happened here.  The mgr followed company policy to the letter.  It had NOTHING to do with race; which is how the dominantly liberal mainstream media has portrayed this story…and Starbucks has allowed it to be characterized as such.  So, instead of standing their perfectly reasonable ground, they threw their mgr under the bus, and bent over and grabbed their corporate ankles with this ridiculous mea culpa.  How embarrassing for their employees!  Anyway..  Todd is spot-on about Starbucks coffee..  It’s overpriced and bitter.  It’s the scourge of the coffee shop industry (or the “Borg” for you Trekies).  But, people go there in droves like zombies.  In the interest of full disclosure, I sometimes find myself biting my lip (or pinching my nose) and going in real quick, as they’re everywhere.  But, I prefer the ma and pa shops that are cheaper and better.  So, support your local coffee shop and avoid the silliness that is Starbucks.

Starnes: It’s time to make a shocking confession about Chick-fil-A

In recent days, The New Yorker has made some downright scurrilous accusations about Chick-fil-A, the unofficial chicken of our Lord. The magazine warned that the beloved fast food restaurant was waging a “guerrilla insurgency” upon Gotham’s citizenry – plotting to evangelize the city by luring the masses with plump, juicy chicken breasts tucked between hot, buttered buns. “The brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism,” lamented Dan Piepenbring in an essay titled “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City.” Piepenbring seemed terribly disturbed by the news that a fourth outpost of the family-owned chain had recently opened – as if the Chick-fil-A Cows were about to stampede through the East Village. “Its headquarters, in Atlanta, are adorned with Bible verses and a statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet,” he wrote. “Its stores close on Sundays.” And like any progressive journalist, he offered up the obligatory Chick-fil-A is “anti-gay” smear. Untrue, of course, but whatever. “The restaurant’s corporate purpose still begins with the words ‘to glorify God,’ and that proselytism thrums below the surface of the Fulton Street restaurant, which has the ersatz homespun ambiance of a megachurch,” he wrote. And he was especially wary of the famed Chick-fil-A Cows. “If the restaurant is a megachurch, the Cows are its ultimate evangelists,” Piepenbring declared. Well, praise the Lord and drink some sweet tea! “Its politics, its décor, and its commercial-evangelical messaging are infected with this suburban piety,” he wrote. Well, America – the time has come for you to know the truth. The New Yorker caught us red-handed. The jig is up. The truth is months ago a covert team of specially trained Southern Christians crossed the Mason-Dixon Line along with a herd of grammatically-challenged bovines. Our mission was to convert the Yankee heathens with gracious Southern hospitality and delicious chicken sandwiches. And our plan would’ve worked had it not been for those meddling members of the Mainstream Media. After about a week of eating fried chicken and drinking sweet tea, New Yorkers had become so much more pleasant and docile. Brooklynites had even started waving at tourists with all five fingers instead of one. Now, that is the power of the Gospel Bird. So let not your heart be troubled, America – because glory, glory hallelujah – the War of Poultry Aggression rages on.

HAHAHA!!  That was EXCELLENT!  Thanks to veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes for that witty op/ed in support of Chick-fil-A, which is about to overtake Taco Bell as the third most popular fast food restaurant in America….and that’s with it being closed nationwide one day week!  This idiot pin-head from The New Yorker has just exposed himself for being the anti-Christian bigot that HE is.  Chick-fil-A doesn’t discriminate in its hiring practices and welcomes everyone regardless of race, religion (or lack thereof), gender, age, etc.  It’s just closed on Sundays.  That’s all!  How an employee spends the day off is her/her business.  The owner/founder of the company decided when he founded Chick-fil-A that he wanted his business closed on Sundays so he and his employees could go to church, if they wanted to.  If they didn’t want to, and wanted to do something else, or nothing at all, then that was their prerogative.  Imagine that!   But this idiot writer at The New Yorker can’t handle it.  He’s just a foaming at the mouth liberal who hates Christians.  Kudos to Todd for calling him out on his hypocritical bigotry.  Outstanding!    🙂

Starnes: College Warns Saying “God Bless You” is Islamophobic

If you happen to be in the library at Simmons College in Boston – and somebody sneezes — whatever you do — don’t say “God bless you.” That’s because the librarians believe that the phrase “God Bless You” can spark something worse than a microagression. They fear it could spark an Islamophobic microaggression. That’s right, folks – saying “God Bless you” is considered a form of “Islamomisia.” That bit of information is tucked inside the college’s Anti-Oppression Library Guide – an exhaustive collection of words and phrases that could trigger perpetually offended collegiate snowflakes. Islamomisia is a fairly new malady that until recently was known as Islamphobia. “In North America (and throughout much of the western world), people who follow Christianity have institutional power, therefore Islamomisia is a systematized discrimination or antagonism directed against Muslim people due to their religion or perceived religious, national or ethnic identity associated with Islam,” the document states. It’s not an official college policy, mind you, but — you know the drill. The librarians — a real sensitive bunch – warn that phrases like “God bless you” and “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Easter” can make Muslims feel slighted. The resource guide also warned students to be wary of something called “Christian privilege.” “In the United States and many other Western nations, Christianity and its various denominations and religious practices hold institutional and cultural power,” the guide states. “Christian privilege is the unearned benefit that Christians in the US receive that members of other faiths (or non-religious people) do not.” For example, if you expect to get a day off on Good Friday or Christmas Eve — you have Christian privilege. If you can worship freely, without fear of violence of threats, you have Christian privilege. Clearly, the librarians at Simmons College have plenty of book smarts — but they don’t have the sense the Good Lord gave a goose. Bless their hearts.

Author, and culture warrior, Todd Starnes, is far too kind..  This kind of this anti-America, and brazen anti-Christian bigotry political correctness is destroying our country.

Starnes: Why are San Francisco Chickens Wearing Diapers?

The rich and famous of San Francisco are falling head over heels for a new status symbol — pet chickens. Some Bay Area chicken-lovers are spending as much as $400 for a chicken — and nearly $20,000 for high-tech homes to house their pet birds. The Washington Post reports one poultry paradise is constructed from sustainable red pine and comes equipped with solar panels. It’s called the “Range Rover of chicken cribs.” And if you think that’s a bit odd — some feathered foul have their own personal chefs — and there are reports that locals have commenced to clothing their chickens in diapers. So it’s possible that somewhere on Nob Hill — a pampered bird is clucking around the yard wearing a pair of Huggies. Consider this paragraph from the Post story: ““Silicon Valley chickens are often considered “members of the family,” explained Moira Hanes, noting that she refuses to eat baked chicken from Whole Foods in front of her three birds. A Berkeley professor registered her one-eyed special needs rooster, Gwennie, as an emotional support animal. Because of his cross beak disability, she feeds him baby food mixed with grain. He also gets a weekly bath and a blow dry — “which he LOVES,” she said in an email.” It’s just not right, America. Although, I must say that Southerners love to dress up chickens, too. Instead of diapers, we prefer to cover our birds in batter and roll them around in seasoned flour and then gently dip them in a bath of peanut oil. I’m not so sure that chickens make good pets — but they certainly make for a delicious Sunday after church supper. They’re finger licking good.

No, you are not reading The Onion..  This really is happening in San Fran..  Thanks to Todd Starnes for bringing us that laugh..      🙂