Friday, July 20, 2012

Massachusetts: We're Done Crapping on the Second Amendment, Bring on the First!

Les sends in this story. It's just so fitting.

Boston mayor vows to keep Chick-fil-A out of city
BOSTON (AP) - The mayor of Boston is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company's president spoke out publicly against gay marriage.
Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he doesn't want a business in the city "that discriminates against a population."
So you're going to use the power of government to keep that business out? Hey, how's that pesky First Amendment working for you? You know, the Amendment that says folks - like the president of a company - have the right to speak their mind without fear of retribution from the government? I know, I know; it's Federal level and this is city; but it does go to show the MA mindset right out front and gleaming, doesn't it?

Here's a better idea, Mumbles. How about if you *don't* obstruct Chik-Fil-A from opening a restaurant in Boston, and then let the market decide? If the people of Boston truly don't want Chik-Fil-A in their city due to the homophobic comments from their president, then they can ignore the store and let it fail. That's even better than keeping it out in the first place, because they'll spend a ton of money opening the store, advertising it, and employing people before they go under.

Then again, with this marble-mouthed moron in charge, maybe it's best that no business try to invest in Boston.

That is all.


mikee said...

I recently learned that one high level executive or owner or somesuch at Chick-Fil-A has certain political opinions. As far as I can tell these opinions don't affect the quality or price of the chicken sammiches, other than leaving me hungry for one on Sundays, darn it.

I refer to an old episode of Murphy Brown for the correct attitude to take regarding calls for company boycotts that are not based on the product offered.

markofafreeman said...

Mumbles will be mumbles.

Oh, and the fact that it's a local government doesn't matter. On the "incorporation" issue, the First Amendment is pretty solid.

Check out the victory today in Manhattan in the case of AFDI against the MTA:

Also, a nit: since when is a disagreement with something a fear of it?:

It's not homophobia any more than opposition to jihad and sharia Islamophobia.

Sure, call it anti-gay, but homophobia? It's a made up, politically motivated twisting of the language. Not by you, mind you, but whoever made it up.

I agree, though. Let the market be the judge. Not Mumbles.

Side note about Mumbles: Years ago, I was trying to get a business going installing Linux on used laptops for school labs. My business partner got some face time (15 minutes) with the mayor. When I asked him how it went, he only had one comment: "Dumb as rocks."

Bob S. said...

Merino is going to stop discrimination by discriminating - illegally -- against a company?

Am I understanding that right?

wolfwalker said...

It gets better. From today's Boston Herald:

'“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Menino told the Herald yesterday.'

So he's demonstrating how open-minded and inclusive and welcoming and tolerant of different viewpoints the city of Boston is by telling Chick-fil-A to get lost, because he doesn't like their attitude.

Ed said...

Ah yes, the inclusive are excluding the exclusive. Perhaps the Boston inclusive should now be considered the get-a-clue-sive?

The theme song for the "In" crowd:

Old NFO said...

I wouldn't invest in ANYTHING anywhere in Mass... But that's just me...

ASM826 said...

I doubt that they are done crapping on the 2nd. But it's clear that the 4th, the 6th, and 1st are being crapped on as well, and it's not just in Massachusetts.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, last I knew, none of the Chik-Fil-A outposts I've been around ask you for your gay card or race card before taking your money and giving you a pretty decent sandwich (and darn good fries). Apparently the Mayor missed that little detail.


Weer'd Beard said...

Anti-Freedom, not anti-gun!