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Freaks, Faggots, Disabled, Or On Welfare, You Can't Eat Here

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Well, it looks like there no such thing as a free lunch, or even a paid lunch if you visit this restaurant -- Gary's Chicaros in Enid, Oklahoma. Well, at least for some people. According to owner and manager, Gary James, don't bother looking for service at his joint if you're "freaks, faggots, disabled, or on welfare. That's some pretty blunt talk.

HuffPo:

"I really don't want gays around," Gary's Chicaros Club owner Gary James told NBC affiliate KFOR-TV after a reporter asked him about several comments accusing the restaurant of discrimination. "Any man that would compromise his body would compromise anything."

"I've been in business 44 years. I think I can spot a freak or a f****t," James told the news station.

Any guess his political affiliation? The reason I bring it up is Gary isn't just a restaurateur. He was a candidate for city council in 2009. Though he narrowly lost, he's considering a run again -- from the Tea Party.

If you ever pass through Enid, be warned if you are wearing a hat. He doesn't like hats, especially worn indoors. He sure has a lot of rules. And amazingly, you'd think some, if not all, were discriminatory, if not just plain illegal. But hey, Gary's a law-abiding man. He wouldn't skirt the law.

It should be noted that refusing to serve a gay customer appears to be legal in Oklahoma. Although the state protects people from being turned away from businesses for their race, gender or religion, it does not offer that protection for sexual orientation.

So how does this sage ol' dining establishment owner know who to kick out? Does he have gaydar?  He doesn't say.

But, apparently, it's not just homosexuality that James dislikes. The restaurant's signature T-shirt features an image of a target with a list of groups -- including Muslims, blacks and Democrats -- written on it, KFOR-TV notes.

And customers have definitely taken notice of the environment.

"I cannot rate this food since I cannot be served," one reviewer wrote on Yelp. "Visit Taco Bell instead. It's a crappy taco, but at least it doesn't come with hate sauce."

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Rep. Steve King Is Trying To Kill Us

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diseased food animals

Eat diseased food, you'll get sick or even worse, you'll die.

That's why we have Federal food inspectors who keep the chances of disease ridden food from making it to our shelves. As least we have it now, but if Republican Steve King has his way, that won't be the case much longer. And if you're like me, you become suspicious when a committee's findings are are being kept hush-hush. Fruther that suspicion when a silent amendment is being sought. You start wondering what it is that the Tea Party extremist Steve King is afraid we'll all find out? Could it be he favors animal cruelty, substandard food quality, sick and diseased animal bi-products being used, tainted ingredients, unregulated chemical content, unsafe food handling -- or all of the above?

HuffPo:

A group of law professors have written to the House and Senate blasting a controversial amendment to the farm bill currently undergoing negotiations.

In it, they reportedly criticize the Protect Interstate Commerce Act introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an Amendment that seeks to limit states’ power to supervise their own farming standards. If passed, the amendment would ban states from requiring agricultural and livestock conditions that are stricter than those in other states, so long as the products are intended for out-of-state sale.

The experts allege that the amendment is a food safety risk, writing that there is “a significant likelihood that many state agricultural laws across the country will be nullified, that public health and safety will be threatened, and that the amendment could ultimately be deemed unconstitutional.”

Fortunately, there are hundreds of protesters to this bill. And coming out against this heinous lack of restrictions are a bi-partisan group on Capitol Hill: 23 Senators and 169 Congresspeople. But it's not just shaking the foundations in Washington. This absurd, dangerous self serving bill by Steve King is being fought by hundreds of other organizations. I highly recommend you look over this list to find out who is supporting us by bashing Steve King and his Republican cohorts as they wish to flood the market with tainted food. Click here for the list.

Keep your eyes open. If King and his Tea Party people have their way, they'll literally kill you.

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Did You Have Tyson Bacon With Your Breakfast Today?

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Cooking for many is a passion. For others, it's an obligation. For even others, it's an elusive skill. But one thing that we all have in common is we enjoy a good meal. It's even made more special when it's a home cooked dining experience. Somehow a well made home meal, despite the fact that it can take a lot of planning and preparation (compared with the relatively short time it takes to devour) makes everyone, especially the cook, feel good.

Maybe the least likable part of the making the special meal is shopping for ingredients, yet it's perhaps the most important. You can't make an omelette without eggs, and meat loaf is hard to cook without some ground beef.

There's a lot to consider along with just figuring out the menu. There's the freshness of components, the price of the items you'll need and the time the entire shopping process takes. If you're going to be preparing and cooking for hours, convenience always enters into into consideration as well. Many times we'll consider partially prepared elements so we only have to add them to the process and not actually make them from scratch-- things like a prepared pie crust, a prepared spaghetti sauce or a pre-cooked chicken to add to our "home made" chicken pie. It's okay. All cooks do that from time to time. Time is precious and we look for convenience.

What we don't spend enough time on though is the consideration into the brand or how a particular company chooses and prepares it's product before our purchase and use.

We grab a container of eggs without giving the method of collection much thought. We have the FDA to make sure the product is clean and safe. We buy chicken, beef and now that we're approaching Thanksgiving, turkeys figuring they're humanely raised and slaughtered, done under clean and the safest methods possible. All that most of us think about is the bottom line -- the price.

Actually, there's more to think about if we're going to be responsible shoppers. And that's how the products are raised, harvested and delivered. It's important though to consider how humanely this process was handled.

Despite the price, wouldn't you boycott an item if you knew it as using sweatshop labor, child abuse or slaves to manufacture the item-- some jeans, shirts, shoes or other fashion item? We speak out for these victims by refusing to buy the products that are made with substandard labor.

Well, what about with food? Isn't it time we avoid blatantly abusive companies that don't stand up to industry standards? Those that routinely torture the animals used for products?

Tyson, a company you've undoubtedly heard of and seen in your local grocery chain is one such violator of animal cruelty laws.  And the attached video is all you need to see, if you can stomach it. None of this kind of behavior is proper, necessary or legal. But yet we support Tyson with our purchases of their products.

If this disgusts you as much as it does me, seek out an alternate. Don't tell Tyson this is okay by just turning your back on the animals that are sacrificed to bring us our daily meals. I'm not saying you should become a vegan. I won't. I love my meat products, but I will avoid any company that won't humanely treat their livestock while raising them, or harvest them as painlessly as possible when their time comes.

Caution -- extremely disturbing footage:

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Here's A Tip On A Tip - Grow Up

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Sometimes it's hard to compute how much to leave as a tip in a restaurant. In the old days, it was 15%. Now people generally leave closer to 20. I remember growing up that my father, who was a very generous man would say that waiters and waitresses survived on their tips. Their base pay was so low.

He told me that if service was exceptional, leave 20%. If it was fine but short of the highest ranking, leave 15%. And if service was poor, 10%. I asked why even leave 10% and he said, to make a statement, to show that you didn't just forget. It would send a message to the server, but it didn't totally stiff them.

I asked him what if the service was good, but the food wasn't, what do you do? He said the tip was for the service not the food. If the food was bad, you just don't come back. But tips are strictly for service.

And that's the philosophy that my dad passed down to me.

So what kind of message does the following story pass down to their kids?

This was a family dinner with two kids. This means the children must have heard the discussion and reasoning between the two parents on this rude note in place of a tip. For these two adults to think they're so high and mighty that they can sit in judgement about someone's sexual identity is appalling. And to make a judgement based strictly on looks is even more of a stereo-typing blunder on these two parents. You have to wonder if they're worthy of being parents in the first place.

It's strange to me that if they were so offended by ex-marine, Ms. Morales' assumed sexuality, why didn't they didn't speak up immediately. They could have called a manager over and requested a different server. They also accepted the full meal service this waitress provided without a single complaint.

So she's good enough to serve this family, and serve our country as a marine, but not up to the standards of a reasonable tip. Sadly this isn't an isolated case. I hope it's not the beginning of an epidemic of religious wackadoos. Here's another case, not that long ago, late October, 2013:

From Gaystar News:

A Christian couple have caused outrage after refusing to tip a gay waiter and calling him a ‘fag’.

The waiter, 20, had just finished giving excellent service to a couple in a suburban Kansas City Italian restaurant.

But instead of receiving a tip from the couple, he received a nasty message.

‘Thank you for your service, it was excellent,’ it said. ‘That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD.

Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours. ‘We hope you will see the tip your fag choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. ‘It is never too late for GOD’S love, but none shall be spared for fags. May GOD have mercy on you.’

This, from a Christian couple. If this is their behavior, what does it say about the Christian teachings? Obviously these particular folks may read the bible, but they don't understand it. Their unchristian-like action is nothing short of rude and intolerant which in my world is unacceptable behavior.

If bigots like are demonstrative of what evangelicals are really thinking, they are in for a bumpy ride. Maybe it's time for their religious leaders to come out and condemn this kind of twisted, deranged thinking before it spreads too far.

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