It’s come to this: The War on Bacon is real

posted at 9:21 pm on August 26, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Capitulation is not the answer when it comes to these neighborhood narcs. Whether they’re ratting out your kid’s lemonade stand to regulators or sniffing at your choice of fescue, or demanding local businesses remove their totally innocuous advertising, don’t give in.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Winooski restaurant’s decision to take down a bacon advertisement has become the center of an online backlash.

“It’s blown up beyond all imagination,” City Manager Katherine “Deac” Decarreau said in an interview Monday.

Last week, Sneakers Bistro and Cafe removed a sign reading “Yield for Sneakers Bacon” from a garden at the Winooski Rotary after a woman who described herself as “a vegan and a member of a Muslim household” called the sign offensive in a post on Front Porch Forum.

“Given the large number of Muslim families in Winooski, as well as many others who do not eat pork for a variety of reasons, it seems unnecessary for this insensitive business sign to be at the city’s main crosswalk,” she wrote. The woman also complained that the sign “clutters an already dangerous crosswalk.”

Sneakers owner Marc Dysinger replied that the sign was meant to be fun and to show that the restaurant cares about Winooski and the gardens, but that it had lost its “relevance” due to recent traffic changes at the rotary. He apologized for the controversy.

This person is a miserable little local dictator on a power trip and we needn’t indulge him or her in American society. The word bacon is not insensitive. There is no way it can be characterized as such. There have always been plenty of people in Burlington, Vt. who don’t eat meat or pork and yet remain admirably able to countenance the English language within their line of sight. On one hand, I have sympathy for the store owners who were trying to get out of a pickle as soon as possible, and are no doubt surrounded by PC bullies on all sides because they’re in Burlington, Vt. But they have simply emboldened such complainers in the future, whose anonymous whinging can be deployed to trump the rest of our rights— first among them the right to amply advertised bacon specials, obviously.

I’m being a bit flip, but this is actually pretty serious. If the word bacon can be deemed offensive by one person— a single member of one’s community— and thus eliminated from the public discourse, there will be plenty of other formerly innocuous words deemed the same, and then exactly how free is your speech?

Take this last moment to revel in the supreme irony of the City Manager’s lofty idea of her city compared with the reality on the ground. it is rich:

“Winooski is a diverse community, and we like it that way,” Decarreau said. “It’s uncomfortable, but discomfort can be a source of growth, not just a source of anger and frustration. I think as a community we’ll work through this. It’s unfortunate that the country seems to be reacting to reports that are blown significantly out of proportion and don’t represent what actually happened.”

Yes, encountering opposing viewpoints can be uncomfortable and lead to growth. But no one in Winooski is in any danger of encountering anything they disagree with because the aim of the community appears to be to remove even the most innocuous messages to prevent such discomfort. So, the discomfort is felt only by those who were perfectly comfortable with diversity to begin with and had the temerity to believe tolerance in a famously liberal city might extend to advertisements for pork products.

“We welcome a rich and respectful dialogue among the people that live, work and dine here,” Decarreau added in the statement. “We believe that diversity and dialogue is a critical part of what makes us a truly desirable place to be.”

No, you don’t. You welcome eliminating words from the public square because one person finds them offensive. You are left with stifled, shallow adherence to an ever-changing standard of acceptability. That is the exact opposite of rich and respectful dialogue.

And, in a somewhat related story, health experts and government officials have been preaching nonsense about salt for years. I will fight this fight to the bitter end.

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Done willingly.

Bmore on August 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Hijabs offend me.

They shouldn’t be worn in public.

And ski masks offend me too.

cozmo on August 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Head choppers smile.

Bmore on August 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

ISIS is here.

Kaffa on August 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

How about we sit these idiots down and jam bacon into their mouths until they gag every time they complain that their sensibilities are injured due to our being free?

OR we can scream GFY into their ears at the top of our lungs while shoving scalding hot thick sliced bacon up their noses.

Either way, they ought to get the point.

Diluculo on August 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

SpammoAmmo™

Bmore on August 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Who among us isn’t offended by the current use of “progessive” (except of course by Flo when whe promotes auto insurance)?

Ira on August 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Did the restaurant pay to have the ad placed in the garden and did the city reimburse them.

RickB on August 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Diluculo on August 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

That would be a waste of bacon.

cozmo on August 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Ban islam. Export them all to some arab hellhole.

ConstantineXI on August 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I don’t trust anyone that don’ eat bacon.

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Ira on August 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Flo offends me.

cozmo on August 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

That’s not the war….

Drudge….

NYT Wednesday: Obama working to forge sweeping international ‘climate change’ agreement — but without Constitutional requirement for Senate ratification of traditional treaty… Developing…

Oil Can on August 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Oh, and Islam offends me.

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

“a vegan and a member of a Muslim household”

I’m betting the statement is only half true.

wifarmboy on August 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

What came first, bacon or Islam?

I can hear the protest song, outside mosques nationwide:

“Oh I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weiner….”

BobMbx on August 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Vegans offend me too.

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

For my Muzlim fiends – bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, pork roast, pork roast, pig fat, pig fat, pig fat, pork rinds (yum!), pork rinds, pork rinds, pig’s feet, pig’s feet, pig’s feet, hogshead, hogshead (tamales – yum!), pig snout soup, pig snout soup and, finally, pigskin coffins for ISIS…..

vnvet on August 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Despite Burlington, Vermont really is a pretty nice place.

fragglerock61 on August 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM

I suppose professional courtesy does require that Ham defends bacon.

M240H on August 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Insanity.

Mimzey on August 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM

And, in a somewhat related story, health experts and government officials have been preaching nonsense about salt for years. I will fight this fight to the bitter end.

I’m right there with you. MKH. And I’m a doctor.

NOMOBO on August 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

I suppose professional courtesy does require that Ham defends bacon.

M240H on August 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Time to organize a Billion Bacon March?

Alien on August 26, 2014 at 9:39 PM

“Offensitivity”
.
One of my all-time favorite ‘Bloom County’ cartoons.

listens2glenn on August 26, 2014 at 9:39 PM

First they came for Bacon

then they came for Ham.

Alien on August 26, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Is she offended by the neighboring state, New HAMpshire?

iurockhead on August 26, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Note to self: Don’t mess with MKH’s bacon.

Other note to self: Hyperbole is difficult to achieve (e.g., as “War on Bacon” was intended … but there really IS a War on Bacon!!!)

Also, today, the first city in Ohio to do this, the City of Cincinnati has proudly included sex-change operations in the city’s health insurance plan. So now my taxes are going to force me to encourage and now even participate in someone else’s mental illness in what I consider a very perverse, destructive, and even macabre way.

Next — encourage kindergarteners to follow whatever gender identity they feel is right for them. I mean, people, experts, are saying that today. It’s not hyperbole. Hyperbole has left the building.

LashRambo on August 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Some folks are leaving interesting yelp reviews.

Sneakers seems to have taken down their Facebook page in addition to the sign.

goatbod on August 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Ham saves her bacon.

otlset on August 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

This person is a miserable little local dictator on a power trip and we needn’t indulge him or her in American society. The word bacon is not insensitive. There is no way it can be characterized as such.

Shall we call their tactics “ham-fisted?”

Alien on August 26, 2014 at 9:42 PM

I’m offended by this entire rush to be “offended”. So go be offended GFY, go away. It’s a free country, at least used to be.

You have the right to be “offended”. Enjoy it.

I have the right to tell you STFU. Please do.

Who is John Galt on August 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

How can you have a HAMburger without bacon? That just wouldn’t be right.

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Maybe she’s offended by “yield”? It’s her way or no way.

Flange on August 26, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Wiki answers.

Because Allah said in the quran (Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maytatah (the dead animals – cattle-beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and the meat of that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah, or has been slaughtered for idols, etc., or on which Allah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns – and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal – unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death) – and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on An-Nusub (stone altars). (Forbidden) also is to use arrows seeking luck or decision, (all) that is Fisqun (disobedience of Allah and sin). This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion, so fear them not, but fear Me. This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But as for him who is forced by severe hunger, with no inclination to sin (such can eat these above-mentioned meats), then surely, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.) This is the verse of the quran ( Suratul Mai dah.. Ayatul thalatha) or 5:3.

All pork products are haram (forbidden). Nobody knows exactly why, but the Jews have the same rule in their kashrut. Many suggestions have been put forward: hygiene (pigs seem dirty – although at least they don’t poop on their own tails, like sheep); disease (as omnivores, pigs’ diet is like our own, and we share many illnesses); culture (someone we disapprove of eats pork, so we’ll shun it as a way of distinguishing ourselves from them) and sacred taboo (the pig was worshiped as a holy animal). Ultimately, it comes down to tradition.

Most of the food rules can be tracked to diseases, bacteria and parasites transmitted by the foods. Pork and shellfish were notorious for causing disease.

Now a days most folks believe in refrigeration. Still though you have to trust the butcher and the farmer. Come, join us. Its 2014. Few things on earth are better than good BBQ. Try it, you just might agree. If you have a free mind to think for yourself leastways.

Bmore on August 26, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Let’s see now. Putting the sign up offended 1(one)person. Taking it down offended literally thousands and probably affected the restaurants cash flow. What to do? What to do?

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 9:46 PM

I wonder if the community will ban Bacon Strips from the local grocery stores?
Oh, and while they’re at it, those commercials with the dog
begging for BACON STRIPS.

ToddPA on August 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

For my Muzlim fiends – bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, pork roast, pork roast, pig fat, pig fat, pig fat, pork rinds (yum!), pork rinds, pork rinds, pig’s feet, pig’s feet, pig’s feet, hogshead, hogshead (tamales – yum!), pig snout soup, pig snout soup and, finally, pigskin coffins for ISIS…..

vnvet on August 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

For my Muzlim fiends – bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, pork roast, pork roast, pig fat, pig fat, pig fat, pork rinds (yum!), pork rinds, pork rinds, pig’s feet, pig’s feet, pig’s feet, hogshead, hogshead (tamales – yum!), pig snout soup, pig snout soup and, finally, pigskin coffins for ISIS…..

FIFY

MichaelGabriel on August 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Bernie Sanders……….

Need I say more??

Talon on August 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

MK, I so miss your War on Bacon live stream blog from last election. Hope you reinstate it for the mid-terms.

TXUS on August 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Typical muzzle using our laws to change the USA to suit themselves.

If the libtards in Vermont give in to this, then next summer, the ladies will be wearing burkas in the swimming pools if female flesh is offensive to 1 person.

Fooking nutz

txdoc on August 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM

The tyranny of the micro-micro-minority.

Whatever happened to ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans’?

I demand that this Muslim الكلبة accommodate me and start driving on the left side of the road, as well as eating non-halal yam hu mu to accommodate the Thai Buddhists…because ☪☮☿✡¡☯✝, bitches.

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Erect a giant pic of Sir Francis Bacon, just the pic, no words, and see if any of the muslims manage to figure it out.

Bishop on August 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM

The tyranny of the micro-micro-minority.

Whatever happened to ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans’?

I demand that this Muslim الكلبة accommodate me and start driving on the left side of the road, as well as eating non-halal yam hu mu to accommodate the Thai Buddhists…because ☪☮☿✡¡☯✝, b1tches.

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Vegans offend me too.

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Agreed. Send then back to Vega.

Bigfoot on August 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

So, I live in VT, at the other end of the state, and I can assure you that not all of us are pleased by this continual level of PC correctness. However, I also have to explain that VT is a state where basic civility is still a strong ethos, and if anyone feels that something might offend, we just don’t say it. Out loud, at least. This does at times lead to a lot of silences, but also eliminates a lot of nasty confrontations. In a rural state, where towns are small, and everyone actually does know and rely on one’s neighbors, this is an important consideration. Winooski is not a small town, but the same values still apply.

That said, I am appalled that one would not see this request as the epitome of intolerance in and of itself, and a slippery slope at that. I believe that not only should this request have been denied, but done so on principle. Free speech is the first bulwark of any democratic society, and if an innocent advert is attacked, what will be next? It’s a foot in the door, whether meant as such or not, and needs to be addressed as such.

I am sure the Sneakers owners just wanted to keep every one happy, and decided that discretion is the better part of valor, but sometimes the road to political hell is paved with good intentions. This is a small incident that is indicative of a certain subculture’s intolerance of and disrespect for the values of the larger culture. Some one needs to tell this woman we will not be dhimmis in our own land. The good news is, this is not an either or proposition, and if she sprouts a shred of the common sense and common courtesy that surrounds and was shown to her, she will realize, there is no offense her, deliberate or otherwise, and she is not dhimmi either.

filia libertatis on August 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

How did we ever allow “Diversity is our strength” to even get past the laugh-you-off-the-stage point?

Cleombrotus on August 26, 2014 at 9:50 PM

You can leave a comment for these cowards here: Sneakers Bistro and Cafe The only required field is an email address.

Kaffa on August 26, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Kevin Bacon in hiding.

otlset on August 26, 2014 at 9:53 PM

‘I fear all we have done is to awaken a bacon-gorging giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.’

- Muhammad Isoroku bin al-Yamamotoallah

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Vegans offend me too.

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Agreed. Send then back to Vega.

Bigfoot on August 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Yep, how do you feel about arcturians?

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

My only disappointment in the Founding Fathers is that they omitted a Right to Bacon amendment in the Bill of Rights. I’m sure if they had it to do over the Bacon Amendment would be the Third Amendment, right after our most sacred of all the amendments.

TXUS on August 26, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Who among us isn’t offended by the current use of “progessive” (except of course by Flo when whe promotes auto insurance)?

Ira on August 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

You realize the reason “Progressive Insurance” is named the way it is, is because the founders were very, very liberal. To the extent of donating tens of millions of $ to liberal causes. Their commercials may be “cute”, but keep in mind that every dollar sent to “Progressive Insurance” in the way of premiums helps fuel the Democrat Party and liberal causes.

Here’s a short list of some of the founder’s (Peter Lewis) contributions:

America Coming Together – $10 million

Moveon.org – $2.5 million

American Civil Liberties Union – $15 million

GAlpha10 on August 26, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Would Kevin Bacon get to put his name on his mailbox if he moved to Vermont?

jjjdad on August 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

I will fight this fight to the bitter end.

Coming soon to a theatre near you:

Mary Katherine Ham as

“The Baconator!”

“I’ll be … salt-cured.”

Alien on August 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

So taking away the sign promotes diversity? Less is more? Down is up.Up is down. Obamaworld.

CW on August 26, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Vegans are such boars.

wifarmboy on August 26, 2014 at 9:59 PM

This person is a miserable little local dictator on a power trip and we needn’t indulge him or her in American society.

Yep.

The word bacon is not insensitive.

It’s insensitive to the pig…

JetBoy on August 26, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Here’s the <a href=", “> editor of the local rag. The Burlinton free press. In case you want to editorialize.

This son of a son of Samuel Culper would approve.

wolly4321 on August 26, 2014 at 10:02 PM

The owner of the cafe should tell the crazy cultist to FO, with bacon on it.

If I were the owner, I would gleefully tell them to go eat elsewhere. Then I would see to it that I put pictures of pigs, along with all the yummy, tasty, piggy goodness they bring, all over my restaurant.

Vegan cultists of Islam, all over the nation, feel free to relocate to Syria, or Iraq, or Libya and live under ISIS, or ISIL or Al Qaeda or whatever the hell they call themselves this week.

Because trying to force America and Americans like me to conform to your wackjob, backwards, 14 centuries-ago way of life, isn’t going to work out the way you think it will. And definitely won’t end well for you.

Meople on August 26, 2014 at 10:03 PM

I’m being a bit flip, but this is actually pretty serious.

Mary Katherine Ham — a woman who can bring home the bacon.

Alien on August 26, 2014 at 10:04 PM

<a href=", “>let’s try that again..

wolly4321 on August 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Mary Katherine Ham — a woman who can bring home the bacon.

Alien on August 26, 2014 at 10:04 PM

And, fry it up in a pan.

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Despite Burlington, Vermont really is a pretty nice place.

fragglerock61 on August 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Burlington: The nearest city to Vermont.

bofh on August 26, 2014 at 10:07 PM

wolly4321 on August 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I see I’m not the only one that has problems linking.

wifarmboy on August 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Won’t let me do it.

Any way,, Micheal Townsend, editor of the Burlinton Free Press.

Lib Capitol hill. That State is so jacked up…

That’s the rag of note there, should you choose to editorialize.

wolly4321 on August 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Mary Katherine Ham — a woman who can bring home the bacon.

Alien on August 26, 2014 at 10:04 PM

And, fry it up in a pan.

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 10:07 PM

And eat it on a video that would make Paris Hilton’s devouring of a Carl’s Jr. burger look like eating a plate of broccoli.

TXUS on August 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Make it yourself

butch on August 26, 2014 at 10:13 PM

What to do? What to do?

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Henceforth, the offensive word will be replaced by the phrase “meat candy.”

You’re welcome.

Alien on August 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

see I’m not the only one that has problems linking. wifarmboy on August 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I was trying to link an email. I guess you can’t do that. Not his personal email, but his Burlington press email from Gannet.

wolly4321 on August 26, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Just don’t say “it” in front of the Knights Who Say Ni.

connertown on August 26, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I am so sick and tired of these muzzies and their demands. I am equally tired of these little “diversity and how we welcome it by different gov’t agencies and businesses. How has diversity help in a restaurant where one rarely speaks to another group from another table unless its a small town and you know most of the folks there. They sound so self righteous when they yap about how they welcome this and how rich that is.

garydt on August 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM

sniffing at your choice of fescue

Gesundheit!

Alien on August 26, 2014 at 10:23 PM

I don’t eat pork because I’m a Jew. If I go into a restaurant and see pork dishes on the menu…I.Don’t.Order.Them. I order something else.
See how easy that is.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM

This is the insidious way that islamic extremists worm their way, ever so slowly, into other non-islamic run countries. Look at the UK,France, Belgium… Destruction and submission, however small, is their mission. Wake up world. We have a major war on our hands.

Wileygrl3 on August 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Make it yourself

butch on August 26, 2014 at 10:13 PM

My grandpa made fantastic bacon, smoked hams and such. Pretty famous locally. He used applewood and smoked for considerably longer than 3 or 4 hours. I do remember temperature was critical but he did it in a smokehouse and didn’t have a thermometer. We used to fill our smokehouse up in the winter and eat off the meat the rest of the year.

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Try going to whichever country they immigrated from and try to change their culture or complain about their signage and see how far you get…

I would say if you don’t like it go back where you came from.

snoozinglion on August 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I had a fried bacon covered hot dog at a TX Rangers game. Holy crap that tastes great with a cold beer.

AYNBLAND on August 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM

My God wants me to be happy.

I get to enjoy bacon.

cozmo on August 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

AYNBLAND on August 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I fry bacon-wrapped, stuffed with cheese hotdogs all the time. Yum!Yum!

Barred on August 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I don’t eat pork because I’m a Jew. If I go into a restaurant and see pork dishes on the menu…I.Don’t.Order.Them. I order something else.
See how easy that is.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Mooslims, like many Marxists and Nazi’s, must impose their “religions”, or in the case of Islam, death cult, on everyone else.

This is why they will only get so far in America, before meeting the working end of a firearm.

Meople on August 26, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I do believe that’s a Somali settlement there.

Not good.

PattyJ on August 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

“let’s have a dialogue…”

code for “let’s have a tyranny of one-way liberal thinking with the sparkly illusion we’re being fair to opposing views.”

somewhatconcerned on August 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

My God wants me to be happy. I get to enjoy bacon. cozmo on August 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Lol!

I don’t get the bread without yeast thing either. Just a thick saltine.

wolly4321 on August 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

And, in a somewhat related story, health experts and government officials have been preaching nonsense about salt for years. I will fight this fight to the bitter end.

Please do. This society is dying and it shows no significant signs of improving in the near future. Perhaps a little melodramatic on my part, but its survival depends upon people like yourself and others who’ve bothered to highlight stories such as this one.

PC Nazis are the worst.

Aizen on August 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

AYNBLAND on August 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I fry bacon-wrapped, stuffed with cheese hotdogs all the time. Yum!Yum!

Barred on August 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

You should summarily arrested, that sounds more addicting that crack. Here’s an idea…..weave bacon into the shape of two slices of bread, fry…..put some pulled pork and slow in the middle.

AYNBLAND on August 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

slaw in the middle

AYNBLAND on August 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I don’t eat pork because I’m a Jew. If I go into a restaurant and see pork dishes on the menu…I.Don’t.Order.Them. I order something else.
See how easy that is.

I don’t drink alcohol cause I’m a Mormon, but when I eat out and the waiter offers me a list of adult beverages do I get offended? No, I.Don’t.Order.One. Easy peasy.

But then, if either of us complained no one would listen anyway.

fragglerock61 on August 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Yep, how do you feel about Arcturians?

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Noah Problem.

ReggieA on August 26, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Despite Burlington, Vermont really is a pretty nice place.

fragglerock61 on August 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Which elects a socialist to represent them in the U.S. Senate.

Jaibones on August 26, 2014 at 10:53 PM

PC Nazis are the worst.

Aizen on August 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Real Nazis are the wurst worst.

Alien on August 26, 2014 at 10:54 PM

fragglerock61 on August 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Exactly.

I also don’t mix milk and meat-yet somehow cheeseburgers and beef enchiladas fail to offend me.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Last week, Sneakers Bistro and Cafe removed a sign reading “Yield for Sneakers Bacon” from a garden at the Winooski Rotary after a woman who described herself as “a vegan and a member of a Muslim household” called the sign offensive in a post on Front Porch Forum.

I find this objectionable on a lot of different levels, and let’s examine them: the woman is a vegan, so she would naturally not like bacon. Under the rule of law (and American society) her veganism is not sufficient to ban a sign advertising bacon to the general public, or even bacon itself. Her veganism is a personal choice, particular to herself, and not a stricture on the public at large. She also describes herself as a member of a Muslim household, but does not admit to being herself a Muslim. Are we to take it on faith that she is objecting to bacon, or a public sign advertising bacon, because it offends her religious sensibilities? More proof is needed. And even so, is that sufficient to ban a sign advertising bacon to the general public which may or may not share her dietary/religious views?

The restaurant may have been anxious to avoid controversy in the interest of the bottom line, and maybe many of their clientele are Muslim, but I think they made the wrong choice.

RebeccaH on August 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

First of all, what is ‘whinging’? Second of all, this is creeping Sharia, to make us all dhimmis in our own land. The power islam has in this country, after what happened September 11, 2001, astonishes me. It’s like America has battered wife syndrome.

Aodhan on August 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I would replace the sign with one saying Tolerance.The intolerant will be offended but look like a real dumb-ass if they protest.

DAT60A3 on August 26, 2014 at 11:13 PM

The word Muslim and all its derivatives give me the fantods. Ban all such immediately.

Mason on August 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM

First of all, what is ‘whinging’? Second of all, this is creeping Sharia, to make us all dhimmis in our own land. The power islam has in this country, after what happened September 11, 2001, astonishes me. It’s like America has battered wife syndrome.

Aodhan on August 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

It doesn’t surprise me at all. Leftists see Islam and Shari’ah as The Perfect Weapon in order to take all of our rights away from us (and eventually, as the Perfect Weapon to have us killed with).

Remember, in England, Subway completely removed bacon from their stores because of Muslims.

Something similar almost happened where I live, but not with Muslims. A Hindu family bought a pre-existing Taco Bell franchise location, and announced that they’d no longer be serving meat at that location. That didn’t last long, and they were back to serving meat a week later.

HikaruKitsune on August 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Who among us isn’t offended by the current use of “progessive” (except of course by Flo when whe promotes auto insurance)?

Ira on August 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

I hate effin Flo.

arnold ziffel on August 26, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Check your bacon privilege, Ms. HAM!

myiq2xu on August 26, 2014 at 11:41 PM

I hate effin Flo.

arnold ziffel on August 26, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Not as much as I hate that damn Geico pig!

myiq2xu on August 26, 2014 at 11:44 PM

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