From Fox News: A brave dad armed with a pistol stopped what could have been a mass shooting Saturday inside an Alabama McDonald’s when he took down a masked gunman who had stormed in and opened fire.
The unidentified father was leaving the establishment with his sons when a masked man walked into the Birmingham fast-food restaurant and started shooting, WBRC-TV reported. The father returned fire and, during the ensuing shootout, the gunman, the father and one of the man’s teenage sons were struck, according to the station.
The gunman, who was not identified, later died of his injuries. The other two injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Markus Washington, one of the McDonald’s employees, told WBRC-TV he was making two quarter-pounders when bullets started to fly. Washington said he ran into the freezer, where he heard about 15 shots fired.
“I’m feeling grateful,” he told the station. “Wrapping my head around it all, I was just wishing someone would come wake me up from this nightmare.”
Washington, oblivious to the shootout taking place outside the freezer door, feared the worst. “All we hear is like different gunfire, so in my mind, I’m imagining everybody is dead. He’s looking for us,” he said. Washington added he was thankful the armed customer was there.
“He’s my hero. Because I can only imagine how it would’ve went if he wasn’t armed. We might not be here having this interview,” Washington said.
The father is not expected to face charges, police said.
Authorities are now working to determine if the gunman intended to rob the restaurant, was targeting an employee or planned something more nefarious.
“Things like this are difficult for both families. The gentleman who unfortunately lost his life, the teenage boy who is in the hospital recovering from his injuries and the father who is also recovering from his injuries,” Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Shelton said, according to WVTM-13. “It’s not easy being a father and watching your child get injured, get hurt like that. It’s a really heartwrenching experience.”
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From Daily Mail: An off-duty police officer out of uniform in Texas was refused service at a local McDonald’s by an employee simply for being a cop.
The officer who works for the Brenham Police Department went to grab a quick bite to eat with his two children at the fast-food chain, but a female employee would not serve him.
Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman said the shocking incident happened at the 500 Hwy 290 West location in the town that’s located about 80 miles outside of Dallas. ‘We know this was an isolated incident that involved a single employee who is not fond of law enforcement,’ a statement posted to the department’s Facebook page reads. Goodman told KPRC the employee’s son is currently in custody ‘for a serious offense and she just doesn’t have a pleasant view or a positive view of law enforcement.’
Another employee at the McDonald’s stepped in and served the officer and his family. ‘Nobody deserves to be treated like that,’ Goodman told KHOU. ‘We know that these problems exist everywhere, but we did not expect that here.’ The officer, who has not been publicly named, told his captain what happened and he contacted McDonald’s, who immediately let the employee go. ‘They, much like a police organization, looked at what took place, and after gathering the information, they came to the right decision and that employee no longer works for their business,’ Goodman said. He added that the owners of the eatery were ‘disheartened’ when they heard about the incident. Goodman said that the officer who this happened to is one of the best in their department and is also a former Marine. He shared that they aren’t judging McDonald’s for what happened based ‘on the action of this one worker. The actions of that one employee do not reflect the beliefs or opinions of management, the owners, or the McDonald’s company as a whole,’ he said. ‘We would like to thank the owners of McDonald’s for their continued support and for seeing that this issue has been resolved.’ In Virginia, a police officer was denied service at a restaurant because she was in uniform. The officer had been standing in line at the Noodles & Company on Duke Street in Alexandria on Monday when a female cook emerged from the back and said she wouldn’t serve the cop, Fox5 reports.
Gesturing towards the cop, the cook told the restaurant’s cashier: ‘You better pull me off the line, because I’m not serving that.’ The Alexandria police department said both the cashier and cook started laughing – and the officer, who has not been identified, left the restaurant at this point.
‘Well, your first response as a police officer is anger.’ police chief Earl Cook told the local station. These are very difficult times right now with our relations with everyone, and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily – your first response is anger, then you calm down a bit.’
His outrage at the incident led him to visit the establishment on Tuesday. Managers apologized for it and said they would investigate what had happened. They later told him that it appeared the encounter had occurred just as the officer in question had described. Management said that they would now post signs on their windows to express their support for law enforcement, a representative for the Alexandria police union said, according to Fox.
Noodles & Company released a statement after the incident, saying they expect the ‘highest ethical and personal behavior’ from employees. ‘We value each of our guests and are committed to treating every one with dignity and respect,’ the company said. ‘We do not tolerate any form of discrimination.’ The company added that they are working with authorities to resolve the matter and have made an effort to reach out to the police officer. In the wake of the incident, Derrick Perks, an editor for Associations Now, said there had been calls for the public to steal from the restaurant. On Twitter, the police department said they do not support any crime to come as a result of the incident – and added that they do not even support a boycott of the restaurant.
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McDonald’s joins the long list of companies going homo.
Via Fox News: Religious groups in Taiwan are calling for a boycott of McDonald’s after the fast food giant premiered a commercial they say promotes “gay issues.” The minute-and-a-half ad features a boy coming out to his father by writing, “I like boys” on a McCafe coffee cup and sliding it across the table. The father initially seems upset, and walks away. But he quickly returns with his own coffee cup and writes, “I accept that you like boys.” Music swells and the son cries tears of joy. The spot closes with the tag, “Let there be more warmth in conversations.”
On YouTube the ad has over 6,900 likes and has been viewed 1.6 million times. According to the Shanghaiist, the spot has received “mostly positive” feedback from local viewers.
But the Alliance of Taiwan Religious Groups for the Protection of Family is condemning the ad, saying it promotes homosexual behavior. “Because McDonald’s is frequented by many children, it is especially important to oppose the promotion of same-sex behavior,” Chang Shou-yi of the Alliance of Taiwan Religious Groups for the Protection of Family, told Taiwanese media. Chang accused McDonald’s of “openly promoting gay issues” and mis-educating children on sexual behavior. The group is calling for a nationwide boycott of the restaurant.
When the spot debuted on March 6, Brenda Kou, who heads McDonald’s marketing department in Taiwan, told Apple Daily that the brand’s intent was to show the spirit of open dialogue between family members. She also said that McDonald’s wanted to express that different voices can be accepted in society. Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Taiwan, although seven cities currently accept household registrations of same-sex couples.
According to Shanghaiist, a poll conducted by Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice found that nearly 60 percent of respondents approved of same-sex marriage. The country’s president-elect Tsai Ing-wen expressed her support for the LGBT community in a campaign video saying, “In the face of love, everyone is equal. Let everyone have the freedom to love and to pursue their happiness.”
But various Christian organizations have been leading a vocal campaign to fight the legalization of same-sex unions. McDonald’s has used a similar concept in other countries and in 2010, the fast food chain featured a similar spot in France but the son does not directly come out to his father.
Last Sunday was the third Sunday of Lent, which means Easter isn’t far away, heralded by the return of those cute TV commercials for Cadbury chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies.
But did you know that those Cadbury Easter chocolates are halal certified? Halal refers to foods that are permissible for Muslims to eat or drink under Islamic Sharia law. The foods addressed are mostly types of meat and animal tissue. The most common example of non-halal (or haraam) food is pork, but foods other than pork can also be haraam. Halal criteria include the food’s source, the cause of the animal’s death, and how it was processed:
The food must come from a supplier that uses halal practices.
The slaughter must be performed by a Muslim, who must precede the slaughter by invoking the name of Allah, most commonly by saying “Bismillah” (“In the name of God”) and then three times “Allahu akbar” (God is the greatest).
The animal must be slaughtered with a sharp knife by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck, causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord. Then the blood from the veins must be drained.
But wait! Why would Cadbury have halal-certified Easter chocolates since Muslims don’t celebrate Easter, a Christian holiday?
The discovery that Cadbury has gone halal set off a firestorm of protests on Facebook (FB). The Daily Mail reports that one FB user vowed she would be boycotting Cadbury Dairy Milk products simply because it is halal certified:
“Dear Cadbury Dairy Milk, this is my chocolate purchase for the fortnight, traditionally it would ALL be Cadbury, as it has been for many MANY years. But due to Cadbury being Halal Certified, Lindt will have my business from here on in.”
When questioned over her decision by other FB users who accused the woman of racism and intolerance, she defended herself saying it was not racist; it was her choice not to support a religion:
“It’s not racist, no Religion / Ideology is a race. It’s about having things forced upon us, against our will. I want to be informed about what I buy. I don’t want to support ANY Religion / Ideology, as I don’t believe in it. I shouldn’t be forced to support it every time I purchase food.”
Below are all the Cadbury products that have been certified as halal compliant: Brandon Walker of MadWorldNews asks:
Muslims don’t celebrate Easter. In fact, the entire celebration of Easter or Passover is against their religion and considered haram (an insult to their god). So why on earth would you insult 70% of the United States [who are Christians] with stating that you make your products according to religious standards of a religion that can not celebrate Easter?
Pointing out that other food companies have also embraced halal, including Krispy Kreme, McDonalds, and Butter Ball, Walker gets to the real reason behind Muslims’ demand that companies like Cadbury be halal-compliant:
Of course, most chocolate and baked goods are Halal, they are also Kosher. In all my life I have yet to see them stamp Kosher on the Easter Bunnies to get them to sell to good Hebrews during Passover, have you? Nowadays you are bombarded with Halal demands for this and Halal demands for that…. So why the outrage? Because they can.
The more press they receive on this issue the more they control the media. The more they win in courts, the more control they have over the laws. The more they control the holidays, the more they control labor force. It isn’t about what is in the Cadbury egg, it is about money and control. Problem is it is an insult to all other people in this country. It’s not about freedom but domination.
H/t FOTM’s maziel
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Judging by its recent spate of public sex and lewdness, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, is America’s Gomorrah.
Upper Darbyis a home rule township bordering West Philadelphia in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Located just 2.8 miles from Center City (downtown Philadelphia), Upper Darby is Pennsylvania’s 6th most populous municipality, with an ethnically-diverse total population of 82,795 in 2010.
Upper Darby first caught my attention about a week ago when I saw a news article about two lesbians being kicked out of a McDonald’s there for having sex in the restaurant’s rest room.
Google street view of McDonald’s at 133 South 69th St., Upper Darby, PA.
Stephanie Farr reports forPhilly.com that according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, shortly before 5 p.m. on June 19, 2013, a group of customers went to the manager of the McDonald’s on 69th Street in Upper Darby and told her that there were two women engaging in sex in the restaurant’s second-floor bathroom. “Everybody should do their own thing but doing it at 5 o’clock in the afternoon in a McDonald’s bathroom – whether you’re female and female, female and male or male and male – what the f—?”
The manager went to the bathroom and threw the lesbians out of the restaurant. Shortly thereafter, the group of seven or eight people who had complained about the women ran outside and began assaulting the couple. One of the women was stabbed in the shoulder with an unknown object by a female in the attacking group who appeared to be around 40 years old and had two children with her. As police arrived, the crowd scattered.
The officers had to convince the stabbing victim to seek medical assistance at a hospital, where she was treated for her injuries and released. The couple said that their attackers used derogatory language against them during the beating.
Police are in the process of obtaining surveillance footage from the McDonald’s to determine the identity of the attackers.
Upper Darby’s 69th St. seems to be a hub for public lewdness.
Earlier in the month, on June 6, 2013, Stephanie Farr did another report for Philly.com about Charles Dockery (see below) who was arrested by police for openly masturbating on 69th Street.
The same beleaguered Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said police began receiving calls around 6 p.m. Tuesday about a man exposing himself to passersby on 69th Street near Walnut.
When police arrived on scene, they found Charles Dockery, 36, sitting in the passenger’s seat of his car with the door open and no pants or underwear on. As police approached his car, Dockery jumped into the driver’s seat and sped away, nearly hitting one officer and injuring another. He then continued through the streets and hit two occupied cars and a third parked car. After hitting the parked car, Dockery jumped out of his vehicle and as he did so, a tube of KY Jelly fell out of his car, according to Chitwood.
Following a brief foot chase, Dockery was arrested and charged with open lewdness, aggravated assault on police and related offenses. “I’m sure the KY jelly is being held for evidence,” Chitwood said. “I don’t think we did a forensic exam on his penis.”
Three days ago, Upper Darby once again made the news not in a good way.
The tireless Stephanie Farr reports for Philly.com that at around 4pm on June 25, 2013, 25 police officers from various departments were taking part in Upper Darby Police Department’s annual 5-day bicycle school in Naylor’s Run Park.
The cops on bikes were wrapping up their exercises for the day when they made their way to the baseball field, after passing by children on swings and people on the tennis courts, and stumbled upon a partially-naked couple having sex on a park bench near the baseball diamond.
The very beleaguered Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told Philly.com: ‘There they are, on the first base line. There’s a bench, she is bent over the bench and our friend is behind her with his pants down to his ankle, banging away.”
Chitwood added that it was a hot day with temperatures in the 90s, so there was luckily no one around to witness the outdoor exploits of Jennifer Harvey, 41, and Richard McBride, 37. However, as Harvey and McBride were being arrested, a teenager did pass through the area.
Richard McBride (l); Jennifer Harvey (r)
Harvey, of Clifton Heights, and McBride, of North Philadelphia, were both charged with lewdness and disorderly conduct.
Chitwood said, “Imagine being arrested by 25 cops. ’They were as shocked as the police were. These officers go on a tour of Upper Darby to see the sites and neighborhood and instead get taken to sex incorporated.”
But after a contentious lawsuit that accused the restaurant chain of selling non-halal items advertised as halal, McDonald’s has yanked its Halal Chicken McNuggets and Halal McChicken sandwiches off the menu. The move brings to an end a unique product that made the two McDonald’s restaurants popular with Muslims.
“Those items have been discontinued as a result of our continued efforts to focus on our national core menu,” a spokesman for McDonald’s said Friday.
At one of the two restaurants, the Ford Road location, a sign in Arabic and English on its drive-through menu informs customers that halal items are no longer available. The decision to discontinue the products after a 12-year run drew a mixed reaction in Dearborn: Some were disappointed, while others said it was a good move because McDonald’s had problems before with selling halal food.
The removal of the halal items, which was done last month, comes after a lawsuit filed in 2011 alleging that the fast-food restaurant was selling non-halal chicken it claimed was halal. Halal is the Muslim equivalent of kosher, requiring that meat be prepared according to Islamic guidelines, such as reciting a prayer while the animal is cut. In some cases, employees at the Ford Road location were mistakenly giving non-halal products to customers who asked for halal ones.
A $700,000 settlement was reached in April that allocated $275,000 to the Huda Clinic, a Muslim health center in Detroit; $150,000 to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, and $25,000 to Ahmed Ahmed, a Dearborn Heights man who filed the lawsuit against McDonald’s. The rest went to attorney fees.
Kassem Dakhlallah, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, said Friday that the company’s decision to stop selling halal food is “disappointing.” He said that McDonald’s should have tried “to ensure that all products sold were halal as advertised.” But, he added, if McDonald’s couldn’t guarantee that, “then ceasing to offer halal products was probably the best decision.”
Majed Moughni, who had opposed the settlement, said the decision by McDonald’s to end the sale of halal items “was the right thing to do.” After pressure from attorneys with McDonald’s, Moughni’s free-speech rights were curtailed after Wayne County Judge Kathleen Macdonald clamped down on his Facebook page, which was critical of the company’s handling of the case. The judge later lifted her injunction against Moughni after free-speech advocates defended him.
“If you can’t get it right 100% of the time, then you’re doing a disservice to the community,” Moughni said of the company’s handling of halal food. “Stop it if you can’t guarantee it.”
McDonald’s, which has more than 14,000 restaurants in the U.S., started selling halal products for the first time in the country at its location on Michigan Avenue near Greenfield in September 2000. It followed with the McDonald’s on Ford Road east of Schaefer. In 2000, about 65% of sales of Chicken McNuggets at the Michigan Avenue location were for the halal version.
Although McDonald’s has discontinued selling halal products in the U.S., it still sells halal food in Muslim-majority countries such as Saudi Arabia.
And I’m waiting for the raaaacist card to be played in 3, 2, 1…
‘Don’t you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long life?’ Girl, 9, corners McDonald’s CEO at shareholders meeting
DailyMail: She may only be little, but Hannah Robertson has a lot of big opinions – and an even bigger voice.
The nine-year-old showed it off at a McDonald’s shareholders meeting in Oak Brook, Illinois on Thursday morning when she cornered the fast-food chain’s CEO, Don Thompson. ‘Mr. Thompson, don’t you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?’ she asked during the meeting’s question and answer session.
Hannah has been well schooled in healthy eating; her mother, Kia, is a children’s nutritional activist and creator of “Today I Ate a Rainbow” – a game encouraging children to eat different fruits.
She even appears in videos for her mother’s business, showing other children how easy it is to eat healthily – and probably amazing a few by munching on handfuls of kale and spinach.
‘I don’t think it’s fair when big companies try to trick kids into eating food. It isn’t fair that so many kids my age are getting sick,’ she said, suggesting the company targets children with its advertising.
But Thompson did not falter with his response. ‘We don’t sell junk food,’ he said, USA Today reporter. ‘My kids also eat McDonald’s.’ He added that he watched what his children eat, making sure they eats lots of fruit and vegetables at home, and that McDonald’s sells fruit, such as apple slices, in children’s meals. He pointed out that McDonald’s has also started to sell fat-free chocolate milk. But he added: ‘I think it’s great that you want to eat more fruits and veggies.’
The company has said it is committed to healthy living. Last September it made the move to list calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus across the country. It added that there would be more options on its menus, such as eggs whites on breakfast sandwiches, more seasonal fruit and vegetables and sandwiches starting at 350 calories. Thompson said that because of these options, items such as Big Macs, fries and chicken nuggets account for just 25 per cent of the sales.
McDonald’s investors voted down all shareholder proposals at the meeting on Thursday. One proposal asked McDonald’s to make an annual report about its effect on global nutrition, and another wanted the company to report on potential human rights violations in its global business.
Another speaker at the meeting asked that McDonald’s remove its locations from hospitals, while others asked it to stop targeting communities of color by signing stars such as Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and the NBA’s LeBron James.
McDonald’s is just doing what any private company can do – advertise to target demographics, sell products, and make a profit for their shareholders. They’ve responded with healthier options on their menus too. Shouldn’t parents be blamed for forcing McDonald’s down their childrens’ throats?
Seems to me that Hannah just wanted to get some attention for her mother’s business (or her mom set it up).
The McRib (photo: David Paul Morris, Getty Images)
The McRib is a sandwich periodically sold by the international fast-food restaurant chain McDonald’s. It was first introduced to the McDonald’s menu in 1981 as a limited-time item; then, as now, it returns to the menu for promotional periods.
Brad Tuttle of Moneyland reports that the McRib enjoys a bizarre cult following in part because of its impermanence. It has generated not only Facebook pages, but McRib Locator websites and a Twitter account.
The McRib consists of a ground pork patty, barbecue sauce, onions, and pickles served on a 5½ inch roll. Despite its name, the McRib is primarily composed of pork shoulder meat.
But the McRib has more than ground pork, bun, onions, and barbecue sauce. The sandwich has 70 ingredients (34 in the bun alone), including azodicarbonamide, ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80 — whatever they are.
Meredith Melnick reports for Time, Oct. 27, 2011, that although these components are in small enough quantities to be (supposedly) innocuous, “it’s still a little disconcerting to know that, for example, azodicarbonamide, a flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes, is found in the McRib bun. The compound is banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive. (England’s Health and Safety Executive classified it as a “respiratory sensitizer” that potentially contributes to asthma through occupational exposure.) The U.S. limits azodicarbonamide to 45 parts per million in commercial flour products, based on analysis of lab testing.”
If azodicarbonamide doesn’t give you pause, here’s the “nutrition information” for the McRib (serving size 7.4 oz) from McDonald’s website:
Calories from fat: 240 (i.e., half of a McRib’s calories are from fat!)
Hypocrisy: A feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not. Defines this councilman perfectly…
Via NY Post: Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-Queens) stood shoulder-to-shoulder with McDonald’s execs yesterday at the chain’s outpost in Cambria Heights, Queens, to tout the latest version of the Happy Meal, which comes with apple slices, fewer fries and less calories. The portly politician, whose wife said he weighs around 335 pounds, said the move by McDonald’s to slim down the Happy Meal means his threat to ban fast-food joints from giving out toys in children’s meals worked.
“You know, it was never an absolute ban. It was more of an encouragement for people to do better,” Comrie said. “McDonald’s is taking the lead, but we have other service restaurants that we’re still looking at.”
Earlier this year, Comrie proposed banning toys in all kids’ meals with more than 500 calories. “If they are visibly and nutritionally doing better, then there’s no need for the legislation,” Comrie said yesterday.
An old Happy Meal with a burger and Coke came in at 590 calories, but the new Happy Meal has 490 calories — and even less if milk is substituted for soda.
But Comrie said he’ll still push hearings to keep the debate going about toys.
Why are liberals so intent on demanding how a private-sector firm promotes their business? First they tried to get McDonald’s to drop toys from their Happy Meals. Now, they want the corporation to retire Ronald McDonald the clown.
From NewsMax.com: A campaign to stop McDonald’s from marketing fast food to children includes a call for the company’s 48-year-old advertising icon, carrot-topped funster Ronald McDonald, to be retired, The Wall Street Journal reports. The nonprofit group Corporate Accountability International has newspaper ads running this week signed by hundreds of health professionals, and a companion website, retireronald.org, to pressure the chain to send out the clown and change its ways.
The group’s letter acknowledges that no single cause or company is entirely to blame for what it calls a modern-day health epidemic. “But marketing can no longer be ignored as a significant part of this massive problem,” the letter says.
The “Retire Ronald” website states: “But success has come at the expense of our children’s health. Since the inception of Ronald McDonald, obesity rates have more than tripled among American children and the prevalence of diet-related conditions like type 2 diabetes has skyrocketed.”
Of course, they ask for a donation: “It’s going to take a lot to convince McDonald’s to retire its most effective junk food salesman. Our kids can’t wait – the rates of diet-related disease are increasing at a staggering pace. To send Ronald packing, it’s going to take some grassroots outreach, a lot of public education, and the funds to make it all happen.”
So does that mean this “Corporate Accountability” organization will now go after Tony the Tiger, the Burger King, “Jack” from Jack in the Box, and Cap’n Crunch?
Marketing is a significant part of this massive problem? Here’s a concept: Let the parents decide what is best for their children and to raise them with their idea of healthy food habits. And treat them to a Happy Meal if they want. Update: McDonald’s Corp. CEO Jim Skinner spoke at the company’s shareholder meeting on Thursday and said Ronald McDonald is staying put! “This is about choice, this is about personal, individual right to choose in the society we live in. That’s where we play, that’s where you play, and we have every right to do so.” “He does not advertise unhealthy food to children,” Skinner said. “We provide many choices that fit with the balanced, active lifestyle. It is up to them to choose and their parents to choose, and it is their responsibility to do so.” Amen to that.