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A Man Stands Up for What Is Right

Filed under: General — JVW @ 3:30 pm

[guest post by JVW]

In these woeful times we’ve seen a troubling trend where ordinary citizens — those who make our country such a bastion of freedom and toleration — are oftentimes shamed into silence because their views might not be entirely tolerated in a close-minded society in which compliance with community mores is aggressively enforced. Yet we can still rejoice that there are those among us who refuse to be bullied by the mob into meekly going with the flow. One such man is Ander Christensen of Lincoln, Nebraska, and he won’t stand idly by as popular barfood is misnamed:

I can’t tell you what I love more about this brave whistleblower, this Thomas Paine for our times: maybe it’s the hamburger tie, maybe it’s the ironclad logic with which he makes his argument, and maybe — just maybe — it’s because he is absolutely right in his assessment.

Naturally, Mr. Christensen’s crusade has attracted a great deal of attention among intellectual circles and the barfly community. The sports-beer-and-wings behemoth, Buffalo Wild Wings, while disagreeing with Mr. Christensen’s premise, is addressing the situation in that time-honored capitalist manner: by trying to buy him off. But our hero is an all-American patriot and he won’t be lured by filthy payola (or tasty Mango-Habanero wings) from the greedy corporatists of Big Wing:

Our hero campaigns on, having earned a powerful and influential ally in the Nebraska Barbecue Council, who is taking the battle outside the borders of the Cornhusker State and urging their neighbors in Iowa to take up the cause against the criminal mislabeling of chicken parts. The franchise Wingstop has asked Twitter whether they should change the name of what is misleadingly called “boneless wings” to the more accurate “saucy nugs,” and thus far a majority of respondents has weighed in on behalf of honest disclosure.

The fight is far from over, but I am glad it has been set in motion. Not all heroes wear capes; sometimes they don a hamburger tie.


34 Responses to “A Man Stands Up for What Is Right”

  1. Fair.

    Nic (896fdf)

  2. Sigh.

    nk (1d9030)

  3. Omg.

    Dana (292df6)

  4. I like this guy! I, myself, crusaded against “Krab.” It used to be everywhere, but no longer in my neck of the woods – well, it can sometimes be found at a grocery store. But if it appears in the fresh fish counter, I let them have it!

    felipe (023cc9)

  5. The funniest part was at the end, where the councilman said, “That’s my son,” with equal measures of pride and embarrassment.

    Paul Montagu (a2078e)

  6. NeverBideners, write this guy’s name in for president.

    I love how he shuts down that guy and keeps it straight laced.

    Dustin (825e2c)

  7. Now we just have to find someone to stand up for what matters.

    Gryph (f63000)

  8. Try freezing a hamburger patty, batter it, fry it, then try selling it as a “Chicken Fried” Steak. Sure, it comes from a bovine, but it ain’t tenderized whole muscle meat. DQ used to sell “the Dude” sandwich with real chicken fried steak inside, but the last (!) time I ordered it, it was just a chicken fried hamburger patty! I was so mad!

    felipe (023cc9)

  9. Boneless Matters!

    felipe (023cc9)

  10. We called them boneless nasties when I worked in the restaurant business to pay for college.

    NJRob (856832)

  11. Try freezing a hamburger patty, batter it, fry it, then try selling it as a “Chicken Fried” Steak.

    They called them “Country Fried Steaks” at Chili’s. I had one once. It was good.

    nk (1d9030)

  12. nk (1d9030) — 9/4/2020 @ 4:57 pm

    Only once, eh. Wise decision.

    felipe (023cc9)

  13. Wait, was the “country fried steak” a hamburger patty, or was it actually steak?

    felipe (023cc9)

  14. His mannerisms, the tie, his delivery, loved it.

    mg (8cbc69)

  15. Hamburger patty like you said.

    nk (1d9030)

  16. I love his straight-faced squelching of the laughter!

    norcal (a5428a)

  17. 13. No self-respecting steak pit would use ground beef for a country-fried steak. That’s Salisbury steak, son. Country-fried steak starts with a cube steak cutlet. 😉

    Gryph (f63000)

  18. Hmm, I’m thinking that it must have been good because Chili’s used a very low fat content ground meat – upwards of 90% lean – maybe ground sirloin?. I would be interested in trying their’s if I am right. The meat in DQ’s sandwich was no more than80% lean because of all the fat that the breading held inside. It was only passable.

    Y’know what? Tomorrow night I’ll go looking for a Country fried steak and let you know what I think, if I find one. Thanks for telling me about it.

    felipe (023cc9)

  19. Gryph is right!

    felipe (023cc9)

  20. 18. Ground meat != country fried steak. The cube steak cutlet that makes up real country-fried steak tends to be cut very thin and mechanically tenderized to make up for the cut’s otherwise dodgy quality (round steak from the cut normally used tends to be braised moreso than fried or baked).

    Gryph (f63000)

  21. I disclaim all responsibility.

    nk (1d9030)

  22. I disclaim all responsibility.
    nk (1d9030) — 9/4/2020 @ 5:46 pm

    I will hold you at arms length harmless.

    felipe (023cc9)

  23. My summary:


    Simon Jester (570aff)

  24. Thank you for this, JVW. This was delightful.

    nate (5efffe)

  25. If boneless chicken wings are wrong, I don’t want to be right.

    Hoi Polloi (dc4124)

  26. I once dated a Chinese woman who wouldn’t eat any meat that didn’t include a bone.

    (And no, I’m not making a dirty joke.)

    norcal (a5428a)

  27. Speaking of doing the right thing……..

    Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸
    JUST IN: Washington State Patrol arrests every single criminal BLM driver for illegally protesting on the NB- I5 freeway.

    Great work,
    ! #seattleriots #seattleprotests
    __ _

    Julian AKA BB PIB,
    Good to see the adults finally showed up at the party
    __ _

    I love (not really) how the black girl starts screaming at the black cop that he is a “House Ni–ger”. She goes to that insult immediately. Unbelievable. I did actually like when the other girl argues, “This is Seattle” & the cop says “No its not, it’s the freeway. You’ll learn.”
    __ _

    I’m not sure what a “house ni****” is, but it sounds really racist. I learned something new today, thanks BLM!
    _ _

    Jon Selwyn Art
    BLM are the most racist. Where are the video of the supposed “racist ”MAGA people screaming racial slurs ? Haven’t seen one but Antifa and BLM doing it ? I’ve seen too many to count.


    harkin (cd4502)

  28. You guys know that this is about as “white people” as you can get, right?

    Not that I don’t appreciate it, JVW, and the Buffy X post too, Dana.

    nk (1d9030)

  29. @27 Adam Carolla proposes a coffee table book entitled “What Black People Think White People Talk About”. This subject would have to be in there!

    norcal (a5428a)

  30. The Mexican version, called a “Milanesa” is the go-to for me and it actual uses steak; my moms version was a pounded down chuck eye steak breaded, then fried. That’s also one of the few dishes that comes with fried potatoes rather than beans and rice.

    urbanleftbehind (e6cdc4)

  31. Does Jay Inslee know something about Biden’s medical charts, hence the Sistah Soulja turn?

    urbanleftbehind (e6cdc4)

  32. Bone less Matters!

    Well, I now have a favorite comment!

    JVW (ee64e4)

  33. You guys know that this is about as “white people” as you can get, right?

    It’s one for the homies, nk. Word. Let’s dap up next time (first time) we meet.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  34. Christensen makes a good point, albeit indirectly. His argument would have had more force if he had emphasized the issue is about truth in labeling and advertising. Maybe called on the city council to contact the FDA for clarification on the matter. I mean, isn’t there a federal law against mislabeling a food product and misleading advertisements? If not, there should be.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

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