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MikeGant (Anonymous) says...

The Wysong touch is apparently the exact opposite of the Midas touch.

Seriously, though - who opens a restaurant like Harold’s chicken without the capital to keep it running for at least a year? Especially someone with experience in restaurants already. The first year is the hardest for any restaurant, and you likely won’t make a profit for the first two years... yet they didn’t seem to have a plan beyond “paint something cool on the window and they will come.” Jackpot has become a joke compared to its former glory. In•grē•di•ent was never great, and after they started posting ads in their windows about coupons it was clear they were in the Wysong death spiral as well.

MikeGant (Anonymous) says...

Some highlights:

“In 1997 the city of San Francisco enacted a law requiring all companies doing business with the city government to extend domestic benefits to same-sex partners of employees. In refusing to do so, the Salvation Army declined a US$3.5 million contract.”

“The Salvation Army Western Territory approved a plan in October 2001 to start offering domestic partnership benefits to employees in same-sex relationships. Members of various evangelical Christian interest groups protested the decision... In November 2001 the Salvation Army nationwide rescinded the Western Territory's decision with an announcement that it would only provide benefits coverage for different-sex spouses and dependent children of its employees.“

“In 2004, the Salvation Army said that it would close operations in New York City unless it was exempted from a municipal ordinance requiring them to offer benefits to gay employees' partners.”

“Before the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986 by the New Zealand Parliament, the Salvation Army was active throughout New Zealand gathering signatures for a petition seeking to prevent the bill's passing.”

“In November 2013 it was made known that the Salvation Army was referring LGBT individuals to one of several conversion therapy groups.”

“A positional statement on the Salvation Army UK and Ireland site stated (but has since been taken down): The Salvation Army teaches that sexual acts should take place only in a monogamous heterosexual marriage, believing that this reflects God's intentions for sexual behaviour and provides the best environment for raising children.”

Not to mention sex abuse scandals, not accepting Harry Potter toys for impoverished children because they went against the SA’s views, proselytizing during government-funded social service, and more.

You can claim they help others and as such all this should be ignored or forgiven, but I think I’d rather donate to Just Food or a local shelter when I want to help those in my community. To each their own.

MikeGant (Anonymous) says...

You need to check your resources. I’m sure the PR friendly page you used told you otherwise, but everything I mentioned was true. Though Wikipedia isn’t a foolproof source, in this case I recommend you go to their page and check the controversies, then click on the references provided. They are all from reputable resources and all tell tales that will expand on what I shared above.

Trying to minimize their documented history of discrimination to a single anecdotal tale is misinformed at best on your part and intentionally disingenuous at worst.

MikeGant (Anonymous) says...

Sorry, I meant to write soup kitchens used by thousands but got it jumbled and autocorrected to death. I’d fix it above but I’m not being allowed to edit it right now.

MikeGant (Anonymous) says...

The Salvation Army is NOT a charity.

They are an evangelical Protestant Church that uses donations to actively oppress gay rights.

They have threatened to close tens of thousands of New York soup kitchens if they are forced to adhere to civil rights laws when dealing with gay employees.

They spend your money lobbying governments to prevent LGBT rights legislation worldwide.

Please research a charity before giving this season. Consider Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, or Just Food.

MikeGant (Anonymous) says...

Booth the billionaire naming a stadium after himself? How perfect. From the urban dictionary’s definition of “booth”:

“A state of being in which a person does what they want, doesn't give a (fudge) about any other (stuff) going on, and knows that they are being ‘booth’.”

MikeGant (Anonymous) says...

Repairs? Rebates? Raises? Ha!

If you really want to help the community use that $700,000 to subsidize a privately held building project while asking for no form of repayment or profit sharing. Just think of all the part-time uninsured jobs or a single low income apartment that will trickle down from there!

MikeGant (Anonymous) says...

The Salvation Army is NOT a charity.

They are an evangelical Protestant Church that uses donations to actively oppress gay rights.

They have threatened to close tens of thousands of New York soup kitchens if they are forced to adhere to civil rights laws when dealing with gay employees.

They spend your money lobbying governments to prevent LGBT rights legislation worldwide.

Please research a charity before giving this season. Consider Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, or Just Food.

MikeGant (Anonymous) says...

When this column first started I was a bit skeptical. I worried it would be a bit like the Fix-It-Chick articles that seem to just cut and paste random instructions from various small projects. However, I have to say that I've been impressed with Ms. Clark's topics, approach, and writing skill, and I now look forward to her content whenever it pops up.

I'm at the track by 4:30 AM most days and live a very healthy lifestyle. That said, overtraining is a real issue for people like me - it is very easy to feel like a rest day is a wasted day. The mindset of recovery doesn't come easy to the active and athletic, and this article does a good job of summing up the import of allowing our bodies and minds time to recover.

Keep up the good work!

MikeGant (Anonymous) says...

I’ve seen several dogs running off leash at the cemetery while jogging. Fortunately most have been friendly though one did snap at me once. It is annoying, but I would say if you are looking for disrespect in the cemetery all you have to do is go to the little cul-de-sac next to the mausoleum. On any given morning you’ll find blunt wrappers, beer cans, emptied ashtray contents, and the like.

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