Nov 202019

Citing an agreement that committed it through 2018, Chick-fil-A announced Monday it would not give to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army going forward.

Beginning in 2020, Chick-fil-A will give to a smaller number of organizations focusing on education, homelessness, and hunger.


…the Foundation will no longer make multiyear commitments and will reassess its philanthropic partnerships annually to allow maximum impact. These partners could include faith-based and non-faith-based charities.

So this is being interpreted by some as Chick-fil-A said it would stop donating to groups perceived as anti-gay, but then backtracked with this “faith-based” inclusion.

That this upsets hordes of shrieking malcontents is not surprising. In many liberal eyes, Chick-fil-A has been evil incarnate for far too long, and there is no path to redemption for them.

I am surprised, however, at the number of conservative and faith-based groups who are viewing this as some sort of half-hearted capitulation; a surrender to the mob. It is nothing of the sort. A tight focus on education, homelessness, and hunger is entirely consistent with a Christian world view.

Chick-fil-A was a significant force for charitable good before this announcement, and it will continue to be so going forward. To dissect this announcement looking for reasons to be mad is no more sensible than the manufactured basis on which people have hated Chick-fil-A.

 Posted by at 11:30 am
Nov 182019

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list.

Touchdown Wings is a fast casual eatery down on Redstone Road—more down south than I ever habitually go in Huntsville. I found myself down there today on other business, and decided to give them a go. It’s a pleasant and clean place with a menu that also includes tenders, salads, and a few seafood selections.

My lunch special contained seven drums, three flats, fries, and a drink for $9.80. There are numerous sauces available, with the heat scale apparently confined to the buffalo wings. Crazy Hot is the hottest. The menu said celery would accompany so I got some dressing, but then there was no celery. Presumably I could have asked for it. Service was prompt and friendly.

Touchdown Wings’ Crazy Hot. (Click for a closer look.)

Quality: 8/10. Reasonably sized with little extraneous fat, and served at dig-in temperature. They were heavily sauced and fried effectively, with one just very slightly undercooked. There is excellent value here, with these sliding under the $1/each threshold even with fries and a drink.

Flavor: 7/10. These are particularly pungent buffalo wings, with a vinegary bite and maybe even a little mustard in the recipe. There’s not a lot of flair or pizzazz here, but I found them plenty tasty enough to make a happy plate. (I ate the fries that were soaked in the sauce too.)

Heat: 6/10. You can smell that you didn’t get mild when you first encounter these. There’s a nice red pepper burn by about halfway through the second wing, eventually building to a decent rush. Not a drenching sweat, but definitely a few drops happening by the end.

This is an eminently defensible stop for wings in most-of-the-way-to-the-river south Huntsville.

 Posted by at 2:30 pm
Nov 142019

Have any of my readers had a Popeye’s chicken sandwich? If the current situation never abates, then I’ll never have one. I’m not waiting any longer than five minutes or so, and I’m certainly not risking the visitation of violence upon my person. Disney+ launched this week, and it sounds like something we’ll eventually have […]

 Posted by at 4:53 pm
Nov 132019

In the wake of the LSU loss I’ve mostly stayed away from Alabama football stories, but have gathered here and there that many think it wasn’t fatal to Alabama’s playoff hopes. Yeah, it probably was. There are four slots. The SEC champion is going to get one of them. An undefeated Clemson is going to […]

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