It turns out Meers isn’t the only Obamaphobic restaurant in Oklahoma.
A few weeks ago, we told you about the nutty anti-Obama rant posted by the famous Meers hamburger dive located outside Lawton. The CliffsNotes version is that Meers changed hamburger buns, bought a new bun slicer, raised prices, and then wrote a manifesto to customers claiming it was all Obama’s fault. You know, because of the Obamacare tax on carb-loaded oversized hamburger buns that doesn’t exist.
After we published the story, we received tips from several Ogle Moles that there’s a hamburger joint in Northwest Oklahoma City that also has extreme views and in-your-face political messaging. The name of the restaurant is Little Mike’s Hamburgers. It’s located in a rundown little strip mall near Northwest Expressway and Rockwell.
Coincidentally, the same day we posted the Meers story, a stereotypically heated political debate flared up on the restaurant’s Facebook page. I guess some customer vocally complained about the decor in the restaurant. She was banned from commenting and eventually “Little Mike,” the owner, left this post:
So he blamed the IT guy? That’s a pretty good excuse. Middle managers and executives have made careers out of doing that. Little Mike obviously knows how business works. I’m just surprised he didn’t blame Obama.
Intrigued by the Facebook debate, I stopped by Urban Spoon to read some reviews. There was a common theme. Decent food. Crazy political messaging:
If you’re in northwest OKC, then try Little Mike’s which is located in a strip mall on NW Expressway…The burgers are great, and I also like the grilled chicken and salad, too. There are lots of political quotes posted on the walls, so be prepared if you are easily offended.
The hamburger is delicious! As for the decor….I have more moderate political views but I definitely appreciate that the owner is standing up for what he believes…..It’s nice to know that someone still cares so much about the direction of the country. I’ll definitely eat there again….
Not a huge place. Not shiny and new. No hip and trendy decor. I’m sure the political prints turn some people off. But none of this takes away from a great burger and rings.
It’s hard to visit Mike’s without walking out feeling like you’ve just been accosted by Glenn Beck. Politics and burgers don’t mix well for me. That being said, if you can look past the political nonsense, it’s a pretty good burger place.
After reading the reviews, I knew that I had to try Little Mike’s. Not only do I get a good laugh at ignorant tea party rhetoric and like a good burger, but I’ve always wanted to pull a Video Vigilante and write a restaurant review. Obviously, Little Mike’s seemed like a good choice for my first attempt. So I called one of our trivia hosts – local band groupie Ryan Drake – and off to Mike’s we went.
When you arrive at Mike’s, you get the crazy uncle vibe right when you walk to the front door. Not only does the place look dirty and a bit run down, but you’re greeted with the following sign:
If you share a secret on a news channel, is it really a secret?
I ask because Linda Cavanaugh and Mike Morgan recently shared their secrets to a successful marriage on KFOR. They are experts in the field because they haven’t divorced yet and Channel 4 needed a self-promotional sweeps story to pander to conservative married baby boomers from Edmond.
Here’s the video:
I guess it’s time for Christina Fallin’s straight friends to write an angry letter to Governor Mary Fallin, too.
If you remember correctly, our State’s Chief Executive Derplahoman announced back in September that the Oklahoma National Guard will no longer process benefit requests for same-sex couples. She made the decision because the will of the Oklahoma people is to apparently defy federal law and treat homosexual servicemen and women who are willing to serve and protect this country as second-class citizens.
Well, now she’s taking things to a whole new crazy and embarrassing Sally Kernesque level. Check out this Randy Krehbiel story that published a few weeks ago in The Tulsa World. Governor Mary has instructed state-owned National Guard facilities to stop processing benefit requests for everyone:
Oklahoma will stop processing all military spouse benefit applications at state-owned National Guard facilities rather than begin accepting the applications from same-sex spouses, Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday.
Instead, military spouse applications, including those of same-sex couples, will only be accepted at four federally owned National Guard bases: the Air National Guard bases in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, the Regional Training Institute in Oklahoma City and Camp Gruber.
The applications are already being processed at the state’s five U.S. military installations: Fort Sill, Tinker Air Force Base, Altus Air Force Base, Enid Air Force Base and the McAlester ammunition plant.
The Fallin administration’s decision appears to be in defiance of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s directive to process the applications of all spouses, regardless of sex, although Fallin maintained her solution complies with all “federal rules or policies.”
Fallin said the decision was reached in consultation with Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
“Oklahoma law is clear,” Fallin said in a statement.
“The state of Oklahoma does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it confer marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision reached today allows the National Guard to obey Oklahoma law without violating federal rules or policies. It protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people.”
Although Oklahoma owns most of the state’s National Guard armories and training centers, the facilities were built almost entirely with federal funds.
The federal government provides about 90 percent of the budget for the Oklahoma Military Department, which includes the National Guard.
I don’t know how or why, but I totally missed this article when it was released a few weeks ago. I guess I just assumed it was a regurgitation of the original story, or maybe my body is building up an immunity to the words and policies of nutty Oklahoma politicians. We should get OMRF to research a Derplahoman vaccine or something.
Fortunately, the national media recently picked up on the news and has exposed the Governor for being a backwards thinking, illogical, misguided bigot. My favorite article/column was written by Mark Joseph Stern over at Slate.
Here’s a snippet:
Yesterday, everyone’s favorite Oklahoma City-based band, Hinder, announced that they were parting ways with their lead “singer,” Austin Winkler.
“I’m really proud of what we accomplished over the years,” says Hinder drummer (and songwriter/producer) Cody Hanson. “We hold no animosity towards Austin, and wish him the best. Although it was a difficult decision, it was the best thing for everyone involved and time for us to move on. “This summer/fall tour was a tough one. We want to thank the fans for all their overwhelming support. We couldn’t have made it through everything without you. We are very excited about the future of Hinder and can’t wait to share the next chapter with all of you!”
So Hinder is looking for a new singer. Who will fill the Austin Winkler-shaped void fronting the band? We thought it would be a good idea to come up with some suggestions.
If you haven’t noticed, I like to criticize The Oklahoman from time to time. Right now, my favorite thing is how they are turning NewsOK.com into a bad local parody of the Huffington Post and Buzz Feed. You can tell they’re desperate for pageviews and sent their copy editors to a Website Headline Writing Symposium. It seems like every headline on the site is misleading, asks a question, or secretly links to a Jenni Carlson column. Basically, they try to force clickable headlines on stories that are not very clickable.
Here are some random examples:
That “stars” name? Thabo Sefolosha.
This headline appeared today when OU suspended RB Damien Williams. The column has nothing to do with a “mystery tailback.” It simply chronicles the mismanaged and disappointing careers of Roy Finch and Brennan Clay.
Anyway, none of that really matters, because today I’m giving credit where credit is due. Yesterday, The Oklahoman published a great story about former Color Me Badd singer and Chaz Bobo impersonator Bryan Abrams. He arrived in court yesterday pushing a walker and dreaming of chicken friend cheesecake. The story was funny and the accompanying photo even funnier.
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