Boycott Chili’s?

Okay, let’s move on to some other things today.

chilis-logoBy now, pretty much everybody has heard about the Chili’s manager who decided that veteran to whom he had just served a free Veterans Day meal wasn’t really a veteran and instead of just blowing it off, he very publicly and on video took the meal away from the veteran. Depending on whose version you believe, the Manager was egged on to make this decision by a “Trump Shirt Wearing WWII Vet who said that there weren’t any black soldiers during WWII,” or there are legitimate questions about the mans credentials as a veteran.

I have no real idea if the man is a veteran or not, nor do I really care. There are some things in the video that make me question his story, but at the end of the day it really isn’t up to me. The Manager has been relieved by Chili’s, at least for the moment, but as you watch this video see if you get a similar feeling to what I am getting. In the end he probably would have been better off just letting it go, but is he really in the wrong here?

(This is where I am going to step on toes)

Look, I’m a veteran. Hell, I’m a disabled veteran. Literally nothing makes me more uncomfortable than the idea of going into a business and demanding something for free because I’m a veteran. It is nekulturny* and just…. icky. Sure, there have been a few occasions when my veteran status has gotten me a good discount or a freebie. But – and I want this made clear – I NEVER asked for it. Usually it’s when I pay with our USAA card and then I get asked if I am Vet. Or I have on my SubVets or USS Michigan hat.

I’m proud of my service. Damn proud. If you know me or listen to me at all you already know that. But there is just something about the presumption of free meals based on that service which really, really bothers me. True story, for the past few years, I don’t even go out on Veterans Day. Not since the good old days at Modesto Hobby & Craft, anyway.

The video in the story really makes me uncomfortable. He uses language to describe things that I don’t use, and I know of no other veterans who describe certain documents in this way. We don’t wear “surplus” store bought uniforms to prove that we are Vets. I wear them because they are comfortable and they fit well. His insistence that he is legit is what makes me wonder if he really is legit. If he is legit, the video makes me feel embarrassed for him. Most Vets I know would have said F**k it and left.

There are two issues here. First, if the man faked his status and got caught, did the manager do the right thing? Conversely, if he was telling the truth and the manager screwed up, was it really worth all of this?

Am I right about this? Am I alone in feeling this way? Vets are “outraged” and pledging boycotts of Chili’s, which I would support if it were shown to be correct, but frankly I really like Chili’s.

You can always tell me what you think on the text/voicemail machine (209) 565-DAVE or by eMail or even on Facebook.

Even Nancy Pelosi is feeling the heat, being described as “angry” when the Party postponed its Leadership Election. There is no serious belief that she’ll be out as Minority Leader, but the expectation of privileged isn’t just a Hillary Clinton characteristic.

By the by, the reports of Clinton’s anger on Election night are starting to surface. It also seems she had quite the blow up with Bill a few days before the election. These reports strike me as someone who is basically unhinged when she doesn’t get her way. Not really somebody I’d want with the Atomic Football.

If you want to know what will actually happen on December 19th, and in the following days, here is a quite excellent primer on the procedures.


 *the best Russian word ever. It literally means “uncultured,” but it has a deeper implication of being uncouth in a way that uncouth doesn’t really capture.


About FTB1(SS)

Plausibly Live is the Official Podcast of The Dave Bowman Show. From 2007 to 2015, Dave was the host of KFIV’s “Afternoons Live” (Later “The Dave Bowman Show”) and the Central Valley’s go-to man for insightful and entertaining analysis of the day's news and events. In 2015, Dave left radio to raise his son and helped to launch the Podcast 99 network (, which features voices and topics from all around the area, the nation, and the world, on a variety of subjects. Re-launching his own show as a podcast, Dave continues his look at the world around him, now without the constraints of terrestrial radio, but still with his eclectic mix of history and common sense. The primary feature element of Plausibly Live is Constitution Thursday, which since 2010 has been a weekly look at the history and impact of the US Constitution. Dave is a US Navy Submariner, a radio talk show host, father, baseball fan, avid reader and a frustrated writer. He has a passion for books, theology, submarines, coffee, tequila, 1970’s music (especially funk!) and is a ToTaL Star Trek geek. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. He was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Colorado, graduated from Ogden High School (Class of ’81) in Ogden, UT, served for eleven years in the US Navy Submarine fleet, was a Naval Instructor and as a Ballistic Missile Fire Control Technician, he achieved the rank of FTB1(SS) through sorcery and favoritism, but would have been happy staying an FTB2(SS) for life. He was trained as a targeting specialist and Battle Stations Missile Fire Control Supervisor aboard USS Michigan SSBN-727(G) and was trained on two Fire Control Systems, the Mk 98 Mod 0 TRIDENT and the Mk 88 Mod 1 POSEIDON. Later he served as a part of the Fleet Combat Training Center Dam Neck Auxiliary Security Force, which sounds impressive but was really just bait for Seal Team 6 and any Iraqi terrorists who happened to land on the beach in Virginia. He later attended Seminary in Atlanta, GA, then served as a pastor for five years before realizing the massive error of his ways. He then worked in non-Profit management until 2006 when he was hired to do sports for a local talk radio show, eventually moving into the host position in September of 2007. In the fall of 2008, after years of questioning and study, Dave completed the process of conversion to Judaism. In 2009 Dave married Cami, and in 2010 they were blessed with their son, Benjamin, to go along with four daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren. In the summer of 2017, Dave and Cami relocated “back home” to Silverdale, WA, where Dave had been stationed when they first met in 1985. From September 2007 to January 2015 Dave was heard each weekday from 3pm to 6pm (Pacific) on Power Talk 1360AM & 1280 in Modesto & Stockton, CA. Today, you can hear his Podcast Show, Plausibly Live, on The Dave Bowman Show website or on The Podcast 99 Network Page.

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