Thursday, May 15, 2008

Foie Gras Freedom

Well, foie gras lovers, it's finally over. No more duckeasies. No more shame. The infamous ban is repealed. Chicago Daily Herald - AP:

Wednesday's vote was led by Mayor Richard M. Daley, who called the ban the "silliest" ordinance the City Council has ever passed. The repeal measure passed by a vote of 37-6 with no debate, an about-face from the original ban, which passed in April 2006 by a vote of 48-1.
("The silliest ordinance the City Council has ever passed - passed in April 2006 by a vote of 48-1". Hm . . . 48-1 is an aldermanic silliness factor of about 98% . . . yup. Sounds about right.) Alderman Joe "Foie-Gras" Moore (Daley's moniker for the grievously offended Alderman, not mine) is complaining, on WLS's Don and Roma Show and elsewhere, about the dictatorial way the bill was overturned.

"Quite frankly for the mayor to fail to recognize me, to debate the merits of this issue was the height of arrogance…I thought the City Council still had some semblance of democracy; but apparently today it doesn't." (from Jennifer Slosar's Fois Gras Back On the Menu, Chi-Town Daily News)

Evidently, they didn't turn on his microphone. But the Illinois Restaurant Association has a different definition of dictatorship:
The Illinois Restaurant Association along with a local restaurant had filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking an overturn of the ban, but a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the effort last June. The association said in a statement Wednesday that, "As an industry, we think that menu offerings are best left to the individual restaurant operators, rather than being dictated by government."
Radical idea, that.

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