In-N-Out, a California-based burger restaurant is getting knives after it announced its opposition to vaccine passports. Media outlets also reported that In-N-Out gives money to Republican politicians. These are the worst two things any American company can do in 2021. An earlier controversy erupted over the well-known regional fast-food restaurant when local authorities demanded that it temporarily close its San Francisco branch.
While the restaurant is now partially open, it remains closed to customers. The company made a clear statement explaining why they did not check customers’ paper when they order a hamburger.
“We are not going to serve as the government’s vaccination police. According to the company, it is unsafe and unreasonable to require our restaurant associates to separate Customers into people who can and cannot be served, no matter what documentation or other reasons. The company stated that it strongly opposes any order from the government that a private business must discriminate against those who patronize its establishment. This is clear government excess and it is inappropriate, offensive, and intrusive.
California’s lockdowns of last year caused organized non-compliance by small businesses which had been forced to close. So far, mandated vaccine passports are less controversial. Certain, none of the other corporations have openly argued with health officials about this policy.
Some Bay Area liberals have criticized In-N-Out for refusing to comply with the Bay Area vaccine mandates. They claim that the company’s position on vaccines is just the latest example of political wrongthink.
This Thursday will see the San Francisco ChronicleThe online homepage of’s featured prominently not only one but five stories about the In-N-Out.
The San Francisco Chronicle landing page is quite remarkable right now. The vaccine passports are not fully supported by In-and Out. They also happen to be Republicans. pic.twitter.com/MD7s4UmrJY
— Christian Britschgi (@christianbrits) October 21, 2021
It also featured a story on the $40,000 donation that the company made earlier in the year to California Republican Party, during the recall campaign against Governor. Gavin Newsom.
Reporting on public campaign finance data is not objectionable. However, this donation’s suddenly newsworthyness is puzzling given that Newsom’s recall campaign failed and In-N-Out contributions to California Republicans are well-known in the media. This is part of a growing trend in which business owners who object to the pandemic mandates will then be subject to obsessive reporting about their politics.
Certain, it is the ChronicleColumnists at the newspaper are using the story about campaign finance to feed their stories. They see the contribution to the state GOP to be a reason for them to completely boycott this restaurant.
Tony Bravo, writer for the ChronicleIn-N-Out’s Datebook column suggests that In-N-Out has made donations to the Republican Party over the years. This, together with the Bible verses on its wrappers, signal the company’s opposition not just to vaccine passports, but to basic human rights.
Bravo wrote that there are Bible verses printed on the packaging of In-N Out. Bravo added that although they may not have been guilty in an overt fashion like Chick-Fil A, it is certain that their association with anti-LGBTQ causes was guilt-by-association.
Although it is considered bad to make someone feel guilty through association, ChronicleSoleil Ho, the restaurant critic at’s Restaurant Critic goes even further and argues in an additional column that In-N-Out should have stopped its fan base long before it became aware of vaccine mandates. Ho says that although Ho sympathizes with the desire to disregard all abstract and unethical information about companies when their products are great, In-N-Out’s fries or burgers don’t really deserve the moral stigma. Ho says, “It’s high time you deprogram your brain.” In-N-Out is a fuck. It’s okay.
To the opposite side, New YorkMagazine has sighed in relief at the fact that New York City doesn’t possess any In-N Outs to resist New York City’s vaccine passport system.
In-N-Out might be facing more trouble than negative press for its refusal to act as a vaccine cop. In-N-Out could face the possibility of having its restaurants closed by the government if it doesn’t comply with health regulations. An In-N-Out in Contra Costa county has already been fined for refusing to check customers’ vaccine status. Customers could be alienated by the hyperpolarized and hypercharged politics of vaccine mandates.
In-N Out’s critics (including the ChronicleAccording to the columnists of, they won’t eat in unsafe environments. They have every right to feel safe. In an ideal world, those who don’t feel as worried about eating at a restaurant that doesn’t require a vaccination requirement would continue to dine at In-N-Out (if they enjoy the food).
The Bay Area’s public health law prohibits the Bay Area from allowing this “live-and-let live” option. In-N-Out has been successful in its attempts to banish the restaurant chain for its support of the California Republican Party. Even worse, Kamala Harris (Vice President) visited In-N-Out on her return to California in opposition to the recall.
Republican and Democratic administrations taking hard lines on China doesn’t do much for the oppressed who are fleeing this country. Fiscal year 2021 runs from September 2020 to September 2021. The U.S. received zero Uyghur refugees. The Dispatch The news is:
A recent State Department report on admissions details countries of origin for refugees who were resettled from the beginning of October 2020 through the end of September 2021. According to that document, not a single refugee of Chinese nationality—including Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities from Xinjiang—was resettled in America through the program in that time.
When asked why Uyghur refugees had not been resettled in the United States, a White House spokesperson said that they were not aware. The Dispatch to the State Department and said it is “something we take very seriously and something the president is committed to.”
Since 2016, refugees from China make up only a very small portion of the total admissions. But, since 2016 a noticeable downward trend has occurred. The program was ineffective in 2020. It admitted no refugees from China in 2018. In 2018, six were admitted, 24 in 2017 and 57 respectively.
The federal public health authority approves more vaccine rounds. On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially endorsed people’s ability to get booster shots of the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccine. According to the CDC, people who had received any of three approved vaccines were allowed to select a different brand as their booster shots. Washington Post
“The evidence shows that all three COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States are safe—as demonstrated by the over 400 million vaccine doses already given,” said CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement Thursday night.
- One person was killed and another injured on the set of a movie being directed by Alec Baldwin after the actor accidentally discharged a prop gun.
- Vice President Joe Biden stated that the first responders who refuse to receive the vaccine should be dismissed.
Biden said that first responders who refuse to vaccinate should be fired. Wow.
Keep an eye on it. pic.twitter.com/L5vSWTrQvA
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 22, 2021
- According to the Associated Press, a counter-protester shouted obscenities at peaceful protestors who were protesting Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special during a Netflix worker walkout. The counter-protester didn’t shout profanities, and peaceful protestors weren’t completely peaceful.
1/ The caption of this AP photo reads: “Comedian Vito Gesualdi shouts profanities while he engages peaceful protesters begging for him to leave.” A damaging claim about @VitoGesualdiGlobally circulated.
That never happened. Let’s talk about basic photo-truthers. pic.twitter.com/olZDOtuZTw
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) October 21, 2021
- Russia is establishing a digital iron curtain, reports The New York Times
- Steve Bannon, a former White House adviser was held contemptuously by the U.S. House of Representatives after refusing to obey subpoenas from an investigation committee.
- The Los Angeles Times This is a great story about the strangest vanity plates in New York. After motorists won a lawsuit for free speech against the state that had rejected vanity plates it considered unconstitutional, we should see even more bizarre ones.