St. Louis Chef to Dana Loesch Fans: "Use Your Easily Purchased Firearm on Yourself"

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Dana Loesch RFT cover shoot | photo by Jennifer Silverberg
File under: "If you can't stand the heat."

Last night St. Louis' vociferous conservative talker/tweeter Dana Loesch called out the chef de cuisine of Clayton's Little Country Gentleman after he took to Twitter to take a shot at fans of her radio show.

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Responded Loesch, host of The Dana Show, which airs weekday mornings on FOX News Radio's KFTK (97.1 FM): And you wonder why I'm in favor of the Second Amendment...

See also:
- "Patriot Dame": 2010 RFT profile of Dana Loesch

Little Country Gentleman chef de cuisine Dale M. Beauchamp | Mabel Suen
Loesch, a 34-year-old St. Louis native and graduate of Fox High School in Arnold, co-founded the St. Louis Tea Party in 2009. In an RFT profile of Loesch published the following year, author Kristen Hinman wrote, "Loesch lives in south St. Louis, shops at Costco and Trader Joe's, loves Stag and French-press coffee, sets off her tattoos with diamond earrings and likes to fiddle with hydrangeas and handguns. She can cite Scripture without having to open the Old Testament and digs the irreverence of Penn & Teller.

"She doesn't fit nicely in a box, you might say, and if you did, you'd also say that's exactly the political image she's cultivating. An erstwhile Democrat who votes Republican but prefers 'conservatarian,' she has packaged herself as 'the conservative alternative to old dudes.'

"It's a composite that has the GOP salivating. 'I think she's extremely smart, a natural leader who's extremely tech-savvy,' says Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri Republican Party. 'She's reaching a younger demographic than an O'Reilly or a Hannity or a Rush Limbaugh. That makes her extremely unique in being able to get a message into a demographic that historically the GOP and conservative movement maybe have not been as good at as we should have.'"

The Little Country Gentleman chef, Dale M. Beauchamp, soon tweeted an apology -- and promptly locked down his Twitter account, @Dalebo.

But not before Loesch alertly screen-captured the mea culpa for posterity.


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ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

Yes, let's talk about that picture. I'm no fashion police, but I do know a little history. To be historically accurate, shouldn't the prop, I mean coat, have been a dirty grey, tattered rag of a thing with missing buttons? Where's the gold stitched sleeve embellishments? I guess the photo prop dept. only had one that kinda sorta looked civil war era-ish, I guess DL didn't realize she was donning a coat that more closely resembled the durn Yanks. Unless she was going for a more "revolutionary" design, in which case I think red would've suited her better. I'm not sure our forefathers would get her totally cool poseur "rock & roll" gesture, but hey - it's just a picture. 

mulliganlisa7
mulliganlisa7

Wow, the ignorance and bigotry here is quite astounding. Let's correct some very uneducated assumptions made by self-proclaimed educated people:

1. The photo of Loesch with the sign is at a protest completely different from the one where a photo of Russ Carnahan was burned. This was taken during the fall. The protest in question was during summer. 

2. The summer protest a full year earlier at which a photo where Carnahan was burned Loesch attended to pass out literature. We carpooled. We were too busy with outreach to pay attention to what was happening on the other side of the street. She posted a photo by Jim Hoft on her website and Twitter of the photo. It was originally and sensationally claimed she burned the photo herself by this same blogger who refused to correct the claim when proven false by others and instead rephrased it to just say she was there. No apology ever given. 

3. It amazes me that you same people who applauded the Occupy St. Louis group when they spray painted a city employee's house and defaced historical landmarks in the park in MY neighborhood (I live in Tower Grove. Thanks for spray painting our statues!) find more outrage in an exercise of free expression done by people not named Dana Loesch than what I just mentioned, which was designed to threaten and damaged public property. By the way, a couple of your ideological brethern visited her house one day a few years ago as well, simply because of political differences, if you want to talk about hate. Suddenly you're offended? 

4. Loesch's only crime here is that she has an opinion you don't share. Last time I checked, that doesn't define it as "hate speech" or anything other than diversity of opinion. That used to be appreciated. 

It's shameful how the comments section of this paper can really bring out some of the scum of the earth here in St. Louis. You all are embarrassing. Act like grownups in your disagreement or just shut up for the sake of our city's appearance. 

Now if you'll excuse me, my husband and I are going to make a reservation at the Little Country Gentleman. That they stood up for decency regardless of politics makes them a five star establishment in my book. In fact, I'm going to email Dana now and ask her to consider doing a radio appeal for the same thing since you hateful lot are intent on boycotting them over decency.

NAT227
NAT227

If I thought Loesch was truly upset or scared for her safety, I might be sympathetic. However, troll baiting with the accompanying faux outrage is the old and tired norm for Loesch. It's made relevant only by the fact that she has an audience that plays along. The real purpose or the charade is simple to generate buzz for her career as a pundit. In that regard, she paradoxically benefits from these situations.

Of course, the utter irony of this situation is that Loesch makes a living tossing out the same kind of hyperbole, and it will be a cold day in Hell before she ever apologizes for it.

It's a shame that she is regarded by some as the future of the conservative movement, because her current style of penny ante poker will never rise above the Bush Leagues. Hopefully an intelligent and mature conservative commentor shows up on the scene soon, because these are serious times and we are badly in need of serious people.

To the owner of this establishment: if you think Loesch or her followers care about your restaurant or employees beyond their utility as props in their asinine little games, you are their useful idiot.

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

Wow. I was ready to try this joint out myself, anyone who takes on a hate inciting fear monger is a HERO in my book. Shame on LCG cafe for not allowing their employee his rights to free speech. Perhaps if Mr. Boss Man had actually read the inflammatory, derogatory, threats this TP show pony with no formal education makes (while presenting herself as credentialed- 1st LIE) to anyone that has the audacity to present her with FACTS, he would have given the guy a raise instead. I see nothing wrong with his tweet, it's MILD compared to the idiotic, vicious, vitriol laden hyperbole this crag of a woman spreads. Shame on LCG. Make sure you check scribd for the 97.1 sponsor boycott list!! I'm adding LCG to my boycott list now, thank you very much. I'll spread the word to all my dining out loving friends too.

Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin

And common sense, less guns equals less mass murders commited by guns and less suicides by guns

Frank Carlson
Frank Carlson

is that why conservative douchebags like the 2nd but not the 1st? No consequences?

Frank Carlson
Frank Carlson

if you're a conservative douchebag people can tell you fuck yourself and you can absolutely eat wherever the fuck you want. and you can get all outraged and have a hissy twitter

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

oh, boy...look out. all the guys in your dungeons and dragons club not going there?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

then please provide some of that evidence. i got 500 murders in chicago that says different.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

you have consequences for using the 1st. if you're going to be a liberal douchebag, then people can choose to not go to your restaurant.

mikelcg
mikelcg

I have always believed that politics have no place in my restaurants.  I would much rather theorize 1000 ways to cook halibut than be caught in todays divisive politics.  I have a degree in political science and have truckloads of my own political views but have always isolated them from my work.  I am happy to cook for anyone.  I do not condone the violent message  one of my employees made yesterday.  Promoting gun violence is in NO way the solution to the problem.  

gonzomurphy
gonzomurphy

http://beta.alternet.org/rss/1/473148/cnn_hires_cpac_star_dana_loesch,_who_acts_out_violent_%5C'metaphors%5C'_against_democrats/


Not exactly without blood on her hands is she?  Not so high and mighty when she enjoys the smell of burning a public official in effigy.  

"And her clever metaphor was to say, "I love the way a fire smells when it's burning tyranny" while her tea party friends set the photo of Carnahan on fire:"

So does she literally believe Russ Carnahan was tyranny and should be burned?  Taken in the same mind that took Beauchamp's tweet literally, I guess the answer would be"yes".   Burning someone alive who has a different political view point as you and then crying foul when some one else does something only vaguely similar is.....what's the word....hmm....something that begins with an "H".....ah yes.  Homeschooled.....no that's not it.....hateful....no.....hyperbolic......perhaps but not quite right.....hysterical....um..hostile.....damn it escapes me.   Oh, yes.  

Hypocrite.

lukeschell
lukeschell

Dana Loesch is an awful human being. Listen to her joke of a show for 60 seconds and you'll realize she is not someone you would ever want to be around. All the hatred and broken logic of Hannity and Beck with 10% of the audience. Dana is quite clever. The listeners who blindly swallow her bullshit however you could never say the same for. Listen to the commercials. Do you think anyone would try to sell apocalypse garden seed kits to a rational intelligent audience... In other news, Chef Beauchamp's menu looks pretty good.

gonzomurphy
gonzomurphy

As someone who enjoys fine dining often, I was actually compelled to make a reservation to little country gentleman *because* of Beauchamp's tweet.  Now that I see the management has no balls and presumably stands with a someone who is starved for attention because she's 14 minutes into her 15 minutes of fame.  She pretends to be offended while then responding with several childish tweets including this one:

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And you wonder why I’m 2A. People in charge of preparing food for the public want others to die because of politics. Total hate."

So if I were to wonder why she stands with the second amendment, from connecting it her next statement, I assume she's ready to shoot someone who disagrees with her (because they may spit in her food)?   
 So she's offended at a call for self-inflicted harm, and responds by calling for inflicting harm on others.  *Irony* 

Clearly Beauchamp's tweet isn't to be taken literally and only an idiot would think so (which is perhaps why it's no surprise Loesch is acting out).  She then pretends that Beauchamp speaks for "the left" when clearly the right has said and done more and worse in this regard (see Ted Nugent, Alex Jones, Limbaugh, etc.) and upping the ante on stupid.

So as a result, I and my numerous well healed friends wish for the LCG owner to grow a pair, because we can only assume the cuisine is as flaccid as his loyalty to his employees.  It is understandable to take Beauchamp aside and censure him.  However, if he were to dismiss him from the restaurant over an admittedly childish tweet, and then apparently support Loesch who takes childish to another level, it would be a place we want no part of.   Nor would we feel safe dining there for fear "high noon" might break out from all the liquor flowing and the welcoming of armed thin skinned and paranoid patrons who might think an overcooked steak is some sort of political insult and thank God they brought their Glock to deal with it.

Clearly all involved still live in high school and in dire need of a trip to the principal's office.

Frank Carlson
Frank Carlson

Dana Loesch likes the 2nd amendment but not the 1st. She's un-American.

Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin

I will still eat at LCG regardless of what the cook says. If they fire him over this, I will not eat there, and I will campaign and let everyone I know to not go there.

Meghan Bohnert
Meghan Bohnert

The whole RFT site is actually giving me a malware warning right now. It's never done that before.

Alex Carlson
Alex Carlson

As ill-advised as Beauchamp's tweet was, Loesch could take it down a notch from saying the restaurant's unsafe, and taking said comment as representative of all the "left." What he said was dumb, but to blow it out of proportion like that smacks of drama queen.

Carl Campbell
Carl Campbell

Hey RFT your sight is coming up with a Malware infection in Chrome when this link is clicked.

Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt

Unfortunately petty twitter arguments now serve as political discourse. What both the tweeters and the author of this piece fail to mention is that empiric evidence shows that enacting strong gun regulations drastically decreases gun related suicides.

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

I know where I won't be eating any time soon, apology or no. I don't look to my chef for political guidance, and I'm certain I don't want someone who wants me dead to prepare my dinner.

mjd023
mjd023

I don't have a dog in this fight but you appear to be more just as extreme as DL, just on the other end of the spectrum.  Enjoy all of your boycotting.

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