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John Yoo and I have three things in common. We are both lawyers. We are both Conservatives. And we both eat and promote the McRib sandwich at McDonald’s.

Sadly, in the United States there are 16 states which are now McRibless! Those benighted states are AK, OR, ID, MT, UT, CO, ND, SD, MN, KY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, and ME.

Nine more states have McRib sandwiches only in one location. They are WA, NV, WY, NM, KS, WI, MS, AL, and WV.

Half of the states are now totally or almost totally McRibless.

This calls to mind Atlas Shrugged, which refers to the lights in this great nation flickering off one at a time until we are shrouded in darkness, cold, hungry and afraid.

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There are 41 comments.

  1. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    The McDonalds in Flagstaff on Milton Road still has McRibs. I will order four at a time without onion, two to eat for dinner and two to save for breakfast.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 2:09 PM PST
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  2. Jdetente Member

    4 McRibs in 12 hours?! This is a path towards self destruction. Gary, it may be time for an intervention!

    • #2
    • November 16, 2019, at 2:17 PM PST
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  3. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    I just discovered that DC is McRibless. That explains a lot.

    In fact, there are no McRibs within the beltway. That explains even more.

    • #3
    • November 16, 2019, at 2:23 PM PST
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  4. Randy Webster Member

    I haven’t been able to find a McDonald’s around Knoxville that has them. I assumed that they were gone corporation-wide. I’ll intensify my search.

    • #4
    • November 16, 2019, at 2:23 PM PST
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  5. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I haven’t been able to find a McDonald’s around Knoxville that has them. I assumed that they were gone corporation-wide. I’ll intensify my search.

    The McRib Locator indicates that there may be McRibs in Cedar Bluff, TN, west of Knoxsville off of I-40.

    • #5
    • November 16, 2019, at 2:27 PM PST
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  6. James Hageman Coolidge

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The McDonalds in Flagstaff on Milton Road still has McRibs. I will order four at a time without onion, two to eat for dinner and two to save for breakfast.

    Pro move to skip the onion.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 2:29 PM PST
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  7. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    One great point for me is that the McRib Locator does not indicate that McRibs are available in Flagstaff. I am not going to post them on the McRib Locator; more McRibs for me!

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    • November 16, 2019, at 2:33 PM PST
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  8. Randy Webster Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I haven’t been able to find a McDonald’s around Knoxville that has them. I assumed that they were gone corporation-wide. I’ll intensify my search.

    The McRib Locator indicates that there may be McRibs in Cedar Bluff, TN, west of Knoxsville off of I-40.

    I called them. They aren’t selling them.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 2:38 PM PST
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  9. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I haven’t been able to find a McDonald’s around Knoxville that has them. I assumed that they were gone corporation-wide. I’ll intensify my search.

    The McRib Locator indicates that there may be McRibs in Cedar Bluff, TN, west of Knoxsville off of I-40.

    I called them. They aren’t selling them.

    How about Weaverville, NC, north of Asheville, NC? Also Crossville further west on I-40? There look to be half a dozen locations in the suburbs north of Atlanta. Good luck.

     

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    • November 16, 2019, at 2:43 PM PST
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  10. Randy Webster Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I haven’t been able to find a McDonald’s around Knoxville that has them. I assumed that they were gone corporation-wide. I’ll intensify my search.

    The McRib Locator indicates that there may be McRibs in Cedar Bluff, TN, west of Knoxsville off of I-40.

    I called them. They aren’t selling them.

    How about Weaverville, NC, north of Asheville, NC? Also Crossville further west on I-40? There look to be half a dozen locations in the suburbs north of Atlanta. Good luck.

     

    Lol. I really like the McRibs, but I’m not driving 2 hours to get one.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 2:46 PM PST
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  11. Guruforhire Member

    I had never had a McRib until this year. they are good.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 2:47 PM PST
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  12. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Guruforhire (View Comment):

    I had never had a McRib until this year. they are good.

    See! We have something in common!

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    • November 16, 2019, at 2:52 PM PST
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  13. Slow on the uptake Thatcher

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I haven’t been able to find a McDonald’s around Knoxville that has them. I assumed that they were gone corporation-wide. I’ll intensify my search.

    The McRib Locator indicates that there may be McRibs in Cedar Bluff, TN, west of Knoxsville off of I-40.

    I called them. They aren’t selling them.

    Probably holding and waiting for them to appreciate.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 3:15 PM PST
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  14. Dave of Barsham Member

    I’m going to have to search out a Mickey D’s now. 

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    • November 16, 2019, at 3:20 PM PST
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  15. I Walton Member

    What is a McDonald rib? Why do some states not carry them? Taste or politics? 

    • #15
    • November 16, 2019, at 3:26 PM PST
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  16. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    I Walton (View Comment):

    What is a McDonald rib? Why do some states not carry them? Taste or politics?

    A McRib is a pork sandwich made of pork by-products just as McNuggets are made of chicken by-products.

    McDonalds is large, that when they offer the McRibs, it pushes up the cost of the pork by-products. So McRibs come and go.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 3:30 PM PST
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  17. Randy Webster Member

    I Walton (View Comment):

    What is a McDonald rib? Why do some states not carry them? Taste or politics?

    Get it right. It’s not a McDonald rib. It’s a Mcrib. It’s a processed pork sandwich with the pickles and onions sliding off, making a mess. But it’s good.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 3:33 PM PST
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  18. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I Walton (View Comment):

    What is a McDonald rib? Why do some states not carry them? Taste or politics?

    Get it right. It’s not a McDonald rib. It’s a Mcrib. It’s a processed pork sandwich with the pickles and onions sliding off, making a mess. But it’s good.

    Hi Randy,

    I think that you are a victim of “autocorrect.” The correct name is “McRib” with a capital R.

    Gary

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    • November 16, 2019, at 5:43 PM PST
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  19. Mark Camp Member

    If we are to bring back American Manufacturing jobs, we could do worse than subsidizing the demand for McRibs.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 6:02 PM PST
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  20. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    If we are to bring back American Manufacturing jobs, we could do worse than subsidizing the demand for McRibs.

    That’s the spirit!

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    • November 16, 2019, at 6:07 PM PST
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  21. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Gary Robbins:

     

    This calls to mind Atlas Shrugged which refers to the lights in this great nation flickering off one at a time, until we are shrouded in darkness, cold, hungry and afraid.

    That’s Elizabeth Warren’s energy plan! She has a plan for everything.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 6:14 PM PST
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  22. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I haven’t been able to find a McDonald’s around Knoxville that has them. I assumed that they were gone corporation-wide. I’ll intensify my search.

    The McRib Locator indicates that there may be McRibs in Cedar Bluff, TN, west of Knoxsville off of I-40.

    I called them. They aren’t selling them.

    Call your Congressman! 

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    • November 16, 2019, at 6:45 PM PST
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  23. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I haven’t been able to find a McDonald’s around Knoxville that has them. I assumed that they were gone corporation-wide. I’ll intensify my search.

    The McRib Locator indicates that there may be McRibs in Cedar Bluff, TN, west of Knoxsville off of I-40.

    I called them. They aren’t selling them.

    How about Weaverville, NC, north of Asheville, NC? Also Crossville further west on I-40? There look to be half a dozen locations in the suburbs north of Atlanta. Good luck.

     

    Lol. I really like the McRibs, but I’m not driving 2 hours to get one.

    Of course not, that would be ludicrous.

    Which is why you require a pretext. 

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    • November 16, 2019, at 6:46 PM PST
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  24. Miffed White Male Member

    Years ago, there was a McDonald’s on I-65 in northern Indiana that had the McRib year round. I don’t go that way nearly as often as I used to, so haven’t checked in the last decade or so to see if they still do.

     

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    • November 16, 2019, at 6:54 PM PST
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  25. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Years ago, there was a McDonald’s on I-65 in northern Indiana that had the McRib year round. I don’t go that way nearly as often as I used to, so haven’t checked in the last decade or so to see if they still do.

    Almost heaven, Northern Indiana …

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    • November 16, 2019, at 7:04 PM PST
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  26. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member

    ‘Tis the season. I’ll miss them until they come back next Fall, a slight recompense for the start of long nights and falling temperatures.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 8:53 PM PST
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  27. Randy Webster Member

    TBA (View Comment):

    Lol. I really like the McRibs, but I’m not driving 2 hours to get one.

    Of course not, that would be ludicrous.

    Which is why you require a pretext. 

    Right. Leaf-peeping. It could be pretty nice going through the gorge to Asheville.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 8:58 PM PST
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  28. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    Lol. I really like the McRibs, but I’m not driving 2 hours to get one.

    Of course not, that would be ludicrous.

    Which is why you require a pretext.

    Right. Leaf-peeping. It could be pretty nice going through the gorge to Asheville.

    Everyone has their priorities.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 9:00 PM PST
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  29. Stad Thatcher

    No McRibs in California? Time to move, @johnyoo. You can telecommute to Hoover and teach on Great Courses . . .

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    • November 17, 2019, at 5:38 AM PST
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  30. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins Post author

    Stad (View Comment):

    No McRibs in California? Time to move, @johnyoo. You can telecommute to Hoover and teach on Great Courses . . .

    There are McRibs in only one location in the Bay Area!

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    • November 17, 2019, at 5:58 AM PST
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