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D.C. Restaurants To Charlottesville 2.0 Marchers: Nazi Punks Fuck Off

Post-Racial America

Tomorrow, a bunch of racist assholes will descend upon Washington D.C., for the purpose of being racist assholes and commemorating the anniversary of Charlottesville. You know, that time when they marched around in khaki pants, carrying torches and yelling "Jews Will Not Replace Us"... and then killed a young woman with a car?


Of course, those that go might have to brown-bag it, as many restaurants in the D.C. area have decided that they will not be serving any goddamned Nazis this weekend, The Washingtonian reports. Some are closing, some are hiring extra security, some are just straight up putting signs up telling them they are not welcome.

The owner of one chain of president-themed restaurants in D.C., Alan Popvsky, says that they will serve brunch this weekend but then close for dinner. At his restaurant, LINCOLN, he put up a sign telling the Nazis to go someplace else for their waffens -- excuse me, waffles.

We are black and white, brown and yellow. We are woman and man, gay and straight. We are old and young, short and tall. We are native and immigrant, resident and visitor. We are Christian and Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist. We are wise and foolish, experienced and green.
But above all, we are HUMANS, and yes, we are AMERICANS.
As such, LINCOLN is a house which divided against itself will never stand, and we are a place of patience, tolerance, acceptance, equality, choice, freedom, opportunity, and love. Come in. Join us.
Hatred has no welcome solace here.

Ellen Kassof Grey, the owner of Equinox, told The Washingtonian that she would not be serving any damned Nazis either.

"I'll proudly stay open and serve those who're respectful and kind. But being a Jewish restaurant owner and having a pro-Nazi group come to town, would I refuse service? Yes, I would," says Kassoff Gray.

Dan Simon, the owner of the very popular Founding Farmers group of restaurants, says his restaurant will stay open, but that employees afraid of using public transportation during the weekend can expense the cost of a cab, ask for a ride or stay home if they are frightened -- which many of them rightfully are. He also says they will refuse service to anyone wearing Nazi paraphernalia.

Brian Hill, Mary J. Blige's former personal chef, who now runs Chef Brian's Comfort Kitchen, says his restaurant will be a No Hate Zone. He is also kind of a bad ass:

Hill says he's been training his staff, whom he calls his "young guns," in advance of the rally. He says he's been talking with them about identifying trouble, and avoiding it.
"Don't engage—our meetings are all about 'not engage'," says Hill."Even if someone kicks our sign, whatever, let them go about their business." He adds that even though business is slower downtown on weekends, he'd never consider closing for Unite the Right.
"We were evicted from our home when I was 11. I've been shot at twice. Ask me if I'm worried. I'm not going to be afraid of a man that breathes the same air as me."

This is all very legal, as Nazis are not a protected class of any kind. The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington sent out a toolkit to restaurants explaining this and what their rights are in this situation. Although D.C. considers political affiliation a protected class to a degree (ie: you can't kick someone out of your restaurant for being a Republican), belonging to a fringe group like "Literal Nazis" is not protected. You can also kick someone out if they are causing a disturbance to your staff or customers, and it's pretty fair to say that people might find sitting next to a white supremacist -- or being required to serve one -- pretty damned disturbing. Frankly, it's less about merely making shit inconvenient for them so much as it is about protecting workers and other customers, who do not need to be dealing with their bullshit.

It's also about sending a message to these fuckers that their racist nonsense will not be normalized.

[The Washingtonian]

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Republicans are devouring each other's carcasses, and we are here for it! Especially when one of those Republicans is King Kris of the Kansas Votefucker Klan ... errr, Clan! It's been a week since Kansans cast their votes in the gubernatorial primary, and the GOP looks to be rolling up its sleeves for a slugfest.

As we type, Kobach leads by 298 votes out of more than 314,000 cast -- a whopping 0.00095 percent, if you round up! The Kansas GOP begged Donald Trump to stay out of the race and leave the field clear for sitting governor Jeff Colyer, who took over when Sam Brownback wandered off to bring Jesus to the Hottentots on behalf of the US government. Safe bet that Colyer would be gearing up for the general election now if President Twitterthumbs hadn't flapped his yap. So thanks for that, Donny!

No, really, THANKS!

Remember the hanging chad debacle in Florida? Now picture it in a landlocked state with more cows than people. It's like fantasy island for Devin Nunes, ALLEGEDLY.

Oh, but we are to kid!

After first insisting he wasn't going to recuse from the counting, Secretary of State Kris Kobach (one and the same!) wrote Colyer a fabulously bitchy letter agreeing to hand off the tabulation to his deputy, Eric Rucker. Colyer had made the shocking suggestion that Kobach delegate responsibility to the Kansas attorney general, rather than his own political appointee, and Kobach was stretched out on the settee with a fit of the vapors at the gross impropriety of it all!

I will not breach the public trust and arbitrarily assign my responsibilities to another office that is not granted such authority by the laws of Kansas.

After several anguished paragraphs, Kobach closed by remonstrating that Colyer was betraying his office by destroying the faith of Kansans in the sacred integrity of their electoral process.

As governor of Kansas, your unrestrained rhetoric has the potential to undermine the public's confidence in the election process. May I suggest that you trust the people of Kansas have made the right decision at the polls and that our election officials will properly determine the result as they do in every election.

Said the guy whose entire adult life has been dedicated to whipping up panic about millions of imaginary illegal alien voters.

So now these two princes can kick the crap out of each other WITH VOTES, specifically, provisional ballots cast by unaffiliated voters under the supervision of poorly trained poll workers. Kansas holds closed primaries, meaning only registered Republicans can vote to select the GOP candidate, BUT an unaffiliated voter can cast a vote by checking a box identifying as a Democrat or a Republican at the polling place. This was news to some poll workers, who mistakenly directed over one thousand unaffiliated voters to use provisional ballots without checking the box indicating party preference. Whoops!

So, will those provisional ballots be counted based on voter intent? Or tossed based on strict interpretation of the statute? And does Kansas law mandate tossing mail-in ballots that arrive without a postmark on Wednesday, since there's no forensic proof that they were mailed before midnight on Tuesday? And how disgusted will the Kansas electorate be when one of these assholes emerges from the melée holding the other one's scalp? And how many millions of dollars are going to be spent on litigating the Republican primary while this nice lady Laura Kelly, the Democratic minority whip of the Kansas Senate, is out campaigning for November?

Even before this debacle, Kobach looked significantly weaker against Kelly than Colyer, with self-funded Libertarian Jeff Orman threatening to throw a wrench in the works. The Wichita Eagle reports on a Remington Research Poll conducted in July:

In a Kelly-Orman-Kobach race, the poll puts Kelly and Kobach effectively in a dead heat — 36 percent for Kelly and 35 percent for Kobach, with Kelly's lead within the margin of error. Orman has 12 percent.

Colyer leads in a three-way race with Kelly and Orman, according to the poll. In that scenario, Colyer receives 38 percent of the vote, while Kelly gets 28 percent and Orman receives 10 percent.

Which is ONE POLL, in a deeply red state, but ... Kobach is a crap candidate who's likely to emerge from this fight with two black eyes and a pissed off base. If there's anyone who can blow this election, it's Kris Kobach.

Keep fighting, Kris! You can do it! (And now we need a shower.)

And YOU need an OPEN THREAD!

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[Kobach letter / Wichita Eagle / Mother Jones / Kansas City Star]

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