Conservatism as an excuse to be a prick: example no. 8,306,372.
Raw Story: A restaurant outside of Oklahoma City is facing criticism after its outspoken owner made a series of inflammatory comments after one of his former customers, who is disabled, complained that he’d been banned from the establishment.
Matt Gard claims that the owner of Gary’s Chicaros restaurant, Gary James, banned him from the restaurant because of his wheelchair. James, however, says otherwise: “He created an issue. You only have one time here. You create an issue, you’re out forever.”
Gard claims that’s just “a weak excuse,” and that James’s real problem with him is that he’s on disability.
James doesn’t deny that he thinks some people shouldn’t patronize his restaurant. “Well if you work, you own a business, pay your taxes, you’re more than welcome here,” he told KFOR. “If you’re on welfare, stay at home and spend my money, there. I don’t deal with these people walking down the street with no jobs on welfare.”
Gard also claims that James has routinely turned away customers for decades. “He doesn’t like certain people of race, color, ethnicity,” Gard said of James.
James told KFOR that he’s owned Gary’s Chicaros for 44 years, so he “think[s] I can spot a freak or a f*ggot.”
There’s more and you should read it if you can stomach it, otherwise you get the idea. Why this clown hasn’t had the pants sued off him under the Citizens with Disabilities Act or any segregationist era laws is beyond me. The man’s a dinosaur.
"The restaurant’s official t-shirt makes it clear that a ‘f*ggot’ isn’t welcome in James’s establishment," the report goes on. "It features that word, the N-word, and threatens violence against Muslims, Democrats, and members of many minority groups."
"Appalling, bigoted, discriminatory behavior is regularly displayed at this establishment," says one Yelp reviewer. “The owner, Gary James, refuses to serve wheelchair bound persons, black people, Hispanics, mixed race couples, gay people, people who wear hats, people who ask for Budweiser, liberals, men with longish hair, people wearing clothes he doesn’t approve of, people with facial piercings, on and on, ad nauseum. If you pass first inspection, don’t think you’ve got it made - if he doesn’t approve of an overheard conversation, if he decides you are too effeminate, if your politics don’t agree with his, if you don’t like the way your steak is cooked, if you cheer for the wrong team, etc etc, Mr. James will charge you more for your meal.”
Bonus fun: the food sucks. The reviewer complains of a “mediocre steak” and says the menu is short on side dishes. “At Chicaro’s the only things you get with your meat are hate, indigestion and stale cigarette smoke,” the reviewer concludes.
Of course, this is just another example of a conservative using conservatism as an excuse to be a dick. There are people who trollishly thrive on negative reactions and use hate to trigger them. The American right is sadly full of these clowns. What’s more disturbing is the fact that he’s been in business for 44 years. If he’s been this bigoted all that time, then what the fuck is wrong with Enid, Oklahoma? This is KKK level stuff. If the food is as bad as they say, then it’s hard to fathom why people would frequent the place other than to support this sort of bigotry (I refer back to the t-shirts as evidence — that alone should drive people who aren’t actual Nazis away in droves).
Apparently, we’ve discovered a whole community of assholes who either hate like neo-Nazis or think it’s funny to watch people react to neo-Nazis. Either way, fuck this town.
Stories to Watch: 1/14/14.
The W. Virginia chemical spill and resulting water crisis are really a very big deal, but getting short shrift from the media. The problem: Chris Christie’a Bridgegate (which still sounds like a mall to me; “We’ve got it all at Bridgegate Mall”). Apparently, the media — despite having a 24 hour news cycle — can only cover one “big story” at a time. So everyone involved in 4-methylcyclohexane-methanol-gate gets a pass, because Christie might possibly maybe run for President one day perhaps.
Had to deal with snow, so this one might be short. As always, hover your cursor over the links to preview the headlines as tooltips.
A judge strikes down Oklahoma’s constitutional ban on same sex marriage, citing the equal protection clause of the constitution. This gives states like my own Wisconsin, which foolishly banned marriage equality at the state constitutional level, some good reason to hope. For those tempted to shriek, “STATES’ RIGHTS! STATES’ RIGHTS!" at the top of your lungs, allow me to introduce you to the supremacy clause in the Constitution, which makes federal law, US treaties, and the Constitution the supreme law of the land. In other words, when state law and federal law bump heads, federal law takes precedence — just as the founders intended.
Republicans have all but killed the extension of unemployment benefits. This is one of those times I wish I believed in God, so I could believe in Hell. Of course, there’s still the electoral Hell, where we can still hope to see Republicans burn. As one unemployed worker put it, “I’m registered as a Republican, but if they continue to [block unemployment aid] I’m probably changing to Democrat.” Welcome aboard. The best Democratic recruiting tool is probably Republicans.
Remember that psycho who shot and killed a guy for texting in a Florida movie theater? He’s citing that state’s stand-your-ground law. See, the texter threw popcorn at him, so of course he assumed he was about to die unless he killed him first. Once again, some asshole picks a fight with someone, finds out he vastly overestimated his competence as a brawler, uses his gun to even the odds, and declares himself a Second Amendment Hero for doing what in any sane state would be a clear case of murder.
Finally (see? I told it it would be short), the right wing media’s BENGHAZI!!! hoax collapses — again. I’ve lost track of how many times this wingnut bedtime story has fallen apart.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]
A nice big fat one, specifically for corporations.
Oklahoma, where corporations are not only people, but way more important people than your kids.
SCOTUS turns away Oklahoma ultrasound law.
The justices on Tuesday turned down the state’s attempt to reinstate a law that would have required pregnant women to undergo an ultrasound test and hear about the size and possible heartbeat of the fetus.
Last year, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the state’s ultrasound law on the grounds it put an undue burden on a woman’s right to abortion.
This is what always gets me; the extremely weak and stupid rationale for these sorts of laws. “State Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt appealed and argued the law was needed to ensure women were ‘fully informed’ before they opted for abortion,” according to the report.
Just once I’d like to see one of these clowns asked point blank what they think it is that most women don’t understand about pregnancy. What Pruitt’s argument — and that of every “informed consent” spin doctor out there — boils down to is an argument that women are too stupid to know what they’re doing, so they need a helpful Republican male politician to draw them a damned picture with a sonogram.
It’s not just an unnecessary burden, it’s an insulting one, as well.
I can not confirm on any sort of cars being flipped or any, I can’t confirm factual damage because we are right on a previous tornado path of damage. I can’t figure out if that is previous damage or if that was current damage.