Monday, August 19, 2013

No Gun Owners or Dogs Allowed - A list of bigots or proto-bigots

Once upon a time, in far more places than anyone wants to admit, bigotry and racism were not only hideously common - but frequently the law of the land. The targets of discrimination varied by era and locale but the song was always the same - holding forth the different - particularly the visibly different -  as shameful, "less than" and unclean.

It's a human thing - a vile one - that is a constant battle to conquer whether it is between members of the black community able to "pass" and those who couldn't, between the more flamboyant/obvious members of the LGBT community and the less obvious, between white loggers and rail workers and imported Chinese labor, or between any of the possible adversarial combinations of the white/back/asian/latino/etc communities.

Bigotry. The Klan. Aryan Nations. Skinheads. We like to think we've put these things behind us or at least gotten better.

But then Mayor Mike McGinn and Cease Fire, consciously or not, today eagerly began trying to bring back the old demons - the tactics of hate, fear, separation, ostracism and bigotry - in service of their particular flavor of anti-gun fanaticism, seeking to paint lawful gun owners legally exercising a constitutional right with an allegorical yellow star, barring them from businesses and public spaces.

Whether based in race, hue, religion, gender, orientation or choosing to act in a constitutionally and legally protected manner, bigotry remains utterly vile - and seldom moreso when such bigotry conspires to force defenselessness upon its targets.

That is what McGinn and his cronies at CeaseFire and in business promote today. A return to division, fear, hatred in the service of fanaticism and political gain.

“We know this won’t stop someone determined to cause violence,” acknowledged Ralph Fascitelli, CeaseFire Board President in a statement, “but we hope that standing together and giving businesses a tool to say no to guns will change the conversation around gun violence." - Seattle Gun Rights Examiner

If even proponents know that this renewed tactic of fear and bigotry serves no practical purpose, what other goal can such a vile step have other than electoral gain for a flagging mayor, a dying gun control movement seeking to demonize its increasingly victorious freedom and logic oriented opponents and those always present small-souled cretins eternally searching for someone that an authority figure tells them that it is ok or safe to hate.

And now McGinn and his fellow self-righteous minions in business and at Cease Fire have designated someone safe to hate. Gun Owners.


The businesses below, identified as best I can with limited time and energy, are participants in this latter day Jim Crow program.

Avoid them. Or if you can't, bring a crowd...and order only coffee and a glass of water...and sit for hours - during rush hours. Encourage others to do the same.

Be polite, but let them know why. If you plan to boycott, let them know why...and that you will be telling every single one of your acquaintances to avoid them as well, just as you would a Klan-owned establishment.

Be polite. Be the civilized one. Follow the law. The sign itself (IANAL) is not legally binding. You can, in my lay understanding, safely ignore it if you choose to stage a sit-in or personally deliver a card notifying a business why they won't be seeing your cash. The key is, when you are asked to leave - leave. To do otherwise risks a trespass citation. But stand around on the public sidewalk outside the entrances and encourage potential customers to seek less bigoted shopping and dining locations.

Note also that several of these establishments are bars - where it is illegal to carry in any case. Don't get stupid and push that one. It *will* get you a night in the county slammer and most likely lose your guns and your CPL.

I'm not a lawyer. If you need legal advice talk to a lawyer. Nothing here is legal advice and only a moron would consider it so. YMMV. CYA. Boycotts are safe, a sit-in during a businesses rush hour can cost them thousands. One Size Does not fit all. 

New Seattle Crime-Friendly Zones:

Barboza – Theatre/Event/Music Space
(part of Moe/Neumo/Barbaroza complex)
1122 E. Pike St. PMB 813
Seattle, WA 98122

Big Marios – Pizza Joint
1009 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122

Brenthaven – MAC Online/Brick & Mortar Retailer
321 3rd Avenue South, #403
Seattle, WA 98104
T 800-803-7225

909 Harris Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
T 360-733-5608 *700

Bus Stop Espresso – N. Seattle Espresso Shop
800 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 528-5997

Cafe Paloma – Pioneer Square area eatery
93 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 405-1920

Cafe Racer – U District Eatery
5828 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 523-5282

Century Ballroom – Dining/Dancing on Capitol Hill
915 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-7263 (goes directly to owner)

Elliott Bay Books - Bookstore on Capitol Hill
1521 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 624-6600
(800) 962-5311

First United Methodist Church - Church
180 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109

Fish Fry – Eatery
NOTE: Identification uncertain
925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-7453

Freddy's Junior – Burger Joint
1513 Broadway

Seattle, WA 98122

Havana – Social Club/Eatery (Bar/Cafe)
1010 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-2822

Linda's Tavern - Tavern
707 E Pine Street
Seattle, WA
(206) 325-1220

Lost Lake Café – Capitol Hill eatery
(206) 323-5678

Manhattan Seattle - Bar

1419 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-6574

Moe Bar (part of Moe/Neumo/Barbaroza complex)
1425 10th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-9951

Neumo's (part of Moe/Neumo/Barbaroza complex) – A Bar

925 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122

1122 E. Pike St. PMB 813
Seattle, WA 98122

Nube Green – Sustainable Goods Retailer
921 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 402-4515

Oddfellows – Café & Bar
1525 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-0807

Office Nomads – Cooperative Office Space
1617 Boylston Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-6500

Quinn's – a Bar
Same owners as Restaurant Zoe
1001 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-7711

Platinum Records
915 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-8032

Smith - A Bar
332 15th Ave E.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 709-1900

Southern Street Kids
No Records Found.
May not exist or may not be a licensed business.

Sweatbox Yoga
1417 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 860-9642

The Saint - Bar
1416 East Olive Way
Seattle, Washington 98122
(206) 323-9922

Totokaelo – Women’s Fashion Gallery
1523 10th Avenue
Seattle Washington  98122

Restaurant Zoe
Identification less than certain
Same owners at Quinns Pub so…
1318 E. Union St
Seattle, WA 
(206) 256-2060


Anonymous said...

Wow, Elliott Bay Books? I guess they can't rocket into insolvency fast enough.

Will drop them a line...since I won't be spending any more money there.

Thanks for this list. Please add your discoveries to this site:

Anyone else get a brittle chuckle out of someone named "Fascitelli" being such a...well, you know...fascist?

Unknown said...

You are so unfair and incorrect. Any business ALWAYS has the right to refuse service to anyone. "The customer is always right" - is about the quality of the store's service or products. Business owners have a RIGHT to decide what comes into their building!
"No shirt, no shoes, no service" / "No dogs allowed" / and now some business owners do not want our weapons inside. WTF IS WRONG WITH THAT?? There is nothing wrong with someone not wanting our weapons inside their business!! GET OVER IT!! No one is a "BIGOT" because they choose to NOT deal with weapons!! SHEESH!!

Anonymous said...

I guess I won't be going to any of these establishments anytime soon. Detroit here we come, founded by the best Democratic ideas. P.S. I don't identify with any political party.

Unknown said...

You are right Mr. Unknown, a business can do all of these things however you also have to understand the law... I can enter any establishment I want with my weapon, except for the usual places such as court houses, schools, etc and the only way I am going to get "arrested" is if I refuse to leave when asked to.

And yes, the term "BIGOT" most certainly does apply to them... if it applies to someone against gay marriage it certainly applies to people who choose to isolate others because they exercise an inherent right... it isn't illegal to be a bigot however.. unless of course you are against liberal viewpoints...

Anonymous said...

Hey UNKNOWN see a doctor about your lack of reading comprehension. The author said businesses have a right to refuse service you moron. But don't stop there substitute Chinese, Negroes, etc for every space you have used the word weapons. Dumbazz!

Anonymous said...

SCHHOLS are NOT on the list of prohibited places to carry a weapon see RCW 9.41.300

Weapons prohibited in certain places — Local laws and ordinances — Exceptions — Penalty.

The liberals would LIKE you to believe that crap but in fact the school can only ask like these other moron businesses!

Gay_Cynic said...

A couple of quick thoughts.

Regarding schools as gun free zones. Yes, they are. Check RCW 9.41.280. Sorry.

Unknown. Philosophically, they are certainly bigots (and have every right to be) - and in turn the public and gun owners may choose to hold them in just as much contempt and take such economic actions (sit-ins, boycotts, pickets, enthusiastic reporting to regulatory authorities...) as are lawful in a jurisdiction. It can really be bad business to be a bigot.

Legally, however, as pointed out by Workman McGinn, Ceasefire and the named businesses may be engaging in illegal discrimination and harassment under the Seattle Civil Rights ordinance.

Tigershark123 said...

Thanks for the list. I wouldn't feel safe in those places anyway. I will also let anyone I know not to visit any of these businesses. They are "sitting duck" zones and I wouldn't want anyone I know victimized.