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August 24, 2010

Glenn Beck's D.C. marchers warned to avoid Green and Yellow Lines

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Rachel Maddow last evening did the above segment on the rally being held this Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial by Glenn Beck, coinciding with the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech which was delivered there. Rachel quotes this page from a Maine Tea Party website recommending eateries, providing the home addresses of several Democratic politicians, and giving the following warning:

If you are on the subway stay on the Red line between Union Station and Shady Grove, Maryland. If you are on the Blue or Orange line do not go past Eastern Market (Capitol Hill) toward the Potomac Avenue stop and beyond; stay in NW DC and points in Virginia. Do not use the Green line or the Yellow line. These rules are even more important at night. There is of course nothing wrong with many other areas; but you don't know where you are, so you should not explore them.

The author of this warning turns out to be none other than D.C. realtor Bruce Majors, who has a blog on Salon and is the subject of a "Troll Alert" at TPM. The bio on his blog begins, "Anarcho-capitalist revolutionary sharpening his guillotine."

Martin Austermuhle of DCist comments here. As Rachel and WaPo columnist Gene Robinson note in the above video, a boycott of the Green and Yellow Lines by Tea Partiers this weekend will make it that much easier for D.C. residents to get into Ben's Chili Bowl, which is on the Green Line on U Street Northwest. Robinson says of the warning about the Green and Yellow Lines, "This is obviously Scaring White People, Part Two, and what they have done is essentially try to put off limits any parts of the city where these Maine Tea Partiers believe you might be more likely to encounter, dare I say, black people."

Given the publicity this has received, I suspect that some other Tea Partiers will shortly disavow the comments by Majors. But hey, he was just trying to be helpful in his anarcho-capitalist way.

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