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Word to Local Commies: Fear the Wrath of Khon

I'll take "People With No Sense of Historical Perspective" for $500, Alex...

That's about all you can say when you hear what happened yesterday at Khon's, a funky wine bar/art dive/darts hot-spot in Little Saigon. Proprietor Khon Lu says a woman came in and asked to host an event touring Houston's Communist Party. At a place run by a Vietnamese-American son of refugees from that country's Communist regime.

"There's a reason why we're here," Lu remembers telling the woman, speaking for himself and the vast majority of Houston's Vietnamese population. "The question is, why are you in my place?"

Lu says the encounter started when the woman, who appeared to be in her early 60s, walked into his place. She carried a "hippie, kinda hemp-looking bag" from which she pulled some literature and asked if she could host an event in advance of an upcoming book signing. Lu says he was only half-listening and didn't cotton on to what she was on about. All he could hear was his cash register ringing...

"Me being a capitalist, I was like, 'Yeah, you can do anything you want.'" Then he realized the event in question was to be a Communist Party rally.

"There's no way I'm gonna have that in my place," he says. "I pointed to the Swiss flag I have over the bar and said, 'We don't do politics here.'"

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The woman wanted to debate. She said her brand of Communism was different than the kind that exiled Lu's parents and killed some of his relatives. He wasn't buying what she was selling. "I told her I wasn't gonna debate her," he says. "I've got a business to run, and I have no time to be sitting here arguing about politics."

Lu says the exchange stayed polite, and is less angry than bemused. Especially since this is the second time commies have tried to unfurl their red banners in his bar.

"They've left unfulfilled both times," he says. "My grandfather would roll over in his grave if I accommodated those people."

"Now if you will excuse me, I have to get back to work."

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