Thursday, March 23, 2006

TABC says There is too much fun in Texas Bars!

OK, so the TABC have always been a bunch of yahoos but the news story below pretty much takes the cake. The TABC has been raiding bars to catch drunks, making arrests, and citing people for public intoxication with the following explanation:

"The program, in a nutshell, is designed to keep the streets safer by reducing the numbers of DWI offenders"

Wow, does anyone notice a problem here? Isn't this assuming a crime before it happens? This program basically says that, in Texas, having a designated driver isn't good enough anymore. You know as dumb as that Bacardi commericial is with the guy who knives his tires before he goes to the party, I don't think anyone would say that character was irresponsible (stupid yes but irresponsible no) But TABC would totally bust him.

"Sir, you are obviously drunk."
"No officer, I (hic) am shitfaced!."
"Sir, we're taking you in you are a danger to society."
"But I specifically slashed my tires so I wouldn't drive drunk."
"Sir, being drunk is a danger to society. Lock him up boys!"

Now, when you go to a bar what the fuck are you supposed to do? "Oh I will have one Shirley Temple and be off. I have to be at church tomorrow morning like a good member of society."

Fuck! Texas is getting to be so fucking puritan that it makes me sick! Bars are a place for our vices - they are not goddamn tea parties. You go to hear loud stupid music, smoke, drink, be loud, be stupid, and have some goddamn fun! You got a problem with bars and drinking tell it to Burns, Joyce, Bukowski, and the many other writers whose work was affected by these glorious places.

As Charles Bukowski once put it...

"We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us."

LINK:Public intoxication stings catch 2,200 in Texas bars
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

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