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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

First They Come for Your Cigarettes.....

A lot of people I know are not bothered in the least by the government enforced smoking ban. The smell bothers them, they aren't smokers, etc. But I warned them, this is not about smoking, but the larger issue of property rights - the right for a bar/restaurant owner to decide whether or not he wants to let people smoke inside of his own building. Why should a handful of old men on a city council get to make this decision for a city writ large? Let the government chip away at a few property rights, and it's only logical they'll start to take them in chunks.

Sure enough:

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) -- Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said Wednesday.

The first sting operation was conducted recently in a Dallas suburb where agents infiltrated 36 bars and arrested 30 people for public intoxication, said the commission's Carolyn Beck.

Being in a bar does not exempt one from the state laws against public drunkenness, Beck said.

But there was no one left so speak for me....


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