California Town, to smokers: "We don't take kindly to your kind..."
Texas law-enforcement, to drinkers: "Put the glass down and slowly back away."
My head, to the wall: BANG BANG BANG
About nine months ago, I wrote here about my city's impending smoking ban
. My thoughts haven't changed: smoking bans are still incredibly misguided. [Since the ban started in July, there was a movement to repeal it, failing in the city council by a two votes; caused bars to lose about 30% of their business; and a vote that passed to allow smoking in "cigar bars."]
Now Calabasas, California has said that not only can't you smoke in public buildings, restaurants, bars, etc.--you can't even smoke outside, in some cases even if you own the property:
Smoking is prohibited in all public places in the City of Calabasas where other persons can be exposed to second-hand smoke. These places include indoor and outdoor businesses, hotels, parks, apartment common areas, restaurants and bars where people can be reasonably expected to congregate or meet. (site)
The FAQ is full of other goodies like: "...select an area at least 20 feet away from any path of travel, doorway, or place where people congregate. Remember that if someone complains, you will need to select a new location, or refrain from smoking."
I can understand--at least I think I can understand--why some believe this is the right thing to do. It's still stupid. But not as stupid as this
: "Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk..." And to continue:
The goal, she said, was to detain drunks before they leave a bar and go do something dangerous like drive a car.
"We feel that the only way we're going to get at the drunk driving problem and the problem of people hurting each other while drunk is by crackdowns like this," she said.
"There are a lot of dangerous and stupid things people do when they're intoxicated, other than get behind the wheel of a car," Beck said. "People walk out into traffic and get run over, people jump off of balconies trying to reach a swimming pool and miss."
Drunk driving is stupid. Jumping off of balconies is stupid sober or drunk. Walking out into traffic? Stupid. Should they be punishable? Yes. In the case of drunk driving: Hell Yes.
If I'm sitting at a bar, drinking, intoxicated, but not fighting anyone, not driving, just sitting there, maybe watching the game...uh, why am I being arrested? Drinking should be done responsibly. Irresponsible drinking should be punished accordingly.
I can understand having a dry county (but, like smoking bans: stupid) but going into a bar
, which, by definition
serves alcohol, and arresting people guilty only of drinking...
Which is why I'm posting this here. I am a drinker and I enjoy going to the bars occasionally. I recognize that I might just be clouded on this issue and can't really understand that this is truly a brilliant idea. I think I gotta assume that there is someone out there that thinks this is a good thing, so I'm asking for some help explaining it to me. But I might be kinda slow, 'cause of all the brain cells I've killed drinking and banging my head against the wall.
But, one more thing: You know, I really hate children. They're loud, obnoxious, annoying and they stink. They bother me. They negatively affect my health both physically (children are disease carriers plus) and mentally (must... lower... blood... pressure). Children may be the future, but they are not the present. I am not the only one that feels this way. So, if you must have children, can you please select an area at least 20 feet away from any path of travel, doorway, or place where people congregate. And remember that if someone complains, you will need to take your children to a new location, or refrain from having them with you.