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Sunday, July 12, 2009

What Constitutes a "Raid?"

Miss Ginger's not sure what to think about this one:

Another Dallas-area gay bar raid prompts questions
Associated Press
July 12, 2009, 7:54AM

DALLAS — Activists are crying foul over the raid of a Dallas-area gay bar less than a month after the raid of another club ended with one man in the hospital.
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officials entered the Dallas Eagle club around midnight Friday. The raid came a few weeks after the raid of a Fort Worth club where witnesses claimed authorities were overly aggressive.
A guard at the Eagle says TABC officials were questioning whether the address on the liquor license was changed after the club reopened just yards from its previous location.
Gay activist Rick Vanderslice says he is "outraged" and wants to know what is prompting the raids.
TABC officials didn't return phone calls seeking comment.

First of all, it's a pretty "sensational" headline for a rather uninformative article. The TABC stopped by the bar during it's most important operating hours- that happens all the time, and Miss Ginger doesn't really consider that a "raid". TABC routinely enters establishments they have licensed to ensure they are operating within the terms of the license. Typically, they are, and the officers continue their rounds. I've been in many bars during TABC visists. The officers enter, identify themselves, inspect the license, and leave.
That appears to be exactly what happened in this case. Apparently, the license was in order. No arrests, no drama, no harrasment. Just bar owners, bartenders, doormen, and TABC officers all doing their job.
Gay bars are subject to the same laws as others. Nothing more, nothing less. I didn't see any photos of men in assless chaps climbing into the paddy wagon. Damn!
Check out the article. The comments from the readers at the bottom are priceless!


Eric Arvin said...

I agree with you, Miss Ginger.

Joy said...

Me, too. (not unusual)

WonderousWomanRetreat said...
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miss alaineus said...

saw your comment missy...good point. did you see the ones when people started throwing verses in deuteronomy around?

i really like the one about how we are all supposed to pee in a hole and then bury it....camping 365/24/7!

it does raise a point about how folks tend to only take the parts of the bible literally that they want to and try to forget about the rest of the laws they disagree with.....


ps. what a bunch of horons!

Dan said...

My favorite watering hole is one block from the police station. I think they stop by every month or ss. At first people were upset, now no one even pays attention.

Mark in DE said...

Doesn't sound like a "raid" to me either.

The Peach Tart said...

this continues to piss me off


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