Hey. Well, Mono E is playing tonight at the Carousel Lounge with San Saba County. Come one, come all. We're looking forward to a fun night of music, if I can just get through this workday first.
Last night we had band practice, and a large part of our time was spent practicing hand to hand combat moves in case some maniac rushes the stage like they did those guys from Pantera. Mono E ain't going out like bitches.
Work was pretty uneventful. They want to put one of my guys in jail for assaulting some woman, but the woman that he allegedly assaulted is a white supremacist speed freak from the Aryan Nation, and I don't think she'll make a very credible witness once I cross examine her about the day to day activities of her biker gang and her prior felony record. Nonetheless, the prosecutors are convinced they have to defend this damsel in distress, so we're off to the races.
Now for a quick rant. Over the weekend and APD officer and her husband (who was also retired from APD) were killed in an alocohol related motorcycle accident. Shauna Jacobson was reported to have a blood alcohol level of .33, which is more than 4 times the legal limit and well on the way to alcohol poisoning, and her husband was also highly intoxicated, with a blood alcohol of 3 times the legal limit at .24.
Now TABC is threatening to yank the bar owner's liquor license for continuing to serve liquor to Kurt Jacobson after he road his motorcycle into the bar and peeled out. Keep in mind that this was an APD event with something like 100 officers in attendance. What the hell is the bartender supposed to do in that situation? None of the other police officers at the party told this guy he shouldn't be drinking any more, let alone driving, and now we're going to punish the bar owner? I know that we should encourage people who serve alcohol to do so responsibly, but who do you call when it's the cops who are out of control? It's certainly understandable that the bartender thought things were going ok if the 100 police officers at the event didn't do anything to try to rectify the situation. In addition, the entire APD fundraising event was apparently part of some type of progressive party where the officers were travelling form location to location while consuming alcohol. This strikes me as the height of hypocrisy, coming from an organization which receives taxpayer dollars to fund its DWI taskforce, and which regularly throws people in jail for DWI with little or no more evidence than the faint smell of supposed alcohol on someone's breath.
The TABC case against the bar owner is a witch hunt in a situation where APD is throwing up a smokescreen to cover once again for irresponsible, illegal behavior. Instead of finding out why the hell none of their officers tried to get these people not to drive home (and/or tried to get them to quit drinking), TABC and APD are going to go after the guy who offered to help out APD by allowing them to hold their event in his bar in the first place. Now I'm a defense attorney and I'm not especially intimidated by the police, but even I would have been hesitant to start telling a roomfull of cops that they were cut off and were too drunk to drive.
I guess it's cookies and punch for the APD Christmas party.