Friday, March 03, 2006

Yeah! The Austin City Council voted Thursday night to allow restaurants to permit dogs on their patios or outdoor areas so long as the dogs are kept on leashes and not allowed onto tables. Now Cassidy can go with me to Opal Divine's for a pint o' beer! It's a small victory, but a nice one, especially after Austin voted a smoking ban into effect last year which took the decision of whether or not to allow smoking out of the hands of bar and nightclub owners. Steanso just tends to believe that bar and restaurant owners should be allowed to do what they want to in their own establishments- if people don't like the enviroment, they can exercise their power as consumers and go somewhere else.
Anyhoo, it'll be nice to take the pooch out for a drink on a nice day!

5 comments:

CrackBass said...

I am also happy with the dog rules. Who doesn't love dogs around while they're drinking outside (besides dog hateers, of course, and who likes them?) And even though I am perhaps the biggest non smoking advocate in the entire world, I voted against the smoking ban as well. It's a bar, and I agree that if you don't like whats going on there, go elsewhere (although I doubt any bar would have voluntarily become smoke free without the law, so bar parons wanting a smoke free environment probably would have been SOL). All that aside, the "it's my place, come if you like my roles, leave if you don't" attitude may find some interesting interpretations here...
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/02/catholic.town.ap/index.html

Steanso said...

I don't get it. Is the church or this one guy going to own all commercial property in the town? If one guy wants to buy up every commercial establishment in the town and then people actually want to go there to live, I don't see what anyone can do to stop it.

CrackBass said...

if someone wanted to buy all the commercial property in a town, and then exclude all jews or hispanics or muslims or african americans from those commercial properties, i have no doubt that plenty of nuts would move to that town. but im pretty damn sure it wouldn't be ok, and that plenty could be done to stop it...

Steanso said...

Racial discrimination, even in private establishments, has been prohibited under The Commerce Clause if the business is open to the general public. The sale of condoms or porn has no such limitations. You slept through Con Law, didn't you, Crackbass?

CrackBass said...

I think the prevention of availability of birthcontrol is now going the same way (Judge demandinng that wal mart sell morning after pill). and, yes, i slept through all of law school.

I also think that freedom of religion thingy might come into play here. I know he isn't demanding you be catholic to live here, but looks like he would be infringing on your ability to be something else.