From our favorite pre-emptive arrest agency comes some interesting revelations related to their funding. From an email forwarded by HoT pal First Last comes this news:
Our Homeland Security Department is not related to the federal Department of Homeland Security. Our agency was given funding in the 2003 Legislative Session to create a Homeland Security Division so that we could devote additional personnel to investigate applicants for alcoholic beverage permits (something we were already doing). Whenever someone applies for a permit to sell alcoholic beverages, we are tasked with ensuring that they meet the legal requirements including criminal history and legal residency requirements. We also ensure that the money used to fund the business is legally acquired. There are laws specifically prohibiting the distributing and manufacturing tiers from funding any retail establishments. I hope this answers your question, but if not, please let me know.
Public Information Officer
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Because as I’m sure you know… Al Qaida was most definitely eyeing Texas for opening their own muslim brewpub. Jihadi Ale or Bin Laden Lager anyone?
And speaking of brewpubs, I did some research into the dumb licensing restrictions for such establishments and it seems they are designed in such a manner that explicitly kills any kind of competitive growth (funded by terrorism dollars too, natch). From the(rev. Sept 2005):
CHAPTER 74. BREWPUB LICENSE
Sec. 74.01. AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES.
[…] (d) The holder of a brewpub license may not hold or have an interest either directly or indirectly, or through a subsidiary, affiliate, agent, employee, officer, director, or other person, in a manufacturer’s or distributor’s license or any other license or permit in the manufacturing or wholesaling levels of the alcoholic beverage industry regardless of the specific names given to permits or licenses in Title 3 of this code. The holder shall be considered a “retailer” for purposes of Section 102.01 of this code.
So you like that local pub who’s making their own lager on site? Well guess what, TABC won’t let them sell their brew in the grocery store next to Miller and Budweiser.
And in even more Texas-sized kick-in-the-nuts news comes one legislator’s proud endorsement of the program (from Instapundit):
Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, was instrumental in getting the increased staffing, as a member of both the powerful Senate Finance Committee and the Criminal Justice Committee, which oversees the alcohol commission.
Although he agreed hearings are merited, he defended the principle of in-bar citations.
“Even though a public drunk is not planning on driving, that could change in an instant,” he said. “There is certainly potential danger.”
To which Reynolds aptly responds:
Even though a Senator is not planning on taking bribes from the underage-goat-sex lobby, that could change in an instant. Best we lock them all up now.
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