I’ve gotta be honest; after the Obamacare decision, I don’t feel much like blogging today. However, I realize that the show must go on, and I’m going to post stories of a lighter fare… at least until my brain aneurysm dissipates.
Any hoo, remember when Texas was the freedom capital of America? You could carry forty guns in your belt, drink while driving (as long as it’s something bad ass like whiskey), and run over illegals with your pickup truck?
Apparently those halcyon days are over; at least in Houston. The city has mandated a “pole tax,” and the proceeds will be used to fund – get this – rape investigations.
City Council passed an ordinance that requires strip clubs to pay a $5-per-visitor fee to help pay for the analysis of biological evidence collected from rape victims in hopes of identifying their attackers.
Police in Houston lack the money to promptly analyze evidence such as hair particles and blood specimens, gathered by investigators in packets known as rape kits. Houston estimates it has 6,000 rape kits that have yet to be scrutinized by crime laboratories.
Supporters of the ordinance, which was supported by Mayor Annise Parker and approved on a 14-1 vote, contend that strip clubs should shoulder some of the costs of rape investigations because the establishments can cultivate unhealthy attitudes toward women that can lead to sexual assaults.
Ah yes, the old “It’s for the
children women” argument. If the city council is going to make that argument, then they must make the same argument for billboard and television advertising. Some of those ads “cultivate unhealthy attitudes” as well.
But no, they didn’t do that because it was never about the unhealthy attitudes. It was always about sticking it to the strip clubs and the patrons. Et tu, Texas?