|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
The San Mateo City Council demonstrates its nervous horror at the idea of human freedom:
I don't even know what anecdotal stories and stereotypes the City Council is thinking of! Asians are stereotyped as many things, but drunks are not among them. And who believes that karaoke is a seedy swamp of prostitution and heroin addiction?
"Come sing Greatest Love of All! Love you long time!"
Really? What about restaurants with private dining rooms? Don't they sell liquor? How can the police even function knowing that there is a closed door behind which someone might be drinking a cocktail?
I had a friend over at my house last night. I served him a glass of wine, and didn't check his ID! Shall I be required to install a glass front to my living room, with a spotlight trained on it?
The city council and police are using incredibly sloppy definitions and reasoning. A "private" karaoke room is not "private" in the same way that my living room is "private". It's simply open to a select group of customers. If police can monitor liquor sales in an open karaoke establishment without a search warrant, they can inspect a "closed" room as well.
Does the San Mateo city council think that whenever a restaurant closes for a private function, it is trying to evade liquor laws?
Update: My wife Sherry was reading this last night and said: "Hey, Albert Lee is my former boss!"