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The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 05, 2011, 07:57:07 AM »
I think texting while driving is at least as dangerous than driving drunk, personally. I'm certainly not going to defend it at all, and lots of places are cracking down. But  its really hard to enforce.
That's why Austin Police Chief Art Arcevedo wants to eliminate the blood alcohol limit laws, and replace them with "Driving Impaired" laws.  The police would have to see the crime being committed, rather than stopping everyone, taking police away from other duties.

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The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 04, 2011, 12:31:11 PM »
and even if I were to walk to the bar, get drunk and plan on walking home... I could still get arrested...

Currently, under Texas Law, if you are sitting in your yard and you are intoxicated, you can be arrested for Public Intoxication, because the public can see you.  In reality, you'd have to be doing something to attract their attention, say, shouting at the top of your lungs, before they would arrest you.  But the possibility exists that on a slow night, if a police officer sees you walking a not so straight line across your lawn, you could be arrested.

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The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 03, 2011, 03:47:23 PM »
I just read an interesting article in Reason Magazine.  When the Feds forced the states to go to a 0.08% BAC, alcohol related accidents went up, after a 20 year decline.  A UC Berekley study found "1,600 sobriety checkpoints in California generated $40 million in fines, $30 million in overtime pay for cops, 24,000 vehicle confiscations, and just 3,200 arrests for drunk driving. A typical nightly checkpoint would divert 20 or more cops from other tasks while yielding a dozen or more vehicle confiscations but only about three drunk driving arrests."

I'm not saying that this is incorrect - but I sure would like to see the study in question. All of the reports I have seen on the actual number of DUI related deaths have gone down, not up. This is the only thing that has convinced me that the DUI checkpoints and absurdly low blood alc/vol. are in any way, shape or form legitimate.

The article does say that a redefinition of "alcohol related" could be responsible. If a sober driver jumps a curb and hits a drunk pedestrian, that is an alcohol related accident. But still, if one DUI check point gets 100 seized cars for every drunk taken of the road, it's not a DUI checkpoint. It's just a checkpoint, and they are unconstitutional. 
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The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 03, 2011, 08:27:46 AM »
I just read an interesting article in Reason Magazine.  When the Feds forced the states to go to a 0.08% BAC, alcohol related accidents went up, after a 20 year decline.  A UC Berekley study found "1,600 sobriety checkpoints in California generated $40 million in fines, $30 million in overtime pay for cops, 24,000 vehicle confiscations, and just 3,200 arrests for drunk driving. A typical nightly checkpoint would divert 20 or more cops from other tasks while yielding a dozen or more vehicle confiscations but only about three drunk driving arrests."

In Texas, refusing a breath test gets you a blood test.  Refusing that gets you the shoe leather express when they take your license away.  

I don't have a problem with police arresting someone they see driving impaired.  I have a problem with the police stopping everyone on a street to see if they are impaired.  Stopping everyone on a the street, to me, is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.  

But we've signed away our rights.  What's one more to throw on the scrap heap?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pouring home brew at a beer event?
« on: December 15, 2010, 08:27:23 AM »
I imagine it would also depend on the event.  If there was a cover charge and all other alcoholic drinks were sold, I'm sure you could give away your homebrew.  However, if the cover charged allows people to get their alcohol free, then it would be illegal, because you would be selling homebrew.

You will have to several people in Alcohol control unit, and you might find one or two that will say yes.  Last year, a club in Midland wanted to pour their beers at a fundraiser with a cover charge and free drinks.  Texas Alcoholic Beveage Commission Agent told them it was illegal to transport home brew (It's not, and they told her so.), and said they didn't have the proper permits to sell alcohol anyway.

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The Pub / Re: Every episode of Star Trek, ever!
« on: December 15, 2010, 06:55:32 AM »
Watching "Family" -STTNG S04E02 - where Picard returns to his home village of La Barre. What I love is that every single person in that village seems to have been straight out of central casting for A Christmas Carol. Could they not find anybody with a French accent?
Apparently, in the future, all Europeans have given up their native languages and use British English.  ::)

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Events / Re: 2011 NHC?
« on: December 01, 2010, 07:36:19 AM »
:D

Funny Tom...you make it sound like there's going to be alot of fat guys in kilts.  :-\
Except I usually wear mine for pro-night. ;D
I'll be wearing mine on Club Night.  Whew!  Now we won't be confused for each other.   ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: December 01, 2010, 07:34:17 AM »
The Discover Channel has taken the matter out of my hands since it put Brew Masters opposite No Reservations.  Bye, Sam.  Liked the second episode.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: December 01, 2010, 07:06:00 AM »
I'm not sure any BMC drinkers will be swayed by chicha.

... Isn't that what they're already drinking?
No.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: November 29, 2010, 01:05:19 PM »
I just caught last night's episode. Missed the first one. I like it. Now, I dont know that I like what they made...... but I like a show that puts our passion in the limelight. Sam is a great spokesman for the industry and he has a TV personality. I think its a good fit all the way around. I'll be tuning in tonight for episode #3.

My wife actually watched the whole show with me and I think I saw her connecting the brewing dots. Good stuff.

He does have a great TV personality, but as far as him being a spokesman for the industry. . .unless the industry is in Delaware, I would say he is a great spokesman for DogFish Head.  The show may be named Brew Masters, but so far we've only seen one.  

So it looks like the next couple of episodes will be following this format: Sam travels while the staff at the brewery faces a problem.

Too bad it's opposite two other shows I watch.  Can't give up my No Reservations and Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:33:37 AM »
Again with the deadline?  "We're gonna serve it in three weeks, so I'm flying to Peru. . ."  This was more of what I wanted, but I still expected to see some of the cake decorators from Ace of Cakes.

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The Pub / Re: Every episode of Star Trek, ever!
« on: November 25, 2010, 04:33:52 PM »
Cool.   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: November 22, 2010, 07:55:04 PM »
Ace of Beers was great! 

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Events / Re: 2011 NHC?
« on: November 22, 2010, 07:17:51 AM »
maybe they can put our AHA logins on our passes or something . . . because I might know that Denny is Denny at the conference, I might not know that dirk_mclargehuge is . . . I don't know who that is :)

<edit> And thanks Denny, I did Royal Palm tower too . . . ;D
That's a good idea.  I'll be the fat guy in the kilt on Club night.   ;D

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The Pub / Re: Anyone Watch 'Brew Masters' Last Night?
« on: November 22, 2010, 07:11:20 AM »
Watched.  Particularly enjoyed it when Elaina's cake fell apart. . .   ???

Wait.  That was the wrong show. 

It was nothing like I expected.  The ad showed him walking through the desert, into a Moroccan market to sniff spices like Jim Koch sniffs hops. Instead, he explored the wilds of Rehobath.  I expected a history of beer, and instead got "Ace of Cakes."  It was fun, I'll probably watch it again.

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