o Chicago, I used to get a silly touristy kind of thrill every time I walked into 7-11 and saw the rows of whiskey and vodka behind the counter.

Shit!! I was about to link you to a great article on this subject by John Bloom or Joe Bob Briggs, hard to tell them apart, and UPI has closed its archives. They may be able to sell me a subscription just to read his old stuff.

Posted by: Cedar Bristol at June 18, 2003 05:59 PM

Harry -- Yeah, we've been writing about this lapdance outrage over at laexaminer.com, and even at Reason. What's happening in L.A. is that a bunch of moronic lefties are trying to take a page from Bloomberg's playbook, and crack down on vice as a method for erasing a budget shortfall. Luckily, in Hollywood at least, there are plenty of bars that ignore the smoking ban, and we have these neato things called "patios" that are pretty usable year-round.

Usually, no one here gives much of a shit what the L.A. City Council does (aside from collect salaries of like $150,000), but now that they've wasted our time with A) days' worth of debate on an anti-war resolution, and B) this ridiculous lapdance bullshit, they may jerk the population into doing stuff like actually voting them out of office.

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 18, 2003 06:21 PM

When I saw him last I said something about how I find Tehran really interesting, and that if I was to fling myself to a strange corner of the world, itd probably be that one, to watch the inevitable spectacle of freedom-loving kids calling bullshit on the graybeards. He looked at me like Id been hitting the opium pipe. Why would you want to go there? he asked.

Hahahhahahhahahhahahahhah! Sorry, Matt. I enjoy your blog tremendously (and I have a profound respect for your ability to poke fun at yourself) but this is sooooo classic.

This is something that native-born Americans apparently just can't get/appreciate/grok.

No matter how intricate, ancient and wonderfully interesting a culture/country maybe - In this case, Iran. Without economic/social/political freedoms....well...your wife's cousin summed it up pretty well.

Posted by: vlad at June 20, 2003 02:17 AM
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