Monday night, the Lewisville City Council will once again consider changes to the city's sexually oriented business ordinance due to a complaint about the local breastaurant, Redneck Heaven. In 2011, the City Council passed a new ordinance to address the restaurant's practice of having waitresses wear next to nothing while serving customers. It was a story that got your editor in trouble with his wife, when he went to investigate.
The updated ordinance defined a sexually oriented business as one that regularly displays parts of the breast that are below the top of the areolas. The waitresses there often displayed side-boob and under-boob.
Apparently in response to the new ordinance, waitresses have been covering their breasts with pasties and body paint. Here is a montage of few photos of waitresses that Redneck Heaven of Lewisville recently displayed on their Facebook page:
Someone complained to the police department, according to a memo from the Police Chief, Russ Kerbow:
The police department received a complaint about waitresses and their attire at a certain restaurant as a possible violation of the sexually-oriented business ordinance. The police department conducted an investigation to determine if the business in question was in violation. During the investigation, officers observed waitresses serving patrons with body paint covering their breasts along with adhesive coverings over just the areola of their breasts, commonly referred to as “pasties.” After a review of the ordinance and in consultation with the City Attorney, it is staff’s belief that the definition of nudity or state of nudity needs refining to further detail what constitutes an “opaque covering” in the definition. The proposed definition would restrict body paint and similar substances from being considered an opaque covering under the definition.
The proposed ordinance would now define nudity as the following:
Nudity or a state of nudity shall mean: (1) The appearance of a human bare buttock, anus, male genitals, female genitals or female breast; or (2) A state of dress which fails to completely and opaquely cover a human buttock, anus, male genitals, female genitals or part of a female breast or breasts that is situated below a point immediately above the top of the areola. For purposes of this definition, body paint, body dyes, tattoos, liquid latex, whether wet or dried, and other similar substances shall not be considered an opaque covering.
Happy Bastille Day. Later today, your editor's family will celebrate by ordering French fries at Whataburger.
Isn't this rain great? The National Weather Service says highs will reach the lower 80s today, with a 70% chance of rain through tonight, with lows in the mid 60s. It will be cloudy on Monday through Wednesday with possible rain, and cooler weather all week.
Yesterday, our family celebrated the heat by making a trip out to the lake to swim. I shouldn't have been surprised how warm the water was. Fluffy was not as excited to go to the lake as the kids and I were, but what made it all worth it for her happened right as we were getting ready to leave. As we were walking back to the car, I saw this huge lizard run around and park himself at the base of a tree. I walked up to look at him, and was about 4 feet away when Fluffy grabbed my arm and told me that there was a beehive in the fork of the tree right in front of my face. I looked up and sure enough, there it was - thousands of bees. Luckily nobody got stung. This picture was taken from the inside of our car, with the windows rolled up: Fluffy has always been intrigued with bees - to the point that she even has a tatoo of one - and she wants to someday keep bees. I think we'll probably need more than 1/8th acre to make that happen.
Backyard chickens come with some problems, according to this NBC story. Like any pet, apparently some folks get them without thinking about the long-term responsibility. When they stop laying, they can live on for years if you want them to. Owners in some cases have been abandoning chickens at animal shelters, instead of frying them up. Backyard chicken advocates hoping for an ordinance change in Lewisville need to show that this won't be a problem for the city to deal with.
In West Seattle, one woman had a unique way to deal with some kids who ransacked her car. Meanwhile, here in our neighborhood in Valley Vista in Southern Lewisville, we've had a prowler getting into cars and stealing things. Be sure to keep your car doors locked, and take valuables inside each night. Here's a surveillance photo of a suspect that was armed with a knife, and caught on tape burglarizing cars: If you recognize the suspect, or have any information about this or any other burglary in Lewisville, please contact Lewisville police at 972-219-TIPS (8477).
An off-duty Irving police officer was shot by his estranged wife. She later killed herself. The article doesn't mention it, but she was also a roller derby skater, going by the name "Law Dawg". She was a family law attorney.
After a suspicious shooting last Wednesday, Lewisville police arrested Christopher Alan Malko, 22, on charges of aggravated assault. According to an affidavit filed by LPD, police responded to a shooting in the 1300 block of Jasmine Drive. The victim, whose name LTJ will not publish, had been shot by Malko with his AK-47 assault rifle (as described in the report).
Malko told police that the shooting was accidental, and occurred when he dropped the rifle while putting it away, 15 feet from the victim.
Paramedics transported the victim to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where the treating physicians determined that she had been shot twice - in the upper left arm, and point blank with black contact burns under her left breast. She suffered from a broken humerus, and had surgery to repair injuries to her spleen and diaphragm.
Due to the contradiction between the medical evidence and Malko's story, police went to the magistrate and obtained a search warrant for the home, where there were signs of a disturbance, including holes in the walls, and doors, and the victim's cell phone which had apparently been thrown or dropped. Malko reportedly admitted to causing the damage, and had injuries to his fists consistent with them, as well as scratches on his arm, back, and neck.
Malko is being held in Denton County Jail on $150,000 bond on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Malko was also arrested in September of 2011 on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge relating to a June 16th, 2011 offense. Malko was arrested that same date for driving while intoxicated, a charge on which he was convicted. In April of 2009, Malko had been arrested on charges of marijuana possession. Through a pre-trial diversion program, those charges had been dismissed just days before the DWI and aggravated assault.
LTJ was unable to make contact with either the victim or the homeowner regarding this story.
Captain Jay Powell of the Lewisville Police Department said that the last he heard, the victim was in stable condition and hospitalized, but that he did not know if she was still hospitalized. Powell said that the victim had been able to speak with police.
Well, it was an extended holiday weekend for our family, and I hope it was for you too. If you had to work, I hope you'll get some days off soon to make up for it. We were off Thursday for the holiday, so I decided to go ahead and take Wednesday and Friday for vacation so I could have a good 5-day weekend to relax and try to get myself out of my burnout.
We had a great holiday though. My mother and step-father came to town, and we cooked out Thursday night, then joined them at their hotel to watch the Red, White, and Lewisville fireworks show from the pool, which was awesome. On Friday, we all rode the A-Train up to Denton and spent some time walking around the square up there, looking at craptiques and eating ice cream at Beth Marie's. That was my first time to ride the Stadler cars, and I've got to say that I was impressed with how fast, smooth, and pleasantly refrigerated they were. Man, I wish that train had a route that went down F.M. 3040, because I could ride in style like that all the time if it went where I needed to go.
On Saturday, Fluffy and I decided to clean out our bedroom closet, which had become non-navigable over the years. I'm pleased to say that we were able to bring out two big bags of trash, find a bunch of stuff that was missing, and get three huge garbage sacks full of good clothing (that no longer fits) to donate.
Then tonight, we held a rehearsal for our House of Quad Jam Band, which is sort of an informal group that we've thrown together to play the national anthem at the North Texas Derby Revolution Championship Bout on Saturday, July 27th. At the moment, the group consists of Fluffy on her banjo, my oldest son on his cello, myself on my mandolin, PhishSchtick on the bass, and DartooDetoo on her clarinet. After playing it about 94,000 times over the past few days, I am about 75% on my part, but we have our arrangement worked out for the group. If we practice a few more times, we'll have this. If I practice every day for the next 20 days, maybe nobody will throw fruit at me.
There may not be anything to this, and it may just be a case of confusion on the unofficial record, but the Public Integrity Unit is looking into that date change on SB5’s vote at the end of the last special session. Briefly, I don't think there's going to be much to that. I think the bigger issue to look at is the breakdown in the rules that happened there that night. Even though I am on Wendy Davis' side in that issue, I was not happy that it devolved the way it did. We can't have an effective governing body where the gallery can drown out the proceedings. We don't need to operate that way, because the loudest voices will not always be the ones that are right, just, or the majority. To their credit, I think the crowds in the Capitol that night were pretty well behaved considering that Senate Republicans were preparing to pass an unconstitutional bill that needlessly inserts big government where government has no business.
Where things broke down was when Republicans made a mockery of the proceedings, ignoring both the letter and spirit of the Senate rules. While the Senate is the arbiter of its own rules, I think it's dangerous precedent to play so fast and loose with the rules as the Republicans did when they decided the ends justified any means. The Republicans went nuclear, and acted surprised that the citizens in attendance, who they sought to control, reacted with a nuke of their own. The purpose of a deliberative body like the Texas Senate is to ensure that minority views are heard and given due weight. Legislation should not be on a whim, and should be based on more consensus than bare majority. It serves nobody to have a constant pendulum swing where the party in power forces through its ideological agenda to appease a primary-voting base that is polarized, and out-of-tune with most Texans. The leadership in the Senate needs to understand that rules are respected when you respect the rules. But I suspect what will happen instead, is that they will go for the "might makes right" approach, and simply get heavy-handed with state troopers to come down on any dissent from the gallery, while doing just whatever the hell they want to do on the floor, rules be damned.
BTW, the Texas Tribune is THE source for news about the Texas Legislature now. They've done a great job in covering it, so we're just going to continue to link to them. If you don't read the Texas Tribune, you should. If you have a few bucks to send them to support non-profit journalism, that would be great too!