YOU'LL HAVE TO PUT OUT YOUR CIGARETTE, MR. COWBOY. BUT YOUR HORSE CAN SMOKE
Anyhow, I'm not going to rehash my opinion about these ordinances, which seem to be on their way everywhere in the world. What makes this story interesting is the basis of the latest court challenge: seems the Louisville ban exempts Churchhill Downs, the site of the famous Kentucky Derby. from compliance with the ban. The article is short on details, but I'll assume the lawyers for the racetrack cite case law subtly supporting this sort of exclusion on policy grounds. Because, based upon the facts as I see them here, how can they justify it otherwise? As the plaintiffs' attorney wrote in his brief:
Churchill Downs, an establishment that serves food, that serves alcohol just like my clients, gets a free ride.I have no idea how independent Kentucky's state judiciary is, but I can't see how this ordinance passes muster with the included exemption. What will likely happen, I suspect, is that the judge'll strike down the ordinance, leading the state legislature to write in an exemption on far-broader grounds, one that includes both Churchhill Downs, and a lot of other theoretical, but insignificant or non-existent businesses.
By the way, as an additional bit of info for anyone who cares, I have something I call the Google-Porn Theory. (Actually I just made up that name as I was typing, but I've considered the theory in unnamed form for a while now.) The theory says that if one conducts a google image search to supply a goofy picture for one's snarky blog post, one will get a porn-related picture by page three of the search results. Try it at home (NOT at work), you'll see.
This has never failed. Whatever, I'm not squeamish about that sort of thing. Let's just call it an Occupational Hazard. Heh, heh.
That said, when the search terms include the words "horse" and "smoking," the results reach juuuuuuust a bit further onto the squeamish side. In fact, I have to projectile vomit right now, so I'll need to turn away from my monito--