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The Newest Threat to the Republic

There are two America's:  The one that is trying to steal my freedom from the top down (wiretaps, proscutorial abuse, expanding executive power) and the one that is trying to steel freedom from the bottom up.  Reason, as quote by TJIC, has a nice piece on one of the bottom-up fascists:

Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, there exists another world, an underground world of illicit trade in - not drugs or sex - but bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Street vendors may sell you an illegal bacon dog, but hardly anyone will talk about it, for fear of being hassled, shut down or worse. Our camera caught it on tape. One minute bacon dogs are sold in plain view, the next minute cops have confiscated carts, and ordered the dogs dumped into the trash.

Elizabeth Palacios is one of the few vendors willing to speak publicly. “Doing bacon is illegal,” she explains. Problem is customers love bacon, and Palacios says she loses business if she doesn’t give them the bacon they demand. “Bacon is a potentially hazardous food,” says Terrence Powell of the LA County Health Department. Continue selling bacon dogs without county-approved equipment and you risk fines and jail time.

Palacios knows all about that. She spent 45 days in the slammer for selling bacon dogs, and with the lost time from work, fines, and attorney’s fees, she fears she might lose the house that bacon dogs helped buy. She must provide for her family, but remains trapped between government regulations and consumer demand. Customers don’t care about safety codes, says Palacios. “They just want the bacon.”

TJIC, as he often does, captures a number of the best comments.  The full reason video is below:

Posted on April 26, 2008 at 09:28 AM | Permalink


Man, you just want to take that guy out and punch his nose. What a slime ball.

Posted by: vanderleun | Apr 26, 2008 1:01:39 PM

Those carts (and the ones in places like Laredo that serve some of the best tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and other goodies) serve some of the best food in the world.

And I have never gotten sick from food purchased at a cart, nor have I ever seen anything that disgusted me at a cart.

There used to be carts around where I worked in San Jose (California) that had to live with absurd rules that badly hurt the quality of the experience (every food item had to be individually wrapped in aluminum foil, and by time you got a hot dog assembled it was so cold and so torn up that it was sad. And the aluminum foil waste!

I'll say it again--I have been eating at carts and "catering trucks" and such since the middle 1950's (and some of that in other countries around the world) and I have never been made sick by the food purchased there.

That is a claim that can not be made by every sit-down or fast-food restaurant I have been in.

Posted by: Larry Sheldon | Apr 26, 2008 3:19:45 PM


King of the Hill does an excellent job of showing what this kind of legislation and government policy this truly is...Fascism

Posted by: DJB | Apr 27, 2008 9:07:43 AM

"Those carts (...) serve some of the best food in the world."

Interestingly, it seems to be the case in other countries too. In England, most of the food you can get is quite bad and especially the sausages are horrible. But the hot-dog carts in London... are just delicious. I wonder what makes "nano-entrepreneurs" so effective?

Posted by: Miklos Hollender | Apr 27, 2008 9:18:13 AM

"I wonder what makes "nano-entrepreneurs" so effective?"

In the reason.tv video, one of the vendors seems very knowledgeable regarding her customers' desires, viz., for bacon-wrapped hot dogs. So, if she wishes to succeed as a vendor, she needs to provide a safe and desirable product for a good price. The latter will attract lots of happy customers.

This is what really irks me about paternalistic bureaucrats like Powell, for they just seem to assume that government fiat will protect the masses, rather than reasonably safe and desirable products. After all, if enough people got sick from vendors' products, the latter would quickly go out of business without any government intervention.

Posted by: Jeff Staudt | Apr 28, 2008 7:49:31 AM

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