YES, AUSTIN REALLY IS TRYING TO BAN BARBECUE RESTAURANTS AND WE WILL PROVE IT AGAIN

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Wow, it’s been a heck of a week at IAAT.

First, Rush Limbaugh picked up on the story that we broke last week in regards Austin’s City Council reviving their nefarious scheme to ban barbecue restaurants (ok, put smoke scrubbers in smokers which would raise the cost of business so high it would put even Franklin BBQ out of business according to Aaron Franklin.)

Then the local Austin media went crazy. They called us liars. They called us hacks. Texas Monthly even went so far as to accuse me of plagiarism of their story back in April. (They didn’t include a link, conveniently to the story they claim was plagiarized. My story was of such a conservative bent that the liberal rag that is Texas Monthly would never have run it anyways, and plus, I have proof that I wrote every word, down to the revision history on my WORD document.)

At any rate, with all the attention on us and all the (false) debunking going on, I think it’s time to defend ourselves.

First, the Austin City Council DID kill the measure which would ban barbecue restaurants back in April due to public outcry. However, they have brought it back ever so quietly and added it to an obscure committee meeting’s agenda on Monday August 3rd. The agenda ominously states “The City Council Health and Human Services Committee may go into a closed session under the Open Meetings Act, Section 551.071, of the Texas Government Code, to receive advice from legal counsel on any item on this agenda.”

In other words, they had to put the barbecue restaurant ban on the agenda (albeit in an obscure location) according to the Texas Open Records Act, but they are planning on making it a secret meeting.

Let me be clear. The Austin City Council is trying their damnedest to ban barbecue restaurants. It’s not a dead issue as news from around the state is trying to tell you.

The liberal writers over at Texas Monthly were so busy frothing at the mouth that Rush Limbaugh would DARE accuse the City of Austin of something so outrageous, that they didn’t bother to check their facts. We attempted over 20 times to call them, but we were unable to ever talk to anybody except a receptionist who became increasingly hostile.

So here are the facts.

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Rush Limbaugh did mention IAmATexan.com on the air this past week when we first broke the news. The segment can be heard here.

On Monday August 3rd, 2014 the Austin City Council Health and Human Services Committee is meeting to find ways to “regulate” barbecue smoke in Austin.
Links here and hereHere is a PDF printout of the meeting agenda in case it is changes between now and then.

Also, Daniel Vaughn over at Texas Monthly called us “hacks” and accused us of plagiarism. I don’t know what qualifies as a hack, but I would assume it would be somebody who claims to be a journalist who doesn’t actually check facts, but I digress. As for the direct accusation of plagiarism, I have waited to publish this article because I wanted my attorney to be aware and have a plan of action in place. Mr Vaughn and the rest of you editors over at the Texas Monthly liberal rag, expect to hear from our attorney early next week. You’re not going to like what she has to say.

Finally, we apologize for not responding to the attacks sooner. Personally, they have stung a little bit, but at the same time, any time a liberal agenda is brought to light, the howling, screeching, and name calling begins in the hopes that they can assassinate character rather than deal with the facts. (Just look at Planned Parenthood and Donald Trump in recent news) Since the facts are indisputably on our side and we have preserved all the evidence, I can gladly say that IAAT is back on.

We told the truth, we are telling the truth, and we will continue to try to make our amazing state just a little better every day.

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