I know I'm going out on a limb here, but this may be the stupidest attempt ever by a pol to glom on to a pop trend: https://t.co/zKmvQJfIIo
— Billmon (@billmon1) May 18, 2015
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 18, 2015
… On Sunday, at least 12 Waco police officers, as well as officers with the state’s top law enforcement agency, the Texas Department of Public Safety, worked to secure the area before the shootout started because officials “expected issues,” Sergeant Swanton said.
“Apparently, the management wanted them here,” he said, “so we didn’t have any say-so on whether they could be here or not.”
Twin Peaks is a national restaurant chain with several Texas locations. The restaurant in Waco opened last year, and company officials told a local newspaper that it would employ 150 people and be able to accommodate more than 350. In an announcement about the restaurant’s opening, Twin Peaks promoted the location as the “ultimate man-cave,” with at least 55 flat-screen televisions and 24 types of beer. As recently as last week, the restaurant advertised “Bike Night” on Thursdays and promised “beers, bites and bikes at the hottest place in town!”
In a statement, a spokesman for the Twin Peaks Restaurant chain emphasized that the shooting had occurred outside the restaurant.
“We were shocked by the shootings that took place in the parking lot of our franchised restaurant in Waco and are fully reviewing all the circumstances surrounding it,” the spokesman, Rick Van Warner, said. “We are thankful no employees, guests or police were injured in this senseless violence outside the restaurant, and our sympathies are with the families of those killed.”
Later, in a phone interview, Mr. Van Warner said the company was “seriously considering revoking the franchise based on this situation.” He added: “If any of those allegations are true that there was ample warning to potentially prevent something of this nature, then there is no way we would allow someone to continue operating under our own brand.”
Jay Patel, operating partner of the Waco franchise, issued a statement Sunday night defending the restaurant’s dealings with the police and saying that the managers “share in the community’s trauma.”
“Our priority is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our customers and employees, and we consider the police our partners in doing so,” Mr. Patel’s statement read. “Our management team has had ongoing and positive communications with the police and we will continue to work with them as we all want to keep violent crime out of our businesses and community.”…
Why do I get the feeling that Mr. Patel is the spiritual brother of C.M.O.T. Dibbler?
Apart from the usual mayhem and the ritual media deploring thereof, what’s on the agenda as we start another week?