February 11, 2004
Law and Order: Public Morals Unit

And now one of our esteemed County Commissioners is in full panty-bunch mode over Janet Jackson's boobie.

Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack wants to make sure there's no more such misbehavior in a county-owned building.

Radack said Tuesday that he wants a "morality clause" added to the contracts of all entertainers who perform in such venues, including Reliant Stadium, Reliant Center and the Astrodome.

"I'm not trying to push to dictate society's morals," he said. "But I will say this: As a member of Commissioners Court and a 20 percent vote on these facilities, I believe it is clearly appropriate to set some standard."

How such a clause could be written in a way that wouldn't flagrantly violate the Constitution is unclear. Even Radack's fellow conservatives on the Commissioner's Court think it'd be a good idea to run this one past the county attorney first. I think we can file this under "complete non-starter", but I want to see a corpse before I declare it dead.

Many moons ago, the Rice MOB performed at Baylor University. Afterwards, we received a letter from an aggrieved fan who chastised us for "undulating suggestively on the field". Sometimes, what's in the eye of the beholder says an awful lot about that beholder.

UPDATE: I bow to Pete for his superior take on this daunting issue.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 11, 2004 to Elsewhere in Houston | TrackBack

I think the councilman's position is very clear -- the county has to move quickly to nip this behavior in the bud. If we don't move quickly then we will just be seeing nudity popping up on county property all the time. I mean, if we don't stop it now, how can I let my 72 yr old mother report for jury duty. If you let this Janet Jackson thing go by, next thing you know, there's nudity all over. County government got to do something about that.
p.s. Raddick's position is sort of funny considering what happened when he was the Constable of Pct. 1.

Posted by: preston on February 11, 2004 4:43 PM

A family member of a MOBster is said to have described his actions during "Louie, Louie" as "pelvic thrusting"...so we better be careful. :)

Posted by: Alexis on February 14, 2004 3:39 PM