Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh prepares for daily radio show in his New York studio on Monday, November 17, 2003. (Associated Press)

I saw a recent comment on a Statesman article or blog suggesting the city was going to kill the barbecue industry. I figured the commenter was referring to the recent discussions about limiting smoke output, but wasn’t sure how they made that logical jump.

The answer may be talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. As Daniel Vaughn at Texas Monthly pointed out in detail on his site, Limbaugh recently took to the airwaves decrying liberal Austin.

The provocateur seems to think liberals in Austin have declared war on barbecue, judging by the title of his recent rant entitled (his words), “The Left Declares War on BBQ.”

Limbaugh bases his entire opinion on a specious article written on a website called (a website Vaughn claims has plagiarized him on multiple occasions), which stated that “if the Austin City Council gets their way, food tourism may soon be a thing of the past.”

Limbaugh’s monologue takes on the “global warming crowd” and conflates abortion with barbecue. He also says the attack on small business owners is “incremental, so-slow-you-barely-notice-it loss of liberty and freedom that’s happening right before everybody’s eyes.”

The talk show host’s ultimate solution for homeowners dealing with smoke infiltration is that they create an “air pressure differential,” as he did in his house to deal with his cigar smoking.

I wonder what Limbaugh would say about the residents suing Terry Black’s Barbecue.

So, where does the issue of barbecue restaurants and their smoke currently stand. As the Statesman’s James Barragan reported this week:

“In May, City Council Member Sabino Renteria tried to propose a city solution to smoke emissions from restaurants. The council’s economic opportunity commission shot down an ordinance and its health and human services committee is still kicking around the issue.”