Monday, January 31, 2011

YouTube - Chantix Commercial (2009)

I just received the link below in an e-mail/newsletter from Dr. Campbell Douglass. Get a load of the side effects. Many of us have already become alert to the dangers of Chantix, but for those of us who have not, check out the video commercial below and take note of the list of possible side effects:

YouTube - Chantix Commercial (2009)

This gives one the impression that the FDA hates smokers so much that they'd rather that we all "off" ourselves rather than have us all continue on smoking. How am I supposed to think any differently? I mean, they will give Chantix a nod of approval, but yet will not even consider any notion(s) of harm reduction for active smokers.

Common sense needs to play a role in the issue of smoking, but I don't expect that that will happen any time soon. We smokers, however, can take up our own crusade, one of practicality. By coming to the realization that the poison is in the dose (Don't believe me, read Dr.Douglass' Health Benefits of Tobacco and Dr. Gori's Virtually Safe Cigarettes), we can cut down on a lot of the damage caused by smoking; ie., the more you smoke, the greater the risk, so don't smoke a pack a day, have maybe 5 or 6 instead...or use tar blockers or filtered cigarette holders to cut down on the amount of tar condensate(s) that you are inhaling..or maybe try a cigarette that heats, rather than burns like the Eclipse...or try an e-cigarette and see if that works for you. There are all kinds of possibilities that are far less dangerous and likely far more effective than Chantix; just don't expect the FDA or our Surgeon General to tell you that.

YouTube - Chantix Commercial (2009)

I just received the link below in an e-mail/newsletter from Dr. Campbell Douglass. Get a load of the side effects. Of course, many of us have already become aware of the dangers of Chantix, but for those of us who have not, check out the video commercial below.

YouTube - Chantix Commercial (2009)

This gives one the impression that the FDA hates smokers so much that they'd rather that we all "off" ourselves rather than have us all continue on smoking. How am I supposed to think any differently? I mean, they will give Chantix a nod of approval, but yet will not even consider any notion(s) of harm reduction for active smokers.

Common sense needs to play a role in the issue of smoking, but I don't expect that that will happen any time soon. We smokers, however, can take up our own crusade, one of practicality. By coming to the realization that the poison is in the dose (Don't believe me, read Dr.Douglass' Health Benefits of Tobacco and Dr. Gori's Virtually Safe Cigarettes), we can cut down on a lot of the damage caused by smoking; ie., the more you smoke, the greater the risk, so don't smoke a pack a day, have maybe 5 or 6 instead...or use tar blockers or filtered cigarette holders to cut down on the amount of tar condensate(s) that you are inhaling..or maybe try a cigarette that heats, rather than burns like the Eclipse...or try an e-cigarette and see if that works for you. There are all kinds of possibilities that are far less dangerous and likely far more effective than Chantix; just don't expect the FDA or our Surgeon General to tell you that.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Despite appeal, attorney says questions remain on smoking ban

"Our clients should have the right to operate their business, their private property as they see fit."


Yeah....in a free country...

Despite appeal, attorney says questions remain on smoking ban

McHaney: Extreme smoking ban costly for groups, youths | Springfield News-Leader | News-Leader.com

"The proposed ordinance even bans e-cigs...."

It's quite obvious that this has got nothing to do with health; but, I'm preaching to the choir, I know.

McHaney: Extreme smoking ban costly for groups, youths | Springfield News-Leader | News-Leader.com

Health bosses plan to spend £150,000 on smoking shelters - Press & Journal

Eddie Douthwaite, Scottish chairman of the Freedom2-Choose organisation, welcomed the move, saying it was up to individuals to determine their lifestyle.

He said: “It’s a public place and it’s outside. It would be impossible to implement a total ban. If they had gone ahead there would have been a legal challenge and it would have been successful.”

Good work Eddie!

Read more: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/2113071?UserKey=#ixzz1CSKxMSRP


Health bosses plan to spend £150,000 on smoking shelters - Press & Journal

Friday, January 28, 2011

Obama: Drug Legalization 'Worth A Serious Debate'

"The Obama administration has maintained the Bush-era two-to-one budget ratio in favor of prisons and prosecution over treatment and prevention


So where's the "change"?

Obama: Drug Legalization 'Worth A Serious Debate'

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tobacco board to be established

An advisory board for tobacco will be established at the Bulgarian agriculture ministry, which will include representatives of tobacco producers, companies, state administration and legislature.


I suppose that this is a sign that the tobacco industry is not going cease to exist anytime soon.

Tobacco board to be established

France amends anti-tobacco law

The committee said that such censorship exceeds the spirit of the law and that "the falsification of history, the censorship of works of the mind, the denial of reality must remain the heinous marks of totalitarian regimes."


Who could not agree with this statement?

France amends anti-tobacco law

YouTube - worldview's Channel

This just came in an e-mail to me from Just Say Now-

Ask Obama about marijuana! Click this link, search for "police officer," and then vote up the question about marijuana so Obama has to answer it. Deadline TONIGHT!

YouTube - worldview's Channel

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Illinois Looks At Making Marijuana Possession Like Traffic Ticket - Toke of the Town

"The police will be spending time searching for other things, like violent criminals and assaults," Christopher said.


...or then they'll have more time to go after tobacco smokers like me...Ok, that's not likely, so pardon the sarcasm. This is a step in the right direction. It would be nice to walk down the street and feel safe in my hometown Chicago...or L.A., or New Orleans, etc....

Now can I just have my right to smoke a cigarette (and to assemble) in a bar back please?

Illinois Looks At Making Marijuana Possession Like Traffic Ticket - Toke of the Town

Indiana House Amends Smoking Ban Bill

As of yesterday, this is the latest update on the smoking ban bill in Indiana from Brad Klopfenstein of Save Indiana Bars-

This afternoon, the Indiana House of Representatives amended the smoking ban bill to exempt bars and private clubs who only allow patrons who are over 21, and only employ persons who are over 18. While the Indiana Senate could still remove all exemptions, this was a big step towards Saving Indiana Bars.

Thank-you to everyone who contacted their state representatives! It would not hurt to continue to contact your senators just to keep the momentum on our side.

But for tonight, I encourage everyone to go out and celebrate at your local bar!


If I lived in Indiana, that's exactly where I would have been last night, in a local bar showing my support for freedom of choice! Cheers to all of the Hoosiers who contacted their representatives! Now, if only folks in my hometown of Chicago would do the same.

CUNY to Ban Smoking at All Its Colleges - NYTimes.com

More Nanny State crappola from the "do-gooders"......

CUNY to Ban Smoking at All Its Colleges - NYTimes.com

Marijuana-laced soft drinks stir controversy | abc7.com

Marijuana-laced soft drinks stir controversy | abc7.com

Pubs under pressure - The Irish Times - Wed, Jan 19, 2011

For nearly a third of the population who enjoy smoking, changes were forced on them. No longer welcome in the pub, they discovered their favourite tipple could be bought in a supermarket at a third of the price and enjoyed in the comfort of their own homes. Then, quietly smoking and having a drink in their chosen armchair, they could reflect that they ran no chance of getting cold and wet, or of encountering a garda in their own front room.


Exactly. Why go out into the cold when you can stay home and be comfortable and do what you want?

Pubs under pressure - The Irish Times - Wed, Jan 19, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Wracked by cancer, a dying woman provides a final gift - latimes.com

Wracked by cancer, a dying woman provides a final gift - latimes.com

Looking beyond smoking, lung-cancer activists want early detection and treatment

"We have a public-health epidemic that cannot be addressed with stop-smoking alone," said Laurie Fenton-Ambrose, president and chief executive of the Lung Cancer Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington. She said early detection and treatment are also crucial to reducing deaths.


Looking beyond smoking, lung-cancer activists want early detection and treatment

Lung Cancer Deaths Lower in Women Taking Breast Cancer Drug | Science | Epoch Times

“The results of our research support the theory that there is a hormonal influence on lung cancer, which has been suggested by the discovery of estrogen and progesterone receptors in a large number of lung cancer cases,” said Elisabetta Rapiti in a press release from the University of Geneva, in a translation from French.


Lung Cancer Deaths Lower in Women Taking Breast Cancer Drug | Science | Epoch Times

NVC Stop the ban!

From National Vapers Club-

"We are currently fighting e-cigarette bans on your behalf in the states of New York, Kentucky and South Carolina as well as Pierce County (Tacoma), Washington.. We are asking for your help doing that. The most important thing you can do to help is tell EVERYONE you know, whether they vape or not, to write letters using the links below! Make videos, twitter it, facebook it, email it, post it, but make sure everyone knows."

NVC Stop the ban!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Eavesdropping Laws Mean That Turning On an Audio Recorder Could Send You to Prison - NYTimes.com

Eavesdropping Laws Mean That Turning On an Audio Recorder Could Send You to Prison - NYTimes.com

Pharmacies selling e-cigarettes can be closed - Emirates24|7

Thanks to Treece Vapes for posting this on Twitter-

"Water vapour is absorbed by lungs, which can cause even lung cancer, says WHO report."

Whoa Nelly!!!! Water vapour causes lung cancer? Really? Since when? Has anyone seen this WHO "report"?

If water vapour causes lung cancer, then theoretically, doesn't EVERYTHING cause lung cancer?

You know....something tells me that the WHO, or, errr, the author of this article, is full of CRAP.

Pharmacies selling e-cigarettes can be closed - Emirates24|7

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Evidence is in: End The Drug War | FrumForum

The Evidence is in: End The Drug War | FrumForum

Simon Clark - Taking Liberties - What hope for smokers in Ireland?

Simon Clark - Taking Liberties - What hope for smokers in Ireland?

Capitol Alert: California gets low marks for anti-smoking efforts

Thanks to Jsidney over at Smoker's Club for posting this-

"California - like all but a few other states - was given an "F" for its spending on anti-smoking campaigns."

Gee, it ONLY spends $88.9 MILLION on badgering folks who don't want to quit? Never mind the fact that the ALA spends most of its money on its "agenda" of a tobacco free WORLD than it does on research to cure cancer. Oh, but now they want to sponsor a ballot initiative ( possibly as soon as June) to raise tobacco taxes by as much as a $1 a pack; it's to fund cancer research, they say; and more importantly, to fund smoking cessation programs (um, ie, programs to stick their noses into every aspect of your life, such as kicking smokers out of their/our homes and how to enforce such a law, etc...read Jsidney's comment following the article that's linked below to understand what I'm talking about).

...and from Jsidney, here's an example of how the ALA spends it's money:

"Give the American Lung Association an "F". The ALA spent $55.8 M in 2008, the latest year available. They spent $6.9 M on salaries and management related expenses. They spent $17.8 M on fund-raising. http://lungusa.org/about-us/financials/statements/annual-report-fy-2008.pdf -See page 10

They spent only $7.8 M of the $55.8 M on research. (The annual state-by-state survey of anti-smoking efforts counts as "research")."


I agree, give the ALA an "F". It's also time that we demand that our tax dollars go where WE want them to. If they would have been spending upwards of 90% of their $$$$ (um, profits) on cancer research all along, rather than bullying people and acting like despots that have no concept of what it is to live in a free society, we might actually have been close to a cure for cancer by now.

Capitol Alert: California gets low marks for anti-smoking efforts

Friday, January 21, 2011

Governor candidates spar over smoking ban | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com

"Louisville businessman Phil Moffett said government has no business making decisions regarding private property and that he thinks the effects of second-hand smoke have been "overblown." Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith, running as an independent, said it's the right of property owners to determine whether facilities should allow smoking."

Wow! What a simple and easy to understand concept!


Governor candidates spar over smoking ban | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com

Kentucky Proposed Smoking Ban Bill Going Nowhere

Here are some snippets from the IPCPR's latest press release with regards to the proposed smoking ban in Kentucky. Please pass is along. Thanks!

"When lawmakers don’t want to deal with tough issues like jobs creation and balanced budgets, they turn to proposing things like smoking bans and, in the process, continue to proliferate false information and misunderstandings regarding the economic and health-related impacts of such legislation, according to the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association. A bill has been introduced in the Kentucky state legislature seeking to impose a no-exception smoking ban in all indoor workplaces and public places, including bars and restaurants."

Ahhhh...and get a load of THIS:

"Some $300,000 of federal stimulus money has been used to finance anti-smoking efforts in Kentucky instead of job creation, according to Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications for the Bluegrass Institute, an independent free-market think tank."

Federal stimulus money for anti-smoking campaigns? Seriously?

Kentucky Proposed Smoking Ban Bill Going Nowhere

Minister wants to give boost to enforcement of smoking ban | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Minister wants to give boost to enforcement of smoking ban | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Smoking Ban Up in Smoke in Some Places | Eyewitness News 9

"Owens also says since the clubs are private and if you don't want to be around smokers, then don't go. "

What's so hard to understand about that? It's quite simple actually.

Smoking Ban Up in Smoke in Some Places | Eyewitness News 9

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Statewide smoking ban bill progresses

This message was sent to me from Brad Klopfenstein of Save Indiana Bars today. Please pass this along, and if you live in the area, please contact your state representatives and voice your opposition to increased prohibitions upon privately owned businesses. If you live in surrounding states, you can also contact the same Indiana state representatives and let them know that you will not be spending your money there should there be any more restrictions upon smokers and those who choose to serve them. Thanks!

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"The proposed bill to ban smoking workplaces all over Indiana, HB 1018, passed out of committee yesterday by a vote of 9-3. An amendment was adopted exempting casinos, horse racing facilities and tobacco stores. Cigar bars were originally included in the amendment but were deleted at the request of Rep. Charlie Brown because he "did not want to open the door for bars to be exempted".

HB 1018 will be eligible for 2nd reading early next week - probably Monday but not later than Tuesday. The strategy must now be to attempt to have an amendment adopted on 2nd reading exempting bars. It is time for Save Indianapolis Bar members and friends to contact your state representative and ask that bars be exempted from HB 1018.

You can e-mail your legislator directly by clicking on this link: http://www.in.gov/cgi-bin/legislative/contact/contact.pl

Contact information for you legislator can also be found on their websites: http://www.in.gov/cgi-bin/legislative/listing/listing-2.pl?data=district&chamber=House

The message needs to be simple: if casinos are going to be exempted, then support small Indiana owned businesses and exempt bars. In fact, the message at this point is probably secondary to the quantity of contacts generated. We need to make sure that our side is being heard."

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

..Just a weekly reminder that there's lots of interesting things to read at Tobacco Reporter. Here are a couple of snippets on what's been going on around the world of tobacco control:

In France-

"The parliamentary commission voted for a bill that would exclude cultural heritage from the stringent health legislation passed in 1991 that forbids any direct or indirect promotion of smoking."

Does this mean that we can "see" pictures of people smoking now? Wow!

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In Greece-

Apparently the ban in Greece hasn't been embraced with "overwhelming" enthusiasm by its citizens like the good folks of TC would like to have us believe; and health minister Loverdos is not too happy about it.

""The Greek state cannot continue to be made a laughing stock," Health Minister, Andreas Loverdos, was said to have told reporters."

Imagine that, people having free will. Oh, tsk, tsk...

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In the U.S.-

A woman disputes the cause of her sister's death.

“It’s ironic that somebody who quit so many years ago and was so anti-smoking but they’re contributing her death to smoking,” said Korb. “I don’t think so.”

Why, I think that this woman is insinuating that the number of tobacco related deaths may in fact, be a slight exaggeration. Nooooooooooo, couldn't be.

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...read on below-

Tobacco Reporter News

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

BBC News - Smoking out the gangs in the illegal tobacco trade

Thanks to Stef for posting this on Facebook.

Upon reading this article and watching the attached video, a few things come to mind immediately:

1) Clearly, there are a lot more smokers than accounted for, ie., the anti-smoker "non-profits" are way off the mark (with regards to cessation) when they banter on about the successes of their bullying tactics.

2) High taxation and prohibition are driving the market, or at least a significant portion of it, underground.

3) This is a serious health hazard, as many of these cigarettes are unregulated.

D'oh! When will we humans ever learn.

BBC News - Smoking out the gangs in the illegal tobacco trade

Reefer Madness Spreads to the U.K. - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

..Scary stuff!!

Reefer Madness Spreads to the U.K. - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Leonard Cheshire Disability appoints tobacco company as corporate partner - Third Sector

Thanks to Eddie Douthwaite for e-mailing this to me.

"The disability charity Leonard Cheshire Disability has appointed Japan Tobacco International, one of the world's largest tobacco manufacturers, as a corporate partner and has accepted a substantial donation from the firm."

Leonard Cheshire Disability appoints tobacco company as corporate partner - Third Sector

Friday, January 14, 2011

Lung Cancer Causes - Environmental Causes of Lung Cancer

"Exposure to radon in the home is the second-leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause in nonsmokers."

So if radon causes lung cancer in non-smokers, how many smokers have contracted lung cancer due to radon, rather than smoking?

Lung Cancer Causes - Environmental Causes of Lung Cancer

Blue Shield of California defies state insurance commissioner over rate hikes | Money & Company | Los Angeles Times

My rates have just gone up....That makes for a 300% increase in only 3 years? WTF is going on? I can't afford it anymore. I wish I would have just saved the money in an account instead. Now what do I get in return for all of my investments?

I'm no fan of the government sticking their nose into my business (ie., the Nanny State), but I'm also no fan of these extortionist insurance companies.

Something has GOT to change. How the hell do they justify a 300% rate increase?

..And now for a bit of truth:

When I asked my insurance representative the reason for all of these hikes, the response was: "It's due to the new health-care bill". When I pried a bit deeper, I found out that that "Obamacare" only accounted for about 5-10% of my latest premium increase, and when you account for all of the hikes (for the last 3 years) in aggregate, the percentage of premium hikes due to Obamacare aren't even quantifiable. It's quite obvious to me that she simply lied to me and I caught her in that lie. That's the truth, and the truth doesn't hide behind the Left or the Right, it's just there.

That said, we shouldn't be witnessing ANY increases to our insurance rates at this point, as the National Health-care overhaul bill was supposed to make health-care CHEAPER, not more expensive. That is not happening.

I'd like some of my money back please, and while I'm on the topic of money and investments, I'd also like to see some returns on all of my investments over the years into the Master Settlement. Wasn't that money supposed to pay for the health-care of sick smokers? Therefore, why don't I/we smokers ALREADY have health insurance? ...and what about all of those, er "sin", I mean, excise taxes? Where has all of THAT money gone and don't I/we deserve some returns on those as well?

Bah! I don't trust the insurance companies OR the government.

We need health-care reform; there's no doubt about that. I just can't see where it's going to come from.



Blue Shield of California defies state insurance commissioner over rate hikes | Money & Company | Los Angeles Times

Supreme Court Revisits Home Searches - NYTimes.com

4th Amendment? What 4th Amendment?

Supreme Court Revisits Home Searches - NYTimes.com

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dog garners Web attention with music skills | abc7.com

Ok, like I know...this is stupid..But, it's cute, funny, and it made me laugh. Hopefully it will make you laugh too. Lord knows with all of the bad news that many of us read every day, it's good to take a time out for a minute and make room for a little humor and cuteness:-)

Dog garners Web attention with music skills | abc7.com

Nearly $6K of pot stolen from dispensary | abc7.com

Where is the security at all of these dispensaries? This type of thing should never happen.

Nearly $6K of pot stolen from dispensary | abc7.com

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Justices to pot users: Be careful when you flush - Yahoo! News

Justices to pot users: Be careful when you flush - Yahoo! News

NUGENT: Be prepared for evil - Washington Times

...Makes sense to me. We should all become more aware of our surroundings.

NUGENT: Be prepared for evil - Washington Times

Top 10 Most Toxic Foods

..Careful when reading this folks...It mentions that "deadly" nightshade plant, which of course is the only plant in the whole world (that has ever existed) that does not have a dose response relationship with regards to health.

Lifestyle and more - Fitness, Health & Wellbeing: Find out what's happening in and around SG19 (SG19)

Top 10 Most Toxic Foods - Yahoo! Lifestyle UK

..Careful when reading this folks...It mentions that "deadly" nightshade plant, which of course is the only plant in the whole world (that has ever existed) that does not have a dose response relationship with regards to health.

Top 10 Most Toxic Foods - Yahoo! Lifestyle UK

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Outdoor Smoking Bans: Personal Preferences Over Freedom | The Lincoln Tribune

Outdoor Smoking Bans: Personal Preferences Over Freedom | The Lincoln Tribune

Bhutan police raid homes to stub out smoking habit - Yahoo! News

""When it comes to the penalties in the tobacco control act, it is, in every sense of the word, draconian," the country's largest selling newspaper, Kuensel, said in an editorial."

Gee, ya think? I hope that all of the anti-smoking folks at the WHO and elsewhere are proud of themselves for encouraging all out fascism and despotism.

To the fanatical anti-smokers (um, profiteers, control freaks, and pharma stock holders), I'd like to pose a few questions (I will refer to them collectively as "you"):

Can you justify raiding people's homes, sanctuaries of the individual and autonomy, all in the name of a smoke(er) free world? Can you not see where this is leading? What happens if the tide turns and the despots come for you? Can you not see the pain and suffering that will result from such draconian measures? Do you have no qualms about making back room deals with dictators? Do you secretly wish that such practices will spread to other nations, including those in the West? Are you yourselves closet despots, using the issue of smoking to take away the autonomy and free will of the individual on a world wide level?

Now, I certainly don't believe that all anti-smokers entertain such schemes of world domination, and I realize that there are some in the anti-smoking community who genuinely just want to help people. So, to these people I would like to pose a different question:

How long are you going to sit on the sidelines before speaking out against the fanaticism that has been allowed to fester all around you? Your silence is making you appear to be complicit, even if it was never your intent to be. See what you are encouraging?

Bhutan police raid homes to stub out smoking habit - Yahoo! News

Thursday, January 6, 2011

FDA sets guidelines on its regulation of tobacco products > Facts & Fears > ACSH

Why do I get the feeling that the FDA is going to sabotage any chances of a safer cigarette? ..Oh, and speaking of LHCs (less hazardous ciggies), how about providing smokers with the proper information (other than the "quit or die" mantra) by explaining the relative risks (on a product to product basis) with regards to the products that are already on the market?

For example, what about "Eclipse", the 1st vaporizer ciggie to use real tobacco that virtually has no side-stream smoke or 2nd hand emissions? What the "smoker" exhales is vapor, just like an e-cig, but with a taste that is closer to that of an actual smoke. For those who have never heard of it, it is a cigarette that heats, rather than burns, the tobacco and it has been around for about 10-13 years. Of course, the advertisement of risk reduction is not "allowed" with this product, at great peril to public health. As a result, most smokers have never even heard of this product, which leads me to ask this question: How many smokers' lives could have been saved if this information had been available 10 years ago? With all of the talk about e-cigs and harm reduction, why in the hell do we never hear about this product? How can it NOT be safer than the traditional smoke?

We smokers should have several options on the market by now that decrease risk; defacto prohibition has prevented this from taking place, thus, thwarting any real progress in the field of tobacco harm reduction. We deserve to know and it is our right to demand that we are provided with truthful and honest information so that we, as adults, may make informed choices for ourselves. However, there are just too many connections between the FDA and anti-smoking activist groups, along with the pharmaceutical companies that profit from prohibition for me to have any faith or hope for justice in the near future. I would love to be proved wrong.

I am thankful for organizations like ACSH; without them, we'd really be in the dark.

FDA sets guidelines on its regulation of tobacco products > Facts & Fears > ACSH

Fake 'bath salts' now illegal | wwltv.com | WWLTV.com News

Fake 'bath salts' now illegal | wwltv.com | WWLTV.com News

Tobacco Smoking Stigma Might Contribute to Lung Cancer Mortality | Hello, have you heard?

Tobacco Smoking Stigma Might Contribute to Lung Cancer Mortality | Hello, have you heard?

Tenants told to stop smoking or move - UPI.com

Wow! Living in the U.S. is starting to feel like a police state. As a smoker, I'd like to suggest to all other smokers that if you rent, get it in your lease that you cannot be evicted for smoking just, um, because they (all of a sudden) "feel like it".

There are words that I have for these types of people that I will not repeat here.

Tenants told to stop smoking or move - UPI.com

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Years Eve Private Property Tobacco Use Ban Protest | Veritas Vincit Pro Libertate

"— bar owners sent them a message on New Years Eve that clearly stated: “Our business, our property, stay out if you don’t like it”. “If its not your business, its not your business”"

Exactly.

New Years Eve Private Property Tobacco Use Ban Protest | Veritas Vincit Pro Libertate

Ala. judge preps for thousands of Chantix lawsuits - wtop.com

Ala. judge preps for thousands of Chantix lawsuits - wtop.com

Cigarette ban snuffs out sales at Grand Rapids bars, owners say | MLive.com

Cigarette ban snuffs out sales at Grand Rapids bars, owners say | MLive.com

BBC News - Spanish smokers rebel against new year ban

BBC News - Spanish smokers rebel against new year ban

Golden-Voiced Homeless Man Captivates Internet - Amplifier

How nice it is to see someone get a 2nd chance at success in this life!

Golden-Voiced Homeless Man Captivates Internet - Amplifier

Tobacco Changes Must Obtain FDA Approval, May Limit More Addictive Items - Bloomberg

..I just hope that this doesn't mean that the anti-smokers are free to continue on with their current prohibitionist tactics. I hope that these latest measures instead signify a change in our current approach towards tobacco harm reduction, one that deals more in pragmatic solutions towards harm reduction, rather than the fundamentalist quit or die approach that we have been subjected to ever since the Carter administration dismantled the Smokers Working Group that once had patents for over 150 possible reduced-risk tobacco products. There are always going to be people that smoke. The quit or die approach simply does not do any real justice to public health or to the 50 million (+, if you consider pipe, cigar, and ganja smokers) people who continue to smoke.


Tobacco Changes Must Obtain FDA Approval, May Limit More Addictive Items - Bloomberg

Montel Williams cited for pot pipe at airport | abc7.com

Um..I thought that the TSA's job was to look for terrorists.

Montel Williams cited for pot pipe at airport | abc7.com

Gold Faithful - Ron Paul & David Leonhardt - The Colbert Report - 1/4/11 - Video Clip | Comedy Central

Gold Faithful - Ron Paul & David Leonhardt - The Colbert Report - 1/4/11 - Video Clip | Comedy Central

The Constitution Is Dead; Long Live the Constitution - David Harsanyi - Townhall Conservative

Another great read of the day!

"This includes conservatives, who would often have trouble passing their own originalist constitutional purity test."

David Harsanyi, never afraid of exposing the discrepancies and inconsistencies that often emanate from his own side of the aisle, points out how the Right often has its own form of Nanny Statism when it tries to define (by law) marriage or continue on with pot prohibition, for example.

I too am pleased with the new House Republican rule, which states that all future bills must be referred to the Constitution before consideration. Oh, what a wonderful thing. The question is: Will the Republicans now follow their own rule, which is (and always should have been) the rule for both sides of the aisle in the first place?

We'll see......


The Constitution Is Dead; Long Live the Constitution - David Harsanyi - Townhall Conservative

Dysfunctional Duo's Undoing - Jonah Goldberg - Townhall Conservative

Here's another great article by Jonah Goldberg that I feel fits in with the overall theme of many of the articles and links that I post on this blog:

"Hizzoner was more concerned with getting salt off of New Yorkers' plates than he was with getting it on the snow crippling their streets."

Goldberg is of course referring to NYC Mayor Bloomberg, who's wrath against smokers has long been known. His crusade against salt demonstrates how government will always expand its power over others, quite simply because it does not know how to restrain itself. What is clear is that when your elected officials are paying attention to what you smoke and eat,they're not paying attention to what they're supposed to be paying attention to, like clearing snow, and that's pretty lame.

Bloomberg now looks like a fool, rather than a savior. What happened in NYC is not supposed to happen in America. It's a question of priorities. Should we elect politicians who keep our streets clear and safe, or should we elect politicians that invade our personal space by sticking their noses into our daily lives by telling us what we can eat, drink, and smoke? The answer seem clear to me. The Nanny State is not only the antithesis of what it means to live in a Democratic Republic, it is also quite literally expensive and dangerous.

As for the Governator, I didn't mind him too much personally. While in office, he was somewhat successful in holding back the power hungry Nanny Staters in Sacramento. Brown, however, scares me. More of the same....Ho hum...

Dysfunctional Duo's Undoing - Jonah Goldberg - Townhall Conservative

Prohibitionists: Leave Us Alone! - John Stossel - Townhall Conservative

This is a good read by John Stossel. He's right when he points out that the government never ceases to increase its authority; it's intrinsic in its nature.

Prohibitionists: Leave Us Alone! - John Stossel - Townhall Conservative
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