Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Who Says That We Can't Win Our Freedom Back?

Thanks to Thomas Bender for posting this on Facebook via Cigar Weekly-

A petition-based effort to repeal the ban has succeeded in forcing a vote, according to a memo to council from City Clerk Brenda Cirtin.

When we get up off of our couches, things begin to turn in our favor.

Petition to repeal Springfield's smoking ban certified by city clerk | Springfield News-Leader | News-Leader.com

Monday, February 27, 2012

For Those Of Us In Need Of A Good Laugh...

Thanks to Forces International for posting this on their news page-

Eventually, I stopped running. This occurred at just about the same time I started limping. (But long after I started aching and moaning.) After attempting to cope with a slew of injuries -- including runner's knee, runner's heel and runner's thumb -- I wisely concluded that running is an evil pursuit spawned by power-hungry podiatrists and greedy shoe manufacturers.

Lol!! The same thing happened to me! I'm being totally serious. I used to run 5 miles, two to three times a week (and on one occasion, I proudly ran a 7 mile stretch); that was until I too began to limp around like an injured bird. Then, all of a sudden, there was this new and unfamiliar pain in my heels...even with the "right" shoes. I have no idea what "runner's thumb is though:-)

Life is stressful, and sometimes we are all in need of a good laugh. This satirical commentary will put a much needed smile on your face.

Second-hand running can really get you down | Columnists | News | London Free Press

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Oh California, What Has Become of Thou?

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook via NYC Clash-

What can I say, this is California, the birthplace of smoker-phobia. It's a shame, as it's such a beautiful state geographically speaking. Unfortunately, crony politicians, bureaucrats, and special interest groups have done everything within their power to rid the state of many of the assets that once made it so alluring to dreamers and entrepreneurs alike. What a waste of what was once the place of dreams, freedom, and opportunity.

The Rocklin City Council is considering making it against the law for smokers to smoke anywhere outside on their property.

Rocklin Considering Banning Residents From Smoking Outside Their Own Homes « CBS Sacramento

Friday, February 24, 2012

Shawn Breen Speaks Out

Thanks to Shawn Breen for posting this on Facebook via NYC Clash-

Now here is a man who understands the true meaning of freedom. Enjoy!

Put Me Down for Fifty

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Qualitative Study Demonstrates How To Introduce Subtle Fascism Into An Otherwise "Free" Society

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook via NYC Clash-

Smoking and drinking often go hand in hand. Therefore extending the smoking ban outside bars could help curb “social smoking”, a qualitative study published online in the journal Tobacco Control suggests.

What happened to smoking bans being about "protecting" the health of innocent non-smokers?

It was never about health. This proves what many of us have been saying all along.

Happy Fat Tuesday! I'm going to put on my party dress.

Health News - Extending smoke-free areas outside bars could help curb “social smoking”

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Slippery Slope Has Gone and Slided

Thanks to Dimi Karagian for posting this on Facebook via Forces International-

Pardon my laziness in commenting on this article, but I have to work for Mardi Gras here in New Orleans tomorrow, thus, I am crashing out early so that I may be able to brave the masses tomorrow during the biggest celebration of the year here in New Orleans.

First, it was smoking bans...and now we have:

Cops in Alaska have started enforcing a statute that makes it illegal to be drunk in a bar, and have been sending plainclothes officers into bars to identify and arrest suspects.

It's hard to imagine that this could happen anywhere (ok, save for prohibition and its ugly history) in the U.S.. Somehow, living in NOLA has given me the impression that I am somehow now living on an island...Could this type of thing ever happen here? Probably; but it's going to take a long time.

It Is Illegal to be Drunk in Alaska Bars, Law Says - ABC News

Friday, February 17, 2012

Promising New From Hawaii

Thanks to Harleyrider for posting this on Frank Davis' blog-

“The more freedom we give to visitors as well as residents, I think the happier that people are and the more they feel that they can enjoy all that life has to offer,” said Rep. Tom Brower, who voted for the bill.

These are the types of representatives that we the people should be voting for.

Committee votes to reverse smoking ban | KHON2 Hawaii's News Leader

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Health "Expert" Calls For Global Regulation of Alcohol

First the fanatic Neo Bishops of Counter Do Gooderism came for our individual sovereignty via the FCTC. The WHO has been astoundingly successful in its efforts to admonish nation states of their autonomy. The worldwide anti-tobacco "laws" that result come courtesy of un-elected bureaucrats with no identifiable face or tangible constituency.

As many of us in the blogosphere have have been saying all along, the anti-tobacco establishment will soon prove to be the catalyst for increasing restrictions upon private behavior, which will be enforced via more government snooping and prodding into ALL of our lives. It won't just be the smokers anymore. We no longer need to convince the general public of this inevitability, for now their objective is now out in the open for all to see.

Far from prohibition, the WHO regulations would force nations to strengthen weak drinking laws and better enforce laws already in place, Sridhar says.

Deadly Alcohol Needs Global Regulation, Health Expert Says

As I've always said: This is about a lot more than smoking.....or drinking..

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

OpEdNews - Article: Death by Smoking: Still shockingly high in the USA

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

Despite the fact that smoking is more prevalent and better-accepted in other countries, the USA has the world's highest death rates from smoking. 23% of all deaths in America can be traced to smoking, compared to 5% in France and 12% in Japan, both of which have higher smoking rates and lower rates of mortality overall.

Interesting..Maybe someone should study this. Science should take precedence over politics and cultural relativism; unfortunately, it appears that (thanks to the Neo Do-Gooders of Counter Do-Gooderism) we here in the United States appear to be quite content with the status quo, which if left intact, may very well propel us into a scientific dark age.

Here glares at us an absolute truth: The French and the Japanese smoke more and live longer! Why isn't someone over at the FDA looking into this? They are interested in retrieving the truth, are they not (sarcasm intended)? Someone, somewhere needs to find out why this is so.

Scientists should begin by asking some simple questions:

1) Is it the construction (ie., curing, soil content, filtration, ingredients, etc..) of the cigarette itself that can contribute to whether or not a cigarette becomes more or less harmful?

2) What role does diet play in counteracting the ingestion of free-radicals?

3) Does exogenous pollution (ie., from coal plants, automobiles, air travel, etc..) contribute to a higher mortality rate?

These are just a few questions that come to mind. For the love of truth, curiosity, and justice, I can't imagine why there aren't scores of researchers falling all over themselves in order to solve this striking paradox.

Maybe the French and the Japanese are on to something... We should seek to gain some of their knowledge, it would most certainly benefit the world of public health.

OpEdNews - Article: Death by Smoking: Still shockingly high in the USA

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Free Speech For Us, But Not For You

Just when we thought that it couldn't get any worse in Australia:

The anti-tobacco industry in Australia is lobbying the government to stop the tobacco industry lobbying the government.

Free society? What free society? What's next? I have come to the conclusion that it won't be long before we bear witness to the true intentions of the Arch Bishops of (Counter) Do-Gooderism. They will attempt to silence freedom of speech altogether, and tobacco will be the catalyst for controlling every aspect of open dialog and dissent in every corner and demographic of the "free" world.

This has always been about a lot more than smoking.

Don’t do as we do – do as we tell you

Friday, February 3, 2012

The forbidden way to boost your brainpower

A word from my favorite doctor:

But again, this is no surprise. Nicotine — SMOKING — has been proven to boost the parts of the brain linked to memory and concentration even in people not at risk for dementia.

The forbidden way to boost your brainpower

Lifestyle Discrimination in Ohio

I found this story linked on the Smoker's Club Newsletter

Penn National gaming has adopted a new hiring policy for all new applicants at its Toledo and Columbus locations:

3,200 applicants will be tested for nicotine usage, refused if found positive.

..A bit extreme, eh? This isn't even about health anymore, not that it ever was. This has turned into an all out war on smokers and on nicotine itself. How has it come to this? Remember when "non-smoker" front groups maintained steadfastly that their only true objective was to allow for non-smoking sections in restaurants? We have since fallen off of the slippery slope as it has become strikingly clear that we are now witnessing the cumulative effects of a 40+ year war on smoking and smokers themselves.

It has also become apparent that the state of Ohio has chosen to maintain the status quo by not recognizing smokers as a protected class. There are 29 states, including the District of Columbia that protect against smoker discrimination in the work place; Ohio is not one of them. If I were a smoker in Ohio, I would boycott these casinos. I would also write to my state representatives and encourage them to move Ohio into the 21st century by becoming the 30th state to recognize smokers as a protected class.

Smokers not eligible for jobs in some Ohio casinos

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Britain Imprisons Smoker

Thanks to Smokers Against Discrimination for posting this on Facebook-

As he prepared for the police to take him off to jail to serve what could be a sentence of up to 47 days, he fumed, “I am the first smoker to be imprisoned in the UK.

..and all over the use of a legal product. If this isn't the very definition of fascism, then I don't know what is. It's really quite unbelievable that something like this could happen in what is otherwise deemed to be a "free" society. Forced captivity is what inevitably results from such draconian "laws" and "ordinances". The wrongful and unjust incarceration of admirable citizens such as Chris Carter only serves to prove unequivocally how oppressive these NS (Nanny State) "laws" really are. It's unfortunate, as all of this is quite avoidable really; there is no need to fall into the shackles of despotism, for liberty has always proven its efficiency when it comes to solving societal grievances and problems.

The solution is simple: restore private property rights, the right to assemble, and freedom of choice. The alternative to this tried and true solution showcases its inevitable outcome in the link below.

Smoking ´martyr´ locked up

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tobacco Cembranoids Exhibit Anti-Cancer Activity

Well, what do you know...natural, unfermented tobacco has anti-cancer properties! Hmmm..Maybe we can vape it? ...Maybe we can add cembranoids to cigarettes? Maybe we can eliminate most or all of the harmful elements that are associated with smoking and tobacco use? Why not? The science is there.

"These marine cembranoids are known for their anticancer activity," he said. "Since the leaf and flower cuticular wax of tobacco are rich in cembranoids, and also act as a chemical defense to protect the plant against insects and harmful microbial infections, we believed that natural, fresh tobacco ingredients would offer the greatest potential as an anticancer agent."

ULM professors see anticancer potential in the most unlikely sources – tobacco leaves

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