[FoRK] Bush's tanking approval ratings
jbone at place.org
Mon Apr 11 20:14:28 PDT 2005
On Apr 11, 2005, at 10:00 PM, Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK) wrote:
> On 11-Apr-05, at 7:36 PM, Jeff Bone wrote:
>> You probably think we should make all public smoking illegal since
>> clearly whiny militant non-smokers are too stupid to avoid those bars
>> and other pro-smoking establishments where they're supposedly likely
>> to get cancer from that second-hand smoke.
> I paid my way thru University by DJing at a night club and used to
> come home with cigarette smoke and nicotine staining and permeating my
> clothes, my hair, etc. I was ultimately forced to retire (this was
> before the smoking bans took effect) and get a real job because I was
> in a constant state of illness (dry hacking cough, sneezing, clogged
> sinuses, cauliflower ears) for years... I'm allergic to smoke. The
> next morning after each night of work my clothes from the night before
> were unapproachable -- it was as though they had been bathed in
> carbons for weeks. I wasn't too stupid to avoid the bar ... it was my
> job. I have no doubt that had i done it for another five or ten years
> that I'd have ended up in the hospital. This was from a few dozen
> people smoking maybe 6 cigarettes each over the course of 5 hours in a
> 10,000 square foot heavily air-conditioned building.
> Walking toward the gym the other day on a calm night I noticed a
> smoker a block ahead of me on the opposite side of the road strolling
> along hacking a butt. I sneezed. I could smell the smoke blowing in
> my face from 50 yards away.
> I don't think smokers are even remotely aware of the impact they have
> on the world around them. Or maybe they don't care.
Kind of like the new breed of conservatives. I happen to be allergic
to them. Being around them gives me a splitting, debilitating
headache. It drives my blood pressure up. In fact, given 8 years or
so of their being in power, I might end up in the hospital. (Mental or
other remains to be seen. ;-) I think we ought to pass some
legislation to ban conservativism in public places. And "liberalism"
while we're at it. And Greenie-Weenie-ism. And anti-SUV-whinyism.
Sheesh, Ian. Bottom line: nobody *forced* you to take that job. Take
responsibility for your own choices and let other people live their
lives. And get real: occupational exposure to second-hand smoke isn't
going to kill anybody.
If you moved to Austin and suffered periodic cedar fever --- dry
hacking cough, sneezing, clogged sinuses, ear problems (though I
thought "cauliflower ears" were either vegetables or a congenital
deformity) and even, yes, gasp, FEVER --- would you drum up support for
a public vote to ban cedar pollination? To force all property owners
to uproot their trees? Etc.?
Really. Moral busybodies on the left *and* right.
When the government’s boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot
or a right boot is of no consequence.
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