[FoRK] Bush's tanking approval ratings
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Mon Apr 11 20:42:58 PDT 2005
The cedar in Austin gave me a bad headache the first time I visited
(50mph gusts that morning). I didn't even know I was allergic to tree
Jeff Bone wrote:
> 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
>> 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.
> -Gary Lloyd
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