[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 
>> 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.
> jb
> ---
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> boot or a right boot is of no consequence.
>     -Gary Lloyd
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