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Florida Companies Forbid Smoking In Private Lives

Posted by bmac on November 9, 2007

One of the issues I blog a lot about, is smoking bans. It’s a big thing for me, but not because I smoke. It’s a big thing for me because the destruction of personal freedoms is a big thing. Once smoking has been demonized to such an extent that you may now be fired for it, we got some problems.

Westgate Resorts, the largest private employer in Central Florida, has banned smoking and won’t budge from a policy of not hiring smokers and firing employees who do smoke.

“When I found out it was legal to discriminate against smokers, I put the policy in place,” Westgate president and CEO David Seigel said.

Seigel told Local 6 that the policy was prompted by the death of his close friend — a heavy smoker who died of cancer.

What if his friend died in a car accident? Would he be able to fire you for driving a car? How about if he died choking on a Big Mac? How about Aids? Old age?

Look, I know an employer can fire you, or not hire you for whatever reason he see’s fit, but this is a dangerous road to go down.

Vilifying smokers is easy, but beware, because it won’t stop with smokers. Once we’re all in a nice smoke free environment, they’ll begin to focus on the fact that you eat Taco Bell every day for lunch, or maybe a co-worker saw you at a bar having a shot of tequila, and deem you an alcoholic, or maybe you get a speeding ticket, and are now a risky driver, can’t hire you.

Just think about it. It’s not about smoking.

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Democrats Plan a Shorter Workweek

Posted by bmac on October 30, 2007

UPDATE: HEADLINE ON DRUDGE 10/30

HOUSE IN A MESS

Perfect time to bring up shorter workweeks!

Democrats! Working for you! At least four days a week!

The House majority leader, Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, told fellow Democrats this week that the House would not be in session next year on Fridays, except in June for work on appropriations bills.

Explaining that decision to reporters, Mr. Hoyer said, “I do intend to have more time for members to work in their districts and to be close to their families.”

Read the whole thing.

Yeah, those poor overworked slaves to public service. Hell, why not take a year off? Nothing highlights how useless these “jobs” are as when a Senator runs for President. They’re basically persona non grata for two years, and no one seems to notice. How is it that Barack Obama, Hillary, Kucinich, etc, are able to perform their Senatorial duties while campaigning 24/7 for President? Why is this never questioned? Republicans are just as guilty, being useless is truly non-partisan.

We pay these tools $165,200 a year. Although approval for Congress is rock bottom, do you think they care? Why should they? Most will be re-elected no matter what, even if their approval ratings hit single digits. The reality is, Americans don’t participate much in the electoral process, and I myself was guilty of this for most of my life, so I speak from experience. Most people I know don’t vote, and if they do, vote on name recognition or party affiliation only. Unless your Senator or Congressman gets caught with an underage girl or boy, or in an airport bathroom soliciting sex, chances are, you have no idea what they’ve been up to. Our public servants know this, and exploit it, and we let them. That’s the system.  It’s broken. How do we fix it?

  

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FM Radio Has Reached A New Level Of Suckitude

Posted by bmac on October 19, 2007

I keep the radio on in my business, because it just creates a comfortable atmosphere. So obviously, I’m listening to it 10+ hours a day, which has become a form of aural torture. I try to change stations every couple days, but it doesn’t matter, because every station has the same operating procedure, which is a playlist of about 4 songs, repeated until I want to gouge my eardrums out with a rusty nail.

Thanks Clear Channel! You’re slowly destroying the joy of music for me.

When I can afford it, I’m getting sattellite. And I’ll never turn a radio on again.

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California Tackles The Big Issues

Posted by bmac on October 4, 2007

I’m old enough (43) to have actually smoked on a plane. Doesn’t that sound insane in 2007?  Soon, in California, you won’t be able to smoke in your apartment.  Here in my hometown of Las Vegas, you cannot smoke in bars that serve food, as I’ve posted about before here, and here. 

These laws are easy to pass, because people have a vitriolic hatred of smokers. When they walk into that voting booth, it’s the one issue that they get to directly screw over people they don’t like. Constitution be damned, it’s payback time bitch! Eat it you asshole smoker, because you had the audacity to have made me mildy uncomfortable on a few occasions.

The people who whine and cry about the Patriot Act taking away our liberties, are the exact same people that can’t take mine away fast enough.

As a smoker, these bans don’t have that big an effect on me, because I really don’t get out much. What infurates me, is that we have become such a nation of pussies. A nation that is more terrified of cigarette smoke, than of actual terrorists.

I’ve said it before, these bans are the first step to a fascist state. Smoking, trans fats, they start with the easy targets. Everyone hates smokers and fat people. Eventually, they’ll ban something you may care about.

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Stop The Flight 93 Murdoch Terrorist Memorial Blogburst

Posted by bmac on October 3, 2007

Take a look at this:

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The Flight 93 Memorial to Islamic Terrorists. This is the memorial that is going to be built in PA. if we do not stop it. Yes, it’s an Islamic Crescent. Yes, it points to Mecca. This is an aberration that CAN NOT happen. This let’s Islamic terrorists from all over the world piss on the graves of the American Heroes of Flight 93. On our soil.

In September 2005, a half dozen different bloggers verified that a person facing into what was originally called the Crescent of Embrace memorial to Flight 93 would be facing almost exactly at Mecca. Some surrounding trees have been added to the design, but the giant central crescent remains completely intact in the Bowl of Embrace redesign:

Please continue reading here:

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The Cult Of The Child

Posted by bmac on August 30, 2007

More nanny state buffoonery from Colorado, where a school has banned tag. Only two parents complained about the ban. Two. I guess most of the parents want their kids to grow up to be terrified pussies just like them.

Using kids to implement ridiculous bans is very convenient these days, as we all have to sacrifice for “The Children.” In fact, when banning smoking in bars that serve food here in Vegas, one of the big selling points for the anti-smoking lobby, was that people couldn’t bring their precious Children to a bar to eat. To a bar. To eat. Because you know, bars should be Kid-Friendly.

When did this asinine over-protection of kids start? I live near probably 5 or 6 schools, yet I never see kids walking to school, ever. Every precious little prince and princess have to be chauffeured to school now. I rarely even see school buses, I guess because they don’t need em anymore. You have a better chance of seeing a Yangtze River Dolphin, than to see an American kid outside. On the rare occasion you actually spot one, they’re wearing a gigantic BackPack, containing a small version of their room, because God forbid, they leave the house without 20 video games, an iPod, a cell phone, and a couple bottles of water. And maybe a helmet in case they have to step off a curb. When I was a kid, if I wore a helmet to ride my bike, I would’ve gotten my ass kicked.

I can only guess that this is the result of a combination of things:
1) Lawyers- Being a lawyer isn’t like being a doctor, that is, any tool can become a lawyer, and now we have an over abundance of them, guaranteeing a zillion frivolous lawsuits based on a Child being injured, (easy money, juries love Children).

2) Single Mothers- The “Oprah-ization” or celebration of single motherhood, has made it not only acceptable to be a single mother, but desirable. If you’re a single mom, you get a lot of “You’re so brave!” and ” I have so much respect for you, that’s really hard!” You get so many more “props” than if you’re actually married to a man. This is actually kind of an epidemic in this country, boys being raised only by women, and we all know how they over-protect.

3)Media- The media loves to scare the crap out of parents, with endless horrible stories about Children being hurt or worse. I doubt crimes against Children have dramatically risen in the last 50 years, but the media would have us believe there’s a child molester behind every mailbox, just waiting for you to take your eyes off your kid for one second.

4)Parents Who Want To Be “Friends” With Their Children- This is a weird phenomenon that seems to have happened as a result of adults not wanting to grow up. I see it all the time, parents having debates with 5 year-olds, cause they want to be “cool,” and not yell at their little buddy. The most important thing, above all else, is that they’re friends with their kids. Or to prove to their kid that they are just as hip as them. Something that I see all the time now, is a 4 or 5 year-old kid with a Mohawk. The parent using the kid as a prop, to prove how cool they are, because they refuse to grow up and be a parent.

Sorry, got a little off topic with that last one.

George Carlin has a routine about this, in which he says (Whiny voice) “The children, the children,” and then,”F*ck the children!” and goes on to describe swimming in polluted water when he was a kid, and how this over-protection is screwing up natural selection. He did this routine in Vegas, and a bunch of people got up and walked out, I assume because how dare he say something like that about The Children.

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Where There’s Smoke (There’s idiots)

Posted by bmac on August 15, 2007

While I’m on the subject of smoking bans, here is another one from New York:

Smokers have already been banned from New York bars and restaurants, and
soon they could be prohibited from lighting up in cars carrying minors, an idea
giving added fuel to critics who say the city has become a nanny state.
If enacted, smoking in cars with riders under the age of 18 would join a
growing list of activities barred by the city, including making too much noise
at night, serving trans fats in restaurants, and allowing students to carry cell
phones in school.

My prediction: Smoking will be completely outlawed within ten years.
Full disclosure, I am a smoker. Wish I never started, but I did, and to be honest, I enjoy it. Smoking has been demonized to such an extent, that I feel like a leper when I smoke in public. Seriously, child molesters get less hateful glares. My wife and I vacation in California sometimes, and when I smoke there, I fully expect to be lynched by an angry mob. With torches and everything. I understand that cigarette smoke is unpleasant to non-smokers, and I make an effort to spare people from that in public, just as I make an effort to not fart directly at people. But the bottom line is, when you leave your house, it’s not my job to make your day pleasant, nor is it the job of government to make sure you don’t get offended outside of your personal sanctuary. Life is offensive, and it should be. Maybe your cologne is offensive to me, but hey, that’s your problem, I’m not gonna let it ruin my day, or try to pass legislation against Old Spice.
That is why this type of legislation is personal. People hate dirty, filthy, low-life smokers. Smoking is a personal choice, just as eating 5 Big Macs, or riding dirt bikes on the weekend is. They all have inherent health risks, known to the person engaging in said activity.
Whether or not you smoke, you should be very affraid of these laws being enacted. Today it’s smoking and Trans-Fats, tomororrow, it’s red meat. The day after that, it’s guns. Believe it.

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Smoking Bans

Posted by bmac on August 14, 2007

ATHENS, Ala. – Voters have a chance on Tuesday to return this northern
Alabama city to the days of Prohibition.

Might be time to leave Athens, Alabama.

A measure to end the sale of alcohol in Athens is up for a citywide vote, a
rare instance where voters could overturn a previous vote to allow sales.
Business interests are against repeal, but church leaders who helped organize
the petition drive that got the measure on the ballot are asking members to pray
and fast in support of a ban.

Christians who oppose drinking on moral grounds believe they have a chance
to win, however small.

They certainly do have a chance to win.

This is not unsimilar to something that happened here in Vegas last November. You may not know this, but here in Sin City, smoking is banned in bars that serve food, even if your entire menu consists of a basket of fries.

Let me tell you something about Las Vegas. We have the highest per capita number of smokers in the entire U.S., as well as probably the most bars. There is literally a bar on every corner. Within a square mile of my house, I can think of ten right off the top of my head, within walking distance. All of these bars make their money from video poker, and people that play video poker like to smoke while they’re losing the rent money. As a result of the smoking ban, most of these bars closed the restaurant portion of their establishment, because the food is secondary to the gambling. Everything is secondary to the gambling.

Because we have an influx of people from southern California moving here, and believe me they really hate smokers, the ban went into effect, cleverly placed in mid-term elections, which usually see’s a turnout of about 30%. As a result of the California tree-huggers hatred of smokers, a lot of people lost their jobs, a lot of businesses lost a ton of money, and now we have more drunk drivers on the road since people are drinking and not eating anything at all.
Vegas is a big town, there’s plenty of non-smoking restaurants. There was no need for this ban, it was personal.
I never thought I’d see the day that smoking would be banned in this town, but it happened.
The most smokers per capita in the U.S….. No smoking. In bars. In Las Vegas.

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Flight 93 Memorial Honors Hijackers

Posted by bmac on August 8, 2007

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From Nice Deb, here.
 
 

This is a disgrace. It’s akin to putting a Swastika shaped “memorial” at Auschwitz.

Just the fact that this design was submitted, let alone implemented, is troubling to say the least. Clearly, the agenda was to have an anti-American design. There’s one in Arizona, and they’re trying to do the same at Ground Zero.

Even calling these abortions “memorials” is a slap in the face to every single American that died that day, and is especially cruel to their surviving family members. These things effectively let the terrorists dig up the victims of 9/11, and kill them again. I am so offended by this I can’t even express it in mere words.

Blogwhoring aside, if you have a blog, or send tips to blogs, please link Deb, or me, or whoever, or just send an email to people you know, about this travesty, just to get it out there.

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