Friday, June 29, 2007

World Defiance Day

Because of work this weekend, I don't have time to leave a post of my own. But I did want to pass along this info from Michael McFadden on July 1 being World Defiance Day. This day sounds like the closest "Smoke-IN Day" I heard of.
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In Britain this coming Sunday, HUNDREDS of pubs/bars will stand strong in Defiance of their newly enacted nation-wide smoking ban. We must all, across the globe support our Brit friends to stop this wave of Governmental Intrusion into business and personal choice. This Sunday, we Defenders of Choice in Hawaii will stand tall in DEFIANCE to our own Draconian smoking ban, and we encourage all troopers in all the many battlefronts across the planet to do the same on Sunday. In a show of worldwide SOLIDARITY this event will kickoff WORLD DEFIANCE DAY, the day when smokers and their friends will stand up to unjust and ill-based regulations that go beyond all reason. Our movement in Hawaii has been watched and covered worldwide as we set major precedents in our recent battle and nearly pulled off the legislative upset of the decade. Here is our own strategy for this momentous event coming up. We invite you to follow the same so as to provide a consistency worldwide. Remember, there is power in numbers and consistency.

1. Choose just ONE bar per town/city where the event will take place unless you are sure enough of overwhelming support to support several. There is power/impact in VISUAL numbers. Impact will be far greater with 100 defiant smokers at ONE place vs. a handful scattered over 20 bars.

2. Make and announce the primary time for the event for TWO HOURS so all can be there at once in a short time frame. The Defiance can go on throughout the day, but those two hours will mark the concentration when smokers can depend on the maximum number of supporters and the media will know there'll be something colorful to film.

3. This event in Britain caught us all by surprise, so we haven't had that much time to prepare, but that is okay...every revolution started with a handful of crusaders... Where it will go from here is unknown. If British pubs stand strong in their resistance the English ban will fall, followed quickly by the Scottish and Welsh, and soon thereafter by the suffering Irish. In America the Defiance and resistance will be more on a city and state by state level, but inspired by their friends "across the pond" we may begin to see significant ignoring and rolling back of American bans as well. So get on the horn/email and get a hold of as many people you can that smoke (cigs/pipes/cigars/rollers). Don't forget their friends either! Remember, many nonsmokers also believe that the antismoking lobby has gone too far: very few actually support denying smokers ANY choice of indoor space to gather! Here in Honolulu, we expect close to 200 to show this Sunday!! It's gonna be a blast of a Smoke In.

4. Media coverage is KEY. Once the media realizes this is a coordinated WORLDWIDE event involving thousands of citizens in countries around the world, they will show us much more respect and will desire to cover it with a story that is far less biased than normal. This event will also show our opposition that this battle is going to be a tough one...we are now SOLIDIFIED WORLDWIDE...no more push-overs. We CAN turn the tide! As Mike McFadden of the Smokers Club has said, "Bans are NOT Inevitable!!!"

5. Contact your local media (TV, radio, print, internet-mag) via a personal call or a short note (press release). The Press Release should be short and sweet. Feel free to copy, use, and build on the below:

"On July 1, 2007, hundreds of pubs in Britain will stand in Defiance to their
new nationwide smoking ban. This date, a true Day Of Defiance, also marks the first WORLD
DEFIANCE DAY. In a show of support for
our Brit friends and to show worldwide solidarity for our movement
to Defend Freedom of Choice, we smokers and friends in _____________(town/
city) will also stand in DEFIANCE to our own smoking ban. WORLD
DEFIANCE DAY will be celebrated this Sunday at __________(bar/pub)
between __________(time) and therafter. You are more than welcome to witness
this momentous event as we continue our battle against the ever
growing and alarming reality governmental intrusion into our daily
personal, private and business lives. Our battle cry/motto is Martin
Luther King's bold statement many years ago, "ONE HAS A MORAL
OBLIGATION TO DISOBEY UNJUST LAWS". This law is indeed unjust.
By the way, we WILL be smoking!!!!

6. Have a bright conspicuous 4x8 banner made and hung in the front of the
establishment...something to the effect..."WORLD DEFIANCE DAY! Defenders
of Freedom of Choice! We stand United. Smok'em Up...use your imagination,
but just make sure WORLD DEFIANCE DAY is somewhere on the banner...
remember CONSISTENCY!!!

For questions/advice feel free to contact:

Michael J. McFadden Cantiloper@aol.com

Samantha Phillipe The Smokers Club, Inc. (info@smokersclub.com )
Garnet Dawn IllinoisSmokersRights.com (GarnetDawn@comcast.net )

Jolyn Tenn HawaiiSmokersAlliance.com (jTenn10@aol.com)
Dave Crowley TheSmokeVote.com (kawikc@aol.com)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Antis are not racists, but they are similar with racists

After I read about this neighbor who kept banging on a smoker's front door (so the neighbor can complain to the smoker about the cig smoke affecting the non's daughter's health), I'm not apologizing for what that reminds me of. That reminds me of someone else similar to an anti banging on my door as a way for me to come out and face the music so to speak.

Both groups are similar. The only difference is one group is against my ethnicity. The other group is against my lifestyle choices (that being the choice of smoking).

Both groups like terrorizing the "folks" they hate. Banging on a smoker's door to just complain about smoke coming from out of the smoker's house is terrorism in my books. And not to mention very immature. Because if that non breaks my door window (if he's banging a screen door) he better pay for the new window.

Both groups can care less about the feelings of the folks they hate. Smokers are not allowed in hospitality businesses in places with smoking bans. I mean after all, I read several times about smokers simply lighting up in a tavern, and the smoker is kindly asked to leave in order to avoid trouble with the owner...or avoid a 911 call from someone with a phone. Some of those smokers refused to leave. And sheet broke out as a result. That treatment smokers receive remind me of the pre-Civil Rights era.

If it was up to me, I'd make antis AND racists disappear with a magic wand. And there are so many similarities between both groups, it ain't funny. I will apologize if anyone thinks I'm crossing the line with putting antis and racists in the same boat. But I wouldn't be making that true comment on smokers receiving treatment "we" used to get a lot if I wasn't born as the person that I am (ethnicity-wise).

And unlike that treatment we used to get, the 2nd class treatment smokers get is gonna get worse and worse if smokers don't stand up for their rights offline. It's like history being repeated....with smkers getting the 2nd class treatment this time.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Inhaling SHS is the same as actual smoking?

That's another Q that deserves a "Heck no!" response from me. If inhaling SHS is the same as me actually smoking, I would've just inhaled smoke from the attendees' cigs and cigars.

But I didn't know workers need to be protected from cancer on the job. I worked around smokers myself. I know I never got lung cancer from inhaling their SHS smoke. After all, my lungs are perfectly clear according to my doctor. I'm thinking hard of some other "cancers" nonsmoking workers can get in a smokey environment, But I honestly can't think of any. I know a female worker can't get a cancer that starts with B from simply inhaling SHS.

This is where I read that comment on protecting workers from cancer. Working around smokers makes me wanna light up myself on the job. But that's more like a good thing. It would actually be better if I could enjoy cigs without taking breaks on the job.

Hey antis! How about agreeing on the number of cigs that are smoked from inhaling SHS? Some say inhaling SHS in an 8-hour period is like me smoking 10 cigs myself. Others claim it's the equivalent of smoking a whole freakin pack in 8 hours. Even I can't smoke a literal pack in 8 hours unless I spend time at home all day.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

CA is worse than I thought

When I think of CA, I think of that state as the worst state in the country for smokers with of course the indoor/outdoor smoking bans. But what amazes me about that state is one city called Belmont. Where people have the legal right to terorize smokers. I recently heard of another CA town where folks get paid for turning in smokers to I guess the town's police.

If anyone ever thought of turning me in at that CA town, I'd "pay" that freaked-up nonsmoker all right. I'd pay the loser so good, I might have to flee away before others try asking me for big bucks. LOL!!! I wonder if I have the legal right to turn in intoxicated dudes off of the streets. Since turning in alcoholics makes a REAL difference in making the streets safer. You're not making the streets any safer by turning in innocent smokers.

I'll make sure I never even place a toe in CA. I wonder what that antismoking state would be like if it was in the northern US, where winters are snowy and cold as heck. The effects of an IL state ban would be a lot worse. While it's true some brainwashed smokers won't mind smoking in cold weather, I can actually see a lot of ciil disobedience going on within IL once 2008 comes.

The antis in CA are sick. If folks in Belmont, CA have the legal right to terrorize smokers (beat up the smokers, and even kill them), I hope I have the legal right to give those mothas a taste of their own medicine. Antis think all smokers are weak and will accept abuse from folks who hate smoking. Brainwashed smokers may be like that, but I'm not. I bet even a brainwashed smoking brotha would beat the living crap out of a CA anti trying to terrorize him.

And yes, smokers are innocent folks. They ain't doing anything wrong by smoking a legal product, let alone buy tobacco online. I wouldn't compare buying cigs online (MYO products included) to smuggling in the other leaf.