Saturday, November 24, 2007

I'm a first class American, and screw ALL antis!

When it comes to a state smoking ban, I don't have to obey sheet. I'm a first class person and I WANT first-class treatment!

I'm fortunate to be living in America, and I'm thankful for that. But even though I'm an American, I still gotta bust my behind off just to make money. And then I pay lots of taxes just like any other American, including other American smokers.

It pees me off to hear about the rich getting richer in this country and the poor getting poorer.

Smokers themselves get poorer by the month it seems like with higher cig taxes. The states in the early 2000s blamed online smoke shops (as their reason for raising the taxes). Well if a pack was only 75 cents as it should be, you would not see a single tobacco shop online. Not even MYO online shops.

How do I get rewarded for just trying to live as an innocent American? I'm told to smoke my legal cigs outside. And I gotta obey no smoking signs at every place I walk into. Heck, when someone says "Take it outside!" they always yell like they talking to a thug.

This country is not the land of the free. You can pay taxes, you can make money (although I need luck just to get hired period), and you can even feed the state of Illinois property taxes once every 6 months. BUT...you can't smoke in Illinois anymore.

I'm sorry, but that's just screwed up (and that's the truth). As much money as I gotta pay the state of Illinois in the form of taxes and just to have a roof over my head, I think someone demanding me to "Take it outside!" is no different from someone telling me to "Get outta my face!" or someone calling me the N word.

People in society wonder why a lot of "us" represent a lot of criminals out there. Well not to defend them, but I think if it was easier for "us" to get hired, you probably WOULD see fewer criminals out there. I dunno how they can live if nobody is wiling to hire them, And it's funny there's a law against this....that law needs to be extended to not even using racism as a hidden reason for not hiring a person.

Likewise, people in society wonder why some smokers are doing illegal things themselves just to get cigs. I've read about cig heists in online articles before. Maybe if packs were as cheap as a candy bar, you would never hear of smokers pulling off cig-related robberies. Stealing cigs is stupid, but when a pack is 8 bucks, what do you expect to see as ONE of the results?

Getting those cig prices down would help get rid of online smoke shops, it would help smokers save money on gas (since they drive miles just to save money on cartons), and it would put an end to criminals who go after cartons instead of money.

I am not condoning getting cigs illegally. But despite how high a pack costs, there are smokers who will do whatever it takes to get cigs. In my case, I'll do whatever it takes to save money on my habit legally by not buying them within IL.

I feel a little bit better after writing this. I would love to smoke in Rod's face. He's one person in IL who deserves to see how I feel about a state smoking ban!

Smokers shouldn't spend moeny where they ain't welcome at

A smoker spending money in a smoke-free casino is wrong. That's like the smoker saying "Oh I hate the smoking ban and I'm not welcome to smoke in this casino. But I'm still gonna spend my money in here."

If you can't smoke in the casino, why bother spending money in there in the first place? That's like living in the old days if someone told me "You can sit in the back, or eat outside of our restaurant. But you're still welcome to buy food in here."

If I can't sit in the front, but I can still buy food in that hypothetical restaurant, no thanks. I'm going to a restaurant where I'd be totally welcome to sit in the front.

Of course, a smoker in IL won't find a "smoker-friendly restaurant/casino" in 2008. But the logic is still the same. If you're not welcome to smoke in a casino although you're allowed to spend your money in there...don' t enter the nonsmokers-only casino. (Well, it's essentially for nonsmokers only....)

I know if someone told me "You can't eat in here since you're colored. But you can still spend your money in here and take your food home or outside" I'd ask to see the darn manager of that place to find out why he/she is promoting that 2nd class treatment.

I wouldn't ask a casino manager why I can't smoke in there. I'd just avoid the casino altogether.

That person who commented on here that "Smokers don't have their own communities unlike Blacks" that's a good point. We could use a smokers' hood in order to make smokers become more united and to encourage them to fight the antismoking hysteria together. Black communities certainly helped African-Americans become stronger as a group over the decades.

I think the same thing would happen (with smokers becoming stronger as a group) if we had smokers communities. At least antis would neva think of entering a smokers community. Because basically speaking, if you smoke, you're safe from trouble.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Smoke ban WILL mean less cash for the casinos

Here's an article recently posted within my group entitled "Smoke Ban May Mean Less Cash for Casinos." ARTICLE LINK

I didn't read the article, because the title of this article caught my attention the most. It caught my attention because it's slightly misleading. That title needs to say smoke ban WILL mean less cash for casinos.

"Smoke ban may mean less cash to casinos." LOL...that title sure is a laugh! Did the anti-tobacco fans forget smoking and gambling go hand-in-hand like a cig and a beer mug?

Not that I gamble. But it's not a lie I've seen lots of smokers on my past visits to Harrah's in Joliet. Seriously. Some of those folks even dangle cigs in their mouths while playing those slot machines and playing at those card/poker tables.

As a matter of fact, there are so many smokers in a casino, good luck in catching every one of em if you a smoke cop reading this.

One business that won't suffer with a state ban is revenue the Cubs make. Fans will still light up in restrooms. I dunno if the Cubs will enforce no smoking in restrooms/concession areas with security/off-duty cops walking up and down the concessions area next year. But people still smoked secretly in the ballpark.

Smoking bans do not make smokers quit. Smoking bans make people smoke in criminal fashion. One idea of "criminal fashion" is a smoker being "shielded" by friends who look around to see if anyone suspicious approaches them.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

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You right. Smokers are not in a community all by themselves unlike us Blacks. But it would be cool to have a city where smokers are only welcome. And people can smoke in any building in that smoker-friendly city.

I know if Hillary hates tobacco, brothas and sistas are gonna do whateva it takes to get cigs cheaply, myself included. I'm sure otha smokers will switch to the MYO tobacco or maybe to the cigars.

Making tobacco expensive as heck won't make ME quit under any circumastances. If Hillary doesn't like that, she can split away from me in nice terms.

Thanksgiving

In the spirit of the holiday, I'm thankful tobacco ain't illegal like weed. Otherwise, I'd have to REALLY hide in order to smoke cigs.

Of course, there's a slim possiblity tobacco might become illegal for real in the future. But antis are stealing so much darn money from all smokers. Why would the govt make it illegal when they depend on smokers to give those anti org-mothas moolah?


There's not much to be thankful for if you smoke. Well in my case, being thankful for menthols is anotha one. Chicago can R. I.P on January 1. Because Illinois will be like the midwest version of California (as far as treatment among smokers is concerned).

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the American smokers who believe smoking is a right, and to those Americans who at least respect my views on how the "21st century brothas and sistas" are being treated.