Friday, August 21, 2009

The Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter

August 21, 2009 - Issue #536

"The mind is like a parachute - it works only when it is open."
- Frank Zappa
Medical News: Nicotine improves brain function in schizophrenics. Mohammed Shoaib, a psychopharmacologist from the University of Newcastle, in the north of England, commented that nicotine-based therapies would offer a significant advancement over current treatments, which do little for the cognitive problems seen with the disease.

Medical News: Popular Insect Repellent Deet Is Neurotoxic. Corbel said, "We've found that deet is not simply a behavior-modifying chemical but also inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme, acetycholinesterase, in both insects and mammals."
From The International Mailbag
Africa: Nigeria Banking Industry. Executives have become richer than their banks.
Bahrain: MORE than 14,000 people have been caught smoking in public places since a ban came into force last year.
Canada: Injured parties invited to join lawsuit. Lawyers for the New Tobacco Alliance Committee filed a claim for $500-million against the Province of Ontario and the federal government.
Germany: Herfing in Hamburg – cigars, a Moveable Feast.
UK: Happy 104th Birthday, Beatrice Langley... smoker.
UK: "I won't be giving up." The number of people managing to stop smoking with NHS help in England has fallen slightly in the past year - despite a huge increase in funding.
UK: Smoking Fun At Smokers Music Festival. Friday August 28th to Monday 31st, at The Jolly Brewer on Broadgate, Lincoln.
From The USA Mailbag
FL: Here we go AGAIN... Mayor Beeler, Cocoa Beach Alert.
KS: Fundraiser fails when students don't show up at dance.
KY: County smoking ban violates private property rights.
NY: State drops collection of taxes on Indian cigarettes. Writes off revenue from reservation sales. In June 2008, the state raised its excise tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.50 to $2.75. That gives an Indian retailer who does not charge the tax a built-in price advantage of $27.50 per carton.
USA: The petition. Congressional Hearing Request from Opponents of Ohio Bans. WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE are tired of being pushed around. We want our Constitution back. Our government has gone too far in its scope of duties.
Ban Damage Hurts Everyone
IL: Casino Tax Revenues Down $200 Million, due to State Smoking Ban. “Casinos aren’t the only businesses to suffer with legislated smoking bans. And when business goes down, employees are eliminated or the businesses close. That means loss of jobs and loss of tax revenues. Nobody wins.
WATCH: Dreaming of America
By FireBug. Hey there Mr. and Mrs. Congressman, making all the rules down in Washington... can't you hear me hollering out in the streets with my bull horn?
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

PACT Act Update

Here's the closest thang to an update I've seen on the PACT Act topic. The Senate is currently on break. But according to an email I received from a smoke shop, the Senators could place their votes as early as September 8th.


Even though the Senate is currently on a break (they seem to take a lot of those), it doesn't mean your freedom and ability to order and receive cigarettes and tobacco products through the mail is safe and secure.

The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 ("PACT Act") (S.1147) is still pending, and could be sent to the full Senate for a vote as soon as they return. This legislation contains, among other bad ideas, a provision which will make ALL cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products nonmailable. This bill has already been passed by the House of Representatives and is currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, who could send it to the Senate floor for a vote as early as September 8th!

By making all cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products nonmailable, this law will ensure you will no longer be able to purchase these products by mail-order, telephone order, or on the Internet, because the United States Postal Service, along with UPS, Fed-Ex and all other carriers will be prohibited by law from delivering your orders to you. Taking away your options means forcing you back to buying over-priced tobacco products from your local retailer once again. Let your Senators know that you don't want this!

The Senate may be at rest, but we must continue to remain active if we wish to preserve our rights and freedoms. Contact your Senators office today and tell them to vote NO on S.1147, the "PACT Act"!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Kinda off-topic but related with smoking bans

1998 is when the first statewide smoking ban started in this nation.

I believe since 1998, only 2 baseball teams within states with smoking bans have won a World Series. The 2002 Angels and the 2003 Marlins. I do mean teams that won the World Series in the same year while their home ballparks were under current state smoking bans.

The Cubs haven't won sh!t in the playoffs period, ever since even the Chicago smoking ban started. (Well it's the truth!)

The Yankees' last World Series title came in 2000, 3 years before the NY smoking ban started. I'm surprised the Steinbrenners don't wanna blame the NYS smoking ban for their World Series title drought.

4 Chicago sport teams have been to the playoffs since 2008 (Bulls, Hawks, White Sox, and Cubs), The only team to win a playoff series since the IL smoking ban started are the Hawks. I ain't no hockey fan. Hockey is boring to watch (even if dat sport had more bro playas, I still wouldn't watch it). And the fighting in hockey ain't the same as base-brawls for instance.

I really hope it doesn't take a revokement of an IL smoking ban before Chicago ever sees a world championship of any kind again. But I notice dat trend in baseball. When the home team can't smoke in their own ballpark, then they find it tougha to win it all in the playoffs.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Update on my liver ultrasound

As promised, I share the results of my liver ultrasound with the saw my normal doc today.

He basically said my ultrasound was normal. And my blood tests were OK as well. I'm sure the liver doc will say somethang similar about "Your liver is good" and sh!t when I see him next week.

The good side of me is happy to hear my liver is normal. But the bro side of me didn't like going thru dat sh!t of not smoking for 10 hrs before the ultrasound....dose 10 hrs includes the time I spent sleeping of course.

I still rememba dat feeling of not smoking for hrs. I ain't gonna deny the image of a lit port was on my mind for most of dat morning. And when the ultrasound was over, I had to eat a lil breakfast first before (finally!) smoking a port. Since I obviously didn't eat for a long time as well.

I tried my hardest to find a place outside to smoke period, cause I didn't want any motha telling me "No smoking in this area" at the hospital. I ain't gonna deny I felt irritated. And when I finally lit up, it felt like heaven.

I bet if even an actual smoker approached me and asked "Can I smoke here with you?" I still wouldn't be in a nice mood to talk to ANYONE til I had enuf cigs to smoke.

I would give a small exception if dat person was a sis who asked the Q of course. Since she could understand betta on why I felt peed off at no smoking for hrs. But good luck in finding ANY KIND of smoker on hospital grounds!

Well it's good my liver was normal. I guess I was lucky to go dat long without smoking. Since some smokers in these groups hinted "I couldn't last dat long without smoking if I was in your shoes, Jay." But I had to try my hardest to keep my cool and pretend to be a d@mn cop or security erson wouldn't approach me.

(You know, like when someone asks "Are you all right, sir?" I'd have to keep my cool and act like a nice guy in response to the Q.)

Smoking in a bathroom would've been a betta option if I could've locked the door.

The Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter

August 14, 2009 - Issue #535

"Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are,
and doing things as they ought to be done."
- C.E.Stowe
Colorado: The American Dream Lost. Three years after the Ban. By James L. VonFeldt. The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, (smoking ban), and its effect on Billy's Inn. 63 bars, 478 employees, 1 casino, 62 employees, 2 nightclubs, 46 employees, 1 bowling alley, 3 pool halls, and 16 bingo halls all closed. Number of employees un-known. The non-profits, who could least afford it, are the biggest losers. The losses are in the millions.

Defiance And Ban Damage Hurts Everyone
KS: Effects of Emporia ban. Litter, noise, and drunks outside!
WI: Casey Arneson, Antismoker, punches smoker outside tavern.
Turkey: Man DEAD because of ban. Enraged at having his cigarettes confiscated, a customer shot and killed the owner of a restaurant in the southwestern town of Saruhanli.
More Ban Damage: How many people have to die or be hurt before the Antis realize that smoking bans are a bad idea, and dangerous to people? What is the exact "body count" the Antis are waiting for?
From The Mailbag
LA: IPCPR Advises LA Legislature: Don’t Tax Twinkies or Tobacco.
MO: KEEP ST. LOUIS FREE! New flyer to print out.
SC: Another Ban Failed: Bamberg. Councilwoman Teresa Hannibal pointed out that the ordinance did “not accommodate everyone in Bamberg.” Hannibal noted that the ordinance requiring employees to smoke outside would actually endanger employees at certain Bamberg businesses, giving the example of gas stations which she is professionally associated with. “It is set up so that the people at our locations would have to put their life in danger to do something that they are already doing.”
Rush Limbaugh: Pack of Lies: Cost Savings from Reduction of Secondhand Smoke. It was a pack of lies to jam these laws down our throats. We're watching it all over again. Obama is recycling the same lies used by the antismoking Nazis.
USA: Frank Davis, Banging on about the Smoking Ban.
World: Smokers Blogs. Read what other smokers have to say.
Canada: No fines issued to smoking drivers in Okotoks.
UK: Watch Phil Williams: Ashbusters 3, The Anti Federalists.
Health And The Slippery Slope
Coal: Ash more dangerous than smoking six packs a day.
Scents: 150 people sick, 34 hospitalized after co-worker sprays perfume. Investigators do not know what type was sprayed.
Scents: Smell of Success or Hazard? John Stossel explores scents.
Scents: Baby's bath full of fragrance allergens, a cause for concern.
Good For You: Have you had your beans and broccoli today?
PETA: Unhappy Meals Targeting Kids. Rajt says children have seen worse things than PETA's Unhappy Meal, which comes "stained with blood" and containing a bloody rubber chicken, a cutout of a knife-wielding Ronald McDonald, photos of mutilated animals and a Chicken McCruelty T-shirt.
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