Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That E-Cigarette

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14678054298 3b7accf529 b1 Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that E Cigarette

I admit it. I smoked for over 30 years. I enjoyed it. I knew it wasn’t good for me, but I did it anyway. I had no idea how bad they smelled, having been around it my whole life. I finally quit. How? I don’t really know why that time worked and the others didn’t.

But even after quitting, I found myself irritated by the anti-smoking crowd. I had no problem with a business that doesn’t allow smoking in it. I had no problem with people who didn’t want smoke in their homes. What I do have a problem with is people who take that choice away from me and others via the law. I also have a problem with “sin” taxes.

Before I quit there were places I didn’t eat because I couldn’t have a cigarette after dinner. After I quit, there were places that I didn’t eat because they did allow smoking. It never crossed my mind to be upset with either. The businesses made their choices and I made mine. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Now my irritation has grown to anger. Why? Because I chose to try e-cigarettes. I put on a lot of weight when I quit and now I’m taking it off. They have no smell. They’re not loaded with the carcinogens that were in regular cigarettes (and a lot of those were actually caused by government mandate, but that’s a whole different story). But they look like cigarettes and people are upset about it and are calling (and in many places already succeeding) to lump them with regular cigarettes in all the places that those are now banned.

It’s exactly the same mentality as the anti-gunners. I’m sure that at some time in the past someone might have been murdered with a bayonet on a gun instead of being shot, but having a bayonet lug for mounting for one is hardly a real world risk factor. Why then does having one turn a gun into a so called “assault weapon”? Because it looks scary to some people and, as we should all know by now, feeling bad matters as much, if not more, than any facts. Fantasy is more important than reality. Ban first, question later.

What’s next? The color chartreuse? It sure looks bad to me.

Voting For David Patterson In The Kentucky Senatorial Race

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Politix finally got around to asking on the KY Senatorial race. Check it out here: http://politix.topix.com/debate/13430-who-do-you-favor-in-the-kentucky-senate-race

In A State Of Nature

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John Locke was one of the most influential political philosophers that the Founders drew from. In particular, his Second Treatise On Government. His starting place was from what he called being in a "State of Nature." Here's my short form take on … [Continue reading]

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Rights And The Declaration Of Independence

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The Well-Regulated Definition

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he phrase "Well-Regulated" is so long out of use that dictionaries no longer cover it as a phrase. Since the word "regulated," in common (non-scientific) usage requires an external regulator, many people assume that a well regulated militia requires … [Continue reading]

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Climate Change Severe Weather Trends

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One of the consequences of catastrophic climate change is the increase in severe weather events. Here, in graphic form are the trends for some types of severe weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes and droughts     Maybe … [Continue reading]

A Living Wage – Why Those Evil, Greedy Corporations Just Won’t Pay It

I get so tired of hearing that complaint. A Living Wage? My first question is, just what defines a living wage? Considering there are hundreds of millions of people living (barely surviving, but living) on less than $1 a day, I'd say just about any … [Continue reading]