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Second hand smoke


Mon, Jan 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The reported health risks of second hand smoke are likened to the Great Plagues of Europe. If it were true, Baby Boomers would not be a threat to Medicare and Social Security. They would not have been large enough to mount campaigns for women's rights, civil rights or the right to cosmetic surgery.

This generation grew up in a blue gray haze that had no free zones except the front pews in church. The Greatest Generation smoked. They smoked everywhere, all the time. Ashtrays the size of bathtubs filled living spaces, public lobbies, even doctors offices. Mothers nursed their babies and enjoyed the sit down time by smoking while baby suckled. Cigarette tips would glow in the magical darkness of movie theaters and served as a soothing nightlight for small children looking for mommy or daddy when the boogey man visited at night.

Smoking was a perfectly civil activity until the 1970's when concerns were raised about a connection between Lucky Strikes and tumor spotted lungs. Before that, who knew?

Now, this information, in the hands of serious Baby Boomers determined to live forever and look good besides, has become a drum beat to war.

No Smoking- ever- anywhere-

Not in a plane or a train. If smokers would walk cross-country, they'd be healthier.

Not in a bathroom, bad smells have no place there.

Not in a bedroom, even after sex with Johnny Depp.

Not in a restaurant- why increase the risks after those burgers and fries?

Not in a bar because only the healthy and righteous go there.

Not in a public, outdoor park where the sparrows might drop from the tree tops.

Not in the movies or on television where children might get bad ideas. Without the smoking, only wholesome images are offered up in the media.

Not within 25 feet of the entrance to a building, even if it's a bowling alley.

The world is clearly a better place, of course. We can no longer see the air we breathe so we just trust it is there. Nobody is mourning the ashtray industry. There are smoke free states. Whole states! Everyone smells good. There is no risk of small children playing with matches because nobody needs matches. The tobacco industry is still thriving because they can market to brown skinned people overseas who, apparently, have not heard the news about second hand smoke.

Oh, there are still smokers out there, huddled in the cold, clustered up in human knots, greater than 25 feet .....
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The Year of the Rat(s)

Fri, Dec 28th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Some last minute thoughts as we enter 2008, or in the Chinese lexicon, the Year of the Rat.

• There is one year left of the Bush - Cheney junta. They introduced the world to such noble concepts as rendition, torture (think waterboarding) ..... 
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Let's hear it for the "City Guys"

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Commentary

We see and hear tributes to our firefighters, police, and emergency responders; they deserve this praise, especially in our small towns where they are often volunteers, risking lives to protect us.

There is another group of folks who merit o ..... 
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Maybe they really are evil

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Internet chatter in the so called blogosphere is nasty and vitriolic. Main street media is not much better with both major political ideologies demonizing and calling the other evil.

I have been concerned about Bush's intellect and Cheney's ..... 
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So, this is democracy?

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

The unfortunate thing about living so close to Iowa is the spillover effect of the presidential primary which is held every four years. The white noise emanating from south of our border has been deafening and will only get louder in the next few we ..... 
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Awash in a sea of noise

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

I never thought I would be agreeing with Spiro Agnew or Dick Cheney, or even G. W. Bush. They and others have over the years railed against the print, radio, and TV media about not sharing what they consider to be the good or accurate news.

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Henny Penny the sky is falling

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) was released last Monday. There are some astounding facts associated with its findings. They mostly make me believe it will be a long time before other countries will take our word about intelligence findin ..... 
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America, the benevolent dictator

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Joseph Broz, aka Tito, was one of those more benevolent dictators - using a bit of carrot and stick to hold the ethnic stew known as Yugoslavia together.

"No one questioned 'who is a Serb, who is a Croat, who is a Muslim (Bosniak)', we were ..... 
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If I were a true patriot

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Commentary

If I were truly patriotic I would be demonstrating on our streets and carrying placards calling for the impeachment of President Bush.

How is it that I can stand by while President Bush has amongst many other things:

Violated the Uni ..... 
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