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Senators: Ban smokeless tobacco use in MLB
pMSNBC ^ | 2/15/11 | Ken Strickland

Posted on 02/16/2011 1:22:02 AM PST by AT7Saluki

Two Democratic senators are asking baseball commissioner Bud Selig to ban all tobacco use in the sport, specifically citing smokeless products.

Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey are suggesting that Selig push for a ban as part of the negotiations in the players' collective bargaining agreement later this year.

Major League Baseball banned tobacco use in its minor leagues in 1993, but still allows it in the big leagues. The senators say Major League Baseball "is undoubtedly complicit" in the increase its use with school-aged boys.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baseball; durbin; senator; tobacco
Please Mr. Senator, save us from our stupid selves.
1 posted on 02/16/2011 1:22:08 AM PST by AT7Saluki
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To: AT7Saluki

They can get Huckabee as their spokeswoman. Though he’s fattened up a tad, so folks might mistake him for Rosanne.


2 posted on 02/16/2011 1:28:10 AM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: AT7Saluki

I can actually remember Earl Campbell (rb houston oilers) doing Skoal commericals some time back. At the time, I wasn’t sure what he mean by ‘without lighting up.”


3 posted on 02/16/2011 1:37:22 AM PST by WoofDog123
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To: WoofDog123

And before that, Walt Garrison


4 posted on 02/16/2011 1:59:17 AM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: AT7Saluki

MLB: Ban idiot senators from banning everything


5 posted on 02/16/2011 2:02:22 AM PST by JoeDonnellymakesmepuke
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To: pissant

Bobby Murcer was another Skoal advertiser. If I recall, he even recorded a country song called “I’m a Skoal Dippin’ Man”


6 posted on 02/16/2011 2:25:32 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa

Democrats working hard to create jobs.


7 posted on 02/16/2011 2:51:18 AM PST by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: AT7Saluki

I hate chew. I detest it. I cannot stand it. It is dirty. It is disgusting. I have put my fingers in that brown spit and taken a mouthful of it by accident.

BUT DON’T THESE ASSHATS HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO?

It is CRAP like this that makes me wholeheartedly support THINGS I DETEST!


8 posted on 02/16/2011 2:54:32 AM PST by rlmorel (Now I have to change this tagline: "Weakness is provocative." Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: AT7Saluki

how much time can they waste trying to nanny us and get re-elected


9 posted on 02/16/2011 2:58:06 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: AT7Saluki
After the silly steroid trials held in congress which humiliated a few of the sports greats, I am sure the players will be a tad tough on this point.
10 posted on 02/16/2011 2:59:15 AM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: AT7Saluki
Stupid Democrats...

Our nation is in one of the worst financial situations in our history, and all the Dems can do is keep sticking their noses in where they don't belong.

Get the government OUT of our personal business.

What Major League baseball players chew is none of the government's busness.

11 posted on 02/16/2011 3:01:28 AM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Allegra

No kidding. Boy, this stuff just burns me.


12 posted on 02/16/2011 3:06:10 AM PST by rlmorel (Now I have to change this tagline: "Weakness is provocative." Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: Allegra

“Stupid Democrats...
Our nation is in one of the worst financial situations in our history, and all the Dems can do is keep sticking their noses in where they don’t belong.”

Surreal might be a better word. Just one day of FR stories on the tanking economy (food and clothing prices soaring, or about to soar; Chinese imports heading up 25%; a dollar headed for the ash heap of history...) would fill a screen.

...and THIS is being debated by the US Senate. Huh?


13 posted on 02/16/2011 3:16:13 AM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: AT7Saluki

Our insane Senators passing insane laws while grabbing more and more goodies for themselves.


14 posted on 02/16/2011 3:31:17 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: AT7Saluki

Ideas for NBL ‘Nanny Baseball League’.

Put the umpires in tutus.

Have a 4 run rule limit to each inning.

Mandate women are provided equal playing time.

Use a softer ball (someone might get hurt).

Ban hot dogs (promotes obesity).

Beer has to go (bad influence on minors).

above all - don’t keep score (someone might lose and have their feelings hurt).


15 posted on 02/16/2011 3:33:13 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: AT7Saluki

Ban this, ban that. Mandate this and the other.

F off, Senator. Leave us the hell alone for once.

No I don’t have a dog in this particular fight. I’m just tired of having Americans lives being micromanaged from Washington DC.


16 posted on 02/16/2011 3:47:23 AM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: AT7Saluki

They probably conducted a “scientific” study of the harmful effects of second hand spit.


17 posted on 02/16/2011 4:09:13 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58

Know what’s stupid? The people in tobacco growing states that vote for these morons.


18 posted on 02/16/2011 4:36:58 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The way to beat a terrorist is to terrorize him.)
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To: AT7Saluki

No spit cups (especially the styrofoam ones).

Chewing sunflower seeds leads to unacceptable littering - straight out with that.

Chewing bubble gum is a bad example to the kids - think about the damage to their teeth! Banned also.

Swearing and cussing will lead to banishment from the game.

Rubber spikes only - that racist Ty Cobb used the metal ones to hurt people, others have done so as well.

Wooden bats shatter and can cause injury (especially those damn maple ones); aluminum bats are lethal weapons - but we’ll let you use wiffle ball bats (despite the evil petroleum-based plastic they’re made of).

Batters have died after being hit by pitched balls - tee-ball is good enough for the kids, surely professionals should be able to hit a ball off a tee.

Get to it, Senator Durbin - doubleplusgood job so far, but there’s so much more to do.


19 posted on 02/16/2011 4:59:48 AM PST by Stosh
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To: WoofDog123
I can actually remember Earl Campbell (rb houston oilers) doing Skoal commericals some time back

Holy crap! I remember that, too.

20 posted on 02/16/2011 5:07:47 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: AT7Saluki

Ban the cretins Durbin and Lautenburg. They are “undoubtedly complicit” for the animals running around in liberal cities.


21 posted on 02/16/2011 6:02:18 AM PST by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: AT7Saluki

Smokin’ Dick Durbin and Fossil Laut really are on top of the major problems today. It probably doesn’t need to be mentioned that these ass-clowns who are so concerned about impressionable children are also pro-abortion.


22 posted on 02/16/2011 6:33:36 AM PST by Hacksaw (Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy” — H.L. Mencken)
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To: AT7Saluki; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

As an aside, let’s get baseball teams with honest names, such as the DC MEDDLING DEMOCRATS!

Nanny State PING!


23 posted on 02/16/2011 6:39:42 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Why is Congress so obsessed with baseball? It’s a private business. Stop wasting taxpayer’s money investigating and regulating it.


24 posted on 02/16/2011 6:51:49 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What’s next,Dubble Bubble Gum?

I do not recognize this country anymore.


25 posted on 02/16/2011 7:04:44 PM PST by Mears
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To: AT7Saluki

I guess any rise in teenage drinking can be attributed to the young folks copying their local congressman. Ban alcohol. (snicker)


26 posted on 02/16/2011 7:08:47 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Allegra
What Major League baseball players chew is none of the government's busness.

Congress gives MLB certain exemptions to law in exchange for the right to butt in every now and then.

27 posted on 02/16/2011 7:09:43 PM PST by SeeSac
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To: AT7Saluki

http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/pdf/us_tobacco_trend_yrbs.pdf

Here’s the survey...of course they picked 2003, since it’s the lowest year (by far) out of all the other years, to base their increase use claim. If you look at all the numbers, you can see smokeless use decreased in the 90’s and stayed the same after that.


28 posted on 02/16/2011 7:14:13 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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Let’s instead ban congress from regulating sports. If they have time for crap like this then they simply have too much time in session. Cut sessions to 30 days per year and cut their salary to match it.


29 posted on 02/16/2011 7:16:20 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

PS- I’m really shocked that MSNBC failed to point out that the reference year (2003) was an anomaly and that use has actually gone down over the past 20 years (extreme sarcasm)


30 posted on 02/16/2011 7:17:09 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Puppage

How about “I’m Carlton Fisk and I don’t smoke. But I DO enjoy tobacco...” I also used to have a pamphlet called “Terry Bradshaw tells you how to chew tobacco” I didn’t know at the time that football players chewed, too. Fran Tarketon on one of his Tony Robbins infomercials admitted that he gave up a long time chewing habit. He even said that sometimes he’d rather have a chew than have sex.


31 posted on 02/16/2011 7:33:52 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


32 posted on 02/16/2011 10:17:43 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I prefer “The Washington D.C. Feds”. Whenever they play The Cincinnati Reds, it will be The Feds v.s. The Reds.


33 posted on 02/17/2011 1:43:04 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Seems that these days, the FEDS are the REDS!


34 posted on 02/17/2011 1:49:32 AM PST by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: meyer

To Be Continued, after 2012?


35 posted on 02/17/2011 1:54:42 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: WoofDog123

Skoal, brother!


36 posted on 02/18/2011 9:04:08 AM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: AT7Saluki

Show me where in the Constitution the Senate has jurisdiction over Major League Baseball. If this is all they have to debate let’s disband Congress until there is some real work for them to do.


37 posted on 02/18/2011 9:12:03 AM PST by McGruff (If you tell a lie enough times some people will come to believe it.)
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