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Senators urge baseball to ban tobacco (for the children)
KATC ^ | 10/18/11

Posted on 10/18/2011 10:24:14 AM PDT by Libloather

Senators urge baseball to ban tobacco
Posted: Oct 18, 2011 11:58 AM by AP

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting the World Series are urging the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera.

The senators, including No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, and health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas, made the pleas in separate letters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals begins in St. Louis Wednesday night.

"When players use smokeless tobacco, they endanger not only their own health, but also the health of millions of children who follow their example," the senators wrote to union head Michael Weiner. In addition to Durbin, the signers were fellow Democrats Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senate health committee chairman of Tom Harkin of Iowa.

The senators noted that millions of people will tune in to watch the series, including children.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ban; baseball; senators; tobacco
But lying, cheating and stealing on C-Spin is okay?
1 posted on 10/18/2011 10:24:23 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Ban Politicians. For the children.

See how easy that is?


2 posted on 10/18/2011 10:26:57 AM PDT by old3030 (I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look.)
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To: Libloather

With what is going on in DC and the scandals and the toilet bowl that we’re fast going down, these morons are worried about tobacco smoke? OMG!


3 posted on 10/18/2011 10:27:50 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: ExTexasRedhead
With what is going on in DC and the scandals and the toilet bowl that we’re fast going down, these morons are worried about tobacco smoke? OMG!

I guess the checks from the tobacco company lobbyists stopped coming in.

4 posted on 10/18/2011 10:29:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Jackasses in congress.....worried about spitting instead of lying.....


5 posted on 10/18/2011 10:30:09 AM PDT by texanyankee
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To: Libloather

When I played High School baseball, I used the Luis Clemente Tiant Vega method of chewing tobacco. 1 1/2 pack bubble yum and three fingers of Red Man. Chew gum until you can lay it out in a circle. Place tobacco in center and roll into a ball. Put in refrigerator over night and whamo, you have a nice tobacco jaw breaker.


6 posted on 10/18/2011 10:33:43 AM PDT by Bruinator ("For socialism is not merely the labour question, it is before all things an atheistic question")
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To: Libloather

How about banning frickin’ Viagara commercials from baseball games, I can’t even let my kids watch the games because of that nonsense.


7 posted on 10/18/2011 10:34:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: texanyankee

Dear Congresscritters-
Get your a&$es to work on someting useful, or resign immediately so we replace you with someone who will.

Sincerely, An actual taxpayer


8 posted on 10/18/2011 10:35:27 AM PDT by Made In The USA (This post may be recorded for quality purposes.)
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To: Libloather

Man, if I were playing, I’d come out with huge cheek full like Rod Carew used to have.

He claimed that it helped pull the skin away from his eye so he could see better.


9 posted on 10/18/2011 10:35:39 AM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: Libloather
This brings back memories of Willie Stargell smoking in the dugout.

To hell with these control freaks.....tobacco spit be upon them!

10 posted on 10/18/2011 10:36:05 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (If you don't vote for the best candidate, you're no different than a draft-dodger.)
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To: Libloather

If they had any concern for “the chilrun”; they would just re-shecule tobacco as Schedule 1 controlled substance and be done with it. Only problem is, they are ADDICTED to the taxes as much as people are addicted to the nicotine.


11 posted on 10/18/2011 10:36:09 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Actually it’s chew and it’s not the act of chewing the tobacco but the act of spitting that has thes a$$ clowns uptight.

Illinois you deserve what you get but can you please spare the rest of us? Get rid of this idiot.


12 posted on 10/18/2011 10:37:20 AM PDT by bbernard
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To: Bruinator

I love tobacco.....but that’s just weird !!


13 posted on 10/18/2011 10:37:46 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: Libloather

Didn’t the MLB try this back in the 80s and 90s with little effect?


14 posted on 10/18/2011 10:38:06 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Libloather

If you don’t like it, don’t watch!


15 posted on 10/18/2011 10:38:15 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Libloather

But be sure to add a few new gay-themed sit-coms to the roster.


16 posted on 10/18/2011 10:40:41 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Libloather

Opposition to tobacco is actually support for the big medicine lobby (who use tobacco, food and anything else that is natural as a scapegoat root cause of all ills which only their expensive wares can cure) and shameless pandering for votes from a perceived majority who don’t smoke. The same lobby likes forced government health solutions of all kinds with the exception of complete government takeover. The little marxist they helped to install in the WH, however, and his far-left cohorts in Congress actually went too far with the government takeover in Obamacare(tm). How idiotic the medical lobby was to think that they their business could actually benefit in the long run by a marxist regime coming to power in the U.S.

A free people are free to choose how they want to live and they then accept the consequences of their choices.

The medicine men better get back to what they’re supposed to be doing, making medicine, and start being content with 25% of GDP. If we had a free market medical industry that was truly free market, it’s total size would be more like 5% to 10% of the economy - and outcomes would be markedly better.


17 posted on 10/18/2011 10:40:49 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We need to fix things ourselves)
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To: rarestia

It was banned in the minor leagues in 1993, IIRC.


18 posted on 10/18/2011 10:41:41 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: Libloather
Yet another example of what happens when Gov’t overreach doesn't meet a brick wall. It not only never stops, but it gets more and more intrusive.

I notice that these ‘do-gooders’ don't have a problem with the blatant sex and violence on TV shows and advertisements that children see.

19 posted on 10/18/2011 10:44:40 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Doesn't anyone love liberty anymore?)
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To: Libloather
What on earth are these useful idiots doing other than making the suspected notion that they are idiots is indeed fact……..!!!!

The ninney's……. Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Tom Harkin of Iowa.

20 posted on 10/18/2011 10:48:16 AM PDT by yoe
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To: Libloather

At least 4 Senators are dumber than jackasses.


21 posted on 10/18/2011 10:55:16 AM PDT by mulligan
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To: Niteranger68
“This brings back memories of Willie Stargell smoking in the dugout.”

For the record Willie Stargell died in 2001 at age 61. Earl Weaver smoked all the time and is still kicking past 80; better example for your point.

Pops is dead and Weaver still around, I guess Billy Joel was right.

22 posted on 10/18/2011 11:00:41 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: Libloather

Another attempt at behavior control by numbskull politician.

Lets hope the voters can alter and control the behavior of politicians.


23 posted on 10/18/2011 11:03:05 AM PDT by chainsaw (Sarah Palin would be my first choice. .)
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To: Libloather

Nanny state fascists should mind their own f’in business.


24 posted on 10/18/2011 11:04:55 AM PDT by Hacklehead (The goal of political correctness is to hide the truth.)
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To: Libloather
Hey, if they are worrying about this crap, maybe they won't raise taxes??

at least I could hope.

Ban LIBERALS -- for the CHILDREN!!! (they would be better off!!)

25 posted on 10/18/2011 11:13:18 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Cain/West 2012....what would the RACISTS LIBERALS say???)
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To: Libloather

Yet teaching kindergarden children about homo sex is a good thing.

Coming soon... no more hotdogs and beer.


26 posted on 10/18/2011 11:14:02 AM PDT by Gator113 (~ Just livin' life~)
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To: Hacklehead

If they ban chewing tobacco then they’re going after crotch scratching next.


27 posted on 10/18/2011 11:15:27 AM PDT by ChuckShick (He's clerking for me...)
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To: Libloather

Invest in guillotines. Those four clowns out to be in prison.


28 posted on 10/18/2011 11:39:51 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: Libloather

“I’d like to spit some Beech Nut in that dude’s eye ... “


30 posted on 10/18/2011 12:14:42 PM PDT by AT7Saluki (No cejar, no ceder)
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To: fungoking
I wasn’t really making a point. Just offering up what I remember. I even had a Sports Illustrated issue with a picture of Willie taking a drag off one in the dugout. And of course, always loved the way Leyland could cup one in the dugout with only the slightest, if any wisps of smoke.
31 posted on 10/18/2011 12:14:42 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (If you don't vote for the best candidate, you're no different than a draft-dodger.)
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To: Libloather
If these self rightious hypocrites really mean it, let them prove it by totally banning all tobacco products!

Yeah, I didn't think so.

(and I am a non-smoker)

32 posted on 10/18/2011 12:19:02 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Libloather

I hope the players’ union, the players and the fans all take note these 4 senators are all DEMOCRAPS.


33 posted on 10/18/2011 2:12:19 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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