Posts by Eric Blair 2084

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  • Dallas Bar Bans NFL To Protest League’s Domestic Abuse Stance

    09/17/2014 8:16:44 PM PDT · 45 of 45
    Eric Blair 2084 to AppyPappy

    I think so too. But ...It’s his business. He can do what he wants. He owns it.

  • Greg Hardy (Carolina Panthers) placed on exempt list

    09/17/2014 7:29:06 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    Eric Blair 2084 to Popman

    Cultural decline. What happened to the John Wayne American hero movie characters who would fight dangerous bad guys but wouldn’t even think of hurting women and children?

  • Greg Hardy (Carolina Panthers) placed on exempt list

    09/17/2014 7:20:12 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    Eric Blair 2084 to Extremely Extreme Extremist

    EEE, you are right. They never liked it but it was part of the American fabric and culture so they went along. Same reason Bloomberg smiled and waived at the July 4 hot dog eating contest every year.

    They (leftists) view themselves as enlightened and think they can change human nature through gubmint or social engineering. Like the non violent evolved humans in the second Planet of the Apes movie.

  • Dallas Bar Bans NFL To Protest League’s Domestic Abuse Stance

    09/17/2014 7:11:30 PM PDT · 43 of 45
    Eric Blair 2084 to octex

    The publicity stunt worked. I had never heard of the place until I read this.

  • No more smokes at CVS

    09/05/2014 9:37:31 PM PDT · 58 of 58
    Eric Blair 2084 to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    I read the comments on the New York Times blog and USA blog regarding CVS ending cigarette sales. The liberal statists who want to heal the world and make it a better place think they did it as an act of benevolent kindness in the interest of the health and well-being of their fellow man.

    And I thought I was naïve.

    CVS health, which is the new name, calculated that they can make a lot more money off of the minute clinic and getting government funding for any fill in the blank government healthcare program.

    It’s all about the money. The good PC press is just a side effect.


  • How municipalities in St. Louis County, Missouri profit from poverty

    09/05/2014 8:46:33 PM PDT · 41 of 41
    Eric Blair 2084 to alexander_busek

    Second: She was fined for driving with a suspended license - I wonder why her license was suspended.


    The worst thing to see is what I saw In Municipal Court last time I got a speeding ticket. Six illegal immigrants all driving without a license at all. And they stroll up to the judge with their anchor baby in the car seat after finding somebody in the hallway who speaks Spanish to translate for them. Then they smile smugly knowing that they can’t do anything to them. They take their $500 fine and then a two year license suspension for a license they don’t have and go on their merry way. And these are the people who are driving on the same road as our families.
    Also, she had failed to wear a safety belt - I wonder if she was equally negligent when it came to buckling up her children.

    I got $20 that says 80% of the people reading this were driven home from the hospital after being born with their mother in the passenger seat holding them without a seatbelt.

  • How municipalities in St. Louis County, Missouri profit from poverty

    09/05/2014 7:34:02 PM PDT · 39 of 41
    Eric Blair 2084 to Gen.Blather

    A study attempting to prove New Jersey Highway Patrol was targeting black speeders over white speeders instead proved that blacks sped faster and more frequently than whites.


    It’s funny that you mention New Jersey state troopers. Where there is smoke there is fire sometimes. There were issues. Which is why they were put under federal control for a while.

    When I was a teenager I was naïve and I didn’t even see Or think about what was going on.

    Back in the mid-80s as a high school student with a new license I was driving down the New Jersey Turnpike with my best friend who was Hispanic in my fathers $25,000 European luxury sedan. Got pulled over for something. Probably speeding I was pretty good at that back then. :-)

    Two Brown teenagers in an expensive European sedan. Obviously they must be drug dealers. The state trooper before even asking for my license and registration saw a brown paper bag in the backseat. He didn’t ask if he can search he just reached behind me and grabbed the bag out of the backseat. Probably thought he was going to find a big drug bust that he can brag to his buddies back at the station house about.

    He found my Burger King dirty work uniform covered in mustard and ketchup and grease.

    He was disappointed. It was only then that he asked me for my license and registration which I gave him. He gave me a speeding ticket and I went home to my bedroom in outer white Landia. :-). Dad yelled at me when I told him I got a ticket and the fine was five days of work at Burger King.

    I never really gave it a second thought until 20 years later.

  • How municipalities in St. Louis County, Missouri profit from poverty

    09/05/2014 7:07:24 PM PDT · 37 of 41
    Eric Blair 2084 to iowamark

    This piece by Radley Balko was one of the best investigative articles I have read in a long time. You don’t have to agree with it but you should definitely read it. It is long but it’s worth it.

  • E-cigarette group demands CDC retract ‘deceptive’ research

    08/31/2014 9:16:30 PM PDT · 57 of 65
    Eric Blair 2084 to Mears

    The alphabet soup big pharmaceutical front groups and Government agencies won’t stop lying until a judge forces them to. I am not a fan of lawyers or lawsuits, but in this case there is no choice left but to sue the bastards.

  • E-cigarette group demands CDC retract ‘deceptive’ research

    08/31/2014 9:03:09 PM PDT · 55 of 65
    Eric Blair 2084 to laplata

    I had mixed emotions when big tobacco gotten involved with e-cigarette’s. On one hand they can lobby and buy politicians. On the other hand their name is mud and they can’t be trusted. They lied almost as much as anti-smoking groups who tried to strangle ecigs in the crib. Government grants and six-figure salaries at a nonprofit funded by big pharmaceutical companies that compete with vaporizers is a nice gig. I can’t blame them.

    The tobacco companies have hit a roadblock. Their disposable products suck. If anybody’s interested in using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking do yourself a favor and go into a brick and mortar Vapor shop in your neighborhood. Or do your research online before buying.

    Do not buy the garbage from 7-Eleven that big tobacco companies sell. I’m not coming down off the mountain with the tablets with this one, everybody else has figured it out already.$HeadlineQueryString$=

  • American Heart Association presses for strict federal controls on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 9:41:47 PM PDT · 63 of 66
    Eric Blair 2084 to facedown

    The “IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN (tm)”, is just translated easily into any language as meaning “we have no other valid logical argument so we use children who we don’t know and don’t care about as human shields to advance our agenda.”

    It’s predictable, Obvious and transparent. I don’t remember any of these health groups speaking out against spearmint and cinnaburst nicotine gum’s manufactured by big pharmaceutical companies. Or peach schnapps liquor.

    Whoever happens to be in government office today and the special interest groups who lobby them don’t give a crap who dies or from what.

    It’s all about the $$$$$.

    Policy makers and political representatives only paid attention in this case because the people who quit smoking like me with electronic cigarettes spoke up and challenged their lies.

  • American Heart Association presses for strict federal controls on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 8:46:46 PM PDT · 59 of 66
    Eric Blair 2084 to Eric Blair 2084

    Make that Einstein. He was a pipe smoker by the way.

  • American Heart Association presses for strict federal controls on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 8:45:09 PM PDT · 58 of 66
    Eric Blair 2084 to Alamo-Girl

    It’s hard for normal patriotic Americans to believe that their own government agencies would lie to them. Especially liberals. They don’t believe in God, they think government is God.

    But God has a sense of humor. And He is laughing. Hindus call it Karma.

    The states And anti-smoking groups are partners in crime. Their livelihood and cash flow depends upon people continuing to smoke. Electronic cigarettes prove that human ingenuity and creativity beats central planning Every single time. They never saw this coming. That’s the problem with central planning by an omnipotent ruling politburo elite. :-)

    They only think they know everything. 2 billion people out there who can blow their entire plan out the window. I don’t care if you are Albert lights line you are not smarter than 2 billion people.

    Statists and crony capitalists have no humility.

  • American Heart Association presses for strict federal controls on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 8:30:54 PM PDT · 57 of 66
    Eric Blair 2084 to Bratch

    Follow the money.

    I suspect Big Pharmacy is somehow involved - they don’t want e-cigarettes interfering with their CHANTIX® gravy train.


    Ding ding ding! We have a winner.

  • American Heart Association presses for strict federal controls on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 8:24:00 PM PDT · 56 of 66
    Eric Blair 2084 to NCLaw441

    I am not a smoker, never have been. What are the dangers of nicotine addiction if tobacco is not ingested?


    Its a mild stimulant like caffeine. It was the delivery system that involved dozens of carcinogens that was the problem. Nicotine itself is harmless.

    Like caffeine. Ask the Guy at Starbucks tomorrow while he’s making you your double mocha cappuccino. :-)

  • Ferguson police say Michael Brown fit description of strong-arm robbery suspect

    08/16/2014 9:27:26 PM PDT · 324 of 324
    Eric Blair 2084 to dennisw


    Let he who has never physically assaulted a 5’2” 110 pound 60-year-old Pakistani convenience store clerk cast the first stone..

  • Ferguson police say Michael Brown fit description of strong-arm robbery suspect

    08/15/2014 5:49:19 PM PDT · 319 of 324
    Eric Blair 2084 to dennisw

    Dennis, you don’t know the whole story. It’s possible that he was on the way to his grandmothers house. His grandmother may have been suffering From a disease and needed medicinal marijuana.

    But it is illegal in Missouri. So as a loving beautiful grandson he stole some Swisher sweets that he could hollow out and roll a blunt with in order to give it to his grandmother to ease her pain. But he didn’t have the money. He had to do what he had to do.

    I would do the same thing to help my grandma who raised me while my parents were at work. She was a saint.

    Is anybody buying this version of the story?

  • New Info on Michael Brown and his "Associates"

    08/15/2014 5:24:22 PM PDT · 113 of 122
    Eric Blair 2084 to Towed_Jumper

    Your Honor, these two Utes…

  • Police Militarization Is a Problem the Left and Right Can Agree About — and Solve

    08/15/2014 4:15:07 PM PDT · 79 of 80
    Eric Blair 2084 to Jagdgewehr

    This is not a racial problem.
    It is in Ferguson! Whiter people don’t act like savages bent on lawlessness.

    Our nation’s founding fathers were all white. I’m sure the British thought that taking up muskets and firing at them was pretty Lawless. Just saying.

  • Wife Stabs Husband In The Neck, Police Arrive And Take All His Guns

    08/15/2014 4:05:38 PM PDT · 36 of 63
    Eric Blair 2084 to Blue Highway

    This is the Democratic People’s Republic of New Jersey, he’s just lucky they didn’t Kick his dog on the way out for good measure.

  • 'This Is Not Open For Discussion' — Massive SWAT Team Tells Peaceful Protesters In Ferguson To Leave

    08/13/2014 10:01:08 PM PDT · 322 of 548
    Eric Blair 2084 to BuckeyeTexan

    That is why he wouldn’t talk to investigators right away and went straight to CNN. A trained and expert interrogator would tear his story to shreds. They are good.

  • 'This Is Not Open For Discussion' — Massive SWAT Team Tells Peaceful Protesters In Ferguson To Leave

    08/13/2014 9:21:49 PM PDT · 305 of 548
    Eric Blair 2084 to dragnet2

    Just the same thing that you read. He said there was a struggle inside his car and the guy reached for his gun after pushing him back into his patrol car.

    Maybe it’s the truth. I don’t know.

  • 'This Is Not Open For Discussion' — Massive SWAT Team Tells Peaceful Protesters In Ferguson To Leave

    08/13/2014 9:07:06 PM PDT · 292 of 548
    Eric Blair 2084 to magna carta

    Let’s be honest about two things:

    1. These rioters and looters don’t care about Michael Brown. They wouldn’t care if he said he was the second coming of Jesus and commanded them to stop and be peaceful. They just want free stuff and it’s a great opportunity to get free stuff.

    2. None of us know what happened that led to the incident. But you have to look at motive and agenda When listening to one side of the story. I don’t think that this LEO woke up that morning And said I am going to go shoot somebody today And make myself a target for Al Sharpton and the entire national media. But the first law of human survival is CYA. A young man is dead so anything that that the shooter says has to be taken with a huge grain of salt. He has an incentive to lie. But the fact that he didn’t embellish his report with wild accusations that he was attacked with a machete and nunchucks and concrete dildo and had to shoot to defend his own life makes him believable.

  • Robin Williams Dies of Suspected Suicide

    08/11/2014 11:14:08 PM PDT · 460 of 608
    Eric Blair 2084 to Windflier

    Windflier, you’re not exactly coming down off the mountain with the tablets with that bit of news. :-)

  • Robin Williams Dies of Suspected Suicide

    08/11/2014 10:51:23 PM PDT · 454 of 608
    Eric Blair 2084 to mylife

    Eliot Spitzer is proof of God’s sense of humor. Nobody human could make that stuff up.

  • Robin Williams Dies of Suspected Suicide

    08/11/2014 10:31:33 PM PDT · 450 of 608
    Eric Blair 2084 to ilovesarah2012

    Think of all those who are not famous why struggle with these issues. Sad for the person and very sad for the families.


    The gift from God that Robin Williams had is both a blessing and a curse. He was so quick and so observant. The retarded world had to be tough for him to take.

    He is in a better place, in heaven. Back to his creator. The only One Has a sense of humor funnier than him.

    Thanks for the laughs Robin. It spanned my generation of happy days and Mork and Mindy to my kids and the genie in Aladdin. That makes you immortal.

  • U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner: College kids not ‘developed’ enough for free speech

    08/08/2014 6:05:27 PM PDT · 74 of 76
    Eric Blair 2084 to bamahead

    My son just went to a middle school leadership conference in DC. He was given a choice between disaster relief or going green as his project.

    These statists can’t get us, they can only try to indoctrinate our kids.

    My son showed them and his roommates the Manbearpig South Park episode.

  • The Religion of Climate Change/Global Warming

    08/08/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    Eric Blair 2084 to OneVike

    The Godless left-wing statists figured that if people believe in a higher power they have never seen, and go to church, they can convince the On wash masses who cling to their guns and Bibles of anything based on faith.

    They made one big mistake. Unlike the book of revelations which left something for the imagination. The pope of global warming Al Gore put a definitive date on the end of the world.

    Which is why humans cannot replace God and shouldn’t try to play God.

  • It’s Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police

    07/23/2014 3:26:15 PM PDT · 147 of 182
    Eric Blair 2084 to jsanders2001

    Not falling for it “chess player” or whoever the original author is.
    I will support the peace keepers and enforcers until they are no longer law abiding.

    Filing a false police report is called tampering with public records. It’s a felony. If this wasn’t recorded do you want to see what the police report would have said? Some of these cops Missed their calling in life. They are very creative and should be writing for cop shows on network TV. They are very talented....

    On July 20 I was on routine patrol. I saw a man with a kiosk and neon lights Advertising cigarettes for sale on the sidewalk. Having probable cause I approached the man and told him that selling cigarettes on the sidewalk is illegal, sir, I will have to ask you to please cease and desist.

    The man stood up in a threatening manner. It was then that I noticed the strong odor of alcohol and marijuana on his breath.

    He said “f&$:) you I will kill you and your family”. Then he whipped out a machete and pair of nunchucks and an AK-47 assault rifle and pointed it at us. I said Sir, you are under arrest for possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Please put your hands behind your back.

    He said “f$;45& you I’m going to open fire”

    Fearing for our safety, we had no choice other than to circle him like a pack of lions and take him down Like a wildebeest.

  • New video shows police offered no medical help to unresponsive Staten Island dad Eric Garner

    07/22/2014 7:51:19 PM PDT · 140 of 169
    Eric Blair 2084 to Cap'n Crunch

    In fact, I read in the article that what the guy was doing was considered a “quality of life” issue. Meaning the city fathers probably told the police dept. they needed to clean up the city from issues like this one.

    You are right. The cops didn’t write the stupid laws. They are just sent out to enforce them.

    The police are like the gorillas in the movie “planet of the apes”.

    They are the Luca Brasi muscle.

    The criminal masterminds like Lex Luther are in government.

  • New video shows police offered no medical help to unresponsive Staten Island dad Eric Garner

    07/22/2014 7:28:49 PM PDT · 139 of 169
    Eric Blair 2084 to Lady Jag

    the video of the man being taken down tells the whole story then it was murder by cop.


    It looked just like a discovery channel special on life in the Serengeti.

    A pack of hyenas Circle the water buffalo, one makes the first move to take him down in the other ones jump in. The only thing that was missing Was none of the cops try to eat his spleen or liver and bite into him after the kill.

    The man was an entrepreneur providing people what they want. The real criminals are Bloomberg and anti-smoking zealots and liberal politicians who made the price of cigarettes Cost more than a Montecristo cigar or a glass of Johnny Walker blue. All so that the poor people who they claim to love couldn’t afford what they want. I know that Liberals love poor people, because they work so hard to make more of them.

    Eric Garner deserved a Ticker tape parade down main street And a medal. All of the news stories focus only on how he died. Chokehold, whatever.

    Statists, leftists, social engineering progressives will never look at the reason why he was stopped or questioned to begin with. Their own public policies. Make cigs $14/pack in your city. While people are unemployed and you can buy a pack for $4 in other states.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold

    07/21/2014 7:41:21 PM PDT · 118 of 119
    Eric Blair 2084 to GrandJediMasterYoda

    In fairness, the cops don’t write the social engineering Anti-smoking laws that jack the price of cigarettes to $14 a pack in New York City and made this type of arbitrage lucrative.

    They are just the muscle, the button men sent in to enforce the personal orders Emperor Bloomberg the freelance tyrant decreed from his throne.

    Bloomberg is like the orangutans in planet of the apes. The gorillas do the dirty work.

    Continuing the movie analogy: the cops are like mongo. From blazing saddles.

    “Mongo is just pawn in game of life”

  • Florida State Surgeon General Letter to HHS Regarding Unaccompanied Children

    07/19/2014 5:12:08 PM PDT · 60 of 73
    Eric Blair 2084 to Graewoulf

    You cannot have both a generous welfare state and open borders. The liberals and statists are going to have to pick one.

    36k for English as a second language ESL education. X 12 years.

    OB/GYN services cost $20k or whatever hospitals decide to charge Medicaid. Plus WIC and free diapers and formula.

    That “cheap” $40 lawn cut actually costs me $9,657.

  • White House Asked to Stay Away From School Nutrition Summit

    07/19/2014 4:44:00 PM PDT · 20 of 21
    Eric Blair 2084 to kristinn

    Breaking news: people don’t like to be told what to do.

  • In Maryland, Smoking Could Cost You Job

    07/15/2014 6:07:13 PM PDT · 85 of 85
    Eric Blair 2084 to Drango

    I quit smoking five years ago. The only reparations I want are for the nine hours I spent trying to talk to you as if you were an adult capable of having an intelligent serious conversation.

    I figure you owe me about $3600. :-)

  • In Maryland, Smoking Could Cost You Job

    07/14/2014 9:08:27 PM PDT · 83 of 85
    Eric Blair 2084 to Drango

    As it relates to the issue at hand, discrimination against smokers and hiring there are actually some states where it is illegal.

    Of course, government can pass as many laws as they want, but employment discrimination is very difficult to prove. This is hardly anything new. Why do you think that employees in their 60s or 50s are the first one to be given the boot when there are layoffs? Higher healthcare costs. It’s not because the new employee who was doing keg stands in college last year is more valuable than a person with 30 years of experience.

    Why do you think that women who are married and in their childbearing years 20s 30s early 40s get paid less than men? Healthcare costs. OB/GYN and child birth costs are expensive.

    It’s a dirty little secret.

    Happens all the time. Recently government do-gooders tried to ban companies from discriminating against people who are already unemployed. Good luck enforcing that.

    You could not hire somebody for any reason and claim it was just because “the position was already filled” or “we decided to go in a different direction” or we hired from within”.

    I could decide to not hire somebody who was an outspoken and obnoxious anti-smoker. I don’t have to tell them why. I could just say “we found somebody who we thought was more qualified”.

  • In Maryland, Smoking Could Cost You Job

    07/12/2014 4:39:59 PM PDT · 81 of 85
    Eric Blair 2084 to Drango

    “What’s next?” said Koodray, a cigar smoker and president of the New Jersey-based Metropolitan Society, a private cigar club. “Where does this stuff go? There’s all kinds of things that we do in our lives that expose us to some level of risk. This is private enterprise, but it’s way overstepping. Would they dare to make a law like this that’s against people who are obese or overweight?”

    Statists have no sense of humor. You can ask what’s next and they will not laugh they will just tell you how great of an idea it is. The reductio ad absurdum argument does not work on them.

    Employment Discrimination Against Smokers Spreads to Obese Persons, As Predicted

    For several years, the Rest of the Story has been arguing against policies by which employers refuse to hire smokers. My main argument is that this is a form of employment discrimination and is therefore unwarranted. Further, I have suggested that refusing to hire smokers opens the door to discriminating against other groups, such as obese persons.

    Today, I report that the open door has been entered: Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas has adopted a policy by which it will not hire anyone who is obese. Obesity is defined in the policy as a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35.

    According to an article in the Texas Tribune: “A Victoria hospital already embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit filed by doctors of Indian descent has instituted a highly unusual hiring policy: It bans job applicants from employment for being too overweight. The Citizens Medical Center policy, instituted a little more than a year ago, requires potential employees to have a body mass index of less than 35 — which is 210 pounds for someone who is 5-foot-5, and 245 pounds for someone who is 5-foot-10. It states that an employee’s physique “should fit with a representational image or specific mental projection of the job of a healthcare professional,” including an appearance “free from distraction” for hospital patients.”

    ““The majority of our patients are over 65, and they have expectations that cannot be ignored in terms of personal appearance,” hospital chief executive David Brown said in an interview. “We have the ability as an employer to characterize our process and to have a policy that says what’s best for our business and for our patients.” Employment lawyers say Citizens Medical Center’s hiring policy isn’t against the law. Only the state of Michigan and six U.S. cities — including San Francisco and Washington, D.C. — ban discrimination against the overweight in hiring.”

    The Rest of the Story

    This is blatant employment discrimination, and it is ugly. However, what readers should realize is that it is no more ugly than policies that refuse to hire smokers. My hope is that the obvious inappropriateness of this policy will open employers’ eyes to the equal inappropriateness of refusing to hire smokers. Discriminatory hiring practices are simply wrong, and it is time that public health advocates starting standing up for justice for workers.

    What makes the Citizens Medical Center policy particularly ugly is that they justify it by arguing that their patients don’t want to see obese people people it doesn’t fit with their “mental projection” of a healthcare professional. That is simply disgusting. The same thing could have been said years ago (or maybe today) about certain other groups, such as black health care workers, LGBT workers, or Jewish workers.

    And importantly, the same thing is being said today, in some hospitals, about smokers. A number of hospitals refuse to hire smokers not merely to reduce health care costs, but because they don’t want their patients to have to even “see” a smoker.

    The only bright side to this story is that perhaps it will open the eyes of the public, the media, and employers to the fact that employment discrimination is indeed ugly and has no place in America. And that holds even if the group being discriminated against is smokers.

  • Maryland Hospital Bans Employees From Smoking Anywhere On Earth

    07/12/2014 4:21:43 PM PDT · 134 of 135
    Eric Blair 2084 to CSM

    Yep. All we want is a non-smoking section in the restaurant or on the plane.

    Incrementalism does work. Now, much like the late-night infomercial sales pitch guy would ask “how can I use that information to work for me?”

    What’s good for the goose is also good for the gander.

    We only want to restrict abortion clinics that have doctors with admitting privileges. We only want warning labels so that mothers can hear their children’s heartbeat and see the ultrasound. Just like the warning labels on cigarettes.

  • U.S. Embassy Prepares for Possible Evacuation as Militants Take Control in Iraq

    06/12/2014 6:23:09 PM PDT · 153 of 156
    Eric Blair 2084 to Justa

    Excellent summary.

  • U.S. Embassy Prepares for Possible Evacuation as Militants Take Control in Iraq

    06/11/2014 7:28:57 PM PDT · 110 of 156
    Eric Blair 2084 to Recovering Ex-hippie

    Hey ..REAL BRILLIANT ..we did that in germany and japan!!!


    You are right. Different cultures in those countries though.

    We did too good of a job. After World War II America had a monopoly on manufacturing and automobiles. It’s pretty easy to win when your Competition in Japan Is a nuclear wasteland. And your competition in Germany is a smoldering pile of rubble. GM had a good run.

    70 years later we have to wonder what exactly we dropped on Hiroshima. Fertilizer? Genius pills?

    Every other car on the road is a Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favor of free trade. Here is an interesting stat... No country with a McDonald’s franchise in it has ever attacked the United States.

  • U.S. Embassy Prepares for Possible Evacuation as Militants Take Control in Iraq

    06/11/2014 5:06:06 PM PDT · 81 of 156
    Eric Blair 2084 to Eleutheria5

    In the words of that great poet and philosopher William Joel:

    You may be wrong, but for all I know you maybe right

    We are all just human. We don’t know everything. The difference is that limited government conservatives understand the limits of human understanding and good intentions and want to limit their jackass neighbors control over their life. In the meantime statists don’t believe in God, they think they are God.

  • U.S. Embassy Prepares for Possible Evacuation as Militants Take Control in Iraq

    06/11/2014 4:30:56 PM PDT · 65 of 156
    Eric Blair 2084 to what's up

    Two different concepts and two different paragraphs. :-)

  • U.S. Embassy Prepares for Possible Evacuation as Militants Take Control in Iraq

    06/11/2014 4:21:08 PM PDT · 59 of 156
    Eric Blair 2084 to dfwgator

    You are right. It was a nice utopian central planning idea. It sounded good. If we could transplant Jeffersonian democracy there we would be safe From terrorists who fly planes into buildings and burn up and kill our fellow citizens.

    Much like every top-down central planning idea, it sounds good in theory, but it just doesn’t work because of unintended consequences that a human mind cannot fathom.

  • U.S. Embassy Prepares for Possible Evacuation as Militants Take Control in Iraq

    06/11/2014 4:07:28 PM PDT · 43 of 156
    Eric Blair 2084 to Eleutheria5

    Social engineering and nation building is not a conservative principal.

    Trust me, these people in the Middle East should be treated like criminals and gangsters in the inner cities. Let them kill themselves and stay away.

    The entire map of the Middle East was drawn up after the collapse Of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. It’s like gerrymandering a district and putting the bloods and Crips in the same territory and asking them to get along and play nice.

  • Clippers Owner Donald Sterling to GF - Don't Bring Black People to My Games, Including Magic Johnson

    04/26/2014 3:27:50 PM PDT · 67 of 77
    Eric Blair 2084 to rickmichaels

    Weird Al Yankovic has to be the most underestimated philosopher ever. Thank God I am not a minor celebrity. It would stink to have every stupid thing that you say in private broadcast on a Time Square billboard.

    TMZ.... Song to the tune of a Taylor Swift song “you belong with me”

    You’re sort of famous
    A minor celebrity
    And so it only makes sense
    The world would be
    Obsessed with every
    Single thing you do

    They’re running ‘round
    With their camcorders in the night
    They lurk impatienly
    In hope that they just might
    See something really embarrassing
    You do

    The bad hair day and sweat-stained t-shirts
    That’s the story that
    They are gonna feature
    With exclusive pics
    Of your flabby behind
    You think you’re all alone
    But that’s right when you’ll find

    A bunch of paparazzi
    Popping out of nowhere
    Cameras in your face
    And then suddenly
    You’re on TMZ
    You’re on TMZ

    Following you
    When you’re walking down the street
    And asking stupid questions
    While you’re trying to eat
    So you cover your face
    Thinking to yourself
    “Hey, isn’t this creepy?”

    And they are there praying
    You’ll have a big meltdown
    And take a mono-lethal car chase
    Through this whole town
    They’ll be there with you
    When you’re going to jail
    First on the scene
    For every wardrobe fail

    You just picked up some transvestite
    Seconds later
    It’s up on the website
    Get a vegas wedding
    A quickie divorce
    And they’ll be
    Sneaking in
    Snapping pictures, of course

    And if they ever catch you
    Picking your nose
    Or storming down the street
    In a drunken spree
    You’re on TMZ

    Stalking you, just waiting by a frontal
    Trailing you through
    Airport security
    They were TMZ

    They were TMZ

    (We caught this oscar nominee picking up DOG POOP
    Is that a baby back there?
    I pronounce you guilty, of leaving the house while FAT
    Look Who’s drinking COFFEE,
    Everything celebrities do is FASCINATING)

    Oh, let me tell you
    It’s getting to the point
    Where a famous person can’t
    Even get a D.U.I
    Or go on a racist rant
    Those guys are all around
    So you really shouldn’t dare
    Go to every club in town
    If you just lost your underwear

    Seems that every single time
    A star decides to shave her hair
    Or ram their car into a tree
    They’re on TMZ

    If they catch you peeing in the bushes
    Later on, that night
    Well, I guarantee
    You’re on TMZ
    You’re on TMZ

    You’re on TMZ

    Every single celebrity
    Knows they’re gonna be

    They’re on TMZ

  • FReepers: We need your help to keep the lights on!! [FReepathon thread XVIII]

    04/25/2014 8:34:49 PM PDT · 354 of 416
    Eric Blair 2084 to Jim Robinson

    John 8:32

  • Rand Paul: Amnesty Legislation Could Pass This Year

    04/25/2014 8:08:57 PM PDT · 65 of 72
    Eric Blair 2084 to 2ndDivisionVet

    Libertarians and liberals put the cart before the horse when it comes to illegal immigration.

    You cannot have both a generous welfare state with free school free healthcare and subsidized housing and open borders. You have to pick one.

  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    04/24/2014 9:48:01 PM PDT · 49 of 55
    Eric Blair 2084 to Kennard

    Despite how the big gubmint loving state run media proclaim this to be stone tablets from heaven, they are not.

    These are “proposed” rules. There is a 75 day comment period. Then they won’t go into effect for 2 years.

    A lot can change politically in 2 years. And will.

  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    04/24/2014 8:43:12 PM PDT · 47 of 55
    Eric Blair 2084 to Drango

    I saw your argument with Gabz a minute after I posted that.

    As far as being a drug delivery device, you are 4 years behind the justice system.

    The FDA already tried that stunt and lost in court.

    Just an FYI.

  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    04/24/2014 8:34:28 PM PDT · 45 of 55
    Eric Blair 2084 to Kennard

    This is a summary I trust.

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    FDA’s Proposed Electronic Cigarette Deeming Regulations: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    This morning, the FDA finally released its draft deeming regulations for electronic cigarettes. Here is my initial take on these draft regulations from a public health perspective. I have divided my analysis of the 241 pages of provisions into three sections: the good, the bad, and they ugly.

    The Good

    1. The regulations ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, both in person and via the internet.

    The ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors is a critical aspect of the proposed regulations. If properly enforced, it will help keep these products out of the hands of minors. An additional benefit of this provision is that it will obviate the need for every city and town council in the nation to enact its own e-cigarettes sales restrictions.

    2. The regulations do not ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to adults via the internet.

    A ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to adults via the internet would have been devastating to the bulk of the electronic cigarette market and would have placed an immediate limit on the potential for growth in this market.

    3. The regulations do not ban the use of flavorings in electronic cigarettes.

    Many anti-smoking groups and advocates have been pushing for a ban on the use of flavorings in electronic cigarettes. Such a ban would have devastated the industry, as the flavors are a key aspect of what makes these products competitive with tobacco cigarettes. In addition, the flavors make e-cigarettes distinct from tobacco cigarettes and make it much less likely that people who switch to these products will return to regular cigarettes. In addition, youth who use flavored electronic cigarettes are most likely less inclined to initiate smoking because once they are accustomed to the flavors, cigarettes would seem extremely harsh.

    4. The regulations do not ban or restrict e-cigarette advertising or marketing to adults.

    Many anti-smoking groups and advocates have been calling for a ban on all e-cigarette advertising. This would of course have been devastating to the industry and would have given tobacco cigarettes an unfair advantage in the marketplace. The FDA decided to defer any decision on marketing restrictions at this time. It is likely that the agency will revisit this issue in the future, but with more time, the FDA can craft marketing restrictions that balance the desire to protect youth from this advertising with the need for e-cigarette companies to be able to reach adult consumers.

    5. The regulations do not immediately pull any e-cigarette products from the market.

    One of my fears in advance of the release of the regulations was that they would require substantial equivalence determinations for most products currently on the market an would pull some products from the market pending such determinations. Instead, the agency decided to allow all existing products to remain on the market, giving them two years to apply for FDA approval. In addition, new products can enter the market for the next two years without pre-approval from the agency.

    If a product submits an application for a new product approval or substantial equivalence determination within the allotted 24-month period, it will not be taken off the market while the review of the application is pending.

    The Bad

    1. The regulations do not limit the marketing of electronic cigarettes to youth.

    There does need to be some restriction on the marketing of electronic cigarettes to youth. The FDA deferred a decision on marketing restrictions at this time. However, it is important that the agency does revisit this issue and that it craft restrictions that carefully balance the desire to protect youth from this advertising with the need for e-cigarette companies to be able to reach adult consumers.

    2. The regulations require pre-approval (or substantial equivalence determinations) for all new electronic cigarette products.

    This provision is going to present a huge obstacle to innovation in this category. The newer products tend to be safer and more effective, so it makes no sense to allow the older products to remain on the market while requiring pre-approval for the newer and better products. The implications of this regulation is going to depend on the evidence that the agency requires to approve these applications. A stringent interpretation of the regulations will put a huge dent in electronic cigarette innovation and could limit the expansion of the market. In addition, this provision is going to place an undue burden on smaller companies and give a huge advantage to larger companies, including the tobacco companies that have entered the e-cigarette market.

    3. The regulations require pre-approval or substantial equivalence determinations of almost all existing electronic cigarette products.

    This provision is going to wreak havoc with the industry. The agency is determined that it cannot extend the grandfather date beyond 2007. This means that any product not on the market as of 2007 (which includes almost all electronic cigarette products) must either obtain a new product approval or a substantial equivalence determination. Given the snail’s pace at which the FDA has processed cigarette substantial equivalence determinations, this could result in a literal quagmire of pending applications for the more than 250 brands of e-cigarettes currently on the market.

    The Ugly

    1. The regulations apply section 911 (the modified risk product provisions) to electronic cigarettes.

    This is a complete disaster and is not in the interest of protecting the public’s health. In fact, this provision is going to harm the public’s health. It is going to require manufacturers to implicitly lie about the intended purpose and relative safety of their products.

    Sadly, the agency concluded that it is not sure that e-cigarettes are any safer than tobacco cigarettes. The FDA states: “Many consumers believe that e-cigarettes are “safe” tobacco products or are “safer” than cigarettes. FDA has not made such a determination and conclusive research is not available.”

    That the FDA is not sure whether smoking is any more hazardous than vaping does not say a lot for the agency’s scientific standards.

    This provision is going to undermine the public’s appreciation of the health hazards of smoking and prevent companies from telling consumers the truth: that e-cigarettes are a lot safer than tobacco cigarettes.

    In addition, this is going to force companies to rely on other methods to pitch their products, such as using sexy models, emphasizing that e-cigarettes can be used where tobacco cigarettes are allowed, and relying on celebrity endorsements. The FDA is literally forcing e-cigarette companies to lie about their products and instead of pitching them as safer alternatives to smoking, to pitch them with non-health-related benefits.

    Under this provision, an electronic cigarette company cannot even inform consumers that the product does not produce smoke because such a claim would be considered a “reduced exposure” claim under the Tobacco Act.

    Overall Summary

    All in all, the deeming regulations are a disaster. However, they are not as much of a disaster as they could have been. The positive side is that internet sales, marketing to adult consumers, and flavors are still allowed and that no products will immediately be taken off the market. The negative side is that new products will require pre-approval, virtually every product on the market will require a substantial equivalence determination (if not a new product approval), and that manufacturers will be forced to implicitly lie about the intended purpose and relative safety of the product by not being allowed to correctly point out that these products are much safer than tobacco cigarettes.

    At the end of the day, while there are some positive aspects to these regulations, it is clear that science is not playing much of a role in the process. That does not bode well for the potential of electronic cigarettes to seriously challenge the combustible tobacco market, and thus to save hundreds of thousands of lives.