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  • Interesting News on N. Korea (Cigar Smuggling, Online Gambling)

    10/21/2015 6:42:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Oct. 19, 2015
    N.Korean Diplomats Caught Smuggling Cuban Cigars Two North Korean diplomats have been caught smuggling a large stash of top-end Cuban cigars into Brazil. The two were arrested at Campinas International Airport in São Paulo, according to the Brazilian daily O Estado. Both are trade attaches at the North Korean Consulate there. They had come from Cuba via Panama carrying 3,800 cigars worth W90-150 million in six travel bags (US$1=W1,133). Cigar smuggling is apparently a common sideline for North Korean diplomats in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela who are under growing pressure from Pyongyang to earn valuta. Top-end Cohiba Cigars sell...
  • Clinton: Trump is offensive to women but so is Rubio and the rest of the GOP field

    08/10/2015 5:14:25 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 10, 2015 | Anne Gearan
    Donald Trump's remarks about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly are offensive, but the rest of the Republican field is equally offensive, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday. "What Donald Trump said about Megyn Kelly is outrageous, but what the rest of the Republicans are saying about all women is also outrageous," Clinton said. "They brag about slashing health-care funding, they say they would force women who have been raped to carry their rapist's child," and fail to put forward proposals that would help women earn equal pay.
  • Clinton campaigning in a bubble, largely isolated from real people

    05/21/2015 2:06:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | May 21, 2015 | BY ANITA KUMAR
    Here’s how Hillary Clinton campaigned for president this week: She took a private 15-minute tour of a bike shop that had closed for her visit. She spoke to four small-business owners chosen by her staff in front of an audience of 20, also chosen by her staff. She answered a few questions from the media following weeks of silence. And after a little more than an hour, Clinton was off, whisked away by aides and Secret Service agents, into a minivan and on to the next event. Members of the public who wanted to go inside the building to support...
  • Hillary Clinton links better child care to restoring the middle class in Chicago appearance

    05/20/2015 4:56:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 20, 2015 | By Rick Pearson
    Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Wednesday made a stop in Bronzeville where she pledged to improve the availability of quality affordable child care, saying it was important in restoring the economy and the middle class. Clinton also sought to take on the issue of income inequality — something Democratic progressives have said is needed for her campaign to be successful. While speaking at a roundtable of a dozen child-care workers and parents, Clinton sought to make a middle-class connection. The child-care facility is represented by the politically active Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois, and Tom Balanoff, president of...
  • Capital Journal Daybreak: Clinton Takes Hit in WSJ Poll, Free Trade, More

    05/05/2015 11:58:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 5, 2015
    Hillary Clinton‘s stature has been battered after more than a month of controversy over her fundraising and email practices, but support for her among Democrats remains strong and unshaken, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. In just seven weeks, a period in which Mrs. Clinton formally began her presidential campaign, the share of people with a negative view of her jumped to 42% from 36% in last month’s survey, and only a quarter of registered voters said they viewed her as honest and straightforward, down from 38% last summer. But she remains highly regarded among Democrats, with 76%...
  • Monica Lewinsky tapped by Barbara Walters to bring the mojo back to The View .....

    04/01/2015 9:29:02 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 76 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 4/1/15 | By TOPPER TOUSSAINT
    EXCLUSIVE: Who needs Rosie O'Donnell? Monica Lewinsky tapped by Barbara Walters to bring the mojo back to The View and make it the 'runaway success' it once was Retired news legend Barbara Walters still has some clout - and a strong opinion about how ABC can turn things around at the ratings-challenged show she created, The View. Barbara's magic bullet: Monica Lewinsky. Walters says that the former White House intern would be a 'run away success' on The View, a network source tells Daily Mail Online. She would attract great guests - even if casting her as a regular co-host...
  • Bill Clinton Gushes Over ‘Selma’: ‘I Stood Up and Started Cheering All By Myself’

    01/19/2015 2:29:17 PM PST · by maggief · 61 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 19, 2015 | Ronda Racha Penrice
    EXCERPT Good-naturedly referencing his friend Andrew Young—who marched with King and is prominent in the film—early in his speech, Clinton told the sold-out crowd, “I saw Andy earlier today and I said, ‘Andy, I just watched Selma. Were you ever that thin?’ (eliciting thunderous laughter) and he said yes, he was, that they were dodging so many bullets in droves they all used to be thin.” As he continued to speak, he got decidedly more serious. “If you haven’t yet, go see the movie Selma,” he insisted, “and you will see the enormous pressures imposed on the King family and...
  • Monica Lewinsky recalls pain, humiliation after revelation of affair with Bill Clinton

    10/20/2014 3:24:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 20, 2014 | BY ADAM EDELMAN
    Monica Lewinsky was "in love" with former President Clinton, the disgraced former intern revealed Monday. "Sixteen years ago, fresh out of college … I fell in love with my boss," the infamous former White House staffer told a business conference Monday during an eye-opening speech about her devastating experience in the public eye following the revelation of her affair with Clinton — her first public address in 13 years. "Overnight I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one. I was patient zero," she said, according to reporters present at the Forbes magazine "30 Under 30"...
  • Racing Hall of Famer Cigar Dead at 24

    10/09/2014 9:23:52 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 13 replies
    bloodhorse.com ^ | October 8, 2014 8:42 PM | Frank Angst
    Racing Hall of Fame member Cigar, whose 16-race win streak from 1994-96 included victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), died at age 24 Oct. 7 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. Cigar, who died from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck, had resided at the Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions since 1999. In all, the son of Palace Music—Solar Slew, by Seattle Slew, won 15 stakes including 11 grade/group I scores. Cigar earned Horse of the Year honors in 1995 and 1996, and was named champion older...
  • Bill Clinton Now Enjoys $1,000 Cigars

    08/21/2014 5:35:04 AM PDT · by W. · 48 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/21/2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Bill Clinton enjoys a Gurkha cigar, "the Rolls Royce of the cigar industry." "The cigars are close to $1,000 each," says the cigar boss.
  • New book: Being assigned to Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service detail “a form of punishment”

    08/13/2014 6:17:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo! News ^ | August 13, 2014
    There’s no worse assignment for a Secret Service agent than protecting Hillary Clinton, if claims in a controversial new book are to be believed. Ronald Kessler’s book, “First Family Detail,” is filled with salacious revelations about the secret personal lives of the nation’s most high-profile political leaders. “She is so nasty to agents that being assigned to her detail is considered a form of punishment,” Kessler told “Top Line” of Clinton. “It shines a light on her character,” Kessler said. “She claims to be a champion of the little people, and she's going to help the middle class. And, in...
  • Hillary Clinton Fans Wait Through Night for Book Signing

    06/10/2014 1:27:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 10, 2014 | By LIZ "RODHAM" KREUTZ
    Hillary Clinton drew a "Harry Potter" sized line of fans waiting to get an autographed copy of her new memoir "Hard Choices" at a Manhattan bookstore today. Hundreds of Hillary fans have camped out for hours, many overnight, outside the Union Square Barnes and Noble store to get one of the coveted wristbands which would allow them access to her first book tour stop today. By the time people were allowed to inside the store around 8:30 a.m., the line was wrapped around an entire city block -- up Park Avenue, around 18th Street, and all the way to Broadway.
  • 'Media Mutiny' After Reporters Face Intense Restrictions At Hillary Book Signing

    06/10/2014 1:32:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo! ^ | June 10, 2014 | By Colin Campbell and Hunter Walker
    Reporters who showed up to cover the first signing of Hillary Clinton's book tour in Manhattan on Tuesday faced strict restrictions that led to what one veteran correspondent called a "media mutiny." Barnes & Noble Corporate Communications Director Carolyn Brown addressed the assembled reporters and briefed them on the restrictions. Brown said Clinton would "hold the book and pose" before going "behind the desk" to sign copies. "No questions: She's not taking any questions," Brown said. "She's not making remarks." Many reporters griped about the situation. Print reporters were told they would be kept at least 20 feet away from...
  • Clinton: Canada trip showed dangers of climate change

    06/10/2014 3:20:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2014 | By Timothy Cama
    A 2005 Senate trip to Canada opened Hillary Clinton’s eyes to the dangers of climate change and inspired her to push for aggressive actions to fight it, the former secretary of state wrote in her book released Tuesday. Clinton described flying over the Yukon Territory with three Republican senators and seeing large areas of spruce trees that had been killed by beetles driven north temperature changes. “A tribal elder recounted how he had returned to a lake where he had fished as a boy only to find it dried up,” Clinton said in her second book, “Hard Choices.” “I met...
  • The Wild Children of Yesteryear

    06/01/2014 6:40:44 PM PDT · by windcliff · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5-31-14 | JON GRINSPAN
    PHILADELPHIA — DINNER with your children in 19th-century America often required some self-control. Berry stains in your daughter’s hair? Good for her. Raccoon bites running up your boy’s arms? Bet he had an interesting day. As this year’s summer vacation begins, many parents contemplate how to rein in their kids. But there was a time when Americans pushed in the opposite direction, preserved in Mark Twain’s cat-swinging scamps. Parents back then encouraged kids to get some wildness out of their system, to express the republic’s revolutionary values. American children of the 19th century had a reputation. Returning British visitors reported...
  • Monica Lewinsky in Vanity Fair: Time to burn beret

    05/06/2014 8:36:47 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/6/14 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    Monica Lewinsky is taking to the pages of Vanity Fair to address her affair with former President Bill Clinton, writing that she avoided the spotlight for fear of becoming an issue during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, but adds that the time has come to stop “tiptoeing around my past — and other people’s futures.” -snip- “Thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet,” Lewinsky writes. Lewinsky also had a suggestion for Beyonce, who recently referenced the affair on the single “Partition,” from her most recent album. “Thanks, Beyoncé,...
  • POLITICS: WHITE HOUSE Flashback: 1 day into last shutdown, Clinton-Lewinsky had first 'encounter'

    09/30/2013 1:10:05 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9-30-2013 | Paul Bedard
    September 30, 2013 POLITICS WHITE HOUSEFlashback: 1 day into last shutdown, Clinton-Lewinsky had first 'encounter' Paul Bedard The White House may be quietly hoping that a federal government shutdown slams the political prospects of the Republican Party like it did during the last crisis in 1995, but something else happened at the start of that shutdown that nearly destroyed the presidency: the sordid Oval Office sex affair between Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton began. As that shutdown began November 14th after Clinton and Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich stopped negotiating, the White House was forced to slash its staff of...
  • And then there's THIS: Lewinsky shopping new top-secret book

    09/13/2012 7:20:30 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 83 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 13, 2012
    Monica Lewinsky is shopping a top-secret book project, Page Six has exclusively learned. We’re told Lewinsky has been making the rounds with major publishers, who were all asked to sign nondisclosure agreements to take the meetings. It’s unclear who the front-runners are, but, says an insider familiar with the project, “I’m sure every major publisher was interested in hearing what she had to say.” The former White House intern who touched off the 1998 Bill Clinton scandal has given past interviews, but kept a very low profile since leaving for England in 2005 for the London School of Economics. Lewinsky’s...
  • Little Rock Airport to be renamed for Bill and Hillary Clinton

    03/17/2012 8:43:27 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Arkansas Times ^ | 16 MAR 2012 | Max Brantley
    The Little Rock Airport Commission has scheduled a discussion at its meeting Tuesday to rename the airport the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. The idea has kicked around for years, with varying amounts of cheering and jeering. Hillary Clinton served for a time as legal counsel to the airport. I'm guessing the votes are in hand now to honor Arkansas's native son president and his wife, the secretary of state. It's better than a guess. Our FOI request early today produced 1) renderings of various proposed sign treatments including the one above; 2) the resolution the commission has up...
  • Seattle Cigar Expo - August 20, 2001

    08/12/2011 6:31:00 PM PDT · by El Sordo · 19 replies
    Found out about this yesterday. It looks interesting. I want to go... I really want to go... But... I cannot. Boo! For any of you other aficionados here in the Pacific Northwest, I thought you might like a heads up. www.SeattleCigarExpo.com If you get there, let me know what you thought so I might live vicariously through others.
  • Cuban, breaking own record, rolls longest cigar (268 feet 4 inches - 81.8 metres in length)

    05/03/2011 10:16:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/3/11 | Rosa Tania Valdes - Reuters
    HAVANA (Reuters) – A Cuban cigar roller broke his own record on Tuesday by rolling the world's longest cigar, a monster smoke that stretched 268 feet 4 inches (81.8 metres), or most of the length of a football field. Resting on tables, it sprawled through El Morro, an old Spanish fort overlooking Havana Bay, where Cuba is holding its annual International Tourism Fair. The cigar, once it is officially accepted by Guinness World Records in London, will eclipse the previous record cigar of 148 feet 9 inches (45.38 metres), both rolled by Jose Castelar Cairo, better known as "Cueto. Cueto,...
  • 'Cigar Guy' Creates Web Frenzy

    10/06/2010 12:35:17 AM PDT · by kik5150 · 96 replies
    Yahoo Buzz ^ | 10/05/10 | Claudine Zap
    A photographer for the Daily Mail got an amazing picture at the Ryder Cup of Tiger Woods flubbing a shot headed directly at the camera. He didn't duck and Tiger's golf ball actually hit the lens — but not before the image was captured midflight. The photo has been seen around the world. But that's not what's captivating the Web. It's the amazingly unique look of the fan standing just to the right of Tiger's shoulder, chomping on a cigar, wearing a turban-like brown hat, and sporting a thick, Groucho Marx–style mustache. The spectator just steals the show. And just...
  • What's everyone smoking?

    08/27/2010 5:38:36 PM PDT · by Hotmetal · 84 replies · 2+ views
    27 August 2010 | Hotmetal
    I hope it's not too early to do this again,I did it several months ago just with cigars and added beer tonight. Here's my choice Double Ligero by La Flor Dominicana Midas Touch Ale by Dogfish Head
  • Bill Clinton had 'mentality of an 18-year-old' regarding sex, NPR reporter who covered Bubba says

    08/20/2010 4:16:57 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 68 replies
    Bill Clinton had 'mentality of an 18-year-old' regarding sex, NPR reporter who covered Bubba says BY Corky Siemaszko DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Friday, August 20th 2010, 4:00 AM President Clinton was one of the savviest politicians to occupy the White House, but when it came to sex he had "the mentality of an 18-year-old." That blunt assessment came not from the Republicans who got Clinton impeached for lying about having sex with Monica Lewinsky, but from an NPR reporter named Nina Totenberg who covered the President's most inglorious moments. It appears in "A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton...
  • Winston Churchill's Cigar Airbrushed From Picture (Stalinism Alive & Well)

    06/16/2010 1:04:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 1,058+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Jun 2010 | Nick Collins
    A photograph of Winston Churchill giving his victory salute has been airbrushed to remove his signature cigar. In the well-known original image, Churchill makes a "V" shaped symbol with his fingers – while gripping a cigar in the corner of his mouth. But in a reproduction of the picture, hanging over the main entrance to a London museum celebrating the wartime leader, he has been made into a non-smoker through the use of image-altering techniques. It is unclear who is responsible for doctoring the photograph, with the museum – The Winston Churchill's Britain at War Experience – claiming not to...
  • Churchill's Unlit Cigar Proves to Be Smoking Hot

    06/03/2010 7:47:23 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 16 replies · 359+ views
    AOL News ^ | 2 June 2010 | Terence Neilan
    Would anyone be expected to pay $3,111 for a Havana cigar in a box simply labeled "Hotel de Paris"? Well, someone did just that today, because it wasn't just any old cigar -- it was one that belonged to Winston Churchill that he never got around to smoking. Initial estimates for the Cuban cigar by Camacho ranged from $1,500 to $2,200, according to the Christie's London auction company.
  • A Cigar Thread

    04/25/2010 2:29:29 PM PDT · by El Sordo · 111 replies · 1,305+ views
    The long and short of it being that I've recently discovered that I rather enjoy the occasional cigar. As if I didn't already have enough bad habits... Sadly, it seems that I've made the mistake of trying out a selection of some more expensive cigars, and now I realize that I must begin to evaluate the market for more cost effective options. So far I have found that I really enjoy the Padron 3000 and Rocky Patel Decades. But at those prices, they will certainly be a sometimes thing. And so I call upon the denizens of Free Republic! Cigars!...
  • Cuban cigar legend Robaina dead at 91

    04/18/2010 1:54:48 PM PDT · by Greg123456 · 20 replies · 493+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 17, 2010 | Associated Press
    HAVANA - Cuban tobacco grower Alejandro Robaina, an international symbol of the island's cigar-making prowess, died Saturday. He was 91.
  • Obama Cigar Tax Cost 500 Jobs In Tampa

    01/28/2010 10:21:39 AM PST · by Big Labor Hater · 11 replies · 633+ views
    The Stogie Guys ^ | 1/28/10 | Patrick Semmens/Patrick Ashby
    Last night, during his State of the Union address, President Obama spent a fair amount of time speaking about how to restore American jobs. He even touted various “targeted” tax cuts that he signed into law. Obama said in his speech that he would visit Tampa, Florida, to have a townhall on the issue today. I can think of no better place for such an event. Tampa, after all, has been ground zero for the devastation caused by the SCHIP tobacco tax increase. In a decision that Altadis USA directly attributed to the SCHIP tobacco tax hike, the Hav-A-Tampa factory,...
  • Winston Churchill's cigar for sale

    01/17/2010 5:39:25 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 474+ views
    upi. ^ | Jan. 17
    A half-smoked cigar British Prime Minister Winston Churchill put down before a Cabinet meeting in 1941 is up for auction. Andrew Bullock, from the auction firm Keys in Aylsham in Norfolk, England, said he expects the 4-inch cigar butt to go for about 300 pounds (almost $500), the Daily Mail reported. The auction is scheduled at Keys on Jan. 29. Churchill smoked the cigar at one of the most difficult times in World War II for Britain. British troops were bogged down in North Africa, the Wehrmacht was at the gates of Leningrad in Russia and the United States had...
  • Deadliest lung cancer breakthrough

    11/11/2009 4:51:29 AM PST · by Schnucki · 17 replies · 1,348+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 11, 2009 | Richard Alleyne
    A new pill that could cure one of the most lethal forms of cancer is being developed by scientists. British researchers have found that a drug destroys tumours in a form of inoperable lung cancer that kills more than nine out of 10 sufferers. The treatment works by blocking the growth of the cancer cells and eventually causing them to self destruct. In more than 50 per cent of the trials, the treatment, which appears to have no side affects, killed all traces of the disease. "We are very excited about it," said Professor Michael Seckl, the molecular oncologist who...
  • Cigar City, R.I.P.

    06/29/2009 11:23:09 AM PDT · by mission9 · 11 replies · 572+ views
    self ^ | 06-27-09 | Ranger
    The following letter (unedited) is endorsed to FreeRepublic on behalf of the cigar workers displaced on the occasion of the closing of the next to the last Cigar Factory in Tampa, Florida. Detroit is losing the Auto Industry, as South Carolina is losing textiles, across the nation, the job loss due to over-regulation and taxes accelerates. To Our Elected Officials: Despite repeated assertions on what the true affects of SCHIP and further increases of taxes on tabacco would be, your short-sightedness has eliminated not only a 100+ year old Tampa business but in the process have cost hundreds of Amercians...
  • Hav-a-Tampa cigars closing Tampa plant

    06/25/2009 4:54:39 AM PDT · by RU88 · 13 replies · 880+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | June 23, 2009 | MICHAEL SASSO
    TAMPA - Tampa will lose part of its cigar heritage in August when Hav-A-Tampa shuts its factory near Seffner and lays off about 495 employees, closing a factory that has been operating since 1902. However, the company attributed much of its trouble to the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, a federal program that provides health insurance to low-income children. It is funded, in part, by a new federal tax on cigars and cigarettes. McKenzie couldn't say how much sales of Hav-A-Tampa cigars had fallen off, but the numbers have dropped significantly, he said. Previously, federal excise taxes on...
  • Getting the economy back on track: Bill Clinton's modest proposal

    05/15/2009 12:59:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies · 476+ views
    CNN.com ^ | May 15, 2009
    The 42nd president sees female power as one solution to climate change. While politicians bicker over cap-and-trade legislation, Bill Clinton is looking to the empowerment of women as a weapon for fighting global warming. "In every single society in which that has happened, there's been a moderation in population growth," said Clinton. Because population growth is seen as a major contributor to rising levels of greenhouse gas, Clinton believes that putting girls in school and giving them access to microcredit, capital, and labor markets will temper both the birth rate and climate change. "We need to find a morally acceptable...
  • 148 Feet, 11 Inches: Cuban Man Rolls World’s Longest Cigar (video report)

    05/07/2009 5:58:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 774+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 7, 2009
    "I'm going to continue until I do one that is the length of the Malecon," Jose Castelar said, referring to Havana's famous six-mile seafront promenade.
  • Stogie News: SCHIP Cigar Tax Increase to be Unveiled Today

    01/14/2009 8:03:20 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 15 replies · 1,016+ views
    stogieguys.com ^ | 01/13/09 | George E
    [UPDATE: According to the IPCPR, the tax cap will be 40 cents per large cigar. Please click here for their full press release. The tax portions of the bill can be downloaded here (pdf) and the full bill can be downloaded here (285 page pdf).] Well, it looks like today we’ll all finally learn just what the new federal tax will be on cigars. No more speculation and rumor. The facts will be laid out in the bill to reauthorize the 11-year-old State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which is slated for a vote in the House of Representatives Wednesday...
  • What Would Bill Do?

    08/13/2008 6:28:37 AM PDT · by A_perfect_lady · 8 replies · 121+ views
    Pundit Kitchen ^ | August 13, 2007 | Unknown
  • Initiative Would Exempt Cigar Bars From Indoor Smoking Ban (Washington State)

    03/20/2008 7:24:52 PM PDT · by Stoat · 43 replies · 911+ views
    OPB News (Oregon) ^ | March 19, 2008 | Austin Jenkins
    Initiative Would Exempt Cigar Bars From Indoor Smoking Ban By Austin JenkinsOlympia, WA  March 19, 2008 3:28 p.m. Washington State’s two-year-old indoor smoking ban is facing a challenge. Cigar shop owners have filed a citizen initiative to roll-back part of the law.Dale Taylor is with the newly formed Cigar Association of Washington. He says the initiative would allow smoking in cigar shops, cigar bars, private clubs and service organizations like the Elks.Dale Taylor: “What we’re asking for here is a fair and reasonable exemption to the law that allows a cigar store, for instance like the one I work in,...
  • At a Cigar Show, an Air-Quality Scientist Under Deep, Smoky Cover

    01/09/2008 11:57:35 AM PST · by ml/nj · 24 replies · 72+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 22, 2007 | SARAH KERSHAW
    The agitators met a few blocks from the target at a secret location, so as not to call attention to the devices in their bags. They synchronized their watches. They reviewed the well-rehearsed game plan: If their bags were searched, the first operative, known as “Researcher 1 (female),” would say the device was for an asthma condition. If she was not allowed into the event with the device, she would activate Plan B: go to the ladies’ room and strap it to her body. The man behind the subterfuge (Researcher 2, male) was Ryan David Kennedy, 34, a scrappy Canadian...
  • Hillary Gets Worst Reviews Yet

    10/31/2007 3:18:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 107 replies · 150+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2007 | Amanda Carpenter
    The usual flood of editorials and blog posts after a major presidential debate were particularly harsh on Hillary Clinton this morning following Tuesday night’s Democratic debate at Drexel University. Opinion leaders said her performance reinforced negative stereotypes that Clinton is shrill, calculating and evasive. Here’s a round up of what some of those opinion leaders are saying: Mark Halperin, Time Magazine - [She] fell off the tough-shrill balance beam onto the "shrill" side — with a THUD. More defensive than usual, and at times too political and too hot tempered. Borderline disastrous moment at the end when she gave an...
  • Hillary Clinton Grade: C-

    10/31/2007 11:35:44 AM PDT · by Baladas · 128 replies · 85+ views
    Time magazine ^ | October 31, 2007 | by Mark Halperin
    Fell off the tough-shrill balance beam onto the "shrill" side — with a THUD. More defensive than usual, and at times too political and too hot tempered. Borderline disastrous moment at the end when she gave an equivocal answer about drivers licenses for illegal immigrants in New York; it opened the door for her opponents to pounce by turning it into a character issue — and pounce they did. The failure of her performance was cumulative, however, so only those watching the whole debate would see how weak her evening was. If she loses the nomination, tonight will go down...
  • FOES COULDN'T KO HER - SO SHE SOCKED HERSELF (gutless Hill's evasiveness stinks of Bill)

    10/31/2007 4:10:21 AM PDT · by Liz · 92 replies · 99+ views
    NY POST ^ | October 31, 2007 | CHARLES HURT D.C., NY Post Bureau Chief
    .........the most damage (in the debate) was inflicted by Clinton on herself. She tied herself up in knots - in a way her opponents couldn't - with her non-answer about giving driver's license to illegal aliens. She must be the only New Yorker without an opinion on the plan (other than her colleague, Sen. Chuck Schumer). Her evasiveness on the most talked-about issue in the state reminded everyone of the worst of husband Bill and what could be in store if another Clinton makes it to the White House.
  • Castor's Role In Bill's Passage Rankles Cigar Industry ($3-$10 in new taxes per cigar)

    08/05/2007 4:12:41 PM PDT · by devane617 · 51 replies · 1,600+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 08/02/2007 | BILLY HOUSE
    WASHINGTON - For cigar manufacturers in Tampa and elsewhere, news had been bad enough that Congress wanted to expand children's health insurance with the help of higher cigar taxes. But on Wednesday, just hours before the U.S. House passed such a bill, 225-204, local industry officials absorbed another blow - the Cigar City's own congresswoman on national TV leading the Democratic push for the measure. "We will stand up for our children and the hard-working families of America and fight through all of these delaying tactics," said freshman Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa, as she battled GOP efforts on the...
  • Cigarmakers in a panic: The federal tax on each cigar could rise from 5 cents to $10.

    07/17/2007 7:15:30 AM PDT · by tlb · 164 replies · 3,754+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | July 17, 2007 | JAMES THORNER
    As part of an increase in tobacco taxes designed to pay for children's health insurance, the nickel-per-cigar tax that has ruled the industry could rise to as much as $10 per cigar. "I'm not sure in the history of man, since our forefathers founded the country in 1776, that there's ever been a tax increase of 20,000 percent," said Newman, who runs the Tampa business founded by grandfather Julius Caesar Newman. "They had the Boston Tea Party for less than this." The Democrat controlled Congress has sought an extra $35-billion to $50-billion for the state children's health insurance program. The...
  • Rush's Cigar Recommendations (Time To Mix Business And Culture With Some Fun Alert)

    07/03/2007 4:35:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 59 replies · 1,724+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 07/03/2007 | Rus
    RUSH: I smoke a variety of cigars. If you've just recently started, it probably means you prefer a mild cigar. I'm just going to give you names, because I don't want to get into sizes. That's a personal preference. I'm just going to give you brands and you go pick out the size you want. Between these brands you will find quality that a new cigar smoker will thoroughly enjoy. â–º Macanudo. It's very, very mild. (If you want something mild, you can't go wrong with it.) â–º You also can't go wrong with Diamond Crown. They make some...
  • Pub patio heaters for smokers will produce 'as much pollution as a small city'

    06/10/2007 5:28:10 PM PDT · by Stoat · 75 replies · 1,840+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | June 10, 2007 | DAVID DERBYSHIRE
    Pub patio heaters for smokers will produce 'as much pollution as a small city'By DAVID DERBYSHIRE - More by this author » Last updated at 22:00pm on 10th June 2007  Pubs are installing patio heaters in outdoor smoking areas Patio heaters installed by pubs to keep smokers warm on chilly nights could soon produce as much carbon dioxide as a small city, it has been claimed. Next month's smoking ban has triggered huge demand for the gas-fired heaters from pubs, restaurants and clubs creating legal outdoor smoking areas. But according to experts, a single heater releases more carbon dioxide...
  • (CO) Senate kills cigar bar ban (w00t)

    05/02/2007 2:50:49 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 5 replies · 195+ views
    Senate kills cigar bar ban Fans of Aspen's Cigar Bar can rest easy By The Associated Press Aspen, CO Colorado May 1, 2007 DENVER — The Senate on Tuesday killed a bill that would have outlawed some cigar bars after opponents said it went too far trying to regulate businesses. Lawmakers said they feared traditional bars are calling themselves cigar bars to take advantage of an exemption in the statewide smoking ban. The bill (Senate Bill 250) was amended to allow an exemption for bars that get 5 percent of their income from selling tobacco, as long as it applied...
  • Hillary's censorship decree (Can't Mention Bill's Impeachment!)

    03/05/2007 11:35:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,488+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 6, 2007 | Les Kinsolving
    "Clinton Fights to Keep Impeachment Taboo" headlined the Washington Post, with the following subheadline: "After Spat, Campaigns Know to Expect Swift Reprisal for any Hint of the Scandal." And the Post reported: "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new commandment for the 2008 presidential field: Thou shalt not mention anything related to the impeachment of her husband." Can you believe this? The American people are now expected through all members of the media – and all election crowd questioners – to observe censorship. There are to be no questions regarding impeachment, trial and conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice...
  • Why I Smoke Cigars (Conservative Cigar Smokers Club Alert) [Dennis Prager Joins Rush Limbaugh]

    11/20/2006 9:08:17 PM PST · by goldstategop · 93 replies · 1,720+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/21/2006 | Dennis Prager
    There are few personal confessions more likely to alienate many Americans than to admit to smoking. Singles ads are filled with people who will never even go on a first date with someone who smokes. I strongly suspect that more women would date a millionaire who earned his money disreputably than a millionaire who smoked. Drinkers are far more highly regarded than smokers, as are playboys, gamblers, lawyers, politicians and almost anyone else except child molesters. So I have no doubt that some readers who until now have held me in esteem will lose respect for me when they learn...
  • Michigan: Hospitals require workers be smoke-free (More hard news for smokers)

    09/30/2006 8:41:28 AM PDT · by SheLion · 269 replies · 3,108+ views
    woodtv.com ^ | Sep 28, 2006
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Spectrum Health and Saint Mary's Health Care will require all their employees to not use tobacco at any time during their work shift beginning January 1. The staffs of both hospitals will need to arrive without smelling of smoke, and they can't use any tobacco products until they leave hospital property after their shift. Metro Health is also joining in the Smoke-Free Work Day Every Day campaign. In 2003, the Grand Rapids hospitals became the first in the country to jointly declare their hospital campuses smoke-free. Today, more than 30 Michigan hospitals have smoke-free campuses. This...