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  • Feds Hope to Regulate Political Speech on the Internet

    02/12/2015 3:23:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | February 12, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The Federal Election Commission is considering expanding their regulatory power to include political speech online… Yeah, let’s regulate the internet. I mean, free speech can’t just be expected to run wild or anything, right? The FEC held an open hearing yesterday to determine if they will move forward on clamping down on political content online (such as blogs, YouTube videos, and other “free” messaging). According to CNS News:Last October, FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel issued a statement in which she complained that the agency was not doing enough to monitor activity on the Internet.Right… Because I know I’m terrified that the feds...
  • Anti-Gunners Kill More Jobs with Bloomberg-Style Laws

    07/14/2014 1:23:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | July 14, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Americas largest shotgun manufacturer has decided to move more of its business to the Republic of Texas. The news that O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. chose not to expand their business in Connecticut shouldnt really come as a surprise. States that have zealously pursued more restrictive gun control policies have seen their historically loyal firearm manufacturers begin an exodus to friendlier locales. Mossberg has decided to move more of its manufacturing process to Texas in light of Connecticuts recent legislative attempts to demonize their industry; such as implementing a confiscation registration process, and outlawing future sales of various firearms categorized...
  • Individual Liberty - 3, Government Power - 0

    03/21/2013 7:00:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Bob Barr
    The seemingly omnipresent storm clouds hanging over the Constitution often make it hard to find a silver lining. Every day, the front page of The Drudge Report is littered with stories of government assaults on our civil liberties -- from local government officials all the way up to the Oval Office. Even heroic actions, such as Rand Pauls recent filibuster in opposition to the unchecked use of drones on U.S. soil, are met by scornful catcalls from Grumpy Old Guard politicians who long ago seemed to have lost even the most basic understanding of our Bill of Rights. But,...
  • The Right to Self-Defense

    03/08/2013 5:31:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 6, 2013 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    In all the noise caused by the Obama administration's direct assault on the right of every person to keep and bear arms, the essence of the issue has been drowned out. The president and his big-government colleagues want you to believe that only the government can keep you free and safe, so to them, the essence of this debate is about obedience to law. To those who have killed innocents among us, obedience to law is the last of their thoughts. And to those who believe that the Constitution means what it says, the essence of this debate is...
  • Big Government 2.0

    01/24/2013 7:52:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | January 24, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Bill Clinton isn't often wrong when it comes to politics, but his assertion in his 1996 State of the Union Address that "the era of big government is over" was a bit premature. In light of President Obama's Second Inaugural Address, the era of big government has just begun. The reliably liberal columnist Dana Milbank of The Washington Post exhibited refreshing honesty when he wrote of Obama's speech, " failed to rise to the moment." The president's address was more campaign rhetoric than visionary. He even lowered himself to reference Mitt Romney's inelegant remark about "takers" versus makers. Obama's comment...
  • Powerful Government Equals Powerful Problems

    04/19/2012 12:54:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | April 19, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    History is not simply dates, events and results. Instead, it's people's lives, their hopes and dreams, their situation and their outcomes based on their and other people's actions. While history is learned by looking backward, knowing the outcome, life is lived marching forward, unsure of what might happen. To understand history, it helps to understand the circumstances of the time. How did people live, who was in charge, who had rights, power and money? What is commonplace in one time and place would be unthinkable in another. For example, most Americans understand that by law, they have individual rights....
  • End totalitarianism in kids court

    03/14/2011 2:04:19 PM PDT · by libertycause13 · 2 replies
    Freedom Politics ^ | 3/14/2011 | Steven Greenhut
    The most heart-wrenching issues I've written about involved the state's dependency court and foster-care systems. Officials have the power to remove children from their family homes and to place them in the care of strangers, yet the system that exercises these vast powers is veiled in secrecy and, therefore, off-limits to serious news coverage and oversight. Fortunately, Assembly Bill 73, by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, offers hope of fixing that system with a simple but time-tested approach: sunshine. His new legislation would make hearings in dependency court presumptively open, meaning that the public and media could cover the goings-on...
  • Intended Catholic Dictatorship

    08/27/2010 11:45:13 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 15,827 replies · 14+ views
    Independent Individualist ^ | 8/27/10 | Reginald Firehammer
    Intended Catholic Dictatorship The ultimate intention of Catholicism is the restoration of the Holy Roman Empire. That has always been the ambition, at least covertly, but now it is being promoted overtly and openly. The purpose of this article is only to make that intention clear. It is not a criticism of Catholics or Catholicism (unless you happen to think a Catholic dictatorship is not a good thing). The most important point is to understand that when a Catholic talks about liberty or freedom, it is not individual liberty that is meant, not the freedom to live one's life as...
  • Obama's Authoritarian, Unconstitutional Health Care Proposal

    09/11/2009 5:55:43 PM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies · 1,076+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 10, 2009 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    In his September 9 address to Congress and the nation on health insurance, President Obama said that under his plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance. There is no clause in Article I of the Constitution authorizing Congress to craft legislation forcing individuals to purchase insurance. Mr. Obama attempted to justify his intended federal intrusion on individual liberty by noting that states require drivers to carry auto insurance. Notwithstanding the difference between a requirement imposed on licensed individuals or machines as opposed to a mandate for everyone, he fails to recognize the distinction between federal and state...
  • Thompson and Reagan

    09/18/2007 10:44:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies · 1,118+ views
    The Ashbrook Center ^ | September 2007 | Professor Andrew E. Busch
    As soon as former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson announced that he was mulling over a run for the presidency, pundits and voters alike began to announce comparisons between Thompson and Ronald Reagan. Now that Thompson is in the race with both feet, it is worthwhile to examine more carefully ways in which he is or is not somehow parallel to Reagan. It is important to note at the outset that Republicans have to come to grips with the facts that there was only one Reagan and that he was not perfect (though he was very, very good). Constant seeking after...
  • In a truly free society, we don't all have to make the same decisions

    11/30/2005 7:46:48 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 37 replies · 772+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November, 30, 2005 | John Stossel
    Smoking can kill you. That's why I don't smoke, and it's why you shouldn't, either. There. I've just done the only things that should be done in a free society to stop people from smoking: I've told you that it's dangerous, I've urged you not to do it, and I've even set a good example. If you'd like other people to be healthy, you should also discourage smoking, too. But if you'd like to be free, and you'd like your neighbor to be free, that's all you should do. It isn't my business to come into your home or business...
  • Pushing a formula for getting poor

    05/23/2005 5:13:17 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 2 replies · 385+ views ^ | May 23, 2005 | Star Parker (archive)
    The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times featured stories over the last week about class and mobility in the United States. Despite drawing on largely different research, the conclusions of both features were the same. Overall class mobility has been coming to a screeching halt. According the Journal, "... Americans are no more or less likely to rise above, or fall below, their parents' economic class than they were 35 years ago." The Times quotes similar data, while also pointing out that at the same time the gap between rich and poor is increasing. From 1979 to 2001,...
  • NY: NY Raise Smoking Age?

    05/09/2005 5:21:35 AM PDT · by SheLion · 94 replies · 2,670+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Rights ^ | 5-9-05 | MEGHAN CLYNE
    In a move opponents are labeling an invasion by the nanny state, the state Senate's Health Committee expects to take up, and probably approve, legislation this week that would raise New York's smoking age to 19. The bill, sponsored by Charles Fuschillo Jr., a Republican of Long Island, was introduced April 18. The chairman of the Senate committee, Kemp Hannon, another Long Island Republican, confirmed that the legislation is on tomorrow's agenda and said he thought the bill would be approved by the committee, at which point it could be brought to the Senate floor. Mr. Fuschillo's legislation would...
  • Breast cancer risk less when pregnant mom smoked

    05/08/2005 6:20:17 AM PDT · by SheLion · 113 replies · 1,730+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Rights ^ | 5-5-05 | Michelle Rizzo
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women whose mothers smoked while they were pregnant have a reduced likelihood of developing breast cancer, according to a new study. However, "This observation certainly does not suggest that smoking is beneficial," Dr. William C. Strohsnitter told Reuters Health. "The very small reduction in breast cancer would be offset by the large number of other diseases caused by cigarette smoking."The reason for the finding may be connected to estrogen, which is linked to breast cancer risk. "Clinical studies show that maternal cigarette smoking reduces pregnancy estrogen levels," Strohsnitter, of Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, and...
  • Michigan: States hunt down online cigarette buyers

    05/05/2005 6:20:00 AM PDT · by SheLion · 96 replies · 1,775+ views ^ | 5-3-05 | Kathleen Hunter
    Michigan resident Julia Sidebottom inhaled sharply when she opened her mailbox earlier this year and was greeted with an unexpected and unwelcome bill from the state for $4,753.89 in unpaid cigarette and sales taxes.For several years, Sidebottom's boyfriend purchased cigarettes online at, one of 13 online cigarette retailers from which Michigan recently subpoenaed customer lists. She said the bill caught her completely off guard."It never even crossed our minds," said Sidebottom, whose 57-year-old boyfriend suffers from Alzheimer's and has granted her power of attorney. "I search the Web all the time for the best deals on everything. Never in...
  • New York City: Silk's not just blowing smoke

    05/04/2005 9:12:46 AM PDT · by SheLion · 15 replies · 654+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 5-3-05 | Dennis Duggan
    Silk's not just blowing smokeDennis Duggan May 3, 2005 Retired cop Audrey Silk puffed on a Parliament in her Cape Cod-style home in Marine Park and said she is running for mayor because Michael Bloomberg is a "Puritan who has taken the gusto out of New York City." "How many of those do you smoke every day?" I ask. "I hate that question," she said in a mind-your-own-business voice. Silk knows she's the longest of long shots as the candidate of the Libertarian Party, which was burned in 1994 when it chose radio talk show host Howard Stern to run...
  • Maine: Tourist dollars up as visits drop off

    04/30/2005 9:26:46 AM PDT · by SheLion · 210 replies · 2,951+ views
    PORTLAND - Overnight visits by tourists to and within Maine were down last year, but revenues were up - and that spells trouble, Maine's top tourism official told a statewide meeting Friday. Dann Lewis, director of the state tourism office, warned the Governor's Conference on Tourism that the broad perception of Maine as a good buy for the travel dollar has collapsed. "The perception that Maine is a travel bargain has disappeared over the last five years," he said.What the tourism industry calls the price-value ratio has been "out of balance" in recent years as innkeepers have raised rates, Lewis...
  • Maine: Baldacci to put own plan on list of tax overhaul proposals ~ Look Out!

    04/29/2005 5:03:28 AM PDT · by SheLion · 57 replies · 996+ views ^ | 4-29-05 | Francis X. Quinn
    Rep. Sean Faircloth, D-Bangor, suggests hiking taxes on beer, wine, bar drinks and cigarettes, boosting the meals and lodging tax during the months of May through October, establishing a soft drinks tax and raising the income level at which the highest marginal rate would apply.
  • Denver: Senate tentatively approves statewide smoking ban for restaurants

    04/28/2005 5:33:55 AM PDT · by SheLion · 14 replies · 475+ views ^ | 4-27-05 | Paola Farer
    DENVER - A statewide smoking ban got preliminary approval in the state Senate Wednesday but the measure still faces some stiff opposition before it becomes law. It is also less restrictive than its proponents might like. The proposal would ban smoking in most restaurants. But when it was originally proposed it would have banned smoking in bars and office buildings as well.Supporters like Sen. Dan Grossman, D-Denver, say the measure that passed is a step in the right direction. He said he wants all restaurants in the state to compete under the same rules, pointing out that smoking is already...
  • Italy's new health minister wants more smoking areas

    04/27/2005 7:21:27 AM PDT · by SheLion · 14 replies · 384+ views
    Italy's new health minister said he wants more public smoking areas, sharply reduced under a new ban, and slammed what he called a trend towards obsessive health policies, in published comments."There is a real threat that we are heading towards a therapeutic society ... a medical tyranny of doctors and a minister who are the only ones allowed to say what constitues 'good living'," said Francesco Storace in an interview with Corriere della Sera.A smoker himself who is "trying to quit", Storace said he would examine whether it was possible to boost the number of smoking areas, which were slashed...
  • Towns could get more control over smoking

    04/19/2005 4:54:44 AM PDT · by SheLion · 21 replies · 1,075+ views
    Chicago-Sun Times ^ | April 12, 2005 | DAVE MCKINNEY
    SPRINGFIELD -- Health groups won a key battle in the state Senate Monday as lawmakers voted to allow all Illinois towns, rather than a select few, to decide where to allow smoking. Since 1989, when the state approved the Clean Indoor Air Act that permitted smoking only in designated areas, 20 municipalities were allowed to keep their stricter no-smoking laws that were enacted previously. The rest of the state functioned under the milder state law written partly by the tobacco industry. Though opposed by retailers, restaurants and gas station operators, the measure backed on Monday in the Senate vote would...
  • This Bad Bargain Must Go Up in Smoke

    04/14/2005 5:41:40 AM PDT · by SheLion · 31 replies · 887+ views
    Forbes ^ | March 14, 2005 | Steve Forbes, Editor-In-Chief
    This Bad Bargain Must Go Up in SmokeRecently a federal appeals court finally brought some sanity to the issue of the U.S. government's being able to sue tobacco companies for allegedly burying the truth about cigarettes being harmful. Forgotten in all of this, of course, is the fact that cigarette packs have carried health-warning labels on them for 40 years. The judges ruled that the federal government cannot force the tobacco companies to hand over $280 billion of profits they earned while allegedly misleading us about their products' impact on people's health. The suit was born of Washington's envy over...
  • Maine: Bill closes loophole in smoking law

    04/05/2005 4:05:33 PM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 2,693+ views
    kennebeck journal ^ | 4-5-05 | CHRIS CHURCHILL
    State health officials and several lawmakers are pushing to close loopholes that allow smoking in clubs and workplaces. The proposed legislation pleases many bar owners, who say they've lost customers to private clubs since Maine took the smoke out of taverns in 2004. It also suits groups such as the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society, who claim many Mainers are exposed to secondhand smoke at work despite groundbreaking legislation passed by the Legislature 20 years ago. "Even here in Maine, workplace smoking remains an issue," said Dr. Dora Mills, director of the Maine Bureau of Health. "Our...
  • RI:Bar, Restaurant Owners Sue Over Smoking Ban Exemptions

    03/29/2005 4:35:45 AM PST · by SheLion · 34 replies · 1,070+ views ^ | March 28, 2005
    NEWPORT, R.I. -- Bar and restaurant owners upset over the newly enacted smoking ban sued the state Wednesday, saying exemptions to the law make it unconstitutional.The law temporarily exempts small bars with fewer than 10 employees and nonprofit groups that meet certain requirements. The state's two gambling facilities are permanently exempted, meaning smokers will be able to light up there, but not in most bars and restaurants.The suit was filed in Newport Superior Court by five businesses who said they have been hurt by the ban, according to the Web site of the Providence Journal. The suit claims the exemptions...
  • RI: Trial to begin in smoke shop lawsuit

    03/23/2005 6:59:33 AM PST · by SheLion · 24 replies · 656+ views
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The federal trial begins today in the lawsuit brought by members of the Narragansett Indian tribe, who say their civil rights were violated when state troopers closed the tribe's tax-free smoke shop in 2003.Narragansett Tribal Council member Paulla Dove Jennings, her son, Adam Jennings and Keith Huertas, manager of the shop, are suing.They say several state troopers did not identify themselves or show a warrant when they raided the smoke shop on July 14th, 2003 -- two days after it was opened. They also say the troopers assaulted and injured them.A federal judge has since ruled...
  • CO: Smoking ban may be snuffed

    03/23/2005 4:32:08 AM PST · by SheLion · 36 replies · 1,033+ views ^ | 3-23-05 | Mark P. Couch
    Republicans in the Colorado Senate have stalled - at least temporarily - the effort to ban smoking in public places statewide.Senate Minority Leader Mark Hillman of Burlington said all 17 Republican senators are opposing the bill because it infringes on personal freedom and property rights."I don't smoke, and I think it's disgusting," Hillman said. "But I'm sick and tired of all these nannies running around telling people what to do."The bill's sponsor, Sen. Dan Grossman, D-Denver, said he has delayed his plan to introduce the bill."I don't want to paint myself into a corner by introducing it in the...
  • Maine:Bill To Ban Tobacco Ads Goes Up In Smoke

    03/20/2005 12:58:25 PM PST · by SheLion · 146 replies · 1,791+ views
    AUGUSTA, Maine -- A bill to ban tobacco ads in stores where children could see them does not appear to be making progress in Augusta. State Rep. Stephen Bowens bill would have banned any tobacco ad a child could see.Testimony before the Health and Human Services Committee Thursday showed the law was unlikely to pass constitutional muster. Bowen said people should be able to take their children into a store and not have to pass the ads. He said hell find another way to get the ads out of view.
  • Action Alerts: Check what is going on in your area

    03/19/2005 8:13:21 AM PST · by SheLion · 18 replies · 603+ views
    Protect Local Control ^ | March 18, 2005
    March 18, 2005 Preemption Watch Weekly Summary of New U.S. State Bills (3-18-05)In the continued fight to prevent preemptive legislation before it can be passed and to overturn preemption in states where it is already in place, ANR is tracking pending legislation relating to states' smokefree air policies. Not all state bills relating to smokefree air are preemptive, however a bill can become preemptive at any point in the legislative process. It is therefore important to track even the best bills throughout the entire legislative session. Below is a listing of state bills that have been introduced in...
  • Maine:Health advocates ask for $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax increase

    03/18/2005 4:11:31 AM PST · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,023+ views ^ | 3-18-05
    AUGUSTA, Maine -- Anti-smoking advocates came to the State House on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to increase Maine's cigarette tax by $1.50 cents a pack, which they said would give Maine the highest cigarette tax in the nation.
  • Lawmakers push for FDA tobacco regulation-again

    03/17/2005 7:28:15 PM PST · by SheLion · 6 replies · 434+ views
    Seattle Post ^ | March 17, 2005 | HILARY ROXE
    WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration could regulate tobacco products under legislation revived by a bipartisan group of lawmakers Thursday. The proposal renews a push for tobacco oversight that was blocked last year in the House. Under the bill, the FDA could regulate the sale, marketing and advertising of tobacco products, and could require companies to list all ingredients added to cigarettes and other forms of consumer tobacco. The legislation was brought back in the Senate by last year's sponsors, Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who reintroduced the bill on Thursday. The Senate approved it last year,...
  • Internet Cigarette Sales Spark Enforcement Meeting, Possible Crackdown

    03/17/2005 8:19:34 AM PST · by SheLion · 114 replies · 2,324+ views
    U.S.Newswire ^ | 3/16/2005
    WASHINGTON, March 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The U.S. Postal Service will meet with representatives of various state attorneys general on Thursday to discuss how the Service can avoid legal liability for its role in delivering cigarettes sold illegally on the Internet. The result could be an agreement to curtail delivery of such cigarettes, or requirements that the sellers take steps such as verifying the age of purchasers, insuring that state cigarette taxes are paid, etc.The meeting was sparked by a letter threatening the postal service with civil -- and possibly even criminal -- liability if it continues to deliver cigarettes...
  • Conservatives Selective Views

    03/13/2005 7:38:37 AM PST · by SheLion · 313 replies · 3,754+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 3-13-05 | Chuck Muth
    March 13, 2005"FORGET THE NEO-CONS, BEWARE THE EX-CONS"So I'm listening to talk radio recently during the hellish commute to our nation's capital, and I hear caller after caller start out by saying, "I'm a conservative, except..." The issue was over a proposed new government-mandated smoking ban in bars and restaurants. And the callers - so-called "conservatives" - were all for it.Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying smoking is good. And I'm not saying smoking isn't offensive to a lot of people, especially while dining. What I AM saying is that the proper, consistent conservative position is that the...
  • Another Ban Failed: MD Rejects State Ban

    03/11/2005 8:04:17 AM PST · by SheLion · 25 replies · 763+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 3-11-05 | Melvin Thompson
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 9, 2005Contact: Melvin Thompson 410-290-6800 Cell 443-463-7349 MARYLAND LAWMAKERS REJECT STATEWIDE SMOKING BAN FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS(Columbia, MD) In an evenly-split vote, Maryland lawmakers have killed a statewide smoking ban initiative for the third consecutive year. Members of the Senate Finance Committee rejected the measure on March 4, 2005 by a 5 to 5 vote, effectively killing the bill for the year. Legislation must win more yea than nay votes in order to pass.With many predicting the vote was too close to call, this years smoking ban debate was without question the most heated in recent...
  • MN: MN Group Sues Minneapolis!

    03/11/2005 7:47:49 AM PST · by SheLion · 58 replies · 1,140+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 3-11-05 | Ryan Pacyga, Esq.
    Plaintiffs Bloomington VFW, Bloomington Legion, Bloomington Eagles, Bloomington Knights of Columbus, Lyon's Pub and Stub and Herb's today Filed a Complaint suing the City of Minneapolis, City of Bloomington, and County of Hennepin.Plaintiffs request the Hennepin County District Court issue a temporary restraining order enjoining the Defendants from enforcing their local smoking bans, which are scheduled to take effect March 31.A Judge will hear arguments regarding the temporary injunction on Friday, March 11, at noon.The Plaintiffs and their attorney will address the press this evening at the following address:Press Conference Tonight March 10, 2005 7:00 PMVFW POST #1296 311 West...
  • Lawyers ask judge to rule Helena's smoking ban unconstitutional

    03/11/2005 5:41:44 AM PST · by SheLion · 19 replies · 1,021+ views
    HELENA -- A dispute over this city's tough smoking ban is back before a district judge after a lengthy delay brought on by a separate lawsuit before the state Supreme Court. An attorney for a casino asked Judge Thomas Honzel on Wednesday to rule the city's smoking ban unenforceable because those cited for violating it cannot seek a jury trial. Tom Budwitz, who represents the Montana Nugget Casino and its manager, Greg Shaw, argued that his clients had a right to a jury of their peers. But Helena City Attorney David Nielson countered that nothing explicitly allows for a jury...
  • IL: Village Board votes down smoking ban

    03/08/2005 4:42:01 PM PST · by SheLion · 16 replies · 606+ views
    OAK PARK -- A proposed ban on smoking in public places was defeated 5-2 Monday night by the Oak Park Village Board.

    03/06/2005 1:44:26 PM PST · by SheLion · 257 replies · 3,695+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 3-6-05 | David W. Kuneman and Michael J. McFadden
    Many studies have been published purporting to prove smoking bans in bars and restaurants are either good or neutral for business, and conflicting studies have also been published purporting to prove bans are bad for business. Scollo, Lal, Hyland and Glantz recently summarized many of these studies, concluding those which find no economic impact are published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and funded by objective antitobacco interests, while those that do find bans hurt business are funded almost universally by Big Tobacco or its allies. Tobacco Control, 2003;12:13-20. However, the objectivity of those who publish studies finding smoking bans dont...
  • NYC:The truth on bar smoking ban

    03/06/2005 7:57:33 AM PST · by SheLion · 121 replies · 3,172+ views
    Times Argus ^ | 3-4-05 | Amy McCloskey
    In reference to the story "Smoking ban for bars on Legislative agenda" on Feb. 14 by John Zicconi, all I can say is "Hogwash." I own a successful bar in Greenwich Village. In 2004, we were voted the Best Lounge in New York by CitySearch. My business is down 30 percent since 2002. Since nothing has changed but the smoking ban, I can attribute this precipitous drop to nothing else. It's remarkable to read that "A New York City official on Thursday will travel to Vermont to testify that Big Apple pub receipts have increased 12 percent since the city's...
  • Failure of Lung Cancer Drug Stumps Researchers

    03/06/2005 6:05:32 AM PST · by SheLion · 38 replies · 1,142+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3-6-05
    The failure of a last-chance cancer drug to significantly improve survival rates in a clinical trial was a surprise and the manufacturer says it is trying to figure out why the product didn't do better.
  • Ohio: Ohio Smoking Bans Not Legal

    03/04/2005 9:46:33 AM PST · by SheLion · 75 replies · 3,164+ views
    United Pro Choice ^ | 3-4-05 | Samantha Phillipe
    Please note that several cities and towns in Ohio are about to make a mistake and put smoking bans on their books.Could you please put together a State law now that smoking bans are not allowed?This would save a lot of wasted court money in the future.You see, smoking bans are not legal. NY and FL judges have already agreed that bans are not enforceable. (Links at ) This makes all smoking bans illegal unless your State or town wants to train you, supply liability insurance, sign you on as police AND make it a law that anyone they...
  • PA: Greater Philadelphia Chamber Supports City Council Bill to Ban Smoking in Public Places

    03/04/2005 5:18:53 AM PST · by SheLion · 12 replies · 1,955+ views ^ | March 3, 2:01 pm ET
    PHILADELPHIA, March 3 -- Mark Schweiker, President & CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, today voiced the Chamber's support of a City Council bill to ban smoking in virtually all public places in Philadelphia. Schweiker said that the success of smoking bans in cities worldwide and the dangers of second-hand smoke influenced the Chamber's decision. "The facts prove that banning smoking in public places will not adversely affect business," said Schweiker. "In fact, one year after New York City enacted its smoking ban, business activity actually increased in restaurants and bars and 10,000 jobs were added. We understand...
  • Colorado: Smoking ban sought in Greenwood Village

    03/02/2005 2:24:59 AM PST · by SheLion · 28 replies · 695+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 3-2-05 | Jennifer Miller
    Dozens turn out as resident presents plan to City Council GREENWOOD VILLAGE - If Stephanie Steinberg has her way, this city - where thousands of businesspeople spend their work weeks - will be 100 percent smoke-free. The stay-at-home mother presented her ideas for banning smoking in public spaces to City Council members Monday night. Dozens of local residents, restaurant owners and health officials packed a room to show their support or to voice concern about how a ban would decrease local business revenues. It all started when Steinberg and her family went to California last year and ate at a...
  • US trial judge: ruling limits US tobacco sanctions

    03/01/2005 10:37:37 AM PST · by SheLion · 18 replies · 454+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3-1-05 | Peter Kaplan
    (Updates with judge's order) WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Government efforts to penalize cigarette makers are severely constrained by a recent appeals court ruling that rejected any disgorgement of past industry profits, the trial judge in the tobacco racketeering suit said on Monday.U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said government efforts to pursue other remedies, like funding smoking cessation programs, were also undercut by the Feb. 4 appeals court opinion that ruled out a $280 billion disgorgement.The trial has been underway since September, with the government calling dozens of witnesses to argue that cigarette makers violated U.S. racketeering laws by conspiring...
  • Southern U.S. states see green in cigarettes

    02/26/2005 2:46:19 AM PST · by SheLion · 66 replies · 1,186+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 25, 2005 | Michael Connor
    MIAMI, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Southern tobacco-producing U.S. states, backed into a corner by financial woes, are breaking a taboo against raising their minuscule taxes on cigarettes. North Carolina, Kentucky and other southern states with some of America's lowest excise rates on cigarettes are defying a powerful tobacco lobby and debating hefty tax increases meant to add hundreds of millions of dollars of much-needed revenue. "States are just coming out of their worst times in years and years, and this has been a very popular strategy for raising revenue," said Sujit CanagaRetna, a senior fiscal analyst in Atlanta with the...

    02/22/2005 3:49:33 PM PST · by SheLion · 48 replies · 1,151+ views
    Ask any nanny about the perils of tobacco, and theyll tell you that it is addictive, it kills smokers, and it poisons the air that non-smokers breathe. Theyll tell you that it is a drain on our healthcare system, it raises insurance rates for all of us, and smoke breaks cut into productive time. Theyll tell you that movies, music, and books that portray smoking lead our children to nicotine addiction. Sports stars, singers, actors, and other public figures who smoke are bad influences on our kids. Theyll tell you that people like me who fight for the freedom to...
  • PA: No Smoke, No Peace

    02/21/2005 9:42:02 AM PST · by SheLion · 19 replies · 990+ views
    Pittsburgh City Paper ^ | 2/17/2005 | MARTY LEVINE
    They had me until the Nazis marched in.Even before a Michigan company called Weyco fired four employees on Feb. 9 because they wouldnt quit smoking -- the company hoped to save a little money on health insurance -- Smokers Club was sounding the alarm about cigarette bans. The World Is In A Smoking War, ran the headline on the notice e-mailed Jan. 10 from Smokers Club national honcho Samantha Phillipe. Smoking Bans Kill People. This failed experiment in modifying human behavior is killing people and it has to stop now, she wrote. Death certificates from secondary smoke exposure are zero,...
  • Ky: To local governments: Butt out of smoking policies

    02/21/2005 8:07:28 AM PST · by SheLion · 13 replies · 609+ views
    Despite intense lobbying from anti-smoking fanatics, Elsmeres city council kept residents property rights from going up in smoke by voting against a smoking ban in public places, including privately owned businesses.Proponents of a ban seized on a limited proposal by Elsmere Mayor Bill Bradford that would have banned smoking only in city buildings. However, Bradford showed courageous leadership by casting the tie-breaking vote against the plan when the ordinance presented to the council went far beyond his original objective.Opponents said such a ban would overtax Elsmeres police department and harm businesses. Dottie Baxter, owner of JBs Roadhouse in Elsmere...
  • Ecstasy trials for combat stress (What??!!)

    02/19/2005 5:06:54 PM PST · by SheLion · 136 replies · 1,923+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | February 17, 2005 | David Adam
    American soldiers traumatised by fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be offered the drug ecstasy to help free them of flashbacks and recurring nightmares. The US food and drug administration has given the go-ahead for the soldiers to be included in an experiment to see if MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, can treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientists behind the trial in South Carolina think the feelings of emotional closeness reported by those taking the drug could help the soldiers talk about their experiences to therapists. Several victims of rape and sexual abuse with post-traumatic stress disorder, for whom...
  • Ill: Lawmakers criticize cigarette tax increase

    02/18/2005 3:23:48 PM PST · by SheLion · 3 replies · 171+ views
    News Channel 8 ^ | Feb 18, 2005
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ State lawmakers say Illinois smokers may not have to worry about shelling out a lot more money for their habit right away.Lawmakers from both parties are sharply criticizing Governor Blagojevich's plan to increase cigarette taxes by 75 cents per pack and use the money to pay for school and road construction projects.They say the tax increase would simply prompt smokers to travel to neighboring states such as Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana to buy cigarettes cheaper.They say that would hurt the economy and ensure the state doesn't take in enough money to fund the projects.Instead, they're looking...
  • Do smokers have any rights?

    02/15/2005 8:24:48 AM PST · by SheLion · 271 replies · 3,681+ views
    eco-logic ^ | February 15, 2005 | Alan Caruba
    Do people who enjoy smoking have any rights? Increasingly, the answer is no. It is essential to keep in mind that smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes is an entirely personal choice. No one is required to smoke. Millions voluntarily stop smoking every year. People have been smoking, and enjoying tobacco products for a very long time, but now they have been demonized and ostracized. Using the power of government, to tax, smokers are being ripped off at every level. Recently, New York City sent letters to 2,300 residents giving them thirty days to pay the taxes on the cartons of...