The Property Rights Newsletter|
August 5, 2011 - Issue #624
"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself.
Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice."
- Wayne Dyer
Are new health warning labels on cigarette packages too graphic? By George Koodray. Lost in all of the chatter now are principles such as the freedom people have to consume a perfectly legal product (which does much to fill government coffers in taxes). And, since the acrimony is directed against smokers, not many others will be quick to come to their defense. And, at the same time, we’ve been lulled into a dangerous new subtlety, the phrase “places of public accommodation,” which is often interchangeably used with “public places.” I don’t know about you, but the last time I looked a restaurant, or a bar or any other privately owned establishment is, well, private property.
Beach Butt Baloney. By Michael J. McFadden. Children are at FAR greater risk of drowning while at the beach or dying from playground falls at the park or contracting serious infections from broken glass in either location than of being “poisoned” by picking and eating up old cigarette butts. The disgusting antismoking fantasy plays well on the media, but that’s pretty much all that it is: a disgusting fantasy meant to use and abuse our love for our children. In brief: there is no good argument for these bans outside of social engineering. They’re just an activation of NY Mayor Bloomberg’s statement of dedication “to making smoking as difficult and expensive as possible.” In other words, to give the smokers little “electric shock” equivalents every time they smoke so that they’ll act like good little rats and change their behavior.
Property Rights: USA Lemonade Stands. The city of Midway, Georgia was made a little safer after police shut down a…lemonade stand? Instead of speaking with parents, Morningstar approached the girls and told them they couldn’t sell the lemonade. When a reporter asked another of the girls if police had told them why, she simply said, “No.” The girls said they did as the officers said because they were scared.
MI Woman Faces Jail Time For Growing Vegetable Garden in Her Own Front Lawn. Julie Bass faces the prospect of going to jail for what she's growing in her front yard. The illegal growth is tomatos. And zuchinis, peppers and other edible and what normally would be legal plants. The officials in Bass' hometown of Oak Park, Mich., have charged her with growing "vegetable garden in front yard space." If convicted, she could spend up to 93 days in jail. "Michelle Obama plants vegetables on White House front lawn. I don't think the jury is going to think that it's suitable for the White House, but it's not suitable for Oak Park," said Radner. The first lady's office, which is encouraging growing fresh vegetables to help fight childhood obesity, declined to comment on the Oak Park vegetable case.
IA: Iowa funding for tobacco prevention low, division head quits. Miller-Meeks said if the division ultimately folds, it will be from a lack of funding. “We will continue tobacco and smoking cessation. What people don’t know is that our divisions have tobacco provisions attached to them,” she said.
MO: St. Louis County Cigar Store Owners Seek to Maintain Exemptions. “It’s too late to save all the businesses that were hurt, the scores of jobs that were lost, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes that won’t be collected due to enactment of the current smoking ban. But only less than 200 establishments fall within the exemptions to that law and, because of the nature of their businesses, they should be allowed to remain exempt,” said Chris McCalla, legislative director of the IPCPR.
NH: Court: Roll-your-own retailer liable for fees. The court unanimously rejected the argument by North of the Border Tobacco that customers at its Tobacco Haven store who pay a fee to rent cigarette-rolling machines are the real manufacturers.
SC: Alert. Myrtle Beach City Council to mull smoking ban. "Do you want a total ban?" Councilman Randal Wallace asked Smoke Free Horry spokesman George DuRant during his presentation on why Myrtle Beach should implement smoking regulations. "It's what the citizens want," DuRant said, citing a public opinion survey of 900 people showing 99 percent favored a ban.
USA: A letter to Princess Cruises. I discovered that you are about to change your smoking policy. Not only will you be banning smoking in all cabins, you will also ban smoking in private balconies. Needless to say we will not be cruising with you, opting instead for a cruise line that welcomes all people.
South Africa: Mom kills son for smoking. Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk says: “She took her two boys to the back of the yard and doused them with paraffin and set them alight.
UK: Star Sean Bean Stabbed in Bar Brawl. The fight started when the 52-year-old actor and Playboy model April Summers were standing outside the bar for a smoke. Later, when Bean went out for another smoke, he was attacked by the man.
UK: Passenger, 52, decapitated after tumbling off Tube train as he tried to secretly smoke a cigarette. Police said that he fell through a gap and, after tumbling onto the track, he was dragged along at 50mph, gruesomely severing his head from his body.
Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure
Devo - Freedom Of Choice