The Property Rights Newsletter

September 23, 2011 - Issue #630

"The anti smoking fascists thought they could de-normalize smoking, they've failed. Smoking is still a perfectly normal pleasure for many (and so it should be). All the anti smokers and the gullible people that follow them have achieved is the normalization of bigotry and intolerance."
- Phil Williams
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Court Case Asks if "Big Brother" Is Spelled GPS: The precedent is novel. More precisely, the precedent is a novel. In a series of rulings on the use of satellites and cellphones to track criminal suspects, judges around the country have been citing George Orwell’s “1984” to sound an alarm. They say the Fourth Amendment’s promise of protection from government invasion of privacy is in danger of being replaced by the futuristic surveillance state Orwell described. The Supreme Court is about to do just that. In November, it will hear arguments in United States v. Jones, No. 10-1259, the most important Fourth Amendment case in a decade. The justices will address a question that has divided the lower courts: Do the police need a warrant to attach a GPS device to a suspect’s car and track its movements for weeks at a time?
From The Mailbag
KY: Judge strikes down "Big Brother" smoking ban in Bullitt County. Regulation 10-01 is VOID AND UNLAWFUL and the Bullitt County Board of Health is permanently enjoined from implementing or enforcing Regulation 10-01.
MO: The 115 St. Louis Bars Where You Can Smoke This Weekend. Smoking ban? What smoking ban? We recently got an up-to-date list of bars that have received exemptions from the city's nine-month-old smoking ban from gadfly Bill Hannegan, who advocates for the freedom to light up.
Letter by Anti-Tobacco Organizations to Congress is Wrong. “Contrary to the claims of these organizations, H.R. 1639, also known as The Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2011, does not exempt cigarettes or any of the other machine-made tobacco products listed in their letter to Congress. Apparently, no one from these organizations actually read the bill or knows what’s in it - and that’s absurd because it is only two double-spaced pages long - or they deliberately falsified their claims,” said Bill Spann, chief executive officer of the IPCPR.
Clearing the Air calls Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's bluff: If RWJF's mission is to help people, then provide grants to those harmed by RWJF policy. RWJF funds smoking ban lobbyists because parent company J & J manufactures alternative nicotine products such as Nicoderm. RWJF funds anti-obesity lobbyists because parent company J & J manufactures alternative sugar and surgical gastric bypass products such as Splenda and the Realize gastric band.
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