Rants and perfectly cromulent discussions about government restrictions


  1. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Pretty interesting discussion broke out in our Lounge Rants sticky thread. Because of its political nature, I decided to help with a proper venue.

    So, let's see how we want this to go - maybe this will evolve into our PCA subforum rant thread as the title suggests and if popular, we can even make this rant thread a similar sticky here as well. :)

    Cheers!

    EM, August 18, 2012

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  2. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase Guide

    I can agree to an extent.

    Smokers are people, too, and deserve rights as well.

    That being said, I can agree with no smoking in places. Some, at least. If you go to eat out, fine, I understand no smoking in a food establishment. Totally understandable. What about bars, though? I mean the hole in the wall, dives. Not a nice pub, I mean the place that you walk into, and you smell vomit, urine, etc. I think you go to a place like that, you should expect people smoking in it.

    And the hundred feet from the door thing is a little stupid, in my opinion. That puts them in the road, or in front of another building, usually.

    Just my opinion.
  3. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    What is happening is the right to run your business your way is being eliminated. In Utah, there is no indoor smoking, period. If the patrons smoke, the servers smoke ( or do not care about smoke) the customers want to smoke, you can't let them smoke.

    These laws are created by people that do not like smokers. There is still no concrete proof that SC smoke is a serious problem. Some high and mighty types simply do not like us and they want to eliminate us.
  4. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase Guide

    My statement still stands, but I agree with your posts as well. We can't find middle ground, because that would make sense. This is America, where we tell you your rights! Screw what you think, its what the suits want. More or less.
  5. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    I say we need to allow smokers places to drink and smoke and if the non-smoker does not want to deal with smoke, they can go somewhere else. Seems reasonable. We retain our right to use a legal product and the haters can gather in the fresh air.

    As it is now, I'll smoke while walking across a parking lot. I'll smoke while waiting for the train, I'll smoke in the park at 3 AM and I will not care about the whiners who go out of their way to complain.
  6. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase Guide

    I agree. Like I said, in a fancy place of eating, sure. I can understand that. But a bar...come on. Smokers need rights, too. It's discrimination, really. I mean, if we based it on gender, it wouldn't last. Smokers, though. OH LAWD THEY ARE AN ABOMINATION.
  7. Jordan

    Jordan Well-Known Member

    Smoking isn't just about the smoker. It seems to me that it is about the same as drunk driving, which is about everybody in the drunk's path. We all breathe smoker's exhaled gasses and we all are at risk to getting crashed into by impaired drivers. That is one of the reasons the laws are in place and of course there are many other reasons.

    No bs. :)
  8. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    I can "accept" certain restrictions on where onencan smoke. Example, I wouldnt want a baby to have to be exposed to a smothering room of smoke if its a family oriented venue. Heh-heh for a few yrs I used to drive passed this "smoke shop" to and from work...took some time later, say a year or more to hear forthe first time, it "aint" for ciggys. Howbcome theres no "stogie parlors" where folks can go and smoke to their hearts content.

    [​IMG]
    Now to my RANT: WHERE does newyork get off telling us what size bottle of sodapop we are allowed to purchase/consume? Is it for revenue? I mean, (if I was hooked) and they banned,say a 2ltr size cola. Well I will be dag nabbit if I dont go purchase 2 x 1liters...may cost more but still getting my quantity.

    I can understand regulating the safety in food inspection, etc, but I do not get the gubment telling us the package size of products we buy with our money....
  9. Jordan

    Jordan Well-Known Member

    To tell you the truth I am not so sure I like anti smoking laws anyway because I think back to before that and I still did what I do now which is avoid and not allow in my house.

    The drunk driving laws well there is more immediate damage there so the use of those two things together to make the point is exagerating by me. Did it work for any of you? :D
  10. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    I agree, keep the babies away from the smoke except for this kid:

    Indonesian baby on 40 cigarettes a day - YouTube

    As for "stogie parlors" they are essentially illegal in my state. This is one of my biggest issues. You cannot create an indoor space where people can smoke. You cannot create a smokers only bar. If you own a business you cannot smoke in your office and a few local companies will not hire you if you smoke and if a few do hire you, they ban smoking in your car or in front of the building.

    As for NYC banning sugary big gulps, good for them. There should also be a huge fine and your kids taken away if your urine tests positive for big gulps. With Obama care rolling out, I now have a right to tell large women to stop with the triple size orders. I am paying for it, after all. :p

    Welcome to the bans that started with smoking. Yes, apparently the gubberment can dictate your soda sizes. And if you can have salt and transfats and certain sugars that are like every other consumer sugar.

    The government wanted to control your thermostats as well.

    The government wanted to ban farm chores for kids in rural places, too.

    They want to ban potatoes in school lunches and limit how many potatoes you can purchase with government assistance.

    Watch for these things and vote those that propose and support such bans out of office. Here in Utah, the local government wanted to charge us for rain water. Not a ban, but is that right? They say the water will fall on Utah and therefore, it is owned by Utah.

    Hatch wanted to install devices on your PC to automatically wipe your HDD if the program discovers illegal IP.

    Watch for those bans because it will not stop with those things you hate. Eventually, someone will ban something you like and do not look to me for sympathy. I warned you.
  11. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    Whoa! Now THAT video would make ME quit (if I smoked). But it was an entertaining clip

    You are right. Controling what goes on in one's private home is "a Big Brother Rant" for me. While I am.appreciative that health coverage is being made available for some in need, there are the well deserved which i would pay out of my own pocket ifi had the means, but, there will always be those who takes advantage of everyrhing if theres an opportunity.

    I am talking about from Ken Lay , Madoff all the way to a local misusing federal funds, I.ll rant to that.


    But, uh..I am afraid you are on your own if you got da "choopas" to tell a "big boned woman" she need to scoot back from the trough...you brave!

    Mama Bell Sez.....
    [​IMG]

    "..You say I caint eat WHAT?!..."
  12. Jordan

    Jordan Well-Known Member

    Ha oh that is a great pic! :D
  13. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    And once the smoker is gone, they will come after something else. Like transfats or banning the use of salt in NYC. State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz wanted all salt banned.

    I am tired of the BS about smoking and the laws enacted to ban it.
  14. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase Guide

    Thanks, Early! T'is a perfect thread.

    Maybe its me, I mean. I'm an occasional smoker. When I smoke, its usually where I won't bother anyone. (In my yard, far end of a parking lot, etc.)

    So why the 100 feet away rule? Not all smokers are for lack of a better term *****ebags (though some are.) I mean, like I stated. I understand no smoking in an eatery. But seriously, this whole "ban stuff for the people" kick is kind of stupid. As stated, smokers are people. Sure, I understand people don't want to be in a closed room with it while eating. But outside? Move. There's the whole world, why bother someone else.

    What else has the government banned?

    Books, the internet, etc.

    Where will it stop is my question?
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  15. Rachel A

    Rachel A Well-Known Member

    Well, if Apple have their way, we'd be banned from our 'droids....
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  16. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase Guide

    Here's my take on the whole "LULZ SAMSUNG COPIED US" idiocy...

    If we didn't all copy someone else, we'd all still be in a loincloth, grunting at each other.

    Seriously, Apple? You want to patent a RECTANGLE? Pretty sure that was made way before you guys came around...
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  17. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    To add to that: IF Apple Had their way, everybody's sweet grandma's would be sued, fined and probably jailed for "patented infringements" for calling their tasty homemade dishes "apple" pie. Hayale, if Apple had their way, they would find a way to sue even "EVE" for using that "apple" (or was it a pear?) without written conscent.

    [​IMG]
  18. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase Guide

    Rico.I'm gonna sue you. Copy right. See, I have skin, so do you. I trademarked that. Sorry.
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  19. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    ROFL!...Madea! Is that you? Whatchoo doing with a Member account and logged onto AndroidForums! What a small world!

    [​IMG]
  20. saptech

    saptech Well-Known Member

    It seems now days it's going to be illegal to smoke but you can buy them all you want. I don't understand why they won't outlaw tabacco instead of coming up with these stupid laws against it.

    I know, I know, they making tax money off of it. That is why I say buy all you want, just dont light up!
  21. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    That's similar to the illegal possession or use of the face zombies fav "bath salts". The law was (or still is): its not illegal to "sale" bathsalts, just dont get caught "with" it. I hope the loophole has been closed by now, but a distributor could sale it all day then the leagle system lock you up for buying/using it.

    (looks like Zombi-Seth utilized the "dealer clause" and escaped a close call!)
    [​IMG]
    "Whut?...Me? Naw, I aint using it, I'm SELL'N!.."
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