You Got to Be Kidding Me!

It’s Like Smokers Are Treated As Criminals…

Posted in Politics, Snark by Stacy McMahon on February 14, 2007

No, really. As in literally (link via The Bitch Girls):

[Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)]’s office called the Capitol Hill Police on [Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.)] last Wednesday night as Tancredo was in his office smoking a cigar. The lawmakers have neighboring offices on the first floor of the Longworth House Office Building.

Tancredo was still stunned a day later. “It’s very bizarre,” said Tancredo, who has never met Ellison. “Seemed to me not a good way to say hello.”

Well no, it seems more like a good way to say hello, world, I am a gigantic asshole whom you may look on with utter contempt from this day forward! Especially when you claim an excuse like this:

“I called because the smoke was coming through the walls,” [Rick Jauert, Ellison’s press secretary] said

Coming through the walls, huh? Yeah I also hate it when my neighbor smokes in their condo and it magically filters through the solid wall into mine. Now since this is Washington and a story like that is bound to make the papers, let’s see how it is before someone calls someone else a racist.

I need a popcorn emoticon…


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  1. Clint said, on February 15, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Heh… I knew this girl who complained that her adjacent apartment smoked, and it went through the walls.

    I think second hand smoke “science” is vastly overrated — or at the very least, mis-interpreted. People have come to think that if a child who grows up with parents who smoke is 40% more likely to get cancer (I’m making 40% up), that this means that if I smoke next to them in a bar I am giving them cancer.

    NO. The government defines acceptible levels of arsenic in water. While I would love it to be zero, there is a such thing as negliglbe amounts of a poison, including cigarette smoke.

    If one is so paranoid that a single instance of smoke causes them to freak out — they’re not going to get cancer from it. They already obviously are avoiding it, so they aren’t going to get exposed to it for the YEARS it takes to actually develop cancer.

    EVEN IF secondhand smoke was somehow worse than firsthand (what these same people don’t realize is that firsthand smokers get BOTH — they seem to think that somehow the person smoking the cigarette is actually getting off easier — they aren’t) ——- nobody is going to tie you down and smoke in your face for the YEARS it takes.

    “But what about the waittresses?” Last I checked they don’t have health care. They’re fucked already. 🙂

  2. Christina said, on February 16, 2007 at 5:23 am

    Clint’s right about the whole secondhand smoke health issue. For most people, you’d need to be spending a prolongued amount of time (as in years) in an enclosed space with a smoker for it to have a detrimental effect on your health, the exception is people with smoke allergies or asthma (I’m sure there’s a few more exceptions as well, they just don’t come to me now).

    But there’s also the aesthetic thing. I don’t like breathing in cigarette smoke. I’m not fearful for my health, I just find it unpleasant. And I don’t like smelling like cigs after coming out of a restaurant. But I live in Germany, which is probably going to be the last EU country to ban public smoking, so I just avoid restaurants and other places that are packed with smokers (1 or 2 I can handle). I’ve seen people get in the faces of smokers or demand that they quit, but the way I see it, as long as it’s legal, I have no right to demand that they stop.

  3. Clint said, on February 16, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Sensible, Christina.

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