The Critical 'I'

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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Smoking bans in bars and restaurants are cropping up all over. But there are some pockets of resistance in Ireland and Florida.

I think it's hilarious how these buttheads couch their arguments in terms of denial of civil rights:
"I don't think the government should be in a business that I built," said St. Onge, who's fond of quoting New Hampshire's motto, "Live Free or Die."

"I don't advocate smoking. But I just think it is stripping away at a freedom."...

I'm not condoning smoking. I'm condoning people's rights," Iannuzzi said. "Isn't that what the United States is? Isn't freedom of choice what America is all about? What's next, you can't be blond on Mondays?"...

"If we were selling somebody dope in here or passing around crack, it'd be different," Young says. She gestures to a corner television, which is showing images from Iraq. "How many Americans did we lose last week? We got enough to worry about (other) than a damn cigarette."...

"It's part and parcel of Irish citizenship — a pint and a smoke — so let Micheal Martin go to hell," said Danny Brogan, who owns Brogan's pub in Cobh, County Cork, 130 miles south of Galway.
Give me a break. These are the same idiots who have never cast a vote in their entire worthless lives, who don't give a damn about daily occurences of actual civil rights crimes, and they get riled up because they can't go a couple of hours without sucking down their carcinogens. The bar owners are ultimately the stupidest ones, and they deserve to get slammed with the fines.

UPDATE (7/8/04): The smoking ban resistance in Ireland is dealt a telling blow.