Monthly Archives: January 2006

Smoking Outdoors

In the midst of a fine hammering of the use of false information  to support efforts to ban all outdoor smoking Michael Siegel says the following:

There is, in my opinion, simply no justification for invoking the state’s police powers to regulate smoking on streets and sidewalks, places where people are free to move about and where, in most situations, people can simply avoid substantial exposure to secondhand smoke. And I am aware of no scientific evidence that secondhand smoke exposure on streets and sidewalks is a significant public health problem.

Well, yes, it is not a public health problem but it can be damned obnoxious and offensive to a nonsmoker. I can choose whether or not to enter a smoking establishment but why should I have to delay or hasten my walk down a sidewalk because some jerk (being polite) decides to light up right in front of me (other examples are myriad).
Outdoor smoking should be allowed but the smoker should be subject to charges of simple assault and/or battery if the smoke touches another person or forces them to change their position or path in order to avoid the smoke.
Via Hit & Run via To the People

Brewin’ A Pot

I’ve lost track of the times i’ve given up coffee (and just switching to decaf does not count). Sometimes it has lasted just a few weeks and other times a year or more.
Currently I’m drinking coffee and am headed to the kitchen to brew a pot of Tully’s Dutchman’s Blend…I haven’t been all that happy with the flavor or punch of the Peet’s Major Dickason’s Blend that also sits in the freezer.
Once I have a cup ready I’ll slide over and spend a few minutes checking out Smelling the Coffee which is a new blog About coffee, coffee shops, wireless & atmosphere, and blogging. Oh, and dogs.

Dave, do let me know when you post pics of the dogs so they can board the Friday Ark.

bush: Bribery and Obstruction of Justice?

Has Garbus been asleep for the lest five years?

At some point, it all becomes unbelievable. President George W. Bush has not made many moves more unethical than offering Noel L. Hillman, the Abramoff prosecutor, a federal judgeship. Hillman has apparently been talking with Bush’s representatives since last year, and on last Thursday, he publicly announced he was accepting the appointment. Let me make this perfectly clear. At the same time that Mr. Hillman was conducting a grand jury and submitting evidence aimed at Bush’s allies and perhaps Bush himself, he was meeting with Bush, who was, in effect, offering him a bribe.

Hey, you’ve got three more years of this crap.

Even if he gets impeached.

It Could Be Worse

I’ve done my share of griping about king george and the erosion of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness driven by the bushies, congress, state legislatures, your nearest city council and, yes, your fellow voters.
It could be worse!
In the US, even though you don’t get to see the caskets coming home, you can still see these images.
As Clara points out: if you live in China you will see these pictures instead of these.

Via Jonathon Wilde.

Update (1/30): Via Brad DeLong is this post which finds that spelling can make a big difference at So, anyone care to speculate as to how long it will take the chinese masters to get this fixed?