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Re: “The next hot spot for drilling could be the N.C. coast

As usual, right-wingers are not going to let anything such as the truth get in the way of their hatred for President Obama. The fact is that the U.S. has rejected only one offer of help for the Gulf Oil Spill disaster. An offer from France was declined because the dispersant that was being offered is not approved for use here. And the Jones Act is not relevant here, either--not yet anyway. The Jones Act covers port-to-port operations, which at this point have not been jeapardized by this disaster.

I suggest the following from for those who are interested:…

And here's an AP article that also dispels the notion that we've turned down offers of help:…

Posted by NCBluebird on 07/01/2010 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Without money or manpower, how will counties enforce the smoking ban?

First of all, as a smoker I never had any problems about complying with any establishment that chose to be non-smoking, but this is a horrible law. It gives exemptions to country clubs and cigar bars (and in my experience, cigar bars tend to be frequented by the affluent.) These exemptions reveal the arrogance of those who passed this law. If the argument is that employees can't be exposed to second-hand smoke, then how did anyone reason that any exemptions whatsoever should be made? I don't fault any non-smokers for not wanting to be around smoke--and trust me, I don't want to be around them either--but we smokers should have the right to go somewhere and enjoy ourselves, too. The people who passed this law assumed that all smokers would just keep going out. Well, since this law took effect, I haven't gone out one time. They're not getting my money, and I don't want to have a drink if I can't have a cigarette with it. The conventional wisdom that the anti-smoking establishment keeps spouting is that business eventually increases after such a ban. But they're being sly about that; in most of those comparisons, they've conveniently omitted bar-only establishments. In time, I expect a number of such establishments to go out of business because of this law.

Posted by NCBluebird on 02/11/2010 at 5:57 AM

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