Another step forward for authoritarianism
Well, they passed it. Smoking will be forbidden on all city property, save the golf courses, come July 1st. That’s right, walking around the bad smell is too much to ask of my fellow Bay Aryans. I am sooo depressed. Freedom in SF is nearing extinction, one petty attack at a time. They rationalized their newest control mechanism thusly;
- Second-hand smoke is dangerous.
WTF? In the 50s smoking was allowed everywhere – banks, stores… you name it! Even if you think the scientific studies are some kind of conspiracy, you can’t ignore this. If second hand smoke were a danger, all of the non-smokers from that era should be dropping like flies right now.
- It sets a bad example for the kids.
Right, so everyone in the park is to be a role model now? Give me a break. “Mommy, when I grow up I want to drink cheap liquor and sleep in the bushes!”
- Butts are everywhere and difficult to clean up.
This one does have a shred of logic. However there are cheap butt extinguisher/collectors that could alleviate this issue for all but the most inconsiderate of cig smokers.
The loons in Berkeley are looking to leapfrog us, by banning smoking from chimneys. Way to prioritize, bureaucrats.
These issues are merely excercises in control by those in power. There is a certain personality type that is driven to make a career of politics, and it’s thinly disguised as altruistic. These busybodies understand that by attaching themselves to the state, they can exert force on their fellow man. How frustrating it is for those of us who just want to live and let live.
Edit: 23:30: Fixed Berkeley link.