Saturday, 25 July 2015

You reap what you sew..... !

Smoking bans kill businesses - FACT !

     Laugh? I laughed my socks of at the total absurdity of what is now emanating from the worlds smoke ban capital..... California! They are so nuts over there that smokers have virtually been branded as witches, warlocks, devil worshippers & anything else that comes to mind.
     Remember when the smokers said that there were more dangers in a BBQ than in SHS - even though SHS was deemed the worlds greatest known killer (!)? Remember when it was proven that the dioxins from a BBQ amounted to the equivalent of smoking 200,000 cigarettes but the the anti smoking brigade scoffed & derided such claims?
     Remember (and I truly wish I could find the report/picture) when that stupid woman complained about cigarette smoke from her neighbour yet she was standing amid untold amounts of BBQ smoke?
     Well folks the time has come for great rejoicing & much stamping of feet in jubilation for  all this ridiculous 'stink' & 'disgusting pollution of the air' has now come back to haunt the neer-do-wells of this world!
     Enter Mr Scotty Jordan, a simple Florida home owner & keeper of the peace-but watch this video for you will not believe you eyes/ears!The video shows Pinellas County Environmental Specialist Joe Graham discussing the alleged infraction with Jordan and friends after a nearby neighbour alerted the county office. His most heinous crime? Using his BBQ to cook some food! 
     Now surely, you would think that the common sense factor regarding human v human cannot sink any lower..... but it does my friends as this idiot goes on to explain that perhaps Scotty Jordan should move his BBQ position if the wind happens to be blowing in a different direction (0.44 into video)! How do you move a brick built, concrete based BBQ as many are conformed these days? And of course, who knows from one day to the next where the wind will be coming from?
     Then we have the 'observation' from Pinellas County Environmental Specialist Joe Graham that he can see lethal, all pervading BBQ smoke! OMG-yes-SMOKE (2min:50sec in)-call the fire department immediately in case a burger gets cooked(neighbour already has done apparently on previous occasions!) It transpires that smoke on your own property is fine but should it drift over to a neighbours property (even the other side of the street apparently) it becomes an environmental issue, which means that the state can get money out of you..... for a perfectly normal everyday activity! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
     Now the burning question here (no pun intended) is, how high does the smoke have to reach before drifting across any other properties so as to be deemed "NOT A NUISANCE". Do all BBQ'ers need 20ft high chimneys, 50ft chimneys or even 100ft chimneys to be safe from misery guts neighbours & idiots like Joe Graham.
They came for the smokers..... who did nothing
They came for the drinkers..... who did nothing
They came for the fatties......... who did nothing
Now they come for anything & everything, the age of intolerance is upon us!
     Now what strikes me quite clearly is the following:
     As we are now allowed to take legal action against all these things that cause public nuisance and we actually have Environmental Officers like Joe Graham, can we not lay a complaint against every dirty stinking bus, every dirty stinking lorry, every foul fume emitting car simply because they are invading our space with their intoxicating & suffocating filth? Where is the difference?
Neighbour lights up BBQ - call an EHO out: they cause an odour you dislike!
Neighbour starts up the car - call an EHO out: they cause an odour you dislike!
Bus trundles past your property -  call an EHO out: they cause an odour you dislike!
     You see folks. you always reap that which you sew, only this time what 'they' have sewn is going to bite 'them' on the ass! We all now know that smoking bans were nothing to do with health and that the only argument they had left was the smell of burning tobacco (much arm waving & wrinkling of faces etc) so laws were brought in whereby people indoors were smoke free-but now they want outdoors to be smoke-free as well. I can see a whole heap of fun being had with this latest 'property line' v smoke situation..... can't you???
No difference eh, but let's moan anyway!!!


  1. Yes we have reached the stage at which smokers knew would come and yes if it were not so serious it would be hilarious. But as we know in this age of judgements, where there is blame, there is a claim, and as the WHO points out, even Indoor cooking is a danger, smoke is smoke. The fools who were happy to blame a wisp of cigarette smoke on all of life's ills, especially dangers to children, have to sit down a have a good long hard Think, yes they were wrong but will never admit that, still, they have left us no choice but to look and maybe Ban a great many things people take for granted or reverse the Smoking Ban and let people get on with their lives. Time for common sense. Good piece Phil.


  2. Phil, I don't have this:

    "that stupid woman complained about cigarette smoke from her neighbour yet she was standing amid untold amounts of BBQ smoke?"

    But I *do* have this irate ten sentence long complaint about a related matter. Note the importance of the first nine sentences and the throwaway odd comment in the tenth.


    Georgia • Salt Lake City, Utah • 11 hrs ago Report Abuse
    There's an apartment behind mine and there's been a lot of secondhand smoke. Most of the people who have rented the apartment have been heavy smokers and in one case the person smoked so much that the amount of secondhand smoke was overwhelming. It would be in the am hours and literally fill my place up. The person was evicted for the smoking plus other things. This new person is also a heavy smoker. He's supposed to smoke outside but only steps out his front door and smokes so all of it comes into my place plus the am smoking. We have a law banning smoking inside, here, but he does it, anyway. If a person wants to smoke and abide by the law that's fine but not pollute my space or anyone's for that matter. Just so you'll know, the law requires that the person who smokes has to be 15' away from any building and not 2 or less'. There's also a meth lab in my neighborhood and they cook in the am so it's either ammonia fumes or secondhand smoke."

    The neighborhood meth labs are just an unimportant afterthought compared to the *REAL* problem: The Tobacco Smokers! Amazing, eh?

    That was a comment by a "Georgia" from Utah after a Yahoo News Article titled "Secondhand smoke permeates many apartment buildings." (Unfortunately the article link, , although referred to on several other sites, is no longer active.)

    - MJM

    1. Oh Michael..... that is bloody hilarious. Please tell me that her 'comp-laint WASN''T upheld' by the powers that be??? :)

    2. No idea on the eventual resolution of the issue. It *IS* hilarious though, isn't it? Absolutely amazing!