Erin Carey and Ted Baar. Keep your children away from these people.
[…] a Boston Housing Court jury ruled that a South Boston couple could be evicted from their rented water-view loft for heavy smoking, even though smoking was allowed in their lease.Of course, they tried to argue their case on the unconvincingly technical detail that the ventilation system in the apartment was defective — how strikingly banal in contrast with no-life, no-liberty, pursuit-of-health ideology. Neo-nonconstitutionalists are already yipping with a glee restrained only in inverse proportion to the amount of restraint required to complete the effect.
Although the verdict is not binding on other courts, tobacco law specialists said the decision is one of the nation's first to declare smoking a nuisance serious enough to become grounds for eviction.With friends like these, who needs the Surgeon General of the United States, unless you want a little representative democracy kick to the limited-government cranium.
Testifying at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on smokeless tobacco and "reduced risk" tobacco products, [Richard] Carmona was asked if he would "support the abolition of all tobacco products."Such small distinctions between legislated bans and unlegislated bans are not meant to be understood or even important to the affected masses huddled outside the scheduled-for-demolition walls of civil society for a surreptitious puff. Human considerations of reason, rights and constitutionality are not to be weighed against microscopic particles of plant smoke. We are as children — "retarded children" — even to our fellow in-the-received-know citizens.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Posted by MapMaster on Saturday, June 18, 2005