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Living With Rejection

The pleasures of Howie Dean. California reality. Smoking matters. Plus more.


Re: Jed Babbin's Billy and the Deanieboppers:

Please tell good Mr. Babbin they're not Deanieboppers. Not even Deanieweenies. They're psycho-Demo Deanoids in deep Deanial.
-- Eric in Denver

What makes any common-sense American think that another Clinton could be voted back into the White House? And better yet, what makes a Clinton think that any common-sense American would want a Clinton back in the White House? We have not forgotten, or ever will forget 9/11 and the "oversight" of the Clinton administration -- so bring on the deanies!
-- Cari Gravellinini
Cambridge, MA

The Koran's infamous "dark-eyed virgins" are actually "white raisins"? Here's a fashion idea for Hamas-types: a T-shirt with the slogan, "I blew myself up to get into Paradise and all I got were these lousy raisins."
-- R. W. Sorensen

Re: George Neumayr's Here's Arnold!:

I read your article about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom McClintock.

The problem I see with your point of view, is that a vote for McClintock in this recall election will just put Cruz Bustamante into the Governor's office, and that is definitely not what we need. We need a fiscal conservative candidate that can win in California, and unfortunately, a true conservative like McClintock, or Simon, will not win a governor's race here.

We will be much better off by putting in a Republican in the governor's office, even if he is a moderate.
-- Eugene Stein

It amazes me to read how Republicans (outside of California) are put out by Arnold being a big government Republican. We live in California what do you expect? A true hard-core conservative does not stand a chance in California. We have gone too far down the road of Big Government. What California needs is someone who is willing to take a stand and lead the state back from the left towards the center. Politicians are all too concerned with getting elected and the act of governing suffers.

Much like our President, Arnold believes in big government. This is hard to swallow for some. However, I do believe that he is our best chance of getting a Republican in the governors mansion. The government of California is too caught up in partisanship at the expense of the people.

Arnold is our best shot at working through the tough issues, he's not going to be afraid to do what's necessary. He will do things that anger both Republicans and Democrats. You can not please all the people all the time. Some where along the way we forgot that our nation is built on compromise and common sense.
-- Kirk Leichliter
San Francisco, CA

Re: W. James Antle III's Banned in Boston:

Smoking has been banned in Boston since May and curbed in Corning, N.Y., since last month. The day the overly intrusive smoking ban went into effect in N.Y. State, the green plastic lawn chairs were lined up on the street outside the bar across the street from where I work. The patrons are fixtures, some of whom are hard-core drinkers, most of whom are hard-core poverty level. Cigarettes are simply a given. They begin their day early and leave late. The bar is their home. Periodically they lounge outside on their curbside lanai, smoking and socializing, then return inside for another beverage ... or two or three. The rain forces them to huddle on the tiny covered stoop in front of the open door, which seems to defeat the law's purpose in the first place. But, then, this is not an establishment where one would complain about second-hand smoke.
-- Kitty Myers
Painted Post, NY

I have to disagree with W. James Antle's observation that, "Tolerant folks, particularly ex-smokers who remember the difficulty with which they broke the habit, shake their heads sympathetically."

While this may be true for some ex-smokers, most smokers and business owners today can tell you the real anti-smoking zealots are overwhelmingly those that quit the habit. Back in 1985 the city of Arlington, Texas, tried to ban smoking in bars and restaurants and since I was in hotel management I went to the council meetings to help present the view of the local Hotel/Restaurant Association. The smoking-Nazis at the meeting were all wearing vests with dozens of buttons with anti-smoking slogans on them. When each one of them went to the microphone to be heard they all started out the same, "Hi, I'm Betty Lou and I smoked for 12 years." I felt like I was at an AA meeting.

It's somewhat ironic that more and more governments are trying to stop smoking while they rely heavily on tobacco taxes to fund their ever increasing baseline budgets. The major tobacco companies could put a stop to all this nonsense by colluding to stop the sale of cigarettes, cigars, snuff, and chewing tobacco for 30 days or more. The governments would go bankrupt.
-- Greg Barnard
Franklin, TN

W. James Antle replies:
My personal observation differs from Mr. Barnard's, but I am willing to concede he may be right. Sometimes in order to break a habit, one must become convinced of the absolute evil of that habit. I've known people who have given up drinking who adopted fairly hard-line anti-alcohol views, probably for this reason. Also, one must never underestimate the zeal of the convert.

Re: Steven Martinovich's A Hundred Days of Progress:

Thank you. What the press is doing regarding the troops, the war effort of this President post-911 and while troops are risking their lives excelling in doing the very difficult work on the ground daily in Iraq, is the biggest scandal of my lifetime -- so far surpassing Watergate they don't share the same category.

Ann Coulter is right.

Thank you for continuing to get the word out about the truth in Iraq.
-- Heather Leigh

Isn't intellectual and honesty an oxymoron when applied to a Dove (as well as a liberal)?
-- Diamon Sforza
Fayetteville, GA

Re: John H. Fund's Gerry-Rigged Democracy:

There is a reasonably simple solution to the Gerrymander problem. It takes a change in the several states election at the primary level where there is no contender for office, a "No Confidence" entry shall be placed on the ballot. In the event that "No Confidence" receives a simple majority, the proposed office holder's name shall be removed from the ballot. A special election for replacements shall be called within 30 days of such determination."

Now at the base, this forces any incumbent to at least run against his own reputation. If the electorate is dissatisfied it would vote No Confidence and the incumbent is tossed out. At this point, the field is open for competition for the seat within the party. For the Reps and Dems that means they need to change tactics. Since every seat is theoretically forced to be in contention, the lure of Gerrymandered districts lose their appeal. It also means that the pol has to keep the home folks in mind. And a savvy contender might just campaign for No Confidence. Wait for a No Confidence win, then run in the special election. Might sound dirty, but it's no worse than what we have now.
-- John McGinnis
Arlington, TX

Re: Jeremy Lott's Paradise Tossed:

Never been to Portland, Oregon, nor to Fritzler's. But, if you want to try a really great bookstore (assuming, of course, that it is still there), visit Tutle's in Rutland, Vermont.
-- M in Colleyville

Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.'s Good Fences Make Good Neighbors:

Reference these "hunting buddies" that tell you a mediocre shot with a .300 Weatherby can shoot little birdies off limbs at 1200 yards: when they offer you Florida land don't buy it.

At a quarter mile a good man with an accurate rifle can make head shots and the average shooter can hit a man-sized target.
-- Bill Grisham

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