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November 16, 2006

Oh good golly gee, save me from the Crusaders.

And no, I don't smoke.

Belmont to be first U.S. city to ban all smoking By Dana Yates, Daily Journal Staff Belmont is set to make history by becoming the first city in the nation to ban smoking on its streets and almost everywhere else.

The Belmont City Council voted unanimously last night to pursue a strict law that will prohibit smoking anywhere in the city except for single-family detached residences. Smoking on the street, in a park and even in one’s car will become illegal and police would have the option of handing out tickets if they catch someone.

Yep. I didn't make that up. It gets better, though.

It's the attitude.

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image [sic] how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

I'm betting he said "Imagine" and the paper just spell-checked themselves into that corner.

Okay - let's do some imagining. First, let's change the quote a teensy bit.

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [fill in the blank] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

Alrighty then. Would not then, all these statements be true? Where *do* we draw the line.

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [drinking] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [drug use] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [gun ownership] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [vehicle ownership] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [bathtubs] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [fill in the blank] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [being overweight] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [unprotected sex] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [fast food] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

Go ahead, come up with your own. I've made this a Denizen post so Denizens can add to the post directly, not just via the comments.


Comments on Oh good golly gee, save me from the Crusaders.
Marine6 briefed on November 16, 2006 11:21 AM

Another dramatic, and meaningful step from the land of Fruits, Flakes and Nuts. Clearly a powerful message, like the Berkeley City Council voting to make Berkeley a Nuclear Free Zone.

Marine6- Sends

WereKitten briefed on November 16, 2006 11:41 AM

Ohio just passed a law that bans smoking in public places, but not outside on city streets. That's a tad excessive, even for *this* non-smoker.

Masked Menace© briefed on November 16, 2006 11:43 AM

Well, this just plain makes sense:

“We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against [Dihydrogen Monoxide] as we can, I would like to make it illegal,” said Councilman Dave Warden. “What if every city did this, image how many lives would be saved? If we can do one little thing here at this level it will matter.”

WereKitten briefed on November 16, 2006 12:50 PM

*grin*
good one, MM.

jim b briefed on November 16, 2006 01:26 PM

So let me add this up. No use of Scoresby (drinking) to get my partner ready for unprotected sex in a nuclear free zone, in a bathtub (Cialis…Cialis.com and drugs .. double hit) with a partner who needs to shed a few pounds… the bathtub in the back of my pickup (vehicle)?

Good news her husband can’t own a gun.

jim b briefed on November 16, 2006 01:36 PM

Whoops ... I forgot .. no cigarette after, and a Big Mac is right out!

WereKitten briefed on November 16, 2006 01:54 PM

Yes, but Jello is still "in", Jim.

Cricket briefed on November 16, 2006 03:00 PM

I am a total nonsmoker. But this is a very bad nasty law, and I have neighbors who smoke outside because they don't want to reduce the value of their house.

I mean, come on...it is FRESH air, in the cold and rain someone is suffering to engage in their habit, so who is it gonna hurt? On the otter heiny, I detest the a&&hats who dump their car ashtrays out on the street while waiting for a light.

But then, what can you expect from a city 'near' the Bay?

Numbnuts.

FbL briefed on November 16, 2006 04:23 PM

Jim,

LMAO!!!!!!!

NROer in Belmont briefed on November 16, 2006 05:26 PM

I am a Belmont resident and avid NRO reader. I wonder how many people can say that? I watched the City Council meeting Tuesday night and thought "well, these jokers might have finally done something dumb enough to get our little town some national attention." The next morning, Drudge had the link. We get our 15 minutes of stupidity...

Cricket briefed on November 16, 2006 08:01 PM

There there. I know how rare a thing being a righty in a lefty state is, but it will pass.

*scarfing Mike and Ike's while guzzling Dr. Pepper*

J-P briefed on November 16, 2006 09:36 PM

Heh...the lefties will find this a good la until someone takes this as a good reason to ban abortion and gay marriage.

J-P briefed on November 16, 2006 09:37 PM

Heh...the lefties will find this a good law until someone takes this as a good reason to ban abortion and gay marriage.

Justthisguy briefed on November 16, 2006 09:43 PM

"We have a tremendous opportunity here. We need to pass as stringent a law against stinky dog farts as we can, I would like to make it illegal", said councilman Dave Warden...

Look out, Beth! They're coming for yer blog! (and yer dawg!)

PoliticalCritic briefed on November 16, 2006 10:15 PM

When the smokers stop littering the streets with their butts, they can return to smoking on the street. I'm all for the 'live free or die' mentality, but I hate smokers.

Maggie briefed on November 16, 2006 10:47 PM

My favorite line about second hand smoke....Diabolique with Sharon Stone. She is smoking when some dweebie guy comes up and starts whining about the danger of second hand smoke. "Second hands smoke kills!" She raises her perfect eyebrow, inhales deeply, exhales in his face....and deadpans, "Not reliably.".

I don't smoke. I won't kiss a man who smokes (three men have quit smoking in order that they may kiss me). I work for a home oxygen company.

That said.....people who harrass smokers *really* bug me. We shouldn't be legislating *healthy* behavior. If an adult wants to engage in some self destructive activity, that's your right. If you want to complain about the fumes...ban diesel buses and trucks. If you want to complain about the smell....ban those who wear too much cologne and perfume. If you want to complain about cigarette butts left on the street...ban gum and dog walkers (cigarette butts don't stick to my shoe and get tracked in the house). If you want to complain about the burden to our health care system....ban sweets and junk food, diabetes and heart disease cost more.

Besides, it's a slippery slope before they come for my chocolate.

Marine6 briefed on November 17, 2006 12:36 AM

Hey, NROer, I feel for you man. I was born in Solano County but I could see the way the state was going forty years ago and bailed out. Kind of a pity. I was a real Fourth Generation Californian and that was forty years ago. Damn sure weren't too many of us around.

But after going to high school in Berekely, and then trying the Jesuits for collage, I said I can't stand all this b.s. and dropped out and enlisted in the Marines.

Twelve hours later I was standing tall at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego being infroduced to my Drill Instructor. It turned out the the methods of the Jesuits and Gunnery Sergeant J.A. Herrera were remarkably similar (with the exception of the rather more colorful language used by Gunnery Sergeants) but I sure learned a LOT in the twenty weeks I spent in boot camp and the Infantry School. What really surprised me the most, however, was how much my father had learned in that period.

The greatest lessons I learned in the Corps was the duty a leader has to be absolutely straight and honest with the troops at all times, and the absolute necesity that loyalty must go up the chain and down the chain.

And after watching California politics for nearly sixty years I've yet to find a California politician who comes even close in either respect.

Bobbie briefed on November 17, 2006 01:19 AM

My husband was recently in the hospital. Every few minutes there was an annoucement that "we are a nonsmoking property, both inside and out." So smokers can no longer go outside to smoke. However, at any time during the day, there are about 2o vehicles lined up in front of this establishment with motors running waiting for dismissed patients, putting tons of noxious and cancerous gases into the air. I suppose this is a case of your sin is worst than mine.

Bobbie

BloodSpite briefed on November 17, 2006 02:41 AM

Howzabout Methane Gas?
Especially around Mexican restraunts and all night Bar B Que joints....

Linoge briefed on November 17, 2006 07:48 AM

I am not a smoker, and find the habit distasteful and annoying, so bear that in mind when reading my comment... I have absolutely nothing against private establishments banning smoking on their grounds, inside their buildings, or inside certain areas of those buildings. They own the land/building, so it is their right to do with it as they please. However, banning smoking from all public places, including wide-open parks where the second-hand smoke can simply dissipate off into the world... that is just completely idiotic.

That said, I want a "smoke-break" for non-smokers created... I swear, for every hour of work I see out of the smokers around me, they spend 30 minutes on "break"...

Mike Slag briefed on November 17, 2006 11:41 AM

Whoa, you're right there I think. Here's the problem with all of this stuff is that, I can understand the illegal drug use one, but only because of that one key word. Illegal. As stated by the federal government. Who still has yet to outlaw tobacco. Why can't these people try and take up like my man in Hazleton, PA and crack down on illegal [smoking deleted] aliens! Don't you love these city council types, I hope they don't plan on keeping their jobs next term, there are probably a lot more smokers than they realize, not to mention store owners, who may not like what they're up to.

PS where's the ACLU here? shouldn't they be stepping in, those friggin jerks!

Trias briefed on November 17, 2006 10:02 PM

I do not smoke and never have. To put it bluntly I think of it as a foolish and unhealthy habit. I fully support bans on smoking where i'm exposed to smokers fumes.

However I think smokers should be permitted to smoke amongst themselves and away from others as much as they want and have absolutely no support for a blanket ban. I am a law mimimalist I suppose.

Smokers who break the law with littering of butts etc really it's more to do with general littering and they should be treated accordingly.

I agree about the smoke breaks. All the smokers I have worked with waste a lot of time smoking at work and of course with the many bans in place it's even more time as they trudge downstairs puff puff in lonely existence fart arse about then trudge back upstairs again only to repeat the process the next time their addiction calls. It's time employers and non smokers rebalanced this issue.

It *is* interesting with the insertion of *drug use*. There already exisits a blanket ban on drug use.