Just a big wallop of wackiness from the "Stop The Smoking Ban" kids today. Bringing it to a whole new level of absurdity, the Slack Pack has now taken to equating their so-called struggle with the sacrifices made by those who served this country in the military during some of the bloodiest and most harrowing struggles of the 20th Century. Using the image of a WWII Army soldier, here's how they put it on the poster reproduced here:
"Protect the rights of smokers, the rights of businesses and the rights granted by a free America that SMOKERS died to protect."
Somehow I just can't imagine that members of the Greatest Generation sacrificed their lives on the battlefield so that studded and tattooed kids in 2009 can wile away the hours out in front of Beantown blowing smoke at passers by. To trivialize the service and sacrifice of our military heroes in this manner is just about as outrageous as it gets.
And honestly, could their politics just be any worse? It's like they've now shot themselves in the collective foot with a howitzer.
And wouldn't you know it, when something bad happens in this community, a Mountain-Views "Observer" connection is not very far behind. This from the article "Smokers band against proposed ban," printed in the March 2nd, 2009, edition of the SGV Tribune:
"We feel we're being demonized. We feel cigarettes are being demonized. We're being made second-class citizens," said Allison Kirkham, a co-founder of 'Stop the Sierra Madre Smoking Ban.' 'It's only a little further down the line that we'll be told to smoke in alleys or out in
back.' ... Kirkham, who works as an art director for local newspaper the Mountain-Views Observer, founded 'Stop The Sierra Madre Smoking Ban' with three other smokers."
Once again the Mountain-Views "Observer" finds itself on the dirty side of an issue. Anybody surprised?