Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Nationwide Bennigan's chain in the news

Bennigans' Closed After Filing For Bankruptcy

Clearing the Air has updated our local listings to reflect the Bennigan's story. Locally 250+ hospitality establishments have closed their doors and laid off employees since smoking ban (Nicoderm funded) activists testified before lawmakers that smoking bans were good for business.

CTA continually updates the list of closings here in Minnesota, the lists can found here:

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2008/06/200-minnesota-bars-restaurants-closed.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/01/100-bars-and-restaurants-put-out-of.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2005/11/updated-hennepin-ramsey-hospitality.html

Not many people realize who funded the activist groups to push the smoking ban agenda, it was the maker of Nicoderm; Johnson & Johnson Company's private foundation RWJF.

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/02/smoking-bans-good-public-policy-or.html

Clearly the thousands of closed establishments and tens of thousands of unemployed hospitality workers have a class action claim against Johnson & Johnson Company and their private foundation the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Smoking bans are a classic example of rent seeking legislation: where a company gets lawmakers to pass laws which financially benefits them. In this case increasing Nicoderm sales, by outlawing tobacco smoke in bars, restaurants, etc.

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/12/minnesota-smoking-ban-triples-demand-of.html

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Obama's long awaited sequel: The Audacity of Arrogance

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/07/obamas_berlin_moment.html

http://www.hypemovie.com/

In biblical prose, the story of the annointed one.......Hussein Obama:

And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness......

continued here:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/gerard_baker/article4392846.ece

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Smoking bans have a new powerful foe.........labor unions

This time the special interest funded smoking ban activists (Nicoderm marketing department) may have met their match.

Smoking Ban at Caterpillar Fires up Unions (story link)

Two unions have filed unfair labor practice charges against Caterpillar Inc. for a smoking ban on company property that went into effect June 1.

The United Auto Workers and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers both allege that Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar violated the terms of their contracts by unilaterally banning smoking on the company’s property. The unions, which filed their charges separately, say employees have had the smoking privilege detailed in their contract for 60 years.

Additionally, I would encourage the unions to challenge the validity of the state smoking bans altogether; which were implemented to "protect the health of workers from secondhand smoke".

However, air quality testing proves that secondhand smoke levels are 2.6 - 25,000 times SAFER than OSHA workplace air quality regulations.......clearly then, not a workplace health hazard.

Air quality test results by Johns Hopkins University, the American Cancer Society, a Minnesota Environmental Health Department, and various researchers whose testing and report was peer reviewed and published in the esteemed British Medical Journal......prove that secondhand smoke is 2.6 - 25,000 times SAFER than occupational (OSHA) workplace regulations:

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-st-louis-aq-study-published-by.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/11/johns-hopkins-air-quality-testing-of.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2007/04/bmj-published-air-quality-test-results.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2004/04/american-cancer-society-test-results.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2006/02/air-quality-testing-and-secondhand.html

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2008/03/british-medical-journal-who-conclude.html

All nullify the argument that secondhand smoke is a workplace health hazard.

Especially since federal OSHA regulations trump, or pre-empt, state smoking ban laws which are not based on scientific air quality test results.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

What happens in Vegas (after smoking bans) is that tourists stay anywhere but Vegas

It can be assured that the same Nicoderm funded activists, (American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, American Non-Smoker's Rights, etc.) which lobbied for rent seeking smoking ban laws elsewhere; also misinformed Nevada lawmakers that smoking bans were good for business. The headlines though tell a different story.

Down and out in Las Vegas (link)

The good-time capital of the US has hit a losing streak. Guy Adams reports on an epidemic of bankruptcies, foreclosures and mass lay-offs

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson Company / ALZA, the maker of Nicoderm; and their private foundation (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) are laughing all the way to the bank.

What happens in empty non-smoking establishments affects local businesses, jobs, and the economy.



But apparently many lawmakers are too ill-informed to understand basic economics.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Hawaiian freedom fighters call on supporters worldwide to march on World Defiance Day

Press Release. You're invited to our March on the Capitol July 6. Ban the Ban.

...below is our invitation to our lawmaker supporters...big news...just got invited on to mike mcconnell's nationally syndicated radio talk show "Weekend with McConnell" this Saturday...our very first national exposure on radio talk...wish us well as we stand in Defense of Freedom of Choice this Sunday...hope all will join us across the globe in this World Defiance Day...should be a huge event here with all the bikers and gun owners showing up.

Aloha, Dave Crowley.

Please note attached...this press release has just been sent out across the globe to our many constituents from ohio to germany...this will be a precedent setting event...the oahu street bikers united organization will be joining us in full force..as well as a large group of Hawaii gun owners. The joining and uniting of Smoking Ban Opponents, Gun Owners, and Street Bikers into one united front will not only be a first in the history of our great nation, but will set international precedent, and sending a profound message of solidarity in the Defense of Freedom Of Choice across the world. We as a united force will soon become a huge and powerful voting block to indeed be reckoned with across the nation...radio spots promoting the event are running on KSSK...I will be doing an interview with nationally syndicated talk show host Mike McConnell this saturday on the event. Of course, we will all show up at O'Tool'es for a "light'em up" celebration after the rally...hopefully this time the event will go down without any police interference. You are indeed invited to join us or at least stop by for a few minutes and let everyone know that you too are a defender of freedom of choice. We sincerely thank you for your support of our cause.

Aloha, Kawika Krowley

TheSmokeVote.com
Jolyn Tenn
HawaiiSmokersAlliance.com

Fireworks, tobacco, and guns...............sounds like freedom to us at Clearing the Air.

Hope you all have a happy, safe, and successful holiday weekend.

Let's remember what the 4th of July commemorates, our liberation from tyranny; which started with the shot heard 'round the world.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Smoking bans and pharmaceutical nicotine scams revisited

Somebody reminded me of this post CTA had written back in January '08, it's worth a reread:

http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2008/01/pharmaceutical-industry-scams-exposed.html

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