H/T Audrey Silk for this report on the eviction of a smoker.
In the video above, the evicted smoker, 66-year old Ann Marie Sibic, is saying:
“I just can’t take anymore from this building. That they’re hurting good people. All we want is to be happy and live out our lives the way we want to live them out.”
Isn’t that true of all of us? That all we want is to be happy and to live out our lives the way we want to live them out.
But Tobacco Control doesn’t want smokers to live out their lives the way they want to live them. It just keeps pushing them and pushing them and pushing them. And in this case they’ve pushed someone out of their home. They’ve made someone homeless.
And making someone homeless puts their life in far greater jeopardy than inhaling any amount of tobacco smoke ever will.
Looking on the bright side, it was at least a bright sunny spring day in Michigan when this video was shot. It could just as easily have been cold and wet and windy, and Ann Marie Sibic could have died of exposure later that day.
Also looking on the bright side, her plight at least got her on a local TV station news report. And from there, via the internet, the news has reached all the way to Herefordshire here in England. It’s gone round the world. And with this blog post of mine, it’ll maybe get a little bit further round the world.
Also on the bright side, the TV report was sympathetic. Ann Marie Sibic wasn’t being portrayed as a filthy, stinking, dirty smoker getting her just deserts.
It’s been raising the question, in some people’s minds, whether Ben Carson, the new HUD Secretary in the internet-savvy Trump administration, is going to uphold the HUD smoking ban that was first reported on my blog some 14 months ago, and subsequently introduced by the Obama administration. Although, given that the Trump administration, as I was writing yesterday, seems to currently be paralysed by the delaying, stalling, and obstructing tactics of its entrenched opposition, it seems doubtful whether Carson could lift the HUD smoking ban, even if he wanted to. Audrey Silk has tweeted Ben Carson. I wonder if she got a reply. I tweeted Donald Trump a month or two ago, and still haven’t heard back from him. I’m not sure he uses Twitter as anything other than a one-way instant communication medium.
But on the dark side, as President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Wednesday to implement a total public smoking in the Philippine islands,
In promising to implement the no-smoking law “in the coming months,” Mr. Duterte joked that those who wanted to light up could only do so in the open sea.
“At least 5 kilometers from the coastal shores. You go there,” he said in jest.
(That ‘jest’ is probably the same ‘jest’ that was made that HUD residents wouldn’t be evicted for smoking) it must be asked how much further smokers have to be pushed and pushed and pushed before some of them snap, and go postal.
I think it’ll happen one day. I think one day somebody’s going to see a report like the one above, get a gun, and head down to the Marquette Housing Commission that runs Pine Ridge Apartments, and blow them all away.
And then, in a tit-for-tat reaction, antismokers will start shooting smokers standing outside on street corners, first in Michigan, and then in other cities across the USA, and then all over the world, including the Philippine islands, in what will be a global civil conflagration that will leave millions of people dead.
For the global war on smokers is probably the single most divisive piece of social engineering ever undertaken in the entire course of human history, and launched upon about 1.5 billion smokers in the world. And Tobacco Control is always pushing and pushing and pushing these smokers further and further beyond the margins of society. There are a great many wars that have started for far lesser reasons.