”Just over a week after the terror group was flushed out of his hometown, Mr. Saleh was making a visual statement. He wanted people to know that he’s a smoker, a crime that until recently would have earned him 20 lashes.”
Not that I would go as far as comparing the terrorists to our western busybullies, but I too hold my cigarette with pride as a symbol of resistance to the bullying.
Is there really very much difference between their bullies and our bullies? If you’re a Syrian smoker, you get 20 lashes. If you’re a New York smoker, you get another $3 slapped on a pack of cigarettes. And we all know that NYC antismokers would like to give smokers 20 lashes.
Syrian smokers are beaten. New York smokers are robbed. Which would you prefer?
Another of the mayor’s policies was met with disdain from the next caller — his plan to increase the minimum price for a pack of cigarettes to $13. A caller named Trey argued cheeseburgers and doughnuts are just as harmful, and that de Blasio was turning into Mayor Michael Bloomberg — making people “miserable” by punishing them for their choices.
“If the only joy in a person’s life is smoking a cigarette when they get home from work after a hard day, who are you to take that away?” the caller asked.
The mayor argued he sees it as a question of public health rather than individual rights.
“Taxpayers end up having to deal with these crises,” he said.
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, is a prince of thieves. His attitude to smokers is the same attitude as a pickpocket to other people’s wallets: “That money belongs to me, not them.”
“Look,” he might add, “These people don’t know what to do with their money. That’s quite obvious, because they’re wasting it on cigarettes. They may as well be throwing it in the Hudson river. In fact, they may as well be throwing themselves in the Hudson river. The very least we can do is grab some of that money back, and spend it on shelters for the homeless or something, before it all floats off down the river. Don’t you agree?”
Of course the mayor hides behind public health. Public health trumps everything else. It trumps joy. It trumps all rights. It trumps morality. It trumps compassion and consideration. It trumps honour and duty. It trumps justice. Once you pick up the Public Health card from the Community Chest, it’s as good as a Get Out Of Jail Free card. Which is why a pickpocket like de Blasio is running NYC. He’s beyond the law. He’s beyond prison. He’s beyond justice. All that stuff got torn up by Public Health.
He learnt it all from Michael Bloomberg, the previous NYC pickpocket.
And it’s always a Crisis. And in a crisis, the old rules and customs and constraints go out the window.
It’s like the WHO’s global smoking “epidemic”. Once you call it an epidemic – like the Black Death -, you make it into a crisis. Something has to be done about it, right now, this minute. And you demand emergency powers. And you maintain the state of emergency indefinitely. And during the state of emergency, all the old rules and regulations are suspended, and replaced by arbitrary new ones.
Global Warming is another manufactured crisis. Particularly if it’s called Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming. A catastrophe! Declare a state of emergency!
None of these things are crises at all, of course. They’re all conjured out of thin air, quite literally.
And now everyone’s worrying about WW3 breaking out. And, of course, that’s yet another non-crisis crisis on top of all the other non-crisis crises.