Peter Koo Can Go To Hell

From Smoking Lamp, another NYC story (or maybe the same story, because I’m sure I mentioned this guy recently):

A New York City council member introduced a bill earlier this week that would ban smoking while walking on all sidewalks controlled by the Department of Transportation and Department of Parks and Recreation, according to a ABC 7 report.

City Council member Peter Koo introduced the bill Thursday. While the bill would ban smoking on “adjoining parks, squares and public places, pedestrian pathways through parks, and parking lots,” it would only be in effect when people are walking and smoking, ABC reported.

It does not legislate people who are standing and smoking, according to the report.

“In a perfect world, every smoker would have the self-awareness to realize that smoking and walking down a crowded sidewalk subjects everyone behind you to breathing in the fumes,” Koo said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we’ve all had the experience of getting stuck behind a smoker while walking down a crowded city sidewalk. If you want to smoke, stand off to the side.”

I couldn’t help translating “smoking” into some other activity, like “talking”:

A New York City council member introduced a bill earlier this week that would ban talking while walking on all sidewalks controlled by the Department of Transportation


“In a perfect world, every talker would have the self-awareness to realize that talking and walking down a crowded sidewalk subjects everyone behind you to listening to the words,” Kook said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we’ve all had the experience of getting stuck behind a talker while walking down a crowded city sidewalk. If you want to talk, stand off to the side.”

After all, why not? If you’re going to ban people from smoking, what’s to stop you from banning them from talking, or eating, or reading, or maybe even just daydreaming?

“In a perfect world, every daydreamer would have the self-awareness to realize that daydreaming and walking down a crowded sidewalk subjects everyone walking towards you to seeing your inane grins,” batshit-crazy Kook said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we’ve all had the experience of getting stuck heading towards a daydreamer while walking down a crowded city sidewalk. If you want to daydream, stand off to the side.”

And going back to the smoke, why is it only people behind smokers that experience the fumes? Does the smoke stay still after it has left smokers’ mouths, and just hang there for hours and hours? In my experience, smoke usually rises, because it’s made of hot and less dense air. And if there’s any wind, it also gets carried by the wind in whatever direction the wind happens to be going, which can sometimes be in circles. And the same is true of smoke from smokers who are standing off to one side.

And what the hell is Kook doing imagining life “in a perfect world“? What the hell has that got to do with anything? Can he please keep his dreams of a perfect world to himself, because I’m pretty damn sure that my idea of a perfect world wouldn’t be anything like his.

In fact, I think I can say with some certainty that my idea of a perfect world would be one which didn’t include people like Peter Koo. Because I’d know that whenever the little bastard showed up, he’d be complaining about absolutely everything. He wouldn’t like this person’s gaudy yellow short, or that girl’s black lipstick, or her friend’s mini-skirt, or the book the guy in the corner is reading, or the steak the guy next to him is eating (with tomato ketchup all over it). For here’s a guy who wants this to be a perfect world, and not just any old perfect world, but his personal perfect world.

And you know for sure that even if he was given his perfect world, within minutes he’d be saying that the palm trees are “a bit too green”, and the waves breaking on the beach are “a bit too high”, and the girls in bikinis are “a bit too plump”, and the beer on the table beside him is “a bit too cold”, and anyway he’d asked for a Budweiser, not a Beck’s. In short, even if he was granted his perfect world, he’d soon find some some minuscule imperfection in it, which he would slowly exaggerate from a molehill into a mountain, because he’s that sort of guy. He’s the kind of guy who finds fault in everything, everywhere, all the time. And there’s never an end to his complaining.

In fact, if Peter Koo died and went to heaven, you know exactly how he would respond to it, don’t you? In next to no time he’d be complaining to the management about this and this and this, and that and that and that. And St Peter, who whoever runs the place, would listen to him patiently for a while, and then he’d call the guards, and say:

“This guy’s obviously come to the wrong place. Please escort him to the other place. Y’know, the hot place down below. Because I’m sure he’ll be a lot happier there than he is here.”

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45 Responses to Peter Koo Can Go To Hell

  1. garyk30 says:

    Seems to me that such people are not capable of saying anything worthwhile; if they did not always complain, they would not be capable of saying anything.

    They have soooo much Hate; probably, they even hate themselves.

  2. Twenty Rothmans says:

    I sincerely hope that Peter Koo lives long enough to experience wearing nappies for a second time – for a loooong time. Then he’ll know what fumes are *really* like.
    Stunted little tyrant.

    • beobrigitte says:

      On top I wish Peter Koo to be placed in one of the many “Hell-on-earth” old folks’ homes that employs only short-tempered staff who is being overworked.

  3. Rose says:

    “Unfortunately, we’ve all had the experience of getting stuck behind a truck while walking down a crowded city sidewalk. If you want to breathe stand off to the side.”

    I truly believe that city dwellers don’t notice the toxic air they live in, because for 40 odd years Godber and respective governments have just pointed them at the nearest smoker. City air makes my eyes and throat sting on my very rare visits, but I suppose they are used to it.

  4. Timothy Goodacre says:

    This obnoxious bastard needs dealing with terminally.

  5. Douglas Hall says:

    Now, even those “exiled to the outdoors” can be targeted, punished further and turned into petty criminals. Who’s to say if a smoker is standing still or walking on the street? After a meal in a pub I like to have smoke outside and maybe wander around a bit (mostly to keep warm). Wretches like Koo and the one in Montreal will be praised as “leaders” by the Smoker Haters. Town councils everywhere will follow the lead. Peace and harmony.

    • Joe L. says:

      Who’s to say if a smoker is standing still or walking on the street?

      An excellent question. It’s far too subjective, and shouldn’t even be considered for law. And also, what determines whether one is standing “off to the side”? There are many metropolitan areas where sidewalks are barely wide enough to fit two lanes of pedestrians, with the wall of a building butting up against one side of the sidewalk. In places like this, the only way to “stand off to the side” would be to stand in the street.

  6. Rose says:

    Talking of self-awareness ,perhaps someone should pass this to Peter Koo.

    Foods That Contain Nicotine

    “What if the vegetables and beverages that we usually eat or drink every day contain some amounts of nicotine? Would you still buy them knowing that they hold a few nicotine alkaloids?

    Here are a few common vegetables and plants, mostly from the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, shown to have nicotine content.

    1. Tomato

    It has an average of 7.1 -7.3 ng/g wet weight. It means there is a 7.1 ng of nicotine in ever 1 gram of tomato. Findings also show that the nicotine level decreases as the tomato ripens. Tomato, belonging to the Solanaceae family, is found to possess a nicotine alkaloid called tomatine.

    2. Potato

    It has a mean average of 15 ng/g wet weight and considerably higher in green and sprouting potatoes with a reported 42.8 ng/g compared to the 4.3 ng/g in ripe potatoes. However, pureed potatoes have higher nicotine content with a measurement of 52 ng/g. Potatoes also contain a nicotine alkaloid called solanine, which is highly concentrated on its skin. High levels of solanine are actually fatal posing considerable health risks.

    3. Eggplant

    Eggplants (aubergines) have a concentration of 100 ng/g of nicotine. It is second highest next to tobacco among the nightshade family where nicotine alkaloids are commonly present. In simple terms, 10 kg of eggplant has the same nicotine content of a stick of cigarette. This only means that the nicotine content of eggplants is negligible compared to passive smoking.

    4. Teas

    According to research, green and black teas also contain small amounts of nicotine whether regular or decaffeinated. Studies show that black teas appear to have a non-detectable to 100ng /g nicotine concentration. Compared to brewed teas, instant teas show higher nicotine content with a concentration of up to 285 ng/g.

    5. Peppers and Capsicums.

    Peppers and capsicums also contain solanine and solanidine, nicotine alkaloids, just like the other nightshade family plants. Common peppers have a solanine concentration of 7.7 – 9.2 mg per 100 grams of serving.

    6. Cauliflower

    Surprisingly, even cauliflowers, which are not part of the nightshade family, also contain nicotine. Research findings gave cauliflower a nicotine content of 16.8 ng/g.

    Shocking right? Even though they may have lower nicotine level, they may still compromise the health of the consumers. While we may all believe that these nicotine content are insignificant, it is still highly possible that some individuals will be sensitive to some nicotine alkaloids that might cause health problems in the future. It is not entirely proper to just ignore them.”

  7. beobrigitte says:

    “In a perfect world, every smoker would have the self-awareness to realize that smoking and walking down a crowded sidewalk subjects everyone behind you to breathing in the fumes,” Koo said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we’ve all had the experience of getting stuck behind a smoker while walking down a crowded city sidewalk. If you want to smoke, stand off to the side.”
    This is probably one of the funniest anti-smoker demands I’ve ever read!! “Stand off to the side”? What side? A dark corner? Get lost!!!
    A (?very limited) Peter Koo missed out on a few lessons of ‘behaviour towards your fellow human beings’; The first one being that CONSIDERATION is a two way street – you get what you give.

    As 20 Rothman already said above: We, too, wish him a looooong life – nappies and all!

  8. Smoking Lamp says:

    This call for a ‘walking smoking ban’ is essentially a publicity measure to advocate for additional persecution of smokers. Note how the so-called ‘local’ measure has been quickly exported to other jurisdictions. This is orchestrated by the global tobacco control racket. They likely discussed it behind closed doors at their last FCTC co-ordinating session. These incremental steps toward prohibition must be resisted at every turn.

    • Douglas Hall says:

      To Smoking Lamp: And how can we resist? We are outnumbered and disregarded anyway.

      • Frank Davis says:

        Just lighting a cigarette is an act of resistance.

        Or a pipe, or a cigar.

      • Smoking Lamp says:

        We can start by commenting on the propaganda articles, c calling or writing our elected representatives, and perhaps sending some support to groups like NYC C.L.A.S.H. that still fight these issues…. Being outnumbered is not the issue; lack of active resistance is. You only lose when you surrender.

        • lack of active resistance is [the issue].

          Absoballylutely! Yet, pointing out that smokers as a (virtual) common-interest-group haven’t been putting up much of a fight for the last 6 decades would be a spectacular (with reference to Guy Debord’s ‘Theory of the Spectacle’) understatement… A raging storm over tobacco control’s unending, insane and nevertheless triumphant parade is long overdue.

        • haven’t been putting up much of a fight for the last 6 decades

          Sould of course read: “have been putting up much of a fight for the last 6 decades…”

  9. jaxthefirst says:

    I strongly suspect that the “only when walking” rule is a bit like the “not pubs that serve food” rule which appeared in the Labour party’s manifesto, i.e. it’s just been put in there to try and make Koo look like a “reasonable” man who isn’t really bullying an easy target that he happens to dislike (“How can I be accused of that, when I’m only proposing that they stand still for five minutes to have a cigarette?” Now, where have we heard that sort of argument, before?) But, as you, I and everyone else on here can see thundering over the horizon as we speak, it’s only going to take another anti-smoking councillor to point out that, even with the smoker standing still, eeeeviiiiiil cigarette smoke might come into fleeting contact with passers-by on the sidewalk – it hardly takes Einstein to figure that out, after all – and that therefore (naturally), smoking should be banned altogether there. Which, of course, will be precisely what this mean-spirited little bully-boy Koo, actually wanted all along, but didn’t have the guts to say so.

    • waltc says:

      Jax is of course right, since The Complainers™ have already Complained about the horror of having to pass clutches of smokers in front of office buildings and bars. Then, too, with the 15 foot from doorways rule in place, there’d be no place to stand on any city street except out in the middle of traffic.

      • John Watson says:

        While I consider standing in the center of Times square to smoke to be a somewhat foolish thing to do, I do wonder how long it take to gridlock traffic in central New York!

      • Rhys says:

        Hitler. I can’t stop seeing the parallels. No Jews at the opera or the theatre, then no Jews in public parks and then no Jews on public pavements.

  10. Frank Davis says:

    I mentioned Peter Koo in American Spirit. I wrote:

    And the guy who wants the NYC sidewalk smoking ban, Peter Koo, also hates America. And he doesn’t look like an American. He doesn’t look like John Wayne at all. Nor does he look like Humphrey Bogart. Or Marlon Brando. He looks like he just got off a boat from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. And his values aren’t American values. In fact, he’s come to America to undermine American values in every way he possibly can.

    And hat tip to smoknigscot upthread, it seems I was right.

    Peter Koo (born January 12, 1952) is an Hong Kong American politician, the Council member for the 20th District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat. The district includes portions of Bayside, College Point, Flushing, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Fresh Meadows and Whitestone in Queens.


    Councilman Peter Koo was elected to the New York City Council in November 2009. He immigrated to America from Hong Kong in 1971. He worked minimum wage jobs at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Dunkin Donuts to put himself through the University of New Mexico – College of Pharmacy, where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree. Peter Koo founded and became CEO and President of the Starside Pharmacy chain located in Flushing, Queens.

    So, no, he didn’t just get off a boat from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur: he got off a boat from Hong Kong. And Hong Kong is now part of China. I said I didn’t think he was a real American, and he isn’t. If he’s anything, he’s from Hong Kong, which was a British colony until about 1990. And I doubt his values are even British colonial. He’s probably of Chinese extraction. Maybe a communist of some sort. He may even have been born in China.

    And now the little shit has come to the USA to tell Americans how to live their lives.

    He ought to be deported back to Hong Kong.


    Is he Korean?

    • Frank Davis says:

      The worst New York City Council members
      The bottom five New York City Council members
      By JON LENTZ
      AUGUST 12, 2017

      Who is the worst New York City lawmaker? According to our analysis, it’s New York City Councilwoman Darlene Mealy.

      The Brooklyn lawmaker had the worst attendance, showing up less than 75 percent of the time last year. She didn’t introduce a single bill in 2016, and was the prime sponsor of one bill signed into law. She failed to respond to a constituent question. It took five days to reply to a press request. Of the 48 members on Twitter, she has the fewest followers. Even Ruben Wills, recently expelled from the City Council following a corruption conviction, ranked higher. (A summary of his rankings is below for comparison.)

      RELATED: The best New York City Council members

      Rounding out the bottom five are Inez Barron, Peter Koo, Debi Rose and Annabel Palma. None introduced more than two bills last year, and none had more than two bills enacted. Rose and Palma both missed more than 29 percent of their meetings, in part because of absences excused for medical reasons. This may strike some as unfair, but an extended absence can affect performance – and it appeared to do so, judging by their other scores.

      Rose rejected her ranking, suggesting City & State see all the new parks, school seats and libraries, repaved roads and good jobs in her North Shore district in Staten Island.

      “My constituents know that I represent their interests where it counts, when I vote and when I fight for and secure the parks, libraries, school seats and quality jobs that they deserve,” she said. “That is my measure of success, not how many laws I add to the books or social media followers I have.”

      Koo argued that “quantity does not equal quality” when it comes to legislation, and that “overregulation does not equate to effective government.” He described his one 2016 bill signed into law “as the first significant good government reform to the 50-year-old landmarks law.” And he dismissed the use of English-language Google results, saying City & State failed to account for “our many, active Chinese and Korean-language publications.”

      “Finally, it is hurtful and frankly racist to think that the value of a proud Asian immigrant elected official such as myself should only be measured by their coverage in English-language media,” Koo said, adding, “Their absence speaks volumes about the accuracy of this survey.” (When Google search results are omitted, Koo remains in the bottom five.)

      The other three – Mealy, Barron and Palma – did not respond to requests for comment.

      • waltc says:

        Hah! He actually said that “over-regulation does not equate to good government”? Talk about cognitive dissonance…

  11. waltc says:

    All well and good to call him a neurotic control freak, but the city council is led by a neurotic control freak who introduced the last batch of smoker persecutions, and peopled by preening ignoramuses, so who knows what’ll happen. I can only predict that if this were to be passed, the result would be hipundreds of fistfights on the street, or empowered smoker-phobics attacking old ladies. We are entering The Danger Stage.

    • Douglas Hall says:

      Waltc: You are correct, this proposal should cause civil unrest. Such laws only serve to promote Hatred and intolerance. Bring it on Tobacco Control, Bring it on!

  12. Joe L. says:

    This is the penultimate step of the Antismokers’ campaign to denormalize smoking (the only thing left is to ban smoking while driving your own personal vehicle on public roads). Kooks like Koo have thus far succeeded at making it impossible to smoke while doing normal activities in public such as working, drinking, eating, sitting in a park, bowling, attending a concert, etc. However, smokers can still smoke while walking on public sidewalks along with non-smokers. That’s obviously “too normal.”

    A ban on smoking while walking would pretty much completely disallow smoking while doing any “normal” activity in public. It would relegate the act of smoking in public to standing still while “off to the side” so that all the cheeeldren walking by can gawk at you like you’re some kind of museum exhibit (“homo fumus”?) or zoo animal.

    Tobacco control must be destroyed.

  13. Timothy Goodacre says:

    New York seems full of arseholes – Bloomberg, Blasio and now a Chink from Hong Kong ! Wonder what the tobacco loving John Wayne would have to say !

  14. Smoking Lamp says:

    Here is a nice repossess to the outdoor smoking ban in Hampstead (Quebec, Canada):
    “Hampstead: Trying to penalize what it can’t criminalize”

  15. Lisboeta says:

    A glimmer of light? “Austria’s lower house of parliament voted on Thursday to scrap an impending ban on smoking in bars and restaurant.”

    • beobrigitte says:

      However short lived this victory is, it is a victory. All we need to do is be here – be seen to refuse to be huddled into dark corners. It can be done!!! People power.

      If there is any truth hidden in the anti-smoking agenda about living 10 years longer let them experience it in “Hell’s entry” – nappies and all. Especially nurse Draconia.

      My fear is that ALL Anti-smoker propaganda is a lie… No chance to bow out unless I throw myself in front of a train when my body finally caves in to age.
      On the other hand, we can be around for loooong – and draw state pensions. Let’s go for that, avoiding “medicines” with serious side effects prescribed for the elderly.

      The young ones? Cigarettes are a sign of liberty,

  16. Mark Jarratt, Canberra, Australia says:

    I’m in Sydney. Every building is defaced with large ugly shouty NO SMOKING signs every few metres. I counted 14 signs in 30 metres the front of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a fine heritage building with century old stained glass windows. The bullies of the NSW State government have empowered other anti smoking bullies, as if they own the atmosphere. The signs prohibit smoking within 10M of the entrance, while trucks and diesel buses trundle by. Patients in gowns and pyjamas, with drip trolleys, some in wheelchairs, are forced onto the public street by these illiberal moralistic onanists. On the plus side, about 15 people were right underneath the bully signs happily if quickly enjoying their over $1.40 per cigarette furtive smoking. No jobsworth enforcers were harassing the smokers although plenty were about. Like the French anti burqa fashion police, it seems they decided to do their real jobs instead, like brave COL Arnaud Beltrame, RIP.

    • smokingscot says:

      For us lot, aus 28 a pack is gbp 15.24. Or eur 17.44. Or usd 21.55.


      • RdM says:

        Well, I’m in Auckland, and 2018 NZ prices for 20 packs are example $28.90 Benson & Hedges, same Marlboro, and $29.80 Rothmans, not that I smoke tailor-made crap.

        30g Organic Manitou which I do smoke; $51.50. Drum 30g $58.40, Drum 50g $93.90 (!)

        Borkum Riff and Erinmore Flake the only two pipe tobaccos now imported, 50g, $97.90 & $98.90 respectively, all NZD.

        Utter madness.

        A single living alone pensioner allowance is $780.40 per fortnight, $390.20 per week, before rent power water internet phone food and drink, let alone tobacco (or debt repayments) so at even a modest say 10g per day, or even 7.5g, it takes a chunk.

        Living is Auckland is not cheap, either…

        And they wonder about brutal dairy robberies, deny that it could be the high prices…

      • Mark Jarratt, Canberra, Australia says:

        The bullies sin taxes on tobacco are at about $1000/kg with more increases proposed. Tobacco is more valuable than silver bullion. About 85% of the price is nanny state tax.😟

        • RdM says:

          NZ passed the $1000/kg mark with last years increase, now even more at $1,177.87 per kilo tobacco content (KTC)

          I asked on the phone whether, since most tobacco has a considerable percentage of water and humectants in it, whether “tobacco content” accounted for that, i.e. was it “actual tobacco content”? (I was looking at duties for importing even a small quantity, because even last year just 50g would trigger additional fees above the duty) and was told she couldn’t venture an opinion, I’d have to take it up by email feedback.

          Which I should. I don’t see why I should pay that duty on water and humectant, it’s well over 20% in most, at least apart from those few with no additives at all.
          A bit like retailers that spray their mushrooms with water to increase the weight!

          The ingredients (percentages) are available from the manufacturers reports, here:

          I was looking at RYO but nicotine content is often also given for tailor/factory made.
          (Useful for the rare times budget forced buying a packet to tear up and re-roll…)

    • Rose says:

      What I didn’t know until the other day was that the coalition government very quietly changed the regulations for no smoking signs in 2012.

      Change to no-smoking signs regulations

      “Since 1 October 2012, at least 1 legible no-smoking sign must still be displayed but owners and managers are now free to decide the size, design and location of the signs.

      No action is needed for anyone who is already complying with the current regulations. But the new smoke-free signs regulations, give owners and managers the freedom to move, change or remove multiple signs.”

      “Most people are now familiar with the law and around 8 in 10 people support it, so detailed regulations on no-smoking signs are no longer needed.

      This deregulation has been made as part of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge, which aims to reduce regulatory obstacles for business.”

      I could find no references to this change in any newspaper or on the bbc, just one story in a trade paper.

      Licensee successfully challenges smoking sign fine

      “A licensee has warned fellow publicans to make sure they know their rights after a council wrongly threatened him with a £200 fine for not displaying the correct ‘no smoking’ sign.”

      “A spokeswoman for the council said “We had not been made aware that the regulations surrounding the display of no-smoking signage had changed.”
      The landlord had put up a handwritten notice on the outside wall.

      Under Labour the previous regulations were –

      “The 2007 Regulations made detailed requirements about the design and location of no-smoking signs, in particular that in smokefree premises ( every enclosed space to which the public had access including bus shelters ) a prescribed no-smoking sign must be displayed at each entrance to the premises.

      The key features of the required signs were:
      1.The sign must incorporate the no-smoking symbol at least 70mm in diameter
      2.The following words must appear in characters that can be easily read
      – ‘No smoking. It is against the law to smoke in these premises.’
      3. Each sign must be displayed in a prominent position.
      https: //

      Which looked pretty garish as you can imagine, as if everywhere had had an attack of measles.

  17. Rose says:


    Major illegal tobacco plant
    25 March 2018

    “A major illegal cigarette production plant, the first of its kind in the state, was uncovered in north Louth last week by a joint agency task force.

    In the key operation on Thursday morning last, officers from the Revenue, An Garda Síochána, as part of the Joint Agency Task Force uncovered and shut down what was described as ‘an illicit commercial cigarette factory’ in Jenkinstown, County Louth.

    A spokesman for the Revenue confirmed ‘This is the first time a commercial illicit cigarette production plant was discovered in the State, when Revenue officers and the Armed Support Unit of An Garda Síochána entered the premises just before 8am.’

    Eleven men, all from Eastern Europe and aged in their late 20s to late 50s, were later arrested by Gardaí and brought to Dundalk Garda Station.

    The Revenue spokesman also confirmed that officers found more than 40 tonnes of tobacco, all the pre-cursor components for the manufacture of cigarettes, and approximately 25 million cigarettes, illicitly branded ‘Mayfair’ which were ready for distribution.

    ‘This was a sophisticated self-contained operation with machinery capable of producing 250,000 illicit cigarettes per hour and pre-processing, processing and packaging facilities,’ said the spokesman.”

    “And still the federal sleuths mounted large prosecutions; still the Dry Navy prowled the coast for rum runners; a week before Christmas, President Calvin Coolidge went before Congress to request still another $30 million for enforcement. For all the diligence, there were said to be 22,000 thriving speakeasies in the city – this number came from an assistant U.S. attorney who had quit his job in hopeless despair – and it was estimated that a good 100,000 cases of whisky continued to arrive every week.”

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    Targeting one culprit in the panoply of noxious street odors, a Queens Democrat asked the New York City Council on Thursday to ban smoking while walking.


    Hampstead’s ban on smoking in public spaces – including sidewalks – is an affront to a free community, unconstitutional in its breadth, unenforceable without encroachments on individual liberty, unnecessary even for health reasons and exhibits the worst elements of blue-haired prohibitionism that forgets the teaching of history which is that prohibitions increase crime. And the paternalistic manner in which Hampstead did it is a slap in the face to the democratic due process owed to voters. Elected officials are our employees. Not the other way around. …

    …This measure will incite a “get off my back” reaction. There may even be individual instances of violent confrontations between authorities and fed-up residents. The new prohibitionists must stop lying to the public that every human problem will be solved by prohibition. It can’t and it is not the right thing. Life is tough and unfair. But we are not children and we the people are self-reliant enough to handle it. As noted civil rights attorney and former Hampstead special counsel once wrote, “We are not yet a police state, but we are an inspector state. legislating niceness is not very nice.”


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