Nanny in Chief Michael Bloomberg has reached the epitome of ridiculous bans.
Bloomberg initially questioned whether the city had the resources to police smoking in its sprawling parks, but changed his tune last summer after the Daily News ran photos for more than 1,000 cigarette butts gathered on the beach at Coney Island.
In September, he formally called for the ban, which requires City Council approval.
It will largely be self-policed.
ACTIONS AGAINST THE STATE BAN Any actions that were directed at NYC are now expanded to include the state.
NYC C.L.A.S.H. has begun a boycott campaign. Our first ad appeared in Wednesday’s March 26th NY Observer. Another one appeared in Friday’s March 28th NY Post. There are a couple of smaller follow up ads in both papers. You can read the copy of our ads here.
This boycott is NOT intended to ultimately hurt our friends in the hospitality industry. But we, the people, are NOT the hospitality industry. This is a boycott by THE PEOPLE against a law that has targeted a segment of the population for such treatment. This boycott is a statement that the people will refuse to go anywhere the lawmakers have dictated is off-limits to smokers. This boycott denies them tax revenue by not eating or drinking where we can’t smoke. Finally, as a group, we cannot be taken seriously if we don’t take a firm stand on principle. Show ’em you mean business by giving ’em no business.
Our motto is Boycotts Break Bans.
Of course Bloomberg’s “self policing” statement is ridiculous!
It will be as much self policing as the smoking ban on Private property (businesses) is. Those that would dare defy goodthink he would send out his Pleasurepol (pleasure police in oldspeak) to shut the business down.
It may be closing time for some of Manhattan’s hottest nightclubs, where the young and hip are arrogantly flouting the city’s smoking ban. The Health Department is moving to shutter five A-list clubs after an undercover sting showed they let their high-flying clientele light up inside again and again.
The velvet-rope violators include TheBox on the lower East Side of the city, and the Chelsea district’s M2 Ultra Lounge, which just last week hosted Sean (Diddy) Combs’ blowout bash for his son’s 16th birthday, officials said.
The clubs are scheduled to appear today before a city tribunal, where officials will try to yank their food and beverage permits – a fatal blow that would put the kibosh on alcohol sales. The move is by far the city’s most aggressive attempt to crack down on bars and clubs that turn a not-so-blind eye when their customers crave a smoke.
“We looked at our data and felt like these businesses continue to flaunt that they break the law,” said Daniel Kass, acting deputy commissioner for environmental health. “They pay fines as a cost of doing business. We needed a new approach.” Kass dispatched teams of sharply dressed spies to the clubs, where they nursed drinks – and looked for smokers.
Now Bloomberg also uses taxation to force goodthink and has even taken his Pleasurepol outside his jurisdiction and on the sovereign nation of the Poospatuck reservation in Suffolk County.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, taking an aggressive stance in his battle with the state’s Indian reservations over illegal cigarette sales, released Thursday a video from an undercover sting operation showing dealers at a Long Island reservation allegedly flouting the law.
Mayor Bloomberg has declared war on a tiny Long Island Indian Tribe over cigarette taxes. Their chief says it’s merely a chapter in a sad 400-year story.
This is not unique to New York but between NY and California they seem to be leading the charge with Pleasurepol and goodthink.
They also have circumvented the fifth amendment . . . . nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation, by using the newspeak term “public accommodation“. Which leads me to believe that they are taking a page from George Orwells “Animal Farm” where they revise the rules without the benefit of Constitutional Amendment.
The 14th amendment has an equal protection clause,
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Like the pigs In George Orwell’s Animal Farm Newspeak would deface the constitution and the equal protection clause in the 14th amendment to read some are more equal then others. Like the pigs did by altering “ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL” to
The newspeak version of the equal protection clause now reads.
“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws unless you are a member of a protected class as some people are more equal then others.”
Smoking bans are nothing more then modern day Jim Crow laws taken to an extreme as no business is allowed to cater to this class of citizen is further punished through taxation to pay for programs like SCHIP simply because the majority won’t complain if they do not have to pay for it.
Three-fifths to two-thirds of the federal budget consists of taking property from one American and giving it to another. Were a private person to do the same thing, we’d call it theft. When government does it, we euphemistically call it income redistribution, but that’s exactly what thieves do — redistribute income. Income redistribution not only betrays the founders’ vision, it’s a sin in the eyes of God.
Walter E. Williams