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GPS POI (points of interest) update / Smoking Restaurants in Va

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR MAGELLAN GPS USERS. As of March 25, 2010 there has been an update to the SmokeFreelyVa POI (Points of Interest) files. This update has increased the number of  restaurants by 37.There are also corrections to old listings.
If you use the Smokefreelyva POI for your GPS, then you will want this latest update. If you not using it, your missing out.This file is free and I for one get much use out of it. Just punch up the Smokefreely POI on your Magellan brand GPS and be lead to the nearest smoking restaurants of your choice.
Request your free copy of the POI file today. All you need is your GPS, a USB cable and your PC. With a couple of simple key strokes you’ll have one smoke seeking machine. Email request to Smokefreelyva.com and say “I want the Magellan POI file”. Follow the instructions that came with you unit to install. Enjoy!


I don’t have to (or Sex with the lights on).

I don’t have to approve of any given book to agree that it should not be banned. All I need is a belief that book banning is wrong.  If you ask someone if they agree with book banning and they say”I don’t know, let me see the book first” then they probably don’t get it. I don’t need to be an alcoholic to disagree with prohibition. I don’t have to be a minority to disagree with segregation. One does not have to be a smoker to disagree with smoking bans. When it’s wrong on principle then its wrong, period.

A principled person won’t always be pleased with their own conclusions, but they will be true to them. If you ask folks if they like to see smoking banned most will say yes. Even those that don’t really care much one way or the other. In the hurried society we live in most keep it simple as they can, smoking bad, not smoking good.  If you ask someone if they would like to see the book “101 ways to get away with murder” published, most would say no. There is a huge difference between what you would like to see and what you think warrants the force of law. In other words, these are not people that would normally say yes to book banning.

Given accurate information and a moment to think it over, any thinking rational person can see the problems with smoking bans. I can debate a whole books worth about the dangers of second hand smoke or lack there of. That however, would be falling prey to the smoke blown by the non smoking advocates of the smoking ban. You see, this is simply not the issue.

Life is full of choices. Many involve a varied degree of risk. In the absence of a nanny, it is up to all of us to weigh risk vs. benefits in order to make our own decisions. Many smoking ban advocates love to use the word “public” a lot. I guess it’s some sort of brain washing attempt. Maybe they think if they refer to private property as public enough then folks will start to view it that way.

The smoking ban is about dictating the behavior of people engaged in an otherwise legal activity on private property.  That’s it. There is nothing more to it. It has absolutely no bearing in protecting public health. Protecting public health is merely a necessary visage given smoking bans to glean public support.

If ban proponents were to say the reason we want smoking bans are two fold. In the immediate, we wish to confound smoker’s to the point where they use expensive and often dangerous stop smoking drugs offered by big pharmaceutical companies, so we get big kick backs. Secondly, we want to begin conditioning the general populous to abrogating their freedom and liberty by the use of incrementally small steps. This would be the truth. But it would most likely not be that popular. Hence the lie “we want to protect the public health”.

The bottom line is that private property is just that regardless of whether or not the public is invited. No one is required to patronize a smoke friendly restaurant. The decision to do so should be based on your own perceived risk vs. benefits. Unfortunately, there are those who believe it is appropriate to enlist government to act as nanny for every one of us.

It’s almost as if they are admitting that they don’t have the intelligence to stay away from things they don’t like. Smokers on the other hand had no trouble avoiding non smoking restaurants. This was a little more difficult because the free market had drastically limited the number of smoke friendly restaurants. But smokers could somehow still manage to find them without government intervention. This would seem to lead to the inescapable conclusion that smokers are just smarter than non smokers, but I’m not buying it.

I have read quite a few posts and received a bit of email from non smokers that oppose the ban. They range from those that absolutely can’t stand cigarette smoke to ones that really just don’t care one way or the other about it. You see that part did not play into their opinion about the ban. They didn’t have to like or dislike, all they needed was the knowledge that is was wrong on principle. They see the danger in disregarding the rights of American Citizens.  We can’t be a nation of rights and laws simply when it’s convenient. They know that we can not survive if we only base our laws on poll numbers without regard to personal rights. It simply isn’t principled. It can and will lead us from our status of citizen to one of subjects. When this happens, all the tea in all the harbors of the world won’t bring it back. Governing by polls is not democracy, it’s simply mob rule.

Of course smoke bans are politically correct.  Political Correctness is sometimes just another way of saying incorrect.  Political Correctness is principled when it’s true and tyrannical when it’s not. It’s designed to make you feel good about something in spite of that warring pang in the pit of your gut. Speaking of warring pangs, I am amazed that no one has taken me to task over a comment I made in my last blog post.  If someone other then I had said it I think I would have had to say something.  Here’s the comment:

Isn’t it time that Bob McDonald clarified what the health department priorities should and shouldn’t be? Is Virginia opened for business or just big business and big pharmaceutical?

It seems that no one is willing to show the politically correct amount of indignation over this comment. I guess I’ll just have to play devils advocate and do it myself.  So here is what I have to say to me:

Devils Advocate Me: Have you lost your mind? Are you actually suggesting that the Governor put him self above the law and direct the health department to ignore their duty. What kind of nut case are you that talks principles one moment and then makes a comment like this the next. P-l-e-a-s-e.

Regular Me: Wow, do I feel chastised. This was offered as a somewhat tongue and cheek comment. Firstly, Bob McDonald just got the job. So no, I’m not really beating him up over this. This does not mean that I’m ready to toss the entire comment under the bus. Here’s why …

In Waynesboro,

It is illegal for a woman to drive a car up Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of her waving a red flag.  This is from the website: http://www.dumblaws.com

This site showcases ridiculous laws that no one in their right mind would try to enforce. Here are some more.

Stafford County,

It is legal for a man to beat his wife on the courthouse steps so long as it is before 8:00 pm.

In Norfolk,

Women must wear a corset after sundown and be in the company of male chaperone.

Spitting on a sea gull is illegal.

In Virginia,

Not only is it illegal to have sex with the lights on, one may not have sex in any position other than missionary.

There is a state law prohibiting “corrupt practices of bribery” by any person other than candidates.

Persons may not engage in a legal activity on their own property. This applies to restaurant owners and smoking. (Not listed in dumblaws.com)

Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Oh yeah, I bet you that didn’t get by you. But you must admit the smoking ban does blend nicely into the rest of these idiotic laws.

No one could be said to be putting themselves above the law if it falls into this realm.

How many women do you think were arrested for driving on Main St. in Waynesboro last year?

Many that support the ban say it must meet the standard of “good” law because there has never been a repeal of it anywhere. Many of these dumb laws have been around a very long time without being repealed.  They don’t bother to mention that New York enforcement is lax on smoking and in Chicago the police said straight up that they can’t be bothered with it because they have too much real crime to deal with. In Ohio, the cost of enforcement has exceeded the fines collected by 2 million dollars. The tax payers will have to make up the shortfall.  In areas where it is enforced there are problems. Rebellions against and amendments to smoking bans are occurring globally.

Maybe it’s time we stopped getting so steamed and laugh a little. No one is crying over the rest of the “dumb laws”, they’re simply amused by them and why wouldn’t they be. Like smoking bans, there only value is comedic. Unfortunately, those that enforce this ban somehow manage to distinguish between smoking bans and the rest of the dumb obscured law. So what is it that makes the smoking ban different from other junk law? What is it that makes it dangerous? That would be one thing and one thing only, Political Correctness. As a said before, when it’s incorrect, it’s tyrannical. If we as a people could simply focus on correctness with out respect to a particularly type of correctness we would be better off. By qualifying a type of correctness aren’t we minimizing the correct part. Isn’t that really the most important part?

Historically, Virginia has helped set the stage for liberty and freedom. We are not strangers to taking the lead. We should end prohibition now. It has no place in a free society. Let us be the first to set a positive example.

We must all stay informed. We must all be vigilant. We must make our voices heard.

In this way our children and grandchildren may also enjoy a free society.

Good luck to all of us,

– smokefreelyva.com

Oooo this just in. More fun. http://www.the-daily-record.com/news/article/4777802