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Thursday, January 22, 2009

so obama has an occasional cigarette ... we're all adults here

so i'm listening to this story on Obama's propensity to fall off the non-smoking wagon and they're basically saying that because the guy has an occasional cigarette, that he's still a smoker. and that even the occasional cigarette increases your chance for multiple types of cancers in old age. So, essentially, they sick all the dogs of anti-tobacco research on him. But, I call bullshit.
Are we all so infantalized by our Big Brother culture that we really can't tolerate even an occasional cigarette enjoyed without calling them an addict or reminding them of the risks of what they're doing.
If the same person occasionally has a cocktail, does that make them an alcoholic? I mean, where is an appreciation of the mastery of moderation? Have we become such a goody-two-shoes culture that we can't even enjoy the lone cigarette at the end of a week that took forever and had too many deadline (nevermind that we can't allow someone with the most stressful job on the planet the luxury of a relaxing smoke).
This is no different than being someone who can enjoy a nice cocktail or two and leave it at that. Despite the alcohol lobby's attempts to convince us that drinking is actually good for you (just like Big Tobacco used to try to assert in the old days), we all know that we're doing something toxic. But damn, if it isn't relaxing and sometimes nothing is better than that -- because you're a big kid and you made some big kid calls and made some stuff work and held the weight of the world on your shoulders for a time and hallelujah, that time is up and now you can take a moment of reflection.
If I choose to take that moment, alone, in my own backyard in the middle of the night, who the hell is NPR to call me an addict? Fascists.


At 7:59 PM, January 22, 2009 , Blogger javagirl said...

fuck ya. i heard that this morning as well and i have to admit i thought "what the hell?" The guy is in office for 2 whole minutes and someone questions his tobacco use? then starts telling me how bad it is....hmmm...frankly - if that is all you got on the new pres and all you can muster to lecture me about....i just may stop listening to you npr.

At 11:28 AM, January 23, 2009 , Blogger Natasha said...

If he started doing lines of coke off Axelrod's ass, I *might* have a problem with it..... maybe.


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