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Thursday, May 10, 2018, was a busy day for President Trump.

It began in the early hours with the welcome home to three Americans who had been detained in North Korea.

It ended with a rally in Elkhart, Indiana, where Trump set the tone for the 2018 mid-term elections.

At the rally, Trump quipped about the long day:

“At 2.a.m. early this morning and by the way I got back to the White House at 4:30 a.m. and somebody said, ‘Oh that’s ok you can just cancel Indiana tonight.’ I said, you just don’t know the people of Indiana. I don’t have the courage to cancel,” he added.

The COO of Donald J. Trump for President was there:

Elkhart is near South Bend, which is home to the University of Notre Dame. The small city is best known for the production of RVs (recreational vehicles). Elkhart still has a small-town look, including a traditional Main Street.

It was a good location for a Trump rally, as the greater South Bend area is known as Michiana, encompassing this part of northern Indiana and the southwestern border with Michigan. It is also fairly close (by American standards) to Chicago. Elkhart is readily accessible by rail, which further added to its appeal.

Incidentally, Obama also liked Elkhart:

While Michiana is filled with Democrat voters, 7,000 Trump fans were inside North Side Middle School’s auditorium for the rally, with 10,000 listening to proceedings outdoors.

You can get a full perspective of the packed venue here. To be one of the lucky ones inside a Trump rally, you need to get there early, even 24 hours in advance. Heaven only knows where everyone parked. Yet, people were patient, and some probably made new friends. Meanwhile, the media were setting up their equipment inside the auditorium.

Traffic warnings and road closures made the news. Obama had been in South Bend twice before during his tenure (2009 and 2016), so locals are used to presidential disruption. Protesters were also present.

Regardless of political preference, some local residents made sure they could get a view of the airport when Trump arrived. Local businesses also put up displays welcoming the president; Democrat or Republican, it is ‘an honour’.

Local lawmakers either attended or spoke at the rally.

Trump arrived at South Bend International Airport shortly after 6 p.m.

The NBC affiliate, located at Notre Dame, posted a video of Air Force One:

Meanwhile, back in Elkhart, one woman was delighted that CNN’s Jim Acosta took a photo of her:

Not everyone was so enthusiastic about CNN, however:

The crowd was revved.

Vice President Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, attended. He and his wife Karen flew in on Air Force Two:

The crowd gave him a rousing ovation:

He addressed the audience:

He pointed to the jobs success in Elkhart:

And introduced the president:

Before state office holders and Pence spoke, the rally, which started at 7 p.m., began in the traditional way:

Trump began speaking at 7:29 p.m.

Highlights follow. Each tweet linked below has a video clip.

The president acknowledged the crowd:

He spoke about the world’s renewed respect for the United States:

.: “We are unlocking new opportunities for prosperity and for peace. All of these changes are happening because America is being respected again.”

He discussed North Korea:

.: “On June 12th, in Singapore, I’ll be meeting with Kim Jong Un to pursue a future of peace and security for the world.”

Weakness:

.: “You know what gets you into nuclear wars and you know what gets you into other wars? Weakness.”

Jobs:

Trump: “Here at home. The great news keeps rolling in. 3.3 million new jobs since the election.”

Record employment for blacks:

.: “African American unemployment has reached the lowest level in the history of our country.”

Strong borders:

.: “We believe that a strong nation must have strong borders.”

Patriotism:

.: “We have pride in our history and respect for our great American flag.”

Fair trade:

.: “We want trade deals that are fair and, by the way, reciprocal.”

The new embassy in Jerusalem, which opened on Monday, May 14:

.: “Next week we will finally open the American Embassy in Jerusalem.”

And Iran:

.: “We’re putting the harshest, strongest, most stringent sanctions on Iran.”

He also criticised Joe Donnelly, the state’s Democrat senator for that district who refused to vote for the tax cut and Obamacare repeal.

Trump invited the Republican candidate for Senate onto the platform:

CBS affiliate WSBT had a good summary of the rally speeches, including soundbites from Mike Braun’s:

… he said “one of the neatest experiences of my life is spending 30 minutes riding with the president. You wouldn’t believe the advice you get.”

But also told the crowd he’s a businessman and an outsider just like the President — who he calls “his inspiration.”

“When I started this journey, almost a year ago, I traveled the states, spent a lot of time in the north. Wanted to make sure this was going to end up with a good result,” said Braun. “Wouldn’t have done it if I wasn’t inspired by what this man did in 2016. He cleared the field systematically and really that was the inspiration for doing it.”

Braun said he will “retire Joe Donnelly.”

Local reporter Taurean Small from ABC57 summarised Trump’s talking points well:

The rally ended at 8:30 p.m.:

Here is RSBN’s video of the rally:

Their reporters were happy (The Conservative Treehouse has more videos from them):

Then it was time for President Trump to return to Washington.

This was the motorcade on the way back to the airport:

And finally, as Mike and Karen Pence headed downstate to Indianapolis:

He tweeted Fox News’s video of his hour-long speech along with his thanks for the crowd’s enthusiasm:

Trump is off and running for MAGA candidates this year. As the year progresses, he will have even more great news to report.

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In 2012, the daughter of a member of the Cottage Avenue Pentecostal Fellowship in Indianapolis donated a statue of Jesus to the church.

The statue stands near the door. CNN reports that, five years ago:

“The first time we put it up, they knocked it over,” Pastor Brad Flaskamp told CNN. The statue was put back in place and the church thought no more of it for years, he said.

Fox 59 in Indianapolis reported on February 20 that two weeks before, someone decapitated the statue and left the head lying nearby. Church members were able to repair the statue. However, on Sunday, February 19, someone broke the head off once again and made off with it:

“I can tell you that I don’t think it’s kids,” said Pastor Flaskamp. “It would have to be a kid that can wield a sledge hammer.”

Flaskamp and members of the 100-year-old church are mystified:

There’s no way to tell if it’s the work of somebody seeking a thrill, or somebody trying to send the church a message, or something else.

“I kind of think it’s someone new in the neighborhood that’s got some really deep problems,” said the church’s secretary, Sue Myers.

Her grandson Tony, who is also a member of the church, is equally puzzled.

“I think it’s somebody that just has fun destroying other people’s things, honestly,” Tony Myers said.

Despite the vandalism, Flaskamp is able to view the situation in a classically Christian way:

“Someone needs Jesus, that’s for sure,” he said. “And not just his head, that’s the truth.”

Furthermore:

church members say they just want the head returned. Pastor Flaskamp says if the suspect brings the head back and confesses to the crime, the pastor won’t even call police on the person.

“I’d say we love you, we’d love to have the statue head back and we’d love to have you in our church,” Flaskamp said. “We’d welcome them, we’d forgive them. That’s what it’s all about.”

Just so. That’s the right response, although it’s hard to say whether welcoming that person in to church might not cause further problems.

Fox 59’s report states that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police opened an investigation when the head was first decapitated a fortnight ago. Unfortunately, they have no leads and would have to send detectives into the neighbourhood to gather intelligence. Police had hoped a nearby neighbour with a security system might have caught something on video. Alas, the homeowner said the system was installed after the vandalism. That said, he has the camera set up to capture the church.

It is interesting to see that this story got from Indianapolis local news to CNN. The Houston Chronicle also had a report on it.

I hope the congregation finds that the culprit returns the head of Jesus intact. May that person find the urge to repent and may he or she come to believe deeply in our only Mediator and Advocate.

The Trump transition begins. There’s even a new website!

Warmest congratulations go to Kellyanne Conway, the Trumpwhisperer, who is the first woman to manage a victorious presidential campaign in the United States. She was responsible for refining Trump’s stump speeches and for putting the kibosh on his excessive tweeting. No one else could do that! Furthermore, her internal polls were spot on. Conway is one tough tigress, make no mistake. She is also married, a mother of four and a practising Catholic.

Also noteworthy is that Hillary Clinton spent nearly twice as much money per vote as Trump and lost: $8.80 to $4.57. Trump has decisively proven you do not need big money to win an election!

President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania flew to Washington DC on Thursday, November 10 to meet with the Obamas as well as top Republican congressional leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was also in Washington. He met with his outgoing counterpart Joe Biden, in what Pence described as a ‘warm reception’. Pence also had a telephone conversation with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who tweeted:

Just spoken to US VP-elect . We agreed on importance of the special relationship & need to tackle global challenges together

Trump’s son-in-law — Ivanka’s husband — Jared Kushner was also with the Trumps. During their private meetings, he spent time with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, who gave him a tour of the Rose Garden. Kushner has been a close adviser to his father-in-law throughout the campaign and is expected to remain so after the inauguration.

Trump and Obama had a 90-minute discussion, far exceeding Trump’s expectations.

Melania and Michelle shared tea together, discussed raising children and talked about what it is like to live in the White House.

The Mail has a great set of photos from the day.

Afterwards, Trump tweeted:

A fantastic day in D.C. Met with President Obama for first time. Really good meeting, great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!

Questions have been asked about the Trumps’ entrance by a side door and the two couples not posing together for a photo in front of the White House. Things were different eight years ago with Bush 43 (i.e. 43rd president):

Breitbart had more on the matter:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to explain the details of the decision but denied the story.

“Not true,” he said, during the White House press conference, when asked about the report. He also denied that the lack of a photo opportunity had anything to do with First Lady Michelle Obama not wanting to be photographed with the Trump family. He argued that it was not a “snub” of the Trumps, but rather a different strategy of press access.

The press pool was allowed into the Oval Office on Thursday, to photograph Trump and Obama together after their 90-minute meeting. The two men met alone, with no staffers present.

But Obama snubbed the press by telling Trump not to answer any of their questions after the meeting.

“Here’s a good rule. Don’t answer any questions,” Obama said to Trump after reporters shouted questions at the pair.

Despite the pleasantries exchanged between the two political foes, Earnest specified afterwards that Obama still believed that Trump was unsuitable to be president …

Earnest’s remarks contrasted with Obama’s welcome of Trump at the White House, promising to meet the standards set by President George W. Bush …

Earnest hinted that the White House might release a photo of the two couples meeting.

Independent Bernie Sanders pledged his support to Trump. The Daily Caller reported:

“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media,” Sanders said. “People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer” …

In his statement Sanders went on to say: “To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him …”

The Democrats’ wounds are still raw. Despite Big Media’s attempted character assassination of Trump and the voter fraud — which is why his popular vote isn’t higher — he prevailed once again. (Are we sick and tired of winning, ladies and gentlemen? Never!)

Business Insider reports that the Democratic Party is in disarray.

It looks very likely that the DNC will replace current interim chair Donna Brazile. A White House staffer yelled at her for being ‘part of the problem’ in Hillary Clinton’s loss.

Politico reports:

No party leader calls have been set to map out a plan ahead, and no signal has come from the White House or from Clinton’s team about what comes next. The phone lines were silent, only slowly picking up, and escalating to a fever pitch as the defeated nominee prepared her morning speech and interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile sat on the silent 9:00 Acela [train] from New York to Washington.

The Washington Post says that Minnesota Muslim congressman Keith Ellison or former Vermont governor Howard Dean are tipped to lead the DNC. The Huffington Post says Brazile could stay on until March, however, based on the aforementioned yelling:

Thursday’s meeting shows at least some party officials want fresh blood at the top.

Early in the morning of Wednesday, November 9, Clinton’s team had to get pervy John Podesta to address campaign workers. This is because Clinton had been weeping ‘inconsolably’, according to Ed Klein author of the recent book on the Clintons, Guilty As Sin. Klein appeared on a radio show later that morning and said:

“She couldn’t stop crying.

“Her friend said — her female friend from way, way, back — said that it was even hard to understand what she was saying, she was crying so hard.

“This is Hillary we’re talking about,” Klein said.

Clinton appeared two hours later dressed like Batman’s The Penguin in black and purple. Earlier, Podesta had told everyone to go home. Yet, after Hillary spoke, there was applause. I read somewhere that the delay allowed travel time for a new audience of those closest to her: big wigs.

The New York Times has highlights of her concession speech and Obama’s remarks.

Before I go into detail on the protests — all previously organised, none are ‘organic’ (spontaneous) like Big Media are telling you — Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse has a theory about Obama/Clinton and the demonstrations and riots taking place:

If the ridiculous election protests continue again tonight, then President Obama has not called them off.  That means he and Clinton received no substantive assurances, and are worried about being held to account – prosecuted and investigated.

If the ridiculous election protest do not happen again tonight, then President Obama has called them off.  That means he and Clinton feel more comfortable they will not be held to account – prosecuted and investigated …

Ultimately the Machiavellian political gamesmanship then evolves toward how does Obama/Clinton “feel” about the success of their initial probing for terms.

Demonstrations and riots around the US continued the night of November 10.

After this post, I will be mentioning them as little as I can. They do not deserve the oxygen of publicity, to borrow Margaret Thatcher’s phrase.

However, I do want everyone to understand what is happening here.

Americans should note that there are laws on riots — 18 U.S. Code § 2101 — as being criminal rather than examples of freedom of speech. In part:

(a) Whoever travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses any facility of interstate or foreign commerce, including, but not limited to, the mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, or television, with intent—
(1) to incite a riot; or
(2) to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot; or
(3) to commit any act of violence in furtherance of a riot; or
(4) to aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in or carrying on a riot or committing any act of violence in furtherance of a riot;
and who either during the course of any such travel or use or thereafter performs or attempts to perform any other overt act for any purpose specified in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (D) of this paragraph— [1]
Shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

I would not hold my breath expecting anyone to be prosecuted. However, after the inauguration, watch for this law to be enforced in future.

The demonstrators in Austin, Texas, who marched not far from the state capitol building, arrived by bus:

Not only that, but they were paid.

At least one ad appeared on Craigslist:

Here’s another Craigslist ad, this one for Manhattan, from a European television network (I’m curious):

Earlier on November 10, a panellist on Fox and Friends actually asked if George Soros was funding these demos and riots. This is good, because Big Media never do this. In case the YouTube in the previous link is removed, The_Donald reproduced the exchange:

Brian: “There were no protests for Al Gore, there were no protests for John Kerry, there were no protests for Mitt Romney. What’s going on?”

Steve: “Well, back then, George Soros wasn’t funding these things. Is he behind this? Don’t know!”

Many people say that when Soros dies, all this seditious activity — explained here in detail — will die with him. Not true. His children are every bit as committed to it as he is. One also appears to be involved with the Clinton Spirit Cooking dinners.

Breitbart reported that MoveOn.org — Soros’s flagship activist organisation — has anti-Trump protests and riots going on all over America. Amazingly, people actually contribute to MoveOn.

A wide network of organisations affiliated with MoveOn are involved.

In March, after the cancellation of Trump’s rally in Chicago, Independent Sentinel listed several groups allied with MoveOn and added:

The billionaire George Soros and other liberal donors bankroll a new $15 million campaign to mobilize Latinos and other immigrants this fall, hoping to channel outrage at  Donald J. Trump and other Republicans into a surge of votes for Democratic candidates in November …

And now that has failed on a national scale, they have today’s violent protests, such as this riot in Portland, Oregon. (More here.) If these anarchists and maladjusted folks aren’t driving sceptical Americans into the Trump — and gun — camp, I don’t know who is.

Below is a list of planned protests from ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). You can also read more here:

Another group to watch for is Socialist Alternative, one of whose directors is a union man, born and bred in Britain, who has lived in Chicago for many years. They, too, have a list of demonstrations.

A number of the protesters are carrying professionally printed signs. One of The_Donald’s contributors has seen some that read revcom.us on the bottom, indicating another Soros-funded communist organisation.

It also looks as if Aaron Black — featured in this James O’Keefe Project Veritas video about bird dogging (inciting Trump supporters to violence) — is part of the protest mix. He makes sure everyone is kitted out with signs and whatever else they need. He is supposed to be a background man and says no one should be able to easily identify him at protests.

On Chicago’s West Side, a man was dragged out of his car at an intersection and was brutally assaulted. This post has a YouTube video of young men pulling a motorist out of his vehicle, beating him up, stealing items from his car — all abetted by a woman shouting instructions nearby. This tweet has a video of what happened next: the young men got into the car, the man was able to grab onto a door frame and they all sped off around the corner, with the man holding on for dear life. The Chicago Tribune caught up with him afterwards (photo at link). Emphases mine below:

David Wilcox, 49, said he was about to turn left from Kedzie Avenue to Roosevelt Road around 1 p.m. Wednesday when a black sedan pulled up and scraped the right side of his Pontiac Bonneville.

“I stopped and parked. And I asked if they had insurance, and the next thing that I knew they were beating the s— out of me,” Wilcox said Thursday …

“They were beating me to have me let go of the car,” Wilcox said. “The guy went to 70 and 80 mph. If I let go, I was dead. He slowed to 45. … He tried to push the door open. …So he stepped on it again.

“He stepped up back to 70 and 80, swerved again,” Wilcox said. “The wheels on my side left the ground, up to 2 inches. … Then he slowed down. I was looking at oncoming traffic. He probably slowed to about 45. God was watching over for me. I rolled about five or seven times into the oncoming traffic lanes.

“There was a parole officer with a gun and bulletproof vest,” he added. “He turned left, and he told me just sit down and wait for the police to come.”

Wilcox filled out a police report, but no one was reported in custody Thursday afternoon. Police said they were investigating the beating and who made the “politically divisive” statements in the video.

I wonder if he got his car back. It should have DNA.

Pray for David Wilcox’s recovery. He must be undergoing trauma, even if it doesn’t show.

If that is not a hate crime, I do not know what is. They could have killed him, directly or indirectly. This got little to no coverage outside of Chicago!

In California, a female high school student near San Francisco was beat up by another classmate — also a girl — for supporting Trump online:

Cellphone video captured the moment a female student attacked sophomore Jade Armenio.

“This girl comes up to me and she said, ‘Do you hate Mexicans?’ and I was like, ‘no,’ and she said, ‘You support Trump. You hate Mexicans.'”

Armenio says the girl hit her, threw her to the ground, pulled out her earrings and hair. She was left with a bloody nose and scratches and bruises …

The princip[al] of Woodside High School issued a statement that reads in part the recorded incident was investigated in conjunction with law enforcement and appropriate disciplinary action has been taken …

Armenio[‘s] parents say they are keeping her out of school until they know she’ll be safe.

Let’s pray for her, too.

Meanwhile, a story that did get nationwide coverage turned out to be false. A university student in Lafayette, Indiana, accused two Trump supporters of tearing off her hijab and stealing her wallet. Thankfully, she confessed to a lie. She should be charged:

The story made national headlines and was featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post and other national media outlets. Messages of love and support were found all over UL Lafayette’s campus after news of the attack spread.

It’s unclear whether the student will face charges for filing a false police report.

In closing, here is an interesting exchange from 2013. The_Donald calls it ‘the tweet that started it all’:

You can’t stump the Trump!

And, finally, a great summary of the past few weeks, also from The_Donald:

Protests aside, the next four years are going to be an exciting — and positive — time for all Americans. Trump has a Republican Congress and Senate to help him to restore the Great Republic. Outspoken radio show host Michael Savage says:

God’s hand is all over this election.

I truly believe it is.

MAGA!

An article which appeared in the state of Indiana’s Evansville Courier & Press in February 2012 highlighted the ongoing diminution of freedom resulting from heightened fear in America.

Senators from the Hoosier state were debating how far their smoking ban should go. This was the situation at the time of the debate:

On Tuesday, the state Senate gutted the smoking ban, which is House Bill 1149. The House had exempted casinos and fraternal clubs. The Senate added to that list bars and taverns, nursing homes, in-home businesses and others.

Those changes drew the anger of proponents who said the areas covered by the ban — restaurants, bowling alleys and hotel rooms — have already mostly banned smoking. They said what was left wasn’t much of a smoking ban at all.

On Wednesday, the Senate approved that version of the bill. It was the first time the full chamber had voted on a smoking ban, so the fact that even a weakened draft passed was a sign that proponents’ push has some life left.

The final result was a compromise, which came into effect on July 1, 2012:

The ban, which was a compromise between a stronger version originally passed by the House and a weaker one approved by the Senate earlier this year, will make Indiana the 38th state to prohibit smoking in most work places.

The new law excludes bars, private clubs, some home-based businesses and casinos, but it does apply to restaurants, bowling alleys and laundry mats [laundromats]. It also allows for stronger local ordinances, such as the one in effect in Evansville.

Back to the first article, however, and the debate in the Indiana senate. Here are some of the senators’ reactions (emphases mine):

Property rights:

Wednesday’s vote came after a debate over which should take the highest priority: health concerns or private property rights. Many of the conservatives in a chamber Republicans control 37-13 said they favor property rights.

“We’re telling government to step in on businesses and dictate policies to them,” said Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville. “Where does it end?”

Prohibition [more from Senator Tomes]:

He said there are many things he could do as a child, such as piling in the back of a pickup truck and going on a fishing trip, that could never be done again.

One thing government does real well is ban, prohibit and outlaw,” he said. “I guess I’m just happy we didn’t have this form of government back during westward expansion because I doubt whether those easterners would have ever got out of town on covered wagons without seat belts and child restraint seats.”

Loss of freedom:

Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, made a slippery-slope argument. He said eventually, government will tell individuals “what to do in every aspect of our lives.”

“We do it one step at a time,” he said, “because we get used to the freedoms we’ve lost, and those who come after us never realize the freedom that they don’t have.”

Now to the comments, which as one would expect in the 21st century, are laden with anti-smoking diatribes. Some readers, however, including non-smokers, recognise the issues involved — personal liberties and increasing fear:

janmac:  First, I am NOT a smoker and when I enter anywhere that is overpoweringly smoke filled, I turn around and go somewhere else. That is the choice all of us can make. If a bar/restaurant owner sees people leaving because of the somke, he will on his own, change his smoking rules. And until you pay the taxes and take the incentive to put your life savings into a bar, you do not have the right to tell anyone what his policies should be.
If you take a job in a bar, you know there will be smoking. Take a job where they don’t smoke.
If you need the government to make your dining or working decisions for you, that is a sad statement about your inability to choose wisely for yourself.
If you don’t want to go to a smokey place don’t go there.
Quit being a bunch of wusses and make your own decisions and quit depending on the government to make up your mind or someday the government will be so strong that you won’t have the chance to make your own decisions.

JackEngles: The issue is too much government not a smoking ban.

Indiana1816: Our Government is a Democratic Republic, and I am so thankful for that. Sen. Thomes asked the key question, “where does it end? ” Why stop with businesses, why not homes? Why stop with smoking, why not junk food? We are blessed with freedom, a freedom that many have died for, why should we just give it away piece by piece? I am a non-smoker, and i choose not to frequent places with high amount of smoke, but for sure the best person to set the policy for an individual bar is the bar owner, at least in the land of the free.

It was clear that the anti-smokers were fearful of dying from second-hand smoke, the sort of smoke anyone aged 50+ had been exposed to on a daily basis for many years.

Did we die? No, in fact, there are so many of us now that our children’s generation is trying to figure out how they can ethically exterminate us by working us to death or sending us to be euthanised!

Reader JackEngles made two more good points about anti-smokers’ fears.

One relates to food in general. Now, this was something that used to be taught in primary school science classes, not with regard to nicotine specifically but with ‘toxic’ substances in general. Our terrain and our bodies would share a number of these components — even if no one smoked. As teachers used to explain, it’s all in the amounts:

Just remember that the food sold in these venues also contains trace amounts of these 4700 chemicals, 200 poisons and 50 carcinogens. Food, like tobacco, is a biological material. Food, like tobacco, is comprised of the same amino acids, proteins, and carbohydrates. Food, like tobacco when heated produces the same byproducts, which are the same so-called trace amounts of substances which antismoking activists use to justify the elimination of tobacco smoke. The bottom line??? —anyone who eats in a restaurant, (or at home for that matter), is still exposed, and therefore still absorbing the same stuff, even after bans are in force.

The second relates to organ transplants, a subject I’ll get into at a later date. (Smokers are responsible for 49% of all organ donations in Britain.) Here, Jack referred to a physician’s explanation from 2010 in England’s Independent:

Chris Rudge, national clinical director for transplantation, said smoking was not the “issue” in the case of cystic fibrosis sufferer Lyndsey Scott, whose family have lodged a complaint after she received a double lung transplant from a 30-year smoker.

The 28-year-old, from Wigan, underwent the double transplant at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester in January last year and died in the July from pneumonia …

Mr Rudge, … speaking more generally, insisted that it mattered “far more” if lungs were working properly than if they were from a smoker.

It is nothing to do with the history of the donor, it is whether the organ is working or not, whether it is going to produce a successful transplant or not, and, in this particular case, smoking isn’t the issue.”

A spokeswoman for the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) said it had followed national guidelines …

“At UHSM we follow guidelines for organ retrieval which are based on the national guidelines set by UKTS (the UK Transplant Service) formerly, now NHSBT (NHS Blood and Transplant)

Joyce Robins, co-director of Patient Concern, told BBC Breakfast: “… “You can’t buy a pair of nice new organs from a shelf.”

Several years ago, one of my cousins, only a few years older than Miss Scott, required a liver transplant (no, he was not an alcoholic). Unfortunately, the transplant failed and he died.

Organ transplants are sensitive procedures and there are absolutely no guarantees as to whether they will work. But I digress.

The main thrust of this post is to encourage us to rethink our relationship with our governments — state and local. Can’t we take care of ourselves any longer? Can’t we make our own choices as responsible adults? Do we need Big Brother ‘protecting’ us at every turn?

Our children certainly have fewer liberties than we did. How far do we want to extend that?

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Postscript: For those wondering where the Democrats stood, they were pro-ban — for some, as far as it could go. More at the links. The final bill which was voted into law appears to allow for quite a bit of localism as to how bans can be implemented. Evansville has a widespread ban.

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