R.I.P. Michael Jackson

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The King of Pop has passed away at the age of fifty. My condolences to the Jackson family in this time of grief. The hearts of the nation, of the entire world, mourn with you in this time of tragedy.

The man has left us, but The Legend will never die. He lives on in his fans across the world and across all cultures. His spirit lives with his vast contribution to popular music and music at large. He will be forever missed.

Tobacco Taxes

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I only think one thing about the issue of Tobacco Taxation:

Alcohol Taxation
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I only think one thing about the issue of Tobacco Company Regulation:

Drug Company Regulation.

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Alcohol Taxation:

If the drug being taxed was alcohol instead of tobacco the public outcry would tear down the establishment in days, if not hours.

I’m not even against a “Sin Tax.

I just think that smokers have become the latest minority to persecute at the benefit of the masses. That’s all.

Drug Company Regulation:

Double-blind studies on all FDA approved pharmaceuticals and removing all conflicts of interest between FDA regulators and drug companies are far more important matters for the FDA to address than clamping down on the Nicotine-Addiction Industry.

Once again I’m not directly opposed to the new federal regulations placed on the Tobacco Industry.

I only think that this wastes time and uses yet another federal agency in a futile misdirection of vital government resources.

Obama Cairo Speech

Associated Press:President Barack Obama addressed a wide array of issues, including the Iraq war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in his address to Muslims in Cairo Thursday. (June 4)

Alan Colmes quoted a series of reactions to the speech on his website:

“The part of Obama’s speech regarding the Palestinian issue is an important step under new beginnings. … This is the beginning of a new American policy and this policy is creating a new atmosphere to build the Palestinian state.” – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:

Two Stories Worth Note From Scientific American

“Meditation on Demand” by Peter B. Reiner

“Why People Believe Invisible Agents Control The World” by Michael Shermer