Look, any more whippin' and this dead horse is just gonna be a pile of bones drying in the sun.
So, quickly and in order:
What I wrote was a carefully considered, well thought out response to not just your comment, but also Michael Hoffman's post as well as the smokers' rights question in general. If that constitutes a "diatribe" in your world, then you should move to a world with more dictionaries listing the word "diatribe" in them.
If you're going to respond to someone's post, especially in a negative way, you should damn well make sure you read through it thoroughly, not just "skim over it", if only so you can be sure of what it is you are responding to. If you're not going to take the time or make the effort to understand exactly what I said, then any response on your part has no validity whatsoever.
I guess you could
say I made the assumption that you were a smoker based on the fact that you used the word "we", as in "...we don't expect you to feel sorry for us
," and, "...we do expect the common courtesy due any human being
". By using the word "we", especially when you were responding to the previous two posts that both professed disdain for smokers, you implied not only that you were a smoker, but a smoker who felt put out by the municipal laws that prevent you from smoking in public places. Also, the fact that this thread is all about the potential hypocrisy of anti-smoking laws
might have been a tip off as to your intent and position on the subject.
Finally, once again it is you
who is making the assumptions in stating that I am not "up in arms about" deisel fumes, carbon monoxide fumes, or carbon dioxide fumes. Do you think because I didn't bring any of those things into the conversation that I am not concerned about them? Of course I'm concerned about air pollution of all kinds, but once again, this thread is about anti-smoking laws!!!
I chose not to bring those issues up because it would only muddy the discussion and steer us away from the real issues.
In fact, the more times I read your responses it occurs to me that perhaps you were simply not aware of the topic of this thread and have posted here by mistake!
P.S. That's all I've got. This has become silly and pointless. If you want to continue to take offense and get "up in arms" over it, you're on your own.
I'm going outside for smoke.
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