At midnight tonight, state smoking ban takes effect

This makes me incredibly happy. The stupid part of this law is that there is a 25′ foot clause, meaning you technically can’t be standing (for example in line) within 25′ of the entrance. Aside from that I’m all for this. I lived in WeHO when there was smoking and the night the no-smoking went into effect I was at Mickey’s celebrating my birthday (Jan 1st). I remember how funny it was that not moments ago I was legally allowed to smoke but suddenly I was no longer able to. I’ve since quit smoking, 2 or 3 years ago this past June. Anyway, I’m definately going out this weekend.

When Initiative 901 takes effect Thursday, cigarettes will have to be snuffed out in all bars, public places and card rooms. There are no exceptions in the nation’s strictest statewide ban, aside from Indian casinos.

Spokane's mayor ousted in recall vote

Good Riddens If this were any other City employee they’d have been out on there ass faster than you can say inapropriate use of tax payers dollars.

Spokane Mayor James West was recalled from office Tuesday in a special election prompted by news accounts that he offered City Hall jobs and perks to young men he met in a gay Internet chat room.

How to brand the Bush administration

Mark Frauenfelder:
Over at the Huffington Post, Larry Beinhart offers Democrats a number of suggestions for branding the Republican party, just as the Democratic party was branded by the Republicans in the last election.

The Bush campaign branded Kerry as a flip-flopper and soft on terror. Kerry failed to brand Bush as anything. And the chicken-hawk defeated the war hero.

Democrats and liberals have still failed to brand Bush and the Republicans as anything in particular. Here are some suggestions.

President Loser: Let us count the things that were lost on Bush’s watch, then let us hang them around his neck, like big French medals. He immediately lost the budget surplus. Then he lost the World Trade Center. Damn near lost the Pentagon too. Then he lost America’s moral standing in the world. He lost an entire American city – New Orleans. Nobody’s ever lost a whole American city before. Then, he lost the War in Iraq.

The Grand Old Hypocrisy Party: These were the guys who were going to restore honor to the White House. Bush was a uniter, not a divider. These people are not occasionally found in a hypocritical situation – they are professional hypocrites. They name things the opposite of what they are. Clear Skies means more mercury in the air. A Jobs and Stimulus Package, that actually loses jobs. The president calls his home a ranch, but it’s got no cattle, no horses neither. Bush pretends to run a clean campaign and has Carl Rove slander John McCain and the Swift Boat Veterans slander John Kerry.

Link (thanks, Ted!)