Thursday, April 19, 2012

nicotine fit

Tobacco is nasty stuff. Its active ingredient, nicotine, besides being one of the two or three most addictive drugs, induces irritated, annoyed, angry, and even reckless speech and behavior in the user who suddenly finds him or herself cut off from it, even temporarily.

This is the roundabout way of introducing John Raese, a Republican running for the US Senate in West Virginia. Huffpo has an account of a speech of his a week ago during which:

Raese turned to Monongalia County's recently enacted smoking ban as an example of government overreach.

"But in Monongalia County now, I have to put a huge sticker on my buildings to say this is a smoke-free environment. This is brought to you by the government of Monongalia County. Okay?" he said. "Remember Hitler used to put Star of David on everybody’s lapel, remember that? Same thing."

Later on in the video, Raese calls President Franklin D. Roosevelt "General Roosevelt" and "Fidel Roosevelt."

OK, big guy, probably at this point you need to go outside and light one up. I don't say this to be critical. I've been there myself -- a ragehead for nicotine. But I have to tell you, I don't do that shit any more.

In the past. Raese has said he favors abolishing the minimum wage, and that the US should put "a thousand laser systems" in the sky to ward off a "rogue missile" attack, so on second thought, maybe he wasn't feening. Maybe he's just a nut.

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