Thursday, December 30, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I have always felt that the Tea Party Movement was not a mere rebellion against taxes but rather a fight against dark spiritual forces threatening freedom and life in America. Dana Loesch confirms this with her new forearm tattoo: Ephesians 6:12-14
The cited verse reads:
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."
Posted by Bill Hannegan at 3:15 AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The RFT continues to do a great job covering the Camp Zoe theft.
Posted by Bill Hannegan at 2:26 PM
Monday, December 20, 2010
The St. Louis City and County smoking bans were sold on the premise that the St. Louis heart attack rate would plummet due to the bans. Turns out, according to a just published study, that's not going to happen.
From Dr. Michael Siegel's blog:
"A new study by researchers from the RAND Corporation, Center for Studying Health System Change, University of Wisconsin, and Stanford University is the first to examine the relationship between smoking bans and heart attack admissions and mortality trends in the entire nation, using national data. All previous U.S. studies only examined one particular city. In contrast, this study examined data from the Nationwide Inpatient Survey (NIS), which is nationally representative and includes 20% of all non-federal hospital discharges in the United States. The study appears in the Winter 2011 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Without a doubt, this is the most definitive study yet conducted of the short-term effects of smoking bans on cardiovascular disease.
To give you an idea of the scope of this study compared to previous ones, the Helena study involved a total of 304 heart attack admissions in one community over a period of six months. This study examined a total of 673,631 heart attack admissions and more than 2 million heart attack deaths in 467 counties across all 50 states over an 16-year period.
This study fails to find any significant short-term effect of smoking bans on heart attack admissions or heart attack mortality, although a small effect cannot be ruled out. The study refutes the claims from previous studies that smoking bans result in a short-term reduction in heart attacks in the range of 20-40%, as many anti-smoking groups are asserting. It also refutes the conclusion of the Institute of Medicine that smoking bans result in immediate, substantial declines in heart attack admissions."
Posted by Bill Hannegan at 8:31 PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Is cigarette smoke a uniquely dangerous smoke? My sons box at a gym that burns incense, one son blacksmiths and another welds. My daughter is going to a party with a bonfire. Should their smoke exposure concern me as far as heart disease? Or is cigarette smoke the only kind that can be lethal in very small doses?
Posted by Bill Hannegan at 9:15 PM
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Dear Members of the St. Louis County Council,
I hope that you will support Councilman Burkett's bill to exempt bars in casinos that would otherwise be exempt if located in St. Louis County outside a casino. St. Louis County voters clearly voted to allow smoking in these establishments and there is nothing wrong with the Council correcting glitch in a law so that the law more perfectly fulfills the obvious will of the voters. I don't believe any County business would have any objection to Councilman Burkett's attempt to make the County smoking ban more fair in its application and more reflective of the will of County voters.
Posted by Bill Hannegan at 10:43 AM
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Dear Mayor Slay and Directors of the St. Louis City Health Department,
I attended the deliberations of the Health and Human Services Committee during which the exemptions to the St. Louis City Smoke Free Air Act of 2009 were crafted. During the 3 hour meeting, after proposing a bar exemption based on square footage, Alderman Craig Schmid explicitly rejected tying the exemption to any percentage of food sales, saying he wanted "to encourage lots of food" and not just drinking. Furthermore, the later exclusion of kitchen space by the full Board of Aldermen from the square footage totals clearly showed that the aldermen had in mind the exemption of venues with substantial food sales. It was clear to those present at the committee meeting and final deliberations of the full Board of Aldermen that the aldermen intended to allow smoking for five years in establishments in which drinking was the main attraction. Hence not restaurants. But they clearly believed such exempted drinking establishments might have food sales of 50 percent or more.
Posted by Bill Hannegan at 6:41 PM