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Morons of Montgomery Co. MD Becoming #1 US Idiots

Finally, some one looks stupider than the clowns in Berkeley California! SC

FIRST NO SMOKE, NOW NO SANTA: MARYLAND TOWN TELLS JOLLY 'OLE NICK TO STAY HOME

A Maryland town in the very same county that tried banning cigarette smoking in homes, has now told Santa Claus to stay away from a public Christmas tree lighting!

The Montgomery County community of Kensington has banned the jolly old man from its annual tree lighting ceremony this Sunday. "Because two families in our town felt that they would be uncomfortable with Santa Claus being a part of our event," Mayor Lynn Raufaste said.

The Town Council banned Santa after the complaints.

In years past, Santa would arrive on a fire truck and light the tree with the mayor. But on Sunday, the mayor will do the honors herself.

"This is a part of the American life, and I just think it's a shame that we can't have one in our town this year," Raufaste said.

Montgomery County lawmakers recently passed legislation that would have regulated smoking in the privacy of people's homes.

The county reversed course this week after a rash of worldwide attention and a public opinion backlash.

"At least now Santa can stay at home and smoke, if nothing else, since he is now banned from the tree lighting," mocked one Montgomery County lawmaker on Wednesday. "We have become a national embarrassment."

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001

Global Ridicule Stubs Out Fanatical Anti-smoking Scheme

Big Brother won't be able to snoop into private homes in Maryland and punish smokers - for now.

After an outpouring of international mockery, Douglas M. Duncan, county executive of Democrat-dominated Montgomery County, on Tuesday reversed course and vetoed legislation that would have regulated smoking in the privacy of people's homes.

"It has become clear that the tobacco smoke provisions will be nothing more than a tool to be used in squabbles between neighbors and that significant resources will be used to address these complaints," Duncan stated in a memo to council president Blair Ewing, the Washington Times reported today.

"We've become the laughingstock of the world," said councilman Michael L. Subin, the Washington Post reported today.

The county council passed the provision last week as part of a package of indoor "air quality" standards. Perhaps the most restrictive anti-smoking measure in the nation, it would have created fines of up to $750 for people who smoke in their homes if the smoke crossed property lines and "offended" neighbors.

After columnist George Will compared the council to the Taliban on ABC's nationally televised show "This Week," journalists flooded the council with requests for interviews, and the Moscow Times even butted in with a column.

"I got put in the same bag as the Taliban," fretted councilman Howard A. Denis. "The public has spoken. The reputation of the county is literally at stake here."

Even American Civil Liberties Union, not known for its defense of property rights, denounced the scheme.

Some pols were unrepentant. "It's the same old saga - there's a significant vocal minority who do not want to see us regulate a lethal product," fumed councilman Steven A. Silverman. "What you are not hearing are the people who say this is a good thing, and if it saves a few lives, great."

However, most residents who contacted the council opposed the legislation as paternalistic, the newspapers said.

"While I fully support restricting smoking in public places, I am aghast at the prospect of such ridiculous antics arising from this council," wrote Joseph Wilmot of Poolesville.
 






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