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#2675619 State your unpopular opinion *Mod Warning Post #'s 200 & 219*

Posted by 55fan on 10 May 2016 - 01:54 PM

FDA is now going to regulate cigars, and ecigs.


As a consumer of stogies - this really cheeses me off...F-ing feds.

That's the problem with people who pass rules. 
You give them an inch, they take a mile.

In Fargo, they put a no-smoking ban to a vote.  It didn't pass the first few times so they added an exemption for places that children weren't allowed.  Then it passed.  Most of the people who wanted to smoke in public wanted to do it in bars anyway.

Then they tried to pass one that would not allow people to smoke in bars.  They made a big deal to the public about how it would be good for business because now "anyone" could go in there.  No, they just changed the definition of "anyone".  No one was actually being kept out before.  They chose not to go in there.  They may have had good, solid, health-related reasons, but it was their choice.  Several non-smoking bars were opened, and they all failed.  No one wanted to go there if one of their group smoked, or if they smoked, even if only when drinking.

The only way they got that through was by adding an exemption for the one cigar place that offered sales and storage, as well as a lounge for people to smoke their cigars in.  That made sense.  People went there for the sole purpose of smoking.

Then they banned smoking in there.


What really got people irate is that with each step, businesses spent a good chunk of money to accommodate their customers.  Originally smoking was allowed if there was a separate area with its own ventilation. Businesses put them up.

Then, when it was moved outside, bars put up smoking shelters.  Now you can't smoke within 20 feet of a door, vent, or window, so all of that money was wasted.


Fortunately there is still one place they can't touch.  All of our casinos are on reservations.  Since they are run by a sovereign nation, they can set their own laws.  Many have voluntarily built separate non-smoking sections, but their business has increased from smokers looking for a night out.


No one would be half as mad about how things turned out if the non-smokers hadn't approached each step as a "compromise".  At first, smokers were glad to compromise.  Then as each "compromise" took away more, there was increased bitterness.  Eventually, the pretense of "compromise" was dropped, and smokers were left feeling cheated.  We jumped through all the hoops in the hopes that things would be fair.  We had our spaces; they had the rest.  Then they took ours too.


So we sit in casinos and our Native brethern say, "You didn't learn anything about treaties, did you?"

#2675188 Name That Band

Posted by 55fan on 05 May 2016 - 03:06 PM

Oh!  I've got it now!  Echo and the Bunnymen.

Why I needed the Liverpool hint to make the lightbulb go "bing" is beyond me.


High-ranking seafarers.

#2674799 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by 55fan on 01 May 2016 - 06:20 PM

We're all overlooking the simple solution:  Out-bid them.  The place hasn't been finished yet, so if one of the people who are "outraged" by this offered more than the expected price, that person would have the naming rights.


Oh, no one has the money?  Neither did Mike and Marian until they started Little Caesar's and earned it.

#2674038 Random Discussion Thread

Posted by 55fan on 27 April 2016 - 04:18 PM


That's beautiful.  I hope you don't mind if I use it. 
I'll also let Mary, Steve's wife see it.  In fact, I think I'll use it on facebook too.  I'll be sure to give you credit.

#2673688 Who gets the "A" when datsyuk leaves?

Posted by 55fan on 25 April 2016 - 10:13 PM

Abby has taken more of a vocal role with the media.  He also seems to be more of a locker room voice as he matures.  I think he gets the next A.  Larkin will get one eventually unless he is just a flash-in-the-pan, which I doubt will be the case.  He certainly looks like the real deal.  I hope his locker is next to Z's like Z's was next to Stevie's back in the day.

#2673369 LGW Moderator Problems

Posted by 55fan on 24 April 2016 - 02:26 PM

In all honesty, that's why I don't go into the GDT unless we're running away with a game.  I hit the GDT to admire Mikey & Co's handiwork and maybe some pre-game comments.

There's a huge difference between "That was a bad turnover; X has been bad these last few weeks." and "Xf****** sucks!  If Kenny resigns him, Kenny should be fired!  Kennyf****** sucks!  This whole teamf****** sucks!" and on and on with the sucking posts.

It gets to be like a pile-on when everyone is doing it, and that's all that's being done.  Sometimes I even ignore the people I usually watch with if it gets too bad.


If the conversation is like a bunch of friends having a beer and talking about the game, that's great.  If it sounds like a bunch of drunk girlfriends bitching about their men, it's not so fun.  I can't speak for a mod, but I'd bet that's the distinction that was made.

#2673365 We all know if you're a Hawks fan your upbringing was questionable

Posted by 55fan on 24 April 2016 - 01:46 PM


There's rudeness all around, but if we can catch the Hawks fans in the act, I say we roll with it.

#2673305 WCQF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Posted by 55fan on 23 April 2016 - 10:01 PM

You have one job, Blues.

Just get rid of Chicago.

After that... who cares?


(I call this the "Don't Blow This Haiku")

#2671320 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by 55fan on 19 April 2016 - 07:42 PM

Where's that good looking guy who put up the 43 posts for a game 4 victory thread?

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!

#2671315 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by 55fan on 19 April 2016 - 07:42 PM

Our 43 posts for a win worked!  HELM!!!!

#2670979 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by 55fan on 19 April 2016 - 04:26 PM

:wub: Mac :wub:


I feel that tonight is the night Tatar will bust loose.  You can tell he wants it so badly.

#2670532 Vote for your favorite tacky GDT!

Posted by 55fan on 17 April 2016 - 08:31 PM

I'm an idiot.  I just now realized that this is one of those polls where you click on a box and not just comment.  Ok, my vote has been officially cast.

#2669846 Was Moving To The East Worth It?

Posted by 55fan on 16 April 2016 - 04:50 PM

Not the be-all and end-all, but there is the factor of familiarity.  We knew the West teams better because we played them more often, and we played them in the playoffs.  Notice how we're more familiar with the Lightning than, say, Montreal. 


I think after a few more years, we'll be as aware of each East team's strengths and weaknesses as we were of the West's. 


Then, maybe, we can fix the rest.

#2669078 Money On The Board - 25 years worth of playoffs style!

Posted by 55fan on 15 April 2016 - 07:23 PM

I'm going to amend mine to $1 per point, rather than goal, by my boys.  The rest remains.  Now I at least owe some money. :)

#2668583 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by 55fan on 15 April 2016 - 05:40 AM

They say it isn't over until you've lost at home.  Let's make it over for Tampa Bay tonight.