Friday, January 1, 2010

A Little Bitty Tear Let Me Down

The year was 1959. I was stationed in Ankara Turkey serving my country. Fresh out of high school, and in a foreign country. The three years I served was an eye opening experience, and one that stayed with me for the rest of my life. It also instilled in me what a great country I lived in.

The time in Turkey also showed me what most people take for granted did not exist. Like toilet paper, matches, decent cigarettes. We had ration cards for cigarettes, and liquor. Use them up before the end of the month and you were sol.

The year is 2010. The country USA. Or should I say Commie USA. First my stupid government tries to tax my cigarettes out of existence. Oh yea it's for the children's insurance. Bull shit. It's for money and control. It gets even worse. Now we have to try and smoke cigarettes that go out by themselves. WTF Again for our own protection. Who the hell asked you to protect me? I've lived for 68 years without your help. 20 years ago I could roll my own. The tax increase on loose tobacco was even steeper than the cigarettes. So I have accepted the tax increase on my cigarettes (must save the children-even tho it's the parents job) Well I guess I'll go back to rolling my own again. But wait you bastards must be reading my mind. I've been in the woods to long, and out of the news loop. Senate Bill S1147 short version. ALL CIGARETTES, RYO,AND SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCTS ARE NON MAILABLE. WTF? Well you shitheads will now make me drive to other states to find what I want? Can't buy off the internet any more. Not only the Post Office, but all the carriers, UPS,Fed-ex etc will not deliver tobacco products. It's enough to make a grown man cry. And yes it's a bad bad bad habit, but it's MINE. And don't give me no shit about me burdening the medical system. I take care of myself remember-I take no pills, eat healthy, and am physically fit.

To bad my government worries so much about me, and not about our fine service members. But that's another rant. All I want is to be left alone, and enjoy my vices for what time I have left. I guess that's to much to ask. Wish I could re-enlist, but then my government would not let me win the war. Shit another rant. Sorry I'm starting the year with an attitude.

God Bless.

See Ya


Diogenes said...

Don't feel alone.

Far more of us out here only want to be "left alone". We don't need Mama State showing us how to live, we learned how and do pretty daggum well on our own.

There are more that would fold like cards if they had to fend for themselves and that is what is turning this country into the Socialist Democracy(would say republic, but I don't feel represented, I am sure you don't either)that it is.

Stay in the woods. I won't be long from that myself. I thought about re-enlisting again myself. Then I realized that they are keeping so many away from the mess they are creating, and targeting those that have returned as 'potential domestic terrorists' for a reason. Think about what that means then shed that tear. We are on the verge of something much bigger, and it won't be pretty.

doubletrouble said...

"Earned attitude" is exempt from excessive ranting controls.

SciFiChick said...

Rant away! I'm right there with ya.

Grumpyunk said...

So far in Indiana at least, pipe tobacco hasn't been hit much with the huge taxes as other forms of tobacco. I've been buying what's listed as pipe tobacco and rolling it. I can't tell any difference between it and cigarette tobacco. Except that it's about 1/2 the price. It ain't a Marlboro but it's smokable ok.

daddynewton said...

grumpyunk mentioned the loophole. pipe tobacco did not get an increase in taxes.they are making it now for stuff your own machines.senate could outlaw mail order at any time but havent yet.1 lb. bag is still 15 dollars plus shipping will make 2.5 cartons.looks like we will have to grow our own. hang in there and gl

Paladin said...

When I still smoked, I had thought about trying to grow my own in the backyard. I never looked too closely at the idea but I sure would now.

Of course, that will just mean they'll pass a law against people doing that. They are like sharks with blood in the water. Once the feeding frenzy starts they're all over it any where they get a wiff of money.

Mayberry said...

Plenty of folks grow weed at home. Guess we'll just have to take a page outta their playbook...