What a strange story in The Washington Post today, regarding the Virginia state ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, which thankfully goes into effect today.
For the most part, the reporter seems instantly nostalgic for the good ol’ days, when one could freely pollute the air in such establishments.
One can appreciate the irony to some extent of a smoking ban in sunny Virginia, where the crop was introduced to America. But it’s a strange bias on the part of the reporter and editor to seem to wax nostalgic about second-hand smoke.
I will say this, though: Bars and restaurants in my adopted home state just became a lot more pleasant. There’s a local I might even start frequenting again.
Also in The Washington Post today, Richard Cohen hits a home run:
The truth is that if Maj. Nidal Hasan, the accused killer of 13 people at Fort Hood, had entered the officers club there with a nice handbag on his arm, perhaps a Gucci tote, he would have been out of the Army by the end of the week. Since he was merely antisocial, a misfit, an incompetent psychiatrist and a likely Islamic fanatic, he was retained and promoted. This says something about America. On the subject of gays, we are a tad nuts ourselves.