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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

 

Could RUSH be right about the CIGAR TAX?


Rush's 2 cents on the cigar tax


I will admit that I am not a Rush fan. I am too moderate. But, to be totally honest, I could care less about most radio personalities. From time to time I do, however, catch a transcript. A caller, in the link above, is calling the proposed cigar tax a conspiracy against Mr. Limbaugh. Please. I hope that call was in jest- or perhaps from someone drunk. Actually, that sounds very much like the type of thing that I might propose when I am drunk.

To Rush: Let's be honest here, this will not pass with the Dem-power alone, so get on the horn an use some of that power to protect US smokers. If you do this for the US cigar smokers, I will owe you. And if you ever make it to San Jose, I will open my door and feed you the best cigars you have ever smoked and try to drink you under the table (or under the bar, as I do not have a table in my house just a 3 meter bar) with some of the finest Scotch south of the Rio Grande.

For once we do agree: This luxury tax is asinine.

Keith

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

 

A New Cigar Tax?

Cigar tax proposal threatens US retailers, Latin American countries

The rich may not care...
The upper-middle class may smoke less...
The middle class may stop smoking cigars...

Large cigar retailers may suffer...

Small cigar retailers WILL suffer...
Latin America's opinion of the States WILL NOT improve.

This is a time for the US Lawmakers to think outside the box, and ponder how this decision may affect their hard working constituents and regional partners.
I wonder how many members of Congress smoke... I wonder how many will stop smoking if this passes.

Keith

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Friday, June 08, 2007

 

Bush's Ban On Cuban Cigars in 2004, Just Plain Stupid

Wow... I bumped into this insightful observation, and I was in shock. It is pretty short, and worth the read.


No Cuban Cigars Abroad Too?

I will be the first to admit that I do not keep up with US laws as they come and go, but this one is a real shocker. Apparently in late September of 2004, a law went into affect that not only makes importation of Cuban merchandise (including cigars) illegal, but EVEN buying them abroad is illegal. I am speechless. This is the stupidest waste of time I have seen since the $12 million sting operation to arrest Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong fame) and 55 others for selling glass pipes.

I am not going to go into all the other things that US Government should be doing, because we all know what is going on, rather I am going to ask a few questions. Drop your morality here, and just think legally:
  • Is having sex with a prostitute in Canada illegal for a US citizen?
  • Is smoking a marijuana cigarette in Amsterdam illegal for a US citizen?
  • Is drinking a beer at age 16 in Austria illegal for a US citizen?
  • Is consensual sex with a 15 year old in the Czech Republic illegal for a US citizen (not from South Carolina)?
  • Is driving 100 mph in the United Arab Emirates (where they allow it) illegal for a US citizen?
I understand some of these laws are state laws, but I am making a point.

The "land of the free" needs to look the word "free" up in the dictionary, because that "freedom" is the rationale they use to send the "brave" into battle. Let us smoke in peace.

TC-Keith

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

 

Nice Cuban Cigar Article on CNN


The color and complexity of Cuba's cigars

This is from a couple weeks ago, but it is a nice short read if you have not seen it.

Very accurate... other than, in my opinion, the "strict quality control in factories" part near the end

Enjoy the read,

Keith

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Friday, November 10, 2006

 

Cuba Defends its Rights to Cohiba Cigars

Cohiba Tug Of War
This situation will only get more difficult if/when things change. I have heard opinions that the non-Cuban companies that market the non-Habano Cuban brands have made deals with the original families that "lost" these historical brand names- most of which have left Cuba.

Cohiba, however, is different in that it was created after the Revolution. I feel that the historical brand names will end up back with the owners at the time of the Revolution, but what will happen with Cohiba? There are two Dominican Cohiba brands... Time will tell. On this one, I side with Cuba. I think that Cuba/Habanos S.A. will have the international right to this brand name.

I sometime think that Cohiba, now the most well respected brand name, was an brilliant positioning move by Habanos S.A. that will give them the ability to produce cigars for the U.S. market sometime in the future. An established name, that was not acquired by "eminent domain."

TC-Keith

Read more at ACN - Cuban News Agency

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

 

ESPN.com - NBA - Cigar store ritual ends with Red's passing

Every cigar smoker should read this one.

Read more at sports.espn.go.com/nba/...

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

 

Habanos, the dictator's choice!

Saddam Smoking Cuban Cigars in Jail
Saddam smokes Cuban cigars in jail

Not fair! I think that US Law should carry over into a US Military bases, atleast for ruthless dictators that are in cusdody.

If a criminal like Saddam can smoke in a US Military base, shouldn't US Citizens be able to smoke in their homes.

This doesnt add up to me...

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

 

This is my dream.... A Smoking Club and Cigar Shop

Smoking Club & Cigar Shop

Photo by Phil Skinner :: From ACJ.COM
If you have to sign up to see this link, I appologize- I hate that.

I visited a shop like this near my home town, but it was a joke... One know-it-all teenager that kept his ash on the cigar to the point of sillyness (his fater owned the place), a woman that looked like the secratery, and two guys that looked completely shot out.

The lockers in the back, a handful of respectable gentleman casually enjoying the good life. In today's world, this is what people need to escape.

My Smoking Club will include:
  • The finest selection of premium cigars, focusing on limited production hard/impossible to find smokes
  • The best conditions to keep cigars, with rental lockers available
  • A cigar roller (most likely myself) willing to inform cigar smokers.
  • A casual yet elegant atmosphere, appealing to specific smokers that want the best
  • A computer with internet, for client use
  • A couple of gaming tables
My dream is to open up a shop like this, and give it a club feel. If things go well for me, in 10 years I will be there, and I hope to see you there with me.

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