The World According to Feck

Monday, 01 August 2011 04:51

The PACT Act and the Weinergate Legacy

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RW Hubbard is also Publisher of The Snuff Taker's EphemerisIt's just under 100 days since Anthony Weiner accidentally posted a photo of his penis to his public Twitter account. In the ensuing scandal of lies, attempted cover-ups and general sleaziness that followed, Weiner was forced to resign from Congress and was exposed as the typical crooked politician that he is.   

But far from blasting him to pieces for his debauchery and corrupt political career, we wish to thank Anthony Weiner for proving what we've been saying all along.

See, we have always contended that the people behind the PACT Act were some of the most corrupt, vile, and downright sickening politicians in a sea of corrupt, vile, and sickening politicians. Instead of rushing to prove us wrong, Weiner popped up and bared his sleaziness for all of the world to see.

We don’t really care about his Weiner pics on twitter, or all of the indiscriminate affairs he coordinated in his private life. No, we care about all of the illegal things he did while serving as a Representative to the state of New York. But it seems that only crazy “fringe” journalists like ourselves care about such trivialities. It takes naked dong pics to get the rest of the world interested in a politician’s back pages. And once they started digging, they were shocked by some of the antics that we've been discussing for years. Antics that nobody wanted to hear about from us crazy tobacco bloggers.

Aside from all the state and federal crimes Weiner committed by lying and trying to cover up the penis pic scandal, he’s had a long and illustrious career in deceiving the public for his own gain. Weiner, the bleeding heart liberal who “loves” black people, began his career by distributing anonymous race-baiting cards that identified his opponents with black politicians that were strongly disliked by his predominately Jewish constituency.  Hot off the heels of the 1991 Crown Heights race riot, the move was viewed by both democrats and republicans as a particularly cunning use of racist propaganda in order to sway votes. The tactic paid off, making Weiner the youngest councilman in the history of New York City.
Saturday, 05 February 2011 13:30

A Real Snus Review - 2011 Releases not all Great

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Hello ladies and gents. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a column here at SC, but we’ve been busy as sin trying to get the new issue of the Ephemeris up and running. I’mGet the next issue of Snuff Taker's Ephemeris or you won't know stuff putting the finishing touches on it now, but I wanted to take a few minutes to comment on some of the new snus that has come out since my last column. I know that I normally don’t do reviews or anything, but I just had to get some of this off my chest.

First: the good. Jägarpris from AG Snus is the first new snus since Lucky Strike Bold to really make me excited. The portions are super comfortable, ultra-wet and have a cool pseudo-threaded design at the seam. The container is really comfortable sitting in your back pocket and the label is simple and classy.

The flavor of Jägarpris may be a touchy subject for some of you. I’m one of the three guys in the world that liked Level snus, which was sadly discontinued some time back. Level has a bad rep on most of the snus forums, but I could never understand why. It was reminiscent of General’s traditional bergamot, salt and citrus flavor, but the citrus was tweaked just a tiny bit and the salt & pepper spiciness was way more in-your-face than General. It never got bitter on me, even if I had it in for an hour. Best of all, Level was 2.49 a can when most name brand snus was 3.39 a tin. About the only thing I didn’t like about Level was that it didn’t feature a catch lid, which really didn’t matter much to me anyway.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 18:02

Remembering Tom Dunn

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As some of you may have heard, Mick and I have entered the publishing business with The Snuff Taker's Ephemeris; a bi-monthly periodical devoted to all things snus and snuff. I wanted to share with SnusCENTRAL one of the many roads that lead me to want to do a book on tobacco.  It would be a crime to omit the name of Tom Dunn from the story. This essay is dedicated to the memory of Tom Dunn, 1938-2005.

Most people remember Tom as the founder and publisher of The Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris, which he put out regularly from 1965 until his death of stomach cancer in 2005. TPSE, as it was more commonly known by its readers, was the single best tobacco-related periodical ever concocted. Tom never made much off of his magazine (in fact, he probably didn't even break even), so TPSE was a true labor of love in every sense of the word.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010 16:58

Obama Hears a Help

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Obama Hears a “Help!”

A satirical poem by R.R. Hubbard

(With apologies to Dr. Seuss)

On the fifteenth of May, in the County of Cook,
Swimming in the green pool of money he took,
He was splashing…concocting more ploys …
When Barack Obama heard a small noise.

Upon hearing the news of New York City's ban on flavored tobacco products, I was immediately reminded of the tale of Wilhelmus Kieft, one of the first governors of what would later become New York State.

Wilhelmus Kieft (also known as Willem Kieft) was, like Bloomberg, a privileged lad who sailed to the lofty ranks of provincial leadership on the strength of his own family's fortune. Like Bloomberg, Kieft also switched political allegiances like some people swap clothing. Whichever party seemed particularly suited towards keeping his cash flow uninterrupted, Kieft belonged to. And also like Bloomberg, Kieft had strong socialist tendencies. The two men share an almost identical habit of banning whatever activities that they personally dislike. This article examines some of those prohibitions, and like all articles I write for, the emphasis is on tobacco.

With all the recent legislation that aims to prohibit the use of tobacco among adult consumers, we often forget about the people caught in the middle: the tobacco farmer. The American tobacco farmer is the first link in the chain that stretches from the planted seed to the hand-delivered package that arrives on our doorsteps or the sealed container that we buy at the convenience store.

While the tobacco companies and the anti-tobacco coalitions make money hand over fist regardless of outside circumstances, the farmer is only as good as his crop. His laurels rest on what he can produce today, and what he can produce tomorrow.

A little over a hundred years ago, a literal war was fought in the tobacco growing hills of southwestern Kentucky and northern Tennessee, an area known as the "Black Patch". All sides that participated have been viewed equally as heroes or villains, depending on who is telling the tale. I set out with this article to be as objective as possible, and to paint the events as they happened.

The ramifications of the war are still resonant today, but many people are unaware of this curious (and disturbing) chapter in American history. Let's look back at what became known as the Black Patch War of 1906.

R.R. "Feck" HubbardThe "Age of Enlightenment" was a time in world history that was characterized by massive revolutions in thought, government, religion, arts, science, economics, and humanity. Beginning roughly with the publications of philosopher René Descartes philosophical and mathematical rationalizations of the 1630's, and ending with the French Revolution in 1789, the movement was a general call to arms from a world escaping the "dark ages" of European Middle History.

The movement could best be summarized by one word: "rebellion". The people questioned, and subsequently rejected, the authority of their kings and governments. The "rationalists" (as they were known) pondered the authority of the Church in presiding over God's laws. Science was elevated into something beyond the blasphemous alchemy that it was viewed as previously. Philosophy was seen as something important and potentially dangerous, and not just as something that homosexual poets wrote to impress one another. The poor rebelled against the rich ruling class, and the "bourgeois" were put to death in violent, public coups.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009 13:21

Forget Camel SNUS: The REAL History of Snus in America

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QUESTION: what do Red Seal American Snuff and Röda Lacket Swedish Snus have in common?  ANSWER: At one time, they were one and the same!

RedSeal and Roda Lacket: The missing link in Swedish to American SnusTo kick off my new column, I wanted to take a look over the course of the next couple of articles at the long history of snus in America. That's right- snus in America. You may be surprised to learn that snus has been here almost as long as it has been in Sweden, and it didn't just pop up overnight when RJR dropped the Camel SNUS bomb. The Swedes have been immigrating here, off and on, steadily for the last two hundred years, and they've always brought their snus with them.

Let's flash back a bit to my last article, American Moist Snuff versus Swedish Snus. In it, I outlined the difference between snus and dip, with a focus on Copenhagen and Ettan, which were both introduced in 1822. If you'll recall, Copenhagen was the first "dipping" tobacco manufactured in this country. It was derived from an old Scandinavian snus recipe. Unlike American dry snuff, the moisture content was pretty high in Copenhagen. The Swedes preferred their snuff "wet" since they wadded it up and put it under their lip.



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