Something to ponder..

Check your change bowl at home, perhaps you have one of these..


The man on the face of this coin is Martin Van Buren. He served one term as the President of the United States from 1836 to 1840. He is most noted for having laid the foundations for the Democratic Party and the modern political machine. This little fact makes Van Buren a rather unique individual however, he is also unique for another very interesting reason. Among all of the former presidents of the United States and including Nixon, Ford, Bush, Johnson, You name him, Van Buren is the only man that is not a descendant of the medieval King John of England Also known as John Lackland. John Lackland was the King of England from April 1199 until his death in 1216.

You might think that Barack Obama doesn’t qualify for this unusual family tree but, you would be sadly mistaken my friend because Barack Obama is ALSO included in this blood line through his white mother, Ann Dunham.

From the inception of the United States to this very day, each and every president of the United States with the exception of Martin Van Buren share this common ancestry with King John of England.

And even though Martin Van Buren wasn’t actually a great president being soundly defeated in his bid for a second term by the Whig Party’s James K. Polk, I’ll at least give him this one saving grace for not being one of the “good ol’ boys”.

I keep one of these Martin Van Buren $1 coins in my pocket where ever I go. I figure If I keep this coin I’ll never go broke.. And I’ll always have something to talk about with someone if they are willing to listen.

This truly remarkable discovery was made by a then 12 year old young lady named BridgeAnne d’Avignon, of Salinas, California back in 2012.


The BMJ censors cogent comments

A few days ago, I left a comment for a one Dr Frank Ashall on the British Medical Journal web site in regard to a comment he left on an article concerning electronic cigarettes.
The link is below.

Public Health Moralists are promoting harm – BMJ

I left a comment to Dr. Ashall because I thought his moral high ground was flawed and narrow minded, and I still do. The BMJ however removed my comment with no reason that I am aware of. Perhaps it was at Dr Ashall’s request, who knows. It certainly was not for questionable content. Regardless of the reason, I will repost my reply to Dr. Ashall below. Censorship is cowardly and the BMJ nor Dr Ashall won’t have the luxury of removing my comment from here.

Ashall’s comment:

Dr Frank Ashall to David Sweanor • 5 months ago

I think that your statements are as much “moralistic” as the ones you criticize as being moralistic. By making the debate a “moralistic” issue, you fail to recognize the importance of solid scientific data (or lack of it) as well as the potential public health harms of e-cigarettes, which are being sold by most companies for profits, appealing to youth, and not so much for potential health benefits.

In the 1950s the cigarette industry introduced cigarette filters and convinced millions of smokers that they were safe. It turns out that filters are no safer than not having them, and even may have contributed to increased prevalence of adenocarcinoma, a now-common type of lung cancer.

Claims of safety are not always correct, and experience and wisdom should tell us that proper regulation and scientific studies are needed. Products sold, in an unregulated way and particularly for profit, in 8000 flavours and containing nicotine, an addictive substance that can also cause direct harm itself, need to be regulated properly.

If e-cigarettes can help some people quit smoking, let them be made available to those smokers in a regulated way, and not sold in shops to youth as if they were candy.

My comment:

gotsteam to Dr Frank Ashall 2 days ago – Removed

Two months later and no reports of vapor causing any harm to humans as yet.. Time will show and I’ll be waiting.
Oh and wondering if you heard that Public Health England concludes that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking.
Key findings of the review include:

1) The current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking

2) Nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking

3) There is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers

I wonder how many pediatricians in the UK belong to PHE..
Scare monger much?

Oh, and if the BMJ removes my most recent comment to Dr. Ashall left 30 minutes ago, it is duly reported below as well.

gotsteam to Dr Frank Ashall • 22 minutes ago

“If e-cigarettes can help some people quit smoking, let them be made available to those smokers in a regulated way, and not sold in shops to youth as if they were candy.”

You mean like they do in convenience stores selling regular cigarettes Frank?

My money is on the BMJ removing my comment but I won’t rule out Dr. Ashall having something to do with it as well.

Butthurt much Frank?


Remote Control Helicopter folds Into Controller


RC helicopters are a whole lot of fun. Problem is, they’re big and bulky and no one enjoys walking around with a large bag in tow. While there’s plenty of options in small radio-controlled flyers, we’re guessing this Mini Folding IR RC Helicopter will trump them all in the portability department.

Made by Docooler, the RC helicopter isn’t just tiny, it folds into an even smaller bundle, too. How small? Small enough that it can actually fit into a slot on the included remote, so it’s the only thing you need to carry with you.

B.S. Form letter Senator Boxer has sent me THREE times regarding vapor products

Dear Mr. @gotsteem:

Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views with me. Your comments will help me continue to represent you and other Californians to the best of my ability. Be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this or similar issues.

If you would like additional information about my work in the U.S. Senate, I invite you to visit my website, From this site, you can access my statements and press releases about current events and pending legislation, request copies of legislation and government reports, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for my constituents. You may also wish to visit to track current and past federal legislation.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I appreciate hearing from you.

Barbara Boxer

United States Senator

Tobacco States Say E-Cigarettes Are Safe

As the FDA continues to look at regulating the e-cigarette industry and many cities across the world are implementing no e-cigarette smoking bans, the latest study on the use of e-cigarettes may be clouding the picture.

On July 30th the journal Addiction published a study on the health risks of e-cigarettes. One of the study’s researchers is Thomas Eissenberg, the co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. Eissenberg stated, “current evidence suggests that there is a potential for smokers to reduce their health risks if electronic cigarettes are used in place of tobacco cigarettes and are considered a step toward ending all tobacco and nicotine use.” Some proponents of e-cigarettes are using this study as proof of the e-cigarette’s safety. In the “for what it’s worth” category, keep in mind that VCU is located in the heart of tobacco country, the home of Philip Morris USA, the tobacco division of Altria Group, Inc.

Eissenberg says that the e-cigs are a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes—which may be true at this point in time when we have little long-term research to speak safely about the health risks of e-cigs. He notes that e-cigs would be safer when used as a tool for “ending all tobacco and nicotine use”. But, unfortunately, e-cigarettes are not being used exclusively by people who want to stop using tobacco products. With their candy flavorings and clever marketing, e-cigs are attracting a much younger customer base, many of whom have never smoked traditional cigarettes.

Dr. Norman Edelman, a senior medical consultant for the American Lung Association feels we do not have enough information to effectively weigh the benefits with long-term risks.”It is imperative that the FDA finalize proposed e-cigarette regulations by the end of 2014,” he said. “The FDA needs to crack down on quit-smoking and other health claims that e-cigarette companies are making,” Edelman said. (HealthDay, 7/30)

It’s too soon to give e-cigarettes the seal of approval. And, while many of the proponents of e-cigarettes say e-cigs are mainly for tobacco users who are trying to quit, as discussed in earlier articles, the CDC is reporting a significant increase in sales and use of e-cigarettes among middle-schoolers and teens. According to the CDC, “altogether, in 2012 more than 1.78 million middle and high school students nationwide had tried e-cigarettes.”

What might be considered a small health risk for a tobacco-addicted adult is not the same for children as young as 10 years of age who are inhaling nicotine-laced products, which are known to contain the same chemicals found in antifreeze.

Last month the American Medical Association asked for tighter restrictions on the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes. “The AMA’s recommendations include a minimum age of purchase; childproof packaging; restrictions on flavors that appeal to young people, and a ban on unsupported claims that the devices help people quit smoking.”

Let’s not necessarily view this most recent study as a sign that e-cigarettes are safe. Perhaps they are safer than traditional, tobacco cigarettes, and perhaps they help cigarette smokers quit smoking, but classifying e-cigs as “safe” may be a bit premature. The FDA can use this one piece of data as it gets an overall, broad picture of the uses and risks of e-cigarettes. Until we know the whole story, a very cautious approach, at a minimum, should be used when discussing e-cigarettes.

Cleveland Bans E-Cigarettes In Public Places

The Cleveland City Council, in a unanimous vote late Wednesday agreed to expand a 2011 ordinance against tobacco smoking in public places to e-cigarettes, IdeaStream reported.
The Ohio-based city had already banned cigarette smoking in publicly-owned outdoor areas such as parks, community gardens, and within 150 feet of public places like City Hall and the convention center. But now those rules also apply to electronic cigarettes.
Cleveland follows in the footsteps of other major cities that have banned e-cigarettes, including New York and Chicago.

Kemp Hannon, no friend to vapers OR smokers

New York E-Liquid ban

By creating this piece of legislation to ban e-cigarette liquid within New York, Senator Kemp Hannon is practically announcing to the planet that he is firmly tucked into the back pocket of big tobacco. This attack on the e-cigarette industry has nothing to do with the dangers of e-liquid and everything to do with taxes. By banning the sale of e-liquid, Senator Hannon is basically trying to hand the industry over to the huge tobacco giants and their disposable single use 1st generation devices. Big tobacco pays mountains of money in taxes to New York and this will ensure it stays that way as new taxes on e-cigarettes are sure to follow. To me, it’s as obvious as stripes on a zebra.

Kemp Hannon’s use of the recent NYTimes irresponsible newspaper article that reports about non existent soaring child poisonings and the unrealistic buying of nicotine by the barrel to lay the ground work for this foolish and callow bill is ridiculous. It is a perfect example of the tail wagging the dog. The dance between Big Media and Big Politics is just like the dance between the FDA and Big Pharma and it’s evil. These bullshit attacks on perfectly legal businesses has to stop!

Senator Hannon is truly a legislator that has no concern for the cigarette smokers or vapers of New York or anywhere else for that matter and lacks any vision of a society free from deadly cigarette smoke. I’m afraid Senator Hannon and many other vision-less legislators bottom lines are the mountains of tax revenues that are slowly eroding away from them due to increased sales and usage of non sin-taxed e-cigarettes. They are desperate to stop the hemorrhaging of their precious source of tobacco cigarette tax revenue. They want your money, they don’t give a shit about your life. That’s the truth.

twenty seven b slash six


Wow, just wow. I haven’t laughed this much in a long time.
David, you are brilliant. Not as brilliant as the light of a
thousand suns but pretty close.

Needless to say, if you want to be amused with some truly
great writing, whether these are fiction or not, get ready
for some fun.


apparently, censors cogent comments

In this article,

Lawmakers in Olympia, WA have approved a 75% tax that I will call EXTORTION on the e-cigarette industry. Thats a great way to push a business out of state that will more than likely be generating tens of billions of dollars within a few short years. Way to go Olympia.

I left a comment on their website earlier tonight and they censored it. Hmmm, why would that be? Well here is my comment.

I don’t understand how they can arbitrarily tax e-cigs. There is absolutely no proof of harm to users or bystanders. Does this mean they can tax aspirin because people want to get rid of a headache now too? Cigarettes are taxed based on the scientific proof of harm they do to people’s health. What is their excuse here? Hearsay and maybe’s? Is this LEGAL?

Didn’t the colonies split from England because of oppressive taxation? What the hell have we become? Time to start tossing these greedy bums out of those cushy taxpayer paid offices and elect representatives that listen to the citizens instead of thinking for themselves.

Kudos To Rep. Cary Condotta for standing up for vapers rights. Vapers vote, we are socially connected electronically and we remember.

I hate censorship. How can we have a discussion if you sensor our comments @Mynorthwest?


frisco is SAVED!


“you also point out that e-cigarette smokers might be inhaling formaldehyde and an ingredient used in antifreeze.”

Incredible. The admitted ignorance of SOME faceless, nameless voice. A voice that stifles an entire city from freely choosing to be tobacco free of their own will using nothing but chemicals all recognized by the FDA as safe.. and nicotine.

This faceless, nameless coward, I believe is not as ignorant as they may sound however. I’ll answer your question. What happens when e-cigarette smokers near me exhale? Not a God damn thing, you idiot. That’s what. What did you expect? Formaldehyde? Where does the formaldehyde come from? There is none in e-juice. There is no chemical reaction to form formaldehyde. It is a LIE. Our faceless voice is no dummy. They know the truth and yet, they vomit lies only to scare the readers who truly are ignorant. Yes, propylene glycol is used in antifreeze. It replaces the deadly diethylene glycol that used to be used to lower water’s freezing point. And your point? Since water is also used in antifreeze I guess we DRINK an ingredient of antifreeze every day as well.

The Frisco City Council is an assembly of fools. They are elected to WORK for you. This would involve EDUCATING themselves on the ISSUES that pass over their desks but where is the education on life saving e-cigarettes? Well it is passed along to them by some faceless, nameless voice out of thin air. And THAT is how your city council conducts business for the city of Frisco. Congratulations.

In the mean time, cigarettes still kill over half of everyone that becomes addicted to them. Cigarettes kill, Frisco City Council, but e-cigarettes save lives. Now the City Council kills too. That’s quite a legacy you are leaving.

Now, if you know what is good for you and the citizens of your good city, I suggest you do your jobs and do some research on the benefits of e-cigarettes. Next, RE-think your position on your e-cigarette ban and then, at the NEXT city council meeting, resend your idiotic ban on life saving e-cigarettes. You will be doing something that not many civic leaders have the courage or the intellegence to do. What is that you ask? That would be to begin the process of ELIMINATING deadly cigarettes from our society. Simply stated, it’s a monumental task. Are you up for it? I will salute you if you do.