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Obama to Open Embassy in Cuba

I wonder if they're going to provide sufficient protection...

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday announced his plans to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba this month, declaring that the two nations were ready to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals and to start a “new chapter” of engagement after more than a half-century of estrangement.

Two Things That Make a Good cigar

Well, there are more than two. But this article hit on at least two of them:

In popular culture smoking a cigar is depicted as being an activity you engage in when you’re hugely successful or used to the idea of living an upscale lifestyle. It’s glamorized as being a very prestigious thing. Of course for the everyday person smoking cigars is simply about the joy and the flavour of it.

I would guess that for the wildly successful, the enjoyment of smoking cigars would be about the same (I'll tell you when I become wildly successful).

Arnold Schools Jimmy Fallon On How To Smoke a Cigar

Tips from The Terminator:

Last night, Schwarzenegger appeared on The Tonight Show and recounted one of his worst cigar smoking moments. Jimmy Fallon, cigar newbie, was there. The outing went horribly. So last night, Schwarzenegger tried to school him in his inhaling art. The actor has two rules:

1. Don't cough—that makes you look like an amateur.

Cigar Acceptance a Growing Trend

Well, if this is true, it's pretty good news!

Although not often considered a young person's hobby, cigar shops have seen a younger crowd doing business.

"We see 18-year-olds picking it up and trying it," David said. He added that he sees all experience levels, novice to aficionado. King also mentioned younger people.

"We're getting younger people. Our primary demographic is (ages) 35-55," he said.

On Cuba

An interesting article on Cuba...

I have to admit that, like many people my age, I have a fascination with the country of Cuba. I think it mainly has to do with this strange relationship the United States of America has had with the Republic of Cuba during my lifetime.

Not earth-shattering, but not fluff either.

French Quarter Cigar Bar Wins Political Fight to Stay Open

Nice to see the nannies get it handed to them on occasion...

A political body often awash in collegiality, the New Orleans City Council let some rare resentment surface Thursday (June 4) before voting to carve out an exception in the city's zoning laws for a French Quarter cigar bar.

Yup. The cigar bar wants to keep operating. It's not infringing on anyone's rights. If you don't like smoke, don't frequent it, and don't work there.

Cuban Cigars. Are They Really Better?

I have not smoked a wide selection of Cuban cigars (I have had a few). The ones I had were of high quality, but they packed a little more power than I was comfortable with. As a result, I usually stick to South and Central American Cigars.

Famous Smoke has a nice article that addresses a lot of issues that might pop up if the Cuban embargo is "thawed".

With a production model that only uses Cuban tobacco and limited real estate to grow said tobacco, this model of rolling Cuban puros is doomed to stretch resources extremely thin to the point where they will likely sacrifice quality across the board, including EMS cigars, to meet demand. Queen and country won’t be too happy about this, but lifting the embargo to create this mess is just another way America can be a thorn in the side of the English.

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