Archive for the 'Booze & or Drugs' Category

Humans are broken.

Aug 19, 2011 in Booze & or Drugs, Drugs, Straight-up madness, Where's the outrage?!?!

Because this article, like the hundreds before and after, will change nothing. In this case of Drug War madness, having an amount of marijuana that wouldn’t even merit criminal charges will get your kids taken away. But then there’s the real kicker:

Over all, the rate of marijuana use among whites is twice as high as among blacks and Hispanics in the city, the data show, but defense lawyers said these cases were rarely if ever filed against white parents.

The law is one thing, but the unequal enforcement creates one law for whites and another for non-whites. It’s a Jim Crow Drug War, my friends, and if you can’t address that when you discuss drug policy, you aren’t even talking about drug policy.

-hw

Bring on the hard stuff!

Feb 04, 2010 in Booze & or Drugs

Support the right of Iowa brewers to make something peppier than that 5% shit.

-jb

In honour of tonight, which shall shortly feature me sipping on Absolut.

Jun 12, 2009 in Booze & or Drugs, Culture

[youtube 5p0QtJMKt1s]

Believe it or not, commissioned by Absolut and featured on their website, along with two more installments (here and here).

Zach Galifianakis is starting to get some love for The Hangover, and I’m feeling it, but mad props go out to Tim and Eric.

-jb

Oasis directory.

Jun 02, 2009 in Booze & or Drugs

Finally, a database letting you know where you can find Guinness on tap. Because sometimes, dammit, it is an emergency!

Simple as pie: Guinnessontap.com

They’re still growing, so help them out if you find a place.

-jb

Love the Brits…

Nov 10, 2008 in Booze & or Drugs, Culture

But they’re going mad

One of the charms of Europe was the early drinking age accompanied by a dearth of teen drinkers in the pubs and streets. When people drank, they did little more than continue their conversations in a louder voice. Stagger home at the end of the night, call it good. Now the UK is marching towards chaos and the inevitable infantilization of the populace, as the constables can’t keep up with the boozing football hooligans.

My suggestion: attend to the 24-hour drinking first, deal with the age limit later. There’s much pain avoided by cutting off people’s access to booze when they’ve been drinking all night.

-jb

Alcohol wholesaling: Government control of the market and how it made the McCains wealthier.

Oct 21, 2008 in Booze & or Drugs, Politics

Via Sully, Reason’s article on anti-capitalist alcohol wholesalers:

For decades wholesalers have quietly added 18-25 percent to every bottle of beer, glass of wine, and shot of liquor you pour down your gullet. And there’s been little resistance to them, for a few reasons. First, wholesalers don’t interact with consumers. They take their markup between producer and retailer, out of the sight of the people whose money they’re ultimately taking. Second, they’re rather powerful. Alcohol wholesaling is a lucrative, concentrated industry that reaps enormous benefits from policies whose costs are spread out across the general public. Which brings up the third reason distribution laws aren’t frequently challenged: They haven’t had many obvious opponents. Until recently, the only people hurt by the three-tiered system were consumers, and again, the cost per consumer was too negligible, hidden, and entrenched for anyone to notice.

That’s changing. Bulk retailers like Costco and Wal-Mart have waged lawsuits against some of these laws, with mixed success. The popularity of microbrews, niche wineries, and the ability of both to reach consumers over the Internet has also put a dent in the distributors’ empire; wholesalers are among the leading advocates for banning alcohol sales over the web.

The article notes that Arizona features some of the most market-restrictive measures, and that the Anheuser-Busch empire (to which Cindy McCain belongs) owes millions upon millions to this.

The Hensley company provides a good example of how these laws can hurt consumers. Hensley is the fourth largest beer distributor in the country, one of the largest privately-held companies in Arizona, and holds a 60 percent market share in the parts of Arizona it serves. It also distributes Anheuser-Busch products exclusively. Beer-producing giant Busch began an incentive campaign in the late 1990s aimed at getting distributors to drop the products produced by its competitors. In those parts of the country where a given distributor has a huge, government-abetted market share, such arrangements put the squeeze on the variety of options available to consumers (Anheuser-Bush’s national market share rose five percent during the campaign, to 50 percent nationally).

Socialism!

But let’s get back to John McCain. What does the candidate lecturing Wall Street about greed think about the alcohol wholesaling industry? Is it fair? Should government be subsidizing (if not outright creating) an industry by forcing consumers to pay more for alcohol—for which they get little to no added value in return? And who’s greedier, the family who exploits that system to amass a small fortune, or the brokers and traders McCain derides for pursuing profits in a free market?

Oh, let the guy retire in Arizona in peace, wouldja?

-jb

End the war against (non-wealthy) Americans.

Oct 20, 2008 in Barack Obama, Booze & or Drugs, Drugs, Politics

Joe Conasan looks to the history of drug use shared by Barack Obama and Cindy McCain as parables to underline the case against jailing people and ruining their lives over drug use. Obama’s history is vague but widely known. Cindy’s story less so, though a recently canned (ghost-written) autobiography was planned:

But it is hard to imagine why she or husband John would want to excavate any unhappy memories of her Percocet period. Her battle with addiction included a series of major felony offenses in the early ’90s, which included falsifying prescriptions, stealing drugs from a medical charity she founded and underwrote with her family fortune, and inducing doctors and other employees of that charity to help her obtain Percocet and other Schedule III narcotics illegally. The Drug Enforcement Administration opened an investigation of her after a former employee, whose name she had used to obtain drugs, reported her criminal misuse of her charity. At the time, seasoned defense attorneys in Arizona believed that she could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on half a dozen counts (and that if her name had been José Lopez, she surely would have).

But Cindy McCain avoided prosecution by federal authorities. Instead, like so many other wealthy and high-profile drug offenders — and unlike so many of the young offenders Obama knew, whose crimes were no worse than hers — she was allowed into what is known as a “diversion” program. Rather than being sent to jail, she went into rehab. Now it’s as if none of those terrible things had ever happened to her — and why would anyone bring them up?

The only reason to talk about past drug abuse by Barack Obama or Cindy McCain is to point out the waste and injustice of the ongoing drug war. Both of them broke the law, repeatedly, by their own admission, but neither deserved to go to prison and no useful purpose would have been served by punishing them.

Today we spend well over $50 billion annually at the federal, state and local levels on a domestic war that has never achieved any of its objectives and never will. If either of the presidential candidates still believes that this is a worthwhile investment of our money, despite his own experience, it would be fascinating to hear him explain why.

Like Rush Limbaugh, Cindy McCain exemplifies what the Drug War means to the wealthy: unless they’re drug dealers themselves, nothing. With the rich and the famous, we understand.

Obama has expressed interest in lightening sentences and promoting rehab…probably as much as he could get away with at this point, but unfortunate nonetheless (obviously McCain is a throw-em’-all-in-jail type, except for people like his wife). Armed with a Democratic Congress, Obama would be a fool to not go further. He is practical, not so much ideological, and well aware that drug abuse requires real solutions, not totalitarian measures and submission to fear, especially when such measures are refrained from when dealing with the upper class.

-jb

Now this is just too cute.

May 28, 2008 in Booze & or Drugs

sake The beautiful and talented Ellen Friis blessed me with a bottle of this a couple of weeks ago. It’s the Gekkeikan Sake Cap-Ace and it comes in a miniature 6.1 fluid ounce bottle specially designed for drunks on the go like me! The best part about it is that the white cap you see on the top doubles as a shot glass! Oh, those Japanese and their ingenious designs! It’s so compact and portable you could sneak it into work inside of your Hello Kitty backpack.

-mg

Two-buck Chuck

Jul 19, 2007 in Booze & or Drugs

Our honored beer today is actually a wine, Charles Shaw, affectionately known as “Two-Buck Chuck.” Any time one goes into Trader Joe’s, Charles Shaw is sold at the price of two dollars. What’s that mean? That you get fucked up for less money!

Being a Philistine, used to primarily $7 wine, it tastes just as good to me. The merlot gives a light, buoyant buzz after the consumption of an entire bottle, without the indigestion I get from drinking beer or the sudden annihilation provided by various combinations of vodka or gin. Plus, I can be more productive on merlot than any other kind of booze. Try to identify the blog posts written after a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck!

-jb

We like beer.

May 25, 2007 in Booze & or Drugs

And Shiner, Texas produces one of the best beers we’ve ever had; Shiner Bock.  The taste is clean, rich and full-bodied so we’re proud to name Shiner Bock as Iowa Liberal’s beer of the month!  (or until it goes off sale at Hy-Vee)

– the management