Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Election advice from Ireland


An email from Ireland to their brethren in the States...a point to ponder despite your political affiliation:

'We, in Ireland, can't figure out why people are even bothering to hold an election in the United States

On one side, you have a pants wearing lawyer, married to a lawyer who cant keep his pants on, who just lost a long and heated primary against a lawyer who goes to the wrong church who is married to yet another lawyer who doesn't even like the country her husband wants to run.

Now...On the other side, you have a nice old war hero whose name starts with the appropriate Mc terminology married to a good looking younger woman who owns a beer distributorship.

What in Lords name are you lads thinking over there in the colonies??

Hat tip to Jimmy M

Wire Taps

FISA Agents just waiting to tap you Lefties' phones.

Hat tip to Mike L.

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This Bud's for InBev

What's a guy to do when even his beer is owned by a foreign company? Well, maybe not owned. We all know that you get to keep beer for a bit and then it is returned to be, shall we say, recycled?

I have never been a big time beer drinker. Can't tell you why, but I just never bought into the macho thing of drink and pee and pee and drink... It's not that I am rabidly anti-drinking, but as a Scot Irish I can tell you that booze brings out the fool in us.. No, I'll just settle for a VO or Stoly on the rocks or maybe a glass of cab with dinner. No value judgements, mind you. Have your fav and I'll have mine.

Looking back at my youth we had several brews that have since disappeared... Falstaff was memorable for having Dewey Phillips, a Memphis DJ, urge everyone to drink that "ole fall flat." We also had one.... I kid you not... called "Greasy Dick." The more astute of the locals would ask for a "GD" or "Greasy." I read somewhere it is still being brewed. How it has survived that name I do not know.

There were others. Some were "from the land of sky blue waters," others "tasted great and were less filling." One even made "Milwaukee Famous." Some were from "Iron City," and one became semi-famous over Mabel and the supposed easy, shall we say.. access to her charms?

Going through prep school at Norman, OK I discovered 3.2% beer. It was almost impossible to get a buzz off of it. However, Texas was just a few miles south and Lone Star, I think, was $4.50 a case.

Later traveling into the colder climes in the pursuit of the evil Rooskie I discovered Heineken and Tuborg. I loved Heineken and I remember a case of it was cheaper than a case of cokes. Heineken is in the US now... I had a bottle few months back and discovered the beer had changed or my memory had failed.. Probably both.

Had a friend in Norfolk who brewed his own with some success. He would take some and double distill it to make pot liquor.. probably 60 proof or so. It would, without question, impart a world class hangover.

Boutique breweries are "in" at the present. I like a "Fat Tire" every now and then, although I suspect it is named for what it will place around your middle.
But this business may be short lived. $5.50 diesel raises cain with distribution and smaller companies don't have the resources of larger companies.

Which brings us back to the purchase of Anheuser-Busch by InBev. Nothing in this silly season can escape politics. Missouri Demo Senator Claire McCaskill opines:

"We need to remember that InBev could afford this All-American company because of the weak dollar created by the economic policies of the last seven years. It's time for a change in our nation's economic priorities."

Which leads me to say, does the Senator think that blocking drilling for oil in the US and paying $145 a barrel have anything to do with it? No? Well, based on what I saw of her on Sunday's MTP I have no doubt she actually believes such nonsense.

And that's the scary part.

Mr. Sarwar of Engalnd has a point

Of course there's the Constitution and those other dreary laws.

Mr Sarwar said: "What's the difference between knife criminals and suicide bombers?

"They should do exactly what they do with terrorists, "They should hold them for 42 days, question them and put them in prison and solve the problem."
He said Sharia law would act as a deterrent in solving crime in Britain. He added: "If anybody is caught with a knife then give them ten lashes in the town centre.

"Sharia law is not controversial. It's a deterrent. Muslim countries don't have half the problems we have because Sharia law is there."

Aspects of Sharia law involve stoning, lashings and cutting off hands.

And this student should be glad she isn't in Essexx. And I thought Ocala was bad....

Of course there are worse things...

McLEAN, Va. - Textbooks at a private Islamic school in northern Virginia teach students that it is permissible for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts from Islam, according to a federal investigation released Wednesday.

Other passages in the school's textbooks state that "the Jews conspired against Islam and its people" and that Muslims are permitted to take the lives and property of those deemed "polytheists."

Charter Muslim School