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Alcohol and the Nanny State – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on November 17, 2021

A nanny state is destructive to liberty and property. A free society is—you guessed it—free. And whether you are a drinker or not (and I am not), that freedom must include the freedom to buy alcoholic beverages of any percent alcohol by volume.

By Laurence M. Vance

“In heaven there is no beer,” so the song goes, “That’s why we drink it here (Right Here!), and when we’re gone from here, our friends will be drinking all the beer!”

Well, that depends on the alcohol content of the beer and what state they live in.

Samuel Adams brewery recently released the newest version of its Utopia—the twelfth incarnation. Only about 13,000 bottles of Utopias are brewed every two years. According to the brewer:

Sam Adams Utopias is a spirited blend of multiple batches of our extreme beers, some held in reserve for just this coveted biennial release. In fact, some of the beer dates back nearly three decades, aging in wooden bourbon casks. Brewers then finish the blend in a combination of Carcavelos, Madeira, Ruby Port, and Sherry Oloroso barrels. This year, for the first time, brewers also aged a portion of the blend in Sauternes French oak wine casks which brings subtle notes of honeyed apricot and caramel to the rich layers of flavor.

Utopia doesn’t come in six-packs, just a 25.4-ounce copper-clad decanter with a suggested retail price of $240.

However, because Utopias contain 28 percent alcohol by volume, making them more than five times more potent than typical American beer, residents of Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia won’t find any on the shelves of their liquor stores.


Liquor stores in these same states sell brandy, gin, vodka, whiskey, rum, and tequila—all of which contain at least 40 percent alcohol by volume (80 proof or higher). So what is the big deal about the alcohol content of Utopias?

And of course, it’s not just beer. Governments are obsessed with regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages. If they just enacted a “sin tax” on all beer, wine, and distilled spirits sold, and then adopted a laissez faire approach, we could manage to live with it, although alcoholic beverages shouldn’t be taxed anymore than any other commodity.

In every state, legal adults who can get married, enter into contracts, purchase pornography, adopt children, vote, and join the military cannot purchase alcoholic beverages until they reach the age of 21.

In most states, distilled spirits can only be purchased at a liquor store. Seventeen states are “Alcoholic Beverage Control” states where the state has control over the wholesaling or retailing of some or all types of alcoholic beverages, especially distilled spirits. In the states of Alabama, Idaho, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia, the government owns and operates all of the liquor stores and outlaws private liquor stores. Some states ban happy hours. It is illegal to sell beer or wine produced at home.

The states of Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee are “dry” states: counties in those states must specifically authorize alcohol sales. Each of those states has dry counties. Other states also contain some dry counties, cities, or towns.

In many states and counties, no alcoholic beverages of any kind can be sold before a certain time on Sunday. And in some, no alcohol can be sold for off-premise consumption. In most every state, bars have to close at a certain time on weekdays and weekends.

And people shout that they live in the land of the free and sing that they are proud to be an American where at least they know they’re free? Can they not tell the difference between a nanny state and a free society? A nanny state is destructive to liberty and property. A free society is—you guessed it—free. And whether you are a drinker or not (and I am not), that freedom must include the freedom to buy alcoholic beverages of any percent alcohol by volume.

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The Killer Isn’t Covid-19. It’s C2H5OH – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on January 11, 2021

It’s not the mutation of a virus into a more virulent strain, and not necessarily impairment of the immune system, it is the lack of vitamin B1 that controls the entire nervous and immune system that is the origin of the present pandemic.

By Bill Sardi

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I can’t believe it’s not banned yet: 5 problematic behaviors for the woke squad to outlaw next — RT Op-ed

Posted by M. C. on January 3, 2020

One zoo in London is correcting this historic injustice by allowing two gay penguins to raise a “genderless” chick, to allow visitors to “meet that individual and learn about its personality without assigning it any sort of pre-concieved gender roles.”

The forces of social justice have been tireless in banning anything offensive, hurtful or ‘problematic.’ But why stop now? There’s danger everywhere, and only the censor’s stamp can save us.

Now that scantily-clad women are banned from sporting events, Santa has turned into Sustainability Pirate and ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ has gotten a chastity-belted 2019 rework, the job is far from done – it’s going to be a busy 2020 for the woke squad banning the next batch of problematic things. Like these.

Consensual Sex

Problematic Factor: 69/10, too hot to handle


Men, you’ve had a lovely evening with her. She’s returned your affection and invited you back to her place to get more intimate. In no uncertain terms she’s told you that she wants to engage in a bout of horizontal cardio. Think you did everything right? Too bad, you’re still a rapist.

That’s according to one Georgetown Law professor, who believes that unless men continuously reaffirm during intercourse that they still have consent, that sex is definitively rape. The professor does not suggest how men actually do this, but a questionnaire submitted every minute would probably do the trick without breaking the mood at all.

Also on ‘Consent should be CONTINUOUS’: Liberal professor implies not asking during sex is RAPE But wait, consent or not, there are those who argue that all heterosexual intercourse is rape. Radical feminist Andrea Dworkin argued in 1987 that all sex is rape because power and the patriarchy and such, and totally not because she was missing out on the fun.

In a socially just world, all heterosexual congress should be banned. Men should be castrated at birth and forced to toil in the soy fields, while women live full and satisfying lives, finally free from the terrors of the heterosexual orgasm.

Hoop earrings

Problematic factor: nueve de diez

Cultural appropriation is a well-worn path at this stage. Our brave social justice crusaders have already reclaimed dreadlocks from pot-smoking white oppressors for their rightful owners of color, and universities across the US have clamped down on sombreros, feathered headdresses, and all kinds of ethnic costumes.

But go to any nightclub and you’ll see that cultural appropriation is alive and well. Did you know that hoop earrings aren’t just a tacky choice of jewelry? They’re also a sacred symbol of “resistance, strength and identity” for the latinx community.

Policing the outfits of every single oppressor will be a difficult task, true. But America can look east for inspiration here. Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Religious Police do a bang up job preventing the local women from appropriating dangerous western cultural trends, like reading, and uncovering their hair.

A Social Justice Police officer in every nightclub would go a long way towards ridding society of cultural appropriation. In addition, caucasians seen attempting to twerk could be summarily executed. Stick to your polkas and waltzes, whitey!


Problematic Factor: 150% Proof the patriarchy exists

Sure, there are plenty of arguments against our favorite poison: it causes liver failure, impairs judgement, and is a factor in two out of every three instances of domestic abuse in the United States. But did you know that it’s also a devious tool of the patriarchy, designed to keep women from noticing the barrage of microaggressions they face every day?

That’s right. According to one Quartz writer, alcohol is an elixir invented to keep women “purring when we should be making other kinds of noise.” Essentially, by remaining liquored up, women can tolerate “a thousand years of patriarchy,” or at least put up with awkward come-ons from men at office parties.

Progressive media outlet Vox has already banned the infernal rape-juice from its annual Christmas party. Isn’t it time for full-scale national prohibition? What could go wrong?

The unbearable whiteness of everything

Problematic Factor: 10/10, pure unadulterated racism

Damn white people and their *shuffles cards* woodland hiking! In case you haven’t noticed by now, many wholesome and healthy activities are unbearably white. America’s national parks are full of smiling white families clad head to toe in North Face gear, led by Asics-wearing dads who say things like “let’s go gang!” A Sunday trek is practically a Klan meeting.


The problem was first identified in an article entitled “The Unbearable Whiteness of Hiking,” and thinkpiece after thinkpiece have since highlighted the “unbearable whiteness” of skiing, farming, cycling, Indie music, self-care, being Irish, and hundreds more seemingly innocuous activities.

The argument goes that the saturation of white people in these spaces can dissuade people of color from partaking in the fun. So, rather than banning the activities themselves, why not simply designate some whites-only spaces, where no self-respecting POC would ever want to go?

Perhaps a Jimmy Buffet concert? The hockey hall of fame? North Dakota? The possibilities here are endless.

Animal Sexism

Problematic Factor: 8/10 cats say they’re triggered

Not content to impose its will on human females (and the non-binary), the patriarchy is also working to assert male dominance over the animal kingdom. Did you know that natural history museums around the world display a shocking TWO PERCENT more male mammals than female? And where is the transgender animal representation?

One zoo in London is correcting this historic injustice by allowing two gay penguins to raise a “genderless” chick, to allow visitors to “meet that individual and learn about its personality without assigning it any sort of pre-concieved gender roles.”/

Also on ‘Completely natural’: London aquarium helps gay penguins get woke… they now have GENDERLESS chick But how many of us still call our dogs “good boy” without asking them whether they really identify as their biological sex? And isn’t putting pretty pink bows on our cats just reinforcing harmful gender stereotypes? All of these questions and more have been answered by the trailblazing journalists at the Washington Post and the activists at PETA.

We’ve covered five big nasties here, but this list is just the beginning. The world will only be completely sanitized once all traditions, humor, diversity of thought, and basically anything a white man ever says are stamped out in the name of political correctness. Sharpen your pitchforks, my gender-nonspecific pals, light your carbon-neutral torches, and let’s spread the light of social justice to the world.

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Going out to drink? Eat these 15 foods to beat the adverse effects of alcohol

Posted by M. C. on December 9, 2019

Foods to eat before getting a drink

Drinking lightly on an empty stomach may not result in bad side effects, but it is still best to grab a bite before consuming alcohol. The following foods will fill the stomach and help prevent unwanted outcomes:

  1. Asparagus – To prepare the liver for the night, eat a lot of asparagus. This beneficial plant produces antioxidants that can help boost liver health.
  2. Avocado – It is made of healthy, monounsaturated fats that take longer than proteins and carbs to digest. This slows down the rate of alcohol absorption in the small intestine.
  3. Bananas – They are rich sources of potassium, which can prevent electrolyte imbalance caused by alcohol intake. Eat at least one banana before going out to drink.
  4. Beets – They are rich in antioxidants and protects the liver from damage.
  5. Berries – All kinds of berries, like strawberries and blueberries, are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Moreover, they are filled with water and can help a person stay hydrated.
  6. Chia pudding – This snack is filled with fiber and protein. Protein, in particular, can help slow down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.
  7. Eggs – These protein-packed food can help a person feel full for a longer time. Eating eggs can help reduce cravings that usually increase when people drink.
  8. Grapefruit – The juice of this citrus fruit helps boost the levels of several enzymes that improve liver function and detoxification.
  9. Hummus – It is a great alternative source of protein for vegetarians. It also contains fats, proteins and carbohydrates that can help you feel full.
  10. Melon – This large fruit is filled with water and potassium. Cut some honeydew or cantaloupe for a refreshing snack to fend off the side effects of alcohol.
  11. Oats – Packed with fiber and protein, oats can be prepared in numerous ways, including baked goods, smoothies and granola bars for a quick snack.
  12. Quinoa – This whole grain superfood is rich in potassium and magnesium that can reduce imbalances in electrolyte levels.
  13. Salmon – This fresh fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce brain inflammation associated with excessive alcohol drinking.
  14. Sweet potatoes – Aside from potassium, sweet potatoes are made of complex carbs that take longer to break down. They reduce the effects of spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels as a person drinks.
  15. Trail mix – It has a healthy combination of different nuts like almonds, walnuts and flaxseeds – all of which are rich in fiber and protein. Take this portable nutrient-packed snack for the night.

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Antidepressants AGAIN: Dayton shooter found to have mind-altering SSRI drugs in his system –

Posted by M. C. on August 20, 2019

Partial repost for all of you that frequent sites that have banned Natural News.

Image: Antidepressants AGAIN: Dayton shooter found to have mind-altering SSRI drugs in his system

(Natural News) Just like we’ve long speculated, the latest news reports about “Dayton shooter” Connor Betts reveal that the now-deceased 24-year-old did, in fact, have SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant pharmaceuticals in his system at the time when he’s said to have gone on a mass shooting spree, killing his sister, her boyfriend, and seven other people before allegedly killing himself.

According to an autopsy report, Betts had not only been taking mind-altering SSRIs in the lead-up to his murder melee, but he was also taking cocaine, Xanax, and alcohol, three other deadly drugs linked to extreme violence. In other words, Betts was severely mind-altered by a combination of Big Pharma and Big Alcohol when he decided to take the lives of innocent people for no apparent reason.

Mainstream news outlets are finally admitting the truth that, rather than being the gun’s fault, it was actually the legal and illegal narcotics that Betts had been taking that ultimately drove him to murder his fellow human beings in cold blood – these brain-damaging chemicals apparently manipulating the young man into doing something horrific that he otherwise may not have done.

Los Angeles Times report confirms that most mass shooters have mental health issues likely linked to SSRIs and other pharma pills

Interestingly enough, the Los Angeles Times recently put out a report covering many of the mass shootings that have taken place over the past several decades. What it reveals is that, just as Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has long been saying, pharmaceutical use is often directly linked to these shootings, as mind-altering medications can convinced traumatized youth especially to harm themselves and others…

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So Let’s Ban Marijuana – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on July 9, 2019

Lawrence Vance again! I wish he wasn’t such a namby pamby.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 2,813,503 Americans died in 2017 (the latest year for which figures are available).

  • Heart disease killed 647,457 people.
  • Cancer killed 599,108 people.
  • Accidents killed 169,936 people.
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases killed 160,201 people.
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) killed 146,383 people.
  • Alzheimer’s disease killed 121,404 people.
  • Diabetes killed 83,564 people.
  • Influenza and Pneumonia killed 55,672 people.
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis killed 50,633 people.
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide) killed 47,173 people.
  • Unintentional falls killed 36,338 people.
  • Motor vehicle traffic accidents killed 40,231 people.
  • Unintentional poisoning deaths killed 64,795 people.
  • Firearms killed 39,773 people.

So let’s ban marijuana, which, according to the federal government’s own Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), no one has ever overdosed from using.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were a total of 5,147 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2017 (the latest year for which figures are available).

  • Falls killed 887 workers.
  • Transportation incidents killed 2,077 workers.
  • Cranes killed 33 workers.
  • Confined spaces killed 166 workers.
  • Contact with objects and equipment killed 695 workers.
  • Unintentional overdoses due to nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol killed 272 workers.
  • Fires and explosions killed 123 workers.
  • Guns killed 351 workers.
  • Knives and sharp objects killed 47 workers.
  • There were 91 roofers killed at work.
  • There were 258 farmers and ranchers killed at work.
  • There were 30 refuse collectors killed at work.
  • There were 112 miners and oil and gas extractors killed at work.
  • There were 258 farmers and ranchers killed at work.
  • There were 59 aircraft pilots and flight engineers killed at work.
  • There were 41 fishermen killed at work.
  • There were 14 iron and steel workers killed at work.
  • There were 26 power-line installers and repairers killed at work.
  • There were 244 goundskeepers killed at work.
  • There were 55 loggers killed at work.

So let’s ban marijuana, which, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), no one has ever died from using.

According to the CDC:

  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States.
  • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

So let’s ban marijuana and keep tobacco—one of the deadliest substances known to man—legal.

According to the CDC:

  • Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.
  • Excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years.

So let’s ban marijuana and allow people to buy and consume as much alcohol as they can, even if it will kill them.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 6,227 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads in 2018.

So let’s ban marijuana and spend billions to enforce the ban instead of investing in making it safer for pedestrians to cross the street.

The war on marijuana is not only ludicrous, it is unreasonable, irrational, and illogical.

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