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July 1st was National Wine Cooler Day. This called to mind Bartles & Jaymes. Others hear “wine cooler” and think Bruce Willis for Seagrams Golden Wine Coolers. “Cooler” led to “cool” and then to “Kool,” and therein lies a policy puzzle. Reflecting on where the market has gone since those days, an apparent contradiction emerges […]

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“Majority” Politics: The “Kids” Are Alright

 

Are state and Congressional Republicans playing into Democrats’ hands once again, helping Democrats realize their vision of a permanent electoral majority coalition of people herded into identity groups? Is there any good reason to abandon and alienate the youngest, newest segment of voters? Would we do better to treat all competent adults as adults, whose support we would like in 2020?

Current politics and culture feature contradictory claims about young people. On the one hand, we are considering treating young adults as wards of the state (free college for all). These young people are being encouraged to live in a state of emotional fragility, fearful of a discouraging word. On the other hand, the same politicians are suggesting the voting age should be lowered to 16 and modern children’s crusades should be taken seriously (gun-grabbers and anthropogenic catastrophic climate change).

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Musings of a Third-Generation Wagon Circler

 

Writing here at Ricochet last week, @KateBraestrup expressed her opinion that “even without the sixfold imprimatur of the FBI, it would be virtually impossible to make a circle of wagons tight enough to conceal the kind of lurid behavior that Kavanaugh has been accused of.” She continued: “It’s not that it doesn’t exist; rather, when it exists, people know about it. Louche, lascivious or predatory men (alcoholic or otherwise) over time become well-known for being so.” While I’m relieved Kavanaugh has been confirmed, and I dreaded the precedent that would have been set if he had not have been, I can’t agree that men’s wagon circles are virtually never this tight. I know because I’m part of more than one man’s wagon circle, as was my mother, and her mother before her. Three generations of conservative American women, all three with little inclination to laugh off predatory behavior as just “boys being boys” — and all three with just as little inclination to name and shame men for having stories like those alleged about Kavanaugh in their past.

Men become notorious for sexual predation by persisting in it for long periods of time, especially if they become shameless about it. One reason we caution youth to postpone sex is because immature sexual misadventures are often exploitative. As Mark Regnerus has documented in his books Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying and Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers, boys usually find it considerably easier than girls do to self-servingly and callously rationalize their “conquests,” even when they’ve had the moral formation to know better. Thank God that boys who should know better and don’t often mature into men who know better and do! Thank God that not everyone who has committed a sexual wrong in his past persists in that sort of misbehavior.

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I’m kind of a jerk to woman and men who value their feelings over logic. Though to be fair, I mean to them equally and for the same reasons. I think that I am this way because at an intellectual level I developed early and I read Crito and cared deeply about the Truth. I […]

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Drinking Lessons

 

I was a scofflaw. In my state it is against the law to provide alcohol to any person who is under age 21. When my sons were underage, I broke this law on a few occasions. Neither of them ever embraced the binge-drinking culture when they went to college. Teach your kids how to drink.

I saw a story featured in the Google News “spotlight.” It was an article from CNN, a few months ago, titled “Is Drinking with your Kids at Home a Good Idea?” I say, yes it is a very good idea. Your kids need good role models. They need to see that adults can enjoy one drink or two drinks and then stop. They need to learn how to enjoy one drink and then stop.

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What Is Moonshine?

 

If it shed any light on the subject at all — and it doesn’t remotely — I might be tempted to elaborate on the actual term “moonshine,” and where it originated (i.e., rural England, circa 1780), when country smugglers hid illicit barrels of French brandy in shallow ponds to avoid the taxman, but were discovered one fated summer night, when the moon shone down so brightly on the surface of the pond that it looked as if a wheel of cheese were floating there. These bootleggers told the taxmen that they were raking the water not for contraband but for a creamy piece of that cheese.

This, however, is all rumor and rodomontade, easily sliced with an investigative blade. It is in any case generally agreed that the term “moonshine” comes from the term “moonraker,” which indeed comes from this legend.

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Brandy: The Brown-Eyed Beauty of Distilled Spirits

 

Brandy is the brown-eyed beauty of distilled spirits, the one from whom you can never quite get away, despite her flawed and fugitive nature. What I like most about brandy is what I like most about people: the almost inexhaustible versatility.

The Dutch didn’t invent brandy, but the name comes from a Dutch word: brandewijn — or brandywine — which means “burnt wine.” Most (though not all) of the world’s brandy comes from wine. And yet it’s significant to note that brandy can be made from any macerated fruit or fruits: apples, for instance, or pears, or apricots, or cherries, and many other things as well.

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Drunk Norks Wake Up Fine

 

The trick to being a successful capitalist, as everyone knows, is to identify a problem and solve it. “Where’s the pain?” venture capitalists will ask ambitious entrepreneurs during their pitches. “Where’s the pain and what does your product or service do to eliminate it?”

Brilliant businesses come from unlikely sources, even, as it happens, North Korea. The North Koreans — is it racist to call them “Norks,” as they do in the intelligence community? Not yet? Okay, then — the Norks have invented a fantastic new liquor that causes no hangover!

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Driverless Cars and Sobriety

 

shutterstock_295803884I’d like to make a prediction: driverless cars — which are back in the news — will undermine our culture’s strong censure of drunkenness. I think we will revert to the kind of relaxed view toward mild inebriation that was the case in, for example, pre-automobile England.

Giving ordinary people the power to control high-speed vehicles initiated a unique era where anyone might wreak unintended violence upon innocents through a mere moment’s inattention. The driverless car era will bring that to and end and, consequentially, the stigma against being tipsy will fade. I predict people will look back on this era with pity and horror (probably over drinks).

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More Trouble Brewing, Texas Edition

 

Alamo_Beer_Near_Hays_Bridge_(2015-03-26_18.18.42_by_Nan_Palmer)On the Right these days, we’re apt to say that, however bad things might be at the federal level, they’re going relatively well within the states — particularly in those places with Republican majorities. But while outliers always exist, it’s hard to square that stereotype with a 2013 Texas law that denies Lone Star breweries that produce more than 125,000 barrels of beer the right to sell the distribution rights for their products. As described by the Institute For Justice, which is representing three breweries in a challenge to the law:

[I]f Revolver Brewing wants to use a distributor to have its beer distributed in Houston, it is required to select one distributor. That distributor will be the only source of Revolver’s beer in Houston, and every bar, restaurant and liquor store will have to buy Revolver from that single source.

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Mark the day. It may never happen again, but it is time to make some common cause with the left. The Center for American Progress wants to scrap the ATF. Of course the Center wants merely to see the ATF merge with the FBI. In truth, that won’t solve the problems. The ATF should be […]

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What Your Beer Says About Your Politics

 

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The Washington Post came up with this chart based on data about the relationship between your liquor of choice, your partisan affiliation, and your vote propensity. A few highlights:

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Trouble Brewing

 

4748891804_1bceaa2679_zAlcohol regulations in the United States are — to use a technical turn of phrase — completely insane. As anyone who imbibes and has travelled throughout the country knows, sales are regulated in completely different ways from place to place. In some states, beer, wine, and spirits are all available for purchase in supermarkets; others require supermarkets to provide separate entrances for liquor sales; others severely restrict the number of resale licenses; still others mandate sales through state monopolies; others yet allow counties to prohibit sales entirely. Curiously, these rules don’t correlate well with other indices of freedom: one wonders whether any other comparison would lead one to conclude that California is a laissez faire paradise and New Hampshire a statist dystopia.

But if this Cato Daily Podcast has the matter correct, the regulations on alcohol production and distribution are every bit as crazy as those on its sale, and often more pernicious for being federal. Did you know, for instance (I did not) that the federal government has specific taxes on beer production, and that the rate of taxation depends on the size of the brewery’s output? As you might imagine, this tends to pit big breweries against small- and medium-sized ones, leading them to support different reform bills.

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Americans And Their Booze

 

America’s history with booze has always been a study in contrasts.

During the Revolution, alcohol was not merely ubiquitous, but nearly essential. Many of the great early revolutionary meetings were held in taverns. A number of the Founders — George Washington and Sam Adams most famously — brewed or distilled their own stuff, and Thomas Jefferson had one of the best cellars on the continent.

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AA vs. the Church: A Generational Observation

 

omalleysI live in a town called Seal Beach in the “Old Town” district where there are no fewer than four Irish bars on the same block of our very short Main Street. I noticed lately that I seem to be making friends in these establishments with the parents of old friends of mine. During the folly of our youth, we drank too much and caused too much trouble, and so did our parents I imagine. Those of us still alive had to have help lest things got irreversibly out of control.

The main reason I only see my friends’ parents in these pubs is because their kids, if still alive, became sober turning to Alcoholics Anonymous or similar organizations, and they have all rejected the Catholic Church. So, what I have in common with their parents is that I did not reject the Church. I still see their parents at mass. Their parents never got to the point where they had to refrain from alcohol 100% but I assume they are like me, in that the Church and its teachings have instilled some kind of temperance that keeps us from going to the point of no return. We are admonished against gluttony and debauchery and with the help of our faith and our confessors, we somehow manage to stay on the right track.

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Free Advice To College Freshmen

 

It’s Labor Day weekend, which means that professors are brushing off their dress robes, administrators are running around campus like mad men, parents are dealing with a simultaneous rush of emotions and emptying of wallets, and college freshmen are being herded from one orientation event to another while desperately trying to figure out more important things — like where their classes will be, what time the dining hall closes, and how a laundry machine works.

Those vital matters aside — what, you think I’m kidding? — college presents a number of challenges to young people for which they’re often unprepared. Many of us have been there — some recently, some a long time ago — and all of us wish we’d heard more and listened with greater attention. So, in 200 words or less, what should a frosh know and remember over the next four years?

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