We have made great strides in the policing of thought in this country. Just ask Brendan Eich, one of the founders of Mozilla, developers of the web browser Firefox. Eich had just landed a promotion to the big chair as Mozilla's CEO. He lasted all of nine days. The reason? Back in 2008 Eich donated a thousand dollars to support Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage. The unearthing of this donation led to protests from gay rights activists and the high profile call for a boycott of Firefox by dating site OkCupid.com. Eich, as many people in circumstances such as his, was stricken with the sudden desire to "spend more time with his family" and quietly resigned.
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” -Abraham Lincoln
As any good American knows, Prohibition tarnished almost every cultural good. The last vestiges of that oppressive regime still haunt our drinking habits.
One such vestige jumped up in Florida recently, where distributors are actively denying competition by stifling brewpubs.
would force craft brewers to sell their bottled and canned beer directly to a distributor. If they want to sell it in their own tap rooms, they would then have to buy it back at what is typically a 30-40 percent mark-up without the bottles or cans ever leaving the brewery, according to Joshua Aubuchon, a lawyer and lobbyist for the Florida Brewers Guild.
The rule would not apply to draft beer.
In Plato's Republic, one of the definitions of justice is "to do well to friends and to harm enemies." Robert Stacy McCain's lengthy rebuke to yours truly was an attempt to do right by his friend, Michelle Malkin. It was also, I think, a friendly warning to a budding conservative writer not to mess with Malkin, a woman of considerable and well deserved fame. Robert asked me, rhetorically, if I want to go to war with the Divine Ms. M. I would be crazy to seek out such conflict, a point Robert made in a tweet alerting me to the coming smackdown. Let's go to the tale of the tape: @BillZeiser, 1010 followers on Twitter. @RSMcCain, 81 thousand followers. @MichelleMalkin, 692 thousand followers and counting! Look upon my tweets, ye Mighty, and despair!
Yesterday the American Conservative published an insightful piece, “Here’s the ‘Missing’ Evidence for S.D.’s Sex-Selective Abortion Ban” by Jonathan Coppage.
Coppage does excellent work researching and explaining the evidence behind sex-selective abortions in the United States, sadly concluding that the facts reveal this practice does, in fact, occur within our borders.
South Dakota just became the eighth state to pass a ban on sex-selective abortions, and in doing so, ignited rage from pro-choice advocates. They immediately conjured up the race debate, claiming laws against sex-selective abortions were inherently discriminatory toward Asian-American women and were entirely unnecessary.
Citing scholarly and journalistic works, Coppage debunks the theory that these abortions never happen in the United States, but gives the opposition a break. He says their arguments that this is not America's primary domestic issue, and that laws alone won’t solve the problem, are viable.
Gross media negligence on the Kermit Gosnell trial has left many disgusted.
That case signified the turning of the tide against late-term abortion, as more states pass legislation banning and regulating the gruesome process every day. In fact, this may be the “Uncle Tom” moment of the abortion movement, as younger Americans come to realize what abortion actually is.
While I don’t usually rally for fundraising causes, this one is worthy.
Ann and Phelim Media, an independent production company, is trying to crowdsource $2.1 million over the next forty days to produce a movie about Kermit Gosnell. You can find more at this link.
To actually be an “Uncle Tom” moment, the pro-life movement needs a piece of pop culture. A documentary seems fitting.
If you are so inclined, please give. If you donate $25, you’ll get a copy of the DVD for free. Help these guys spread the truth about this killer.
A Russian triumphed over an American this past weekend. World Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev soundly defeated Cedric Agnew. Meanwhile Russia seems poised to regain its status as a world power, to the embarrassment of the United States.
After a week of President Obama fecklessly alternating between weak insults and moralistic assertions, and even as Secretary of State John Kerry walked away with no resolution from another Sergey—Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister—Kovalev scored a resounding win—a win for the boxer, and also a win for the many Russians in the audience.
United States Senator and prospective presidential also-ran Rand Paul warned Republicans today that until they get "beyond deportation," they will be ineffective at courting Hispanic voters. Politico reports:
“The bottom line is, the Hispanic community, the Latino community is not going to hear us until we get beyond that issue,” he said at a conservative event. His comments came immediately following a discussion on work visas, in the context of a broader address about reaching out to that community.
“They’re not going to care whether we go to the same church or have the same values or believe in the same kind of future of our country until we get beyond that. Showing up helps, but you got to show up and you got to say something, and it has to be different from what we’ve been saying.”
The fourth season of the wildly popular series, The Walking Dead, wrapped up this past Sunday, and 15.7 million viewers tuned in. Most of this season was spent rebuilding each character after the end of their peaceful stay in a refurbished prison. The fourth season separated each of the main characters into groups and began to build out backstories and develop narratives in a very pleasing way. The finale ended that granular storytelling and brought the larger group back together. It also created a new antagonist to contend with.
The finale, "A", was comprised of the current storyline juxtaposed with a flashback story of Rick in the peaceful prison. This showed that Rick is done trying to live a life of peace in this brutal new world. However, the show, as it sometimes does, dangled over the edge of being too obvious and cliché with its signaling of character changes. There was also the constant reminder that "We’re all the walking dead!" which is ubiquitous and overdone.
I rarely credit Slate with genius, but their coverage of what was and wasn’t biblical in the new Noah deserves respect.
I’d read multiple blogs about the “extra-biblical” nature of Noah from other devout Christians. Some cursed the movie and some praised it. Being the curious person I am, I had to watch it for myself.
Let’s just say it wasn’t worth the $13 movie ticket price.
Although the movie had some compelling and riveting scenes, the overall premise and many details of the film were simply un-biblical. I have seen plenty of “un-biblical” movies—but if you are going to base a movie off of sacred texts, you should approach it with special caution. This environmentalist apocalypse theme couldn’t be further from the point that the biblical story of Noah is supposed to make.
Yes, the rain has arrived in D.C., and that means it's springtime. Which, for me and many other beer drinkers, gives us an opportunity to dive into sessions and farmhouses.
Conventionally, I'm an IPA drinker. However, last night I made the conscious decision to drink fewer of those palette-blasting beers, in favor of sweeter stouts and malty pale ales. You know what that means: more choices and more varieties to explore.
Over the next two weeks, I will explore these types.
Springs at Villanova University on the Main Line in Pennsylvania were the most beautiful I've ever experienced. San Francisco doesn't have seasons, so it doesn't compare. Washington attempts to compete with its cherry blossoms, but Villanova will always hold a place in my heart for its arboretum-esque atmosphere. When spring came, everybody knew: The blossoms sprang out, the grass grew green, and co-eds returned to the fields to throw frisbees and baseballs.
At that time, I drank what everybody else drank: the conventional light beers that quenched my thirst. Your Natty Lights and Bud Lights, and Yuengling when I was sick of those.