2016 Beer Drinker Of The Year Applications

Apparently the applications for Beer Drinker Of The Year has been disappointing in number and there may be some doubt as to the future of the competition. I know earlier this year the submissions were few but mighty, but they have not increased much over time. They are asking for more submissions so if you are so inclined the entry information is on this page.

No matter what, cast your vote daily for this resume. You will be glad you did!

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AR-15 Stupidity

So I’m on Facebook and happen across the meme below posted by a friend who blasts pro-gun memes more often then Kellogg’s makes a corn flake. I don’t mind their frequent postings, but I often ignore them because they are so frequent. I did note one comment someone made (which I edited for language) which is so asinine it shows the level of stupidity gun owners are up against.

I don’t care what its acronym stands for. If it fires more than one bullet at a time or at long range we don’t need it as a personal weapon. Lets not start f*@#ng about with terms here.

So this rocket scientist wants to get rid of all firearms which fire more than one bullet at a time. If it is from a single barrel then he would be for getting rid of exactly no firearms. If he means multiple barrels then he really is looking at a handful of firearms, mostly oddities, with the exception of double barrel shotguns. I am confident if he were taken to task he would give and say, “No, shotguns are ok, Biden said so.”

As far as long range, we first need to define what that means. I would think most people would call a football field long range, but golfers probably don’t start to sweat until the 200 yard mark so let’s choose that. Now let’s figure out how many criminal shootings happen in the US at a distance of 200 yards or more. I’m gonna take a gamble and put the number at zero. I’ll bet if we move it in to 100 yards the number of criminal shootings per years is still zero. If we keep tightening it up we may find a point where a handful occur, but I’ll still bet at 100 feet the number could be counted on one hand. Shootings happen up close and personal, typically withing 25 feet or less and generally with a handgun.

This person does not even have enough education on the topic to make a semi-valid point. They don’t even realize how stupid their comments are and cannot verbalize what they want to see happen. I’d much rather have someone tell me they are against firearms than to come up with asinine statements like the one above and then to try to drop the mic by saying they don’t need to learn the terms. This person was basically saying I don’t know anything about it, but I am against it. Better to be quiet and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt!
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Rodenbach Alexander 2016

When a friend alerted me to the fact Rodenbach Alexander was back I started giggling like a school girl. I first found the beer in a beer store in the Buffalo, NY are sitting on the shelf by itself around 2001 and did not know what I had actually found. Let’s give a little history of the beer. It was first brewed in 1986 and was discontinued in 2000, a few years after Palm had purchased Rodenbach (1998). The bottle I found in 2001 was one of the rare bottles still sitting on the shelf. I took it home and enjoyed it immensely and have spent years trying to find another. I once was in Cumming, GA and there were at least 8-10 bottles in the cold case of the bar and I begged and pleaded for them to sell me a few (or all), but they would not allow them to be sold out the door. I’ll bet a few are still lurking there waiting my return.

Recently while at the AHA Convention in Baltimore a friend mentioned they had Rodenbach Alexander in bottles at a local tap room. I figured it was long lost bottles and so off I went in search of one of my favorites. Turns out the beer was released in 2016 for the 30th anniversary and of course we had to have one. Rodenbach Alexander is a blend of 2/3 Rodenbach blended with 1/3 young ale macerated with cherries. It is only 5.6% ABV, but the flavor is so amazing it will blow your mind. If you see a 750ml bottle of it be sure to pick one up. I know I have not run into it yet, but once I do I will snag every bottle I see. BTW, the bottle I shared in Baltimore was crazy beautiful!

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Wanna End Gun Violence? Let’s Solve The Gang Problem!

I happened upon an article which stated 80% of non-suicide gun-related deaths are gang related. I don’t actually believe that is accurate and of course I cannot locate the article which said it, but according to ABC News gangs account for 80% of crimes in the US so perhaps that number was applied to gun-related deaths. Anyway, we do know in many instances shooting are gang related. In Durham, NC a 15-year-old was shot three times and I will guarantee he was either in a gang or trying to go against a gang. You do not get shot three times by accident. So mowing the lawn, which takes awhile, I devised a plan to stop up to 80% of the shootings in the US. It is a simple solution and makes common sense, we eradicate all criminal gang activity. First let’s find everyone who supports criminal gangs and ask them why they are a good thing. No sane person would ever say a criminal enterprise is a good thing so no one except family members of gang members would ever oppose the plan.

Let’s outline the steps to eradicating gangs and their gun violence in America and it may surprise you, but it does not begin by taking away guns.

1 – Purge the Terrorist Watch Lists (Terrorist Screening Database TSDB) and remove any American who is not a terrorist or who should not be on the list. Also provide a means to remove yourself from the list which does not require a long drawn out process.

2 – Implement a gun buying ban for anyone on the Terrorist Watch List. The person would be pinged when they go to legally purchase a firearm by the NICS check and the FBI could decide to let the purchase go through for investigative purposes or deny the sale and arrest the person. Remember we first purged this list so all that should remain is bad guys and no one wants bad guys with guns. However if the FBI allows a sale to proceed and the person commits a crime the FBI will be held responsible for that crime and that would mean reprimand to firing and potentially criminal charges for the agent who authorized the sale/investigation. Because it may take some time to fully investigate these people the FBI will be given a week instead of 3 days to authorize or deny TWL sales. For everyone else not on the TWL the time frame will remain 3 days.

I know some are already irritated by this suggestion, but if we purge the list and provide a simple means to get off it for those not on the TWL this should be an easy solution. Now I know someone who has read this far is asking what has this got to do with criminal gangs. Hold onto your hat cause here it comes.

3 – All criminal gangs will now be considered homegrown terrorists and all gang members will be placed on the Terrorist Watch List. This will mean they cannot fly any longer and furthermore they cannot purchase firearms legally. The FBI can allow firearm sales or travel, but they again will accept that responsibility. All criminal gang members will be listed by their gang on the TWL. By definition a criminal gang will include 5 or more members. Individuals known to be gang members wanting to be removed from the TWL will undergo a stringent process to be removed from the TWL including a three judge panel who will review their records for the ultimate decision. Gang ink will be enough to maintain TWL status.

Now all that did was stop legal sales of firearms and movement via airplane for those 1.4 million gang members in 33,000 gangs. Here is where it starts to get good.

4 – Because criminal gangs are now terrorists they will no longer be afforded the same rights as everyone else and because gangs act as a group they will be charged as a group. So someone commits a murder, all members of that gang will be charges as accomplices to the crime once the trial is completed and the gang member is found guilty. There will be no minimum sentencing for gang members only maximum sentences and because gangs are now outlawed in America the penalty will be 2X the maximum sentence. There will be no jury trials for gang members only bench trials and the appeal is immediate and with a three judge panel. Once guilty on appeal the sentence is carried out. So a Triad member kills someone and is found guilty, has an appeal, and is either executed or subject to two life sentences (2X). Every Triad member is now an accomplice so when they are arrested for any reason they are not tried, they are simply taken in front of a judge and sentenced to 2X the maximum sentence as an accomplice. Gang members can appeal that sentence, but it is an immediate three judge panel who will make the decision.

Before long the gangs would start to lessen their crimes. I know if I was a mob boss in NY and one of my cronies wanted to take someone out in Vegas I would tell them to hold off because all of a sudden I would go from sitting in my penthouse to a nice jail cell (more on that in a minute) if I let it happen. Sure it is guilt by association, but do you want to solve a problem or not?

5 – Jail/Prison for gang members would become only the necessities, food, clothing, and shelter. All prisons would become self sustaining. Any gang activity inside the prison would be dealt with severely and the punishment is 10X the maximum penalty as other inmates and just as with gangs on the outside all gang members inside would be treated as accomplices and receive 10X the penalty. Prison for gang members would be purely punitive and life would be harsh and unpleasant. Gang members would be handcuffed at night to other gang members from rival gangs.

So choose Mr. Gang Member, remain in the gang and basically you are going to jail as soon as you are caught, or leave it behind, get off the TWL, and live like the rest of the law-abiding citizens.

One of the flaws in this is we will fill up the prisons with around 1.4 million people, but there are vast stretches of Federal land where prisoners could build their own facilities by hand. If you are a menace to society you should be taken out of society.

What this does not solve is suicide by firearm and Australia has proven you will not impact suicides for those intent on carrying them out by taking away firearms so we will never legislate that problem out of existence. It also does not stop a lone gunman from carrying out his illegal activities, this has been and will always be an issue. It also does not stop accidents, but hammers cause over 50,000 incidents requiring medical assistance and probably another quarter million unreported accidents each year from people banging their thumb or hand. You cannot legislate accidental behavior out of society.

What say you, are gangs a problem to be dealt with or should we continue to blame everything on law-abiding citizens?

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CBS Straw Purchase In Virginia

I heard about the CBS reporter in Virginia who went into a gun store and purchased a rifle and then turned around and sold it to another FFL later that day. My understanding is the reporter spent 38 minutes purchasing the firearm and while purchasing indicated she wanted the rifle for training purposes then later in the day sold it. That is what is known as a straw purchase. While the initial purchase seemed legal, the second she lied about the intention and went to sell it to someone else it became a straw purchase. This was not a case of buyer’s remorse where she got the firearm and realized it was not something she wanted and sold it, she knew walking into the store she was going to sell it. Hopefully the ATF will investigate and she and CBS will suffer the consequences. If all they were trying to prove is purchasing a firearm is a fairly easy process with some forms and a background check I could have told them that and saved them the potential straw purchase charges they may face.

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It’s Not A Weapon

I doubt anything will change with the media, but why is every firearm automatically a weapon? I mean if they are doing a cooking segment the implement utilized to cut vegetables is called a knife until someone uses it to stab someone else at which point it became a weapon. The implement utilized to hit a baseball someone thew at you is called a bat until someone decides to whack someone else with it at which point it is called a weapon. The implement utilized to drive nails into wood is called a hammer until someone hits someone else with it at which point it is called a weapon. So why is a firearm automatically deemed a weapon? Sure, it can be utilized for that purpose, but the vast majority of firearms are never utilized as weapons and most are no better than paperweights much of the time. So we should stop calling firearms weapons unless they are used as such. A sword is just a sword until someone takes it down off the wall and goes all Ninja with it so a firearm should simply be a firearm until it is used otherwise.

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