If By Whiskey

You may keep your William Jennings Bryant “Cross of Gold” and your Jack Kennedy “Ask Not”, for my money, the greatest political speech ever was a short oration first delivered in 1952 by Noah “Soggy” Sweat, candidate for the Mississippi legislature. It is known to us today by the title “If By Whiskey”: My friends, […]


You’ve decided to do some home repairs, and as you’re rooting around in the attic, you stumble upon this… From ABC news, comes this heartwarming story. To save money on the installation of central air-conditioning in his St. Joseph, Mo., home, Bryan Fite began replacing the wires in his attic, prying up the floor boards […]

The Las Vegas Cocktail Waitress

Anyone who’s ever been to Las Vegas knows that the free drinks flow like alcoholic water, and that the young women delivering those free drinks are dressed in sexy costumes. And what’s not to like about that? You sit there playing your casino games while scantily clad, young women brings you free booze. Cocktail Waitresses […]

Tippling the Nog

Egg Nog Party ‘Christmas in the South – The Egg-Nog Party’ from Harper’s Weekly, 1870 Food blogger and chef, Kevin Weeks on the history of egg nog in America. Eggnog likely came to this country from England via its more aristocratic immigrants, but quickly spread. Isaac Weld, an 18th century Irish traveler who wrote about […]

America is Loco for Four Loko

Few things can illuminate the fact that we’re a nation governed by jackasses as completely as how our officials treat the production, marketing, and consumption of alcohol. Four Loko – John Adams would have drunk it if he could. Witness the recent furor over Four Loko, a ridiculous and sugary prepackaged cocktail of caffeine and […]

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

It is one of my favorite things about the Brits. They have a day to celebrate someone trying to blow up Parliament. I do not think there is a man alive who, just having gone through this election season, does not sympathize with that and think to himself (or herself as the case may be), […]

The IRS – Income Tax Ccocktail and Why I Drink

April 15 is invariably a day of sadness for me.  Not only are income taxes due (or, in my case, a request for an extension) but the news delights in bringing up massive cases of government waste so that I can feel even worse about paying my taxes.   Here, let us rip one from the […]

Here’s to Carry Nation

In looking around at booze stuff, I came across the following toast.  It is late, I should have found this a couple of weeks ago to go with my friend, Mr. BV’s post about Carry Nation.  Better late than never, though.  Here is a Prohibition Era toast: Here’s to Carry Nation, Of antidrink renown, Who, […]

To Carry a Nation

One would think that one would be hard pressed to find young people producing videos extolling the civic virtues of Carrie Nation… But, one would be wrong, as in point of fact, there are actually a fair number of such videos available on YouTube; an entire film festival’s worth, of which the above example is […]

The Liquor Locusts

The Liquor Locusts

"The harsh, useful things of the world, from pulling teeth to digging potatoes, are best done by men who are as starkly sober as so many convicts in the death-house, but the lovely and useless things, the charming and exhilarating things, are best done by men with, as the phrase is, a few sheets in the wind." ~H.L. Mencken

The Dangers of Thirst

"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing." ~Jerome K. Jerome

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The Jug of Empire!

The Jug of Empire!

"How solemn and beautiful is the thought that the earliest pioneer of civilization, the van-leader of civilization, is never the steamboat, never the railroad, never the newspaper, never the Sabbath-school, never the missionary -- but always whiskey!" ~Mark Twain