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Posted on August 17 at 4:26 p.m.
>Andrea: sorry for the late response...of course the votes were purchased - follow the trail of money of the 40 state attorneys general who "brought this to the attention" of Congress. The WASHINGTON POST reported information such as the following obtained from the Federal Election Commission: $45,000 to the campaign account of Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich) who chairs the committee considering the bill; $300,000 from the beer wholesalers to the 100 plus House members who agreed to co-sponsor the bill.; $2,500 to Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill) three days before the bill was introduced; $8,000 to Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), including $2,500 after pledging his support. Since January 1, according to the POST, campaign contributions on this issue to both Chambers exceeded $900,000.
Many House members supporting the bill, as were many state attorneys-general, were snookered into believing the bill would help prevent underage drinking. Nothing could be further from the truth. They have also been snookered into believing that HR 5034 would not affect winery rights to ship directly to their consumers. The bill would allow states to discriminate between in-state and out-of-state wineries in establishing shipping regulations. It would also make it all but impossible for legal actions to be taken against state regulations, actually overriding both the Commerce Clause governing interstate commerce and the 2005 Supreme Court Decision (Granholm v Heald) upholding the Commerce Clause concerning direct shipping. Write a letter to Lois and Elton.>binky: are you a big fan of J.J Rousseau? Your anti-Libertarian comment shows a complete lack of understanding of religion, government, and, Libertarianism. Try reading Frederic Bastiat.>Bill: let's stick with brother for now.
On Stopping the Direct-to-Consumer Flow?
Posted on August 3 at 3:43 p.m.
Thank you, Bill. For once, you and I are united. How about that? There's a libertarian hiding deep inside you, son.
Posted on May 27 at 9:54 p.m.
Oh, and Bill, the MADD events to which I referred were in the 'mid to late '80s. Do ask Mr. Silas Miers exactly what MADD's policy was in Santa Barbara between 1985 and 1988, if he knows. I have had nothing to do with them since. Nor has MADD's founder Candy Lightner. Since you seem to be fond of links, here's one for you:
Usted hace mucho ruido, Bill. Un tambor vacío es el más fuerte.
On Good for All that Ales You
Posted on May 27 at 8:22 p.m.
Muy bueno, Guillermito. Pero era latino, no español. Sin embargo, su uso de la palabra 'temar' es confuso. ¿Quiso usted 'temer' 'o timando'?
Posted on May 27 at 12:06 p.m.
C'mon, Bill. Other than correcting one typo, how were your exact quotes distorted? Speaking of which, from another of your comments to me:
"VN: Most of your above post isn't worth commenting on since most of it is a personal put down (God forbid if one questions the way people behave)"
You might look at your line in parentheses for a moment. And, as the policeman/prosecutor/judge/and jury, ask God exactly where you should stand for the best angle to get that first stone out of your hands and hit your target.
"Because denial is a main component of alcoholism--even if the alcoholism involved is dry co-dependency." No accusatory or judgmental tone here, Bill, right? Need another stone?
If I may quote Holly:
..."people MUST get along with others, whether they like them or not...Don't like kids, dogs or cars? My message to the folks who don't want anyone else to live or have freedom of movement in "their' community is simple: Too bad..deal with it; this is the grown-up real world...it's NOT all about you, sweetheart...."
It's not all about you, sweetheart.
It's not about ammo, Bill.
It's about amar.
Posted on May 26 at 11:05 a.m.
Not at 2:55 AM, I wouldn't. Get some sleep, Bill.
...though I have "told MADD off" as you phrase it. When they've sponsored 'benefits' which serve considerable amounts of alcoholic beverages MADD requested from and was donated by the very profit mongers you abhor and castigate.
I don't drink - but that's my choice, not yours. Do you and MADD drive only on ONE WAY streets?
Perhaps there will be room to put your money where your mouth is if your foot is put back on the ground.
That having been said, there is absolutely no doubt where you stand, which is a commendable thing, whether or not I agree with you. Thank you.
On How the West Beach Fest Was Won
Posted on May 25 at 6:51 p.m.
Thank God, Bill Clausen has joined in the fray. As for the bratty-booze-contingent, or the BBC as I prefer to call them, couldn't we parallel Arizona and enforce some of the laws that are already on the books?
Since it must be a fact that "everywhere you look now, it's all about bars and people getting wasted...mob rule, $$$, and hormones win the day...", there are laws already on the books that allow us to stop these brats, check their IDs, get breath/blood/urine tests and take them off the streets permanently.
The band "Soul Survivor" notwithstanding, "what profitith a man if he gain the world and lose his soul"...what price is the city willing to be blackmailed for these souls?
Thanks, once again, Bill, for being the monolith of reason.
Posted on May 25 at 5 p.m.
Mr. Clausen, your comments, please, on this distasteful view of our animal instincts...
Posted on May 25 at 3:28 p.m.
Thank God for Bill Clausen. Doesn't anyone else have his courage?
"As [for] the charity aspect of it, if these people want to give money to charity, there are many other venues. As for the booze industry's profits, they have to abide by the rules like the rest of us do...Yep, the wine culture is realizing it's not all about them and that public safety mitigates their insatiable urge to inflict their lifestyle on the rest of us...Don't forget: these people are drinking and driving."
And that's a fact. Isn't it?
It would certainly be better if he'd inflict his lifestyle on the rest of us...at least he's right. Isn't he?
On Fire Department Cracks Down on Winery Events
Posted on April 8 at 4:18 p.m.
I saw on their website that they had special tickets for designated drivers and buses from SB. Would Fiolek let me try to taste everything then?
On All Together Now