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Big Apple Bureaucrat Wants Mandatory Breathalyzers for Motorists

NYS Assemblyman demonstrates what can happen when 'average' citizens drink alcohol excessively. Ironically, he seems to assume most New Yorkers are already hardcore alcoholics, otherwise, he wouldn't be proposing mandatory breathalyzers be installed in their automobiles.

NYS Assemblyman demonstrates what can happen when 'average' citizens drink alcohol excessively. Ironically, he seems to assume most New Yorkers are already hardcore alcoholics, otherwise, he wouldn't be proposing mandatory breathalyzers be installed in their automobiles.

The last time we heard from Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn), he was desperately trying to ban the use of salt in New York restaurants, followed by getting drunk to the point of vomiting on ‘Four Loko’ to prove why it also needs to be banned. Now, Ortiz wants to install breathalyzers in every New Yorker’s automobile by 2015.

Plain and simple, Ortiz does not trust New Yorkers to drink responsibly. Instead of targeting his efforts, state resources and millions in taxpayer dollars on keeping unrepentant alcoholics and repeat offenders off the roads, he prefers punishing responsible drivers and drinkers with Big Brother technology that has a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol and their use of personal judgment.

Read the text of Ortiz’ re-introduced bill and let us know what you think about his efforts to force New Yorkers to submit to breathalyzers every time they get behind the wheel.

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Taxachusetts Voters Repeal Alcohol Sin Tax

No more gratuitous 'tips' to the nanny state.

No more gratuitous 'tips' to the nanny state.

In case you missed it, Massachusetts voters on Tuesday successfully repealed the 6.25% sin tax placed on alcohol, beer and wine last year. Nanny state advocates are now whining that the state will lose about $110 million in annual revenue that would have been funneled to anti-alcohol advocacy programs and organizations.

Jonathan D. Scott, president and executive director of Boston’s Victory Programs Inc., is upset that his organization will no longer be getting a piece of the alcohol sin tax pie:

For years, the sale of alcohol in Massachusetts has been treated as a necessity along with clothing and food, despite the serious harm it can create in people’s lives. This tax served as recognition that alcohol, like cigarettes, should not be considered a necessity, and created a fair way to fund important services.

Do you find anything “fair” about forcing responsible adult beverage consumers to foot the bill for rehabilitating those who abuse alcohol? Sound-off on Scott’s pro-sin tax/anti-alcohol diatribe in the Boston Globe’s comment section.

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Feds Say We’re All Binge Drinkers Now

The CDC doesn't want you to end-up like granny after 5 beers.

The CDC doesn't want you to end-up like granny after 5 beers.

Refusing to simply take a report from the State-Run Media about America’s growing “binge drinking” epidemic for its word, one enterprising blogger decided to research the government-provided ‘facts’ and found out it’s the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that’s more than a little loopy and totally drunk with power:

The most recent way our government defines binge drinking is “[f]our or more drinks within a few hours for a woman and five or more for a man.” That actually narrows yet again, as recently as the last few years it’s been “five or more drinks in a row,” which tends to imply more speed. Adding “within a few hours” means even drinking at a leisurely pace makes you a binge drinker. I wrote more about this shift last year in a post, Inventing Binge Drinking.

The CDC video further claims that “half of all alcohol consumed by adults in the US is binge drinking.” Wow, that’s pretty remarkable, especially if you consider that according to the DOJ only 54% of adults drink alcohol. We’re now a nation of binge drinkers. You’d think a society where 1 in 2 people drinking is on a bender would be more noticeable …

Naturally, they propose all the same old chestnuts to “fix” the problems they just created by inflating the statistics. Nothing new is ever proposed. Of course, none of the proposals ever work, either, wherever they’ve been implemented. Here’s the CDC recommendations.

  1. Increase alcohol taxes
  2. Close places that sell alcohol, reducing their number
  3. Close the remaining outlets earlier
  4. Enforce the laws that prohibit underage drinking

Read the rest of the article to learn how big government is inflating binge drinking statistics to “demonize alcohol manufacturers and criminalize law-abiding people,” as the Brockston Beer Bulletin’s Jay Brooks reports.

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Idaho Wants Smokers and Drinkers to Pay for Budgetary Indiscretions

Potato head bureaucrats want to loot smokers and drinkers.

Potato head bureaucrats want to loot smokers and drinkers.

Idaho bureaucrats are struggling to provide continued funding for health and welfare, education and the state’s prison system, so they’re hoping smokers and drinkers will help pay the bills.

“Our reserves are gone,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Dean Cameron (R-Rupert). “We can’t expect more federal stimulus.”

Sensing desperation, anti-smoking advocates are telling lawmakers they can pull-in a quick $46 million in revenue with a $1 per pack cigarette sin tax increase. House Minority Leader and wordsmith John Rusche (D-Lewiston) managed to pass-off the penalty tax targeting smokers as “another smoking prevention tool [for kids].”

Rep. Lenore Hardy Barrett (R-Challis) scolded greedy big government lawmakers for budgetary indiscretions in the past and wanting smokers and drinkers to pay for their mistakes today.

“Boil it down: stop spending and lower taxes,” Barrett advises fellow legislators.  She defended smokers and drinkers targeted by sin taxes, stating, “that’s their choice and they’re not breaking the law.”

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Congress to Decide on Lowering Drinking Age for US Troops

Give Radar a beer!

Give Radar a beer!

According to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), top military leaders “unofficially” support lowering the legal drinking age to 18 at on-base watering holes. Drinking a few cold ones with the big boys could help relieve stress among teenagers serving in combat zones, he said.

Kingston legislation’s that would lower the drinking age has bi-partisan support and opposition, reports The Florida Times-Union. Military leaders are hesitant to voice their opinions out of fear that they might upset lawmakers who are ultimately charged with regulating the drinking age among servicemen.

Kingston said he would like to get an “official opinion” from military leaders before Congress votes on his legislation that could have potential drawbacks, as well as benefits, that might not have been considered by civilian lawmakers.

“If you are responsible enough to be willing to sacrifice your life for your country, you should be able to drink alcohol,” said Sheila McNeill, the Navy League’s former national president. “They should not have to sneak around and do it.”

What are your thoughts? Should Congress lower the drinking age of men and women who are old enough to sacrifice their own lives in defense of our nation’s freedom?

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Court Rules Ladies Can Still Get Drink Specials

UPDATE (09/10/2010): The Second Court of Appeals rejected a frivolous lawsuit Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of “Ladies’ Night” drink specials. Read more.

The following article was originally reported by NSLF on July 2, 2010.

Bureaucrats Say “Ladies’ Nights” Violate Human Rights Law

All the ladies in the house say, “Boo!” No more free drinks for you, thanks to some busy-body bureaucrats in Minnesota who have declared “ladies’ nights” at bars and night clubs illegal.

According to a report from Minnesota Public Radio earlier this month, establishments that hold “ladies’ night” promotions are “discriminating against male patrons.”

The promotions, which offer female customers free or discounted drinks, violate the Minnesota Human Rights Act, department officials said in a statement.

“It is the Department of Human Rights’ position that ladies’ night is illegal. Gender-based pricing violates the Human Rights Act,” Commissioner James Kirkpatrick said.

Makes you wonder if the Human Rights Commission will target gay and lesbian watering holes for what some might perceive to be exclusionary practices that don’t exactly encourage heterosexuals to patronize their establishments.

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Fire-Breathing Bartenders Must Have Messed with the Wrong Bureaucrat

Fire-breathing bartenders now deemed domestic terrorists.

Fire-breathing bartenders now deemed domestic terrorists.

After spewing fire to the amazement of patrons at the same bar they’ve been tending for more than a decade, two hot-shot bartenders are now facing domestic terrorism charges and nearly half a century in prison.

This sort of nonsense usually happens when a business owner manages to tick-off a fire marshall or health inspector, but usually it results in a hefty fine or being held under close scrutiny. The incident at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon, Va. takes the cake for some bureaucrat having a huge axe to grind, though no one is quite sure at the moment why Fairfax County fire inspectors waited so long to haul-in these bartenders who allegedly pose an extreme risk to local drinkers.

Jimmy Cirrito, owner of the bar, described his bartenders long-time act as involving “juggling bottles of alcohol and spitting out streams of flames using matchbooks and lighters.” When fire officials arrived, “They were being treated as if they were terrorists, charged as if they intentionally tried to burn down the tavern,” he said.

According to TheFoxNation.com, bartenders Tegee Rogers, 33, of Herndon, and Justin Fedorchak, 39, of Manassas, were formally charged with “manufacturing an explosive device, setting a fire capable of spreading, and burning or destroying a meeting house,” in addition to several fire code violations.

Who are the real domestic terrorists? Fire-breathing bartenders or big government bureaucrats abusing their power to destroy small businesses?

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Boston Banning Glass Beer Mugs at Bars to ‘Save Lives’

"Chug that bottle like a thirsty baby!"

"Chug that bottle like a thirsty baby!"

An effort to prevent drunken bar patrons from killing each other with broken beer mugs and pint glasses is currently underway in Boston, Mass. While the nanny state tactic is not yet permanent, at least a dozen bars have been forced to switch to plastic cups as bureaucrats no longer trust citizens to drink responsibly out of glassware.

Sparking the latest round of treating adult drinkers like children was an incident at The Lansdowne pub where a patron was killed by another with a broken beer glass. The owner of the establishment was ‘encouraged’ by city officials to stop serving drinks in glassware including bottles and use plastic cups until a court decides if the ban will be permanent.

“It’s not a movement; it’s been on a case-by-case basis,” Patricia Malone, Boston’s director of consumer affairs and licensing told The Boston Globe. “If you’re constantly seeing beer bottles flying and people being injured, you have an issue to deal with. And I deal with it by saying, ‘You’re going to plastic, and that’s the way it’s going to be.’ No one has ever fought me on it.”

Malone claims almost have of the glassware bans at bars have been self-imposed by owners, Malone said. “They recognize I’m going to do something, so they sometimes can be very proactive on their own,” she noted.

That leaves the other half of drinking establishment owners having the ban forced upon them by Malone and fellow bureaucrats threatening legal action who can ill afford it this lousy economy. Plus, Malone would probably find other ways to make their lives miserable by sending in health and safety inspectors to find something wrong with their facilities.

“[P]lastic cups are just tacky,” said Kevin Maguire, bar manager at the White Horse Tavern in Allston that is still allowed to serve drinks in glassware. “[I]f the bar had to resort to pouring every glass bottle into a plastic cup, revenues would take a hit.”

Our two cents: If someone really wanted to kill a fellow bar patron, there are plenty of steak knives, forks, cork screws, and even sports memorabilia like baseball bats and hockey sticks readily available to ensure a deadly blow. We’ve already seen airlines replace silverware with plastic cutlery. It’s only a matter of time before nanny state bureaucrats insist on treating everyone like potential terrorists and murderers … unless citizens stand-up and speak-out now before it’s too late.

Join the Nanny State Liberation Front and help us restore common sense and eradicate the insanity that is spreading across our nation, courtesy of your elected representatives.

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College Naively Assumes Drinking Game Ban Will Keep Students Sober

Pink flamingo beer bongs banned!

Pink flamingo beer bongs banned!

Citing an unprecedented number of “alcohol-related incidents” during the 2009-2010 school year, a small private college in Los Angeles, Calif. has banned drinking games in hopes of sobering-up the student body.

Gone are the days when drunken college kids of all ages could toss ping-pong balls in to beer cups in hopes of winning a hangover the next day. The same holds true for countless games involving playing cards and whatever else turns losers in to big ‘winners.’

Jonathan Rice, a sophomore at Pitzer College, writes in the student newspaper that administrators updated the college’s student handbook to expressly ban drinking games “that are centered on alcohol, focus on drinking large quantities of alcohol or promote irresponsible drinking are prohibited. Any devices or paraphernalia which aid in these games may be confiscated and will not be returned. These devices include, but are not limited to beer pong or ‘Beirut’ tables and beer bongs or funnels.”

Ominously absent from the new handbook rules is an immediate tie-in with a ban on underage students possessing or drinking alcohol — period. Also missing is a ‘free pass’ for students of legal drinking age to continue playing stupid drinking games, but if school administrators think this sweeping crackdown on beer pong and card games will significantly prevent students from drinking themselves in to alcohol-induced comas, well, that’s their decision to make on a private campus. Right?

There’s always that fun drinking game called “I Never” that doesn’t involve cards, ping-pong balls or any drinking paraphernalia that can get kids lit-up like Christmas trees. It looks like school administrators didn’t do their homework and left that game off of their naughty list, so for any kids who want to test the new rules, here’s your opportunity to shine like a rock star! And, be sure to let us know how that works out for you.

Are you in favor of a little tough love when people, especially those intent on getting inebriated, are too stupid and put their lives and others’ at risk?

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We Need a “Let’s Drink” Campaign to Fight Adult Male Obesity

"Let's Drink!"

"Let's Drink!"

While First Lady Michelle Obama is using her “Let’s Move” crusade as a vehicle to “change” Americans’ eating habits and win the war against obesity, we’d like to see President Barack Obama engage obese men in something they can probably do to trim the fat with their hands tied behind their backs.

President Obama enjoys beer and has been known to combine it with his ‘domestic diplomacy‘ efforts in the name of breaking down barriers. Well, here’s his opportunity to demolish an enormous barrier that is preventing overweight men from achieving their true potential — the “Let’s Drink” campaign to end adult male obesity.

Here’s why it will work: “Swapping a daily glass of wine for a beer could help you save as many calories as you would by taking a 30-minute jog,” announced Britain’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) this week. The group represents the beer industry across Europe.

Who wouldn’t want to drink a cold beer on a hot summer day instead of going for a jog and sweating-up a storm? The same argument holds true for running in snow, sleet, rain and hail.

Further, encouraging American men to drink a beer a day would fuel the economy by pouring money in to local beer retailers, bars, restaurants and national brewing companies. It’s a win-win situation!

CAMRA reported that beer has been given a bad rap for enhancing beer bellies as opposed to shrinking them, as evidenced by research showing “34 percent of men and 29 percent of women incorrectly believe that beer had more calories than other alcoholic drinks.” Those beliefs are simply unfounded, the group claims.

“For years, beer has been blighted by a reputation for being more fattening than other alcoholic drinks, when in reality the exact opposite is true,” beer expert Prof. Charlie Bamforth said. “The major source of calories in any alcoholic drink is the alcohol itself, and because beer is the drinks category with the lowest average alcohol content, it is also lowest in calories — so for someone looking to lose weight, swapping their glass of wine for a beer every day would … cut out more calories than are burned off during a typical 30-minute jog.”

President Obama, American men suffering from all of the ailments and illnesses that your wife is using to scare women and children in to submitting to her plan to control what they eat and drink are counting on you to wage a war against obesity that they can easily win one beer and one day at a time.

Let’s replace that tired motto of “Hope” with “Hops” and create real “change” for American men that they can believe in and act upon to help themselves and our nation’s struggling economy one beer at a time! “Let’s Drink!”

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