I got a link to this article about an extremely dangerous purple platypus from the Brewers Association Forum digest today. I read the piece, and it's all about this stupid-angry 'they're marketing booze to kids!!!' Joe Camel bullshit, and I got all enraged and was going to rant and shout about how moronic and insulting that is.
But then I took a quick Google at things, and saw that Jay Brooks had already covered it. So just go read his piece, and imagine me being that angry (especially about the "as if comics were only for kids" part: I bought about $50 worth of comics for myself today, including my first look at Greg Rucka's excellent Queen & Country. Just for kids...insulting!). Thanks, Jay.
Sure, freak out over purple platys and Santa's glutes, but apparently St. Nick offering a pint was OK with Maine a long time ago:
Side note: Thirsty Dog's Old Leghumper Porter ws on the same lawsuit as Santa's Butt. 3 other Thirsty Dog beers were licensed in Maine almost 1/2 a year before OL joined them.
I'm still a bit surprised Flying Dog's Doggie Style got approved so easily.
If (when, pretty please?) Stone comes to Maine, Arrogant & Double Bastard should be a cinch in that a Fat Bastard wine is already licensed.
Guess I should hide my bottle of Fantôme from the kids....ooooooooohhhhhhhhh a ghost!
I read the piece, and it's all about this stupid-angry 'they're marketing booze to kids!!!' Joe Camel bullshit, and I got all enraged and was going to rant and shout about how moronic and insulting that is.
Good Lord. If this is all you have to get enraged about? You have way, way, way too much time on your hands.
And what about all those satanic Belgian brews? Let's get our priorities straight here!
Bring back the Hamm's bear.
Don't let Jay rant for you big guy...pile it on! This subject needs exposure as to how insanely idiotic this "preventative maintenance" is.
Everything is important. Some people think the Middle East is the most important thing, some think poverty in America, some think it's preservation of wetlands, some think preservation of historical buildings, and recently in Philly some folks thought keeping one particular painting in town was worth millions of dollars.
All a man can do is pick some things that are important to him. Should I only get enraged about things that pass your checklist of "importance?" Pardon me, but I do think that underage drinking, particularly dangerous, unsupervised, ignorant underage drinking, is a very important issue, and things like this waste time, money, and good intentions that could be doing something useful and helpful about the issue. That's why I write about things like lowering the legal drinking age, fighting keg registration, and this: because I'd like to see people's time, money, and attention focused on methods and means that work.
If you disagree, start your own blog and write about important stuff. This is my blog. I write about what's important -- or interesting, or amusing -- to me. Most folks understand that.
Lew, you're spot on.
The attitude that says "that isn't important, because this is more important" is like salt on the slug of activism.
The truth is, if everyone took action on the things that mattered to them, the world would probably be perfect.
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