Women, Guns, and Beer in the Home of the Brave
May 3, 2013 3 Comments
If you remember, one of everybody’s favorite commercials in the Super Bowl was the reprise of Paul Harvey’s So God Made a Farmer, if you want to see again, it it is here. Former Senator Fred Thompson has made a similar video called So God Made a Patriot, I like it and hope you will too.
Chill out and have a great American Beer
If you remember a few weeks ago we noted that American craft beer is becoming a fad in England of all places, Article here. I didn’t go into how we got there at the time but, Dan Mitchell had something to say about it yesterday, and I thought you’d be interested. It’s pretty amazing what Americans can do when we can manage to get the government out of the way, isn’t it?
But sometimes it helps to have a real-world example of how a specific industry responds when it is freed from onerous taxation and pointless regulation.
Tom Acitelli explains in the Wall Street Journal how the American beer industry was rejuvenated by deregulation and tax cuts. Here are some excerpts from his column.
As recently as 35 years ago, there were fewer than 50 breweries in the whole country… The story of the U.S. ascent to the top tier of world beer began in the late 1970s, when brewing was liberated from government taxation and regulation that had held it back since Prohibition. …The brewing industry had been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Washington to lower excise taxes on beer produced by smaller brewers. …H.R. 3605 cut the federal excise tax on beer to $7 from $9 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels produced, so long as a brewery produced no more than two million barrels annually. …The tax cut unleashed a revolution in American brewing. Hundreds of smaller breweries began to open across the country selling what came to be called craft beer.
But the industry wasn’t held back just by taxation.
Some of the stars of American craft beer, such as Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada and Sam Calagione at Dogfish Head, got their start with home brewing—an activity that until the late 1970s was illegal in the U.S.
Women, Guns, and the NRA
We’ve talked several times over the last couple years about how the old Colt Single Action Army got it’s nickname of “The Equalizer” not least because it made that 98 pound schoolmarm equal to any man, and nothing has changed. Well except that a large part of society has decided that our women (and men, for that matter) should be kept defenseless so the thugs of the world can do whatever they want. It’s a message that doesn’t work with me, or hardly anybody else around here, let alone with the women I know. It doesn’t work with the NRA either and they’re making some pretty neat videos.
That part about self-defense is true of course, and vitally important but, something many of us know is that shooting is just plain good challenging fun. Whether your plinking pop cans, or duck hunting or whatever it’s fun, and a challenge to do well.
The NRA and Smith and Wesson have teamed up to produce some videos about women and guns, which I think is smart of S&W. Here’s one of them.
Strong, confident, self-reliant women. What’s not to
AirModal tells us that GoDaddy‘s CEO likes rock music, specifically he likes this
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –
A band is $10,000 richer thanks to a billionaire in the audience. GoDaddy.com executive chairman and founder Bob Parsons called their version of the Star Spangled Banner the best rendition he’s ever heard.
Madison Rising’s lead singer and navy veteran Dave Bray says Parsons asked for his address after a charity performance in Scottsdale but he just expected to get some GoDaddy swag.
And here it is
You know, I like it too.
- Madison Rising To Perform In Indianapolis on July 20th (prweb.com)
- What’s On Tap This Weekend: Yuengling Lager – The Gateway Brew! [BEER REVIEW] (coed.com)