Archive for the ‘Alcohol’ Category

Rhode Island Democrat arrested for driving while intoxicated

April 24, 2009

Rhode Island Representative Raymond Sullivan Jr. was arrested late Wednesday for driving under the influence of alcohol.   Sullivan, a Democrat from District 29 in Coventry, was swerving between lanes on on Route 95 before he was pulled over by police.

Sullivan takes Myspace pictures.

Sullivan takes Myspace pictures.

The officer asked Sullivan to recite the alphabet and all was well until he arrived at “P.”  From there, Sullivan said, “r, t, x, r, z.”  Ouch.  Sullivan insisted that he only had two beers, but the officer apparently didn’t buy it and arrested him on the scene.  Can we assume that Sullivan refused a breathalyzer at the scene?  Probably.  But we don’t want to get sued.

Anyway, at the drunk tank, Sullivan used his cell phone to call his attorney.  After the conversation the Representative consented to a breathalyzer and blew a whopping .179, more than double the state’s legal limit.  And that is what…a half hour to an hour later?  He was issued citations for Driving While Intoxicated, leaving the lane of travel, operating without evidence of insurance, and operating without evidence of registration.

Those additional charges are a bit nitpicky.  Then again, maybe Rep. Sullivan is an asshole when he’s drunk.

Sullivan was a Campaign Director for Barack Obama in Rhode Island during the 2008 Presidential Election. 

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Quick Link: North Carolina booze laws are outdated

April 9, 2009

It seems as though many states across America have odd alcohol laws.  Utah isn’t the only one.   North Carolina is looking to change there “private club” policy because of its inconsistent application.

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Full Story: Charlotte Observer

Government launches mental health website to get you through Recession

March 31, 2009

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration launched a new website Monday aimed at helping people get through the current economic crisis without putting a bullet in their head.

Matthew Perry?

Matthew Perry?

The guide provides information about how to effectively manage stress as well as how to spot signs of alcoholism, drug addiction, and depression.   The site also contains links for troubled homeowners that may help to alleviate some of their stress.

It may not look pretty right now, but the United States will get through this recession.  Here is a tip: You can actually make money off of this recession if you do a little research.  If you are particularly stressed about finances, talk to some of your friends and try to get it on the toxic assets that the government will be selling.  They are going to be backed 97% by the FDIC.

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Full Story: http://www.samhsa.gov/economy/

Utah Governor finally easing restrictions on booze

March 31, 2009

Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. (R-UT) plans to sign a bill that will finally bring his state into the 19th century.  The current law in Utah forces people to fill out an application in order to enter a bar and to pay a fee.  You are then granted a one year membership to the bar.

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -Benjamin Franklin

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -Benjamin Franklin

Senate Bill 187 will relinquish these ancient practices.   The new bill will require taverns to have an electronic ID reader to ensure that underage patrons are not allowed in.  Drinking will continue as usual at all college campuses.

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Full Story: The Salt Lake Tribune

Kentucky drinkers stocking up on booze before new law takes effect

March 30, 2009

Kentucky drinkers will be greeted with an extra 6% sales tax on alcohol beginning Wednesday April 1, after the Kentucky General Assembly approved the tax last month.   Cigarette packs will also see an additional $.30 tax.

Kentucky native Torry Lemp and his brother Terry Lemp spent, Sunday afternoon stocking up on their favorite liquor.  The two brothers shopped at Liquor Barn, a local store that now advertises the current price of booze as well as the price after the tax hike. Lemp says that, “That’s why we’re here. Last time I was in here, I thought ‘I have to be back here before the tax kicks in on the first.”

The president of Liquor Barn says that opposition is growing to the new law.  “We’re seeing some response from it. It’s not huge but it’s building.”

The state of Kentucky is world-renowned for its kickass whiskey.  In fact, Bourbon whiskey is named for Bourbon County, Kentucky.   Are these taxes a good idea?  I’m not sure.  So many states are experiencing huge fucking deficits next year, so the shortfall cash has to come from somewhere.

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FULL STORY: http://www.kentucky.com/210/story/743384.html