#DrunkenSocialism Hits A Snag in Virginia

How outrageous liquor laws are killing everyone's buzz.


Egalitarianism has hit the bottle with #drunkensocialism, a trend where bars and restaurants sell tastes of rare and expensive alcohol at cost to customers who would normally not be able to afford such fancy beverages. But current Virginia liquor laws are being a buzzkill when it comes to this new trend. 

Reason TV producer Austin Bragg recently visited a bar in Richmond, VA to investigate why "The Man" is messing with our high spirits. 

While it seems like a win-win scenario for all involved, the restrictive alcohol laws in Virginia make this new trend essentially illegal, according to John Maher, bartender and owner of The Rogue Gentlemen in Richmond. Under rules enforced by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) a bar may not give away drinks or establish "a customary retail price for a drink at a markup over cost significantly less that that applied to other beverages of similar type, quantity, or volume."

"It's heartbreaking and it's stressful to deal with this nonsense," says Maher. "The lovely Prohibition-era rules that we have to follow make things very hard to be a bar in this state."

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  1. Repeal Repeal.

  2. George Clooney explains why raising millions and millions of dollars from Celebrities is so vital =

    What Clooney pointed to is that Clinton has been bringing in millions of dollars, not just for her campaign, but also for Democrats running in House, Senate and other local races.

    “It’s going to the congressmen and senators to try to take back Congress,” Clooney said on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday. “And the reason that’s important, and the reason it’s important to me, is because we need ? I’m a Democrat. So if you’re a Republican, you’re going to disagree, but we need to take the Senate back.”

    He argued that would lead to a Supreme Court justice who could overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision that gave rise to superPACs**, which Clooney said would help eliminate the need for such fundraisers that he agreed were odious.

    See, we hate big money in politics, its just that we need it *just this one time* to force courts to prevent our opponents from using it in the future.

    [**note = Citizens United, last i checked, ‘gave rise’ to absolutely nothing; it simply said that laws trying to put limits on political spending were unconstitutional. Spending on elections wasn’t especially *low* before the decision, last i checked]

    1. Whenever I hear people talk about the need to get money out of politics, I tell them that money and power always find each other. They usually fall silent and frown for bit before changing the subject.

      1. Believing you can separate the two equals one also believing there are unicorns at the zoo.

    2. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.

      Orwell, 1984

    3. I guess Clooney is prepping to go all Reagan and make a run for office one day.

      Difference is, on the way to power, Reagan made all sorts of interesting speeches establishing his ideas.

      I’m not seeing it with one of the Ocean con artists.

    4. Get politics out of money, and you won’t need to worry about getting money out of politics.

    5. As soon as I hear a Democrat talk about getting union money out of politics too, I might take them a little more seriously. Until then they’re just, par for the course, trying to get Republicans out of politics.

    1. Capitalism tastes like hot dog and pricey booze. Socialism tastes like sawdust and starvation.

      1. I would add a combo called The Socialist Worker: You get a bowl of borscht and a hunk of black bread for free, but you have to stand in line for 2 hours to get it.

        Even if you’re the only one in the line.

        1. I love it. Also, a fur cap or babushka is mandatory.

          1. Maybe a paper ushanka with a Red Star, sort of like a Burger King crown.

            Hmm. Maybe I could open up a restaurant called MarxBurger.

            1. You pretend to pay your flippers and they pretend to work. You only offer one sandwich, it’s a plain burger with no cheese, no vegetables, no bun, and no meat. Rather than extolling your delicious food and reasonable prices, you advertise your production figures. Which are lies.

      2. I want that on a bumper sticker, and I don’t even like bumper stickers.

    2. What’s the retail price of Blue Label? You’d think they’d bump the margin up a bit. (checks). Oh, ok., $180 or so. So that seems fair.

    3. Half those places aren’t even open anymore… what a ripoff of an article.

      (Notably, the capitalist hot dog provider is still alive and kicking.)

    4. Okay, so technically you’re paying $250 for a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, and Chubby Wieners’ Famous Chubby Dog is thrown into the deal, but it’s still the priciest hot-dog combo we’ve seen in town. Ridiculous? Sure, but it does sometimes get ordered?11 times in the past two years?mostly by groups, and often by lawyers. Ah, laissez-faire never tasted so good.
      ?Julia Kramer

      That’s right honey. If there’s a market for it, it’s none of your business. If there isn’t, the price drops accordingly until the vendor can sell his dogs at a profit. So they have it exactly backwards – surprise – capitalism tends to bring prices down because of demand and market forces.


      1. Who splits a hotdog, wtf.

      2. How about a Limousine Liberal combo? You pay $250 for just a hot dog, but it’s non-GMO, organic, and the vendor gets a living wage.

  3. Snag in Vagina.

    Good band name. Oh, it says Virginia.

    1. Sounds painful.

  4. How’s that libertarian moment going?

    1. Well, we all know what your drink of choice is.

  5. I thought the evils of price fixing was one of the SJW dog whistles. Oh, it’s state mandated price fixing, carry on then.

    1. Corporate Monopoly : Bad.
      State Monopoly : Good.

      Corporate Monopsony : Bad.
      State Monopsony : Good.

      You see how this works?

  6. In other news… not meaning to cross post, hijack threads, etc., commie Dilma Rousseff getting her ass impeached live on TeeVee, it doesn’t get any better than this, lol. Pretty soon, Obama and Bernie aren’t going to have any friends at all.

    1. Can’t Obama just issue a pardon? He is the president of the world, isn’t he?

      1. He will probably try.

      2. I guess they need 2/3 for impeachment, she’s now losing by more than 70%/

    2. So what are the current odds of the Rio Olympics actually happening?

      1. It’ll happen. Too many athletes have trained for too long. Many of them won’t be competitive in four years; it’s now or never.

        1. The IOC is even more corrupt than Rousseff.

          1. And FIFA is even more corrupt than the IOC.

            1. The World Cup, I think, in Qatar is going to be worse than Korea.

    3. If the impeachment vote passes, the measure will move to the Senate, where a simple majority would pave the way for a trial to determine whether Ms. Rousseff sought to strengthen her re-election prospects two years ago by illegally using money from state-owned banks to conceal a yawning budget deficit.

      You mean somewhere in the world, politicians are held accountable for budget deficits and government colluding with banks is frowned upon?

    4. It’s Sunday evening. You can’t really hijack a thread.

  7. OT: The site is cleared(ish). That was some very heavy snow. Broke two machines (one hydraulic line, one belt). Not too bad, I’ll fix em. My back, OTH, is another story.
    Hopefully, that was it. I think we lost two trees that we worked around in order to keep, and a bunch of others are broken and smashed down.
    I’m probably about a two weeks behind schedule at this point, and that’s before knowing if any roofs were damaged.

    1. I just did my taxes, so I think I’ve got you beat.

      1. I was gonna do em today, LOL. Oh well, they owe me, so I doubt they’ll be real sticklers if I file late.

      2. C’mon man. Do them in late Feb and you’ll get your money back in less that 24 hours.

        Unless you’re trying to pull something shady. If that’s the case, file at the last minute.

        Oh… I get it now.

    2. I worked commercial and residential construction for a healthy portion of my twenties. I feel for you, brother.

      *cracks a beer, salutes DJ*

      1. Thank you. (raises glass)

      2. My brother is moving to Denver in a few weeks for a job in residential construction. Sounds like he’s lucky to be starting in the spring.

  8. Also, you know who else was a drunken socialist?

    1. Teddy Kennedy?

      1. WOW, you won on the first try!

        1. And I was going to guess Brezhnev…. 🙁

          1. Ooh no wait, that’s even better!

            1. Supposedly, Brezhnev liked to hunt while drunk.

              I learned some fun Brezhnev jokes when I was studying Russian.

              1. I’m thinking those Russian politicians that had a coup taking over the country which only lasted a few hours, where they just got drunk inside the Kremlin until they were finally defeated. Someone remind me a bit more of that, I remember it being pretty hilarious while it was happening. It wasn’t all that long ago.

                1. 25 years this August.

  9. Is there anything the governnent can’t fuck up?

  10. OT: derp from facederp, courtesy of occupyMARINES

    “”As you sit down to relax and have dinner after a hard day at work, ponder this.
    A 74 year old man and his 65 year old wife are fighting for your future, instead of enjoying their golden years. They have taken on the most powerful corrupt machine in the world, so you can have a future, and enjoy your life with dignity. They believe in you, believe in them. Thank you Jane and Bernie for your sacrifice.””


    1. Yes, thank you for your undying efforts to enslave us. Merci beaucoup.


    3. At least the primary will be over in two days.

    4. “Sacrifice.” That and “service” are words that should be insulting given how badly they’re misused.

    5. I’m pretty sure Bernie is enjoying every minute of this.

    6. You don’t realize how hard this process is on Bernie, and how much he’s giving up. He doesn’t need to be doing this. He could be sitting back and stealing electricity from his landlord and failing to make functional stools, but he’s sacrificing that life, because he cares about YOU.

      1. Sander’s extension cord could be the new woodchipper.

  11. Egalitarianism has hit the bottle with #drunkensocialism, a trend where bars and restaurants sell tastes of rare and expensive alcohol at cost to customers who would normally not be able to afford such fancy beverages.

    Gotta love capitalists who sell wealth signaling as a loss leader as if it’s a socialist enterprise to virtue signaling “egalitarians”.

    These egalitarians are buying the opportunity to completely clown themselves. Their lack of self awareness is the cherry on top of this satirical sundae.


    Or is this a different blogger’s rx of same subject?



  13. Masturbation euphemism

  14. Until I saw the bill for $28,000 a day, I couldn’t believe that Washington power couple Ken and Carol Adelman could make so much money teaching business executives leadership lessons from Shakespeare. Click here for an article about their company Movers and Shakespeares.


  15. Spot the Not: most appalling Hillary Clinton quotes

    1. There are rich people everywhere. And yet they do not contribute to the growth of their own countries…..They don’t invest in public schools, in public hospitals, in other kinds of development internally.

    2. We are at a stage in history in which remolding society is one of the great challenges facing all of us in the West.

    3. No. We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices … Government has to make those choices for people.

    4. Probably my greatest challenge is staying humble and true to my Christian faith.

    5. My husband may have his faults, but he has never lied to me.

    6. I have to admit that a good deal of what my husband and I have learned (about Islam) has come from my daughter. (As) some of you who are our friends know, she took a course last year in Islamic history.

    7. The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996.

    8. If you have guns in your home, tell your parents to keep them away from you and your friends and your little brothers and sisters.

    1. For the second time today, I humbly submit #2 as my answer.

    2. Going with 7. I know it’s true, so she can’t have said it.

    3. 5
      … no. I’m gonna stick with five.

    4. No more bets! No more bets!

      The Not is #4. I made up it up.

      1. Knew it!

        I guessed that one because that is way too much self-awareness and honesty for her (that humility and believing in something would be challenging for her). She’s the type that would say she works too hard or cares too much.

    5. I’m going with #2 as well. It sounds too revolutionary and pretentious. she’s dull by nature and by instinct, knowing voters dont like pols to sound *too* highbrow.

      1. Doh! just a second too late with my wrongness. Hillary *really* said that?

        1. It’s from Hillary Clinton’s appearance at UT on 6 April 1993, where she was honored by the Liz Sutherland Carpenter Distinguished Lectureship and gave a talk entitled “Remolding Our Society”.

        2. In context:

          We are at a stage in history in which remolding society is one of the great challenges facing all of us in the West. If one looks around the Western world, one can see the rumblings of discontent, almost regardless of political systems, as we come face to face with the problems that the modern age has dealt us.

          And if we ask, why is it in a country as wealthy as we are, that there is this undercurrent of discontent, we realize that somehow economic growth and prosperity, political democracy and freedom, are not enough ? that we lack meaning in our individual lives and meaning collectively; we lack a sense that our lives are part of some greater effort, that we are connected to one another.

          All of us face a crisis of meaning. Coming off the last years when the ethos of selfishness and greed were given places of honor never before accorded them, it is certainly timely to ask about this problem.

          This problem requires all of us to play a role in redefining what our lives are and what they should be …

        3. “Remolding society” is what leftism is all about. Granted, they don’t usually state it so clearly.

          1. It makes a lot more sense when you put it in the 1993-context of the recent fall of the soviet union. Everyone was talking about the end of history and reshaping the global order blah blah blah. in retrospect its pretty cliche and unsurprising.

  16. Alexis has a rather deep voice on that video.


    1. I’ll still think of what Bill looked like before the surgery.

  17. OT: Badass librarians. This makes me happy. Raises glass.

    1. Why is he wearing one of Hillary’s campaign outfits?

      1. I dunno, but he wears it better, no?

        1. He’s certainly accomplished more over his career.

          1. Indeed.

    2. Bad ass indeed.

  18. Next they’re going to tell me that I can’t huff spray paint anymore.

    1. I recommend gold. Silver doesn’t have the same solvent load anymore.

    2. The Army won’t let DLI enlisted students drink anymore. I predict this policy will create more liars than golf.

    1. My similar fave Utube thing like that (other than the “Slow Mo Guys“) is Mr “Red Hot Nickel Ball

      When he runs out of things to put his red-hot-nickel-ball on, he then turns to “Bucket of Liquid Nitrogen”.

      I appreciate that he doesn’t say shit, or try to tart up the videos at all.

      1. RHNB! New to me. Thanks!

        1. You millenials and your videotubes.

      2. Red Hot Nickel Ball? I have *all* their albums!

        1. You love all their hit single! [sic]

    2. Can that guy do anything right?

      Nothing blew up, and he wasted plenty of perfectly good meat.

  19. Derpwatch: Save us, o lord, from the fury of the Trumpaloes

    ‘The Trump Effect’: Report says 2016 campaign is causing an ‘alarming level of fear and anxiety’ for children of color


    A teacher of kindergartners through third-graders in Oregon said that black students are “concerned for their safety because of what they see on TV at Trump rallies,” while a high school teacher in North Carolina wrote that Latino students are carrying birth certificates and Social Security cards to school out of fear they will be deported.

    The report is based on a survey of 2,000 teachers that, the authors acknowledge, is neither scientific nor representative of teachers as a whole: “Our email subscribers and those who visit our website are not a random sample of teachers nationally, and those who chose to respond to our survey are likely to be those who are the most concerned about the impact of the presidential campaign on their students and schools.”

    1. Hopefully, we’ll see a rise in the personal firearms for self-defense ownership rate and interest in prepping among Blacks and Latinos due to all of this.

      1. Now you’re on their list, too.

        1. Now?!?! You mean they’ve finally gotten around to it just now?

          1. They were worried about being called racist for putting someone named Heroic Mulatto on a blacklist.

            1. saying he’s not black enough for the blacklist is pretty racist too though, so, I mean, damned if you do…

    2. “Our email subscribers and those who visit our website are not a random sample of teachers nationally, and those who chose to respond to our survey are likely to be those who are the most concerned about the impact of the presidential campaign on their students and schools.”

      Especially if you’re the Southern Poverty Law Center.

      They couldn’t even bothered to stick a “social science study” fig leaf over their nonsense, they’re just pulling stuff out of their asses and hoping the media will repeat it, which apparently is what happened.

      1. they’re just pulling stuff out of their asses and hoping the media will repeat it, which apparently is what happened.

        In the Washington Post no less. You’d think a supposedly reputable paper would put something down that was more than a user poll at a hysteria site.

        Can we do a poll here at H&R? It would be essentially the same thing. And just as accurate at reflecting the general population’s opinion.

        How about ‘report says $15 minimum wage causing a lot of sarcasm and nihilism among minority group’?

        (after all, it is inarguable that libertarians are a minority of the US population)

        1. Can we do a poll here at H&R?

          Please no. Haven’t we had enough?

          1. What ever happened to Emily Ekins?

            1. She was on the Stossel show this week and looking pretty good in full HD splendor. Even my wife said “she’s pretty”, and complimenting the looks of any woman on tv is pretty rare for her. She did notice that Ms. Ekins over-plucks her eyebrows, though, and then colors them in with dark pencil.

              Once you start noticing the drawn-in eyebrows on Emily, pretty soon watching them move gets rather comical, and you end up thinking she is a marionette or perhaps a street mime. Still would, though.

    3. kindergartners through third-graders

      Yeah, 5yr olds are totally hyper-sensitive to the racially-charged-characterization of Trump rallies from their daily scouring of Op-Eds in the Washington Post.

      Its totally not proggy schoolteachers verging on hallucinatory hysteria.

      1. They’re like dogs and cats that way – sensitive to their owners’ feelings.

        1. Malcolm’s mom was thug.

            1. She’s responsible for Dr. Freud being able to buy his summer cottage in the Alps.

              1. HM, on to the heirs of GK, and the issue of the Secret History becomes irrelevant. Thanks for the reference.

            2. The clown fight at Lois’s birthday party: one of the greatest moments in the history of network TV.

  20. link text“The future Charles III takes his wife to see a play about Charles II and Charles’ mistress Nell Gwynn.

      1. Punch line: It’s Prince Charles’ wedding anniversary.

        1. His wedding anniversary with the current wife, that is.

  21. D city management in action:

    “The Chicago Teachers Union says the countdown toward a possible strike has begun after it rejected the recommendation of an independent arbitrator”
    “…the system’s offer, which had already been rejected by the union’s expanded bargaining committee. It would have required teachers to contribute the full nine percent of each paycheck to their pensions. It also would have curbed some automatic pay rises.
    Chicago Public Schools is in dire financial shape, prompting Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to say it should file for bankruptcy. While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the school system have strongly rejected that option, the district has been forced to cut school budgets in order to preserve cash to make mandatory payments to the teachers’ pension fund….”

    I’m sure Rahm will clearly explain to the parents of the children who receive rotten educations why the teachers should get such raises and the population will gladly vote D as a result. Or something.

    1. The rank and file live for this shit. More than doing- whatever it is they do.

  22. A speaker at the White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia – yes, that conference is a thing and it’s aimed at teachers – shares her plans:

    “”The racial narrative of White tends to be like this: Rugged individual, honest, hard-working, disciplined, rigorous, successful,” she said. “And so then, the narrative of U.S. public education: Individual assessments, competition, outcome over process (I care more about your grades than how you’re doing), ‘discipline’ where we care more about your attendance and making sure you’re not tardy than we care about your relationships ? proper English must be spoken (which is just assimilation into standard U.S. dialect), hierarchical power structure, and heavy goal orientation.”…

    “She routinely touted the benefits of collective assessments (measuring student learning at the class level instead of determining whether each student knows the material), as well as eliminating all school grades entirely….

    “”Your time has come,” Hackman said. “If I was a white faculty member and unwilling to get with the program, I do not have any business in teacher education ? We do see you, Super-Whitey. We’re coming for you.””

    1. Huh. And I thought ‘discipline’ meant not allowing kids to beat the shit out of you.

      1. “For these mild opinions, Black Lives Matter called Olson “a white supremacist” even though he had once marched with the group. Two days after Black Lives Matter met with the St. Paul school superintendent ? and agreed to call off its protest ? the 10-year veteran teacher was put on leave.”

        Ha ha, it almost serves that guy right, joining some retarded BLM protest and then having them turn on him.

    2. Super-Whitey? Christopher Reeve? That Hackman?

      1. Connect the dots…white…dresses in a costume…wears a mask…fights crime…in fact, you might say he’s a *wizard* at crimefighting…

  23. More D executive management of taxpayer money:

    “BART officials, union leaders announce tentative labor agreement”
    “Hoping to avoid a repeat of BART labor strikes that immobilized the Bay Area in 2013, union leaders and BART officials announced a tentative labor agreement Monday ? more than one year before the current contract expires.
    The proposed agreement would increase worker salaries to keep pace with projected inflation rates each year, among other provisions.”

    Bullshit. The agreement out-paces any claim of inflation, and the baseline for such claims is wildly inflated to begin with.
    Some history: BART is currently trying desperately to keep trains running, since the management collapsed under public pressure during a strike 4 or 5 years ago and handed the piggy-bank to the union to avoid being ‘unelected’ during a election year. As a result, physical maintenance was ‘deferred’ (ignored), since all the money went to drastically increased wages and benes and the trains are now running on salvaged parts.
    So the the elected BoD has now put a bond issue on the ballot to pay for the ignored maintenance and hopes no one will notice they again bought labor ‘peace’ by giving away the farm.
    You would hope that someone other than commenters on libertarian sites might notice the sleight-of-hand, but the Chron is applauding the deal as enlightened management!

    1. But you might protest that the board positions are ‘non-partisan’, and so I would ask you to find ONE who would had voted other than D at one time or another.

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  25. As I watch West Houston float away with the 8-15 inches of rain they’ve gotten last night, I’ll just leave this tidbit from Breitbart about the Brussels bomber here.

    (If you’ve already covered it, I apologize. I learned about it today, and find it sadly hilarious.)

    From the article:

    The Syrian-origin Swedish passport holder arrested in Belgium last week for his involvement in the Brussels bomb attacks is a former poster boy for Sweden’s efforts at integrating migrants into their society.

    Now accused of murder, and captured on CCTV cameras carrying bags which contained the explosive devices which killed 32 civilians, Islamist Osama Krayem had once been hailed as a model of integration. A former employee of the city of Malmo, at the age of 11 Osama starred in a documentary about migrants in Sweden.

    Both of Osama’s parents are Syrian migrants to Sweden, and have told tabloid Aftonbladet they wanted to see their son integrate into Swedish society. The family featured in a 2005 documentary called ‘Without Borders ? A Film About Sport And Integration’, in which football-mad Krayem demonstrated how the Malmo football team had helped him settle into Swedish society…

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