Monday, October 17, 2011


Yesterday, Barack Obama commanded center stage at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr memorial and, unsurprisingly, did his best to imply that his own presidency and policies are the most meaningful legacy of the civil rights leader. "We will overcome," the president told the crowd in the National Mall, and "Let us keep climbing towards that promised land!"

Only the land that Obama and his ilk are promising doesn't actually look very
good these days, and the important message of Dr. King seems to have been deliberately lost in the shuffle.

For instance, the Rev Bernice King, a daughter of Dr. King, used the occasion to say the Occupy Wall Street movement is turning her father's dream into action, praising the "radical revolution of values and reordering of priorities in this nation."

Equally cheery was her brother, who declared that the American dream has "turned into a nightmare for millions." Although not necessarily for himself or other members of Dr. King's family, who charged an $800,000 fee for permission to use his face on the monument.

US Rep John Lewis, a civil rights icon who protested alongside Dr. King, also spoke at the dedication ceremony...which is more than he was allowed to do when he recently was
supposed to speak to a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters but was turned away when the hippie-ish crowd voted with "down twinkles" (wriggling fingers) to say they didn't think either the man or his history were as important as their drumming and chanting.

Which didn't keep Obama from including praise for the Occupy Wall Street protesters in his comments, saying "Dr. King would want us to challenge the excesses of Wall Street." Really? And how did you come up with that information, Mr. president? Using a Ouija board in the Oval Office?!

But apart from all of that, what
is the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr...and how far have we really come since his march on Washington?

On the one hand, 2012 may mark the first presidential election in our nation's history when
both candidates are black. But in response to the possible candidacy of Herman Cain, the political Left has gone into full-fledged racist mode in a way that would make a Klan member blush.

Alleged actor Sean Penn referred to the president as "The N-word in the Whitehouse" and asserted that the Tea Party wants him lynched. Alleged comedian Bill Maher (who uses that same n-word whenever he feels like it) dismissively refers to Cain as a "token black guy." On MSNBC, host Martin Bashir has appointed himself the judge of whether or not a black man is
really black, and asserts that Cain's conservatism shows he's trying to "denude and diminish his own ethnicity." Meaning, apparently, that a real black man knows his place...and it's on the liberal plantation.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama continues to retreat from his promise to bring Americans of all races together, and instead enthusiastically sows hatred and division for his own political gain. And in this desperate and failing economy, black unemployment has risen to almost twice the national rate while the president does everything in his power to
fight actual job creation. Even the Congressional Black Caucus has become upset that the president spends far more time golfing than working to improve life for his African-American constituents.

But Barack Obama and his liberal cronies still want to claim the legacy of the civil rights movement (despite the fact that more Republicans than Democrats supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act) and are only too happy to pose for pictures in front of a 30-foot likeness of Martin Luther King Jr which is made of stone.

Because you'd
have to be made of stone not to shed a tear over what's happened to his dream.



Angry Hoosier Dad said...

It is never good when we remember the myth and forget the man. This is how people like Kennedy or King become deified. Their memories become sacred and end up being used to empower or enrich vile characters like Ted Kennedy or, apparently, the whole King family. I guess this just goes with the territory and we have to accept it. But I wonder if it's what they would have wanted.
As for Obama versus Cain...We are supposed to accept that Obama is authentically black (even though he's half white) because he's "down with the struggle" and Cain, who has two black parents, is inauthentic because he's not interested in racial division and appears to have little time for crybabies of any color.
And you wonder why 90% of the black voters vote Democrat. They are afraid to vote any other way for fear of being shunned as "oreos". Now that's pathetic and sadly characteristic of compliant slaves on the modern liberal plantation.

CaptainWhitebread said...

Dr. King's statue looks really ticked off.

Jim Hlavac said...

Weird, the good doctor was a Republican, who wanted jobs and business, even corporations, for his people -- while Democrats were busy in that time making sure blacks remained poor sharecroppers -- the hypocrisy and theft of a dream, even the dream's destruction, are astonishing.

John the Econ said...

One has to wonder exactly how Dr. King would respond to seeing his family squander his dream by devolving into an army of profiteering slackers and his legacy co-opted by leftist stooges who have turned subsequent generations into virtual slaves to the liberal intelligentsia.

And how rich is it that the President that has taken in the greatest amount of campaign cash ever from Wall Street would say with a straight face that "Dr. King would want us to challenge the excesses of Wall Street."?

Was it really his dream that a "black" politician could become even more corrupt than a white one?

So you ask what is the honest legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...and how far have we really come since his march on Washington?

Perhaps it is Herman Cain that will redeem that legacy.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Angry Hoosier Dad- The Left treats African-Americans as if they all had Down syndrome, and are foolish to even think of trying to leave their squalid group home. But that's never called out as racism. Instead, we're told (again and again) that the Tea Party is racist because it supports a black man only to prove we're not racists...which proves we're racists.

I'm old enough to remember when racism was bold, ugly, omnipresent, and in your face - not some rhetorical or political game. I've seen the progress that came out of the courage of (imperfect) men like Dr. King...and I've seen the collapse of much of that progress stemming from the "Great Society" programs, and the conniving of liberals who insist on keeping their plantations intact.

It sickens and angers me.

@Captain Whitebread- He does look ticked off, and he damn well should be.

@Jim Hlavac- Like Alice, we're all down the rabbit hole now, in an increasingly baffling world with convoluted and nonsensical "logic."

@John the Econ- I agree with your excellent point that Herman Cain represents King's legacy more than any of the race hustlers on the Left, and that's something to feel good about.

And perhaps his run for office could finally spark a hugely important national conversation about "the soft bigotry of low expectations."

Rosa Parks refused to ride in the back of the bus, but the Left's answer is to put blacks in the "short bus" - claiming "all the seats are in front!"

Coon Tasty said...

Sorry, John the Econ, but Herman Cain will never win an election. He has all of the intelligence and integrity to do the job...but that's not what gets people elected. Cain is simply not a good enough public speaker. - Obama is ONLY good at reading a TelePrompTer...but he IS good at it. Cain would probably make a great Sec Treas. to Allen West's Presidency, though!

Andrew said...

I was at the MLK monument last week. The scowling statue looks like all those fascist ChiCom statues of Mao because it was made, entirely, in China, by a Chinese artist/team, then shipped to DC. Meh. It's positioned so that he is scowling across the Tidal Basin directly at the Jefferson Memorial.
But I object to the idea that Obama and Soros and OccupyWallStreet's mewling slackers have somehow 'hijacked' MLK's noble 'dream'. His 'dream' rhetoric, even in his lifetime, was nothing more than Trojan Horse sugarcoating on an otherwise unpalatable hard-left, anti-American agenda of race huckstering and extortion that has been continuing merrily along i the decades since. Sharpton, Jackson, Obama et al aren't hijackers--they are the logical and predictable fruits of MLK's real agenda...which bore small resemblance to the sweet sounding ideals he invoked to manipulate white Liberals.

Anonymous said...

Martin Luther King,Jr. had a Dream. Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and the MSNBC parade of loons have turned that dream into a nightmare. It is the fault of everyone who violated MLKs dream, by voting for this charlatan because of the color of his skin, rather than the content of his character.

Doc - Northern Nevada said...

@Andrew ... if you have been following this blog for any length of time ... then you KNOW how very Constitutionally Right Wing Conservative I am, and you have read my views on numerous subjects through my postings here. FYI ... as an aside - I was raised as a good Irish Catholic boy (white), even though I no longer practice as one, because the church too, is ALL about the money!

That said ... I have to totally disagree with what you said about Dr. King (RIP). I HAVE met him, and marched with him, way back in the 60's. I feel very qualified to tell you this was NEVER HIS DREAM! He wanted wrongs righted, and believe me they were wrongs. I was taught by my parents and the other families in our very racially mixed working class neighborhood that what was happening then because of skin color was totally wrong and needed to be righted. His dream was for equality - not affirmative action, but true non-discriminatory equality! If you wanted something ... he was for you buckling down, getting an education, and working for it, and removal of the 'color line' so if you worked for it you could get what you wanted or needed, 'on your own dime' - not having it gifted to you because of your color or race! He HAS to be rolling over in his grave with how his wonderful idea and the messages he taught have been polluted by lazy, lay-around, good for nothing uneducated bums (of ALL colors) who only want money handed to them on a silver platter (a platter that they did not buy or work for either). THAT WAS NEVER his dream, nor was it his message! People like Sharpton, Farrahkhan (sp), the Jacksons', Rev. Wright, the Obummer's, et al, are stunningly perfect examples of exactly what he DID NOT WANT and fought against! They are the 'users' who only want to foment racism in our great country every chance they get - because as long as there is racism ... they keep getting richer and richer every time they get onto something and stir up the people of color (and the libtards who don't know any better) so the cash keeps coming in!

Yes, he "had a dream" and it was a great one! Unfortunately, deep in my heart and mind I completely believe that he was killed for one reason and one reason only ... there were others way back then who saw his dream coming to fruition in a few short years ... and their personal money trains were going to stop when true equality was the rule of the day. So ... Dr. King had to go.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Andrew- I'm no expert on Dr. King, so will defer to Doc Northern Nevada to speak of his character and dreams.

However, I will say that I think the monument isn't particularly well done or well thought out (they've carved quotes in stone that he never said...they "paraphrased" for space and to get the meaning they wanted). And having the whole thing done in China is yet another insult to American artists and craftsmen. I'm pretty sure that if you go the back of Mount Rushmore, you won't see "Made In China" carved into the stone.

@elcedar- Those of us who still believe in creating a colorblind society are now called racists. So how can we ever reach that goal?

@Doc-Northern Nevada- Wow, I'm blown away by your post and couldn't agree more. Thanks for sharing your personal perspective so passionately.

Suzy said...

I actually disagree that Cain is not a good public speaker. A good public speaker gets ideas clearly to the audience, and is engaging. I feel Herman Cain is totally that. People are looking for down to earth, real ideas, and common sense. They are tired of political rhetoric. That's where Cain has the best chance....and if there was any time in history people would vote in a common sense, folksy guy with genuine ideas, its NOW.

Andrew said...

If he gets the nomination, Cain will blow Obama away in every sense. Viewed side by side, Cain will look mature, competent and accomplished, and Obama will look like a petulant man-child helpless if his teleprompter fails.
As many have observed, Cain could sweep the black vote and attract the well-intentioned liberal 'have to vote to keep proving we're not raaaaacists' undecideds. Cain could propose real change, while Romney/Perry are identical empty suits, Obama-Lite.

Suzy said...

I've been on Cain's FB page and there have even been a few Democrats that get on and say they are truly interested in him. If anyone can "reach across the aisle" in a GOOD way, I think it will be him, with a fair tax plan that will grow the economy. If everyone who is undecided because they're "not sure if he can do it" will just give him their vote, I think he has a very VERY good chance of getting the nomination. And I think he has a BETTER chance than Romney of beating Obama.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Suzy- I agree that Cain is a good public speaker, and I actually think he'd kick Obama's ass in a debate by being strong and clear while his opponent spins endless webs of either hatred or unicorns. And I'd like to think that, as you say, Cain might actually be able to reach across party lines to make some good things happen.

@Andrew- As unlikely as it seems that even Cain could get the majority of the black vote, the absolute disdain that Obama has shown for "his people" (to quote Eric Holder) might actually make it possible.

Suzy said...

FYI, Zogby poll just came out a little bit ago and had Cain at a whopping 45% of the republican vote right now.....WAY ahead of Romney....

If you've ever heard Cain and his'll know he "didn't get the MEMO" that he couldn't win this! :-)

I realize we have a long time to go yet...although not really, since states are trying to move up their primaries...

John the Econ said...

@Coon Tasty, I've said here before that I do not think Cain is ready for prime time; I think Washington will eat him alive.

However, one has to ask these simple questions: Why are people lackluster over Romney & Perry and energized by Cain? As far as I can tell, people only support Romney & Perry because they're "polished" politicians who have "a chance" at winning. But their slickness and willingness to sell out on their supposed virtues render them as RINOs or "squishies" that do not enthuse true conservatives.

On the other hand, Cain makes it clear what he's about and does not appear interested in selling out. Since Reagan, conservatives have been served up a parade of "get-along squishies" and look where it's taken us as a country. Cain will never be one.

My prediction: Cain is going to be someone's VP choice. That person will win. Cain will spend the next 5 years becoming what the "Hope and Change" crowd fantasizes that Obama was going to be. He will convince minorities that are tired of the liberal plantation and are willing to listen that economic freedom and independence from state dependence is the way to a better life.

That's my dream at the moment, anyway.

Emmentaler Limburger said...

It is never good when we remember the myth and forget the man. Amen to that!

And how many recall that, after the "I Have A Dream" speech and prior (obviously) to his assassination, the good Dr. appeared before congress to advocate much the socialist agenda of we're seeing now? I suspect his appeal was along the lines of racial equality, racial justice, and - ahem - equal opportunity. In any case only recently learned of this, and was aghast. The myth was clearly very different, then, from the man.

I suppose with the racial landscape back in the 60's, one might "fall on one's sword" to force the change that is desired (ie: racial equality), but to promulgate ANYTHING against basic liberty is, in my opinion, unforgivable - no matter your goal, how pure your intentions, or "who you are"....

pryorguy said...

Hey, if ya believe prayer works, do it for our country by lifting up Ol Herman...remember, God often uses the one you think the least likely.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Suzy- I think Cain is surprised that he's gotten this far, not because he lacked the ability or dedication...but because he didn't have the big money and name recognition. But these are wild and crazy days, and a man who appears to have strength, leadership, courage, and the ability to speak clearly WITHOUT a teleprompter is an appealing mix.

@John the Econ- I like your dream! I'd really like Herman Cain to get the VP spot and actually do something with it (hey, Dick Cheney sure beat the "disappear and do nothing" curse, right?), eventually giving him more solid footing for a run at the top spot.

And getting back to the main thrust of today's cartoon/commentary, how great would it be to FINALLY have a racial healer in charge? Bill Clinton could have been that, but preferred the politics of hatred (remember his crusade to find white bigots who were burning black churches? Turns out that most of the churches were burned down by their own parishoners). And Obama was presented to us on a silver platter as being a bi-racial president who would bridge our differences. Little did we know it was a toll bridge - constantly in the "up" position to prevent meeting in the middle...and will a huge toll being collected anyway.

Cain is black, he's good humored, he's very well spoken, he's pragmatic about education and jobs, and he's evangelical Christian. I think he could possibly be the right man to bring our nation together.

@Emmentaler- Perhaps I'm guilty of having greater allegiance to the dream I believe was Dr King's than his actual message. But if that's the case, I can't feel too badly about it. Racial equality, equal opportunity, equal education, equal responsibility, equal expectations, and "judging a man by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin."

So whether that's King's dream or mine, it's why I'm so offended by those on the Left every frikkin' day...and never moreso than when they try to co-opt this dream for their own selfish and nationally-destructive aims.

On a final note, it's now after 5 pm...and despite my desire to buy American, I'm going to have some Canadian whiskey. And perhaps I'll then give my "I have a dram," speech...

Coon Tasty said...


Herman Cain is certainly saying things that conservatives want to hear (i.e. "the truth") but he is not a polished speaker by any standards. A debate between Obama and Cain would be interesting, in that Cain would make a whole lot of good points, while Obama would say nothing of substance...but the average person would get the impression that Obama spoke better.

Emmentaler Limburger said...

I'm guilty of buying many a single malt scotch, several nice Irish - but have been enamored of late with single barrel and small-batch bourbons - all made in the US of A. I recommend them over the Canadians. If I were Ă˜bama, I'd make upping their production part of a new "jobs bill". The resulting oversupply will drive their prices down, bringing them within reach of all the unemployed he's generated. Win-win...

My tongue, of course, is participating in the #OccupyCheek movement on that last bit. Hand twinkles up for agreement!

(I think this wireless keyboard has got to go! Been noticing a lot of missing letters in my recent postings. Limbuger? Pateric? Harumph...)

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Coon Tasty- I don't want to sound like a raducak, but maybe it's time that the "average person" who can't tell the difference between empty rhetoric and meaningful speech should have less of a say in the voting process.

@Emmentaler- Because this is a forum that prides itself on the exchange of important ideas, I'm asking you to name your good USA made bourbons. I'd like to do my part however I can.

And wireless keyboards? I've never trusted them. Seriously, what do you need to type when you're not within two feet of your computer?

Jazz said...

in re:pryorguy -- Please, remember that when God needs to cleanse a nation (in Scripture, Israel/Judah) He frequently raises up a leader -- sometimes foreign, just as likely internally -- to bring them low. One could imagine that BHO is one such, especially considering the Christian church in America corporately giving only lip-service to His call to the church to repent. ...We still prefer our programs (e.g. Purpose-Driven-Best-Now nonsense) and our song-and-dance "worship" over prayer and repentance. More shame on us.

Towards that end, I would not be surprised to see another hollow candidate as the Republican nominee.

Suzy said...

Coon...guess it remains to be seen....

BTW you guys all saw the video where Herman Cain showed up Bill Clinton on health care a long time ago, right? Pretty cool...just Google it on You Tube and it will come up easily. I'd have to imagine Cain could do the same to Obama....

Honestly what I'm the most afraid of is not that Cain won't be polished enough or anything...its the cheating and fraud...the illegal voters...the bribes....the early primaries...the blatant media lies. Honestly for any decent conservative to make it these days, they have to overcome a LOT more than just 51% of the voters' preferences...

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

If it comes down to a choice between two political neophytes (Cain vs. Obama), I will go with the one who loves his country every time. That usually leads to better decisions on behalf of the nation.

John the Econ said...

Yes, it would be nice to have an actual "healer" for a change. But the unfortunately reality is that the Democrats rely upon division and hate to sustain their coalitions. This is where the GOP has an opportunity to shine.

Emmentaler Limburger said...

As you wish, Stilton. As you wish. The following is my opinion. I enjoy alcohols of many sorts, but am most noted for my "expertise" in beers. A bottle of any distilled alcohol will last me many, many years nowadays since I am not at all interested in the psychodynamic affects of alcohol - rather averse to getting drunk at all (though it happens on occasion). I still have the first bottle of Glenfiddich 15 - the very first single malt I ever purchase, that having been close to twenty years ago (aging in glass, by the way, has little impact on the flavors...)

First, to be classified as a Bourbon (officially classified, that is - I'm sure there are impostors, just as there are non-Trappist ales that pose as Trappists), it must be produced in the US. Also, for all intents and purposes, bourbon and "Tennessee Whisky" are the same thing with the caveat that Tennessee whisky is distilled in (you guessed it): Tennessee, and has a filtering step that is not typically used in bourbon production - but I digress.

Mmmm. I've done the gamut in my less "refined" days (read: lower income...) - Jack Daniels (a Tennessee whisky), Jim Beam, Wild Turkey.... Commercial parts cleaners, all. Vehicles to drunkenness, with not much for the palate. Having been disgusted with Johnny Walker Red and Green labels (way over-priced single-malt scotches with a palate from beneath the dumpster), I shied away from the "special" labels of these lower-end whiskys - though I have had Gentleman Jack and found it to be much better than the any of the lesser "Jack Daniel's" labels. Still, I cannot bring myself to part with the money required to put any of the "refined" labels of these mass-produced, commercial products in my larder after that JW experience. Many of the "labels" are highly rated by tasters. But, in the scotch world, so are JW Black, Red, and Green and I can stand none of them. Your mileage, as well as your palate, may vary.

To my recollection, the earliest, truly enjoyable bourbon I found was Maker's Mark. Delightful - notes of vanilla are prominent in both the palate and the nose. Some notes of toasted nuts, malted grains, charred oak. Alcohol warming, but not burning - still, a bit pedestrian to some of the others out there. It was a gift to me from an employees way back in the days of yore when I was making a go as a computer entrepreneur (in the 80's...) upon his family's return from a visit to Loretto, KY. It opened my eyes to good whiskys, and I never looked back. Not horribly costly, as bourbons go, either.

A step up, in my opinion, is Knob Creek. A refinement on the better points found in Maker's. Much smoother, less of the higher alcohols. Nice product, and my current "well bourbon". Seems to add some fruit to the Knob Creek palate, as well as that prominent vanilla.

Buffalo Trace is also very nice. A notch up on Knob Creek. Very smooth-drinking bourbon with no higher alcohol "bite" detectable. A nose more like a very understated cologne than a whisky.

Blanton's, a Buffalo Trace product, is exquisite. To my current progress in tasting bourbons, this is by far my favorite. It's on the shelf with all the single malts I consider treasures.

(On to part 2, due to posting length limits...)

Emmentaler Limburger said...

(The promised Part 2)

So many more bourbons to try. So little time...
Best way to enjoy? Same way I enjoy single malts - like a brandy or cognac! Pouring a small amount in a wide bottomed, wide mouthed "snifter" style glass is my preferred method. Whatever your chosen vessel, be sure that, when you're sipping, that your nose is also in the opening to ensure full enjoyment. Breathe in through your nose as you draw a sip over your tongue. Michael Jackson (not that Michael Jackson, but the English beer and alcohol connoisseur) suggests putting a small amount - 1/2 ounce or so - in a glass, and adding a single drop of distilled water to cause the nose to "bloom". As you enjoy it, tiny sip by tiny sip, swirl the glass in your palm to warm the bourbon, and continue to develop the nose. Ahhh....

Enough! My taskmasters demand their time and, desiring the gold at the end of the day, I am determined that they have it!


Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Jazz- As I've mentioned before on these pages, I'm not plugged into theology enough to comment on whether God has raised a "leader" to bring us low on our way out, but I have to say that if that were my belief, Obama would sure fit the description.

@Suzy- Funny that you mention voter fraud, as a number of liberal friends on Facebook are currently howling that the GOP is engaged in voter repression by insisting on picture IDs at the polls. This is "repression" because they say there is no voter fraud and never has been. So it's claimed that we're returning to the days of Jim Crow laws. Yeah, right.

@Angry Hoosier Dad- I can't think of a better tie-breaker than that!

@John the Econ- Healing will seemingly never come from, or be endorsed by, the Democrats. Which is why I so desperately want someone from the Right to show black citizens their liberal-created shackles so they can throw them off.

Emmentaler- Your expert opinion is greatly appreciated. I've taken notes and will look further into your recommendations. I won't embarrass myself by telling you my current rotgut, except to say (in the immortal words of bourbon connoisseur Robby the Robot) it consists of "relatively simple alcohol molecules with traces of fusel oil."

By the way, any reader who thinks a discussion of bourbon is unrelated to politics just isn't paying enough attention to the news these days. (grin)

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

Your reference to Forbidden Planet just made my day. It is my all-time favorite sci-fi pic, made back when Leslie Nielsen thought he was a serious actor, Anne Francis was hot and Robbie the Robot stole the show. They made the brilliant choice to spend the money to get the Disney animators to create the "monster from the id" and set a standard for sci-fi that wasn't reached again for decades. I never got the chance to see it on the big screen as it was released when I was only two years old. It looks great on my 42" LCD, but I'd pay today's movie prices to see it at a theater. Thanks.
As for bourbon...I see it's usefulness limited to concocting sweet bourbon wing sauce and maybe as a marinade and wound disinfectant...little else. But then I'm a Philistine who drinks beer, German white wines and pink champagne with my wife on Friday nights while we eat popcorn and watch Ghost Adventures. No accounting for taste.

Emmentaler Limburger said...

Mmmmm. Beer.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Angry Hoosier Dad- "Forbidden Planet" is definitely one of my all-time favorite films, and I keep a small model of Robby here on my desk. Best. Robot. Ever.

And I did see the film on the big screen (which annoyingly makes me older than you), and would love to see it there again.

And popcorn, pink champagne, and Ghost Adventures in the company of your wife? You, sir, are enjoying the good life!

@Emmentaler- With little ice crystals...

JustaJeepGuy said...

What was that Cain quote about "political experience"? Someone brought up his lack thereof and he said something to the effect that "Washington is full of people with political experience. How's that working out for you?" What was all Barack Hussein's political experience worth to the country? How could anyone else do worse?

As to the other issue, I personally have never been able to stand alcoholic beverages. I can't abide the "burn". It feels like swallowing razor blades. I have done blind taste tests on ginger ales, though. Seagram's is the best, to me, followed by Schweppe's and Canada Dry. My real beverage of choice, however, is Pepsi.

Emmentaler Limbuger said...

@Stilton: You have much yet to learn, my young padiwan. Real beer - GOOD beer should never be served above cellar temperature. Oh! And the wireless keyboard is on my home theatre PC (an excess the #OccupyYourAss crowd would surely begrudge me), which also tends to be the one I use most often 'cause it mighty handy. And fast. Unfortunately, a wired keyboard wouldn't reach the couch.

@JustAJeepGuy: Canada Dry here is different than Canada Dry in Canada -honest injun! And they're keeping the best for themselves. My kids won't touch the stuff on this side of the border, but when in Canada, they demand I bring several cases in or they'll alert customs not to allow me past the gates at the Ambassador Bridge.

My order would have only been slightly different - CD is still better than "Schweppervescence", IMHO, plus, being a native Detroiter, you *know* that Vernor's has to come into play - even though its current instantiation is little more than fizzy, ginger-flavored, motile sugar - it still gets ya in the nose when you try to sip it!

Ah, good times... good times....

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@JustaJeepGuy & Emmentaler- I appreciate your expertise and opinions. That being said, Blenheim "red cap" is THE best ginger ale, assuming you like a ginger ale that burns going down (and I do).

That being said, I have nothing against trying warm beer (and it's entirely possible that I haven't sampled that GOOD beer Emmentaler speaks of), and I'd also like to find out what flavorful delights the Canadians are keeping from us.

And - oh yeah! - per JustaJeepGuy's point, Barack Obama brought nothing to the table in terms of experience. Anybody could/would be better.

Pete(Detroit) said...

On Occupiers -
Idiots “Occupy” Minneapolis…

On Vernor's - Yah, BITD it was the whip. Bought out by someone (RC?) years ago and 'dumbed down' for profitability. Tragic.

On Canadian Sodas in general - they still (mostly) use sugar in their beverages, domestic producers use the cheaper (and some would say toxic) High Fructose Corn Syrup. Naturally they taste better

On Bourbon - Maker's - mmmMMMmmm Agreed, not the 'best' out there, but best price point, I think. Whether the 'cheapest "good" Bourbon', or the 'best "cheap" Bourbon' I like it...

On "ice crystals" - My beer guru
agrees that "cold in beer is like loud in a garage band - they both mask lack of quality" Some of my friends, well aware that I'm a notorious beer snob were shocked - SHOCKED to see me drinking a Gennisee Cream. I explained that at (low) room temperature (60 ish) it actually developed some flavor, and was quite pleasant. Drinking beer that is NOT ice cold does take getting used to, but it much worth the effort. Now, if you were going to scoop the
ice out, and 'freeze concentrate' (distill) the beer, that's a WHOLE different kettle of fish. Google "ice bock" - then find some. It's amazing.

Oh, and yeah - Go HERMAN!

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