FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

By: Monday July 7, 2014 4:59 pm

Beer! This miraculous beverage is actually more American than apple pie, and its history is linked inextricably with our country’s. Tonight’s guest, director Roger Sherman, a founder of Florentine Films with Ken Burns, brings us The American Brew a fine crafted, bubbly film with depth and flavor that explores our nation’s relationship with beer.


St. Patrick’s Day Parades Suffer as Homophobia Drives Away Sponsors and Politicians

By: Monday March 17, 2014 4:20 pm

In New York City both Mayor De Blasio and Guinness have withdrawn from participating. And in Boston (yes Boston) the mayor dropped out of a St. Patrick’s parade in South Boston for the same reason. He was joined by Sam Adams, the beermaker famous for using the namesake of the American Revolutionary from Boston.

Did Alcohol Prohibition Fully End Today? Homebrewing Finally Legal in All 50 States

By: Monday July 1, 2013 8:30 am

Today is an interesting milestone for me as an active homebrewer and a drug policy expert. As of July 1st 2013, it is now finally completely legal to brew beer at home in all 50 states. A new homebrewing law in Mississippi, the last remaining hold out, goes into effect today. One could argue alcohol prohibition in the United States didn’t fully end until today.

Feingold for Governor: Scott Walker & WI GOP’s War on Good Beer

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 12:00 pm

I don’t know what the fine Cheese-and-Bratheads up in Wisconsin did to piss off the political gods, but they have been blighted. It was bad enough to cause national outrage and solidarity when extreme right wing movement conservative Governor Scott Walker and the crazed GOP majorities in the state legislature started attacking the working men and women of Wisconsin’s unions, teachers, cops and firefighters. But now they have gone a bridge too damn far.

And that is why I am supporting Russ Feingold in a recall election against Walker, and you should too.

Rendell, on Maddow, Reiterates Party’s “Campaign”: Vote for Democrats or I’ll Kill You

By: Thursday September 23, 2010 9:30 am

For Democratic leaders, threatening unenthusiastic voters with vague pictures of doom and gloom, when much of what the voters see right now is already pretty gloomy, is not going to “wake up” very many of the rank and file. Promising little else in terms of benefits if Democrats stay in power—little beyond “there’s more to do”—does not provide enough positive motivation to engender enthusiasm.

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