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2012-09-22 06:55:00 PM  
Czechs drink more beer per capita than any country on Earth. We must have at least a couple Czech Farkers.
 
2012-09-22 07:17:55 PM  
Guess it's a good thing we don't have a "hangover" tag...
 
2012-09-22 07:18:13 PM  
Is it really that difficult to not make alcohol with wood?

/ knows that it's criminal d-bags trying to make a buck any way possible
 
2012-09-22 07:20:00 PM  
ahhh but beer is still a o k
 
2012-09-22 07:28:58 PM  
wheel away 35 liters. "I have enough for the whole year


Holy sheet.
 
2012-09-22 07:29:30 PM  
i221.photobucket.com Sipping good.
 
2012-09-22 07:31:32 PM  
Czech please.
 
2012-09-22 07:32:46 PM  
So NASCAR in the Czech Republic by 2025?
 
2012-09-22 07:32:48 PM  
Where is this Check place??

fikklefame.com
 
2012-09-22 07:33:10 PM  

smitty04: wheel away 35 liters. "I have enough for the whole year

Holy sheet.


Yeah, seems kind of low.
 
2012-09-22 07:38:52 PM  

Kyle Butler: Where is this Check place??

[fikklefame.com image 480x300]



You wouldn't like it, Nucky....it's full of bohunks.
 
2012-09-22 07:40:03 PM  
Why was hard booze banned? Because the black market booze had been cut with methanol? Or was the booze banned for another reason and people are using the black market liquor now? Either way, prohibition is stupid.
 
2012-09-22 07:46:39 PM  
Great. Just what a country full of poverty stricken people need: more booze. How are cultures like this going to function if all they have to live for is distilling and consuming illegal alcohol? Personally, I think that if they were taught traits such as reading and basic arithmetic, then eventually the Czech Republic might move into the 21st Century with the rest of us. I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower. We were able to focus on the issues at hand instead of worrying where the next drink came from. When prohibition ended, we were able to go back to consuming alcohol, but in moderation, because we were actually matured as a country. Pretty sad that a country as young as ours has been able to do what the Czechs haven't been able to do in thousands of years.
 
2012-09-22 07:50:28 PM  
After binge-drinking in the Czech Republic, you get kinda Hungary.
 
2012-09-22 07:56:59 PM  
The Czechs of Hazzard!
 
2012-09-22 07:57:07 PM  

smitty04: wheel away 35 liters. "I have enough for the whole year


Holy sheet.


Yeah that was pretty much my thought as well - and I'm guessing it's possible he didn't mean "The next 12 months" but rather, I'll make it at least till 2013 springtime ;)
 
2012-09-22 07:59:24 PM  

nullptr: Why was hard booze banned? Because the black market booze had been cut with methanol? Or was the booze banned for another reason and people are using the black market liquor now? Either way, prohibition is stupid.



www.polyvore.com 


Stop or you'll go blind.
 
2012-09-22 08:01:36 PM  
Called it!
 
2012-09-22 08:04:05 PM  

KingoftheCheese: I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower.


We peaked as a superpower in 1933??
 
2012-09-22 08:08:24 PM  

KingoftheCheese: Great. Just what a country full of poverty stricken people need: more booze. How are cultures like this going to function if all they have to live for is distilling and consuming illegal alcohol? Personally, I think that if they were taught traits such as reading and basic arithmetic, then eventually the Czech Republic might move into the 21st Century with the rest of us. I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower. We were able to focus on the issues at hand instead of worrying where the next drink came from. When prohibition ended, we were able to go back to consuming alcohol, but in moderation, because we were actually matured as a country. Pretty sad that a country as young as ours has been able to do what the Czechs haven't been able to do in thousands of years.


Good jorb. You got a bite. You're an idiot, but at least you can troll well.
 
2012-09-22 08:10:53 PM  

fusillade762: KingoftheCheese: I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower.

We peaked as a superpower in 1933??


Yes. Read the history records from the days of prohibition. Americans were stronger and less distracted during that time. It gave us an opportunity to take stock of what was important. One of those things was forming a diverse military that was able to fight abroad. Up until they started this overhaul of the military, only less than 2 dozen members of our forces were able to speak foreign languages. All of this training and preparation was essential when we entered WWII just a mere decade later. We were able to send our men into countries where they were able to communicate with the locals and figure out what the enemy was planning.
 
2012-09-22 08:14:44 PM  

fusillade762: KingoftheCheese: I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower.

We peaked as a superpower in 1933??


Yep, military isolationist philosophy and all. Apparently.
 
2012-09-22 08:16:56 PM  

KingoftheCheese: fusillade762: KingoftheCheese: I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower.

We peaked as a superpower in 1933??

Yes. Read the history records from the days of prohibition. Americans were stronger and less distracted during that time. It gave us an opportunity to take stock of what was important. One of those things was forming a diverse military that was able to fight abroad. Up until they started this overhaul of the military, only less than 2 dozen members of our forces were able to speak foreign languages. All of this training and preparation was essential when we entered WWII just a mere decade later. We were able to send our men into countries where they were able to communicate with the locals and figure out what the enemy was planning.


Two things:

1). The U S wasn't considered a super power until the end of WW2.

2) A super power is more than just a military requirement.
 
2012-09-22 08:22:56 PM  

Great Janitor: KingoftheCheese: fusillade762: KingoftheCheese: I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower.

We peaked as a superpower in 1933??

Yes. Read the history records from the days of prohibition. Americans were stronger and less distracted during that time. It gave us an opportunity to take stock of what was important. One of those things was forming a diverse military that was able to fight abroad. Up until they started this overhaul of the military, only less than 2 dozen members of our forces were able to speak foreign languages. All of this training and preparation was essential when we entered WWII just a mere decade later. We were able to send our men into countries where they were able to communicate with the locals and figure out what the enemy was planning.

Two things:

1). The U S wasn't considered a super power until the end of WW2.

2) A super power is more than just a military requirement.


That is what they want you to think. What are the biggest businesses in America? Tobacco, Alcohol, and pornography. Big Alcohol pretty much supports this country financially with the help of their other two immoral cousins. Do you really think that they would let it out that our greatest time as a nation was when their product was banned and looked down upon? Don't take everything you heard in history class too seriously. There is a lot of our history that our benefactors don't want us knowing.
 
2012-09-22 08:26:23 PM  

KingoftheCheese: Great Janitor: KingoftheCheese: fusillade762: KingoftheCheese: I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower.

We peaked as a superpower in 1933??

Yes. Read the history records from the days of prohibition. Americans were stronger and less distracted during that time. It gave us an opportunity to take stock of what was important. One of those things was forming a diverse military that was able to fight abroad. Up until they started this overhaul of the military, only less than 2 dozen members of our forces were able to speak foreign languages. All of this training and preparation was essential when we entered WWII just a mere decade later. We were able to send our men into countries where they were able to communicate with the locals and figure out what the enemy was planning.

Two things:

1). The U S wasn't considered a super power until the end of WW2.

2) A super power is more than just a military requirement.

That is what they want you to think. What are the biggest businesses in America? Tobacco, Alcohol, and pornography. Big Alcohol pretty much supports this country financially with the help of their other two immoral cousins. Do you really think that they would let it out that our greatest time as a nation was when their product was banned and looked down upon? Don't take everything you heard in history class too seriously. There is a lot of our history that our benefactors don't want us knowing.


There is so much wrong with what you have said that I don't know where to start.
 
2012-09-22 08:28:03 PM  

KingoftheCheese: fusillade762: KingoftheCheese: I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower.

We peaked as a superpower in 1933??

Yes. Read the history records from the days of prohibition.


You forgot to mention where prohibition lead to the rise of organized crime in all the major cities. And you also failed to mention that most people didn't stop drinking booze, they just turned to the black market. As a result crime skyrocketed and a lot of people went blind (or worse) from drinking bad bootleg booze.
 
2012-09-22 08:34:31 PM  
KingoftheCheese

Wow. You are either a fantastic troll, or currently hiding under furniture with eight layers of aluminum foil wrapped around your head.

/Any thoughts on 9/11?
 
2012-09-22 08:34:33 PM  
You should get a passport, vacation and a plane ticket. Calling the Czechs poverty stricken and moving into 21st century with USA is quite pedestrian. :-)


KingoftheCheese: Great. Just what a country full of poverty stricken people need: more booze. How are cultures like this going to function if all they have to live for is distilling and consuming illegal alcohol? Personally, I think that if they were taught traits such as reading and basic arithmetic, then eventually the Czech Republic might move into the 21st Century with the rest of us. I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower. We were able to focus on the issues at hand instead of worrying where the next drink came from. When prohibition ended, we were able to go back to consuming alcohol, but in moderation, because we were actually matured as a country. Pretty sad that a country as young as ours has been able to do what the Czechs haven't been able to do in thousands of years.

 
2012-09-22 08:37:39 PM  

Neondistraction: You forgot to mention where prohibition lead to the rise of organized crime in all the major cities. And you also failed to mention that most people didn't stop drinking booze, they just turned to the black market. As a result crime skyrocketed and a lot of people went blind (or worse) from drinking bad bootleg booze.


Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
 
2012-09-22 08:42:42 PM  
beer is king

True dat.

*chugs*
 
2012-09-22 08:51:20 PM  

m053486: KingoftheCheese

Wow. You are either a fantastic troll, or currently hiding under furniture with eight layers of aluminum foil wrapped around your head.

/Any thoughts on 9/11?


September 11th? Yes. Terrorism got the better of us and several members of Al Queda were able to infiltrate our borders and on that day, thousands of Americans were ruthlessly slaughtered so that these so called martyrs could go into their afterlife and be surrounded by virgins and peace and prosperity. But, through the tragedy, our great nation was able to set aside our differences and come together as one people: The American People.
 
2012-09-22 08:54:29 PM  
Pretty Much Everyone but KingoftheCheese

Oprah voice ON

YOU get favorited! And YOU get favorited! EVERY LAST ONE OF YOUexcepting KingoftheCheese is getting FAAAAAAAAAAVORITED!

Oprah voice OFF

Unless trolling, in which case, 9/10. Would derp again.
 
2012-09-22 08:59:33 PM  

ronaprhys: Neondistraction: You forgot to mention where prohibition lead to the rise of organized crime in all the major cities. And you also failed to mention that most people didn't stop drinking booze, they just turned to the black market. As a result crime skyrocketed and a lot of people went blind (or worse) from drinking bad bootleg booze.

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?


Yes, didn't you read Hellen Keller's diary?
 
2012-09-22 09:01:48 PM  

Neondistraction: ronaprhys: Neondistraction: You forgot to mention where prohibition lead to the rise of organized crime in all the major cities. And you also failed to mention that most people didn't stop drinking booze, they just turned to the black market. As a result crime skyrocketed and a lot of people went blind (or worse) from drinking bad bootleg booze.

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Yes, didn't you read Hellen Keller's diary?


Forget it, he's rolling.
 
2012-09-22 09:06:51 PM  
One of my favorite memories of being in Czech Republic was the Czechs selling homemade wine. It was nearly all a white wine and they sold it in 2 liter soda bottles. The stuff was still fermenting and you had to crack open the top every now and then to relieve the pressure. People would even sell it from the roadside.
I bought a couple of bottles and the English woman and I was traveling with got righteously drunk that evening (and a later evening) on the stuff. It tasted decent and it was fun to 'go native' with the local tradition.
Czech beer is superb!!!!!
 
2012-09-22 09:11:33 PM  

KingoftheCheese: fusillade762: KingoftheCheese: I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower.

We peaked as a superpower in 1933??

Yes. Read the history records from the days of prohibition. Americans were stronger and less distracted during that time. It gave us an opportunity to take stock of what was important. One of those things was forming a diverse military that was able to fight abroad. Up until they started this overhaul of the military, only less than 2 dozen members of our forces were able to speak foreign languages. All of this training and preparation was essential when we entered WWII just a mere decade later. We were able to send our men into countries where they were able to communicate with the locals and figure out what the enemy was planning.


Must be TPoC's evil alt....
 
2012-09-22 09:12:31 PM  
Wow, when I first ran across some of his/her/its/their comments I made the reasonable assumption that it was all a joke since nobody could be that crazy and still use a keyboard. What a difference a few months can make. See, Czechoslovakia? This is what happens when you don't drink enough. Or drink too much. I forget.

/Mozzarella, nasty fella
//Here comes the cheese monster
///Really obscure.
 
2012-09-22 09:32:03 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Must be TPoC's evil alt....


My suspicion also. It makes about as much sense as TPoC usually does.
 
2012-09-22 09:35:11 PM  

KingoftheCheese: Great Janitor:
Two things:

1). The U S wasn't considered a super power until the end of WW2.

2) A super power is more than just a military requirement.

That is what they want you to think.


Hooboy. The apocryphal "they".
This phrase virtually always precedes either trolling or tinfoil hat-levels of conspiracy theory derp.
 
2012-09-22 09:35:51 PM  

nullptr: Why was hard booze banned? Because the black market booze had been cut with methanol? Or was the booze banned for another reason and people are using the black market liquor now? Either way, prohibition is stupid.


Sounds more like a temporary thing than a prohibition. I mean, they have counterfeit booze that's lethal. What else can you do in that situation, really?
 
2012-09-22 09:48:35 PM  
I had some Czech bootleg once, on a remote work site. It was like being hit by a truck and then I could see and feel time.
 
2012-09-22 10:28:39 PM  
Banning all hard booze in order to combat legal booze is crazy. Seems to me the righteous thing to do would be to round up all alcohol for on the spot testing. Then confiscate any failed alcohol and tightly monitor all sales to ensure that existing stock is not added to by tainted booze while all new stock has the new certifications.

As is, banning will just spur more black market sales.
 
2012-09-22 11:08:53 PM  
Soon we'll read about a shortage in the Czech republic of mason jars and corn.

Listen to the song here.

Let Me Tell The Story, I Can Tell It All;
about The Mountain Boy Who Ran Illegal Alcohol.
his Daddy Made The Whiskey, The Son He Drove The Load;
and When His Engine Roared They Called The Highway "thunder Road".

sometimes Into Ashville, Sometimes Memphis Town.
the Revenuers Chased Him But They Couldn't Run Him Down.
each Time They Thought They Had Him His Engine Would Explode.
he'd Go By Like They Were Standing Still On "thunder Road".

and There Was Thunder, Thunder Over "thunder Road",
thunder Was His Engine And White Lightening Was His Load.
and There Was Moonshine, Moonshine To Quench The Devil's Thirst.
the Law They Swore They'd Get Him But The Devil Got Him First.

it Was On The First Of April, Nineteen-Fifty-Four
the Federal Man Sent Word He'd Better Make His Run No More.
he Said "200 Agents Were Covering The State;
which Ever Road He Tried To Take They'd Get Him Sure As Fate."

'son' His Daddy Told Him, 'make This Run Your Last.
the Tank Is Filled With 100 Proof; You're All Tuned-Up And Gassed.
now Don't Take Any Chances, If You Can't Get Through.
i'd Rather Have You Back Again Than All That Mountain Dew.'

and There Was Thunder, Thunder Over "thunder Road",
thunder Was His Engine And White Lightening Was His Load.
and There Was Moonshine, Moonshine To Quench The Devil's Thirst.
the Law They Swore They'ed Get Him But The Devil Got Him First.

roaring Out Of Harlan; Revving Up His Mill.
he Shot The Gap At Cumberland And Streamed By Maynardville.
with G Men On His Tail Light; Road Block Up Ahead,
the Mountain Boy Took Roads That Even Angels Fear To Tread.

blazing Right Through Knoxville, Out On Kingston Pike,
then Right Outside Of Bearden, They Made The Fatal Strike.
he Left The Road At 90; That's All There Is To Say,
the Devil Got The Moonshine And The Mountain Boy That Day.

and There Was Thunder, Thunder Over "thunder Road",
thunder Was His Engine And White Lightening Was His Load.
and There Was Moonshine, Moonshine To Quench The Devil's Thirst.
the Law They Never Got Him 'cause The Devil Got Him First.
 
2012-09-22 11:12:50 PM  

Mrbogey: Banning all hard booze in order to combat legal booze is crazy. Seems to me the righteous thing to do would be to round up all alcohol for on the spot testing. Then confiscate any failed alcohol and tightly monitor all sales to ensure that existing stock is not added to by tainted booze while all new stock has the new certifications.


Yeah, but that requires effort.
 
2012-09-23 12:19:22 AM  
Please stop the derp. The Czech republic didn't ban booze because of some anti-alcohol prohibitionist sentiment. They banned it because there was a shiatload of poisonous hooch from questionable sources mixed in with the legitimate stuff. What they're doing is figuring out how to properly regulate the manufacture and sale of booze so this doesn't happen again. Once that's worked out, then booze will be legal again. At least that's the intent.

I wonder, though, if prohibitionists might latch onto this and rally to prevent the ban from being lifted.
 
2012-09-23 02:28:18 AM  

gadian: I had some Czech bootleg once, on a remote work site. It was like being hit by a truck and then I could see and feel time.


As I happen to be in Prague at the moment, I'll thank you for this reminder to avoid the bathtub Absinthe.
 
2012-09-23 06:19:48 AM  
Had some Czech 'shine in college. Wow. Didn't go blind, but, apparently, YMMV.
 
2012-09-23 11:14:18 AM  

KingoftheCheese: Great. Just what a country full of poverty stricken people need: more booze. How are cultures like this going to function if all they have to live for is distilling and consuming illegal alcohol? Personally, I think that if they were taught traits such as reading and basic arithmetic, then eventually the Czech Republic might move into the 21st Century with the rest of us. I think that when we were in the era of prohibition, that is when our nation peaked as a superpower. We were able to focus on the issues at hand instead of worrying where the next drink came from. When prohibition ended, we were able to go back to consuming alcohol, but in moderation, because we were actually matured as a country. Pretty sad that a country as young as ours has been able to do what the Czechs haven't been able to do in thousands of years.


And by your estimate, then, First Nations reserves, much of Texas, and Appalachia ought to be the greatest centers of civilisation this world has ever known, comparable to Athens during the Golden Age of the Greeks. :D

(Of note--Prohibition of the sort you note--even alcohol possession prohibited--is pretty much the law of the land in eastern KY, much of rural Texas, and in a surprising number of First Nations (who have generally banned it due to some rather serious issues with public intoxication, among other things). The lowest-income counties in the US per the Census Bureau also tend to be concentrated in these exact areas, where there is often little to no industry or economic base to speak of; the map of lowest-income counties in the US maps almost exactly to a map of dry counties where prohibition never ended in 1933.

(An additional counterpoint--in Appalachia in particular, the loss of tax revenue has been so severe in terms of forcing cuts to basic services like education (from businesses--particularly restaurants--overtly avoiding these areas because they cannot sell alcoholic beverages by the drink) that at least some Appalachian counties along major highways have very recently gone "moist"--not full wet, but allowing beer to be sold in restaurants so they can have a Chili's or Ruby Tuesday's built and actually get something where the "work" component of "welfare to work" can actually work. (Yes, I'll also note that it's these parts of the US that are the most heavily dependent on public assistance--the actual face of welfare in the US is less "Shaniqua with her fifteen kids in the projects" and more "Destiny and her four kids in the trailer in the holler who's hoping to get a job at the local Wal-Mart".)
 
2012-09-23 06:37:28 PM  
For Czechs, slivovitz is more than just a drink. It's a Czech tradition to make it when a daughter is born - and to only drink that at her wedding.

Mmmm, 16 year old Slivovice...


/While I don't think this is necessarily common in CZ, this did happen at the last Balkan wedding I attended. 30 year old rakia is quite smooth
 
2012-09-23 06:39:39 PM  
Jiri Vlcek, 70, swears by home-brewed slivovitz. He has a shot every morning and was waiting this week to wheel away 35 liters. "I have enough for the whole year," he rejoiced. "It's absolutely safe. This isn't the trash you get at the stores."

Spoken like a true Moravian
 
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