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(PennLive)   "Here's what not drinking for a month taught me about Prohibition"   (pennlive.com) divider line 100
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2014-02-01 02:00:35 PM
TFA was a rather dry read.
 
2014-02-01 02:00:52 PM
Thank goodness it's February 1st.  Let's get this guy drinking again so the writing can improve.
 
2014-02-01 02:40:16 PM
Tl:dr version: Ignatious J. Reilly went on the wagon for a month. No one cares at eleven.
 
2014-02-01 02:41:22 PM
Fixed: "Here's what not drinking for a month reading a book about Prohibition taught me about Prohibition"
 
2014-02-01 03:02:44 PM
Unless we know how much he tends/tended to drink normally, the whole thing is kind of meaningless.

"I use to have a beer every few weeks, but then I decided to quit drinking."

Wait, what?!
 
2014-02-01 03:40:01 PM
That was an absolutely terribly written article, and it made need a drink.
 
2014-02-01 03:49:44 PM

Pocket Ninja: That was an absolutely terribly written article, and it made need a drink.


i don't need any stinking article to tell me i need a drink. and then another drink.
 
2014-02-01 03:59:25 PM

AntiGravitas: Thank goodness it's February 1st.  Let's get this guy drinking again so the writing can improve.


This is the news rag where I live.  Sadly, this article is pretty well done by their standards.  Seriously, take a look around there.  If  you do, though, be warned that these tools run, and I'm not exaggerating, about 10-15 articles per day about Penn State football.  More if, you know, they're actually playing.  I just took a look and by my count, there are 4 PSU football articles as I type this linked there...on just the front farking page.  I didn't even click the sports section to see what chaos lies there.  I'm too afraid, frankly.  I assume if you do, a guy will show up at your house dressed in the Nittany Lion mascot outfit and cornhole you in the shower.
 
2014-02-01 04:40:06 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: This is the news rag where I live.


You poor bastard.  On the other hand, the best Philly cheesesteak I've had in King of Prussia was way better than the best Chicago Italian Beef I've had.
 
2014-02-01 05:29:52 PM
Not being engaged to be married, I can safely say I am an expert on blood diamonds.
 
2014-02-01 05:36:07 PM

syrynxx: Doctor Funkenstein: This is the news rag where I live.

You poor bastard.  On the other hand, the best Philly cheesesteak I've had in King of Prussia was way better than the best Chicago Italian Beef I've had.


There's actually a pretty good Philadelphia Cheesesteak here in Harrisburg.  They're like the Soup Nazi, too.  No shiat.  If you don't order what you want the way they want to hear it, they get seriously pissed.  There are actually signs there that tell you to not say certain things.  It's a little farked up.  Good sandwiches, though.
 
2014-02-01 05:40:52 PM

BSABSVR: Not being engaged to be married, I can safely say I am an expert on blood diamonds.


Not so much with getting posts in the right threads?   :^)
 
2014-02-01 05:40:52 PM
We have a small political faction severe as the old drys but instead railing against the intoxicant of federal spending

Um... yeah. Sorry, you lost me there. Your analogy is stupid and you should feel stupid.
 
2014-02-01 05:56:36 PM
Actually I think I figured out what's wrong with the article, is wasn't alcohol fueled...

And I'm pretty sure I got a feeling he thinks the actually educated, smart with real ideas conservatives, that have all but been extinguished under the Tea Party race to the bottom are beginning to wake up and they want their party back.  It's early days, but I've been seeing signs of this beginning to happen north of the boarder too. This is not a bad thing.
 
2014-02-01 06:03:03 PM

sno man: BSABSVR: Not being engaged to be married, I can safely say I am an expert on blood diamonds.

Not so much with getting posts in the right threads?   :^)


No it's the right thread...just not as good a joke/analogy on the screen as it was in my head :-/
 
2014-02-01 06:20:36 PM
"It sucked."

End of story.
 
2014-02-01 06:22:59 PM
Every time I watch Leaving Las Vegas I need to be sipping on a stiff cocktail.
 
2014-02-01 06:23:58 PM
There's also a full-site ad on denverpost.com telling me to buy pot. Things are getting better. Things are getting better every day!
 
2014-02-01 06:27:48 PM
Prohibition sucked. It sucked for everyone involved. Except the big gangsters; they made millions on illegal hooch back when a million dollars was a vast, unattainable amount of money.
 
2014-02-01 06:28:28 PM
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2014-02-01 06:30:01 PM

Pocket Ninja: That was an absolutely terribly written article, and it made need a drink.


Yay! Pocket Ninja! I haven't seen you around in ages. You never post in TFD :(
 
2014-02-01 06:30:14 PM
No, I'm good. Thanks.
 
2014-02-01 06:33:50 PM
No booze...no life. Period.


It will eventually kill me which is OK because I won't go on without it.


When I was sad, booze made me happy. When I was happy, booze helped me celebrate. When I was feeling nothing, booze made me feel something.

I am 45. I got at least 15 years of alcohol soaked life left and I am fine with that.

cheers.
 
2014-02-01 06:34:02 PM
Elmore Leonard was quoted as saying "I try to leave out all the parts people skip over." The author of this article did the opposite.
 
2014-02-01 06:38:08 PM
Meh.
 
2014-02-01 06:40:04 PM

megarian: No, I'm good. Thanks.


I'm gonna invent a new game: Take a shot whenever Meg takes a shot.

/pretty sure I'll be dead by morning
 
2014-02-01 06:43:55 PM
I think the author was pointing out that Prohibition was a really stupid idea, pushed through by a tiny minority assisted by spineless politicians, just like anything the Tea Party wants to do.
 
2014-02-01 06:45:00 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh: megarian: No, I'm good. Thanks.

I'm gonna invent a new game: Take a shot whenever Meg takes a shot.

/pretty sure I'll be dead by morning


Oh, no one would die.

But everything might hurt.

Literally. Everything.
 
2014-02-01 06:45:24 PM
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They were afraid of TEH GHEY back then too.
 
2014-02-01 06:47:08 PM

BSABSVR: sno man: BSABSVR: Not being engaged to be married, I can safely say I am an expert on blood diamonds.

Not so much with getting posts in the right threads?   :^)

No it's the right thread...just not as good a joke/analogy on the screen as it was in my head :-/


It's as good as the analogy in TFA.
 
2014-02-01 06:54:52 PM
He learned that he lost quite a bit of weight.
 
2014-02-01 06:56:15 PM
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Seriously? Even if I did stop drinking, why the hell would any sane person stop drinking now?

F*ck that.
 
2014-02-01 06:56:59 PM

BSABSVR: sno man: BSABSVR: Not being engaged to be married, I can safely say I am an expert on blood diamonds.

Not so much with getting posts in the right threads?   :^)

No it's the right thread...just not as good a joke/analogy on the screen as it was in my head :-/


There was a blood avocados thread earlier that mentioned blood diamonds in the headline, that I didn't read, that I thought you might have been typing about...

I get it now, but now I really need a drink...
 
2014-02-01 06:58:12 PM
I just took a month off drinking, and I'm getting ready to go have a couple beers, so I'm really getting a kick out of all this craps

/didn't lose weight
//just a couple. Maybe 3
 
2014-02-01 06:59:00 PM

megarian: [i1370.photobucket.com image 300x400]

Seriously? Even if I did stop drinking, why the hell would any sane person stop drinking now?

F*ck that.


True that.

Looks like my balcony.

The Russians had a good idea.
 
2014-02-01 06:59:48 PM
*crap

/stupid auto correct
//need moar alcohol
 
2014-02-01 07:00:38 PM

megarian: [i1370.photobucket.com image 300x400]

Seriously? Even if I did stop drinking, why the hell would any sane person stop drinking now?

F*ck that.


Because you ran out and you can't get out for more?
 
2014-02-01 07:00:49 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh: megarian: [i1370.photobucket.com image 300x400]

Seriously? Even if I did stop drinking, why the hell would any sane person stop drinking now?

F*ck that.

True that.

Looks like my balcony.

The Russians had a good idea.


Dude my deck is going to break. That's me sitting on the kitchen FLOOR taking a picture of a broom.
the deck makes terrifying sounds in the early morning.
 
2014-02-01 07:02:00 PM

craigdamage: No booze...no life. Period.


It will eventually kill me which is OK because I won't go on without it.


When I was sad, booze made me happy. When I was happy, booze helped me celebrate. When I was feeling nothing, booze made me feel something.

I am 45. I got at least 15 years of alcohol soaked life left and I am fine with that.

cheers.


Well that's cheery, but hell, it's your choice. Hopefully you don't have a spouse or children to wallow in that shiathole with you...

Been dry for a little over a year, seeing several relatives go down the path of pathetic, start getting twitchy at 10:30 in the morning alcoholics scare me straight..

I haven't put a gun in my mouth yet, so I got that going for me...
 
2014-02-01 07:04:10 PM
I would have sworn that article was written by a woman even after the part that mentioned a wife.
 
2014-02-01 07:04:19 PM
I am only a couple days from a month sober after averaging an 18 pack every night of the week and I have not learned anything about prohibition
 
2014-02-01 07:04:32 PM
Did it teach you the perils of brewing your own beer and having the bottles explode in the attic during the Church Ladies Auxiliary meeting?

That was a good lesson of Prohibition.

I know hundreds of lessons of Prohibition because I like reading old-timey humourists: Leacock, Thurber, Benchley, Cuppy, and so forth.

Here's a good lesson of Prohibition: do not use lead in the manufacture of stills. Also, do not drink wood alcohol or methanol as the boffins call it.

Find yourself a Doctor who is willing to liberally prescribe a little wine, brandy or tonic for your health.

Prohibition is only for poor people. It never affected champagne or single-malt Scotch.
 
2014-02-01 07:05:06 PM

alice_600: megarian: [i1370.photobucket.com image 300x400]

Seriously? Even if I did stop drinking, why the hell would any sane person stop drinking now?

F*ck that.

Because you ran out and you can't get out for more?


Not when you work a lot.
 
2014-02-01 07:07:25 PM

megarian: Agent Smiths Laugh: megarian: [i1370.photobucket.com image 300x400]

Seriously? Even if I did stop drinking, why the hell would any sane person stop drinking now?

F*ck that.

True that.

Looks like my balcony.

The Russians had a good idea.

Dude my deck is going to break. That's me sitting on the kitchen FLOOR taking a picture of a broom.
the deck makes terrifying sounds in the early morning.


I've got a brilliant idea!

Don't step foot out there!

I'm so damn clever.

/but really...be careful
 
2014-02-01 07:09:56 PM
I'm all for drinking, and anti-tea-party, but you really need to put together a better article than this...
 
2014-02-01 07:15:02 PM

dforkus: I haven't put a gun in my mouth yet, so I got that going for me...


Try putting some ranch dressing on the barrel.
 
2014-02-01 07:18:05 PM

Mazzic518: I am only a couple days from a month sober after averaging an 18 pack every night of the week and I have not learned anything about prohibition




Good for you, that's a substantial amount, did you get medical help, or were you able to just get dry?

I've got an elderly relative at or near that level, and I'm really worried that drying out on his own could kill him

// that can actually happen you know..
//yet cannibis is still illegal in 47 states...
 
2014-02-01 07:20:09 PM

fusillade762: dforkus: I haven't put a gun in my mouth yet, so I got that going for me...

Try putting some ranch dressing on the barrel.




That would never work, with ranch dressing in my mouth I would be far too happy to off myself
 
2014-02-01 07:29:41 PM

megarian:  my deck is going to break. That's me sitting on the kitchen FLOOR taking a picture of a broom.
the deck makes terrifying sounds in the early morning.


You could shovel it off.
 
2014-02-01 07:32:57 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: megarian:  my deck is going to break. That's me sitting on the kitchen FLOOR taking a picture of a broom.
the deck makes terrifying sounds in the early morning.

You could shovel it off.


Um. No...no. That would ruin my outdoor freezer/cooler.

And I have enough snow to shovel just to leave the house. F*ck the deck.
 
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