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(USA Today)   Finally some good news: More and more dry counties are starting to sell alcohol. "It almost seems like we're behind the times"   (usatoday.com) divider line
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2010-07-01 1:25:40 PM  
"Almost"...?
 
2010-07-01 1:45:53 PM  
My home county, which was dry the whole time I lived there (but I don't recall ever having great difficulty acquiring beer), recently legalized booze in the worst possible way: by the drink at restaurants.

I mean, it's almost like they're saying "Hey, go get liquored up at a restaurant and drive home instead of just buying beer at the store and getting shiatfaced at home where you can just pass out on the couch!"
 
2010-07-01 1:47:20 PM  
I don't understand how being dry is legal. Does it mean that someone who wants to open a liquor store is not allowed to or just frowned upon?
 
2010-07-01 2:21:39 PM  

coco ebert: I don't understand how being dry is legal. Does it mean that someone who wants to open a liquor store is not allowed to or just frowned upon?


Not a lawyer, but since selling booze is a licensed activity in most if not all places, it seems like it would just be a matter of not licensing any place that would set up shop in your county.

Not that I am that familiar with the ways of hell-blasted places that don't sell liquor.
 
2010-07-01 2:46:54 PM  

jake_lex: My home county, which was dry the whole time I lived there (but I don't recall ever having great difficulty acquiring beer), recently legalized booze in the worst possible way: by the drink at restaurants.

I mean, it's almost like they're saying "Hey, go get liquored up at a restaurant and drive home instead of just buying beer at the store and getting shiatfaced at home where you can just pass out on the couch!"


Simpson County?
 
2010-07-01 2:47:19 PM  
The ACLU should be fighting blue laws with massive fervor.

Screw you, Sonny Perdue
 
2010-07-01 2:48:15 PM  

coco ebert: I don't understand how being dry is legal. Does it mean that someone who wants to open a liquor store is not allowed to or just frowned upon?


The first one. Never lived in the South, eh?
 
2010-07-01 2:48:31 PM  

halmot: jake_lex: My home county, which was dry the whole time I lived there (but I don't recall ever having great difficulty acquiring beer), recently legalized booze in the worst possible way: by the drink at restaurants.

I mean, it's almost like they're saying "Hey, go get liquored up at a restaurant and drive home instead of just buying beer at the store and getting shiatfaced at home where you can just pass out on the couch!"

Simpson County?


It's like that in Georgia. No Sunday alcohol sales, except at bars. The governor said to detractors a while back "then you drunks should plan better on Saturday"
 
2010-07-01 2:49:00 PM  
We still have blue laws in Bergen county NJ. Can't buy non-consumables on Sunday. So what.
 
2010-07-01 2:49:21 PM  
Call me when we're able to legally distill our own.
 
2010-07-01 2:49:50 PM  

coco ebert: I don't understand how being dry is legal. Does it mean that someone who wants to open a liquor store is not allowed to or just frowned upon?


In some places it's not legal to be dry. Didn't we have a story about a town in Alabama that called the state AG, and they were informed their ban was illegal?
 
2010-07-01 2:51:30 PM  

H31N0US: We still have blue laws in Bergen county NJ. Can't buy non-consumables on Sunday. So what.


I still remember laughing at my bible-thumping sister in Louisiana when she got mad because she wasn't allowed to buy pantyhose on the way to church.
 
2010-07-01 2:53:42 PM  
Thank goodness! Wet/Dry laws are dumb beyond comprehension.

example?
I live in a dry section, of a wet city, bordering a dry city with four bars in it, in a wet county, next to a dry county with bars in it.

/Yes it is Arkansas? How did you know?
 
2010-07-01 2:55:28 PM  
Off to a dry county in the Smokies for a week starting tomorrow. I am packing light. 2 handles of vodak, 1 bottle of really good Scotch, 3 gallons of scratch margaritas and hitting a winery out of county at one point in the week. Dry counties would suck to live in, but I don't mind visiting them. Especially since I will be drunk off my ass most of the time anyway.
 
2010-07-01 2:56:22 PM  

Cagey B: Not a lawyer, but since selling booze is a licensed activity in most if not all places, it seems like it would just be a matter of not licensing any place that would set up shop in your county.

Not that I am that familiar with the ways of hell-blasted places that don't sell liquor.


Not a lawyer either, but it is illegal to transport alcohol to dry villages in rural Alaska. They still make bathtub hooch I'll bet but because natives have such a bad track record with alcohol abuse it is pretty much illegal out there.
 
2010-07-01 2:56:56 PM  
i live in va and we have dry counties around here. i live in a tri county/city area (lynchburg) and 1 of the counties doesn't allows liqour sales. You always read (local papers) people biatching about how nothing but fast food resturants are around the county. No half way decent sit down resturant wants to open up there because they cant sell booze.
 
2010-07-01 2:58:16 PM  

halmot: H31N0US: We still have blue laws in Bergen county NJ. Can't buy non-consumables on Sunday. So what.

I still remember laughing at my bible-thumping sister in Louisiana when she got mad because she wasn't allowed to buy pantyhose on the way to church.


Well clearly it is to avoid your whorish sister from tempting the good God-fearing menfolk of her community by such an extravagant display of stocked legs. A pox on her and her house for trying to take them menfolk away from the righteous path!

(Ugh, feel so dirty! and not in a sexy way...)
 
2010-07-01 2:58:32 PM  
Bruce Campbell . Drive 5 mins to Gattlingburg and drink like a fish. its just one long strip but theres about 500 bars on it.
 
2010-07-01 3:00:07 PM  
I couldn't imagine living in Utah. I've heard there are no bars, liquor stores have crazy hours that fluctuate weekly, and are only open for mere hours at a time.
 
2010-07-01 3:03:11 PM  
Nashville still has the restriction on alcohol sales before 12PM on Sunday. Some stores still chain up the coolers. Turned out to be a bit of a problem when the Titans came to town. Can't buy beer before the game for your tailgating pleasure! I can't recall, but I'd be astonished if the stadium didn't get a waiver.
 
2010-07-01 3:09:42 PM  

meat0918: coco ebert: I don't understand how being dry is legal. Does it mean that someone who wants to open a liquor store is not allowed to or just frowned upon?

In some places it's not legal to be dry. Didn't we have a story about a town in Alabama that called the state AG, and they were informed their ban was illegal?


Thats true but only because it was passed by ordinance and not referendum.
 
2010-07-01 3:11:54 PM  
I'm from Wisconsin if I somehow found myself in something as ungodly as a dry county. I'd be doing a David Tennant from Doctor who
What?!
What?!
WHAT?!
 
2010-07-01 3:14:31 PM  
I want a county with a 2 drink minimum.
 
2010-07-01 3:17:20 PM  
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I think they just wanted to avoid hooking up with them.
 
2010-07-01 3:20:08 PM  
This is how your children's children will view the prohibition on marijuana. They will laugh at your ignorance, the same as you are laughing at your great grandparents' ignorance.


/Excuse me, I believe I've heard these songs before. Do you have anything new?
 
2010-07-01 3:20:26 PM  
Grew up in southern Louisiana so it was pretty much the opposite. I was going into bars and buying liquor at the age of 15. We even had drive through package liquor and daiquiri shops.

Then I visited a county in North Louisiana and was shocked that I couldn't get a drink.
 
2010-07-01 3:22:31 PM  

halmot: H31N0US: We still have blue laws in Bergen county NJ. Can't buy non-consumables on Sunday. So what.

I still remember laughing at my bible-thumping sister in Louisiana when she got mad because she wasn't allowed to buy pantyhose on the way to church.


wait...what?
 
2010-07-01 3:23:02 PM  

Impudent Domain: Grew up in southern Louisiana so it was pretty much the opposite. I was going into bars and buying liquor at the age of 15. We even had drive through package liquor and daiquiri shops.

Then I visited a county in North Louisiana and was shocked that I couldn't get a drink.


Yup. I was a teenager in a dry county in Kentucky. Walk-up service at any local bootlegger. No ID required.
 
2010-07-01 3:24:53 PM  

Sardonic_Padre: halmot: H31N0US: We still have blue laws in Bergen county NJ. Can't buy non-consumables on Sunday. So what.

I still remember laughing at my bible-thumping sister in Louisiana when she got mad because she wasn't allowed to buy pantyhose on the way to church.

wait...what?


The blue laws of the time prohibited sales of non-food items on Sunday.
 
2010-07-01 3:29:38 PM  

coco ebert: I don't understand how being dry is legal. Does it mean that someone who wants to open a liquor store is not allowed to or just frowned upon?


Basically it's up to the voters if they want their town or county to sell booze. Irving, Texas for years was dry as dry could be. You couldn't even purchase beer, much less 'hard' liquor.

For years it's been voted down again and again by the citizens. Only last year were there enough votes to reverse it, and now Irving can sell beer and wine.

However you must either go to Dallas or FT Worth if you wish to purchase liquor.
 
2010-07-01 3:44:24 PM  
Meade county Kentucky is a wet county. Which was huge a consideration when planning my move to the Ft. Knox area next month...


Brew tru Baby!
 
2010-07-01 3:49:35 PM  

NOVanHelsing: Meade county Kentucky is a wet county. Which was huge a consideration when planning my move to the Ft. Knox area next month...


Brew tru Baby!


I don't think it's true anymore, but back in the day, we always said you knew you were in Kentucky because Bourbon County was dry, and Christian County was wet.
 
2010-07-01 3:50:10 PM  

Shakespeare's Monkey: Call me when we're able to legally distill our own.


I understand the restrictions on distilling. If you fark up microbrewing, you'll need to mop up the mess and air out the house. If you fark up distilling, you might have an explosion on your hands.
 
2010-07-01 3:53:31 PM  

halmot: coco ebert: I don't understand how being dry is legal. Does it mean that someone who wants to open a liquor store is not allowed to or just frowned upon?

The first one. Never lived in the South, eh?


Or Bergen County, NJ.
 
2010-07-01 3:56:54 PM  

halmot: NOVanHelsing: Meade county Kentucky is a wet county. Which was huge a consideration when planning my move to the Ft. Knox area next month...


Brew tru Baby!

I don't think it's true anymore, but back in the day, we always said you knew you were in Kentucky because Bourbon County was dry, and Christian County was wet.


In Tennessee, the county the Jack Daniels distillery is in is dry.
 
2010-07-01 4:10:48 PM  
Most dry counties suck. Businesses and younger people don't want to live there and now their economies stink worse than elsewhere. Karma.
 
2010-07-01 4:33:08 PM  
God, it'll probably take 100 years for the South to legalize weed.
 
2010-07-01 4:57:11 PM  
Cyborg77 Man, that is one uptight looking bunch a biddies. How could you kiss any of them without being drunk?
 
2010-07-01 7:15:53 PM  

This text is now purple: halmot: coco ebert: I don't understand how being dry is legal. Does it mean that someone who wants to open a liquor store is not allowed to or just frowned upon?

The first one. Never lived in the South, eh?

Or Bergen County, NJ.


Oh, we have plenty of liquor, don't you worry about that. You just cant go to the malls/shops on Sunday.
 
2010-07-01 7:24:55 PM  
I live on a dry island in NJ. You can't buy booze on the island, can't do BYOB at restaurants, but, you cross those two bridges, and there are two large, cheap liquor stores. And somehow, they are allowed to deliver to the island, not really sure how that works.
 
2010-07-01 9:46:54 PM  

chrash: Cyborg77 Man, that is one uptight looking bunch a biddies. How could you kiss any of them without being drunk?


As a historian, I understand for the time why they had that mentality. Before the modern indoor plumbing, people drank like fish because life was nasty, brutish, and short. But they fell into the oldest trap of all - Assholes Who Ruin It For The Rest Of Us. They had no way of knowing their stubbornness would relegate them to becoming the butt of jokes for centuries to come. But given what they were campaigning for, they deserve to be ridiculed by generations to come.
 
2010-07-02 1:47:51 AM  

MzScarlet: I live on a dry island in NJ. You can't buy booze on the island, can't do BYOB at restaurants, but, you cross those two bridges, and there are two large, cheap liquor stores. And somehow, they are allowed to deliver to the island, not really sure how that works.


At least you've got Mack & Manco's.
 
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