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Sweet Home Alabama
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, January 21, 2006

Where the legislators are so dense:
Keg parties at fraternities and many other places would be outlawed under a bill passed 30-0 Tuesday by the state Senate.

If the bill becomes law, people could drink draft beer only at a bar, restaurant, private club or other retail establishment licensed for beer sales by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, said Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, the bill's sponsor. People could not buy a keg and take it elsewhere to drink.

Singleton said he proposed the bill in an effort to stop teenagers from drinking beer.
I guess canned beer hasn't made it to AL yet (ok, I know it has, but anyone who thinks outlawing kegs for other than licensed establishments is going to "stop teenagers from drinking beer" is simply a dumb ass. There I've said it).

In Alabama, there are at least 30 of them.
Donna Alexander, a lobbyist for the Alabama Wholesale Beer Association, said the association supports Singleton's efforts to pass the proposed law, because it could curb binge drinking and underage drinking.
Yeah, kind of a free "we're against underage drinking" no-brainer, huh Donna? The Wholesale Beer Association knows that selling kegs to college kids is not exactly the majority of their business and they also know that what isn't allowed to be sold in a keg will be made up in sales of cans or bottles. Pretty easy to be "for" this one isn't it?

Speaking of beer, I think I'll have another. Tonight's selection is a cool Kalinkin from St. Petersburg in Russia.

Schast'ya i zdorov'ya!
 
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Kalinkin?

Who the hell imports THAT?
I’ve only SEEN one of those in my life... and I’d already been drinking Adams Stout most of the night, so I never got to try it.

 
Written By: Bithead
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Russbeer International right there in good old Brooklyn NY. Phone (718) 996-2483. No problem getting it in GA.
 
Written By: McQ
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Good gravy, 30-0??? That’s the most shocking thing: isn’t there one rep there with his head on straight?
 
Written By: Eric Lindholm
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Hey, they banned Kegs at Washington State’s universities years ago. Now, along with all of the cans and bottles on the ground on Monday mornings, when a crowd gets out of control after the Big Game (which, admittedly, has been a while ago at the UW) there are all of these convenient bottles lying around to throw.

Note to politicians: Drunk fratboys can’t throw kegs very far.
 
Written By: Mr. Michael
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Well they could always institute or raise the bottle/can deposit.

 
Written By: ATM
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Singleton said he proposed the bill in an effort to stop teenagers from drinking beer, which is already against the law. Gotcha.
 
Written By: Wulf
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Uh oh... I better make sure that the sales guy I know in AL hasn’t slit his wrists yet. He’s got a home kegerator, and this would really harsh his buzz!

Luckily, I won’t have this problem with my kegerator here in Georgia, the "liberal" one amongst the southern states...
 
Written By: Brad Warbiany
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Kegs were a staple when I was in college (few people drank hard al). About 10 years ago I went back for a homecoming and was amazed to see how many kids (Not allowed to have kegs) were carrying 5th’s around with them. It just seams in my experience that a Jack muscle is much bigger and stupider than a beer muscle.
 
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Perhaps somebody ought to ask Ted Kennedy for HIS opinion.
 
Written By: Bithead
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Easy to understand why the wholesale beer companies support this law - they keep selling kegs to high volume places like bars and restaurants, and all the ’kids’ who used to drink beer for $0.20 per cup are now buying it for $0.75 per can. They ’look’ good to the fools and pocket more money. Your government at work once again.
 
Written By: meagain
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The idea sounds pretty stupid.

Btw, why can’t the teenagers (or more precisely under-21s) drink beer at the bars or restaurants?
Schast’ya i zdorov’ya!
Счастья и здоровья!
 
Written By: Alex Ostrovski
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Luckily, I won’t have this problem with my kegerator here in Georgia, the "liberal" one amongst the southern states...
How’s that anti-Kelo legislation coming in Georgia? Alabama has changed its statues to limit eminent domain and it now appears our "dumb-ass" Senators are going to make it a Constitutional amendment so future legislatures will have a harder time playing shenanigans with it.

Let’s just hope that Wal-Mart doesn’t take a shine to that plot o’ land that you have your kegerator planted on, eh?
 
Written By: Terry
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And BTW, our elected representatives may be boneheads, populists, and hypocrites. That much may be true.

But NONE of them is named Cynthia McKinney!
 
Written By: Terry
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But NONE of them is named Cynthia McKinney!
Cynthia McKinney isn’t in our state senate, and thats the group we’re talking about Terry.

Come on, you think this was "good legislation" that really needed to be passed, or was it feel good legislation which will have absolutely no effect and make absolutely no difference, but will give the incumbents something to point to and say "I’m trying to curb teenage drinking?"

And besides, we don’t have Mr. Roy "Ten Commandments on everything!" Moore running for governor. ;)
 
Written By: McQ
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Cynthia McKinney isn’t in our state senate, and thats the group we’re talking about Terry.
That may be true, but a little Cynthia McKinney goes a long way!
Come on, you think this was "good legislation" that really needed to be passed, or was it feel good legislation which will have absolutely no effect and make absolutely no difference, but will give the incumbents something to point to and say "I’m trying to curb teenage drinking?"
Don’t see where I said otherwise, I was just making a point to Brad about glass houses, etc.

And besides, while it will probably won’t be large, there probably will be some effect on binge drinking by teenagers. If some commenters are correct, $.75/glass beer would, at least at the margins, result in less binge drinking of beer than $.20/glass beer. And where are teen drinkers other than at the margins?
And besides, we don’t have Mr. Roy "Ten Commandments on everything!" Moore running for governor. ;)
Ooooooooo. Hey , talk to me when he wins!

 
Written By: Terry
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Ooooooooo. Hey , talk to me when he wins!
Heh ... you’ll pine for the days you could take a shot at Cynthia McKinney (the most ineffective Congress person in the institution).
And besides, while it will probably won’t be large, there probably will be some effect on binge drinking by teenagers. If some commenters are correct, $.75/glass beer would, at least at the margins, result in less binge drinking of beer than $.20/glass beer. And where are teen drinkers other than at the margins?
Terry, I went to college 35 years ago. We never had keg parties and I never wanted for beer (and I was anything but monetarily well off). Keg parties are group efforts, which usually means a group money collection and, in the end, all the beer you can drink. Kids go for quantity no quality. It just means more Milwakee’s Best and less Budweiser.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t see this slowing anything down.
 
Written By: McQ
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Alabama sucks, and I will move after college.

SCREW THE BIBLE BELT
 
Written By: Gavin
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As an alumnus of the Capstone (University of Alabama, BS Chemistry, 1979) keg parties were a dime a dozen (and usually there were a couple of dozen going on every week at least). Plenty of liquor flowed as well with rum & cokes being very popular.

WRT Judge Roy Moore, I might vote for him (if he’s the best of the bunch). I had no problem with his fight over a monument which was more than just the 10 commandments, btw, until the fight became about him instead of the monument. I felt bad for Bill Pryor, who was the AG at the time. That was a bad pickle to be in.

Alabama sucks less than my birthplace by a long shot. Yeah, Air Force brat, born in the District.

Bobby Singleton, Greensboro? Name’s familiar...I wonder if I worked with his dad or some other family member of his. That area is a part of the infamous Black Belt (named for the rich black soil) and is the least developed part of the state. I suspect some bootleggers are going to make a mint with that one.

Oh, yeah, canned and bottled Coors is very popular here too. (I remember people going to NOLA to get Coors back when you couldn’t buy it legally here ;).)

 
Written By: Charles D. Quarles
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One other thing, who were the five abstainers? There are 35 state Senators and 105 state Representatives. Guess I’ll have to go to the state site to see if the vote was recorded.
 
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