Monday, July 02, 2018

Beer and the Supreme Court

Repost from MIKEY LIKES IT:

Beer and the Supreme Court

More Americans are putting down Buds and Coors, instead grabbing wine, liquor, Corona and Michelob.
Americans' changing drinking habits have been taking shape for years, but the trend accelerated in 2018. Beer shipments from US breweries are down 3.5% so far this year, according to The Beer Institute, an industry trade group.
The big four US brands — Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light, and Budweiser — have been hit particularly hard.
Do you drink the big four?  I don’t.  I drink Corona and Heineken.  Of the big four, if I drink one, it’s Miller Lite.  If I drink a Miller, and know ahead,I like to add a V-8 to it.  Corona?  I need a lime, of course.  But Heineken?
I love to dip Ruffles in Heineken.  Pour a cold one into a mug and sip on it between dipping Ruffles into it.  The Ruffles taste better to me that way (plain Ruffles, by the way) and the beer too. 
(Yes, I’m someone who adds a pinch of salt to a glass of chocolate milk to make it taste even better.)
Okay, Supreme Court.  The useless Anthony Kennedy is retiring.  Some are acting like it’s the end of the world.  He’s light-right-wing.  I’m not going to lose any sleep.  Joseph Kishore (WSWS) reminds:
The claim that electing Democrats will do anything to alter the trajectory of bourgeois politics is belied by history. In 2006, under conditions of widespread hatred of the Bush administration, the Democrats won major victories in the congressional elections that gave them control of both houses of Congress. In 2008, they won the presidency and expanded their congressional majority.
But what followed was a continuation and expansion of the reactionary policies of Bush. The Obama administration bailed out the banks while ensuring the continued erosion in the living standards of the working class. His signature domestic policy, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has increased health care costs for workers. Social inequality soared to levels not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Internationally, the administration continued the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, while launching a new war in Libya and organizing the CIA-backed civil war in Syria. Its contempt for democratic principles was embodied in the assertion that the president has the power to assassinate anyone, including US citizens, without due process.
The Democratic Party is a party of lies and cynicism, of millionaires and billionaires, whose main fear is of a social explosion in the United States, which would not only negatively impact stock values, but pose a threat to the entire capitalist system. As a result, they are incapable of defending any democratic rights, including the right to an abortion and gay marriage.


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