Archive for June, 2008
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an Indiana Sucks post. I thought I might be free from the pain…. But this one was just too perfect of an example why the red state known of Indiana is at least 75 years behind the coastal states:
Perry Township teacher Connie Heermann a 27 year teaching veteran, was suspended from her job at Perry Meridian High School for a year and a half without pay, for giving her high school English class the book Freedom Writer’s Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them.
Apparently, the book was objectionable to the Perry Township school board because it contains swear words.
In addition to said swear words, it also contains inspirational stories of how inner city kids from very poor circumstances were inspired by their teacher’s introducing them to first-person journals from Anne Frank and others to write journals of the poverty and suffering around them, achieve in school, and go on to college. A very worthy book, it seems to me.
If you live there and your are offended by this, write a letter and get out!
From Hail The Ale:
Beer and cooking are two of my favorite things (I also like long walks on the beach and don’t like mean people). My cooking has been nonexistent lately but The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook by John Schlimm may fix that. I haven’t had a chance to pick this up, but I do have some info from the author himself:
More than ten years in the making, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook is an unprecedented collection of more than 400 food and drink recipes containing beer as a main ingredient. From scrambled eggs made with beer at breakfast and a cheese steak sandwich with onion rings or a beer burger and Chocolate Beershake for lunch, to a surf ‘n’ turf beer-infused combo of lobster and steak for dinner (and a midnight snack of chocolate-dipped strawberries), beer lovers can feast on brewskis at any time of the day. Every genre of food is included: appetizers, breads, soups and chili, salads, fruits and vegetables, sandwiches, sauces, marinades, beef, poultry, pork, wild game, stews, fish and seafood, past, and desserts.
With an introduction chronicling beer’s history, as well as hilarious beer quotes by the world’s most illustrious beer fans peppered amidst the recipes, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook is a rousing tribute to a tasty icon more than 7,000 years in the making
Have you read this? If so, what did you think?
Looks like a great book. But personally I’m waiting for the Homebrew Chef to release a book.No comments
Syndicated from Brookston Beer Bulletin
The following action alert has been issued by the California Small Brewers Association through the Support Your Local Brewery consumer beer activist network, in the hopes of generating grassroots support from beer lovers in California. Please help if you can.
Dear Beer Activist,
The craft brewers of California need your help!
A bill sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, AB 1245 (Torrico) is being heard in committee this Tuesday, June 24th. This bill would significantly expand the limits on what a brewer can give away to a retailer. Currently, a brewer can only give away small items of minimal value to a retailer or consumer. The law in place now helps create an equal playing field for both small and large breweries. This law has helped the craft brewing industry flourish in California.
Anheuser-Busch wants to increase the limit 1,600% so they can use give-ways as an inducement to gain placements at stores, bars and restaurants. Craft brewers – because we are small, independent businesses which brew with passion and typically do not have large marketing budgets – cannot afford to compete with the big brewers on this level. Passing this bill will allow large corporate brewers to “buy” placements at craft beers expense.
You may thinking to yourself, but don’t I want breweries to give me free stuff? That’s a reasonable initial reaction, but think about it this way. Most of the craft breweries that make the beer you love can’t afford to give away anything and that hasn’t stopped you from buying their beer. You prefer their beer because it tastes good. You didn’t need a free keychain or some other bauble to convince you that their beer is good. So it begs the question, what sort of beer company does need to give away free crap, in effect buying market share instead of earning it? It’s probably the sort of beer that you don’t want to drink in the first place. But by allowing this bill to pass, those beer companies will be able to buy more and more customer loyalty, and that will be mean less and less good beer for you and your friends. So while it may seem counter-intuitive to tell your Senator not to allow you to potentially receive more free stuff, it’s that fact which will make your message that much more powerful. Tell your elected representative that you’d rather support and buy beer from small, local craft beer companies that make the beer you love, than be given free crap by companies whose products are in many cases not made locally and do not support California’s economy or small business community.
The action alert continues:
The craft brewers of California will be at a distinct disadvantage if this bill passes, therefore limiting the choice and availability of craft beers in the marketplace.
There are five Senators who have indicated they haven’t made up their minds and could end up voting against our local breweries. They are:
- Senator Wiggins (Mendocino, Humboldt parts of Sonoma County)
- Senator Harman (Huntington Beach area)
- Senator Denham (Central valley Modesto area)
- Senator Yee (parts of San Francisco County)
- Senator Wyland (parts of San Diego County)
If you are in one of these areas, we need your help. Please read on. If you are not sure who your Senator is, you can easily and quickly find out here.
If you are in the district of one of the five Senators above, please write a letter to fax or email; or call your Senators office no later than Monday, June 23rd.
Let your Senator know that you are opposed to AB 1245 and that this bill is anti-small business and against the best interests of the craft brewers in California.
- Senator Wiggins phone 916.651.4002 / fax 916.323.6958 / e-mail
- Senator Harman phone 916.651.4035 / fax 916.445.9263 / email
- Senator Denhamphone 916.651.4012 / fax 916.445.0773 / email
- Senator Yee phone 916.651.4008 / fax 916.327.2186 / email
- Senator Wyland phone 916.651.4038 / fax 916.446.7382 / email
Thanks for supporting your local brewery!
Send questions to Tom McCormick.
This damn thing has sat dormant for too long. Time to get this moving again.
I’m working on redesigning and getting some new stuff added. But after all, this is my personal blog — it’s going to be disorganized just like I am.
I’ll leave you with this thought — a new term for movies that is analogous to “Jumping the Shark” for TV — “Nuking the Fridge”. (Hat tip to Jeff L. for that one) If you haven’t seen the new Raiders of the Lost Ark movie that may not make sense.