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craigthom
02-27-2010, 16:51
This article isn't really about bourbon, but I think it fits better here than any of the categories in the non-bourbon group.

This Slate article (http://www.slate.com/id/2245188) discusses how 10,000 died during Prohibition because the U.S. started poisoning industrial alcohol.

nblair
02-27-2010, 23:55
I actually read about this in the book "Moonshine!" by Matthew Rowley. I didn't really know if it was true or not. Thanks for posting this article, I find it fascinating.

OscarV
02-28-2010, 03:23
Sure 10,000 people died but that article didn't say how many lives, families and homes were saved when people heard about the poison liquor and then abstained.:rolleyes:
But that's the liberal media for ya.:grin:

ILLfarmboy
02-28-2010, 11:58
Sickening but not surprising. Don't trust the government, ever.



.....But that's the liberal media for ya.:grin:

It is surprising that Slate, which is decided left wing, would publish a piece which depicts Big Brother as anything but benevolent. There are notable exceptions to this rule, when the abuse is generated from a moralizing right wing element, the government is the bad guy, rightfully so, I might add. But I wouldn't look for an expose' in Slate regarding the abuse dished out by ATF agents. Slate being liberal and all.............

But, if it is one thing that most mainstream conservatives, or conservatives of a libertarian bent, which I believe to be the mainstream of modern conservatism, and liberals can agree on, its leave our booze alone. I hope the insanity of prohibition never again grips our nation.

Perhaps I'm overly analytical.

Dramiel McHinson
03-01-2010, 11:58
My grandfather, who is still alive at age 95, used to talk about how dangerous it was to buy alcohol from any source except your own local clandestine master distiller. Everybody knew where he lived so quality control was akin to survival.

The mob cut Canadian whisky with all kinds of chemicals that help hasten a many good citizen's demise. No doubt the government was interested in drying up as many non-traditional sources of drinkable alcohol as possible and saw drinkers as law breakers about to reap their just rewards.

That whole period in American history is a fine example of knee jerk reaction to a social problem resulting in horrific unintended consequences worse than the original problem the solution was supposed to remedy.