American Bourbon Better than Scottish Whiskey?
Mr. Murray, who wrote “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible,” argues that Scotland’s decrease in quality whiskey is due to the use of sulphur candles to sanitize some barrels that have been used to age sherry, giving it a “bitter finish.”
Bourbon, however, is aged in virgin oak casks, which do not require sulphur treatment, the Telegraph said.
“The best whiskey is coming not from Scotland any more, but from Kentucky,” he said, adding that Buffalo Trace, a bourbon distillery in Frankfort, Ky., is “arguably the best distillery in the world.”
The original airing drew a 4.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 18.6 million viewers, with a small live+3 gain to 5.5 in 18-to-49-year-olds. The total viewers grew to 21.3 million.
Interestingly enough, the re-airing of this event is bumping out another holiday tradition: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which was originally scheduled to air on Saturday, will now air at 8 p.m. Dec. 20. It will compete against two colorized versions of “I Love Lucy” on CBS.
Dr. Helen Smith writes:
“I often get requests to see my video Six about a group of teenagers who killed a family in East Tennessee. I am no longer selling the documentary, but PJM has been kind enough to upload it to YouTube so that PJM readers can watch it if they wish. It is now almost a decade old but much of the complexity of mass murder still holds true today. I hope my readers find it of interest.”
With recent crimes and mass shootings, the national debate has shifted to questions of mental health, parenting, and the ability of the legal system to deal with troubled youths. These are all issues that PJ Media contributor Dr. Helen Smith addressed in an award-winning 2003 documentary. Her film “Six,” featured in programming on A&E and WeTV, tells the story of a group of Kentucky teens who murdered a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses despite clear warning signs. Though many want to blame violence on guns, the factors involving violence are much more complex than simply blaming a weapon. Watch the documentary, and see what happens when the system fails, as it all too often does.
Robert W. Merry writes: Of all of Abraham Lincoln’s profound observations about politics and life, one in particular, uttered on September 2, 1858, in Clinton, Illinois, captures the essence of representative democracy: “You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” This sprightly aphorism distills to its essence Lincoln’s belief that the collective judgment of the electorate is essentially sound—perhaps not in every instance or in whole, but over time it is sufficiently sound to protect the foundations of the nation. Democracy works because it is in the hands of the people.
Less well known is the statement uttered by Lincoln to introduce his famous dictum: “If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” Put the two together, as Lincoln did, and you get a sense not only of the futility of trying to fool the American people but also the danger posed to any politician who tries it.
Which brings us to Barack Obama. His presidency is in freefall, and there is strong evidence that the freefall is related to the ever-dangerous issue of trust. In June 2012, a Gallup poll suggested that 60 percent of the American people considered Obama “honest and trustworthy.” A Quinnipiac University poll asking the same question last month showed that only 44 percent viewed him as honest and trustworthy. Fully 52 percent said he wasn’t.
The court has ruled that New York’s Shield Law applies to New York reporters no matter where they go to gather news.
Judith Miller reports: One vote. That’s how close Fox News reporter Jana Winter came to being sent to jail for doing her job by protecting her sources.
Thanks to Tuesday’s 4-3 ruling by New York’s highest court, Jana Winter, an investigative reporter, will not be forced to appear in a Colorado state court this January.
She will not be forced to divulge the sources of her reporting in the murder trial of James Holmes, the man charged with 166 felony charges in the movie theater massacre at a midnight showing of “Batman, The Dark Knight Rises.” Twelve died and over 55 were injured in that attack in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012.
By deciding in her favor, the New York state Court of Appeals has ruled, in effect, that New York’s “Shield Law,” which prevents journalists from being forced to reveal the identities of confidential sources of their reporting, applies to New York reporters no matter where they go to gather news – to any of our 50 states and the District of Columbia, almost none of which offers reporters comparable protection. Read the rest of this entry »
The death toll from last week's bloodshed in Central African Republic has topped 500, aid groups said on Tuesday as France's expeditionary forces spread out on a mission to restore law and order in its former colony.
In the capital Bangui, Red Cross worker Antoine Mbao Bogo said his counterparts had collected 461 bodies since Dec. 5, when mostly Christian fighters and supporters of ousted President François Bozizé attacked ex-Séléka, the disbanded coalition of rebel groups that forced Bozizé to flee in March.
From July, 2012, Eugene Robinson writes: This is an amazing accomplishment, especially because it wasn’t supposed to be possible.
Before PEPFAR, the conventional wisdom was that the drug-treatment regimens that were saving lives in developed countries would not work in Africa. Poor, uneducated people in communities lacking even the most basic infrastructure could not be expected to take the right pill at the right time every day. When the drugs are taken haphazardly, the virus mutates and becomes resistant. Therefore, this reasoning went, trying to administer antiretroviral treatment in poor African countries might actually be worse than doing nothing at all.
The Bush administration rejected these arguments, which turned out to be categorically wrong.
Africans are every bit as diligent about taking their HIV medications as are Americans or other Westerners. While there has been a “modest, contained and not alarming” rise in resistance to one class of drugs, according to a World Health Organization researcher who presented a study at this week’s AIDS conference, scientists no longer envision a nightmare scenario in which drug-resistant strains of the virus run rampant.
The thefts happened on Connellsville Road.
“I went to get my mail, and when I came back and looked at the nativity, the baby was gone,” Valarie Goodwin said.
Stealing baby Jesus is so widespread, that municipalities, churches, and homeowners are now using GPS devices and security cameras for security.
One nativity scene is even protected by a metal screen.
Goodwin found a stand-in baby Jesus, she’s just hoping the person responsible for the theft, will return the baby unharmed.
Joe Concha writes: Newtown residents are asking the media to stay away this Saturday. The day, December 14th, marks the somber one-year anniversary of the despicable mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people, including 20 small children.
And if the media were wise, they would do exactly that.
The logic behind this request stems from the same thought process around the Newtown 911 tapes released last week that can be summed up in three simple words:
Show some respect.
Show some respect for the families who are forced to relive the horror every day when seeing an empty chair across the dinner table for the rest of their lives. Show some respect for the children who were there that day and will have nightmares about it well into their adulthood. Show some respect for a community that has conducted itself with pride, honor and dignity since this horrific event made the town the central front on the gun debate.
Though I agree with Joel’s main point here — and today’s shameful booing of the former president is regrettable — I don’t agree with his suggestion that George W. Bush is uniformly hated in Africa. To the contrary, there are many in Africa who benefited from their partnership with the former president, and remember him fondly.
This article by Eugene Robinson, in the Washington Post, honors the former president’s efforts in Africa:
“…credit and praise must be given where they are due, and Bush’s accomplishment — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR — deserves accolades. It is a reminder that the United States can still be both great and good…if Africa is gaining ground against AIDS, history will note that it was Bush, more than any other individual, who turned the tide…”
Recall that Bush’s decision to direct enormous financial support to combat AIDs in Africa–though ignored in recent history–was admired, and contributed to saving millions of lives. Read the whole thing.
To the uninformed, this is probably considered uncharacteristic of a Republican president. They don’t know Republicans, and they didn’t know Bush. Bush’s habit of deficit spending, not just on unpopular military campaigns, but also on controversial health and education programs and foreign aid, remains a divisive one among conservatives. Bush saw the AIDs initiative as a matter of national security (though as Robinson points out, the validity of that argument is questionable) as well as an altruistic imperative, and medical necessity, for a nation confronting a serious health crisis.
Why are South Africans taught to hate Republicans? Keep in mind, not all do. As we’ll see, Bush’s is legacy in Africa is more complicated than the global chorus of Republican-bashing Bush-haters would have us believe. But sadly, Joel does have a point.
Joel B. Pollak writes: Former President George W. Bush, as the American left gleefully observed, was booed by some in the audience at the memorial for Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank in Soweto, Johannesburg on Tuesday. President Barack Obama, in contrast, received a standing ovation–in which, Twitchy notes, Bush joined enthusiastically. Read the rest of this entry »
Paul Krugman, Republican
- “Here’s the world as many Republicans see it: Unemployment insurance, which generally pays eligible workers between 40 and 50 percent of their previous pay, reduces the incentive to search for a new job. As a result, the story goes, workers stay unemployed longer.”–former Enron adviser Paul Krugman, New York Times, Dec. 9
- “Public policy designed to help workers who lose their jobs can lead to structural unemployment as an unintended side effect. . . . In other countries, particularly in Europe, benefits are more generous and last longer. The drawback to this generosity is that it reduces a worker’s incentive to quickly find a new job. Generous unemployment benefits in some European countries are widely believed to be one of the main causes of ‘Eurosclerosis,’ the persistent high unemployment that affects a number of European countries.”–“Macroeconomics” by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells, second edition, 2009
Agency Power Abuse : EPA Preparing to Unleash an Avalanche of Agenda-Driven Property Rights-Crippling RegulationsPosted: December 10, 2013
Is Isn’t Our Land. It’s It isn’t made for You and Me.
Happy holidays from the Obama administration
Federal agencies are currently working on rolling out hundreds of environmental regulations, including major regulations that would limit emissions from power plants and expand the agency’s authority to bodies of water on private property.
On Tuesday, the White House released its regulatory agenda for the fall of 2013. It lists hundreds of pending energy and environmental regulations being crafting by executive branch agencies, including 134 regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency alone.
This is hands-down the best Anthony Bourdain material I’ve seen in this series. Though I love his books, Bourdain’s CNN travelogues are hit-and-miss, not compelling enough to keep me watching regularly. Bourdain’s writing is always good, his hipster patter and travel-damaged humor is reliably entertaining.
Japan is a paradox. The low birthrate, the dedication, the conformity, and the life of a salary man are well known. There is also a competitive and rigid culture that gives way to some unique subcultures. Bourdain has traveled to Tokyo countless times, but on this trip he is in search of the city’s dark, extreme, and bizarrely fetishistic underside.
In Tokyo, however, Bourdain’s writing is exceptionally good (pay attention to his voice-overs) His observations about Japan are insightful, exceeding my expectations. The material he chooses to explore is perfect, you want to be a companion on this trip.
Netanyahu’s decision to skip Madiba’s memorial is principled but controversial, especially in light of that fact that he attended Margaret Thatcher’s funeral
Joshua Davidovich writes: Israeli papers feature a mishmash of domestic news on their front pages Tuesday morning, with Knesset laws, a coming winter storm, and a shortage of doctors and paramedics trumping reports of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s ninth visit to the region in as many months, and low-level talks over the Iranian nuclear deal in Geneva.
The decisions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg also gets some play on A1, with Netanyahu coming in for a not-small amount of criticism, though Peres, with a doctor’s note, gets a pass.
While former Israeli ambassador Alon Liel said Monday that Netanyahu’s decision to skip was the right one, seeing as how his policies are seen as anathema to Mandela’s and his presence might sully the service, Sima Kadmon writes inYedioth Ahronoth that she could die from embarrassment over Netanyahu’s reason for skipping, namely the high cost of such a trip.
“Netanyahu’s reason for not going is an affront to intelligence,” she writes. “And now that every news channel around the globe is citing his reason for not going, it’s an affront to the whole country.”
In Maariv, Michal Aharoni says Netanyahu seemed fine making the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, so why not Mandela’s, (though her scathing prose is somewhat undermined by insisting Netanyahu is skipping a funeral, and not a memorial service — plus she misspells Newseum).
“Oh, you’re not flying to save money? It costs a lot to fly to the memorial? There are security procedures and short notice? Strange. Margaret Thatcher, a former prime minister of Britain, died less than a year ago, and the prime minister and his wife managed fine flying there. And not only did they fly together, the plane was outfitted with a special half-million shekel bed and security arrangements were good and there was enough warning,” she writes. “What values, as a country, do we place higher, values of justice and ethics, or the economic values of Margaret Thatcher, who after her death Brits went out drinking and waved signs condemning her?”
Haim Schein in Israel Hayom, however, writes that the press is being too harsh on the prime minister, who he says would be attacked whether he went or not, seeing as he recently came under fire for spending too much state money on trips abroad, scented candles and other non-essentials.
The Fabulous Wanda jackson on Town Hall Party in 1958. “Keep your cotton-pickin’ fingers off my curly hair!”
The Smithsonian Channel has a great profile of rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson “The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice“. Here’s a part of R &B history that I never knew about, though I can hear how her influence cascaded down to Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, countless others. If you can catch this on cable, you’ll be glad you did.
Smithsonian: In 1954, one woman changed music history. Wanda Jackson was the first lady of rock and roll. The stage was her kingdom, and she ruled it with an aggressive style and signature growl, which shocked listeners and gained her tour dates with Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Her influence was massive, spreading beyond her gender and her generation, as detailed in interviews with rock immortals Elvis Costello, Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen, and Terry Stewart, President of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.