Month: November 2013


My gluten intolerance has pretty much killed my beer-drinking ability, so I’ve had to switch to vodka and gin (and will shortly foray into rum, in honor of GKC’s The Flying Inn). It looks like I’m catching the new wave:

Thanks to the growth in the craft beer industry and craft cocktail culture, the craft distilling industry has been growing exponentially in recent years, from barely two dozen microdistillers across the country in 2000 to over 250 in 2012, with dozens more currently seeking federal licensing. Michigan alone has over 30 licensed craft distillers with more in the works, including several in metro Detroit. There is also a Michigan Distillers Guild in the early planning stages, mirroring itself after the Michigan Brewers Guild to be an advocacy group for Michigan’s microdistillers.

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It’s a big night tonight, the finale of “Dancing with the Stars.” I don’t know if you’ve been following the show, but the comedian was eliminated. Bill had the grace and easy elegance of a squirrel getting electrocuted.

On Juan-uary 5, a new season of “The Bachelor” begins. We have two words for you, America: Juan Pablo. He’s so cute, my gosh. Here is one more word: Juanderful. And Juan-in-a-million. Whoever came up with that should be sent to Juan-tanamo Bay.

It’s that’s special time of year when your whole family gathers together in one place to look at their cellphones. And I’m going to start dinner by telling my parents I’m gay. It never gets old!… Read the rest

Thanksgiving 2010

Here’s my Thanksgiving Day post from 2010. I’ve been accident- and ticket-free for three years now, so my premiums will go back down. For that, I’m thankful. Of course, I now have four young drivers on my policy as well, so I’m still paying through the nose, but I’m grateful for those four young drivers in general.

From 2010:

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. My holiday season didn’t start very well. I wrecked my vehicle and, in the process, took out a fire hydrant. The officer was very nice about it and nobody was hurt (I was only going about 15 miles an hour), but I was at fault. I guess I’m going to feel extra pain in my future insurance premiums because I destroyed municipal property in the process (but that part is still unclear). And no, I wasn’t drunk. I was on my way to get drunk (with wife slated to pick me up later in the evening), but I hadn’t even cracked Beer 1 yet. Oh well. There’s still plenty to be thankful for (like readers who patronize TDE through its Amazon link–come on, I really need you now (chuckle)!), so I present my normal slate of Thanksgiving quotes:

“Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.” Samuel Johnson

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton

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Special Edition: BYCU

Number One?

Every year on this day I ask the question: Is Thanksgiving Eve, indeed, the biggest drinking day of the year? I’ve long maintained it is, but I’ve never found conclusive, or even highly probative, proof, so I set out again last weekend to find some.

Alas, the conclusive evidence eluded me again, though many sites (like made the bald assertion that it is the biggest drinking night of the year.

But The Drink Nation came to my rescue with their analysis that corroborates my suspicion that Black Wednesday is, indeed, Drinking Day Number One.

They give four anecdotal reasons that Black Wednesday is first:

1. Nearly all Americans have Thanksgiving off.
2. No one wants to entertain the night before hosting a big Thanksgiving meal.
3. Everyone is home for the holidays and wants to see old friends.
4. Thanksgiving dinner is a perfect hangover cure.

I agree with all four, but I think there’s a little more to it. It’s not that most Americans have Thanksgiving off, but that Thanksgiving is such a “nothing” holiday. Let’s face it: turkey and Detroit Lions. That’s about it, with no religious observations required. It’s gotta be the lazy man’s favorite holiday (no comment on the women who slave away in the kitchen), with a ton of sitting around and sleeping, so it’s no big deal if you feel like crud that day.

It also kicks off the holiday season, so everyone is in especially high spirits.

As am I.

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend, from secular exuberance to spiritual peace.

Cult Beer

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Some Ambrose

No, not that one. Bierce . . .

I found this great quote while reading The Freeman Book (a collection of articles and essays from Nock’s famous journal in the 1920s): “The poor wish only to be rich, which is impossible, not to be better. They would like to be rich in order to be worse, generally speaking.” Ambrose Bierce.

He’s absolutely right, of course. It’s the biggest reason I don’t do any pro bono legal work, despite the efforts of leftists in the Michigan State Bar Association to make it a requirement (aside: one self-righteous Bar President once told business lawyers, who objected to mandatory pro bono divorce and landlord-tenant work on grounds that they don’t do that type of work, “That’s no excuse. We will offer you free training”; it apparently never crossed her mind that the business lawyers may have other ways to spend their days).

Poor people who seek free legal assistance rarely seek justice. They seek revenge and domination. They want to beat up someone in court, without paying a dime for it. They want to bring thunder and lightning in order to vindicate themselves and beat on their adversaries, even though they can’t pay enough money to light a candle.

As a Catholic, I try to keep myself dedicated to helping the poor, but free legal services is a delicate thing, a very delicate thing with all sorts of pitfalls. As a lawyer, you’re better off giving alms and just leave it at that, though I do a lot of free and reduced-fee work for charitable organizations.

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I’d heard of Kreeft’s book, Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialogue Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley (1982; 2nd ed., 2008), but I didn’t realize that JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley all died on the same day.

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