Bourbon and Sense

...because with Bourbon comes good Sense

July's Bourbon and this week's Talking Sense.

Wolcott Bourbon Whiskey

Wolcott Bourbon

Aroma: Wolcott does not have the medicinal smell that I have experienced in other Bourbons. There was a smell that I could not identify- I will keep trying.

Taste: Lighter than other Bourbons I have tasted. Not as sweet or biting. Cannot pick out anything special but enjoying it with Coca Cola.

Appearance: Much lighter in color than other Bourbons I have studied. I swear that it has a slight, very slight rose color that I observed as I walked, escorted, the bottle through the kitchen.

Finish: Although 100 proof, no burn here. Just smooth mouth-feel.

Story of: Wolcott Kentucky Bourbon. Distilled and bottled by Clear Spring Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky; No other information on the bottle and difficult to find anything on the web. Strange!

Talking Sense

More Voter Laws

The Supreme Court upheld two Arizona bills for restricting voter access, in particular a bill preventing third parties from harvesting ballots (i.e., collecting and turning them in at polling places) and second, a bill throwing out votes cast at a wrong precinct. These bills restrict voter access, denies a person’s right to vote, and both are examples of legislation predominantly effecting minorities. Black Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos organize to get out the vote including making it easy to submit absentee ballots because a significant number work at jobs that do not permit time to go vote in person on the day. The Supreme Court 6 to 3 decision strengthens the success of the remaining 387 bills filed in 47 States across the country. Remember that the expansion of voter access during the 2020 election was due in part to the pandemic: offering people ways to vote and not be exposed to crowds at polling places. This flurry of bills restricting access is simply an attempt to keep citizens from voting.

More Talking Sense

Is this a Witch Hunt?

The news is ringing with the charges Mr. Weisselberg is facing on tax fraud. Fifteen felony counts on him alone and ten on the Trump organization. The way I understand it, he did not report payments toward homes, private schooling, vacations, and other perks the rich get. The amount uncovered is something like 1.7 million dollars over many years for him alone. The implication is that multiple employees received the same benefits. Although if anyone of us received these additional payments and did not report it, we would be thrown in jail; you know the real target is the former President. The DA’s are trying to turn Weisselberg to reveal the skeletons against his current boss. It’s similar to how the Feds ultimately brought down Al Capone – tax fraud. Trump’s base will see this as another witch hunt against their man. This will only strengthen their resolve to support him and get him and every other Trump Republican into office and that is worse than any malfeasance Trump has done in his lifetime.


What Defines a Patriot?

I recently watched Newsmax and was shocked to hear the host equate the Capitol Insurrection to the Boston Tea Party. The host called the insurrectionists Patriots and insisted that no one had died at the hands of these patriots, that nothing was stolen or damaged, that these guys were in every way just like the Boston Tea Party Patriots. In fact, the only person killed during the protest was a young woman who was killed by the police. True, but the host left out that other people, policemen, passed away or suffered trauma injuries the very next day. Why did the host believe that he could equate one event to the other? What defines a patriot?

On a very broad level, we could say a patriot is anyone who stands up for what they believe. That definition would cover the January 6 crowd, but it would also give the 1930 era Nazis that coveted label. A narrower definition might say a patriot is anyone who fights for what is right. Who defines what is right? A definition I found online reads: a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. This definition has the benefit to limit patriotism to the focus of one’s country so under this definition, the Capitol Protestors are patriots and so were the Capitol Police. Except the insurrectionists were trying to overturn the voting approval process that Congress was doing that day, so that does not qualify as supporting our Country – does it?


Why Cancel Culture?

To be honest, I am not sure I understand the term Cancel Culture, also named Call Out Culture, or its relative Woke. It does appear to be a democratic philosophy designed to stop alternative viewpoints, at least according to Conservatives. All you must do is throw the Cancel Culture bomb at someone and discussion (and their job) ends.

This is the definition from the Cambridge University dictionary website: a way of behaving in society or group, especially on social media, in which it is common to completely reject and stop supporting someone because they have said or done something that offends you. Maybe that is the problem: people are easily offended now at everything. The use of Cancel Culture seems to arise especially where race or racism is perceived as an issue. Examples abound like the recent report about an ESPN Sports journalist, speaking to a colleague and filmed without her knowledge, implyied that another journalist was assigned the job because of skin color to help the company improve diversity. Or the journalist who led The 1619 Project, reported in the NY Times Magazine, yet she did not receive tenure or a coveted Chair at her Alma Mater. Both news events have back-stories, side-stories, and details that impact on each person’s interpretation of what happened, who is right or wrong, but Cancel Culture stops the discussion and makes the point: we are still not color blind.

The pendulum of rational thinking has swung far to one side. We have gone from Prohibition to legalizing marijuana. Cancel culture is just an extension of that as each side and those in the middle look to maintain their familiar level of comfort. Slowly, society lurches to what is right or at least best for humans. Until then, people will be hurt.