President Barack Obama has been known to tip back a cold one now and again. It is a good thing he is a moderate drinker because problems with alcohol run in his family!
Last week the President’s uncle, Onyango Obama, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). The incident occurred when police stopped Obama after he rolled through a stop sign and nearly caused an accident.
“Uncle” Obama, originally born in Kenya, is the half-brother of the President’s late-father. He is currently being held without bail on a detainer from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
According to the ICE, he has previously been issued a deportation or removal order. The Obama Administration has yet to comment on the incident.
According to police reports, when the 67-year-old Obama was stopped and asked if he wanted to make a phone call or arrange for bail, he responded with, “I think I will call the White House.”
Alcoholism Runs in the Obama Family
In his autobiography “Dreams of my Father” President Obama paints a portrait of his father as a philandering drunk who killed a woman in a DWI accident in Kenya. He later died after driving his car into a tree in Kenya in 1982. He supposedly was drunk at the time.
It is good that our President is a moderate drinker at best.
Governments are doing anything they can to generate tax revenues. This is especially true as the United States Congress tries to keep from raising income taxes. Texas has it especially tough as there is no state personal income tax.
Texas has found a creative way to generate new taxes – through a pole tax on strip clubs that offer alcohol!
Pole Tax on Strip Clubs Serving Booze
The Texas Supreme Court ruled last Friday that the state’s “pole tax” — a $5-per-customer fee that strip clubs that serve alcohol are required to pay the state — did not violate the clubs’ free-speech rights, overturning a lower court decision that declared the fee unconstitutional.
In 2007, state legislators passed the Sexually Oriented Business Fee Act, which imposed the fee on nearly 200 establishments that feature live nude performances and allow the consumption of alcohol.
Pole Tax for Health Insurance
The $5-per-customer entrance fee, which is imposed on the business and not the patron, is intended to raise money for sexual assault prevention programs and health insurance coverage for low-income people.
One strip-club owner and the Texas Entertainment Association, which represents many of the state’s topless clubs, sued the state attorney general and comptroller over the fee. A district judge struck down the law in 2008, and an appeals court in 2009 ruled, in part, that the law was a “selective taxation scheme” that singled out nude dancing and a specific class of “First Amendment speakers.”
Booze Makes it Legal
On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the fee was constitutional, declaring it a “minimal restriction” on the businesses and that any establishment seeking to avoid the fee “need only offer nude entertainment without allowing alcohol to be consumed,” Justice Nathan L. Hecht wrote for the court. He wrote that the fee was not intended to suppress expression in nude dancing, but was directed instead at “the secondary effects of nude dancing when alcohol is being consumed.”
I am sure they will appeal this all the way to the US Supreme Court.
How not to keep your job with the police force – show up to training intoxicated. For the record it probably is not a good idea to show up to any job in a drunken state – let alone to the police academy.
Take the case of Brett Nelson, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nelson had successfully gone through the application process only to let his alcoholism show at the very wrong time.
Nelson showed up to classes at the training academy more than 1 1/2 hours late and was intoxicated. Sgt. Christopher Micknowski, who drove him to UPMC Mercy to be tested for drugs, wrote in a criminal complaint that Mr. Nelson's breath smelled of alcohol and his eyes were red and bloodshot.
Adding insult on top of insult Pittsburgh police officials finally terminated the recruit at the city's police academy who was charged with drunken driving as well.
A breath test showed Mr. Nelson's blood-alcohol content was 0.160, twice the legal limit to drive. His supervisors said he told them he had driven to class, and they found his car parked in the academy lot, according to the criminal complaint.
Wow, what a colossal screw up! Nelson obviously could use a serious alcohol awareness class.
If ever you have climbed to the top of a 14,000-foot mountain top you know that alcohol and altitude do not mix. At 35,000 feet it can cause you to act irrationally.
Take the recent case of 32-year-old Tom Bradley. A self-proclaimed businessman, Bradley was pounding wine and beer before British Airways personnel cut him off. One would think that after a number of drinks you might be content to “sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight.” Not Bradley!
Maybe because it was a trans-Atlantic flight from Phoenix to London and the alcohol is free that enraged Bradley. But this moron went ballistic, raging at passengers and airline personnel.
Bradley was arrested after allegedly threatening to stab the pilots with a shard of glass. Witnesses claimed that during the almost 10 hour flight he was repeatedly shouting, swearing and stumbling around, while spitting at those who tried to calm him.
He then allegedly assaulted a senior member of the cabin crew by pushing him into the galley and demanding to know why he was not allowed any more alcohol. He then broke a bottle, was holding the broken glass and mumbling incoherently to himself, but flight attendants specifically heard him threaten to stab the pilots if he was not given more booze.
What the heck was he thinking? It proves the point that booze and altitude do not mix. Maybe airlines should require an alcohol awareness class (either 8 hour or 16 hour) for these problem passengers?
One of the rites of passage of Greek Life at major universities is rush. There has been talk recently among colleges all across America of making rush a “spring” event. For many institutions this idea has failed miserably, despite the fact that it makes perfect sense.
At the University of North Carolina, for all Greek organizations, there will be a higher emphasis on a dry rush, and all fraternities’ rush events, will be monitored by a group of Interfraternity Council executives.
Not only are the events alcohol-free, but they require that everybody maintain sobriety throughout the recruitment process. Now that’s a change from Greek Life as I knew it.
The group will patrol rush events — both on and off campus — a task that could take up to three hours each night.
In November, the Board of Trustees mandated that Greek organizations offer a spring alternative to traditional fall rush in an effort to aid freshmen interested in joining the system. But the change will hardly alter the system’s first admissions process.
For fraternities, the fall and spring rush processes will look identical. But one marked difference for sororities, which start recruiting Sept. 2, will be the addition of an upperclassmen quota. In addition, sororities’ spring recruitment will be markedly different. The high level of activity characteristic of fall rush simply isn’t attainable twice a year, Stephens said.
Stephens said she hopes the reform gives interested students enough time to explore other opportunities on campus. Movements like these are certainly a step in the right direction! Another enhancement would certainly to be to have students take minor in possession classes.
As the office manager in the Judd Apatow classic “The 40-year-old Virgin” Jane Lynch was awesome. While she has been around Hollywood for decades, the 51-year-old actress finally has found stardom on the hit television show “Glee.”
It was 20 years ago when Lynch, fearing she was an alcoholic gave up drinking booze. Back then she was downing Miller Lite beers one after another. After giving up beer, she turned to chocolate ice cream.
Obviously Lynch has an addictive personality. She originally sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous after getting totally drunk and high on marijuana.
A lesbian, Lynch has found happiness in her marriage to Lara Embrey but her addictive personality again reared its ugly self recently as she admitted to having become addicted to liquid cold medicine.
The actress said she was so depressed that she sought 'happy oblivion' by downing bottles of the NyQuil syrup.
The over-the-counter medicine contains alcohol and if taken in sufficient quantities has the same effect as drinking.
She said she had managed to kick her addiction to alcohol, but couldn't give up trying to get drunk by downing bottles of the cold medicine.
Medical experts have said drinking large quantities of the cold and cough medicine can cause liver and other organ damage.
Lynch said her addiction the cold treatments worsened during a 10-month stay in New York when she was appearing in a play about the TV family The Brady Bunch.
Given her addictive personality I would hope Jane will stay away from any possible substance she could become addicted to.
Let’s begin by saying that celebrities are not role models. Would you like to be the child of a celebrity? I would imagine the stress on these children is tremendous. People look at them differently and act differently around them, hoping to befriend them just to meet their famous parent.
Such is the case Julie Marie Pacino. As the daughter of legendary Hollywood Superstar Al Pacino, Julie must face constant pressure. Had she been my daughter, no doubt her arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) this past summer would have gone unnoticed.
Julie, who has been working hard to establish a career on her own merit, not wanting to ride the coattails of her famous father, suffered a personal low this past July when she was arrested in Manhattan for driving under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana.
Pacino told police she drank 'three beers' and had smoked marijuana when she was pulled her over for a New York DUI in Manhattan on July 30.
Julie, the Oscar-winning actor's daughter with his acting coach ex-Jan Tarrant, was driving a 2009 Mercedes Benz with an expired California registration sticker when she was stopped at a checkpoint.
Unlike many celebrities and children of celebrities, Pacino is standing up for her reckless behavior stating that it was one of the biggest mistakes of her life and she never wants it to happen again.
It is nice to see a 21-year-old taking responsibility for her actions. I hope she succeeds in staying out of trouble.
Amy Winehouse was uber-talented. How many times have we lost someone so talented due to drugs and alcohol? After her tragic death in July there was considerable speculation regarding the cause of Amy's death.
But today it has been announced that the toxicology results have been returned to the Winehouse family by authorities and confirm that there were no illegal substances in Amy's system at the time of her death.
Drugs not Present?
This despite the fact that a well-known drug dealer claimed to have procured almost $2,000 worth of crystal meth and heroin for the singer the night before her death. Tony Azzopardi alleged he helped the late singer buy the Class A narcotics in the early hours of July 23rd - the same day she was found dead in her London home.
While drugs were not present – alcohol was!
The 56-year-old, who was introduced to the tragic star by her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, claimed he wanted her family to 'know the truth about what happened'.
At Amy's funeral shortly after her death her father Mitch Winehouse told mourners that his daughter had managed to kick her drink and drugs habits. Many find that hard to believe.
Her father claims she had been sober for three weeks, yet toxicology reports show alcohol was in her system.
It was also at Amy's funeral that Mitch Winehouse outlined that he would like to do something in the singer's name to help people who suffered with the same problems that Amy did.
This tragedy could have been avoided and it is sad we will not get any more beautiful music from this talented singer with an amazing voice. If celebrities were role models, hopefully Winehouse’s death will help people who have followed her example into drugs and alcohol seek help! Maybe from an online drug class?
How many chances must a person get. There is an Ohio woman who has received seven Dui convictions. So far she has not killed anyone, but still, it begs to question when she will become a pedestrian.
While the Ohio woman, Susan Foy, never killed anyone, an Illinois man, Brian Claiborne was not so fortunate. In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, The Mason County District Attorney added an attempted murder charge to a case against a Manito man accused of stabbing someone several times and fleeing in a vehicle while drunk.
Claiborne, 47, allegedly stabbed another man four times in the chest and stomach area and one time in the arm Aug. 8 before speeding away in a vehicle at more than 100 mph. He crashed his vehicle and was taken to Mason District Hospital.
His blood alcohol content recorded at the hospital was .237. Authorities said they found a pocket knife in a sheath on Claiborne’s belt that appeared to have blood on it.
Claiborne was charged with aggravated battery and his fourth offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. Attempted murder is a Class X felony that carries a prison sentence of six years to 30 years if Claiborne is convicted.
Again, it begs to question why this guy is not in prison let alone still allowed to operate a motor vehicle.
There was a time when children got dressed up to go to school. They respected their teachers and feared being sent to the principal’s office. While this may not quite be a sign of the apocalypse, I just cannot understand youth these days.
As bad as I was, I never went to school in a drunken state. Now comes the story of some Illinois teens at Naperville North High School who were suspended after they appeared to be drunk when they showed up for class Wednesday.
At least 20 seniors are being questioned about what happened. School administrators have been meeting individually with students and their parents. They have suspended a number of those students, but they say they are treating each of the cases individually.
It is the second day of the school year for members of the Class of 2012 at Naperville North, but some of the students are already in trouble after administrators say they showed up intoxicated Wednesday morning.
They are suspected of drinking alcohol Tuesday night or Wednesday morning in an off-campus setting.
The spokesperson also said that from conversations with students, it appears this began as an overnight party with alcohol involved, and a number of the students apparently showed up the next morning still under the influence.
Robyn Block, director of Illinois Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), says statewide teenagers begin drinking at age 14 on average. She says incidents like this offer a good opportunity for constructive dialogue about drinking.
The school district finally has plans to implement minor in possession classes. This is a step in the right direction. Any students found guilty of being intoxicated at school should face a harsh punishment as a future deterrent for both themselves and classmates.