from wiki…..

Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage; it is the third-most popular drink overall, after water and tea. It is thought by some to be the oldest fermented beverage. Beer is produced by the saccharification of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar. The starch and saccharification enzymes are often derived from malted cereal grains, most commonly malted barley and malted wheat.[7] Unmalted maize and rice are widely used adjuncts to lighten the flavor because of their lower cost. The preparation of beer is calledbrewing. Most beer is flavoured with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavourings such as herbs or fruit may occasionally be included.

Some of humanity’s earliest known writings refer to the production and distribution of beer: the Code of Hammurabi included laws regulating beer and beer parlours, and “The Hymn to Ninkasi“, a prayer to the Mesopotamian goddess of beer, served as both a prayer and as a method of remembering the recipe for beer in a culture with few literate people. Today, the brewing industry is a global business, consisting of several dominant multinational companies and many thousands of smaller producers ranging from brewpubs to regional breweries.

The strength of beer is usually around 4% to 6% alcohol by volume (abv) although it may vary between 0.5% (de-alcoholized) and 20%, with some breweries creating examples of 40% abv and above in recent years.

Beer forms part of the culture of beer-drinking nations and is associated with social traditions such as beer festivals, as well as a rich pub culture involving activities like pub crawling and pub gamessuch as bar billiards…..


The 2012 Democratic Convention is September 4-6, 2012*…..

from 2012 Presidental Election news……

2012 Democratic National Convention

2012 Democratic ConventionThe 2012 Democratic National Convention details have been released. The convention will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Location: The Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina

Dates: September 4-6, 2012

Official Convention Website: Charlotte in 2012

Report on the decision to bring the event to Charlotte from the Sun Journal:

BURLINGTON – A key player working to put together the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte called next year’s event “rather historic.”

The last Democratic National Convention to be held in the South took place in Atlanta in 1988. Before that, it was in Miami in 1972, Kevin Monroe, deputy director of intergovernmental affairs and outreach for the Democratic National Convention Committee, told the Democratic Women of Alamance County gathering in Burlington Tuesday night.

Before that, you have to go all the way back to 1860 when it was in Charleston, S.C.

“The eyes of the world are on your city for a full week,” Monroe said. He said people will no longer have to put “North Carolina” after Charlotte. People will know where it is.

Efforts to get the convention in Charlotte were successful because of cooperation by both Democrats and Republicans, Monroe said. All Charlotte City Council members and congressional delegations – both Democrats and Republicans – signed letters of support, he said. Richard Vinroot, the former GOP mayor of the city and 2000 Republican gubernatorial nominee, is on the convention’s host committee, he said…..


The 2012 Democratic National Convention, in which delegates of the Democratic Party will choose the party’s nominees for President and Vice President in the 2012 United States national election, is scheduled to be held during the week of September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

On April 3, 2012, President Obama won the Maryland and District of Columbia primaries, giving him more than the required 2,778 delegates to secure the presidential nomination. He had previously announced that Vice President Joe Biden would be his vice presidential running mate in his re-election bid…..

More from Wiki…..

* the dates are the 4 th thru the 6 of September the original post had 3rd thru the 6th…..

Red State is pissed at the Chair of the Joint Chiefs for defending Obama… and a little bit on that Navy SEAL book release…..

Several RETIRED military types have been running around saying unkind things about President Obama the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military…

They have been carping about Obama in a way that is might be looked at as political….

Well, the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff….

The Highest ranked uniformed military man, 4 Star Army General Martin Dempsey has made his displeasure known about such criticisms of Obama…..

Over at Red State they’re NOT happy at Dempsey’s voicing HIS unhappiness…..

All of this ISN’T about the new warning to the guy (Navy SEAL) who’s coming out with the book about the Osama Bin Laden raid from the Pentagon….

(Rightleaners  gave Obama a hard time on the release of ANY info on the raid claiming it was political)

In THAT case he’s been warned that in releasing the book he broke his agreement signed by Special Operators to NOT publish classified stuff and have anything LIKE that ran past the Pentagon for prior approval….

In BOTH cases the men involved have retired from duty and are civilians….

General Martin Dempsey And An Apolitical Military

By: streiff (Diary)  @ Red State

In his misguided criticism of the veterans of Special Operations for America, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explicitly did what he criticized. He became the first serving general officer to directly support any politician’s re-election and he should be ashamed of himself……


Ex-Navy SEAL sought advice before publishing book about bin Laden raid, lawyer says

The lawyer for “Mark Owen” — the pen name of the former Navy SEAL who wrote “No Easy Day,” a book describing the Osama bin Laden raid — on Friday said that Owen did, indeed, seek legal advice before publishing the book and he disputed other claims made by Pentagon.

“Mr. Owen sought legal advice about his responsibilities before agreeing to publish his book and scrupulously reviewed the work to ensure that it did not disclose any material that would breach his agreements or put his former comrades at risk,” Robert Luskin wrote in a letter addressed to Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson. “He remains confident that he has faithfully fulfilled his duty.

Furthermore, Luskin said a non-disclosure agreement Owen signed — which the Pentagon claimed he was “in material breach” of — doesn’t require Owen to submit his book for review.


BP to send workers back to oil rigs in th Gulf…

from Reuters….

BP Plc, the largest oil producer in the Gulf of Mexico, said on Friday that the company was restaffing its shut oil and gas platforms and would restart production “in coming days” once it was deemed safe, the company said.

BP said aerial inspections of its Gulf operations “did not identify any significant damage” after Isaac, which came ashore on Tuesday as a hurricane. The storm later weakened but hovered over coastal Louisiana, hampering Gulf producers’ restaffing and restarting efforts. By Friday what was left of the storm had moved north of Louisiana.

BP operates seven Gulf platforms including Thunder Horse, the world’s largest, which can produce up to 250,000 barrels per day of oil and 200 cubic million feet per day of natural gas.


Daily Polling Numbers for August 31, 2012…..

Friday, August 31
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Gallup Obama 47, Romney 46 Obama +1
General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Reports Obama 44, Romney 45 Romney +1
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 45, Disapprove 46 Disapprove +1
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 49, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +2

from realclearpolitics….

Jeb Bush fights HIS party on Immigration…

This one’s a day old….

But points out that Jeb Bush (Like his OLDER Brother George Bush) doesn’t look at the immigration issue in the same view as a lot of his party members……

The former Florida Governor’s wife is Mexican-American,  so he’s gonna have a personal view at the issue….

That view was his bothers , who ALSO had to content with the hard Right view on the subject….

The hard right view has made any chances of Mitt Romney making inroads on the Latino vote all but impossible….

The former Florida Republican governor spoke at a Washington Post/Bloomberg breakfast in Tampa on Thursday morning, and said that while he does not favor President Obama’s recent executive order which stopped the deportation of certain young illegal immigrants, he does support the DREAM Act, a measure stalled in Congress which would grant legal residency and a path to citizenship for young people brought into the country illegally in their youth.

“Having a solution to the fact that we have all of these young people, many of whom are making great contributions, don’t have a connection to their – to their parents’ former country, yeah, of course I’m for it,” Bush said.

Immigration has been a tricky issue for the GOP, which is populated with political figures who have adopted strict, hard-line postures that some in the moderate wing of the party worry will alienate a fast-growing Hispanic population that could play an increasingly influential role in electoral politics.

Bush offered a warning for immigration hard-liners: Their message is not a winner.

“The interesting thing is that the most vociferous anti-immigrant kind of candidates lose. Probably have noticed, but they lose in primaries, they lose in general elections,” he said.

For Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, immigration has been a difficult issue to navigate. The conservative base of the GOP opposes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. At the same time, Romney can’t afford to alienate Hispanic voters. So, he haslargely refrained from saying much about it.

Earlier this year, Bush urged Romney to broaden his message when it comes to immigration, and to “make it an economic issue as much as it is a question of the rule of law.”

When it comes to Hispanic voters, Bush said the issues that are atop the minds of other voters – jobs and the economy – are also the ones they care most about. But immigration is still important, Bush said Thursday, because addressing it is one way of building credibility with the Hispanic community.

“It’s a gateway issue, because it’s an issue that allows you … [to] show some sensitivity, it allows you to be heard,” he said. “And I think that’s kind of the right way to look at it, that it’s, it’s an issue that has relevance…..


For Romney….The Base seems NOT to be enough….

Romney has NOT be able to get past HIS natural base in the swing states….

This inability has kept President Obama’s electoral votes intact……

This  points to the reason that Romney mentioned women A LOT in his acceptance speech…..


Tried to get his campaign back to jobs in his speech …..

And finally let people talk about his past in front of people…..

Of course he’s gonna have the social conservatives stop doing OOPS utterances….

There aren’t enough of them alone to give him a win come November…..

Base Turnout Strategy May Be Too Narrow for Romney

By NATE SILVER @ Fivethirtyeigth…..

Mitt Romney’s strategy once seemed self-evident. First, skewer President Obama over the tepid economic recovery. Second, lean just enough to the center over the course of the fall campaign so you won’t lose because of social issues, temperament and tone, controversial proposals about the welfare state or other things that might distract voters from your economic message.

With his selection of Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate this month, however, Mr. Romney seems to have been pursuing a different approach, one that focuses more on turning out the Republican base.

Political messaging isn’t a simple matter, and skilled political candidates can develop pitches that resonate with different audiences. In 2008, Mr. Obama simultaneously tried to brand himself as a “post-partisan” moderate, while also seeking to demonstrate to Democratic primary voters that he’d be more reliably liberal than Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But Mr. Romney is probably a less dexterous politician than Mr. Obama. In his acceptance speech before the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, he will probably have to tip his hand as to which goal will be receiving the most emphasis over the balance of his campaign. Will it be a speech designed to fire up the delegates in the room — and the Republican partisans who are watching on Fox News and other networks? Or more one designed to appeal to the independent voters who might be casually flipping through their cable lineups?

The argument for a base strategy is something like this: there are very few undecided voters left, and hardly anything has moved the polls. With the election being so close, the contest will come down to turnout. So get your voters as motivated as possible.

A risk for Mr. Romney, however, is that even with a favorable turnout, the Republican coalition may have become slightly too narrow for him to win, given that the party is struggling with Hispanics and other minority voters.

One Blue collar guy in Mass dropped his Scott Brown endorsement when he checked on Brown’s positions….

You DIDN’T see much of Scott Brown in Tampa did ya?

He IS the the Republican Senator from Massachusetts….

He’s done well in the polling because blue collar guys like him….

But what happens when they stop..

And READ UP on what their Senator stands for?

Here’s one example…..

Boxer Micky Ward

Micky Ward, no longer a Scott Brown fan.

Scott Brown’s reelection campaign in Massachusetts relies heavily on one thing: his purported love for all things local sports. So his campaign was thrilled with the big coup they were going to announce today: the endorsement of beloved Lowell boxer Micky Ward, of “The Fighter” fame, at an event scheduled at Ward’s favorite gym. He used the pending endorsement as a cheap shot against opponent Elizabeth Warren.

“My message to Professor Warren is, ‘I’m right here.’ She’s running against Scott Brown, not Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan,” Brown said to WBZ-TV. “And I’ll be back tomorrow getting Mickey Ward’s endorsement. She’s welcome to come up to Lowell, if she can find it.”

Then a little wrinkle in those plans came up.

Reached on his cell, Ward said he admired Brown’s spirit and respected the way he could “go out there and listen and talk like a guy who is positive and wants to do right by us.” […]Roughly a half-hour after Ward confirmed he was backing Brown, ‘The Fighter’ called back. He said he had given his endorsement a little more thought.

“I can’t support Scott Brown,” Ward said. “I just can’t do it.”

Within 30 minutes, Ward either did some Googling or someone close to him reminded him about where Brown stood on some hot-button political topics.

“I found out Scott (Brown) is anti-union and I’m a Teamster guy,” said Ward. “I found out he’s also against gay marriage and I say if you love someone you should have the same rights no matter who you are.”

Very nicely said, Mr. Ward, and thank you for that. And damn, that’s really left Scott Brown stinging.But that’s the thing with Brown. The more you get to know him, the better you understand that he’s not what pretends to be. He’s not “a guy who is positive and wants to do right by us,” however much he can talk like one. He’s just another homophobic and sexist Republican doing the bidding of Wall Street. We’ve got plenty of those in the Senate. It’s definitely time for an upgrade.

Judge restores 3 early voting days in Ohio…

Bad couple of days for the GOP voter suppression campaign…..

The court’s have deep six-ed Florida time for ID BS….

The court’s have thrown out Texas ‘s restrictive ID laws….


Early voting is upheld in Ohio by the courts……


( several GOP staff people have testified that the object of the voter ID action was to indeed suppress the black vote)

American’s need to go out and vote against the people who tried take AWAY THEIR vote…..

A federal judge in Ohio on Friday granted a request from President Barack Obama’s campaign to give all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.

U.S. District Judge Peter Economus in Columbus issued a preliminary injunction in the case involving state law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election. The law makes an exception for military personnel and Ohio voters living overseas.

Economus concluded that the law was unconstitutional in changing the in-person early voting deadline and that the state was wrongly valuing certain votes above others.

Attorney General Mike DeWine quickly announced he would appeal the decision.

The judge’s ruling said he expects Ohio’s elections chief, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, to direct all county elections boards to maintain a specific, consistent schedule on those three days “in keeping with his earlier directive that only by doing so can he ensure that Ohio’s election process is `uniform, accessible for all, fair, and secure.'”

A spokesman said Husted’s office was reviewing the decision and declined to comment further.

Obama’s campaign and Democrats had sued Husted and DeWine over the legality of the law. They argued everyone should have the chance to vote on those three days before the election.

“We are pleased the court agreed to restore equal and fair access to early voting,” Aaron Pickrell, senior adviser for the Obama campaign in Ohio, said in a statement. “The people of Ohio had overwhelmingly expressed their desire to preserve the early voting system which has been so successful in recent years.”


Fed Chair Bernanke hints at More Stimulus….

The LEAST of Bernanke’s problem will be the economy….

Bernanake…A Republican hired on during the Bush administration, would be probably forced to give up his job if he initiates  a stimulus kick with a Romney win come election day….

Even if Obama wins and the Senate goes GOP he’d be under pressure…..

from Bloomberg….

So what will the Fed do?

Economic prospects are “far from satisfactory,” Bernanke said, even though housing is showing signs of life, and retail sales and manufacturing picked up in July. Labor market stagnation is a “grave concern.” (Is there any other kind?)  And the issues ailing the economy aren’t structural, in his view.

That means another kick in the pants is likely. While Bernanke said the “hurdle” for non-traditional policies may be high, the bar for additional action seems to be set quite low. The minutes from the Fed’s July 31-Aug. 1 meeting state that additional steps “would likely be warranted pretty soon” absent a “substantial and sustainable” improvement in the economy.

There are only two more meetings before the November election: Sept. 12-13 and Oct. 23-24. The Fed would probably prefer to stay out of the headlines in late October, which means September would be the most logical time to announce something beyond the existing maturity-extension program.

Many policy makers say they want to wait to see more economic data. Of course, there are always more data. What they mean is, they want to make sure there’s no major improvement in the economy before they take additional steps because every action will require an equal and offsetting counter action some day…..


Obama and Biden campaign on the road before next weeks Convention….


President Obama will go to New Orleans in place of Ohio on Monday…..

President Obama and Vice President Biden will make separate trips through a total of seven swing states before arriving at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Obama will arrive in Charlotte on Wednesday after campaign stops in Iowa on Saturday, Colorado on Sunday, Ohio on Monday and Virginia on Tuesday.

Biden gets to Charlotte a day earlier on Tuesday. He’ll campaign in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on Sunday before campaigning in Michigan on Monday.

The Obama campaign is touting the trip as the “Road to Charlotte,” tour, and they say it will focus on winning over middle-class voters.

The seven states the two Democrats will visit, along with Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Florida, have been the primary focus of both campaigns.

Obama won all of those states in 2008 and will need to hold on to about half if he’s to secure reelection.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has made significant gains in national and swing-state polling since the addition of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to the GOP ticket. The Obama campaign hopes the tour will help them recapture momentum on the heels of the Republican Party’s national convention.

A particular focus for Obama will be attracting the votes of white, working-class men, who he has struggled to win over. The theme for the swing-state tour aims to reverse that trend by focusing on ordinary “American Heroes” from the Mountain West through the Rust Belt…..’


Political Roundup for August 31st, 2012…Red Racing Horses…

by: Imperial

Ryan: Worth noting there is another side to Ryan’s speech reception, and this is a good illustration of it: a need to fact-check to undermine his comments’ legitimacy rather than simply report. This is really a journalistic trend we are seeing- for a counter-fact check, see Reason.

Johnson: Gary Johnson has now lost the AE ballot line in Oklahoma in an unprecedented fashion- the State Election Board listened to a national party (which disbanded) over the state Americans Elect affiliate (which wanted Johnson). The only other petition drive was the Libertarian one, but that rests on a lawsuit and means Johnson will likely not make Oklahoma. He will be on the ballot in Iowa, however.

Romney: While light (though not lacking) in specifics, Romney’s speech is seen as one of the best of his presidential run and marks a transition from securing the base post-Ryan to appealing to the middle.

DNC: Rhode island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I, once R) will speak at the DNC.


Missouri: Duelling polls in Missouri. The FRC commissioned Wenzel Strategies, which has Akin up 45%-42% on McCaskill. But his approvals are 44-50. A PPP poll also has it as a tossup, only 45-44 after Akin’s gaffe sank in.

Massachusetts: Good positioning by Senator Scott Brown (R)  in his state.

“It’s a convention, I think everybody understands it’s a convention. Some of the things, it’s not my style — how I would do things — but I’m not running for president,” Brown said, adding that he lives in Wrentham, Mass., and drives a truck with 238,000 miles on it. “I’m going to be myself.”

Connectict: Even an LCV poll (practically an internal) from PPP shows tightening, Chris Murphy (D) leading Linda McMahon 48%-44% even as Obama leads Romney 53%-40%.

Arizona: This article can’t understand why Jeff Flake won his primary with 69% of the vote. Maybe it had something to do with opponent Wil Cardon ceasing campaigning weeks before the primary…..