Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Help Name this horse

Sorry for the lack of posting lately.  With Kids Club, Father’s Day and my Birthday, we have just been busy.

To start things back off though, my wonderful wife bought me a horse for my birthday and I absolutely hate the name Koda.

So, I am asking you guys to help name him.

What is a good Smokes and/or Booze related name for a horse?

Use the comments section below to post your ideas.

Cheers :)


Friday, June 25, 2010

Sumo Suit, Lesbians and a Smirnoff Ice Bottle….


Sometimes, the headlines write themselves.

Police: Woman in Sumo Suit Attacks Ex with Smirnoff Ice for Flirting

Updated: Friday, 25 Jun 2010, 11:06 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 25 Jun 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    (CANVAS STAFF REPORTS) - Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

    Especially if that woman is suited up in a bulky sumo wrestling costume and armed with a glass bottle, and she just spotted her ex-lover trying to chat up a man dressed as a giant candy bar.

    One woman learned that lesson the hard way when she was bludgeoned by her jilted Irish ex-girlfriend with a Smirnoff Ice bottle and jostled her with a sumo wrestling suit for flirting with a man dressed as a Snickers bar, according to reports.

    A Dublin court convicted Sandra Talbot, 32, of assault in connection with a surreal melee that left her former lover Adrienne Martin with a large bump on the side of her head, the Evening Herald reports.

    The incident began when Talbot literally bumped into Martin with her with the inflatable girth of her sumo suit during a 2008 Halloween party at one of Dublin's city's best-known gay bars,

    The former couple, who had broken up following a tumultuous three-year relationship, exchanged a few angry words. Talbot flew into a fit of rage when Martin began waving at a man dressed as a Snickers bar, eventually striking her on the side of her head with a Smirnoff Ice bottle she had apparently hidden in the sleeve of her costume, according to reports.

    Pub workers tried to escort Talbot out of the bar, but first she had to partially deflate her bulky costume so she could fit out of the door, the paper reports.

    The court fined €400 ($490) for the assault, which Martin said has left her suffering panic attacks.

    For her part, Talbot told the Evening Herald that she wants to move on with her life and concentrate on fulfilling her career dream of becoming a tattoo artist. She denied the allegations, and claimed her ex had "ruined her life."

    "I had a big row with her but I didn't touch her," said Talbot.

    Mother of the year – He didn’t inhale

    Hey, I’m all about parent’s rights to raise their children any way they want….and very seldom agree with the health advocates when they say drinking or smoking cigars/pipes/cigarettes around children in harmful.  In fact, if you’ve ever been to a fest tent in Germany, through the smoky haze you would be libel to see a parent giving their children drinks from the krug.

    That being said, THIS Article in the Sun (yes Simon, I know) is pretty disturbing.  As much as I loath CPS, I hope they find this Babychild and get him away from his mother.


    A SHOCKING picture of an 11-month-old baby apparently smoking a BONG has sparked fury after being posted on the web.

    The tot is seen sitting on the floor wearing a nappy and putting his mouth to the smoking pipe as if he were using it to inhale marijuana.

    The baby's unnamed mother, of Jacksonville, Florida, has provoked outrage on online forums.

    But she has strenuously denied that she would ever let her child take drugs.

    She wrote on Facebook: "I would never ever ever let him get high."

    Child protection agencies in Florida said they are investigating the case.

    Read more:

    Thursday, June 24, 2010

    The Day, the Candy Died


    Well, the Federal Government has done it again. The need to control the populous and do “What’s Right” has prompted legislation that verges on insane.   What could they have done this time?  The ban on Candy Cigarettes.  I kid you not….a ban on CANDY, because

    “The youth may often get swayed into thinking that the sweet flavored cigarettes are not harmful to health,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, FDA’s Principal Deputy Commissioner of the FDA.” 

    Give me a break.  We conducted a more scientific study here at Smokes and Booze right after Christmas (read it HERE) and found that our test subject was not enticed to smoke due to Candy Cigarettes.  In fact, in our test case….we showed that 100% of those tested didn’t want to smoke even though they liked the candy.

    Now, I know you think we are making those numbers up….but that is no worse than this nugget from the FDA -

    FDA commissioner stated that almost 90% of all US citizens take to smoking while still in their formative years.

    Is that 90% of ALL US Citizens, or only those that smoke?  I would argue with either number.  Of course, they can manipulate the data and expand the “formative years” from 12-18 to 12- 25 (or higher).  Excuse me for not trusting Government supported Scientific Data, I know they have been so truthful with Global Warming.

    In the end, of all the problems (Social, Economic and Health) on the market, this seems like the biggest waste of time and money to pass….so of course the Government did it.  I know I will still be looking for “Candy Sticks” online for James….and when I am a Grandpa, the kids will always know there will be candy smokes when the come to visit.

    Until next time…..Smoke’m if you Gott’m.

    Candy Cigarettes Banned By FDA

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:21:39 AM by Pen Men At Work

    June 24, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): With both the Family Smoking Prevention Act as well as the Tobacco Control Act of the USA, supporting the move, the FDA finally managed to ban the candy cigarettes within the borders of the country. All kinds of flavored cigarettes be it fruit, clove or candy has been prohibited from June 23rd 2010.

    This had been seen as an effort to reduce the number of smokers within the country. Statistics reveal that one of the leading causes of death in America is smoking. The regrettable fact is that such deaths could have been easily prevented simply by giving up cigarettes.

    The FDA aims to discourage children from picking up this deadly addiction by imposing a ban on the flavored cigarettes. Other favored tobacco products as well as menthol cigarettes will also be examined minutely before deciding whether a ban on them would have to be declared as well.

    Margaret A. Hamburg, the FDA commissioner stated that almost 90% of all US citizens take to smoking while still in their formative years. The adolescents usually prefer flavored brands over the normal ones. The non availability of such cigarettes will help to break the trend effectively thereby reducing the percentage of diseases and deaths due to smoking.

    However, the FDA understands that a simple prohibition will not actually help matters. It is, therefore, trying to enforce the ban strictly. Almost all the tobacco companies of the nation will be receiving instructions about the ban on candy and flavored cigarettes along with the notification that it will be strictly illegal to manufacture, transport or sell the banned items.

    The FDA also proposes to educate the parents on the risks of candy cigarettes. “The youth may often get swayed into thinking that the sweet flavored cigarettes are not harmful to health,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, FDA’s Principal Deputy Commissioner of the FDA.

    Tuesday, June 22, 2010

    The Green Hornet – Official S&B movie of 2010?

    Ok, long before I was hooked on Iron Man or any of the other comic characters, there were were two superhero’s that I could not get enough of……Batman and the Green Hornet.

    As a youngster, the campy Adam West Batman was perfect entertainment for me.  I could watch it hours on end. 

    Then there was the cross over episodes which included a “villain” named the Green Hornet.   Man, that was just badass (especially with Kato).  It opened up even new venues for me… was someone who was intentionally misunderstood, to mislead others so he could more effectively fight crime.  It was awesome.

    As I grew up (notice, I didn’t say matured), I spun off into Star Wars and then into Marvel.  Characters such as Iron Man, Wolverine and Punisher shaped my psyche.

    Now we can revisit yesteryear and this movie actually looks like fun.  Unlike Ironman, where Tony Stark (an admitted alcoholic) seems like a party animal, but never has the brooding drunk we fell in love with in the comics (gotta have that PG-13 Rating)…..Green Hornet looks to capture the drinking in spades.  I counted at least 8 scenes with drinking….IN THE TRAILER.  Throw in a cool car, Kato, guns and explosions….how could I not back this movie?

    Saturday, June 19, 2010

    What was he thinking?????


    Drunk and Charity seem to go well together.  Buy a man a drink, charity golf….even walking out of a bar and emptying your pockets for a panhandler. 

    BUT- Drunk, Charity and Body Waxing……..there is no way in hell.  See Below.

    Man Nearly Loses Testicle in Tragic Waxing Accident


    (June 17) -- The only man with enough balls to take part in a British body waxing fundraiser nearly lost his.
    Joe Cooper, 24, is recovering from a horrific grooming accident on June 5 that nearly cost him his testicle.
    The construction worker and several pals agreed to take part in a hospital charity drive at a Leicester pub in which bar-goers bid for the chance to rip off strips of the participants' body hair. But once the event got started, many of the would-be volunteers bailed.
    "There were a few of us doing it, and two blokes wimped out, but I said I'd have it done," said Cooper, who, according to the Daily Mail, was the only participant man enough to have his "back, sack and crack" waxed for charity.
    "I lay down and closed my eyes, and the next thing I know, I'm in horrendous pain and bleeding," he told the tabloid.
    According to reports, an overly enthusiastic friend tugged too hard on a wax strip and yanked off eight inches of skin from Cooper's body, starting on his inner thigh.
    The rip reportedly stripped Cooper of six of his seven layers of skin, and came within half an inch of costing him his right testicle.
    Though Cooper started the night taking part in a fundraiser that netted about $4,400 for the children's ward of the Leicester Royal Infirmary, he was the one who needed medical attention by the end of the evening.
    "You can imagine how much everyone was laughing at me," he said. "It was ironic. I was meant to be helping them -- and they ended up helping me. They told me if any more skin had come off, that would have been it. I was very lucky, really."
    Cooper says he's still in pain and is taking antibiotics to stave off any infection.
    "I just hope people will sponsor me more now -- because I'm still hurting," he said.

    Friday, June 18, 2010

    Ozzy’s DNA


    This is so funny, I had to check the date and make sure it’s not April 1st.  The fact that Ozzy is the baseline for anything makes me literally laugh out loud.

    Scientists are to map Ozzy Osbourne's genetic code in a bid to find out how he is still alive after decades of drug and alcohol abuse.

    Ozzy Osbourne

    Hard-living Ozzy Osbourne has admitted abusing drink and drugs for 40 years

    The former Black Sabbath frontman is only one of a few people in the world to have his full genome analysed.

    It is hoped the results from the £27,000 test, which takes three months, will provide information on how drugs are absorbed in the body.

    Ozzy, 61, has lived a life that would presumably kill any ordinary person.

    Even the singer himself cannot understand how he has survived this long, recently describing himself as a "medical miracle" after going on a "bender" for "40 years".

    He has admitted drinking four bottles of cognac a day at one point, "blacking out, coming to again and carrying on".

    Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

    Ozzy Osbourne with wife Sharon, who he once tried to strangle

    Ozzy famously bit the head off a bat on stage and in 2003 broke his neck in a quad bike accident.

    He also has a genetic disorder similar to Parkinson's disease and on at least one occasion has been committed to a mental institution.

    Despite all his excesses, he is still with wife Sharon, who he once tried to strangle, and the couple have three grown-up children.

    Now he may get some answers from US company Knome, which will use a blood sample to map his genome.

    Nathan Pearson, director of research at the firm, said: "Sequencing and analysing individuals with extreme medical histories provides the greatest potential scientific value."

    The results will hopefully help scientists understand why the bodies of hard-living rockers such as Ozzy, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Iggy Pop are able to take more substance abuse than the average person.


    Wednesday, June 16, 2010

    Why I hate FIFA and Anheuser Busch


    To be fair, Anheuser Busch had nothing directly to do with this, but they are named in the article due to the fact that Budweiser is the “Official Beer” of the World Cup and FIFA wanted to protect AB’s investment from “Ambush Marketing”.

    What was the “Ambush Marketing” you may ask?  Was it holding signs for Coors?  Openly displaying JD Bottles?  How about a hand holding/kumbaya singing session with MADD?

    No, it was a group of people wearing ORANGE.  I can’t make this up, read about it HERE.

    Apparently, Bavaria Beer gave away Orange Mini-dresses in beer packs as schwag leading up to the World Cup and 36 fans wore them. 

    Well, maybe they weren’t fans (per se), and the women did wear other clothes over the orange to get in (so that was a bit covert)…..but does this mean I couldn’t have worn a Guinness Shirt to a match?

    Did the dresses have logos on them?  Not that I can see.  In fact, if you hadn’t told me that they were tied to a brewery, I wouldn’t have known….you be the judge:



    I don’t see any here

    Dutch fans cheer during the 2010 World Cup Group E soccer match between the Netherlands and Denmark at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Kooren (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

    Or here

    In fact, it looks like everyone just got together and said “Let’s wear Orange”.

    Why didn’t they throw these guys out?

    So, it appears that FIFA is more concerned about protected their sponsors than fan enjoyment (watch the video again, the fans loved it)…, don’t wear team colors, censor you clothes so that you don’t market outside our sponsors….but blow those annoying horns all day long. 

    What a joke. 

    Winston Churchill


    Sir Winston has been in the news a bit lately.

    First was the Auction in London of one his Cigars, fetching $3,126.  A funny side story of which was whether or not UK Customs was going to let it in (without a tax band) the country when it was being brought to auction.

    The next mention was in an ESPN Article re: the great John Wooden being in Hospital (and later passing).

    “In what might end up being one of his final sit-down interviews, Wooden, at the December 2009 Wooden Classic, answered Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers when asked how he has managed to live such a long life:

    But how does one live so long, he's asked, and he points to the whiskey Winston Churchill drank, the cigars George Burns had, and says, "How long did they live?
    "There's no answer," he says, "but if I had to give one, I'd say life needs balance. And love." “

    Neither of these compare to the latest story breaking in the UK though.

    It appears that “Someone” has airbrushed and removed the cigar from one of Sir Winston’s most famous pictures, and then used said picture for the banner at the “Winston Churchill's Britain At War Experience” Museum.

    Not only is this taking political correctness to the nth degree….but it also rewrites history in one of the most iconic figures in History.

    HERE is the article and I post the pictures below for your perusal

    The Britain At War Experience in South-East London with the airbrushed picture of Churchill above the entrance

    Uniform, victory salute and cigar: Winston Churchill in the 1940s and now without his trademark smokeUniform, victory salute and cigar: Winston Churchill in the 1940s and now without his trademark smoke

    I go to London at least once a year, I now know that I will not be visiting a museum that supports the altering of facts. 

    Please join me in emailing the museum to show your displeasure and if you want to see a great Winston Churchill museum, then visit the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library in Fulton MO.  There they do not sugar coat history and cigars are prominently displayed on his desk and throughout.

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    The Official TELESCOPE of S&B

    If you got a few minutes, you should check out THIS Website.

    At the TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope, they search for planets outside of our solar system and the study of comets.

    Why is this the official Telescope of Smokes and Booze?  Because they named their group after a beer Trappist.  No, seriously, they did… HERE.


    From Yuengling to Bushwhacker

    I would have to defer to my Gulf Coast Expert Tom to see if this a manly drink….but the whipped cream and cherry doesn’t help with the appearance.

    President Barack Obama drinks a 'Bushwacker' drink traditionally made with dark rum, coconut cream, creme de cacao, half and half, coffee liqueur, as he makes an unannounced visit to Tacky Jack's, a restaurant, in Orange Beach, Ala., as he visits the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill Monday, June 14, 2010

    Barack Obama

    The Bushwhacker

    4 oz cream of coconut
    2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
    1 oz Bacardi® black rum
    1 oz creme de cacao
    4 oz half-and-half
    vanilla ice cream

    Pour all ingredients into a blender (ice cream optional) with two cups of ice, and blend until mixed. Serve in a hurricane glass.

    Monday, June 14, 2010

    Even More on Jimmy Dean

    Sausage King….Dead :(

    Of late, we have had quite a few leave us to pass over to the other side, but few have had the impact of Jimmy Dean.

    Not to be confused with James Dean (hated his movies…but loved his car), Jimmy Dean was more than just the Sausage King.

    One wonders where to start in his great career, but since this blog is about Smokes and Booze….why not here….

    Jimmy Dean got start in the music business as an accordionist at a tavern near Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., where he was stationed in the 1940s.

    In the early 1950s, Dean's band had its first national hit in "Bummin' Around", but it was his next hit that set him apart in the music industry….”Big Bad John”, a song that won him a Grammy.

    He later went on to play Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and  became the first country star on the Vegas Strip. He was also the first guest host on "The Tonight Show," and an actor in Diamonds Are Forever.

    Most people would be happy with that type of career, but Jimmy also founded Jimmy Dean Sausage…..and for that….he earns our eternal thanks.

    RIP Jimmy

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    The Doolittle Raid

    I recently saw the below video and it brought me back to my youth.  You see, my father was a big airplane buff.  He grew up during WWII and as a child, he would watch the airplanes training and then flying off to war.  He grew up loving (and instilling in me a love for) history, and I don’t think there was an Air show within 200 miles of us in Indiana we ever missed.  At least once a year, we would go over to the Wright Patterson Air force Museum to see what they added….and this story in particular brings back further memories.

    Anyone who even remotely pays attention to US History in High School knows of this raid (if not, read HERE), but what started me searching was seeing those 17 B-25s on the tarmac.  I wanted to know how that compared to the actual raid itself.



    The video is of the recent 68th Reunion of the Doolittle Raiders and consisted of 17 B-25’s, and to my surprise….this was actually one MORE than participated in the raid itself (15 designated and one added at the last minute).  That is just amazing.

    I’m sure many of you are wondering why this is on a blog called Smokes and Booze?  I retort….it’s my blog and WHY NOT?

    But there is an additional part to the story.


    In honor of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the citizens of Tucson, Arizona presented a set of 80 sterling goblets to the Raiders following WW II. In turn, they were presented to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs by General Doolittle on behalf of the surviving members of the Raiders for safekeeping and display between reunions.  On 19 April 2006, the memorabilia were transferred to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

    The silver goblets themselves are housed in a special glass-enclosed trophy case.  Each of the goblets has the Airman’s name printed twice, one right side up and the other is upside down, this allows a the names to be read even if the goblet is symbolically turned down at the death of one of the team.  Currently there are only 8 surviving men from the raid. 

    The case also contains a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Brandy (the date selected to represent the year of Jimmy Doolittle’s Birth) to be used by the last two remaining Raiders at the last reunion to toast their departed comrades.

    These men went through “IT” together….and what a beautiful tribute as they slowly fly off into the sunset.

    I know this would have made a great Memorial Day post, but then again….perhaps it isn’t right to only remember our Veterans a few times a year.  I think we should be thinking of them every time we see the flag, hug our children….or in the case of Doolittle’s Raiders, when a plane passes overhead.  These men are true heroes….and I pray that that bottle of brandy stays unopened for many more years.

    Raise a glass tonight and think about how 16 Aircraft changed the world, I know I will.


    Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    A video even I find kinda creepy

    You know its bad when I say that, but how else can you describe a ‘40’s-50’s video of Drunken Midgets run amok?

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010

    Yesterday in History



    Ok, I admit I was lazy and therefore missed the very important day in history Yesterday.

    On May 31st, 1910, Glenmorangie distilleries received what is believed to be the first order of Single Malt for the US, an order destined for the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.

    Starting at the Glenmorangie Distillery in northern Scotland, it took several months going by sea from Liverpool to Galveston Texas, and then by train to Denver.

    It’s hard to believe how far we have come since those first two 36 gallon kegs set out 100 years ago.  But it is a journey I am glad was made.

    Raise a glass tonight and toast this (belated) historic day.

    Call out the National Guard…mobilize the UN

    Whiskey truck stuck beneath bridge

    3:55 p.m. Update: A truck loaded with whiskey became wedged under a CSX railroad bridge just south of New Market on Thursday, leaking a steady drip of the amber intoxicant onto the Frederick County pavement as crews sought to wrestle it loose.

    "We've had a number of problems with tractor trailers getting stuck going under that bridge," said Sgt. Rob Embly of the Maryland State Police. "The road is clearly marked as 'no trucks' but they just don't pay attention to it."

    Embly said CSX crews were leading the effort to dislodge the truck.

    The single-track bridge spans two-lane Baldwin Road just before the road curves into the rural crossroads of Monrovia.

    New Market, a town of just more than 400 residents, bills itself as the "antiques capital of Maryland." The antiquity of the whiskey was unclear, though it was believed to have been aged.

    Asked what brand of whiskey was involved, Embly said: "I wish I knew."

    -- Ashley Halsey III

    Original post: Maryland State Police say a tractor-trailer hauling whiskey is stuck beneath a train bridge near New Market and leaking some of its load.

    Police say the truck got stuck around 1:20 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Route 75 and Baldwin Road. The railroad overpass there is a tight squeeze for big rigs.

    The accident has forced the closure of Route 75. Police say a detour has been set up.

    No word on what brand is involved.

    -- Associated Press

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