Granholm’s Name Increasingly Associated with List of Possible Supreme Court Appointments

Michigan Governor’s name is increasingly being associated with list of possible Supreme Court replacements for Justice Souter.  According to the Detroit News and the Associated Press, Granholm, a 50 year old Harvard law graduate and former state attorney general and federal prosecutor, is mentioned as one of a handful of candidates who may be appointed by President Barak Obama to replace Souter, an 18 year Supreme Court veteran.

Debate has ensued whether Granholm, a well respected attorney, would be appointed without judicial experience.  Both representatives from the Broookings Institute and Harvard law have argued that judicial experience is not a precursor to Supreme Court appointment.

Interestingly, Granholm was named in the three-tier law suit that eventually made its way to the Supreme Court.  Granholm v. Heald, resulted in a US Supreme Court decision limiting the ability of states to regulate alcohol within their respective borders, authority graned under the 21st Amendment.  Granholm, as Governor of Michigan, was on the losing side of the decision which requires states to balance interests of interstate commerce under the US Consitution’s Commerce Clause with states’ regulatory authority under 21st Amendment. 

Granholm v. Heald was decided on a narrow court majority.  As the second generation Granholm law suits make their way to the US Supreme Court, one wonders of the appointment of Governor Jennnifer Granholm would spell a victory for preservation of the states’ 21st Amendment rights.

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May 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

History of the Moscow Mule

The story of the Moscow Mule begins in 1939 when a nearly brokeRussian ex-pat, Rudolph Kunett, sold the Smirnoff brand to John Martin, head of G.F. Heublein & Bros. Eventually John Martin used the Moscow Mule to help promote vodka to bars across the US and this helped fuel the mainstream acceptance of vodka as the preferred white spirit, replacing gin.

Continue Reading April 30, 2009 at 9:52 pm 1 comment

Everclear is Ever-Controversial

Everclear, a grain alcohol spirit made by Luxco Distilling Company out of St. Louis, MO, is considered the world’s strongest alcoholic drink, at a concentration of 95% alcohol by volume (ABV) (190 proof) and 75.5% ABV (151 proof). For comparison purposes, consider that rum and vodka is typically manufactured at 40% – 60% ABV (80 – 120 proof).

Continue Reading April 30, 2009 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Battle of the Beer Belly

As pool season approaches, many booze aficionados are looking for ways to still enjoy their favorite beverage while leaning up. We have all seen it before…the infamous “beer belly” attached to the front of our once thin and athletic friend.

Continue Reading April 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Prohibition Cartoon: Drink Portrayed as the Devil Fish

“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), U.S. President. Speech, 18 Dec. 1840, to Illinois House of Representatives

Continue Reading April 28, 2009 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

Introducing (or Reintroducing) Cocktails

For those readers tired of run of the mill cocktails like vodka lemonade, maragarita, or any myriad drinks concocted from cola and various versions of whiskey, I have collected a handful of classic and interesting cocktails.

Continue Reading April 27, 2009 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

Is Ignorance Bliss? Advocates urge Nutritional Labeling on Beer, Wine and Spirits

The diet conscious among us might soon have better information regarding nutritional information of our favorite alcoholic beverages if a cadre of public interest groups is successful. Inspect the label on a bottle of beer, wine or liquor and notice that, besides the Surgeon General’s Warning about the possible dire consequences of drinking, generally no nutritional value is provided.

Continue Reading April 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

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