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  • Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg’s Drinking Problem and Abuse of Power, By the Staggering Numbers

    08/17/2014 7:32:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 155 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | August 16, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    The indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by a grand jury in Travis County, Texas, is part of a power struggle that originates with a serious crime, albeit not one committed by Gov. Perry. That crime, as everyone knows by now, is drunk driving, and it was committed by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. When Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, Democrat, was arrested and charged with drunk driving on April 12, 2013, her blood alcohol level measured .23. That is just shy of three times the legal limit in Texas, which is .08. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage...
  • How Robin Williams 'fell off the wagon ... and demanded real alcohol instead of props' ...

    08/14/2014 9:42:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | J Gardner
    How Robin Williams 'fell off the wagon on set of recent TV series and demanded real alcohol instead of props' - as Broadway theaters dim their lights for one minute in his memory Robin Williams fell off the wagon not long before his suicide when he demanded real alcohol during shooting of his failed TV series, insiders say. According to Page Six, the 63-year-old funnyman asked for booze during a scene shot inside an LA restaurant in May 2013 as he begrudgingly returned to the small screen in The Crazy Ones. As more of the details of the tragic actors...
  • Gov. Rick Perry Believes That Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism And Can Be Treated

    06/12/2014 8:38:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Politics USA ^ | 06/12/2014 | By: Justin Baragona
    Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry addressed the Commonwealth Club of California Wednesday night. The former Presidential candidate, who is thinking about running again in 2016, spoke to the crowd in San Francisco about a variety of topics, ranging from climate change to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s recent primary loss. However, he shocked the crowd, and perhaps put the final nail in the coffin of his Presidential ambitions, when he compared homosexuals to alcoholics and suggested that gays should just refrain from homosexual activity, much like an alcoholic should not drink. Perry was on stage being interviewed by the Commonwealth...
  • Steve Smith: The troubled life and lonely death of the legislator from Mound

    04/19/2014 12:34:18 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 24 replies
    MINNPOST ^ | Sarah T. Williams
    Among AA adherents (and even nonbelievers), it is acknowledged and grimly understood that “there are such unfortunates” who will not achieve sobriety – and who, because of the chronic and progressive nature of the disease, will die. “They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way,” the Big Book says. One of those unfortunates it seems was state Rep. Steve Smith, R-Mound, who served his district and the state for 21 years running – the longest tenure of any House Republican at the time. Though a cause of death has not yet been released, Smith’s son,...
  • With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

    03/23/2014 4:04:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    NPR ^ | March 23, 2014
    Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors and widely praised by reformed addicts. Dr. Lance Dodes sees a big problem with that. The psychiatrist has spent more than 20 years studying and treating addiction. His latest book on the subject is The Sober Truth: Debunking The Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs And The Rehab Industry. Dodes tells NPR's...
  • ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas: ‘I am an alcoholic’

    01/24/2014 8:42:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2014 10:19 AM EST | Frazier Moore
    ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas has publicly acknowledged that she’s an alcoholic, and said it took her years to admit it. In an interview aired Friday on “Good Morning America,” Vargas said hiding her problem from others was exhausting. “Even to admit it to myself was admitting, I thought, that I was a failure,” said Vargas, who noted that she had reported several “20/20” specials on drinking yet couldn’t acknowledge her own alcohol dependency. …
  • ABC says Elizabeth Vargas is in alcohol rehab

    11/07/2013 1:08:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 6, 2013 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran ABC News reporter and "20/20" anchor Elizabeth Vargas is in treatment for alcohol dependency, the network said Wednesday. Vargas, who is 51 and married to singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, last appeared on ABC in October. The network confirmed a New York Daily News story that said she has been in a treatment facility for a few weeks and has a few weeks more to complete the program.
  • Georgia man ran back into burning house to save beer

    10/26/2013 6:47:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/25/13 | Evan Bleier
    A Georgia man may want to reconsider his priorities after running back into a house fire to rescue a few beers that had been left behind.... Walter Serpit, and two children were in the living room of their Columbus, Ga., home on Thursday afternoon when smoke began pouring in. All eight people made it outside safely, but Serpit, with the aid of his cane, went back for what really mattered -- his beer. "I told them to get the kids out and everything, and me myself, being an alcoholic, I was trying to get my beer out," Serpit said. "You...
  • ‘That ’70s Show’ star Lisa Robin Kelly dead at 43

    08/15/2013 1:09:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 121 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2013 | (Fox/AP)
    Lisa Robin Kelly, who rose to fame as Laurie Forman on “That ’70s Show” died on Wednesday night, her manager told FOX411. She was 43. … “Unfortunately, Lisa Robin Kelly passed away last evening. Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,” her manager Craig Wycoff said. “I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last night, she lost the battle.” …
  • Fired Oregon officer: Alcoholism was a disability

    04/29/2013 6:09:25 PM PDT · by Rio · 14 replies
    A police officer fired for driving drunk in an unmarked police car while off-duty has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the city of Gresham, the police chief and others, alleging his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit filed in Portland alleged the officer, Jason Servo, was suffering from alcoholism, a recognized disability under the act, and shouldn't have been dismissed.
  • VANITY - Question for Christians suffering with alcoholism

    04/14/2013 7:58:51 AM PDT · by carolinadad · 56 replies
    I have been a passive Freeper for a long time and have come to value the opinions and life experiences of many in the community. Now I hope that I can get your feedback on an issue I am facing. My dad is an alcoholic and just got his 16 year chip. He recognizes God as the one who helped him fight for his freedom from alcohol. However I am not sure he has ever recognized the person of Jesus Christ as his savior. He speaks of "spirituality" as it relates to his participation in AA, and it sounds to...
  • RNC official compares homosexuality to alcoholism, says it leads to drugs

    04/11/2013 8:16:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 74 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema, who caused a stir last month when he posted an article to his Facebook page that labeled the homosexual lifestyle as “filthy,” is now comparing homosexuality to alcoholism and says it leads to drug abuse.
  • TV and Radio Personality Gary Collins, 74, Dies

    10/13/2012 12:01:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    KTLA News ^ | October 13, 2012
    BILOXI, Mississippi -- TV and radio personality Gary Collins, known for his roles in television series including "The Sixth Sense" and "Charlies Angels" has died, according to officials. He was 74.
  • Sloshed: How to Drink Before Noon

    09/26/2012 2:13:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    One of my favorite things about drinking in the morning is just how purposeful it has to be. At night, you can simply have a drink without need for any particular reason. But between the hours of, say, 5 a.m. and noon, society demands you explain your alcoholic intake. Given those demands, morning drinking can often be the most well-thought-out kind of drinking there is. Morning drinking didn't always have the stigma that it does now. Farmers traditionally drank hard cider all day long, soldiers once woke with whiskey, city dwellers in the nineteenth century invented entire lines of delightfully...
  • Dog-Whistling Past the Graveyard

    09/01/2012 8:00:37 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    American racism is starting to remind me of American alcoholism. At the founding of the republic, in the days when beer was thought of as “liquid bread” and a healthy nutritional breakfast, Americans drank about three to four times as much as they do now. Today the United States has a lower per capita rate of alcohol consumption than almost any other developed nation, but it has more alcoholism support groups than any other developed nation — around 164 groups per million people. France, which drinks about 50 percent more per capita than America, has one-twentieth the number of support...
  • A shot at redemption

    08/28/2012 2:38:50 PM PDT · by cycjec · 6 replies
    TheNewsOutlet ^ | April 24, 2012 | Jordan Uhl
    Damion Thomas said he has been in trouble for most of his life. Drinking. Drugs. Rehabilitation programs. Slip-ups. More drugs. More trouble. Heroin. “I lost everything. I haven’t seen my child in two years. My house, my car, my job. I lost trust in my family, my wife. I lost my pride, self-respect,” said the 36-year-old graduate of Community Corrections Association, a Youngstown-based alternative rehabilitation program. Thomas, who has been serving a two-year sentence for trafficking heroin, said one little white pill that he takes three times every day is what is going to keep him straight for good this...
  • Anti-alcoholism' drug cleared for use in France

    08/28/2012 2:20:58 PM PDT · by cycjec · 14 replies
    MedicalXPress ^ | April 25, 2012
    French health authorities have approved the use of a drug, originally designed to treat nervous spasms, for the treatment of alcoholism on a "case by case" basis. AFSSAPS, the regulator that authorises drugs, said that while the drug Baclofen had not been definitively shown to be efficient in the treatment of alcoholism, it had shown "clinical benefits in some patients". It recommended in a statement that Baclofen -- the lab name for a medication branded as Kemstro, Lioresal and Gablofen -- should be considered on a "case by case" basis. The history of the drug goes back 50 years. It...
  • God's Addiction Recovery Plan: The Biblical Path to Freedom

    08/10/2012 3:48:44 PM PDT · by evangmlw · 60 replies
    Crossbooks Publishing, A Division of Lifeway ^ | April 28, 2012 | Michael Wrenn
    Former addict has authored and published a book on how God delivered him from ten years of addiction. The book includes his personal testimony and explains ten progressive steps toward experiencing a clean and successful life.
  • Treating alcohol withdrawal with oral baclofen

    08/07/2012 7:48:47 PM PDT · by cycjec · 6 replies
    Hospital Internal Medicine, Essentia Health, Duluth, Minnesota 55805-1983, USA. ^ | October, 2011 | Lyon JE, Khan RA, Gessert CE, Larson PM, Renier CM.
    Abstract BACKGROUND: Abrupt cessation of alcohol intake causes habituated drinkers to experience symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS). OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-B agonist baclofen on the course of acute symptomatic AWS. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study. SETTING: Two tertiary-care hospitals in Duluth, Minnesota. PATIENTS: Inpatient adults admitted for any reason (including AWS) judged to be at high risk for AWS. INTERVENTION: Inpatients who developed symptoms of AWS received symptom-triggered benzodiazepine treatment using lorazepam by standard protocol, and were randomized to receive baclofen 10 mg or placebo, 3 times per day, orally. MEASUREMENTS:...
  • Understanding Addiction

    05/15/2012 6:25:37 PM PDT · by tedw · 101 replies
    You Tube ^ | 5/15/2018 | Ted Adamson
    New You Tube Video on Addiction. Basically I am sick and tired of the so-called "experts" spouting off nonsense regarding drug and alcohol addiction. The most current one I found was a licensed Clincial Psychologist "enlightening" (tongue in check) us that addiction is a "brain disease". You can find his link here: http://tinyurl.com/d7h5c6q The problem with these so-called experts is that they understand nothing. They do not recognize the spiritual realm so they reduce these problems to a physiological level. They do not recognize the existence of demons or evil and the role it plays in addiction. As a consequence...
  • How I Stopped Drowning in Drink

    03/18/2012 3:47:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 104 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 16, 2012 | Paul Carr
    What's the secret to getting sober and repairing the other broken parts of an alcoholic's life? It starts with setting your own terms, writes Paul Carr.For years I'd told myself I wasn't an alcoholic. I never drank alone. I didn't wake up with fierce cravings, and sometimes I went for one or two days without drinking. A need to drink all day, every day, was never my problem. My problem was that once I had a drink—whether it was at 7 p.m. or 9 a.m.—I couldn't stop until my body shut down and I passed out in a pile on...
  • LSD May Help Cure Alcoholism, Study Says

    03/10/2012 6:23:53 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 126 replies
    AllMediaNY ^ | March 10, 2012 | Vania Andre
    There’s a case for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, but what about LSD? A new report released Friday suggests LSD can be used to treat alcoholism. LSD can prevent patients from relapsing during alcohol abuse treatment, researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology found. “A single dose of LSD has a significant beneficial effect on alcohol misuse,” the researchers wrote. The study was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. “LSD worked in an entirely different way than any current psychiatric drugs,” Teri Krebs, researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. “Many patients said they had gained a...
  • Tribe suing beer companies for alcohol problems

    02/09/2012 5:19:31 PM PST · by ColdOne · 105 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/9/12 | AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. – An American Indian tribe sued some of the world's largest beer makers Thursday, claiming they knowingly contributed to devastating alcohol-related problems on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota said it is demanding $500 million in damages for the cost of health care, social services and child rehabilitation caused by chronic alcoholism on the reservation, which encompasses some of the nation's most impoverished counties. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Nebraska also targets four beer stores in Whiteclay, a Nebraska town near the reservation's border that, despite having only...
  • Coroner Says Amy Winehouse Died From Alcohol Poisoning

    10/26/2011 8:56:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    CBS) ^ | October 26, 2011 7:00 AM
    A British coroner says singer Amy Winehouse died as the unintended consequence of drinking too much alcohol. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of death by misadventure, saying Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning. The singer, who fought drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead at her London home in July. An autopsy was inconclusive, but found no trace of illegal drugs in her system. Winehouse was reportedly more than five times over the legal drunk-driving limit, which is the same in the United Kingdom is as it is in the United States, when she died.
  • 2012 Campaign: Rick Perry And A Uniquely Anti-Gay GOP Field [Homosexuality Compared to Alcoholism]

    08/24/2011 9:24:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 24, 2011 | LATimes Opinion
    Opinion L.A. 2012 Campaign: Rick Perry And A Uniquely Anti-Gay GOP Field? August 24, 2011 You might think as much following the revelation by reporter Mark Benjamin that Republican front-runner and Texas Gov. Rick Perry once compared, in writing, homosexuality to alcoholism. Benjamin writes at Time magazine's Swampland blog: Since leaping into the GOP presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hasn't been asked if he thinks gays are born or made. But in a little-noticed passage in his first book, "On My Honor," a encomium on the Boy Scouts published in 2008, Perry also drew a parallel between homosexuality and...
  • Betty Ford Dead at 93

    07/08/2011 5:58:26 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 146 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2011 | CNN
    Betty Fordhas died at the age of 93.
  • The Alcoholic Who Became a Saint, Venerable Matt Talbot [Ecumenical]

    06/07/2011 5:15:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    WAU.org ^ | June 2011 | Ann Bottenhorn
    The Alcoholic Who Became a Saint Venerable Matt Talbot By: Ann Bottenhorn Nothing ever happened to Matt Talbot, an ordinary Irish laborer of no great learning, no riches, no remarkable accomplishments. He lived in poverty and died, alone and unrecognized on a cold cobblestone lane, in Dublin. He left no family, no followers, no written discourses.Scarcely anyone knew a thing about him. Yet within six months of his death, a brief biography sold 120,000 copies. Within a year, it had been published in twelve languages. Five years after that, the Catholic Church began investigating Matt Talbot’s life to determine...
  • An Alzheimer's Vaccine in a Nasal Spray

    02/28/2011 10:52:57 AM PST · by decimon · 19 replies
    American Friends of Tel Aviv University ^ | February 28, 2011 | Unknown
    TAU researchers develop a vaccine that staves off stroke as wellOne in eight Americans will fall prey to Alzheimer's disease at some point in their life, current statistics say. Because Alzheimer's is associated with vascular damage in the brain, many of them will succumb through a painful and potentially fatal stroke. But researchers led by Dr. Dan Frenkel of Tel Aviv University's Department of Neurobiology at the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences are working on a nasally-delivered 2-in-1 vaccine that promises to protect against both Alzheimer's and stroke. The new vaccine repairs vascular damage in the brain by...
  • Words to die by: Sobriety 'bores' Sheen

    02/16/2011 3:43:17 AM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 56 replies
    NYPost ^ | February 15, 2011 | DON KAPLAN
    Hard-partying Charlie Sheen admitted yesterday that sobriety "bores" him and that he may revert to his old booze- and drug-fueled lifestyle at any moment. In a surreal call to a sports talks radio show, the troubled "Two and a Half Men" star declared himself fit enough to work after less than 10 days in rehab. "I was sober for five years a long time ago and was just bored out of my tree," he said during the rambling 28-minute phone interview with DirecTV/Fox Sports Radio's "The Dan Patrick Show." "It's inauthentic -- it's not who I am. I didn't drink...
  • Former TV Anchor Laurie Dhue Shares Her Struggle With Alcoholism (Former Fox Anchor)

    02/09/2011 1:43:14 PM PST · by truthkeeper · 151 replies
    AOL Health ^ | February 9, 2011 | Catherine Donaldson-Evans
    Former television personality Laurie Dhue says she no longer knew who she was and was tired of suffering in silence from alcoholism when she decided to quit drinking and get help four years ago. Dhue, who turns 42 tomorrow and was an anchor for the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN, battled her addiction to alcohol for "at least" a decade and a half, she told the "Today" show Wednesday. "I hid my alcoholism for many, many years," she said. "I was probably a high-functioning alcoholic, as so many people are. But there were cracks, certainly, and there were definitely...
  • Cafferty: Palin Can't Be President Due to 'Inflammatory' Reply to Critics

    01/13/2011 8:00:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 13, 2011 | Matthew Balan
    Jack Cafferty's Palin Derangement Syndrome reached a new level on Thursday's Situation Room on CNN, as he attacked the Republican for her reply to those who tried to tie her to the Arizona shootings: "It was just awful, defiant, [and] inflammatory." Cafferty also ripped Palin for using the "blood libel" phrase and stated that the reply would "effectively end her chance of ever being elected president." The commentator devoted his 5 pm Eastern hour Cafferty File segment to his rant against his perennial nemesis: "Sarah Palin may have done herself in this time. The tragedy in Tucson presented an opportunity...
  • Fast forward into trouble (A culture barely changed in centuries is bombarded by 46 cable channels)

    06/18/2003 8:05:44 AM PDT · by Int · 9 replies · 133+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Saturday June 14, 2003 | Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
    Fast forward into troubleFour years ago, Bhutan, the fabled Himalayan Shangri-la, became the last nation on earth to introduce television. Suddenly a culture, barely changed in centuries, was bombarded by 46 cable channels. And all too soon came Bhutan's first crime wave - murder, fraud, drug offences. Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy report from a country crash-landing in the 21st century Saturday June 14, 2003The GuardianApril 2002 was a turbulent month for the people of Bhutan. One of the remotest nations in the world, perched high in the snowlines of the Himalayas, suffered a crime wave. The 700,000 inhabitants of...
  • Where Alcoholism Drinks in the Laughs (Hollywood)

    12/03/2010 3:53:14 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 32 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 2 Dec 10 | ALESSANDRA STANLEY
    Television has a drinking problem. And not only because David Hasselhoff’s new reality series on A&E, “The Hasselhoffs,” breezes over his alcoholism as if it were just another quirky passage in a colorful Hollywood career. On the premiere episode on Sunday Mr. Hasselhoff, the former star of “Knight Rider” and “Baywatch,” says that the infamous 2007 YouTube video that showed him lying blind drunk, trying to eat a Wendy’s meal off the floor, was a wake-up call that “led me to quit drinking.” He adds waggishly, “But I’m still addicted to cheeseburgers.” This reality show isn’t about a reformed alcoholic...
  • The tunnel people of Las Vegas: How 1,000 live in flooded labyrinth under Sin City strip

    11/08/2010 2:10:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 4, 2010 | Staff
    Deep beneath Vegas’s glittering lights lies a sinister labyrinth inhabited by poisonous spiders and a man nicknamed The Troll who wields an iron bar. But astonishingly, the 200 miles of flood tunnels are also home to 1,000 people who eke out a living in the strip’s dark underbelly. Some, like Steven and his girlfriend Kathryn, have furnished their home with considerable care - their 400sq ft 'bungalow' boasts a double bed, a wardrobe and even a bookshelf. They have been there for five years, fashioning a shower out of a water cooler, hanging paintings on the walls and collating a...
  • Drunk Baboons Plague Cape Town's Exclusive Suburbs

    08/30/2010 10:48:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies · 8+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Aug 2010 | Jane Flanagan
    The sun is setting over South Africa's oldest vineyard and the last of the wine-tasting tourists are climbing onto their buses. But one large family group has no intention of leaving – and there is little the management can do about it. Groot Constantia, in the heart of Cape Town's wine country, can deal with inebriated holidaymakers – but it is invading baboons which have developed a taste for its grapes that the wine makers are struggling with. Each day, dozens of Cape Baboons gather to strip the ancient vines – the sauvignon blanc grapes are a particular favourite –...
  • Man To 911: I Need Ride To Liquor Store

    08/04/2010 10:31:43 AM PDT · by inflorida · 17 replies
    News 4 Jax ^ | August 3, 2010
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A St. Johns County man was arrested after police said he called 911 to ask for a ride to the liquor store.Police said 57-year-old George McMurrain had already called 911 twice Saturday night when he called to ask for a ride to buy alcohol.That's when an officer went to the Budget Inn on Anastasia Boulevard to arrest McMurrain.Dispatcher: This is 911. Suspect: I need a, I need a -- a ride. Dispatcher: You need a ride? Suspect: Yes, to the liquor store. Dispatcher: Um. Suspect: Sheriff said she'd give me a ride.
  • Sororities' antics spur school alcohol efforts

    07/03/2010 1:54:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | July 3, 2010 | LISA CORNWELL
    OXFORD, Ohio – Sorority spring formals call up visions of young women in colorful dresses dancing the night away — not vomiting on tables, urinating in sinks or having sex in closets. The drunken shenanigans of three sororities at Miami University in southwest Ohio sound like something out of "Animal House" and were especially startling for a school that frequently makes the top 50 in a U.S News & World Report academic ranking but never makes lists of big-time party schools. The school suspended two of the sororities and put the third on probation. A task force is reviewing discipline...
  • How "strong" does Obama "feel" about [Islam] as his Muslim hard-drinker father left him?

    06/21/2010 5:23:48 PM PDT · by Milagros · 6 replies · 1+ views
    How "strong" does Obama "feel" about [Islam] as his Muslim hard-drinker father left him at the age of 2? Rhetorical question. I always thought that alcohol is prohibited to Muslims, oh well, hypocrisy in that religion? not rare! --- The importance of fathers Atlanta Journal Constitution And I say all this as someone who grew up without a father in my own life, Obama went on. He left my family when I was two years old.http://blogs.ajc.com/cynthia-tucker/2010/06/21/obama-talks-about-the-importance-of-fathers/ Obama: 'I have been an imperfect father' - Father's Day Guide "As fathers," Obama writes, "we need to be involved in our children's lives...
  • When To Know You've Had Too Much to Drink (Funny yet sad Video)

    06/14/2010 11:34:48 AM PDT · by OneVike · 32 replies · 1,211+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/14/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Ever see an individual who is so drunk on beer that they cannot even stand up? Maybe you have a close friend or relative who drinks way too much beer, and they don't seem to realize how ridiculous they really look when they are stumbling over their own feet. Or maybe you yourself have been there a time or two and you think it's no big deal. I mean everyone has heard the various jokes about drinking beer; "I don't have a drinking problem. I drink. I get drunk. I fall down. No problem." "Beer is living proof that God loves...
  • Heartbreaking twist in Koppel son tragedy

    06/02/2010 2:23:01 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies · 1,876+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 2, 2010 | Jeane MacIntosh, Lorena Mongelli and Dan Mangan
    The son of legendary TV newsman Ted Koppel had the unconditional love of his parents and a second child on the way -- but the twin demons of drugs and booze were a deadly lure he couldn't duck, friends said yesterday. Andrew "Drew" Koppel, 40, had "many substance-abuse issues," said a longtime family friend. Still, that friend found it "shocking" that Koppel died in a stranger's seedy Manhattan apartment Monday after nearly 12 hours of drinking whiskey with a man he had just met in a Hell's Kitchen bar. "What's really puzzling the family is why he ended up...
  • Koppel son dies after a bender

    06/01/2010 5:01:07 AM PDT · by iowamark · 62 replies · 1,716+ views
    NY Post ^ | 06/01/2010 | JOHN DOYLE, REBECCA ROSENBERG and LUKAS I. ALPERT Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/kop
    <p>The son of legendary TV newsman Ted Koppel was found dead in a Washington Heights apartment under mysterious circumstances yesterday morning after a daylong drinking binge with a man he had just met in a Midtown bar, law-enforcement sources said.</p>
  • Ted Koppel's Son Dead After Night of Drinking

    06/01/2010 4:42:27 AM PDT · by Puppage · 87 replies · 3,101+ views
    nbcnewyork.com ^ | 06/01/2010 | Puppage
    The son of legendary TV newsman Ted Koppel died early Monday after a night of drinking that ended in the seedy Manhattan apartment of a pub crawl acquaintance. Andrew Koppel, a 40-year-old attorney with the New York City Housing Authority with a history of alcohol problems, was declared dead around 1:30 a.m., according to the New York Post. Police sources told the newspaper Koppel had stumbled two and a half hours earlier into the Washington Heights apartment of Russell Wimberly, a waiter he had met 12 hours earlier in a Hell's Kitchen bar. A roommate of Wimberly, Belinda Caban, told...
  • Scripps Research study overturns decade-old findings in neurobiology (re:alcoholism)

    05/12/2010 1:52:02 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 381+ views
    Scripps Research Institute ^ | May 12, 2010 | Unknown
    The new research suggests potential target for drugs to combat alcohol addictionLA JOLLA, CA – May 12, 2010 – In findings that should finally put to rest a decade of controversy in the field of neurobiology, a team at The Scripps Research Institute has found decisive evidence that a specific neurotransmitter system—the endocannabinoid system—is active in a brain region known to play a key role in the processing of memory, emotional reactions, and addiction formation. The new study also shows that this system can dampen the effects of alcohol, suggesting an avenue for the development of drugs to combat alcohol...
  • Out of Control Pit Bull Shot and Killed by Police

    04/08/2010 11:27:28 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 120 replies · 2,167+ views
    LONG BEACH -- Police in Long Beach shot and killed a pit bull that attacked a man and his dog, and then a woman and her dog, before going after officers. Police responded to a report of a dog fight in the 100 block of Ximeno Avenue about 11 p.m. Tuesday. They found a man on the ground who had been bitten several times. He was holding his small dog that had also been attacked. Officers determined a neighborhood pit bull was responsible. They contacted the pit bull's owner and told him to put his dog on a leash and...
  • Chemical Warfare

    01/30/2010 8:18:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 386+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/30/2010 | The Strategy Page
    For the first time since 1995, the Russian population has increased. It went up about 20,000, to 141.9 million. The growth was caused by a 4 percent decline in death rates, and more immigration (mostly ethnic Russians coming from countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union.) This migration caused a spurt of growth after the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, and population peaked in 1995 at 148.5 million. But low birth rates, and rising death rates, caused continual decline since then, until 2009. The government has improved public health, and made it easier to have children...
  • A Different Look at the Wee-Wee We Are In

    12/29/2009 11:04:01 AM PST · by YihYthink · 2 replies · 451+ views
    Different Look at the Wee-Wee We Are In I’m a conservative and have a lens that I look through which breaks things down in terms of left and right, because it clearly fits the times we are living in. Yet this morning as I was sipping my coffee looking at the story in which the Department of Labor is reporting inflation but it is not being reported. This started a process of thinking that also fits the times we are living in. I have an uncle Ed who was a very successful attorney, retired very wealthy yet in his later...
  • You can cut back on alcohol

    11/16/2009 2:58:21 AM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 98 replies · 2,422+ views
    latimes.com ^ | 11/16/2009 | Shari Roan
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  • OBAMA LIED: FATHER A VIOLENT DRUNK

    11/14/2009 10:48:15 AM PST · by Tamar Rush · 38 replies · 2,152+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Nov. 14, 2009 | The Last Crusade
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  • "Drink Too Much?"

    08/29/2009 4:50:53 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 1 replies · 750+ views
    Youtube ^ | August 29, 2009 | MT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVZUypdHEkQ Once was a man who had lost all his direction. And soon his friends put it all up for inspection. "Think it's because of the alcohol. You drink alone -- well beyond last call. Donate your corpse or your liver for dissection." He took offense, swore he wasn't such a boozer. "Pile on me, now, since you're all a bunch of losers. Might take a drink, but I keep my job. Out of my sight. You're a hateful mob. Once called you friends, but I'll be a better chooser." "Who thought this up? Who's the saint of spotless virtue?...
  • ABC News Special Report: Senator Ted Kennedy has died.

    08/25/2009 10:14:50 PM PDT · by Gigantor · 754 replies · 34,592+ views
    Senator Ted Kennedy has died.