Happy Repeal Day!

Friday, December 5th, 2008

That of course is the great H.L. Mencken, enjoying a beer the day alcohol prohibition was repealed. The photo appeared on the front page of the Baltimore Sun. I’ve been trying to find a vintage copy of that edition for years.

Today, I’ll be speaking at a Repeal Day event at Cato. Word has it, they have more RSVPs than any event they’ve ever held at the Institute. I’d like to think that’s because I’m speaking, but I’m fairly sure it’s because of the promise of free booze–occasional Agitator guest blogger Jacob Grier will be whipping up prohibition-era cocktails after the forum.

One final fun note: Yesterday I received a long and angry response to my Fox column this week from the head of–ready for this?–the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. They still exist! The email is way too long to re-post here, but it begins, “The WCTU does not really plan to have any special observance this Friday. It is rather a sad day for us.”

I’ll bet. Drink one for them, today, too.

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26 Responses to “Happy Repeal Day!”

  1. #1 |  David | 

    occasional Agitator guest blogger Jacob Grier will be whipping up prohibition-era cocktails after the forum.

    Will he be using modern alcohol or the borderline diesel fuel that was available to our grandparents?

  2. #2 |  Benjamin | 

    WCTU. Boy that sounds like fun. A bunch of ankle length skirts and hair nets over a can and a half of Aquanet hairspray. Sex for procreation only — missionary style — the way Jesus intended.

  3. #3 |  bear | 

    Radley,

    You got a rather nice mention on the Volokh Conspiracy yesterday by Ilya Somin, concerning this matter, and your writing on it.

    A great complement to you and this blog, in my opinion.

    http://volokh.com/posts/1228439296.shtml

    Congrats,

    -bear

  4. #4 |  Nando | 

    I’m saving my drinking for tomorrow, when I’ll be celebrating my b-day while watching professional boxing on the tube with some friends. I’ll still have a beer or two today, tho, to celebrate, but I’m saving my liver for tomorrow night, lol.

    As for the WCTU, I’m surprised those people are still around.

  5. #5 |  Jonathan Hohensee | 

    Over at the WCTU webpage they have a “fun page” for the kids;

    “True or False? A person can die from alcohol poisoning.”
    http://www.wctu.org/fun2.html

  6. #6 |  Nando | 

    from Jonathan Hohensee’s link:

    “T or F 4. Pre-marital sex is more common among teens who have been drinking.” Absofrigginlutely! I probably would’ve been a virgin way into my 20′s if it weren’t for alcohol.

    “T or F 9. Alcohol will not make you smarter, a better athlete, popular or successful.” Well, now, that depends. Had I not had so many friends have accidents due to alcohol, I probably would’ve done those stupid things myself, leading me to be less successful today. So, alcohol and other people doing the stupid things that I would’ve done had I not seen them fail while doing them is directly responsible for my success!

  7. #7 |  Marty | 

    those WCTU chics are HOT!

    after enough beer, of course….

  8. #8 |  Jerry S | 

    Drink one, I think I’ll two or three at Happy Hour tonight. Looks like a good time in Alexandria tonight.

    Beer, letting ugly people have sex since forever.

  9. #9 |  ClubMedSux | 

    “The WCTU does not really plan to have any special observance this Friday. It is rather a sad day for us.”

    I’m guessing every day is a rather sad day when you’re a member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

  10. #10 |  thomasblair | 

    Marty,

    “enough” > “the amount that would kill you”

  11. #11 |  NTC | 

    Somehow, I have gone my entire life being completely unaware that my birthday falls on Repeal Day.

    Two things to drink to tonight.

  12. #12 |  Larry | 

    In sprawling Los Angeles, the WCTU house and the Drug Policy Alliance’s local office are less than a half mile from each other.

  13. #13 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Since when does the WCTU use email? I get letters (like the one below) from my sister all the time! She just got her 20 year WCTU lace hanky.

    “Oh, Boyd, what a life of uncertainties, for believe me while I write I am expecting you in spite of all my efforts to shake off the idea you may be laid low in the grave by the demon PBR. How I wish you to honour my circumspection! Only think the last letter I received was dated Oct 28th and you were sick and all I could do was to commend you to the care of an all wise god, could I but see you and know how you enjoy your Sabbaths, how pleasant it would seem to enjoy your society once more. We continue family worship in our weak way, and you may be sure we do not forget you in our meetings, I have heard most earnest prayers offered up on your behalf, even the dear children inquire earnestly after their kind Uncle and send their love to you when they are released from the demon iPod. Our family are usually well except Sister Ann and her monetary issues with demon Chuck Norris Ab Machine. She has been troubled with a severe pain in her side, for some time, Doctor Door bled her and although she is not able to sit up we are in hopes she will be better soon, Mother has a bad cough but not near as bad as last winter’s case of wobblyhead. Brother Eben is a little better, although I think he is not long for this world, he has been with the demon HDTV far too much.”

  14. #14 |  FWB | 

    Just what was that stuff Christ and the guests at the wedding were drinking? You know that stuff mom said to give the GOOD bottles of to the guests!

    WCTU Feckin Eejits!

  15. #15 |  Dave Krueger | 

    “The WCTU does not really plan to have any special observance this Friday. It is rather a sad day for us.”

    A celebration of freedom is always a sad day for the forces of oppression.

  16. #16 |  smurfy | 

    Please post the letter Radley, I so enjoyed Boyd’s post.

  17. #17 |  Marty | 

    thomasblair-
    good point. I feel bad about encouraging people to fatally set themselves up for for a ‘girls of the wctu gone wild’ night!

  18. #18 |  MadTom | 

    I can’t remember who, but someone once pointed out that the two biggest enduring remnants of Prohibition are NASCAR and knock-knock jokes.

  19. #19 |  SusanK | 

    In celebration of this holy day, I wished everyone I saw a happy and joyous repeal day. Most people looked at me confused, and I took the opportunity to discuss prohibition and that perhaps this day is best used as a reminder that prohibition of substances is always a failure. I was surprised at the positive response I got from people, including the sheriff’s deputies I spoke to.
    I’m going to celebrate it again next year, maybe with a hat (or a lampshade)

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  21. #21 |  Brad Warbiany | 

    Jonathan,

    “True or False? A person can die from alcohol poisoning.”

    That’s gotta be false, or I’d never have survived college.

    And that’s from the perspective of a Boilermaker, I heard those kids at that party school down in Bloomington where Radley attended drank even more.

  22. #22 |  Brad Warbiany | 

    Had I realized today was repeal day, I’d have saved my bottle of Stone Double Bastard for tonight… Alas, I had it last night.

    So it’s some New Belgium Brew Co’s 1554 for me tonight. Best beer they make, IMHO (way better than Fat Tire).

  23. #23 |  C (The Forgotten Man) | 

    AHA!

    We found the WEAPONS OF MASS INTOXICATION!!

    … oops, my bad. Those ones are legal again.

  24. #24 |  The Pale Scot | 

    Yes Radley, please find some room to post the letter.

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