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Putin Considers Banning Jack Daniel's

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We knew the blowback from western sanctions against Russia would get serious - and Europe is already finding that out the hard way - but Vladmimir Putin appears to have gone 'cruel-and-unusual' in his latest step. As ITAR-TASS reports, Russian consumer-protection agency Rospotrebnadzor will decide in next few days whether to seize Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Honey Liqueur after 'reportedly' finding "suspicious" chemicals in batch of flavored whiskey on sale in Sverdlovsk stores. Luckily Jack Lew has told us this will not impact the US economy (unless of course, you are Jack Daniels).


As Moscow Times reports,

A regional branch of Russia's state food safety watchdog found "chemical substances not common to whiskey" in Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey Liqueur, an agency spokesperson told the ITAR-Tass news agency late last week.


The agency also had issues with the honey-flavored drink's more common sibling, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey.


Under Russian law, alcohol packaging should include a list of ingredients written in Russian, the location where it was brewed, and the length of the distilling process — all of which Jack Daniel's lacks, the spokeswoman said.


Responding to suspicions that the whiskey in question may have been fake — state statistics indicate 9.9 million liters of fake whiskey may have been sold in Russia in 2013 — a spokesman for the region's customs service defended the results.


"According to our information, the alcohol products on the Sverdlovsk region market are original," the spokesman said, adding that no imports of counterfeit U.S. alcohol to the region have been recorded for at least a year and a half.


The regional authorities are continuing their inspection and plan to confiscate the Jack Daniel's whisky currently in circulation, the food safety watchdog's spokeswoman said.


Earlier this month, imports of Kentucky Gentleman bourbon, another popular U.S. alcohol brand, were suspended by Russia's consumer protection watchdog. The agency said that it had discovered phthalates — organic chemicals — in the bourbon.

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Ironically, in 2013, Jack Daniel's planned a $100 million investment to expand into emerging markets such as Russia, China, Turkey, and Brazil.


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Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:29 | 5113890 tony wilson
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Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:35 | 5113925 BaBaBouy
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Here WOODKA ONLY... Beachez

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:36 | 5113945 Winston of Oceania
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Maybe the Poles will be kind and send you some decent stuff.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:40 | 5113965 Headbanger
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Moar for us!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:43 | 5113980 TahoeBilly2012
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Rot gut for Nascar knotheads. Oh how about some coke in your rot gut!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:58 | 5114032 Hippocratic Oaf
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Fuck you Billy

I'll be buying a bottle of old number 7 in support of my old friend. I don't think Russia will ever warm up to Whiskey.

If you want to give me a few lines with that, I'll accept.


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:13 | 5114148 Badabing
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Paging Dr Daniels, Dr pepper and & Jack Daniels.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:15 | 5114164 Latina Lover
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Most Russians will drink anything, but will usually choose vodka.   Symbolically, Putins move makes sense since he is ridding Russia of an American icon.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:00 | 5114395 HardwoodAg
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Years back a story circulated about the Soviet troops being so hard up they were popping windshield washer solvent with a 55 gallon shot glass.

Turned out the specs were changed to 100 proof potato spirits instead of denatured alcohol. The front line troops were no where near as depressed as the CIA made them out to be, But their windshields were a muddy mess.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:09 | 5114866 The Big Ching-aso
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Russia without whiskey is like Beverly Hills without poor people.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:22 | 5114178 TahoeBilly2012
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Not even Obamacare can save you from brown "corn" liquor. Repent hethens! BTW, Putin was making a subtle point that shit in the West "ain't what it used to be" which it ain't, corn syrup, chemical flavorings. He just flat out busted JD for pushing out chemically flavored crap. Honey my ass, how about "honey flavor #72".

Go back to your cubicles kids, don't argue with me.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:50 | 5114355 Rakshas
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Bourbon, that comes with an EBT doen't it ??  Single Malt Bitchez!!! ...... and just like your girlfriends nothing under 18 YO


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:56 | 5115736 fallout11
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Fracking chemicals are being used within a few miles of Jack Daniel's spring water source.  Sure hope that shit doesn't end up in the water they use in Lynchburg.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:33 | 5113927 JohninMK
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This is war!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:41 | 5114613 Mountainview
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Sverdlovsk store-this is good old USSR . tThe city is renamed since decenies... Sverdlov was the guy who executed the last czar!!!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:35 | 5113937 Freddie
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I think the family that owned Jack sold it to a company connected to Israel.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:42 | 5113981 LasVegasDave
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So, then it wouldnt be banned, right?

Yid Tidbit:  Lem Motlow's real name was Leonard Mordechai

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:21 | 5113994 Bastiat
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It's owned by Brown Forman.  Where's the Israel connection?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:28 | 5114232 Bastiat
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Brown-Forman founded in 1870, publically traded but 70% owned by the Brown family. 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:25 | 5114521 JR
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Interesting that Matthew Winthrop Barzun was selected by President Barack Obama as National Finance Chair for the president's 2012 re-election campaign.[3]

Barzun is married (since 1999) to Brooke Brown Barzun, heiress of the Brown-Forman Corporation distilling empire, which includes the brands Jack Daniel's and Woodford Reserve.

And, according to Where’s the Change?, the wife of 2012 Democratic Obama Presidential Campaign National Finance Chair Matthew BarzunBrooke Brown Barzun—apparently still owned over 3. 9 million shares of Brown-Forman corporate stock, worth over $350 million, in July 2012, after selling over $27.2 million worth of her Brown-Forman stock on June 26, 2012, according to a recent SEC filing.”

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:46 | 5114982 Bastiat
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That is interesting--maybe a little personal tit-for-tat by Putin as US sanctions attacked those close to him.  

There are other Brown heirs, including the current head of the Board, fwiw . . . . worth quite a bit to them!!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 21:34 | 5117920 MontgomeryScott
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@ JR:


You had to go telling me that, didn't you?

Maybe I don't like Putin (ex-KGB, muppet for the Russian Big Oil people, etc.), but in this case, now that I know, I'll stop buying Jack as well.

I used to like the stuff when I was younger (a pint at a time, straight shots), but now that Obama's associated with it, I'm all done.

One of the reasons I like the ZH is that the people here (some of them) are willing to do 'due diligence research' and dig up facts that are mostly UNKNOWN (but directly relate to the topic at hand). While the banning of Jack in Russia may be of little REAL importance (I can't buy the excuse of 'adulterated ingredients'), it does send a message; much like the freezing of assets of CERTAIN Russians invested in the Western ponzi scheming bankster oligopoly.

Ol' Jack Daniel himself must be smiling in his grave now, knowing that his little distillery is part of the focus of a trade war between two grandiose nuclear-armed empires... one that has fallen and is rising again; and one that has peaked and is on the way out.

HYPERLINKS are always good for proof and eludication (or just plain fun)!

THANK GOD you didn't start in on 'SHIT-KOIN' being able to buy Jack on the Russian black market or something... that 'fonestar' clone 'goatfucker' seems to be doing this more and more...

How long do you think it will be before the shooting war starts (not the skirmishes, but the actual thermonuclear exchanges)?

SCORPIONS: 'CHINA WHITE' (next to last song, second side, 'Blackout' album):

This version is the European release. I owned the first-run American release of this album (the guitar solo is somewhat different).

It's up to you... just fight the evil in your mind... it's up to you... the more love you give, the more you'll find...


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:35 | 5113939 MalteseFalcon
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Honey flavored whiskey?  Not only should Putin ban it, he should send agents to Kentucky to slap those responsible.

This shit should not be issued under the Jack Daniels label.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:42 | 5113971 Winston of Oceania
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Honey flavored whiskey has been around longer than the USA, Drambuie claims an ancient recipe brought to the Isle of Skye in 1745. You should probably stick to shitty russian vodka along with your russo buddies...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:55 | 5114049 MalteseFalcon
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If you want to drink honey flavored whiskey call it Drambuie, don't call it Jack.  Although I doubt Drambuie has honey flavoring added, the formulation is doubtless different.  It's more like mead, which is perfectly acceptable when you call it 'mead'.

There is flavored Stoli and it's equally ridiculous.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:02 | 5114092 Winston of Oceania
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What is mead made with dip shit?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:08 | 5114432 BlindMonkey
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Honey. No doubt.

It isn't called whiskey though.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:05 | 5114777 MalteseFalcon
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Wow.  Why do you think I brought up mead?  LOL.


Fucking moron.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:05 | 5118010 MontgomeryScott
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UM, 'Honey Wine'?

I bet most ZH'ers here can't afford to buy the amount of honey needed to make this recipe for 'sweet to very sweet mead':

Well, maybe they can. Honey in the CONUS is going for about 8 feds a pound (and going up rapidly).

Jack Daniel's was always better straight, though (and if you share a flask with a winsome young lass on a fine country day, her panties come off much faster, and she's usually ready).

I think (by the ingredients) that mead will make 'em fatter, though; so be careful about a 'long-term' thing. You don't want to be permanantly tetherd to some fat cow that you got drunk and screwed in the heat of the moment... try mixing some 'White Lightning' into their fruity drink, instead. 190 proof (95% alcohol)...


Winston's a douche for calling you a 'dipshit' (although, he probably can't tell the difference between his pissing head and his sister's tittie). He probably needs a 'sarc' tag or an 'irony' tag attached so that he understands that there are forms of humor that transcend and lighten up an otherwise dour situation.





Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:17 | 5114159 Oracle 911
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I bet, the flavoring was done by real honey, not by shitty chemicals.

BTW really high quality Russian vodka is useful for many purposes, not just for drinking, so I downvoted you.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:31 | 5116649 StychoKiller
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Still need 6 more Lbs of honey, and I be brewin' some mead this winter (with help from my yeast buds!)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:31 | 5118154 MontgomeryScott
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@ Oracle:

I find high-quality 'Russian' Vodka has many purposes. When wiped on with a rag, it cleans up paint overspray, and if used on a floor, it helps strip layers of wax off. It is useful in disinfecting cuts and scrapes, as well as sanitizing toilet areas. When added to the gas tank, it boosts the octane rating, and it also cuts varnish that builds up on fuel system parts. When mixed with light machine oil (like sewing machine oil or air tool oil such as 'Marvel Mystery Oil') it is proficient in the cleaning of weaponry (but has a tendency to dry out faster than desired). When faced with a platoon of Russian invaders, it may be helpful to keep several gallons on hand (just in case). If the Russian invaders are females, it may be useful in getting your pipes cleaned. If they are male, it may be useful in formulating 'Molotov Cocktails' for everyone to enjoy.

Mr. Checkov used to pronounce it 'Wodka'. His people had composers as well.

The 1812 Overture, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880:

I think the English sacked and burned the capitol of the United States in 1812. Over HERE, we called it 'The War Of 1812' Over THERE they called it 'The Napoleonic War'. The Free Russians and the Constitutional Americans have a lot in common in terms of history, it seems. The BANKERS hated us BOTH. This linked song is REALLY one of the most revered 'classical' pieces of music ever to be composed.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:31 | 5114945 JuliaS
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Hey, I think it's a pretty good blend. I enjoy it every now and then. Surely, has little to no resemblence with other Jacks, but tastes great nonetheless.

Just last Friday was going to pick up a refill and the store shelf was empty. Didn't know whom to blame. Now I know that apparently Putin's behind everything. Russia must've been stacking up ahead of the ban.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:38 | 5113950 Gmpx
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Not a big loss. They will buy a better brand from Scotland.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:47 | 5114001 Winston of Oceania
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Not better only different, in fact for Tennessee whiskey I prefer George Dickels. I enjoy ALL types of whiskey from Kentucky bourbon to Scoth and Irish whiskey and nothing goes better with ginger ale than CC... When he bans EXPORTS of their shitty vodka I will take note!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:57 | 5114062 Gmpx
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Whiskey is a simple product and it can be easily made in any country and any quantity. Brands are often mixes with additives, flavors and other crap. It is more about advertising than real goodness.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:16 | 5115154 Uncle Remus
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Yellow Spot then. Cheers.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:39 | 5113960 MeMongo
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If he bans the Beam, the gloves come off!

A red line must be drawn!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:23 | 5114507 corsair
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He may be Jack to you son, but when you've known him as long as I have...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:31 | 5113894 bigdumbnugly
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banning jack?

that would be his first slip-up


man does not live on vodka alone.





Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:44 | 5113985 GVB
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Maybe it's more about the suspicious chemicals than the brand itself. I really would like to know which chemicals they found to be suspicious.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:00 | 5114077 duo
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Then the Russians should be upset about the glycerin in Corona, or the corn starch and rice in Bud.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:13 | 5114144 boattrash
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ALL Whiskey made with GMO Corn will be laced with bad chemicals, that is the entire reason behind GMO. It allows the crops to be bathed in herbicides that would kill any and every Non-GMO plant. It's really that simple.

That said, I'm not that much of a purist, I would sure as hell rather get my GMO/poison via whiskey, not Corn Flakes.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:16 | 5114163 boattrash
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P.S. Monsanto, FOAD!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:47 | 5114340 flapdoodle
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Probably high fructose corn syrup and yellow tartrazine dye...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:49 | 5114350 Jorgen
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Maybe it's more about the suspicious chemicals than the brand itself. I really would like to know which chemicals they found to be suspicious.

Phthalates are the chemicals found in American made whisky sold in Russia. Phthalates cause functional and organic changes in the central and peripheral nervous systems, endocrine system, as well as cancer and infertility in both men and women.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:50 | 5114014 Winston of Oceania
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Especially rot gut russian vodka, I hear they are cutting it with croc...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:29 | 5113898 BustainMovealota
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Now he's crossing the line!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:30 | 5113915 tony wilson
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he cannot be allowed to ban the jack.

anyone know the pentagon war room contingency for this?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:13 | 5114822 Aussiekiwi
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probably the Jews again Tony?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:29 | 5113902 bigkansas
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Stop with the stupid Rusian posts allready!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:30 | 5113914 kowalli
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you can always go and watch fox news...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:52 | 5114021 Winston of Oceania
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Why are they any different than CNN or cBS?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:11 | 5114133 kowalli
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I was too lazy to list

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:29 | 5114238 Winston of Oceania
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Too lazy or just a dipshit?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:33 | 5113928 NotApplicable
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Feel free to go be a douche somewhere else. Preferably a place that matches your spelling.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:50 | 5113962 Talleyrand
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Maybe Kanasas.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:59 | 5114073 CloseToTheEdge
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h/t  i laff harder at zh comments than i ever did with jack piss

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:54 | 5115029 bigkansas
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Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:37 | 5113906 BandGap
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I've banned that shit for years, personally.

Really, a down arrow? Who drinks that crap? And "honey liquer?". For fuck's sake, I appreciate my taste buds. I'd use Jack Daniel's to clean rust off of old bolts. That's about it.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:42 | 5113978 Dugald
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I have never drunk cat piss, but if I did I bet it would taste like Jack Daniels.

Fake whiskey indeed.....

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:57 | 5114065 dontgoforit
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There was no finer burbon than Jack until they cut it from 100 proof to 80 proof about 10 years ago.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:17 | 5114168 Bunghole
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Jack is crap that the sheeple of America believe to be good whiskey.  

Just like iphone, Bose speakers and Viagara.

Marketing 101

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:56 | 5114056 Greenskeeper_Carl
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yep, its crap whiskey. I prefer knob creek or blantons. I like to taste the charcoal and the barrel

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:12 | 5114139 Ol Man
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Cocktail bourbon...


If you don't mix it with something (Coke) it is undrinkable....





Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:31 | 5113913 Keltner Channel Surf
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So did Keith Richards' handlers in the 60s, but it didn't work.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:49 | 5114010 Agent P
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If you're a bartender, and Keith comes up and orders a Jack & Coke, your first thought on what to bring him is probably wrong. 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:33 | 5113916 Dr. Engali
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Whatever you do Putin, don't fuck with the booze.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:37 | 5113922 JustObserving
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Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17?

By Niles Williamson 
18 August 2014


The deafening silence of the US media and government about the investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 one month ago reeks of a cover-up.

In the hours and days immediately after the crash, without a single shred of evidence, US officials alleged that the passenger jet was shot down by an SA-11 ground-to-air missile fired from pro-Russian separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine. They launched a political campaign to obtain harsh economic sanctions against Russia and strengthen NATO’s military posture in Eastern Europe.

Picking up on the scent, the CIA attack dogs in the US and European media blamed the crash squarely on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The cover of the July 28 print edition of German news magazine Der Spiegel showed the images of MH17 victims surrounding bold red text reading “Stoppt Putin Jetzt!” (Stop Putin Now!). A July 26 editorial in the Economist declared Putin to be the author of MH17’s destruction, while the magazine ghoulishly superimposed Putin’s face over a spider web on its front cover, denouncing Putin’s “web of lies.”

Anyone comparing the media’s demonization of Putin with their treatment of Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gaddafi had to conclude that Washington was launching a campaign for regime change in Russia like those it carried out in Libya and Iraq—this time, recklessly pushing the United States towards war with a nuclear-armed power, Russia.

Having built up the crash into a casus belli against Russia, however, the US media suddenly dropped the matter completely. The New York Times has not found it fit to print a word on the MH17 crash since August 7.


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:24 | 5114210 Omen IV
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and the NYT will not take a blog if there are links to stories about the Ukrainian air to air missiles from another site - they dont want any contrary stories to the WH mime

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:52 | 5115361 RaceToTheBottom
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Putin has been quiet as well.  Why is he not pushing the issue, by releasing bits and chunks of what the Americans know?  He knows what the AMericans know...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:32 | 5113923 Chuck Knoblauch
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ZH sometimes reminds me of a bookshelf.

Maybe one or two really good books surrounded by a lot of bad books.

This article is a bad book, but you have to keep the shelf full.

I understand.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:36 | 5113941 NotApplicable
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So... warfare isn't a valid subject in your opinion, then?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:36 | 5113943 Postal
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Kinda like my porn collection...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:38 | 5113952 BandGap
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I hear you. Lots of stuff that I had to ask myself what was I thinking later. Although, with failing eyesight comes a new appreciation.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:33 | 5113926 unrulian
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never trust a man that doesn't drink whiskey...or one that does for that matter

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:34 | 5113931 tony wilson
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to be honest putin needs to ban many uk and us products.

jack uses fucking gmo roundup ready corn syrup gmo shit cos it cheaper than natural cane sugars.

cancer time bomb suckers.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:01 | 5114087 Greenskeeper_Carl
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to be honest i wish the US would ban many US products.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:33 | 5113932 D-liverSil-ver
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I better go stock up on some Stoli, just in case this Admin decides to go Tit for Tat.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:59 | 5114074 Winston of Oceania
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Why? You can get BETTER vodka made in Poland for far less, in fact the Russians stole"y" the recipe from the Poles who invented it.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:33 | 5114268 Atomizer
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Back in the day, I preferred Kettle One. Stoli was a well water grade. Kettle One was smooth and didn't have impurities. IMO.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:30 | 5114907 BeetleBailey
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THE best Russian vodka - hands down.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:36 | 5113947 youngman
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Seize all of that and put it in my closet for safe keeping....jus sayin..but I bet Putin does not touch the Jhonny Walker...they love that shit

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:38 | 5113949 The Proletariat
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There is nothing wrong with adding a little filler in your products!!!!!  Signed, The FED

#pinkslime #cardboard #ballsackcheese

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:38 | 5113956 I am a Man I am...
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yay!  more for us!!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:42 | 5113976 NYPoke
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Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:45 | 5113995 Son of Captain Nemo
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As ITAR-TASS reports, Russian consumer-protection agency Rospotrebnadzor will decide in next few days whether to seize Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Honey Liqueur after 'reportedly' finding "suspicious" chemicals in batch of flavored whiskey on sale in Sverdlovsk stores....

Hats off to the Russians. 

They will be thanking the U.S. government for starting the sanctions war when they no longer have any trace of GMO in their produce, hormones in their meats and yes suspicous chemicals in JD's black label!

The only thing that would make these statements by Russia golden is if they were to have said to the U.S. Government -To your health!

We care too much about our own citizens in what they eat and drink -How 'bout you????!!!!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:47 | 5113997 TabakLover
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If you ever get a chance visit the JD Distllery in Lynchburg, TN.   Really cool place.  Little known fact:  JD is produced in "dry" county.  Also, on payday, every employee gets a pint bottle. 

JD is really an amazing product....produced in only one place, it is safe to say it can be found in every bar on the planet.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:52 | 5114638 JR
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Purveyors of hard-core materialism, such as the alcohol industry, have few redeeming spiritual values, making victims of their own children. "Underage drinkers and pathological drinkers...are the U.S. liquor industry’s most valuable customers."

According to Where’s the Change?, “In a May 14, 2012 Advertising Age article, titled ‘Hard Time: Liquor Advertising Pours Into TV,’ E. J. Schultz also described how liquor industry corporations like Brown-Forman have been allowed to use the profits they obtain from their sale of alcoholic beverages around the globe to spend a lot more money on television commercials during the U.S. election year of 2012:

…Broadcast networks have loosened their rules, creating more opportunities for national buys…. More broadcast deals are `in the works,’ one industry insider told Ad Age.

Liquor ads did not appear on any TV, national or local, for much of the 20th century, with the industry honoring a self-imposed ban from 1948 to 1996….
…But the new acceptance from broadcast networks is a victory for the spirits industry, which has sought parity with beer and wine since it lifted the bans… Even brands that swore off TV are back.

Take Brown-Forman's Southern Comfort. It moved to an all-digital strategy in 2009, telling Ad Age then that it was having a hard time breaking through the spirits brands crowded into a few nightly cable shows. But SoCo returned to TV in 2010 and 2011 to launch lime- and pepper-flavored versions.

The brand's TV investment will grow this year, a spokesman said, because `we've seen increased consumer response during the time periods when we are on air.'

"According to a 2006 study by Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse [CASA], titled 'The Commercial Value of Underage Drinking and Adult Abusive and Dependent Drinking to the Alcohol Industry,' underage drinkers and pathological drinkers (those that meet the clinical DSM-IV criteria for alcohol abuse or addiction) consume between 37.5 percent and 48.8 percent of the value of alcohol sold in the United States and are apparently the U.S. liquor industry’s most valuable customers."

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:57 | 5116129 tony wilson
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a little known fact jack iit s owned by jacob rothschild via various other mega  corporations,

many of these companies had superb original recipes until monsanto  gm corn came to town you see fermentation needs a lot of sugar and monsanto corn syrup is cheap.

putin gets mighty fine cane sugars from cuba and those old russian factories stick to old ingredients init



yes sir jack makes a good old fashioned olden times tv show but it fuckin poison now

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:49 | 5114011 q99x2
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All the banksters will have to do to jump start the economy and ramp stocks and everything, if they ever decide to admit the recession, is to end cold war 2.0. The banker bucks will start rolling in all over again.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:53 | 5114034 CloseToTheEdge
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thats ok...the euopeans'll buy it

they'll need this winter


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:53 | 5114036 wtf1369
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I endorse this ban. I much prefer Maker's Mark or Lewis Remond, a local spirit of much higher quality.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:55 | 5114057 Winston of Oceania
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You don't even know the difference between Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey do you? While you may prefer one to another you cannot compare them as equals.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:15 | 5114085 wtf1369
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Of couse I know the difference I'm just not a fan of the Lincoln County process which is why I prefer bourbon to Tennessee whiskey.


Edit: And you're right, Tennesse whiskey cannot be compared to bourbon as an equal ;-)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:08 | 5114119 NoTTD
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This means war.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:10 | 5114127 orangegeek
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Dear Russia,


No more JD.  Drink windex instead.


Love, Vlad

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:21 | 5114199 Fix It Again Timmy
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I never drank whiskey for nutritional reasons and never cared much for what the ingredients were, other than alcohol...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:27 | 5114230 Otto Zitte
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Popov: 1.75L @ $5.95

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:40 | 5114301 Otto Zitte
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Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:45 | 5114325 Uncle Remus
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Millions of Russian livers screamed out in ecstasy.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:55 | 5114379 gcjohns1971
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Same shit.

Different country.


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:01 | 5114402 Shizzmoney
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If Putin bans Jack, then that's a win for Russian livers.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:14 | 5114458 ToNYC
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Putin don't know Jack.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:21 | 5114498 Hannibal Barca
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Don't care. Drink mr Walker

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:38 | 5114568 Felix da Kat
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Whiskey is for those who haven't upgraded yet to cognac (CONE-yak). Even the most inferior cognacs are superior to the "best" whiskeys. Hands down; no question about it.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:01 | 5114760 css1971
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Disagree. They are just different... Unless you are talking about American "whiskey". In which case you are unreservedly correct.

As a Scot recently vacationing in the Cognac region I can personally attest that they make some very fine spirits... The best of which are never exported due to the relatively low volume production. What you see in your home market is typically (at best) the high volume average stuff.

Cognac seems to generally improve with age and that isn't necessarily true of all whiskys. Whisky peaks at 12-18 years and doesn't always get better after that, but the 30 year Cognacs I tried (well, you have to don't you) were pretty universally superb.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:35 | 5115381 Felix da Kat
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Most cognacs easily out-rate whiskeys. It is just too bad that americans drink what they are told (sold) to drink.  

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:37 | 5114590 bluskyes
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The strange chemicals were from the water - or was that JB?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:55 | 5114724 smacker
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Just keep the Beefeaters GIN flowing.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:58 | 5114740 BeetleBailey
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Jack blows. Mediocre best.

PAPPY VAN WINKLE - the best bourbon I ever tasted.

Hell....fucking Evan Williams is better than Jack........


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:27 | 5115526 wtf1369
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Don't know if you've tried it but as I understand it, you can mix up a reasonable facsimile of Pappy 15 using a pair of Weller's offerings. I have yet to try it but it seems a worthwhile weekend project.

And I'll raise you a greenie on Evan v. Jack. Buck for buck Evan's a far better bargain!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:10 | 5114805 TalkToLind
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Politically motivated bans are great for rallying the sheeple...that is until you fuck with their good Tennessee whiskey.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:15 | 5114832 Arkilokoos
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World wide Bourbon shortage now solved by Vlad. More for us!  Once again he shows he is far more effective than Barack.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:21 | 5114856 oxide
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Suntory (in Japan) has to be quaking. They just tossed out some very serious coinage to acquire the Jim Beam business and family (Maker's Mark, Knob Creek, Bookers, and a bunch of others ...) in hopes of gaining a foot hold in marketing the Suntory brands in Europe and Russia.

Jack Daniels will for ever be in my mind associated with Janus Joplin as her stage prop, not something for the average person to consume.



Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:08 | 5115103 SystemOfaDrown
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I'll drink to that!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:38 | 5115294 22winmag
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Just be smart and leave the Knob Creek bourbon alone.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:04 | 5115423 czarangelus
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Tequila > Whiskey

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:53 | 5115720 nosuchnick
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Shit got serious

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:53 | 5115721 nosuchnick
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Shit got serious

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