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Natty Boh, PBR now owned by Russian company

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NBC reports:

Attention, hipsters. Pabst Brewing Company — and its signature Pabst Blue Ribbon, the ironic, iconic favorite of the young and the cool — has sold to a Russian beverage firm after a century and a half of American ownership, an investing firm announced Thursday. Oasis Beverages, the largest independent brewer in Russia, bought Pabst, which also produces Colt .45, Old Milwaukee and Lone Star beers, according to a statement by the American investment firmTSG Consumer Partners, which will hold a minority stake.

Pabst, which is based in Milwaukee, also makes National Bohemian, a.k.a. Natty Boh. Colt .45 was original owned by National Bohemian as  well. National Premium, another brand that used to be owned by Natty Boh back in the day, is being made by an independent local brewer in Maryland now.

Natty Boh is not brewed in Baltimore or in Maryland anymore, yet local publications still put it in the best local beer category in their voting for best local beers and it often wins, largely because Baltimore denizens, like many people nationally, have low standards and expectations for their beer quality. There are much better local Baltimore and Maryland craft beers that people should give a try if they haven’t already.

Even Governor Martin O’Malley made a bet with the governor of California before the 2012 Super Bowl that included Natty Boh beer until the Maryland Brewers Association busted his chops on it and he deleted the tweet and changed the bet to some actual local beer.

I doubt this move will have an impact on most people who drink Natty Boh, honestly, and to be nice I won’t go much further into detail on that other than saying almost 90% of Natty Boh sales are in the Baltimore area.

No word if the slogan will be changed from “From the Land of Pleasant Living” to something more in line with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Adrian Peterson received award from anti-abuse group

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Roger Goodell’s woes continue. With all the NFL news lately involving Ray Rice, Johnathan Dwyer, Greg Hardy, and Adrian Peterson, I found an interesting fact that I have yet to see reported regarding Peterson.

In 2012, Peterson was a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Every year, players of each team vote a teammate as the recipient of the award. All of the players who receive it and many of the alumni come here to Baltimore for a big banquet to receive the award.

Peterson, who played for the Vikings,  is indefinitely suspended now after criminal charges were filed that he injured his 4-year old son by hitting him with a switch (a small tree branch.)

About the Courage Award (emphasis added):

Each year, the Ed Block Courage Awards honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. This award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates. Every fall all thirty two teams conduct a vote which results in each team selecting their Ed Block Courage Award recipient for the year.

The Ed Block Courage Award recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication.  He is also a community role model.  With this honor, he enters into an association which contrasts his fierce profession by becoming a major component of the Courage House National Support Network for Kids. He becomes an Ambassador of Courage for victims of abuse, violence and neglect.

The Ed Block Courage Award recipient will be identified as a team player in helping abused children and families in crisis.

The Courage Award has become one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, especially since the recipient is selected by his peers.

Recipients go to the Courage House when they are in Baltimore and work with abused children. There is a Courage House Network of houses in various NFL cities, with the goal of putting one in every city in the league. The Minnesota Vikings’ Courage House opened in 2004. The Courage House Network is a partnership of “the Ed Block Foundation, the NFL, NFL Charities, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), NFL Films, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and NFL Alumni.”

It will be interesting to see if the Ed Block Foundation dissociates itself from Adrian Peterson or otherwise condemns him (with the caveat that he’s innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but the court of public opinion is a different matter.)

Krispy Kreme to sell Ghostbusters doughnuts

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Variety

Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures have collaborated on something fans loved from their childhoods, creating two kinds of marshmallow-filled doughnuts to celebrate the Blu-Ray release of the 30th anniversary edition of “Ghostbusters.”

The Ghostbusters doughnut will feature white icing, a green splat inspired by the film’s Psychomagnotheric Slime, and a “Ghostbusters” logo sugar piece. The Stay Puft Marshmallow option will be decorated with white icing, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s face and a sugar hat.

They will be sold September 29-October 31 and you can pre-order 5 dozen or more starting today.

AP drops ISIL moniker – now refers to them as “Islamic State group”

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Associated Press blog:

Back in June we talked in this blog about AP’s preferred abbreviation for the fast-growing Islamic militant group in Iraq and Syria, known variously at the time as ISIL and ISIS. We explained why our preference was ISIL.

Things then changed with ISIL’s decision in July to rebrand itself as the “Islamic State.” In a recent story, we explained that AP now refers to the organization as “the Islamic State group” (not simply “the Islamic State”) and the reason for this approach.

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Prior to the group’s self-declared rebranding in July, The Associated Press opted to refer to it as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, believing it was the most accurate translation.

The AP now uses phrases like “the Islamic State group,” or “fighters from the Islamic State group,” to avoid phrasing that sounds like they could be fighting for an internationally recognized state.

So they changed the name to match what the group calls itself basically. When do they start using the term pro-life instead of anti-abortion now?

Breaking: Bomb explodes near Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul

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The BBC’s report went up just after midnight Eastern Time.

A powerful bomb explosion has rocked the Afghan capital Kabul, sending a plume of smoke over the city and shaking buildings, reports say.

Interior ministry sources said the bomb went off near the Supreme Court building on the airport road.

The United States Embassy is not far away from the site and reports are a siren was sounded there. No word on casualties yet.

Student disciplined for displaying Confederate flag at game

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A Washington Post story on a Howard County student disciplined for displaying a Confederate flag at a high school football game:

Rebecca Amani-Dove, the spokeswoman, would not say what type of action was taken against the Glenelg student who displayed the flag while standing at the top of the bleachers during the season opener between Glenelg and River Hill high schools on Friday night. The student was immediately told to take the flag down.

“Carrying a Confederate flag is not illegal, but anything that causes disruption is actionable from an administrative perspective,” Amani-Dove said. “Administrative action was taken in alignment with our student code of conduct.”

Amani-Dove said the principals at Glenelg and River Hill sent letters to parents and addressed students about the incident on Monday.

Ken Ulman, county executive and Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, weighed in as well (along with the school superintendent):

“Public displays of the Confederate Flag evoke division, hate and subjugation — precisely the opposite of the values we hold in Howard County, and in Maryland,” Howard County Executive Ken Ulman posted on his Facebook page Monday. “We must teach our kids why this is such a hurtful symbol to so many people. We must fight against injustice and intolerance in any form, especially at our schools.”

Howard County Schools Superintendent Renee A. Foose released a statement saying the incident “has been addressed in both of the school communities, and administrative actions have been taken in accordance with our Student Code of Conduct.”

Saying that to many, “the Confederate flag is a powerful symbol of racism, hatred, and unspeakable acts against humanity,” she said the county school system has policies that address civility, student conduct, and safe schools, and that “collectively, these policies support a culture that is intolerant of hateful and disruptive behaviors, words, and symbols.”

This is the same Howard County school system that indoctrinated students with a song praising President Obama a few years ago.

Of course, Ulman will get involved because there’s nothing he won’t get involved in – like his ban on sugary soft drinks at events in the county, which he later backed down on. The county also fired firefighters who spoke out against Ulman’s gun control stance on their personal Facebook accounts in 2013.

Police: Woman wanted to shoot pregnant woman and take her baby

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Police in Berkeley County, South Carolina arrested Julie Marie Gookins (above) on Thursday after she allegedly pointed a gun at the stomach of an 8-months pregnant woman. Gookins was charged with kidnapping, burglary, weapons charges, and attempted murder. A judge denied bond to Gookins in a court hearing Friday.

The 26-year old victim told police that Gookins approached her while she was unloading groceries from her vehicle in the garage. The victim said that Gookins pointed the gun at her stomach and told her to go to the backyard or she would shoot the woman and her unborn child. After they went to the backyard, the victim said she was able to knock the magazine off the gun and then threw the gun into a pond. Police say a neighbor heard the disturbance, stopped Gookins as she was attemtping to leave, and held her down until police arrived. The victim did not require medical attention.

During the bond hearing Friday, the victim told the judge that she was afraid Gookins would kill her if she got out of jail. Police said that information from witnesses and evidence gathered indicated that Gookins wanted to kidnap the victim, then kill her and take the baby.

Berkeley mandates free marijuana for the poor

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Fox News via Standing Firm:

Weed welfare?

That’s what the Berkeley City Council in California has unanimously approved, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their stash to patients making less than $32,000 a year.

The new welfare program in the liberal-leaning city is set to launch in August 2015.

The ordinance, which passed in August and is the first of its kind in the country, comes at a time when several states are debating how to handle a growing movement to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

But Berkeley’s decision to effectively order weed redistribution is prompting a vocal backlash.

The usual suspects have spoken for and against this measure.

ISIS beats, tortures, kills Iraqi Christian who won’t convert

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Christian Post

A Christian man in Iraq has reportedly been beaten, tortured, and killed by terror group ISIS for refusing to renounce his faith and convert to Islam.

Ankawa.com reported on Tuesday that the 43-year-old man, Salem Matty Georgis, remained in the Syriac Christian town of Bartella after it was captured by ISIS on August 7. A relative said that the man was suffering from heart disease and could not leave the town with his family because of his illness.

Georgis hid in his home for three weeks, but eventually had to venture outside in search of food. He was then confronted by an ISIS patrol in town.

“The patrol arrests him and tried to force him to convert to Islam, but he completely refused. Thus, the militants beat him and tortured him until he died in their hands,” the relative explained.

The militants dumped Georgis’ body, which was later discovered by a Bartella resident and buried.

The article goes on to quote eyewitness accounts about children’s camps and people being forced to watch lashings, beatings, beheadings, and crucifixions.

Drunk federal agent arrested for brandishing gun

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Associated Press:

Police say an apparently drunk man arrested after allegedly brandishing a gun on a Burbank street is a federal agent.

According to a police statement, officers responded early Wednesday after someone reported being approached by a very drunk man who pulled out a handgun. The armed man directed the victim to follow him.

The victim managed to run off and the armed suspect was found by police less than a mile away.

Police say Andrew Leconte was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and brandishing a firearm.

Investigators later learned that Leconte is an agent with the United States Marshals Service.

The 27-year old was released on bond. The Marshals Service refused comment.