August 23, 2006



For some Pennsylvanians, this is breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

...Whenever I attempt to bring a little dignity back to the population of eastern Pennsylvania, I ultimately have my efforts thwarted by losers like Josh Beury. When I read the story on the Morning Call Website this morning, I thought, “Oh, well. Another alcoholic from Nesquehoning—this isn’t really shocking. Hell, considering how many drunks there are in that area, this isn’t even news.” Then I quickly discovered that Beury’s accomplishments went national: the Washington Post, ABC News, Fox News radio, a link on the Drudge Report to the Morning Call article. In all, roughly 150 other news outlets ran the article. Yay for Beury putting the commonwealth on the map for stupidity.
...For anyone who hasn’t heard about it yet, Beury appeared before a judge on Monday to be sentenced for a drunk driving case in which he crashed into another driver and was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 (0.08 is legally drunk in Pennsylvania). Unfortunately, Beury showed up drunk for his sentencing, too, and was discovered to have a BAC of 0.20.
...At first Beury tried to convince the judge that he had had only two beers Sunday night, but then confessed that he usually downs at least half a case of beer daily.
...Beury is also said to be bipolar and mentally ill. Perhaps those are more acceptable terms than calling him what he really is.


Blogger Wild Mtn Honey said...

Did you hear about the woman in Oregon who called 911 because she wanted to get the name of the cute officer who stopped by her house to tell her to turn her music down?
Yeah, that white-trash bar hag is from my 'neck of the woods' and her story went national too.
Stupidity isn't limited to PA.

August 23, 2006  
Blogger J.P. said...

I do remember reading that! Is it true that the “cute cop” in question was the same one who came to arrest her after she made the 911 call?

August 23, 2006  
Blogger Kristen said...

Coors? are you sure?

I'm thinking he was drinking something even cheaper than Coors.

August 23, 2006  
Blogger a.m. said...

I'm with Kristen. Do y'all have a little PBR up there in PA? I'm betting it was that.

It's funny how celebrities check themselves into rehab at the first sign of trouble (Robin Williams and Mel Gibson come to mind right away) but 'regular people' are now mentally ill instead of just being drunks. Where does this come from?

August 24, 2006  
Blogger J.P. said...

He probably does guzzle something a bit cheaper, although Coors Light is pretty popular here in the coal region—second only to Yuengling Lager (followed by major bitter beer face). I think it’s because it makes them feel cultured since they’re drinking “imported” beer. It’s from Colorado, after all.

When I was in high school—several centuries ago—guys in my class would buy Piels, which was around $8 a case at the time. I’m proud to say that I’ve never so much as smelled Piels, let alone swallowed it.

As for being mentally ill versus being a drunk, I’m going to open a bigger can of worms and say that it’s related to the idea that we’ll always have some kind of mental disorder to blame so we don’t have to feel guilty for doing something bad. It’s similar to how road rage is no longer road rage—it’s now “intermittent explosive disorder” and affects 16 million Americans. Thus, not only is it widespread but it’s also something that is now out of our control. It can, of course, be treated with pills from our friends in the pharmaceutical industry.

That’s not to say that alcoholism isn’t a major problem. It’s been a huge social problem for as long as it has been consumed. Unfortunately, I can’t help but think that too many people will view it as less a problem the more that it’s said to be just a mental problem, ultimately making it look as if the actions perpetrated by the alcoholic (in this case a vehicle crash from driving under the influence and showing up to court drunk) will never be their fault.

August 24, 2006  
Blogger Kelly said...

Well, I'll back you up, in that can of worms.

I have a closer relative who is addicted to meth. She actually told my mom that it was OUR fault she isn't getting over this.

I seriously think that alcoholism and drug addiction cause some mental illness. Why else would they have such bizarre thinking?

August 25, 2006  

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