The maker of Jack Daniel's pushed a state law that would make it more difficult for other companies to call their product "Tennessee whiskey." The distiller, owned by Brown-Forman, pushed through a bill stating that the name only can be used if the drink is 51 percent corn fermented mash, aged in new barrels of charred oak, filtered through maple charcoal and at least 40 percent alcohol. Diageo, which makes the state's No. 2 whiskey George Dickel, opposes the rule. Establishing the pro-Jack Daniel's definition amounts to "effectively reversing the flexibility that has been enjoyed for more than 130 years by Tennessee whiskey distillers," said Guy Smith, Diageo executive vice president for North America.
The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago has ruled that football players at Northwestern University are employees and can unionize, the school said Wednesday. The ruling has not yet been posted to the National Labor Relations Board website, but in a statement, Northwestern acknowledged the ruling and says it plans to appeal. The players' petition was a way to get a seat at the bargaining table in college sports and could change the landscape of the NCAA model. Northwestern University fought the petition by saying its players are students and not employees.
Since taking office in 2001, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) has called voter fraud an "epidemic," and made cracking down on it a top priority. Now, as he runs for governor, he's touting his ongoing battle to implement the state's strict voter ID law, arguing that the measure is crucial to combat fraud. But over the 13 years of Abbott's tenure, his office can only cite two fraudulent votes that might have been stopped by the ID law. To put that another way, such votes accounted for one out of every 18.7 million votes cast in Texas during that period.
Grace Baptist Church in Troy, N.Y., is giving away an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle during a March 23 service dedicated to "hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the anti-Christian socialist media and anti-Christian socialist politicians the last few years." The church reserves the right to disqualify anyone it deems of "questionable character" from winning the rifle. Its website states, "Dear detractors: The Lord has commanded us in I Thessalonians 5:14 to comfort the feeble minded." read more
The end of the world is almost upon us if Norse mythology is to be believed, which predicts the Earth will split open and release the inhabitants of the underworld Hel on 22 February. On Saturday, according to Norse legend at least, the series of events leading up to Ragnarok will culminate in an epic battle, where Norse gods Thor, Loki, Odin, Freyr, Hermoor, will fight. Odin will be killed by Fennir and the other creator gods will fall. The Earth will fall into the sea, and life as we know it will cease to be.