Showtime’s Shameless: A Hot New Show or Just a Glorified FX Style Cliché
By Matt Goldstein
William H. Macy stars in the new Showtime series Shameless as the white trash drunken alcoholic Frank Gallagher. As Frank is a complete waste of life and space, the characters that drive the show are Frank Gallagher’s family, daughter Fiona who takes care of the family with Frank basically incapacitated, sons Lip, Ian, Carl, daughter Debbie, Fiona’s love interest Steve and neighbors Veronica and Kev.
Fiona has the thankless job of cooking, cleaning, assigning chores and taking the role of mother and father in the house. Ian, a gay teenager who’s in the army is sleeping with the neighborhood store owner Muslim who’s married with a family. Lip, older brother and best friend of Ian, tutor’s the local bad girl Karen and receives extra special treatment from his prized student. Steve, Fiona’s love interest is a high level car thief and although skinny and good looking, can knockout a bar bouncer with one shot. Veronica, who is the neighbor and best friend of Fiona, is dating the bartender Kev and has a very wild sex life.
While a bit fun and entertaining, the snappy dialogue and cliché character bios fill the plot line but fall short of anything real. For one, white trash people don’t have snappy dialogue! White Trash starts and ends with a good college education and none of these characters should know what they’re talking about at any time.
William H. Macy overacts his way through a character he knows nothing about. Maybe typecast a bit as a middle class wimpy neurotic nerd in other movies, Macy is overdramatizes the life of an alcoholic.
The tutor receiving a study time BJ, the gay army teen sleeping with an Arab Muslim, the high profile car thief Steve who steals nothing but Ferrari’s, the drunken out of work dad who spends every dime on alcohol and nothing on the family, the oldest sister as the motherly figure, all add up to a cliché, overdone glorified FX biker/fireman show with more sex, nudity and cursing. But hey, whack snappy dialogue and overtly surreal artificially complex characters are exactly what America loves, especially with sex, drugs, alcohol and partying.
We’ll give this show a few more episodes but don’t expect much.
Caffeine and Anti-inflammatories Combine to Counteract Ethanol and Acetate
By Matt Goldstein
Whiskey Goldmine will be the first to tell you that the quickest relief from a hangover is to drink water, and lots of it. The majority of all headaches are caused by dehydration, which is exactly what happens to the human body when drinking too much. However, a new study at Thomas Jefferson University by research scientist and professor, Michael Oshinsky, is believed to have proven that coffee and aspirin block acetate and relieve hangover headaches. Acetate is the active chemical in ethanol, also known as pure alcohol, which creates headaches. The combination of caffeine and anti-inflammatories counteract the acetate and appear to relieve the pain. We’ve always known that aspirin can relieve aches and pains but the combination with the coffee creates a specific pain reliever for alcohol and hangover symptoms. Don’t forget to drink water!
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Surviving a Hangover: Critical Tips
Don’t worry; you’re not dying just yet. That repetitive pounding sound that won’t go away is just a headache, albeit a deafening one, and even though you feel as though your stomach’s eating itself, the aching won’t last forever. If you’re unable to scrounge up the resiliency to make it through your post-night out hangover without any help, some of the tips in this article may help your case. That way, the day after you drink is a soothing one, or at least a lot less painful to deal with than it would be without any help.
Bread it up…
Before or even while you’re drinking alcohol, make sure your stomach has something in it. Breads, in particular, work well because they can sop up much of what enters your system. An empty stomach is just asking for direct absorption into your bloodstream, which will make you get drunk considerably faster than if you’d had bread in your stomach in the first place.
Keep it comfy…
If it’s too late for the bread to make any difference, you’ve probably made it to the next morning feeling like zombie death. Don’t worry too much yet, though. Spend the next morning somewhere quiet and relatively dark, where surprise loud noises can’t reach and blinding sunlight is blocked from penetrating through. Take a warm bath (if you’re able to function well enough… don’t do this if you can’t stay awake or control all of your bodily functions yet), and when you’re out, put on a large, absorbent bathrobe. That way, you won’t have to worry about putting your clothes back on, or getting dressed into clothes that are too difficult to change into as of yet.
Sleep it off…
The only thing that cures drunkenness in the end is time. No amount of coffee or Tylenol is going to make a difference, so if you can manage to work past the pangs in your sides and drift back off into sleep, you should do so. That will help get you past the worst parts, so by the time you wake up again, you may feel a lot better (even if you’re still a little groggy). Drink plenty of water and remember to go to the bathroom if you need to. The less moving you do in the end, though, the better, as you don’t want to put your body through any additional undue stress after you packed quite the wallop last night while drinking.
Serial Killing Alcoholic Rapists, with Excerpts from the Book Vessels of Rage, Engines of Power
By Matt Goldstein
The FBI estimates that there could be as many as 500 serial killers on the loose in the United States. According to many studies, the majority of all serial killers suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Many serial killers get drunk before they kill and try to deal with their psychosis by drinking, often making it much worse.
An alcoholic and outright egomaniac, Ted Bundy told journalists that he drank before murder. Whether he needed to get drunk to murder or the drinking triggered his sexual violence remains to be seen but it was most likely a combination of both. Bundy murdered at least 40 women and possibly twice that number. Perhaps his most violent and infamous murders happened after Bundy left a bar one night in Florida. Bundy was drunk and angry that he had been rejected by a girl in the bar. The intoxicated and sexually enraged Ted Bundy entered a sorority house and murdered two college girls while badly injuring two others. These are believed to be Ted Bundy’s last murders. When arrested, Bundy was actually still drunk from the night before and completely disoriented. Ted Bundy was executed by the electric chair in Florida in 1989. Author James Graham believes that if Bundy had been treated for alcoholism at an early age, he would not have murdered anyone.
An alcoholic, homosexual and cannibal, Jeffery Dahmer killed 17 young men and boys in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Dahmer was an alcoholic in his early teens, many times getting drunk first thing in the morning before high school classes, even during class. The early alcoholism was linked to Jeffery’s inability to deal with confusions about his sexuality. This social awkwardness led to isolation and loneliness may have fueled Dahmers’ homicidal thoughts. When he got older, Dahmer entered the army and displayed outright alcoholism and violence according to other soldiers. According to his stepmother, Dahmer was discharged from the army for drinking problems. A premeditated murderer, Dahmer sometimes sat in the bar drinking all night until he picked up a man to take home. Dahmer murdered most of his victims when he was in a drunken sexual rage. Jeffery Dahmer was killed in prison in 1994 by 25 year old inmate Christopher Scaver. Scaver beat Dahmer to death with a broom handle. Dahmers’ murder sparked a nationwide movement to put famous inmates in protective custody.
John Wayne Gacy
Perhaps the creepiest serial killer we can think of, the clown dressing alcoholic drug addicted homosexual Gacy murdered 33 young men and boys. Gacy drank scotch, grain alcohol and heavily abused valium. Just like Bundy, Gacy was arrested while drunk and probably high on pills. Also like Bundy, Gacy showed no remorse. Gacy would lure young men to his house in hope of employment with his contracting company. Gacy would handcuff the boys, rape, torture and murder them by strangulation. John Wayne Gacy was executed by lethal injection on May 10th 1994 in Illinois.
Water: Immediate and Instant Relief from a Hangover!
By Matt Goldstein
Except for migraines, the overwhelming majority of all headaches are from dehydration. Hangovers are the exact same thing. Headaches and the overall achiness from hangovers are a direct result from dehydration. The large amount of alcohol consumed, deprives the body of water, therefore, water must be restored in order to function correctly. If you have a bad headache from a hangover, just drink 2-3 bottles of water and the relief is almost immediate. FACT! Now, if you’re at the point where you need to throw up or your stomach is extremely uneasy, there is no cure for that except throwing up. Sorry… After you throw up though, you should definitely drink some water.
On this Christmas, we at Whiskey Goldmine would like to give a shout out to a great man. Man or sometimes son of God (semantics), Jesus Christ was known to walk on water, cure lepers and give sight to blind children. Perhaps the biggest miracle of all, Jesus actually turned water into wine. That is pretty amazing! We’re not surprised that Jesus has so many followers and had so many books written about him. One of those books was particularly influential and turning water into wine is just an awesome way to rock out at a party. 2000 years ago there weren’t many liquor stores, therefore wine; vodka and whiskey were a little hard to come by. Of course turning water into wine was a miracle.
Jesus the Drinker
Not only did Jesus turn water into wine, Jesus actually drank the wine too. Being a rabbi, Jesus celebrated the Hebrew Sabbath every Friday night after sundown. On the Sabbath, the dinner and religious ceremony traditionally requires a few glasses of wine with dinner while reciting prayer. Jesus was pretty awesome huh?
We at whiskey goldmine would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy new year. Even if you’re not that religious, any excuse to be with family and friends or just getting to share some time with loved ones is a good thing.
After being bombarded with thousands of presents by his new Catholic in laws, this Jewish kid has learned to love him some Christmas. Dinner on Christmas eve, drinks, the casino, lots of presents, another dinner and more drinks afterwards followed by a huge party. What’s not to love about Christmas! Here’s to Jesus showing me some love on the craps table tonight.
In the 4th installment of our series on drunken world leaders, we profile England’s most infamous King, Henry the Eighth, and one of the most murderous leaders in Russian history, Ivan the Terrible. Their alcoholism, which has been well documented, most likely has a direct correlation to their vulgar displays of power and excessive violence.
Henry the Eighth:
King of England and founder of the Church of England, infamous womanizer and wife killer Henry the Eighth was an alcoholic. Henry the VIII actually celebrated and partied when he heard the news that his wife of 27 years, Catherine of Aragon, had died. After Catherine’s death, Henry then had his next wife Anne Boleyn executed. According to James Graham, Henry’s exultation of Anne Boleyn’s supposed adultery was a classic sign of Alcoholism. Not only did Henry claim that Anne slept with more than 100 men, Henry also claimed that Anne had a sexual relationship with her brother; all of which was most likely untrue. After Henry’s third wife died and his rejection of fourth wife, Anne of Cleaves, Henry had his fifth wife Catherine Howard, beheaded for adultery. As for Henry’s next wife, Catherine Parr, she also came very close to a beheading after arguing religion with Henry as portrayed in Showtime’s hit show, The Tudor’s. Henry also executed his closest friends and most powerful political allies, Thomas Moore, Thomas Cromwell and of course Thomas Wolsey who died before the scheduled execution. Henry’s alcoholism simply transformed itself into megalomania. Henry was King of England from 1509 to 1547 and died at the age of 58.
The First Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible:
The first Tsar of Russia, Ivan the Terrible had egocentricity and vicious cruelty often unmatched. After Ivan believed the town Novgorod was no longer loyal, Ivan and his army invaded the city and began executing 1000 citizens a day. Fathers were quartered, wives were burned alive and babies executed with their mothers. Ivan and son sat and watched the executions. Ivan then held mass drownings to speed up the accumulation of death. The Tsar also had some of his closest allies executed and then raped their wives and robbed their families riches. Sometimes during drunken parties, Ivan let bears loose on humans to have them torn apart for his enjoyment. Ivan even murdered his own son over a silly argument. Ivan’s heavy drinking was documented when he was a teenager and only got worse when he grew older. The drinking had taken a severe toll on Ivan’s physical traits. Even at the age of 34 it is speculated that Ivan looked like an old man. I actually know an alcoholic with this exact trait. This trait most likely cannot be reversed and is indicative of much internal damage as well. Ivan the Terrible was a murderous alcoholic and his unadulterated violence was directly related to alcoholism. Ivan ruled from 1547 until 1584 and died from a stroke at the age of 54.
The Whiskey Goldmine brings you the world of the celebrity. Celebrities are some of the finest drunks in the world as most of them don’t have regular 9-5 jobs. Therefore, most celebrities can get smashed at anytime. Weekend, weekday, weeknight, any night or even a TV appearance; nothing says celebrity like being hammered on camera.
On a news show after being charged with shooting at his wife with a hand gun, Brown makes light of the incident.
His greatest moments are limited to when he was playing on the football field , here Namath slurs to a female side line reporter that he wants to kiss her, but it was almost a rape.
Drunk on an Australian chat show ; Stamos announces that one of his critics has a small penis.
A drunken speech at Palm Springs Film Festival after winning the award for her performance in Precious. Just imagine what she would have been like if Glitter were up for an award.
Karl Stefanovic: Aussie TV show host has a case of the drunk giggles on air
Some British Celeb you’ve never heard of becomes a legend in this video.
Former Creed front man and d- bag president slurs words through an appearance on Casino Cinema.
Obviously sampling too much of the product he was plugging, Paul Mason wine.
It’s always sunny with this pudgy drunk, especially on the View. Devito is blitzed after a night out with George Clooney drinking lemoncellos.
Drunk on Too Late with Adam Carolla, this was pretty much every day behavior for the Jackass star before he completed rehab. Does anybody remember when Steve-O mainlined 5 shots of vodka?
Atlantic City Police: This is Not Our Jurisdiction
One poker player was hospitalized with broken teeth and possible facial fractures in a Caesars Casino mugging and assault. Late last night in the bathroom just outside the poker room, a regular poker player was assaulted in an attempted robbery. The victim, George Chu, a 57 year old Asian American and recovering cancer patient was reportedly struck in the face 10 to 15 times and suffered broken bottom teeth, multiple cuts on the eye, heavy bruising and possible facial fractures. Chu barely escaped the bathroom and stumbled towards the poker area covered in blood screaming “help me, help me.” Three security officers from Caesars simply just stood and watched as their patron was in dire straights and the attacker attempted to get away. Witnesses claim another poker player jumped over the railing out of the poker room and attempted to stop the assailant. This unnamed poker player was also reportedly punched several times as the assailant escaped. At this point a half dozen poker players began to chase the suspect out into the street. Again, the Caesars security guards just stood and watched. The suspect, described as a 30 year old African American male, escaped. The crazy thing is that the suspect was reportedly playing poker at the 1-2 tables earlier that evening.
When the Atlantic City police arrived, one of the officers claimed, “This is not our jurisdiction.” Apparently, the State Police are in control because of the on site gaming. Well, as long as the patrons are safe right? Another Caesars security officer also claimed that they were not permitted to chase someone past the casino doors. PLEASE! What about the valet area and cab stand? The parking lot? Outside standing in front of fucking Caesar himself? I guess if there’s a murder in the self park Coliseum, we’ll have to call the Baltimore homicide squad to investigate. You mean to tell me that casino security can’t follow an attempted assault and robbery suspect out into the street and keep an eye on the person until police arrive? If that suspect had robbed the craps table for $40,000 in chips you can bet your ass that casino security would have followed the suspect on foot to Sea Isle City. There are a lot of new casinos popping up all over the place. Caesars better get their shit together.
As a former battalion commander of the British Army in WWI, as well as a veteran of military action in India, Sudan and South Africa, Winston Churchill is seen by many as the leader in the fight against the Nazi’s in WWII. Churchill was the first to warn the world about Hitler and he was the spiritual glue for the Allies to fight side by side. Winston Churchill might be the most celebrated and respected leader in world history. It’s astonishing that Churchill actually lost his re-election campaign. Yup, the conservative Churchill was only a one term president, losing to the Labor Party Leader Clement Attlee in a landslide after WWII. Maybe it was because Churchill was drunk. Then again, Churchill was completely drunk during WWII and I’m pretty sure he came out the victor in that campaign. Many times, Churchill had a drink in the morning, but Churchill always had drinks for lunch, dinner and well into the evening. This was Churchill’s daily routine. Whiskey, Champagne, scotch, brandy, gin, highballs, and Cointreau were his drinks of choice. Of course, the scotch and brandy always went with a cigar. Drunk or not, Churchill was one of the only world leaders who saw the Nazi war and death machine coming; and it was years before Germany invaded a country.
The two term Russian President and the first recognized leader of post Soviet Russia, Boris Yeltsin, was a complete and total drunk. Most people reading this probably remember the guy being drunk in public many times. One night, while on a visit to Washington D.C., Yeltsin was staying across the street from the White House. Completely hammered at about midnight or so, the Secret Service found Yeltsin outside on Pennsylvania Ave. in nothing but his boxer shorts trying to wave down a cab and go get a pizza. Slurring his words with no shirt, no pants, and his belly sticking out, this drunk thought it was a good idea to ride solo to the local Domino’s. Although Russia was in economic crisis throughout his presidency, Yeltsin is credited for disbanding the communist party in the Russian Parliament and standing up against a coup attempt by hard-line radical communists. The image of Yeltsin standing on a tank outside the Russian White House with a crowd of thousands around him is iconic. That was the day that the Soviet Union had ended.
In what can only be described as our favorite medical study of all time, it seems that men who consume up to 4 drinks a day reduce the risk of death by 18%. Women can also consume up to 2 drinks a day for the same effect. This can only mean that if one is not consuming alcohol regularly, that person is simply killing themselves faster. It has already been well documented that the red and white wine have an abundance of heart healthy and cancer fighting antioxidants as well as beer, especially craft beer. Without a doubt, this must have had an impact on the study. However, this study also implies that cocktails our healthy as well. Vodka and gin martini’s, scotch on the rocks, Cognac, Bourbon, rum and tequila all seem to be healthy. Perhaps there are antioxidants in all alcohol, but conceivably there could also be other ingredients in the alcohol or complexes in the fermentation process that are healthy as well. Doctors don’t really know all the answers, but they do know that drinkers have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Drinkers also have improved amounts of HDL, aslo known as good cholesterol and better insulin sensitivity which can have a wide range of healthy effects.
The heart healthy benefits of drinking could also be from the blood thinning properties in alcohol, much like aspirin. Just ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” Source: MSNBC, Time, and Slate.