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Snuffing out smugglers in 1927

June 9, 2013

By AGNES?“PAT” PFLUEGER The Prohibition era was a crazy time when lawmen were trying to uphold a law they couldn’t enforce, and citizens of otherwise sound judgment were imbibing without a second......

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MikeDavis

Jun-17-13 11:02 PM

I love history. the lessons to be never repeated are right there. But unfortunately, a slight majority of this country seem to dense to grasp the lessons.

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concerned

Jun-09-13 8:16 PM

Just like drugs are today you will never stop it so tax it and control it. Legal purchases would also lessen the use of home manufactured chemicals like meth!

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kcw007

Jun-09-13 11:51 AM

Even today, when attending estate sales of homesteads that have been in the same family for generations, it's not uncommon to discover the telltale remnants of prohibition era, basement alcohol production. Dust covered cappers, packages of new beer bottle caps, fermentation tanks, beer bottles and even unopened bottles of various commercially produced fruit juice concentrates which weren't suppose to be used for making wines (like those producers didn't know where their product would end up?!) sit back on the dark shelves of long unused fruit cellars. My own grandfather worked for a major hauling and rigging outfit(still in existence) during that era. Generally they knocked off work at noon on Saturdays, but the drivers of certain trucks with covered beds were occasionally offered the opportunity for after hours, private "delivery" runs in the afternoon. Often they made as much money in that single afternoon as they did for the entire regular work week!

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Steiner

Jun-09-13 7:20 AM

The progressive movement ran amock again with prohibition.My family had some great bootleggers and were always one step ahead of those beloved govt employees.Well, even Coolidge had booze parties . prohibition was supposed to stop violence , it only increased it.Activist women of the day were concerned about , you guessed it, violence against women, witness Carrie Nation.The activist women out did themselves. You can be proud of them. Prohibition led to widespread corruption in govt and organized crime. thanks progressives, you did a great job. Now the progressives are against tobacco and even CO2. You just cant keep dumb, ignorant people down they say.Westerm Union was asked by the govt to turn over its telegraph records to the govt to aid in prosecution, they refused ! A far cry from today as the govt now tracks our phone use. thanks libs, again for mess up after mess up.

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