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Bumper stickers I have seen…

For the most part, I am a believer in freedom of speech, even if it doesn’t make any sense. Take the bumper sticker in the photo. It is stating that the driver does not want you tailgating. This is a noble thought. But the presentation of this thought is flawed. Hemorrhoids, typically, do not drive. Their environment is very dark. Hemorrhoids do not come from space (or another vehicle).The sticker almost seems like an invitation to hemorrhoids. They are welcome. Everyone else is not.

This appears to be a mass-produced bumper sticker, meaning that others have purchased the same sentiment. What kind of person creates these sayings? Is this sanctioned by a corporation such as Anusol?

Why do people use bumper stickers?

Bird vs. car

I have finally recovered from a harrowing experience over the weekend. Early Saturday morning (like 4 a.m.), I drove into a giant bird who was trying to land on the road I was on. Feathers flew as the large fowl flipped and flopped over my car. It really startled me. 

Today, I bought a bumper sticker: Thus quoth the raven nevermore!

Freedom of Religion? or Freedom to Discriminate?

I have some mixed feelings about the upcoming, sure-to-be-signed Religious Freedom bill that the Indiana Legislature has passed and Governor Pence has already said he will sign into law. I’m urging the governor to not sign this bill.

First off, I don’t condone discrimination. I don’t condone singling out a particular subset of the human race and keeping them from enjoying the fruits of America. Landlords should not be able to discriminate against any humans who have the cash to pay for a unit because they are gay, black, Hindu, or satanists.

That sickens me.

This bill will end up costing Indiana in many ways. Large conventions, like GenCon, and many others, including the NCAA Final Four, will have to rethink their position of bringing a huge chunk of business to a state that lawfully discriminates. It will also seal our fate as a state that doesn’t want to attract talent, hetero or otherwise, because we have  the most churches per capita of any state north of the Mason-Dixon line.

Not desirable, no matter who you’re protecting.

I recently became a Christian, a hardcore, Jesus-believing Christian. I believe that Jesus, first, was about love. I believe that humans are unable to judge others. That is left to a higher power. P.S. There’s no way to reform “sinners” with hate.

That being said upfront, I have a general problem with society and their vacillating beliefs. Why aren’t Christians leading this charge to defeat religious freedoms?

Then again, when it comes to artistic service businesses, why would gays and/or any subset deemed “offensive” by another subset, want to do business with a business that won’t have their heart and soul in it? If a gay couple decide to have a wedding, why would they try to hire a baker who doesn’t agree in the beauty of the commitment or service. They certainly won’t get a great looking cake, will they?

Why don’t pork farmers demand that Shapiro’s Deli carry ham sandwiches?

Why would you force an Indian caterer to put a beef brisket on the menu?

It boggles the mind.

The murder of employees at the satiric French publication Charlie Hebdo was absolutely wrong. But maybe the provocation of printing sacred symbols as a means of getting a few laughs was also wrong. But many out there, stood in solidarity crying, “Je suis Charlie,” as if we wanted more, because it’s OK to skewer a religion that many find offensive.

I’d venture to say that if any publication did the same (poking fun) at gays and lesbians, that it would be out of business in the space between the last and next publication date.

We pick some odd places to stand. Consistency is fleeting depending on circumstances and most often dictated by media portrayal of the events

Does religious freedom mean that some protected classes have an enhanced right to sue an organization for misuse of their religious symbols? I’m looking at the Fighting Illini of Illinois University or any other institution that uses Native American symbols or persona as a mascot.

One of our battles as Christians is to believe have faith in the midst of a human existence. Do we really have a right to discriminate against a subset of people because they believe differently than us?

There’s no doubt that this law will be deemed unconstitutional eventually. This will cost the state money not to mention continue to provide us with poor publicity. Unless Chik-fil-A or Hobby Lobby moves headquarters to Indiana stat, this will be a damaging law for years to come.

Cutters to cease operations 

Sad news here….

From a press release by Cutters founder Monte Speicher.

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March 6, 2015– Avon, IN – On behalf of the owners and operators of the Cutters Brewing Company, Avon IN,
it’s with tremendous regret that we must announce that all brewing operations will cease immediately.

We would like to thank the Indiana craft beer community—its fans, festival goers, suppliers and retailers—for
their support over the last four years. We were very proud of the southern Indiana heritage and values
represented in our brand and our recipes. It was an interesting, challenging and educational ride while it lasted.

Launching a small business demands certain sacrifices. We knew that competing in the exploding craft beer
business would not be easy. It not only takes sellable products but a tightrope of location, distribution, marketing
and operations must be walked.

We knew we would make our share of missteps and hoped that none of those miscues would be fatal. However,
ultimately, it was our inability come to a reasonable resolution with the Avon Sewage Company, whom we
believe was simply extorting us for exorbitant sums, that precipitated the decision to close.

While our remaining inventory will likely be in market for a period of time, we will be winding down operations
effective immediately, which includes participation in upcoming Indiana craft beer events and the operation of
our tasting room.

Thanks again to all who worked hard and supported our efforts, we couldn’t grown from a tiny nano brewery
operation to a full-scale production brewery without you!

We remain ardent supporters of the craft beer industry in general. The men and women who make up this calling
are by and large a most genuine, selfless, hardworking, inventive and caring group. We were proud to name
ourselves among their number.

About Cutters Brewing Company

Cutters Brewing Co. was founded in late 2010 as a smallnano-brewery located in Bloomington, IN. In 2012, the
operation was expanded and relocated to Avon, IN as a production brewery with capacity to produce as much as
16,000 bbls per year.

Cutters was founded by long time friends and accomplished homebrewers Monte Speicher, Chris Inman and
Amanda Speicher and was expanded in 2012 by a significant investment from a silent partner. 

 

Gus here again: The press release names the Avon Sewage Company and Cutters inability to come to terms with it. There is no Avon Sewage Company. Avon has no utilities. According to officials, the sewage is regulated by the Hendricks Regional Sewage District.