Carrie Nation stood six feet tall and weighed 180 pounds. She was not a woman in whose way you wished to stand as she brandished her hatchet and tore up a bar. The divinely-inspired Nation and other temperance workers — most famously the Women’s Christian Temperance Union — were a powerful political force in turn-of-the-century America. The WCTU was associated with the Progressives, the coalition of good-government reformers, trust-busters, Christian reformers, and suffragettes that made huge strides in the Midwest and Northeast and produced such notable polticians as Teddy Roosevelt and Battlin’ Bob LaFollette. The WCTU’s agitation for a dry America led to the 18th Amendment, which in turn led to the growth of organized crime and ethnic machine politics in America’s large cities. The temperance movement was an example in the law of unintended consequences, but I suspect that even Carrie Nation wouldn’t disagree with me when I say this: demon rum and keyboards do not mix. I beg your indulgence, dear reader; I’ll be picking up a new keyboard at the Apple Store and be regularly posting again Real Soon Now. None