Leave it to the BBC to point out the stupidity and injustice of America's prohibitionist liquor laws.
[W]hat Elisa Kelly does know is that she will be [in Albemarle County jail, Virginia] for two-and-a-quarter years.
It is a relatively short sentence compared to the murderers and rapists with whom she paces around the narrow, pit-like courtyard once a day for 10 minutes.
You might argue that Elisa Kelly, who shares her cell with nine other inmates, is lucky, because her original sentence of eight years was slashed to 27 months after a lengthy and costly appeals process which finally hit a dead end when the US Supreme Court refused to hear her case.
"It's absurd. It's an injustice," she told me with red eyes that matched her uniform.
"My boys don't just think I'm a good mother. They think I'm the best mother!"
Elisa's crime was to hold a birthday party for her 16-year-old son Ryan and serve his friends beer.
As a precaution, she and her ex-husband, who is serving 30 days for bringing the alcohol onto the property, made sure that none of the kids would be able to drive home.
As they arrived at their 6000ft suburban mansion on the outskirts of Earlysville, she confiscated their car keys, put them in a bucket, barricaded the drive with her Hummer and told them to have a good time.
They were all expecting to have a sleep over and, since Elisa knew most of the kids because she had taught them at school, she did not think it was necessary to warn their parents that beer would be consumed.
At about 10pm the din of music and boys' voices was drowned out by police sirens.
Read the entire excellent article at BBC News.
You can get married at 16 - or even younger in some states. You can drive a car - an incredibly dangerous task - at 16. You can vote for government officials at age 18, and at that same age you can kill and be killed in the name of that government. By age 18 you're mature enough in the eyes of the law to do all those things, which involve significant risk and significant responsibility.
But beer? Apparently it's so dangerous that you have to attain the age of 21 before you're considered by the government to be responsible enough to dare to give it a try. I say "considered by the government" because we all know a few people who aren't responsible enough to handle alcohol even after they turn 21. I submit that it's this prohibitionist policy that made some of them that way.
Some people even have such a fear of beer that if you happen to enjoy of in the presence of your kids, you might be accused of child endangerment.
What the hell happened to personal responsibility? What grants the government the right to tell you how to teach your kids to act responsibly? EIGHT YEARS - or even 27 months - in jail for throwing a party for 16-year-olds in a safe, supervised environment? (Although I grant that she should have told the parents in advance what she had in mind.)
"Land of the free", indeed.