Sioux Falls

No Drinking Liberally Dec 26, Next DL Jan 2nd

Drinking Liberally will not meet tomorrow, Friday Dec 26th.

Our next gathering will be Friday, January 2nd, 2009.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas.

We will see you next year. We will continue to meet at Shenanigan's but we are looking for a new venue. Does anyone have any suggestions we can check out? Just e-mail me back if you do.

Tonight. Drinking Liberally. 5 PM. Shenanigan's

Let's see what is going on Today.

As part of his legacy project, Bush just found $17 Billion to temporarily bail out the Auto Companies. Speaking to the 53% of the American people who believe he is incompetent he said, "See!!"

As a wit posted on a Job Board, " Willing to Mismanage and Fail for Bailout."

Deep Throat died at 95, providing concrete evidence singing is one key to a long life.

Al Franken has taken over the ballot count lead in the Minnesota Senate race, finally, givng Obama one more Democratic Senator to appoint to his Administration.

A former NASDAQ official confessed to a $50 Billion ponzi scheme. As some one said when asked about recovering any of the losses, " It looks like $50 Billion just went to money heaven."

And I still have not started my Christmas Shopping. I made a foray to Macy's and Yonker's the other day but I became confused and disoriented next to the doll house in the Petite Department at Macy's. "Big and Tall?", I asked as some one punched me in the calf. I retreated to Shenanigan's for more familiar surroundings and to add to my "naughty or nice" list.

I thought I would reflect on Christmas Shopping again tonight at Drinking Liberally. Join us. We can compare our Bailout Packages and decide how to spend our way out of our economic mess. I will take on Macy's and you can have Yonker's and points in between.

I hope to see you at Drinking Liberally tonight. And . . . . Oh Yeah! . . . Merry Christmas.

Since progressives believe in giving everyone a shot of the good life, we do not want our name to mislead anyone. We drink conservatively from 5:00- 5:08, moderately from 5:09-5:18, and liberally from 5:19 to whenever. And, of course, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.

Location: Shenanigan's Pub in the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls.

When: 5:00 Friday, Dec. 19th, Until: Whenever (But if you stay for Karaoke, you've stayed too long.)

Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Barry "The Man" Foster 728-1445, Eileen VanSoest, Diane Bryan, and Lance Moran.

A Note, Prostitutes and Senator Vitter.

Yesterday's invitation to Drinking Liberally was delivered later than usual due to technical problems at Drinking Liberally's National Headquarters in New York. (It was a simple problem and could have been fixed quickly but they had to sober up enough to focus on a solution. Thus the delay.) ( It is all in the name, they said when I complained.) Please consider our very tardy notice our first invitation to next week's gathering. We will make it our very special Christmas celebration. Bring a friend (or two).

And I thought everyone would enjoy this great comment from a local UAW president in LA on Senator Vitters who was caught soliciting prostitutes a year or so ago:

"I don't know what Sen. Vitter has against GM or the United Auto Workers or the entire domestic auto industry; whatever it is, whatever he thinks we've done, it's time for him to forgive us, just like Sen. Vitter has asked the citizens of Louisiana to forgive him, " said Johnson, president of Local 2166. Otherwise, Johnson said of Vitter, it would appear, "He'd rather pay a prostitute than pay auto workers."

Have a great weekend.

Tonight we Drink to General Motors and Buicks everywhere.

A long, long time ago, before Microsoft or Google, before Intel or Dell Computers, an insightful soul summarized his measure of the American economy as " So goes General Motors, so goes the Nation." Well folks, tonight things aren't going so well for General Motors. It appears we have decided to test the outer reaches of the "So goes General Motors..." theory by eliminating General Motors all together and seeing just what the hell happens. It should be interesting. A real life, real time, economic experiment every one can participate in. Experiments are fun. You never know what is going to happen. That's why they call them experiments. Who knows? This one could end in a wimper . . . . . or it could be a big KABOOM!

Let's keep eachother posted.

It is not like there isn't enough going on these days to entertain us. The Minnesota state canvassing board meets today to possibly decide the winner of the Minnesota Senate race between the two New York Jewish guys ( only in America ) Al Franken, the funny guy, and Norm Coleman, the guy who lately has morphed into a "Minnie Me" version of Alaska Senator and convicted felon, Ted Stevens. Which leads us to the Governor of Illinois, who tried to shake down President-elect Obama. It seems they just can not help themselves. Christ . . . . . !

And then there is Christmas Shopping. How is your's coming along. I haven't started but I thought I would drink on it tonight at Drinking Liberally. Join us. We can compare our 401ks and decide how to spend our way out of our economic mess. I will take on Macy's and you can have Yonker's and points in between.

Since progressives believe in giving everyone a shot of the good life, we do not want our name to mislead anyone.We drink conservatively from 5:00- 5:08, moderately from 5:09-5:18, and liberally from 5:19 to whenever. And, of course, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.

Location: Shenanigan's Pub in the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls.

When: 5:00 Friday, Dec. 12th, Until: Whenever (But if you stay for Karaoke, you've stayed too long.)

Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Barry "The Man" Foster 728-1445, Eileen VanSoest, Diane Bryan, and Lance Moran.

Pierre ? Why not Pukwana.

Last week we traveled to Salt Lake City via I-90 and just east of Vivian,SD, forty miles south of Pierre, we hit a deer, a damn big deer, which modified our plans. Since then I have had time to reflect on the incident and I realized the deer was not just my problem. Rather it symbolized a South Dakota problem, namely Pierre and the isolation of our state Government.

Pierre is in the middle of nowhere. It doesn't have commercial air service. It isn't close to an interstate highway. Coming from the East, you have to travel damn near to Rapid City to get to it. It might as well be in Wyoming, close to Gillette. Most people who live in Pierre work for the state Government or serve state Government. Contrary voices and independent thinkers in Pierre are quickly required to turn to cattle ranching, sheep herding, walleye fishing, or moving, moving being the most attractive option.

The founding fathers of South Dakota I am sure had good reasons to locate our state Capitol in Pierre. They probably had visions of great parties with poker games and dancing girls and sleeping cars as the passenger trains rolled across the prairie. They probably wanted to get away from home for long periods of time and have a drink or two without the little lady nagging at them. (Pardon me, but it was a male world back then.) They clearly forgot about fishing ( ice fishing in particular ), hunting, and the other sports of the great outdoors which provide great excuses to get out of the house and pop a drink or two and which are much closer at hand then a two hundred mile train trip to Pierre.

Their oversight is our problem today.

Today our Government is isolated in Pierre without good reason. No passenger trains and steamboats travel to it. Anyone who wants to participate in our State Government must travel by car on icy, two lane roads through deer infested county in which five-point bucks lurk in the bush waiting to ram their vehicle or jump out, unannounced, to challenge their presence in its moonscaped, prairie kingdom. The bucks can have it. Let the deer and the antelope reign. Bring our government back to its people. Move the Capitol out of Pierre.

I will drink to that. At Drinking Liberally tonight. I hope to see you there.

Since progressives believe in giving everyone a shot of the good life, we do not want our name to mislead anyone. We drink conservatively from 5:00- 5:08, moderately from 5:09-5:18, and liberally from 5:19 to whenever. And, of course, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.

Location: Shenanigan's Pub in the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls.

When: 5:00 Friday, Dec. 5th, Until: Whenever (But if you stay for Karaoke, you've stayed too long.)

Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Barry "The Man" Foster 728-1445, Eileen VanSoest, Diane Bryan, and Lance Moran.

Pierre ? Why not Pukwana.

Last week we traveled to Salt Lake City via I-90 and just east of Vivian,SD, forty miles south of Pierre, we hit a deer, a damn big deer, which modified our plans. Since then I have had time to reflect on the incident and I realized the deer was not just my problem. Rather it symbolized a South Dakota problem, namely Pierre and the isolation of our state Government.

Pierre is in the middle of nowhere. It doesn't have commercial air service. It isn't close to an interstate highway. Coming from the East, you have to travel damn near to Rapid City to get to it. It might as well be in Wyoming, close to Gillette. Most people who live in Pierre work for the state Government or serve state Government. Contrary voices and independent thinkers in Pierre are quickly required to turn to cattle ranching, sheep herding, walleye fishing, or moving, moving being the most attractive option.

The founding fathers of South Dakota I am sure had good reasons to locate our state Capitol in Pierre. They probably had visions of great parties with poker games and dancing girls and sleeping cars as the passenger trains rolled across the prairie. They probably wanted to get away from home for long periods of time and have a drink or two without the little lady nagging at them. (Pardon me, but it was a male world back then.) They clearly forgot about fishing ( ice fishing in particular ), hunting, and the other sports of the great outdoors which provide great excuses to get out of the house and pop a drink or two and which are much closer at hand then a two hundred mile train trip to Pierre.

Their oversight is our problem today.

Today our Government is isolated in Pierre without good reason. No passenger trains and steamboats travel to it. Anyone who wants to participate in our State Government must travel by car on icy, two lane roads through deer infested county in which five-point bucks lurk in the bush waiting to ram their vehicle or jump out, unannounced, to challenge their presence in its moonscaped, prairie kingdom. The bucks can have it. Let the deer and the antelope reign. Bring our government back to its people. Move the Capitol out of Pierre.

I will drink to that. At Drinking Liberally tonight. I hope to see you there.

Since progressives believe in giving everyone a shot of the good life, we do not want our name to mislead anyone. We drink conservatively from 5:00- 5:08, moderately from 5:09-5:18, and liberally from 5:19 to whenever. And, of course, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.

Location: Shenanigan's Pub in the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls.

When: 5:00 Friday, Dec. 5th, Until: Whenever (But if you stay for Karaoke, you've stayed too long.)

Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Barry "The Man" Foster 728-1445, Eileen VanSoest, Diane Bryan, and Lance Moran.