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Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 12/15/2011 - 9:45am.
Nearly nine years ago, they sold America a war
Over 8 1/2 years ago, "Mission Accomplished!"
More than 3 years ago, we elected a President
We're witnessing a very different Mission Accomplished
No doubt the GOP candidates will find fault in this too.
Remember the years of senseless war
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 11:08am.
DC dialogue had been occupied with austerity
President Obama was drowning in debt dialogue,
New York's "Governor 1%" resisted the Millionaires Tax
If you can tax them there, you'll tax 'em anywhere
People have dismissed Occupy Wall Street --
Talk tax while you relax, with drinks & snacks
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 8:25am.
Conservatives sought a fresh face this election,
The Donald was trumped by reality,
They rip Mitt's flips & he's still a drip,
Are they giving up on forging a fresh route,
Even the GOP fondly remember the Clinton Years.
Reminisce about the 90s & prophesy 2012
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 9:04am.
Even in tough economic times for so many,
OK, maybe we're seeing that safety net fray,
Well, those leaders' "Just Say No" recalcitrance
Sure, assemblies were raided & free speech pepper-sprayed
Alright, many Americans now need to work Thanksgiving
Truly, we say thanks that we're drawing down troops at last,
And we're thankful that as Americans we remain optimistic,
So if you're thankful for good conversation & great company,
Submitted by Brian Sonenstein on Fri, 11/18/2011 - 3:46pm.
BY LISA MUX
Waukesha is the hub of Conservative politics in Wisconsin, and Waukesha County Conservatives are not used to being challenged. For years, they’ve enjoyed their majority status, as Liberals stood silently by. Well, not anymore. We’re coming out of the woodwork in droves, thanks to Governor Scott Walker and his anti-middle class agenda. The Walker administration’s dastardly deeds, combined with the power of social media, have united Waukesha Progressives. Phil Scarr and I recently formed the first-ever Drinking Liberally Waukesha, and the result was nothing short of astonishing.
We expected five to ten people to show up to the inaugural meeting of Drinking Liberally Waukesha at Sprizzo Gallery Café on November 7th. Even though we snagged Sly, a rock star radio host, as our first speaker, and despite having received a fair write-up in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the week prior, we didn’t have much hope for a high turnout. We were shocked when the room we had reserved filled up so quickly that we had to move the event downstairs in order to not violate fire code. Our group occupied the entire first floor of the restaurant!
Sly gave a rousing speech and stressed that if we band together in solidarity, we Waukesha Progressives can take our state back from right-wing extremists. Following Sly’s speech and a group photo, we mingled. Everyone was incredibly excited to meet and discuss the current political climate. It felt like long-lost family reuniting for the first time in years. People kept exclaiming, “I’m so happy I’m not the only Waukesha Progressive!”
The following Saturday, November 12th, we held a “Special Session” of Drinking Liberally Waukesha. We really wanted Scott Wittkopf to speak to our group, as he had just published an expose on Waukesha GOP infrastructure, and how it drives the politics of the entire state. We figured, if Scott Walker could hold a “Special Session”, so could we.
Phil and I prepared ourselves, and the room, for a sizeable crowd, even though it was a last-minute event. The room filled just to capacity, and every chair was taken. The crowd was a mix of people who attended the first event as well as some new faces. Two hours flew by as Scott Wittkopf discussed his ‘Blame Waukesha’ piece in detail while entertaining questions from the group. Many people approached us afterward to say they had a great time, and to thank us for starting the Waukesha chapter of Drinking Liberally.
Word is spreading quickly throughout Waukesha County about Drinking Liberally Waukesha, and our email subscriber list is growing at a rapid clip. Our next meeting is on December 5th at Sprizzo, with Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign as our speaker.
A few days ago in downtown Waukesha, I ran into a woman who had attended the first two Drinking Liberally meetings. She proudly wore her Drinking Liberally button on her jacket, and giddily informed me that her tiny button had been spotted by someone who had also attended the events. She was clearly happy to have found a little blue in a sea of red. “You got any more of these?”, she asked, referring to the buttons. Looks like we’re going to need them.
Submitted by KAT on Fri, 11/18/2011 - 9:30am.
If we're such a "family values"-friendly nation, why are we so willing to let our kids be abused for the sake of making money?
According to the allegations in the Penn State scandal, a pedophile was allowed to brutally assault/molest numerous young boys because no one dared to upset the very lucrative apple cart that is college sports. And, as commentator Frank DeFord speculated on NPR today, perhaps there was also some reluctance to sully our noble national pastime of oversized brutes battering each other in pursuit of a pigskin.
And now comes word that Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee have torpedoed the USDA's attempts to reduce the amount of pizza, french fries and salt that our kids consume at school. Why? Because the frozen pizza companies, the salt industry and potato growers asked them to. Really. It's that simple.
The USDA wasn't looking to ban any of these foods, but rather to increase the ratio of non-starchy vegetables and whole grains. This would be a step in the right direction, instead of using our resources to make our kids sicker and fatter. But such a shift would also make a dent in some very lucrative government contracts. So, no go.
There's more going on here than simple greed, though. Because the politicians who do the food industry's bidding are showing as much contempt for the expert opinion of nutritionists as they do towards the science of climate change. As Tom Philpott notes over at Mother Jones, the evidence that we need to feed our kids less of this stuff is solid: "Eat Your Greens, or Your Gut Gets It."
But who needs experts, anyway? Not the GOP. Their ideal nominee should evidently be a blowhard ignoramus with a moral compass that's shiftier than the San Andreas fault line, and at least as deeply cracked.
Take Herman Cain (please.) When the pizza mogul/motivational speaker/alleged serial groper was asked if he could define a man by the kind of pizza he prefers, he declared that "A manly man don't want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza."
And so goes the ongoing conservative war against vegetables, served up with a side of machismo. We can't let the First Lady instill a love of broccoli in our kids! And isn't Obamacare just a sneaky plot to open the door for legislation that would crucify Americans who reject cruciferous vegetables?
I guess those retired war generals over at Mission Readiness didn't get the memo about the sissifying powers of vegetables. Why are these military experts up in arms over the USDA's caving in to Big Food? Maybe because "Obesity is the leading medical disqualifier for military service, and children get up to 40% of their daily calories during the school day?"
As Amy Dawson Taggart, Mission Readiness's director, noted "This new effort to undermine school nutrition regulations raises national security concerns."
It should also raise questions about what kind of culture turns a blind eye to kids being brutalized and turns our children into vessels for commodity crop crap because it protects the revenues of some high powered institutions and politicians. What warped brand of capitalism have we created that permits our kids to be treated as collateral damage?
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 11/17/2011 - 7:47am.
The 1% didn't like the anti-Wall Street message
The Super Committee won't have the courage
The GOP calls the unemployed lazy whiners
Authoritarian tactics, draconian cuts,
Stay classy, 99%, and stay connected with comrades
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 8:20am.
Mitt Romney is a proud member of the 1%
Herman Cain has his own handful of problems
Rick Perry is so obsessed with cuts
This farce has gone on long enough --
And to Tea Party governors, the House GOP
No need to cut and run -- stay for a while
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 8:51am.
Three years ago, we voted for hope and change --
Three years ago, war abroad & unemployment at home;
Three years ago was supposed to be the End of an Error,
We've been hoping for the past three years.
Because if Obama doesn't make change,
So we hope you'll join for an evening & a drink
Submitted by Brian Sonenstein on Fri, 10/28/2011 - 2:04pm.
BY ANTHONY GARCIA
When you think of the great wine regions of the world, do Michigan, Maryland, or South Dakota come to mind? Probably not. What about eco-friendly wineries? You don’t have to be in a sommelier certificate program or online graduate course to learn that many wines are ecologically sound. Many wine lovers have a difficult time with keeping their consumption of the good stuff sustainable—cork trees are limited and many wines are shipped from faraway places. Believe it or not, there are wineries around the U.S. that are not only local, but also created as sustainably as possible.
Unexpected Eco Friendly Companies
When it comes to being environmentally conscientious, even larger wineries are getting on board with the sustainable movement by constructing new buildings out of materials like straw bales. Others are showing they care about the planet with no bottle and no cork wines. As the green movement gains ethos and popularity, more wineries and wine buyers are looking for a multitude of elements of sustainable wine.
Having multiple pieces of what it takes to make sustainable wine is what makes some of America's smallest vineyards amazing. Although most sustainable vineyards are in California, there are definitely plenty of eco-friendly wineries in unexpected places outside of the usual Napa and West Coast green wine scene.
In the hills of Michigan, for example, there is one winery that it is trying to do everything a customer looking for organic wine could want. Above and beyond, a visit to the Pleasantview Vineyards and Winery in Harbor Springs, Michigan is worth the trip. Looking out for migraine sufferers, they guarantee they are selling a low-sulfite product. On top of all of the chemical free vineyards they harvest grapes from, there are also other sustainable agricultural techniques in place. For example, owners at this vineyard hand tend, hand harvest, and hand press their wines. They also ensure that their labels are completely green.
Support the Rare White Deer Wine
When visiting Keuka Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes, be sure to stop by a local vineyard that has been making green wine since 1977. Not only is this place worthy of titling your glass, it is also a popular tourist and wedding destination. There are 20 wine varieties at Heron Hill with green techniques at work. While they are not certified as organic, they do participate in the New York State Vine Balance sustainable agriculture initiative. They also keep up a sustainable appearance by donating $2 from some of their labels to the rare Seneca White Deer foundation.
The Computerized Green Wine Revolution
If there is one place in the country where Amish work ethic meets great tasting green wines, it is in Pennsylvania. While browsing the website for the Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Washington Crossing, you will soon realize that they aren't taking the slow approach to the green wine revolution. They use solar energy in the winery and grow grapes with sustainable methods in their vineyard. By the time you get to the tasting room, every part of your tour will reveal how the computerized agriculture program is a state of the art maker of wine luxury.
Green Artisan Wines and Ciders
Low impact viticulture is in full effect at the McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks in Thurmond, North Carolina. As part of their tour, you will learn that in the world of vineyards you hear a lot about inputs. Inputs include all the raw materials that go into wine production, and can include organic products grown with high-sulfur fertilizers. Using carefully crafted techniques, McRitchie Winery shows that sustainable inputs are the way to craft the best small batch wines.
The Best Wine of the Western Midwest
Out in the middle of Hill City, South Dakota is a surprising and sustainable vineyard that stands out. Far from a label no one has heard of, this is the home of one of the few wines that won the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition against the staunch nearby Napa Valley contenders. Like the California wine industry, Prairie Berry Winery hopes to reflect all of the values of even their most progressive customers on the sustainability front, and is owned by two former engineers who took sustainability into consideration when designing and constructing the heating and cooling system for the winery.
Although the fact that they do ship a small amount grapes from the West coast where the climate is better for grape production may be a strike against them on the ecology front, the majority of their wine ingredients come from local produce and berries that can grow in the harsh and arid climate, such as rhubarb and crabapples. Prairie Berry Winery sustainable packaging techniques mean using recycled heating and cooling systems. Topped off with Stelvin screw caps instead of corks, the berry and local fruit wines out of Prairie Berry are definitely ahead of the game in unique taste and sustainable practices for the Midwest, and on a national scale.
Get Inspired to Grow Your Own Wine
Are you starting to notice that a lot of sustainable wineries are popping up in unexpected places? If you are curious about this trend, one look at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) website might help you understand the rise in green wines. With over twenty informative and up to date links, the government is showing America that eco-friendly wineries work for the future of the United States’ growing wine production. The information on sustainable viticulture could be the inspiration to start a vineyard of your own or understand more about the green wine tours you want to take.
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