Drinking Liberally Chicago Chapter Blog

Special Event: Democratic Debate Saturday, December 19 @ 6:00pm

Hey everybody! We're going to hold a special Democratic Debate watching event Saturday, December 19 at our usual location of O'Shaugnessy's, 4557 N Ravenswood Ave.

We will be meeting at 6:00pm, and the debate begins at 7:00pm.

As a reminder, we'll also have our regular meeting Tuesday, December 15 at our usual time of 7:00pm.

Drinking Liberally Debate Watch 12/19

Hey Everybody! We just wanted to send out a quick heads up that we've confirmed the space at O'shaugnessy's for watching the next Democratic debate on 12/19. Time for the debate hasn't been officially set, but it will likely start at 8:00 and we'll start things up at 7:00.

We've been getting great turnouts for these gatherings, so you'll want to show up early if you want to be sure that you get a table. We'll send out another reminder about the event as we get closer to the date.

For more details and to RSVP, the event is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/869536833162468/

Hope to see you there!

Drinking Liberally Tomorrow Night (12/1)

The first Drinking Liberally of December is happening tomorrow night at 7:00PM. We'll be meeting at our usual location, O'shaugnessy's located at 4557 N Ravenswood Ave. We meet in the back room at the set of tables just to the left of the back room door.

There's a lot to talk about this week. The Laquan McDonald shooting video was released and protests over the shooting took over the Mag Mile on Black Friday. Will this lead to much needed changes in city government, or just be treated as another PR problem?

Turkey shot down a Russian jet and Putin has responded by putting anti-aircraft missiles in Syria. As if the conflict in Syria wasn't messy enough already. How should the US respond? Is it time to get out, get more involved, or just go watch The Americans, to reminisce about what the cold war used to be like.

Finally, there was the tragic terrorist attack on France by ISIS. In a seeming overreaction to what happened then, french police have cracked down on protesters at a climate protest. What is the right balance between civil rights, intelligence gathering, and safety?

So come on out and let's chat about these issues and whatever else is on your mind! Also, don't forget to join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/liberallychicago/

Drinking Liberally DNC Debate Watch 2.0

Hey everybody, we just wanted to send out a quick "save the date" for our next debate watch event. Clinton, Sanders, and O'Malley will be duking it out on Saturday November 14th, so we'll be meeting up at O'shaugnessy's to watch. The time hasn't be settled yet, but we expect it will be around the same start time, 7PM.

We'll send out another email as we get closer to the date to confirm the details.

Also, if you are coming, can you please do us a favor and RSVP on our Facebook page? We had a huge turnout last time and we want to make sure O'shaugnessy's has enough staff to take care of us. You can go here to do that: https://www.facebook.com/events/1168166183210714/

Hope to see you there!

Drinking Liberally Tomorrow Night (11/3)

It's time again for Drinking Liberally. We'll be meeting at 7PM at our usual place, O'shaugnessy's, located at 4557 N Ravenswood Ave. We meet in the back room of the bar, just to the left as you enter the back room.

This week there's plenty of election politics to talk about. Clinton seems to be sustaining her lead in Iowa after fending off the latest round of Benghazi hearings. On the Republican side, the CNBC comic book villain debate has gotten NBC in trouble with the GOP. Trump, unhappy with how the RNC is running the debates, is looking to negotiate directly with the broadcasters.

Paul Ryan has ascended the throne of the Republican controlled house. While certainly a far more pale choice for Speaker of the House, it's unclear if he's going to have any better luck getting things done.

Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Debate Watch Events

We wanted to reach out with a quick update on our event schedule. First, we are NOT hosting a debate watch event for the Republican debate this Wednesday (10/28).

Second, we've discovered that the next several Democratic debates are on weekend evenings:

* Saturday November 14th
* Saturday December 19th
* Sunday January 17th

Before we work on getting the back room of O'shaugnessy's for these events, we wanted to see how much interest there would be in attending on a weekend evening.

So can you please take 30 seconds and quickly fill out this form if you can attend any of the upcoming Democratic debates: http://goo.gl/forms/DvUD1Nt1nN. Just check the box for the events you would definitely want to go to.

If we get enough interest, we'll put something together. Thanks!

Drinking Liberally tonight!

Greetings, liberal drinkers!
A belated reminder that DL meets tonight at the usual time and place, 7:00 at O'Shaugnessy's, 4557 N Ravenswood Ave. Come have a pint, share a laugh, and cheer on the Cubs!

The biggest news for us of the liberal persuasion actually comes from north of the border - Canada's Liberal Party CRUSHED it in their elections, winning 54% of the seats in Parliament. The ruling Conservative party won just 29% - the Canadian people have decided that's just not what they're aboot!

What else happened since we last gathered?
Jim Webb dropped out of the Democratic primary today - which is a shame because I enjoyed Alec Baldwin's impression of him on SNL!
Speaking of SNL - I think everyone has been posting about Larry David's impression of Bernie Sanders. In case you missed it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfmwGAd1L-o

Cheers,
your DL Chicago hosts

Great Debate Turnout!

We just wanted to send out a quick email thanking everybody for coming out to the first Democratic debate last night. It was a great turnout and we hope to see many of you back again next week at our regular meeting. We'll be meeting at the same place, O'shaugnessy's, at 7PM, in the back room on 10/20.

If last night was your first time at Drinking Liberally and you gave us your email address, welcome to the list! We don't send out a lot of emails, just reminders about upcoming events. If you want to join our Facebook group as well you can find it at https://fb.me/groups/liberallychicago/. There we have more active ongoing discussions between meetings.

We are working on plans for upcoming debates and we'll send out an email and post to Facebook once we have it figured out.

Drinking Liberally Debate Watch Tomorrow Night

Just a quick reminder that we will be meeting tomorrow night to watch the Democratic Primary Debate. We'll be starting at our usual time, 7PM, and the debate is slated to start at 7:30PM. We'll be meeting in the back room of O'shaugnessy's, which is located at 4557 N Ravenswood Ave.

Hope to see you there!

Drinking Liberally tonight -

Hello liberal drinkers!
A quick reminder that DL meets tonight starting at 7:00 pm - the usual location, O'Shaugnessy's, 4557 N Ravenswood Ave.

By now you've probably watched Hillary Clinton's funny appearance on SNL (in case you hadn't: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Jh2n5ki0KE) but one that hasn't gotten shared as much is this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIYEGDJoluc ... featuring Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

And in the more ridiculous news- Carly Fiorina has built her candidacy on a fake-detail oriented takedown of Planned Parenthood, and organization that she has in fact supported through her "foundation" that she was the "chairman" of: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/10/05/carly-fiorina-foundation-gave-46...

Cheers!