Drinking Liberally Virginia Beach Chapter Blog

November Post-Election Meeting

We will be meeting at the usual time and place on Thursday, November 10, at 6:00 p. m. at Croc's 19th Street Bistro, 620 19th St, (Cypress and 19th one block east of the Convention Center), Virginia Beach, Va. The election will be over and we will all need a drink.

In the meantime, here's some articles and commentary that I found interesting over the past few weeks:

Dick Polman reminds us that there is nothing new about contentious campaigns.

Werner Herzog's Bear ponders the meaning of "drain the swamp." His conclusions are not what you might expect.

In a segment from his radio show, Thom Hartmann tries to figure out just what, indeed, are "conservative values."

Bill Leuders argues that truth matters.

Kate Manne ponders the relationship of sexism and misogyny as manifested in the Trump campaign.

The most thoughtful coverage I've seen of the FBI email kerfuffle has been at Talking Points Memo. If you do not read TPM regularly, I urge you to start; it trades in depth, not in volume. Today, Josh Marshall suggests that the FBI is "more out of control than we knew."

As an aside, I think one of the reasons that the email story, which is a nothingburger of huge proportions, refuses to go away is that most persons have no idea how computers, networks, and, in particular, email work. Though they may be adept at using this or that computer application, for many persons, computers are mystickal magickal black boxes.

In reality, running a secure home server is No Big Deal. The main reason I don't run my own is that my ISP's terms of service forbid public-facing servers unless you have a business-level account (a perfectly sensible policy that is primarily about preventing spam; if you remember the early days of the internet when "open relays" were a thing, you will understand the reasons for it).

In closing, if you find yourself all excited about the Internet of Target--Internet of Things, think again. In the rush to market, security is always an afterthought.

See you next Thursday!

The Changing Role of Political Parties--Correction

The event is at 3:00 p. m., not 4:00 p. m.

That'll teach me to do this stuff before finishing my first cup of coffee . . . .

"The Changing Role of Political Parties"

Last night, Leah mentioned an event which she thought our members may find interesting--a free symposium on "The Changing Role of Political Parties in the Lives of American Citizens" on Saturday at 3:00 p. m. at Hackney Theater in the Meredith Center for the Arts, 7336 Granby Street, Norfolk, Va.; the participants include G. William Whitehurst, who represented this area in Congress with distinction and propriety for many years. Follow the link to learn more.

While I'm writing, I'll mention that Josh Marshall has a fascinating series of articles exploring Donald Trump's . Here are some highlights:

and Humiliation, No Middle Ground

In The Abuser's House

In the Abuser's House #2

Facing the Abuser's Rage

Once more, if you do not check Talking Points Memo regularly, start doing so. Now.

And, finally, I've been published.

This Weekend's Events in the Presidential Campaign

Just a quick note to say that, in my opinion, the two best blogs for following the rapidly changing events in the Presidential campaign, especially as regards the upheaval in the Republican Party, are

Talking Points Memo

Balloon Juice

Balloon Juice is much more informal, but has some excellent posters. TPM has excellent, in-depth analysis.

In addition, The Guardian has excellent coverage and analysis.

Again, these are my personal favorites and nothing more. I suspect that many of you are already familiar with them, but things are moving that I figured that, if any of you weren't, you might find this helpful.

Boy, tomorrow night's debate should be something.

See You Next Thursday

Be sure to join us for our October meeting, Thursday, October 13, at 6:00 p. m. at Croc's 19th Street Bistro, 620 19th St, (Cypress and 19th one block east of the Convention Center), Virginia Beach, Va. We will certainly have a lot to talk about.

By the time we meet, there will have been two Presidential debates, plus the Vice Presidential Debate. In addition, the onslaught of political news and comment has been numbing.

Relaxing and talking about it among friends will a welcome respite.

In the meantime, here's some items that I hope you find interesting and informative.

Kevin Siers reflects on the Stages of Grift.

Dick Polman looks forward to Sunday's debate.

Daniel Ruth explains how to succeed in business without really trying.

Hank Greenspun sees parallels between Donald Trump and Joe McCarthy.

Julia Hathaway describes how she became aware of her privilege.

Catherine Rampell is not impressed with our third party Presidential candidates.

Barbara Hamm Lee and Clint Smith discuss black lives matter and related topics.

Visit our Meetup Page and our Facebook group for the latest.

Debate Watch Update

The location for Monday's Debate Watch Party has been changed and the start time advanced by half an hour.

Rather than starting at 8:00 p. m. at Patricia's Place, the festivities will start at 7:30 p. m. at our regular location:

Croc's 19th Street Bistro
620 19th Street (intersection of 19th and Cypress)
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Just Desserts--Debate Watch Party

Get ready for the first Presidential Debate!

Patricia has organized a debate watch party for Monday evening, September 26. It will take place at 8:00-11:00 p. m, at Patricia's Place, Osprey Villa, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Call or text 732-319-9000 to RSVP and to learn more (BYOB).

You can learn more about this year's debates here: http://www.debates.org/index.php?page=2016debates

Here are some more links you may find worth your while:

Leonard Pitts, Jr., discusses the tone of the campaign.

The Booman has a theory as to why the electorate is ignoring the Washington establishment's warnings against Donald Trump.

Susie Sampson interviews a Deplorable.

Tom Hilton explains the news cycle.

Remember to join us for our October meeting, Thursday, October 13, at 6:00 p. m. at Croc's 19th Street Bistro, 620 19th St, (Cypress and 19th one block east of the Convention Center), Virginia Beach, Va.

Visit our Meetup Page and our Facebook group.

Welcome to September

As the campaign heats up, our next meeting should have lots of fodder for discussion.

In particular, I want to call your attention to this event: the First-Ever Commander-in-Chief Forum, scheduled for Wednesday evening on MSNBC. Though not strictly a debate, it promises to have both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump participating. (I shall not watch it; as I said at our brunch gathering, it has long been my practice not to devote two hours of my life to something I can read about the next day in 15 minutes. I certainly look forward to reading about this!)

It alone should give us much to discuss at our next gathering at Croc's 19nth Street Bistro, 620 19th Street (Cypress and 19th Street, one block east of the Convention Center), Virginia Beach. The fun starts at 6:00 p. m.

Here are some other links that you might find interesting:

At The Roanoke Times, Demetri Telionis examines how the age of communication became the age of miscommunication.

Tom Levenson takes the New York Times to task for its coverage of Hillary Clinton.

Joe Pierre explores why anonymous internet comments can be so vile.

Thanks to Patricia for organizing last weekend's. There was a nice turnout, laughter, and an interesting discussion. Nicole Carry, our special speaker, discussed information technology in municipal government, particularly the phenomenon known as "siloing" and efforts to overcome it so that data may be used more effectively and efficiently.

I look forward to seeing you at Croc's.

Special End of the Summer Brunch

Patricia has organized a Sunday brunch for us with special guest Nicole Carry, Norfolk City Council Member. Join us there:

When: 12:30 p, m., Sunday, August 28.

The Tasting Room
Mermaid Winery
330 W. 22nd Street
Norfolk, VA (map)

Please RSVP on Meetup or Facebook.

See you next Thursday

I'm just back from the Living Liberally chapter leaders conference in Philadelphia and looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on at 6:00 p. m., Thursday, August 11, at Croc's 19th Street Bistro, 620 19th Street (corner 19th and Cypress, one block from the Convention Center), Virginia Beach.

For me, there was a triple payoff: meeting other Liberally chapter hosts, being in Philly, as I lived in the Philly area for 25 years and love the city, and seeing two of my kids and a grandchild who live there. In addition to the business of the conference, we had special presentations from special guests, including David Dayen, blogger, writer, and activist. I came home with a tote-bag full of books and buttons to share at our meeting.

Meanwhile, the Presidential campaign officially started, as both major parties held their nominating conventions. (I arrived in Philly the Friday after the closing of the Democratic Convention.) Crazy has since ensued, with a flabbergast factor I've not seen since I cast my first ballot in 1972 (today I reckon it would be called a "protest vote": I wrote-in Shirley Chisholm).

We should have a lot to talk about next Thursday.

Some links you may find interesting:

More about David Dayen: http://daviddayen.tumblr.com/

Dick Polman summarizes a day in the life: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/national-interest/item/96023-reality-strangles-invention-just-another-day-in-the-16-campaign

Samantha Bee's Tale of Two Cities: http://crooksandliars.com/cltv/2016/08/samantha-bee-compares-dnc-convention

A prediction: http://www.ginandtacos.com/2016/08/02/kreskin-3/

How Stuff Works: http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2016/07/24