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Drinking Liberally Nashua Chapter Blog
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:54pm.
Hi Everyone! Just a quick note to say that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow night (Tuesday, 3/3) at 7:30pm at our usual place - the wonderful Chen Yang Li!
Winter is sticking around, but don't let it get you down! Come hang with the liberal cool kids!
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Walmart raised the pay for their lowest paid workers. It's great news. Did they suddenly develop a corporate conscience, or were there other reasons?
After a huge amount of pressure from activists and the public, the FCC changed direction and approved tough new rules to maintain Net Neutrality! This means huge telecom corporations can't manipulate the Internet by blocking content, or slowing data flow unless extra fees are paid. It's a meaningful ruling to keep the internet free. Naturally, "freedom-loving" Republicans are furious about it. What does the ruling mean to you?
It's settled; global warming is a hoax - and Jim Inhofe has the incontestable proof. The Oklahoma Senator stunned the scientific community when he threw a ball of compressed snow, which he obtained "from outside," to the floor of the senate. Are we on the political left, environmentalists, and all those whose world view is shaped by scientific truths, big enough to admit we've been wrong all along?
What's on your mind? Come share with us tonight!
"You're not under the impression that Rush wants a Republican to win, are you? If not for Clinton and Obama, Rush would still be the fat DJ no girl would date."
Submitted by David Victory on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:37am.
Hi Everyone! Just a quick reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tonight (2/3) at 7:30pm at our usual place - the wonderful Chen Yang Li!
Since last time...the Winter has really begun to suck! Don't let it keep you down - come in, warm up, and unwind with your libby friends!
Mittens dropped out of the running for 2016, Sarah Palin may finally have worn out her welcome with the GOP, and Bernie Sanders dropped by the Granite State for a great house party.
What's on your mind? Come share with us tonight, 7:30pm, at Chen Yang Li - 379 Amherst St!
"Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind... I'm total, total, total liberal and proud of it. They should be damn lucky that they were liberals here. Liberals gave more to the population of the United States than any other group."
Submitted by David Victory on Sun, 01/18/2015 - 11:31pm.
Hi Everyone! Just a quick note to say that Nashua Drinking Liberally is having a special State Of The Union watch party on Tuesday (1/20), at 7:30pm (the address will start about 9) at our usual place - the wonderful Chen Yang Li!
No doubt President Obama will use the address to promote some wonderful ideas he has to benefit the working class, including free college, raising taxes on capital gains income, increasing tax credits for child care and education, and paid family leave. He's also expected to address net neutrality, cybersecurity, terrorism, and trade.
Will he address Republican obstructionism? Police brutality? Global climate change? Freedom of expression?
What are you hoping to hear? Let's hear it together on Tuesday, 1/20, 7:30pm at Chen Yang Li! Join us!
"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear."
Submitted by David Victory on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:50am.
Hi Everyone, and Happy New Year! Just a quick reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tonight (Tuseday) 1/6, at 7:30pm at Chen Yang Li! Take a break and raise a glass with your libby friends!
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The Republicans are set to push through all kinds of regressive legislation now that they've officially taken control of both houses of Congress. But did the majority of Americans vote for them?
Gasoline is practically free. At least that's how it seems. The long streak of falling gas prices has broken a record, and it's expected to continue. It'll certainly boost the economy, and working people who commute will get a much-needed break, but will it also encourage over consumption? Will affordable gas make the Keystone XL a tougher sell for the GOP? Should President Obama get the credit for these new low gas prices, as Mitt Romney believes? Ultimately, do low gas prices help or hurt our energy security and global environment?
President Obama will give the 2015 State Of The Union address two weeks from today. What would you like to hear?
So much to talk about, and we'll do it tonight, Tuesday, 1/6, 7:30pm at Chen Yang Li! Join us!
"Being liberal isn't just about activism twenty-four hours a day. Nor is it only about working hard and making a difference through your labor...being liberal should also be about having fun." -- Justin Krebs
Submitted by David Victory on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:36am.
Hi Everyone! Just a quick reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tonight (Tuseday) 12/2, at 7:30pm at Chen Yang Li! Take a break and raise a glass with your libby friends!
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Ferguson, MO exploded into riots after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager. What's at the core of the disproportionate number of killings of (frequently unarmed) young black men by police? President Obama has proposed equipping police officers with small video cameras to make situations between law enforcement and the public more transparent - for the safety of the citizens and the officers alike. Could it help? Other towns have proven that killings such as Brown's are not inevitable. Can we solve this huge problem?
The President can never do anything right in the eyes of the GOP. Neither, it appears, can his children. Sasha and Malia were shamed on social media by a Republican Congressional aide for their clothing and facial expressions during a televised event (annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon). Is there precedent for this? True, Limbaugh cruelly mocked Amy Carter, and Saturday Night Live shamefully ridiculed Chelsea Clinton, but is this something different? In the same vein as Joe Wilson's infamous "You Lie!" outburst, is this a particular type of disrespect reserved for the Obamas?
As the holiday shopping heats up. this intelligent, articulate, college-educated homeless woman wants you to know, Amazon sucks. These workers would likely agree with her. So where's a good liberal to shop to find holiday gifts they can buy with a clear conscience? What do you feel good about giving your friends & family? Let the rest of us know!
So much to talk about, and we'll do it tonight, Tuesday, 12/2, 7:30pm at Chen Yang Li! Join us!
I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. -- Jon Stuart
Submitted by David Victory on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:28am.
Hi Everyone! Election Day is finally here. VOTE - then join us at Drinking Liberally tonight at Chen Yang Li to eat, drink, and watch the election results. We'll either be celebrating or consoling each other, but either way, we'll be together.
Join us tonight, 11/4/14, 7:30pm, 379 Amherst St. in Nashua!
Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote. -- William E. Simon
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:50pm.
Hi Everyone! Just a quick reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tonight (Tuseday) 10/7, at 7:30pm at Chen Yang Li! We're less than a month out from the 2014 mid-term election, and things are getting crazy here in the Granite State. Take a break from working and campaigning and raise a glass with your libby friends! And FYI - a credible rumor is going around that Governor Maggie Hassan will join us tonight!
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Change happens when the people demand it. Seems like lots of people soon plan to demand change at the polls in Ferguson, Missouri. Since the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, more than 3,000 citizens have newly registered to vote. Naturally, the GOP finds the increased civic engagement "disgusting". If election day brings about a dramatic change in Ferguson, will we see a trend?
Ebola became a household word. An outbreak in West Africa of the deadly and highly contagious virus has been covered extensively by the corporate media. As usual when potentially frightening situations occur, Republicans don't want the public to panic. Is there cause for concern? Is the outbrake of a highly contagious disease something a cohesive, universal national healthcare system could address better than a patchwork of profit-driven insurance plans?
Germans decided that higher education is in their national interest. They decided students shouldn't be encumbered with huge amounts of non-dischargable debt upon graduation. They decided college will be free. Is such a shift possible in America? Could we decide education takes priority over endless war and tax breaks? How would it effect our economy? Why is it so difficult to get anything done about the student loan debt problem?
So much to talk about, and we'll do it tonight, Tuesday, 10/7, 7:30pm at Chen Yang Li! Join us!
"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans — unless they have too much education and vote Democratic. Which proves there can be too much of a good thing." -- Karl Rove (New Yorker, Feb. 19, 2001.)
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 09/01/2014 - 2:35pm.
Hi Everyone! HAPPY LABOR DAY! Just a quick reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow (Tuseday) night, 9/2, at Chen Yang Li! Take a break from working and campaigning! Come on out an raise a glass with your libby friends!
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Just in time for Labor Day, Market Basket was saved. Beloved CEO Artie T Demoulas is back running the supermarket chain after an unprecedented show of solidarity between workers, suppliers and customers pressured the board to sell him a controlling 50.5% share in the company. Workers and customers alike rejoiced, and Artie T expressed his thanks. What are the implications? Will this victory lead to more worker uprisings? Will it affect public opinion of unions?
Ferguson, MO became a war zone after protests following the killing of an unarmed black teenager by police. Media focus has been intense, and the (sometimes dubious) flying accusations have been difficult to keep track of. Outrageously, law-abiding journalists covering the story have been arrested in the chaos. President Obama addressed the issue, and sent Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson. Did he do enough? Why does there seem to be so many of these types of killings? Will there be justice in this case? Could this tragedy lead to meaningful change?
Robin Williams took his own life. Whether one believes it happened due to the darkness of his intense clinical depression and Parkinsons disease diagnosis, or because he was a coward or a heathen, his death focused the nation's attention on the problem of rising rates of suicide. While the Republican Party pays lip service to mental health care, Obamacare requires all health insurance plans to provide free screenings for depression. Will that help lower suicide rates?
So much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night, Tuesday, 9/2, 7:30pm at Chen Yang Li, 379 Amherst St. in Nashua! Join us!
"You have demonstrated that everyone has a purpose, everyone has meaning, that no one person is better than another, that no one person holds a position of privilege. ... We are all equal."
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:38pm.
Hi Everyone! Our new hangout, Chen Yang Li, at 379 Amherst St. in Nashua has been a huge success! They are so friendly and accommodating, and the food is wonderful. So lets do it again! Nashua Drinking Liberally meets there tomorrow (Tuseday) night, 8/5, at 7:30pm! Come on out an raise a glass with your libby friends!
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The New Hampshire's very own klutzy loaded gun-dropper, state rep Kyle Tasker, wondered if he could join the National Black Caucus because he likes "rap music". Musing on facebook, he also wanted to know how to "join the white caucus of state legislators." Kyle? You already are a part of the white caucus. It's called the Republican Party.
Walgreens decided we should pay their taxes. Tax inversion is the practice of moving corporate headquarters to another country to take advantage of their low tax rates, while business carries on otherwise unchanged. That's what the largest drug store chain in America, wants to do. President Obama called the tactic an "unpatriotic tax loophole", while Senator Bernie Sanders ripped them as "corporate deserters", and has introduced legislation that would ban such "deserters" from receiving any government contracts.
The Benghazi scandal is a "nothingburger". That's what Rep. Mike Thompson, who sits on the GOP-led intelligence committee said about the results of the committee's Benghazi investigation. No wrongdoing was found on the part of the Obama administration in the attack on the American consulate in Libya. After 13 congressional hearings and 50 briefings, will that finally be the end of the witch hunt? Nope.
So much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night, Tuesday, 8/5, 7:30pm at Chen Yang Li! Join us!
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in
society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that
authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 6:56pm.
Hi Everyone! Last month saw our first event at our new hangout, Chen Yang Li, and it was a huge success! They were so friendly and accommodating, and the food was wonderful. So lets do it again! Nashua Drinking Liberally meets there tomorrow night, 7/1! Come on out an raise a glass with your libby friends!
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Speaker Boehner is soooo pissed that President Obama is managing to get stuff done without Congress that he's planning to sue him. Turns out he's been planning it for a while. Whether or not he actually does, just the idea of it appears to have had unintended consequences. Will Boehner finally decide what to sue Obama about, and follow through with it? Would it be, as some suggest, a prelude to an impeachment?
Senator Bernie Sanders spoke last weekend in Warner, NH. As usual, everything Bernie said was spot on. He called for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United and get the money out of politics. He hammered the vast wealth disparities in America. He decried the massive student loan burden so many graduates have. He bashed corporate welfare. Is it finally time to have a unapologetically liberal POTUS? His ideas poll well. He tells it like it is. What could happen to Bernie's profile if he took part in a national debate? Could he be a serious contender?
The Supreme Court gave another present to corporate America. They ruled that businesses that have a "religious objection" to contraception need not offer insurance to their employees if that insurance covers contraceptives, as required by the Affordable Care Act. It's certainly true that providing health insurance of any type conflicts with corporate religion - when that religion, after all, is money. Do you think the conservatives who cheered the SCOTUS's ruling are prepared to adopt the resulting unwanted children, or at least vote to provide additional funding to educate, house and feed them?
So much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night, 7/1, 7:30pm at Chen Yang Li, 379 Amherst St, Nashua, (in the Somerset Plaza)! Join us!
"You have the trade issue, which is important. You have health care issues, which are very important. You have war and peace issues, economic priority issues, which are very important. And on those issues you can bring together coalitions, which redefine the normal paradigm which a lot of the corporate media creates when they talk about liberal and conservative."
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