Drinking Liberally Nashua Chapter Blog

Drinking Liberally Nashua Meets Tonight, 4/1 - NO FOOLING!

Hi Everyone! Just a friendly reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tonight, 4/1, 7:30pm at San Francisco Kitchen! Come on out an raise a glass with your libby friends!

Since last time...

Three Republican Senators, including our own Kelly (NR)Ayotte decided it's long past time time to finally investigate this "Benghazi" business. Some say that once they get to the bottom of this, they will delve into the breaking Whitewater scandal, and the mysterious deaths of people who were about to testify against the Clintons in 1994.

If you can't beat 'em, cheat 'em. The GOP wants to limit access to voting in swing states, and they aren't even bothering to pretend voter fraud is a problem anymore. New attempts are being made to change voting days, times, and locations, which will disproportionately effect the working poor. Will these underhanded tactics significantly effect turnout?

Despite the GOP's attempt to repeal the ACA 534,768,901 times, Obamacare signups have reached nearly 7 million. In a new poll, the number of Americans who approve of Obamacare has passed those who disapprove. Will the Democrats keep running from President Obama's life-saving signature legislative accomplishment, or will they get some sack and actually start listing the facts?

So much to talk about, and we'll do it tonight, 4/1, 7:30pm at San Francisco Kitchen, 133 Main Street. Join us!

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Russia will not soon become, if it ever becomes, a second copy of the United States or England - where liberal value have deep historic roots.
--Vladimir Putin

Nashua Drinking Liberally Meets Tomorrow Night, 3/4!!

Hi Everybody! Just a friendly reminder that we meet tomorrow night, 3/4!

Since last time...

Russia invaded Ukraine, and the situation is escalating. Ukraine's new leaders have accused Russia of declaring war, and nations around the world have decried the aggression. Republicans have responded to the crisis by blaming President Obama, and saying he "needs to do something," while in an epicly bad choice of words, Secretary of State Kerry condemned Russia for "invading another country on completely trumped up pretext." Obama has threatened political and economic sanctions on Russia. Can this crisis be resolved peacefully?

Arizona governor Jan Brewer VETOed the controversial bill SB 1062, which would have "protected" from legal action any person who denies services to another, on the basis of religious beliefs. The LGBT community, fearing the law would encourage discrimination, applauded Brewer's decision. Will no one come to the rescue of millions of religiously oppressed Arizona Christians? Will they always suffer the tyranny of the gays?

A college professor in Idaho asked a question. "When may I shoot a student?" In a New York Times op-ed, Prof. Greg Hampikian asks for clarification in light of Idaho's impending passage of a bill allowing guns on state college and university campuses. Take a minute to read it. It's worth it. With a large majority of Americans favoring stronger gun control measures, will there ever be enough lawmakers willing to stand up to the well-funded NRA and their excitable, paranoid foot soldiers?

So much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night at 7:30pm at San Francisco Kitchen! It's been so cold - come in and warm up with your libby friends!

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"There was a time when all people believed in God, and the church ruled. This time is called the dark ages."
-- George Bernard Shaw

Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow night AT A NEW LOCATION!!

Hi Everybody! Just a friendly reminder to join your libby friends tomorrow night (Tuesday, 2/4) at a NEW LOCATION! We're mixing things up by gathering at SAN FRANCISCO KITCHEN on Main Street!

Since last time,

President Obama gave his State Of The Union Address. He quickly condemned the bullshit obstruction and manufactured crises carried out by Congress, and vowed to work without them if necessary.

"...America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."

Will he follow through with it? What was your reaction to the address? Was there anything you particularly liked or didn't like?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration wants the power to "fast track" continued to face opposition. The "free trade" agreement, between the USA and 12 Pacific nations, is particularly unpopular with Republicans. Perhaps reverse psychology could be used to get the GOP on our side? Their hatred for President Obama is so deep, might they push to repeal Citizens United if they believed he was for it? What if he announced he hated labor unions, planned parenthood, tax fairness, gay rights, solar power, universal background checks for gun sales, public education, infrastructure repair, etc etc etc? Could that be the path to progress? After all, Obamacare was a Republican plan and now they despise it!

Republicans wanted to reach out to women, and who better to do that than a smooth-talking former Baptist preacher from the deep South? Mike Huckabee said Democrats are telling women that they can't "control their libido" without the help of "Uncle Sugar". How will it go over? Will this finally be the ticket to GOP success with the crucially important voting bloc?

So much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night, 7:30pm, at SAN FRANCISCO KITCHEN 133 Main Street in Nashua! Come on out!

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"I think every woman in our culture is a feminist. They may refuse to articulate it, but if you were to take any woman back 40 years and say, 'Is this a world you want to live in?' They would say, 'No'."
-- Hellen Mirren

Tuesday Night - Special State Of The Union Drinking Liberally!

Hi Everybody,

President Obama will give the State of the Union address on Tuesday night (1/28). Let's watch it together! There are many topics to cover - NSA, unemployment, Iran, climate change, minimum wage, education, energy, income inequality, and on and on.

We're gathering at a NEW LOCATION - San Francisco Kitchen, 133 Main Street in Nashua to watch the address. The address should start about 9pm, so 8pm is a good time to gather and order discounted meals! Yes, the good people of San Fran are giving us a 10% discount on food/drink combos (must order food with the drink to get the discount). The food is delicious, so come join us! Eat, drink, and watch the address. It should be a good crowd, as Organizing for America, and the Nashua Democrats are planning to watch too!

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"There's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America.
--Barack Obama"

Nashua Drinking Liberally Meets Tomorrow Night (1/7)!

Hi Everyone! Just a reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally is meeting tomorrow night (1/7) at 7:30pm. The holidays were hectic - come unwind with your libby friends!

Since last time,

The New York Times came out in support of Edward Snowden. The Old Grey Lady believes Snowden is a whistle-blower for revealing the vast amounts of data on us being collected by the US government, and should be given clemency. How do you feel about him? Has your opinion of Snowden changed as evidence of government overreach has piled up? How will things turn out for him?

Michael Moore said Obamacare is "awful". Do you agree? Should Moore be giving ammo to the President's right wing detractors?

It got damn freakin' cold. The nation is in the grip of a deadly frigid weather pattern. Does that mean global warming is a hoax? Predictably, one prominent Republican says so. Still, it's hard to deny that this has been a pretty tough Winter so far. Thankfully, we have plenty of dedicated public employees to get us up and moving, right?

So much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night (1/7) at Thousand Crane! Get out of the cold! Get into Drinking Liberally!

"REMINDER: The people who think that Climate Change doesn't exist think that the War on Christmas does."
--LOLGOP in a Tweet

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Hi! Nashua Drinking Liberally Meets Tomorrow Night (12/3)!

Hi Everybody! Just a friendly reminder that Nashua DL meets tomorrow (Tuesday) night!

Since last time:

Despite the generosity of their benevolent employer, Walmart's associates showed their burgeoning dissatisfaction by staging a Black Friday strike! While far too small to threaten the global retail monster, the strike continues to focus attention on the poverty wages paid by the country's largest employer. Thanks to annual sales of over 400 billion, the owners of Walmart, the Walton family, has more wealth than 40% of this country put together. Think they could loosen the purse strings a bit? Will these strikes increase in size and intensity?

The new Pope shook things up - in a very good way. Pope Francis said Reganomics is crap. His official papal manifesto, Evangelii Gaudium, blasts "trickle-down" economics:

"In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system."

Naturally, the de facto leader of the Republican party, Rush Limbaugh, hated the sound of it. "Somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him," adding "This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the Pope." Former Governor of Alaska / failed VP nominee / reality TV star Sarah Palin said of the Pontiff's words "some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me." Simple Sarah later apologized, blaming "the media."

What do you think about the Catholic Church's refocusing on the plight of the poor? What will the political implications, if any, be?

So much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night, 7:30pm, at Thousand Crane! Come join us!

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"How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?"
-- Pope Francis

Drinking Liberally Nashua Meets Tomorrow Night

Hi Everyone! Just a friendly reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow (ELECTION) night, (Tuesday 11/5) at 7:30pm at Thousand Crane. Go vote, then come socialize with friends and share your opinion on the stories of the day!

Since last time,

By courageously cutting food stamp funding, Republicans defended America from the greedy, selfish veterans, disabled people, and children who don't have enough food. WalMart will feel the pinch, too, however. Would food stamps be more palatable to the GOP if they were given directly to WalMart, instead of hungry Americans?

The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) website went live, and ever since, life for Americans has been a nightmare of unfathomable darkness. Republicans were positively outraged that technical difficulties with www.healthcare.gov meant some people had long waits, or were altogether unable to use the web site to sign up for the coverage the GOP tried tirelessly to keep those people from having in the first place. Untold thousands of uninsured Americans have suffered the indignity of using crude, outdated, telephony technology to apply for affordable, more comprehensive, potentially life saving health insurance. President Obama has vowed to make access easier, while the opposition is assisting the uninsured by doing "Everything in our power to be an obstructionist." How long will it take to get the website working properly? Do you think the obstructionists will continue refer to it as "Obamacare" once the public knows the many benefits of the ACA?

The civil war in the Republican Party continued to rage on. The government shutdown brought the tensions to a boil. The Moderates hate the Tea Party for the shut down, which was reckless and embarrassed the party. The Tea Party hates the Moderates, considering any Republican lawmaker with a mind to compromise a "RINO" (Republican In Name Only). Both the Moderates and the Teabaggers don't particularly care about abortion and equal rights for gays. The Fundamentalist Evangelicals, of course, are obsessed with both things, which Moderates and Tea Party feel is limiting the appeal of the GOP. Which faction will come out on top? What will it mean for 2016?

So much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night (Tuesday, 11/5) 7:30pm at Thousand Crane! Join us!

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"A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity."
--Ralph Nader

Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow night, 10/1!

Just a quick reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow night (10/1), 7:30pm at Thousand Crane 116 W. Pearl St.!

Since last time,

An organization of evildoers threatened our nation's financial well being, and the crisis continues now in the form of a tense standoff. The fiends have taken a hostage - our government - and are threatening great harm unless all their depraved demands are met. President Obama refuses to bargain with these thugs, who want nothing less than the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, the slashing of funds for Planned Parenthood, the preservation of the Bush tax cuts, allowing employers to eliminate insurance coverage for birth control, and the privatizing of Medicare, among other things. Will this sinister group make good on their threat to shut down our government? If so, how will it effect us?

In a stunning departure from America's habitual behavior, a military strike on Syria has been averted - for now. During a press conference, a decidedly hawkish Secretary of State John Kerry was asked how an impending attack on Syria (in response to the country's alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians) could be averted. Kerry replied in an offhand, somewhat sarcastic manner that the only alternative to a strike was the complete and total surrender of all of Syria's chemical weapons. 'So be it', said Syrian president Bashar Assad. The destruction of the weapons will begin in November. Was the President's strident position on the use of force the key to Syria's cooperation? Will this plan go forward without incident? Should America have gotten involved at all?

And in another encouraging development, President Obama spoke to Iran. The POTUS had a fifteen-minute phone conversation with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, marking the first substantive contact with that nation in three decades. Among subjects of conversation was Iran's nuclear program, and both men seemed hopeful that a mutually acceptable agreement was possible. Will the future hold improved relations with Iran?

So much to talk about and we'll do it tomorrow night, 10/1, 7:30pm at Thousand Crane! Beforehand, if you have time and questions about Obamacare, swing by the Nashua Library at 6 to get the facts about the Affordable Care Act! Organizing For Action is holding a Healthcare Marketplace Information session on the ACA. Policy expert Karen Kelly from New Hampshire Citizens Alliance will be there to help cut through the bullshit misinformation and give an overview of the new Healthcare Marketplace. https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/obamacareactionevent/gsfw9x

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"With those Republicans, we’re now in a situation where even if Obama said, 'I want to give you motherf*ckers a raise,' they’d go, 'F*ck you! We don’t want a raise!'"
--Samuel L Jackson

Happy Labor Day! - Nashua Drinking Liberally Meets Tomorrow Night!

Happy Labor Day everybody! Just a quick reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow night (9/3), 7:30pm at Thousand Crane 116 W. Pearl St.!

Since last time,

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's mighty "I Have A Dream" speech was commemorated with a rally in Washington DC. Over 100,000 people gathered on the National Mall to hear President Obama pay tribute to the great civil rights leader. Former presidents Clinton and Carter also spoke to the crowd. Some conservatives complained that there was no GOP presence at the event. The truth is, they were invited, but blew it off. How much progress has been made in regards to racial equality since the historic march? Not surprisingly, whites and blacks have very different perceptions. What's yours?

The Department of Justice decided it's down with pot. Eric Holder announced the DOJ will allow Colorado and Washington to move ahead with their marijuana legalization legislation. What do you think? Is this the first step toward more sensible drug laws...or will the legalization of reefer lead to madness?

In violation of international law, Syria used chemical weapons against civilians - at least, that what President Obama believes,and Syria denies. Obama has proposed a punitive military strike against Syria in response. The POTUS has taken his case to Congress and the American people. If there are indeed atrocities being committed, should we get involved? Would it be helpful, or just make things worse?

So much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night! Join us!

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"The Labor Movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress." --Martin Luther King Jr.

Nashua Drinking Liberally Meets Tomorrow Night, Tuesday 8/6!!

Hi Everybody! Just a quick reminder that we meet tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Since last time...

Trayvon Martin was put on trial for his own murder. And was found guilty. George Zimmermann was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of the unarmed teenager, who was flagrantly breaking the law that prohibits walking to your father's condo while wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Do you think this tragedy will have any influence on gun laws?

Detroit went bankrupt. Now the pensions of the city's workers are in danger. Police and firefighters who worked for Motown don't qualify for federally run Social Security pension benefits, which average $1,268/mo, so their pensions are all many have between them and the streets. Are they just whining? If running into burning buildings to save lives didn't lead to wealth, shouldn't they have grown up and gotten real jobs? And what do these bums expect for a measly 30 years of public service, anyway?

Obamacare's most anticipated aspect, the insurance exchange and mandatory coverage, is set to start October 1st. But the Affordable care Act is already lowering premiums as much as 50%! Those who purchase individual private health plans will be most affected. How do you think it will affect you?

So much to talk about, and we'll do it at 7:30pm tomorrow night, at Thousand Crane, 116 West Pearl St! Join us!

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"When is enough enough? I've given you 34 years. I've given you two ankles, a shoulder, and a back. I'm not even sure about my lungs. What else do you need?"
-- Retired Detroit firefighter Dave Parnell, on cuts to his pension in the wake of Detroit's bankruptcy