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Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 11:13pm.
Hi Everybody! Just a friendly reminder that Nashua DL meets tomorrow (Tuesday) night!
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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:
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!
"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?"
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 11:53pm.
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!
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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!
"A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity."
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 8:59pm.
Just a quick reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow night (10/1), 7:30pm at Thousand Crane 116 W. Pearl St.!
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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
"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!'"
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 8:06pm.
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.!
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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!
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 7:39pm.
Hi Everybody! Just a quick reminder that we meet tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
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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!
"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?"
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 10:04pm.
Hi Everybody! Just a quick reminder that the Nashua chapter of Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow night, 7/2, at Thousand Crane! Beat the heat, grab a beer, and join the gang for some fun political chat!
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“Whistleblower” Ed Snowden released information on mass surveillance of Americans by the NSA. In a continuation of Bush administration policies, our phone calls, emails, texts, and other forms of communication have been monitored, ostensibly to head off terrorist attacks. President Obama has denied that any wrongdoing has taken place, citing FISA court oversight of the program, but is that oversight meaningful? Is this type of privacy invasion the new normal – a necessary evil in the “war on terra”? Or is it an anti-American outrage that finally needs to stop? And while we certainly have Snowden to thank for reviving debate on this crucial civil liberties issue, should we also thank him for revealing espionage secrets to other nations, including China? Is he a hero? A traitor? A self-aggrandizing narcissist? All of the above? Will his revelations lead to more transparency?
The Supreme Court decided that times they are a-changin'. In 5-4 decisions, both the Defense of Marriage Act, and significant portions of the Voting Rights Act, were struck down. The LGBT community celebrated another huge step toward marriage equality, while voting rights advocates fumed over a decision that, unless Congress quickly acts to rewrite the law, may leave millions of minority voters without a way to address voter suppression until after it occurs. Have times changed? Is the Voting Rights Act still necessary? Note: Texas moved forward with a controversial voter ID law within hours of the decision.
Speaking of Texas, all eyes were on state rep Wendy Davis as she carried out an old-school filibuster to win the latest battle in the Republican war on women. At stake was a misogynistic bill that would have shut down 37 of the state's 42 abortion clinics. Davis spoke for nearly 11 hours without sitting, using the restroom, going off topic, or even leaning against her desk. But Davis didn’t do it alone. The eyes of the world were on her, and ultimately the people carried the filibuster over the finish line. Celebration was cut short as Governor Rick Perry (a.k.a. “oops”) defied the will of the people and immediately called a new special session to reconsider the bill. Why does the GOP insist on big gubmint interfering in our lives? What does the future hold for the wonderful Wendy Davis?
Soooo much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night at Thousand Crane, 7:30pm, 116 West Pearl St! Join us!
When it comes to taxes, they say, "Who knows how to spend your money better - you, or the bureaucrats in Washington?" But when it comes to a woman's vagina, none of that applies, presumably because women aren't smart enough to make their own decisions.
Submitted by David Victory on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 1:20am.
Hi Everybody! Just a quick reminder that the Nashua chapter of Drinking Liberally meets tonight at Thousand Crane! Come on out and join the gang for some fun and political chat.
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On May 20th, the US Government laid waste to the town of Moore, Oklahoma by unleashing a massive, 200mph F-5 class tornado. At least that’s one possibility, said right wing lunatic pundit Alex Jones. He suggested our government may have intentionally caused the death of 23 people by way of “weather weapons”.
Taking it up several crazy notches, a little-known internet radio screecher said he wants Hillary Clinton executed, in a very particular way. During a barely coherent, shockingly violent and misogynistic rant Pete Santilli claimed the former Secretary of State is responsible for the death of Navy SEALS, and must die, slowly, from a gunshot wound to the vagina. And he wants to personally pull the trigger. The Secret Service will be paying him a visit on her behalf.
Are people like Jones and Santilli dangerous, or are they just harmless clowns looking for attention? Do you think violent rhetoric can lead to violent acts?
In another example of the danger of conglomeration and for-profit infotainment, the conservative mainstream news media ignored 2,000,000 people worldwide protesting agro-giant Monsanto. March Against Monsanto took to the streets on May 25th to draw attention to the company’s widespread genetic modification of our food supply. Are you comfortable eating "frankenfood"? Do you, unlike the US Senate believe you have the right to know what you’re eating?
Lots to talk about, and we’ll do it tonight, 7:30pm at Thousand Crane, 116 West Pearl St! Join in the conversation!
"Today's news is designed to make a profit.
Submitted by David Victory on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 1:20am.
Hi Everybody! Just a quick reminder that Nashua DL meets tonight. Come enjoy a cool one and talk about the issues of the day!
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Democrats were unable to overcome a Republican filibuster on a bi-partisan bill that would have expanded background checks on more gun sales. Opponents intentionally misrepresentedthe bill, claiming that it would have led to a national registry of gun owners, even though the bill would actually have made creating such a registry a felony offence. Our own Kelly Ayotte (NRAyotte?) marched in lockstep with the GOP, dutifully repeating the “registry” lie, and seeing her approval rating fall 15 points as a result. Expanded background checks are something the overwhelming majority of Americans (including NRA members) want. Why do you think she did it? Is she selling us out to set the stage for a sweet lobbying job when she leaves the Senate?
George W. Bush got his own library (lie bury). The $250,000,000 attraction features a cool simulator where you get to go back in time to 2003 and be the commander guy. Would you have invaded Iraq? If you’re a dirty peacenick and choose not to enter the war that cost the lives of 4,488 troops, and $800 billion tax dollars, you’ll be admonished by Bush’s former officials, and then Dubya himself comes out to
State Rep Stella Tremblay got lots of people talking. And swearing. The Republican rep from Auburn claimed the bombing of the Boston Marathon last month was an inside job, and that the man who tragically lost both his legs in the blast was faking it. She has not stepped down despite calls even from within her own party to do so. Should she be driven from office? Should she get her own reality TV show?
So much to talk about and we’ll do it at 7:30 tonight at Thousand Crane, 116 W. Pearl St! Join us!
“Reading is the basics for all learning.” George W Bush, ‘All Things Considered’, National Public Radio, 28th March 2000
Submitted by David Victory on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 2:11am.
Just a reminder that DL meets tonight, 7:30 at Thousand Crane! Come on out!
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The Iraq invasion / occupation reached its 10-year anniversary. Since the Bush administration launched the illegal offensive based on lies, the cost to America has reached 2 trillion taxpayer dollars. Cost to Nashua taxpayers alone is over 194 million – enough to hire 3,080 elementary school teachers, among other things. More tragically, the cost in lives lost reached 4,488 US troops, with 32,021 wounded. Civilian deaths are well over 111,000. Tomas Young, a dying Iraq vet, penned an unforgettable 10th anniversary letter to George Bush and Dick Cheney. Nobody has yet been held accountable for the outrage. Do you think anyone ever will be?
Fox News was declared too liberal. At least by a certain group of wingnuts.
El Rushbo said the gay marriage issue has jumped the shark for the right wing. Rush Limbaugh thinks marriage equality is inevitable, regardless of how the SCOTUS rules on DOMA. The thrice-divorced Republican conceded “we lost the issue” and complained the word “marriage” has been bastardized. He also believes marriage equality will soon be the law of the land nationwide. Is he right (for once)? How long will it take?
So much to talk about, and we’ll do it today at Thousand Crane, 116 W. Pearl St! Come join the conversation!
"I was told my son was killed in the war on terror. He was killed by George Bush's war of terror on the world."
Submitted by David Victory on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 1:36am.
Just a reminder that the Nashua DL meets tonight, 3/5, 7:30 pm at Thousand Crane! Come blow off steam and join us!
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They said it’d never happen. The “sequester” kicked in Friday. Federal agencies are now required to trim $85 billion from their budgets through September 30th, the end of the federal fiscal year. John Bohner cut off talks to avert the cuts nobody seems to want, elating the House GOP. Nevertheless, Republicans are pointing the finger (yes, that finger) at President Obama. So what’s the deal? If the sequester has your head spinning, this comprehensive article should clarify the issue for you. Maybe. So who gets the blame (credit)? Will it harm Nashua? Can it be stopped before the worst of the effects are felt?
Someone has a strong opinion on the sequester, and he’s a big (election) loser. In an interview with Fox “News,” Willard Mitt Romney says it “kills him” that he’s not the POTUS, “doing what needs to be done,” and criticizing President Obama for “berating” Republicans over the issue. On the election, he said he lost because he didn’t appeal to minority voters. It’s really not true. Millionaires and billionaires are tiny minorities, and he certainly had their votes locked up. But why is he back in the public eye? Why do you think Mitt has chosen to end his hermitage?
President Obama has put to rest any notion that his endorsement of marriage equality last year was a pitch for the “gay vote”. The Justice Department filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court which argues that California’s Proposition 8 (H8), which bans same-sex marriage, violates the US Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. “The basic principle that America is founded on, the idea that we are all created equally, applies to everybody, regardless of sexual orientation as well as race or gender,” Obama said. Not only has the President made his feelings on the matter clear, dozens of major US corporations have as well. Apple, Facebook, ebay and more have filed with the SCOTUS in support of equal marriage rights. Is the back of the anti-gay movement breaking?
So much to talk about, and we’ll do it tonight, 3/5, at Thousand Crane 116 west Pearl St! Come join us!
It's much harder to be a liberal than a conservative. Why?
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