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Drinking Liberally Nashua Chapter Blog
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."
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:29pm.
Hi Everyone! Just a quick reminder that the Nashua chapter of Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow night, 6/3, 7:30pm, at a NEW LOCATION!
We're mixing it up and trying a new place! Please join us at Chen Yang Li, 379 Amherst St, Nashua. It's in the Somerset Plaza - 3 doors down from Applebees. Michael, the owner, is a great guy. Some of you may remember, he hosted the Nashua Democrats on that victorious 2012 election night. He was very generous.
There's so much to talk about! - Snowden, President Obama's new carbon emissions proposal, GOP outrage over the trade of 5 Afghan detainees for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release, the continuing Net Neutrality struggle, McDonald's workers crashing the shareholder meeting, the "Operation American Spring" that drew dozens, and so much more! Lets talk! Join your friends at Chen Yang Li!
"In a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, love exists. I'm grateful to know that it exists." -- Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:00pm.
Hi Everyone! Just a friendly reminder that Nashua Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow night, 5/6, 7:30pm at San Francisco Kitchen! Come on out and raise a glass with your libby friends!
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Weak, emaciated school kids reacted to Michelle Obama's sinister plan to deny them their tater tots. The Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act, which the First Lady is a strong supporter of, specifies school lunches must provide whole grain, protein, fat free or low-fat milk, fruits and vegetables. What's next? Child labor laws?
The number of uninsured Americans dropped to it's lowest ever. Like his cruel wife, President Obama seems to have a penchant for policies that strip the citizens of their freedom to be unhealthy (and bankrupt). Do you resent his attempts to deny you the satisfaction of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps?
Once again bolstering conservative claims of a "merit based society," Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel could collect over $55,000,000 after presiding over the largest breach of customer credit and debit card data in history. According to Target's 2013 proxy, Steinhafel could get $11.7 million in salary and incentive (seriously?) pay, pension benefits (remember those?) worth over $1.2 million and over $42 million in deferred compensation. Steinhafel also had $12.7 million in restricted shares that would vest." Did you think the way to get ahead at work is to perform well? Rube.
So much to talk about, and we'll do it tomorrow night, 5/6, 7:30pm at San Francisco Kitchen, 133 Main Street. Join us!
The liberals were liberators – they fought slavery, fought for women to have the right to vote, fought against Hitler, fought to end segregation, fought to end apartheid. Liberals put an end to child labor and they gave us the five day work week!
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:13pm.
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!
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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!
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.
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:01pm.
Hi Everybody! Just a friendly reminder that we meet tomorrow night, 3/4!
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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!
"There was a time when all people believed in God, and the church ruled. This time is called the dark ages."
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