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Drinking Liberally Nashua Chapter Blog
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."
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:17pm.
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
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!
"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'."
Submitted by David Victory on Sun, 01/26/2014 - 9:56pm.
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!
Submitted by David Victory on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 9:48pm.
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!
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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."
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!
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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