Drinking Liberally Spartanburg Chapter Blog

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Yes, we are growing! We'd much like to welcome Alice and Judith to our Tuesday thing. It's always great to have new people at the table, and we look forward to having Alice and Judith with us in the weeks and years to come.

It seems that there is always something great going on in
Spartanburg County on any given weekend. The weekend of April 25th is no exception. CARMA INC. presents the South by Southeast (SXSE) Music Festival at The Music Camp. And the Stone Soup Story Telling Festival is happening in Woodruff that weekend also. Check out their face book pages for details. The yard work can wait, get out and enjoy!

The Conversation Shaker will be on the table Tuesday. Something you want to talk about? Write it on a slip of paper, no need to sign it, and put it in the Shaker. We'll pick them out and discuss.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday April 22nd at The Nu-Way, 6:00 PM. See you there.

WEATHER--or not--we'll be there--inside or out.

Al, Diane, Cass and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We must welcome Pat and Susan to our little group! It was great meeting them and sharing conversation last week, and we look forward to having them with us in the weeks and years to come.
It seems that a gentleman in Nevada stopped paying grazing fees on land that we, the Federal Government owns, to the Bureau of Land Management in 1993. So it seems the the BLM decided to take his cattle. This gentleman's buddies showed up armed, and the BLM, decidedly out manned and out gunned, let the gentleman have his cows back. But the gentleman still hasn't paid his past due grazing fees, now amounting to about 1 million dollars.

According to the Oxford American Dictionary, the definition of an anarchist is "one who believes that government and laws are undesirable and SHOULD (caps added) be abolished". If one thinks that laws should be abolished, there are ways within the structure of our government to do that. Can't call the gentleman an anarchist, maybe just forgetful.

We won't let you forget that DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday April 15th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Come to the table, let's talk.

Enjoy Spring!!

Cass, Diane, Al and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

In a span of just a few years, our U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on two cases that have just about gutted all campaign finance reform legislation that has been in place for 20 years or more. The first was the ruling on Citizens United, now comes McCutcheon vs. FEC that strikes down limits on overall federal campaign donations. A depressing question is will the focus to repeal Citizens United now have to be directed to McCutcheon? "Pay attention people" to the judicial arm of our government. Right now the wrongs are happening there.

Two great, wonderful, right things are happening right here in Spartanburg County, unfortunately both on the same weekend. The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in Woodruff and South by Southeast Springfest at The Music Camp are going on April 25th and 26th. You can attend both, the venues are not far apart. Two jewels of super fun entertainment. Check them out on their facebook pages.

So what's bothering you, what's making you feel good? Bring it all to the table Tuesday, let's talk.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday April 8th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

Keep Your Head Up,
Al, Cass, Diane and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Your NCAA Championship bracket is about to close out. Time to start another one. Does the South Carolina Election of 2014 bracket sound good to you? There is Tom Ervin, attorney from Greenville, opposing Governor Haley in the republican primary. Then we have Brad Hutto, Democrat, opposing Jay Stamper, to face off with Lindsey Graham. Surely there are more contests to be voted upon that can be added, so if any of you can augment the choices, please let us know. Thinking we can have some fun with this. We'll talk about it Tuesday and see what we can get together. We'll start with the primary and go through the election in November.

Tees will be available for Wanda, Virginia and Bill. And we've started another order list, so if you can get into a new tee, pick the correct size and let us know. Tie-dye is $21.00, solid color $15.00. Various colors from which to choose.

About four years ago, Michael Broumberg showed up to one of our gatherings after searching for "liberal outlets" in Spartanburg through Google. Those of us who were honored to know him will miss his wit, smile, and friendship. Michael B. died peacefully last week. We'll talk about you and toast you Tuesday Michael, and we'll never forget.

Dl Spartanburg gathers Tuesday April 1st, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

Al, Cass, Kevin and Diane

Gatherine Reminder

Hi Gang,

We welcome Reta to our little group. It was nice having her with us last Tuesday, and hope to see her again in the weeks and years to come.

Tee-shirts, Trevor, and truthful talk taking place at The Nu-Way Tuesday March 25th at 6:00 PM. See you there.

Tha..tha..tha..that's all folks!

Al, Diane, Cass and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We know this is a bit early for our reminder, but just wanted you all to know that Trevor Rodgers, organizer for the South Carolina Democratic Party will be our guest Tuesday March 25th. This is a re-scheduled appearance for Trevor from January when we were snowed and iced in. It should be an interesting talk about what's going on in the state, and if you're so inclined, how you might help. We'll give Trevor some time around 7:30 PM or so. Come on out, bring your friends and neighbors.

For those of us who ordered tee-shirts, they will be available on Tuesday. Cost is $21.00 for tie-dye, $15.00 for solid.

Moving Forward,
Al, Cass, Diane and Kevin

Gathering reminder

Hi Gang,

It's our pleasure to welcome Virginia and Ken to our gathering. It's always good to have new folks join us, and we look forward to having Virginia and Ken with us in the weeks and years to come.

We'll check on the tee-shirt order, and may have the first order ready Tuesday. We're all going to look great in tie-dye, without a doubt!

A missing airliner, Crimea no longer part of Ukraine, republican opponents in the primary election running against Lindsey Graham playing the gay card, Vincent Sheheen or Nicki Haley for governor. It's becoming interesting. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, let's talk.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday March 18th, 6:00PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.


Cass, Diane, Kevin and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

The tee-shirt order has been placed, and we hope to have word soon as to when they will be ready. And the donation to DL National has been made. Thank you all for the support.

Cass talked to Michael B. recently and he's in good spirits. He has a birthday coming up soon, so for those of us who know Michael, we might want to give him a call or email and wish him happy days ahead.

So much to talk about, most topics pretty depressing. That's why it's always best to gather and discuss with friends, with a pint or two of your favorite beverage.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday March 11th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. If the warm weather stays around, we'll move out to the patio! So be prepared to position yourself on the patio and pose your point of view. Or just chime in when when you feel the need.

Shout Out to Spring!
Al, Diane, Kevin, and Cass

Gathering Reminder


Last week a "business" moment was scheduled to talk about a new round of tee shirts. Well that didn't happen, but it's definitely going to be discussed Tuesday. We also want to talk about donating funds to DL National. National keeps our web page running. And National is where we get our pins, books, bottle openers, and much needed support. So it's going down Tuesday. If you want a shirt, show up. You can go to: carolinamade.com and pick out a color. We'll need your choice and size. Remember that the tee will have our logo, so keep that in mind when you choose a color. Tie dye is $21.00, solid color is $16.00. We'll talk about money matters Tuesday also. But if you want one, we'll try to make it happen. So the cow bell will clang around 7:30 or so to get this done. Business meetings in the past have almost become as troublesome as rocket science, so be prepared.

Ukraine. Some say that it will all work out to a somewhat peaceful end, but maybe not for the people in that area. Some say that it will escalate into a conflict between Russia and who??? What say you?

This and other topics will be on the table Tuesday, let's talk. DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday March 4th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-way. See you there.

Inhale, Exhale, Sleep Well,

Al, Diane, Kevin and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi gang,

Welcome Sam! It was great having him with us last week, and we look forward to seeing him in the weeks and years to come.

Are you interested in what's going on in Columbia? Of course you are. There is a great site called "statehouse report", that will give you the status on pending legislation as well as what has become law in the great state of South Carolina. Search it, sign up, it's free, and very informative. For instance, it is now legal in SC to carry a weapon into a bar as long as you don't drink liquor. One might wonder why you would go into a bar if you weren't going to drink?

Your hosts have found an outlet to purchase t-shirts, located in Landrum, the owners are very easy with which to deal. And they can do tie-dye! So it's time to make a decision, want a tee, tie-dye or solid color, size? You can look at the available colors at: carolinamade.com. Check it out, we'll talk about it Tuesday, we'll have a short business meeting. The tie-dye would look fantastic.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday Feb. 25th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, let's talk.

With positive thoughts,
Cass, Al, Diane and Kevin