Drinking Liberally Spartanburg Chapter Blog

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We had a great group last week to view The State of the Union Address, and a good time playing SOTU Bingo. Our big Bingo winner was Jinx! Your prize will be waiting for you Jinx when you join us again.

Just a reminder that Daniel Z will be performing at The Chapman Cultural Center Friday Feb. 6th at 7:00 PM. The cost is $10.00. For those of us interested in hearing Daniel perform, we can gather together for an early dinner around 6:00 at a local pub as yet to be determined, then go listen to one of DL's own lay down some cool jazz.

Governor Haley's plan to fund road repair has finally surfaced. From what can be understood, she wants to raise the gas tax and offset that tax increase with a reduction of tax money going to education. And from what can be discerned, this will bring less money into the treasury. Surely she can't be serious.

Your hosts are on a mission, that being to introduce the correct liberal form of the drink toast. Call it CLFDT, pronounced any way you wish. We will be practicing this at every gathering until we all get it right. So be prepared to practice, over and over again.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday January 27th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

CLFDT!

Diane, Cass, Kevin, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We must officially welcome Aspen to our group. She has been hanging out with us for the past several weeks and we apologize to Aspen for not making her an official member of the gang until now. We hope to see her again in the weeks and years to come. Welcome Aspen!!

We'll have a State of the Union Address viewing Tuesday. There will be snacks on the tables starting at 7:30 PM. We've invited our friends from the Spartanburg County Democratic Party to join us. If any of you have friends that are members of any other political affiliation, please feel free to invite them. The address begins at nine. Please wear your DL pins.

The United States Supreme Court will decide whether all fifty states must legalize marriage equality. The decision will be made sometime this spring. To quote Vice-President Biden..."this is a f****ng big deal". Let's hope it goes down the way we all think it should.

Nikki Haley gave her State of the State Address without mentioning what her plan is to fix our roads and bridges. If you remember, during her campaign, she told us she had a plan and would announce it after the first of the year. We still have potholes but still no plan.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday January 20th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk about President Obama's plan.

With Hope,

Al, Diane, Cass, and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Welcome Max! Max joined us for the first time last Tuesday and it was great to get to know him. We look forward to talking together in the weeks and years to come.

President Obama has been hinting that he will veto a bill allowing completion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The article that Al posted on Spartanburg DL's face book page shows a map of an existing pipeline that is not traversing the largest ground water reservoir in the United States. So the question is, just why are we considering another one?

The Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case was settled in 2014, ruling in favor of the corporation. The email from David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby, sent out before the case went to court contained some interesting comments. "...government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law..." Apparently our Court thought that faith trumps law. This is old news but thought that we might have a little talk about the above quote, especially considering what's been happening in France recently. So what do you think?

The price of oil is at its lowest level in 5 1/2 years. Do you think this price will last? Do you think that the price is being manipulated to reduce the revenue ISIS is getting to fund their thing?

Enough of the woes of the world. Good news to follow. The State of the Union Address will be happening Tuesday January 20th. We'll be watching and will invite Spartanburg Democratic Party folks to join us at The Nu-Way. We can spring for some party platters covered by funds from The Absolutely Totally Non-Obligatory Contribution Jar. What would you like?

Our friends Daniel and Donna will be performing at The Chapman Cultural Center with a jazz group for some "hot jazz for cold days", Friday February 6th, at 7:00 PM. Cost is $10.00. It will be great!

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday January 13th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

NOUS SOMMES CHARLIE

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Happy New Year to you all!! In June of 2015 DL Spartanburg will celebrate its seventh anniversary, and it's all because of you! We started with five around the table playing "ain't it awful" to a much larger gathering cussing and discussing and just having a good time. Thank you all for your support. We will have a party in June!

Pope Francis seems to be an amazing person. His position gives him the opportunity to bring about change in thought for a great many people. And if what has been reported is true, it's radical, or liberal if you will. Good health and long life Pope Francis.

We know you all just voted, but the Presidential race is getting a bit interesting. Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Chris Christy, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Jerry Brown (?) Who would you want to see as our next president? Let's talk about it, it's never too soon.

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

Progress!
Al, Cass, Kevin, and Diane

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We welcome our newest member to our gathering. It was good to meet Pam last Tuesday and hope that we are able to visit with her again in the weeks and years to come.

Congratulations go out to Emily for picking the correct number of attendees at our last gathering. She picked 17 in attendance before 8:00 PM. Unfortunately she had to leave before 8:00 PM and missed her rousing round of applause. It will be waiting for you Emily when you next gather with us.

Thanks to your donations to the Absolutely Non-obligatory Contribution Jar, checks for $100.00 each will go out to The Stone Soup Story-Telling Festival and CARMA INC. this week. These groups bring art and entertainment to our local community. Both gems.

The post on our face book page about AAA offering free ride and towing on New Year's Eve was in error. It does happen, but not in the Carolinas. Use a designated driver or call a cab. Be careful and safe.

On December 28, 2014 the NATO-LED military alliance ended its 13 year long combat mission in Afghanistan.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday December 30th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

PEACE

Diane, Cass, Kevin, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

The United States is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba. Most people think this is a good idea, leading to trade, tourism, and creating a worm, fuzzy feeling between our close neighbor and us. Others are bashing the idea big time. So your assignment this week is to come up with one reason why we should not start getting along with Cuba. If you can't think of one reason why it's not a good idea, we all can chat a bit about the positive things that could happen.

Our federal government is no longer going to prosecute states that have opted for the sale and distribution of medical marijuana. This is a big deal as it eliminates the legal cost, both state and federal, of court action, and makes more available access to an herb known for its medical benefits.

Progressive movement happened this last week. So bring your progressive thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday Dec. 23, 2014, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

"One small step (or steps) for man...."

Diane, Cass, Kevin, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We have another new member to welcome to our group! Welcome Mason! We all look forward to having him around in the weeks and years to come.

It's been an interesting week. Gas prices are falling and bringing down the stock market. Some are suggesting that the United States and the Saudis are manipulating the price of oil to further strengthen the sanctions against Russia. Bad for Russia and you if you own stock, good for you if you enjoy buying gas at $2.25 a gallon.

The budget bill has passed making our country solvent until September 2015 and giving large financial institutions more leeway in their lending and investment practices. A portion of the budget also gives individuals the opportunity to donate $300,000.00 to political parties. This is a 10 fold increase over the previous limit. Good for you if you feel we need to pay our bills, bad for you if you're not fond of financial recessions and more money in politics.

Green Peace members tromped all over the Nazca Lines in Peru to place a sign in the middle of that Unesco World Heritage Site. Very bad move Green Peace. Not good for anybody.

There will be police checkpoints out during the Holiday season. Be careful and make sure you have a designated driver when you're out.

Always lots to talk about. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday. DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday December 16th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

"Get it up, keep it up." (Headwater School, Red Star Arkansas)

Al, Diane, Cass, and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

It's always great to welcome new people to our gatherings. This week we'd like to welcome Kristi and Patty. It was fun to see them both last week and hope to enjoy their participation in the weeks and years to come.

We are still soliciting your input about changes, if any, you would like to see happen with your DL Chapter. We'll continue this through December. Your comments are appreciated.

Monday Dec. 8th, The Cobert Report will have as its guest--President Barak Obama. Just a heads up, if you're interested, and who wouldn't be.

The Christmas Parade will be happening this Tuesday so plan your route to DL accordingly. It's always a challenge, but we can do it!

The Orion Project, a space craft designed to take humankind to Mars, was successfully test launched. Your thoughts on this? Eight prisoners at Guantanamo were transfered to Uruguay last week. Our trade relations with that country seem to be broadening.

This and more we can discuss at our gathering. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday December 9th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

Always a Pleasure,
Al, Kevin, Cass, And Diane

Gathering Reminder

Greetings Gang,

Every six or eight months we like to ask you to give us your thoughts about DL Spartanburg. Tell us why you come to DL. Let us know if we should change anything to make it better. Give us your input on how you would like the gatherings to change, if at all. This is your DL, your thoughts are important to us. We'll have a little time Tuesday to talk about everyone's input. You can place your opinions on a slip of paper, you don't have to sign your responses if you don't want to. We'll pull them out of The Conversation Shaker and see what we get.

We'll also take some time Tuesday to nail down our menu suggestions for Becky. We have some good ideas, just need to refine them a bit.

And while we're in somewhat of a business mode Tuesday, there is money in The Absolutely Totally Non-obligatory Contribution Jar that needs a place to be other than in Al's desk drawer. Let's hear some thoughts on what to do about that.

Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, there is always time for discussing and cussing. We'll talk.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday December 2nd, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

We remain always looking forward to Tuesdays,
Diane, Cass, Kevin, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

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

Al, Diane, Kevin, and Cass