Drinking Liberally Spartanburg Chapter Blog

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

Special Event Reminder

Hi Gang,

Our very own DL member, Tim The Accordian Guy, will be performing at The Brick House, 103 S. Daniel Morgan Ave.,Spartanburg, this Sunday Nov. 23rd. It's Open Mic at The Brick House that night, but he'll be the main performer. If you haven't experienced Tim and his accordian before, now is your chance. Not to be missed. Music starts around 7:00 PM I think. Gather around 6:00 for good pizza, beer, and rousing music later.

See you there,

Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

It's always fun to welcome new members and this week a big welcome goes out to Kenneth. We enjoyed meeting him last week and look forward to gathering with him in the weeks and years to come.

We had a discussion last week about money in politics, and think we all agreed that things won't change until we pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court ruling on Citizen's United. There hasn't been much press lately on the progress of this endeavor, elections, ISIS, Ebola, Putin, and impeachment (again) have taken up our thoughts and swallowed airtime. If you know anything about the progress of the amendment, bring your knowledge to the table please. Anything else you want to talk about, we'll listen. You all have a voice, we all have ears.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday November 18th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Stay warm,

Cass, Diane, Kevin, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Thank you all for sharing your election night with us at our Watch Party. We had a great group gathered in wonder as the return results reflected yet another two years of uncertainty. But this one thing is certain..we can announce a winner of our ever ongoing Election Night Pick The Winners Contest!! Sam C. is our winner with a pick of 10 out of 12! Your rousing round of applause and your prizes will be waiting for you Sam. Good job.

This week we can celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall and Veteran's Day. We can look forward to celebrating the day when there are no more walls and no new veterans.

"...This is what Drinking Liberally is for. We don't come and go with the elections, we're here year-around, to form and strengthen your sense of progressive community. We did it in 2004, when Bush won, we did it in 2010 after the Tea Party. We're still here. See you at the bar". (Justin Krebs)

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday Nov. 11th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

Peace

Al, Diane, Kevin, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

A review of our picks for election winners was very interesting. We're all over the ballot! Those of you who haven't picked your winners, you still have a chance before the polls close Tuesday. Won't cost you a thing, and if you pick well, you just might get a cool prize along with a rousing round of applause.

The Greenville News has endorsed Vincent Sheheen. This along with the endorsement from Tom Ervin could make it a very close race. Tuesday will be interesting.

The DL Election Night Watch Party is on. Becky will be preparing a humus and veggie plate along with the usual appetizers for our enjoyment as we watch the returns come in. Join us.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday Nov. 4th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your hopes for the future to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Peace

Cass, Diane, Kevin, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We've had much fun watching the debates between our candidates for governor of South Carolina the last two weeks. They have been informative. But wait, there's more!! There will be a debate Tuesday between Joyce Dickerson, Democratic, Tim Scott, Republican, and Jill Bossi,American, for the U.S. Senate seat. This should be interesting. So around 7:00 PM we'll be around the tube to see what these candidates have to offer for us.

We'll plan an Election Night Watch Party November 4th, a festive occasion as usual with snacks provided from donations to the Absolutely Totally Non-Obligatory Contribution Jar.

This Tuesday Oct 28th, you'll have the opportunity to pick the candidates you think will win, not who you will vote for. We'll keep the tallies until election night and award prizes to those with the most perfect picks.

Cass will be back with us this Tuesday with stories of her adventure in Japan. From the pictures she has posted, the assumption can be made that she had a fabulous time.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday October 28th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Al, Diane, Kevin, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

In last week's gubernatorial debate, Nikki Haley said that not one of the CEOs she's talked to has complained about the confederate flag flying on our statehouse grounds. So one can assume that she's into this "corporations are people" thing big time. Can we hope that these same CEOs start complaining about our roads, education system, health care, lack of a competent workforce to face the challenges of the jobs that are available? Maybe this Citizens United debacle could work to our advantage.

So there's another debate Tuesday and the following Tuesday one between Jill Bossi, Tim Scott, and Joyce Dickerson. Then the week after that it's election day results party. The next few weeks will be interesting.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday Oct. 21st, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Verbalize your thoughts over a pint or two at the table Tuesday.

There's Always Hope,

Al, Kevin, Diane, and Cass