Drinking Liberally Spartanburg Chapter Blog

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

It's going to be an interesting time at our State House this week. Monday the Senate begins debate on removal of the confederate battle flag from the State House grounds. The House will consider this issue after they finish muddling through Governor Haley's line item vetoes in the budget. Both the House and Senate seem to have enough votes required to pass an amendment to remove the flag from the grounds. Senator Lee Bright from Spartanburg wants to put the flag question to the voters, thereby passing the buck by spending more bucks. There's always something going on when you pay attention.

For our new members that may not be familiar with The TANC (Totally Absolutely Non-obligatory Contribution jar) that sits on our table every Tuesday, it's there to gather funds to donate locally and just do good things. Over the past eight months DL Spartanburg has given to The Stone Soup Story Telling Festival in Woodruff, WNCW- the best FM station in the country, CARMA INC.- providers of a venue for local musicians to perform for us all to enjoy twice each year, and the local chapter of NAMI-the National Association for Mental Illness. It's always a feel good time when we can do this, but it is The TANC-Totally Absolutely Non-obligatory Contribution.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday July 7th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

Al, Diane, Kevin, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

It gives us pleasure to welcome our new member Cass T. And yes now we have three members going by the name "Cass". It's a great name, what's not to like. It was good to meet the newest Cass and hope he gathers again with us in the weeks and years to come.

Good news coming from the Supreme Court this last week with the decision that strengthens the Affordable Care Act and a positive decision for equal rights for all. And we must raise our hearts and glasses in salute to Brittany Ann Byuarim Newsome for trying to save taxpayers money by just taking it down.

A quick review of The Supreme Pool standings show Virginia F., Paul B., and Tom D. with two correct decisions, everyone else not so much. But there's one more decision in our pool to come down, Glossip v. Gross. Pay attention.

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

Cass, Diane, Kevin, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Well, after reviewing our responses regarding the Supreme Court decision on the first of four cases we chose to include in our pool, (the confederate flag and free speech) it appears that we all got it wrong. The court fooled us on this one, and we should thank them for that. Three more decisions left in the pool so we're all still even.

We're all saddened by the recent events in Charleston, so much so that we're at a loss for words to express our feelings. Even though we probably know who did it, who or what is at fault for this act? What was the intent of such action?

Much to talk about. Someone bring some good news to the table--please.

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

Al, Kevin, Diane, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We all like pools right! Or maybe a river or lake to jump into these days. Well we have an alternative, maybe not so refreshing but still interesting. Introducing "The Supreme Decision Pool". Here's how it works.

We picked four cases the Supreme Court will decide on in 2015.

Health Care Subsidies (King v. Burwell)

Same Sex Marriage (Obergefall v. Hodges)

Lethal Injection (Glossip v. Gross)

The Confederate Flag v. Free Speech (Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans)

A synopsis of these cases will be available Tuesday for your perusal but you can do some research on these items, just type them in, or speak to your phone. There will be ballots available. Your challenge, if you agree to accept it, is to mark your ballots the way the Supreme Court will rule on these cases. There will also be an opportunity for you to mark down how you would want the decision to go, but only for discussion purposes as you have to match the final decision from The Court to be a winner. Time will be allotted for oral arguments prior to ballot marking.

So here's how it works:

A donation to the Totally Absolutely Non-obligatory Contribution (TANC)jar of $2.00 will get you into the splash. The one with the most decisions that correspond with The Supreme Court decisions is the winner. Winner gets 50% of the take, the other 50% goes to funding our good deeds in the community. (50/50 Rule) Let's have some fun with this and do some good deeds around our community at the same time.

Our Federal Government has allocated $110 million for draught relief in our western states. Would it not be a better investment to put that money into finding ways to stop global warming? Just asking.

DL Spartanburg Gathers Tuesday June 16th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Dive In!!
Al, Cass, Diane, and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Al received a map from Public Citizen that shows the nationwide support for a Citizens United/McCutcheon Amendment that he will bring Tuesday to share. It's looking pretty good but still much more work to be done. So it's "Show and Tell" time Tuesday! Bring what you have, we'll discuss and/or cuss it.

Our state's senators and representatives, during their recent session, failed to address two major issues of importance to all of us. We won't get any funding for infrastructure repair and we won't get any attempt on ethics reform until 2016. Oh but wait, 2016 is an election year, maybe the previous statement is a bit premature.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday June 9th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

Always pay attention,

Cass, Diane, Kevin, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Have you ever come to a time in your life where you are so overwhelmed with all the non-productive situations that our planet endures, seemingly generation after generation? Are you sometimes overcome with frustration because you have the answers but no one is listening? Well that's what DL is for! You will find open ears for your thoughts and ideas.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday June 2, 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,

Great news from Ireland! This country became the first one to legalize same sex marriage with an amendment to their constitution by popular vote. The referendum amends the constitution to read: "Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex." So the questions are; do we have the ability to amend our constitution by referendum and how do we begin? A copy of our constitution will be on the table Tuesday.

If you drive up Highway 11 toward Greenville County you'll be able to enjoy a completed repaving job. It begins at the Spartanburg/Greenville County line on the section of road that passes by the cliff communities, then stops. It's a fine ride through beautiful country, while it lasts.

There was talk last week about having a hair growing contest this time for sure. So this is the first announcement of The Labor Day Long Locks Look. More information to follow.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday May 26th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

IN REMEMBRANCE-MEMORIAL DAY 2015

Al, Diane, Cass, and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Last Tuesday Bill brought in a copy of a column by Timothy Egan with The New York Times, written May 10th. It's a good read about the many republican candidates running, or thinking about running, for president in 2016. The column is titled "Fringe Festival", so you get the slant. If you haven't read it, more copies will be available Tuesday. Thanks for sharing Bill.

Back closer to home...with just a few days before our state legislature adjourns Lee Bright is threatening to filibuster an abortion bill. If Mr. Bright follows through with his threat, there will be no time to pass a much needed road and bridge repair bill. The question to be asked Mr. Bright is just what is the correlation between the sanctity of life and potholes.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday May 19th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

Moving Forward,

Cass, Al, Kevin, and Diane

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We welcome our new member Marlanda this week. We had a great conversation with her when she first joined us about what she's doing with her group Speaking Down Barriers. You can find out more by visiting www.spokenwordspartanburg.com.
Welcome Marlanda!

The Chulicks have been out of town lately and need to be brought up to speed as to what's been happening locally and statewide. So what's going on?

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday May 12th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Cass, Diane, Al, and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Just a quick note. Al, Cass, and Diane will be missing the gathering on Tuesday 5/5. But gather then as usual and "get it up, keep it up". See you all the following Tuesday.

Your humble hosts