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DL-DSM: The Sprechen Sie Deutsche, Baby Edition

DL-DSM: The Sprechen Sie Deutsche, Baby Edition

Hence forth we will be meeting at Hessen House, 101 4th St in downtown Des Moines. Our next meeting is Thursday 9/25 at 8pm. There is some parking nearby both behind the building and on the street. If push comes to shove, the city lots are free in the evening and there is one a short distance away at 3rd and Court.

No anarchy in the UK--After late polls showed that Scotland may have been poised to vote to leave the UK, England's Canada decided to remain a part of the united country, voting yes 55 to 45%. Cameron promised that the country's policies toward Scotland will improve if they stay, and now it remains to see if the UK government can put its money (and Scottish oil) where its mouth is.

Speaking of troubled relationships--the GOP is making another effort to reach out to silly ladies with their silly lady brains. Barack Obama, you see, is actually our terrible boyfriend and not, as previously had been believed, the president of the United States. The GOP would like us to break up with Obama this election because he is a bad man who gives us access to birth control, but sadly, national boyfriend elections only occur in years divisible by four.

Also! Climate march has been in New York this week, and we are very proud of our own members who participated in this trek across the country. We would like to add some glib sarcasm to this paragraph, but global warming is both serious and terrifying, so after having a serious think about impending climate catastrophe, we invite you to do a Google search for Scotland's national animal to end this email on a highnote.

Your Wunderbar Co-hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

DL-DSM: Still Crazy After All These Years Edition

We'll be at AJs on East Court (419 E. Court Ave.) this Thursday starting at 8pm, so come join us!

First, DL will be moving to our new winter headquarters next week. Starting September 25th, we will be meeting at Hessen Haus at 101 4th St. They have a great menu and large selection of adult beverages, including many fine beers on tap.

In 2012, McCain promised that "there will be huge scandals… because there's too much money washing around, too much of it… we don't know who, who contributed it, and there is too much corruption associated with that kind of money." But when push came to shove he ran like a dog with his tail tucked between his legs. He was among the 42 Republicans voting no on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizen's United. His communications director said, "Senator McCain is proud of his long record of fighting special interests in both parties to reform our broken campaign finance system, and doesn't need to vote for a partisan, hypocritical, election-year stunt in order to prove it."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasted President Barack Obama's plan to defeat ISIS during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, calling the commander-in-chief "disingenuous and delusional" and warning that Americans will be "killed here at home" unless he sends ground troops into Iraq and Syria to defeat the terrorist threat.

And in the first fallout from the Hobby Lobby decision, Judge David Sam ruled last week that forcing FLDS member Vergel Steed to reveal the identity of FLDS church leaders, the organizational structure of the church or information about its internal affairs would be a "substantial burden" on his free exercise of religious beliefs. The FDLS is being investigated over allegations of violating child labor laws. How exactly religious freedom relates to violations of child labor was not made clear in the decision.

And in Iowa news, Steve King once again shows his in depth knowledge of how terrorism works by calling for spying on mosques in the United States. He said, "We ought to be looking at this dot to dot. And we ought to have people sitting in those mosques watching to see what's going on." It seems he thinks religious freedom should only apply if you are white and Christian.

Your shaking our heads in shame co-hosts,

Donni, Stephen, and Thresa
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D:-DSM: The ISIS Edition

We'll be at AJs on East Court (419 E. Court Ave.) this Thursday starting at 8pm, so come join us!

This week, President Obama made a televised speech supporting American military action against the open-ended war against IS (or ISIL/ISIS), the “Islamic State” terrorists who have taken up root in Iraq and Syria. The escalating terrorist action group wants very much to make a so-called “Islamic Caliphate”. The terrorist group made even larger headlines by gruesomely decapitating two journalists in custody for alleged “US crimes”. President Obama and US allies have vowed to fight the ISIS crisis while putting a limited number of troops on the ground and relying mostly on air strikes.

Closer to home, First Lady Michelle Obama announced she will be campaigning in Iowa in a not yet decided date in October for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. Braley is a four term congressman from Waterloo, IA who is campaigning for the soon to be retired Tom Harkin (D-IA) seat. Republicans are pinning their hopes on Republican Joni Ernst who wants to end federal minimum wage and privatize social security.

Your slightly chilly co-hosts:
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: The Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face Edition

DL-DSM: The Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face Edition

We'll be at AJs on East Court (419 E. Court Ave.) this Thursday starting at 8pm, so come join us!

From the cutting off your nose to spite your face file, we have Republican governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal. This week, Jindal filed a lawsuit against the federal government against Common Core educational testing standards. This comes only a week after a state judge denied to repeal the standards that he formerly supported (and that his state legislature voted to use). In a thinly veiled attempt to stay in the spotlight as a presidential hopeful, Jindal now claims that the Common Core initiative violates the Constitution.

Former Republican Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson also plead guilty this week to two federal campaign crimes related to accepting payment to leave Michelle Bachmann's campaign to join Ron Paul's campaign. In December he suddenly left Bachmann's campaign and joined Paul's, accepted thousands of dollars which he hid denied from investigators. Sorenson faces up to 5-20 years in jail and a $250,000 dollar fine for both charges.

Also in Iowa, Tea Party darling Steve King has once again embarrassed the state by showing his racist stripes by threatening to attempt government shutdown if President Obama pushes for immigration reform as is planned this fall. King said that Republicans should make additional border security legislation in exchange for any government spending toward the immigration crisis.

Your Appalled But Friendly Co-Hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: The Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face Edition

We'll be at AJs on East Court (419 E. Court Ave.) this Thursday starting at 8pm, so come join us!

From the cutting off your nose to spite your face file, we have Republican governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal. This week, Jindal filed a lawsuit against the federal government against Common Core educational testing standards. This comes only a week after a state judge denied to repeal the standards that he formerly supported (and that his state legislature voted to use). In a thinly veiled attempt to stay in the spotlight as a presidential hopeful, Jindal now claims that the Common Core initiative violates the Constitution.

Former Republican Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson also plead guilty this week to two federal campaign crimes related to accepting payment to leave Michelle Bachmann’s campaign to join Ron Paul’s campaign. In December he suddenly left Bachmann’s campaign and joined Paul’s, accepted thousands of dollars which he hid denied from investigators. Sorenson faces up to 5-20 years in jail and a $250,000 dollar fine for both charges.

Also in Iowa, Tea Party darling Steve King has once again embarrassed the state by showing his racist stripes by threatening to attempt government shutdown if President Obama pushes for immigration reform as is planned this fall. King said that Republicans should make additional border security legislation in exchange for any government spending toward the immigration crisis.

Your Appalled But Friendly Co-Hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

PS:Visit us online
Website: http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/IA/desmoines
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrinkingLiberallyDSM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DL_DSM

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