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DL-DSM: The "Torture may not be pretty, but it is also ineffective" addition

We will be meeting this week at Hessen Haus at 8pm. Look for the red, white, and blue striped bottle and join us!

It was another terrible week in news last week. The senate released its report on CIA torture and it was a doozy. Not only did we torture everyone all the time, we also got very little accurate information for our efforts! Oh well, I am sure justice will be served and the perpetrators will be jailed. sigh.

While your co-hosts are deeply saddened that this is the penultimate week of the Colbert Report, we were forced to chortle when B-rock Obama took over the word section for the erstwhile host and renamed it the "decree". I am sure this can be viewed for free somewhere on the internet.

In local news, Jethro's BBQ (which comes with bacon bacon for our friends in West Des Moines) is involved in some potential legal trouble because the Beverly Hillbillies actor that played Jethro said that the television network gave him exclusive rights to restaurants of that name. He alleges that the network cut a secret deal with the Des Moines chain. The restaurant owner denied such a deal was made and says his trademark is licensed in Iowa.

Your bbq and bacon bacon co-hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: "The I Can't Breathe" Edition

DL-DSM: The “I Can’t Breathe” Edition

Welcome back! Please join us tonight at Hessen Haus (101 4th St) starting at 8pm!

Yesterday, a tragedy became even more tragic when a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict NY police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the illegal chokehold death this past summer of Eric Garner, an African-American. Garner was allegedly selling cigarettes on the street when police accosted him. The incident was recorded in entirety by a civilian, during which Officer Pantaleo (who already has two previous civil rights suits filed against him) was recorded putting him into an illegal chokehold. A couple of minutes into the encounter, Garner shouted “I can’t breathe!” when he soon went limp and passed away on the scene. The medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide. Protests across the nation, including large ones in NYC and Rockefeller Plaza were widely televised. President Obama made a press statement on the matter, and Attorney General Eric Holder also announced a federal Department of Justice investigation was opened against Pantaleo.

Mr. Garner was a married father of six.
Unlike the recent denial to indict in the Ferguson, MO decision, the video of the assault by police was filmed in entirety and widely viewed, showing no ambiguity in the events that occurred.

Your standing in solidarity co-hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: The Post-Election Hangover Edition

DL-DSM: The Post-Election Hangover Edition

Join us at Hessen Haus at 101 4th St. starting at 8pm!

This week, it was announced that President Obama is considering an anti-deportation plan that would delay the deportation process of us to 5 million undocumented immigrants. The plan is reported to also provide most of them with work permits through executive order.

On the Net Neutrality front, President Obama has engaged the Federal Communications Commission and encouraged them to set rules governing the way internet provider companies allow or restrict access to the internet. By classifying broadband as a public utility, prices, content, and speed would be regulated and would allow for a more accessible, open internet.

In decidedly less than thrilling news, the President is also seeking approval from congress for an additional $5.6 billion dollars from Congress to send up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq. The additional troops would be used to help the fight against the Islamist terrorist group ISIS, and would bring our total troop count to approximately 3,100.

Your frosty but friendly co-hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: Going to the Polls 2014 Special Election Edition

Happy Election Day!!!

Today all across the country it is election day. With millions of voters being disenfranchised by voter id laws and millions more so sick of politics that they can not stand it any more, it is all the more important for you to get out and vote. Only you can protect the progressive and liberal values that we cherish.

In Texas today, some 600,000 voters will be disenfranchised by Texas' voter id law. All this to fight only 2 cases of known voter fraud in the all the elections since 2002. That is over 20 million votes cast. As Jon Stewart said that is less than the allowed amount of cockroach allowed to be in yogurt.

In North Carolina as it has been for the last few elections, progressives and liberals will have little chance to have a say in how they are governed. They live in one of the most gerrymandered states in the union. And have been largely shunted off into three highly gerrymandered districts.

So living in Iowa where we have neither of these attempts to suppress voter turn out, it is all the more important to get out and vote, if not for yourself then for your allies all across the country, who are not as luck as you.

You can find out more about gerrymandering and see how Iowa stacks up against the rest of the nation here : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/15/americas-most-gerrymandered-congressional-districts/

You happily voting co-hosts
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: The Beggars Night Edition

DL-DSM: The Beggars Night Edition

We will be meeting at Hessen House, 101 4th St in downtown Des Moines. Our next meeting is Thursday 10/30. We will be meeting at 8:30pm to accommodate those who are handing out candy (or otherwise participating) to Trick-or-Treaters, so if you have the opportunity, give away some candy!

Please make sure to cast your liberal and/or progressive vote on November 4th! There has been an interest in an election watching party to gather to watch the election returns. We will notify everyone beforehand if we get
time/place pinned down.

Your Trick or Treating Co-Hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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