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what what what?!?!?!

Two things on my mind today: as finals are upon me, I may try to ask the students what grade they think they deserve, not as some new grading scheme averaging their estimate with mine, but so I can have a laugh amidst the depressing process of failing otherwise wonderful students, forever reminding them of that supposed throw-away class they took in college that is now hauntingly emblazoned on their transcript.

It's heartening to know that sometimes I leave an impression on these kid's lives, they're memory of me accompanied by a rueful 'goddamnit."

Secondly, I just heard on the NPR on my way in that the Pretend-You're-A-Cop-For-A-Day Robert Bates, who missed that episode of CSI: Tulsa where they describe the difference between a Gun and a Taser, get's to delay his initial hearing so he could spend a Month in the Bahamas.

"Wait what? WHAT? WhaHUT? WHAT THE Fu... I? WHAT?" You ask?

Yeah, the guy who had no right being there, let alone being involved in subduing a suspect, gets to tan his pasty fat white gut in the sun. FOR A MONTH.

Now I don't think this guy is smart or sophisticated enough to make a run for it. Cleary he is an unqualified idiot.

But It's clear where our Justice System's priorities are. It is more concerned about getting money to buy BBQs and Anti-Freedom-of-Speech Tanks than the lives of those they supposedly protect.

This Adjunct Police Officer gets to go to the Bahamas after what they consider an oopsie, rather than being kept in a cell without bail until he goes on trial.

And yes I called him an Adjunct. Not because I'm obsessed with my professions fight for better treatment, but because top-heavy budgets are everywhere, and the create low-wage workers from McDonalds, to Walmart, to the Ivory Towers of Academia, to Police forces across the country.

Or if the budget is not top-heavy, it's being cut by Federal and State Governments at the expense of a majority of the people and programs that help them, exlusiveley benefiting the wealthy few.

Now people don't die when low-wage workers at Micky-D's get yelled at because they forgot to add the special sauce. But they do when we rely on Volunteer Police, especially when that volunteer was just some rich ass-hat who wanted to play dress-up.

I hope he has an unfortunate SCUBA accident where an eel thinks his gigantic asshole is a cave, crawls in wraps itself around his colon and electrocutes him.

Keep those camera's rolling ya'll. This is how we keep them accountable.

See you tonight!

Sincerely the other Dave.

PS: If you are interested in the fight for an Adjunct Union at Temple, the second hearing is happening today in Harrisburg. Follow it live on Twitter via #TUhearing

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the back bar of 2nd Story Brewing, 117 Chestnut St. (between Front and 2nd Streets). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

This week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

Too.Much.Stuff

Hello DLers:
Its another rainy day Tuesday. What is it with tuedays and rain this spring? Anywho, we got stuff to talk about tonight:

We still have the primaries(ok really the elections) for Mayor and Council in Philadelphia. Keep an eye out, many of the candidates are hosting events to educate primary goers on their positions. Today, City Council began the process of approving security plans for the Pope and the DNC. It been an otherwise quiet political newsday.

The Republican Clown car got another rider this weekend with the announcement that Florida's junior senator has decided that the Senate is too boring. Marco Rubio (and Jeb Bush protege) has entered the race. Meanwhile, Chris Christie has decided a means test for social security will endear him to the majority seniors that vote in primaries. Still waiting for the Jeb Bush countdown clock to start up.

Democrats! We have a candidate! Prepare your shocked faces: Hillary Clinton has announced. Believe it or not, she's decided to go to Iowa the same way many of her staffers will, via van on the open road. Interesting way to tap down the "I am Hilary and you will love me or ELSE" vibe she brought with her in 2008. We'll see how long THAT lasts.

I know there is more but we still need things to talk about tonight :)

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the back bar of 2nd Story Brewing, 117 Chestnut St. (between Front and 2nd Streets). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

This week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

The Clown Car is starting to fill up.

This Presidential season is going to be a lot of fun. We all essentially know who is running, it's just a matter of what order they cram themselves into the Uber-Right Pander-Mobile.

So far, we have two official with a third trying to convince Election lynchpin States that he is totally electable and the fact that he is a largely Moderate Republican in a Blue Northeastern State doesn't matter this time because yelled at an evil Union thug teacher once.

Rand Paul is sitting comfortably in the navigator seat, while Ted Cruz drives the Party in the direction of Insanoville USA, you know, real America.

Paul is going to add his own Libertarian twist on things, you know, "You're not the boss of me" style of Governing.

The more people they pick up along the way will have to contend with the tenor these two set.

And whoever says the craziest shit to win the driver's seat is going to have a hell of a VP Candidate pool to choose from.

Sit back fellow Liberals, enjoy the show and hope to see you tonight!

Sincerely the other Dave

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the back bar of 2nd Story Brewing, 117 Chestnut St. (between Front and 2nd Streets). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

This week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

Religious Tolerance my buttocks

Hello DLers:
So as I am sure you have heard.. The Hoosier state has gotten itself into a sticky wicket over a new law it passed to prevent "Religious Intolerance" by allowing a business to deny service to anyone if by providing that service, it somehow violates the owners religious beliefs.

I can't help but find it wrong that if someone walks into a store, looks completely normal (you know wearing a proper shirt and shoes); they can be denied service if the owner is an intolerant ass. Or if lets say someone with a ethnic name walks into a store owned by someone who is a fundamentalist can be thrown out because they may follow a religion that goes against what the owner believes.

For a long time, we have seen these challenges to "religious intolerance" (see the recent supreme court docket). As someone who grew up experiencing actual religious intolerance (from within a religion and from the outside world), I am forced give a hardy laugh. I will never understand people who think because another person makes them review their worldview, their rights have somehow been violated. Basically that is the gist of this law. You make me question my thoughts that are set in stone, how dare you!?

Gov. Mike Pence is rumored to be joining in on the 2016 race so I guess he needed to do something to make him look less like a moderate. But his need to cowtow has caused his state to get boycotted by some major cities, companies and states. I hope this serves as a warning for the other states that are thinking about following suit.

Also to digress: We would really like to have candidates/political organizations that are working on the campaigns come visit us before the City primaries. If you know anyone who may be interested, please let one of the organizers know!

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the back bar of 2nd Story Brewing, 117 Chestnut St. (between Front and 2nd Streets). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

This week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

Hey Philly Campaign Operatives (and volunteers)

We have a secret to tell you.. we know you are on our list and we love you are on our list. So to thank you for being on our list, we would love to have your bosses come talk to us on a Tuesday.

This is an open invite to ALL campaigns, Democratic, Republican or Indy. If your campaign is interested, please reach out to one of our organizers (e-mail below) and we'll get you all set up!

Thanks!
Center City Organizers:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

This week's events:

Center City Organizers:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

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