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You know what you have to do, but I'm going to remind you anyways

So I was going to rant today in response to the fervor that arose over Louis CK's SNL monolog and his admission of having "mild racism."

But you will just have to show up this evening to hear that rant. Because there is something far more important to focus on:

Go Vote. Doesn't matter which party or candidate, just go do it. It's too important not too, especially in this city, at this time and with the upcoming Mayoral election.

Here's some info for those of you who still aren't sure about some of the candidates and issues.

Committee of Seventy is always great resource, and I've been loving WHYY/Newsworks.org coverage. And Election-Thingy has a funny name so there's that one too. It also goes into who is funding the Candidates.

Drinking Liberally cannot endorse any candidate, so any endorsements in those links are exclusively theirs and theirs alone.

So go vote, and I will see you tonight at 2nd Story at the back bar.

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.

Summa Time!

So it's tooo nice out not to come to 2nd Story for some Conversation, Commiseration, and Quizzo. See you there!

Sincerely the other Dave

PS. Sorry there's no rant today, been a busy one. You have to actually show up to hear me rant 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.

Anyone out there?

So the Clown car keeps growing, (and getting loopier) and we keep getting closer and closer to potentially major changes in our city Government.

But I wanted to ask you all something (and I know at least some of you read this):

Where have you been?

Things are going down in Philly, and I don't see you out there.

I was at the #PhillyisBaltimore March last Thursday (see some of my pics (a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/13884732170/">here) and I didn't see nary a face from my DL family.

If you were there, why come you didn't let me know? I was indeed quite lonely and would love to have had a friend or two to yell about societies injustices with.

So here's the deal, if you are reading this and have not made it in person to Drinking Liberally at all, or in some time, then take this your opportunity to make some appearances.

We have an opportunity to make some real Progressive change in Philly and it doesn't happen on FB or Twitter, it happens on the ground.

Heck, the grand American Experiment was planned in a bar from chrissake.

So I hope to see you tonight, any time between 6-9 pm for some conversation, commiseration, coordinating and some post-DL Quizzo.

And hey, it's Jacqui's Birthday, show her some love!

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.

#Baltimore

So I had a recent conversation with the student that loves keeping me after class for at least an hour to talk at me about things. So it isn't so much a conversation as it is a gradual sleeking out of the classroom nodding my head and saying "yeah, uh huh, really, you love history huh? You've been to Paris, wow ..."

But this time, and I can't remember how it came up, he brought up free speech and the use of violence in the practice of it. He was talking about the KKK because this was last week, before things in Baltimore hadn't escalated yet.

His point was that anyone can march, but any act of violence erases the message of said march.

So here's what I've been thinking about: is violence justifiable when you feel your voice is not being heard? It's the Do the Right Thing question.

Specifically the quotes that end the film, one from Martin Luther Kind espousing non-violence and Malcolm-X, espousing the 'any-means-necessary' means of achieving one's goals.

I mean, most revolutions involve violence, right? At some point people decide that marching and protesting and speaking out isn't enough, so they fight back. Isn't that how this country started?

But those were wealthy White people who wanted more control over their already privileged lives. So we don't consider their fight unjustifiable.

But what about underserved over-policed Black communities, who rightfully feel under attack?

It's so easy to negate the emotions of those Marching in Baltimore because there have been some overturned police cars and thrown rocks (and yes, there are stories out there saying there are outside Agitators and Cops instigating the violence, I can't find confirmation of this tho).

The media has certainly been ignoring thier message and using the violnece as their excuse.

So what if there was no outside agitation, that it wat some of the Marchers themselves who acted out violently?

So what?

You can go two ways, the cool-headed request for peaceful protest from Larry Wilmore (who is killing it by the way).

An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. A philosophy I normally share.

Or, as this nice piece from Salon argues, overturning some cars, breaking some windows can be a useful way to get noticed.

Even the Suffragettes broke some shit.

So when is it justifiable to light a fire? Do the ends justify the means?

I'm going to argue, yes, in this case the protestors are totally justified in acts of violence. in pushing back against the boot that's been placed on their necks for far too long.

Now I think we can all agree that there are certain acts that aren't ever justifiable. Any killing or maiming of anyone cannot be condoned.

But throwing rocks at a Militarized police force? Yeah, that's totally cool with me.

In the end this debate, as usual, has nothing to do wth the systematic racism that exists which completely devalues the existence of human beings.

And as our friend Brendan Skwire points out, that poverty is a huge exacerbator to the current strife in Baltimore.

Even Philly.com, home of the worst comment section on the internet points out that what may have happened to Freddie Grey happens all the time in our fair city.

This debtate has to do with whether or not Black people can fight back in the way that our White Founding Fathers or as the Suffragettes did.

Yes they can.

If you don't agree, then come by 2nd Story tonight and let's talk about it.

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.

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.

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