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Drinking Liberally tonight!

Hello, Liberal Drinkers! Come join us this evening, after 6:30 pm at the Flying Saucer, for another round of Drinking Liberally!

It's been quite a busy few days here at DL HQ, so no big message today - just hoping you can join us this evening!

See you tonight!
-amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

Hiya, Liberal Drinkers! Come join us this evening, after 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, for another round of Drinking Liberally!

A lot of folks know about the guy in North Carolina who refused to sign up for health insurance because Obama, who now finds himself unable to afford medical care, leaving him blind. He's very upset that he can't get insurance now that he needs it, and he's started a Go Fund Me page. It's a great story if you're into karma.

The story actually has a happy ending, though: LOTS of liberals donated on his page, leaving comments about how Obamacare actually works. And how the Right sabotaged the law by making the Medicaid expansion optional. And how states with right-wing supermajority legislatures like North Carolina (and Tennessee) are screwing people like him, leaving millions with no way to get health insurance.

In fact, he now says, he and his wife have realized that they're no longer Republicans.
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/05/19/3660701/luis-lang-obamacare/

See you tonight!
-amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

Greetings, Liberal Drinkers! Come join us this evening after 6:40pm at the Flying Saucer, for another round of Drinking Liberally!

There's been a lot of activity around Insure Tennessee. A new Vanderbilt poll has been released that shows 2-1 support for the program among Tennesseans. Predictably, Lt. Gov. dismissed that majority opinion entirely, saying he'd rather wait for a Republican president who would give him everything he says he wants. Every time I think my opinion of that man could not possibly be lowered, he really comes through and finds a way to make me think even less of him, both as a politician and as a human being.

Meanwhile, GOP legislators are throwing tantrums because The Tennesseans has exercised its First Amendment right and its duty to the public, and has received and printed information that shows how much the taxpayers have spent on subsidizing health insurance for legislators. Some, such as Glen Casada of Brentwood, have gone so far as to outright lie to their constituents, claiming the paper seeks to print individuals' private health information. This, of course, is a complete fabrication.

I don't know if any of this will pay off, but it sure is nice to see all the Right people getting cranky.

See you tonight!
Amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

Hey there, Liberal Drinkers! Come join us this evening, after 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, for another round of Drinking Liberally!

Good news! The 2nd Circuit has ruled that the Patriot Act doesn't allow the systematic gathering of domestic phone records. It's refreshing to see some rolling back of the scope of that awful, ridiculous law, isn't it?

See you tonight!
-amie

Drinking Liberally Tonight!

Hello, Liberal Drinkers! Come join us this evening, after 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, for another round of Drinking Liberally!

Like many others, I've spent this week following the coverage from Baltimore in the wake of Freddie Gray's death while in police custody. What has shocked me the most has been learning about the overwhelmingly brutal police culture the citizens of Baltimore have endured:

"$5.7 million is the amount the city paid to victims of brutality between 2011 and 2014. And as huge as that figure is, the more staggering number in the article is this one: "Over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil-rights violations."

"Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson. Those cases detail a frightful human toll. Officers have battered dozens of residents who suffered broken bones — jaws, noses, arms, legs, ankles — head trauma, organ failure, and even death, coming during questionable arrests. Some residents were beaten while handcuffed; others were thrown to the pavement." http://goo.gl/8ZIj5o

The more I've learned about this city under siege by the very organization charged by the citizens with the duty of protecting them, the more it amazes me to hear the calls for "peaceful protest." As if there was peace before the protests began. Far, far from it.

"When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct" or "wise," any more than a forest fire can be "correct" or "wise."" http://goo.gl/wbT0Vh

I urge everyone to listen and learn about these events and these places. I'm sorry to say how much of this is complete news to me. We must do better.

See you tonight!
amie

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