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Drinking Liberally tonight!

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

As our state legislature wraps up its work for the year we're seeing the usual flurry of activity. I'm happy to report that The Bible (which one?) will not become our state book, at least not this year. And guns in parks is still undecided, hanging on the question of whether to continue banning guns at the state capitol. The anti-abortion bills passed, of course. And finally, the Tennessean has launched a major initiative in support of Insure Tennessee.

As part of that initiative, the newspaper filed a FOIA request for records showing how much the state spends to subsidize legislators' health insurance. It's a good question, given how many of those same legislators want to prevent hard-working Tennesseans from receiving state-subsidized health insurance!

One of those arguably-hypocritical legislators is state Sen. Gardenhire of Chattanooga. He's the one who was captured on video calling a constituent an a**hole, which the Tennessean picked up and ran with. Gardenhire said back in February that he doesn't take the state insurance, but that turned out to be untrue - he now claims he was just mindlessly signing forms and didn't know he was signing up. And he said he was dropping the insurance anyway so it's no big deal.

As of this week, he's still enrolled. Seriously, I cannot wait for these people to go home.

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!

Well, friends, the day has finally arrived: the NRA convention is upon us! Welcome to Nashville, y'all! I don't actually expect to see (m)any convention-goers at the Saucer, thanks to that helpful "no guns" sign on the door, but one never knows. I'm halfway hoping someone wants to chat -we welcome all, remember- because, like a lot of liberals, I grew up with guns in the home and learned to shoot as a kid. Could make for a fun conversation.

What I have NOT been looking forward to is the arrival of Sarah Palin, who was supposed to speak at the convention. I don't know why I bothered to worry, though, because true to form, she's canceled her appearance with no explanation.

See you tonight!
-amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

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

This week has seen some pretty great news, if you're a Liberal! First: the total backlash against Indiana's recent passage of a law that gives business owners the right to refuse to serve LGBT customers has led to a really significant improvement. Language has been added that specifically prohibits businesses from doing just that!

And today has seen the announcement of a historic breakthrough: an agreement between Iran and world leaders, including the US, that will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for easing sanctions. It's difficult to overstate how momentous this agreement really is, and what a strong argument it makes for the progressive leadership of the Obama administration. This deal has been in the works for nine years, and has succeeded despite the best efforts of the GOP to scuttle it.

As a firm believer in advancing equal rights, and in peaceful consensus-building versus "nation-building" (sic) by gun, I'd say we've won big this week. The next time someone tries to argue "both sides do it," I recommend singing a lovely little tune: Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran.

See you tonight!
-amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

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

Like everyone, I'm overcome with horror and sadness about the plane crash in the French Alps this week. Plane crashes are devastating, always, but even moreso when they are deliberate, as this one appears to be. At times like these I try to remember that we each have the opportunity, every day, to bring a little more light into this world. So thank you, all of you, for what you do to look out for those around you.

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!

It's been an interesting week in Middle East politics. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu answered an interviewer's question regarding whether no Palestinian state would emerge if he remains PM, with "indeed". After handily winning re-election the next day, he did another interview, and a complete about-face:

"Mitchell: Critics and analysts here and around the world are saying at what cost, your hard turn right on the Palestinian issue, what you said about the Arab voters coming out in droves - they say are costing you, costing you support around the world.

Netanyahu: Well, neither one, the premises of your questions are wrong. I haven't changed my policy. I never retracted my speech ..... six years ago calling for a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state. I don't want a one state solution. I want a sustainable peaceful two-state solution, but for that circumstances have to change."

So after pandering to the racists and winning the election, he's trying to win back the US and UK approval by pretending he never did any such thing. It appears, however, that neither the US nor the UK is interested in playing along any more:

"And with Mr. Netanyahu's last-minute turnaround against a Palestinian state alongside Israel, several administration officials said that the Obama administration may now agree to passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution embodying principles of a two-state solution that would be based on the pre-1967 lines between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza Strip and mutually agreed swaps. Most foreign policy experts say that Israel would have to cede territory to the Palestinians in exchange for holding on to major Jewish settlement blocks in the West Bank."

I don't pretend to understand the long-ball game here, but given President Obama's standard m.o. of playing eleventy-dimensional chess, I'm wondering if something might FINALLY be about to happen to untangle this interminable, miserable mess.

See you tonight!
-amie

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