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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!

Have you voted yet? Don't wait! Early voting continues through next week, so find a convenient time and pencil it in! Early voting locations and hours are posted at Nashville.gov (http://goo.gl/griV76)

Today, passenger planes being shot out of the sky, and we're executing people slowly and painfully, and the conflict between Israel and Palestine is rapidly descending into the deepest of horrors. It's hard to make sense of the world. It makes us all the more grateful for the good people in our lives. This evening we'll enjoy the company of dear friends Lauren & Matthew, before they embark on their adventures in Houston! The purpose of our network was originally politics, and that remains the case today -educate yourself! Vote locally!- but another, even more basic purpose has developed over time: fellowship, and community. Matt and Lauren have been a huge part of that during their time here in Nashville, and we wish them all the best on their journey! And you know, there are a lot of DL chapters in Texas...

See you tonight!
-amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

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

It's hard to believe, but there's an election coming up fast! August 7th is the big day for a number of state and county races. But you can vote early starting tomorrow, July 18th! For a sample ballot, visit http://www.nashville.gov/Election-Commission/Voters/Voting-Information/Sample-Ballots.aspx. Be sure to check it out, and make a plan now to go vote! Turnout is everything in these off-years, so every voice carries a lot of weight. Make sure yours is heard!

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!

David and Emma and I want you all to know how much your support and prayers have meant to us for so long, really, but especially through our son's brain surgery yesterday, just the latest plot twist in his fight against cancer. Nathaniel came through the procedure without any complications, and he's doing well today in the ICU. We've been so touched by all of your help. It really is a testament to the strength of character of people who choose to Live Liberally. Thank 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!

I'm just going to level with you here: I was gearing up to write about the Hobby Lobby decision, and how important it is, but then I got sucked into #thingstimhowardcouldstop on Twitter and had to re-think my life. The best of the bunch, no contest:

"Winter isn't coming. #thingstimhowsrdcouldstop #gameofthrones

I mean, that's just everything right there.

See you tonight!
-amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

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

This week brought us the strange runoff election in Mississippi: GOP incumbent Senator Thad Cochran vs. Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniels. Neither managed to win more than 50% of the vote in the primary election. Facing a deluge of Tea Party dollars flowing to the McDaniels campaign from small donors as well as the big ones (Crossroads, Etc.) Cochran came up with an interesting tactic the week of the election: directly appealing to black voters. Mississippi, like Tennessee, has open primaries, so Democrats and Republicans may vote in either (but not both, obvs) primary.

Predictably, McDaniels and his supporters went ballistic. We were treated to the awesome sight of the Tea Party actively working to prevent black people from voting Republican. True The Vote promised to challenge Democratic voters at the polls. (How were they identifying Democratic voters? Shut up, it's never about race.) And lo and behold, Cochran won.

A side offer to the Tea Party/True the Vote/Crossroads et al: let's make a deal and close this whole "voter fraud" nonsense for good, shall we? We can be reasonable. What if we just agree that only 3 of every 5 black people can vote in any given election?*

*have to work out messy detail of black incarceration rates on felony charges that don't apply to whites, etc.

Sarah Palin, bless her grifting little heart, was all in for McDaniels and isn't taking the defeat well, despite her ample experience. She took to the airwaves to declare her interest in redefining American politics via a third party. Some of our friends at the excellent blog Lawyers, Guns, & Money wholeheartedly encourage her in this courageous campaign. (http://goo.gl/wF6iAu, and be sure to check out the comments, which are everything.)

Meanwhile, Charles Pierce provided a reminder that this election takes place 50 years after some of the most horrific racist terrorism our country has ever seen, also right there in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The poignancy of a Republican election saved from an even worse fate by the votes of black citizens of Mississippi is something to savor. The entire piece is well worth the read, but for me, the best bit is here: "Fifty years after three men were lynched for trying to register black folks to vote, the state's African American constituency turned out, voted strategically, and squashed an authentically evil candidacy. Life, as Jack McCoy once opined, is a funny old dog." (http://goo.gl/7iu4Dc)

See you tonight!
-amie

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