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Drinking Liberally tonight!

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

What a week, eh? The President caught most of us by surprise by announcing a new approach in our relationship with Cuba, and there was great rejoicing and much gnashing of teeth. As is his wont, Obama quietly and patiently got the deal all wrapped up long before anyone had the chance to intentionally disrupt it. (Not that our friends on the Right would ever do such a thing merely for the sake of being disruptive, of course!)

My favorite take on the Cuba announcement was from a commenter on the NY Times article (http://goo.gl/hg2Emm):

"Look, I can appreciate that it's a tough decision to normalize relations with a police state whose police forces routinely murder civilians (and whose top political leaders have engaged in torture of prisoners with impunity) but Cuba did the right thing here."

Isn't that delicious?

Here in Tennessee, Gov. Haslam finally announced his LONG awaited plan to accept Obamacare- ok, wait, no, that's not right- to expand Medicai- no, hold on, that's still not it- to Insure Tennessee. Yeah! That's the ticket! https://news.tn.gov/node/13336

Like our Kentucky neighbors before us, we have developed a plan to accept Obamacare funding to expand our Medicaid program while being very careful not to admit those two factual statements. There's a tough road ahead: the plan has to be approved by HHS and pass through the TN legislature, but for now let's just enjoy finally having something to work with.

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 hope you've all been following the information released this week by the Senate, from the Torture Report. This is the result of more than 5 years of investigation into what, exactly, was done in our name. To keep us safe. To punish our enemies.

We are a people who held men in blacked out rooms for 47 days at a stretch. We chained standing men to a wall for 17 days. We doused men with water and left them to freeze to death on concrete floors. We took men to the brink of drowning and brought them back to life so we could do it over again. We swept up men who had done no wrong, on the basis of lies our other prisoners told us. We gained no useful information from all of these things, except the information that we allowed ourselves to be governed by sociopaths.

As it turns out, it didn't have to be like this at all. From the very beginning, on Sept. 17th, 2001, the CIA was planning to construct prison facilities to mimic our own maximum security facilities, and to run them according to the codes and laws and rules that govern our prison system. We were going to interrogate suspected terrorists using techniques that had been proven to work. http://goo.gl/jlgfrN

We don't yet know why we started to explore legal justifications for torturing people, but that will come out in time. I hope it all comes out. I hope we all read it, sick with shame. I hope we tell our neighbors and families and friends to read it and join us in resolving to do better, so much better. We owe that to ourselves.

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 hope you've all been following the information released this week by the Senate, from the Torture Report. This is the result of more than 5 years of investigation into what, exactly, was done in our name. To keep us safe. To punish our enemies.

We are a people who held men in blacked out rooms for 47 days at a stretch. We chained standing men to a wall for 17 days. We doused men with water and left them to freeze to death on concrete floors. We took men to the brink of drowning and brought them back to life so we could do it over again. We swept up men who had done no wrong, on the basis of lies our other prisoners told us. We gained no useful information from all of these things, except the information that we allowed ourselves to be governed by sociopaths.

As it turns out, it didn't have to be like this at all. From the very beginning, on Sept. 17th, 2001, the CIA was planning to construct prison facilities to mimic our own maximum security facilities, and to run them according to the codes and laws and rules that govern our prison system. We were going to interrogate suspected terrorists using techniques that had been proven to work. http://goo.gl/jlgfrN

We don't yet know why we started to explore legal justifications for torturing people, but that will come out in time. I hope it all comes out. I hope we all read it, sick with shame. I hope we tell our neighbors and families and friends to read it and join us in resolving to do better, so much better. We owe that to ourselves.

See you tonight,
amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

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

I was pretty surprised when President Obama announced he was going to change the way our immigration laws are enforced, deferring deportation of undocumented immigrants who are parents of children who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the US. I'm relatively unfamiliar with immigration issues, in general. But it's obvious even to me that the idea has some merits, and that the administration is trying to be reasonable - funds are also being re-directed to improve efforts to secure borders, and farm workers and parents of immigrants brought to the US as children aren't included. These actions affect 4 million undocumented immigrants, not all 11 million.

But still, you can hear the howling from the Right. I was amused to read today that the GOP is having s hard time deciding how to respond: should they merely shut down the government, or go the full Monty and try to impeach the president? Reports add that "some" Republicans are urging a less dramatic tantrum, but then we have Tom Coburn warning darkly of "anarchy in the streets" and I don't think the cooler heads are going to prevail, this time. It was interesting to learn that bipartisan immigration reform passed the Senate over a year ago, but Speaker Boehner can't bring it to the House floor for a vote, even though it would pass, because the Tea Party reps would promptly lose their minds.

Have fun with that, Majority Leader McConnell!

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!

It's been a crazy week, so I apologize for having no clue what's going on! I know it's cold, but that's about it. Come get cozy and warm with some fellow liberals!

See you tonight!
amie

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