Drinking Liberally — Seattle

DLBottle
The Seattle Chapter of Drinking liberally meets tonight, and we will be celebrating the 8th anniversary of Drinking Liberally. It all began in a bar in New York…now there are 228 chapters of Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally worldwide.

Please join us for a pint and a toast. We meet at the Montlake Ale House, 2307 24th Avenue E. Starting time is 8:00 pm, but a few folks show up around 7:00 pm for dinner.

Speaking of toast, I can just imagine this clip as the intro to a Palin-on-wheels video with the Lynyrd Skynyrd song That Smell as the sound track:



Can’t make it tonight? The Tacoma Chapter of Drinking Liberally meets on Thursday (June 2nd) at 7:00 pm at the Hub Restaurant, 203 Tacoma Ave S.

(Note…this IS an open thread.)

Comments

  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “We hold … that Ashcroft did not violate al-Kidd’s Fourth Amendment rights,” Justice Antonin Scalia said in his majority opinion. The five justices in the majority on this aspect of the decision are all Republican appointees.

    Abdullah al-Kidd was arrested in 2003 under the federal material witness statute. The feds had no evidence that al-Kidd had terrorism ties, they merely suspected he might, so they arrested him not as a culprit or suspect but as a potential witness.

    Although the liberal members of the Supreme Court also voted that al-Kidd couldn’t sue Ashcroft for abusing the material witness statute, they refused to say Ashcroft’s actions as attorney general didn’t violate al-Kidd’s constitutional rights.

    “Sotomayor said no previous case involving allegedly unlawful arrests ‘involved prolonged detention of an individual without probable cause to believe he had committed any criminal offense.’

    “Ginsburg said al-Kidd’s ‘ordeal is a grim reminder of the need to install safeguards against disrespect for human dignity, constraints that will control officialdom even in perilous times.’”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....69032.html

    “Control officialdom.” That’s the issue here. Bush administration officialdom was out of control. They behaved like Nazis. But the Republican members of the Supreme Court went out of their way to say that’s all right, Republican officialdom can do that, you have no constitutional rights. The five Republicans who signed that opinion are, by the way, the same five Republicans who said corporations do have constitutional rights even though corporations aren’t people.

    If you want a Supreme Court that says corporations can spend as much money as they want to buy politicians, subvert our democracy, and run this country as they please for their own benefit; but that same bought-and-paid-for government can throw you in jail indefinitely just because they feel like it and you can’t even sue them, then vote Republican. Because only Republicans appoint justices like that.

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The majority opinion in the Ashcroft case is what lawyers call “dicta” — comments that aren’t necessary to decide a case. All eight voting justices agreed al-Kidd couldn’t sue Ashcroft because public officials enjoy substantial immunity from civil liability connected with the performance of their official duties. But the five Republican justices went further and said Ashcroft didn’t violate al-Kidd’s constitutional rights — when he clearly did just that. In educated quarters, this is called “making political speeches from the judicial bench,” and is frowned on. It’s amateurish, childish, sophomoric. But what do you expect from five Republican clowns? The fact Republican presidents clothed these guys in judicial robes doesn’t make them anything more than clowns.

  3. 3

    Steve spews:

    On another thread I compared the minds of our trolls to the mind of a squid. I was very wrong to do so and I really do feel quite bad about it. So I hereby apologize to all squid.

  4. 4

    rhp6033 spews:

    Open Thread! Yes!

    Andrew Brieghtbart (sp)? has tried to create another scandel for a Democrat, this time by posting a picture which he claimed was sent viat Twitter from N.Y. Rep. Anthony Weiner to a Washington state co-ed.

    It turns out that the Congressman’s Twitter account was hacked, which is supported by the fact that an announcement to that effect quickly followed the sending of the picture. The account was suspended until it can be investigated and resumed under some more secure provisions.

    In the meantime, the Co-ed has issued a press release saying that she never had any contact with the Congressman. The publicity has forced her to have the student temporarily pull her columns from the paper, and she has informed the college that she will not be attending class for the remainder of the term. She is also hiring an attorney to investigate.

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/theb.....ss/Seattle College Student Responds

    It’s long past time for the authorities to quit treating this buy as a mere political prankster. He is destroying organizations and careers through deceit, editing, and falshoods, and now is endangering the education of an innocent college student, all for political gain. In this, he appears to have been learning the ropes from Karl Rove, who in term learned them from Daniel Seggretti (sp?), of the Watergate Plumber’s fame.

    And any publication which carries this known fraud’s stories should have every subscriber immediately cancel their subscription.

  5. 5

    rhp6033 spews:

    If I was this gal’s father, I would announce that I was making a public statement to the news media. Then with cameras rolling, I would point out that when I grew up in the South, if someone falsly impuned upon the reputation of a man’s daughter, it was considered justifiable homicide if he took matters into his own hands.

    But this being a more modern and “polite” society, I would say that I would refrain from such violent conduct, and would instead devote the remainder of my life, and my energies well into retirement, into making this miserable excuse for a human being’s life utterly miserable. His wife, his children, and his grand-children would be reminded – daily – what a lying, scum of the earth he is. They would know that you can’t trust anything which comes out of his mouth. And when he gets involved in some piccadillo (and I’m sure he will), I would be right there to film it and display it on every website and media outlet which would carry it.

    I’m sure he would laugh it off. He would feel confident, as only a young, well-financed arrogant priss could, that he was immune from any such efforts.

    But when he asks his financiers and beneficiaries to award him with some lucrative or important federal position, he would only get some apology – “it’s just too hot right now, that angry father up in Washington state is reminding everyone daily what a piece of manure you are, and we can’t do anything for you, sorry.”

    And that’s only a fraction of the penalty which he deserves.

  6. 6

    spews:

    Well … if its truly open ..

    let me direct HA fans to some posts I have been reading on other sites:

    Weinergate .. as reviewed by HA’s own Mike Hood at Blatherwatch,

    Parking … amnesty program in Seattle from Publicola while LA offers “Goldcards” so VIP don’t have to pay THEIR tickets, on The AVE. .

    Marijuana and Blasphemy ….While HA’s Lee Thehim harps on poor patients who are deprived of a chance to smoke a joint, the topic of blasphemy in regard to marijuana is worth another look, take look here:

    Health Class Blasphemy.

    Hello there guys. Just posting to tell you something that happened today. So I’m sitting in class, and we begin a topic about weed. Suposedly, according to my textbook, marijuana contains 17 MORE CARCINOGENS THAN TOBACCO. Major bullshit. Anyways, my friend puts his hand up and asks “Hey sir, if marijuana causes cancer, why are people WITH cancer prescribed it?” And my teacher replies with “Um..well, uh, they, um…. well..*30 second think break* uhmm…. They are given special marijuana that doesn’t contain carcinogens” Hahahaha. Gotta love the propaganda they have in textbooks and the such.

    Meanwhile, it seems to me that the news world is having an awful lot of hypocrisy these days .. Lee Thehim’s paeans to pot seem to me to have a lot in common with the radical right’s hype about RyanCare. Of course someone needs to comment that Breitbart’s with Winer’s weiner inevitably is leading to the traditional angst among the old media about a lack of journalistic standards in the online world.

    My favorite recent hypocrisy, however, is cowardice of the supposedly liberal art world that extolls art as free expression while it is expunging China’s most prominent arttist, Ai Weiwei, because the Party wants to silence the man.
    I think we need to have a special exhibit for hypocrital art.

  7. 8

    Michael spews:

    Ridership is up!

    Ridership on Central Link light rail increased by 19 percent in comparison with the first three months of 2010 (1.65 million to 1.38 million), with average weekday boardings increasing by 27 percent. Light rail ridership, however, has been flat since the middle of last year. Average weekday boardings in the first quarter of 2011 were just under 21,000 per day.

    ST Express bus ridership increased by 7 percent, and average weekday boardings increased by 6 percent.

    King County Metro reports a 3.6 percent increase in monthly ridership on motor and trolley buses comparing April 2011 to April 2010 (377,942 vs. 364,905), after three months in which ridership fell just short of last year’s marks.
    http://blog.seattlepi.com/tran.....nder-rail/

  8. 10

    proud leftist spews:

    Rabbit,
    The Court’s rightwing goes out of its way to make new law, yet the incessant and shrill conservative mantra is that only liberal judges are activist. Funny how that works with wingnuttia.

  9. 11

    Michael spews:

    PS. Every time you eat a vegan version of a traditionally non-vegan food (like vegan cream cheese, wtf?) you make a puppy cry.

  10. 12

    uh oh Jongo spews:

    @4 and 5

    you migh want to check the latest news releases RHP…you are gonna feel real stupid.

  11. 13

    Xar spews:

    Seriously. Can we stop talking about/following her? There are better and more important people for the media to focus on.

  12. 14

    spews:

    Latest news releases says the Congressman is angry about right wing bullshit that distracts from the issues.

    His twitter account was hacked by right wing smear operatives – end of story.

  13. 15

    uh oh Jongo spews:

    @14

    wrong again.

    His people are saying it was a “prank” from his office.

    His office has changed their story twice already.

    Keep up!

  14. 16

    Michael spews:

    Oh boy, I better hurry up and signup for Twitter so I can keep up on the latest gossip about a congressman’s crotch. Gag. Do these people (congressmen, staffers, journalist, etc.) not have anything better to do?

    Excuse me while I go order a book on edible plants and expand my garden. We are so fucked.

  15. 19

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @various – I’m convinced the rightwing’s obsessions with other people’s crotches derives from the fact they’re not getting any themselves. I mean, who would want to fuck a Republican?

  16. 20

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Weiner, what a weiner!

    If this was such a twitter hack, where is the FBI rhp6033? He’s a sworn official of the US Government. If he was truly hacked where is the FBI? No where so far. Another Homer Simpson moment eh rhp6033?

    To the Dumb Rabbit@19, if this came from his office then you are having another Cuyahoga County moment eh Roger Dumb Rabbit.

  17. 21

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    you can thank illegal immigration….its all part of the plan.

    Isn’t that what Debbie Wasserman-Schultz claims?

    More on that moron later! Gotta go for a while!

  18. 23

    Michael spews:

    @18
    If it’s part of the plan the Obama folks are doing a shitty job sticking to it seeing how he’s added more people on the borders, stepped up workplace inspections and is deporting people at record rates.

  19. 25

    who run Bartertown? spews:

    @23

    lol..sure….and its really making a huge difference isnt it?

    smoke n mirrors…..

  20. 26

    spews:

    you can thank illegal immigration….its all part of the plan.

    Undocumented immigrants don’t vote. But the people that Reagan granted amnesty do vote and they sure don’t appreciate right wing racism.

  21. 28

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    right-wing slut

    slingshot and rujax… two losers from the same simian tree branch.

  22. 29

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Undocumented immigrants don’t vote.

    Errrrrrrrnnnnt! Wrong again my beta boy! In which state? Colorado thinks they did.

    Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, told the panel that his department’s study identified nearly 12,000 people who were not citizens but were still registered to vote in Colorado.

    Francine Busby wished they did.

  23. 30

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    “It’s just so hard for me to grasp how they [Republicans] can be as anti-woman as they are,” she said, according to the Weekly Standard. “I think that the pushback and the guttural reaction from women against the Republicans’ agenda out of the gate, the war on women that the Republicans have been waging since they took over the House, I think is not only going to restore but help us exceed the president’s margin of victory in the next election.”

    When asked during her appearance at a press briefing sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, if her Democratic colleagues who have voted pro-life by supporting efforts to stop funding abortion were also “anti-women,” Wasserman Schultz said no.

    What a Buffoon! Being a DUMMOCRAT means you can say something stupid everyday and the libtardo loving MSM sez nuthin!

    We are glad she’s the DNC chair!

  24. 32

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    We have 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country that are part of the backbone of our economy.And that it would be harmful if — the Republican solution that I’ve seen in the last three years is that we should just pack them all up and ship them back to their own countries, and that in fact it should be a crime and we should arrest them all.

    Thank you Wasserman Schultz. DUMMOCRAPTS can’t call them illegal aliens because they would be telling the truth. Illegal aliens have committed a crime. They are here illegally.

  25. 33

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    nearly 12,000 people who were not citizens but were still registered to vote in Colorado.

    EXACTLY!

  26. 36

    spews:

    can’t call them illegal aliens

    Because that would be denigrating the hard-working cheap labor hired by Republicans like Weissbach.

  27. 37

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Because that would be telling the truth the hard-working cheap labor hired by DUMMOCRAPTS like Pelosi in her vineyards.

    Corrected, verified and true!

  28. 38

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Hosting private gambling parties stupid yelling loser boy

    Under Obummer’s sadministration

  29. 39

    spews:

    the hard-working cheap labor hired by DUMMOCRAPTS like Pelosi

    Cheap? Nope…

    Schweizer calls it liberal hypocrisy. And with Pelosi set to become the next speaker of the House, his charges are getting a lot of attention.

    Peter Schweizer: “Investors Business Daily has run a column on it. There’s been a lot of people on talk radio that have talked about it.”

    But in Napa we found the facts don’t fit Schweizer’s claim. For starters, the Pelosis pay more than union workers are paid in the same valley — that from the pastor at St. Helena’s Catholic Church, a well known advocate for farm workers who’s involved in labor negotiations with the same labor manager the Pelosis use.

    Monsignor John Brenkle, St. Helena Catholic Church: “So I know exactly what his pay scale is.”

    And Monsignor Brenkle says the Pelosis pay a $1.25 an hour more than workers at Napa’s biggest union winery.

    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/sto.....id=4804677

    There’s a link. Where’s your link dumbass?

  30. 40

    spews:

    Under Obummer’s sadministration

    Yeah too bad he kept on Dumbya holdover Mueller.

    That’s what you get for trying to be “post-partisan” in an age of bat-shit insane right wingers like Puddybud.

  31. 41

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Where’s your link Puddybud?

    In your DATABAZE fool. Google it fool! I don’t repost links for schmucks like you beta boy.

    I posted it three or four times about her wineries and her use of illegal aliens through the years.

    Sucks to be you!

  32. 42

    LD spews:

    Maybe you can all celebrate reaching 14.4 Trillion in debt. What an accomplishment. No you can shoot for a total financial default in the next few years.

    Limo’s for everyone…

  33. 43

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Yeah too bad he kept on Dumbya holdover Mueller

    Butt he’s Obummer’s employee now moron!

    You are like a volcanic eruption. A whole bunch of smoke, ash and clouds. But when the dust settles, all that is left is empty hot air.

  34. 44

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    People who think like some HA libtardo bloggers here.

  35. 45

    LD spews:

    I have heard that for the most part people marry those of like or similar political views.

    For liberals, that is called InBreeding

  36. 46

    spews:

    41 – Miserable weasel. I brought my link – you brought as usual – crap.

    However he’s Obama’s employee now

    Sorry – it don’t fly! Remember George Tenet?

    You miserable caterwauling is as a tale told by bat-shit insane idiot. Full of sound and fury, signifying stupidity and vapidity.

  37. 47

    LD spews:

    I hope all you libs got a 15% raise this year, you’ll need it to pay the added expense of nearly everything you purchase thanks to Obama’s spending spree.

    Cheers…Oh and enjoy the added costs to your Drinking liberally celebration.

  38. 48

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Geez, I checked back in this thread to see if there’s any intelligent life here, and all I found was puddy. Bummer!

  39. 49

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @47 “thanks to Obama’s spending spree”

    You don’t know a fucking thing about money supply, do you?

    Here’s a pop quiz for you:

    Who controls the money supply?

    [ ] 1. Congress
    [ ] 2. President
    [ ] 3. Federal Reserve
    [ ] 4. Mickey Mouse

    Hint: One of these answers is a throwaway and two of the others are wrong.

  40. 50

    LD spews:

    Well Roger, besides you getting a special screwing from the results of the democrats in this state this year, no Pers 1 BONUS.

    I know quite a bit about money supply, and the first and foremost thing I know about it is you CANNOT spend twice what you take in without creating a Ponzi scheme extraordinary.

    Metropolitan Mortgage in Spokane – Bankrupt Ponzi Scheme fell!

    Bernie Maddoff’s Ponzi scheme Bankrupt fell

    Obama’s Ponzi Scheme…Stay Tune for a big quantum failure

  41. 51

    LD spews:

    It’s a cakewalk investing in the Obama economy, just bet against the dollar (debasing) and put futures on everything costing more, you know, Oil, food, coffee, clothing, etc etc etc and you’ll make a killing.

    PS: You don’t solve a debt crisis with more debt!

  42. 54

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    My beta boy@46,

    Everyone here know you’re my beta so don’t get those pink panties in a wad when I reject your request. You have the databaze. You update your databaze! Write some “code” and search for Nancy moron!

    Good luck!

  43. 55

    question spews:

    The State economy, especially real unemployment is way worse than it appears. The U6 number is the actual number of folks that are unemployed. This number does not include the UNDER EMPLOYED. According to State U3 stats, unemployment actually look better in April than in March. The reason they look better is the fact the 44,170 folks left the workforce because THEY COULD NOT FIND A JOB. King County had 18,220 who left the workforce and in Snohomish County had 7,180. An analysis shows it is youth from 16 to 25 years old, African-Americans, other minorities and WOMEN who are primarily the largest percentage of this group.

    Look around. It’s bad. In the meantime we use tax dollars to pay productive people to be unproductive and we look for ways to stick it to businesses who as a result are downsizing or looking to leave. Only the government sector has escaped the horror. And that is certainly not sustainable.

    Obama and Gregoire made matters worse. Obama thru massive deficit spending and Gregoire by not making substantive reductions in the State Employee contracts.

  44. 56

    spews:

    54 – zzzzZZZZzzz.. EVERYONE here knows:

    you’re a liar,
    you bragged about your weenie size to your own sockpuppet,
    you had a nympho slut explosion,
    you can’t read to save your miserable life,
    a few threads ago even you were forced to admit your poor reading skillz,
    dyslexic much?,
    you’re batshit insane,
    you’re everybody’s entertainment here,

    You’re basically a dumbass taken in by right wing con men..

    Keep it up.

  45. 58

    Steve spews:

    “I know quite a bit about money supply”

    As much as any 4 year-old, I’m sure. Dumbfuck troll.

  46. 59

    Jethro Troll spews:

    Nice to see that the Seattle School District is being forced to spend $200k per year to audit their crooked books and crooked practices.

    This is what happens when you hire people based on gender, race, and party affiliation, and not qualifications.

    But hey, at least they are “diverse”..LMFAO.

  47. 60

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @59 $200K is probably less than what it cost per day to straighten out Enron’s crooked books.

  48. 62

    who run Bartertown? spews:

    @60
    Last I checked, enron wasn’t a public agency charged with teaching kids in seattle……

  49. 64

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    @56,

    From the chronological fool yelling lost beta boy called monomaniacal by another HA leftist. Your own peeps basically ignore you 24x7x365. Yes, that’s in your databaze too!

    Another EPIC FAYLE!

  50. 65

    spews:

    64 – Wow Puddybud, everyone hangs on every fart from your piehole.

    I guess that why’s it’s so well remembered.

    Oh wait a minute you’re always whining that everyone forgets your miserable bullshit!

    Nevermind..

  51. 66

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    No you need to be reminded of your “place” on this blog and in society! Somehow it takes a jackhammer to pierce the granite encased cranial orifice!

    LMBBAO! No one on the right called me monomaniacal. LMBBAO!

    Sucks to be you yelling lost beta!