Drinking Liberally — Seattle

DLBottle

Please join us tonight for another evening of politics and conversation over a drink at the Seattle Chapter of Drinking Liberally.

We meet tonight and every Tuesday evening at the Roanoke Park Place Tavern, 2409 10th Ave E, Seattle. The starting time is 8:00 pm, but some folks show up before that for dinner.

Can’t make it to Seattle tonight? Check out one of the other DL meetings this week. Tonight the Tri-Cities chapter also meets. The Lakewood chapter meets on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Tacoma chapter meets.

There are 178 chapters of Living Liberally, including fifteen in Washington state, four in Oregon and two in Idaho, so chances are excellent there’s a chapter meeting somewhere near you.

Open Thread 12/1

- Sally Clark should resign if that’s the attitude she takes after hitting a bike.

– I can’t even imagine wanting to follow protesters around with guns.

My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK

– Jeff Merkley is right about ending too big to jail as a concept.

Instead of trying to fix this problem by telling our daughters what they can’t like, I think it might be better to work toward a society that accepts scientists, programmers, and CEOs that like unicorns and the color pink just as much as those that don’t.

– Reasonable complaints about women’s soccer in the UK.

HA Bible Study: Job 1

Job 1
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Discuss.

Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza!

Mark Fiore: Congressional Turkeys.

Young Turks: People love ObamaCare, so long as they don’t know what it is called.

Puppet Nation: U.S. News:

White House: West Wing Week.

Richard Fowler: Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes her fight to Walmart.

Young Turks: Governor insists food stamps come with drug tests.

Roll Call: Congressional hits and misses of the week.

David Pakman: Republican Koch House passes bill muzzling EPA scientists.

Sam Seder: Solyndra turns out to be the opposite of a scandal.

Ferguson, Goddamn:

Thom: Is Walmart playing “Hunger Games” with its employees?

Farron Cousins: Net Neutrality battle rages on.

David Pakman: Director of ex-gay conversion clinic ends up marrying his same-sex partner.

Sam Seder: How Republicans ran from their right wing victory…

Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.

Thanksgiving political potpourri or politics invades a holiday

Roll Call: Congressional hits and misses—Thanksgiving edition

The meaning of Thanksgiving, Cold War style.

Fallon: Pros and cons of Thanksgiving.

What we talk about when we talk politics at Thanksgiving.

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving:

Der Witz: Happy Thanksgiving.

Rubin Report with Dave Rubin and Gina Grad: Talking politics at Thanksgiving.

HuffPo’s collection of Thanksgiving Jokes.

Meghan Trainor’s Thanksgiving Carols

Obama pardons the Thanksgiving turkey:

…and the ever-classic “Sarah Palin and the Thanksgiving day massacre“:

Just don’t do it (H/T Bob Dole)!

The politics of Thanksgiving day,

Mental Floss: 23 Thanksgiving food facts.

Even lemurs can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at the Brookfield Zoo.

Medite says, “Enough with the “How to Discuss Politics at Thanksgiving” Posts Already, including a dozen “how to discuss politics at Thanksgiving” links.

Roy Zimmerman: I’m dreaming of a Black Friday:

Open Thread 11/26

- Happy Thanksgiving and Shopping Day.

– Shorter Cathy McMorris Rodgers: The President’s immigration executive order is the democratic process on the rocks. Not the last 4 years of House leadership that I’ve been a part of.

Does sadness have levels? I guess so. I’m not sure what “more than sad” feels like so I keep quiet.

– The today’s Uber versus future Uber is an interesting lens for policy debates.

Kids today…

West Seattle scenes: Sea-star sighting, and a video review

Drinking Liberally — Seattle

DLBottlePlease join us tonight for some pre-Thanksgiving turkey talk and political prognostication over a pint at the Seattle Chapter of Drinking Liberally.

We meet tonight and every Tuesday evening at the Roanoke Park Place Tavern, 2409 10th Ave E, Seattle. The starting time is 8:00 pm, but some folks show up before that for dinner.

Can’t make it to Seattle tonight? Check out one of the other DL meetings this week. Tonight the Tri-Cities chapter also meets. On Wednesday, the Bellingham and Burien chapters meet. And next Monday, the Yakima and South Bellevue chapters meet.

There are 202 chapters of Living Liberally, including sixteen in Washington state, four in Oregon and three in Idaho, so chances are excellent there’s a chapter meeting somewhere near you.

Slowing Down A Bit

I can’t speak for Goldy, Darryl or anyone else here, but I’ve been running kind of slow since the election. This post is just a quick note that probably until January, I’m going to just do Monday-Wednesday-Friday open threads, but not much else. If there’s something major I want to talk about, I’ll probably have a longer bullet in an open thread.

Come January, I’ll probably be back. But for now, in case you’re wondering why there have been fewer Carl Ballard posts on HA, there’s why.

Open Thread 11/24

- (a) Uber seems nice, I’m glad the city caved to everything they want. (b) Seems like a solid arrangement, press.

– The Town Hall on Gender Pay Equity is happening December 2.

– It’s strange because every war is also the Cold War for the GOP.

What Fair & Balanced Would Look Like

– How come Obama never cites scripture? How dare Obama cite scripture?

Just consider how many utterly wrong turns one has to take to arrive at the position in which a little girl comes to your Sunday school class and your first thought is “Do I need to turn her in?” That’s sick.

– Now that Obama is an emperor for doing something other presidents have done, how does it feel living in a not free society?

Street View Contest

Last week’s contest was won by milwhcky. It was Covington, KY.

This week’s contest is related to something in the news in November, good luck!

And sadly, next week’s contest will be the last one, at least for a while. There are several reasons for this, but one is that I’m considering a new weekly feature for 2015 related to current events once again, something I haven’t had time to do in the past few years. Huge thanks to everyone who comes by each week to solve these. I’m always amazed by how hard I have to make these to stump you.

HA Bible Study: 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

1 Corinthians 14:34-35
Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

Discuss.

Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza!

Mental Floss: Misconceptions about pets.

Sam Seder: Tommy Chong smokes FAUX News.

Executive Action:

Matt Binder: The KKK does some “rebranding”.

Lawrence O’Donnell: Why the 2014 election spells disaster for Republicans in 2016.

Stephen: Assholes for Freedom.

Sam Seder and Dahlia Lithwick: What’s ruining the Supreme Court.

Liberal Viewer: FAUX News politicizes ISIS beheading.

WaPo: Sentenced to death without all the evidence.

David Pakman: Libertarian “champion” Rand Paul helps kill NSA reform bill.

Lawmaker asks about a moat for the White House.

Sam Seder: Bill-O-The-Clown kicks off the 2014 War On Christmas Season for FAUX News.

Political Keystone:

Olbermann: Bill-O the Clown is BACK as Worst Person in the World!

Sam Seder: The funniest public service ad ever.

Puppet Nation: U.S. News of the Week:

White House: West Wing Week.

Lewis Black breaks down FAUX News’ relationship with Black Friday.

David Pakman: Court rejects challenge to contraception rules.

Stephen does Jon.

Chris Hayes: More deceptive FAUX News propaganda.

Neutrality Confusion:

Thom: The Good, The Bad, and The Very, Very Ugly.

Mental Floss: 62 last name meanings.

Maddow: What we want and who we elected to do it.

Jon: Who is Jonathan Gruber?

Thom: More Good, Bad, and Very, Very Ugly.

Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.

Republicans are Big Fat Liars and Other Observations

There have now been something like seven major investigations into BENGHAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!1!11!!!

Today the GOP-controlled House “Intelligence” Committee released the results of their two year investigation into the “Worse-than-9-11″ events. They did so without fanfare on a weekend that almost assures Americans will be preoccupied with anything but the report.

Here is a recap of findings. The committee found that

…the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

…[T]he investigation … determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, intelligence about who carried it out and why was contradictory, the report found. That led Susan Rice, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to inaccurately assert that the attack had evolved from a protest, when in fact there had been no protest. But it was intelligence analysts, not political appointees, who made the wrong call, the committee found. The report did not conclude that Rice or any other government official acted in bad faith or intentionally misled the American people.

There were a lot of crazy assholes spewing some bizarre theories about a lot of non-things.

And there was just plain lying…like the claim, easily debunked, that Obama never referred to the the incident as terrorism FOR 14 DAYS. Nope…he did the morning after in the Rose Garden and twice more in Colorado over the next two days. This line of Wingding bullshit bit them back is their own ass when presidential wannabe Mitt Romney made an ass of himself during a debate with Obama (priceless video). (Most non-crazy people wondered what difference it made whether it was called or not called “terrorism”, but I digress….)

Not one of the Benghazi theories have panned out for the Wingnuts. Yet, this should have been self-evident after the first investigation. And verified after the second, and double verified after the third….

By, say, the third report, the Republican wack-jobs still spewing BENGHAAAAZZZZZZIIIII!!!!1!1!! were just lying.

Or they are pitifully stupid and totally incapable of ordinary things like reading, evaluating evidence, and synthesis. The first few reviews were supposed to make that easy for them.

Or they’re just fucking crazy.

It’s tough to tell the difference with this bunch.

Open Thread 11/20

- Good on Councilwoman Sawant for getting arrested in protest of the $15 minimum wage.

– No nominee is above criticism, of course, but liberals shouldn’t be reflexively anti-Loretta Lynch.

– The more the merrier in primaries, I say. But I don’t think I’ll be supporting Jim Webb for President.

Mr Cosby – you don’t have to talk. Maybe it’s time for women to talk instead.

– I’m a sucker for a good science story, and this one about finding out the cause of the Pacific Northwest starfish die off is pretty interesting.