Tomorrow: Special Drinking Liberally—Seattle

DLBottle
There will be no Drinking Liberally Seattle this evening. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we have a special Drinking Liberally with Living Liberally co-founder Justin Krebs.

Justin is on his “538 Ways to Live, Work and Play Like a Liberal” book tour. The book is about the little ideas for embracing your progressive values in everyday life, as well as the big ideas of what it means to be a “liberal” in America today.

Justin has toured the book to over 65 cities in 35 states and happily won the mockery of the conservative Weekly Standard which featured him in a cover story in July.

Bring your copy of the book (or the Weekly Standard cover, for that matter) for Justin to sign. Copies of the book will be available at the event.

We meet at our usual spot, the Montlake Ale House, 2307 24th Avenue E. Starting time is 8:00 pm.

Drinking Liberally Seattle meets weekly on Tuesday nights except for this week because of Justin’s visit.

Comments

  1. 1

    rhp6033 spews:

    Since the “Drinking Liberally” is usually considered an open topic, I’ll treat it as such here. After all, you can’t even make this stuff up, the Republican candidates just continue to provide their own comedy material.

    1. Newt Gingrich’s fundraisers just quit. It seems they were dismayed by their inability to raise funds for him, and his travel expenses were extraordinarily high. I’m not surprised that he would have trouble raising funds, he’s not considered a viable candidate and there are lots of reasons to wonder if he’s even serious about the race. And as for his travel expenses, it seems his campaign travel had more to do with appearances in conjuction with his films and book tours, which were his seperate income, rather than dictated by campaign issues.

    2. Michelle Bachman is at it again. She first claimed that the “founding fathers” fought the revolution to free the slaves. Then she claimed the Revolutionary War began in New Hampshire. And as was reported today, she now claims that Canada had lower unemployment without deficit spending or a stimulus program. Although Canada’s unemployment numbers ARE lower than in the U.S., Canada DID have a significant stimulus program.

    But Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government did implement a $40 billion, two-year stimulus program. Canada has about one-tenth the population of the U.S., which had a $781 billion program of infrastructure improvements and tax cuts.

    The Harper government took flak for spending some of the money on hockey arenas. The prime minister defended his approach in a 2009 New Brunswick speech:

    “The reason this government has proposed such a massive economic plan and such a massive deficit spending stimulus is our anticipation of significant economic challenges including job losses in the year to come. That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

    Article: Bachman re-wrights Canadian History

  2. 2

    Michael spews:

    @1

    I’ve seen the Canadian thing popping up here and there. Nice extra zero Bachman managed to slip in there.

    Canada has a, largely, a paygo system. But, they do have some debit and they have a hell of of a lot of unfunded maintenance, some of which is noted here:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com.....le2066372/
    Every driver in Canada brakes for road repair during construction season, but few have seen the chaos that has blocked the Montreal commuter before summer has even arrived.

    The annual season of motorway overhaul is on, but in Montreal, stunning emergency shutdowns of rusting major bridges and crumbling overpasses have paralyzed much of the city.

    Real estate agents say suburban property values appear to be dropping with the emergence of horror stories about four-hour commutes. Company owners in Montreal say they are having trouble recruiting workers from the South Shore because of bridge closings.

    This is before the looming $3-billion teardown and rebuild of a spaghetti interchange that already strangles much of Montreal’s freeway system. (Parts of it were closed just a month ago for an emergency fix.) Work on the full reconstruction will last at least five years.

    Canada also has a vastly more regulated banking system than we do, socialized medicine, no restrictions on abortion, and gay marriage, so it’s a little more than a little silly for a rightie to be talking up Canada, seeing how Canada is everything they’ve been fighting against for the last 20 years.

  3. 3

    spews:

    Funny that one of the top bond traders in the world said that the private sector is NOT going to jumpstart the economy and it’s pretty much up to the government to do that and the wingnuts are so silent about it.

  4. 4

    Roiger Rabbit spews:

    Barron’s magazine, hardly a bastian of liberal dogma, describes this year’s GOP candidate field as a reprise of Stephen Sondheim’s 1973 song, “Send in the Clowns.” (June 20, 2011, issue; p. 5.)

  5. 6

    Roiger Rabbit spews:

    Today’s top economic news is Greek prime minister Papandreou has survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote, setting the stage for avoiding a default that could have severe consequences for global financial markets.

  6. 7

    Michael spews:

    @6
    Russia and Iceland both defaulted and the world as we know it didn’t come to an end.

    What happened with Greece is that a bunch of idiots decided it wasn’t an unstable, third-world country and loaned them a bunch of money at really low rates. Money that there was know fucking way they were ever going to get back. Why shouldn’t the people that made the loans take a hit for their stupidity?

  7. 8

    LD spews:

    Speaking of defaults, 1.65 trillion in deficit spending, 14.4 trillion in National Debt, and 61 Trillion in unfunded liabilities.

    I will remind you, there is only about 56 Trillion dollars in the world in circulation…

    And which country and President is presiding over this Ponzi scheme?

    You got it…OBAMAMANIAC

  8. 10

    spews:

    This may have been brought up before but this is classic:

    Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) is readying her next move in a months-long effort to slash Pentagon spending for NASCAR and other sports sponsorships.

    McCollum questions whether the U.S. military should be spending hundreds of millions of dollars on sponsorship deals for sports including stock car racing, professional fishing and pro wrestling at a time when the nation is running large deficits. Military officials and congressional supporters say the sponsorships help with recruitment.

    The House recently “voted to eliminate funding for homeless veterans, slash community health centers serving low-income families and pass a fiscal year 2011 budget that would force 800,000 Americans to lose their jobs,” McCollum said recently. “Yet taxpayer-funded sponsorship of NASCAR racing teams was protected. I find this absurd.”

    http://thehill.com/business-a-.....onsorships

    Gotta love the priorities of these House Republicans.

  9. 11

    you voted for the fools, now you pay the consequences spews:

    @8

    you believe…wrongly.

    try looking data up before spewing shit out of your mouth dipshit.

  10. 12

    Michael spews:

    @7

    Oops, no fucking way. Not know fucking way. See what I’m saying? If I could figure out that was a bad idea, why couldn’t the smart kids?

  11. 13

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @8 According to Wikipedia the cost of the 2004 Athens Summer Games was less than $10 billion, but that’s still a lot.

  12. 14

    spews:

    Greek officials acknowledge in private that they may miss fiscal targets set by the I.M.F. because of a deeper-than-expected economic slump. In 2013, Greece will be required to raise as much as 30 billion euros ($43 billion) from the debt markets.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05.....atize.html

    Ok that’s where I heard that 30 billion figure. Sue me.

    And the Greek Olympics cost closer to 15 billion.

    http://www.aolnews.com/2010/05.....e-lympics/

    Yeah a lot of money.

  13. 15

    rhp6033 spews:

    Olympic games really cost a lot of money. Montreal was really soaked with cost overruns which left it in the red for years.

    Advocates of Olympic games argue that the tourism dollars and sponsorships will pay for the infrastructure improvements necessary to support the games, but that’s rarely the case. Most of the time the city is left with under-used facilities which require expensive maintenance and lots of money to try to convert them to other uses for which they were not designed.

    In the U.S. we’ve managed to avoid the biggest financial impacts of the Olympics, due to the virtual selling of the games to corporate sponsors, starting with the Los Angeles Olympics. The commercialism got so bad that in Atlanta, the then-IOC President refused to give the traditional declaration at the end of the games that it was the “best Olympics ever”.