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Drinking *Iced* Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 7/10

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

Please join us 12:30 this Sunday @ Infusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com) as we Drink *Iced* Coffee Liberally in the heat. Just coffee talk, no big whoop- I'll give you a topic:

* Is it just me, or have Barack Obama + Bill Clinton been the best Republican Presidents in my lifetime? Welfare reform + unchecked Wall Street speculation under Clinton, and now the potential austerity plans under Obama, rather than taxing the rich? When will Dems ever learn that, if people want to elect Republicans, they'll elect Republicans, not Dems pretending to be Republicans.

See you Sunday,
-Z

Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 1/23/2011

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

Tired of all the snow yet? If so, why not warm up w/a good cup of coffee + political discussion 12:30 Sunday at InFusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com)? Just coffee talk, no big whoop- I'll give you a topic.

* Locally, Donna Reed Miller has announced that she's not running for re-election this year, throwing the race for the 8th District City Council seat wide open. Who's running, who should run, and who should win? Given that one of our Liberal Coffee Drinkers is running, I suspect he'll have an opinion on the matter.

* Nationally, the GOP is going through the motions, passing a meaningless bill to kill health care reform, since it won't get past the Senate or a potential Presidential Veto. Of course, after spending the entire election cycle talking about jobs, what has the new GOP House done yet? Zippo.

See you on Sunday,
-Z

Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 1/16

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

Please join us 12:30 this Sunday at InFusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com) for Drinking Coffee Liberally. Just coffee talk, no big whoop- I'll give you a topic:

* After the horror in Tuscon, AZ, will figures in politics take the hint and cool down the rhetoric, or will we see more madmen stirred up by provocateurs to commit mass murder?

Last week was incredible- *two* candidates for public office came to talk w/us: Stephanie Singer (City Commissioner) and Jordan Dillard (8th District City Council). Will we have a repeat? The more the merrier!

See you Sunday,
-Z

Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 1/9

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

Who's afraid of a little snow? Not me, and, I hope, not any of you either. So, please join us 12:30 Sunday at InFusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com) as we Drink Coffee Liberally. Just coffee talk, no big whoop- I'll give you a topic.

* The next 2 years should be very interesting, as Speaker Boehner tries to balance between establishment Republicans such as himself and the new crop of Teabaggers which helped the GOP reclaim the house. How long until the latter overthrow the former? About as long as it took for the GOP to break its promises about spending + earmarks, I'd wager.

See you Sunday,
-Z

Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 1/2

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

Wow... 2011. 1 year until the world ends, some people think, especially if Sarah Palin wins the Presidential election. But I kid... please join us for more bad political humor 12:30 on Sunday, 1/2, at InFusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com) for Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy. Just coffee talk, no big whoop- I'll give you a topic:

Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 12/26

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

I understand that some people are celebrating an obscure, non-Jewish holiday this Saturday. I wish them + their families a Happy Christmas. But politics- and coffee drinking- stop for no-one! So, please join us 12:30 Sunday, 12/26, at InFusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com) as we Drink Coffee Liberally. Just coffee talk, no big whoop- I'll give you a topic:

* Grumbling aside, this was an incredibly productive Lame Duck session of Congress- the new tax bill, DADT repeal, START passage, + the Zadroga 9/11 First Responders bill all passed, in some form or another. Unofficially, this brings the first half of President Obama's (first?) term to a close. Yes, it was incredibly productive, in terms of legislation passed. But how happy are we with what transpired?

See you Sunday,
-Z

DRM Outta Here?

I just saw a rumor that Donna Reed Miller isn't running for re-election in 2011. Can anyone confirm or contradict this?

-Z

Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 12/19

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

Please join us 12:30 this Sunday at InFusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com) for Drinking Coffee Liberally. Just coffee talk, no big whoop- I'll give you a topic:

* To quote Bill Maher, "The Dems have moved to the right and the rethugs have moved into an insane asylum." Assuming that we liberals don't see ourselves as being either to the right or in an asylum, where does that leave us? And don't trot out the "center-right nation" line- the United States is fundamentally a radical, revolutionary nation- a center-right people would never have revolted against the British Empire, the most powerful nation in the world at the time.

Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 11/28Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers- If you're anything like me, you're feeling pretty s

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

If you're anything like me, you're feeling pretty stuffed from a Thanksgiving feast that represented, one can hope, a brief respite from all the political and economic sturm + drang that surrounds us this year. DCL is here to help relieve a bit more of that stress by providing a place to discuss the issues w/others who both understand them and are sympathetic to a liberal POV.

So please, join us 12:30 Sunday (11/28) at InFusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com) for Drinking Coffee Liberally. Just coffee talk, no big whoop: I'll give you a topic:

* Will the Lame Duck Congress pass anything, such as DADT repeal, ending the Bush tax cuts for the rich while extending them for everyone else, or passing START? Or will they wimp out and wait for the GOP to kill every program? Myself, I welcome our new, bat-sh*t crazy masters.

Lastly, the Iggles-Bears game isn't until 4:15, so it's no conflict at all w/DCL.

Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 11/14

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

Please join us 12:30 this Sunday (11/14) at Infusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com) for Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy. Just coffee talk, no big whoop- I'll give you some topics:

* Nationally, the fallout from the midterms continues. The latest news has President Obama considering a complete cave in to GOP demands that all tax cuts for the uber-rich continue in perpetuity. Given that this would also extend trillion dollar deficits in perpetuity, it's difficult to express strongly enough how bad an idea this is. But what, as private citizens, can we do? We can do something- let's meet to discuss it.

Dancing w/the person who brought you

After the Democratic shellacking on 11/2, there has been much talk of how the Dems lost because they failed to energize their base, while the GOP energized theirs, under the disguise of the Tea Party. As far as appealing to your base goes, an interesting contrast can be made between the parties, but it's not the contrast that everyone thinks.

The consensus is that the Dems appeal to liberals to win elections, and then govern to appeal to the vaguely-liberal part of the money community, whereas the GOP appeals to the religious right to get elected, and then gives them what they want. But it's not quite that simple.

Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 11/7

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

There's no dancing around the issue: this past Tuesday was pretty brutal for liberals in the US. How better to drown our sorrows than in steaming cups of coffee @ InFusion, 12:30 Sunday, 12:30, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com)? Just coffee talk, no big whoop- I'll give you a topic:

* The aftermath of the election, of course. The so-called liberal media is resuming its regular calls for Dems to act more like Republicans to get elected, which ignores the fact that the very Congressional Dems who did so, the Blue Dogs, were decimated this past Tuesday. If people want to vote for Republicans, they'll vote for Republicans, not Dems pretending to be Republicans. But what should be done? Should Dems swing the other way, adopting a more full-throated liberal approach? And how should President Obama approach the next two years?

Thoughts on an Ugly Election Evening

omedian + perennial Presidential candidate Pat Paulsen once said that "If either the right wing or the left wing gained control of the country, it would probably fly around in circles." Well, with the GOP gaining control of the House of Representatives last night, prepare to see the country fly in circles for the next two years.

The Republican Party has been very clear about two things: first, that their main goal is to try to make President Obama a one-term President; second, that the main mistake that they made gaining control of both the House and Senate in 1994 was being too conciliatory. Think about that: the Newt Gingrich-lead GOP shut down the Federal government and impeached President Clinton for oral sex... and the only mistake that the Republicans made was not being oppositional enough. If that doesn't frighten you, I'm not sure what would.

Drinking Liberally Election Night event

Fellow Liberal Drinkers-

Drinking Liberally Center City Philly and Drinking Liberally Mt. Airy are co-hosting an election night party with the Philadelphia chapters of the American Constitution Society and the National Lawyers Guild. The bar has three large TVs so it's perfect for watching the returns. The party starts ...at 6 p.m. at the upstairs bar of Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust and Spruce), and goes until all the races are called. Beer specials all evening!

Drink to Democracy!
-Z

Drinking Coffee Liberally, Mount Airy: 10/31

Fellow Liberal Coffee Drinkers-

Please join us 12:30 this Sunday, 10/31, at InFusion Coffee & Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave. (http://www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com) for the Drinking Coffee Liberally. And no Iggles game this weekend! Just coffee talk, no big whoop- I'll give you a topic.

* The election, of course. McClatchey newspapers calls Sestak-Toomey the very definition of a toss-up race, and Onorato has also closed on Corbett. Nationally, nearly the entire MSM expects that this will be a bloodbath for the Dems, but virtually no polls include cell phone-only voters, who tend to skew both young + liberal. We'll see... it should be interesting.

* Speaking of the election, please join Center City's DL chapter 6:00 on Tues. at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St., in the second floor bar for an election party. Be there to celebrate the wins, and to drown your sorrows for the losses.

Drink to Democracy!
-Z

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