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Why heterosexual marriage is in danger from the gays

For the past year, I, like most people, have been focused primarily on the Presidential election (as well as the Senate one here in NC). It came as a bit of a surprise to me that Arizona, Florida, and California had ballot measures to amend their state constitutions to define marriage as between one man and one woman. It came as a bigger surprise that these measures passed in all three states.

There are several things about the arguments that get bandied about by those who support these amendments that as a thinking logical individual fill me with complete outrage.

Raleigh Drinking Liberally - Flying Saucer Tonite (4/25)!

Same bat time, same bat channel.  Hope to see everyone there, and bring a friend!

News roundup:
   
1:  Because when your gas prices are high, the #1 thing that we need to do in order to lower them (aside from granting insane retirement packages to oil executives) is to exempt them from environmental regulations.  Buried in here is another reference to the little known fact that the government has been filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve this whole time.  Oh yeah.  Remember back in, 2001ish when Bush dumped oil out of it and created artificially low gas prices?  While the price per barrel has been climbing steadily, we've been filling it back up.  Good bang for the buck there.
2:  Scotty McClellan is out of the White House, and it looks like FOX will get an inside guy - Tony Snow.  My favorite quote on the White House "staff shakeup":  "It's the equivalent of rearranging all the deck chairs on the Titanic".
3:  Which is true?  This one, or this one?
4:  195 days to prove this wrong.
5:  Mary McCarthy was fired from the CIA for allegedly talking about the secret prisons in Europe.  She has denied leaking any sort of information. 
6:  The telecommunications industry has decided that they want to start instituting QoS for different times of network traffic- for a price.  The ramifications are that it could be used to restrict access to sites that aren't able to pay to play.  Net Neutrality is a must.  Anyone who wants more in-depth information on what this is all about, feel free to ask me directly.
7:  The World Bank lying?  Covering up?  Mis-filing?  Who would have thunk.
8:  Two interestingly scary things about using nuclear weapons on Iran.  A)  What the fallout would look like.  B)  If Bush is crazy enough to actually use nuclear weapons and violate half a dozen different laws and treaties, his order goes direct to Rumsfeld to the commanding officer in the field.  The Joint Chiefs, Congress, no one else gets to say 'STOP'.

Raleigh Drinking Liberally

Hey there!

We'll be at the Flying Saucer in full force this week. C'mon out and join the fun!

Our Durham outreach meeting was a lot of fun. If somebody is looking to start a new DL chapter there, Tyler's Taproom would make a good choice. Their Tuesday 5-7pm "Hoppy Hour" can't be missed!

Items of interest:
 - The Charleston, SC and Louisville, KY chapters of Drinking Liberally have taken part in the Army Man Project. Here's a summary what the project is about: "We're placing little green Army Men in apartment lobbies, in the produce aisle, on SUVs and everywhere else we go.  They have a sticker attached that reads, "Bring Me Home" and "Stop the War" as a reminder that people in Iraq are dying every day while we just go about our business." There was an article in the Charleston Post and Courier about it. Anybody can take part on their own. It's cheap and easy!
 - 21st Century Democrats and Ironweed Film Club are teaming up to promote house parties as a kickoff of the election season. They are encouraging groups, including Drinking Liberally, to host house parties featuring the Academy Award-nominated film, Street Fight, which gives the viewer an inside look at a heated local campaign. "It's a truly captivating film that's certain to both entertain and inspire house party attendees to get involved in upcoming campaigns, either through financial contributions or participation in outreach, voter registration, canvassing, etc." If we get enough local interest, I will pursue hosting such a house party. Please let me know if you would like to attend such an event.

Local (Wake) political notices:
 - Friday, April 7th - Last day to register, change your party affiliation or your address. The voter registration form must be postmarked by or hand delivered by this date.
 - Thursday, April 13 - One-stop voting begins - no excuse required.

Cheers!

Wallace Pankow
Drinking
Liberally - Raleigh
raleigh@drinkingliberally.org

Location
Tuesday 6-9pm
Drinking Liberally @ The Flying Saucer (Just look for our sign at a table toward the back)
328 West Morgan Street @ Harrington
Raleigh, NC 27601
919.821.PINT
http://www.beerknurd.com/

About Drinking Liberally
Drinking Liberally is an informal, inclusive weekly Democratic drinking club. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.

Bars are democratic spaces - you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space - bui
ld Democracy one drink at a time.

For more information about Drinking Liberally, check out http://drinkingliberally.org/.

While drinking liberally, always drink responsibly!

Raleigh Drinking Liberally 6-9p Tues 3/14

Next week we're going to Durham as well- stay tuned for details! This week still at the Saucer.

News roundup:
1- Buy tuna fish & dried milk to help get prepared for bird flu (soo don't get this one).
2- Who needs bird flu when we've got mad cow?
3- Or having to raise the debt ceiling? Again?

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