"What's on Tap" is a weekly round-up of stories and links that may be interesting to Drinking Liberally patrons. This week, it is coming to you from the West End of our nation's capital, Washington, DC.
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- The National Organization for Marriage’s Summer for Marriage tour is coming right here to Raleigh on August 10! Feel free to show up and kiss the partner of your choice. More details on a counter-protest will be coming as the week progresses.
- This Week in Congress, courtesy of Congress Matters and Daily Kos.
Local & State
- Tropical Depression Four (possibly TS Colin) is on an early course for the North Carolina coast.
- North Carolina's sales tax holiday is coming up August 6-8.
- The State Fair is coming soon, and advance tickets are on sale now. Adults are $6 (save 25%), kids are $2 (save 33%), and ride tickets are $10 for 18 (usually $1 each). Some concert tickets are also available now. Spend at least $40 and get one free adult admission. Pool your ticket ordering and you can get up to three free adult admissions.
- Weekend day trip: Saxapahaw General Store in southern Alamance County.
- Details magazine covers Locopops, and shares recipes for Mango Chile and Raspberry Coconut pops.
- The City of Raleigh finally rolls out a new website.
- A new wave of anti-Islamic hatred is sweeping the country, and rabid conservative and Tea Party Republicans are fanning the flames of the hatred. [Ed. note: Find me one example of a liberal or progressive doing the same, and I will gladly correct my generalization.]
- Two reminders:
"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."
Pastor Martin Niemöller
"...those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don't represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior."
President George W. Bush, September 17, 2001
- A summary of the changes the Supreme Court made to Miranda this year: a suspect's request for an attorney can only halt questioning for 14 days; a suspect must break his silence to invoke his right to remain silent; and in parts of Florida, suspects to not have to be advised that their attorney can be present during questioning.
- Jed Lewison at Daily Kos has the elegantly simple solution to the impending Social Security "disaster".
- Here is your fact sheet for fighting back against the top ten Republican lies about the Bush tax cuts.
- What if the Republicans take control of Congress in 2010, Part 1: hearings on the 142-year-old 14th Amendment.
- A stunning series of color photos from the Depression era, from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information – two offices that seem oddly anachronistic today.
- In northern Ohio, home to a large Amish population, the local Red Cross is offering people who donate blood a chance to win a 2010 Nissan Versa…or a horse-drawn buggy.
- China is set to pass Japan as the world's second-largest economy (by GDP) in 2010, if it hasn't done so already.
- A bizarre sex scandal is brewing in Malaysia, where opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is accused of sodomizing a former male aide. Ibrahim is now accusing the aide of having an affair with his female prosecutor.
- UNESCO has added Everglades National Park and Madagascar's tropical rainforest to its List of World Heritage in Danger. Development in the Everglades has cut water flow by 60%.
- The Republic of South Africa is eliminating six of 13 traditional monarchies that the government says were largely created during the apartheid era to divide people.
- Venezuela cuts diplomatic ties with Colombia; Bogota denies any plans to invade or attack its neighbor.
- Haiti, six months later.
If you have a story you think would be good for What’s on Tap, please add it as a comment or email it to frankthomas at gmail.com.