What's on Tap: This Week at Drinking Liberally Raleigh

"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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[Ed. note: The opinions and suggestions for action are those of the author. Living Liberally does not endorse specific candidates, policies, or courses of action.]

ACTION

  • 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.

National

  • 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.]
    • The fight over an Islamic center and mosque near the World Trade Center is getting nasty, with the Anti-Defamation League coming out against it.
    • The lieutenant governor of Tennessee called Islam "a cult."
    • Now comes news of arson and vandalism at an Islamic center in Texas.
  • 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

Global

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