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. Join us every Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. onward at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, 222 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. Happy hour specials end at 6 p.m. You can find more information about us on Facebook or our home site, and follow us on Twitter - @RaleighDL.

[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.]


Local & State

  • The North Carolina Sheriffs Association wants access to a three-year-old state database of more than 50 million prescriptions for controlled substances and painkillers.
  • Wake County schools are facing a new crisis, as $89 million in federal stimulus funds used to pay for all custodians and three-fifths of all clerical workers will not be available in the next budget year. The district has to make cuts despite growing by nearly 4,000 students in the coming year.
  • Jennifer Wig tackles the environmental quagmire that is Falls Lake in a lengthy report for Raleigh Public Record. You need to know where your drinking water comes from.
  • The face of a “Christian terrorist” - right here in North Carolina.
  • Senator Richard Burr and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will debate three times before this fall’s Senate election, including on October 13 at 8 p.m. on NBC 17.
  • The Hillsborough Street Festival is Saturday, September 25 from 1 to 10 p.m. I’ll be there for the Snoopy’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, but you can enjoy live music, an Organic Iron Chef competition, and tons more.
  • The best things in life are free, so why not try out Raleigh’s Really Really Free Market? It takes place the last Sunday of each month (Sept. 26) from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Building, 3313 Wade Avenue. Bring your unwanted clothes, food, household items - anything! Bring what you can, and take what you need, and it’s really all free. Dial RaleighRRFM@gmail.com for more information.


  • We still have a long way to go when 1 in 7 Americans, and 1 in 5 children, are living in poverty.
  • Here is what happens when you, an American citizen, refuse to answer passport control’s questions when you re-enter your home country.
  • Why elections matter, in one image:
  • The original “Ground Zero mosque” predates the name and the controversy - it was located on the 17th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. No one has a monopoly on hallowedness or outrage or loss.
  • Media Matters tracks nine months of anti-Islamic intolerance and bigotry among the right, lowlighting the commentary of some of the right’s alleged luminaries. Patient Zero in all this Summer of Fear and Hate? The execrable Pamela Gellar.
  • The main difference between liberals and conservatives:
  • We may not have Rick Santorum to kick around any more. Thanks Dan Savage - but you’ll never guess why.
  • Want to know which craft beer to drink during Alabama’s football season? Sean helps you out. Since the set of all DL Raleigh participants who are both Alabama fans AND drinkers is a null set, consider this a just-for-fun post.


  • The president of DR Congo, Joseph Kabila, has suspended mining in three provinces where he alleges a “mafia” of rebel groups is exploiting the people and the resources. The provinces are large producers of cassiterite and coltan, key ingredients in technology products heavily used in the West.
  • Microsoft Corporation is complicit in the efforts of Russian security forces to harass and disrupt the activities of groups that oppose the government, including environmental interests, advocacy groups, and opposition newspapers. The crime? Allegedly possessing pirated software.
  • The speed bump of the future, from Canada, is an optical illusion of a girl chasing a ball into the street. It reaches maximum effect at about 100 feet, giving drivers time to react, slow down, and then be pissed that it’s not a real girl.
  • A recent Gallup survey in over 100 countries uncovered a surprisingly high correlation between religiosity and poverty. The glaring exception was the United States, which is far more religious than its overall wealth would predict.
  • Africa in perspective:

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.


A great round up, Frank

Thanks especially for the call to arms on behalf of Elaine. If North Carolina returns Richard Burr to the US Senate, it will put the lie to every citizen who believes that hard work should be rewarded. Mr. Burr is a total slacker, having accomplished exactly nothing of significance in his 16 years in Congress. Reelecting him would be like an employer giving a big raise and promotion to the biggest fuck-up in the company.