"What's on Tap" is a weekly round-up of stories and links that may be interesting to Drinking Liberally patrons. Your author thanks you for giving him a week off from the crazy. Now, it’s back to work!
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This week: Lt. Dan Choi speaks at NC State; the State Fair is coming; how much food will a dollar buy; and toxic sludge in Hungary. Pop a top and come inside!
[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.]
- The election is only three weeks away. What are you doing to help?
Volunteer. Donate. Phone bank. Follow.
- Lt. Dan Choi (ret.) will speak Tuesday night at NC State on Don't Ask, Don't Tell - 7:30 p.m. at the Stewart Theatre.
- Confused about what is happening with Wake County schools in light of last week's mayhem? Then you should attend the Great Schools in Wake Fall Forum, Saturday, October 16 at 8 a.m. at the McKimmon Center (free registration required).
Local & State
- Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Senator Richard Burr debate Monday night on UNC-TV at 7 p.m, and Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on NBC-17. Reason to watch Monday's debate: it is moderated by retired NPR newscaster and current "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" judge Carl Kasell.
- Elevator Lady (and Labor Commissioner) Cherie Berry gets whacked by OSHA for failure to treat worker safety violations seriously enough.
- Johnston County schools officials are spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to avoid educating a student citizen, all because she has a nose piercing. A federal judge says, you idiots, let her back in class.
- The State Fair is coming this week! We've previously given you deals on tickets for the fair; now check out information on using public transit to get there.
- Boylan Bridge Brewpub is launching a brand new menu. And you can try everything on it for just $25 (in advance) or $40 (at the door) on Thursday, October 14.
- This week, our “fierce advocate” will be in court, defending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by appealing rulings against both policies.
- Meanwhile, as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Obama administration fete each other for the amazing work they've allegedly done, both are lambasted by the progressive and activist gay community.
- Pam Spaulding (Pam's House Blend):
"What else will it take for the HRC apologists to see that under its current leadership, has failed miserably, and has developed a circle-the-wagons attitude rather than admit fault. It would rather publicly try to shame SU or anyone not willing to shut up and fall in line behind HRC as the voice of the community. When you brand yourself as "the community", you can't pretend you're the outsider and had no role in letting this administration and Congress crap on "the community." We need better leadership if HRC is supposed to be working on our behalf. Someone please stop this embarrassing madness."
- Box Turtle Bulletin:
"[HRC] invited White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett to be their featured speaker at their gala fundraiser Saturday night. Not only that, but HRC lauded both Jarret and the White House, saying “She and President Obama both care deeply about equality and are strong supporters of those of us fighting for LGBT rights.” If the White House’s inaction represents “strong support,” I can’t even begin to imagine what weak support would look like.
- Joe Sudbay (AMERICABlog):
"HRC waited for the White House to move on DADT before HRC itself was willing to move on DADT? This confirms what we've long heard -- that HRC was basically working as an arm of the White House, rather than putting the community first....Now, top HRC staffer Fred Sainz admits that HRC waited [un]til the White House was moving. That's not advocacy. That's being a wholly-owned subsidiary of the White House. It also contradicts what HRC has been saying all along, that the White House was already on board and thus didn't matter. It looks like HRC wasn't holding itself accountable to the community. Instead, HRC was at the beck and call of the White House."
- For the second year in a row, there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase for Social Security beneficiaries - the only times there has been no increase since 1975.
- Conservatives who want to throw the book at Obama have a friend in Philadelphia.
- Peter Diamond shared the Nobel Prize in Economics this year for his work on search markets, helping "explain how it was possible so many people could be unemployed at a time when a large number of jobs were on offer." However, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) blocked Diamond's nomination to the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors because Diamond "did not have sufficiently broad macroeconomic experience to help run the central bank."
- How much food will a dollar buy? Jonathan Blaustein's photo project answers that question.
- The answer to the Bible/textbook fusion in Texas schools? Flexbooks.
- Liu Xiaobo wins the Nobel Peace Prize. His wife is now under house arrest. Why do we pretend China is an equal? Oh wait, we still have the death penalty and a president who thinks he has the authority to assassinate American citizens anywhere in the world without due process. Never mind....
- In the United States, we incarcerate blacks at a rate four times greater than their share of the population - a fact often blamed on disproportionate sentence for crack versus powder cocaine. However, in Britain and Wales, blacks are incarcerated at a rate seven times their share of the population.
- At least eight people have died and over 150 were injured when a reservoir failed and spread toxic byproducts of the production of alumina over 15 square miles in western Hungary. The pictures tell the story.
- Serbia is one of the most dangerous countries in Europe for gays and lesbians. Thousands rioted in Belgrade against the first gay pride parade in the country in eight years.
- Remember the Chilean miners; they should start coming to the surface on Wednesday. With their rescue imminent, the miners are disagreeing about in what order they should ascend - specifically, several want to be last so that their colleagues can be freed sooner.
- Sudan is poised to split into two nations; the unanswered question is whether it will be peacefully or violently.
- The Israeli Cabinet approved a loyalty oath, requiring Palestinian and other non-Jewish prospective citizens to swear allegiance to the "Jewish and democratic state" of Israel.
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