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.

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This week: early voting; RailHawks soccer; which states are gay curious; and real voter fraud - in Afghanistan. Quit hovering outside and come on in!

[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 two weeks away. What are you doing to help?
    Volunteer. Donate. Phone bank. Follow.
  • The Republican-leaning Wake Schools Community Alliance is hosting a forum for Wake County Commission candidates on October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bond Park Community Center in Cary. The topic of discussion will be the Wake County schools. WSCA supported the Republican takeover of the WCPSS board in 2009 and favors ending the diversity policy.
  • As of October 19, there were over 2.7 million registered Democrats and only 1.9 million registered Republicans in North Carolina. Vote! Then call one person you know in North Carolina who you think might be unlikely to vote, and turn them out! Click here for complete details and hours.
    • Wake County: Vote early through October 30 at the Wake County Board of Elections; Apex Community Center; Falcon Park Hut in Fuquay-Varina; Chavis Community Center in Raleigh; Herbert Young Community Center in Cary; Knightdale Recreation Center; Optimist Community Center in Raleigh; Pearl Street Building in Garner; and the Wake Forest Community House.
    • Durham County: Durham County Board of Elections; North Regional Library; and South Regional Library
    • Orange County: Orange County Board of Elections; Morehead Planetarium at UNC-Chapel Hill; and Seymour Senior Center
  • Want to do something while sitting at your computer (right now)? Click on Republicans! No, really. Spend a few minutes doing a Google search on a Republican candidate. When you find unflattering links, click on them. Your click makes that unflattering result a little more prominent the next time someone searches for that candidate. The details on how this works are courtesy of Chris Bowers at Daily Kos.

Local & State

  • Be aware that the NC Highway Patrol is increasing enforcement of school zone violations this week. Progressives are always good drivers, but it never hurts to remind you: read the fine print and drive the speed limit in school zones, and always err on the side of caution - NEVER pass a stopped school bus.
  • Sports fans like me, rejoice! ESPN3.com is coming to Time Warner Cable on October 25. The whole back story is too stupid to explain; but if you can't wait until then to enjoy the commercial free raw feeds of college football games, you can pick "Comcast" from the pull down menu, and login with username footballboard and passwaord warchant. Also, Time Warner Cable is rolling out more HD channels. How long until the rate increase?
  • The Carolina RailHawks have advanced to the USSF D-2 Pro League Championship Series against the Puerto Rico Islanders. The second and final game of the championship series will be played on October 30 at 7 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. $12 premium seat tickets available here.
  • Yellow book directories deliveries should be an opt-in service. (Ever heard of the internet?) Until then, here's how to opt-OUT.
  • Belk has a new logo and a new look at Crabtree Valley Mall.


  • Shots appear to have been fired at the Pentagon early this morning, and after a brief lockdown, most of the area is open for business again. No one was injured. This follows an incident at the National Museum for the Marine Corps, where bullet holes were discovered in the windows there, causing $20,000 in damage.
  • Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell showed desperate ignorance of the Constitution in a debate this morning. She did not know what the Fourteenth and Sixteenth Amendments were, and she asked her opponent, "Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" - to laughter and gasps from the audience.
  • Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller thinks that the U.S. should model its border security after - wait for it - East Germany. Meanwhile, Miller's private security guards "arrested" an Alaskan journalist at Miller's town hall in Anchorage on Sunday.
  • Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle, speaking to Hispanic students at Rancho High School: "I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me....I've been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly." Angle is white.
  • Can Oklahoma get any redder? Well, yes: since the beginning of the year, Republicans have had a net increase of 28,599 registered voters. Democrats? 313.
  • The deficit is rising, but it's not because of out-of-control spending. Government spending is growing at the same rate under Obama as it did during the second Bush term. It is the dramatic decline in revenue that has ballooned the budget. Karl Smith (via Kevin Drum) has the details.
  • On childhood obesity: since 1977 there has been a 22% increase in the consumption of sweeteners in the American diet; children ages 2-6 consume 182 more calories per day than they did three decades ago; and inflation-adjusted prices for food fell from 1997-2003 except for fresh fruits and vegetables, which rose in price by 17%.
  • Navy Capt. Ronald Gero was the 15th ship's captain fired for (non-gay) misconduct this year. He was flirting by phone with a female officer while "steering his Tomahawk missile-laden boat through hazardous Hawaiian waters." And it's the gays that are Gates' concern? Because nullifying DADT has really had "enormous consequences."
    Palm Center clock.
  • The world lost June Cleaver this week - Barbara Billingley died at age 94. And while she had nearly a hundred television and film credits, a younger generation will always love her for this.
  • Dating website OkCupid shows us who is gay curious, based on over 4 million match searches. The number one finding? Gays are not interested in sex with straights. Finding number two? Canada is GAY. On the map, red areas are more gay curious, whereas blue areas are probably eyeing their farm animals with lust in their hearts. Note the hot red spots in major metro areas.


  • The great nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, was found guilty in a UK court of murdering one of his servants. The trial revealed an abusive sexual and psychological component to the work relationship and the murder. The prince is lucky to face only life in prison in the UK; in his home country, he could be stoned to death.
  • The French government wants to raise the retirement age fro 60 to 62 and the full pension age from 65 to 67. France faces its sixth day of national strikes protesting the measure. Half of Orly's flights have been cancelled, and 4,000 petrol stations have run dry as protesters continued blockading France's 12 oil refineries.
  • The United Nations admits that its peacekeeping mission in the "Democratic Republic" of Congo has failed, as more than 15,000 rapes were committed last year by rebel groups.
  • Conservative German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a group of young conservatives in Potsdam that Germany's attempts to build a multicultural society has "utterly failed," and that immigrants should do more to integrate into society and learn German.
  • Elections for Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower parliament house that has some oversight on President Hamid Karzai, have been plagued by fraud as high as 25% nationwide. Results have been delayed, and one Western election observer stated, "You can do a lot of mischief in three days."
  • Warning! Educational content! The true size of Africa.

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Asheville represent!

According to the map, Buncombe County beats out Atlanta?

I suppose the plots don't adequately represent areas of high population density. Still it makes me happy to see that bright orange circle in a sea of green.

Relativity, my friend

I think gay- and bi-curiousness could be a factor of your surroundings. If you're already a pretty gay town like Atlanta, then there may not be that much to be curious about.

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. ~~ Salvor Hardin