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 lovely Albany, New York.

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.

SPECIAL EVENT: Drinking Liberally co-founder Justin Krebs will be in Raleigh on Wednesday to promote his new book. He will be at Natty Greene’s (505 W Jones St) on WEDNESDAY, July 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

ACTION

  • You change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks, right? You check your private bits for lumps every month? Then add a new habit – read the entire Declaration of Independence every July 4th holiday.
  • This Week in Congress, courtesy of Congress Matters and Daily Kos, will be available on Tuesday.

Local & State

  • The National Organization for Marriage’s hate-a-palooza tour is coming right here to Raleigh on August 10! Feel free to show up and kiss the partner of your choice.
  • The Wake County School Board is not naming any of its superintendent finalists. While this is a fairly common practice, it raises eyebrows when done by the controversial anti-diversity majority.
  • Winston-Salem is offering city employees the option of a four-day work week.
  • When is a straight line crooked, in more ways than one? When it runs between Alamance and Guilford Counties.
  • Do you follow Gov. Perdue at @ncgovoffice? Then you noticed the 15 tweets in 90 minutes last week over Cheerwine Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

National

  • The war between Daily Kos and its former pollster Research 2000 is heating up. Personally, I think the most accurate polls are taken on Election Day, and the rest are irrelevant.
  • BP gets local Texas police to detain a reporter, view his photographs and take his personal information, and then give all that information to BP in the name of preventing "terrorism." Just who is running the show down there, President Obama?
  • Hale Stewart at 538.com has the skinny on why businesses still aren’t hiring – available capacity, hours worked are down, productivity is still increasing, and uncertainty. It’s a great brief explanatory read, with pictures!
  • It is worth reading again and showing your friends – George Bush’s responsibility for our current deficit situation.
    George Bush's Deficit Responsibility
  • Gays and lesbians who have their partners or spouses on their insurance must pay federal tax on that insurance benefit, something straight couples do not have to do. So Google has put its computers to work, calculated the extra cost that their gay and lesbian employees must bear, and provided them extra wages to cover the tax.
  • Sen. Al Franken draws a Republican.
  • Albany special: The New York State Assembly still bars gays from marrying, but makes it easier for straights to divorce.

Global

  • Queen Elizabeth II will be paying her respects at the World Trade Center on Tuesday, as well as giving a speech at the United Nations.
  • Mexico’s state elections were scarred by severe drug violence. Four bodies, including a prison warden, were hung from bridges in the state of Chihuahua.
  • Kenya’s parliament has proposed a pay increase for MPs to about $126,000 annually in a country where the average income is $730. The prime minister’s salary would rise to greater than that of the American president or British prime minister.
  • In the past century, newspapers that covered waterboarding nearly uniformly called it torture (over 86% of the time). After Bush and Cheney made it fashionable, that fell to 2.2% among the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal.

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.