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Jul. 16th, 2008

alert, fascinated, aware, enthusiastic


One year anniversary of Drinking Liberally in SLO!

This Wednesday marks the one year anniversary for the San Luis Obispo Chapter of Drinking Liberally here on the Central Coast! Where has the time gone?

Come on out, have a beer and let us know what's on your mind. There will be cake!

This week on the topic wheel, we will find:

Should Dems give Lieberman the can?

New Yorker Covers Obama
(and you thought the baby mama thing was bad)

Iraq Withdrawal Plan
(and in to Afghanistan and out of Iraq, oh, this is getting quite dirty)

What to do about Iran?
Is this all just posturing by world leaders who are getting ripped up by opinion polls?

Global Warming?

Energy Prices...it's not my fault *

Bush is on a(nother) Slippery Slope-Reproductive Rights at Risk

And hmm, do you have an axe to grind, or a tinfoil hat to share? Bring it on down to the Graduate this Wednesday in San Luis Obispo, right around 6:30pm!!!

The first pitcher is on us!

And we swear, the cake is not a lie!

Sep. 19th, 2007



Wednesday Night! Don't miss it!

Do you like beer (or other libations)? Do you like talking politics and current events with like-minded progressives/liberals? Come on out to the Drinking Liberally meeting this Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Quarterdeck. We can be found in the back room (through the bar at the back of the restaurant).

We had a fantastic turnout for the last meeting, and hope that we can keep the momentum going.

The first pitcher's on us, so don't be late!

Hope to see you Wednesday!


PS This group is set up so other people can post to it. If you hear any news or anything interesting that's liberal-related, post away! :)

Aug. 13th, 2007


Drinking Liberally - Weds 7 PM

Good news, it’s time again for DRINKING LIBERALLY!

What: Social conversation, drinking and dining
Where: The Quarterdeck, 1850 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, Ca
When: Wednesday Aug. 15th, 7 PM until 9 PM

We will be gathering at THE QUARTERDECK, towards the back of the restaurant, so if you don’t see us immediately, just keep on coming. We were really pressed for space at the last location and this new venue has a FULL BAR and a BETTER MENU so this should be a really fun evening.

The restaurant is located on the corner of Monterey and Grand Ave; it’s the restaurant that shares the same building as the Holiday Inn Express. It’s right across the street for the Vets Hall and the Monday Club, just up the street from the Apple Farm. There is plenty of free parking.

Attendance was fantastic for the last meeting and we hope to have as many or more people coming out Wednesday to share their views, news and booze with us. We look forward to meeting you or seeing you again and finding out what you think of Karl Rove’s departure from the White House Staff and did someone mention the draft?

REMEMBER: We are NOT meeting at Spikes, and the new meeting time is 7 PM.

See you Wednesday.

Your friends,
Lorrie and Sergio

Jul. 31st, 2007



Come on down!

Good morning, my liberal-leaning friends!

I'm looking forward to our second meeting. It is exciting to meet new people and share ideas...not to mention the beer!

We received an inquiry from a reporter from The Tribune who saw one of ads. She said that she will probably stop by tomorrow night to check things out. It would be really great if we could have a good turnout and get some good publicity for the group. If you haven't been yet, this is a great time to start!

So, come on out tomorrow night, and bring a friend!
7:00 p.m. at Spikes, 570 Higuera

See you then!

Jul. 23rd, 2007



First Meeting Success!

First off, I want to apologize, since I understand that a few folks showed up but didn't make it to the back room where we ended up. I've updated the info page directing folks to the back room, so if you showed up last week, please come back! Please note that we've also moved the time to 7 p.m., to let folks have a little more time to get there, as we ended up in rather a rush ourselves.

We had a fun first meeting! We had some lively conversation about potential Presidential candidates and who we'd vote for if the primaries were held tomorrow. Of course, the beer was great, too!

After listening to bits of the YouTube debate this evening, I'm interested to hear what everyone thinks. Did it change your mind? What did you think of the candidates, and did you at all care what color Hilary's blazer was? If you haven't seen it, here's a link to some of the YouTube videos taken from the debate.


Our next meeting is next Wednesday, August 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the back room at Spike's (just walk down the hall to the left of the bar, and it opens into a bigger room with longer tables), 570 Higuera.

To get the most updated information, subscribe to our mailing list at www.drinkingliberally.org!


Bush Issues a Dangerously Vague Executive Order


Attention deficit summary:
President Bush just gave the Sec. Treasury the power to take all your
money and stuff if he thinks you have or might commit violent acts or
might help or donates to anyone or any organization that might undermine
'progress' in Iraq.

It's an executive order. Not a bill. So none of our reps or senators
had a say in it's creation.

The order states that the government may, without warning, deprive you
of all your money or property if it deems that you MAY at any point in
the future, commit acts of violence, or support or donate to, ANY
organization that MIGHT support or commit actions that UNDERMINE PROGRESS
towards the GOAL of STABILITY in Iraq.


So, you should read the document. In my interpretation, here's the
bigger problem with this order. All the capitalized words above are open to
interpretation. Many of them specifically allow one man, the Secretary
of the Treasury, to make predictions about possible future actions and
act on them (he doesn't have to get a court order, or ask anyone else,
he can just order his Secret Service agents to act and thats that).
Other words in the order that are used to refer to those who might
"UNDERMINE" progress could be stretched to include the Red Cross, Amnesty
International or anyone who donates to a Senator or Representative who
votes against funding the war.

I am concerned that Mr. Bush is threatening the basic rights of the
Citizens of the United States in order to stifle protests against the war
in Iraq.

It's a grim future we are looking at if this becomes law. It's time to
call your congressman or senator.

Web Site: boxer.senate.gov
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0505
Phone: (202) 224-3553
Fax: (415) 956-6701

Main District Office:
1700 Montgomery St., #240
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 403-0100
Fax: (415) 956-6701

Web Site: feinstein.senate.gov
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0504
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954

Main District Office:
One Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 393-0707
Fax: (415) 393-0710

Web Site: www.house.gov/capps
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0523
Phone: (202) 225-3601
Fax: (202) 225-5632

Main District Office:
1216 State St., Ste. 403
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 730-1710
Fax: (805) 730-9153

The Executive Order is posted in it's entirety below:

I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find
that, due to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security
and foreign policy of the United States posed by acts of violence
threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and undermining efforts to
promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq and to provide
humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people, it is in the interests of
the United States to take additional steps with respect to the national
emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003, and
expanded in Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, and relied upon for
additional steps taken in Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004, and
Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004. I hereby order:

Section 1. (a) Except to the extent provided in section 203(b)(1), (3),
and (4) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(1), (3), and (4)), or in
regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this
order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or
permit granted prior to the date of this order, all property and
interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United
States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or
hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are
blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or
otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury,
in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of

(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an
act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:

(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of
Iraq; or

(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and
political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi

(ii) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial,
material, logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in
support of, such an act or acts of violence or any person whose property
and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(iii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to
act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose
property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section include, but are
not limited to, (i) the making of any contribution or provision of
funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose
property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order,
and (ii) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods,
or services from any such person.

Sec. 2. (a) Any transaction by a United States person or within the
United States that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or
avoiding, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this
order is prohibited.

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth
in this order is prohibited.

Sec. 3. For purposes of this order:

(a) the term "person" means an individual or entity;

(b) the term "entity" means a partnership, association, trust, joint
venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization; and

(c) the term "United States person" means any United States citizen,
permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United
States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign
branches), or any person in the United States.

Sec. 4. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the type
specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or
for the benefit of, any person whose property and interests in property
are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability
to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303
and expanded in Executive Order 13315, and I hereby prohibit such
donations as provided by section 1 of this order.

Sec. 5. For those persons whose property and interests in property are
blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence
in the United States, I find that, because of the ability to transfer
funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of
measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render these measures
ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be
effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order
13303 and expanded in Executive Order 13315, there need be no prior
notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1(a) of this

Sec. 6. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the
Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, is hereby authorized to take
such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and
to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be
necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. The Secretary of the
Treasury may redelegate any of these functions to other officers and
agencies of the United States Government, consistent with applicable law. All
agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed to take
all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the
provisions of this order and, where appropriate, to advise the Secretary of the
Treasury in a timely manner of the measures taken.

Sec. 7. Nothing in this order is intended to affect the continued
effectiveness of any rules, regulations, orders, licenses, or other forms of
administrative action issued, taken, or continued in effect heretofore
or hereafter under 31 C.F.R. chapter V, except as expressly
terminated, modified, or suspended by or pursuant to this order.

Sec. 8. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right,
benefit, or privilege, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or
in equity by any party against the United States, its departments,
agencies, instrumentalities, or entities, its officers or employees, or
any other person.



July 17, 2007.


This executive order becomes law if congress doesn't dispute it within
30 days.

Wiki info about Executive Orders:


Jul. 20th, 2007



How to Play Dominoes

In case we try to play them at the next meeting, here's a link to WikiHow:


Jul. 15th, 2007

silly, arrogant, proud


First meeting Wednesday!

Attention Deficit Summary:
1st meeting of SLO Drinking Liberally goes down Wednesday the 18th of July at Spikes located at 570 Higuera, San Luis Obispo between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. You should come.


This is Sergio, faithful minion of Lorrie, our fearless leader and the sparkplug of the brand new San Luis Obispo Chapter of ...(wait for it)



SLO Drinking Liberally.

So, since this is our first meeting, we'd like to be sure that you know that this isn't a group you have to stress about. We just want to meet you all and have a few drinks and relax. If you have info about something you're involved in and want to share we'd love to hear about it. For example, Lorrie and I are thinking of catching a matinee of the movie Sicko on Sunday afternoon July the 22nd over at the Palm. Want to come? Want to dis on Michael Moore's wardrobe, want to dis on the American Medical system? Well, bring it on.

This Wednesday, July 18th will mark our first meeting down at Spikes, and it should mark our first lively discussion as well. So, bring yourself down to 570 Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo, just a little ways down from the intersection of Higuera and Nipomo St. We will be in the back room, and we will be there from 6:30pm until about 8:30pm. We are looking forward to meeting you.

Click this link for a map: http://tinyurl.com/2cz4sq

Your faithful minion,


If you know anyone who might be interested in attending, feel free to pass this information along to them as well.
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Jul. 9th, 2007

alert, fascinated, aware, enthusiastic


An interesting overview of what we're up to here

So. We intend to do the first few meetings at spikes. It's got a big back room and an excellent selection of beer.

Still, we want to be as egalitarian as possilble. Your opinion counts.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a better location for our meetings?

Jul. 2nd, 2007



Bottoms up, SLO!!

San Luis Obispo is now Promoting Democracy One Pint at a Time

The ideas that will change the world aren’t happening in a conference room. Change is brewing at the bar on your corner. As of July 18, 2007, San Luis Obispo will become the 211th Drinking Liberally chapter in the nation.

Across the country, local pubs are hosting new chapters of Drinking Liberally (www.DrinkingLiberally.org) — an informal, Democratic drinking club where socializing and politics mix.

In the weeks following the November 2004 election, liberals needed a drink…and they needed a place were the grassroots energy of the past 18 months could continue. New chapters of this New York-based group sprang up all over the country— especially in the Swing States and Red States. Drinking Liberally now has more than 60 chapters nationwide (including one in Alaska, three in Texas, three in Kansas and six in Florida) and multiple chapters continue to start up each week.

What started in a dive bar in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen in May 2003 is now known in the grassroots political world as an easy first step for political involvement because Drinking Liberally’s weekly guests and regulars include local politicians and their staffers, political organizers, activists, would-be volunteers and newly interested chit-chatters— all in a casual, inclusive environment.

Drinking Liberally is regularly recommended in Time Out New York’s Around Town section and was recently listed in their Don’t Miss section. Drinking Liberally has also been featured on MotherJones.com, Air America Radio and in the Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, Newsweek, the New Jersey Star-Ledger, the Pittsburgh City Paper, and the Cincinnati Enquirer, among others.

The SLO Chapter of Drinking Liberally meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., at Spikes, 570 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo.

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If you’d like more information on Drinking Liberally, visit www.DrinkingLiberally.org.

Questions about the SLO chapter, leave a comment here!