Salt Lake City Drinking Liberally

Promoting democracy in Utah one pint at a time.

May 21, 2008

Howard Dean Toasts Drinking Liberally

Nationally, Drinking Liberally has been around for 5 years, and our national leaders are celebrating in NYC, just as we’ll be celebrating on June 6th.  Since they hired a full time employee (Justin Krebs, co-founder of Drinking Librerally), Drinking Liberally and the parent organization Living Liberally has become a force with which to be reckoned.  You can read regular posts on the influential blog Open Left; Living Liberally will be providing the fun and entertainment at the Netroots Nation convention (formerly called YearlyKos), which isthe convention for progressive activists; and we’re coming up on having chapters in all 50 states.  

It’s this 50-state strategy of theirs that grabbed the attention of Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.  You might recall Gov. Dean had a 50-state strategy of his own.  For Living Liberally’s birthday celebration, Howard Dean created a congratulations video, noting that Living Liberally now plays a national part in the progressive movement and that we’re part of a change that is taking over the Democratic party and our country.  Check it out:

by @ 7:22 pm. Filed under Group News, Local Issues, National Issues

McCain’s Spiritual Guide, Rod Parsley

From Mother Jones Magazine and Brave New Films

No thanks, I don’t like Parsley.

by @ 10:39 am. Filed under National Issues

May 8, 2008

The Bush-McCain Challenge

Can you tell them apart?

Can you tell them apart?

I scored 3 out of 5 on the Bush-McCain challenge. Thanks to DL’er Sean.

by @ 11:39 am. Filed under Humor, National Issues

May 4, 2008

Standing Tall for Health Care Reform

I have a feeling that if more political videos were as clever as this one, people would pay a little more attention:

Care You Keep |

by @ 8:31 am. Filed under Humor, National Issues

May 3, 2008

The Things That Carried Him

Esquire magazine has a magnificent article by Chris Jones chronicling the return of a soldier’s remains. I’m not finished with the article yet, but I wanted to share it soon in case it gets pulled from Esquire’s site when the next issue comes out.

An excerpt:

Sometimes there is a single case waiting there in the semidarkness. The worst planeload Sparks can remember – he has administered to more than seven hundred of these flights – contained the bodies of forty-two men and women, a flying cemetery. “It never becomes old habit,” he said. “When I walk up on the back of a plane, it takes my breath away, as much as it ever did.”

You can read the full article here:

by @ 6:16 am. Filed under National Issues

May 2, 2008

greatest single blog post of all time?

Simple Answers to Simple Questions
possibly the greatest single blog post of all time.
(Add a rave about it in the comments; I did.)

by @ 12:06 am. Filed under Humor, National Issues, Soapbox

April 22, 2008

MoveOn Press Conference Thursday: Iraq Occupation = US Recession

I just received this from MoveOn; sounds like an event worth attending.
Anybody who has Thursday noon free could go, and so could anyone who works downtown and can visit for lunch:
“Dear MoveOn Member,
On Thursday, we’re making major news at events in Salt Lake City and around the country. We’re unveiling a new poll showing that local voters want to stop wasting billions in Iraq, and want to help the economy by investing those resources here at home.
In Salt Lake City, we can make an even bigger splash if there’s a crowd at the press conference—ten or twelve folks to show that voters in your community care about this issue.
This event is short—likely less than 45 minutes—and all you have to do is be there. Can you come?
Host: Richard L—fellow MoveOn member
Where: Federal Building Plaza (in Salt Lake City)
When: Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008, at 12:00 PM
Here’s the link to RSVP:
These press conferences are key part of our larger “Iraq/Recession” campaign to highlight the links between the war and the struggling economy—and put heavy pressure on pro-war Republican senators who keep voting to continue this costly war.
MoveOn members have already stepped up to host events nationwide…”

by @ 12:57 pm. Filed under Activism, Local Happenings, National Issues, Upcoming Events

March 24, 2008

Change Congress

Joe Trippi and Lawrence Lessig have started a website called Change Congress that aims to, well, change congress. The idea is to allow candidates to pick which congressional reforms they support and display a badge on their webpage that gives you the information to make an informed decision. Citizens can also choose which changes are important to them and display it as a web badge.There is much more to it, and if you’re interested in learning more you can go to and also watch the video below (it’s long but actually quite engaging).Also, I found this via Lessig’s blog; a call for MoveOn’s newest campaign – Obama in 30 seconds (think Bush in 30 Seconds):

by @ 7:43 pm. Filed under National Issues

February 15, 2008

Olbermann is the MAN

A conservative friend of mine caught Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment last night, and was so impressed he had make sure I saw it.

The first place I turn, of course, is One Good Move. Sure, Crooks and Liars probably has it, but I like to keep it local.

Olbermann's Special Comment

by @ 5:26 am. Filed under National Issues, Soapbox

February 7, 2008

Romney to Drop

Oh yeah: CNN Reports Romney to Suspend campaign

by @ 9:51 am. Filed under National Issues

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