We have a special occasion this Thursday (March 28th). Our Favorite bartender, at Memphis at the Santora, Johnny Sampson, is retiring from the field of Beverage Service at Memphis. Johnny has been with us since the beginning of Drinking Liberally Orange County/Santa Ana.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a reminder about our regular Thursday gathering of liberals in Santa Ana. But since this is the last Drinking Liberally gathering before Thanksgiving (we only drink liberally at home with family on Thanksgiving evening). But tonight provides a special opportunity.
It’s that time of year again where I get the distinct pleasure of reminding my LiberalOC colleague, Managing Editor Dan Chmielewski, that he is older than me. Even if only by two and a half months I am always conscious during our frequent debates, over how liberal or conservative we should be, that I should respect my elders. I rarely pay attention to that rule, except for on his birthday.
T-minus 18 hours after he launched an online poll calling for us to drop the federal cybersquatting lawsuit against us, Art Pedroza’s online petition has three signatures — two from his blogteam.Â Three.Â SchoolHouse Rock says three is a magic number. What an impressive showing from the self-proclaimed most important political blog in Orange County…
Since Drinking Liberally usually features a few conservatives every Thursday that we can carry on an intelligent conversation with over our favorite beverage, I decided to crash the inaugural “Drinking Conservatively” event in Costa Mesa last night. And my thanks to Red County publisher Chip Hanlon for the warm welcome. I had a great conversation…
Today we have reached the 5000 post mark for our almost four-year old blog. April 26th marks our fourth birthday. For four years we have brought liberal perspective to the orange county blogosphere. We have challenged the right-wing republicans, and we have even taken issue with some democrats. With 732,000 visits and about 1.38 million page views to date, we look forward to many more years of Challenging the Right-Wing Noise Machine.
As we do every week, tonight we hold our Drinking Liberally gathering in Santa Ana. In response to the rallies of people across the country who have been fooled, by an astro-turf movement created by corporate interests that care nothing about the people they are whipping up into mini-riots, we raise a glass to democracy. We are not loosing it. We are actually gaining it back, bit by bit, through the efforts of a few bold Democrats in Congress working to free us from the grip of corporate control of our government and elected officials.