Policy and a Pint

dragon_sign.jpgI just received a notice that Julie Bixby, manager of the Contented Cow and Chapati, is hosting a “Policy and a Pint”, Sunday, December 2nd, 6 pm at the Cow.

In response to my query as to whether or not it was a private gathering, she encouraged me to invite anyone and everyone. I have no specifics on topics, motives or goals.

Perhaps there’ll be something about establishing a Committee of Correspondence and throwing a Tea Party.


  1. Bruce Morlan will kick off the first one at The Cow tonight (Sunday) at 6pm.

    This from Bruce…”I propose that we talk about “Elections … should they
    reflect the will of the people, the will of the electorate or the will of
    the people who voted?” There is a small controversy brewing at locallygrown
    about that, and I might have some really fun numbers to show off by then”.

    I would add to Bruce’s theme…And after the rhetoric, after the elections, do the policies relate to the outcome of the elections?

    December 2, 2007
  2. Bruce Morlan said:

    Norm and I have talked often about getting a dialog going on political points of interest, and I think this should be a fun little starter discussion. I hope there will be a good turnout, and I hope to blog/post a summary. And I have my answer to Norm’s follow-on question all ready to go, an answer that will focus on the structure of our government.

    December 2, 2007
  3. Oh, I almost forgot; there will be some complimentary Chapati appetizers to go with the discussion (sorry, Victor, no shrimp).

    December 2, 2007
  4. victor summa said:

    Hey, who you calling a shrimp? I’ll come if I want –

    Appetizers from Chapati’s (note possessive form)

    So does that mean you’re serving cannon carp pakora?

    Whom else did you un-invite?

    Shrimp, me arse!

    He wee dumplin’ Pot, black, I’d say.

    December 2, 2007
  5. kiffi summa said:

    Norm: Sorry, SO sorry ,to not have made it to this fabulously event will keep Sunday nights open in the future.

    Here’s a possible discussion for a future Sunday; I’m sure Bruce and Paul Z. would be all over this: HR bill 1955. This bill, entitled “the Violent Radicalization Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007” has passed the House of Representatives and is in conference in the Senate ; obviously a fast track.

    I kid you not, this is NOT “faux news”. This has broad implications for not only free speech, but free THOUGHT, in our country. It would establish a Commission which had broad authority to investigate anyone who does not hold broadly accepted political ideas, thereby creating the public perception that anyone being investigated must be involved in subversive or illegal activities. Civil liberties organizations have expressed the fear that such an investigation would brand whoever is being investigated as potentially a traitor or disloyal or a terrorist, even if they were advocating lawful views.

    The author of the bill, Jane Harmon(D-CA) says:”our plan MUST BE to intervene before a person crosses the line separating “radical” views from violent behavior” etc.

    The internet has been identified in this bill as a source of “radicalization”.

    Could Locally Grown and the COW be next???

    December 3, 2007
  6. Julie Bixby said:

    Wow! Kiffi, that is really interesting and scary! It would be a great topic for this Sunday, Dec. 9th at The Cow during “POLITICS AND A PINT” (sorry, I said “policy” earlier).
    Will you and Victor be able to come? Pass the word please.
    We are planning to do this every Sunday at 6pm (until further notice). Free appetizers!

    December 5, 2007

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