18 January 2011

Driberally tonight

Drinking Liberally is a weekly social gathering where progressives talk politics and get to know one another. In Center City Philadelphia, we meet on Tuesday nights at José Pistola's upstairs bar, where there are drink specials from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. And the more we tip the bartender, the more frequently he hands out free dishes of chips and dips. I hope to see you there!

José Pistola's is at 263 South 15th Street (15th and Spruce) in Center City, near the Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music. There's a parking garage across the street, but as filthy liberal hippies naturally we suggest public transit; both SEPTA and PATCO will get you there in two shakes of a lamb's tail.

This week's topic: It's an unholy union of violations of the Ten Commandments, the hearsay rule, and § 1983 when a priest in Florida gets the local constabulary to stop a parishioner and issue her a trespassing citation because someone told the priest that the parishioner's daughter tossed a piece of Eucharist onto the parking lot pavement. In Pennsylvania, it would be a bar exam fact pattern; in Florida, it's actual news. In my house, it's an occasion to use one of my favorite exclamations: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and John the Baptist on a pogo stick!

"Come for the beer, stay for the check"

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