The Original Drinking Liberally

Stimul-Us vs. Stimul-Them

Both parties helped to bail out the banks,
funds that have been unaccounted for & abused,
but when it comes to investing in stimulus,
House Republicans decide to sit it out.

Crossing the aisle, the Prez compromises
from bankruptcy reform to family planning funds,
and ends up winning zero GOP votes.

And now having passed with just Dems,
the package will be changed for the Senate
...to win "bi-partisan" support.

Does the GOP prefer burning down to building up?
Or after 8 years of making government not work,
maybe it's all they know how to do.

Or they may just not care about regular Americans
& it's time we choose Stimul-Us over Stimul-Them

Who ever said a new President would make this all easy?

Come share your thoughts, a booth & a pitcher or 3
as we stimulate our talk with liberal libations
at your local progressive social club

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
[in the booths in the bar's back-half]
Questions: [email protected]

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Also of interest:

Tuesday, Feb 10th - Creating Big Change Moments

A discussion of the next Progressive Revolution with Gara LaMarche, President and CEO of Atlantic Philanthropies; Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org; Mike Lux, President of Progressive Strategies, L.L.C.

The Tank - 354 West 45th St - thetanknyc.org
6:30 doors; 7pm conversation; 8:30 reception
$10 advance' $15 at door; $25 admission + book,
a copy of Lux's "The Progressive Revolution"

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Events to Ease the Inauguration Hangover

Dear Liberals -

While the Inaugural hangover lingers on,
we want to let you know about a few events
that will continue the political discussion
in this new era.

Stay tuned for more Laughing, Screening,
Eating, Reading, Drinking & Crafting!

But in the meantime:

1. Wed, Jan 28th - Change for America
with the Nation & Air America
(Free tix for Liberal Card holders!)

2. Tues, Feb 10th - The Next Big Change Moment
with Mike Lux, Eli Pariser & Gara LaMarche

3. Thurs, Feb 5th - Policy on the Rocks
hosted by our friends at Citizen Joe

...and Drinking Liberally continues
every Thursday, 7:30pm onward, at Rudy's.

1. CHANGE FOR AMERICA?
OBAMA & PROGRESSIVES AFTER JANUARY 20

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
7:00 to 9:00pm
http://www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu/calendar/change_for_america

[FREE TICKETS - if you have your Liberal Card,
email [email protected]
and request your pair of free passes.
First 10 respondents will get passes.
You must present your Liberal Card at the event.]

Moderated by Katrina vanden Heuvel and Mark Green

Featuring:
William Greider, "An Economy for All"
Patricia J. Williams, "Law & Justice, Again"
Lawrence Korb, "Fighting Terrorism After Iraq"
Eli Pariser, "Moving On with a new Democratic President"

Book signings of Mark Green's Change for America
and Richard Lingeman's The Nation Guide
will follow the discussion.

The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place, NYC

Tickets: $15.00
NYU Staff and Faculty: $10.00
Students: $3.00

Tickets can be purchased online
or by phone at 212-352-3101.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU College Democrats
and the New Democracy Project.

2. The Next Big Change Moment
Tues, Feb 10th - 6:30 doors; 7pm forum
The Tank - 354 W 45th St
www.thetanknyc.org

A discussion of the next Progressive Revolution with Gara LaMarche, President and CEO of Atlantic Philanthropies; Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org; Mike Lux, President of Progressive Strategies, L.L.C.

What will be America's next progressive revolution? After all, since our country's founding, it has been progressive momentum that created a social safety net and ended slavery, that enfranchised voters and protected the environment. Coming out of years of conservative governance, and facing overwhelming economic, international and environmental problems, can we even hope for a next "big change moment" in America?

Join three longtime progressive movement veterans for a roundtable discussion of America's past progressive revolutions, why they happened, and what it will take to get to the next one. From funding the movement to learning what needs to be done online to overcoming the problems that plague cooperative work, this discussion will help progressive activists strategize on how we make the next several years into a time of major progressive change.

This event celebrates the publication of "The Progressive Revolution" by Mike Lux, and continues the discussion laid out in the book. The book will be available for sale at the event, or you can reserve your copy with your admission at a discount.

3. Citizen Joe presents Policy on the Rocks
Foreign Policy - with Slate's Fred Kaplan
Thurs, Feb 5th - 7-10pm, discussion at 8
Katra - Bowery btw Prince & Spring
http://citizenjoe.org/node/705

The First 100 Minutes

With a short speech on renewing America,
a new President gave hope to a nation,
a new direction to DC, relief to the world
& a stern rebuke to the man on his way out.

Even before orders to close Guantanamo,
policies about lobbying and White House staff,
and directions to freeze Bush regulations,
his words set the tone to empower us to make change.

And yet, within those same first minutes of joy,
a seizure reminded how fragile liberal leadership is,
GOP schemed to block aid to children & working families,
and Fox asked whether Justice Roberts' stumbled oath
meant that Obama wasn't President yet.

We all talk about a President's first 100 days.
Obama's first 100 minutes showed how much changed
...and how much work there remains to do.

So let's dust ourselves off & restore America.

But first, how about a drink?
A toast to a new President, to new debates,
& one last chortle for the man finally gone
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
[in the back area of the bar, inside]
Questions: [email protected]

Last Call for George W. Bush

After 8 years of Bush & Cheney,
of Ashcroft-to-Gonzales-to-Mukasey,
of Rummy & Rove & Heckuva-Job-Brownie,
of Iraq, Katrina & cronies & incompetence,
after this week, we won't have
George Walker Bush to kick around anymore.

Through 8 State-of-DisUnion Addresses,
2 UnAugurals, Presidential debates & the RNC,
we've had to raise a glass together,
because it was better than drinking alone,
not to toast the President, but to roast him,
to forget him & to find each other.

After 295 Thursdays of Drinking Liberally,
this is the last call in the Bush Years.
We can all drink to that.

The liberal drinking isn't over,
& the work continues over Thursdays to come,
but finally we'll kick a keg marked W.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight, and every Thursday...295 and counting
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th St
[in the bar's back booths]
Questions: [email protected]

INAUGURAL EVENTS IN NYC - events every day!
Because DC shouldn't have all the fun...

*** The MAIN event: - THE NYC INAUGURAL BALL ***
Sun, Jan 18th - 8pm - 1am - Rush, 6th Ave @ 16th St.
Get your tix: http://livingliberally.org/inauguralball
A 3-story dance club, special guests,
drinking, dancing & democracy.
Tix start at $20 with a complimentary drink.
Hosted by Living Liberally with our friends,
DFNYC, Time Out, Democrats.com, ActBlue,
Citizen Joe, Blue State Coffee, The Albany Project,
Daily Gotham, Community Free Democrats, GLID.

Now, in chronological order...

1. Jan 15th/16th/17th - OBAMA DRAMA
A Political Theatrical Spectacular.
8pm - The Tank - 354 West 45th St
A remount of this fall's successful presentation
of a series of short plays inspired by
the candidacy of our nation's President-Elect.
Tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/52736

2. Jan 16th - Screening Liberally: CRAWFORD
8pm - The Tank - 354 West 45th Street
Documentary film about the small Texas town
that W. decided to call his own.
See how Crawford became a tourist attraction, protest site,
and symbol for the exiting president's personality.
Admission: $10

3. Jan 17th - Barack 'n' Roll Obama-Rama
10pm - The Tank - 354 West 45th Street.
Free for Tank members or your ticket to Obama Drama:
Come for the show, stay for the party.
Break-dancers, hip-hop DJs, projections,
and indie rock dance hits to Ba'rock the house

4. [Laughing Liberally has been postponed]

5. January 19 - Planned Parenthood's "Bon Voyage, Bush!"
8pm - $20 - Galapagos - 16 Main St, Bklyn
This party rocks the boat cruise-ship style,
with raffles, comedians, and quirky cruise games -
the famous Planned Parenthood "lame rubber duckie" races
in Galapagos Art Space's 1600 square foot indoor lake.

6. Jan 19th - Inaugural Eve Costume Ball
10pm - Theater for the New City - 155 First Ave
$5 With Costume, $10 Without; Cheap beer and wine
Participatory Costume Party with Dancing
Art Installations and Live roaming video collectives.
http://www.actionartsleague.org/inauguration/

7. Jan 20th - Tank Inauguration Night
7pm-11pm - The Tank - 354 West 45th St.
New Prez. New Tank. New fun.
Inaugurate The Tank's new home & a President
with a replay of the Inaugural Address,
a joyous crowd of friends, artistic responses,
while checking out our new theater.

8. Jan 20th - Inauguration with the White House Project
10am - 1pm - Caroline's 1626 Broadway
A mimosa brunch and a bit of laughter
from Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show.
All proceeds benefit the women who are trained
to lead a politcal life by The White House Project.
Reserve your space by making an online contribution today: https://secure2.convio.net/twhp/site/Donation2?df_id=1320&1320.donation=...

9. Jan 20th - DL21C's Inauguration Viewing Party
10am - Tonic Bar & Lounge - Times Square, 727 7th Ave
Watch the speech, parade & all the festivities.
Free for annual members; $5/nonmembers
http://dl21c.org

10. Jan 20th - Inauguration Night Celebration
10pm - The Bowery Poetry Club - 308 Bowery
Danny Ross convenes an evening
of music, comedy & festivities
to celebrate this momentous night.

11. Jan 20th - ACT-Now Inauguration Night
The Irish Rogue - 44th btw 8th & 9th
http://actnowny.org

A Week of Inauguration Fever: Parties, Plays, Movies, Music, Joy

Dear Liberals -

Are you feeling Inauguration Fever!

Share the excitement this week and next,
with events each night to help you
celebrate the end of an error
& a new chapter in for America.

There's a LOT in this email --
films, parties, plays, comedy,
some produced by us, some by allies,
...without question, something for everyone.

1. Jan 14th - The Nation Guide to the Nation

2. Jan 14th - Reading Liberally: Song of Solomon

3. Jan 15th/16th/17th - OBAMA DRAMA

4. Jan 16th - Screening Liberally: CRAWFORD

5. Jan 17th - Barack 'n' Roll Obama-Rama

6. Jan 18th - THE NYC INAUGURAL BALL

7. Jan 19th - [Laughing Liberally has been postponed]

8. Jan 20th - Tank Inauguration Night

9. Jan 20th - Inauguration with the White House Project

10. Jan 20th - DL21C's Inauguration Viewing Party

11. Jan 20th - Inaugural Party & Bowery Poetry Club

1. Jan 14th - The Nation Guide to the Nation
7pm - Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th St @ Union Square
Discussion of The Nation's new chronicle of
all the best liberal hotspots & progressive secrets
in blue states, red, and the purple in between.
Meet Richard Lingeman, Katrina vanden Heuvel
and Victor Navasky and watch a special presentation.
http://www.thenation.com/section/nation-guide-to-the-nation

2. Jan 14th - Reading Liberally: Song of Solomon
6:30 - The Grisly Pear - MacDougal btw Bleecker & W 3rd.
Join your local progressive book club
as they read and discuss Obama's favorite novel:
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison.
Additionally, participants are invited
to bring and share favorite inaugural addresses.

3. Jan 15th/16th/17th - OBAMA DRAMA
A Political Theatrical Spectacular.
8pm - The Tank - 354 West 45th St
A remount of this fall's successful presentation
of a series of short plays inspired by
the candidacy of our nation's President-Elect.
Tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/52736

4. Jan 16th - Screening Liberally: CRAWFORD
8pm - The Tank - 354 West 45th Street
Documentary film about the small Texas town
that W. decided to call his own.
See how Crawford became a tourist attraction, protest site,
and symbol for the exiting president's personality.
Admission: $10

5. Jan 17th - Barack 'n' Roll Obama-Rama
10pm - The Tank - 354 West 45th Street.
Free for Tank members or your ticket to Obama Drama:
Come for the show, stay for the party.
Break-dancers, hip-hop DJs, projections,
and indie rock dance hits to Ba'rock the house

6. Jan 18th - THE NYC INAUGURAL BALL
8pm - 1am - Rush, 6th Ave @ 16th Street.
Get your tix: livingliberally.org/inauguralball
Because DC shouldn't have all the fun...
A 3-story dance club, special guests,
drinking, dancing & democracy.
Tix start at $20 with a complimentary drink.
Hosted by Living Liberally with our friends,
DFNYC, Time Out, Democrats.com, ActBlue,
Citizen Joe, Blue State Coffee, The Albany Project,
Daily Gotham, Community Free Democrats, GLID.

7. Jan 19th - [Laughing Liberally has been postponed]

8. Jan 20th - Tank Inauguration Night
7pm-11pm - The Tank - 354 West 45th St.
New Prez. New Tank. New fun.
Inaugurate The Tank's new home & a President
with a replay of the Inaugural Address,
a joyous crowd of friends, artistic responses,
while checking out our new theater.

9. Jan 20th - Inauguration with the White House Project
10am - 1pm - Caroline's 1626 Broadway
A mimosa brunch and a bit of laughter
from Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show.
All proceeds benefit the women who are trained
to lead a politcal life by The White House Project.
Reserve your space by making an online contribution today: https://secure2.convio.net/twhp/site/Donation2?df_id=1320&1320.donation=...

10. Jan 20th - DL21C's Inauguration Viewing Party
10am - Tonic Bar & Lounge - Times Square, 727 7th Ave
Watch the speech, parade & all the festivities.
Free for annual members; $5/nonmembers
http://dl21c.org

11. Inauguration Night Celebration
10pm - The Bowery Poetry Club - 308 Bowery
Danny Ross convenes an evening
of music, comedy & festivities
to celebrate this momentous night.

Senate Rules & Senate Fools

Democrats are busy changing their minds
on whether to seat Roland Burris,
confirming their stereotype as uncertain.

Republicans are digging in to oppose seating
declared, confirmed winner Al Franken,
confirming their rep as anti-democratic.

And the media's focused on Caroline Kennedy
more than on some of the insane reasons
the 41-seat minority plans to filibuster progress,
confirming they are obsessed with celebrities.

In times of crisis, transition & opportunity,
everyone is really sticking to their script.

And we're just reminded once more that
Senate rules create room for Senate fools.

Try to laugh off their foolishness
& share your views while sharing some booze
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th btw 44th & 45th
[find us inside, in the back of the bar]
Questions: [email protected]

Upcoming Events:

- THE NYC INAUGURAL BALL
Sun, Jan 18th - 8pm
Rush - 6th Ave & 16th St
http://livingliberally.org/inauguralball

- Friday, Jan 16th - 8pm
CRAWFORD - The Movie
hosted by Screening Liberally
Meet the residents of the town
the President decided to call home
in this award-winning documentary.
Admission: $10
The Tank - 354 W 45th St
www.thetanknyc.org

- Monday, Jan 19th - 8pm
BUSH BASH - W's Last Laughs
The comedians of Laughing Liberally
deliver their Bush material one last time
plus a few Dick jokes.
Admission: $5
The Tank - 354 W 45th St
www.thetanknyc.org

- Tues, Jan 20th - 10am-3pm
DL21C's Inauguration Day Viewing Party!
Tonic Bar & Lounge - Times Square
727 Seventh Avenue (at 49th Street)
RSVP at dl21c.org

- Thurs, Fri, Sat - Jan 15-17 - 8pm
OBAMA DRAMA: Inagural Production
A remount of 8 new plays written in '08
inspired by the historic candidacy.
The Tank - 354 W 45th St
Get your tix and more details at:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/52736

Inaugurate a New Year With NYC's Biggest Inaugural Ball

New York City is throwing a party
...and you're invited.

Because we don't want DC to have all the fun,
Living Liberally is throwing an INAUGURAL BALL
the weekend before the Inauguration
on Sunday, January 18th - 8pm -
to celebrate President Barack Obama
& the end of the era of George W. Bush.

Get your tickets now -- starting at $20:
http://www.livingliberally.org/inauguralball

Dance into a new chapter in America
at the three-story dance club, Rush,
with special guests, DJs, drinks
& hundreds of your closest liberal friends.

We're being joined by our friends at
Democracy for NYC, Citizen Joe, Democrats.com,
Rush, Blue State Coffee, Time Out NY
& guest hosts including Senator Daniel Squadron.

Now, will we be joined by you?

Plus we'll be collecting for local food banks
& joined by chapters around the country
raising money for the same cause.

Make Barack Obama smile -- come to the party.

http://www.livingliberally.org/inauguralball

See you on the dance floor of democracy.

A New Year's Resolution for a Year of New Revolutions

Violence explodes between Israel & Hamas,
repeating an old story stuck in old thinking
that needs a new approach to create the peace.

Slow Christmas buying echoed the weak economy,
but a $500 rebate isn't going to fix it,
as we need to be innovative in our stimulus.

Bush pardons cronies, then revokes one,
& Blagojevich appoints a replacement Senator --
the corrupt keep finding new ways to be corrupt,
so we need fresh approaches to stop them.

From Wall St to Detroit to Senate obstruction,
problems have come from a failure to evolve;
but in this new year, does a new Administration
finally have the resoluteness to resolve?

May Obama make a New Year's Resolution
to a Year of New Revolutions...
revolutionary ideas, actions & progress.

That's a New Year wish we can toast to.

Sing out the old & ring in the new
as you start 2009 off on the Left foot
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight & every Thursday
(even New Year's Day!)
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th btw 44th & 45th
[inside, in the back of the bar]
Questions: [email protected]

To really start 2009 the Left way
become a Card-Carrying Liberal Today:
Buy THE LIBERAL CARD for your loved ones
(and get free drinks, tix, gifts & more).
http://www.theliberalcard.org

Get ready for NYC's biggest Inaugural Party:
THE INAUGURAL BALL - Sunday, Jan 18th
...because DC shouldn't have all the fun.
Tix: http://www.livingliberally.org/inauguralball