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Specter the Defector - Defected, or Defective?

A specter of death falls upon Republican dreams
as Specter of Pennsylvania joins the Dems,
now one Franken away from a filibuster-proof majority.

Specter the "Dem" - who, up until he'd made this switch,
had courted the Keystone State's right-wing
as his key to winning the next GOP primary.

Specter, welcomed & protected by Dem leaders,
though he still speaks against Employee Free Choice,
& cast his first "Democratic" vote against the Prez's budget.

Not elected as a Dem, not a loyal Dem, not voting Dem.
Is he really a defected Dem? Or a defective one?

With Democrats like he, we may not need a GOP.
And as things are going, maybe we won't have one.
Now, if only in Maine, a little Snowe would fall...

Whether you're giving old Arlen a cheer or jeer
come out and do it over a liberal beer
with your local progressive social club.

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

As always, get your free drink when you present
your personalized Liberal Card - http://liberalcard.org

And check out all the upcoming events in New York City
at http://livingliberally.org/nyc

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Saturday, May 30th - 7-11pm
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Help us raise money to grow our network
while drinking, eating & laughing liberally
at a grand old party (not "the " grand old party)

Join our MC, Air America's Sam Seder,
in honoring Media Matters, Jack & Jill Politics
& Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

We'll be joined by our friends at MoveOn, DailyKos,
Democrats.com, Progressive Book Club, Advomatic
Center for Independent Media, Blue State Digital & more...
Tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

COMING SOON:

Sun 5/3 - 5-7pm
EATING LIBERALLY & Just Food celebrate
local feed 'n seed with an agri-cultural exchange
featuring Sarah Klein, co-designer of Chelsea Green’s
Local Foods Wheel for the New York metro area,
and Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library.
Sustainable snacks will be served!
The Tank - 354 West 45th btw 8th & 9th
http://eatingliberally.org
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Wed 5/6 - 7:30pm
STAND UP FOR HEALTHCARE
A night of comedy for a cause hosted by NYC for Change.
The Tank - 354 West 45th btw 8th & 9th
http://www.thetanknyc.org

Stand Up for Health Care aims to entertain and inspire artists around New York to fight to make health care available and affordable for all. Come out and support, come out and laugh--- for whatever’s ailing you, laughter is the best medicine!

Featuring:
Katie Halper, Larry Litt , Myq Kaplan , Scott Blakeman
Pembroke and Lu, Rory Scholl, Dan Kitrosser, Aaron Friedman

From Tortured Logic to Tortured People

Though initial interrogators thought Abu Zubaydah
had told them all he was going to tell,
higher-ups still sought permission for extreme tactics
that led to waterboarding him 83 times.

Bush admin officials approved the torture methods
that had previously been used in Communist China
...& Jay Bybee, one of the authors of that tortured logic,
which approved illegal action...is now a Federal judge.

And now that the Obama admin has released this info,
conservatives argue these methods are perfectly legal,
while also arguing we're less safe for revealing them.

We always knew how much the right-wing tortured logic
...now we sadly know more about how they tortured people.

And it's not the American way.

Share your horror & your ideas for what we do next
as you share the night, a booth & a few pitchers
at your local progressive social club.

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

As always, get your free drink when you present
your personalized Liberal Card - http://liberalcard.org

And check out all the upcoming events in New York City
at http://livingliberally.org/nyc

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Saturday, May 30th - 7-11pm
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Help us raise money to grow our network
while drinking, eating & laughing liberally
at a grand old party (not "the " grand old party)

Join our MC, Air America's Sam Seder,
in honoring Media Matters, Jack & Jill Politics
& Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

We'll be joined by our friends at MoveOn, DailyKos,
Democrats.com, Progressive Book Club,
Center for Independent Media & more...
Tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

COMING SOON:

Sun, 4/26 - 4:30pm
The End Of The Week As We Know It:
Political Comedy and Conversation

LAUGHING LIBERALLY regular Scott Blakeman
takes a satiric look at the week's news,
and hosts a panel of progressive comedic pundits,
and an interview with a special guest.

$10 - http://www.thetanknyc.org
The Tank - 354 West 45th btw 8th & 9th
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Sun 5/3 - 5-7pm
EATING LIBERALLY & Just Food celebrate
local feed 'n seed with an agri-cultural exchange
featuring Sarah Klein, co-designer of Chelsea Green’s
Local Foods Wheel for the New York metro area,
and Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library.
Sustainable snacks will be served!
The Tank - 354 West 45th btw 8th & 9th
http://eatingliberally.org
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Wed 5/6 - 7:30pm
STAND UP FOR HEALTHCARE
A night of comedy for a cause hosted by NYC for Change.
The Tank - 354 West 45th btw 8th & 9th
http://www.thetanknyc.org

Stand Up for Health Care aims to entertain and inspire artists around New York to fight to make health care available and affordable for all. Come out and support, come out and laugh--- for whatever’s ailing you, laughter is the best medicine!

Featuring:
Katie Halper, Larry Litt , Myq Kaplan , Scott Blakeman
Pembroke and Lu, Rory Scholl, Dan Kitrosser, Aaron Friedman
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We're Fixing the Country...They're Fixing Some Tea

The Prez speaks honestly to America about the economy.
The right-wing speaks mangled metaphors & ridiculous rants
while playing dress-up at a bunch of tea parties.

Speaker Pelosi calls to investigate Wall Street.
Conservatives call for secession,
while hurling tea on the White House lawn.

Senate and House Dems get busy on new approaches
to affordable healthcare, clean energy & green jobs
Conservatives get busy...waving tea bags.

Will someone just pour them some goddamn tea already?

Then stick them at the kids table
with their hats & stuffed animals,
& let the grown-ups get back to cleaning up out country.

If you're sick of tea, come share a stiffer drink
as you share ideas, your evening and a crowded booth
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th btw 44th & 45th
[in the back booths beneath the DL banner
...tell the bouncer you're with Drinking Liberally]
Questions: [email protected]

Upcoming events in New York City at livingliberally.org/nyc

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Saturday, May 30th - 7-11pm
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Help us raise money to grow our network
while drinking, eating & laughing liberally
at a grand old party (not "the " grand old party)
honoring Media Matters, Jack & Jill Politics
& Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
with our friends at MoveOn, DailyKos,
Democrats.com, Progressive Book Club,
Center for Independent Media & more...
Tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

COMING SOON:

Mon 4/20 - Reading Liberally - 6:30-8:30
This week: Rashid Khalidi's "The Iron Cage"
The Grisly Pear - MacDougal btw Bleecker & 3rd.
http://livingliberally.org/reading/chapters/NY/nycclassics

Reading Liberally will also welcome special guests Seth Borgos, Director of Research & Programs the Center for Community Change (www.communitychange.org), and Miles Rapoport, President of the progressive thinktank Demos (www.demos.org), to discuss their contributions to the brand-new anthology, "Thinking Big: Progressive Ideas for a New Era."
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Wed, 4/22 - EARTH DAY - 7:30 - 9pm
with Laughing & Screening Liberally
Comedians offer a mix of green & recycled material
as we mingle in short comedic videos
in honor of the Earth.
The Tank - 354 West 45th btw 8th & 9th
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Sun, 4/26 - 4:30pm
The End Of The Week As We Know It:
Political Comedy and Conversation
hosted by Scott Blakeman.
Laughing Liberally regular Scott Blakeman
takes a satiric look at the week's news,
and hosts a panel of progressive comedic pundits,
and an interview with a special guest.
$10
The Tank - 354 West 45th btw 8th & 9th
---

Sun 5/3 - 5-7pm
EATING LIBERALLY & Just Food celebrate
local feed 'n seed with an agri-cultural exchange
featuring Sarah Klein, co-designer of Chelsea Green’s
Local Foods Wheel for the New York metro area,
and Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library.
Sustainable snacks will be served!
The Tank - 354 West 45th btw 8th & 9th
---

Wed 5/6 - 7:30pm
STAND UP FOR HEALTHCARE
A night of comedy for a cause
hosted by NYC for Change.
The Tank - 354 West 45th btw 8th & 9th

Get Your Stimulus from Living Liberally

Dear Liberals -

In honor of Tax Day this week,
Living Liberally is offering you a stimulus
...and several stimulating events.

First of all, get your tickets
to the Living Liberally Party of the Year:
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
on Saturday, May 30th in lower Manhattan.

Our stimulus gift to you:
if you order tickets by Tax Day, April 15th,
you can get the Community Organizer Rate.
an early-bird special available through Wednesday.

Get your tickets (and more info) at:
http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

Support Living Liberally as you join us
in honoring Media Matters, Jack & Jill Politics
& Borough President Scott Stringer
with our sponsors DailyKos, MoveOn,
Democrats.com, the Progressive Book Club
& Center for Independent Media
with drinks, food, special guests
and MC Sam Seder from Air America.

Order now! livingliberally.org/celebration09

And now for other stimulating events:

Wed 4/15 TAX EVASION - 10pm
Music & comedy presented by Danny Ross & Living Liberally
The Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, at Bleecker St)

AIG bonus money will not be honored at the door,
though government handouts will gladly be accepted.

With Danny Ross and Band, Reuben Chess of Quintus,
Eric Margan & The Red Lions,
NYC comedians Grant Gordon, Blake Reiter, H
arry Terjanian and poet Erika Jo Brown.
Get your tix cheaper ($7) in advance at:
https://dannyrossmusic.ticketleap.com/TaxEvasion
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Wed 4/15 - 6:30-8:30
The New Leaders Council Info Meeting
Learn about this 5-month political entrepreneurship
training program for young professionals
Office of RWDSU
30 E. 29th Street, 5th Floor
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=78683734615
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Mon 4/20 - Reading Liberally - 6:30-8:30
This week: Rashid Khalidi's "The Iron Cage"
The Grisly Pear - MacDougal btw Bleecker & 3rd.
http://livingliberally.org/reading/chapters/NY/nycclassics

...and see Khalidi speak this week:
OSI Forum: Changing U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Location: OSI-New York
Date and Time: April 15, 2009, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Speakers: Rashid Khalidi, Anthony Richter
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/mena/events/policy_20090415?clickthroug...
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Wed, 4/22 - EARTH DAY - 7:30 - 9pm
with Laughing & Screening Liberally
Comedians offer a mix of green & recycled material
as we mingle in short comedic videos
in honor of the Earth.
The Tank - 354 West 45th btw 8th & 9th

Tax Day, Earth Day, Every Day a Liberal Day

Liberals!

Ready to rock, rally & read?
We have friends and partners
hosting events that allow you to all these
and more...as Living Liberally soars through April.

In fact, there's so much going on,
that Jen at Living Liberally created a new page:
to track all the NYC events:
check out: http://livingliberally.org/nyc

TAX DAY is a cause for celebration, right?
The right-wing may not think so, but we do
so we're co-hosting a night of music & comedy
...send in those returns then return to fun.

TAX EVASION - Wed, April 15th - 10pm
The Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, at Bleecker St)

AIG bonus money will not be honored at the door,
though government handouts will gladly be accepted.

With Danny Ross and Band, Reuben Chess of Quintus,
Eric Margan & The Red Lions,
NYC comedians Grant Gordon, Blake Reiter, H
arry Terjanian and poet Erika Jo Brown.

Get your tix cheaper ($7) in advance at:
https://dannyrossmusic.ticketleap.com/TaxEvasion
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Then put on your reading glasses for...
READING LIBERALLY: Rashid Khalidi's "The Iron Cage"
Monday, April 20th - 6:30pm
The Grisly Pear - MacDougal btw Bleecker & 3rd.
http://livingliberally.org/reading/chapters/NY/nycclassics
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And of course get ready for Earth Day --
more info coming soon on service projects,
but save the date itself for comedy and film.

EARTH DAY LIBERALLY - Wed, April 22nd - 7:30pm
The Tank - 354 West 45th Street
http://www.thetanknyc.org
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...and if you're anxious for May...
Sun, May 3rd - 5-7pm
EATING LIBERALLY & Just Food celebrate
local feed 'n seed with an agri-cultural exchange
featuring Sarah Klein, co-designer of Chelsea Green’s
Local Foods Wheel for the New York metro area,
and Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library.
Sustainable snacks will be served!
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And a few events from our allies:

Sat, April 11 - 2pm at Union Square
Rally and phonebank to break up the banks
and build a more just economy.
Sponsored by A New Way Forward
and a growing group of grassroots groups and citizens!
http://anewwayforward.org or email [email protected].

April 17-19th - All weekend
Our friends at The Left Forum
host a weekend of panels & organizing.
Check out: http://leftforum.org/

And of course...

Saturday, May 30th - 7-11pm
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
honoring Jack & Jill Politics, Media Matters
& Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
with MC Sam Seder.
The DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette Street
tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

Too much info to keep track of?
Go to livingliberally.org/nyc

Americans and the Rest of the World Find Something in Common

When Bush went to Europe,
thousands protested in the street.
President Obama met thousands cheering.

When Bush met foreign leaders,
he surprised Merkel with a neck massage.
Obama massaged the tensions of the world,
and brought dignity to America.

When Bush went to Iraq,
a journalist threw his shoes...
On Obama's visit, the US troops
threw forward cel phones to snap photos.

After 8 years of distance, distaste & disrespect,
Americans now have common ground with the world:
we are all relieved at the end of George W. Bush.

Hey, it's a start.

Toast to a new world, & debate how we'll get there
while making a liberal point over a liberal pint
at your local progressive social club.

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

COMING SOON:

Saturday, May 30th - 7-11pm
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
honoring Jack & Jill Politics, Media Matters
& Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
with MC Sam Seder.
The DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette Street
tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

COMING SOONER:

Sat, April 11 - 2pm at Union Square
Rally and phonebank to break up the banks
and build a more just economy.
Sponsored by A New Way Forward
and a growing group of grassroots groups and citizens!
http://anewwayforward.org or email [email protected].

Wed, April 15th - 10pm
Tax Evasion @ The Bowery Poetry Club
Music, comedy & more, hosted by Danny Ross
308 Bowery @ Bleecker
https://dannyrossmusic.ticketleap.com/TaxEvasion

April 17-19th - All weekend
Our friends at The Left Forum
host a weekend of panels & organizing.
Check out: http://leftforum.org/

Wed, April 22nd - EARTH DAY - 7:30pm
with Laughing, Screening, Eating Liberally
The Tank - 354 West 45th

Sun, May 3rd - 5-7pm
EATING LIBERALLY & Just Food celebrate
local feed 'n seed with an agri-cultural exchange
featuring Sarah Klein, co-designer of Chelsea Green’s
Local Foods Wheel for the New York metro area,
and Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library.
Sustainable snacks will be served!

It May Take an Autocrat to Rule Big Auto

While the GOP was willing to let the Big Three fail,
they now wail, weep, worry, whimper & whine
that the President's taking too hard a line on the industry.

Despite coddling contractors cronies & business buddies
the Right now frets government is intervening in the market
as Obama insists auto-makers get off auto-pilot.

Now that the President of the USA has urged aside
the failed president of a floundering company,
the conservatives concern is he'll hold Wall Street
& other flopping Fortune 500s to the same standard.

President Obama may have a heavy-hand in this case,
but it may take an Autocrat to rule Big Auto.

And after years of the car driving our country,
it's about time our country takes the driver seat.

We can only hope the banks will be next.

Come toast, roast & debate the most
as you share a drink & a think with like-minded lefties
at your local progressive social club.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Big One - Saturday, May 30th
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
honoring Jack & Jill Politics, Media Matters
& Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
with MC Sam Seder.
The DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette Street
tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

COMING UP SOONER:

Thurs, April 2 - 8:45 Doors; 9:30 Show
Laughing Liberally recommends:
THIS WEEK IN BLACKNESS
a spectacular romp through the world of Blackness
hosted by Elon James White -- this month featuring:
Bassey Ikpi, Michelle Buteau, Reese Waters
The Tank - 354 West 45th St
www.thetanknyc.org

Wed, April 15th - 10pm
Tax Evasion @ The Bowery Poetry Club
Music, comedy & more, hosted by Danny Ross
308 Bowery @ Bleecker
https://dannyrossmusic.ticketleap.com/TaxEvasion

Wed, April 22nd - EARTH DAY - 7:30pm
with Laughing, Screening, Eating Liberally
The Tank - 354 West 45th

And our friends at The Left Forum
April 17-19th - http://leftforum.org/