The Original Drinking Liberally

A Step In Justice, A Steep Injustice

To the highest court in the land, the Prez nominates
an exciting, experienced judge in Sotomayor.
In California, the high court in that land decimates
excitement, experiences & equality of its own citizens.

The pick in DC offers a compelling American story
in the form of a woman who will beak down barriers.
The ruling in Sacramento tells a different story,
as it erects barriers within our own population.

As the right-wing opposes her confirmation,
they'll alienate an entire community in America.
And as the right-wing lauds Prop 8,
they'll lose an entire generation of Americans.

Democrats are pleased with her Supreme quality;
let's now hear them speak out on supreme equality.

With Sonia Sotomayor, all Americans
should be proud of this step in justice.
And with the events in California, we all
should be equally loud at this steep injustice.

Drinking Liberally began on May 29th, 2003 --
come out for 6 years of Thursday night revels
as we raise a glass to the Supreme Court
& raise aghast voices to the California ruling
with like-minded libation-lifting lefties
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Celebrating 6 Years...Tonight
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
[back booths beneath the DL banner]
Questions: [email protected]

While we'll raise a 6-year celebratory toast tonight,
the big festivities will be this Saturday at
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION.
Tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

Join us & fellow liberals, activists, comrades
as we raise the funds to continue our national work
& honor Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer,
Jack & Jill Politics & Media Matters For America.
With MC Sam Seder of Air America.

Saturday, May 30th - 7-11pm
The DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette Street
btw Walker & White, below Canal
http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

Drinking Liberally Turns 6...Come Raise a Glass

Dear Liberals -

This week, Drinking Liberally turns 6 years old.

What a difference six years has made...it's definitely worth a toast.

So please come celebrate with us at our Annual Celebration -- http://livingliberally.org/celebration09 -- this Saturday, May 30th in New York City.

This year we'll be honoring:

-- Borough President Scott Stringer for his work on food policy

-- the black political blog Jack & Jill Politics for thoughtful and inspired writing

-- the national Media Matters for America for watchdogging conservative spin

-- with MC Sam Seder of Air America, and our sponsors MoveOn, DailyKos, Blue State Digital, Color of Change, Advomatic, The Nation, Time Out New York, Zivtech, Democrats.com, Progressive Book Club, Center for Independent Media and SEIU

Get your tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

When we began, in May 2003, we were fresh into the Iraq War, and only half way through Bush's first term. Few people voiced their concerns about the excesses of the Patriot Act, even fewer were calling out the Administration on their extra-legal activities.

So, if you were one of those few, you needed a drink...and you needed company.

What began in a dive bar in Hell's Kitchen has grown to over 300 chapters, to comedy shows and book tours, to a breeding ground of activists, a recruiting hotspot for campaigns and a regular watering hole for liberals in Idaho and Iowa.

We grew because people in New York have supported us along the way and we ask you to support us again -- buy a ticket if you can, consider a contribution if you can't, and help us continue this expansion.

Help us out: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

We still meet in that same dive bar, and we'll be gathering there this Thursday as we do each week. Come by for a drink Thursday, 7:30 onward at Rudy's on 9th Ave between 44th & 45th. However, since the backyard is still tied up under municipal red tape, we'll save our Rudy's celebration until it reopens later in the summer.

So the real party is on Saturday.

The Living Liberally Annual Celebration
Saturday, May 30th - 7-11pm
DCTV - 87 Lafayette St, btw Walker & White
http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

Thanks -- and keep drinking liberally,
- Justin Krebs

Can Fuel Emission Standards Help With All This Political Hot Air?

(Liberals - tonight, in addition to Drinking Liberally,
join Rocking Liberally around the corner -- details below
...now back to your weekly DL message)

Congress takes on meaningful credit card reform
& somehow the GOP turns it into a discussion
of allowing loaded guns in national parks.

The President declares healthcare is a priority
and insurance giants claim they want to help...
then the next day they began their opposition.

The Dems get elected on campaign promises
of restoring rule of law, ending Bush-era policies,
& now in power, they hedge on Guantanamo
& the President discusses "preventative detention."

At least Obama announced a meaningful move
to create a strong national fuel emissions policy...
with all the hot air out there, we need it.

Have a cool drink to temper the hot air
or a mixed drink for your mix of pride & dismay
as you share opinions & liberal libations
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]

TONIGHT'S SPECIAL: ROCKING LIBERALLY - 9:30pm
Come support the troops with a stellar night of music
raising money for the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America
Good tunes, good vibes, and a good chance to help
those who have sacrificed so much the past seven years.

Featuring the talents of Shanna Zell, Luke Wesley and Danny Ross,
Hosted by Peter Sorkin.

Thursday, May 21st
Doors: 9:30; Show: 10pm
The Tank - 354 West 45th St, btw 8th & 9th
just around the corner from Rudy's.
Price: $10 - Veterans and IAVA members get in free

Meet there, or head over from DL
...people will stay at Rudy's as well.
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We're just 9 days out from our biggest event of the year:
Sat, May 30th - LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION

Come drink, eat & laugh liberally at our spring fundraiser
as we honor Borough President Scott Stringer,
Media Matters for America, Jack & Jill Politics
with Air America's Sam Seder.
Go now! - http://livingliberally.org/celebration09
Discount tix when you buy two...
go with a friend, a date, a fellow discount-seeker

Saturday, May 30th - 7-11pm
DCTV - 87 Lafayette Street

Thanks to our sponsors & Partners
Democrats.com, Progressive Book Club, Daily Kos,
Center for Independent Media, MoveOn, Advomatic,
Blue State Digital, Zivtech, SEIU, Color of Change,
The Nation, Time Out New York

The GOP: Shooting Themselves in the Foot & Each Other in the Face

In pursuit of Souter's suitable successor,
the White House has signaled it may select
someone that'll turn Red-Staters red in the face.

The GOP bemoans loss of the nuclear option...
meanwhile Dems swing support for the public option
putting a hearty healthcare overhaul on the agenda.

While right-wingers reach for their next Harry & Louise,
the President's team announces original actions
to rein in the derivatives that ran wild & helped ruin us.

The Republicans just can't keep up with him...
Corporate Cons cry, Religious Right wails and flails,
isolationists are isolated, libertarians pack their bags,
Romney & Steele fight each other, the party attacks Crist
& undead Deadeye Dick pops up to defend torture.

Maybe the GOP is always one step behind
because they're always shooting themselves in the foot.
Or because the only targets they hit...are each other.
(Another lesson from Good Old Buckshot-In-The-Face Dick.)

And while they do, the President stays one step ahead.

Hey Progressives, here's your chance...now get to work!

Come out to share your ideas & your plans for action
as you share a few pitchers & a night on the town
with 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]

See all NY events at http://livingliberally.org/nyc

Invites, Offers, Events & More!

Sat, May 30th - LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Come drink, eat & laugh liberally at our spring fundraiser
as we honor Borough President Scott Stringer,
Media Matters for America, Jack & Jill Politics
with Air America's Sam Seder.
Go now! - http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

Sat, May 16th - KICKING LIBERALLY
Join the Manhattan Young Dems as we kick...er...ball,
taking on the Young Republicans in a game for charity.
2-5pm; Great Lawn, Central Park
Sign up at: http://gomyd.com/events/kickball/

ADOPTING LIBERALLY (cats that is)
Fellow liberal is looking for a home for two displaced cats:
Mocha (tabby) & Chewie (black/white), brothers adopted from the shelter. They are both male (fixed) and about 12 or 13 years old. Because they were adopted together and have lived with the other two cats for all these years, preferable to keep them together or at least find a home where they will have the company of other cats. They are both friendly and well behaved but a little bit on the shy side. They get along with each other and with the other two cats very well.
Contact Andrew @ [email protected]

OTHER EVENTS

Tuesday, May 19th, 7pm - Lloyd Dangle, Cartoonist
http://www.thetanknyc.org

Wednesday May 20th, 6:30pm - Reading Liberally
http://livingliberally.org/reading/chapters/NY/nycclassics

Wed May 20th, 7:30pm - End of the Week As We Know It
with Laughing Liberally's Scott Blakeman
http://www.thetanknyc.org

Thurs, May 21st - Rocking Liberally
http://livingliberally.org/rocking

Plus Drinking Liberally in Queens, the Bronx,
the Upper East Side & more...
livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/NY/queens
livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/NY/westbronx
livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/NY/ues

Celebrating, Kicking, Rocking, Drawing, Lauging, Reading Liberally

From May Day to Memorial Day,
this is a month full of Liberal Pride.
...& the month of Drinking Liberally's 6 birthday.

So we've filled May with Liberal events
-- come join the fun, enjoy the sun,
& help support our growing organization.

1. Saturday 5/30 - Living Liberally Annual Celebration
Sam Seder, Scott Stringer, Media Matters, Jack Jill Politics

2. Sat 5/16 - Kicking Liberally - Bi-partisan kickball

3. Wed 5/20 - Reading Liberally

4. Thurs 5/21 - the relaunch of Rocking Liberally

5. And what some of our good friends are up to:
- Tues 5/19 - Drawing Liberally-An evening with Lloyd Dangle
- Wed 5/20 - The End of the Week as We Know It
with Scott Blakeman of Laughing Liberally

6. Plus Drinking Liberally in Queens, Bronx & across NYC.

...and stay tuned to http://livingliberally.org/nyc
for the ongoing list of local events.

1. Living Liberally needs your support...

We throw events for free & have created a national network,
but there are real costs associated with it...
and so we turn to all of you to ask for help.

Please consider supporting your national network,
by attending THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
with Sam Seder, MoveOn, DailyKos & more great allies,
as we honor Media Matters, Jack & Jill Politics
& Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

We know there's a recession going on...
so we have kept open the 2-ticket discount rate!
Bring a date, make a friend, support the cause.

Tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09

And if you can't attend, please consider a contribution
to help us push forward with the work of Living Liberally.
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2. Sat 5/16 - Kicking Liberally - Bi-partisan kickball
On Saturday, on The Great Lawn - an epic kickball battle
will take place between the Manhattan Young Democrats
& The New York Young Republican Club…

Drinking Liberally members are invited to join the Dems
as we prove our values not only solve our nations problems,
but also kick some, err, ball..

SATURDAY MAY 16th - 2-5 pm
The Great Lawn (Central Park)

Cost will be $10 for members/players and $20 for non-members.
MYD will be donating proceeds to the Coalition Against Hunger
http://gomyd.com/events/kickball/
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3. Wed 5/20 - Reading Liberally - 6:30pm
The Grisly Pear (107 MacDougal Street, back room)

We'll be discussing Benjamin Kunkel's "Indecision."
Indecision is a hilarious, much-critically-praised comedy of observations, easy to read in a day or two, that just so happens to be about colonialism, globalization and the meaning of everything. Without spoiling too much, our protagonist, Dwight Wilmerding, an unhappy 28-year-old tech support worker, will try just about anything to cure his chronic indecision - including a renewed attempt to understand the world around him, leading to a series of adventures in America, Ecuador and elsewhere that wryly comment on the responsibility of the privileged - and not so privileged - in a post-9/11 world. Indecision has been called "charming...a cerebral novel that doesn't feel overly, uh, cerebral" (Village Voice), "a very serious and very funny novel" (London Review of Books), and "the funniest and smartest coming-of-age novel in years" (New York Times Book Review).

http://livingliberally.org/reading/chapters/NY/nycclassics

4. Thurs 5/21 - the relaunch of Rocking Liberally

Just before Memorial Day, come support the troops
and enjoy a stellar night of music.

Good tunes, good vibes, and a good chance to help those
who have sacrificed so much the past seven years.

Tix support IAVA, the first and largest group dedicated to improving
the lives of soldiers who have served and continue to fight overseas.
Featuring the talents of Shanna Zell, Luke Wesley and Danny Ross,
and hosted by Peter Sorkin.

Thurs, May 21st - Doors 9:30
The Tank - 354 West 45th St
Tix: $10

5. And what some of our good friends are up to:

-- Tues 5/19 - Drawing Liberally...an evening with Lloyd Dangle

Lloyd Dangle has been drawing and syndicating the screwball political comic strip,Troubletown, for twenty years, (ten of those at the New York Press). Come see the political satirist slay an array of sacred cows with his sly and snide comedy slideshow (try saying that three times fast). Dangle will talk about slinging ink for fun and profit in the post-literate, post-ironic, post-newspaper epoch, and then sign copies of his book, Troubletown Told You So; Comics that Could’ve Saved Us from this Mess.

Tues, 5/19 - 7:30
The Tank - 354 West 45th St
http://www.thetanknyc.org
Tix: $5

-- Wed 5/20 - The End of the Week as We Know It
with Scott Blakeman of Laughing Liberally
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.

Wed, 5/20 - 7:30pm
The Tank - 354 West 45th St
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/66549
Tix: $10

6. Plus Drinking Liberally in Queens, Bronx & across NYC.

- Drinking Liberally Queens!
Second and Fourth Friday each month - 8:30
The Ranger Texas Barbecue at Legends, 71-04 35th Avenue
http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/NY/queens

- Drinking Liberally West Bronx!
First and Third Friday every month - 7:30
An Beal Bocht, 445 W 238th St (between Waldo and Greystone)
http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/NY/westbronx

- The Original Drinking Liberally
Every Thursday, 7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th btw 44th & 45th
http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/NY/nyc

The Country's Stress Tests & No-Drama Obama

We await results of the bank "stress tests,"
only one piece of a confused economy
where the auto industry reels, homeowners drown
& AIG bonuses were bigger than realized.

Afghanistan faces anger over civilian deaths
as 20,000 troops prepare a stress test for that country.

Specter the Defector stresses Dems in the Senate
by opposing the President's agenda,
while divisions on healthcare, energy, Supreme Court
serve as a stress test for the party in power.

The only one who doesn't seem stressed?
No Drama Obama...ready to pass any stress test.
Good thing he's the President.

Then there's the GOP, crumbling under stress day by day...

Take a break from your stress and your tests
as you find relief, release & rejuvenation
in the company of like-minded libation-lifters
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, Advomatic
Center for Independent Media, Blue State Digital & more...
Tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration09