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Tell Those Republican Turkeys To Get Stuffed

As many of us prepare for Thanksgiving meals,
too many politicians are acting like turkeys
giving shame and fear instead of thanks,
and denying refugee families reasons to be thankful.

Forgetting this season's spirit of breaking bed,
Trump, Cruz & co want to break American tradition
with religious tests for immigrants, ID badges for Muslims,
and turning families fleeing violence away from safety.

France is committed to its refugee program,
while the US House votes to effectively end ours.
Maybe our holiday gift to the French
will be sending Lady Liberty back across the ocean.

Muslim-Americans are being profiled and surveilled,
while white supremacists commit domestic terrorism
against peaceful demonstrators in Minneapolis,
and Trump-supporters attack a black protestor.

And amidst all the demagoguery and demonizing,
you could almost forget that the pilgrims we're celebrating
were also seeking refuge in this new world.
Good thing Donald Trump hadn't gotten here first.

This Thanksgiving, tell the fearmongers to get stuffed
and let's make this holiday and nation
the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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your insights, opinions and escapist ideas
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The French Connection

A series of attacks in Paris and Beirut,
and other actions by the Daesh extremists,
have resonated around the world,
connecting us in shock, outrage, and morning.

For many Americans, "France's 9/11"
connects with us viscerally: our horror that day,
our gratitude for the outpouring of global support,
and our shame at the mistakes made in the years that followed.

Now, the Republicans whose fierce anti-France views
once led to the creation of "Freedom Fries"
seek to reconnect to "America's oldest ally"
in order to beat the drums for a brand, new war.

And the symbol that connects us to France the most,
the Statue of Liberty, shines a little more dimly,
as conservatives seek to shut out refugee families
fleeing the same violence whose victims we mourn.

We approach a Thanksgiving holiday,
while Congress tries to deny many a place at the table.
And Republicans demonize Middle East refugees
on the brink of the holiday season that celebrates
the most famous Middle Eastern orphan of them all.

Whether you're feeling, "We are all French,"
or want to shout, "Isn't America still America?"
it's undoubtedly a week shaped by our French connection,
and a time that will lead to lively conversations
at next week's Thanksgiving table.

In the meantime, join a lively conversation
to meet, mourn, learn, lift spirits and share libations
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Missouri Loves Company

Mizzou students rise against racism and indifference,
leading to resignations and more confrontations.
And from Ithaca College to Yale University,
more campuses are wrestling with racial tension.

From the RNC debates and SNL stage,
Donald Trump's bigotry steals the spotlight,
while more and more hate crimes across America
target those who look and sound different.

The NRA fear-mongers about sensible gun laws.
Right wing leaders tell us not to trust Muslims.
And not a week goes by without another incident
of police violence toward people of color.

Yes, students at Mizzou had a victory!
But the fight for justice is far from over
both on that campus and everywhere.

The saying goes, "Misery loves company."
And this week, in terms of racism and tension,
Missouri loves company, as well.

Decompress, debrief, and deliberate
over a drink and some democratic discussion
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Mixed Nuts

The off-year elections send off mixed messages:
from wins to regulate money in politics
to a loss for healthcare in Kentucky's gov race,
it's a foggy forecast for the year ahead.

The president's pursuing a mixed bag of policies:
banning the box and taking aim at criminal justice,
but putting boots on the ground in Syria,
and pursuing a deeply flawed TPP trade deal.

And then there's the mixed up GOP primary:
Carson rising on inane and insane comments,
Rubio rising as Jeb tries to "fix it,"
and Trump preparing for his SNL turn.

All told, it's a week of mixed politics,
but one thing that's totally clear:
The GOP field is a bunch of mixed nuts.

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The GOP's Halloween Hollow Weenies

Marco Rubio can't justify his tax plans,
so he attacks the media instead.
Ted Cruz can't cruise past his rivals,
so he sends cruise missiles at the moderators.

Ben Carson denies he has any relationship
to a supplement for which he's a paid endorser.
Chris Christie's most memorable moment
was a rant about fantasy sports.

Donal Trump claims he carries a concealed weapon
-- but only sometimes, so he can be unpredictable.
Jeb Bush may have claimed something,
but America lost interest every time he opened his mouth.

Huckabee. Fiorina. Rand Paul. Kasich.
They use Planned Parenthood as a bogeyman,
Hillary Clinton as an insult,
and all hate the federal government so much,
it's astonishing they want to run it.

Their stances are scary, their rhetoric scarier,
and the prospect of any of them winning is terrifying.
The GOP candidates are ready for Halloween
-- and the lot of them are Hollow Weenies.

Share a fright, a delight and a political night
as you toast and roast over news and views
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Backward to the Future

Joe Biden wasn't running for president,
but nobody believed him until he delivered
a long campaign-style speech to announce
that Joe Biden is "No" Biden,
and that he is still not running for president.

John Boehner resigned as House Speaker,
then agreed to stay on as House Speaker.
Paul Ryan, who has wanted to be Speaker,
said he wouldn't be Speaker,
and is now going to be the next Speaker.

And the GOP continues to pursue Hillary Clinton
in its witch-hunt / wild-goose-chase
called Whitewater, um, I mean, Benghazi.

Yesterday was the date on which
Marty McFly came back to the future,
-- and a day in which our politics
seemed to go backward toward the future
when it wasn't just going in circles.

Ponder presidents, primaries and Paul Ryan
over pints with political pals
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The Bern Burn vs The Hill Thrill

The Democrats finally debate!
Turns out Clinton isn't a pushover,
everyone agrees with the Socialist,
and Biden didn't join the fun.

Hillary, Bernie and the rest of the cast
competed on higher ed, climate change,
parental leave, pay equity, gun control --
issues the GOP field fully forgot.

The House Republicans are in disarray,
the Syrian situation in increasing discord,
and the TPP trade deal proving dismal.
But at least Dem discourse delivers a dose
different than GOP demagogues and diatribes.

Sure, there was O'Malley's malleability,
Chafee's chafing, and Webb's web of weirdness,
but the real question of the first debate:
Did you feel the Bern Burn or the Hill Thrill?

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as we recount, react and really enjoy ourselves
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Violence Without Borders

Violence Without Borders

A gunman executed 9 victims in Oregon,
the latest massacre in an endless series,
as the crusade for guns without limits
leads to shootings that know no bounds.

Our own airstrike made senseless victims
of staff and patients of Doctors Without Borders,
a sad testament that American violence
isn't just a tragedy on our own soil.

As the Syrian conflict intensifies,
and the refugee crisis reverberates,
we're reminded that war in one region
has impact all around the globe.

We could be talking the House Speakership,
the first Dem debate, or the baseball playoffs.
But it's hard to embrace the more enjoyable news
in a week of killings without limits,
pain with no bounds, and Violence Without Borders.

If you need to get away from the news,
or get into it in a safe space of like-minded lefties,
join us for a drink and to share what you think
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The Best Laid Plans

While right wingers planned a government shutdown
over their plans to defund Planned Parenthood,
Boehner announced an unplanned retirement,
keeping the government open a few more months.

Oklahoma planned to execute an innocent man,
and the Supreme Court was going to let it happen
until the governor's surprise 5-week stay,
which extends the saga of Richard Glossip.

And while the US searches for a plan in Syria,
and the world grasps at plans for refugees,
Russia's sudden spate of airstrikes,
has us all seriously scrambling in Syria.

Things don't always go according to plan.
Just ask Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders,
and the still-planning Joe Biden.

The best laid plans of mice and men...

One thing you can plan on:
politics, pints and positive people
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Pope and Change

Pope Francis comes to America
and talks about the climate crisis facing us all,
while President Obama makes climate change
the next - and last? - priority of his presidency.

The Pope invokes the Golden Rule
in how we treat immigrants and refugees,
while Obama raises the US refugee quotas
and continues pushing expanded immigrant rights.

Francis discusses diplomacy,
highlights the challenge of poverty,
calls for the end of the death penalty,
Your move, President Obama.

Meanwhile, the GOP wants to shut down
the government over Planned Parenthood.

After 7 years, we’re seeing Obama
enact some of the changes he championed.
But in the face of Republican opposition,
can the Pope help add pop to this agenda?

Forget hope and change.
Let’s see about Pope and Change.

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