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Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/09/2009 - 7:07am.
When Bush went to Europe,
When Bush met foreign leaders,
When Bush went to Iraq,
After 8 years of distance, distaste & disrespect,
Hey, it's a start.
Toast to a new world, & debate how we'll get there
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Wed, 04/01/2009 - 8:01pm.
While the GOP was willing to let the Big Three fail,
Despite coddling contractors cronies & business buddies
Now that the President of the USA has urged aside
President Obama may have a heavy-hand in this case,
And after years of the car driving our country,
We can only hope the banks will be next.
Come toast, roast & debate the most
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 9:01am.
Conservatives don't want us to take control of banks
"Let the market do it's job," they shout --
Deregulation led to a massive meltdown,
Seems like the free market is getting costlier every day.
Then again, these guys run an economy into the ground,
There may be no free market, and no free lunch,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 7:38am.
American workers lose jobs & savings
Those whose companies collapsed
And while we belatedly caught Bernie Madoff,
America's laid off, they're getting paid off
Who still thinks we should run America "like a business"?
Come where the drinks are cheap & talk is rich,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/12/2009 - 7:53am.
President Obama wants to grow our economy
The pro-worker Employee Free Choice Act
As progressives Dems tried to re-write bankruptcy laws
It's never easy for a Prez to deal with an opposition party.
...and they're doing a better job of opposing
Shake your head at the Dems as we raise a glass together
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/05/2009 - 10:50am.
After 8 years of rushing laws through Congress
After 8 years of letting the greedy steal from the many,
After the Bush administration let its cronies swindle us,
For 8 years, all they did was rush, steal & swindle.
Good thing some grown-ups are cleaning up their mess.
Nobody will obstruct you for sharing a pint, or a few,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Tue, 03/03/2009 - 4:19pm.
Nora Eisenberg, whose excellent novel about veterans returning from the Gulf War, When You Come Home, will soon be reviewed on this page, has just penned a piece for Alternet on the lost lessons hidden in the way the Gulf Was has been remembered.
We highly recommend it -- as our Reading Liberally "Read of the Day" -- and will bring you more on her novel soon.
Read the full article on Alternet...
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Tue, 03/03/2009 - 1:02pm.
Every battle needs a good villain. Not sure if that's a line out of a comic book, or the advice Matt Stoller has often offered on these pages, but it's true.
There's some healthy debate about whether Rush is the right villain or the wrong target. Brave New Films has done a great job their War on Greed to make the likes of Henry Kravis into a known nemesis. And in New York, the proponents for Fair Share Tax Reform just realized: why create a villain, if the entertainment industry's already done it for them.
Enter Monty Burns from the Simpsons, a no-goodnik we love to hate, and the new face of the plutocrats looking to sink New York's working class.
In anticipation of a major rally on Thursday, the Working Families Party -- leaders of the Fair Share push -- have turned to satire. They've circulated a letter from Homer's boss to his fellow fatcats. Who wants to be on the side of Mr. Burns? Well, except for Smithers, of course.
The Fair Share advocates are targeting the Governor, but want to make an ally out of him, not an enemy. So they co-opted a more useful villain -- after all, would Paterson rather side with the owner of a nuclear power plant or with schools, hospitals and mass transit?
If you're in NYC, check out the rally -- and below, you can see the whole letter.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 02/26/2009 - 1:01pm.
Rick, is the march of right-wing institution-building that realigned our country really that funny?
The magazine's mistake is understandable because people don't think of history and comedy going hand-in-hand. But it's that kind of cultural blend that will be the recipe for this Saturday's event, dubbed "The Nation Guide to Living Liberally," a joint-venture promoting The Nation's handbook to liberal hotspots and hide-aways around the country, hosted by Chicago's Drinking Liberally chapter and Laughing Liberally affiliate, the Accountants of Homeland Security. Tracy Van Slyke of the Media Consortium will also be speaking, and there will be comedy, music and videos.
A bit of a jumble of elements, huh? Well, that's kind of the point. The Nation Guide spans from independent radio and bookstores to film festivals and historic trails to environmentally-friendly breweries. And Living Liberally reaches from scruptious suppers to meetups for religious progressives. Liberal culture isn't just one thing or another -- it's not just a peace group or just a independent weekly -- it's an entire lifestyle that offers something for everyone.
So check out the event. Check out the video of Dick Cheney promoting the book (created by the event's organizer Matt Filipowicz). Oh, and check out Perlstein's punchlines.
"So, a Southern Strategy walked into a bar..."
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 02/26/2009 - 9:53am.
Our last President had used a State of the Union
Bush used his major annual address
George suggested we send men to Mars.
And Bobby Jindal suggested the disaster of Katrina
Obama offered us a realistic state of this union...
Discuss the State of the Union, and be part of a reunion,
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