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Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 10:14am.
After 8 years of Bush & Cheney,
Through 8 State-of-DisUnion Addresses,
After 295 Thursdays of Drinking Liberally,
The liberal drinking isn't over,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 4:31pm.
"Screening Liberally Big Picture
"Small Town Values." It's big time politics' winning slogan. But what exactly does that mean? And is it even possible for the political machine, so desirous of this wholesome image, to actually value the small town itself?
"Crawford", David Modigliani's documentary about the Texas town of the same name, attempts to answer that question by examining the aftershocks of then-Governor George W. Bush's wholly artificial move to the small hamlet as he prepped for the 2000 election.
Remember Crawford? The quaint Texas burg where Bush publicized his brush-cutting, ranch-walking "roots"? In this film, Modigliani introduces us to the real town and its full-time residents. "Crawford" begins by introducing the audience to the town and a sampling of its residents. Each tells us when they moved to Crawford and why they're there, revealing a bit about themselves and the town: 10 years, good school district. 24 years, loving community. 44 years, Crawford native with six generations buried in the graveyard.
Then we cut to the newest Crawford resident, George Bush. And I couldn't help but wonder, along with the town, "Why?"
Whatever his motives, many townspeople saw his arrival as an opportunity to revive their flailing local economy, long suffering since a severe drought in the 1950s. And as the administration continued, business did pick up as the town experienced tourists of all kinds: political, gawkers, and eventually thousands of protesters.
By focusing on the people of the town rather than pundits or visitors, "Crawford" offers a unique perspective on the Bush administration, media, protests, and political awareness. We find out just where that typical news image of Crawford – the hay bales and farm equipment – is located, and examine whether it misrepresents the town or George W. We hear from fervent Bush supporters, like Crawford's souvenir shop owner, and from his critics, like the school's supposedly "blasphemous" history teacher.
Modigliani's editing heightens the audience's understanding of the residents' emotional journeys, at one point layering protest audio with residents' faces, at another cutting from a packed street to an empty town. Through the film, I felt each character's convictions, confusions, frustrations - whether I agreed with their politics or not.
"Crawford" wisely unfolds from the vantage point of the townspeople, favoring no single view or group. What does become clear is how difficult – and important – it is to be politically aware and active in a community, especially when you have a minority opinion. How does Crawford's history teacher wake up each day, knowing that most of her student's parents do not support her? How should we rise to our own political challenges? "Crawford" will inspire you to consider this, long after the Bush years are but a bitter memory.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 9:43am.
Democrats are busy changing their minds
Republicans are digging in to oppose seating
And the media's focused on Caroline Kennedy
In times of crisis, transition & opportunity,
And we're just reminded once more that
Try to laugh off their foolishness
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Tue, 01/06/2009 - 5:33pm.
Do you know the Democracy Burlesque in Chicago? Or the best food co-op in Nebraska? What about the lefty cafe of Salt Lake City...or that same town's unique vegan S&M gear?
Chances are that unless you live in one of those town's, you don't (and even if you live there, you may not); fortunately, The Nation Magazine has found them for you.
In The Nation Guide to the Nation, you can find the cafes, film festivals, historical hotspots, a bleeding-heart romantic hide-aways that dot the "purple" landscape of America.
It's not a book you sit down and read straight through. But it's a thick volume that welcomes you to thumb to almost any page and smile with surprise. It's the kind of guide that may help settle a bet after a night of too much liberal drinking ("I told you that there were liberal oases in Idaho!").
And it's especially the book you'll turn to as you plan your travel around the country -- because you'll find new destinations in any state you plan to visit, sites that will amuse, educate, and generally make you feel like Liberal America is everywhere...and that you are part of it.
The book isn't complete -- it can't be. It doesn't list my favorite liberal dive...but that's part of the fun. If the book can start an conflict among friends as to which historical homes should really be included on a drive along Route 66, or which films should never have been left off a top-ten progressive movie buff's list, then the book will prove itself a true lefty institution: one that gets liberals arguing with each other.
As for my favorite listing: well, it has to be the New Belgian Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. The maker of Fat Tire runs its brewery on wind-generated energy. That's Drinking Liberally...
For more from the Nation Guides themselves, check out the video below.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 5:17pm.
Last year, Rachel Maddow, Lee Camp and others offered their resolutions for 2008. Below are a round-up of this year's progressive goals from friends in progressive media, progressive organizing, and...well...just friends.
Fred Gooltz, Advomatic:
John Javna, 50 Ways To Fight The Right:
Negin Farsad, Laughing Liberally/Nerdcore Rising:
Sam Seder, Air America Radio:
Seth D. Michaels, Coordinator, Working Families Vote 2008:
Buy from locally-owned stores. Not only does this shift income (slightly) lower on the income distribution, it also has the potential to be a huge stimulus, given that the owners of these stores are more likely to patronize other stores in your area--and if you go to a store like Fleet Feet, where Phil Fenty is going to spend his profits at other locally-owned stores, the multiplier is just huge. Also, get off Verizon. AT&T, or even better, CREDO, does not spend its energy attempting to destroy the American workforce. Verizon does.
Amanda Mittlestadt, The Liberal Card:
Matt Browner-Hamlin, SEIU:
Matt Filiopwicz, HeadzUp:
Mike Connery, Future Majority:
Jamie Kilstein, Laughing Liberally:
Erin Hofteig, Media Matters For America:
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 3:48pm.
Drinking Liberally has good friends in Pasadena, California.
It's a chapter that was started by Asa Hopkins several years ago. Asa was a Convention delegate in '04, he was active in YDA, and I met him first at the 2020 Democrats launch conference in late '03.
But what makes the Pasadena strong is not that it was started by a good leader; it's that it has remained vibrant even after Asa moved on.
You see, chapter leaders come and go. Sometimes, a chapter doesn't fare so well when a host has to move. But Pasadena regular has attendance in the teens, on Election Night had over 50, and was featured (with photographs) in a great article.
Patrick Burns, Lauri Fiedler and Mike Anderson -- the current hosts -- deserve a great amount of credit. They also deserve our thanks -- for gathering tips from chapter members and Tipping Liberally, sending funds to support the national network.
So next time you're out in southern California, stop by and toast them in person, every Tuesday night at Madeleine's Wine Bistro.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 9:00am.
Violence explodes between Israel & Hamas,
Slow Christmas buying echoed the weak economy,
Bush pardons cronies, then revokes one,
From Wall St to Detroit to Senate obstruction,
May Obama make a New Year's Resolution
That's a New Year wish we can toast to.
Sing out the old & ring in the new
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 12/25/2008 - 9:44am.
A Visit from St. Barack
'Twas the night before Elections, when through the US
The bankers were nestled all snug in their beds,
When slowly all over, there arose such a clatter,
Now through the darkness, the war & the woe,
With a lean & young driver, & smart - what a shock!
"Now Daschle! now, Geithner! Now, Holder, Richardson!
As tax revenue in the Bush years did fly,
Then, on TV, we heard the applause,
With a serious look he breaks every while,
At one side his family, beautiful, hopeful,
Things aren't great, that's plain to see
With his personal story & charisma unending,
He's ready to dig in and get straight to work,
He won't fix it all -- there just isn't a way --
Share the holidays, your hopes & a drink or two
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 12/18/2008 - 8:41am.
While we may be facing the worst economy in decades,
While a teetering auto industry puts us in peril,
While Grinches like Madoff & banking execs
And while the last 8 years hurt our country,
Bush's buddies filled our stocking with coal
That would be a Christmas miracle.
Raise your revelry, raise a ruckus,
Drinking Liberally -
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 9:24am.
At a time when our nation needs to focus
This crisis could cost millions of jobs,
At a moment when the election results
His venal corruption makes us ill --
But hey, at least it brought
Share your thoughts as your share a pitcher
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