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Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/15/2010 - 7:48am.
While GOP leadership feigns anti-corporate anger
After Obama convenes a historic conversation
Once Justice Stevens announced retirement,
GOP obstructionism wastes our money & time,
This Tax Day, a lesson for the Tea Party:
Be Proud to Pay & toast to Invest-in-America Day
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 8:20am.
Green Day has come to Broadway! The exclamation mark is not my own -- rather it's energy that's been punctuating the buzz around the new theatrical version of the album "American Idiot," originally released in the politically-charged election season of 2004. Every poster and promotional pitch seems to shout as though to let you know this will be really real, really fresh, really loud.
It was, in fact, very loud, which is fitting for a rock concert. The performers bounded and writhed and moshed and left every calorie they had to burn on the stage. There was something electric happening -- bright and flashy and moving -- and the angst they were wailing about mixed with shrieks of delight from enthusiasts in the audience.
Lots of electricity...but what was it charging? In the end, not much. The show does a fine job creating a through-line among the songs with light a touch: bits of monologue tell of suburban youths filled with rage and angst and wandering. Ultimately, though, the story isn't that interesting.
So the musical lives or dies by how you connect with the music -- and in my case, that reaction was ambivalent. Much of the time, I was more engaged by the visuals on the overwhelming number of televisions that dotted the scenery than by the lyrics. The charm and strength of the performers pokes through but at times my attention wandered -- not a good sign in a 95-minute event. The only song you leave humming is cleverly positioned as an encore number (I'll leave the "unpredictable" choice unsaid) so you walk out of the theater with a tune fresh in your mind.
My mixed reaction probably had to do with my own expectations. Part of me had expected the show to transport back to 2004. Sounds strange to be nostalgic for a time so recent? Yet that was a year of protest, of election fever, of feeling like we were campaigning, fighting and, yes, singing for the future of our country. I was ready to experience 2004 again.
Other than a video montage at the top, the show provided no such nostalgia. Which may be OK for its overall success -- how many people feel that strongly about a 6-year time machine? Interestingly, the audience members shouting the loudest were probably in high school in '04 -- for whom an opera of angst may be the most nostalgic feeling of all.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 8:37am.
President Obama and Russia's Medvedev
Obama prompted national dialogue with new rules
And the Prez has been bullish on nuclear
One side has a new clear vision for nuclear.
Who would you rather trust with the launch codes?
To toast the treaty, treat yourself
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 11:32am.
It can be lonely being a drinking club in the political world. While we all know politicos love to toast here and there, many elected officials are shy about being photographed with a pint in hand. And many of our more sober, elder colleague organizations, raise a wry eyebrow at our whistle-wetting antics.
But at last, we're not alone. As Lindsay Beyerstein has uncovered in Alternet, the RNC considers booze an official office supply.
Hey, we'll take our allies where we can find them. Congratulations, Michael Steele -- you've made the RNC resemble Drinking Liberally...at least in that one regard.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 4:25am.
Michael Steele's RNC spends party money
Obama bows to his "bipartisan" instincts
Tea Partiers aggressively howl about Big Government
If we made these up, you just wouldn't believe us.
Who needs to create April Fools pranks
No joke: we'll kick of April by kicking back,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 2:56am.
We worried he wasn't a fighter
We complained he was too focused on bipartisanship
We were annoyed he didn't step up to lead
We were concerned that he wasn't a fighter.
And in the words of the great Joe Biden,
A toast to reform -- imperfect, but impressive
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/18/2010 - 11:02am.
Some sort of healthcare reform may soon pass
Somehow denying reproductive rights took center stage
Insurance companies, Pharma & private hospitals
Yet, if this passes, it'll still be a miracle.
We've all lost sleep, felt rising blood pressure,
Until we get healthcare, at least we have each other
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 9:18am.
The Republicans scream that reconciliation --
They shout & stamp & wheeze & wince
One Senator can obstruct extended unemployment benefits
If reconciliations is a "parliamentary trick"
Let's wreck their silly notions with reconciliation
I'd toast to that.
Join your friendly neighborhood liberal drinkers
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/04/2010 - 8:34am.
After running on healthcare in '08,
Reacting to the Tea Party & Scott Brown win,
And after running time and again for gay rights,
We know Obama's got a great running game
And since the GOP is running away & taking a pass
Join us for a run of good conversation
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 8:00am.
A Republican winning Kennedy's seat
Getting any GOP support in the Senate
So watch out if you say that healthcare
A full-day bipartisan healthcare meeting
He may not need a snowball's chance in hell
Come out to toast a liberal libation
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