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Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 07/29/2010 - 8:26am.
A leak in the Gulf that's taken 100 days to plug
A leak in the media about Afghanistan
Meanwhile, an economy that continues to leak jobs
We can stamp & fume and damn the leaks.
Either way, a little leak can lead to big change.
There will be no leaks coming from our liberal libation
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 07/22/2010 - 10:24am.
Nearly two years after the titans of Wall Street
It should've been inevitable but was near impossible
And while there's no doubt the financial industry
The people won.
In the face of new measure, will Wall Street reform?
That may be up to us.
Come out tonight to toast the new reforms
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 07/15/2010 - 8:01am.
The Senate must have been watching the World Cup
Soccer players constantly run, run, run --
The athletes play as much defense as offense
And in both soccer matches & the Senate,
Yet, soccer starts are beloved around the world...
Why can't the Senate learn that tip from the World Cup?
Now, if only we could drown our Inhofe
World Cup may be over, but refill your cup
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 07/08/2010 - 8:45am.
A record heat-wave brings brown-outs & black-outs
As the temperature rises, so do tempers
We're sunstroked as the thermometer tops 100,
The heat was on to deal with serious issues --
Then everyone went on vacation.
I don't blame them for escaping the DC heat.
Beat the heat with cool drinks & warm company
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 07/01/2010 - 10:40am.
We find ourselves so dependent on oil
Our nation's capital is so thick with lobbyists
Our elected reps are so reliant on money
And despite the Tea Party rhetoric,
They were looking to create a vibrant democracy,
Our elected leaders & Supreme Court Justices
Too bad Texas is rewriting history books
Yet around the country, the spirit is alive
Toast our country's birthday & talk national news
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 06/24/2010 - 8:02am.
We've bullied BP, held hearings, pointed fingers,
The Administration says the economy is recovering,
And as violence spikes & strategy falters,
But after his ill-considered comments,
It's great that President Obama relieved him.
Find relief from the heat & respite from the week
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 06/17/2010 - 8:21am.
As the BP disaster continues unabated,
The people of the Gulf want more government action.
Even conservative pundits argue the President
Everyone agrees: America needs Big Government.
This disaster really has changed the country.
Now, if only Obama & the Dems would seize the moment
Take a step away from cable news, blogs & tweets
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 06/10/2010 - 8:52am.
BP has "Beyond Phucked" our Gulf Coast
The Republicans claim Dems are too close to Wall Street
Meanwhile, despite the "outrage" at the bailouts
They're the "law-and-order, 3-strikes-you're-out" party
We all have sympathy for some bad behavior.
Share your thoughts on what BP should stand for
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 06/03/2010 - 7:34am.
As the oil disaster spreads & attempted solutions fail,
As Israel confronts the international community over the embargo,
And in news that really shocked all of us,
Yet 7 years after the first Drinking Liberally,
While we need a drink to vent over the world's affairs,
Let's toast to that.
Join a 7th Anniversary night of liberal drinks
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 9:56pm.
By now, the story is familiar: a few friends got together in a bar to talk politics. Friends brought their friends, nascent blogs told their readers, word-of-mouth drove liberals thirsty for company.
And Drinking Liberally was born.
From the backyard of Rudy's, the vision of promoting democracy one pint at a time spread across the country: to over 300 chapters, all 50 states and increasingly around the world. Our happy hours regularly host activists, traveling speakers and major candidates, proving that we're about more than the alcohol (in fact, former Senator and Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton, who is a recovering alcoholic, announced he will attend an upcoming DL meeting) -- we're about mixing social and political life, creating a cultural component to our progressive movement and building a community that welcomes veteran volunteers and political newcomers alike.
The story of the viral spread of DL used to amaze me, one of the founders who discovered that a host of folks were invested in making my organization bigger than I had imagined. It now sounds familiar.
What amazes me now isn't the newness of Drinking Liberally -- it's the longevity.
We've been around for seven years. Seven years ago, you had never heard of Barack Obama. Seven years ago, Al Franken hadn't even gone on Air America. Seven years ago, we didn't have iPhones.
We've been around longer than the Tea Party -- I'll be curious to see if they last. After all, the Reform Party didn't last that long. We have outlived the 527s that seemed ready to reshape politics in 2004. We have served more years than Donald Rumsfeld did as Bush's Secretary of Defense.
We're not the new kids on the block anymore. If you look at our chapters, you see that. Our Fayetteville, Arkansas, chapter hits its 4-year mark in August, and its host, Greg Leding, just won a primary for the state legislature. Our Des Moines chapter recently toasted its 5th Anniversary -- and can recall when Bill Richardson and Chris Dodd came to court their caucus support.
It feels a little astonishing to have gotten so old.
That said, we are still, sadly, a few months short of the Iraq War. We look forward to outliving that folly, and we pray it may be soon.
Despite growing out of our infancy, Drinking Liberally -- and the larger Living Liberally world it sparked -- aren't yet over-the-hill. We have plenty of growing to do -- and we're innovating as we continue to define our role in the progressive movement.
We invite you to come help us shape that role. Let us know what Drinking Liberally means to you. Or come to a chapter and tell us over a beer.
I'm told wool and copper are the traditional 7th Anniversary gifts. We'll settle for a toast. In seven years, we've gone from Bush to Obama, Hastert to Pelosi, Frist to Reid. It's not perfect, but we'll drink to seven more years headed the same direction.
[Drinking Liberally continues to meet every Thursday night at its original home: Rudy's on 9th Avenue between 44th & 45th Streets in Manhattan, from 7:30pm onward. On June 3rd, for the first hour, your first pint of Rudy's Red is on us. For other Drinking Liberally locations, visit: http://livingliberally.org/drinking/]
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