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Submitted by Justin Krebs on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 2:32pm.
The values are all there: teamwork; fairplay; a transparent and honest judiciary. By many counts, sports embody liberal values.
So why does it seem like pro sports -- and its apotheosis, last night's Superbowl -- are the domain of conservative thinking? Is it the martial posturing (although, despite the on-field pre-game presence of David Petraeus, the NFL does claim it's moving away from military metaphors? Is it the culture of excessive consumerism embodied in the ads? Is it the machismo that sometimes resembles an anti-woman ethos (and has led to Superbowl Sunday having a horrid reputation for spousal abuse)?
And yet, there's Bard for the Blue Collar, the Boss himself, at the halftime show...surely Liberals should think twice before giving this ground over to the other side.
How did you mark yesterday? We know friends who had anti-Super Bowl outings to the movies, or nice dinners. But here in New York City, just as many liberals were finding ways to watch (grass-fed sliders, anyone?) and liberal reasons to root (Pennsylvania voted Obama, so Steelers were preferred; on the other hand, you gotta love the underdogs, so there was an argument for the Cardinals).
What was your reasoning?
We've reclaimed our bars...we've reclaimed our capital...now let's reclaim the NFL.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 8:53am.
Both parties helped to bail out the banks,
Crossing the aisle, the Prez compromises
And now having passed with just Dems,
Does the GOP prefer burning down to building up?
Or they may just not care about regular Americans
Who ever said a new President would make this all easy?
Come share your thoughts, a booth & a pitcher or 3
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 01/22/2009 - 9:47am.
With a short speech on renewing America,
Even before orders to close Guantanamo,
And yet, within those same first minutes of joy,
We all talk about a President's first 100 days.
So let's dust ourselves off & restore America.
But first, how about a drink?
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Fri, 01/16/2009 - 6:39pm.
But what, exactly, will we be liberally drinking?
Many of our chapters offered suggestions for the Official Unofficial Drink of the Obama Presidency. But now we need to hear from you: which is the winner?
We'll be announcing it on Monday, in time for you to make sure your local bartender is ready to brew it up. Tell us in the comments thread what'll quench your thirst.
The Spartanburg, SC, chapter held their own competition and here were some of their candidates:
"Yes We Caffiene"
Team of Rivals:
"How Sweet it Is"
Obama Mama II:
Barack O-Pom-a (Same name, different drink)
Finally, the sunrise represent a new dawn, which is what our country needs right now."
Chocolate covered Cherry
And some classics from Liberal Mixology:
Barack on the Beach
Remember, what we drink is up to you. Let us know. You have the power. Yes, we can...drink liberally.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Fri, 01/16/2009 - 8:20am.
Last night, we announced that we're joining with terrific progressive partners to host over 3,500 Inaugural Parties around the country on Tuesday, January 20th.
With MoveOn.org Civic Action, True Majority, CREDO, Color of Change, YDA and others, these parties will be across the country in bars and homes, restaurants and theaters, and will range from dance parties to potlucks as we celebrate a new day in America.
So check out the Drinking Liberally Inauguration 2009 page to see where our chapters are hosting events; find your local chapter to see what they're up to; or visit the directory of national bashes to find -- or host -- one that fits you.
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:
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