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Lawyer. Liberal. Our Very Own Katrina Baker.

Katrina Baker, one of the National Directors of Living Liberally, is a superhero. We knew that already -- but it's good to hear that the wider media world is picking up on it.

The Daily Brink has featured Katrina as one of their up-and-coming mover-and-shakers. The interview begins by exposing the secret identity of this local favorite: "Katrina Baker is a superhero of sorts: by day, she's a lawyer. By night, a liberal out to change the political conversation."

Of course, those of us who drink with her at Rudy's on Thursday nights already knew that she was a die-hard politico, dynamic leader and dutiful drinker. Some of our regulars may not have realized she was a lawyer too...

A fun interview and great photo montage as Rudy's shares her thoughts -- and a few sips -- inside Rudy's.

Thanks, Daily Brink -- come by for a drink.

Republican Senators Do Have Values - They Just Don't Value You

Republicans are supposed to be the party of security
-- and they're making us safer by blocking a treaty
that would reduce nuclear arms around the world.

The GOP is supposed to be the party of family values
-- and they're helping families in these tough times
by opposing the extension of unemployment benefits.

The Tea Party supposedly honors September 11th
-- and they memorialize it by denying support
to the responders who acted with courage & commitment.

Meanwhile, conservatives are doing a great job
ensuring that millionaires get tax cuts.

We could claim that "Republican Values" is an oxymoron
worthy of the morons in the GOP congressional leadership
-- except that Senate Republicans DO have values
...it's just that helping you isn't one of them.

If you need a drink, don't drink alone --
join like-minded lefties for liberal libations
at your local progressive social club.

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Our Veterans Deserve More Than No Jobs and Endless War

The President wavers in his plans to draw down
the no-end-in-sight conflict in Afghanistan,
sentencing our troops to a mission so forgotten
that candidates didn't discuss it this election.

We open our national coffers to endless war
then claim we have nothing to invest
in jobs, new technology & infrastructure
so badly needed to boost our economy at home.

Europe cuts military budgets, while ours grows,
which goes unchallenged even by "deficit hawks"
who are otherwise quick to say we can't afford
education, job stimulus & social safety nets.

We should honor our men and women in uniform
by deploying them only when necessary,
then bringing them home quickly and safely
to an America with opportunities & jobs for them.

Instead their tours are extended overseas,
& at home they'd find no jobs and limited support.

Bring them home, to a home ready to welcome them --
that's our message this Veterans Day.

Come out to share your thoughts & a few drinks
with like-minded lefties & anyone else at the bar
at your local progressive social club.

Find - or start - a chapter near you.

A special notice:

Tonight at 9pm, HBO is premiering WARTORN:1861-2010, a film exploring combat and post-traumatic stress from the Civil War up until today. One of the filmmakers, Matt O'Neill,
is also a founder of Drinking Liberally.

Check out this important documentary:

More about the film:

And a few reviews/features:
Variety - http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117944028/

LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-tvhighlights11-20101111,...

NYTimes - http://tv.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/arts/television/11wartorn.html?_r=1&ref...

USA Today - http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2010-11-11-wartorn11_ST_N.h...

Drinking Liberally Keeps On Chugging

Yes, it was a rough election night,
as Rand Paul & Marco Rubio toasted The Tea Party --
but Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Carl Paladino
& other extreme rightwingers fell with a thud.

Disappointing to see Sarah Palin as power-broker
but she also broke the GOP chance for Senate power
as she endorsed fringe candidates as pet projects.

We lost progressives like Feingold & Grayson
but lost far more conservative Blue Dogs
who'd been opponents to real progressive policy.

As scary as Speaker Boehner may be, things can change
...just as election results changed from 2 years ago.
That's not the Change we were looking for
but maybe it gives us a glimmer of Hope.

As we watch the Tea Party learn to help govern,
and GOP hopefuls start a divisive pricey primary,
we've got to stay in the game & order another round.

Drinking Liberally will keep on chugging.

Pull up to the bar at your local pub
for public discussion, no holds barred
as you share a drink & a few opinions
at your local progressive social club.

Find - or start - a chapter near you.

The Hangover: a Post-Election Message from Drinking Liberally

Following last night's election, many folks are going to need a drink.

More than at any point in the past two years, they will be seeking out their liberal community. They may be frustrated and need to vent. They may be reinvigorated and want to share ideas. They may be eager to learn from peers. They may be ready to get to work beating back the right-wing.

Good thing we have Drinking Liberally.

Here's the thing: elections come and go. Candidates often vanish after election day. Grassroots groups sometimes power down until the next campaign.

A real community is there month-after-month, year-after-year, and Drinking Liberally is a real political community for liberals all over the country, and increasingly around the world.

I feel now a little like I did on November 3rd, 2004. There are some results that sadden me most, as I'm sure there are for you. I am uncertain where to focus my energy next.

Fortunately, now -- as then -- Drinking Liberally is there to give me a home. In 2004, we saw surging attendance as liberals got together to organize, re-engage and, of course, drink.

We still play that role.

We're not sure what strategy will most effectively push our country on a progressive course, and who can say what the next two years will look like? Nonetheless, we still have each other.

Drinking Liberally chapters can expect strangers to show up for the first time and familiar faces to return to the fold.

Our chapters will be going strong, providing a home for everyone who wants to raise their liberal spirits and raise a few liberal pints in the times ahead.

There will be more special projects and announcements in the times ahead. For now - we just want to say, keep drinking liberally.

You Can Drink After the Polls are Closed

Rand Paul supporters tackle an activist
and stomp on her after she's down --
when they all shout "Don't tread on me,"
they really mean, "Stomp on others."

Many Americans tired of the raging Right
are ready to "Rally to Restore Sanity,"
led by a comic who just interviewed the Prez
and who tells more truth than most reporters.

Others want more than sanity - we want progress:
investment in infrastructure, compassion in policy,
sensible budget priorities, a 21st century economy
...but those take more than protests & rallies
-- they take voting, volunteering & work.

So tell the right: Don't Stomp on Me.
Rally for Sanity & protest the insanity.
Then find ways to do more on Election Day.

News around the country may make us want to drink
but we need to do more than drink this Election.
Besides, we can drink when the polls are closed.

Learn how to get involved, share your ideas
as we share one last pre-election drink
at your local progressive social club.

Find - or start - a chapter near you.

The Right-Wing Bill of Wrongs

Christine O'Donnell challenges the understanding
that the First Amendment establishes
a separation between church and state.

Sharron Angle agrees on the 1st Amendment
& also wants to see us undo the 14th Amendment
which protects the citizenship rights
of people born in America.

Rand Paul thinks everything is unconstitutional
from Social Security to the minimum wage...
there are a half-dozen Amendments he'd undo
& some scarier ones he'd add on in.

That's who the conservatives are running:
a roster of radical reactionaries,
array of archly anti-democratic attack dogs
...a bullheaded, bullyish Bill of Wrongs.

It's time we set our country right...and left.

Come on out to toast our rights
& discuss how to right these wrongs
with a welcoming circle of liberal drinkers
at your local progressive social club.

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We Toast American Values - Time for Our Candidates to Do the Same

The incredible rescue of Chilean miners is a testament to
international collaboration & mass investment of public resources
...which the right derides as "big government liberalism" in the US
but we liberals know are hallmarks of a stronger society.

As Carl Paladino & other GOPpers attack gay Americans,
while Dem leaders halted & hesitated on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,"
a judge bravely issued a decision for equality & justice --
in a ruling that's closer to the maturing mores of the American people
than are the half-measures in DC and the hatred from the right.

While banks foreclose on hard-working homeowners,
the Administration wavers, conservatives blame the victims,
but Americans fundamentally believe that it is better
to find a way for families to stay in their homes.

Investment in the public good, equal rights, fairness,
standing up for the regular American against the moneyed powers
...you can call these liberal values -- or call them American values
-- but candidates: start calling them "your values."

With only a handful of weeks until the midterms,
come refuel, re-engage and ready yourself for the campaign trail
as you share politics, values & a few beers
at your local progressive social club.

Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
[back booths by the DL banner]
Questions: [email protected]

The Right-Wing War on Working Americans -- They Don't Only Bully the Poor Anymore

Turns out the banks who aided in mortgage fraud
now participate in wholesale foreclosure fraud
unjustifiably kicking people out of their homes.

Republican candidates from Connecticut to Alaska
are calling to end or reduce the minimum wage.

"Deficit hawks" spread fear about Social Security
to bully the deficit commission into restructuring
the most successful social safety net in American history.

Conservatives used to just bully the poor & unemployed.
Now they're waging war against the working middle class.

Yet Democrats have trouble with working class voters?

Maybe if they came out hard against foreclosures,
for the minimum wage & for Social Security
they'd give regular Americans someone to vote for.

With less than 4 weeks until the election,
take a few hours off the trail & at the bar
to share your thoughts as your share a few drinks
with your local progressive social club.

Find - or start - a chapter near you.

Time For Midterms: Some Cram, Some Just Scam

While Dems make Hail Mary passes
on job stimulus they had all term to pass,
the GOP digs in, says No, opposes all ideas
& blames everything on someone else.

While Dems race frantically around the issue
of Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans,
the GOP just lies & says that Dems
want to raise YOUR taxes, whoever you are.

And while Dem candidates suddenly talk issues
they never acted on -- like energy independence
-- the right-wing candidates fear-monger
about mosques, immigrants & Amendments.

As always happens when Midterms come around --
some students cram & some just scam.

I guess I'd prefer the crammers to the scammers
but I also just have to wonder why nobody
was keeping up with their work all semester long...

Share your hopes & fears for the upcoming races
as you have a liberal think with your liberal drink
at your local progressive social club.

Find - or start - a chapter near you.

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