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Tea Party Pharaohs and Right-Wing Romans

At Passover, we tell the story of a Pharaoh
who was inhospitable to strangers in his land.
In America today, it's Tea Party that attacks
anyone in favor of sensible immigration reform.

Over Easter, we hear about the Roman rulers
who punished a man who stood for the poor.
These days, Right Wingers retaliate against
any efforts to challenge inequality in America.

At these holidays, we remember the lessons
of the leadership of Moses and sacrifice of Jesus.
Now, we see the cautious calculation of centrists,
and the self-serving statutes for corporate cronies.

It's good to have holidays that tell the old tales,
because we're fed up with today's stories
of Tea Party Pharaohs, Right-Wing Romans
and the compromisers who enable them.

At least both the Resurrection and the Exodus
teach that it seems darkest before the dawn.

Join fellow lefties for lofty ideas or light chit-chat
as we pour out our souls and pour a few pints
at your local progressive social club.

Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and signs
in the upper deck of the heated yard.
Tonight's hosts: Justin Krebs and Justin Gerald.

Join us on May Day - Thursday, May 1st
for the liberal event of the year:
A night of food, drink and progressive camaraderie
to raise funds to support our work around the country.
Honoring the Working Families Party.
May Day - Thursday, May 1st - 6:30-9:30pm
the DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette

And tomorrow night, need a laugh?
Friday, April 18th - 7:30pm
A free evening of pointed political comedy.
Featuring: Dean Obeidallah, Negin Farsad,
Myq Kaplan, Leighann Lord, John F O'Donnell,
Julianna Forlano, and host Scott Blakeman
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th Street
More details or RSVP (optional) --

Maybe Obama Should Take Up Painting

The left criticizes Obama over NSA surveillance,
lack of action on climate change and immigration,
and being too conciliatory with the big banks.

The right attacks him over expanding healthcare,
pushing for fair wages and pay equity,
defending contraception and not invading Russia.

A do-nothing Congress says Obama does too little.
The media enjoys declaring him a lame duck already.
The American public isn't sure what to make of him.

In a time when more Americans have healthcare,
we're choosing diplomacy over unnecessary war
and our limping economy isn't toppling completely,
we are treated to stories of George W Bush's paintings.

A glowing media celebration of the man
who recklessly led us into a disastrous war,
crashed our economy and tanked our reputation.
Maybe Obama should take up painting?

Some ex-Presidents build houses for the needy,
some focus on global poverty and climate change.
Some just keep misunderestimating their potential.

Much to talk about, to toast and to torpedo
so trade tales as you toss back a tumbler or two
at your local progressive social club.

Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and signs
in the heated upper deck of the backyard
Tonight's hosts: BC Ashmall-Liversidge & Thomas Kim

Tomorrow - Friday, April 11th - 7:30pm
A free night of progressive political comedy
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th Street
Featuring: John Fugelsang, Katie Halper,
Julianna Forlano, Scott Blakeman, Ken Schultz,
Frank Conniff and Jeff Kreisler
RSVP and more details here:

And don't forget: Thursday, May 1st
It's our big night - and we want you there!
Honoring the Working Families Party
DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette St

Seven Million - Check. Untold Millions - Unchecked.

The healthcare push led to 7 million sign-ups,
surpassing the Administration's targets,
and giving a boost to this new program,
while getting more Americans covered.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court struck down
limits on individual overall campaign donations,
giving a boost to wealthy contributors,
letting millions more dollars flood our elections.

Obamacare gets our government working for the many.
McCutcheon gets our government working for the few.
This week may see Americans get healthier,
but also witnesses our democracy get more diseased.

Seven million Americans - check.
Untold millions in contributions - unchecked.
A few million steps forward,
an unlimited number of steps back.

Share healthcare tales, swap Court gripes
as you trade drinks and thoughts through the night
at your local progressive social club.

Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and signs
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's host: Keith Stewart

Mark Your Calendars: Thursday, May 1st - 6:30-9:30
Food. Drink. Good Company. Special Guests.
A team of terrific hosts and sponsors
are putting together a feisty, fun, festive night
to celebrate the Living Liberally network
and raise funds for our work in the upcoming year.

Fridays - April 11, April 18, May 9, May 23
All shows 7:30pm. All shows FREE.
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th Street

The Living Liberally Celebration - Thursday, May 1st - and our first Honoree

Dear Liberal Friends -

You are invited to join your community
of liberal leaders, lovers and lurkers,
activists, organizers, elected officials,
bloggers, boosters, comrades & crusaders
at the lively liberal event of the year.

May Day! - Thursday, May 1st, 6:30-9:30pm
The DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette, Manhattan

Announcing the first of our honorees:

You may know us from regular happy hours,
free comedy shows, political film nights
and special events throughout the year.

We are also a national organization
with over 200 chapters -- liberal hubs
in the most conservative corners of the country.

This event is a fundraiser to empower
our passionate, all-volunteer network
as we continue to grow, motivate, animate
the progressive community across America.

Get your tickets today:

This year we're delighted to honor
The Working Families Party -- an ally
in pursuing economic and social justice
and ushering in a new generation
of progressive leadership in NYC and beyond.

So join our sponsors, hosts and friends
for a festive, feisty and fun night --
putting the party back into politics
as we lead liberally and live liberally.

Sponsors (in formation)
Act.TV, AFL-CIO, Advomatic, Berger Hirschberg Strategies,
BerlinRosen Public Affairs, Daily Kos, DCTV,, Tarbell NYC

Hosts (in formation)
Kate Albright-Hannah, BC Ashmall-Liversidge,
Katrina Lynne Baker, Mary Bruch, Lily Fan,
Bob Fertik, Julianna Forlano, TJ Helmstetter,
Stephanie Hunt, Tracey Keij-Denton, Justin Krebs,
Elana Levin, Nicole Lindenbaum, Michael Mallon,
Matthew O'Neill, Matt Rosenberg, Peter Rothberg,
Lauren Strayer, Kerry Trueman, Harry Waisbren, Aaron Welch

Get your tickets now:

Cold War, Cool War, Old War, New War?

In Russia's recent power plays and provocation,
some commentators compare to 1930s Europe,
others see the specter of the Soviet spread,
but it's really a new challenge to the new world order.

As the US redirects its War on Terror
and continues to extricate from Afghanistan,
with domestic pressure to reduce the NSA,
Putin's push has NATO contemplating the inconceivable.

Aggressive annexation and military moves
are met with new tools of sanctions and trade threats.
The global gang tries to tame the Russian bear
and now the G8 is now, gee, seven.

Is this a Cold War being thawed out,
or a non-war nobody's sure how to fight?
Whether Cold War, Cool War, Old War or New War,
it's a new year, new fear, or new terror in an unknown era.

Share a night with what you know --
cool beers for a cold war, warm friends & hot topics
at your local progressive social club.

Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm - 9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and signs
on the upper deck of the heated backyard
Tonight's Host: Justin Gerald

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