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Pols Are Scary. Polls Are Scarier.

Republicans have spent years in Washington
obstructing, opposing, derailing and distracting.
Polls now show them winning the Senate.

Conservatives want to privatize Social Security,
slash education and give corporate tax breaks,
while fighting the minimum wage, both control,
carbon regulation and immigration reform.
Now they are predicted to gain more seats.

Tea Party candidates deny evolution,
refute climate change, vilify Muslims,
belittle rape, and argue corporations are people.
If the election were today, they'd be in charge.

Politicians can say frightening things
and ome of these pols are downright scary.
But the latest polls are even scarier.

If you need a drink, you're not alone —
discuss, debate, despair and dig in
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL banner and buttons
in the covered upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's host: Keith Stewart
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org
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And Living Liberally just published a book!
LAUGHING LIBERALLY:
LETTERS TO THE AMERICAN VOTER - 2014
Available now:
Laughing Liberally - Letters To The American Voter

President O-Bomb-a

The President whose political star rose
as a principled voice to end a Mideast war
has just started a new bombing campaign there.

The leader who dreamed of international efforts
on climate change and nuclear non-proliferation
has pivoted the UN assembly from building to bombing,
from collaboration to confrontation.

The man who has had enough trouble
moving a progressive domestic agenda in DC
just alienated allies, tied up resources, shifted focus,
leaving his progressive priorities adrift.

During his campaigns, Obama was the bomb.
Now, he's a President who drops bombs.
Possibly, it'll cause his agenda to bomb.
Bombs away, President O-Bomb-a.

Hope for peace, work for progress
and raise a glass saying Shana Tova,
as you share ideas and share the night
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and banner
in the covered upper deck of the backyard
Tonight's host: Justin Gerald
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

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And tomorrow: Friday, Sep 26th @ 7:30
THE LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
A free night of political comedy
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th
with our friends Downtown East for Progress
Featuring: Katie Halper, Negin Farsad,
Dean Obeidallah, Frank Conniff,
Josh Gondelman and Myq Kaplan.
https://www.facebook.com/events/624757297641776/

When You’re In a Hole, Don’t Keep Digging

It's a mess in the Middle East but not clear
how the US helps by making it messier.
As we arm questionable "allies," remember:
getting Syrian is easier than getting Syri-out.

The NFL and Roger Goodell are under fire
for their bungled response to players' atrocities.
They need a half-time change in strategy
before they all get sacked in the end zone.

Our planet's confronting a climate disaster,
the GOP's denying it, Dems are slow to act
— at least there's the People's Climate March,
reminding us you don't drill your way out of a hole.

Whether you're Obama's international advisers,
the NFL's crisis-managers or world leaders,
it's worth heeding the lesson:
when you're already in a hole, stop digging.

We're in deep enough.
Time to move the other direction.

Come share your thought and share the nights
as we pour pints and pour at our hearts
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and banner
in the upper deck of the backyard
Tonight's host: Thomas Kim
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org
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If you're in New York on Sunday,
be a part of history.
The People's Climate March:
http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

How Quickly "Never Forget" Is Forgotten

On the eve of September 11th, the President outlined
an intense military escalation in the Middle East
without clear rationale or achievable goals,
without full public debate or Congressional approval.

The devastating attack 13 years ago led us
onto a mad dash into a war in the wrong country,
compromising entanglements and costly quagmires,
all real threats of Obama's ISIS operation.

The candidate who opposed the "wrong war"
became a Senator, then President,
who may now lead us into the country
we elected him to help get us out of.

In the Senate, the GOP defends money in politics.
On the campaign trail, Tea Party rhetoric heats up.
Today, a date we honored with civility, calm and unity,
is now a day of divisive, distracting business as usual.

Thirteen years ago, we were shocked
and in the aftermath we said, we'd never forget.
Today's politics seem that "never forget" is forgotten
as are the lessons of what followed that day.

Our thoughts with those who lost loved ones that day,
and our prayers for peace here and abroad
as we join new friends and old to share a night
at our local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for the DL banner and buttons
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's host: BC Ashmall-Liversidge
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org
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Tomorrow, join us for a much-needed
night of liberating left-leaning laughter.
THE LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
Friday, Sep 12th - 7:30pm
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th
FREE admission.
Featuring: Scott Blakeman, Andy Farnsworth,
John Fugelsang, Katie Halper, Jeff Kreisler,
John Marshall & Dean Obeidallah.

Time for Politiicans to Head Back to School

As the Obama administration escalates military actions,
it would do well to reread a history book
on what quagmires did to LBJ's domestic agenda.

As the GOP presses a midterm election agenda
that's anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-diversity,
they might want a math lesson on what this approach
will do to their long-term electoral hopes.

As the Justice Department scrutinizes Ferguson,
police forces everywhere should brush up on civics,
remembering what it means to "serve and protect"
and to treat all citizens equal in the eyes of the law.

As this fall showcases 2016's Presidential hopefuls,
Cruz, Paul, Perry, Rubio, Ryan, Bush, Huckabee
should all review their science books before debating
climate change, evolution and reproductive health.

As for Hillary Rodham Clinton, get ready for gym class:
to be ready to run the race of her life
while playing some dodgeball along the way.

Labor Day has passed, summer is ending
and looks like everyone is heading back to school.

Learn a little, laugh a lot and take a lesson
in liberal libations with like-minded left-leaners
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and banners
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's hosts: Keith Stewart & Justin Krebs
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

And special guest tonight:
ZEPHYR TEACHOUT, candidate for governor.
Meet the candidate and members of her campaign,
talk about the race and issues in New York state
while enjoying the company of fellow progressives.

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