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Drinking Liberally Shot of Truth

Cruel and Too Usual

Horrific and outrageous details come to light
about America’s use of torture in interrogations,
yet so many of us aren’t surprised by this news,
and too many others still defend the actions.

Protests declaring that "Black Lives Matter"
continue nationwide with uncommon force —
but the deaths that motivated this uprising
are far too common across the country.

In DC, Congressional leaders push a deal
to cut education and environmental protection,
expand the Pentagon and let banks run wild
— bad ideas, but business as usual.

The Constitution protects against
cruel and unusual punishment.
Unfortunately, from torture to wrongful deaths,
much of the cruelty we see is far too usual.

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"No Indictment" Is An Indictment

In Ferguson, a grand jury didn’t indict
the officer who killed Michael Brown,
despite the frequent adage that a prosecutor
could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

In New York, a grand jury didn’t indict
the officer who killed Eric Garner,
despite a video showing the choke-hold
that brought down the unarmed man.

As outrage erupts across the nation,
demanding recognition that black lives matter,
an unarmed youth is shot and killed in Cleveland,
another in a housing stairwell in New York.

Right-wing pundits continue to point the blame
the witnesses, protestors and victims themselves.
And Dems rush a solution of body cameras
— even though Garner’s death was on tape.

There’s nothing grand about grand juries,
and the two “No Indictment” decisions
are an indictment — of our justice system
and of our society and its crushing problems.

If you can’t take it in, or don’t want to hold it in,
let it out tonight with like-minded company
as you speak up, step up and let loose
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Tomorrow: Friday, December 5th
The Laughing Liberally Lab
A free night of left-leaning comedy
Jimmy’s No 43 - 43 East 7th St
With: Scott Blakeman, John Fugelsang,
Julianna Forlano, Katie Halper and Ken Schultz.
RSVP and details:
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Friday, December 19th
THE DRINKING LIBERALLY HOLIDAY PARTY
DCTV - 87 Lafayette St
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And next Monday, December 8th @ 7:40
Our friends at DFNYC are hosting a screening
of the film about Edward Snowden
CITIZEN FOUR - and post-film Q&A
IFC Theater, West 4th St
Email info@dfnyc.org to attend and get discount tix

Thankful, Rageful, Hopeful, Forceful

The failure to indict in Ferguson
has stirred anger, fear, outrage, surprise,
and calls for justice, reform, peace, honesty,
but giving thanks isn’t the first instinct for most.

The President’s actions on immigration
is a leap for millions of people and their families
to reduce uncertain and create community —
but not a time of thanks for millions not included.

From progress in talks with Iran
to new rules on ozone emissions,
emboldened Obama gets hopeful.
Once these go from words to actions,
then, we’ll truly be thankful.

This Thanksgiving season, we give thanks
for any small steps of progress —
and thankful to the regular citizens
who, seeing that the progress is not enough,
keep calling, working and fighting for change.

We're feeling more than thankful this holiday:
rageful, hopeful, soulful, forceful.

So, let’s give thanks.
And then, as needed, let’s keep giving hell.

If you’re thankful for a weekly gathering
of warm company and heated topics,
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Pipelines and Lifelines

Republicans and ConservaDems nearly passed
the disastrous Keystone tar-sands pipeline.
A pipeline of progressive opposition stopped it for now,
but ultimately the Prez’s veto is our only lifeline.

Tonight, Obama will tackle immigration reform,
executive actions where Congress has been inert.
It could be a pipeline to pump energy into our economy,
but this lifeline for millions will ignite backlash as well.

And Elizabeth Warren took a Senate leadership role,
where she’ll be a pipeline of progressive ideas,
and a lifeline for regular Americans who feel left out
by a Congress more concerned with corporate cronies.

Following the midterms, while some Dems chose flight,
the President and progressives have shown some fight.
Hopefully, it continues: a pipeline of Presidential progress,
and our nation’s lifeline under this conservative Congress.

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and a pipeline of progressive palaver
at your local progressive social club.

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Fight or Flight to Face the Right?

After the midterm elections, many wondered
whether losses would neutralize the President.
But this week he wasn’t neutral on Net Neutrality,
calling for the FCC to protect a free and open internet.

The GOP victories changed the climate in DC,
but may have changed Obama for the bolder —
as he announced a climate change pact with China.

And recent losses may cause some Dems
to conduct mass deportations of core principles —
but the Prez is migrating to a stronger pose
indicating executive action on immigration reform.

From the Keystone pipeline to budget battles,
some Democrats are thinking of taking flight.
But maybe they — and we — are in for a surprise,
if President Obama decides to take up the fight.

Join the fight, tease the Right and enjoy a night
of left-leaning libations and like-minded laughter
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Election -- or Ejection?

Voters made it clear: for higher minimum wages,
pro-choice, anti-gun and pro pot legalization --
and they also gave the Republicans a landslide.

Voters want a more effective government --
and empowered a party that has spent years
obstructing, distracting, misleading
and preventing an effective government.

And Dems ran on what they’d do if elected,
but hadn’t done when they were elected,
while running away from everything
their party and Prez had been able to achieve.

Whether the politics of rejection, voter dejection,
fantastical projection or a moment of reflection,
Tuesday may have been a tidal wave election
-- or more like a total ejection.

Let’s hope everyone has a working parachute
because it’ll be a bumpy ride on the way to land.

You can fume at home or find comfort together.
And there’s no point drinking alone,
when you can find camaraderie and compassion
at your local, progressive social club.

After all, this is what Drinking Liberally is for.
We don't come and go with the elections.
We're here year-round, to form and strengthen
your sense of progressive community.

We did it in 2004, when Bush won.
We did it in 2010 after the Tea Party.
We're still here. See you at the bar.

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Election Day Tricks or Election Night Treats?

Halloween is coming, but the true cause of fright
are the anti-science, anti-women’s-rights,
anti-equality, anti-diplomacy right wingers
who may take control of the Senate.

As we don spooky costumes, none are scarier
than a GOP Senate that would use its power
to block judicial appointments, rollback health care,
pass the Keystone pipeline & threaten shutdowns.

But while Republicans think victory is theirs,
the truth is that from South Dakota to Georgia,
many races are toss-ups, the Senate too close to call,
and Election Night will prove a nail-biter.

The GOP is planning some Election Day tricks,
but maybe Dems will score Election Night treats.

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The Threat of Right-Wing Errorists

Iraqi civilians face a real threat from ISIS,
but hawks want Americans to believe
militias are amassing at the Mexican border.

Ebola is a dangerous outbreak in West Africa,
but conservatives are stoking the fear
that it’s gone airborne all across America.

Our hearts go out to the people of Ottawa,
in the aftermath of a fatal shooting —
but will this lead Republicans to call
for more access to guns in the U.S.,
or for a wall between us and Canada?

Elevating panic is the GOP election strategy,
hoping a terrorized public will vote their way.
Isn’t there a word for those who use terror
as a deliberate tool to achieve their ends?

The Right Wing trumps up a "War on Terror,"
so we have to wage a War on Error —
deliberate deception and malicious misinformation
that could poison the public and affect the election.

Someone has to stop these Right-Wing Errorists.

Feeling election fever or midterm malaise,
come share your thoughts and a pint
at your local progressive social club.

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The Disease Unease Trapeze

Ebola causes suffering in Liberia and Sierra Leone,
but America’s response to the crisis is limited,
more likely to spend money bombing the Middle East
than containing a real threat in Africa.

A few cases in America has led to panic
as two-thirds of Americans expect an outbreak,
though a majority of us don’t know how Ebola spreads,
and we ignore more common diseases that kill everyday.

The GOP stokes fear as a campaign gimmick
but their policies have slashed NIH and CDC,
obstructed the Surgeon General nominee
and underfunded our emergency responders.

It’s hard to be rational when you’re really afraid,
hard to be measured amidst misinformation,
so public opinion is ping-ponging with panic
as though swinging on a disease unease trapeze.

This is the kind of emergency when you want
a fully-funded, functional government response.
Too bad the Right has fought against that for years.

In the meantime, calm your worries, slow your hurries
and enjoy a night of conversation and camaraderie
at your local progressive social club.

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A Gay Old Party vs The Grand Old Party

The Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn rulings
has expanded marriage equality to more states.
Yet when it comes to approving of equal rights,
many GOP leaders still can’t admit, “I do.”

While Americans increasingly side with equality,
and many couples now declare their commitment,
many conservatives renew their commitment
to a backward battle on the wrong side of history.

And even while some Republicans accept marriage,
they oppose employment non-discrimination,
adoption rights and transgender rights.

America’s throwing a gay old party!
The only folks not celebrating: the Grand Old Party.
When you look at those two parties,
it’s pretty clear which looks like more fun.

With a few weeks until the midterms,
plenty to discuss, debate, share and be aware
as you raise a glass and raise your voice
at your local progressive social club.

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