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The Bombs Bursting in Err

At first, it seemed it must be an accident --
why would rebels shoot down a passenger flight
sending hundreds of families into mourning
and shocking the international community?

We want Israel and Hamas to see it's a mistake
to self-sabotage by ceasing ceasefires,
to puncture the potential for peace
with civilian casualties and the racket of rockets.

Those who call for US military action in Iraq
must live in another era -- or error --
because how will our bombs heal a nation
that our own errant bombs helped fracture?

The sad truth is this violence is intentional
and all parties are in error if they believe
they can shoot their way to stability.

We sing of our "bombs bursting in air."
We cry for these bombs bursting in err.

Escape the heat of international affairs,
with a cool drink and chill conversation
at your local progressive social club.

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The Bombs Bursting in Err

At first, it seemed it must be an accident --
why would rebels shoot down a passenger flight
sending hundreds of families into mourning
and shocking the international community?

We want Israel and Hamas to see it's a mistake
to self-sabotage by ceasing ceasefires,
to puncture the potential for peace
with civilian casualties and the racket of rockets.

Those who call for US military action in Iraq
must live in another era -- or error --
because how will our bombs heal a nation
that our own errant bombs helped fracture?

The sad truth is this violence is intentional
and all parties are in error if they believe
they can shoot their way to stability.

We sing of our "bombs bursting in air."
We cry for these bombs bursting in err.

Escape the heat of international affairs,
with a cool drink and chill conversation
at your local progressive social club.

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Human Rights. Human Wrongs.

Many residents of Detroit may have their water shut off.
No matter how broken the city or broke the residents,
can't we keep a little hope, and a little water, running,
or will we really deny them this basic right?

Migrant youth seeking safe haven are held at the border.
Can't we cut through the immigration inaction and anger
to treat these humans with compassion and concern,
or is that measure of humanity lost in partisan politics?

Palestinian families face recurring evacuations
as air raids rain down on residential neighborhoods.
Can we see through ceasefires brokered and broken,
through violence and vengeance from all quarters
to assert that civilians should be safe in their homes?

These complicated cases have no simple solutions,
but when you take away basic human rights,
you are perpetuating fundamental human wrongs.

Feeling wronged or right, come enjoy the night
as we raise our voices while raising a glass
at your local progressive social club.

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Border Issues and Broader Issues

The crisis of tens of thousands of children
from Central America crossing the US border
isn't isolated, nor only about immigration
but about how we act compassionately as a nation.

The explosion of the Israeli / Palestinian feud
is about more than brutal killings on both sides.
It shows a lack of international political pressure,
even among goodwill players, to resist violence.

Tumult continues from Syria to Iraq and beyond.
Russian separatists create chaos in Ukraine.
The World Cup becomes a platform to protest
poverty in Brazil and global injustice abroad.

Few of these crises have easy fixes,
and just as few really stop at the water's edge.

There are border issues. And broader issues.
Until we start tackling the broader issues
of inequality, extremism and authoritarianism,
with compassion, seriousness and inclusion,
nobody's borders will truly keep them safe.

For now, know you'll belong and never be bored
with broad, buoyant conversation and a beer
at your local progressive social club.

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The Justices Could Use a New Hobby

The Supreme Court ruled against women,
reproductive health, family planning and science,
deciding the rights corporations count more.

The Justices set a precedent for companies to seek
religious exemptions from a host of laws
that protect employees, customers and the public.

SCOTUS has been on a supremely unfortunate path:
letting more money into politics,
guaranteeing more protections for corporations
and securing fewer safeguards for individual.

America could use a different decision in Hobby Lobby.
Or maybe the Justices should just take up a new hobby.

I hear George Bush has found painting very fulfilling --
I'd love to see Scalia and Thomas at an easel.

Until then, paint the picture of a better tomorrow
over political pints with a few pleasant pals
at your local progressive social club.

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From Mississippi to Iraq, Opposites Attract

In a unanimous decision on cell phone privacy,
the often-divided Supreme Court pulled together.

To address Iraq's insurgency and uncertainty,
the US and Iran may actually have to communicate.

To save his seat from a Tea Part challenger,
a Mississippi conservative relied on Democrats.

Maybe it's just a touch of unlikely summer love,
or the spirit of the World Cup infecting politics,
but this season shows opposites can still attract.

Let's attract some conversation and community
as we gather with lefties and libations
at your local progressive social club.

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Iraq Hacks Are Back

Iraq Hacks Are Back

A broken, bleeding Iraq worsens daily,
the citizens of Baghdad live in fear
and the Bush-Cheney gang reappears
declaring this proves their way was right.

"Mission Accomplished" made a mess we couldn't fix
and if Iraq falls, it's part the failure and fault
that we never had a mission we could accomplish.
Yet the GOP is raring to re-invade to set it right.

While a group more militant than Al Qaeda
is seizing cities and slaughtering soldiers,
the US Prez who tried to sweep up a broken country,
gets pummeled more than the one who shattered it.

We're stuck between Iraq and a hard place
and the guys who dug the hole to begin with
have leapt back in, shovels at the ready.

They weren't just hawks, they were hacks,
hot to attack, they took a whack
and then, with a crack, they wrecked Iraq.
Now these quacks yak -- and deserve a smack.

Iraq's a wreck.
And the Iraq Hacks Are Back

Hot nights and heated debates
deserve cool drinks and chill company,
so temper the temperature with timely talk
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What the Right-Wing Won't, Dems Don't & Cantor Can't

What the Right-Wing Won't, Dems Don't & Cantor Can't

Iraq can't contain the extremist elements
that have now taken control of Mosul.
America can't control the extremist elements
that cause terror, opening fire at our schools.

Right-wingers can't stop shouting impeachment
over every topic from Benghazi to Bergdahl.
Dems don't know how to call out these conspiracies,
and can't commit Congress to constructive causes.

Obama's agenda can't overcome opposition
from the extreme elements of the Tea Party.
Eric Cantor, who helped unleash that energy,
now learns that he can't contend with it either.

When it comes to controlling our own extremists,
the NRA won't, while Right Wingers rant
and Democrats don't while Cantor can't.

Hopefully general elections and common sense
will be able to do what nobody else can.

Share your views, while sipping some booze
as topics flow while friendships grow
at your local progressive social club.

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When Can We Start Regulating Hot Air?

The President finally gets serious about the climate
and some Democrats retreat, claiming it will cost jobs,
really meaning they are scared for their own jobs.

Republicans clamor for the return of a POW
until the President makes a deal to bring him home.
Now their rhetoric is reversed, their outrage rehearsed,
their logic has burst and their accusations the worst.

The NRA finally admits some gun owners go too far
then they retreat from their statement
because it angered their members who go too far.

Dems dissembling, Republicans ranting,
conservatives carping, Tea Partiers puffing --
thank goodness we finally have carbon rules --
now when can we start regulating all this hot air?

It's hot enough out there, so cool down with a drink
and chill company with and breezy conversation
at your local progressive social club.

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Through the Looking Glass, but Far From Wonderland

In Egypt, the new President about to be elected
led the ouster of the last elected President
who followed the ouster of the prior President,
who had previously been a military commander.

In Santa Barbara, a murderous rampage
has America debating sex, mental health,
the internet, Hollywood and almost any topic
other than enacting sensible gun legislation.

In Washington, conservatives criticize the President
for a planned withdrawal of American troops
from a country we will have been in for 15 years,
where we have no mission and nobody wants us to be.

News this nonsensical sounds like farcical fiction --
like our society has fallen through the Looking Glass.
But one thing for certain, we're far from Wonderland.

Better to amuse than confuse, to share then despair
so make the most of a few friends and a toast
at your local progressive social club.

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