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Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 1:37pm.
Raise a glass to a hopeful, happy and healthy 2008.
And, if you're in need of a song tonight, below are the lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne," the New Year's anthem to Liberal Drinkers everywhere:
AULD LANG SYNE - (Robert Burns 1759-1796)
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
We twa hae run about the braes,
We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/27/2007 - 9:39am.
Bush scored record unpopularity
The GOP lost Congress but kept the power
The Conservatives proved a failure
It must be the Writers' strike...
And there were a few changes -- this time
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/20/2007 - 4:23pm.
In the Christmas spirit...
The right-wing candidates might be asking "What Would Jesus Do?" But is this really the answer?
Courtesy of comedian Lee Camp
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 6:54pm.
Verizon & AT&T wanted retroactive immunity
The Senate Dems pulled a Scrooge:
And though Chris Dodd didn't come down a chimney
We always knew this was a liberal holiday:
Celebrate Santa Dodd & the seasonal spirit
(And if you're in NYC, join us for the
Grinches who have changed course are welcome
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 9:47am.
The American people gave the Dems Congress
AT&T & Verizon gave Bush illegal help
The Dems gave Mukasey the green light,
...Yet Dems give them both free passes.
It must be the holidays, "the giving season"
Fortunately, the GOP's cast of clowns
Give yourself a night of cheers & beers
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 7:53pm.
Bill O'Reilly claims he has beaten back the dark forces that declared war on Christmas. Despite his best efforts, he may be surprised to find what a pack of proven progressives are saying about "his" holiday.
Witness the gathering of Crafting Liberally that took place last Sunday in New York. Far from the heathen celebration you might imagine among self-identified liberals getting in touch with their handiwork, these quilters, jewelers and assorted other crafters were looking forward to Christmas. Lisa, teaching the art of folding an origami crane, even suggested using her creations as tree ornaments.
Is it any surprise that liberals enjoy the Christmas season? Giving, sharing...changing course (Scrooge), finding one's heart (the Grinch) -- lessons Bush and Cheney would benefit from.
And after all, what neocon ever gave a damn for a Middle Eastern boy born to a poor unwed mother?
But we don't need to out-argue him...we just need to out-craft him.
On this last night of Channukah, and in the full swing of the seasonal spirit, Happy Holidays.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 7:07pm.
Bush: Iran Must Explain Hidden Nuclear Weapons Program
Namibia Must Explain Invisible Village-Terrorizing Dragons
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 3:28pm.
The O'Brien Retort: Day of the Dead, & the Naked
(kat: Iowa farminist & sustainable ag advocate Denise O'Brien, founder of the Women, Food & Agriculture Network, recently attended a meeting in Mexico City with Central American women farmers. Upon arriving, her contingent encountered a group of Mexican protesters who'd lost their land to a corrupt politican. Denise provided us with the following account--and photo:)
We came together in Mexico City on the day before All Souls Day, Halloween in the United States. Arriving from El Salvador, Iowa, Honduras, Georgia, Grenada, New York, Wisconsin and Mexico. Farmers, rural and urban women, activists and organizers all gathering to discuss and analyze what impact globalization has had on our communities, on our lives. Travel for some was long and difficult - having to come from remote areas and having experienced being robbed of all money and material goods. Coming with a sense of urgency to discover how our lives connected and how we could attempt to overcome the challenges in our communities.
Chilo, a wonderful anthropologist and activist, oriented us to the culture of the Day of the Dead. She explained how Christianity and Indigenous beliefs intersected to create an honoring of those who have come before us. The traditional mood for this holiday is bright with emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the dead. This is because they think of The Day of the Dead as the continuation of life. They believe that death is not the end, but the beginning of a new stage in life. These people are usually Christians of Native American descent whose ancestors introduced indigenous ideas of life after death. Many questions were asked and some found it difficult to understand how this pagan event could have anything to do with Christian beliefs.
As we explored Mexico City during the festivities our senses were tantalized with many sights, sounds and smells. A cadence of drums came from one end of the Zocalo. Our curiosity took us to observe the members of a group of protesters called the 400 Peoples. They were asking for economic aid from visitors to the Zocalo --México's largest municipal square-- during Dia de Muertos festivities between the 31st and 3rd of November.
These nearly naked men were there in protest of political irregularities by Dante Delgado --photo that covers their private parts-- of Veracruz. They complained that this Senator in the Mexican Parliament had robbed them of everything they had when he was the Governor of the State of Veracruz. Naked women stood on the street corners handing out literature and taking contributions to support their protest. We talked with these women to find out how they could be so courageous to stand naked on the street to let the public know about this corrupt man. They told us that they had no other choice, that this man had taken their land and they had nothing to lose. Those of us from the United States let them know that we were in solidarity with them and told them how brave they were to stage such a protest. This would never have been allowed in our country.
As we returned to the Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker Center and our home for the coming days, we began to debrief and to prepare ourselves for the coming days together.
You may ask what this has to do with food. That will follow in upcoming reports for the retort.
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