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Standup for Charlie Hebdo

Laughing Liberally presents an evening of standup comedy and conversation in support of Charlie Hebdo and freedom of comedic expression. 100% of the net proceeds will go to ensure the existence of Charlie Hebdo, and to the families of the victims.

Hosted by political comedian Scott Blakeman, the show will feature performances by John Fugelsang, the host of Tell Me Everything on Sirius XM Radio 121, Frank Conniff, TV's Frank from Mystery Science Theater 3000, Dean Obeidallah, co-director of The Muslims Are Coming and host of The Dean Obeidallah Show on Sirius XM 121, Katie Halper, co-founder of Laughing Liberally and co-host of Morning Jew, Julianna Forlano, host of The Julianna Forlano Show on WBAI, Leighann Lord, Ken Schultz, and special guest comedians and cartoonists to be announced.

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Weapons Drawn

The GOP takes the Senate with targets set
on dismantling Obamacare and rushing Keystone,
but the Prez is drawing weapons of his own
from executive orders to the veto pen.

As protests continue over black lives lost,
and the NYPD, which lost lives, protests as well,
a bomb outside Colorado’s NAACP
reenforces that this is more than war of rhetoric.

In Paris, those who drew no weapons
except for drawing the weapon of humor
were killed by extremists who so feared satire
they used violence in order to silence.

It’s a reminder there is all manner of power
in all ways that weapons are drawn —
may they be drawn responsibly,
in the cause of progress, justice and free speech.

Ready to express and feeling depressed?
Either way find like company and liberal libations
at your local progressive social club.

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New Year’s Fears, Cheers and Beers

We fear what could happen in Washington
as Republicans take control of the Senate.
And we cheer some of the recent moves
that show the President has stiffened his spine.

We risk falling into further quagmires
in Syria, Iraq and a “war” on Isis.
But combat operations have ended in Afghanistan
and diplomacy is being given a chance with Iran.

Will it be a year of extremism and excesses
from the CIA, police forces and corporate powers?
Or a year where progressive forces find a way
to expand healthcare and curb carbon emissions?

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum and Jeb Bush
may compete for scariest Presidential candidate.
Or Clinton, Sanders and even Elizabeth Warren
might fight to be champion of regular Americans.

Will this new year be one of fear or cheer?
Either way, it’ll be a new year that needs a beer.

So pull up a pint as you pick up with your pals
sharing a pitcher, politics and plenty of fun
at your local, progressive social club.

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If Only Christmas Came To Washington...

On Christmas Day, we mark the birth
of an immigrant boy born to a single mom.
But both immigrants and single moms
are often in the crosshairs of American politics.

We celebrate a prophet who cared for the poor,
didn’t fear the sick and reviled money-lenders
— while our politicians often blame the poor,
fear-monger the sick and cater to banks.

This holiday commemorates a man whose life
was dedicated to challenging state authority —
yet state-sanctioned torture, police killings,
and criticism of protest are now on our minds.

The right-wing says there’s a war on Christmas.
Maybe they are the ones waging it —
because a little more of Jesus’s compassion
could benefit our political discourse today.

Share the holiday, your politics and a drink
as we gather to toast, talk, cheers and share
at your local, progressive social club.

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Bush and Cheney - The Answer to Nobody's Prayer

As the President normalizes relations with Cuba,
Governor Cuomo bans fracking in New York
and the Senate actually confirms nominees,
Dick Cheney returns to defend torture.

As Elizabeth Warren rallied progressives in DC
to fight a bad spending bill and treasury nominee,
amplifying speculation about her future,
Bush returns — this time Jeb — to run for President.

From the school massacre in Pakistan
to the protests of wrongful deaths here in America,
we know the world is full of problems.
But nobody thinks Bush/Cheney is the solution.

That’s about as absurd as an international crisis
erupting over a Seth Rogan / James Franco comedy…

Don’t be ambushed by Bush or chained to Cheney —
join like-minded lefties to share ideas and a drink
at your local progressive social club.

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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.

Learn and listen, or lament and lambast,
do it with like-minded lefties and liberal libations
at your local progressive social club.

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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
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 banner and buttons
in the heated backyard upper deck.
Tonight’s host: Justin Gerald
Questions: [email protected].

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:

Friday, December 19th
DCTV - 87 Lafayette St

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 [email protected] 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,
join us tonight for a sip of the season
at your local progressive social club.

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