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2007: Year-in-Review or Year-of-Reruns?

Bush scored record unpopularity
yet stayed the course in Iraq,
& vetoed children's healthcare...twice

The GOP lost Congress but kept the power
to block the restoration of Habeas Corpus
& to keep spying on the American people.

The Conservatives proved a failure
yet the new AG won't condemn torture
& we nearly got tricked into war in Iran.

It must be the Writers' strike...
2007 was a rerun of right-wing flops
& a highlight reel of Bush's failures...
hopefully 2008 will feature new scripts.

And there were a few changes -- this time
Gore won something the Court couldn't take
...& Cheney didn't shoot anyone in the face.

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Laughing Liberally To Keep From Crying: WWJD?

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

Happy holidays.

A Progressive Victory?...It's a Christmas Miracle!

Verizon & AT&T wanted retroactive immunity
but instead they got a lump of coal in their stocking.
That's what they get for being naughty, not nice.

The Senate Dems pulled a Scrooge:
nearly screwing over the little guy for the rich,
but having a change of heart just in time.

And though Chris Dodd didn't come down a chimney
he deserves milk 'n cookies from us all
for a Christmas miracle: a progressive victory!
(...at least for now...)

We always knew this was a liberal holiday:
after all, what right-winger ever cared about
a poor Middle Eastern boy with an unwed mom?

Celebrate Santa Dodd & the seasonal spirit
with like-minded, left-leaners & libations
at your local progressive social club.

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(And if you're in NYC, join us for the
5th Annual Drinking Liberally Holiday Party:
Thursday, Dec 20th -- 7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
[backyard, in the HEATED tent]
We'll pour your first beer for the first hour free!

Grinches who have changed course are welcome
...Bushes who stay the course can stay home.)

It's The Giving Season...& Dems Are Giving It All Away

The American people gave the Dems Congress
in order to stop the war...but after a year,
of funding the war & not changing course,
Dems are close to giving the Iraq issue away.

AT&T & Verizon gave Bush illegal help
to spy on the American people...
& now Senate Dems are considering
giving those phone companies amnesty.

The Dems gave Mukasey the green light,
though he's still fuzzy on "torture,"
& gave the helm of the CIA to Hayden,
who admits they destroyed crucial tapes.

...Yet Dems give them both free passes.

It must be the holidays, "the giving season"
...because Dems are giving it all away.
What'll they give next: The White House?

Fortunately, the GOP's cast of clowns
is working just as hard to give that back.

Give yourself a night of cheers & beers
as you lift your glass & your spirits
at your local progressive social club.

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Drinking Liberally Shot of Truth: Outcrafting the Opposition

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.

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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?

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Liberals should never run from Christmas just because O'Reilly wants to claim it. This season is too full of strong symbols to cede to the other side.

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.

Bush Calls 'Em Out

Bush: Iran Must Explain Hidden Nuclear Weapons Program
(You read that headline right.)
Today is tuesday, so it's time for Bush's weekly list of impossible demands. They also included:

Namibia Must Explain Invisible Village-Terrorizing Dragons
Evil Must Disassemble Nonexistent Soul-Sucking Machine
Smurfs Must Explain Toxic Waste Producing Mythical Village
North Korea Must Stop Imaginary Tidal Wave
Fred Astaire's Clubbed Foot Must Postpone Ragnorok
Democrats Must Explain Strategy

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The O'Brien Retort: Day of the Dead, & the Naked

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(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.

Bush Shouts "Iran!"...Has He Ever Said "I Read"?

NIE findings say no imminent nuclear threat,
yet the President continues the drumbeat:
"Iran. Iran. Iran."

As Americans show outrage at the idea
of a never-ending Occupation of Iraq,
Bush changes the topic: "Iran. Iran. Iran."

And as the war & economy make him
one of the least popular Presidents ever,
W. obsessively continues: "Iran. Iran. Iran."

Maybe he's changing the subject...
or maybe he's describing his workout schedule.

Too bad when asked about the NIE report,
he couldn't have simply said, "I read."

Talk about what makes you different than W
-- your politics, ideas & that you read --
as you share your views and some booze.
with your local progressive social club.

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