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Submitted by Justin Krebs on Tue, 12/04/2007 - 3:37pm.
Well, O'Reilly is getting even more ballistic than usual, so y'know what that means - the holiday season is upon us. With the first night of Hanukkah this evening, with Christmas and Kwanzaa only a few weeks away, some of our minds turn to gift-giving. Namely, what to give to that conservative uncle/aunt/friend who constantly e-mails you conservative spam and turns every family get-together into a political referendum. Figuring that knowledge is power, we asked some of our favorite activists what book to give our favorite conservative this winter. Happy Holidays!
David Dayen, The Right's Field and Calitics: My conservative uncle would get one book for the holidays - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. After all, if they want to live in a country with an ascendant conservative movement they're going to have to find another planet...
Steve Perez, United Federation of Teachers: I'll recommend Singularity Sky by Charles Stross. Three reasons: first, it's fiction, and I prefer that to a polemic. Second, it's a good book, funny and smart. Third, there's a lot of progressive science fiction being written, and IMO it doesn't get the attention it deserves.
Elana Levin, Drum Major Institute: That Howard Zinn history book could be a good one to convert him. For your apolitical teenage cousin, though, they should get Jessica Valenti's book, Full Frontal Feminism.
James Adomian, Resident Open Left Bush impersonator and comic: What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, by Thomas Frank. Judging by its cover, it looks like it could very well be a volume dedicated to gloating over the triumphs of Nixon and Reagan - one of those hateful books advertised in the back of National Review. But start reading it, and you see what a dupe you've been for voting on the culture war all these years, when all along it was the sons-of-bitches in the big corporations and the big banks whom you've been boosting at the expense of your own economic welfare! Throw that yule log on the fire, Uncle Wingnut!
Josh Bolotsky, Living Liberally: If your conservative relative is anything like mine, they're not getting their politics from the books they read - it's from the talk-radio they listen to. So the solution is not to get them a physical book. The solution is an audiobook, to first do triage on the problem and stop them from listening to the thing influencing them in the first place. My suggestion? The most recent Stories From Lake Wobegon collection by Garrison Keillor, Never Better. Filled with midwestern values and tales of small-town life that any social conservative would embrace, and punctuated every so often with gentle paeans to progressive politics (a shout-out to Title IX here, an ode to gay rights there). Showing the relative that being a solid traditional American citizen and holding progressive politics aren't in conflict is the first step.
Lee Camp, Laughing Liberally comic: Give them a fairy tale because they're already cut off from reality. It will make them feel at home.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 11/29/2007 - 6:02pm.
by Justin Krebs
Usually, Laughing Liberally posts feature original content from our network of comedians and writers. But recently a topic crossed our radar so funny that it deserved special attention: Predatory Lending.
Specifically, the Predatory Lending Association -- a website promoting resources:
The clean and friendly site, complete with Google map tools and little sidebar calculators looks so earnest that it takes a minute to realize who they are representing...or, rather, satirizing. For example, their slick-looking map application actually features a "poor finder"...a presumably essential resource for any predator.
This site is a great example of the role of humor in political discourse. It's actually informative: their "Industry Threats" page talks more about real efforts to curb predatory lending practices that I generally hear about. And it's entertaining -- I want to keep reading to see what I'll find beyond their "Military Loan Crisis" link, and just how far these guys will go with their discussion of the "Myth vs. Reality" of their industry.
It's a site that will leave people informed and outraged...and will make them laugh along the way...which as Stewart and Colbert keep proving is a great way to get your message across.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 11/29/2007 - 4:33pm.
GOP hopefuls attack each other
Bush's Australian ally gets booted out of office
Trent Lott resigns to become a lobbyist
And Bush had to welcome Gore to the White House.
Being a Republican's just no damn fun.
Well, living in fear, hating Hollywood
...which makes it a very fun time
Submitted by Admin Justin on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 12:20pm.
by Justin Krebs
Instead of a joke or a video today, Laughing Liberally wants to share a true story that's a little sad at first and then a little happy.
Comedians are always looking for breaks. Part of why Laughing Liberally formed was to give comedians a forum for smart, political humor that was often frowned upon in comedy clubs. So, you'd think we'd be overjoyed by this invitation from ABC News
A chance for national exposure...so why aren't our comedians laughing with joy? Because of the part of the message from ABC I left out:
"The void" = "The workforce." In short, they wanted us to become scabs.
I was indecisive: We're not in the business of strike-breaking. But I also wanted all of the hard-working comedians who rarely get the shot they deserve to make their own decision, and so we forward the message to them.
And the comedians of Laughing Liberally refused. Baratunde Thurston sent back the guild rules he chose to respect. Lee Camp sarcastically suggested it was a great opportunity for someone who didn't want a career in writing. And as Katie Halper commented:
The writers' strike is an important fight, as Jane Hamsher and Matt Stoller have both noted. We on the Left need to pay attention to it: to talk about the excesses of corporatocracy, about the rules and roles of new media...and about the respect you give professionals who strike.
You don't cross the picket line.
As Living Liberally's Josh Bolotsky noted: "Laughing Conservatively wouldn't face this kind of moral dilemma."
PS: ABC wrote to us from the email account: [email protected] So we talked back. I'm sure they'd love to hear from you too.
Submitted by Admin Justin on Tue, 11/13/2007 - 2:20pm.
by Kerry Trueman, Eating Liberally
Then, McLaughlin read a quote from Greenspan:
Yes, and I am saddened that we're sending Americans off to die so the rest of us can continue to live large.
McLaughlin noted that Iraq has some of the largest oil reserves in the world, an estimated 300 billion barrels, and that if Iraq's parliament passes the oil law drafted by the Bush administration, American companies will control 63 of Iraq's 80 known oil fields for the next thirty years.
Our current administration prefers to promote enduring access to cheap gas and billions of dollars in government contracts to well-connected cronies. And our heritage of freedom's been slaughtered on the altar of 9/11, turning us into a tortured--and torturing-- nation.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 5:38pm.
President Bush is so encouraged with the course of the ongoing War on Terror he has announced that he is declaring “War on Anxiety.” Asked if he is going to seek Congressional approval, the President responded, “Why start now?” In explaining his new policy, Bush said, “Terrorism is designed to inspire terror. That’s why we are taking the war to the terrorists, fighting them over there so we don’t have to feel terrorized over here. While there’s no doubt we are winning the War on Terror, there’s still a great deal of anxiety in our country, so I’m declaring war on that emotion too.” The President said the military, already stretched thin, could handle the new war, and that the civilian population should, “Keep shopping, smoke ’em if ya got ‘em, and in general try to feel less anxious.” Bush refused to rule out wars on melancholy and wistfulness.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 12:22am.
Laughing Liberally previews the hottest shows of the 2007 season
This Old Hospital
You Cannot be Syria’s!
The Devil Wears Pantsuits
Duck Blind Justice
All My Sons
Let’s Do Cooking Right
Touched by an AttorNey GenEraL
The House on Abstinence Street
Some Like It Hot
HBO ½ Hour Comedy Special: Dick Cheney Uncensored! Live from an Undisclosed Location
Best Week Ever
Whose Wife is it Anyway?
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Tax Cuts of the Rich and Famous
Every Breath You Take
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 11:48am.
Clear Channel: "Rush Limbaugh's listeners are too stupid to think for themselves."
The Clear Channel affiliate that airs Rush Limbaugh's show in Palm Beach, Fla., is refusing to run VoteVets.org ads dealing with Limbaugh's "phony soldiers" remark on the ground that the ads "would only conflict with the listeners who have chosen to listen to Rush Limbaugh."
To be fair, if your diet consists solely of swallowing bullshit, I imagine any abrupt change in that diet would cause a massive shock to your system. So, really, Clear Channel's just trying to protect the people. Good lookin' out!
As for Rush, I'm sure his drug-addled mind is just confused. It happens when you're a drug addict. Besides, how would he know what a real soldier is? The only soldiers he's ever seen are the ones he avoided serving with.
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