SOTU 2014

Sad day all around. Pete Seeger is dead and The Prez will be giving his State of the Union Address while the people who ran on jobs, jobs, jobs but only worked 126 days last year will clap or not clap based on their party affiliation and not on the merits or dis-merits of what he says.

You can watch it on C-SPAN, beginning at 9 PM, east coast time.

There are several drinking games available out there. I like this one:

Take a shot…
…for every “State of the Union Drinking Game” article you’ve opened today.
…if Obama says: “The state of the union is strong.”
…if Obama says: “Jobs,” “deficit,” or “inequality.”

Eat one of those tiny bottle-shaped chocolates filled with liquor…
…if a Fox News host or pundit lambastes the president’s “recycled ideas” or “bully pulpit.”
…if an MSNBC host or pundit fawns over the president’s “legacy” or “vision.”

Take a swig of liquor…
…if Obama says: “Let me be clear.”
…if an Obama “uhhh” lasts more than two seconds. (Keep drinking for every second after two.)
…if a conservative pundit attacks Jason Collins on Twitter during the speech
…if Obama mentions the government shutdown.

Drink some tea…
…if Obama mentions Syria or Iran.

Chug a beer…
…if Obama mentions gun violence.
…if cameras cut away to Sean Hannity in the gallery.
…for every second of every standing ovation. Do not remove the beer from your lips until the last clap dies down.
…if a Fox pundit mentions “European-style socialism” in his/her post-game analysis.

(more at the link)

Bye Bye Pete. I will certainly miss you.

Occupy the State of the Union

State_of_the_UnionHappy Mardi Gras (or Shrove Tuesday) and State of the Union Day! Please pull up a plate of pancakes (or bowl of popcorn) and join me for our annual heckling of the SOTU.

Sadly, our Uppity is still ill and won’t be able to join us for this evening’s festivities. I am certain this is among her top three regrets in life. FWIW, she does give this occupation her blessing.

Salon’s complaining that the SOTU is ineffectual.

State of the Union addresses from newly reelected second-term presidents are full of grand plans that never amount to anything, like George W. Bush’s Social Security privatization and Harry Truman’s sad, doomed “Fair Deal.”

But whatever the president proposes, no matter how convincing his arguments, the nation’s domestic policy agenda over the next year will be set not by him but by a handful of people — some of them crazy people — in Congress. And Congress doesn’t really care what the president wants.

Mitch McConnell doesn’t sound too optimistic:

…parts of the president’s speech that have been reported seem to him to be “another litany of left-wing proposals with plenty of red meat for the president’s base.”

Since you can bring your friends to these things, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is bringing Newtown’s First Selectman [sic], Pat Llodra. (That would be MY First Selectman—who is a Republican that I have voted for and would vote for again and again because she is competent.) Here’s the guest list for the entire CT delegation.

To keep things fair and balanced, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) is bringing Ted Nugent as his guest. Ted’s a real classy guy.

Last year, [Nugent] told National Rifle Association members that “I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if the president was re-elected. He has also called Obama a “piece of shit” who should “suck on my machine gun.”

Who won’t be there? Energy Secretary Steven Chu is the designated survivor and will not attend the State of the Union.

The address begins at 9 PM EST on all the major networks, cable news channels, and CSPAN. Politico will have live streaming. The White House is offering an “enhanced version” with charts and graphs. Be warned, Anonymous plans to hack the SOTU address and keep it off the InterTubes until it’s over. The cable channels also have preempted their pre-SOTU pundit events, which I’m sure will be would have been insightful and informative. (gag) You can follow along on Twitter with #sotu.

If you make it through the whole thing, the Address will be followed by two rebuttals: one from Marco Rubio and the other from Rand Paul. (Like good cop/bad cop–you decide which is which.)

I don’t have a drink (or eat) word, so please suggest one. I’m still hoping that Scalia lifts his robe and BO throws him some beads.

Party Games

AAARRGH!!!  Where’s My Loot?!

The Preezy of the United Steezy turned 51 on Saturday, and boy is he doing it up big this year! Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Rum Cristal! He’s not even making a pretense of running the country or trying to scare up a few jobs. He’s instead opting to host fundraisers and suck up to all of his rich donors instead.  Like he accuses Mitt Romney of doing.  But don’t take my word for it. The New York Daily News had this to say:

President Obama marked his 51st birthday Saturday with a quiet round of golf – but revealed plans to celebrate it next weekend with a big bucks fundraiser.
Obama, playing golf for the 104th time since taking office, hit the links at Andrews Air Force base before departing for a night away at Camp David.
But next Sunday he will be in Chicago, hosting dozens of donors – some contest winners – at the First Family’s longtime home in Hyde Park.  SOURCE

The article goes on to say how his loyal, long-suffering and equally selfless spouse is doing her part to make sure he fleeces all of his young (and now unemployed) 2008 lemmings donors can still stay in the game, even if  they’re not as rich as George Clooney or Anna Wintour.

Let The Games Begin!

I’ve been wondering about the party games that were planned for this festive, week long spree, and I think I might have found a few that aren’t too far off the mark.

Many donors will bring their children, if only for a great photo-op in the anticipated media blitz of sickeningly sweet photos that are sure to follow.

The “You Didn’t Build A Bear” workshop will keep them quiet while the adults are being fleeced, and the distraction will keep the meds out of their milk.

This little game can keep the kids out of your hair as well as brainwash them into believing that there’s nothing to look forward as long as they keep donating their tooth fairy money to OFA.  It is also the perfect tie-in to what looks like this elections favorite talking point, so I think its a win-win.

Ahoy, Matey!  We’re Still Broke!  Time for a BIG LIE!!

Next we have “Composite Kiss And Tell”, which also shows consistency on Preezy’s part. He’s been ‘splaining that all of his characters in his bio, speeches and entire lifetime are “composite characters” that represent the true America (i.e. his vision of America, like his lovely story “The LIfe of Julia” which I will not link for fear of a trip to the gulag).

So far, Harry Reid has kicked this one off with his lie about Mitt Romney not paying a dime in taxes for 10 years, which has breathed new life into a tired meme that nobody really gives a shit about (see: “We need to see tax returns from your first paper route”)

When Romney’s running mate is announced, you can fully expect a phony sex scandal or two (unless its Pawlenty, who nobody would ever sleep with because he just has no edge). They won’t mention him by name, of course, but will cunningly describe a “Governor of Minnesota who shall remain nameless that can bore you to death so he can take advantage of your lifeless body” or something like that.  All very carefully worded to ensure plausible deniability during the firestorm that Romney’s rapid response team is sure to deliver.

 A Party Game For All To Play!

Pin the Fail on the Donkey.  Nothing like a little bit of good, old fashioned Americana to keep the party going.  Perfect for members of either party, and short term memory loss is no obstacle.  Just blindfold yourself, listen to a pre-recorded Obama campaign speech until your head spins and pin one of the pre-printed tails on the donkey.  Choose from the following fabulous fails:

Stimulus Package
Fast & Furious

So come and party with Barack and Michelle this week.  You’re probably not working anyway, and it sure beats just sitting around waiting for the other shoe to drop.

What’s in a name?

Travelers flying into Little Rock will now be reminded of Arkansas’ most famous political couple after officials voted Tuesday to rename the city’s airport after Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission unanimously agreed to change the name of the Little Rock National Airport to honor former President Bill Clinton and his wife, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The former president, an Arkansas native and the state’s former governor, said they were humbled.

“We are grateful for this honor and for all that the people of Arkansas have done for us. And we look forward to many happy landings at the airport in the years ahead,” he said in a statement.

I’m glad that the Little Rock Airport Commission decided (unanimously!) to name their airport after Hillary and Bill.  They spent a lot of time as leaders of that state, and made a lot of improvements.  It really seems only right that they should be honored and remembered in this way.

After reading about this development, however, my thoughts immediately went to all the different things people wanted to name after Obama – practically two minutes after he appeared on the national scene – and definitely before he had accomplished anything (wait, we’re still not there yet, are we?)

Remember all the articles about people wanting to see Obama’s face on Mt. Rushmore?  Already in 2008!  For what?  For nothing more than being (s)elected!  There was even speculation that Obama himself was anticipating having his smug mug chiseled up there (and notice the date on that article – the very date he stole Hillary’s delegates).

Last fall they named a road for Obama in Orlando, Florida.  Or, to be more precise, a connector road.  They reported that it was named for Obama “because his achievements should be recognized”.  The connector road is 1.5 miles long.  Enough said?

Of course, he’s infamous for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for the great accomplishment of being in office – what was it? – 12 days?  News from last month:  “Nobel Peace Prize officials were facing a formal inquiry over accusations they have drifted away from the prize’s original selection criteria by choosing such winners as President Barack Obama…”.  Oops.

I’ve even heard talk of schools being named after him.  I understand you don’t have to be seen attending any classes, and don’t have to be worried about any pesky transcripts after the fact!  There’s one site selling school wear for Obama High School.  The website says the school hasn’t been built yet, and the website doesn’t appear to have been updated since 2009.  But one of the Obama High School t-shirts they’re selling is for the Obama High School Debate Team!  Can you just imagine the rigorous training for that debate team?  “Uh, what she said”.

So, it all just made me think, “what’s in a name?”  It seems rather clear – if something is branded with the Obama name, there’s nothing behind the name.  If something is named for the Clintons, it stands for something.  Accomplishments.  That should be the middle name for both Hillary and Bill.

“The Clintons that I know are not perfect, but none of us in here are,” said Jane Gray-Todd, who spoke in support of the renaming. “They have made accomplishments that none others have in this state.”

Accomplishments.  It’s what was for dinner.  Yesterday.


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