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Bush Needs a Gimmick

  Tonight the president will make his annual, constitutionally mandated State of the Union Address. Because he can't tell the truth about our current situation, he'll need a gimmick. He's in a delicate situation to say the least. Candor is politically unthinkable. Some of his signature moves, such as implying that Saddam was behind 9/11, cutting taxes on billionaires, and privatizing the most popular government program of the past 70 years, may seem stale. He needs to come up with something that will manufacture a media image, a headline, a Memorable Moment, and thus distract the public from whatever the State of the Union might actually be. A few suggestions:

   1. Using mashed potatoes, do the Belushi "zit" impersonation from "Animal House."

    2. Ban all use of the color purple on grounds that it now officially belongs to the president. Punctuate new law by putting on a jewel-studded crown, grabbing a gleaming silver scepter, and donning a spectacular violet robe. [Bonus suggestion: Announce invasion of Canada.]

   3. Blame failures of pre-war intelligence in Iraq and subsequent underestimation of enemy resistance on Pfc. Lyndie England.

   4. Turn around and demand that Dick Cheney admit that the Weekly World News is right -- he's really a robot!!!

    5. Flirt openly and outrageously with Justice Ginsburg.

    6. Pull out a box, reach inside, and remove a beautiful white Dove of Peace. Then bite its head off.

    7. Methodically list the many dates in the past several years in which Jack Abramoff did not visit anyone in the White House.

    8. Deliver entire speech as a palindrome.

    9. Announce new Axis of Evil: Iran, North Korea, Northern California.

    10. While delivering speech, pause frequently to blog.   

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 31, 2006; 10:39 AM ET
 
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11. Wear a fake hump, so the electronic listening device isn't obvious

Posted by: mary ann | January 31, 2006 10:44 AM | Report abuse

12. Work in mentions of the Academy Award nominees. (It's what we're really interested in, anyway)

Posted by: Reader | January 31, 2006 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Sorry.... I tried. There's just nothing funny about George Bush giving the State of the Union address. So sorry.

Posted by: TBG | January 31, 2006 10:57 AM | Report abuse

A friend said this was heard on Air America Radio today:

This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address fall on the same day. "It is an ironic juxtaposition: one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication, and the other involves a groundhog."

Invading Canada is a darn good idea. The last time we tried it, we screwed it up. Perhaps Bush will feel the urge to "make right" what one of his predecessors failed to accomplish, just like making up for GHWB's failure to remove Saddam.

Hey, don't make fun of the Weekly World News. It's one of my favorite newspapers--kind of like the Fox channel but with a sense of whimsy.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 10:57 AM | Report abuse

13. Use the opportunity to announce your resignation and appointment of Oprah to finish your term.

Posted by: jlessl | January 31, 2006 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Every few words or so, remind us that he is working hard, and that it's hard work to work hard.

Posted by: Nani | January 31, 2006 11:02 AM | Report abuse

14. Interrupt himself occasionally to shout, "Hooah!"

Posted by: CowTown | January 31, 2006 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Achenbach writes:
"Punctuate new law by putting on a jewel-studded crowd, grabbing a gleaming silver scepter, and donning a spectacular violet robe."

He has a jewel-studded CROWD, *all right*. (double entendre intended) (...puttin' on the ritz)

It's the CROWN I'm worried about...and the gold scepter--sorry to screw up your alliteration of s's, JA, but I like grabbing gleaming gold just as well(standing in as editor for Achenfan)

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 11:16 AM | Report abuse

15. Tell us that he's seen the movie "Brokeback Mountain" and he loved it.

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 11:18 AM | Report abuse

16. tells us he prefers vodka martinis to the regyoolar kind

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Imagine: the entire Democratic Congressional contingent going to the State of the Union this evening, and then enmasse walking out.

If they are not allowed to leave the room, simply stand and give the President their back during his presentation

Posted by: Irene Lynch | January 31, 2006 11:31 AM | Report abuse

15B. (alternate) Tell us that he's seen the movie "Brokeback Mountain" and it reminds him of himself and Dick Cheyney.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 11:33 AM | Report abuse

17. Make frequent hysterical attempts to extricate the aliens living in his head by pulling them out through his nose.

Posted by: CowTown | January 31, 2006 11:34 AM | Report abuse

This just in: Senate confirms Alito, 58-42.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 11:35 AM | Report abuse

9. Announce new Axis of Evil: Iran, North Korea, Northern California.

Too bad it's not Axes of Evil. Along the Avenue of the Giants, at the Trees of Mystery, is one of the biggest axes of Northern California known to man.

http://www.lesterama.org/gallery/v/travel/200501_Northwest/img_3063.jpg.html

Of course, the photo *I took* from our days in the territory is just one photo frame over, a picture of hubby attempting to support the super-duper-sized b*lls (cojones) of Babe the Blue Ox.

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 11:36 AM | Report abuse

1x. Bush arrives to deliver the State of the Union after having had a couple of shots of "Texas courage", and proceeds to open with his version of "The Aristocrats" joke including his family, the White House staff and the Cabinet, House and Senate majority leaders, key lobbyists, the Supreme Court, leaders of Christian and Christian Evangelical activist groups, Mel Gibson, Tony and Mrs. Blair, Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Osbournes.

He burps his enitre State of the Union address, except where he talks about the budget, which he does with his famous "Dr. Evil" imiataion, and closes with a weepy Jimmy Swaggert-esque tribute to Coretta Scott King over music by Kanye West, System of a Down, and Rage Against the Machine.

Then he turns around and vomits on Cheney and Hastert before reeling off the dais and collapsing into the arms of Condi Rice, asking for "My sweet, sweet Harriet."

Hilarity ensues.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 31, 2006 11:37 AM | Report abuse

CowTown, at least the "aliens" don't live in his pants. THAT would be embarassing.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 31, 2006 11:39 AM | Report abuse

What the dyxj did I do to deserve the gwkk.

Posted by: inbu | January 31, 2006 11:41 AM | Report abuse

SCC: the => this

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 11:41 AM | Report abuse

SCC: (me again) that's the second the not the first.

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 11:42 AM | Report abuse

18. Looks under his own podium and the chairs of Cheney and Hastert for missing weapons of mass destruction.

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 11:44 AM | Report abuse

19. Delivers the entire address in Urdu.

Posted by: CowTown | January 31, 2006 11:48 AM | Report abuse

19B.(alternate)
Delivers the entire address in Urdu ... wearing only a cummerbund.

(Sorry, Mudge.)

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 11:52 AM | Report abuse

...weekly world news...first class check
out lane reading! :-)
...a bush2/bat boy photo op(wwn exclusive)
...aliens abduct bush2
...ed anger gets worked up over the sotu
speech and calls bush2 a nincompoop
...worlds fattest cat sits on bush2
...noahs second ark found on bush2's
ranch...proof of intelligent design
...hillary clinton clone kept at secret
undisclosed location ...world weekly
news first to scoop gop secret plan
for 2008 election win
what a great gig for a job it must be...:-)

Posted by: an american in siam... | January 31, 2006 11:52 AM | Report abuse

SCC:
wearing only a cummerbund, in the Urdu tradition.

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I forgot to mention that James Frey penned the actual text of the State of the Union 'memoir.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 31, 2006 11:55 AM | Report abuse

A while back someone asked for an emoticon for tears streaming down ones face. How's this:

:..(

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 11:55 AM | Report abuse

20. Barney and Miss Beazley doing stupid pet tricks?

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 11:56 AM | Report abuse

21. Simply state "Good Night, and Good Luck," then leave the podium to monstrous applause for saving a whole lotta time.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 31, 2006 11:58 AM | Report abuse

21. Periodically remind viewers of the country goodness of Jimmy Dean Sausage.

Posted by: CowTown | January 31, 2006 12:00 PM | Report abuse

CowTown wins the first NOoO award (NumberedOutofOrder).

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 12:07 PM | Report abuse

23. Call make-up.

http://www.sillyjokes.co.uk/wacky/body-parts/pinocchio.html

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 12:15 PM | Report abuse

No offense taken, Loomis. I'd FedEx him my red cummerbund if I thought he'd wear it.

I like the emoticon, omni (I'm the requestor).

At the risk of NOoO:

22. Laura Bush sitting in the balcony next to several tortured Iraq prisoners, who are asked to stand and be recognized for supplying vital information to their captors.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 12:16 PM | Report abuse

How's this for a tears-streaming-down-face emoticon, omni:

[Not sure how TypePad will translate it, but here goes.]

O O
' '
' '
' '
' '
' '

Posted by: Tom fan | January 31, 2006 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Serious NOoO. Going back in time, just like this Admin :..)

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Two streams of tears coming out of one eye, and no tears coming from the other. Ack.

Maybe Bush could try that trick during his speech tonight.

Posted by: Tom fan | January 31, 2006 12:20 PM | Report abuse

23. "Nanny nanny boo-boo" shout-out to Cindy Sheehan.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 12:21 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout this for a gimick: Inspire us to great things or at least something greater thant this Blog....


That STINKS!

Posted by: The Lonemule | January 31, 2006 12:22 PM | Report abuse

24. Fires Karl Rove for disclosing Valerie Plame's identity.

No, never mind. This has less likelihood than most of the others posted so far. Sorry.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 12:23 PM | Report abuse

My "friends," the State of the Union is not good. I stand before you today as the leader of a nation divided. Divided between persons of good faith, brotherhood, and decency; and persons of evil. A nation divided between the forces of righteousness, and the forces of sin and depravity. I have been given a mandate by the good people of this nation to root out and eliminate the 49.4% of self-styled "citizens" who want to take our land, our homeland -- our father land -- into a dark future of racial equality and international diplomacy and forsake our bright past judges who knew their place, and allies who knew theirs, too.

So, in keeping with my sacred mandate, conferred upon me by God and the American people, I am now, at this very moment, issuing an executive order to ban the so-called "Democrat Party." Its leaders will be imprisoned as enemy combatants, and the least-depraved of its deluded and misguided followers will be re-educated in special camps to be erected at Guantanamo Bay and other locations provided by our allies. Gosh, I envy them. I loved camp, and what coul dbe better than going to a Republican Camp?

Anywho, that concludes my report on all policy matters that you need to worry your little heads about.

As of this moment, the state of the union is good. Will the Sergeant-at-Arms please arrest those loudmouthed Democrat "senators" over there?

God bless you, if you're worthy, and God bless the United States of America! Hook 'em, horns!

Posted by: Tim | January 31, 2006 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Dubya wearing only a cumberbund? Eewwwwww

Now 'mudge wearing only a cumberbund....
hmm, might be kinda cute, especially with the flippers.

Posted by: Nani | January 31, 2006 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Tim, GWB is not an alumnus of Univ. Of Texas (as am I). He went to Yale and Harvard, neither of which says "Hook 'Em Horns!" If I'm not mistaken, their cry is "Let them eat cake!"

Posted by: kurosawaguy | January 31, 2006 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Nice job, Tim. Thought you were channeling bc there for a minute.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 12:47 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge, I thought Tim was channeling Orwell... *scratching pointy little haid*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 31, 2006 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Tim - Yo, that was both funny and chilling.

Posted by: CowTown | January 31, 2006 12:56 PM | Report abuse

25. Sings a JibJab song parody:

I can say nucular
That really scares you
Sometimes a brain can
Come in quite handy
But I don't have one
In the Texas Guard I won no purple hearts
This land surely did vote for me

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Tim-

Oh boy, a *cleansing*!

Though Dubya always comes with a "strong" opening line. At least as far as I remember.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 31, 2006 1:10 PM | Report abuse

George Will has really done it this time, calling Carter a worse ex-president than he was a president. Sheesh, what a complete moron. Reading Will is almost as painfull as listening to Bush.

In another op-ed piece, Eugene Robinson has an excellent idea. Put Bush on Oprah's couch so she can have at him like she Frey. Heres the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/30/AR2006013001160.html

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 1:28 PM | Report abuse

SCC:she Frey. ack, I don't even know how to fix that. I'm of for a walk, see you in twenty.

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 1:31 PM | Report abuse

omni:
You could say "like she did Frey," or maybe "like she had at Frey." But you know, I think "like she Frey" has a nice ring to it.

Posted by: Tom fan | January 31, 2006 1:36 PM | Report abuse

26. Announces the real username of The Lonemule.

Posted by: The Real Lonemule | January 31, 2006 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The Lonemule left a lovely post on the Coretta Scott King kit.

Posted by: Nani | January 31, 2006 2:01 PM | Report abuse

27. Flip a moon to America.

That would really, like this Blog, STINK!!!

Posted by: The Lonemule | January 31, 2006 2:12 PM | Report abuse

28. Point out: "Remember, I am highly regarded in Utah."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/30/AR2006013001608.html

Posted by: TBG | January 31, 2006 2:15 PM | Report abuse

...(
...(

[Nani, you're an Achensaint.]

Posted by: Tom fan | January 31, 2006 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I just hope someone in the room will stand up and yell "This Speech STINKS!"

Posted by: TBG | January 31, 2006 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Boodled Out of Order. 'Twas not you that drove me to tears, TBG. (It's not you -- it's me.)

Posted by: Tom fan | January 31, 2006 2:17 PM | Report abuse

That took longer than expected. Man oh man, is it windy out there.

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I did it again! Yep, it definitely *is* me. I stink. I think I'll take a leaf out of omni's book and go for a walk.

Posted by: Tom fan | January 31, 2006 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I suggest that someone spike all the demo's drinks with ipecac abuot ten minutes before the address starts.

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 2:22 PM | Report abuse

SCC:abuot, sheesh, in my defense my hands are still cold from my walk into the wind chill of 35°.

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Not to change the subject (well, Ok, I'm chaninging the subject), but I'm really impressed with the Oscar nominations this year--best movie, actor, actress, screenplay, etc.--across the board, virtually all really solid nominations. One of those years I wish there would be two-way, three-way, four-way ties.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Lonemule is right... the blog does stink. It smells like ass. Now go away.

Posted by: Constructive Critic | January 31, 2006 2:27 PM | Report abuse

SCC: chaninging. Should be chaninginginginging.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 2:27 PM | Report abuse

From Andy Borowitz ...

BUSH'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS TO BE SIMULCAST IN ENGLISH

President Hopes to Reach Broader Audience, Aides Say

For the first time since he was elected President of the United States, George W. Bush's State of the Union address tonight will be simulcast in English, the White House confirmed.

With the president's approval ratings sagging, the decision to simulcast the speech in English was widely seen as an attempt by the president to make an appeal to a broader audience.

"The majority of people in this country are English speaking, and quite frankly, we can't afford to ignore them any longer," one senior aide said. "Hopefully, by doing the English simulcast, we'll be reaching out to a lot of those folks."

Once the decision was made earlier in the month to launch the historic first English simulcast of a speech by President Bush, then began the hard work of translating the text of the address
from Mr. Bush's language into English.

Davis Logsdon, a professor of linguistics at the University of Minnesota, was one of several scholars approached to do the translation who ultimately quit in frustration.

"The problem is that the language the president speaks, by most measures, is not a language at all," Professor Logsdon said.

Still, the White House remains guardedly optimistic about tonight's simulcast, and aides said that if all goes as planned they might soon offer English simulcasts of press briefings by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Elsewhere, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein stormed out of his courtroom today, got a good look at what was going on in the streets of Baghdad, and quickly hurried back in.

Posted by: Bayou Self | January 31, 2006 2:30 PM | Report abuse

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I noticed something unusual in the King boodle: Except for the first post by someone who uses the handle "Achenbach" (which is actually quite funny), everyone is staying on topic. I mean even "The Lonemule" held his nose to say somethin nice.

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Announce that he is further reducing his working hours and will become even more of a part-time president so he can fufill his dream of replacing Lance Armstrong and compete in the Tour de France.

Posted by: Johan | January 31, 2006 2:38 PM | Report abuse

SCC AGAIN: somethin => something.

That's it, I'm out of for a while. gonna read the Funny? Chatological Humor aka Tuesdays With Moron

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 2:38 PM | Report abuse

ACK:SCC: I'm out of HERE.

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 2:39 PM | Report abuse

We the Lobbyists and Corporations of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union of the wealthy, establish our style of Justice, insure domestic turmoil, provide for graft in the common defense, promote the general Welfare for ourselves and clients, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this NEW Constitution for the United States of America.

(They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1938-45 University of Chicago Press, 1955), described it so perfectly it's eerie

...What no one seemed to notice . . . was the ever widening gap. . . between the government and the people.

The dictatorship, and the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting. . . . It provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think anyway . . . and kept us so busy with continuous changes and "crises" and so fascinated, yes, fascinated, by the machinations of the "national enemies," without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us. . . .

Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, "regretted," that . . . one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.

Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. . . . You wait for the one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. . . .

But the one great shocking occasion . . . never comes. . . . That's the difficulty...

Posted by: 9/11=Inside Job | January 31, 2006 2:39 PM | Report abuse

29. Sledgehammer and watermelon, maybe even a can of beans. No tarp, though, for Democrats.

Posted by: grgle | January 31, 2006 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon, I'm delighted with the Oscar nominations too. I've noticed David Straithairn (sp) in small roles for a few years and always thought "This guy is interesting, I'd like to see him get more complex work." A tie would be neat for those of us who are torn between Heath Ledger and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Posted by: Nani | January 31, 2006 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Truth is funny...

Associated Press reports (see Froomkin's blog): "The White House says Bush will give one major speech per week for the next four weeks and in each lay out one domestic initiative he introduces on Tuesday [during his State of the Union address].

"Bush travels Thursday to Maplewood, Minn., to talk about his competitiveness agenda. Proposals in that area will include boosting federal investment in math and science education, said a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Bush had not yet announced his ideas.

**Science education?**

"The president also is traveling this week to Nashville, Tenn., where on Wednesday he will recap of his State of the Union address, and to Albuquerque, N.M., and Dallas on Friday to continue highlighting his initiatives to keep America's economy vital in an increasingly global marketplace, the official said."

**Maplewood, Minnesota?**

Minnesota has seen a slight decrease in manufacturing jobs over the past 12 months, according to the 2006 Minnesota Manufacturers Register.

The state lost 4,045 manufacturing jobs and 262 plants in 2005, according to the register, published annually by Manufacturers' News Inc. in Evanston, Ill.

"While all other sectors of the U.S. economy are growing, manufacturing employment is either stagnant or declining," said Tom Dubin, president and CEO of Manufacturers' News. "We're losing the low-skilled, brawn-intensive manufacturing jobs to countries that offer abundant cheap labor, and the plants that remain tend to employ programmers and engineers that are skilled in today's technology."

Maplewood-based 3M Co., Minneapolis-based Target Corp. and Fridley-based Medtronic Inc. account for 10 percent of all manufacturing employment in Minnesota, the publication found.

http://twincities.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2006/01/30/daily11.html

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Tom fan, haven't you heard? We **all** STINK. Not lowercase stink, big time STINK. Lonemule, bless your heart, what's wrong baby? It's okay to be sweet.

Posted by: Nani | January 31, 2006 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If that's the case, Nani, then I'm proud to be stinking in such fine company. But I do worry that as the Lonemule's presence here reaches a critical mass -- or tipping point, as it were -- the blog really *will* start to stink. Maybe that's what he's wanted all along, for some reason unbeknown to us. (Maybe he's a disgruntled ex-Washington Post employee?)

For that is indeed the big question, isn't it: What's wrong, "Lonemule"? Where are you going with all this? (Do you know?)

)...
)...

Posted by: Tom fan | January 31, 2006 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Recent numbers for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area:

Over-the-year growth in the Albuquerque MSA was 1.6 percent (5,900 jobs), having slowed considerably from its most recent peak of 2.8 percent last November. The area's growth rate was below the statewide average of 2.0 and the lowest of the state's four metropolitan statistical areas.

Government growth reached a two-year low of 0.8 percent, adding just 600 jobs since last November. The increase was divided equally between federal and state government. Local government was unchanged over the year.

Leisure and hospitality employment added a meager 300 jobs over the year, all in food services and drinking places. Employment has reached a plateau following a surge in 2003 when a number of large restaurant chains located in the metro area. The industry should receive a boost in the next few months with the opening of several new restaurants that are currently under construction.

Manufacturing was down 100, marking its eighth consecutive month of over-the-year declines. Things are expected to improve in the coming months, however, due to the anticipated expansion of aircraft manufacturing as well as next year's opening of a mattress plant in Albuquerque and a cabinet manufacturer in Los Lunas.

The information industry has suffered more than four years of continuous declines due to difficulties in its telecommunications component. Industry losses soared to over 1,000 following last year's closure of the MCI but have since dwindled to 300. Employment was unchanged over the year in transportation, warehousing, and utilities, as well as in the miscellaneous category of other services.

http://www.dol.state.nm.us/dol_lfe.html

Posted by: Loomis | January 31, 2006 3:28 PM | Report abuse

nani, ya made me laugh.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Eh, I blogged on the SoU today:

http://www.10thcircle.com/10/?cat=4

bc

Posted by: bc | January 31, 2006 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Where have American Statesman gone? It is a sad day for American when all we have left are Money grubbing Corrupt Politicians. The Nation cries out for leadership by men of Vision & Integrity that believes in Duty, Honor, Country & service to the Nation! There can be no higher calling than Statesmanship & Service to ones country but there can be no lower calling than the Corrupt Money grubbing Politicians like we have now!

The Republican party is nothing but Lackeys & Servants to greedy Companies & Businesses & the Democrat Party is nothing but Wimps, Servants & Lackeys to the Left Wing like the ACLU and other American Haters! Both Parties would sell their first born for money & both are selling this Country out for money!

Recent polls indicate Congress receives an 30% approval rating. What is surprising about that is how they did the ever get such high rating? Even worse Bush is in the 40,s either he or they deserve rating that high most don't even deserve a job and sure not approval. In fact, if terrorist do cross our open borders with WMD they would be doing American a great favor if they wiped out about 90% of the Corrupt Nest of Vipers in Washington DC.

There is no Political Party to represent the vast Majority of American that are in the middle and that are either Left or Right Wing & only want a decent honest government working together for Americans & quite Pandering to either the Right or Left Wing of their parties.

Both Parties are supporting an Illegal Invasion by Mexico and Latin American countries, in fact, anyone in the world that wants to can cross unprotected Southern Borders including Terrorist with WMD! Now there are more and more reports of the Mexican Army providing protection for Drug dealers crossing our borders!

Poll after National Poll indicates over 80 percent of Americans want our borders closed to Illegal Aliens, Drugs and Terrorist & do not want rewarding people coming here Illegally taking American jobs while sucking at the Trough of Public Welfare & costing tax payers 100 of Billions of dollars while lowing our Standard of living by another 200 billion per year & increasing!

But our corrupt out-of-control politicians could care less what American Citizens want! They think as long as they get the money we have no choice but to vote for one or the other. In other words, our choices are always between bad and worse!

I for one will no longer be a member of the Republican Party. I though know President could possibly be worse then Jimmy Carter in my life time but President Bush wins hand down. He is without Doubt one of the most Stupid, Corrupt, Incompetent Presidents in American History!

I would urge all Americans Citizens to do as I am doing and change to independent, even if we do vote for the same political party as now it will make then quit taking our votes for a given & make them start listening to the voice of the people & shaping their polices for the middle instead of the nuts on the extreme wings!

Posted by: A Pox on Both Parties | January 31, 2006 3:47 PM | Report abuse

You're right, bc -- television already does a that [sic].

:)

[I am the jackass. We are the jackasses. I am the walrus -- goo goo ga joob.]

Posted by: Achen- and Tom fan | January 31, 2006 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Pox, I'm already registered independent (actually in DC it is "Unaffiliated"). Have been since 1980 when I first registered.

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Again: I think I'd have trouble keeping a straight face whilst addressing someone as "Pox."

("G'day, Pox! Howya goin'? Haven't seen you for ages! Geez, ya look well!)

Posted by: Achenfan | January 31, 2006 3:58 PM | Report abuse

SCC entry:
!") in the last line

Posted by: Achenfan | January 31, 2006 3:59 PM | Report abuse

In Virginia, you don't register as a party member. And you can vote in any party's primary, just so long as you vote in only one primary each election. I have voted in Republican primaries (to keep extremists off the ballot) as well as Democratic primaries.

Posted by: TBG | January 31, 2006 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey, careful there, Poxie. I work here midst the nest of vipers, and I don't want any terrorists with WMD sneaking in here...at least until after my bus has left town (gimme about 40 minutes, will ya? Traffic can be a bitch). Most weekends are fine, though, except this Saturday night, 'cause we're taking one of our daughters out to dinner at a fancy restaurant in Crystal City for her birthday. Sunday's OK, 'cause the Nationals aren't playing (they may not even have a stadium) and the Skins play out at FedEx Field. Try not to make too much of a mess; I don't think FEMA's up to the clean-up.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 4:03 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Leave the Air and Space Museum alone. And the Kennedy Center.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 4:07 PM | Report abuse

My previous post reminds me of a sad story that took place in 12th grade. In our senior year at my school, one of the required courses was "Government" where the curriculum was about our system of government and the history of political parties since our Nations founding. Towards the end of the semester our teacher (one I greatly admired as one of the best) handed out voter registration forms. Even though most of us weren't yet 18 he asked that everyone who was fill it out a file, and that everyone else fill it out and file when we could. Then there was one student who raised his hand and asked one of the most incredibly stupid questions I've heard in a classroom in my life (yes there are such things as stupid questions). He asked "How do I know which party I should join?" I could see the teachers face lean forward a little and sense he let out a sigh. I mean here we are after 4-5 months instruction about government and our two party system and this kid learned nothing. So the teacher looked up, looked at this kid and suggested that most people when they register for the first time join the party of their parents. I on the other hand new exactly where I stood. I registered independent. In the first election I voted in, in 1980 remember, I voted for John Anderson. I have never voted for a Republican (want to say repugnant, but I'm afraid some might not get the joke and take the at its literal meaning) candidate for president. Since moving to DC I have almost always voted for neither Republican nor Democratic candidate, meaning any independent who isn't a nut case (like LaRouche for example).


My longest post ever (I think). May "The Lonemule" tell me how much this stinks, and I will be feeling very proud of myself. Bring it on...

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 4:12 PM | Report abuse

And here's to you, Mr. Lonemule
The boodle loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
God bless you please, Mr. Lonemule
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files
We'd like to help you learn to help yourself
Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home

Hide your sweetness in a hiding place where no one ever goes
Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes
It's a little secret, just the boodlers' affair
Most of all, you've got to hide it from the kids

Coo, coo, ca-choo, Mr. Lonemule
Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
God bless you please, Mrs Lonemule
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

Sitting on a sofa on a Tuesday afternoon
Listenin to the prez' SOTU
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Ev'ry way you look at it, you lose

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
What's that you say, Mr. Lonemule
Joltin' Joe has left and gone away
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

Posted by: Nani | January 31, 2006 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It's a fixed, Achenfan.
*sigh*

I'm going to suppliment the blog item shortly with some images.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 31, 2006 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Okhhayy. Too many SCCs in that last to fix here. Anyhoo, I think that's my cue to skedaddle (sp?word even??) and call it a day (I'm sure you all know what I mean any, and that's whats really important).

But before I go, I leave you this from Robinson column I posted a link to (in case you haven't read it):

"If you were watching the speech in a bar with friends (not likely, I realize), there is one drinking game you might play (not that I'm advocating any such thing, of course): Down a shot every time the president says something so bipartisan, irresistibly patriotic or blindingly obvious that Democrats have to rise to their feet as well."

on this note I will let you all in on my prefered drinking game:

At eight O'Clock I get out a six pack of beer (something strong, like Becks) and a bottle of Jim Beam. I drink one shot then in the next ten minutes I finish a beer. Repeat six times if you can. With any luck you'll pass out before the SotU address begins. The only downside to this drinking game is you still wake up with a hangover in the morning.

-omnigoof

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 4:23 PM | Report abuse

AAAAARARRRGRHRGGRHRGH. MORE SCCs. CRAP.

byebye

Posted by: omnido'h | January 31, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Omni, I couldn't say if your post stinks or not. I got the dry heaves halfway through.

Why to people feel compelled to use my name when making such pathetic posts on this thing.

This is not me

26. Announces the real username of The Lonemule.

Posted by: The Real Lonemule | Jan 31, 2006 1:55:39 PM | Permalink

Flip a moon to America.
That would really, like this Blog, STINK!!!
Posted by: The Lonemule | Jan 31, 2006 2:12:11 PM | Permalink

Not only does this BLOG STINK!! It's filled with counterfeiters.

Posted by: The Lonemule | January 31, 2006 4:30 PM | Report abuse

sorry, won't happen again.

Posted by: omni | January 31, 2006 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to our world, Lonemule.

Posted by: CowTown | January 31, 2006 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, after upgrading the blog tool, the image upload function isn't working properly.

Maybe we'll have time to fix it tomorrow...

bc

Posted by: bc | January 31, 2006 4:36 PM | Report abuse

1000: Bush accidentally swigs some truth serum.
Then he explains he had good intentions all along, starts blubbering about how he wanted to please Daddy and all his friends, and that he really just wants to run away to a desert island and paint naked women right now. Except that Cheney is Darth Vader, and the country must not fall to him, and when he talks about aliens, the whole audience suppresses him before he spills any national secrets.

Not funny, but at least it'd end all speculations as to why he's so bloody awful-- and be a damn good smokescreen. And the people in Utah would be saying "See! He really is trying!"

Like every president since George Washington hasn't tried to be president, you know?

Posted by: Wilbrod | January 31, 2006 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Too funny for the blog, Joel. This should have been in the magazine!

Posted by: m.t. | January 31, 2006 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It need not be an "Address." It was delivered as a written statement from G. Washingon to (date - look it up in Google) when President ----- appeared in person to deliver it personally (so the Congree could see his facial expressions {sneers?}).

Posted by: AHK | January 31, 2006 4:53 PM | Report abuse

It need not be an "Address." It was delivered as a written statement from G. Washingon to (date - look it up in Google) when President ----- appeared in person to deliver it personally (so the Congree could see his facial expressions {sneers?}).

Posted by: AHK | January 31, 2006 4:54 PM | Report abuse

PYROTECHNICS instead of applause, like at a rock show, everytime Bush hits one of his patrioctic moments (you know protecting american from gays) then you cut to a shot of Woodruff getting his head blown to shit!

Posted by: Impeach Bush | January 31, 2006 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, I've got my evening's TV planned. At 8 Emeril's doing a "funky stovetop crawfish boil," and then (as Dave Barry says, I swear I'm not making this up) a "manly man lasagna."

For me, that's don't miss television! The lasagna seems to feature hot Italian sausage (which I could do without), but also a Bolognese sauce featuring bacon, ham, veal, ground beef and ground pork. There's also a Parmesan Bechamel sauce I'm a little skeptical of, but who knows? Maybe he's onto something.

The 9 p.m. slot's problematic: "Lost" isn't on, Food Network has a restaurant makeover, Bravo's got one of those *^$#%#@ "Runway Makeover" things. A&E's got Dog the Bounty Hunter (jeez). HBO's got Ocean's Twelve, but I saw it for the third time just the other day. Comedy Central's got Chapelle and South Park, but I'm not a very big fan. May have to fire up the DVD and watch "No Direction Home" or "The Last Waltz" again.

What are you folks watching?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 31, 2006 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Not that I'm advocating this approach, but here is a link from Froomkin's column today about another way of dealing with the State of the Union address:

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-havrilesky31jan31,1,6282654.story

Hi, Bob!

Posted by: pj | January 31, 2006 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I, George"johnWayne"Bush, and the rest of the true"axis of evil"(DICKY, DONNY, KARL), step down from power due to the enormous amount of screwups we have committed.

Posted by: Ken | January 31, 2006 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I, George"johnWayne"Bush, and the rest of the true"axis of evil"(DICKY, DONNY, KARL), step down from power due to the enormous amount of screwups we have committed.

Posted by: Ken | January 31, 2006 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I, George"johnWayne"Bush, and the rest of the true"axis of evil"(DICKY, DONNY, KARL), step down from power due to the enormous amount of screwups we have committed.

Posted by: Ken | January 31, 2006 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Omni - If one drinks when Democrats applaud, there won't be much consumption goin' on.

Posted by: Bayou Self | January 31, 2006 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The State of the Union speech is obsolete. The notion that any congressman would form an assessment of how things are going from a verbal report by the President is silly. Said politician would have to be living in a bubble. (Wait, maybe this isn't that unlikely after all...) In any case, if we really want to jazz up the event, replace that dreary minority response with caustic criticism from Simon Cowell. That would make it worth watching.

Posted by: RD Padouk | January 31, 2006 5:15 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge, tonight's viewing choice is exactly what Tivo is for.

Posted by: TBG | January 31, 2006 5:19 PM | Report abuse

re: Gimmick for Bush's Speech

1) Give speech dressed as Kaisar William II

2) Start speech "Friends, Romans and Countrymen."

3) do the whole thing in drag

4) Announce he has become the Prophet from Midland Texas

5) Give the usual banal speech and end it with with "Live from Washington DC it's Saturday Night Live"

6) Walk in preceeded by troops carrying the heads of prominent democrats on pikes

7) Stage fake assignation attempt by several senators.

8) Invite Putin over for speech and french kiss him before national audience.

9) Immolate self in the name of peace

10) say he will "restore the State of the Union Speech" to its original format before that national builder Woodrow Wilson and turn over speech over to clerk to read, then leave building.

Posted by: Kurt | January 31, 2006 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Lonemule! Jay Sherman called... he says it's great you were a fan of 'The Critic' and all, but stop using his line.
It stinks! It stinks! It stinks!
Yes, Mr. Lonemule, everything stinks...

Posted by: ErrinF | January 31, 2006 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I need some clarification. Several times today, people have been commenting on Jimmy Carter's presidency. How come people feel he was a bad president? Or am I misreading something? I always thought his failing was more that he did not play the game, and I am not so sure this is a bad thing at all. Its always seemed to me that if the guys in office stopped playing games, we'd all be better off.

Posted by: dr | January 31, 2006 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Joel:

I love and enjoy your sense of humor. But as far as I am concerned, Bush doesn't need any gimmicky, because for being lied to for the past five years, Bush has no credibility with me any more. I simply will not waste time on his remarks. There are many meaningful things I can do instead of listening to this president.

Posted by: may2002 | January 31, 2006 6:21 PM | Report abuse

It's been dogma for 25 years that Jimmy Carter was a terrible president, because little was accomplished during his presidency, and he said stuff like "a national malaise." Of course, he accomplished little because of an unprincipled obstructionist minority that had no plans other than to make the president look stupid and ineffectual (in other words, Congressional Republicans). And we only want Presidents who tell us that we're great. So, we got Reagan, who told us we were at last awakening from a national nightmare of ineffectuality (wait, didn't Carter say there was a malaise, and got derided for it?). Then George H. W., who made the mistake of admitting that there are limits to what a president should do. Yerrrrrrrr outta there! Then we got Bill C., who was pretty good as a chief executive, and also made the rest of us feel like great human beings by comparison. Now we have this drip, who tells us at the beginning of each SOTU address that "The State of the Union is strong. Have you been working out? You look faaaaabulous!"

Contrary to Mr. Will's pinheaded pronouncement, however, Carter has been a great ex-president. He has brought nothing but honor, dignity, and respect to this nation. He has actively worked for the least well-off, in this nation and others. He has actually picked up the hammer and built houses for poor people, he didn't just make a lot of noise and write a check (which is what I do, I admit). He has lived an exemplary life of personal fulfillment and service to others. How many of the self-appointed Christian moralists in the Republican party even come close to Carter's record of selfless good works?

Posted by: Tim | January 31, 2006 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Even though I am not interested in what Bush will say, I do have a suggestion for Gimmick 30:

Bush can just admit that he is an acholic and brings a bottle with him, keeping drinking until he is totally drunk duing the alloted time.

Posted by: may2002 | January 31, 2006 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter had the misfortune to become president when long term interest rates were in the range of 14% to 20%. Imagine trying to buy a home at mortgage rates of 17% interest! Inflation was high, which caused business to reduce payroll in order to contain costs, which caused unemployment to soar, and a recession to develop. Then, Mr. Carter had the temerity to suggest that Americans respond to the ongoing energy crisis by using less energy (Scandal! The very thought of asking Americans to Sacrifice!). Finally, there was the Iranian Hostage Crisis, and the failed rescue attempt. The poor guy was toast, and the stage was set for The Great Communicator.

That's my brief revision of history.

Posted by: CowTown | January 31, 2006 6:27 PM | Report abuse

For all those interested - Carter's website is here:

http://www.jimmycarter.com

Posted by: ot | January 31, 2006 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Here's a pretty good summary of President Carter's tenure http://www.americanpresident.org/history/jimmycarter/

Posted by: CowTown | January 31, 2006 6:38 PM | Report abuse

As Carter's web site shows -- he's also a skilled craftsman with wood.

Posted by: Tim | January 31, 2006 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Reagon is not a Great Communicator. He did try to verbalize a positive vision, but is actually shallow and willful.

Carter didn't mislead and manufacture a war of choice that caused so many needless death and accumulated largest nationald ebts.

Carter didn't use false information to enable Congress to pass the prescription drug bill.

Carter's administration didn't hire news pundits to spread propaganda as news.

Carter didn't violate the law to spy ordinary Americans; afterwards tried to use every lie to defend himself.

Carter didn't advocate the tax cut of rich when the country is in war and when the national debt is at all time high.

Carter didn't divide country for the sake of his own political gain.

Carter didn't wage a war by choice, then mismanager a war, that including rampant misuse and unaccountability of large funds that are supposed to be used for rebuilding of Iraq.

The list will go on and on until Bush's last day in the office.

Carter may not be the greatest President of our nation, but Bush has gradually evolved into a yardstick, against him the worst president should be measured.

Posted by: may2002 | January 31, 2006 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I always thought of Mr. Carter as very presidential, but none the more so than the first time I heard of Habitat for Humanity. He was featured on the tv spot, a passt president with a hammer talking about helping people gain dignity and respect and earn a home by the rewards of their labours. How can you not fall for a guy like that?

I think history will look at his whole life, and he will be in a class all his own.

Posted by: dr | January 31, 2006 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Trivia: Carter gave a speech known as the "Malaise" speech. But he didn't say that word in it.

Posted by: Bayou Self | January 31, 2006 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Many people feel Carter simply overthought things and micro-managed his presidency into total paralysis. Bush has seldom been accused of this failing. Further, Carter has this idealistic streak that struck some as sanctimonious. This was best captured by a satirical song with the memorable chorus "Jesus and Jimmy gonna lead us all to Glory." It was performed on the CBC.
I love Canada.

Posted by: RD Padouk | January 31, 2006 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Let's be clear. The Republicans are horrible, the Democrats are useless, and Independents are generally crazy.
Someday we will all wake up and realize what has been done to us. At that moment, every man, woman and child should head to Washington. Pat Buchanan had it partly right. But instead of pitchforks and brooms, he needed ak47s and m16s.

Posted by: The B Man | January 31, 2006 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Joel - I take heart in the tone of your blog today because it's obvious that even YOU are no longer able to give the benefit of the doubt to our crackpot schmuck of a president. It took you five years, but you've finally come 'round.
Thank you!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 31, 2006 7:54 PM | Report abuse

ABC's being rather deferential, and it took only 60 seconds to mention Woodruff...

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 31, 2006 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Someone was kind enough to invite Cindy Sheehan, and ABC reports she tried to bring a banner in and has been arrested... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 31, 2006 9:08 PM | Report abuse

No surprise the Democrats didn't rise to the "We're winning" call, but the Joint Chiefs were rather tardy in coming to their feet...

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 31, 2006 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Reagan tried to verbize a positive vision....of a segregated white america. That's what Reagan stood for. Remember where he kicked off his 1980 campaign effort. Right in the heart of civil rights hating Dixie Truth hurts.
Who makes a hero of a white segregationist like Reagan? Hey, he was personable and all and I liked him as did everyone else, I mean Reagan was definitely in my comfort zone of the known white america I grew up with, but he had a country club vision of american whose time had long past.

Now Carter, with all his whatevers, really pushed human rights. At first I could not understand this concept of human rights, it made me uncomfortable it was something new. No country clubs? Where were the guns, the frontier, the battles to be fought. Then I grew up and realized with great respect Carter's dedication to human rights. Human Rights is one of the most important issues before us today. The other is the destruction of our environment.

PS I see my hero Senator Byrd voted for Alito. I respect this decision and pray that the responsibility of being a Supreme Court Justice challenges Alito's sense of justice as being more than the bare black and white printed words of a statute.

Otherwise I gonna get my penumbra out, cuz it looks like rain.

Posted by: Impeach Bush | January 31, 2006 9:25 PM | Report abuse

definition of mule
ignorant sterile animal
definition of lonemule
ignorant sterile animal who cannot get laid

nuff said
buttonboy

Posted by: buttonboy | January 31, 2006 11:12 PM | Report abuse

"Trivia: Carter gave a speech known as the "Malaise" speech. But he didn't say that word in it."

Like the "Mission Accomplished" speech... GWB didn't use the phrase (it appeared on the ship's banner in the background).

And of course, their particular mission HAD been accomplished.

Posted by: Deus vult | January 31, 2006 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Only 1083 more days...

http://www.backwardsbush.com/

Posted by: ot | February 1, 2006 2:26 AM | Report abuse

How many times did Bush use the word terror, or its many forms "9-11" "Osama" etc., last night. Did any count?

Posted by: Dodger | February 1, 2006 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Real state of the union found here: http://www.simplefears.com/simplefears.mov

Posted by: Dodger | February 1, 2006 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Bush is so full of crap I thought I saw it coming out his ears.

Posted by: Impeach Bush | February 1, 2006 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to talk about Bush anymore. Eugene Robinson's op-ed column in today's WaPo beautifully sums up what some of us discussed a few days ago on the loss of black leadership since Dr. King's death. "...there walked the Earth a remarkable man who could convince us to lay aside our differences and walk together arm in arm."

Posted by: Nani | February 1, 2006 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Well, I was half right and half wrong. Emeril's Bolongese sauce did look really good, as I suspected, but I was wrong because the Parmesan bechamel sauce really did seem to add a lot to the "manly man" lasagna after all. And I wouldn't have thought to mix the Bolognese with the sausage sauce, nor the bechamel with the Bolognese on top, but jeez, it looked good. I was surprised he used much fewer lasagna noodles than I would have, however.

Guess the speech was a dud, huh?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 1, 2006 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter was in office during the fall of the Shah which resulted in Americans being held hostage by Islamic fundamentalists for over a year. Those chickens are still roosting. Just one of the many lowpoints of his tenure.

All the back and forth on Carter misses Will's real point. The Convential Wisdom(tm) is that Carter is our Greatest Ex-President, that being a very extreme left-handed compliment. Will is saying that Carter's post-presidential work is just as bad as when he was in office. Carter does run around endorsing some very left-wing whackos in ways that are not in "our" (George Will's) best interest. A valid point from his perspective.

Dubya made it through "nuclear", but did mangle a few words. Since I wasn't paying close attention, I don't quite remember which ones, but they were moderately humorous.

He comes off much better with that little twinkle in his eye than as the stern lecturer he tries to be sometimes. Charm school is paying off for him.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 1, 2006 9:09 AM | Report abuse

He actually said "rostrum!"

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 1, 2006 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Nani, Cassandra:
In the fall, several software vendors who provide their goods/services to my husband's company threw a small party at the Radisson (nearby to my husband's work campus) during Happy Hour for employees in my husband's workgroup. I tagged along, and the group sat outside at a large table on the patio near the pool, and I ended up sitting next to a very well-educated, well-spoken African-American man from Florida. We began to talk.

He grew up in Hartford, Conn., where his dad had worked for the post office for decades. His wife, I believe, is of African-Carribean descent, but moved to the States when she was young. She ended up receiving a four-year scholarship to attend the Loomis-Chaffee school.

We began to talk about civil rights. The young man, BB (his initials), told me that Martin Luther King was no stranger to Windsor, Conn., where the Loomis-Chaffee School is located. He told me that King took a bus up from the south to work Connecticut's tobacco fields. I never knew that and have subsequently learned that King labored both in Windsor and a few miles to the west in Simsbury.

The stories are here:
http://www.hogriver.org/issues/v01n01/tobacco_valley.htm

http://www.ctheritage.org/BarnAgain/ResourcesforBarnProjects.htm

The Simsbury Historical Society and the State Office of Historic Preservation are conducting research on African American students from southern All-Black Colleges (including Martin Luther King, Jr.) that came north summers to work the tobacco fields and lived in Simsbury. This research will take shape in a planned exhibit later this year in conjunction with the Windsor stop.

Also, The Hartford Courant reported on Jan. 15 that a long-lost tape of a speech MLK delivered in Hrtford in 1959 was very recently discovered in the archives at the University of Hartford.

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-kingspeech0115.artjan15,0,5137292.story?coll=hc-utility-home

Perhaps you already know that Coretta Scott King was a woman of music, with tremendous gifts, and met Martin Luther King, Jr., when both were in Boston, where she was studying music at the New England Conservatory of Music. It was not her particular goal to return to the overt racism of the South, but for love of her husband, she did.

Posted by: Loomis | February 1, 2006 9:37 AM | Report abuse

My TV has this neat feature; when I put it on mute, it runs the words along the bottom of the screen.

That's how I made it through the full SOU speech. Otherwise, I wouldn't have.

His voice and smarmy smirks irritate the heck out of me and drive me from the room.

It was interesting reading how a 'divider' now wants to exhort others to 'unite'. I actually laughed out loud when he said it.

Posted by: amo | February 1, 2006 9:41 AM | Report abuse

From Steven Pearlstein's WaPo column this morning about Bush's SOTU:

I find it interesting that the president could take credit for saving $14 billion through the elimination of more than 140 non-security domestic programs without bothering to mention a dime he could save from the Department of Homeland Security or the Pentagon, which on his watch have become cesspools of waste, fraud and fiscal abuse.

And does anyone really believe that a president and vice president who became wealthy from their association with the oil and gas industry, who never failed to tout the industry line and who presided over the biggest transfer of wealth from consumers to industry in the history of mankind -- that these same leaders will move us beyond a "petroleum-based economy" to one based on "wood chips, stalks or switch grass"?

Posted by: Loomis | February 1, 2006 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Ethanol and probably bio-diesel are losers in the energy independence front. There can't possibly be enough switch grass to fuel every car in America. Ethanol is a huge subsidy to ADM that is scientifically and ecologically indefensible.

The real scientific breakthrough needed is a catalytic method of extracting hydrogen from water so that fuel cells are actually energy generators rather than glorified bateries.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 1, 2006 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I'll be snarky yet brief:

POTUS is the one with Rose Colored Augmented Reality headgear on.

He says that we're not going to abandon our responsibilites and our in the Middle East, with not-so veiled threats to Middle Eastern political and economic stability. Hey, they'll be raring to become Capitalist Democracies once 75% of the American money's gone. Won't they?

Linda, I think the "wood chips and stalks or switch grass" were in regards to trying to get ethanol technologies going, to try to make them competitive with methanol. Really, just a bone to the domestic non-beverage alcohol-production trade groups. I don't think even he'd drank enough alky to believe you could run an entire economy off that stuff. A White House Administration is a different story though.

bc

Posted by: bc | February 1, 2006 10:25 AM | Report abuse

"The B Man" writes, "Someday we will all wake up and realize what has been done to us. At that moment, every man, woman and child should head to Washington."

Frankly, I don't think there will ever BE such a moment of all-knowingness. In this imperfect world, by the time we all "realize what has been done" in one realm, we'll have other issues to deal with -- issues that we won't have fully comprehended or appreciated. If we had all the answers to everything at once, we probably wouldn't be here -- we would have transcended it all.

But hypothetically, if such a state of perfect realization *were* possible, I don't think it would come about through anger, indignance, or complaint. It would not come about through a collective victim mentality. It would probably come about through universal responsibility and action. It would probably come about not because we realized what had been done "*to* us," but because we were more aware of our own impact on others -- what we "do *to*" them. If we could all achieve this state of realization, we'd probably find that collectively we created far fewer messes and had a lot less to take umbrage at. We might consider ourselves worthy of more, and get more. *Deserve* more.

We can sit back and wait for the perfect leader to come along and solve all our problems, but such a person will probably never materialize. In the meantime, we have to ask ourselves what we as individuals can do to make the world a better place. There's no shortage of people to criticize and be offended by -- and there sure are some easy targets out there. The real challenge comes in improving *ourselves*, in being the sorts of people who in turn do not offend or attract criticism. THAT'S the tricky part.

Posted by: Dreamer | February 1, 2006 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I think we all need to sit back, take a deep brief, and sing a nice little song. I just happen to have one hear, called "George's Lament," and it goes a little something (wait for it)...like this:

Your lights are on, but you're not home
Cheney's mind is not your own
Your heart sweats, your body shakes
Another war is what it takes

You can't talk, you're Rove's sheep
There's no doubt, you're in deep
Your throat is tight, you can't breathe
Another war is all you need

Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah
It's closer to the truth to say you think you're a royal, you know you're
Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to oil

You see the signs, but you can't read
You're runnin' at a different speed
You heart beats in double time
Another mission accomplished, so it says on the sign

You can't be saved
Oblivion is all you crave
If there's some left for you
You don't mind if you do

Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah
It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough, you know you're
Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to oil

Might as well face it, you're addicted to oil
Might as well face it, you're addicted to oil
Might as well face it, you're addicted to oil
Might as well face it, you're addicted to oil
Might as well face it, you're addicted to oil

Your lights are on, but you're not home
Cheney's will is not your own
Your heart sweats and teeth grind
Another war and you'll be mine

Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah
It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough, you know you're
Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to oil

Might as well face it, you're addicted to oil
Might as well face it, you're addicted to oil
Might as well face it, you're addicted to oil
Might as well face it, you're addicted to oil
Might as well face it, you're addicted to oil

[I think for the video and podcast versions, I'd have Bush out front singing the lead, and behind him a bevy of beautiful girls (all brunettes, with hair pulled back)playing guitars, but they look like Swedish models on thorazine, just totally zoned out. Oh, and they'd all be dressed the same, in skin-tight dresses that come to mid-thigh, to maybe show off their legs. Whaddaya think?]

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 1, 2006 10:39 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Jeez, don't know what's wrong with my fingers and phonics today. brief= breath. hear=here. I'm afraid to proof it any further.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 1, 2006 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Right on Dreamer. The Martin Luther Kings, Mother Theresas and Pope John Paul IIs are few and far between. How fortunate and amazing that we had all of them in our lifetime.

By the by, Achenfan/Tom fan/Dreamer, I've sort of designated you as boodle mother (or as Ernest T. Bass said to Miss Crump, "I luv yoo; yure my mother figger")

Posted by: Nani | February 1, 2006 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Dreamer writes (hmmmm....):
"The real challenge comes in improving *ourselves*, in being the sorts of people who in turn do not offend or attract criticism. THAT'S the tricky part."

Re: Sheehan's T-shirt last night...(Was wearing a T-shirt *demonstrating*?

Cohen v. California
No. 299
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
403 U.S. 15
Argued February 22, 1971
Decided June 7, 1971

Syllabus

Appellant was convicted of violating that part of Cal. Penal Code § 415 which prohibits "maliciously and willfully disturb[ing] the peace or quiet of any neighborhood or person . . . by . . . offensive conduct," for wearing a jacket bearing the words "***k the Draft" in a corridor of the Los Angeles Courthouse. The Court of Appeal held that "offensive conduct" means "behavior which has a tendency to provoke others to acts of violence or to in turn disturb the peace," and affirmed the conviction.

Held: Absent a more particularized and compelling reason for its actions, the State may not, consistently with the First and Fourteenth Amendments, make the simple public display of this single four-letter expletive a criminal offense. Pp. 22-26.

1 Cal. App. 3d 94, 81 Cal. Rptr. 503, reversed.

http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/comm/free_speech/cohen.html

The link contains many other previous court challenges to dissent/right of free speech and the SC dissent, by several Supremes, to the decision.

Posted by: Loomis | February 1, 2006 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh Nani, that's so sweet -- such a compliment. And I -- as someone else said here recently (was it yellojkt? Or RD Padouk?) -- wish you were *my* nani! Well, maybe you can be Boodle nani to all of us.

Posted by: Dreamer | February 1, 2006 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Dreamer, so right on the money.

Posted by: dr | February 1, 2006 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon: Bush singing my song?

It STINKS !!!!

Posted by: Robert Plant | February 1, 2006 10:59 AM | Report abuse

[I think for the video and podcast versions, I'd have Bush out front singing the lead, and behind him a bevy of beautiful girls (all brunettes, with hair pulled back)playing guitars, but they look like Swedish models on thorazine, just totally zoned out. Oh, and they'd all be dressed the same, in skin-tight dresses that come to mid-thigh, to maybe show off their legs. Whaddaya think?]

For back-up:
http://www.pcdmusic.com/

Go the Media link on their website and check out the Sway video, Mudge. Their calves ought to rev you up better than your four cups of WaWa half-cafs. ;-)

Posted by: Loomis | February 1, 2006 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Good point, Loomis -- the definition of "offensive" is elastic. Some are offended by pretty much everything, and some by almost nothing. If we do happen to "offend" someone, or attract criticism, that doesn't necessarily mean we've behaved reprehensibly. I guess ultimately we judge our own behavior -- we must answer to ourselves. The more informed and self-aware we are, the better our judgment will be.

[I'm probably digging myself into a big hole here -- someone is bound to point out that Bush, too, judges his own behavior and considers it to be impeccable. I guess my point is that we can't change anyone but ourselves. That reality is both daunting and promising.]

Posted by: Dreamer | February 1, 2006 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Uh, Mr. Plant, haven't you confused yourself with Robert Palmer?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | February 1, 2006 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon beat me to it! Dang!

Posted by: amo | February 1, 2006 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Mudge - GREAT SONG.

Posted by: CowTown | February 1, 2006 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The Patriot Act isn't enough; the Bush administration has to take it a step further and arrested Cindy Sheehan (whose son died in Iraq) Tuesday in the House gallery for wearing a t-shirt protesting the war in Iraq, and refusing to cover it up. Sheehan was an invited guest of California Rep. Lynn Woolsey.

While I don't agree with some of Sheehan's views (especially when it comes to the Middle East, Israel and the Palestinians), she has a right to have them and express them, and her right for that is given in the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Bush spent a good portion of the first half hour of his State of the Union address talking about the importance of liberty and freedom, ("liberty is the right and hope of all humanity" and "lead this world toward freedom"), and then had the chutzpah to say we need to reinstate the Patriot Act, one major thing that removes our freedom. He also defended the NSA's right to secretly wire-tap and spy on Americans. Our government isn't free, nor is it upholding our Constitutional rights when it arrests Sheehan or demands reinstatement of the Patriot Act, or when it permits spying on its citizens.

Never forget, and don't let Washington forget, that they were voted into office to represent us, and we pay their salaries with our taxes. We can impeach them, and kick them out, too.

If you agree, write to your representatives, call them, and tell them they are violating our civil rights, censoring us, unless they loudly protest this arrest. Make Bush stand behind his words for once. If he truly believes in freedom, then he must apologize to Sheehan and to the American people.

Posted by: Nora Amrani | February 1, 2006 12:40 PM | Report abuse

My representative doesn't care and the Republicans are hanging tight, what now?

Posted by: Dave | February 1, 2006 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Bush put me to sleep, he was so boring (LOL)

Posted by: cw | February 2, 2006 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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