Wednesday, January 21, 2015; ho-hum-hump-day

I heard Obama gave his State of the Union speech last night. ho-hum. More of the same, more of the same. What’s he gonna do? The Republican Majority in both houses of Congress won’t pass anything he proposes, so he is free to propose anything and everything.

The only way anything’s going to get done is if enough Democrats in Congress cross party lines to vote in favor of overriding a Presidential veto. Which, quite frankly, is likely.

So I’d like to offer my own “State of the Union” if you will, at least as far as certain policy proposals go:

First and foremost we must restore this great country to the greatness that we had before, and by before, I mean before things went to hell in a hand basket and we invaded not one, but two independent sovereign states in wars based on lies. And to do that, I’m ordering the immediate arrest of the prior administration, to be handed over to the International Criminal Court for to be tried for crimes against humanity and international war crimes.

Next, I am restoring tax rates to where they were before ‘trickle down economics’ destroyed our middle class and restore regulations to where they were before deregulating destroyed our economy.

Free trade agreements that benefited multi-national corporations at the expense of the American Worker will be replaced with Fair Trade agreements.

Guantanamo is history. I’m shutting it down. It’s a blight on our nation as a nation that respects and upholds the rule of law. I don’t care if Congress doesn’t appropriate funds to shut it down, I’m shutting it down. I’ll find the money somewhere. And if Congress doesn’t like it, they can impeach me. In fact, I dare them to.

You get my drift. Oh, and these are my policy proposals, and do not necessarily reflect on the policies and proposals of The Zoo.




(or anything else you’d like to blog about, including, but not necessarily limited to: pictures of grumpy cat.)


46 thoughts on “Wednesday, January 21, 2015; ho-hum-hump-day

  1. I love Obama’s unceasing optimism and his commitment to behaving civilly in an uncivil America. I needed that tonight. It charged me. And while some will say it will have no effect, I disagree. I think it has a tremendously positive effect.

  2. This was a quite telling bit in an e-mail blast I get from the Star Tribune (Minneapolis newspaper).

    Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a $100 million childcare tax credit, while Senate Republicans proposed eliminating the tax on Social Security benefits, the Strib [reports].

    **_Households earning up to $124,000 would be eligible for the credit, which would give direct tax relief averaging $481 per family to about 130,000 families statewide. The credit also would apply to dependent care for the disabled and elderly._**

    The GOP plan would save seniors about $600 per year. Republicans warned that without a proposal like this, seniors would keep moving south.

    I’m certainly not against a break for Seniors as well as families. But the republican worry that seniors would move out of state is obvious pandering. Seniors vote for Republican. Have to protect your aging base.

    And seniors don’t move from this state because taxes are too high. They may cite that as a reason, but the real reason is it’s too frickin’ cold here. 🙂

  3. Tweet ‘courtesy’ of Steve King (Fascist – IA):

    #Obama perverts “prosecutorial discretion” by inviting a deportable to sit in place of honor at #SOTU w/1st Lady. I should sit with Alito.


    The tweet was in reference to Ana Zamora, a student from Dallas that the president and first lady invited to hear the address. Zamora’s parents are undocumented workers, but she was granted temporary relief in 2012 under the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Her parents are potentially eligible to receive temporary relief as well under the executive actions the president took last November.

  4. Shep Smith whines about placecards at the State of the Union Lunch. (He got Scott Pelley wrong btw. Pelley is from CBS.) Seems the card makers left the word ‘News’ off the Fox hosts’ cards. 😀

  5. No one in the Western media has been watching this at all. During the so-called ‘cease fire’ between ‘pro-Russian rebels’ (in fact a mixture of local thugs, Chechen mercenaries and regular Russian forces – there is no doubt about this, just repeated lies and brainless ‘he-said she-said’ reporting from the Western media), the Russian army has helped take over 500 km2 of Ukraine territory in defiance of the Minsk agreement. Regular Russian soldiers and tanks are attacking Donetsk airport daily now, held by a handful of dedicated Ukrainian soldiers in what is being called ‘Ukraine’s Stalingrad’. In the last few days, reports of a new Russian invasion in the far NE corner of the occupied area are coming in – up to 2 regular Russian battalions.

    And the West? Last I heard, France and ‘Marshall Petain’ Hollande was proposing lifting the sanctions (WTF?). And you see nothing on your TVs either… doesn’t matter does it?

    • I saw drone footage of that airport — it’s a wasteland.

      It’s really quite serious that we’re not hearing anything about Ukraine anymore. That’s what happens when the news division is moved into the entertainment division — and is expected to make a profit. 😦

      • BBC covering it today – again just ‘he said, she said’ – Pereshenko says there are 9,000 Russian regulars and 500 heavy weapons on Ukraine soil “If this is not aggression, what is?”

        Lavrov says there are none – zero, nada… “there is no evidence”

        Well yesterday I saw a burned out T72 under a collapsed bridge at Donetsk airport (I took a few vehicle recognition guides back in August). Ukraine doesn’t have any T72s…

        … and whether or not you wish to examine the evidence – try this for the BS factor. If Russia is *not* supplying anything to the ‘rebels’, then how come they have maintained a seemingly unlimited supply of guns, ammo, tanks and weapons in a hot shooting war for over 6 months without running out?

  6. 10 reasons not to support Keystone XL

    This is not as wonky/technical as the one I have posted here several times. Does not talk about how prices in mid-west will actually go up as a result – there is a local oversupply in mid-west US keeping prices low, the pipeline allows the oil to get to Texas where it will be refined and exported for more money.

    And it missed who else besides TransCanada want to benefit….. the Koch Brothers own Flint Hills Resources, which already owns the entry point to the Keystone and the Koch’s also own up to 25% of the tar sands today. The Keystone pipeline, just like last week’s payoff to Wall Street in the form of hamstringing Dodd-Frank is so brazen and naked – a payoff to the corporations and the fascists who run them for the 2014 election. Wonder why the name Flint Hills and Koch never comes up in our news reports? Actually I don’t wonder at all.

    ““Tar sands crude means a dirtier, more dangerous future for our children all so that the oil industry can reach the higher prices of overseas markets. This dirty energy project is all risk and no reward for the American people.”

    – The Sundance Kid

    • I watched the whole thing, laffing my ass off….COULD YOU SPEAK A LITTLE LOUDER TEDDY? THE FUCKING CROWD IS DROWNING YOU OUT!!

  7. For the third consecutive year, the Republican Party’s official response to the State of the Union was actually split in two: one in English and one in Spanish.

    In theory, this was supposed to be simple. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) would deliver a carefully crafted GOP response to President Obama’s speech, while Rep Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) would deliver the identical speech in Spanish. What could possibly go wrong?

    Well, it’s a funny story.

  8. Excellent SOU BnF.
    Tellin it like it is.
    Oh, and how about an executive order banning all contributions over $20 to any political effort.

    • Thanks, RUC. hmmm….I wonder – what if PACs and campaign committees had to pay taxes??

  9. Hmmm……look at the cumulative numbers of Florida and Texas.

    Open Enrollment Week 9: January 10, 2015 – January 16, 2015

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Since Open Enrollment began on November 15, more than 7.1 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled through the platform, which includes the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM), State Partnership Marketplaces and supported State-Based Marketplaces.

    • Uh oh. Boehner will cry “I didn’t know.”
      Damn it would be so good to see him hauled up before some disciplinary court.

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