The Watering Hole: Wednesday, January1, 2016: I’m Briseadh na Faire, and I’m running for President, Part VII

I’m Briseadh na Faire, and I’m running for President. Here are a few of my positions on issues important to the American People today. Between now and November 2016, I will post additional policy and platform statements.

Today’s topic du jour: State of the Union – yeah, right.

I know, I know. By the time you read this, Obama will have given his last State of the Union Address as President of the United States, blah, blah, blah. He will have put a positive spin on all things Obama, all things black, all things from Kenya. And Fox “News” will have unleashed a barrage showing exactly how incompetent and impotent the Reign of Obama has been, replete with quotes from every Republican candidate from Palin to Trump. (FYI, Palin has never, I repeat never stopped running for President of these here United States.)

The penultimate question is, and always will be: “are you better off now than you were before Obama became President?”

The only possible answer is a resounding “NO!!!”

Before Obama became President, we had hope. Hope for change. Hope for a future better than that of our parents. Now, as we approach the end of his eight-year reign as our supreme leader, we are that much older, that much wiser.

We’re still at war in the middle east – only the name of our enemy has changed from Saddam and Al Qaeda and the Taliban to ISIS or ISIL and Al Qaeda and the Taliban. We’re fighting in Syria now, and Iran is still an open question. Iraq? Forget it. It’s a lost cause. As is Afghanistan. Maybe the oil pipeline is safe, but for sure their heroin production is hitting all-time highs (no pun intended).

Ok, so how about here at home? You feel the boost in the economy from the bazillions in bailout money given to the same banksters that robbed us? Neither did I. Nor anyone else making less than, say, a million a year.

Let’s face it, the only thing we got from eight years of Obama was ObamaCare. Republicans can’t repeal it. The Supreme Court didn’t overturn it. We’re stuck with it. It’s a massive gift to the insurance industry, which wrote much of it. But is it Universal Health Care? No. Medicare for all? No. Just another way for insurance companies to skim their profits off of our health care dollars without improving our health care at all. I know, Republicans created this Boogey Monster of “Government Death Panels” and all. But the reality is that private health insurance companies do that every day, every time they deny a claim, deny a treatment recommended by your doctor, to maximize their profits.

Don’t get me wrong. Obama has done some good.  He refused to prosecute Bush and company for war crimes and crimes against humanity. God knows he had enough evidence in the public record to convict at least some of the previous administration. But by not prosecuting his predecessors he let the whole world know that the United States of America will act with impunity when it comes to invading countries under false pretexts for the sole purpose of changing their government; that we will torture people with impunity; that we will kidnap people, and hold them in prison forever, without charges, without due process, because we are, above all things, a Nation of Laws, a Nation of Freedom, a Nation of Liberty. Which is why, of course, terrorists hate us.

So, come 2016, vote Briseadh na Faire for President. I’m the only candidate for President who knows what’s best for America; the only candidate who acknowledges up front that I will break each and every one of my campaign promises, and, when I do, you won’t be disappointed!

I’m Briseadh na Faire, and I approve this message.

[BriseadhNaFaireforPresidentisnotaffiliatedwithanyPolitcalActionCommitteenorhas receivedtheendorcementofTPZoonoranyotherindividualbusinessnonprofitorganizationorgod.]

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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.

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OK, YOU’VE HEARD PRESIDENT OBAMA
YOU’VE HEARD TEH REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION

WHAT’S YOUR POLICY PROPOSALS?

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

State of the Union speech, 2015 — live-blogging

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It’s that time of year again — the President will paint a sunny picture of the state of this nation, and will talk about things he’d like to do this year, even though he knows this Congress isn’t going to do anything thing but keep his veto pen busy.  Fun times.

Who will heckle the President this year?  Which SCOTUS members will be present and absent?  How many times will the Dems pop up for applause, and how many times will the Repubs boo?  Which Fox “News” pundit will trash the speech before it’s even given?  How many members of Congress will be spending time on their phones, instead of giving the President the slightest bit of respect?

It’s open season, when live-blogging on TheZoo, on the Prez and Congress, which means everything is fair game:  Clothes, ties, hair-dos, hugs, praising the POTUS for good stuff, and giving him hell for bad stuff.  Knock yourselves out, Zoosters.

Make sure you stay tuned for the Repub and Tea Party responses to the SOTU, because Sen Joni Ernst, the pig castrater from Iowa, will be hollering the Repub response; and Rep Curt Clawson, the clueless they can’t be from Amurka if their skin is brown and they have funny names idiot from Florida, will confidently spew Teabagger crapola.

I’m not encouraging drinking games, but feel free to BYOB and party on.  I’ll be abstaining from the evils of drink this evening, so I’ll make sure y’all are laying on your sides, and will turn out the lights when I leave.  We don’t want a repeat of last year’s SOTU party — whatever might have happened…

The Watering Hole, Wednesday, January 29, 2014

If you all watched the State of the Union Address last night, that was the second half…Obama’s first half of his speech was sensored by the media (who received advanced notice of his intended remarks. What we didn’t see was the most stunning reversal of Presidential politics in the history of this nation. Here’s the rough transcript of the words that Corporate Media didn’t want you to hear:

“My Fellow Americans, members of Congress, and everybody else: I come to you tonight a changed man in a changed world. I am not the same man I was when you elected me in 2008, and the world is not the same either.

“As I reflected on my time in office, I had to recognize that, in many ways, some things are the same. We’re still at war. In fact, I’ve expanded powers of this office to order drone strikes anywhere I want. All I have to do is say the targeted people have something to do with terrorism and ‘Bam!’ they’re gone!

“On the home front, I’ve enacted the most draconian cuts to social programs ever, thanks to the ongoing sequester.

“Meanwhile the rich are getting richer, and corporations are getting away with everything.

“So, I’ve come to one inescapable conclusion: I’m a Republican. So, tonight, I’m making it official. I’m changing Parties. This will give me a majority in the House, and, with the help of the American electorate, a majority in the Senate with the 2014 elections.”

The floor of the chamber was silent and 43 members of the House s—- themselves.

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The Watering Hole: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 : Hump Day


Republicans and Democrats sit together for the State of the Union Address.

By now, Obama’s State of the Union Address is yesterday’s gnews. Political Pundits and Opposition Speakers were given advance copies, so they they were poised to pounce and denounce even before Obama took the podium. And that they did.

But, allow this writer to indulge in a quick review, and posit, were these the words of a Progressive, Moderate or Conservative?

This is our Open Thread. Feel free to write on this or any other topic that comes to mind.

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