Reflections On The 2014 State Of The Union Address

letterstomycountry:

1. Not a single word about Criminal Justice Reform.

2. Not a single word about the War on Drugs.

3. Not a single concrete proposal for reigning in the NSA.

4. A complete failure to take any sort of responsibility for the disasters of the American drone program.  I doubt “prudent restrictions” will include dropping the magical reclassification of dead civilians as “militants.”

5. Shameless use of a disabled veteran as a political prop.

6. President’s tie was sharp.

7. The minimum wage debate should be interesting to watch as it develops in the legislature.

8. After his tax speech, It appears that literally everybody wants to reduce corporate tax rates now.  Notwithstanding the merits or cons of that decision, it seems to be yet another point of contention removed from between the parties.

9. Glad he’s still pushing to close Guantanamo Bay.  Credit where credit is due.

10. Seriously, that was a sharp tie.

Other than that, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

I’m done with all of it. Been a little surprised of late at the speed with which I attained critical velocity regarding my political apathy. We’re so fucked.

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Mark Driscoll at the Strange Fire Conference

This just in: Mark Driscoll is a lying tool.

It’s true that we don’t know for sure whether certain ills conservatives have warned about will occur once Obamacare is fully enacted. For example, will we truly have the same freedom to choose a physician that we have now? Will a surplus of insured patients require a scaling back (or “rationing,” as some call it) of provided healthcare services? Will doctors be able to spend as much time with patients? These are all valid, unanswered questions. The problem is that people like Sean Hannity have decided to answer them now, without evidence. Or worse, with fake evidence.

Source: salon.com

Some of the rules are lies.
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought

Source: divineirony

Something smells here. If this is the best the White House can come up with to make a case for starting a war with a country that poses no threat to the US, at a time when a majority of Americans opposes starting yet another war in the Middle East, and when most of the world, including America’s closest allies, are backing away from support for an attack, the conclusion has to be that there is no real case against Syria.

Rather, President Obama appears to have oratorically backed himself into a corner by saying he would bomb Syria for what he insists is a war crime it has committed, and now he feels he has to attack, committing an even more serious war crime, in order to defend his “credibility” as a leader.

Beyonce lip-syncing at the inauguration: Musician Mike Doughty says she was singing live.

If she was indeed lip-syncing at the inauguration, give her the Nobel Prize in mime.

Yep.

More validation for my defense of Beyoncé… a retweet by Greg Wells (a production hero of mine, as well… so, yay me). Greg’s resume includes Adele, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Mika, and on and on and on…
And next to a reply to the one and only KD Lang. Righteous.

More validation for my defense of Beyoncé… a retweet by Greg Wells (a production hero of mine, as well… so, yay me). Greg’s resume includes Adele, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Mika, and on and on and on

And next to a reply to the one and only KD Lang. Righteous.

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mrthell asked:
What about the Marine band confirming Beyoncé lip-synched being reported by The Times and Washingtonian?

1. they don’t know what they’re talking about, as confirmed by a more recent Marine Corps Band spokesperson (check back in my blog a few posts ago).

2. your use of the word “reported” is suspect, at best.

3. I say they were covering for the fact that the band was the part of the presentation that you didn’t hear live. No, really (I mean about them being pre-recorded, not a “cover up” which is just me being snarky).

There’s no story here. NONE. Beyoncé recorded a vocal to have on hand as a backup in case of weather, technical glitches, personal health, and other unforeseeable events. This is standard operating procedure, and anyone with experience in live audio on the level of a Presidential Inauguration will confirm this.

She sang her ass off. Period. Those who are attempting to slander her performance as though she were the second coming of Milli Vanilli are supremely idiotic.