published Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

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The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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fairmon said...

The seat for Wilson is properly located. There is no call for such out burst.

I never watch the "network" contributors after the speach or any speach where they try to tell me what someone I listend to said or what it meant. They think we are all too stupid to understand so they have to explain it to us. I get tired of all the applause and sucking up congress does and you know they are all well aware they are on TV. Bahner will probably cry and Pelosi will have that fake plastic surgery created smile or smirk working. No risk of Biden doing his foot in Obama's mouth trick since he isn't speaking. McCain may doze off but he will have a comment later.

Isn't it sweet how some democrats and republicans are going to sit togther? What a bunch of political crap. When are they going to get together and do something to stop the growing debt, increase employment, increase taxes on all of us and get all the BS out of the healthcare bill. When are they going to tell people about all the new taxes in the bill? If the majority support it they will understand and accept the truth about the cost. Anyone that thinks it will not cost more for 20 million more people to be insured with the majority having to have assistance to afford coverage should make sure their policy covers mental illness and use it asap. If that is what it takes we all suck it up and pay up but don't make me pay for the pork in the bill. I don't like pork, some say it isn't healthy.

January 25, 2011 at 12:31 a.m.
Clara said...

How come we don't just seat the lobbyists among them as well.

I wonder how much a lobbyist earns for doing what he does?

I've come to the conclusion that it is all "Theatre".

And I "can't bite the bullet" because I had my last, natural tooth extracted, (with great difficulty).

I'm on a pain pill and even less cogent and more confused than ever. Contact me in 3 days.

I'll have to visit someone to hear the address.

Perhaps it will have captions,tooooooooooooooooozzzzzz.

January 25, 2011 at 1:32 a.m.
acerigger said...

Wilson's outburst brought in a lot of money for his political "war-chest",I'm sure some of the other attention hores took note. Let's see who tries to get the spotlight tonight.

January 25, 2011 at 6:34 a.m.
pmcauley said...

I like the idea of having lobbyists sitting among their colleagues listening to the speech, then the true government will be there.

Cynically yours, PM

January 25, 2011 at 6:36 a.m.
woody said...

The "State of the Union" is in flux. Nothing more need be said. But leave it to someone like Miller to provide it. His mother is probably still in hiding.

Get ready, more snow, Woody

January 25, 2011 at 6:41 a.m.
EaTn said...

The State of Union address was never intended to be about the President but to give Congress and the American people a summary of what happened in our government the past year and plans for the coming year. It is an opportunity for the President and Congress to put their best foot forward, or in Wilson's case the "foot in mouth". He disgraced himself, the Congress and Americans in general, and I hope if anyone else plans such a stunt that they crawl back in their hole.

January 25, 2011 at 7:18 a.m.
Francis said...

actually obama disgraced himself by attacking the supreme court decision in his state of the union address........trying to humiliate the justices...and, wilson was correct.........obama is a liar... he lied about who he was when he ran, he lied about the crap he and his party tried to heap on this country ............and in fact...he lied to his own base about what he would do and not do.....why is guantanamo stilll open....if it's such a hellhole and unecessary?.....fraud.....now he's trying to come across like mr. pro business and a fan of reagan......fraud.

you libs whine about decorum regarding wilson when this white house
completely lacks any..

it is a bunch of crap. .......who cares if they sit side by side.....they might as well, one party is complete bull**** and the other is not far behind. the only hope is that a new crop of those elected, not just in washington d.c....but in state and local governments....will respect the tax payers more and look at us as people instead of dollar signs and something to be controlled.

and yes, lobbyists might as well be there...both parties have whored them selves out to them

January 25, 2011 at 9:28 a.m.
BobMKE said...

What about Obama when he was disrespecting the Supreme Court Justices last year? I’m hoping that some of them stay home, but they have too much class for that, not like the classless Obama.

January 25, 2011 at 9:33 a.m.
alprova said...

Some of you are hilarious and as usual, hypocrites.

For two years, you folks have had nothing kind at all to state about your President. In your minds, I suppose that's what you would call 'constructive criticism.'

As a reminder of what happened last year, President Obama stated, "With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections." (Applause.)..."And I'd urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems."

The President offering his criticism of the Supreme Court in front of the nation was not disrespectful. It's called the First Amendment, and even the President of the United States is entitled to exercise it.

There are U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-controlled corporations that could influence our elections because of this ruling.

The issue was raised by Justice John Paul Stevens in his dissent in the case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission:

"It would appear to afford the same protection to multinational corporations controlled by foreigners as to individual Americans.

The Court all but confesses that a categorical approach to speaker identity is untenable when it acknowledges that Congress might be allowed to take measures aimed at preventing foreign individuals or associations from influencing our Nation’s political process.

Such measures have been a part of U.S. campaign finance law for many years. The notion that Congress might lack the authority to distinguish foreigners from citizens in the regulation of electioneering would certainly have surprised the Framers.Unlike voters in U.S. elections, corporations may be foreign controlled."

The Supreme Court is not made up of Gods, nor are the Saints. They are as human as the rest of us. That decision was a horrible one and most people know it was.

Now when it comes to Justice Alito, who is threatening to skip tonight's State of the Union speech, probably because he was singled out last year after mumbling "not true" to what the President Stated, let him stay home.

Alito is a hot head just like Joe Wilson and he disrespected the President on national television as well, if we're keeping score that is.

January 25, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

Clara (hope you feel better soon!) said: "I've come to the conclusion that it is all 'Theatre'."

Right you are, Clara. Tonight, for instance, the President will be in the 'spotlight,' as Democrats and Republicans sit together in the 'supporting role' as a 'show' of bipartisanship.

It would be difficult to write a political farce any better. The idea of Dems and Reps commingling is completely absurd. They couldn't be any farther apart.

The Republican outlook is driven by politics. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said publicly, in front of cameras and microphones, that the number one agenda for Republicans in the 112th Congress is to make Obama a one term President. They demonstrated during the 111th Congress that they will stall, delay, and filibuster as much legislation as they possibly can. Even bills they support.

The Democratic outlook is driven by policy. You may disagree with their methods or mistrust their agenda but Democrats were honestly trying to strengthen the economy. Once again, trickle down economics had shot the National Debt into they stratosphere as the rich got richer and everybody else saw their wages stagnate. Once again, we had high unemployment.

President Obama decided that America would benefit with a 'Keynesian' approach. (Briefly, here's a good definition: "Keynesian economics argues that private sector decisions sometimes lead to inefficient macroeconomic outcomes and therefore advocates active policy responses by the public sector.")

While the economy under Obama hasn't been adding jobs lately at the same rate it was shedding jobs under Bush, there are some positive economic signs.

Trust Republicans to continue to undermine everything.

Just because Democrats and Republicans are sitting together tonight doesn't mean they'll be seeing eye to eye tomorrow.

January 25, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

Sorry. I meant to say "Senate Minority Leader Mitch..."

My bad.

January 25, 2011 at 10:16 a.m.
BobMKE said...

Comrade alprova

There is a time and place for everything and that was not the time or place to offer that criticism. Just because you have a right to say something doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do. That means, Wilson, Justice Alito, and Obama. Clay left two of the above names off of his cartoon. He is a hypocrite, as are you.

January 25, 2011 at 10:26 a.m.
hotdiggity said...

I have a feeling that even some of the most conservative posters here have been uneasy about the SCOTUS decision.

In light of constant conservative complaining about "activist" judicial decisions the Citizens United case overturned decades of precedence, allows increased and unprecedented power and influence to special interests, and makes a mockery of "We the people".

This ruling pretty much guts attempts at grass roots movements where real "people" attempt to have a say in their government. Individuals have scant chance against the power and influence of corporate interests.

The selling of America continues as conservatives cheer the rights of companies as "people" and ignore our march to corporate oligarchy.

January 25, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
acerigger said...

"What about Obama when he was disrespecting the Supreme Court Justices last year? Username: BobMKE | On: January 25, 2011 at 9:33 a.m.

After they opened the gates to unlimited corporate,anonymous funds to our elections process, you think they deserve respect? You don't see it as a threat to democracy? I gotta wonder about you bob.

January 25, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.
Francis said...

communist alert!!!

hotdiggity.."corporate oligarchy"...as in obama being in bed with GE and google.

hypocrite......once again..if it's the right coporation, as in one who supports democrats, it's ok..isn't it.

"We the people"...never got to vote on abortion......

you libs are gutless and tyrants...you are truly communists and authoritarians

January 25, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.
pmcauley said...

BW wrote: "...Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said publicly, in front of cameras and microphones, that the number one agenda for Republicans in the 112th Congress is to make Obama a one term President. They demonstrated during the 111th Congress that they will stall, delay, and filibuster as much legislation as they possibly can. Even bills they support...."

This is unbelievable. To announce that publicly as if that were boast-worthy is incredible. Should not the number one agenda item of any elected official to act to better the lot of the citizens? I would make the comment whether the idiot was Democratic or Republican- it’s about the people not getting re-elected! Why are we so jaded that an uproar did not occur? pm

January 25, 2011 at 11:37 a.m.
Musicman375 said...

pm, that was supposed to read "Senate Minority Leader..."

It wasn't a republican boasting about that. It was more of the same old rhetoric we keep seeing from both sides of the aisle. This particular comment happened to be from a democrat, but they're all getting old. Both republicans and democrats need to grow up.

January 25, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.
Musicman375 said...

Oh wait, scratch my last comment. my bad.

January 25, 2011 at 11:45 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

Francis raises an interesting point: "..if it's the right coporation, as in one who supports democrats, it's ok..isn't it."

First of all, corporations donate to Democrats to hedge their bets. I know a gambler who hedges his bets, too, and when he wins he wins big but he never loses big. To suggest that corporations donate equally to both Republicans and Democrats is fantasy.

Francis, if I'm wrong, you should be able to provide some evidence to the contrary. Should be a snap.

Second of all, using the excuse that 'I only did it because everybody else was doing it' is childish. With no disrespect toward children. What did your Momma say when you told her you only skipped school because everybody else was doing it? Or you only threw a rock through your neighbors window because everybody was doing it?

No accountability. No reason. Just more pointless drivel delivered by a paranoid apologist.

January 25, 2011 at 11:53 a.m.
Musicman375 said...

Lol, sorry about my brain fart on that, pm. I don't know what I was thinking.

January 25, 2011 at 11:54 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

Music man wrote: "Oh wait, scratch my last comment. my bad."

That's cool. You're right, though. I AM getting old.

January 25, 2011 at 11:57 a.m.
Francis said...

huh?....you mean to tell me obama being in bed with ge doesn't prove my point?

they only donate to dems to "hedge their bets"...good gosh you are in denial. you're the perfect example of a troll...not me....dem good/republ bad.

how much did big pharma and the insurance indsustry influence the dem party "health plan"....

stop the blind loyalty to the democrat party.......there's not much difference between the two....

ge gets in bed with obama and their ceo becomes part of the administration.

you're vision of obama as some kind of hero slaying the big bad corporate world is silly.....dems take piles and piles of money from lobbyists....and no..i don't have to link to anything to prove it.....it just is so...

you and alprova's anal retentive posts with your links to sites that only libs would like is getting tiresome.

January 25, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.
pmcauley said...

francis you really need to make up your mind.

Are we "libs" corporate lackies or communists? Can't be both.

I think you're going to have to use a different emotive term. The communist term is a bit dated.

insert Argumentum ad Hominem here.

pm

January 25, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.
blackwater48 said...

Francis said, "i don't have to link to anything to prove it...it just is so..."

Your proof is 'everybody knows it.'

Like the world is flat. Everybody knows it. The sun revolves around the earth. Everybody knows it. Men are smarter than women. Everybody knows it.

I originally said, "To suggest that corporations donate equally to both Republicans and Democrats is fantasy."

You didn't refute my point. You proved it, so thanks for that.

Do you understand the difference between opinion and fact? Do you know the difference between apathy and ignorance?

January 25, 2011 at 12:48 p.m.
Francis said...

true communists, if there was ever such thing, wouldn't have anything to do with corporations i guess...but the logical extension of what many of you libs spout off about on here is communism.......you don't trust the private sector..but you trust big government......as alprova said, "they never bounced a check"..which of course is bull**** since they can print their own money..

regarding obama and the libs in power.....they'll get in bed with corporations if they give you enough money.....some corporations you could say are paying off democrats to leave them alone...shake down..if you well....which i'm sure obama as a "community organizer" would familiar with..

obama as it's turning out is only about obama and mainting power and being popular..so now, he's pretending to be mr. moderate and even respectful of reagan...while behind the scenes he has his lib army bad mouthing the republican party....he's an opportunist......but will do anything to get his poll numbers up....but in his zen heaven america is communist and he's the supreme leader...

January 25, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.
pmcauley said...

Francis said: "...you and alprova's anal retentive posts with your links to sites that only libs would like is getting tiresome. ..."

People who post the link or make an argument directly are trying to prove their points. If they are full of crap call them on it with proof of your own. pm

January 25, 2011 at 12:55 p.m.
acerigger said...

"Heads up" to PM, you're pounding your keyboard in vain.

January 25, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.
hambone said...

BW, You know better than to ask the resident troll to back up what he says.

January 25, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.
blackwater48 said...

hambone, yes, I do.

But I do enjoy his driveling rants. Not much funny in the world these days but I get joy to the extreme reading Francis' circular 'logic' and the way he tries to fame his arguments in the negative.

I know I shouldn't make fun of him, but I believe politics should be entertaining.

And God protects the feeble minded as a matter of daily routine.

January 25, 2011 at 1:53 p.m.
canarysong said...

Re: alprova 10:08 post & hotdiggity 11:19 post, Thank you both for putting it better than I could.

On the day of the SCOTUS decision, did anyone else hear the loud thump as the bottom dropped out of our democratic system? Why did this not spark rioting in the streets? Have we become too complacent or were we just too stunned?

The reactionary right is constantly screeching about how the Obama agenda will strip the rights of the individual, but yet they let this blatant affront to the citizen's voice in democracy go by without criticism. The tea partiers who love to dress up like the founding fathers surely don't think that this is what they had in mind. Hmm, "tea partiers.......think"; I guess I just answered my own question.

If the SCOTUS decision is left to stand it will go down in history books as the turning point leading to the demise of the United States as a meaningful democracy. This decision is likely to have devastating consequences far beyond those that are immediately apparent.

Instead of fifty stars on the flag, maybe fifty corporate logos? Gosh, I wish I could see this as hyperbole!

January 25, 2011 at 1:55 p.m.
delmar said...

DFTT, DFTT, DFTT, dftt, dftt,,,

January 25, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.
delmar said...

blackwater48: "And God protects the feeble minded as a matter of daily routine." Good bumpersticker material!

January 25, 2011 at 2:09 p.m.
Francis said...

oh, you pompous, arrogant, elitest liberals continue your assualt on anyone who does not have a liberal bent....this forum is not yours. i make many good points...many......i point out the hypocracy of both parties...they're equally guilty in many ways for our economic situation....but you don't like it...you want the blame to go directly to the republican party all the time.. ..well..sory, dumb*..........the democrat party is as much involved with lobbyists and "evil corporations" as the republican party........you can post all of the contorted logic and distorted facts you want..........nobody is going to buy it......you need to realize that there often is not much difference at all between the parties.....in fact, repubs and dems both want to squash the tea party movement because they like the way it is....the truth is the dem party and the repub party are both very corrupt and owned.....the democrat more corrupt, in my opinion...the republican not far behind.

January 25, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
alprova said...

BobMKE wrote: "There is a time and place for everything and that was not the time or place to offer that criticism."


By who's standard? Are you under some impression that past Presidents have not spoken out against the Supremes? You would be incorrect.

Warren G. Harding criticized the Supreme Court for overturning the Child Labor Law in his 1922 State of the Union address.

Reagan directly attacked the Supreme Court for Roe v. Wade in his 1984 State of the Union address.

Reagan criticized the court for its ruling on school prayer in his 1988 State of the Union address.

Bush condemned 'activist judges' who are "redefining marriage by court order," in his 2004 State of the Union address.


"Just because you have a right to say something doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do. That means, Wilson, Justice Alito, and Obama."


There is indeed a vast amount of difference between offering criticism and calling someone a liar. Apparently, some people don't see there is a difference.

It just depends on who you agree with...right?


"Clay left two of the above names off of his cartoon. He is a hypocrite, as are you."


You really need to understand the terminology before you accuse me of being hypocritical. even when it comes to those I disagree with, I reject your notion that I am a hypocritical when dealing with adversaries.

January 25, 2011 at 2:29 p.m.
Francis said...

wilson was only speaking the truth........it hurts doesnt it?

pointing out other presidents speaking out against the supreme court doesn't help your argument.

January 25, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
blackwater48 said...

Francis concluded that, "pointing out other presidents speaking out against the supreme court doesn't help your argument.

Really??? Al wrote, "Are you under some impression that past Presidents have not spoken out against the Supremes? You would be incorrect." He then gave four examples of past Presidents criticizing the Supreme Court during their State of The Union Address.

In true Alprova fashion he not only named the three Presidents (Reagan got double billing) but what their specific complaints were.

I know you hate anyone who obliterates your arguments with fact, but come on. Do you have some reasoning for making such an idiotic statement?

This ought to be good. I'll put on a fresh pot of coffee. Maybe grab a donut, too.

January 25, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.
BobMKE said...

BUT NOT DURING A STATE OF UNION ADDRESS. Re-read my 9:33am post. I don't care if what he said was right wrong, left or right. The Justices were sitting right in front of him unable to defend themselves. That was planned and disrespectful to them. Wilson and Alito's responses were a knee jerk. Three wrongs don't make a right. Three responses and which one was planned?

January 25, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.

Tonight will be the crowning moment of president Obama presidency as he shows the country that he is able and willing to run this country for another four years after this term is over with. He will lay out the plan that will bring jobs back and create a more stronger economy.

January 25, 2011 at 4:49 p.m.

It is time for America to be come a full socialist country by 2013.

  1. Free Rent

  2. Free Jobs

  3. Free Cheese

  4. Free Sex

  5. Free Medical Insurance

Now what more could you ask for.

January 25, 2011 at 4:52 p.m.
Clara said...

I suggest we bring back the spewifier for Francis. Sigh!

January 25, 2011 at 5:07 p.m.
jimbob said...

Francis, you should learn to put your brain in gear before putting your mouth in motion.

January 25, 2011 at 5:09 p.m.

Hi Clara & Jimbob have a nice evening before this historic speech that both of you will ever witness in this life.

January 25, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
fairmon said...

I vote for independentlighthouse but I need a car and gas plus food. That should do it. Will you run on the fu-ka-wie ticket? Over half of the voters will support you by the next election. Can we get rid of some more big companies so we won't be tempted to work?

January 25, 2011 at 5:14 p.m.

Francis a progressive liberal is better then a dirty rotten stinking conservative any day.

January 25, 2011 at 5:15 p.m.

Harp3339 if i was as great as president Obama then that would be no probelm at all for me to run for office. Would you cast out your vote for me ?

January 25, 2011 at 5:21 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Another great one, Clay Bennett. . . Can’t say I’ve ever had much respect for South Carolina's Joe Wilson, especially after he attacked 78 year-old Essie Mae Washington-Williams for acknowledging that she was the natural daughter of Strom Thurmond.

Wilson was incredibly viscious toward this women and accused her of trying to “smear” Thurmond and “diminish Thurmond’s legacy, which is kind of interesting when you considered Wilson’s inappropriate conduct during the last State of the Union Address.

January 25, 2011 at 5:23 p.m.

Strom Thurmond was a racist KKK son of a bitch that should got his butt thrown out office way before he got to old to fart and they had to get rid of him.

January 25, 2011 at 5:54 p.m.

Clay you're a progressive that kicks so much ass on these cartoons boards. We progressives are proud of your work that you do to wake up these dead ass stuck up conservatives republitards.

January 25, 2011 at 5:59 p.m.
Clara said...

OOPS! I forget...wasn't the Spewifier banned, too?

Guess I have a real mean streak brought out by certain people.

Going to find a TV.

I think there's one a couple of miles away.

Love to All....

January 25, 2011 at 6:08 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Clara said: “How come we don't just seat the lobbyists among them as well.”

A wild guess, Clara, but I suspect it’s because they don’t want America to see the power behind the man/woman so to speak. . . Maybe it’s time we require our elected officials to wear NASCAR type uniforms with the logos of their campaign contributors sewn on the uniform – even a quick glance would tell us a lot about who was "sponsoring" who.

January 25, 2011 at 6:23 p.m.
fairmon said...

Independent,

I didn't like Bush, I don't like Obama. I haven't seen a potential candidate that I would support. It has been said that the best form of government is no government. I think we may be close to that although we have a lot of pretend to be and wanna be's that keep mucking things up as they play their games.

Some here may be good candidates. Hello they can answer a question before it is ask. It seems most post agree that we should all be equally impoverished as is seen in several other countries. If I can't have it you can't either. If you can afford it you have to pay for me one also. I don't even mind being the one that pays for both of us if I am fortunate enough to afford that. By the way what do we do once we have spent all their money?

January 25, 2011 at 6:26 p.m.
Francis said...

go take a flying leap jimbob.....and independentlighthouse...you're an idiot..

also...congratulations to the pro life march the other day..well done.

thanks to an activist judiciary 35% of women in america will have an abortion before age 45.......not to mention that 41% of pregnancies in new york city will end in abortion..according to the new york city health department.

how many abortions is it now....50 million or so since 1973...wow....great decision....

that's a better america?.......using abortion as birth control..

you libs are supreme dummies..supreme......

listen to obama's state of the union address tonight and you won't even realize he's a liberal anymore.. ..well at least on the surface....how you do libs feel about obama moving to the middle...kind of like he was when he was campaigning....obama used you libs to win..now he wants to become a moderate in order to get reelected......real prize, isn't he......gee..george bush ran as more-or-less a conservative and ended up being more like a liberal, spending like an ***hole.....now obama is doing the opposite...

i still think michelle obama should just yank a big ol' cabbage from the veggie patch out back of the white house and plop it on obama's shoulders and it won't make much difference..

robert byrd was a racist kkk son of a bitch....didn't you know that, lighthouse? and he was a democrat..........you socialist jackass

January 25, 2011 at 6:28 p.m.
hambone said...

Francis, I'm concerned about your keyboard.

Hope your wearing a BIB!

January 25, 2011 at 6:54 p.m.

Francis learn before you run off at the post.

TUESDAY JAN. 25TH IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS Following the President's Address, senior White House officials will take your questions about issues covered in the speech live from the White House.

WHITE HOUSE PANEL

Brian Deese: Deputy Director, National Economic Council Roberto Rodriguez: Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy David Simas: Director and Aide to the Senior Advisor Ben Rhodes: Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications

MODERATORS Kalpen Modi: White House Office of Public Engagement Sarah Bernard: White House New Media

HOW TO PARTICIPATE You can send in questions during the address or throughout the panel.

  1. On Twitter: Reply to @whitehouse using the hashtag #sotu
  2. On Facebook: Post your questions to the White House wall
  3. On http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu-questions: through the webform
January 25, 2011 at 6:54 p.m.

robert byrd was a racist kkk son of a bitch....didn't you know that, lighthouse? and he was a democrat..........you socialist jackass Username: Francis | On: January 25, 2011 at 6:28 p.m.


Robert Byrd was a moderate democrat if anything and he came out with the fact he was in the Klan and admitted he was wrong. Strom KKK Thurmond never did disclose his Klan membership and never did he say he was sorry for being a part of it.

So Francis please get your facts straight before you start putting on your boxing gloves comming out here for a fight.

Thank you ........jackass.

January 25, 2011 at 7:11 p.m.

Francis, I'm concerned about your keyboard.

Hope your wearing a BIB! Username: hambone | On: January 25, 2011 at 6:54 p.m.


More like a diaper then a BIB!

Thank you hambone for that slice of honey baked ham.

January 25, 2011 at 7:14 p.m.
Oz said...

This State of the Union speech, like every State of the Union speech in my lifetime, will have a lot in common with Taco Bell beef filling.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/25/taco-bell-meat_n_813864.html

January 25, 2011 at 8:41 p.m.
Francis said...

i'll repeat, dumb ass....robert byrd was a democrat who was a member of the kkk.......what don't you understand.....i got no facts wrong....robert byrd would have never stopped being a member of the kkk if it were not politically to his advantage to do so....

i never said anything about what kind of democrat he was..moderate or otherwise..i said he was a member of the kkk...

i never said anything about anyone being sorry for anything..

if you're naive enough to believe byrd was really sorry....and politics had nothing to do with it...well, that's your right.....

you're nothing but an ignorant dem. party loyalist......

that's what makes this a forum a joke..the dems. on here...like you.. think your party can do no wrong.....others on here..non-dems....or republicans have no problem criticizing their own..or both parties...

take harp for example.......i believe he as a conservative leaning, but he will tear into whoever deserves it..dem, repub..or whatever.....

stupid-ass party loyalty..whether it's for dems or repubs is what's behind many of our problems..

you libs are like parrots...dem good/repub bad...over and over again...

idiots......

January 25, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.
Francis said...

i believe robert byrd was sorry about as much as i believe obama never heard or paid attention to jeremiah wright blast america, spew recism and hatred while attending his church for 20 years.

January 25, 2011 at 8:57 p.m.
whatsthefuss said...

Two minutes into it and I'm hearing from the other room, "I Have A Dream." Vote for me and I'll set you free. It's a ball of confusion. Yeah go ahead and re-elect him. This guy is a visionary. After all he is telling us how our paychecks are a little bigger today. WHAT???

January 25, 2011 at 9:18 p.m.
sd said...

Mountainlaurel said, "Maybe it’s time we require our elected officials to wear NASCAR type uniforms with the logos of their campaign contributors sewn on the uniform..."

Take it one step further. Instead of voting, have 'em race and let C-SPAN run commercial blocks for revenue. It will be exactly what our forefathers intended.

Clara, I am deeply sorry about your tooth. I once worked with a gentleman who had one tooth. We called him "the Toof." He eventually got a set of clackers and the nickname was, sadly, rendered obsolete.

January 25, 2011 at 9:38 p.m.
Clara said...

I missed the speech.

There were so many talking heads telling me what I was going to hear and what the results would be, I gave the dingus back to the man of the house and went home.

I think the full text is available for reading. I will probably read a lot of blather about it all week.

Actually, at this moment, I'm hoping Manning is released and Geithner is removed. That's my main concern. Assange was determined not to be connected to Manning.

Fox promised me fair and unbiased reporting about tonight. Somehow, I can't believe that.

'Nite, and thank you sd, I'm feeling enough better to stop the pain pills.

January 25, 2011 at 10:49 p.m.
alprova said...

whatsthefuss wrote: "After all he is telling us how our paychecks are a little bigger today. WHAT???"


They should be, unless your employer is ripping you off at the moment.

January 1, 2011 the deduction for social security should have been cut by 2% at the employee level, or 4.2%. This "tax holiday" applies only to year 2011. Estimated increases in your paycheck are about $19.23 a week or approximately $1,000.00 for the year 2011.

Because the tax change was passed very late in December, 2010, employers may not have made the proper adjustments in their payroll systems.

Thus, employers have until January 31, 2011 to begin deducting the proper 4.2% and they have until March 31, 2011 to refund any deductions or make adjustments to accommodate for those deductions in excess of 4.2% that were taken from employees payroll in error.

January 25, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.
whatsthefuss said...

alpo, perhaps my outrage to this comment wasn't about the administration taking money from a program that has had to borrow for the last 10 months to meet it's obligations, but to the fact that so many Americans don't get a paycheck or have had their hours cut, hourly wage reduced or been forced to accept furlough days from work. When your income is reduced by thousands of dollars a year, being given $1,000 of your own money back dosen't seem comforting to me. It also dosen't seem to fix any of our financial problems. It seems to do just the opposite. We need a leader, not someone who can make us think he really pulled a rabbit out of a hat!!

January 26, 2011 at 9:01 a.m.
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