State of the Union

Usually the SOTU address is a complete snore full of empty rhetoric, lofty sentiments and flowery prose, but I have to admit that the one President Obama delivered tonight was relatively clear, concise (as much as these expansive things can be) and downright kick-ass in parts.

When it becomes available I’ll post the video here, but in the meantime, I thought it might be amusing to see the “response” (in truth, a canned “prebuttal” despite the blatantly false mislabelling of the video) uploaded by Lynn Jenkins, a Republican Congresswoman from the 2nd District of Kansas… who eerily resembles the Amy Sedaris character Geraldine Antonia “Jerri” Blank on Strangers with Candy.

Is it any wonder that Obama can’t get anything done when forced to deal with an elected majority of inane, mendacious fuckwits like this?

Update: Complete “enhanced” version of the SOTU.

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10 responses to “State of the Union

  1. She looks ashamed just to be in the video. Tilting her head down like a frightened dog. It’s better than previous rebuttals.

  2. It’s the not the “official” GOP response. That was delivered by the midget Governor of Indiana.

  3. They’re both pretty good. The only question is which one is more authoritative. Lynn’s got a real flag and a photo of a flag. Mitch has a real flag and a flag lapel pin. Geez. That’s a tough one.

    Mitch’s flag appears to have a golden fringe on it. Plus, a flag that you wear is much more patriotic than a flag you just hang on a wall. On that basis, I would have to say that Mitch loves America more than Lynn does and is thus the more effective messenger.

  4. I hadn’t actually taken note of The Flag Index when considering the relative merits of any of the speeches.Must pay more attention to that in future…

  5. jkg

    The Cato Institute Rebuttal was loads of fun. Basically, they would rephrase their neo-liberal bromides and assertions as fact. I wish I had that level of sheer confidence. I see this even more within the more crazy constituency of Ron Paul supporters. The cries of “sheeple” and “culling the weak” by “experts in law and corruption” (some of whom have yet to surpass 25) are magnificent examples of reified egocentrism (though that has never been reflected upon by these torchbearers of so called “reason”).

  6. Missed that one. I did however see Paul Jay over at TRNN waste some of his time interviewing a hack from the Heritage Foundation that was spewing the usual nonsense about how cutting taxes and regulations was the magic elixir for creating prosperity. You know, because it’s worked sooooo well over the past 20-30 years.

    As for the Cato Institute folks and fanatical Ron Paul devotees, I’d still like them to provide ONE example of where their libertarian, pure laissez-faire, Austrian School of Economics theorizing has been put into practical application in the world… ever. Just one. Fact is, it doesn’t exist and never will.

  7. Fact is, it doesn’t exist and never will.

    Somalia and South Waziristan come pretty close.

  8. LOL Those examples demonstrate the fine (some might say indistinguishable) line between complete anarchy and libertarianism.

  9. jkg

    As for the Cato Institute folks and fanatical Ron Paul devotees, I’d still like them to provide ONE example of where their libertarian, pure laissez-faire, Austrian School of Economics theorizing has been put into practical application in the world… ever

    But Red, since they are all based on well established a priori axioms, it must be true, and because of that, we cannot rely on models or the “scientific method” to be a superior form of inquiry as they are too subjective. Just remember though, when in doubt, just say, a priori ! Like the efficient market hypothesis, it is like some sort of magical wand where any simplified formulation is automatically transformed into a logical inevitability reflected in nature. But don’t tell them that; otherwise they will start misquoting Popper at you that would make the quote-mining invocations by the Westboro Baptist Church seem like Sunday afternoon pleasantries with the Lady’s Auxiliary Bridge Group.

  10. That’s an excellent summation of the sort of thinking employed by these hypothetical wankers.

    I can’t wait to see how Peter Thiel’s “Libertarian Island” experiment works out. For some reason, murder is the first thing that comes to mind.

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