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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

2006 State of the Union

This year's speech was essentially the same as last year. It consisted mainly of:
  • lies
  • misleading statements
  • calls to enact bad legislation
  • more lies
  • Orwellian language
  • Absurd references to genuine American heroes
  • even more lies
If you really want to read the text of the speech, it's available here. The Democratic response, delivered by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, is available here.

UPDATE: More press for Drinking Liberally. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an article this morning written by Sam Skolnik, who attended last night's special State of the Union edition of DL:
It was a special night for the Seattle chapter of Drinking Liberally, a group of left-leaning folks who meet weekly at the Montlake Ale House to imbibe and talk politics.

President Bush, antagonist numero uno, was giving his annual State of the Union speech, and a crowd of about 30 mostly young, professional-looking liberals were there to jeer him on.

A local chapter of the national group was formed in January 2005 by Seattle man Nicholas Beaudrot. Since then, attendance has grown from a half dozen to more than 20 drinkers a week, he said. Guest speakers, including local politicos such as King County Executive Ron Sims and Rep. Ed Murray, have stopped by to address the group.

Tuesday evening, attendees drank when Bush spoke phrases such as "September 11" or "terrorist." They laughed when he appeared to mispronounce certain words. They booed when he called for the renewal of the Patriot Act. And they cheered loudly for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) when she was shown smiling and shaking her head as Bush defended his use of warrantless telephone wiretaps.
And sometimes there are even more than twenty people there - it can be hard to tell, depending on how busy the Montlake Ale House is. Find out more information about Drinking Liberally on our Resources page.

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