February 12, 2013- Mardi Gras SOTU

Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street

Eat drink and be merry, because tomorrow you will fast! Yeah, the upside is party until ’til you drop and the downside is the drop…you know…the next day. Years ago, when my middle name was “party” I did so and sometimes very hardily so that the “drop” following was looooong. Today is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday here in the U.S. and the last day of Carnival in Brazil and pancake Tuesday in Ireland. Days of parties and scanty clothing and dances and music. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It’s a long hard slog until the Easter season. Speaking of long hard slogs, today, rather tonight, is the annual SOTU speech before congress. It’s a time when the president will lay out a vision for the next year and recount the pluses and minus’s of last year. Leaning forward should be the theme. Although I feel that this particular president has been leaning against the wind since he took office in 2009. From reading newspapers and blogs one would think that this president is the embodiment of Uncle Joe Stalin. I’m not sure where all this de-legitimizing comes from unless it springs from two sources, he is a democrat and he’s…shhhhhh….b*l*a*c*k… Hard to say. After the last election when the NRA got a 1% return on their investment of Republican candidates, I can see where some might be a bit miffed. Nobody likes to loose money on a “sure” thing and Crossroads and the NRA did loose money. So let’s continue the line that Obama is “not-one-of-us” and see where that gets us. No wait, that line got them very little in 2012 didn’t it. So, tonite we will party and think about the last year and look forward to the new year. And then on Wednesday, we can put ashes on our foreheads and do some penance or something. Anybody want to be Pope. The job’s open.

Do you know why people wear masks at Mardi Gras? Because they can. But did you also know that New Orleans has an ordinance that prohibits the wearing of masks, except for today…and technically only until 6 p.m. They say that wearing masks gives people a little more freedom to release their inhibitions (after all no one knows who you are). So out in the audience tonight will be all sorts of people wearing all sorts of masks pretending to be something they probably aren’t. We’ll see what happens. The world’s greatest rocker…no I take that back…the world’s greatest rocker (in his own mind) Ted Nugent will be there to listen to the president. The ravenous gun-advocate is reported to have dodged the draft way back when. Any bets on how long he will stay before being asked to leave? He’s not used to listening. If the polls are correct, many of the masked avengers are on the wrong side of where the American People (John Boehner’s favorite term) are.

Well things are moving slowly foreword saddled where we are with people who would like no laws and no restraints. Jeeeze you can’t even wear a mask in New Orleans after six p.m. tonight…big government in action. If you want to take off the mask and see what is really behind the curtain…then 1, switch off Fox News and 2, smell the truth…

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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