Wednesday, January 29, 2014

losing a bet

U.S. President Barack Obama gave his "State of the Union" speech last night and today I owe the executive editor of the local paper a cup of coffee.

Yesterday, on a whim, I sent an email to Larry Parnass saying I would bet him $5 (at 2:1 odds) that Obama would mention Pete Seeger in his annual assessment of America. Seeger, a longtime folk singer and activist, died Monday at the age of 94.

Larry wrote back saying he would bet me (even odds) a cup of coffee that Obama would not mention Seeger, who always was a little too left for even a left-leaning politician.

Doing a search of Obama's text today, I find that I am on the losing end of a long-shot bet.

I like paying my debts, so I will pony up at a local coffee shop on Friday morning.


  1. While the media likes to portray Obama as significantly left of center, and while Obama likes to portray himself as straddling the center, in fact he is significantly right of center.

    Now possibly this because in trying the straddle the center, the crazies on the right keep pulling the center further and further to the right; nevertheless, if Obama had mentioned Pete Seeger the talking heads on Fox News would be saying, "See, we told you, Obama is a socialist," and "Obama is a Communist."

    But there are many policies like using the NSA to spy on every American, and like using drones that are far right not middle left.

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