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Many people will be ignoring President Bush's State of the Union address tomorrow night. They take a pass on the posturing, the cheap applause lines, the dutiful standing up and sitting down of party members. It's one of the least interesting Washington productions to watch.

Nevertheless, the politically inclined find it to be an irresistably alluring train wreck. We become transfixed by the Bush smirk. We are hypnotized by the Cheneybot over his right shoulder. We can't stop watching, but we need a drink. Luckily, we're not alone.

California Peace Action will watch the State of the Union in the back bar at The Derby in Los Feliz, joined by Physicians for Social Responsibility, the LA County Young Democrats and Drinking Liberally LA. The speech is supposed to start around 6pm, which we expect will be accompanied by a fair amount of hooting and hollering. When it's over, we understand there will be a panel responding to Bush's more outrageous statements. Snacks are free, but drinks are on the attendees, who will either be crying into their beers or fomenting dissent all night long.