Same basic ideaAre you all geared up for the upcoming State Policy Network (SPN) Annual Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina? Bro come on! The SPN is a network of wingnut think tanks and organizations throughout the country that helps “advance a free society by providing leadership development, management training and networking opportunities for think tank professionals and by promoting strategic partnerships among market-oriented organizations.” STRATEGY, MARKETS, NETWORKS, TRAINING, LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, CUM, COCKS, DOLLA DOLLA BILLS. If you are that particular flavor of “douche” that specializes in lacking self-awareness, you belong to the SPN! Let’s see what rad parties some of the SPN members will be throwing during their annual meeting… oh look, a Toga Party! Hilarious forwarded invite, below.

Subject Line:

Toga Celebration at the SPN Annual Meeting ~ Invitation

Dear Minions of the SPN Empire:

It has sadly come to my attention that many of the younger members of our Freedom Movement have never watched “Animal House” and may not understand the cultural significance of a Toga Party. Here I’ll blame public education and their parents breast feeding them too long while watching Oprah. Sadder still are the older, goodie-two-shoes, pencil-neck types in our movement who only used a beer bong in college to hold their protractors and HP calculators. I won’t mention people like Joe Lehman or Lynn Harsh so as not to embarrass their colleagues.

To right these wrongs you are hereby ordered to join me at the Toga Celebration in Asheville, within the SPN Annual Meeting! Yours truly serves as Emperor of Ceremonies. The festivities take place Tues., Nov. 3, 10:00 pm to 1:00 am (10:00 pm to 10:15 pm for Gisele Huff to lessen any sexual harassment lawsuits). You will celebrate with me in festive toga fashion – or to the Coliseum and lions for you.

Toga Celebration minutiae, approved by me, Emperor of Ceremonies:

* In honor of Animal House, all party entrants must wear a toga at the festivities. And by the way, wearing pants with a toga is like wearing suspenders and a belt; or as we say in Colorado, pulling a “Gary Palmer.”
* Those who don’t sport a toga will be thoroughly embarrassed by a roaming rogue troupe of Cirque du Soleil rejects.
* You should bring your toga from home (someone needs to tell Carl Helstrom that’s just a bed sheet). This likely means we get to see Kurt Weber wearing something with a Spiderman theme
* A Best Toga Contest will take place for males, females and asexual Mackinac employees.
* A rigged jury will likely declare me the Best Toga Contest winner (for males)
* Orgy to follow the Toga Celebration, location TBA (no toga required)
* SPN’s attorneys “encouraged” me to state: This isn’t an SPN thing. The Toga Celebration is hosted by: Students for Liberty, Foundation for Economic Education, Institute for Humane Studies and Liberty on the Rocks.

Do join me, Emperor of Ceremonies, for much needed think-tank bacchanal. Attached is a Love is Hell cartoon to help launch the Toga Celebration spirit.

So let it be written, so let it be done.

Emperor of Ceremonies

Jon Caldara

President, Independence Institute

Sounds like a great place to get raped!

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  • Pithaughn

    I like how he already knows not one single female will be there, no mention of best female toga. Also, the wishful thinking, “orgy to follow”. Or is that wing nut humor? Hard to tell these days.

  • magic titty

    * Orgy to follow the Toga Celebration, location TBA (no toga required)

    Mrow. Sounds like the deleted scenes from Caligula. Which brave member (wokka wokka) of our Wonketteratti will crash this thing and take pictures, for America???

  • PsycGirl

    I thought orgies had to be spontaneous. Scheduled orgies just don’t seem right.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    Oh lookie! Lord God King BuFu has a blog. Nice pornstache, also. Perfect for hiding the stretch marks around his mouth from sucking off 13-year-old Cub Scouts.

  • 4tehlulz

    I suspect it would be advisable not to drink anything that anyone hands to you.

    GHB is a hell of a drug.

  • StoneAge

    So this is what qualifies for wit on their side.

  • JMP

    This guy seems to actually think he’s being funny and cool, instead of just coming off as a total douchey, aging frat-boy.

    Oh ho, that Giselle, always forcing the guys to sexually harass her!

    It’s sand that the word “liberty” now turns me off, since it’s been so co-opted by Randroid assholes who don’t know the meaning of the word.

  • Way Cool Larry

    If Jon Caldera is 22, I can sort of understand this. Otherwise, it’s too laughable.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Republicans in North Carolina in bedsheets — that’s new.

  • PrairiePossum

    Encouraging young males to leave their pants off and attend an orgy – absolutely nothing gay about that.

  • coolcatdaddy

    Toga party?

    If you look at their site and their conference schedule, which is available as a Word doc and not as an actual web page, you’d see fantastic topics such as these:

    *Operation Great Communicator: Based on the Television Techniques of Ronald Reagan
    *Fundraising “In These Troubled Times”
    *Of Microphones and Megaphones: Move from the Soapbox to the Airwaves
    *Tech Playground – What the Geeks are Up To
    *I ♥ Budgeting and Insurance
    *Standing Tall when Under Fire – How to Deal with Public Attacks
    *Bringing Reform to the Ivory Tower

    I don’t think I’ve seen a group of people outside of Mormons, Lawrence Welk, and the Hoover administration that seemed so uncool and out of touch with their times.

  • ManchuCandidate

    I’m sure everyone there secretly believes they’re Otters when in fact they’re Flounders.

    The Tink Tank motto can be summed up from Animal House
    “You fucked up, you trusted us.”

  • Way Cool Larry

    [re=440658]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: oh god, he’s like 50 years old

  • ManchuCandidate

    What’s new is they don’t cut holes out for their eyes.

  • StoneAge

    [re=440658]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: He looks like a total bear.

    Also, your name is Caldara, there’s a photo of lava in your masthead, but you don’t call your blog “The Caldera.” Is that supposed to be ironic?

  • coolcatdaddy

    I see that Caldera knows how to use those Internet pipe thingies as well as anyone in the Republican party these days:

    “his is an example of a WordPress page, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress.”

  • freakishlystrong

    Bleh. How can you have a decent toga party, (or orgy), when all the attendees are Greg Marmalard?

  • StoneAge

    [re=440657]PsycGirl[/re]: This will probably end in a circle of drunk, toga-clad white boys yelling at the only black guy (Michael Steele?) to show them his dong.

  • StoneAge

    [re=440676]coolcatdaddy[/re]: Yes, but did you notice there were two “About”s in his masthead? I guess the Emperor has too many accolades to fit on one internet page.

  • DangerousLiberal


    -You should listen to him, he’s pre-law.
    -I thought he was pre-med.
    -Same difference.

    Pre-law, pre-med, and 150% douche.

  • coolcatdaddy

    “This will probably end in a circle of drunk, toga-clad white boys yelling at the only black guy (Michael Steele?) to show them his dong.”

    I thought that’s how Steele got his post at the RNC…

  • PsycGirl

    [re=440681]StoneAge[/re]: “Micheal Steele!! My Man!!!

  • DeLand DeLakes

    1st Para: Well, that’s a bizarre supposition. My parents are enormous libtards and I watched Delta House’s antics from the cradle.
    The rest of this message makes utterly no sense to me. Who the hell are all these people?

  • imissopus

    We simply must RSVP to this event somewhere on Perhaps on his About page?

  • PsycGirl

    I can tell you from experience that “Bringing Reform to the Ivory Tower” means giving full credit in these two situations:

    Exam question 1: Describe the data that suggest homosexuality is genetically determined. It ain’t, The Bible says its wrong so people cain’t be born with it.

    <Exam question 2: Describe the process of natural selection in evolution No such thing, I don’t believe in it and therefore I don’t have to learn about it.

  • Extemporanus

    If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the Jesse Helms Memorial Vomitorium.

  • Humpback

    Think Tank: (noun) Armored chariot powered by the prodigious mind of the toga-wearing driver.

  • PsycGirl

    My html sucks.

  • DangerousLiberal

    [re=440697]PsycGirl[/re]: Congratulations, here’s your degree from the College of the Ozarks(tm).

  • doxastic

    Why would someone who wants to have sex soooo badly hold such a dim view of titty-sucking? It’s as though this isn’t about opposite-sexytime at all…

  • CycloneArmageddon


    *Operation Great Communicator: Based on the Masturbatory Techniques of Shoom Shoom Raygun
    *Fundraising “In These Troubled Bottoms”
    *Of Microphones and Greased Bananas: Move from the Soapbox to the Bedroom
    *Tech Playground – What the Geeks are Up To with Their Bottoms
    *I ♥ Budgeting and Insurance and Attending Gay Toga Parties with My Pornstache
    *Standing Tall when Under Fire – How to Deal with Bukkake
    *Bringing Reform to the Glistening Ivory Tower


  • Lazy Media

    [re=440653]Pithaughn[/re]: No, Gisele Huff will be there, for 15 minutes, during which time she will choose a mate. She will then take him back to her hotel room, fuck and eat him.

  • dijetlo

    I thought it was “We just keep fucking that chicken.”?
    When did they change it?

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=440693]imissopus[/re]: Right you are. Miss Manners would think us remiss if we didn’t.

  • Can O Whoopass

    Owww, Matey. Me hiney still hurts from last year’s Conservative 100%-Bangin’ Toga Party.
    -Karl Rove

  • Native of SL UT

    Since this event will undoubtedly be attended by only needy white males, the after orgy will just be a Bukkake on Brent Bozell party.
    Sorry about that imagery.

  • taylormattd

    [re=440658]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: omg, that’s nasty. Ugh, I’m getting flashbacks to the guy who used a picture for his manhunt profile that was taken 20 years earlier. Puke.

  • the problem child

    Toga! Toga! Toga!

  • Redhead

    Ummm. Have any of these people BEEN to Asheville? I think the saying is, “everyone goes queer when they go to Asheville.” Or maybe it was “you’re weird/abnormal if your hair is only one color and you have less than 5 tattoos.” Or maybe it was something about being one of the most liberal places on the east coast (“San Francisco of the east”).

    Yup, this plan was very well thought out.


    I can do anything I want at the orgy, so long as it’s through the hole in the sheet.

  • desertwind

    They’re chortling now, but just wait until the Asheville Wiccans curse their asses.

  • chaste everywhere

    If an SPN couple get a Mexican divorce, are they still legally brothers?

  • richbachelor

    I have never so thoroughly enjoyed reading a long list of people I’ve never heard of being name-checked.

  • x111e7thst

    [re=440657]PsycGirl[/re]: Scheduled orgy = Plato’s Retreat

  • problemwithcaring

    Michael Scott of Dunder Mifflin himself, could not have penned a more preening and desperate-sounding invite.

  • Guppy06

    “It has sadly come to my attention that many of the younger members of our Freedom Movement have never watched “Animal House””

    Because it’s just another product of Communist Hollywood, a smear campaign against fine, regular, decent Americans like those in Omega Theta Pi!

    Seriously, what kind of epic cognitive dissonance must they go through to believe that they, the Man, the establishment, the “moral majority,” can somehow relate to the heroes of that movie?

  • Bearbloke

    [re=440657]PsycGirl[/re]: Scheduled orgies allow the host to lay out more condoms, booze, etc… so try planning your next one – it’s brilliant.

  • Doglessliberal

    I bet this right wing fascist, conservative guy makes his “I’m cool” reference to Animal House because the movie was all about lauding the right wing, facist, war mongering, conservative college administration and reviling the 60s-rebel, liberal frat guys, who were the villians.

    Oh wait.

  • Doglessliberal

    [re=440773]Guppy06[/re]: ack! you beat me to it, and said it better

  • user-of-owls

    [re=440667]coolcatdaddy[/re]: You say “fantastic topics” in what appears to be a sarcastic tone. Please reconsider. Don’t you think much good would come about if they followed the strategic advice: “Standing Tall when Under Fire”?

    Colonel Lou: Heavy incoming fire!
    Private in foxhole: What should we do?
    Colonel Lou: Stand up, of course! Stand tall!

  • hockeymom

    Fawn Leibowitz sends her regrets.

  • BadKitty

    Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, Jon.

  • user-of-owls

    This seems like an inefficient allocation of scarce resources. They have pretty much already sewn up the fat, drunk and stupid demographic.

  • Gorillionaire

    It depresses me that this bunch of little fascists are all set to defile the beautiful town of Asheville. Honestly, it is one of the nicest cities in the country. For gawd’s sakes, Leonard Cohen has a gig here!

  • hockeymom

    Please tell me this is being held at the Grove Park Inn, in Asheville.

    If so, there’s a chance that someone in a toga might fall into the giant fireplace in the lobby…or a drunken toga-er will get lost in the cavernous spa area in the basement.

    As a travel note, Asheville is lovely…and the Grove Park Inn is an interesting combo of historic, kitschy and haunted. I would highly recommend it. Only not when the above douchebags are in town.

  • clientnumber8

    You all know Republican girls are more fun. None of that wookie pubic hair, for starters.

  • PoignancySelz

    Can we call him “the Caldster”?

  • Bearbloke

    [re=440656]magic titty[/re]: At least this SPN group had the decency to wait until after Military Rape Awareness Week to announce their annual rape-fest… military-themed togas welcomed!

    [re=440675]StoneAge[/re]: Nah, mate! The real John Caldera is a Bear, but not this fascist prat!

  • PsycGirl

    [re=440822]hockeymom[/re]: Isn’t there a balcony they could fall off? Or am I imagining that?

  • hockeymom

    [re=440858]PsycGirl[/re]: I can’t remember a balcony…but I do recall an entire wall made out of rocks in the basement…which sucks if you happen to have had one drink too many and bang into the wall. Scratches!
    The old section has a Stephen King vibe to it.

  • Jukesgrrl

    Given how gay this is, shouldn’t it be held in a Log Cabin?

    [re=440773]Guppy06[/re]: “Because [Animal House is] just another product of Communist Hollywood” … starring known drug users. Do you think there will be lots of blow?

  • Capricatony

    All I get from this is “I want to see a lot of guys with no pants on. And then have an orgy.”

  • Mr Blifil

    Togas and Furries just don’t match.

  • Carrie_Okie

    I can only say that the GOP needs a mustard plaster.

  • TastyCakes

    “A gentleman always asks first.”
    -Jon Caldara

  • yourmom

    I know everyone here agrees when I say everyone with whom I have a political disagreement is a rapist and a fascist. It’s so funny, too!

  • Redhead

    [re=440984]yourmom[/re]: Yup, you nailed it. It wasn’t the drunk toga party orgy that everyone laughed at (no pants allowed!) that inspired these comments, not a bit.

    I know you haz a sad because you weren’t invited, but I’m sure if you just show up they’ll be happy to make you the bottom for the orgy. Especially if you’re 14 and male, but I’m guessing this bunch is about as picky as you are. You CAN do three at once, right?

  • Guppy06

    [re=440960]TastyCakes[/re]: Does a gentleman remember to leave the money on the nightstand when he’s done blogwhorin’?

  • Numbat Dundee

    And will they all end up like the bad guy in Animal House who, the little bio at the end says, ended up a Nixon staffer and was “raped in prison”?

  • Guppy06

    Seriously, has Wonkette ever considered sending an invoice to linkwhoring sites, demanding the going advertising rate?

  • JenZee

    Nice picture of Christ in his full frat rape attire. Pikes were kicked off FSU’s campus. Yea Florida!

  • bbqboy

    Didn’t they pick the wrong Carolina? South seems so much more in tune.

  • yourmom

    [re=441008]Redhead[/re]: I haz a sad bad.

  • ttommyunger

    Belushi is dead and these white-bread closet goober smoochers aren’t going to bring him back with their little sheet wearing social. Besides, they failed to mention the Cross Burning Finale; always a big hit with these types.

  • S.Luggo

    Omegas who want to be Deltas. So sad.

  • thefrontpage



    Nov. 3, all day and night: La Cage Au Folles (sp?)

    Nov. 4, all day and night: The Birdcage

    Nov. 5, all day and night: Top Gun!!!

    Nov. 6, all day and night: Brokeback Mountain

    Nov. 7, all day and night: To Wong Fu, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (with costume contest!!)

    Nov. 8, all day and night: Mamma Mia

    Thanks for the Log Cabin Republicans, Larry Craig and Mark Foley for their assistance in scheduling these films!


  • brown_recluse

    For the leader of an “Independence Institute,” this guy is awfully bossy.

  • EdgarAllanPoo

    I think it’s nice that the conservative movement has a sense of humor. It would be even nicer if they could somehow display it.

  • Ardus

    I think calling this guy a douchebag would be elevating him.
    I love how he mentions how SPN’s attorneys told him to shift liability to those four other groups. I can’t tell if that is a small attempt at wit, an indiscretion on his part for letting on how his lawyers are predicting the party to be a disaster, or some strange mixture of both.

  • CommonSense0920

    Doesn’t a self-entitled bigot such as yourself have a global warming party or something to go too? I thought you hippies did that sort of stuff all the time?

  • Potater


  • mookworthjwilson

    [re=440653]Pithaughn[/re]: How many women will be at the toga party??? “zero point zero..”

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