January 21, 2004

Kill Your Television

A conversation over dinner...

Me: So, are you going to watch the State of the Union with me?
Her: Are you going to scream at the TV again?
Me: I don't scream. I just use really foul language.
Her: Well, are you?
Me: I'll try not to.
Her: I'd watch if he'd do something interesting...like juggled.
Me: With trained seals!
Her: Yes. And strippers.
Me: Yeah. I'd watch and I probably wouldn't yell at the TV as much.

And I'd like it to be known here and now that I didn't yell at the TV at all. I scoffed, I laughed and I made plenty of faces but I didn't yell. My wife was the one who let loose a stream of sarcasm-laden questions. Not me. I just got slowly and steadily pissed.

You want my honest opinion of the State of the Union last night? Dubya's full of shit. I know, I know. This is no great revelation here. I'm not blazing a new political trail. But No Child Left Behind is a disaster thus far, as states have been unable to keep up with the spending requirements placed upon them by the White House. The Patriot Act is the single most invasive legislation ever passed in the United States and it should, indeed, expire leaving it impotent without the possibility of continued civil rights violations. And while it was a noble try, we didn't find any weapons of mass destruction so lets not act like it. Lets put pressure on Iran and North Korea to dismantle their nuclear weapons programs - fine. We can even call those countries dangerous. But can we really ask them to do what we're unwilling to do? Many in the world would consider us equally dangerous.

I'm sorry. I could go on and on. I won't. I'll spare you that.

Posted by Chris at January 21, 2004 07:10 AM

It was most likely on live sometime in the wee hours of the morning here on FOX news. Yes, we get FOX news here. It's sad really...

ANYWAY, even if it was on at a decent hour I sure wouldn't have wasted my time with it.

I can't get past that man's googly eyes...

I don't have anything to say about him that you haven't already heard or thought of yourself, so I won't beat that horse... but I'm looking foward to casting my over-seas opposition vote in November...

Posted by: Irma at January 21, 2004 07:24 AM

I kept the TV remote in my hand the entire time and muted it whenever the President was interrupted by the clapping. The audience is tuning in to find out what he's going to say THIS time, not to watch him smirk as he delivers yet another phrase emphatically and dramatically. I came up with a better way to spend the time.

Posted by: Zandria at January 21, 2004 07:49 AM

I can't take that man seriously.

Okay, I'm Canadian, so maybe I don't have to. But any time some one said anything negative about dear old Jean (take that with as much sarcasm or sincerity as you like - it works either way), I pointed out GB's pretzel incident. 'nuff said. A man that injures himself with a pretzel and makes headlines should not be in charge of anything.

One of my co-workers pointed out that the address was being broadcast here on Canadian networks. Huh? Since when do we care that much - and even if we did, why wouldn't we watch it on one of the American stations?

Happy Hump Day.

Posted by: Olive at January 21, 2004 08:00 AM

I printed it out. Reading it won't make me near as upset that he's running our country. Looking at him and listening to a supposedly educated man butcher our native language makes me ill.

Posted by: Krush at January 21, 2004 08:25 AM

Yeah, people who butcher natives make me ill too.

I didn't watch it. Watched Sex & The City since I missed it Sunday.

Posted by: katherine at January 21, 2004 08:34 AM

can i come live with you guys and be your house girl?

Posted by: kelly at January 21, 2004 08:43 AM

It was live here, but I switched over & watched Ed instead.

Kinda regretting it ; it seems to have been top-class comedy.

Posted by: Marie at January 21, 2004 08:44 AM

a big "amen" on your thoughts!

Posted by: tj at January 21, 2004 09:38 AM

While I planned on watching our president speak. And I did but not sure for how long because I remember dreaming. Then I was being woke up to stop snoring. It was 11:00. I don't think I was captivated. Besides I think all that clapping just made me drowsy.

Why do they insist on clapping for every sentence? "I took a shit this morning." (erupt clapping).

Posted by: Charlene at January 21, 2004 09:46 AM

And the man has his finger on THE BUTTON.

Yeah, I refused to watch people clap for him.

Posted by: feisty girl at January 21, 2004 10:51 AM

I. didn't. even. go. near. the. tv.

My day was bad anough already. La, la, la, la I can't hear you, you lying little weasel...

Posted by: mindy at January 21, 2004 11:12 AM

amen brothah.

Posted by: laura at January 21, 2004 11:24 AM

btw i am embracing the cactus!

Posted by: Fluffy at January 21, 2004 11:24 AM

I think reading it rather than listening to it is a great idea. You can see all the errors in logic even more than by watching. And did anyone else notice that the Dems started clapping when GW said that certain key parts of the Patriot Act expire in a year? His point was that we need to do something to prevent that, but their clapping was a statement in itself. I think they did the same with the mention of the tax cut expiration.

Posted by: Alicia at January 21, 2004 11:53 AM

I agree with Alicia. I refused to watch it, but I read it and can see all of the holes in the speech.

That said, it still made me mad. I am so tired of hearing about the gay marriage thing. Let them marry, and mind your own damn business.

And the economy is improving, and let's give people tax breaks to help them get health insurance?? Oh yeah, and we may still find the WMDs. Hahaha.

Posted by: Dawn at January 21, 2004 12:59 PM

I watched most of it, although I admit to occasionally nodding off. Personally, I preferred The Onion's take on the whole thing: http://www.theonion.com/4003/infograph.html

But I don't discuss politics, 'cause I'm a big wimp.

Posted by: pie at January 21, 2004 02:47 PM

If only that last bit about leaving within six months were true (from the Onion article)!

Posted by: Alicia at January 21, 2004 03:12 PM