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Okay, I didn't watch or listen to any of the State of the Union speech, because I didn't want to spend the entire evening shouting, "You asshat!" at the screen. But I heard a lot of the commentary today on NPR. Sounds like I didn't miss much, it was pretty much the same speech he's given every year since he's been sitting in Al Gore's office. "Blah blah freedom, blah blah freedom, blah blah 9/11, blah blah terrorists, blah blah freedom, blah blah blah." And he wanted a legacy. He's got it. Samuel Alito. Oh, what has happened to my country! He said this: "We must continue to lead the world in human talent and creativity. Our greatest advantage in the world has always been our educated, hard-working, ambitious people and we are going to keep that edge." Uh huh. The other night I was watching a show on the Three Gorges Dam in China, and just looking at the Chinese cities along the Yangtze showed they're beating us financially for a reason.

The NY Times had a great editorial about State of the Union speeches. I liked this bit: How can President Bush avoid referring to recent setbacks? When things are really bad, follow Herbert Hoover's Depression-era technique of referring to places so distant that no one could possibly form an opinion about them: "In South America we are proud to have had part in the settlement of the longstanding dispute between Chile and Peru in the disposal of the question of Tacna-Arica"(1929), followed by this: Also, the word "freedom" can't be used too many times. Or words like "great" and "good." Richard Nixon may have set the record for most adjectives in a single sentence when he declared, "America is a great and good land, and we are a great and good land because we are a strong, free, creative people and because America is the single greatest force for peace anywhere in the world" (1974). Hee! Gives me something to chuckle about.

The other day I was lamenting that other countries in this world have women presidents, while in America (the supposed land of the free, etc., etc.) it's still considered a wacky fiction. In my ranting, I said "Libya" rather than "Liberia," which is the surprise country most recently to elect a woman president. One of my many malapropisms. That's why I'm a much better writer than speaker.

In the mornings I still open the door expecting porch cats, any of them, although Stranger's ghost seems to be hovering around (I almost see her waiting on the desk we have on the porch, just like she always was, when I come out in the mornings). I hope Dusty found a home. He seemed healthy and well-fed the last time he came around to say howdy. But I miss him.

It's been very busy at work, but today we caught up. Mondays we get slammed, spend two days catching up, and then have nothing to do on Thursdays and Fridays. Mail is a strange thing. In good news, my raise has come through and will go into effect on February 11 (it will appear on my March 3 paycheck); it only amounts to about $47 extra a check, which will likely be eaten by the more expensive health insurance, but hey. My bonus is nice and huge and should appear in the same check, because my company in their wisdom cuts the bonus along WITH a paycheck instead of as a separate check, so once a year we get a huge check (and the accompanying gigantic tax hit).

I only lost one pound since my last "official weigh-in," but considering that was over vacation, I don't think it was too bad.

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sillymagpie
Feb. 2nd, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
Since I did wind up listening to the State of the Union (the Mom had it on), I can tell you that we have had unprecedented successes in our economy over the past four years. Sure surprised me. I spent a lot of time saying "Ha!" "What lies!" and "Hmph!" under my breath.

I'm afraid that the commentator for the Democratic Party had a bit of a squint and tilted his head oddly. I have a feeling he was having trouble reading the TelePrompTer.
wildrider
Feb. 2nd, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
The NPR commentator on the economy filled in the details on that one. Apparently, the economy itself IS strong; however, as happened in the Reagan years, "trickle-down" isn't doing any trickling. Corporations and execs and the wealthy are doing tremendously, business is booming and jobs are up (although the "job increase" is actually lower than any other sitting president's job increases). That's not getting down to the middle and lower classes, though, apparently at all, and people are even more in debt now than they were five years ago.

Pres Asshat can see only to the end of his nose, and no further. He doesn't give a rat's ass about the people who can't make ends meet. As long as his wealthy cronies tell him they're doing super, well, then, obviously America is doing super, and the Dems are just naysayers and "partisan obstructionists."
sillymagpie
Feb. 2nd, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Uh-huh. I was very cranky during his entire speach. And Alioto. Ugh. I agree with that one I Drew This cartoon -- I want to take a bubble bath for the next 40 years. Sigh.
wildrider
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
And we can't even hope for Scalia or Thompson to drop dead. Healthy young conservatives. A 40-year bubble bath sounds like a good idea.
sillymagpie
Feb. 3rd, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
Sigh. :/
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