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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


Liveblogging the state of the union

B* does American Idol, I do the state of the union. I'm a dork.

I’m watching it on abc, and am really appreciating and liking Charlie Gibson’s narratives – he is knowledgeable about the customs and feelings of those present. It makes it more interesting to think of this as a ritual.

I am so proud to be a democrat lately.

So may women in red or pink suits.

The president has a blue suit with a blue tie – a kinder, gentler image?

Hooray for Madame Speaker! I’m so proud of her. I’m tearing up.

Supposedly, we are supposed to see a more humble President tonight. I’m hopeful, but won’t hold my breath.

Ummm, wages are rising thanks to our new congress!

It looks like some chick in a red suit is doing soduko (sudoku?)

Nancy Pelosi needs to stop blinking so much.

Obama and Clinton are sitting right near each other. Clinton is looking rather beatific. Obama looks verklempt. (is anyone watching her live chats? I submitted some questions…).

Who is John McCain winking at? Hubba hubba.

Ted Kennedy looks hunched over in pain.

Very few people clapped after he said that the no child left behind program has worked. Ha ha.

Thank you Pelosi for not clapping after he said that private healthcare is the way to provide healthcare for those who are uninsured.

Wait, is Obama dead? He looks dead. Clinton is looking very uncomfy as Bush talks about his idiotic tax breaks for health insurance.

Hey, my old Senator is sitting right next to John Kerry! That’s neat!

So, he just equated Al Qaeda with Sunnis – is this his way of bolstering our continuing fighting in Iraq? By fighting Sunnis, we are ensuring we won’t have another 9/11?

Oh, but wait, the Shiites are just as dangerous:

In recent times, it has also become clear that we face an escalating danger from Shia extremists who are just as hostile to America, and are also determined to dominate the Middle East. Many are known to take direction from the regime in Iran, which is funding and arming terrorists like Hezbollah - a group second only to al Qaeda in the American lives it has taken. The Shia and Sunni extremists are different faces of the same totalitarian threat. But whatever slogans they chant, when they slaughter the innocent, they have the same wicked purposes. They want to kill Americans .... kill democracy in the Middle East ... and gain the weapons to kill on an even more horrific scale.

He’s such an asshat!

Does he memorize these speeches?

Oh, by the way, all those who are criticizing Hillary for voting for the war need to step off (to quote B*). What proportion of citizens supported the war back then? Most, right? She believed those who said that we needed to fight in Iraq in order to fight the “war on terror.” She has since changed her mind, as has most of the US. I’ve never supported the war, but I understand she may have felt pressured to do so to show New Yorkers she wanted to protect them and avenge the deaths and terror.

Oh holy shit:

Tonight I ask the Congress to authorize an increase in the size of our active Army and Marine Corps by 92,000 in the next five years. A second task we can take on together is to design and establish a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps. Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them. And it would give people across America who do not wear the uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time.

This is good:

And we will continue to speak out for the cause of freedom in places like Cuba, Belarus, and Burma - and continue to awaken the conscience of the world to save the people of Darfur.

C’mon Obama and Clinton, clap more enthusiastically for that one.

We must continue to fight HIV/AIDS, especially on the continent of Africa

Umm… how about in the US? In Asia? And how about talking about violence against women in the US? Why does this never seem to make the Presidential agenda?

How much longer with this President? Is it one more year? No, it's two more, isn't it. Can't we impeach him, please? And Cheney too.

Look at all the Senators just run the hell out of there. Kerry headed them up in the mad dash out. I wonder where my new four favorite half-time bachelors are?

By the way, George Will seems to have gotten a new toupee for christmas - and Charlie Gibson dyed his hair.

More since I can't seem to publish:

I really really liked Webb's rebuttal (of sorts) to Bush's talk.

Obama needs to get "Look" out of his speech patterns - it makes him seem arrogant. It ranks right up there with "Actually" with exceptionally annoying words with which to start a sentence.


At 12:28 AM, Blogger BrightStar said...

Thank you for this! I didn't get to watch it tonight due to flights, so I will read this tomorrow.

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous c'trix said...

Yeah, you make some good comments about Obama. After reading his first book (dreams of my father) and thinking about it, I do think he's a tad arrogant (due to age?) and perhaps..what's the word..not angry, but what you said, verklempt, or impatient? Lacking a sense of humor? Doesn't bode well. Which is strange since he's supposed to be this big bridge builder.

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Anastasia said...

okay, he said he wanted to balance the federal budget and nancy pelosi stood up and clapped. then, I really liked the look on nancy pelosi's face when he followed that up with "and we'll do that without raising taxes."

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I missed the State of the Union last night, but I had a good excuse...I went to see Shawn Colvin.

I guess I did not miss anything. Bushy is still out of his mind!

It's funny you mention the blinking thing. The local talk radio DJ in my neck of the woods counted 1,037 blinks!


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