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… does the media get so excited about the idiot state-of-the-union speech?

It’s all SOTU all the time for days before and for days afterward. When there’s never a damn thing of importance — or even of vague interest — said in the thing.

I’ve never agreed with Harry Reid on anything else before. Not that I know of, anyhow. But on this one thing I’m totally in his camp: he usually sleeps through the wretched speeches.

I think I’ll be doing sudoku by the fire tonight. How about you? Clean your guns? Reload ammo? Check your prep pantry? Watch paint dry?


  1. jed
    jed January 28, 2014 7:51 pm

    The only reason I can think of to listen to the thing would be to mock it in real time. To the extent I care about what he said, I can read about it tomorrow. Except I won’t, because I really don’t. Yet another flavor of “Ima gonna use government power, so there” is intensely boring.

    I was listening in on some technical stuff on the radio. Much more useful.

  2. kenk
    kenk January 28, 2014 10:12 pm

    Bread & circuses.

  3. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair January 29, 2014 1:35 am

    I usually skim the transcript the day after. Can’t stand listening to Obama. With Clinton it was different. I enjoy listening to him speak, though I expect everything he says to be a lie.

  4. Keith Perkins
    Keith Perkins January 29, 2014 4:38 am

    Sleep. Early to bed…

  5. ILTim
    ILTim January 29, 2014 5:34 am

    WHY does [Claire] get excited about [the news?]

    When there’s never a damn thing of importance — or even of vague interest — said in the [media]?

    Sorry, the whole post simply failed to compute.

  6. Pat
    Pat January 29, 2014 6:11 am

    I agree, ILTim, but I think that Claire is a politics junky. 🙂

    To answer the question about the media: they are brown nosers; also, from force of habit, they feel compelled to keep promoting the collective viewpoint they love so well and want the rest of us to believe. (Though you’d think by now they’d be leery of anything Obama might say, especially since he’s shown to be no friend of the media.)

    Frankly, I forgot about the state of the union and went to bed early ― but I’m sure it’s no different today than it was last night.

  7. Claire
    Claire January 29, 2014 6:57 am

    It’s true. Pat’s correct. Call it an addiction, a character flaw, a disease, whatever.

    My name is Claire and I’m a junky.

  8. Stryder
    Stryder January 29, 2014 7:16 am

    Hello, Claire, coffee and a transistor radio is over there on the table.

  9. Claire
    Claire January 29, 2014 8:04 am

    Thank you, Stryder. But I’m not coming to your next meeting unless you install a wi-fi router. 🙂

  10. Mike
    Mike January 29, 2014 8:40 am

    Not watching.

    Especially not while cleaning guns. Or bringing in firewood. Or while I’ve got anything heavy in my hands.

    I mean, I do need a new TV. But not THAT badly.

  11. Jim B.
    Jim B. January 29, 2014 9:16 am

    Oh? There was a SOTU address last night?

  12. Mic
    Mic January 29, 2014 9:18 am

    Didn’t watch. I simply couldn’t expose myself to that level of intellectual pain. I would rather sit by the fire and read a good book. I did however read a quick article this morning that summarized the liar in Chiefs entire speech in about 2 minutes, excellent time saver.

    Having said that, I discovered there actually wasn’t a SOTU speech given last night. Instead someone just fed highlights of the speeches from Obama’s last 5 years and put them into the ol teleprompter for him to re-read to the plebs.

  13. LarryA
    LarryA January 29, 2014 9:27 am

    [Though you’d think by now they’d be leery of anything Obama might say, especially since he’s shown to be no friend of the media.]

    Actually he’s shafted about every group that supported him, but since it was all Bush’s fault they still love him.

    During the 6:00 PM news, though, the talking heads were tying the SOTU announcement to the latest “Obama sucks” poll results. And Jay Leno, among other things, joked that the president was threatening Democrats with “Do what I want or I’ll campaign for you.”

  14. Kevin Wilmeth
    Kevin Wilmeth January 29, 2014 11:53 am

    Wow, I’m actually happy to say that I’d completely forgot about the Lie To The Country address. As it turns out, I’m also happy to say that I was probably doing much better things about the time it was going on. Maybe something subconscious going on there. 🙂

    So, apparently it happened again. No no, don’t tell me, let me guess. We can sum up with bullet points (imagine a wagging-finger bullet icon for best effect). We were told:

    – The technical problem is that there is still not enough government.
    – The moral problem is that you f@ck!n’ ingrates won’t just get out of the way and let us do for you by doing to you. A$$h0!es. (Oh, and: vote me! vote my handlers! up the Establishment!)
    – The moral solution is to insist on more government. Why can’t you stupid f@ck$ figure that out, after so many years of being fed the right answer? Gawd, you’re dumb.
    – The technical solution is to get you out of the loop entirely, because you people just don’t have the stomach to do what needs to be done next.
    – Tip your waitress, turn in your neighbor, and report for re-education. Everything is under control, and the reason things are out of control is that George W. Bush ate your cat.

    So, how’d I do?

  15. naturegirl
    naturegirl January 29, 2014 1:20 pm

    Before it even started I caught a couple of stories that prompted me to mumble that arrogant people should not be allowed to have pens. Of course, I didn’t watch the actual speech.

  16. ENthePeasant
    ENthePeasant January 29, 2014 1:42 pm

    I’ve been making a clear effort to not delve into politics on television. I read transcripts, blogs, and discuss it with friends, but way reduced from what I’ve done in my past. In fact I try to not watch any news or get into political discussions on the weekends. I’m not always successful, but generally speaking my knee no longer slams into my chin when I hear or read Statist BS. A woman of my acquaintance asked on her FB page if anyone had watched SOTU? A woman named Cathy Goforth replied, “I decided to lick a DONKEY’S ASS instead.” In the scale of things a much wiser use of words and brain power than what we would hear on the SOTU address. The Emperor spoke:×250.jpg?resize=500%2C250

  17. kenk
    kenk January 29, 2014 2:37 pm

    Limbaugh calls the SOTU event the “state of the union show”. I totally agree too. It’s complete with shout-outs to the audience and guest stars, just like the Grammys last weekend. All they need now is a half time show and commercial sponsorship deals. And higher ratings, of course.

  18. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 30, 2014 6:22 am

    Seems to me that the last “state of the union” speech I heard (we had no TV then) was given by Dwight Eisenhower. I have not bothered since. Same lie every politician uses: “We own you, and have the ‘authority’ to do anything we want. And we have the power to force you to accept it.”

    That about covers it. Nice to see more and more people just not buying that.

  19. Jim Klein
    Jim Klein January 31, 2014 6:06 am

    “Why does the media get so excited about the idiot state-of-the-union speech?”

    Because the media participants are after exactly the same goals as the SOTU participants—control, power and especially to loot producers.

    And being the Pragmatists that they are, they’ll never ever change until it doesn’t work.

  20. s
    s February 1, 2014 10:39 am

    Great Caesar’s Ghost has an excellent fisking of SOTA. Here’s a sample:

    “The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their number squirreled away in some well-upholstered Washington hidey-hole in order to preserve the illusion that those gathered constitute a special class of humanity without whom we could not live.

    “It’s the most nauseating display in American public life — and I write that as someone who has just returned from a pornographers’ convention.”

    Well worth reading this short essay.

  21. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau February 3, 2014 5:49 pm

    [Why does the media get so excited about the idiot state-of-the-union speech?]

    It’s their job. Ministry of Propaganda…

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