Since the terror threat level moved up to orange I've been watching the news channels more to see what's going on and I realized, again, why I had drifted away from them to begin with. It seemed like no matter what what channel I hit on there was another loud-mouthed jack@ss spewing nothing but bile aimed at the opposing political party. Half-truths, spin, blanket statements, fact manipulation and barely veiled insults seemed to be the weapons of choice. I swear if these @sshats spent half as much time doing their job as they do trying to "beat" the other party the efficientcy<sp?> and effectiveness of our government would triple. And of course only the most extreme, outspoken politicians get asked to be on TV. Heaven forbid we see Sen. Level-Headed, or Rep. Moderate on the boob-tube. Oh no. They toss Rep. Gasoline and Sen. Lit Match in a room together, turn on the cameras and away we go. Of course on the really lucky days we'll have "political expert" Dynamite tossed into the mix incase ratings are down. I think some sort of averaging system needs to be installed in American politics. Ya know, like in figure skating: you toss out the high and the low (or in this the far left and the far right) and use what's left to make the decision. Argh... Just had to rant. Lethal P.S. Merry X-mas P.P.S. If you perfer a non-religious seasonal saying just pretend I wrote "Happy Holidays."