Mood: not sure
Topic: "Hold the Malaise" (4)
Hillary Clinton is toast. Gasoline is $4 per gallon. Scott McClellan has admitted that the War in Iraq had an ulterior motive. The embodiment of NCLB in Georgia produced a social studies failure rate of over 80% among middle-school-aged children. And to top it all off, squirrels wreaked havoc in the bird feeders of the Shire during Frodo's absence.
The last time so many things seemed to go wrong for everybody, the speed limit on interstate highways was lowered to 55 MPH. The President wrapped himself in a sweater, and started talking about some sort of fog that had befallen the American people, and he started inviting great minds to discuss the situation with him at Camp David. The result being that he received a return ticket to Plains, and some cowboy came into office trying to tell us that ketchup was part of a three-course meal at our nation's schools.
Frodo has been watching, and listening, and he has learned that, for often entirely different reasons, almost everybody is just plain pissed. Things are getting so bad that Jenna and that Goober she married haven't given any indication that they are going to return to Daddy's tutelage. According to "News Reports" on the Faux News Channel, the wrong character was even selected as "The American Idol" (Frodo would not know since he is the only Hobbit who has never watched a single episode). It appears as if the whole world is festering with unhappy souls.
Even in the world of sports, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have the best record in Major League Baseball, so that means that the overwhelming majority of baseball fanatics are frustrated with their home-town team, and the remainder are going nuts trying to simply locate Tampa Bay on a Rand McNally product. Frodo believes Tampa Bay is someplace where one can purchase neither homeowners insurance nor find the word "chad" in a Funk & Wagnall's.
Frodo knows that Sauron's power is strong, and that he will do all that he can to keep the ring or to at least ensure its care upon the finger of McCain (that is, if he can wrest the finger from McCain's nose). "Change" remains as the last great hope for all, if not dear reader, then we may all be measuring each other as being over 60, frustrated with men, and making less than $50K on our Associates Degree (or something akin).