February 9th, 2005

SVU by frey_at_last

Fun with SVU!

Michael and I have come up with a little game to make Law and Order: SVU even more entertaining: The Tick Tick Game.

See, the rumor circulating is that Chris Meloni is planning on leaving when his contract is up. Stabler's always been... less stable than his name would suggest, and all the signs this season -- his separation, his getting suspended at the drop of a hat, ad infinitum ad nauseum -- suggest that he'll be written off the show by completely going postal.

Michael and I regularly call each other after new episodes and start the conversation with "He's gonna blow," so the Tick Tick Game is the logical extension.

Every time we see a Very Obvious Sign of Elliott's impending nervous breakdown, we go "tick tick tick tick tick tick tick." Because he's a ticking time bomb.

Elliott tries to nudge his son away from crime-scene photographs as the kid goes, "Is she dead?" Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick.

Close-up of Elliott watching as his son beats up hookers in a Grand Theft Auto ripoff. Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick.

Elliott staring at a pair of cold-blooded thrill-killers. Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick.

We are sick fucks.
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Victoria by stevietee

A political post. Deal.

I haven't made many political posts in the months since the election for various reasons I'm not going to get into here, but I couldn't pass this one up. Thanks to tick_wonderdog for the story.

Tues Feb 8 2005 9:27:01 ET

Last Friday when promoting social security reform with 'regular' citizens in Omaha, Nebraska, President Bush walked into an awkward unscripted moment in which he stated that carrying three jobs at a time is 'uniquely American.'

While talking with audience participants, the president met Mary Mornin, a woman in her late fifties who told the president she was a divorced mother of three, including a 'mentally challenged' son.

The President comforted Mornin on the security of social security stating that 'the promises made will be kept by the government.'

But without prompting Mornin began to elaborate on her life circumstances.

Begin transcript:

MS. MORNIN: That's good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.

THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?

MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)

Yeah, that's really funny from someone who has never had to worry about how to pay the bills and doesn't cut his vacation short for little things like tsunamis.

Something I've been thinking about a lot recently, even before Time's cover article on "twixters" and why my generation refuses to grow up (sorry, I couldn't find a link) is the declining standard of living in the United States. When our parents were our age, if you didn't want to go to college, you could still get a decent job and have a house and a family. Now one of the reasons I'm so ambivalent about the question of children is because I have serious doubts that I'll ever be able to afford the things I think a child should have -- specifically a good education like the one I got. (Not that a college degree, or where it's from, really means much anymore. My brother's degree is from a vo-tech community college; mine is from a Top-20 university. He made nearly twice what I did last year. Which is my fault for not being interested in the fields that pay well. But I digress.)

We can't leave these issues to the politicians of any party. They're all rich and greedy anyway. If we want to deal with this, we have to do it ourselves -- and unfortunately, I have no clue of how to do that.
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