|You know your expectations have been lowered when ...
A gallon of gas at $2.75 seems cheap.
You are relieved when you only spend two hours on a given day commuting to and from work.
Television shows that satire the news media are more effective at conveying the news than the news media.
Keeping the moral high ground in the War on Terror means placing a few vague, inconsequential limitations on the leader of the free world's ability to torture people.
It is seen as a good sign that only a few Americans and civilians were killed today in the capital of that country we?ve been freeing from violence for the last three years.
The government department that is designated with protecting the environment takes of the side of those who want to open up new swaths of public forests to logging and new roads.
A senator in the president's party who publicly supports 99 percent of that president's positions but on rare occasions takes principled stands that always end up in compromises that make that president look good is considered a political maverick.
Whether or not the president violated the Constitution or an act of Congress is a mannered discussion that plays out on the inside pages of the newspaper for a few days, then dies off entirely.
You have no problem choosing between a movie star and a cypher for governor of California.
(Sept. 28, 2006)
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