WASHINGTON, February 12, 2013 —Tonight President Obama dominates primetime TV with his State of the Union Address. That means the President’s fans and foes will gather around the TV to either validate or dismiss what our freely elected leader has to say. He will address issues that pollsters have determined important to Americans, and afterwards “experts” will translate his words into tidy little sound bites fit for mass consumption. In the process any message, no matter how well meaning, will be spin-doctored to the partisan purposes of a few very loud people and the rest of us will be forgotten, yet again.
That said, for those who are really interested in Fat Tuesday’s political festivities, the time of the President’s speech is 9 p.m. EST, and it will be carried on many networks. To stay in your comfort zone for the before and after-game commentary, stick with your favorite network’s carefully groomed, pancaked, coiffed, and blow-dried partisan hacks. C-Span generally offers more balanced coverage if you prefer a minimum of haranguing. Their pre-game festivities kick off at 8 for those whose video packages include them.
For anyone interested in chatting about the speech as it unfolds, Washington Times Communities is hosting a live chat starting at 9 p.m. To participate go here.
As for network coverage, today’s hyper-partisan politics and so-called “reporting and analysis” generally operate at about the intellectual level of the latest WWE Smackdown. Like “scientific, professional wrestling,” it’s all just loud white noise signifying nothing: a waste of your time and the electricity consumed by your TV. It doesn’t matter whether the president’s intent is good or evil, and it doesn’t matter how hard we search to find a message with meaning in his speech. Any effort to make life better in this country is in the hands of a Congress that is less popular than head lice on a school kid, but marginally more popular than Lindsey Lohan and crystal meth labs.
Our Congressional representatives have been wallowing forgetfully in the mud-clogged trenches of mediocrity while ignoring their constituencies to such a degree that only 10% of Americans approve of the job they are doing. When you think about it, these mendacious frauds could all learn a lesson from a dog. Any dog. There’s nothing more wonderful or rewarding than the loyalty of a good dog. It never bites the hand that feeds it and can always be counted on to look out for its owner.
This is why I’ll ignore the Big Speech tonight. Instead, I’ll watch the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA. The simple pleasure of watching the best of the best strut proudly beside his handler is far more appealing. Not only do you get to see beautiful animals on the show. Viewers are also treated to a basic knowledge of every breed that competes.
For a complete rundown of last night’s dog show results and what to expect tonight, please refer to Gayle Falkenthal’s article.
For any budding capitalists who might be left in the audience, their best choice tonight is PBS’s take on the life and accomplishments of John D. Rockefeller, America’s first billionaire. For those of us who are sure that we are headed to inevitable disaster in this country because of people like Rockefeller, the obvious alternative choice is Doomsday Preppers. After all, when people like Ted Nugent are included in the group of “experts” translating the president’s speech tonight for America’s unwashed, can Armageddon really be that far away?
All times are EST:
ABC: The Taste: (New) Each team must use five unique ingredients as it tries to create the best dish; each contestant has to prepare a dish that pairs best with a selected wine.
CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) The fourth season begins with Callen being placed on suspension for the public shooting of the Chameleon. Meanwhile, Hetty adjusts to retired life.
FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) Jimmy and Sabrina’s prenuptial marriage retreat turns into a family affair when Virginia and Burt, who wouldn’t want to forgo a free vacation, and Sabrina’s mom and her young lover decide to tag along. Meanwhile, Barney gives up his birthday plans to look after Maw Maw.
NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: (Repeat) Senior stunts include two nuns trying to raise funds for breast awareness; an oldster making alterations on a store shirt; a man insulting a security guard; and a prankster securing his car with tape.
USA: The Westminster Kennel Club’s 137th Annual All Breed Dog Show: Closing night coverage from New York’s Madison Square Garden. Featured: The sporting, working, and terrier group competition. Best in show is chosen.
FOX: New Girl: (Repeat) Jess takes Cece’s modeling gig at a car show. Elsewhere, Schmidt buys Nick a cookie, prompting the guys to examine the rules of male friendship.
NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: (Repeat) A sneak peek at the hidden-camera comedy series featuring Betty White and a troupe of senior citizens pulling pranks on unsuspecting folks.
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PBS: The American Experience: John D. Rockefeller: (New) A profile of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937), the world’s first billionaire. At the height of his success, his companies owned 90 percent of the world’s oil refineries and a third of all oil wells.
ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) When Manny and Luke’s Little League team makes it to the playoffs, Claire and Cameron search for a field to use; Gloria uses a microphone to sing to the baby.
CBS: Mike & Molly: (Repeat) Joyce conveniently disappears after a back injury renders Vince practically immobile, and that leaves Mike and Molly to take care of him. Meanwhile, the newlyweds are still laboring over personalized thank-you notes for their wedding presents.
New episodes of:
Dual Survival: Untamed at 8 p.m. on DSC
The Sisterhood at 8 and 9 p.m. on TLC
Dual Survival at 9 p.m. on DSC
Dance Moms at 9 p.m. on LIFE
Top Gear at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Strip the City at 9 p.m. on SCI
Income Property at 9 p.m. on HGTV
Doomsday Preppers at 9 p.m. on NGC
Face Off at 9 p.m. on Syfy
Storage Wars Texas at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E
Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan at 10 p.m. on BBC
Africa at 10 p.m. on DSC
Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Justified at 10 p.m. on FX
The Millionaire Matchmaker: A Watch What Happens Love Special at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Snooki and JWoww at 10 p.m. on MTV
Our America with Lisa Ling at 10 p.m. on OWN
Cougar Town at 10 p.m. on TBS
Starter Wives Confidential at 10 p.m. on TLC
Diggers at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on NGC
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
When in Rome on CW
Happy Gilmore on AMC
Meet the Fockers on CINEMAX
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective on ENC
Mighty Joe Young on FLIX
The Devil Wears Prada on FMC
Lethal Weapon on IFC
Citizen Kane on TCM
Young Guns on CMT
The Five-Year Engagement on HBO
I, Robot on MOMAX
That’s My Boy on STARZ
The Tortured at 9:30 p.m. on TMC
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls at 9:30 p.m. on ENC
Turner & Hooch at 10 p.m. on FLIX
Die Another Day at 10 p.m. on SHO
In the Name of the Father at 10 p.m. on SUND
Notorious at 10:15 p.m. on TCM
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