The state of the union is easy to describe: Cold, broke, tired of war and desperate for a good pennant race.

- State of the Union speech is always one of our favorites. It ensures that Congress is all in one place and relatively immobile for most of an hour.- Wonder why all those Iraqi planes are slipping off to Iran. Maybe they're trying to pick up some Frequent Fleers Club miles.

- It may take 20 years to fix the damage from the oil pumped into the Persian Gulf, it's estimated. Won't rising tides from the greenhouse effect help? - Bill Tammeus, Kansas City Star