1. The horrible cacophony of sound produced by gaggles of liberals when emphasizing the negative aspects of the War on Terror.
2. The ceaseless focus by the liberal media on bad news from Iraq to the exclusion of reporting any good news. Also, the bogging-down of otherwise intelligent people subjected to this media onslaught.
I was in high spirits and looking forward to an exciting date and a night on the town until I turned on CNN, and became trapped in their quackmire of despair.