Some news items to chew on. Heading to work now…
“How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB? — British tabloid Daily Mirror
* And what does the world think about our re-selection of Bush? Take a look. It’s not pretty. Not that Bush cares what other countries think anyway.
* What’s up for the second term? Here’s the laundry list that Bush is working on as his top priorities. 51% of you asked for this. (AP):
He pledged to keep up the fight against terrorism, press for stable democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan, simplify the tax code, allow younger workers to invest some of their Social Security withholdings in the stock market, continue to raise accountability standards in public schools and ‘uphold our deepest values and family and faith.
Other items include reforms to the nation’s intelligence community, halving the record $413 billion deficit, expanding health care coverage, a constitutional ban on gay marriage and moving ‘this goodhearted nation toward a culture of life.
* Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island is considering a switch to the Democratic Party. The moderate Chafee stated before the election that he couldn’t vote for Bush because of his stance on gay marriage, abortion, Iraq, the deficit, and so on. Basically all the formerly known as conservative, small government, out-of-your-private-life principles the GOP used to adhere to before the neocon wingnut movement took hold.
* Arafat is in a coma. Sounds like someone in the Palestinian Authority better have a succession plan. Oh, and there are rumors floating around that the reason they are being vague about what’s wrong with him — “a blood disorder” — is that he has AIDS. This rumor is alleged by the chief deputy of foreign intelligence for Romania under Ceaucescu, who says had recordings to prove it. If it were true, it would be explosive revelation, causing upheaval in his deeply homophobic community. Actually, it’s unlikely that this kind of information would ever be made public, because of that impact.