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October 20, 2003
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CBS News tells us that there have been 15 attacks on soldiers in Iraq today. Canada's Globe and Mail says two soldiers and a civilian died. Or was it one soldier and two civilians? No, wait, those are two different incidents. I think that makes it three soldiers and three civilians with an unnamed number of wounded.

Over in the Gaza Strip, there are three Israeli strikes in two hours killing three and wounding at least 23.

"Hundreds of thousands" of people flock to the "beatification" of Mother Teresa, a very dubious candidate for sainthood, unless you consider what a bunch of unreformed reprobates most 'saints' seem to have been.

Meanwhile, in the U.K. and parts of the USofA, the Anglican church threatens to fall apart at the consecration of their first, openly gay bishop. (I didn't know that "Episcopalians" were "Anglicans.") I heard the guy on NPR this morning and he pointed out, quite truthfully, that he's far from the first homosexual bishop the church has had. He's just the first one who has been open about it. He also said that if people's faith, or faith in their particular church, wasn't strong enough to withstand this issue and they chose to leave, he couldn't accept the responsibility for that.

I didn't read the column whose headline seems to be accusing Mother Teresa of groping.

I did read the one about people doing wild things in the 'burbs.

It seems that we need $87 billion to "rebuild" Iraq (is the translation: pay for Hallburton's contract?) but no one's asked for much-needed funds for medical care for our soldiers.

To no one's surprise, newspapers find they have a credibility gap. (Although it's hardly a "dirty little secret" that journalists tend to have university degrees and higher pay.)

To my complete surprise, it looks like Republicans read the paper and Democrats watch television news

It seems to be spreading. Like some kind of fungus. Please tell me the entire world isn't about to experience a right-wing shift? I mean, it's possible. Certainly we see other countries starting to balance their budgets on the backs of the poor. Progressives had better Seize the Moment.

Or maybe it's all part of the war on terror? Because there could be more attacks. Any day now. Any moment, so you'd better vote Republican.

It could have an effect on the economy but it's hard to be sure because the Bush Administration isn't big on talking about the economy, anyone's economy these days.

The bottom line, when you're talking politicians, is that it's all about the money.

By the way, speaking of money, Sony is cutting 20,000 jobs. No doubt the Administration will tell us it's all part of the economic recovery.

Or, not, because that would entail talking about the economy and they don't want to do that.

It's all very confusing and I have work to do.

(P.S. I did this over the weekend.

Not to be all shallow or anything, but this is a mighty-fine picture. It's good to see it attached to a nice story, too.)

Posted by AnneZook at 09:58 AM