Palestinian leader/known terrorist Yasser Arafat reportedly has died in France, according to Israeli state and private media cited by Agence France-Presse. Arafat, 75, had been undergoing medical treatment at a Paris hospital.
The Palestinian prime minister is denying reports that Yasser Arafat has died, according to the Associated Press. A French hospital official also denied Arafat has died a moment ago. So apparently, he's not dead yet, although Israeli TV is now calling him "brain dead." That's just not nice. Other TV stations around the world are saying the same of our president.
During his press conference right now, a reporter informed the president that Arafat had died (whether true or not)...and then asked him what he thought. Bush replied, "My first reaction is, 'God bless his soul.'" My thoughts exactly.
Who was the big winner on Election Day? Cold, hard cash, that's who. I think it was Bill Frist who said on the Senate floor last year, "Cash rules everything around me, CREAM, get the money, dollah dollah bill, y'all." That Frist, such a good talker. I'm not a talker. Anyway, in 96 percent of House races and 91 percent of Senate races that had been decided by mid-day yesterday, the candidate who spent the most money won, according to a post-election analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Plain and simple: Cash rules.
There's gotta be a better way, whether it's public financing or matching funds, but we have to ensure you cannot just buy elections in this country. Bloomberg, Corzine, all the guys this time around, what are we doing here? If you have some cash, you get the influence? Is that for real? It's one thing for Steinbrenner or Huizenga to buy a championship or two, but this is lawmaking, decision-making, this is people's lives we're talking about here. This is my life here we're talking about, we're not talking about something else, we're talking about my life (Corky St. Claire, 1996).
Wanna know about the youth vote, by the way? What the hell happened to all the young people who were supposed to change this election?! Did they just hang out and get stoned all day like I did in 2000? Did they show up to the booths and find a six-hour wait (spies in Columbus tell me that Ohio State University, with all its 60,000 students or so, had just two voting booths)? Well, it looks like they came out more this election than in previous years, but they were swallowed whole by the I Love God-ders and new voters on the right. Here's a decent take on the matter.
The fallout from Election Day continues, and some people are taking it better than others. Just look at yesterday's Slack posts and comments for examples of that. As for the real public eye guys, Michael Moore was a bit pissed off, and made a mosaic on his site of the US casualties in Iraq, very clever and I give him three gold stars and an extra snack pack. Well, he may not need the extra snack pack. Surprisingly, Billionaire Bush-hater George Soros took the news rather well, kind of the same way as me actually, saying on his website: "Obviously, I am distressed at the outcome of the election. I hope, but don't trust, that the second Bush administration will have learned something from the mistakes of the first. What is at stake is our ability to recognize our own fallibility."
And Canada released a statement, saying "Nice try, ya hosers, but you're gonna have to wait to get in here, to live here and work here, and wait to come to our bars and fill yourself with the piss and vinegar, eh?" So yeah, if you're thinking about Canada, where everything's basically free, it's gonna be a little while before that materializes.
But thank Arlen Specter for getting re-elected...this guy might be the last Republican friend we got. Specter knows what's up on the bench.
Lastly, not only does a Bush victory mean that everyone around the world has to convert to Christianity, it also means the animals around the world have to as well. Take this, for example, a man in Taipei survived a fight with a lion after jumping into a den at the Taipei Zoo and trying to convert the lions to Christianity. Fan-fucking-tastic.
More to follow...I didn't hear no bell.