On this crisp and beautiful Monday morning, I just had such a wide array of options of what to write about, that I figured I should just try and cram all of it in. Obviously, the big story is about one of the symbols of God's various covenants with mankind, known to all of us as a peace dove, attacking the Pope for some reason. I don't know about you, but I pretty clearly hear, "Come home, John, we've got your space all picked out" being communicated here. Of course, God would probably call the Pope 'Karol', but then God would call John Wayne 'Marion,' so I think he's a big froofy God who likes to hand out girly names. What does HE know, anyway?
Actually, the obvious big story is about the people over at Vermont Teddy Bears pissing off a bunch of crazy people. Apparently, they've released a straitjacketed "Crazy for You" bear named after John W. Hinckley, Jr., and it comes with a cute little heart, and committal papers, and rebukes from the Governor of the State of Vermont, (who obviously doesn't have much going on right now) and Alliances for the Mentally Ill. Okay - yes, the bear is a little insensitive, but this seems like the same flap alliances for the blind made over the Mr. Magoo movie. Wisely, since there is money to be made, (and because the mentally ill rarely control their own bank accounts or ballots) the company has decided not to yank the bear. (I have always wondered if the blind community took Daredevil as an apology for Mr. Magoo.)
Wait, no - obviously the BIG story is the Iraqi vote. In numbers that managed even to crack the cynicism of Al-Jazeera's reporting, between 60 and 75% of the country's registered voters turned out. Yes, violence marred the day with car bombs and deaths, and yes, that kept some people home in those areas, but the people actually wanted their voices heard, and they turned out and voted, with something like 94% of registered ex-pats turning in their ballots. After the Monkeyface administration's recent three weeks of backpedaling expectation lowering, where we went from "spreading freedom" (like butter on a biscuit) to "it'll be a success just to vote," I was expecting jack over shit for results, but I am pleasantly surprised. The thing is, we knew all along that the country's citizens wanted self-rule and self-expression - that's what insurgent attacks are. People who just couldn't wait to vote. Now, when they continue - and they will - it's a clear sign to us, lettered in blood and fifty feet fucking high - THE VOTE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ATTACKS, THANK YOU FOR REMOVING SADDAM, PLEASE GO HOME NOW. LOVE, IRAQ. Of course, now the big challenge for any Bush administration officials over there will be counting and keeping their hands out of the till.
In personal news, I have been offered a job, a lift from unemployment, which means my entries will probably get further apart. You're welcome. I go for one more interview today, and we'll see if that's better in any way than what I've been offered, and we'll go from there. Now - if I could just get someone to buy my building...apparently, it's got 289,000 miles on it...
(Click on the above link and do a search in the Pensacola market for "commercial property." You'll see it.)