November 17, 2003


I feel less like posting something very negative when it is early in the morning. It's true, that I get up, hop on the internet feed and look over some of the news and often have a negative reaction to what I am seeing there. But if I had my druthers, I'd post about something positive the first thing in the morning. Too much negativity sits like a sour ball in your empty stomach, first thing in the morning.

As the day wears on and you hear from people you know, listen to the radio, catch a bit of TV, you are steeped more and more in the world around you. And, in my experience, this fills up my buffer to the point where I feel compelled to post something negative... about the president, about the world situation... whatever.

Regarding negativity about the president: after all is said and done, he is still our president. So shouldn't I cut him some major slack? If I were posting every single negative thought I had about the president here, then I would have little room for fun stuff. And, since I need that fun stuff, the president gets an automatic break. Enjoy it, Mr. Bush! Every time you see a non-Bush themed post, that's the slack I'm cutting you.

So, what does JP see when he pulls up the Google news this morning? Let's take a look at the damage.

Gov-elect compiles a Bipartisan Team - Groper or no, I think Arnold may have his heart in the right place. I don't know for sure, but he hasn't had a chance to prove himself yet. I think it's going to be mighty interesting. It's upsetting for a Bush opponent to think that Arnold may help the president get re-elected. On the other hand, I figure Arnold has enough loose cannon in him to make some trouble. We'll see!

Turkey Probes Istanbul Synagogue Bombings - Al Qaida, alive and kicking? Already at this point I'm ready to move on to doing something productive, rather than reading the news.

Didn't take long, did it? But let's push on valiantly.

Bill Gates unveils new spam filter - Wow - Bill Gates is going to do something Apple has already been doing with the OSX Mail client. And the word is that Microsoft is planning to create its own iTunes-type music store. Some things never change. I suppose that's comforting!

President leads mourning for Country's war dead - That would be Italy's president.

Even "Oddly Enough" is disappointing me today. The most noteworthy story is a downer. Hanging Corpse Admired as Sculpture on Campus. A suicide victim is thought to be art for a whole day before anyone thought to check whether it was a real person or not.

On second thought, perhaps it's good that they didn't, right at first, assume it was someone who had killed himself. Is there a ray of optimism peeking through this story?

Posted by James at November 17, 2003 10:50 AM
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mmph. had a similar conversation yesterday, about breakfast - if you have a bad dinner, it sucks, but you can get past it. far more difficult to get past a disappointing breakfast. (all of this was inspired by the joys of diner coffee. we've found a good local diner, and few things rock more than excellent diner coffee for getting the day off to a good start.)

Posted by: beth at November 17, 2003 11:20 AM

This is not in relation to this posting, but rather to your blogroll over there on the left. What's up with "BlogLaura's" all over the place there?

Sorry to post off topic, but that just got me curious ...

Back on topic, I found some good news:
Kasparov even in virtual contest
Man takes revenge on machine for a previous ugly chess loss. Go Kasparov!

Posted by: Brandon at November 17, 2003 11:41 AM

I checked out my blogroll... it's looking OK to me at the moment. I don't see any "BlogLaura's." Maybe it was a temporary glitch over at

Posted by: James at November 17, 2003 12:26 PM

Slack for the Dumbass? More to the point, you're giving yourself some slack... the slack of not having to think of that idiot for a few minutes. :-)

Posted by: julie at November 17, 2003 12:39 PM

If it makes you feel any better, Ahnold won't help Bush win Caleefawneeah, all 55 electoral votes will land safely in the Dem column. Unless he somehow signs a bill to force LA and San Francisco into the Pacific...

Posted by: Bil at November 17, 2003 1:11 PM

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