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?