Bush, Kerry and Electability

Written by Arthur Zulu

I pity English students these days. I pity them very much. Or, I should not have pity for them. Who sent them to study something like syntax inrepparttar first place. Or semantics. By Jupiter, space scientists like Stephen Hawkings,repparttar 125969 briefest astronomer inrepparttar 125970 universe, would damn it. But I pity lexicographersrepparttar 125971 more. They, likerepparttar 125972 grammar students are doomed torepparttar 125973 same fate. Like Achilles who was destined to die in battle. Mayrepparttar 125974 grammarians not perish by their heels.

Because they are helping us to understandrepparttar 125975 meanings of words and how to use them. Like "mental mistake" (which mistake is not mental anyway?) And "peel-and-eat-shrimp" (so that we do not peelrepparttar 125976 shrimps and throw them onrepparttar 125977 floor). They should be in our mouths. The world of unlettered men are eternally grateful torepparttar 125978 grammarians. For we would have starved to death. T.R. Malthus forgot to mention how they would influencerepparttar 125979 world's demography in his theory of population by remembering us to eat. Poor visioner. And thumbs up forrepparttar 125980 grammarians!

Because they are now going to help us understandrepparttar 125981 U.S election. They will tell us that George Bush Jr. isrepparttar 125982 Republican candidate forrepparttar 125983 November election. They will tell us that John Kerry, no, Bob Kerry sounds better. They will tell us that Bob Kerry isrepparttar 125984 flag bearer forrepparttar 125985 Democrats. But since he will not be carrying a physical flag, let's call himrepparttar 125986 Democratic presidential hopeful. I likerepparttar 125987 last word. Especially when pronounced with a stress inrepparttar 125988 last syllable and accompanied by a look towardrepparttar 125989 golden gates of heaven. Like a saint homeward bound. I likerepparttar 125990 word because it takesrepparttar 125991 oration of Demosthenes,repparttar 125992 wisdom of Solomon,repparttar 125993 insight of Hecate, andrepparttar 125994 hand of Maradonna, sorry,repparttar 125995 ‘hand of God,' to remove an incumbent.

But what is electability? That is not an easy question. It is like asking: What is ‘weapon of mass destruction?' Or what is ‘undisclosed secret location?' The lexicographers haven't added those torepparttar 125996 dictionary yet. But just in case you can't wait, I will give you references. For ‘weapon of mass destruction,' ask George Bush. For ‘undisclosed secret location,' find out fromrepparttar 125997 vee pee, Dick Cheney. (Or has he been fired?) We will also hear political statements like these: "I stand onrepparttar 125998 ground and say that I will not raise taxes" (as if he was suspended 1,000 feet inrepparttar 125999 air or 1,000 fathoms beneathrepparttar 126000 Atlantic Ocean). "The greatest challenge facingrepparttar 126001 world in this century is terrorism" (that means it is not a problem, only a challenge). "If elected, I will wipe out reverse discrimination in America" (which discrimination is inverse?)

Now, what is this new comer, electability? They say that electability means those sterling leadership qualities which endearsrepparttar 126002 candidate torepparttar 126003 electorate making it possible for him to win an election. So, Bush is a candidate. And Kerry is one too. But electability (hence E) is not a contestant. E is leadership quality; so E isrepparttar 126004 beautiful bride that Bush and Kerry badly need.

But beautiful brides are so elusive and it can also be dangerous to marry one. It used to berepparttar 126005 practice many years ago in one continent forrepparttar 126006 strongest men to marryrepparttar 126007 beautiful brides. No brains were needed then, just physical power. Suitors therefore wrestled with one another, climbed baobab trees and swarm across crocodile and hippopotamus-infested rivers because they wanted to marry wives. Only one suitor—the strongest man—wonrepparttar 126008 bride inrepparttar 126009 end.

In one of such contests, a dozen suitors were asked to breakrepparttar 126010 strongest iroko wood with an ax in front ofrepparttar 126011 beautiful bride, her parents and an immense crowd. The suitors sweated and bleed for seven days. Six ofrepparttar 126012 men gave up. But one—the most muscular and much enduring of them all—finally brokerepparttar 126013 log. And just in that instant a male and female boa came out ofrepparttar 126014 wood, chased everybody away and returned torepparttar 126015 split wood which gently closedrepparttar 126016 snakes inside and sealed itself again. The mysterious story was told to many unborn generations. That endedrepparttar 126017 physical fitness requirement for marriage. Because men are men and women are women. The E word does not matter. The strong man, however, marriedrepparttar 126018 beautiful bride. And boarepparttar 126019 snake becamerepparttar 126020 god ofrepparttar 126021 people.

But back torepparttar 126022 U.S election. Who is a better candidate? Bush or Kerry? Who stands a better chance of being elected?

Election is an uncertain business. Like breaking a wooden trunk inhabited by snakes. Forgetrepparttar 126023 polls. Things may go wrong. Back inrepparttar 126024 days, when men knew nothing aboutrepparttar 126025 sphericity ofrepparttar 126026 earth, U.S. cartographers dreaded sailingrepparttar 126027 oceans. So they would point their fingers acrossrepparttar 126028 seas and say to one another: "There be monsters!" The sailors meant that anything goes inrepparttar 126029 high seas. They may even have thought that literal monsters and their fellow dragons were performing what Gogol delights doing on land: rampagingrepparttar 126030 oceans. Andrepparttar 126031 heart-in-the-mouth sailors couldn't play Odysseus, who successfully sailedrepparttar 126032 devil-may-care whirlpool of Scylla and Charybdis by clinging tenaciously on a floating piece of wood. All hailrepparttar 126033 aged Greek hero! (Who says it didn't happen?) So it is in an election: A risky adventure.

Politics in New Jersey

Written by Josh Bunton

Politics in New Jersey

Joshua J. Bunton August 16, 2004

Have you been paying attention torepparttar National News lately? No? Then, you haven’t heard about Governor Jim McGreevey.

For those who aren’t familiar withrepparttar 125968 story we’ll begin withrepparttar 125969 beginning.

On Thursday, August 12, 2004, Governor Jim McGreevey held a press conference to announce he was “resigning” effective November 15, 2004.

Accompanied by his wife, Vanessa, Governor Jim McGreevey further announced that he was a “gay American,” and that he had an affair with Golan Cipel.

In an interview with The New York Post on August 14, 2004, Golan Cipel claims that he is a heterosexual and was sexually assaulted byrepparttar 125970 New Jersey governor more than a dozen times.

As concerning as this scandal is,repparttar 125971 mainstream media is applaudingrepparttar 125972 fact that he was “brave” to come out and ignoringrepparttar 125973 more important issues.

There’srepparttar 125974 issue of Golan Cipel (an Israeli national) who Governor Jim McGreevey named as his Homeland Security adviser. Cipel has no security experience. He is a former poet and sailor who once worked as a television news reporter and a spokesman forrepparttar 125975 Israeli Consulate in New York.

Cipel gotrepparttar 125976 job withoutrepparttar 125977 official fanfare that typically accompanies such appointments. Cipel did not undergo a background check. Furthermore, Cipel is not an American citizen, so he could not qualify for a security clearance.

Then there isrepparttar 125978 issue ofrepparttar 125979 governor waiting until November 15, 2004 to resign. The New Jersey GOP has requestedrepparttar 125980 governor to quit immediately as he stated on August 12, 2004.

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