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31 October 2005

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Volume IV, Number 130
Libby’s Trial May Finish Bush’s Second Term -- When Irv Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s indictment on five counts all focused on alleged lying to a grand jury came out on Friday, the stage was set for political theatre that the US hasn’t seen since Ollie North appeared before Congress in a Marine uniform. As a criminal case, it is a rather boring issue revolving around who remembers what and how. As a political issue, the charges could put the administration’s entire Iraq policy on trial as the nation gears up for the 2006 mid-term elections. If the case does go to trial, Mr. Bush’s status as a lame duck president will be written in stone.

Kashmiri Terrorists Strike in India Killing Dozens -- The Hindu festival of Diwali was fast approaching, and the Muslim celebration of Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan, was right behind. Then, the explosions came, three of them. The body count is 62 as of Monday morning, and a couple hundred have been injured. The cause is as stupid as it always is given the criminality of the act. And yet, the people of New Delhi sounded an awful lot like those in New York, and Madrid, and Moscow and London. “Why should we be afraid? That would just give in to the terrorists.” They cannot win if the people resist.

Delta Airlines to Close Song -- Delta Airlines is struggling to get itself out of bankruptcy, and as part of the effort, it is closing down Song, its attempt at a low-cost, no-frills airline. Launched in early 2003, Song was to compete with Jet Blue. It couldn’t. After May 2006, part of its service will become Delta. It was pretty obvious two and a half years ago that this wasn’t going to work.

Halloween isn’t Scary Anymore -- Long ago, October 31 was a night of ghosts, ghouls, vampires and other horrors from the dark closet of the human mind. Begun in the British Isles by the Celts, the fog and the dark and the cold (and perhaps the invention of distilling) put people in a foul and despairing mood. With Christianity’s arrival, All Hallow’s Eve became a church holiday focused on the mortality of all mankind – which is certainly no cheerier. Mercifully, commercialization came along to render it a bit more fun, with Trick-or-Treaters bothering the neighbors for junk food. But in the last 30 years, goblins and banshees aren’t anywhere near as scary as the evening news.

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