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Posting will be intermittent between now and the New Year, but a quick moment to say Happy Holidays and thanks for you part in making Points West such a great succcess this past year! Can you believe we've only been publishing for six months? Seems like an eternity. From all of us here on The Range, may you and yours have a great Solstice season no matter what holiday you (do or don't) celebrate. Cheers!



Green Horror Averted

From Kos, Nader passes on:
Everyone breathe a sigh of relief though we're not out of the woods yet.

Ralph Nader, the third-party candidate viewed by many Democrats as the spoiler of the 2000 election for taking votes away from Al Gore, has decided not to run on the Green Party ticket next year, a party spokesman said Tuesday.

Nader, who garnered nearly 3 percent of the national vote in the last presidential election, has not ruled out running for president as an independent and plans to make a decision by January.

"I think we're all a little bit disappointed," said Scott McLarty, a Green Party spokesman. "I suspect Mr. Nader would have gotten the nomination."

While an independent run would cause some discomfort, running as a Green would be far worse -- giving him a much higher profile and easier ballot access.

And in a sign that the Green Party may be maturing:

The Green Party is debating whether to take a nominee on a full state-by-state campaign or to adopt a "safe state" strategy. Under that method, the party would mostly avoid states up for grabs, in order not to jeopardize the Democratic candidate's chances against President Bush.

The Greens have been internally divided between its fundamentalist faction, who still sees no difference between the Democratic and Republican parties, and its more pragmatic wing who sees Bush as diametrically opposed to everything they hold dear.
Is the Green party blue? I doubt it -- sounds internal to me. This man did NO party building, had them BUY his internal lists, and cost Al Gore the election. Both parties are the same, yeah, my ass -- the Greens are growing, and allowing for possibilities of a coalition government -- in victory. Nice job. Jettisoning the hated Nader (by thoughtful Greens and Dems) was a great first step. Tentatively, I say, welcome home -- for all of us.


The Round-Up

I am getting ready to pack up the Jetta and head to Points North for five days of Christmas cheer. I leave you with a slightly skewered round up of recent news.

News Item: U.S. Iraqi Administrator Paul Bremer, announcing the capture of Saddam Hussein: "Ladies and gentlemen, we got him."

No. Not him. Not Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for the horrible, fiery deaths of 3,000 innocent civilians. Not him. No.

While in custody, an emergency make-over was arranged for the Iraqi dictator.

News Headline: Paris Hilton beats Bush in TV ratings.

Well, then! It's settled. The 2004 Democratic ticket will be Dean/Hilton.

In his interview last week with Diane Sawyer, President Bush repeatedly referred to Saddam Hussein as "hiding in a hole."

At the risk of sounding "un-patriotic" - Didn't ol' Dubya also hide in a hole on September 11, 2001? Yes, it was a nice hole in an underground bunker in Nebraska...but still a hole. Is it not?

News Item: Terrorist-alert level raised from yellow to "orange."

Much to the dissatisfaction of Martha Stewart, who just hand-knitted dozens of yellow Christmas sweaters!

Ms. Stewart yesterday on Larry King Live: "It's the saddest holiday ever. It's an unwelcome time for me, very unwelcome."

She then drove right home where she had the Mormon Tabernacle Choir record an outgoing Christmas message for her answering machine.

News item: Gary Clark, of Longmont, Colorado, was a bit surprised at his wife's reaction when she opened her Christmas gifts. Knowing she wanted bathroom accessories, Mr. Clark bought and wrapped a new toilet seat and towel rack.

We're still waiting for word on whether or not divorce papers have been filed in Longmont.


News item: An eight-foot-tall, inflatable Grinch was stolen from a yard near Clarkstown, New York. Local police say there have been several thefts of oversized, inflatable ornaments.

Umm...perhaps we should keep a closer eye on Clarkstown.

News item: Police in Riga, Latvia arrested a man who had twice the blood-alcohol level considered deadly. The unidentified man was in stable condition after registering a 7.22 alcohol level on his blood test, which, unbeknownst to him, broke the world record.

For perspective: People are arrested for driving while intoxicated when their level is 0.8; people normally vomit with a level of 1.2; at 3.0 a person would lose consciousness; and at 4.0 would stop breathing. And yes...we should keep an eye on Riga as well.

News item: IBM plans to cut 4,730 American workers as part of a program to increase profits by shifting jobs to China and India.

Merry Christmas, everybody.

SUPERMARKET TABLOID HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: "Idiot breaks into glue factory to get high, and winds up stuck to floor!"

HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE? December 26th is National Whiner's Day.

And, by the way, it is no coincidence that it was placed right after Christmas.

HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE, PART 2? December 28th is National Chocolate Day.

And not to be outdone: December 29th is National Chocolate Again Day.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: "It's A Wonderful Life," 56; Susan Lucci, 107.

Finally, your Bushisms of the week.
Our commander-in-chief in D.C. on December 15th: "The Iraqis need to be very much involved. They were the people that was brutalized by this man."

And Mr. Bush at the same event: "See, without the tax relief package, there would have been a deficit."

Umm...sir...just a friendly reminder: THERE IS A DEFICIT!
Everyone have a safe, wonderful Christmas.

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