It won't be easy for Republicans to lose this one. By sheer dint of hard work, they're still trying to pull it off. Republicans are good at losing. Stick with what you're good at.
If you have any doubt that Al Gore's selfless pleas for "democracy" are part of his scheme to steal the election, consider this: In one of Gore's many pending lawsuits against the Florida election results, he asked the court to declare him the winner on the grounds that there are still thousands of votes to be counted.
After vandals used a chain saw to leave a substantial slice along the base of Luna, a 1,000-year-old redwood tree in Humboldt County, tree hugger Paul Bassis told The Chronicle that the chain-saw job was "not an act of vandalism, it's a hate crime.
James Lee Witt, President Clinton's director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who inadvertently became an issue in the 2000 presidential campaign, may return to Arkansas to run against Republican Sen. Tim Hutchinson in 2002.
Be polite! Al Gore thinks he is president-elect. Last weekend, there was that weird story that the Democrats planted throughout the media that over at his felicitously sited official residence, the Naval Observatory, Gore believes he won the state of Florida.
Al Gore and Joe Lieberman say their motive in refusing to acknowledge their thrice-confirmed defeat is to defend the "larger principle" that every vote must count. I wonder if even one in four people believe them. If they keep this up, it won't be one in 10.
It's as if the justices of the Florida Supreme Court read Oliver Wendell Holmes' stirring words about the law not consisting of a "brooding omnipresence in the sky" and about judges having "jurisdiction only to declare the law" and not "authority to make it" -- and said: "Huh? Do any of you guys know what that means?"
In 1981, a jury sentenced Crips gang founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams to death after he was convicted of killing four people. Williams shot an unarmed 7-Eleven teenage store clerk named Alvin Owens in the head twice during a 1979 robbery that netted $120.
Once again, the United States is the undisputed world champion in the creation of social victims. Here are the winners of this column's Victims of the Year competition: