For more than a year, a majority of economic commentators have tried to persuade the world that the collapse of technology stocks, the slump in technology-linked capital spending and the economy's overall decline represented nothing more profound than a puncture in a speculative bubble.
The headline on the cover of the November 12th issue of The New Republic magazine read "Losing the War," and the cover featured a caricature of President Bush in a ridiculous pose, and with a ridiculous expression on his face, winding up to throw missiles.
There's an average-looking guy seeking a lifelong female companion, who adamantly adheres to one rule -- no cigarette smoking. He meets, however, an attractive, smart, witty, vibrant person of good character with one flaw: she smokes. What to do, what to do?
As things continue to go awry for Afghanistan's reforming Taliban, they now are seeking sanctuary in their native caves or in political asylum with governments sympathetic to their brand of moral rigorism. If they were a bit more cosmopolitan, they might seek political asylum in Montgomery County, Md.
With George W. Bush, they're going to have to invent a new fluoropolymer. Almost a year into his first term in office, he's got a 90 percent approval rating, the highest for the longest period of any president in history.
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