Friday, April 09, 2004

TODAY'S TOP FIVE: We're Keeping It Short Because I Want to Go Home Early.

Farewell, Fair Koizumi With hundreds of demonstrators at his office every day demanding Japanese troops be pulled out of Iraq, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi got some more bad news when a bunch of Japanese soldiers were taken hostage by Iraqi insurgents, who are now threatening to burn them alive. The soldiers' families are pleading with Koizumi to pull the troops out, but he's standing firm. What's the Japanese for "Zapatero," anyway?

Iraq: Still Falling to F-ing Pieces At least nine people were killed today when Iraqi insurgents attacked a convoy of oil tankers and military vehicles. Meanwhile, American forces are back in control in Kut, but have declared a cease-fire in their siege of Fallujah, which is increasingly being viewed by Iraqis as a resistance similar to the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

Support for Bush Eroding on Iraq A Pew Research poll finds that, for the first time since this whole goddamn thing started, a majority of Americans disapprove of the way Bush is handling Iraq. While it's welcome news, I have to ask: A majority only disapproves now? Like things were so hunky dory a month ago?

Who Says Liturgical Drama is Dead? Certainly not the folks who turned up at a Pennsylvania church where actors trying to impart lessons about the Crucifixion of Christ performed a play in which the Easter bunny was whipped while eggs were smashed and other actors chanted, "There is no Easter bunny!" Good fun for the whole family.

Your "Thank God It's Good Friday" Special of The Day:

-Consider Arms