Ironic Times

 NO. 225 "Expect the Ironic" JANUARY 3 - 9, 2005 

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BUSH TEAM SEGWAYS INTO SECOND TERM
Top priorities: “much needed” reform of Social Security, class-action lawsuits, environmental regulations, entitlement programs, “whatever.”
(right: Vice President Dick Cheney arriving at White House.)
WORLD NEWS
Bin Laden Urges Iraqis to Boycott Vote
In rambling message also suggests one glass of red wine at dinner, rates retail sector a "buy," Steelers a "best bet" to win Super Bowl.
Miraculous Escape from Tsunami
World's insurance companies offer prayers of thanks, as devastation hits mostly uninsured areas.
Two-Thirds of Canadian, European Consumers Believe American Foreign Policy Guided by Empire Building
Some may refuse to pay annual tribute.
 
POLITICS
Democrats Mull Shifting Position on Abortion to Widen Appeal.
Party hopes to attract more people they disagree with.
U. S. NEWS
Bush Approval Rating Slips Below 50% One Month After Reelection
White House shrugs off poll as “typical
buyer's remorse.”
U.S. Accuses Cuba of Violating
Geneva Conventions

Human rights abuses of prisoners "rampant" on eastern tip of island, says report.
 
REMINDER
    It's never too late to stop taking
    piano lessons.
 
Study: Murder Rates Fall as TV Murders Rise
Conclusion: more murderers staying home, watching TV.
Supreme Court Justice Thomas Reports Over $40,000 in Gifts
Among them: a rare bible, a bust of Lincoln, a set of tires, and a boxed set of Russ Meyer films.
 
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Social Security Administration Offices Moved From Washington
New location (below) should “increase efficiency,” says spokesman.
 
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