Here's an interesting bit of global healing that spontaneously sprang up after the 2004 US election.
http://www.sorryeverybody.com/ is a "foto blog" which is allowing people to express how sorry we are that Bush won this time. It's full of photographs ...
The companion site
is for people from around the world to say something like "we accept your apologies".
Since the election the cabinet has seen a few departures. It's known that over 1 1/2 years ago, Bush required his cabinet members to stay on, and not resign, until after the election. Now that the floodgates are open, we have people leaving and being replaced.
So far the departures and replacements indicate that the administration is going to take an even harder line. For example the replacement Attorney General is the fellow who wrote memo's giving legal cover for the torture in places like the Guantanamo Bay and abu Ghraib prisons.
As of November 16, here are the departures:
UPDATE [November 10, 2004] salon.com has an article today examining most of these issues, and finding good and simple explanations for all of them. Salon.com is not the kind of organization that would whitewash over issues, but revels in digging up dirt. The explanations they offer are good to my eye.
Was the election stolen?
The system is clearly broken. But there is no evidence that Bush won because of voter fraud.
Voter turnout highest since 1968 (CNN)
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 Posted: 2:17 PM EST (1917 GMT)
One bright spot of this election is the higher level of interest. This is reflected in voter turnout. On NPR in their interviews with officials around the country, one point that came up over and over is the heavy turnout.
It's 10:15 PM PST (1:15 EST) and Fox News has called Ohio for Bush. Is Bush's cousin still news director there?
Okay, that's a cheap shot ... I'm surprised since 50% of Cincinnati remains to be counted and the difference is around 100,000 votes. While that's a strong lead, Cincinatti has a lotta voters and all around the country the urban areas are voting democratic. I think it's still too early to call Ohio right now.
UPDATE [10:57 PM]: Saw on
a field report that some inner-city precincts in Ohio did not have enough voting equipment, and that people are still waiting in line to vote at midnight their time.
John Kerry deserves to be the next President of the United States. While I fault him for voting to approve the war in Iraq, I believe he is the perfect person to lead this country at this time.
By way of example let me point to a story of John Kerry and his courage.
How John Kerry exposed the Contra-cocaine scandal
Derided by the mainstream press and taking on Reagan at the height of his popularity, the freshman senator battled to reveal one of America's ugliest foreign policy secrets.
By Robert Parry
Bush Supporters Still Believe Iraq Had WMD or Major Program, Supported al Qaeda This and other fallacies have been shown to be believed by the majority of Bush supporters, while the majority of Kerry supporters know it to be false.
A recent study
by Program on International Policy Attitudes shows how divergent are the opinions held by Bush and Kerry supporters.
One of the authors of the study has this to say: "To support the president and to accept that he took the US to war based on mistaken assumptions likely creates substantial cognitive dissonance, and leads Bush supporters to suppress awareness of unsettling information about prewar Iraq."
December 19, 2003; CNN.COM; cnn.com/2003/WORLD/europe/12/19/hampton.ghost.ap/index.html
LONDON, England (AP) -- Are there ghostly goings-on at Henry VIII's palace, or is that hazy image of a fellow in fancy robes just a bit of Christmas cheer?
Closed-circuit security cameras at Hampton Court Palace, the huge Tudor castle outside London, seem to have snagged an ethereal visitor. Could it be a ghost?