Friday, June 21, 2002

News of Note

Purple is the color of choice besting Aqua and Pink in the worldwide poll. Violet was one of the original colors when M&Ms first debuted so it's nice to know that everything old is new again.

Déric Peterson, the 2001 U.S. 800 meters indoor champion, becomes a very rare individual in July’s issue of Genre magazine: an out professional athlete. Not only that...he's the first African American athlete to come out of the closet as well. Adidas, his sponsor, even supported his decision to do so. I think the last person to come out was tennis player Amelie Mauresmo who made no bones about the fact she was a lesbian and even has her partner cheering for her in the stands.

Could Dick Cheney NOT be the VP running mate in the 2004 election? Of their potential choices to take over the position should Cheney be deemed an unworthy selection. Beyond whatever international expertise Cheney has brought to the table to assist Bush in his presidential duties, I see him, somewhat, as an ineffectual leader. Also, given his medical scares (that heart is a time bomb waiting to go off) Bush may need to go somewhere else in order to make his ticket seem stable. Not surprising, all of the Republican choices to succeed Cheney are white men. I wouldn't be surprised if the Democrats go with a woman or an African American (or even an African American woman) as their VP candidate. Let me just say that we have had only ONE woman on a major party ticket in the past 20 years. Well...make that in the last 200+ years. Don't you think it's time for another...I know there are well qualified minorities and women out there who can do the job of VP justice. Why aren't we using them?

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