And now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine:
They're one of our top allies, and he's one of our top enemies, but the British have voted Saddam Hussein one of five foreigners "most deserving of honorary status as a British citizen." Between now and the end of the year, listeners to BBC radio's Today Program are asked to choose who should make the final list from a group of several contenders. Nominated by listeners as one of the top five, Saddam was described in this profile on the show's Web site: "Iraqi president and novelist. According to the U.S., he is a producer of weapons of mass destruction, the key figure in the 'axis of evil' and public enemy number two [behind Usama bin Laden]." So, then why on Earth would British voters put him on the list of desirable citizens? Apparently it is not because Saddam is admired by any Brits. Instead, the show says, listeners made clear they think Saddam would be able to cause far fewer problems "over here where we can keep an eye on him."
And while the British have their eyes on Saddam, Americans have theirs on President Bush... The president is leading the race for 2002's most admired man, according to a recent Gallup poll. This would be the second year in a row for the president. Former President Jimmy Carter and Secretary of State Colin Powell trail President Bush. And what about the most admired woman? Hillary Clinton is leading that race, with Oprah Winfrey and Laura Bush close behind. A few Hollywood types also got some votes, with Denzel Washington and Jennifer Lopez making it into the top ten as well.
A Log, Log Time Ago
Abraham Lincoln may have a place in history, but he has no place in Richmond, Va., according to a group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A bronze statue of Lincoln and his youngest child, Tad, is scheduled to be unveiled in April at the civil war visitor center in Richmond. Associated Press is reporting that the Sons of Confederate Veterans calls the statue "a slap in the face" to those who fought against what they still consider Lincoln's invasion of Virginia.