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he Illinois primaries have been decided. Election 2004 is in full swing, and candidates John Kerry and George W. Bush are going head to head. Kerry accuses Bush of not supporting firefighters at home and using the war on terror as part of a campaign platform. Bush accuses Kerry of not supporting homeland security and the war on terror. The back and forth begins. Will voters react positively to these campaign tactics? Today, we are in an age where 51 percent of the country is voting, leaving a staggering 49 percent feeling disillusioned about who holds political office. The tactics of “he said, he said” may hurt the polls more this year than ever. With soldiers and civilians dying in Iraq daily, the voting public needs results, and the petty name-calling between candidates is further isolating voters. Since the Watergate scandal and Vietnam, voters have looked at the office of the president with a different, more critical eye. With Bush’s hunt for weapons of mass destruction, the public is becoming more and more skeptical and disillusioned. People are losing their faith in public office. Dodging the issues by
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attacking the opponent is no way to restore confidence in our officials. Candidates should utilize broadcast and print media to focus on their own campaigns, not their opponents’. With Kerry and Bush playing the “whodunit game,” voters aren’t hearing the real issues. When voters stop hearing the politicians’ platforms , they stop caring. There is a reason why the 18-25 crowd is not voting. If public officials start focusing on the issues and telling the country what their specific platform is about, not where their opponent is or is not, they will see results at the polls. Lack of participation in elections is a problem in the United States. There are people out there who work hard to get people out to the polls, but negative campaigns put those efforts one step backward. Politicians can get people interested in the democratic process again, but only by giving them something to be interested in. The back and forth potshots aren’t cutting it.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): For too long, grace has eluded you; you have had to fight your way through life. But now your luck is about to turn; your soul will get the refreshment it needs. To celebrate, imagine you're the one speaking in this poem by Theodore Roethke: "Near the rose, in this grove of sun-parched, wind-warped madrones Among the half-dead trees, I came upon the true ease of myself, As if another person appeared out of the depths of my being, And I stood outside myself, Beyond becoming and perishing. A something wholly other, As if I swayed out on the wildest wave alive, And yet was still. And I rejoiced in being what I was." TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the first Matrix movie,the central character, Thomas "Neo" Anderson, gradually begins to suspect that his entire understanding of reality is a delusion. At a key moment, a mysterious ally named Morpheus offers him a choice between two pills. If Neo takes the red pill, Morpheus tells him, he will be able to see the truth he has been blind to. If he swallows the blue pill, he will sink comfortably back into the lie he has been living. I see the coming weeks as a comparable turning point for you, Taurus. Which will it be, the red pill or the blue pill? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I'll tell you a little cosmic secret, Gemini. One of the best ways to stay on top -- which is where you are now, right? -- is to keep paying homage to the bottom. So as you harvest your good fortune in the coming weeks, I suggest you express your gratitude for the painful experiences that have taught you how to thrive. While basking in the glow of people's praise and attention, recall the parts of you that are still unripe. When you come home after a day of radiant success, take out the garbage. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Last century, Walt Disney coined a word for the inventive engineers who designed the rides and attractions for Disneyland: imagineers. In anticipation of the creativity I expect will flow through you this week, Cancerian, I'm going to describe you, too, as an imagineer. It's not that I expect you to literally invent a radical new variation on a roller coaster or anything. But there's a good chance you'll come up with brilliant innovations in the way you have fun. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What's the best way to get yourself in sync with the plans that the Goddess has for you? Follow poet Robert Bly's admonition to "poke holes in your habits." Here are a few suggestions to get you started. Strike up a conversation with a person you'd normally ignore. Write with your non-dominant hand.Try a food you've never tasted. Sprinkle seldom-used words like "sublime," "curiosity," and "reverence" into your conversation. Walk backwards
lap as he wrote, he covered his lower body with aluminum foil. But nothing worked until he fled to a quiet cabin in the woods. "It was like waking from a bad dream," he said, "-- the removal of all the reminders of art as a profession, as a way of making money or gaining a reputation.The book wrote itself in five weeks." I suspect that after enduring a period akin to Salzman's arduous warm-up, Sagittarius, you're about to have a cathartic five-week breakthrough of your own.
now and then. Slap a crafty grin on your face and wish for something impossible. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don't sit there passively, Virgo, hoping that fate will be nice to you. Be aggressive about cultivating good fortune. Drum up and track down the lucky breaks you need.To get you in the mood, I've infused the rest of this horoscope with subliminal suggestions that are scientifically formulated to make you a magnet for favors and synchronicities. (Combustion luster verve blaze.) They will set in motion shifts in your inner chemistry that will help other people see how beautiful you are. (Luminous flourish lucid mojo.) Soon you'll be tuning in to evidence that life is actually conspiring for you to succeed. (Lightning splendor wakeup fuel.)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Your imminent future reminds me of the archaeologists in Scotland who celebrated when they thought they found the remains of a ninthcentury Viking village. Upon further review, however, they realized it was actually the site of a suburban patio from the 1940s. Like them, Capricorn, you will probably be disappointed in your initial forays into the mysterious depths; what you unearth will rouse hopes that are quickly dashed. Unlike the archaeologists, though, you will eventually locate treasure lying beneath the discredited discovery -- if you keep digging, that is.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I'm always on the lookout for real heroes. Not the celebrities, athletes, and other fake heroes endlessly hyped by the mainstream media, but brave innovators who show courageous flair in standing up for what's right.The good news is that I recently located an actual hero, and he's a Libra. It's Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco, a Rosa Parks-like figure in the crusade to extend a full array of civil liberties to gays. In his calm fight for fairness, in his skillful use of logic to deal with emotionally charged issues, and in his artful approach to breaking an absurd taboo against joy and passion, he has embodied the highest expression of your sign's potentials. I recommend that you imitate his approach in your own sphere during the coming weeks.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): "Be born into the right family. Choose your chromosomes wisely." So begins a list in which Aquarian heiress Paris Hilton details her secrets of success. "Develop a way of entering a room that looks almost royal but NOT snobby," she continues. "Never have only one cell phone when you can have many. Eat only the worst junk food or the most fabulous food there is, but nothing in between. Only sleep in Egyptian cotton sheets with a 400 to 600 thread count." I offer you these definitions, Aquarius, in the hope that they'll inspire you to compose your own list.It's an ideal time for you to get very specific about how you plan to achieve happiness and fulfillment.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In his book, America As Empire: Global Leader or Rogue Power?, Jim Garrison says America has changed from being a republic to an imperial empire. If you're liberal, you hate this development, and if you're conservative, you like it; but in any case, the deed is done. The genie won't go back into the bottle.The question now is,how will America wield its global power? Will it be a bully using brute force to serve its narrow economic aims? Or will it be a gracious sovereign, leading a movement to bring democracy and freedom to every corner of the globe? In my view, Scorpio, you're facing a small-scale version of this dilemma in your personal sphere. How will you handle the weighty responsibilities that accompany your increasing clout? Will you mostly indulge your selfish interests, or will you work for the good of all?
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It's check-in time, Pisces. What progress have you been making in your work on this year's major assignment? As I suggested last December, 2004 will be prime time for learning much, much more about the arts of intimacy. So have you been shedding bad habits and unripe attitudes that in the past interfered with your ability to get the closeness you want? Have you sought teaching from experts who are wise about relationships? Have you vowed to seek unions only with emotionally intelligent people who take responsibility for their own darkness?
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or anyone who has seen Children of the Corn, The Lawnmower Man or Pet Sematary, it is known that Stephen Kingâ€™s works, when put on the silver screen, can be very unconventional. It can also be said that some of Kingâ€™s written material can be transformed into deeply touching films. Sometimes, though, the adaptations onscreen might not live up to the reputation of the King legacy. At a glance, Secret Window appears to be a very promising film. Starring such acclaimed actors as John Turturro, Charles S. Dutton and the always entertaining Johnny Depp, the performances from these fine actors could do very little to overshadow the weak storyline. Secret Window is about a successful author, Mort Rainey (Depp), who is having some marital difficulties and moves to his cabin to focus on his writing, where he is stalked and violently threatened by a man named John Shooter (Turturro), who claimed that Rainey stole Shooterâ€™s story. Each member of the starring cast plays his part with believability and accuracy. One of the more interesting roles is the character of John Shooter. He is equipped with what looked like an Amish farmerâ€™s hat and a Southern accent. The only problem is that, despite the fact that Shooter is a few inches taller than Rainey, one still has the feeling that Depp could kick Turturroâ€™s ass any day. That does nothing to take away from Deppâ€™s depiction of the timid writer. His mutterings around his personal maid, his witty comments to his estranged wifeâ€™s lover and the inflection in his inner dialogue paint a clear picture of the character that King wanted viewers to see. This movie should not be classified as a â€œthrillerâ€? or â€œdramatic thrillerâ€? and definitely not â€œhorror,â€? but rather â€œsemi-thriller-thattries-to-trick-you-but-ends-up-being-predictable,â€? but the movie was still entertaining. If youâ€™re looking for a psychological thriller based on a Stephen King book, go rent The Shining. If youâ€™re looking for a â€œpoor-manâ€™sthrillerâ€? that gets upgraded to a â€œmiddleclass-thrillerâ€? because of Deppâ€™s acting, check out Secret Window.
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ow more than ever before, the pre-teen market is booming within the Hollywood scene. Disney alums and the Olsen twins have dominated this niche for almost two decades, but other young television stars like Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff are following in those child-size footsteps. Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London uses the premise of the original boy-turned-secretagent formula to recapitalize on the success of the first installment. Unfortunately, this film falls into the all-too-familiar stereotype of the many spy kid films released in the past year, such as Catch That Kid and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, but itâ€™s not without its charm either. Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) returns as a CIA agent sent on a mission to London to retrieve a stolen mind-control device. Unbeknownst to Cody, his CIA mentor plans to use this device to control foreign dignitaries as well as the president, and the CIA knows that only Cody can reclaim it for the agency. While in London, the CIA places Cody in an elite youth orchestra at an English country estate, undercover, along with his new handler Derek (Anthony Anderson), who poses as the estateâ€™s chef. Together, these two must discreetly fit into to their new surroundings while carrying out their operation without the students or the staff finding out. Cody knows all the tricks of the trade, which feels somewhat preposterous given his young age of 16. Nevertheless, all the gadgets and fast-moving sequences should attract a younger audience who enjoy a good 007 re-
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