Get your news first, from Crickler! Their nifty little puzzles often alert me to interesting news stories, which I follow up with my favorite overall news source, Google News. Today's intriguing tidbit has been a little hard to pin down, as the full story at requires a subscription. Supposedly you can get a "one day pass" to read it if you watch an advertisment, but I sat through the thing twice and still was asked to register, so I gave up and will wait till a free news source covers the story. However, since I was asked my opinion, I'll quote the beginning (free) part of the story:

George W. Bush tried to laugh off the bulge. "I don't know what that is," he said on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, referring to the infamous protrusion beneath his jacket during the presidential debates. "I'm embarrassed to say it's a poorly tailored shirt."

Dr. Robert M. Nelson, however, was not laughing. He knew the president was not telling the truth. And Nelson is neither conspiracy theorist nor midnight blogger. He's a senior research scientist for NASA and for Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an international authority on image analysis. Currently he's engrossed in analyzing digital photos of Saturn's moon Titan, determining its shape, whether it contains craters or canyons.

One theory is that the President was receiving some sort of assistance during the debate, which would make Bush the immoral, irresponsible idiot of his opponents' visions. I have a few thoughts of my own, and have gathered more from other folks:
  • It is some sort of security device, like a bulletproof vest, or an "explosives sniffer," or something else that for obvious reasons he wouldn't want to advertise.
  • It's a medical gadget for relieving back or shoulder pain.
  • Unbeknownst to both the Secret Service and CBS News, the President was kidnapped by terrorists and now wears a bomb strapped to his back.
  • Some graphic artist had too much time on his hands. (I no longer believe everything I see; I've seen too many lies told with pictures.)
  • If the President wanted to cheat on this "exam," he should have asked a high school student for advice on how to be more effective and less obvious about it.
  • If it's possible to "hear" advice through one's back (or shoulder), this should cause a greater uproar in the Deaf community than cochlear implants. (It's hard to believe that anything audible to Bush's ear would have been neither heard by someone else nor picked up by the microphones.)
  • The election year political scene is squirrelier than our backyard!
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Hm, strange that you couldn't read the article. Here's a copy paste version of it. --- Or maybe not. It must be a hot story, because I can't get to the site anymore. If I can, I'll let you know.

Posted by Janet on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 3:36 pm
I always have the same trouble with Salon's free day trial. I watch the advert over and over and the article never appears. Odd.

Posted by David July on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 9:55 pm
Bizzar. I got in the first time, no trouble. You do have to click through the parts of the add, then enter into the article, but it's not something clear like "Read Article." I guess I'm the foolish one who clicked on something I thought would get me there even though it looked like I might get more add. I was able to go back and get the article again (it was just slow), but Mom rightfully said she can't post so much of a copyrighted item.

Posted by Janet on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 10:32 pm
Well by some freak electronic coincidence, the article in question managed to find its way into my e-mail box just minutes ago. So it is all good!

Posted by David July on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 10:46 pm
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