Osama's been languishing seven months without a mention in a presidential speech. [...]
The president's silence on bin Laden has served a strategic purpose. Last year, nearly two-thirds of Americans said the war on terrorism could not be called a success without bin Laden's death or capture. That number fell to 44 percent in the March Washington Post/ABC News poll, and the question has since been dropped.
GOP pollster and wordsmith Frank Luntz said mentioning the chief Evil Doer "conjures up questions that nobody can answer," because the government doesn't know if he's still alive. "We're trying to declare a certain moral certainty," Luntz said. "The effort is to remove all gray areas, and this adds a gray area."
Bush, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said in a morning briefing, "is now supporting a bipartisan compromise on homeland security."
Keith Koffler, White House reporter for Congress Daily, was puzzled. "How many Democrats support this bipartisan bill?" he asked. "I'm not aware of any more than one Democrat."
"Well," Fleischer replied, "that certainly does make it bipartisan."
"So that's the new definition of bipartisan?" Koffler inquired.
"I think, frankly, that's the old definition of bipartisan," Fleischer rejoined. "I'd be shocked if all of a sudden the definition of bipartisan changed."
A US politician has turned blue from drinking a silver solution he believed would protect him from disease.
Stan Jones, Montana's Libertarian candidate for Senate, started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear that disruptions linked to the millennium might lead to a shortage of antibiotics.
He made his own concoction by electrically charging a couple of silver wires in a glass of water.
His skin began turning blue-grey a year ago.
"People ask me if it's permanent and if I'm dead," he said. "I tell them I'm practising for Halloween."
He does not take the supplement any longer, but the skin condition, called argyria, is permanent.
The condition is generally not serious.
Colloidal silver dietary supplements are marketed widely as an anti-bacterial agent or immune-system booster, but some consider it quackery.
Mr Jones is one of three candidates seeking to unseat Democratic Senator Max Baucus in November.