I work in a gritty New York garment center neighborhood.
It’s peopled by bicycle messengers attempting to mow down pedestrians on the sidewalk, the world’s greasiest non-affiliated fried chicken joint, a shop that features cigarettes and an extremely busy lotto machine, a liquor store with a plastic shield between its salespeople and its customers, a massage parlor, and lots of wholesale garment outfits, some of which seem to be pitching their sales toward a retail store somewhere that must be called The Hooker Supply House.
But my favorite retail business on the block is the political fortune teller, Mme. Galzogorist.
Recently, I climbed a steep flight to her walkup high-tech Situation Center (see photograph above) and asked her to predict the top 10 headlines of the coming year.
“Murky vibrations in my crystal ball prevent me from giving you all 10,” she said, “especially since all you have in your hand is half a sawbuck and a George. But for that kind of money, I’ll give you six. A buck each.”
She had a deal. Here’s are the headlines she predicts we’ll be seeing before the end of the year.
Sarah Palin declares latest
US Supreme Court decision
is "clearly unconstitutional"
Ungandan judge, revealed to
be closet gay, sentences self
to death under new law
Joe Lieberman “repents” and introduces bill favoring Public Option after disgruntled health insurance companies cut his campaign contributions
RNC Chief Michael Steele promises he and Republicans will stop being square and instead “get groovy”
Palin clarifies her view of foreign policy:
“Yes, you can see Russia on a clear day
from my porch—but you need a telescope”
Obama declares that ending war in Iraq, like the Public Option, was "not something I campaigned on.”
That's all for now. I'm off to a Mexico vacation for sun, cerveza and tequilla. See you some time in January.