AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 11/22/2004 09:39:00 AM ----- BODY: Christmas Shopping - Went to the mall this weekend. If the number of people crowding the stores buying things is any indication of the economic strength of the country, we're in pretty good shape. People were loading carts and buying big-ticket items from what I could see. Even the never-full poster store in the mall was packed. Despite this, the media will write its annual 'retail sales in the toilet' story. Just watch. Given the increasingly negative reporting on Iraq and the second-term cabinet selections, I get the feeling the MSM is going to do everything it can to make Bush's second term seem an apocalyptic nightmare full of suffering, misery and death. --------