Today is the anniversary of the 2004 presidential election. In the year thats passed: December 26: Tsunami devastates Sri Lanka and other countries surrounding the Indian Ocean. 280,000 dead. The US initially pledges a mere 15 million dollars towards relief efforts. February 10: North Korea announces that it has weapons of mass destruction. Since they do not have vast oil reserves, BushCo ignores them. Also on February 10, Saudi Arabia holds municipal elections in which only males may vote. However, BushCo does not export democracy to countries that own us. March 21: Dubya, who once mocked Karla Faye Tucker in the days before her execution, decides that saving the life of a long-brain-dead woman is worth trashing the 'sanctity' of her marriage. And interrupting a vacation! May 19: Star Wars III: Revenge Of The Sith is released with the not-too-veiled reference to "how democracy dies". July 6: In the IOC's first round of voting, the proposed American site for the 2012 Summer Olympics places next-to-last. Considering that the US won the site selection for 1996 and 2002, the low placement is widely seen as a snub. London is awarded the Olympics instead. July 20: Canada legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide, and hasn't been plagued by locusts yet. August 29: Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast. The damage is severe, but became much worse when the levees in New Orleans failed -- just a year after BushCo cuts the funding needed to maintain them. September 20: Bill Frist is under investigation for alleged insider trading. September 26: Criminal mastermind Lynndie England takes the fall for the Abu Ghraib scandals, but will serve a mere three years. September 28: Tom DeLay is indicted for conspiracy to violate state election laws. October 8: Earthquake in Pakistan takes over 79,000 lives. The US aid package is larger than the one initially offered in the wake of the Sumatran tsunami (say that three times fast!, but was still only fourth largest among nations' aid packages. October 26: The 2,000th American soldier died in Iraq. This is still less than 8% of the number of innocent civilians killed in Iraq. October 27: Bush accepts the resignation of Harriet Miers, and later decides that legal scholar Samuel Alito is the second most qualified candidate for the position. October 28: Scooter Libby is indicted on counts of perjury and obstruction of justice. We're still waiting on the rest of the indictments.