First class of spring term starts in 30 minutes. I'm looking forward to new classes. Gotta write a law school newspaper column this week, and still need a topic. Maybe grades, since we got them not so long ago. Maybe snow. Maybe Iraqi elections. I hope John Kerry won. I am so woefully underinformed about anything happening in Iraq. Drudge has a picture of someone with a purple finger. I have no idea what that means. I'm guessing maybe it's how they're marking people who've voted, and maybe that's right, but, really, I just haven't read any articles or watched any TV. My first instinct was wondering why Iraqi voters have to deal with a form that involves fingerpainting. And we thought the butterfly ballot was confusing. I wonder why purple. Do they have the same red state / blue state issues as we do, and this is a compromise? Red desert / blue desert?