Dubya’s a dog

In this Year of the Snake, which begins Wednesday according to the Chinese lunar calendar, George W. Bush is one lucky dog. Astrologically speaking, Bush, a dog by birth (1946) under the 12-symbol Chinese horoscope, gets along well with snakes, which will hopefully help him weather the storm of disasters and revolutions that often accompany this year.

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However, read his thin lips and you’ll get another story. “His lips have nice contours, but not wide enough,” says Taipei astrologer Ni Su-chuan in the GUARDIAN (UK), explaining that the lips are a central locale for determining one’s fortune, and might not supply him with enough bark to do more than follow in his predecessor’s footsteps — a heretofore unspoken prediction for his anticipated four years.