Soled Out!

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At least President George Bush is driving one economy in the right direction. Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi isn't the only guy who needs or wants a new pair of shoes. Sales of the thick-soled Model 271 (in brown) by Istanbul-based shoemaker Baydan Ayakkabicilik San. & Tic. are through the roof. Bloomberg reports that the "Bush Shoe" is flying off store shelves throughout the Middle East. Orders are pouring in and the company plans to hire 100 new employees to meet demand (some of which comes from an undisclosed buyer in Davidson, Maryland - 4,000 orders). (Those who prefer to hurl virtual shoes at Bush are going to www.sockandawe.com or this site and this one - the toughest -  because Bush fights back.)

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