Sine Qua Non Pundit

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Friday, March 14, 2003
 

Preempting the Preemption?

U.S. officials fear that once President Bush signals the U.S. is headed to war, Saddam Hussein will strike pre-emptively

Thank goodness we have professional journalists on the case. But, haven't I read this somewhere before? Maybe we should preempt the preemption of the preemptive strike.



 

Simplisme Is As Simplisme Does

Every time I hear or read about someone trying to insult President George W. Bush by calling him a cowboy, I think of Willie Nelson singing softly, "My heroes have always been cowboys, and some of them still are today."



Thursday, March 13, 2003
 

Sad News

We live one block from daughter #2's Grade School and about 10 blocks from daughter #1's Middle School. Today, a mother picked up her two daughters in their blue van at the Grade School and had a head-on collision in front of the Middle School minutes later with another van belonging to a cable company. The cable company van was apparently loaded with workers, and a couple of pedestrians may also have been injured. The mother was killed and 10 people are hospitalized. I came home early today and happened to notice two helicopters hovering near my house and immediately knew that something was wrong, though I had no idea what. My wife was just about a minute or so behind the blue van picking up daughter #1.

Although Kirkwood is a suburb of St. Louis, it has a small town feel. While my family doesn't know the family who suffered this tragedy, several of our neighbors do, and they are taking it pretty hard. My kids will be dealing with this at their respective schools and in discussions with their friends over the coming days and weeks. Daughter #1 has been on the phone for a couple hours now talking with her friends whose younger siblings are friends with the girls in the blue van.

Pray for the family who lost their mother and for the quick recovery of all those injured.



 

71 Hours

So far this week, as of 1048 CST. This isn't a complaint (yea, right) or a plea for sympathy (well, maybe it is), but I mention it only to help my loyal readers understand why posting has been so light of late.

Alas, this may go on for a while...



Monday, March 10, 2003
 

7 Days Without Posting Makes One Weak

Work is a bitch right now, but it keeps the PayPal button off the site. I'm on the road, so I'm not getting e-mail. And I do not have time to even think about reading Richard Cohen right now. Here's a few quick hits, with not enough justice paid to each...

I had dinner with Eric McErlain Thursday night. Nice fellow. A real wordsmith. A pro. He lives in the town I lived in before the family packed up and moved to St. Louis. Aside : thanks for waiting for me as I was fashionably late for our dinner appointment at Hama Sushi. But I'll have to kick his butt next week in the Iowa Beer League, where after a truly lousy start I have gone 11-1-1 over the last half of the season, thereby qualifying for the last playoff spot. Flin Flon Ironmen. Indeed.

I had lunch with Will Vehrs on Saturday. Another prince of a gentleman. And another pro wordsmith. Aside: thanks for driving up from Richmond Will! Whatever else I may get out of the blogosphere, I have made some new friends, and you can never have too many of those.

I am really delinquent posting the followup to the MBBIV. Damn.

I see Kofi Annan is threatening that the Liberation of Iraq may be illegal. In case I don't get around to it later, f*ck the UN. Until it dies. Every time I try to turn over a new leaf, somebody like France comes along and makes it impossible for me to be a "reasonable" person. Go back and read the Declaration of Independence and tell me again why we should give a damn what anybody in the UN thinks. Transnational progressivism is just as bad an idea as transcolonial progressivism was. (I'm refering to the efforts of some in the British Parliament in the late 18th century to find a way to accomodate the colonies to keep them in the fold; it may be a stretch, but think about it.) Personally, I sincerely hope that France and Russia and China veto the proposed resolution to liberate Iraq. Anything to bring down Turtle Bay as fast as possible. To paraphrase Roseanne Cash, "I was anti-UN when anti-UN wasn't cool." Grrrrrrrrrrr. "Coalition of the Willing" has a nice ring to it for the next try at an NGO to help forward peace, prosperity, and freedom -- not necessarily in that order.

I think Dodd may have some competition in the Caption Contest department. Of course, it won't be much of a fight if Dodd doesn't start finding some better pictures soon. Let's see if Damian appreciates my efforts as much as Dodd.

I'm sorry about not reading all of you more often. I miss you. Almost as much as my family. This may not be a good thing.

Oh well, back to work.





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