Monday, October 28, 2002
Fall back indeed. I'm apparently
Fall back indeed. I'm apparently in the middle of one of those cycles I get periodically when everything breaks. My watch, my cell phone, my DSL, my car (muffler and windshield). It's like the warranties of all of them run out at the same time. Annoying.
Friday, October 18, 2002
Dick Cheney (and could there
Dick Cheney (and could there BE a more Dickensian name for him (only if it was spelled Chainy, I guess)) is only hiding what we already know.
Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Yes, I know he is
Yes, I know he is beloved. Yes, he has increased the visibilty of the Catholic Church. But please, it is time to go, John Paul II. You have worn out your welcome, with your reactionary, conservative thinking that just might be the nail in the coffin of American Catholicism. And messing with the rosary seems more than a little egomanical.
Ok, if this isn't the
Ok, if this isn't the stupidest statement I have ever heard, I don't know what is:
Ari Fleischer on new gun controls generally, "How many laws can we really have to stop crime, if people are determined in their heart to violate them no matter how many there are or what they say?" [full text]
Is he really asking what is the purpose of laws, since people are going to break them anyway?
It amazes me that every day I find something more to hate this administration about. I now understand how the right-wingers felt about Clinton.
Monday, October 14, 2002
More trouble in Northern Ireland.
More trouble in Northern Ireland. What a mess it is up there.
Friday, October 11, 2002
"[America] does not go abroad
"[America] does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy...The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit." - John Quincy Adams, July 4th, 1821 [full text]
Obviously no one is listening to "Old Man Eloquent."
And this in the week Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
Thursday, October 10, 2002
There are days when I
There are days when I want to vanish, dissolve into a haze of clove cigarette smoke. It would be the perfect day for it today: the sky is gray, the wind blows off the Hudson river, and rain clouds hover close. Arts and Letters Daily has shut down. War seems just around the corner. A sniper hunts people for fun in my home state of Maryland. And winter approaches.
Friday, October 4, 2002
I'm not sure who is
I'm not sure who is writing Bill Clinton's speeches these days, but this one is pretty inspiring. Come back, Bill. All is forgiven.
It's been a little crazy
It's been a little crazy lately. Not only did we throw Fiona's 2nd birthday party (20 toddlers in the YMCA gym), but my Uncle Fran died on Sunday. I've been in Baltimore for the last couple of days, attending his funeral services. I spoke at his funeral, just like I have for every funeral for the last several years. I am getting good at writing eulogies, which is a talent I never wanted to have. He was laid out in state at St. Ignatius church, which was weird and disconcerting. I am so used to the small rooms of a funeral parlor that being in the middle of the church made it difficult to express any grief. You feel so exposed.
He was one of the last of the WWII-era elders of my family and an interesting character to boot. He married my parents, baptized me, married Rachael and me, and baptized Fiona. Not to mention buried the rest of his immediate family. He and I had much in common, in many ways.
I will miss him.
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