Well, more than quick, that’s what it is.

Hurried perhaps, drawing upon a distinction popularized by John Wooden (for the uninitiated: Capo di tutti capi  in the field of college basketball). “Be quick,” he used to say, “but don’t hurry.”

I’m referring to the “Blame Not Islam” response to the Fort Hood massacre, as manifested here among other places. Seems like a little more soul-searching –by Moslems, their supporters, sympathizers, and the whole bunch of us who are trying very hard to keep our minds open– would be in order.

Though, I suppose, if you haven’t searched your soul by now, it ain’t gonna get searched.

My position remains: let’s think about this without over-thinking it, and let’s try to react without over-reacting. Meanwhile, let me join the general shout-out (to employ a Presidential term) for the latest inductee into the Tough Cookie Hall of Fame. If we hear any talk of diffused responsibility regarding this mess, it won’t be because of Sgt. Kimberly Munley.



Way too soon –at least for me– to comment on the Fort Hood murders. I have a few thoughts but, since there’s no requirement that I voice them, I think I’ll hold off. Better just to send prayers or good thoughts or whatever-you’ve-got to the victims and their families. This is a moment for everybody –the media (mainstream and otherwise), the government (especially its leadership), the army (with all its CYA policies and tendencies), the moderate Moslem community (to the extent that it exists), the general American citizenry, everybody– to do their jobs as honestly and as well as they can. A little unrealistic, I guess, but that’s what I hope.

Then I Saw His Face

Now I’m a believer.

Not a trace

Da dee da da dum

 Of doubt in my mind.

Apologies to The Monkees, but ya gotta check this out.

Seeing is… well, I don’t know what it is… but thank goodness for the guys at Duke University and the kick-ass work they’re doing on water-repellent leaf behavior.

Let’s Not Pretend

Far from being heresy, as advertised, this seems like a refreshingly straightforward statement of the liberal position on healthcare reform, doesn’t it?

The U.S. government is making a costly and open-ended commitment to help provide health coverage for the vast majority of its citizens. I support this commitment, and I think the federal government’s spending priorities should be altered to make it happen. But let’s not pretend that it isn’t a big deal, or that it will be self-financing, or that it will work out exactly as planned. It won’t.

The let’s-not-pretend, I guess that’s the heresy. That and admitting –in some part– the validity of the opposing argument.

What is really unfolding, I suspect, is the scenario that many conservatives feared. The Obama Administration, like the Bush Administration before it (and many other Administrations before that) is creating a new entitlement program, which, once established, will be virtually impossible to rescind. At some point in the future, the fiscal consequences of the reform will have to be dealt with in a more meaningful way, but by then the principle of (near) universal coverage will be well established. Even a twenty-first-century Ronald Reagan will have great difficult (sic) overturning it.

Oh, you devilish Dems, always with the Bush reference.

Anyway, this new RR will, I strongly suspect, be busy dealing with all the other great difficults that this administration is in the process of manufacturing. Good luck to whomever he (or she) is.

Goes to Show

In American political campaigns you’re never out of it.

Think: Harry Truman.

Think: John McCain.

Think: these guys.


That’s how this article makes me feel.

“A corrupt, crumbling, mob-ridden disgrace.”

This isn’t Afghanistan they’re talking about. It’s not even Detroit. This is a beautiful city where –what? fifteen years ago– Mrs. Stagger and I spent a memorable vacation. I only hope there’s a little bit of journalistic hyperbole involved here.


They finally seem to be catching on to Damien.

So, does this mean that the elite media will begin to scrutinize other public figures whose reputations have been built on extravagant self inflation, elaborate stage sets, and work that’s mostly done by somebody else?

Well, I hope you’re right. And, incidentally, what’s the next name that comes to mind?

No, not her. I know, she’s still tryin’ to pretend she can sing but, really, at this point, isn’t she waaay over-the-hill?

Uh huh, so, what’s the next name after that?  Has kind of a similar ring to it.

Yeah, that guy.