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Thursday, December 18, 2003
I always get a little annoyed when the stores start advertising "last-minute" gifts...usually about a week or two before
I begin my Christmas shopping.
It's usually at about this time that I begin to point out to all who will listen that the true meaning of Christmas is
not trees or lights or presents, but the birth of Christ. Those who know me very well may recall me pointing out that there
are "Twelve Days of Christmas" referring to the time between Christmas and Epiphany (which gives me until about January 6th
by my calculation).
All this by way of saying, I'll know the "last minute" when I see it and if the packages arrive before January 6, well,
all right then.
Hope you, too, are having a relaxed holiday season and focusing on the important things.
I find myself oddly ambivalent regarding news of the capture of Saddam Hussein. Yes, he was the evil leader of a corrupt
and repressive regime. Yes, the world -- and Iraq, certainly -- is a better place without him. But, no, he and his regime
never posed any real threat to our security or the security of the world. And yet the Bush administration, on demonstrably
shaky grounds, made his removal a national priority at ruinous cost in both lives and dollars.
The world is filled with evil, but unless I've missed something, the United States has not been charged with policing
it. We can and should abhor evil where we find it and we should work to eradicate it, but it saddens me that our leadership
finds unilateral armed intervention to be an acceptable means for affecting change.
The dated links above are to previous week's posts. Take a look if you haven't been following along.
And just for the record, all words and pictures, except as noted, are mine and mine alone. I take full responsibility
for them (unless, of course, legal action is threatened).
Willie, here, is both the mascot and the arbiter of good taste for this site... So, as you might
expect, people will be offended. My apologies.
"There's nary an animal alive that can outrun a greased Scotsman!"