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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Not a Pretty Sight

I had the misfortune of driving past this accident yesterday:

Charleston woman dies in I-64 collision with tractor-trailer

MILTON — A Charleston woman died Monday afternoon when she rear-ended a tractor-trailer on Interstate 64 in Milton, said Deputy Chief Bob Legg of the Milton Fire Department.

The woman’s name was not available. The accident happened around 2:20 p.m. in the westbound lane at exit 28. The tractor-trailer was pulled over on the side of the road when the woman’s car hit the truck from behind, Legg said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The interstate was closed for about 2 1/2 hours. (link)

I knew the occupant of the vehicle, a Dodge Intrepid, was dead. The authorities were on the scene and were making no attempt to extricate her from the car. They had simply draped a tarp over what was left of the passenger compartment and were supervising the tow-truck removal of the trailer from atop the car.

The thoughts that go through your mind -

- A life has come to an end - in the blink of an eye.

- A family somewhere is about to receive some shocking and horrible news.

- A prayer is offered up for the souls affected by the accident.

- There but for the grace of God ...

- An admonition - Pay closer attention as you head on down the road.

I went on down the road.

Oh, The Irony

The Roanoke Times editorial page does a pretty good job of heaping ridicule on a York County (Virginia) school board meeting attendee for (legally) packing heat for the occasion.

Can't leave home without it

A parent wore his gun to a school board meeting just because he could. State law should change.
The Roanoke Times

It takes an awfully big chicken to admit such a fear. But as Chet Szymecki told The Daily Press of Newport News, he dare not stray as far as his own lawn without a gun for protection.

He knows not when he might need to draw his sidearm. Take the York County School Board's Sept. 26 meeting, for example. Syzmecki didn't know whether his comments about a proposed cellphone tower would draw opposition ugly enough that he'd need to call upon his .45-caliber Heckler & Koch to mediate a dispute. One never knows when a handgun will, well, come in handy.

The public can hardly expect Szymecki to swagger into a school board meeting without his holstered shootin' iron at his hip. (link)

This ain't bad writing. Especially for the Times. Kinda smart-allecky. Biting. I like it.

Of course, what the author doesn't realize, after having piled scorn on Chet Szymecki for his being fearful to the point that he feels the need to strap on some iron before leaving the house, the columnist expresses a similar irrational fear - of Chet:

The rest of the commonwealth should just stop being so selfish in desiring protection from those who can't seem to adjust to living through the day without strapping on lethal protection [my emphasis].
So Chet's a chicken for having an irrational fear and, in highlighting that weakness, the Times author reveals an irrational and completely unfounded fear of Chet.

Wisdom. It should never be left to amateurs.

Good News Out of Iraq? Can't Be ...

The news of a free and fair election in Iraq should have prompted jubilation around the globe, particularly here at home, because it provides clear evidence that our soldiers are one step closer to coming home. Instead the news has been met by a barrage of negative spin like this - the lead article in today's New York Times:
Monitors in Iraq Review Votes Where 'Yes' Ballots Hit 90%

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 17 - Iraqi election officials said Monday that they were investigating "unusually high" vote totals in 12 Shiite and Kurdish provinces, where as many as 99 percent of the voters were reported to have cast ballots in favor of Iraq's new constitution. The investigation raised the possibility that the results of the referendum could be called into question. (link)

The people at the New York Times - and anti-Americans generally - will only be happy when al Qaeda raises the Koran high over the mutilated bodies of the last remaining American soldiers in Iraq and declares victory. Soldiers sworn to defend their sorry asses.


Where Have You All Been?

After having been here, there, and everywhere the last week, I finally made my way back home yesterday evening. And rested.

It's good to be home.