October 4th, 2005

EMS

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The woman that we picked up at the department store was really delightful and very funny.

At one point, the paramedic asked her if she had ever been married.

She said, "I'm not going to die wondering, if that's what you mean."
Mountaineering

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I'm sure I'm not the only one getting a lot of grief from some readers about the view around here that Miers is under-qualified for the job. Many of the emails assert that all one needs are strong reading skills, a logical mind and, and ... well that's about it. This strikes me as an unfortunate line of argument. Again: Miers may turn out to be a great justice. But she's never been a judge, never written seriously on constitutional issues, never been a litigator on such issues etc etc. But if you want to make the case that none of this matters, that's your perogative. All I ask is that you honestly address the question of whether you would have the same reaction if Hillary Clinton nominated her longtime personal lawyer under similar circumstances. - Jonah Goldberg, The Corner at NRO
Mountaineering

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Is it really a victory for "tolerance" to say that a council worker cannot have a Piglet coffee mug on her desk? And isn't an ability to turn a blind eye to animated piglets the very least the West is entitled to expect from its Muslim citizens? If Islam cannot "co-exist" even with Pooh or the abstract swirl on a Burger King ice-cream, how likely is it that it can co-exist with the more basic principles of a pluralist society? As A A Milne almost said: "They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace/ Her Majesty's Law is replaced by Allah's." - Mark Steyn

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml;jsessionid=UE2SHXTVRWUX1QFIQMFCNAGAVCBQYJVC?xml=/opinion/2005/10/04/do0402.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/10/04/ixportal.html

And this...

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/10/04/britain.redcross/index.html

Tired, indeed.