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Monday, 24 May, 2004

Good weekend. Nice party on Saturday night to celebrate John's gradution from Wharton Business School. Held at the University Club Boathouse on Boathouse Row in Philly.

Other than that, went skating, ran errands, rode bikes in Valley Forge National Park. A bit warm, but a nice day out.

So I'm off to Boston this afternoon - will be back on Tuesday night. But to keep you busy, Bill Whittle has a new essay posted. As always, he has some (lengthy) comments to make about the American spirit during a time when it seems all the news I see is bad.

I am asking you now, as one voice among millions nothing more not to cease criticizing the government, the President, or our actions in Iraq. Without the crucible of heated debate among passionate believers we will lose our way.

All I ask is this:

Do not destroy this house. Do not destroy this house to make a point. It is a magnificent house, a grand and sturdy home to us all. Do not let the stains upon her floor cause you to set her aflame. We have fought amongst ourselves for as long as we have been a people; that will never change, and in its own unpleasant, annoying and wonderful way, it should never change.

But for our sake and for those across the oceans: argue about the paint. Argue about the sleeping arrangements. Argue about how best to wash those stains where they appear.

But for the sake of all who have gone before us here, and all who will come after: help me defend this house.

[See ya Wednesday.]

Quote du jour:

"Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We've been so busy damning ourselves for years. We've done it all, and yet we don't take credit for it."

-- Ray Bradbury (1920 - ____) US science-fiction writer

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