Sense of wonder

I walked in my greatcoat
Down through the days of the leaves.
No before after, yes after before
We were shining our light into
The days of blooming wonder
In the eternal presence,
In the presence of the flame.

Didn’t I come to bring you a sense of wonder
Didn’t I come to lift your fiery vision bright
Didn’t I come to bring you a sense of wonder in the flame?

Van Morrison. Transcendental!


Moon of Alabama:

In an international spat between Washington and Moscow this Russian response to U.S. measures will be widely applauded:

Russia on Saturday named 18 Americans banned from entering the country in response to Washington imposing sanctions on 18 Russians for alleged human rights violations.The list released by the Foreign Ministry includes John Yoo, a former U.S. Justice Department official who wrote legal memos authorizing harsh interrogation techniques; David Addington, the chief of staff for former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney; and two former commanders of the Guantanamo Bay detention center: retired Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller and Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson.

The move came a day after the United States announced its sanctions under the Magnitsky Law, named for Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested in 2008 for tax evasion after accusing Russian police officials of stealing $230 million in tax rebates. He died in prison the next year, allegedly after being beaten and denied medical treatment.

I can think of a lot more names Russia and others should put on such lists. How about McChrystal and Petraeus for running the torture campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan? How about any Senator who voted for the Iraq war? How about those editors and journalists that cheered for those wars?

The solution to a bad guy with a gun

Is a good guy with a gun!

The assault on the McLellands’ home was particularly brazen. Mr. McLelland, a 23-year Army veteran, was a regular at a gun shop near his home, browsing for firearms and chatting up the owner two or three times a week. And he kept five to six dozen different types of firearms at his residence, many of them loaded, according to two law enforcement officials.

“There were guns hidden all over the house,” said Mr. McLelland’s son, J. R. McLelland, 39. “Behind doors, everywhere. He could have been standing next to a .40-caliber Glock and you would not have known it. When they said that he got shot, it was unbelievable because he was so well-armed and so well-versed in guns.”

It was unclear why Mr. McLelland and his wife — she was also comfortable with a firearm, and she had a license to carry a concealed handgun — did not have immediate access to the guns in the house when the killer or killers entered.

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