A new set of wingdings more appropriate to the peace of 9/11/2011:
I’m happy to say that nothing ugly happened yesterday. (Well, the Kansas City Chiefs might argue that their loss to the Bills was pretty ugly.) Without a single quiver from Al-Qaeda or any other group of kookoobirds, their silence may be a sign that either our security measures are working really well or Al-Qaeda and its lookalikes are weakened to such an extent that they may never recover. Does that mean we can lessen our vigilance? Not on your life, or maybe I should say, not if we intend to live.
And I had a nearly perfect Arizona sports Sunday: On Friday the ASU Sun Devils pulled out a win that should have been a loss to Missouri; the Diamondbacks won on Saturday; the Arizona Cardinals pulled out a win on Sunday that should have been a loss to a Cam Newton-led Carolina Panthers; and then the D-Backs lost a close one to the Padres on Sunday. A nearly perfect sports Sunday. And though I didn’t really care, Serena Williams got entirely out-played by Sam Stosur in the finals of the women’s U.S. Open tennis championship. Where has American tennis gone? Gone in the same direction as women’s professional golf—far to the west. If I thought Serena’s build, with shoulders out to here, is like a brick wall, Sam Stosur’s build, with shoulders out to there, is like a steel wall. And one final note about the Cardinals’ game, I refer you to an oldie by Ogden Nash:
The panther is like a leopard,
Except it hasn’t been peppered.
Should you behold a panther crouch,
Prepare to say Ouch.
Better yet, if called by a panther,