THE RESIDENT ADULT was on duty at the Houston Chronicle editorial board today. He wrote a respectful essay on Memorial Day. It is well worth a read.
In olden times this act of simple decency and civic engagement which would have been dog bites man. In the Year of Our Lord 2013, however -- and especially at the Houston Chronicle -- it is exceptional and worthy of remark and appreciation.
Not so for . . .
. . . Mother's Day.
This is one American civic holiday to which Unca D, Houston Chronicle-wise, is largely indifferent. The holiday comes; it goes.
Still, say I, if you're gonna do it, do it right.
And the Chronicle did it wrong, comically so.
The best way to honor our Dear Old, said one of the Occupysters on the roster, is with more government.
I am, like, totally not kidding.
Here's the headline at houstonchronicle.com: "Show love with fair wages," referring to a proposed new Texas law to create a new gender-based cause of action for the Democratic Party's paymasters, the trial bar.
"So if you really love your mom . . . we urge you to let your state Senator [read senator] know it, and soon."
"If you really love your mom? If you really love your mom?"
These people parody themselves.
I'll bet Thanksgiving at this writer's house is a riot.
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If you have more time today, check out this piece by the incomparable Walter Russell Mead. He reminds us to honor our dead as warriors, to take inspiration from them, not to pity and belittle them as victims.
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Unca D will shut down for the next several days. You have permission to stay away through the first week of June. Meanwhile, God bless you and yours.