Don't worry, pibor, el nuevo padre turns a deaf ear to my apostate tipity-tappings. And, after all, I was expressing genuine concern for his new child. This concern is of course only heightened by the fact that Kerry wants to "stay the course," increase troop deployments to Iraq by 40,000, increase the "black budget" intelligence funding, supports renewal of the "USA Patriot Act," and has remained mum about the obvious and thoroughly bipartisan plan to fire up the draft in the (post-inaugeral) spring of 2005. Is it uncouth to point out to a new father that this ill-defined "War on Terror" (name a year in known world history in which there was no "terrorism" to be found) is apparently a war with no expiration date, and that his newborn might just get to see a little action? Is it too harsh to point out to our ol' pal Jacques that no amount of faith in a better world to come is going to shield his offspring from a life in this one? Tough shit.