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Once More Unto The Breach!

Sunday, Mar. 12, 2006 2:02 AM

Former Yugolavian president Slobodan Milosevic was found dead in his cell at the United Nations detention center in The Hague.

Well, at least he didn't tunnel his way out with 23 of his closest friends. Ahem.

An investigative panel appointed by the Army Corps of Engineers has determined the point of failure of New Orleans' levees.

A 450-foot section of the flood wall near Lake Pontchartrain collapsed without ever being overtopped by Katrina's storm surge.

While previous reports had pointed to the weak, peat-like soil beneath the flood wall, the new report also indicates the volume of water alone shifted the flood wall and allowed water to flow into the earthen levee, weakening the overall structure.

The failure was "not anticipated" by the levees' designers.

It nonetheless shows that the distinction between 'overtopped' and 'breached' is meaningless. The walls of Jericho, after all, were brought down in an unexpected manner, and Joshua's triumph is no less a work of God than Hurricane Katrina.

Incidentally, our best buddies in Saudi Arabia, important allies in our war on terrorism, have apparently pledged to continue supporting Hamas.

A member of Hamas' politburo declined to say whether or not that support would include increased funding to cover reductions in aid from Western countries.

So, we decrease our aid to a terrorist group, and our friends in Saudi Arabia increase theirs. But we want to sell the ownership/operation of 21 ports to Dubai because we're afraid of sending the wrong message?

Seems to me they're sending one of their own.

Chicago is nicknamed the Windy City, which must explain the gale force winds whipping about between school administrators' ears.

There's a requirement for students to take Driver's Education and pass a written rules-of-the-road test.

Even students who are legally blind.

There's an option for parents to request an exemption, but it's one of those forms that invariably winds up in a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory in the basement behind a door with a sign that reads, 'Beware of Leopard,' because it's not common knowledge to teachers and students.

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