Man, that's awful! My condolences to Dennis's family.

Posted by Bernard Chazelle at December 1, 2007 04:25 PM

Wasn't it only a few months ago Dennis's mother died? Tough terrain for a comedy writer, particularly one writing a book on the Democrats, but Dennis is pretty good at laughter in the dark.

My condolences to the family as well.

Posted by Glenn Condell at December 1, 2007 11:58 PM

That's terrible. Shot just because she was pumping gas and a crazy person decided to shoot in her direction. It makes me sick.

Posted by Dan Coyle at December 2, 2007 01:41 AM

A dark day indeed. I have had a friend murdered, although not a family member.

As has been said, no one is promised tomorrow. We should treat our loved ones as if this is our last meeting with them - because inevitably there will be one. And we should treat strangers (or "friends we haven't met yet") as fellow sufferers, our companions on the road to utopia and/or oblivion.

Some might think the Dalai Lama was being a sycophant or hypocrite when he said in October, after meeting with George W. Bush, "We know each other, and we have developed, I think, a very close friendship — something like a reunion of one family."

This USA today story has a nice picture of the Congressional Gold Medal that was awarded to the Dalai Lama. One side has reads "World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not the absence of violence. Peace is the manifestation of human compassion."

Speaking of compassion, and of murder on a mass scale, I continue to believe that a fair trial for the Bush/Cheney Gang, offering them all the procedural safeguards for their human rights which are a product of the AngloAmerican tradition of jurisprudence (and which our ancestors did NOT offer to the aboriginal inhabitants of this continent, or to those brought here as slaves and their descendents), would be a manifestation of human compassion.

May the Creative Forces of the Universe have mercy on ours souls, if any.

Posted by mistah charley, ph.d. at December 2, 2007 11:15 AM

Just checked past Dennis' blog on my morning scan and read it. Unbelievable. Dennis' blog is commentless (I think), so please pass on our condolences.

Posted by Dave Shepherd at December 2, 2007 05:52 PM