Don't make me say this again. READ LARRY JAMES'S BLOG! It isn't fun, funny, or witty. It is a daily body-slam. Maybe you don't need that, but I do. The easiest thing for me to do is to cocoon inside my comfortable little middle class America world. Americans have mastered the art of carping about how awful it is out there with tax-and-spend liberals, won't-get-off-their-butt poor people, and the French. That's ever so much easier than facing the plight of the poor among us. Larry James refuses to let me do that. His is a prophetic voice I have to hear. I know he's shouting loudly, but I'm a bit deaf when it comes to leaving the shell of my self-centeredness, so I rather appreciate it. Even with the decibels I sometimes manage to tune it out . . . but at night there is a ringing in my ears to remind me that there was something I was supposed to listen to. If you read just one blog a day, I hope it isn't this one. I hope it's Larry's.