Astute readers will have noticed that I've had nothing to say about the recent deaths of John Paul II and Terri Schiavo. This is in accordance with my one-obituary-per-week rule, with Johnnie Cochran winning the latest prize.
More seriously, I rarely do post on important events when they occur. I'm a slow writer at best and I seldom have much to say immediately after the fact without coming across as trite and opportunistic. And of course, by the time I do think of something to say, others have said it first, and better.
I do have a general philosophy guiding me, though.
Death? I'm agin it.
In response to some of the gloating rhetoric I've seen (especially in regards to the Schiavo case) I'll just note that John Donne's thoughts are as apposite today as they were in 1624:
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Speaking of subjects I've been neglecting; boy, do I know how to miss a meme or what? Over the last couple of days I've had my heaviest traffic ever, most of it coming from other Canadian blogs and many government servers, all of it looking for, I guess, links to the infamous American blogger who published forbidden Gomery fruit. (Which sounds like it should be illegal.)
I did see Instapundit pointing to the story (on Saturday?) and trackbacked it; I decided to hold off until I saw how the legal issues developed. The MSM is still playing it cautiously, so I think I'll courageously follow its lead. I don't have lawyers -- they do, and they're telling them this:
Update: CanWest’s lawyers agree with the assessment that simply mentioning the name of the website could violate a breach of the gag order. In fact, the author of the US blog who is at the center of this was interviewed on CanWest’s GlobalNational newscast this evening, and according to newsanchor Tara Nelson, “we can’t even tell you his name.”
Update 2: Sun Media Lawyer also agrees with assessment: "Sun Media lawyer Alan Shanoff said publishing the name of the blog, Canadian news site or even providing the Internet address could lead to a contempt charge."
It's all rather silly, as anyone with access to the Internet and a two-word Google search string ("gomery blogs" works well, or so I am told) can find the blog in a matter of minutes. But that's the law, and I'm sticking to the letter, if not the spirit, of it.
In a completely unrelated matter, I'm proud to announce my new feature, "Blog of the Week," in which I call attention to a deserving site from my blogroll. This week we spotlight the American political blog, Captain's Quarters. Go and read it. You know you waaant to.