I had the honor and pleasure to meet Mr. Bingley (proprietor of Coalition of the Swilling) and his lovely wife and daughter for dinner in Washington last night, and we were joined by every red-blooded American blogger’s favorite Australian, Tim Blair (who, if anything, is even funnier in person than on his blog). A friendlier, more down-to-earth group it would be impossible to imagine.
Tim and I, while enjoying a smoke after dinner, were hit up by a couple of lively and amicable panhandlers. One of them claimed to be a veteran – an assertion I have no reason to doubt – and he demonstrated some of his marksmanship tactics. Highly instructive, although of rather doubtful utility in Washington, a town with some of the most restrictive gun-control laws in the nation. The fellow did offer one useful piece of advice, though: “stay close to the ground” – which I took to mean something on the order of “keep your head down”. For this Republican, located only a block away from the Eye of Sauron, that is wise counsel, indeed.