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The Slumber Party

The children come to dinner and stay the night. Chaos ensues.

11:00 PM, Feb 11, 2003 • By LARRY MILLER
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It's astonishing to me that these heroic people knew the risk. They knew that, far from routine, each flight of the shuttle carried great danger, that being in space, and getting in and out of it, is terribly complicated, that every certain number of missions, something goes wrong. And Columbia was, dear God, how can one say it? Overdue.

It angers me that so many people in the world must have laughed with glee at the news. It angers me that more in our Congress they don't understand that the measure of a people is not only in its love for those with the least, but in its never-ending commitment to the exploration of the universe God gave us. It angers me that so many in our country used the tragedy to spring backwards into their own narrow agendas. "We grieve for the families, but let us now renew our commitment to bi-lingual education."

I know what we Americans will do. We will go about our lives even as the alert status changes from yellow to orange, and, God forbid, maybe one day to red. We will never forget as we barbeque and watch a movie that our soldiers are training in the sand to see to it that monsters can't get to us. And we will never forget the seven beautiful souls who went to heaven for the glory of all mankind, even as we continue vacuuming popcorn.

Larry Miller is a contributing humorist to The Daily Standard and a writer, actor, and comedian living in Los Angeles.