Heroes …

I won’t link to CNN, but I did find this there today:

There have been 2,438 coalition deaths, 2,238 Americans, one Australian, 98 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, two Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Hungarian, 26 Italians, one Kazakh, one Latvian, 17 Poles, two Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians in the war in Iraq as of January 26, 2006, according to a CNN count. At least 16,548 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

Today tastes of melancholy.

Maybe it’s because we’re so close to the loss of 2,500 coalition troops in Iraq, and we still haven’t found what we’re looking for (cue Cher’s farewell tour DVD, segue to REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling”).

Maybe it’s because El Nino approaches and West Texas is now in its 92nd straight day with no appreciable precipitation (it isn’t officially a drought yet, though).

Maybe it’s because today’s the fifth anniversary of a plane crash that killed 10 Oklahoma State University basketball personnel in Colorado. Maybe it’s because It’s the 19th anniversary of the destruction of the Challenger, and nearly the 3rd anniversary of Columbia’s demise.

Melancholy sometimes wants wallowing in; if this is not such a time for you, though, there are heroic tasks abounding: Over at The People’s Republic of Seabrook , Jack Cluth offers humor, hope, and a tartly phrased takedown of … well, pretty much the whole nine yards. He’s a resident of Tom DeLay’s district, so I think it’s probably safe to say he’s less than thrilled with the antics of Dear Leader & Cabal, Inc.

And there’s relief at Kos for a surfeit of lassitude induced by undisputed GOP lying. Check out the pieces (scroll down) on NBC’s lying smear of Arianna Huffington , or Kos’ own critique of the latest steaming pile of Chris Matthews.