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The Unforgiving Moment
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:JoniTx, 5/19/2014 7:09:09 AM

Life is turned upside down in a nanosecond. This weekend I missed my first posting at PJ Media since beginning in 2006. Why? Let me briefly explain the lapse — if I can be forgiven for comparing a bike accident with what I have seen on the farm the last 50 years (sliced off fingers, crushed legs, herbicide poisonings, manifold burns, etc.). I was going on a usual morning bike ride — safe stuff with like-minded older folks. I’m 60; so is my biking partner and fellow Hoover Institution associate Bruce Thornton. We are hardly reckless. (Not like sulfuring at


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jinx, 5/19/2014 7:37:35 AM     (No. 9853921)

First of all, I hope Victor heals quickly. Excellent article!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: altoona, 5/19/2014 8:01:16 AM     (No. 9853942)

Always thoughtful but never so presumptuous to offer solutions outright. Loved the ending featuring Jeb and Nancy as those who will never have to deal personally with the results of the policies they advocate so self-righteously.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: varkdriver, 5/19/2014 8:01:55 AM     (No. 9853943)

I´m sorry Dr Hanson had to suffer this much! The article is spot on describing still-excellent medical care for all, as well as the deterioration of society and one´s hesitancy to defend what is theirs. I pray for swift recovery for VDH and also California [I´m less sure about that second one, but I still believe in miracles].

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Reply 4 - Posted by: nerdowell, 5/19/2014 8:44:50 AM     (No. 9854013)

"What happened? Apparently a hairline fissure around the carbon bike fork failed, and the fork bent and locked up the front wheel without warning. (Yes, I know I should inspect the bike thoroughly each time I get on, but the crack was invisible.)"
Carbon forks are death.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: smcchk, 5/19/2014 8:55:15 AM     (No. 9854029)

So thankful that Dr. Hanson is still with us, though bruised and battered.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JimJr, 5/19/2014 1:32:16 PM     (No. 9854364)


Steel or aluminum frames, though heaver, generally do not fail like carbon fiber. (Brittle fractures like the one you described, are almost unheard of.)

Get well soon.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: crimea river, 5/19/2014 3:46:30 PM     (No. 9854510)

Moving article, and I hope Dr. Hanson heals fast. Carbon fiber is the material of choice for new passenger jets and cars because of the fuel savings due to its low weight. But what about defects? As VDH points out, a crack you can´t see may ruin the rest of your life.

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