Email from New York City

A reader writes:

What, did bin Laden actually think he'd ever change the way New Yorkers live and act?  Did he think we wouldn't dust ourselves off and get back on our feet?  If he did, well, chalk it up as another miserable failure on his part. He obviously doesn't know New Yorkers. He didn't stop the annual Gay Pride Parade. He didn't stop the annual Mermaid Parade (where women can, uh, "choose not to wear the veil"). And he sure hasn't changed the daily routine of everyone's favorite feathered denizen of 5th Ave, Pale Male.

If you're gay, Jewish, or a free woman, you can always go for a walk in New York City and enjoy the day. It'll make bin Laden furious.