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Until that is done we are spinning our wheels, vainly attempting to create a strong foundation in the shifting sands of corruption, meanwhile sacrificing the lives of American soldiers and civilian contractors.
Old pro Danson manages to make pompous yet pathetic Bill an engaging presence (he has a nice moment of physical comedy in tonight's episode when he attempts vainly to maim his SUV), and his cast provides competent support.
A young friend of mine who is vainly attempting to maintain a long-distance relationship via low-cost instant messaging offered this example:
Albin: "The majority divines that standard by unnecessarily and vainly searching for a legislative intent when, apparently, the Legislature did not give a second thought to the subject.
In Sometimes in April Debra Winger is the State Department official who vainly struggles to convince the Clinton White House to come to the rescue, and in Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte is the U.
Wearing red war paint around his eyes but vainly trying to convince us he's bleeding, the motormouth Cute is the definite leader of the trio.
Van DeBurg notes that the Kerner Commission, back in the '60s, after investigating the root causes of the black riots of the day, hoped to forestall more trouble to come by calling, vainly, for new white attitudes and a new will.
As Confederates tried vainly to delay Union advances on Chancellorsville, General "Stonewall" Jackson took a bullet in the arm, which ultimately had to be amputated.
His exemplary new Christian life--he was the first Westerner commemorated for asceticism--caused his elevation to the see by popular demand, which he vainly resisted not least because he felt bound to live apart from his wife in perpetual continence.
Down through the ages, people have vainly sought answers to the most impenetrable mysteries of human existence.
However, unlike Ken Watanabe's character, who vainly resisted the lurching of Japan into the modern era with the Meiji Restoration, modern Japanese executive "samurai" are rereading Bushido: The Soul of Japan.
Unlike that sculpture, the Ford fountain is almost subversively comic, or so one might vainly wish.