How I've always wished I could get people to apply this kind of reasoning to me:
A Wichita man was hit by lightning on Thursday night just hours after buying three tickets in the record-setting $656 Mega Millions lottery, drawn on Friday. [...] "But for the grace of God, I would have been dead," Isles said. "It was not a direct strike."
But unfortunately for me and my secret desire to push a tiny boy into a river and then fish him out and have everyone call me a hero for the rest of my life, rationalizing at this level is reserved for deities, whether imaginary or earthbound. Who was it who said of Obama, "Much like God—in fact, exactly like God—he's never held responsible for even his worst crimes and betrayals"? Oh, right.