Monthly Archives: September 2005

The Speckless Sky, Revisited

It occurs to me that since I haven’t bothered to reinstall my archive of entries written prior to March 2002, my piece “The Speckless Sky,” written on September 12, 2001, is not currently on the site. Today seems like a good day to put it back. Here it is. September 12, 2001 Yesterday, where I […]

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Reaffirming Christianity

One of the more gratifying things about the aftermath of the “Being Poor” piece I wrote a week ago is how often I’ve been seeing it pop up on Christian-oriented Web sites, blogs and journals, followed by a sincere examination by the poster of what one ought to do about poverty, as Christians and as […]

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Katrina: Messages of Hope Blog

Some of you may recall that last week over at my AOL Blog, I asked AOL members to take pictures of themselves airing messages of support for Katrina victims. AOL liked the idea enough to run with it, giving the message pictures their own blog and opening it up for anyone to contribute their own […]

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Migrating Blog Posts; Raisin Bran

My book editor is watching the Whatever to make sure I’m not slacking off — and he’s right to do so! — so let me just dash off a couple quick notes before he brings down the whip: * The “Being Poor” piece has started to show up in local newspapers around the US, sometimes […]

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Gaaaaaah

Good friggin’ lord: FEMA Chief Sent Help Only After Storm Hit WASHINGTON (AP) – The top U.S. disaster official waited hours after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast before he proposed to his boss sending at least 1,000 Homeland Security workers into the region to support rescuers, internal documents show. Part of the mission, according […]

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Going Meta for a Moment

I’m going to plunge myself back into the cone of silence I should have been in for the last several days, because I am behind on something I have no time to be behind on. Before I do, I want to give some answers to people who have asked, via e-mail and other ways, why […]

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Being Poor Additional Comments Post

Because the original Being Poor comment thread has gotten so long, making the page itself a very large download (and is threatening to get larger), I’ve decided to cap the comments there and shunt all the new comments here. If you have your own experiences to add to the Being Poor list, or want to […]

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Noted Without Comment

Rescue ‘ticket’ Posted: 6:24 p.m. ET CNN’s Drew Griffin in New Orleans, Louisiana I am stunned by an interview I conducted with New Orleans Detective Lawrence Dupree. He told me they were trying to rescue people with a helicopter and the people were so poor they were afraid it would cost too much to get […]

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Quick Followups

A couple of quick follow-ups to posts from earlier in the week: * First, someone might want to show FEMA director Michael Brown this article from the Washington Post” “Living Paycheck to Paycheck Made Leaving Impossible.” It explains some of the economic realities of the people who stayed behind. Pay attention to the sums of […]

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Oh Boy

Chief Justice Rehnquist has died. Now things get really interesting.

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Being Poor

Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs. Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV. Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they’re what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because there’s not an […]

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An Adversarial Media

So, when was it exactly that CNN grew a pair? This slapdown of the official administration line on New Orleans versus the reality is pure creamery goodness. Also, if it wasn’t clear to everyone by now, FEMA head Michael Brown is the designated whipping boy. Don’t expect him to be around for too much longer. […]

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Condi’s Shoes

Having spent the previous two entries banging on the Bushies, let me take a moment to say that I don’t particularly care that Condi Rice was buying shoes and taking in a Broadway show the other day. She’s Secretary of State, which if I remember correctly means that she deals with the rest of the […]

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Stupid, Stupid Poor

I want an administration that won’t hire a jackass to run FEMA: (CNN) — The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday those New Orleans residents who chose not to heed warnings to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina bear some responsibility for their fates. Michael Brown also agreed with other public officials that the […]

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New Orleans

Christ. I have nothing to add to the chorus of voices out there discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, except to yet again wish that I lived in a country whose top administrators weren’t so malignantly incompetent. If I actually told you what I thought about the President saying that “I don’t think anyone anticipated […]

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Subterranean Magazine Submissions Reminder

A quick reminder to everyone: In one month I open to accept submissions to Subterranean Magazine’s Spring 2006 issue, with the theme “Big Honkin’ Science Fiction Cliches.” All the submission requirements and details are here, and mere words cannot express how strongly I suggest you read that entry and follow its dictates (also read through […]

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Rare By The Way Plug

This week’s Weekend Assignment at By The Way is something I think more than AOLers might want to get involved in: I’m asking people to write messages to victims of Katrina and then post a message with them and the picture. The entry is here, and for the folks who don’t have an AOL/AIM account, […]

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