November 24, 2006 - November 17, 2006
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
THE LIBERAL FAITH
That Hastert guy sure has vision.
We'd love to play the blame game like everyone else, but we put in our two
about it while everyone else was still setting up the
gameboard and laying out the pieces. So we'll stand on what we think is
still a winner of a preemptive strike.
Besides, so much is happening, and everyone else is so determined to be
dour and depressed that we thought we'd try to concentrate on more
positive stories. For example, the U.S. House of Representatives' Video
Services Department -- unlike other parts of the federal government --
has moved at lightning speed to produce this dramatization of Dennis
Hastert's much ballyhooed redevelopment plan for New Orleans. The
Speaker has proposed that while flood waters are still high, U.S. Air
Force bombers should release millions of tons of powdered cement over
the city. When it joins with the water and hardens, Presto! New Orleans
will have brand new streets and plenty of seating space.
There's especially good news from the
American Red Cross, which has already taken in more than $200 million
in donations since Katrina struck. Provided giving continues at the
current pace for a few more weeks, the organization is confident it
will be able to fund a six-month cruise around the world for all its
managing directors -- on the glorious new Queen Mary 2
I'm sure we're
all pulling for them to make their goal.
ALL ABOARD!!! The Red Cross has
struck it rich this time!
We're also pleased to report that our
spate of worry about Greta van Susteren is at an end. When the
hurricane pushed every other news story out of the headlines, we feared
that Greta would become as invisible as, say, Chris Matthews at MSNBC.
A sorry fate for such a plucky
. We should have had more faith.
Greta has already made the big expedition to Louisiana, where she is
covering an angle no one else seems to have thought of -- the missing white
women of New Orleans. There
must be some of those anyway, and if there are, we're certain Greta
will not find hem as surely as she has not found Natalie Holloway.
Look behind you, Greta! Someone's
taking a white woman away!
And finally, we must admit that apart
from his doomed attempt to make blogs useful
to someone other than charity executives, InstaPunk is still
. We did receive this photo via email yesterday, but it
might as easily be one of the Bush
touring the scene as InstaPunk.
It COULD be InstaPunk, we suppose.
Until he returns, we will keep on being our callow, unhelpful selves.
was up early. The blame game has a way of causing insomnia
for the guilty
and the innocent. Something about that bad taste in the mouth.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Just an Idea
new Cruise Phone. Six inches long, 600 mph.
We can send it anywhere... not. But we can do SOMEthing.
I know that bloggers are casting around for a way to help the victims
of Hurricane Katrina. I'm aware, for example, that some of the big
blogs are planning to become clearinghouses for contributions to
charities. This will undoubtedly do some good; however, it appears to
leave a lot of the blogosphere's real strengths on the table. So I'd
like to propose the outline of an idea -- still hazy, to be sure -- but
perhaps sufficient to generate more specific action items.
What are the blogosphere's strengths? It is literally everywhere, a
vast network that takes in all geographical regions and dozens if not
hundreds of capabilities. The short history of this medium has also
shown that it is most effective when its resources are sharply focused
on a specific task or objective. And the one attribute that practically
all bloggers share is an awareness of the prime importance of
The difficulty to date in applying effective help to the stricken areas
is that communications have been crippled. Land lines are down, cell
phone batteries are dead, and, probably, many cells are dead. Some
repairs will be made in weeks to come, but the communication problems
are likely to continue for a long time afterwards. Families who do not
yet know if their friends and relatives are alive or suffering may
continue in this state for much longer than anyone imagines. That's why
my suggestion is that the blogosphere focus its efforts on the
Blog email addresses can be depots for those who wish to get word to
their families in other parts of the country. Bloggers with the right
long distance plans can accept phone numbers and messages by email and
place the phone calls.
Bloggers can also join together to secure prepaid cell phones in bulk,
satellite phones, etc, and, via bloggers close to the scene, establish
distribution centers and delivery systems. This mission is to get
communication devices into the hands of ordinary people and keep the
supply of batteries, etc, flowing.
Waiting for all the existing bureaucracies to provide real help to
ordinary folks will be tedious, wasteful, and frustrating. This is a
situation that cries out for entrepreneurial initiatives. Being way
stations for charities seems like too low a bar to set for ourselves.
Please take the time to record any suggestions, criticisms, or useful
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