September 01, 2005
I've started to hear from friends about their parents and grandparents in affected regions - mostly that they are safe, but not necessarily out of the woods yet. But some are still waiting for help - my thoughts are with you, D, for your family and friends. Hang in there, sweetie.
My firm has offered to match employee donations to the Red Cross, for which I'm grateful. Now my donation will go a little bit farther.
In the meantime, trying not to read too much of the news and commentary, because then my brain wants to implode. But the following are of note:
Waiting for a Leader [NYT op-ed] "George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday, especially given the level of national distress and the need for words of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this administration, the president appeared a day later than he was needed."
What did we do to deserve this guy for President? Oh right, "we" voted for him. Well YOU who voted for him deserve this administration. Unfortunately the rest of us are being pulled down with you. Still, I'm perversely pleased that the assholes driving around in Hummers in metro Atlanta are having to pay fortunes for their gas, because it's what they fucking deserve.
To the lady in the Ferragamo shop on 5th Avenue who told off Condoleeza Rice: (R)amen, sister! Whoever you are, you're a true patriot. Granted, Rice is Secretary of State, so this domestic disaster is outside of her usual jurisdiction. (Which is probably a blessing.) I appreciate the whole wanting to hit the town and go shopping. But goddamn it Condi, could you try to keep a low profile? It looks kinda bad when one of the top African-American political figures is out shopping for expensive Italian shoes while poor, elderly, sick or frail American refugees (including a lot of African-Americans) are trying to fulfill basic needs like clean water, food and shelter.
I will be posting my belated BlogDay entry. Just had to unload.