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Our wonderful government, the envy of all others on the planet, seems to be in a bit of trouble. Granted, our government has been in a bit of trouble for a few years now, but nothing that burying one's head in the sand and shouting patriotic slogans couldn't smooth over. No, this trouble is big and messy and self-inflicted. This trouble has lots of bodies, AMERICAN bodies, and there doesn't seem to be a terrorist mastermind or evil dictator we can attack to make us feel better and pretend this didn't happen. And with all these new-fangled communication devices (the ones the government apparently doesn't have) EVERYBODY got to see it up close and personal. Well, not those without power or food or water crammed in shelters or huddled in water filled attics, but I think they might of figured it out anyway.

Of course, now even the slowest wits in the government have finally noticed the trouble and are running for cover and stacking the sandbags of platitudes and photo-ops as high as they can. But, like a couple of levees I heard about, the water's rising fast and those sandbags might not hold. This could get ugly.

But there’s still hope for our beleaguered government. They’ve got a psychological ace up their sleeve. See, this country, rather proudly (and loudly), considers itself a democracy. Government of the people, by the people and for the people. That last part is where the trouble starts but those first two phrases might save the day. The people (actually, a slim majority of around half of the people, but who’s counting?) elected  this government so maybe they’ll be slower to criticize it (feeling a tad responsible). Others, who realize this country isn’t exactly a democracy, paid a lot for this government. They were actually doing it in San Diego as the trouble was happening! No one wants to see their investment in trouble. So certainly they’ll do all they can to help the government through this trouble.

Yes, I think if we try REALLY hard to pay attention to what our government tells us to think and think it as best we can, the government might pull through this with only a couple of low-ranking scapegoats lost and Medals of Freedom all around. We’re all in this together, you know. And AMERICANS are ALWAYS there with help when one of its own is in trouble.

 

P.S. Please remember that criticizing government actions is politicizing an event and should be avoided at all costs. Visiting, at a safe distance, an event to be photographed hugging victims is NOT politicizing an event and should be encouraged.

 

Thank you and may God bless the United States of America.

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Our wonderful government, the envy of all others on the planet, seems to be in a bit of trouble. Granted, our government has been in a bit of trouble for a few years now, but nothing that burying one's head in the sand and shouting patriotic slogans couldn't smooth over. No, this trouble is big and messy and self-inflicted. This trouble has lots of bodies, AMERICAN bodies, and there doesn't seem to be a terrorist mastermind or evil dictator we can attack to make us feel better and pretend this didn't happen. And with all these new-fangled communication devices (the ones the government apparently doesn't have) EVERYBODY got to see it up close and personal. Well, not those without power or food or water crammed in shelters or huddled in water filled attics, but I think they might of figured it out anyway.

Of course, now even the slowest wits in the government have finally noticed the trouble and are running for cover and stacking the sandbags of platitudes and photo-ops as high as they can. But, like a couple of levees I heard about, the water's rising fast and those sandbags might not hold. This could get ugly.

But there’s still hope for our beleaguered government. They’ve got a psychological ace up their sleeve. See, this country, rather proudly (and loudly), considers itself a democracy. Government of the people, by the people and for the people. That last part is where the trouble starts but those first two phrases might save the day. The people (actually, a slim majority of around half of the people, but who’s counting?) elected  this government so maybe they’ll be slower to criticize it (feeling a tad responsible). Others, who realize this country isn’t exactly a democracy, paid a lot for this government. They were actually doing it in San Diego as the trouble was happening! No one wants to see their investment in trouble. So certainly they’ll do all they can to help the government through this trouble.

Yes, I think if we try REALLY hard to pay attention to what our government tells us to think and think it as best we can, the government might pull through this with only a couple of low-ranking scapegoats lost and Medals of Freedom all around. We’re all in this together, you know. And AMERICANS are ALWAYS there with help when one of its own is in trouble.

 

P.S. Please remember that criticizing government actions is politicizing an event and should be avoided at all costs. Visiting, at a safe distance, an event to be photographed hugging victims is NOT politicizing an event and should be encouraged.

 

Thank you and may God bless the United States of America.

At last

Sep. 3rd, 2005 07:26 pm
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Finally, some "good" news out of New Orleans. Seems the Feds have finally gotten their act together and are getting people out of that hell-hole. The other good news is that at the moment it seems that the historic French Quarter and Garden District--the main cultural history--of New Orleans remains largely intact and dry. It looks like there will be a beautiful city to return to; eventually. It is funnny that the reason the oldest settled parts of the city survived is that the original settlers of New Orleans were smarter than their more modern descendants: They built on the high ground.

Then there's the questions emerging about why this happened in the first place--it's not like no one saw it coming. Nobody wanted to spend the money. Well, they'll be spending 10 or 100 times as much now.
And, of course, there's the race and class thing. Only the most ignorant people could possibly think the actions of the government would not have been very different (and a damn site faster) if this had happened on Martha's Vinyard. But it is no surprise that being black and poor in this country is two strikes against you. Come the disaster: That's strike three. We can all see the results.

At last

Sep. 3rd, 2005 07:26 pm
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Finally, some "good" news out of New Orleans. Seems the Feds have finally gotten their act together and are getting people out of that hell-hole. The other good news is that at the moment it seems that the historic French Quarter and Garden District--the main cultural history--of New Orleans remains largely intact and dry. It looks like there will be a beautiful city to return to; eventually. It is funnny that the reason the oldest settled parts of the city survived is that the original settlers of New Orleans were smarter than their more modern descendants: They built on the high ground.

Then there's the questions emerging about why this happened in the first place--it's not like no one saw it coming. Nobody wanted to spend the money. Well, they'll be spending 10 or 100 times as much now.
And, of course, there's the race and class thing. Only the most ignorant people could possibly think the actions of the government would not have been very different (and a damn site faster) if this had happened on Martha's Vinyard. But it is no surprise that being black and poor in this country is two strikes against you. Come the disaster: That's strike three. We can all see the results.
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I inadvertently learned that today.
The lovely CZ has informed me that all my blog games are so last year. I've been on the internet for quite a while but I must admit that the social aspects of it have, until recently, escaped me. Not surprising since most of the social aspects of my real life still escape me. But I don't mind. It seems better to be a possibly anonymous dork than a public one.
Hopefully someone is going to show me how to put my pictures on another page so I can get them off the main page. That should help any low bandwidth folks trying to read this. Yes, I continue to write as though someone is reading. Ya never know.

I spend a lot of time lately wondering about the guy pictured on my “New Orleans Tuesday March 8th” entry. Hope he’s OK. But I can’t say the odds are good.

Is my balloon monkey floating about?
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I inadvertently learned that today.
The lovely CZ has informed me that all my blog games are so last year. I've been on the internet for quite a while but I must admit that the social aspects of it have, until recently, escaped me. Not surprising since most of the social aspects of my real life still escape me. But I don't mind. It seems better to be a possibly anonymous dork than a public one.
Hopefully someone is going to show me how to put my pictures on another page so I can get them off the main page. That should help any low bandwidth folks trying to read this. Yes, I continue to write as though someone is reading. Ya never know.

I spend a lot of time lately wondering about the guy pictured on my “New Orleans Tuesday March 8th” entry. Hope he’s OK. But I can’t say the odds are good.

Is my balloon monkey floating about?

Whew!

Aug. 29th, 2005 10:47 pm
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OK. I'm glad that New Orleans was spared the worst of the hurricane. I'm sure if anyone is reading all this crap they are too. I need to go there to appreciate life and write something that's not so damn depressing. Boring maybe, but not depressing. Rebuild, my land of wonder, I will return!
By the way, if someone (thing) you love is near, give them a sign of affection. Life is short and we all need it.
To quote the youngins: Peace Out.

Whew!

Aug. 29th, 2005 10:47 pm
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OK. I'm glad that New Orleans was spared the worst of the hurricane. I'm sure if anyone is reading all this crap they are too. I need to go there to appreciate life and write something that's not so damn depressing. Boring maybe, but not depressing. Rebuild, my land of wonder, I will return!
By the way, if someone (thing) you love is near, give them a sign of affection. Life is short and we all need it.
To quote the youngins: Peace Out.

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