Friday, September 02, 2005


A Shocking Week

My apologies to all for the lack of posting this week. Given all that we have seen - much on an unprecedented level - there certainly has been a lot to write about. However, I have taken more of a passive roll, choosing to take in as much information as possible. Fools rush in - that could certainly be one of the mottos for the aftermath of the worst natural disaster in my lifetime. Between the oh-so-American reaction of sending money to inefficient relief agencies as a way of healing the wounds by everyone (particularly the Blogosphere), the reactionary gas hoarding through the South that drove gas prices to incredible heights, and rescue workers being gunned down by thugs in scenes that resemble Rwanda of a few years past, this has not been our nation's finest hour.

I thought we were better that this. I believe that the world thought we were better than this.

More to come later.

UPDATE: Just for clarification - I have not advocated doing nothing to help our fellow Southerners in their hour of need. Quite the opposite. However, before you cut that check to one of the popular organizations that will result in little help to the people of Louisiana and Mississippi, please bother to do some background research on how effective the organization's efforts are and what they plan to do with your hard-earned money. If you don't have the time for that, many of the smaller groups are hauling truckloads of essentials donated by Tennesseans to the disaster area. They need your help, and their efforts are more than likely to result in some real emergency relief than some of the urged efforts by several of the blogs.

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