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January 25th, 2006

The Sound of Hope Dying ...

... isn't a bang or a whimper; it's the sound of water rushing in through federally constructed levees.

After a brief spate of hope, it turns out that the Bush administration does not care about us after all. The block grants are not enough, and this plan makes no provision for some of the hardest-hit areas (e.g. most of the Lower Ninth Ward). The Baker bill was one of our biggest and best hopes, and thousands of people in Louisiana, possibly including yours truly, are going to lose their homes because of this imbecilic decision.

In other news, I see where some liberal bloggers think the President is going to be impeached. Folks, I sympathize with your wishful thinking, but this is the kind of thing that gets you labeled "moonbats." Bush is no more going to be impeached than I am. He's probably going to go down in history as a "strong," "forceful" leader "unafraid to stand up to terrorism." And the way he handled that Katrina thing? A footnote at best. Katrina who?

Fuck it. I've got the new Stephen King book (there's a store in it called Soul Kitchen!) and I'm going back to bed.

Addendum

I always read new Stephen King books too fast and then, poof, they're gone. Of course I'll reread them -- way too many times, probably -- but as Brooke Shields reminded us all in Pretty Baby, there can only be one first time. I've read the first fifty pages of Cell and am trying very very hard to wait until it gets dark to gulp down the rest. To pass the time, here are the other books I bought last night:

Signspotting: Absurd & Amusing Signs From Around the World compiled by Doug Lansky for Lonely Planet

Pocket Naturalist: Gulf Coast Seashore Life (an identification chart, not a book)

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster by Michael Eric Dyson

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah MacDonald

Cajun Country by Barry Jean Ancelet, Jay Edwards, and Glen Pitre

Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl by Mary Mycio

A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation by Catherine Crier (I'm going to regret this one, I know; I like a good true crime story every now and then, but in this case I can already feel the light coating of slime that will collect on my eyeballs as I read it)

In the Paint: Tattoos of the NBA and the Stories Behind Them by Andrew Gottlieb (silly, but on the bargain table; did you know Shaq asked his mother for permission before he got his tattoos? She granted it, but forbade him to get anything he couldn't cover up with a short-sleeved shirt in case he needed to get a "real" job someday.)

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