Odd and Ends

I just want to offer quick links to a bunch of important stuff that you might have missed in the deluge of coverage:

Attytood draws attention to the fact that the poor in this country have a lot more compassion than some rich folks: The homeless men of St. John's Hospice don't have much. But they are gathering their pennies - literally - to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina."They've already filled up two jars with coins, dollar bills, whatever they have," said Matthew Gambino, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Catholic Social Services runs the Race Street shelter, which houses about 40 men and feeds hundreds more each day. [Via Attytood]


WaPo offers this amazingly thoughtful and compassionate essay on race and Katrina in its Style section (?!) which also includes this bracing quote: "In New Orleans, "you are dealing with the permanently poor -- people who don't have jobs, are not used to getting up and organizing themselves and getting things done and for whom sitting and waiting is a way of life," says Linda Chavez, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity and a former head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission." Can't you feel the love, baby! [LINK]


What did he know and when: "Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, said yesterday that officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security — including FEMA Director Mike Brown and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff — listened in on electronic briefings given by his staff before Hurricane Katrina slammed Louisiana and Mississippi and were advised of the storm's potential deadly effects." [LINK via TPM]

And as a dog owner, I can't help but feel happy about the animals that are finally getting rescued in New Orleans. [LINK]

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