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“A Courtesan Cries for Help”

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A beautiful bit of writing from Times Picayune staffer James Varney:

A 20th century symbol, William Faulkner, was first published in The Times-Picayune while he was living in the city and writing his first novel. He called the city, “a courtesan whose hold is strong upon the mature, and to whose charm the young must respond.” Now, in the 21st century, the courtesan cries for help. The response from young and old will decide if she lives or dies.

One idea I think should follow the general relief efforts of the next few days. Churches are always excellent conduits to the communities they serve, and can be trusted to be judicious yet generous with the aid they are provided. I will be recommending to my Presbyterian Church session that we offer to “adopt” a sister congregation like, say, The First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, and send aid via that church.

Here’s a list of links to churches in New Orleans.

Here’sa list of links to churches in Biloxi.

Here’s a link to find churches in Gulfport.

Joshua Sharf has compiled a list of Jewish organizations in the area that can use help.

Institution-to-institution relief will be the long term solution once the short term humanitarian crisis passes.

And, as one New Orleans resident siad to me on air, plan on spending your spring break in the Big Easy which will be ready to charm and entertain again by then. Another fine idea.

Glenn Reynolds is keeping a list of great relief organizations.

CNN’s Jack Cafferty blasted George Bush for being on vacation when Katrina hit, and ofr speaking to the troops in San Diego today. Cafferty displays a profound ignorance of how presidents respond to disasters, and failed to note the pre-disaster mobilization that Bush put into effect. The irony of a studio reporter in New York or DC blasting a president for not doing his job is pretty thick, but par for the course for the agenda journalists at CNN. Good thing the left doesn’t want to politicize the loss of life and property.

Radioblogger will post the audio of Cafferty for your listening pleasure.

Growing Chocolate has a link to the U.S. passport office, which has a processing office in New Orleans if you are wondering what happened to your passport app.

UPDATE: The Anchoress is full of links. As is Michelle Malkin (who has the latest on the breakdown of civil order stories.


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