Here are some pictures from the Evensong rehearsals and the Evensong itself. Big thanks to Rachel for taking pictures of the liturgy. All Evensong pictures can be found here.
Scot whipping the choir into shape at their second rehearsal.
The Sopranos (not the killing kind)
Scot doing interpretive dance…. uh, I mean, directing.
Mesmerized by a bowl of fire.
The choir doing their thang.
Betsy, Nancy, and Jeff petitioning God for his services.
Why I stopped taking pictures of Bill…
The Vietnamese art group, Gelatin, has designed and created a 200-foot long toy rabbit on Italyâ€™s Colletto Fava mountain. â€œKnitted by dozens of grannies out of pink wool,â€ hikers are encouraged to climb its 20 foot sides and relax on its belly. Do you think it’s going to get hard like Peeps?
If youâ€™re free tomorrow evening and would enjoy a relaxing evening filled with music by some of Cincinnatiâ€™s best singers, come join us at Bellarmine Chapel, Xavier University, at 8pm. Scot and I have been putting these together for four years now and each one is uniquely wonderful. So if youâ€™re interested, come check it out. Thereâ€™s no cover fee.
(I know about the typo. Scot decided it wasnâ€™t worth fixinâ€™.)
Out of all the mess that came from Katrina, this has to be the craziest.
It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Experts who have studied the US navy’s cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying ‘toxic dart’ guns. Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet’s smartest. The US navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing. […]
Leo Sheridan, 72, a respected accident investigator who has worked for government and industry, said he had received intelligence from sources close to the US government’s marine fisheries service confirming dolphins had escaped.
‘My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,’ he said. ‘The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?’
Sorry that I havenâ€™t updated for a while. According to John, if I keep this up Iâ€™ll never get on a CNN blog watch. He also recommended that I post a random picture of something naked to boost my ratings. So, here it is, a naked squirrel!
This is for all of you who want your quick news fix. Let them be a guide for sources to look into.
First off, here is the Daily Showâ€™s take on the hurricane relief. It is probably the most scathing Daily Show I have ever seen. The best part about it is the montage on the â€˜Blame Gameâ€™ where right-wingers say that no one should point fingers and then they do just that. (via C&L)
This is Jon Stewartâ€™s interview of NBC reporter Brian Williams. Brian Williams was in the Superdome for the hurricane and most of the relief effort. (via One Good Move)
From a White House press conference, David Gregory grills Scott McClellan on the relief leadership. (via One Good Move)
Laura Bush cannot even get the name of the hurricane correct. She callâ€™s it â€˜Corrina.â€™ (via C&L)
Finally, this will make your stomach turn. Mark Williams states that it was the peopleâ€™s own dumb fault for not getting out of the way of a category five hurricane. (via C&L)
Thanks to Crooks and Liars and One Good Move for hosting these videos.
For all you non-geeks out there, PCWorld has just published a great article called ‘20 Things They Don’t Want You to Know.’ It illustrates you never have to pay full price, extended warranties rarely pay for themselves, the big sites do have customer service numbers, and how to transfer music using your iPod.
After failing horribly at his job, Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown was relieved of his onsite command Friday. Not only did he have no training or prior experience with emergency management, not only was he fired from his last job as International Arabian Horse Association due to mounting litigation and financial disarray, Time reports that he lied on his resume.
Here is a great quote from Bill Clinton’s book, My Life, that puts Brownie’s job into perspective: (via Atrios)
“… I went to Florida a few days after President Bush did to observe the damage from Hurricane Andrew. I had dealt with a lot of natural disasters as governor, including floods, droughts, and tornadoes, but I had never seen anything like this. I was surprised to hear complaints from both local officials and residents about how the Federal Emergency Management Agency was handling the aftermath of the hurricane. Traditionally, the job of FEMA director was given to a political supporter of the President who wanted some plum position but who had no experience with emergencies. I made a mental note to avoid that mistake if I won. Voters don’t chose a President based on how he’ll handle disasters, but if they’re faced with one themselves, it quickly becomes the most important issue in their lives.”
-Bill Clinton, My Life (p. 428)
As many people now know, Bush never really visited the sites affected by Katrinaâ€™s damage. Even foreign media finds it disgusting that entire legions of fire fighters, national guard, construction workers, and air force personnel were stopped from helping people in order to stand as a backdrop for Bush. Here are a few of those views.
Sky News Ireland considers Bush to be the one of the worst disasters to hit the United States. (via jaywillie)
The German media on site was also disgusted. (via Scot via Kos)
On the last state of things here’s Christine Adelhardt live from Biloxi
2 minutes ago the President drove past in his convoy. But what has happened in Biloxi all day long is truly unbelievable. Suddenly recovery units appeared, suddenly bulldozers were there, those hadn’t been seen here all the days before, and this in an area, in which it really wouldn’t be necessary to do a big clean up, because far and wide nobody lives here anymore, the people are more inland in the city. The President travels with a press baggage [big crew]. This press baggage got very beautiful pictures which are supposed to say, that the President was here and help is on the way, too. The extent of the natural disaster shocked me, but the extent of the staging is shocking me at least the same way. With that back to Hamburg.
Here is some more German footage for my German readers and the rest that can speak it.