The Miracles

As I've been listening to Hugh Hewitt, I've noticed that he's made such a point to highlight and honor the heroes and the rescue efforts as much as he's addressing the questions of culpability.

I so appreciate him doing that because, honestly, I am sick and tired of the politicizing of this catastrophe. We have plenty of time to figure out what happened--good and bad, as the president mentioned. But, we don't want to miss the opportunity to recognize the miracles in our midst.

I read a
story about seven children who got separated from their families. Actually, they didn't just "get separated." Their parents had to choose who got rescued. And, they chose their children. Nothing like the love of a parent. One of the children was 5 months old. Can you imagine how difficult that must have been?!

The helicopter that promised to come back for the parents didn't. The parents ended up in San Antonio. Through www.missingchildren.com, the children were reunited with their family. Thank God!

This heart-wrenching story is just one of many. I'm sure we'll hear much more in the days ahead. Unfortunately, they won't all have the same happy ending.

I'm impressed by the way Americans are responding so generously. Keep giving. I found out that if you donate clothes to the Salvation Army, they will sell the clothes and send 100% of the revenue to Katrina victims. Give. Then, give more. They need us. We can be their miracle.

I believe the time will come that in addition to requests for funds, clothes and labor, we may very well be challenged to adopt these storm-orphaned children. What an awesome responsibility. What an awesome possibility.

Lord, I pray for every child and parent who have survived to be reunited, and quickly. For parents who have lost children, comfort and heal them. And, for children who have lost parents, bring comfort, healing and good people to care for them. I pray that every one of us would have eyes to see a miracle and a heart to be a miracle.


At 9/07/2005 06:05:00 AM, Anonymous KO said...

Lores, I agree with you 100 percent. I will have to start catching Hugh Hewitt myself somehow. (I think Sesame Street is currently holding that time slot in our house :) ) I was really impressed to see today on Fox news running along the bottom of the screen MANY websites for people to contact if they would like to take in a family. It really challenged me, because it is good and right to give money, but what about a sacrifice like taking in people to your home? You're right too about children being orphaned. I pray the need will be smaller than we think now....

At 9/07/2005 06:12:00 AM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I must say, I caught some of Hewitt today, and everytime I listen to him, he is so optimistic and bright. He helped bring my stress level down during the 2004 Election year, never once feeling like President Bush would be voted out of office. I can't say enough about how much I needed that unwavering optimism of his last year, and it's optimism that's well-reasoned out and informed.

At 9/07/2005 06:13:00 AM, Anonymous LadyMcBeath said...

I echo your prayer and your concern. I've been struggling with the idea today of bringing one of those families to my home. We have an RV someone could live in. But I'm afraid it would be impractical. We live in a small mountain town that wouldn't offer many employment possibilities. And my family doesn't have any disposable income to support people, or even to support a trip to Texas. I'm afraid of making things worse for people instead of better, but I can't get over the idea. Maybe it's not a good idea to try to bring southern city people to a western country town. I'm going to pray about it. I just feel compelled to be part of the solution. God bless you, Lores.

At 9/07/2005 08:41:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

some times we all need a reminder. You have done that. Thank you.

At 9/07/2005 02:26:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

You have to rely on miracles when natural law -- or human action -- is wanting.

That's the problem; human action was found wanting.

That you guys buy the WH spin on this -- "blame game" -- is pretty sad. Especially since the WH is engaging in the blame game. McClellan couldn't answer a direct question about the supposed call from Bush to Nagin. Wouldn't. He's "looking into it." Now, the WH is hiding behind their own belated response in order to duck responsibility. It's utterly clear.

That you're supporting the response efforts is laudable, of course.

Government's first responsibility is to protect its people. This administration was re-elected (or, re-"elected") on safety from terror.

This is the equivalent of a terror attack, logistically. I'm sure I'll get no argument there.

Question: for a huge government apparatus in Washington, you're telling me no one can be spared to gather info right now? Isn't that what any investigation does -- any that isn't a smokescreen, that is. The longer you wait, the staler the info -- if such even exists, months later.

At 9/07/2005 02:35:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

doug: i'm amazed at how someone as intelligent as you are can so consistently miss the point of any given post.

of course, we have to get to the bottom of this mess. government must be held accountable. but, that is not the point of today's post.

take a deep breath, my friend. relax. there's plenty of time and opportunity to debate. meanwhile, can we not take a moment to be thankful for the lives that were saved?

At 9/07/2005 03:32:00 PM, Blogger Guppyman said...

We tried to volunteer locally (Houston) and had problems finding the need.... we finally backed off a bit and will go next weekend when some of the initial enthusiasm has worn off but the need is still there....

At 9/07/2005 04:28:00 PM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

Hugh is amazing.......A positive light in a negative situation.

I've often said I listen primarily to Prager, Savage and Hewitt.

Prager hits my heart and mind, Savage hits my instincts, and Hewitt blends the 2 together.

Those of you who don't know where to find these 3 (plus Ingraham, Bennett and Medved) can find them on the web at:


At 9/07/2005 06:42:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Lores: I'm not missing the point of your post, I'm giving you my comment on it.

No one has to agree with it. But selection of topics for posting is telling -- not that these stories aren't moving, not that these acts aren't welcome. But in what context is this occurring, and why?

I'm glad folks have been saved by each other. That this was the main, if only, option for days is worthy of comment -- miracles are, by definition, situations outside the norm (whether of natural law or of human action).

Why, then, do we need miracles now? That was the point of my post. I know you're sick of "politicizing" the failure of government, at all levels, to do main thing governments are there for -- to protect the people -- but I for one am far from sick of it.

Furthermore, much of MSM (but not the WH Press Corps, which has clearly had enough) and all of rightwing media have been focusing on such feel-good stories (and they do make me feel good, of course) in the absence of doing its job, which is holding the government accountable. Thus, it plays into the clear, reported, and obvious strategy of the WH to equate any responsible questioning of their actions as "playing the 'blame game.'"

Everyone can disagree -- and I expect everyone to on this blog -- but this bait-and-switch move (not that you, Lores, are consciously playing into it) is absolutely political in nature, if unconsciously repeated by fans of rightwing radio.

At 9/07/2005 07:27:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Here's a hero, in my book. Reqiures Windows Media Player.

Just a tad different from much of the national coverage.

At 9/07/2005 09:54:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Amen, Lores.
I'm with you on seeing the tremendous amount of good that is happening.

Doug, it doesn't take away anything to look for good in the midst of tragedy. Heads will roll, and they won't all belong to Republicans. (GASP!)

Thanks to Lores for pointing out that in the midst of all this, there are stories that inspire.

(I've never listened to Hugh Hewitt, except once I heard him for a few minutes in my brother's truck when I was in Southern CA. My bro thinks he's great. I heard Rush Limbaugh today while I was driving, for about 10 minutes, and I hadn't heard him in years. He was fired up! I hardly ever listen to talk radio. Maybe I will start tuning in more regularly.)

At 9/08/2005 02:17:00 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Who said they should all be Republican?

I'm not particularly a fan of Nagin, from what I can tell. Whether or not Bush called him, he needed no one's advice to order an evacuation.

As for the Gov, if she f'd up, she should resign, too.

I don't really care. All I know is, all levels of government f'd up royally and thousands of people died who didn't have to die.

Bush, as per usual, is taking no responsibility for this. That's why the entire non-religious-right country is furious. And rightly so. I'm not impressed with self-investigations; get a panel of experts in there with full subpoena power. Or will we have to wait for the families to demand it, a la 9/11?

Bottom line: our government, at all levels, was supposed to be ready for this kind of thing. It wasn't. It failed, miserably, four years after 9/11. I'm ready to hold everyone accountable.

No one ever said the good stories obviate responsibility -- except that's exactly the PR plan of the WH now. According to that far-left newspaper of record in this country, and obvious to anyone watching McClellan's press conferences.

So, sorry, Jamie, I'm not out for Republican blood. My government just failed miserably. All the inter-level communications between state, local, and federal were supposed to be ironed out by now. They are not.

Exactly what needs to happen for you to be upset with Bush? I mean, a useless war, a total disaster like Katrina (for which the Federal govt has to be at least partially responsible -- even Pelty admits that!)? I mean, really, name one thing.

Do this for me: if Clinton were president now, or Kerry, or Gore, what do you think Rush Limbaugh and Hannity, et al, would be saying now?

Be honest, now.

At 9/08/2005 02:20:00 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Another question: Who's working on the plan for the big earthquake that's a matter of time in California?

Does this change anyone's mind on global warming? The Gulf was 2 degrees above normal, reportedly; that's how a Cat 1 turned into nearly a Cat 5.

I find it hilarious that you find me to be cherry-picking -- how much have you ignored for this president? If this were Clinton, he would have been run out of office by now. He nearly was OVER A BLOW JOB -- lying about that. Please; it's just beyond comprehension.

At 9/08/2005 07:40:00 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

Lets put it all on the table:


So was Vesuvius, so was the San Francisco Earthquake, so was the extintion of the dinosaurs, so was the...Blah, blah, blah.
How about this:

Hurricanes happen......People didn't evacuate when told to (for whatever assortment of BS reasons)....Then all Hell broke loose.

There was incompetence on all sides, but how could there not be? No one had ever dealt with such a mess.

It's amazing the city was emptied in 5 days.....It's also terrible that so many didn't make it out.
Hey by the way, when it gets cold in a month or so, IT WILL BE BUSH'S FAULT FOR THAT TOO!

At 9/08/2005 02:26:00 PM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

While I agree with much of Doug's assessment, I am also inclined to side with Lores in terms of the spirit of this posting. It doesn't hurt to take a moment to reflect on the positive stories of humanity coming out of this whole tragedy. It's called compartmentalizing. Yes, the WH wants to divert people's attention away from the "blame game", but that doesn't mean we can't look for inspiration and silver linings. Trust me, Doug, people won't forget about this and there will be hell to pay over this at some point (for people at all levels and in both parties.) While I don't agree with many of Lores' perspectives, I never question her intellectual integrity or the sincerity of her beliefs and what she posts. I don't believe that this posting had any ulterior motives of "cover-up" on her part. She is a straight shooter, who doesn't resort to low brow rantings. (Which is why I'm so puzzled by her affinity for Sean Hannity.)

At 9/08/2005 02:39:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

jaymeister: Oh, I don't think Lores is "covering up" consciously; I'm just pointing out that this is what the admin is doing, consciously.

Lores is everything you say, in my short experience!

Never said I said this was "all Bush's fault."

Try watching something different, guys.

I listen to rightwing radio -- you have to in order to get what others are being told (and not being told)>

At 9/09/2005 02:55:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

jaymeister: been wondering where you went! so glad to have you back!

thanks, my friend. have i ever mentioned that you're my favorite liberal ;)

my affinity for sean hannity...you he's passionate, personable, he a man of integrity, intellectual honesty and...he's really cute :)

At 9/09/2005 02:56:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

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At 9/09/2005 09:20:00 PM, Blogger Jaymeister said...

Awwwww...I'm blushing now. And I'm glad you cut to the "cute" factor with Hannity. Have a great time in Nashville.

At 9/10/2005 07:45:00 PM, Blogger pawlr said...

Hannity is a jerk. Showing pictures of school buses under water as evidence that Nagin didn't act to save people. Here's some context for that photo - Nagin used the city transit buses on Sunday (which were air conditioned) to visit every neighborhood in the city and move people to multiple shelter sites. He didn't use the school buses because - duh - the school bus drivers were already evacuated! By the way, where is the Mayor supposed to actually drop people off out of the city? Rememeber - he has no jurisdiction outside the city, because he's - duh - A MAYOR!

So what we have is Hannity perpetrating falsehoods, making local governments the scapegoat. Carrying water for the Bush admin - what else is new? At least Scarborough can face reality and dish out some needed smackdown to the Feds who deserve it.

And "cute"? I guess so, if you like cement-headed cretins who playact as Joe Lunchpail. Happy fantasizing.

At 9/13/2005 12:19:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

pawlr: feel free to comment on the topic of the post next time. i could see how confusing it is to mistake a post on MIRACLES with a comment on a tangential comment. Just to clear up the confusion, this post was actually not about Sean Hannity and was not really asking whether or not you think he's cute.

All: I've noticed this happening more often. So, I'd like us all to try to stay on topic and to keep the exchanges respectful.

Thank you.

At 9/13/2005 07:11:00 PM, Blogger pawlr said...

Lores - its silly for you to enforce strict relevance on the topic, once you have, yourself, abandoned your original topic by mentioning how "cute" Hannity is. Sorry, but its just silly.. :)

At 9/13/2005 08:04:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

pawlr: perhaps what was silly was for me to presume that i didn't have to give anyone permission to respond to a comment directed towards them. i suppose if you felt compelled to weigh in on Hannity's looks, that's perfectly fine. :)

At 9/15/2005 03:03:00 AM, Blogger Danielle said...

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