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Maureen Dowd's conclusion in the most e-mailed article, Neigh to Cronies, from Saturday, September 10, 2005, New York Times, at p. A 27, was:

"FEMA was a disaster waiting to happen, the minute a disaster struck. As The Washington Post reported Friday, five of the eight top FEMA officials were simply Bush loyalists and political operatives who "came to their posts with virtually no experience in handling disasters."

"While many see the hideous rescue failures as disaster apartheid, Barbara Bush and other Republicans have tried to look on the bright side for the victims. The Wall Street Journal reported that Representative Richard Baker of Baton Rouge was overheard telling lobbyists: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."

"Even those who believe in intelligent design must surely agree that Brownie and Representative Baker weren't part of it."


  • intelligent design - the technical name that has been substituted for "creationism". In the first draft of the Of Pandas and People book, of which an excerpt is available on I read through the excerpt. I am a college graduate, almost fifty years ago, and I was a physics and math undergraduate major. There were so many technical chemical terms thrown around in the first 6 pages or so that I would have been hard-pressed to write a cogent argument against them without reference to chemical texts. And this is supposed to promote a rational decision on the part of high school youth as to whether the purported intelligent design theory or evolution is a more accurtate description of the origin of life on earth? That isn't how we decide between theories. Of Pandas and People uses scientific-sounding words to confuse those who have no recent familiarity with those terms. Argument does not make a theory correct. We don't get to pick sides. What makes a theory correct and acceptable is the accuracy with which it can predict occurences in the real world, and be confirmed in replication.

    Of Pandas and People doesn't describe alternative explanations of facts that can be observed and validated. It merely says that all the science that has been done since Darwin doesn't make sense. By the way, I don't remember seeing the name Darwin in the whole six pages or so. Wonder why that is so? Or even if it is so. You check it out. My conclusion is that Of Pandas and People doesn't make sense. But have a look for yourself. jeanne

  • creationism - the Biblical version of intelligent design, in which some "intelligent" force, such as God, created the earth in seven days. Such stories are called mythos by Karen Armstrong, and are important to our religious and spiritual beliefs, but they are not science, which fits with logos.

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