Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Finally, Spike Lee says something I agree with

I suppose it had to happen eventually, but Spike Lee has said something I agree with.

In an interview with USA Today about his upcoming documentary on Hurricane Katrina, When the Levees Broke, Lee stated that the moral of Katrina was, "Don't expect the federal government to help you."

As we used to say in the Baptist church where I grew up, can I hear an "amen"?

Of course, Lee thinks that the federal government ought to help you (unless you're not African-American, or you happen to live on the Gulf Coast, in which case -- if his documentary or the USA Today interview is any indication -- he's not that interested). For my part, I think Grover Cleveland said it best in his Second Inaugural Address: "While the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government, its functions do not include the support of the people."

In other words, don't expect the federal government to help you. As the national response to Katrina demonstrated, those federal disaster-relief programs just don't work.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Summer Theater Overview, Part 4: Off the Beaten Track

(Belated reviews of Four County Players' All's Well That Ends Well and the Charlottesville Wunderkammer)

(coming soon)

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