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you thank a god you do not believe in. you misunderstand prayer as being "thrown at" a problem or directed toward a subject, and fail to understand that it's the very God you reject to whom the prayers are directed.

granted, that's a highly oversimplified view, but there is really no point in me pursuing what you have already rejected.


Maybe you can enlighten us to when Michael "rejected" God?

I think I'll sidestep this one. But, MP, whyever are you watching Fox again?

Fox News did a good job covering Katrina. I switched back and forth among Fox, CNN, and the Weather Channel. I also watched some streaming video from a Baton Rouge TV station on the Web. All of them had their moments. And Fox didn't mention Aruba once!

Oh, that is so cool. No Aruba? Great.

A word to "havoc"--can't resist. To quote Kenny Mayne, I'll only say this once: pity on *you*.

I admire you, MP, because your faith comes from choice, not from something rammed down your throat.

Now, back to New Orleans and Biloxi.

You have to wonder about these reporters who are hanging from telephone poles as sheet metal flies by.

"You have to wonder about these reporters who are hanging from telephone poles as sheet metal flies by."

There was one guy - on CNN, I think - who had taken cover by the corner of a hotel and was showing live video of big strips of heavy plastic being torn off the portico and flying through the air. He stayed out there for a long time. I kept fearing that he would be decapitated at any moment. Sometimes it's better just to stay indoors.

It's getting to be a cliche.

I was reading something about the Biloxi mayor calling the hurricane "their tsunami" referring to the obvious and disasterous tsunami last year. To me, it seemed grossly over dramatic to refer to the hurricane as that. Yes, the death toll has risen dramatically, but putting it into perspective, it's nowhere near the destruction the tsunami wreaked.

On a lighter note, I was watching a local newscast, and this guy was near a gas station that had partially collapsed. As he was giving his report in blistering winds and sharp rain, a metal piece of the gas station roof flew off and hit the van only a few feet behind him, denting the van. He nearly fell to the ground when it hit. So very intelligent.

It's true that the death toll won't approach that of the tsunami, but I guess when your town has been largely wiped out, it feels like the end of the world. Technically it's overstatement, but I can understand it.

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