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September 7th, 2005

Why Everyone in FEMA Needs to Be Fired

This morning I tried to make a vow to not post anymore about Katrina and our federal government's continued completely fucked up and depressingly insufficient reaction to what is happening down South. Yet, such resolve dissolves rather quickly when you read things like this out of the Salt Lake Tribune:

ATLANTA - Not long after some 1,000 firefighters sat down for eight hours of training, the whispering began: "What are we doing here?"

As New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded on national television for firefighters - his own are exhausted after working around the clock for a week - a battalion of highly trained men and women sat idle Sunday in a muggy Sheraton Hotel conference room in Atlanta.

Many of the firefighters, assembled from Utah and throughout the United States by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, thought they were going to be deployed as emergency workers.

Instead, they have learned they are going to be community-relations officers for FEMA, shuffled throughout the Gulf Coast region to disseminate fliers and a phone number: 1-800-621-FEMA.

On Monday, some firefighters stuck in the staging area at the Sheraton peeled off their FEMA-issued shirts and stuffed them in backpacks, saying they refuse to represent the federal agency.

Federal officials are unapologetic.

"I would go back and ask the firefighter to revisit his commitment to FEMA, to firefighting and to the citizens of this country," said FEMA spokeswoman Mary Hudak.

Honestly, such arrogance is truly breathtaking. These men are trained to save lives and FEMA has them on PR duty!? If I was one of those firefighters I'd find Ms. Hudak and tell her she can stuff her FEMA-issued shirt up her ass.

Breaking News

This just in: FEMA is now investigating rumors that Judge Rheinquist passed away.

(joke gakked from Wonkette)

On to Other Things

I'd like to thank the Phillies for beginning their September swoon right on schedule. It's giving me the time to read every football writer on the planet and the reasons why the Eagles will win the NFC again this year.

I was actually at the last game the Phillies won before they started their swoon. Best moment: Mrs. Moose actually called David Bell's grand slam just before Halama served it up to him. In all the years I've gone to baseball games, I have never seen anyone call a shot like that before. I am in total awe of her.

I am giving thought to changing the look of the 'zine. Later today, I will post a LJ reader poll asking people what they think of the change. I'm also thinking of adding a general reader poll to the next issue.

I am now going back into full War of the Worlds consumption to finish up the second part of the piece for the 'zine. I've decided that whatever I don't finish before production will just have to get mentioned in passing. I think I've had just about enough of the story and all its permutations.

My next big piece for the 'zine (aside from whatever reviews I decide to write): the post 9/11 world of Harry Potter.

Possible New Layout for the Zine

I am considering a new layout for Some Fantastic. Please tell me which you like better. Any further comments on either design are perfectly welcome as well. :-)

Poll #565919 New Layout for SF

Which design do you like better?

The current one (you can see the current one here)
2(66.7%)
The new template I've just created (click here to see the new front page)
1(33.3%)

More Zine Stuff (Mostly Whining)

While working out the details of the new potential 'zine layout, I once again found myself frustrated with the tools at my disposal. Appleworks is nice because you can save files as PDFs without the necessity of AdobeWriter and you can create boxes with rounded edges. However, it's not flexible enough for me to create the overall look I am going for.

Word is certainly more flexible, and I can manipulate it to do just about anything I want layout-wise -- except for rounded boxes and a built-in PDF converter. Of the two programs, Word remains my program of choice, but the fact is I am not really happy with either program. The funds to purchase Acrobat and InDesign are still well out of my meager reach, so for now I'm still forced to make do with what I have and left praying that I can get Adobe installed on my work computer.

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