Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Handmaid or Cannon Fodder?

The Minnesota Opera 2003 Production of The Handmaid's Tale.
Photo: Michal Daniel

Have you read Executive Order 13397 signed into effect on March 7, 2006 by George W. Bush?

You should.

In its own words:

"Section 1. Establishment of a Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security.

(a) The Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) shall establish within the Department of Homeland Security (Department) a Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (Center).

(b) The Center shall be supervised by a Director appointed by Secretary. The Secretary shall consult with the Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (WHOFBCI Director) prior to making such appointment.

(c) The Department shall provide the Center with appropriate staff, administrative support, and other resources to meet its responsibilities under this order.

(d) The Center shall begin operations no later than 45 days from the date of this order.

Sec. 2. Purpose of Center. The purpose of the Center shall be to coordinate agency efforts to eliminate regulatory, contracting, and other programmatic obstacles to the participation of faith-based and other community organizations in the provision of social and community services."

Am I the only one terrified by this?

Friday, July 21, 2006

Review for "A Eulogy for History"

I have just arrived back in town from a tour with my rock band, Evil Doers to find a review of my recent release, A Eulogy for History.

Check it out here.

Will post more shortly once I unpack.