The human loss caused by the tsunami this past weekend is incomprehensible. Yahoo is reporting that the death toll has reached 114,000. CNN has posted a page listing a number of charity organizations helping to assist the victims here.
Does anyone else find it disturbing that the U.S. pledged $35 million in disaster relief money while the Bush inauguration Fund is trying to raise $40 - $50 million for the inauguration ceremonies (see last paragraph)? Yes, now Colin Powell is trying to make nice by saying the $35 millions was "just a beginning" but only because we got called "stingy." [via horkulated]
[Update: almost a week after the disaster the U.S. Government and Hollywood finally stepped up to the plate]
Just as it looks like the world is ending across the globe, a very uplifting story is unfolding in our backyard. The Atlantic Highlands Herald reports today that area resident and AHH columnist Amy Shore will be publishing a book chronicling her family's journey to adopt a baby girl from Guatemala. The book will be available in January. Congrats to Amy and her family on their adoption.
Jack Archibald puts away his crystal ball and asks readers to help predict the future. Where's that damn town Psychic when you need her? Questions range from, "Which month will Atlantic Highlands Democrats finally unveil their First Avenue revitalization plan?" - wasn't it revitalized with all those stupid curbs jutting out into First Avenue and the fancy new garbage cans? - to what celebrity marriage will last longer, Britney Spears-Federline or J. Lo-Anthony? Jack's also a pretty witty fella if you haven't noticed - he asked the same First Avenue question in 2003.