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( Sep. 11th, 2005 02:27 pm)
Another way to contribute to Katrina relief efforts... and it doesn't cost a dime.

I don't know [ profile] archer904, but he's one hell of a human being.

I didn't front load the music.
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( Sep. 5th, 2005 10:14 am)
My earlier post about Mary Landrieu reminded me of Bill Clinton's reaction when told of Dennis Hastert's remarks about New Orleans having to be bulldozed:

In Syracuse, N.Y., former president Bill Clinton was discussing New Orleans's dilemma when someone described the speaker's comments. Had they been in the same place when the remarks were made, Clinton said, "I'm afraid I would have assaulted him."

It strikes me that Bill Clinton, who grew up working class in Arkansas, would have a lot more empathy for the people of Louisiana than the blue-blood Bushes from Texas.
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( Sep. 3rd, 2005 11:25 am)
There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize. There is a failure here that topples all our success .... and in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, Chapter 25.
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( Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:58 am)
Via comments in [ profile] jmhm's journal, a link to video of Fox reporters in the field. When Sean Hannity said "I want to get some perspective here," Shepard Smith, who had been reporting from the convention center, broke in "THIS IS PERSPECTIVE! That's all the perspective you need!"

And Geraldo Rivera was crying.
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( Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:13 am)
I suppose I could do a rant about politics and the federal response to New Orleans, but well, Steve Gilliard already did that.

Many thanks to [ profile] jmhm for the link.
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( Sep. 1st, 2005 10:59 am)
As usual, Molly Ivins is right on target.
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( Sep. 1st, 2005 08:25 am)
"No one anticipated the levees would break."
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( Aug. 31st, 2005 07:39 am)
Dear Mr. Cantore,

My family and I are big fans of yours. We've watched you cover hurricane after hurricane, and my kids never miss "Storm Stories" if they can avoid it. But I think we disagree on some crucial terms in the wake of Katrina.

People rummaging through casinos in Biloxi looking for money from the slot machines is looting. People walking away with computers and other electronics is looting.

People stranded in New Orleans, who are fighting floodwaters, who have no potable water and no power and may be stuck in a city eighty per cent under water for days and where there is no way to buy the most basic of supplies, walking into a mini-mart and leaving with drinks, food, medical supplies and diapers is not looting -- it's survival.
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( Aug. 30th, 2005 01:24 pm)
I just caught some of the storm coverage on CNN.

Cut for people who are trying to avoid storm coverage )

I don't have family in New Orleans anymore (unless you count a sister in Metairie Cemetery -- probably under water -- and somehow I don't think this storm will affect her much) but I have friends and family who do. And New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the country. So as much as I try to detach from this, it's hard to do.

And all keep thinking, even though I feel I shouldn't, is "Thank God it was not a Cat 4/5 slamming into St. Petersburg." I hope the rest of hurricane season calms down.

It seems to me all of us should observe Hurricane Thanksgiving this year.
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( Aug. 30th, 2005 08:33 am)
Last night on Fox, a broadcaster was preening himself because "we had said that the winds in New Orleans wouldn't be nearly as high as people on other networks predicted, and we were right."


Aside from the fact that NOLA was spared a direct hit, the threat from Katrina to the city was never really the high winds, although those were dangerous. It was the storm surge overwhelming the city's levee system and massive flooding taking place that had people really worried. Which, considering that some reports have as much as 80% of the city under water to some level (although not the French Quarter, which is good news for drunken frat boys everywhere), I'd say they were right.


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