As the chaotic aftermath set in, this blog has been a refuge for my overwhelmed and overworked mind. Anchoring our coverage has been incredibly tough - I have been driven to tears too many times to count. Somehow, typing is helping me cope. I could analyze that from a psychological state, but I'm not that smart and quite frankly - exhausted. Enjoy the postings and feel free to share...
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
Is there evidence that President Bush was asleep at the wheel? Yes.
Is there evidence that Governor Kathleen Blanco was asleep at the wheel? Yes.
Is there evidence that Mayor Ray Nagin was asleep at the wheel? Yes.
Is there evidence that Michael Brown was asleep at the wheel? Yes.
Is there evidence that Elvis Presley is alive? Yes.
Louisianians are sick and tired of hearing about what happened before the storm. Can we please focus on what's happening after the storm?
Heck, the next storm is right around the corner and we're sitting ducks.
If you don't think the Katrina story has turned into a political story, you're an idiot.
- Michael Brown was a dunce - now, he's a hero?!?!
- Tape of President Bush is released when he is out of town and unable to defend himself.
- Tape of Governor Blanco saying that the levees held is released and it's practically ignored.
- Mississippi lawmakers avoid blaming President Bush and receive as much, if not MORE federal recovery dollars.
And here's the best one YET! President Bush is taken to school for saying the following four days after the storm hit: "No one anticipated the levees would fail."
Yet, six months later - Governor Blanco says the EXACT same thing and nothing is ever said of it?!?!Vomit.
Stop the politics and please repair New Orleans.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
Mardi Gras is upon us...
Allow me to share some thoughts about the holiday, specifically how the state will be celebrating and how we will be portrayed by the national media.
First, Mardi Gras should be celebrated. Nothing (that includes past hurricanes and even World Wars) has stopped it from being held. As the owner of Antoine's Restaurant put it (in an interview with CNN), "If this were Christmas, would you not celebrate Christmas because your home was destroyed?" Good point.
You have to keep in mind, Mardi Gras is as much a part of the culture here in Louisiana as Christmas itself. In some circles, that may be considered sacreligous, but it's the truth.
Schools have set aside vacation days, families plan vacations (to get away from the madness), etc, etc. It's just one of those things....
With that being said, the national media doesn't quite understand this. Then again, if it doesn't happen outside of New York City, it doesn't happen, right?
They will fly down to New Orleans, board their limos, and ask a lot of silly questions. Expect them to have shocked looks on their faces, wide-eyes and a complete lack of understanding of our culture. The formula story will be this...
A sobering, yet genteel anchor "welcomes you to New Orleans, where the city is preparing for Mardi Gras"...gentle music...maybe some coloful graphics, yad-da-ya-da....
As soon as the welcome is done, the following sentence will be read: "It's a very different Mardi Gras this year - fewer people and fewer parades. It's also a very controversial Mardi Gras, as some residents are imploring the city..."
It will be the same exact formula ad-nasuem.
Yes, I am grateful the media has returned. Too bad they're lazy, stiff and completely out of touch.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
THIS SUMS IT ALL UP...
From the NY Times:
Mobile homes worth hundreds of millions of dollars are deteriorating in muddy field in Arkansas and may never be used to house victims of Hurricane Katrina because of a dispute over where to install them, federal officials acknowledged Monday.
Only about 2,700 of the 25,000 mobile homes ordered at a cost of $850 million have been installed, and at least 10,000 are sitting in Hope, Ark., according to documents and statements from Federal Emergency Management Agency officials. Though about 55,000 Louisiana families are still waiting for a manufactured housing unit, the mobile homes may never be used because FEMA regulations prohibit them from being installed in flood-prone coastal areas, federal officials said.
Read more here.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
IMPORTANT STUFF, RIGHT?
Well...don't let anyone fool you - the most important story on Planet Earth is Dick Cheney...
It's certainly FAR more important than this, right???
Right??? Yeah - of course!!!
And I suppose this is just a funny sidenote...surely it's not worth covering or even mentioning, right?
Of course not!
The mainstream media continues to amaze...
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
WHAT IS THE HOLDUP?
We are approaching the half year mark...
Louisiana lawmakers are gathering for just their SECOND special Hurricane Recovery Session. Just the second! The U.S. Congress has gathered longer than Louisiana lawmakers.
This session won't be long, either. Just over two weeks.
It started with Governor Blanco hauling lawmakers down to New Orleans for a bus tour of the damage.
First, it is beyond human comprehension as to how or why some lawmakers in this state have NOT already seen the damage?!?!?! My Word! How can a policymaker in this state make policy if you haven't seen the very subject of the policy?!
Second, half of the legislature failed to even go on the field trip. It's their choice - some have already seen it, others were just refusing to go along with the grandstanding. I completely understand. However, the rest of the country woke up to read lines like this in their morning papers:
LA TIMES: But a significant chunk of the Legislature
wasn't there to listen. Almost a quarter of the state's 144 lawmakers didn't
That doesn't bode well for our reputation - which, as some of you know, aint the best!
Third, will Governor Blanco open the next session in Southwest Louisiana, the site of Hurricane Rita? Hmmm....
And finally, there is this...the last portion of the above LA Times article.
Hope all is well where you are....
At the Industrial Canal breach there, a straggling crew of residents
greeted the tour buses with cries for help and chants of "We are here to stay.""We don't have water. We don't have power. We have concrete slabs and front steps and no house," Alice Craft-Kerney, 48, told Blanco. "Folks are living outside because they don't have trailers. When will you help us?"Blanco shook Craft-Kerney's hand and replied, "We're trying. We're moving as fast as we can."Craft-Kerney clung to the governor's hand. Her eyes grew teary as she said, "I just don't know how much longer some people can last."