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September 06, 2005
So, what's news?

I largely avoided Hurricane Katrina news this weekend, feeling that it wouldn't take much to burn me out again, but I did think of the victims as I enjoyed my indoor plumbing and electricity. And water, food, police protection, etc.

On the way in this morning, I heard that Northrup's ship-building facility is paying workers 2 weeks' salary whether they're able to work...or have anywhere to go to report to work...or not. Harrah, owner of the casinos in the area, is paying workers for 90 days. Wal-Mart, the multi-billion dollar, multi-national corporation, is paying workers for...three days.

And, of course, the Bush Administration's policies continue to prevent aid from reaching those who need it most while Bush himself's message seems to be, big surprise, it was everyone but his people who screwed up. No sign of him admitting that gutting FEMA's budget and driving out all of the experienced, qualified people who used to run the place had anything to do with the disaster. (And yet another staged photo-op.)

New Orleans is worried that the media's attention might drift away when the dramatic scenes of helicopter rescues disappear. They have cause to worry. The Bush Administration would, I am sure, love to have something else...anything else to discuss than their abysmal failure to serve the people of this country well. (I notice that it took Bush less than 24 hours to move on the Roberts' nomination. I'm not saying that one, dead white guy is more important to Bush than several thousand dead brown people, but....)

I was going to blog other topics, certainly Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and a host of other countries and issues are worthy of attention, but all I can think about is still the criminal inadequacy of our government's so-called 'response' to this catastrophe. It suggests a poverty of spirit and compassion that saddens me more than I can express.

On the other hand, the outpouring of aid from around the world is heart-warming and not just because the world's last remaining 'superpower' seems to be unable to take care of its own citizens. We are...not who we thought we were, are we?

Let's take a moment to mourn Paul Accardo.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:26 AM