mamculuna: (Default)
( Sep. 9th, 2005 02:38 pm)
Driving home yesterday, I had three hours of NPR news and talk, which often is just idly interesting but yesterday, focusing on what went wrong in Katrina, made me so upset I almost had to stop driving. I couldn't take notes so don't know who exactly said this, but some Republicans apparently consider FEMA to be "another over-funded entitlement program."

I have to wonder at this point how people who voted for Bush are reacting. Do they now realize that all that anti-tax, pro-business rhetoric has a human cost? I hope that most people, in whatever country, really care about other people and are willing to sacrifice a small amount of luxury to prevent hideous suffering and loss of life, but that what happens in other countries is so far away that it seems unreal. Maybe the vision of thousands of our own citizens living in that hell will seem real enough to make us re-think the self-centered philosophy that's driven the elections since 1994. Maybe we'll recall why the New Deal was worth passing and the revolutions worth fighting.

Or maybe not.


Two clips worth seeing:

Jon Stewart reviews the week with Bush--
http://onegoodmove.org/1gm/1gmarchive/002358.html

and more seriously but just as damning--
http://media.putfile.com/OlbermannSwings
mamculuna: (Default)
( Sep. 8th, 2005 11:47 pm)
http://www.livejournal.com/users/theferrett/576899.html

Just in case there's anyone who's not reading The Ferrett.
mamculuna: (Default)
( Aug. 29th, 2005 10:13 am)
Hard to think about anything except the hurricane. Although it's not the worst hurricane ever, it's huge and horribly powerful. I can't imagine 20 foot waves on top of a 20 foot surge.

It's hard to be thankful about anything that happens--I love Biloxi, too, and remember the huge destruction after Camille. This will probably be even worse. I am hoping so much that everyone down there will survive this OK, and that the coast and the towns won't be too destroyed.

And yet the possibility that New Orleans would be destroyed was so overwhelmingly scary that I'm glad (how can you be glad?) the storm seems to be going a little east, and truly, many more people would have been killed if the worst part had hit NO. Of course we still don't know if the levees will hold the lake.

New Orleans gives something to our concept of ourselves as a country that would be hideously unthinkable to lose. Not just music and food, but a sense of being free to have fun mixed with the danger and mystery of the past. I never had a bad time in New Orleans (though I have had some hangovers), never went to bed early, never ate bad food, never got bored or lonely. But it's the idea of New Orleans, the dark side that glitters, that we love.

Let the good times roll, forever.
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