Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mid-Week Musings

Welcome to Wednesday.  It's evening. We've actually had some showers around the area.  I counted a dozen drops of rain on the windshield coming home last evening. I guess you take what you can get.  It's the opposite of what our neighbors to the south were dealing with two years ago. That's when Hurricane Katrina hit.  All of the news nets are back in NOLA, with most of them expressing amazement at how little recovery has really happened.  Where the heck have they been?  Citizen journalists and bloggers have kept up the pressure on local and federal officials over the lack of assistance. It simply hasn't been enough to generate much progress in spots.  And that, my friends, is a true tragedy.

Katrina, two years later

The French Quarter, relatively untouched by hurricane Katrina, is bustling, and businesses are being courted to New Orleans, but a good deal of the rest of the city and the Gulf region remain devastated. Awash in corruption, cronyism and incompetence, the reconstruction effort is a mess. Billions of money designated to the effort is not getting to those in need -- 42% of funds set aside for rebuilding and relief has not even been spent. The federal [...]

More thoughts...

‘We’re still in the middle of the Katrina saga’

The AP noted this morning, “On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, anger over the stalled rebuilding was palpable Wednesday throughout the city where the mourning for the dead and feeling of loss doesn’t seem to subside.” How could anyone feel anything but anger? For all the rhetoric from the administration, exactly two years after Katrina [...]

And, one more, via Daily Kos: Two Years Ago

UPDATE: The folks over at Shakespear's sister have an excellent collection of links..

Blogging New Orleans spends 24 hours remembering

Today is two years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast. President George W. Bush has made his way to the still fall-from-recovered region, so he can get his picture taken a few times and head back to Washington to work on more war plans. "War presidents" aren't concerned about things like destroyed U.S. cities, as the past two years have shown us. Over at Blogging New Orleans, however, Kelly Leahy, Mike Schleifstein and others are engaging in a 24-hour blogathon, sharing their thoughts on [...]

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