Well here I am at my computer reading DailyKos and clicking through the news channels trying to get the latest news on what is happening in New Orleans.
The ONGOING devastation in NO is, by all accounts, biblical in its scope. Unbelievably, it seems the obvious is not being said on the TV: this disaster may, when all is said and done, cause the death of thousands, if not tens of thousands.
No, what is being said is that Nicole Ricci is the best dressed this year! Even with her weight loss. My daily dose of titilation is being given today by the Today show as I get to see pretty white women all dressed up!
More below the fold...
Where is the real news? Hard to find. This is an ongoing disaster. It's not over. While the newscasts talk about clean up and getting back to "normalcy" (a word I'm not sure even existed before 9/11), it occures to me that thousands could actually die today and tommorow as waters continue to rise in NO.
Remember 9/11 (of course you do) when we were all glued to the TV screens to watch the unfolding tragedy? You had to flip to cartoon network or ESPN to get away from it.
We gasped as the towers fell, and cried as we saw people jumping to thier deaths. We mourned the loss of life, and poured our hearts out to those looking for loved ones.
Well you know what? This has been going on for the past few days, and will continue into the near future. The difference is that this is happening in slow motion. People I work with didn't even know the ongoing scope of the truly Biblical disaster.
Is our collective attention span really roughly the length of a feature film? Plane impact to collapse....elapsed time in under 2 hours...so...ok?
Where are the rescue operations?
Well people have been asked to bring flat bottom boats to the SAM's parking lot.
The Navy provided a couple of helicopters.
The coast guard has been doing amazing work with the 5 (or so) helicopters they have at thier disposal.
The navy is sending a hospital boat....from Virginia.
Geez, doesn't anyone realize there are thousands... THOUSANDS....of people trapped in house...clinging to gutters, wading through water which will soon be over thier heads? Thousands.
Where is the security? Well, the National Guard has been called up. They will get there soon. I hope they have scuba gear.
Where is the evacuation assistance? Oh, maybe we can use a cruise ship..
Where is the outrage?
Where is the Leadership? Where are the federal resources? Where is the National Guard? Where are the airdrops of flotation devices, rubber rafts, foodstuffs, water, etc?
But I guess it doesn't matter. I got to see pretty white women this morning.