Saturday, September 03, 2005

Trent Lott's getting a new porch!

President Bush finally made it down to the areas hit hardest by Katrina. He got to meet with some of the victims and console them about their loss.

The good news is — and it’s hard for some to see it now — that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott’s house — he’s lost his entire house — there’s going to be a fantastic house. And I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch.

Classic Bush. Well, at least Friday brought some real help to New Orleans - but there is a long road ahead. I have to admit, I'm embarrased that a week ago I was snarkily complaining about the lack of news. Now an entire region is destroyed, the economy may stall, and there are signs that Katrina is becoming a political nightmare for the Administration. The internet has once again shown it's power to bring immediate coverage of breaking events. But this is one of those stories that has me glued to the television. One thing that has been fascinating is to watch the difference in tone between the BBC World News (via PBS) and American cable news coverage. From the beginning, the BBC was asking hard questions about the role of race and class, the vacuum of leadership, and the lack of preparedness by the federal government. ABC's Nightline has done a nice job, but other than that, the networks have steered towards the usual crap, which is making some of the correspondents in N.O. a little irritated.

- Ted at Crooked Timber is offering to make you a custom mix CD if you donate $100 to the Red Cross or other hurrican relief organization.
- Eric Klinenberg, who wrote the book on Chicago's 1995 heatwave, writes in Slate about urban disorganization in the face of natural disasters.
- Oh, and the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Halliburton has been hired to clean up after Katrina. (Via Wonkette)