Blogcritics and Hurricane Katrina

There's no point in writing something on this disaster. So many already have, not to mention it's almost impossible to find the words. Head over to BC for a master post to each piece and donation links. It's impossible to even turn on the TV without seeing something on this, and it gets even more brutal by the day. When people begin SHOOTING at the help coming in helicopters, it really does make you lose hope for humanity, but it's impossible not to feel sorry for the millions upon millions who have nothing right now.

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Jordan Fouts:

On that note I just started looking over this "Interdictor" guy's blog, he's working off a diesel generator in some wrecked building in downtown N'Orleans... Yeah it's only an LJ, and it was only CNN that mentioned him during their saturation coverage. But it's an interesting firsthand account...

"In case anyone in national security is reading this, get the word to President Bush that we need the military in here NOW. The Active Duty Armed Forces. Mr. President, we are losing this city. I don't care what you're hearing on the news. The city is being lost. It is the law of the jungle down here. The command and control structure here is barely functioning. I'm not sure it's anyone's fault -- I'm not sure it could be any other way at this point."

(He mentions, by the way, somethingawful.com having to go offline? It is offline now, but I don't see how it's related.)

Jordan Fouts:

"I think it finally hit me when I was on our roof 27 floors up looking down at my city. This place will never be the same -- and I don't mean in that "can't step into the same river twice" philosophical sense. I mean in the "We won't even recognize the place" sense.

This place is completely coming apart. The hopelessness on the street breaks the heart. The old, the tired, the sick seem resigned to their presumed fate. Death."

The blog is at http://www.livejournal.com/users/interdictor/ , sorry I didn't mention it before. Also worth noting: Kristalyn, a former BGNews writer, is in school now in Oxford, Miss., and has blogged a bit about it: http://wabashayankee.blogspot.com/

"God I am just so pissed... National Disgrace is an understatement right now.... We can't believe how cavalier the rest of the country is acting and how our area has been portrayed. Comments like "bulldoze it, shouldn't have been built in the first place" are completely asinine you selfish fuckheads"

Jessica:

Does anyone have anything to say about Kanye West and his comments last night about the telethon? I was appalled. Absolutely appalled that this a**hole had the balls to stand on national television in the middle of a crisis and claim racism...claim that this country isn't caring enough about people in crisis...that's what they are, people in crisis. Black, white, whatever, people are dying, people are starving, in need of medicine, food, water, shelter, and have lost everything that mattered to them in the world, and this jerk, this "rapper" (who sucks, by the way, he's worse than anyone I have ever heard) says that we gave permission to shoot them? We were given permission to take down whomever was trying to stop the efforts of rescue, recovery, and survival. Isn't that what it's all about?

I've seen white people and black people on TV talking about shooting looters, and the looters were white and black! To try to divide a country at a time when we are supposed to be banding together to help mankind, that man should be put out of his misery. I hope that he gets fined, sued, and loses everything. Then maybe he'll realize the severity of what he did last night and how horribly ignorant, pathetic, and stupid he really is.

I applaud him for it. It was wonderful to see someone have the balls to stand up on national television, in front of millions, and show everyone how wrong this all is. Don't coat this. There IS racism at work here, amongst other things.

His reference to the photo captions are true, showing a young black boy with a caption like "looting from a grocery" and the other with a white woman and the caption says "taking food to feed their family." It's amazing how wrong this entire situation is.

As I've asked other people who have brought this up:

Do you think that if this was something like Belair with their rich, white neighborhoods, this "rescue" if you even want to call it that, would be taking so long? Hell no.

The severity of the situation is unfathomable. They knew this was coming. They knew at least a day ahead of time that this was going to be it, "the big one" to put it figuratively. How in the hell does it take them five days to put a plan into action? Oh that's right, good 'ol George had to visit and the convoys followed after him. It seems that he really "doesn't like black people."

I knew nothing of him before this "incident." I had no idea who he was (did you see Chris Tuckers face? He had no idea what to follow with), and I don't care. He said what needed to be said.

Everyone is trying to put their own spin on this. Religious groups claim its "gods punishment." Racist idiots say its "Gods way of cleansing the Earth." West said it like it is. Screw politically correct. He's right.

I applaud Kanye West too. He is dead on the money. Why do people get pissed off when it's not sugar coated and packaged in pretty little clips, book-ended by some bull crap from so and so.

Oh and College Dropout is a great album, I can't wait to hear his latest that just came out. So there :P

phil:

Why do you want me to rebuild a destroyed town that was poorly constructed on a bed of silt that is sinking at a rate of 1" per year? Fine, so long as the local people do the work and pay for it! The government (people like me who already bear the load of excess taxes) needs to stay out of paying for it...Let the local businesses, ie gambling, prostitution and the like, pick up the tab. My place was destroyed by Isabel in Virginia, nobody paid me to rebuild and a lot of places were condemned by the LOCAL governments.

phil:

i dont think the federal government should be rebuilding new orleans

phil:

WHY DONT WE TURN NEW ORLEANS IN TO A NICE PRETTY LAKE

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