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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A National Disgrace


It is the Two year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the destruction of New Orleans, and Google News is focusing on how President Bush is commemorating the event, but did not seem to have much room for headlines that discussed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They did seem to find room amongst their carefully chosen headlines for a Washington Post editorial by Steven Pearlstein about how we should just ignore poverty in the United States, though. Thank you, mainstream media!

On the other hand, Jess Wundrun recently posted about two amazing things that she learned about New Orleans. Go check it out!

Bloggers seem to be able to do in their pajamas what Google News can't seem to do with their entire crack staff of White House crotch sniffers in starched collars and penny loafers.

Two years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, "none of the 115 'critical priority projects' identified by city officials" for publicly funded rebuilding efforts "has been completed." Of the $34 billion "earmarked for long-term rebuilding," less than half "has made its way through federal checks and balances to reach municipal projects."

45 percent: Number of Americans who believe "at least some progress has been made" in rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Just nine percent say there has been "a lot of progress." Among blacks, just two percent believe there has been a lot of progress. Think Progress

Blogger Extraordinaire Blue Gal has found the appropriate symbol for the occasion, from, via Online Blogintegrity.

Online Blogintegrity has also posted an interesting link from, that has two videos that are meant to be played simultaneously that clearly show that almost nothing has been done for large segments of the population there.

UPDATE: Here is a great link from Crooks And Liars, "George Bush’s Ethnic Cleansing of New Orleans: A Katrina Second Anniversary In-Depth Report".

UPDATE: Phydeaux Speaks has written a great post to "commemorate" this Unhappy Anniversary.

Two years later, Hurricane Katrina still haunts Gulf Coast
A woman reads names of victims of Hurricane Katrina at a memorial in St. Bernard Parish, La., on Wednesday, two years to the day after the storm hit the area. In nearby New Orleans, prayers, protests and a lingering disgust with the government's response to Katrina marked the disaster's second anniversary, with a presidential visit doing little to mollify those still displaced by the storm. At a memorial mass in the French Quarter, one resident said: "The fabric of this city will never be the same." (Getty Images photo by Chris Graythen / August 29, 2007) Chicago Tribune

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At Wed Aug 29, 11:36:00 AM, Blogger spocko said...

Nice post Dr. Z.
And thanks for including the flag and mentioning Scout at First Draft. They are long time friends of mine.

And of course you are a new friend of mine, so I'm sure you would get along famously.

One word choice that I want to reinforce. The massive damage was from the Federal Flood. I'd like people to always tie those words together with Katrina. It conveys a lot.

At Wed Aug 29, 12:31:00 PM, Anonymous mwb said...

I'm deeply offended that you would insult Astroboy that way by putting that "head" on it.

Have you no shame Dr. Z?


At Wed Aug 29, 02:01:00 PM, Blogger Splotchy said...

Thanks, man.

Nice post.

At Wed Aug 29, 04:27:00 PM, Blogger Phydeaux Speaks said...

I posted two vids that I received in the email that "commemorate" this Unhappy Anniversary.

At Thu Aug 30, 07:41:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Spocko: I must be stupid, Spocko. I am not sure that I understand the reference to the "Federal Flood," and Google was not much help. Can you explain the reference?

MWB: You know, I had my misgivings about this picture, but I couldn't resist putting the president in extra-short shorts and Go-Go Rocket Boots. I am sure that you and Astroboy understand.

Splotchy: Thank you, sir.

Phydeaux Speaks: Hey, that's great! I have added your link in the updates in the post! We have missed you n the campaign trail. Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator has sent you a delicious banana cream pie!


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