Notes on Political Venality, Pomposity and Associated Stupidity.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Lessons of Katrina


→ You can tear me a new one if you like, but I'm going to say this anyway; if you live below sea level and you are right next to a big lake on one side and the ocean on the other, it could be said that you get what you deserve. Technology, by way of pumps and levees can't be trusted to save you from the inevitable. Katrina and her sad aftermath is an object listen.

→ The wind and the water proved how temporal the Gulf States' reliance on casino revenue is. Like some pathetic blue-hair gambling away her SS check, the states now must turn and walk out to the bus with their pockets empty as well.

→ Bush must be a "person of faith," as his "save me from Cindy Sheehan" prayers were answered. He was able to rush back to DC under false "I need to lead the efforts" pretenses.

→ While municipal officials bemoan the breached levees, one has to ask; didn't you guys ever think this might happen? Wasn't there some sort of contingency plan in place? Didn't someone ever ask, "what if?" For a historical antecedent, look to Johnstown, PA, which depended on an earthen damn for its protection as well.

→ Finally, is it just me, or is there something interesting in the fact that the Quarter was (apparently) spared the worst of the damage, while the symbols of modern "culture," such as the Super Dome and the casinos, bore some of the worst of it? Almost makes one believe in god...