The Quad on LSU’s campus.
Morning, y’all…to be honest, I wish I could offer my .000002 cents worth on Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech, the GOP hatefest in general, or even what I read or watched on tv last night. But instead, the cat and I did our best to not expend too much energy–you see, it’s still a Louisiana summer, and, high ceilings or not, it’s pretty hot and humid without fans or electricity.
And dear leader actually gets it, for once:“One of the key things that needs to happen is that they’ve got to get electricity up here in ,” Bush said.
What genius, eh? Next thing you know, he’ll suggest clearing debris from the road will assist in transportation and general commerce.
Interestingly, the visit itself was barely noted–maybe the media finally realized that the public’s had quite enough of this creep.
But I digress–mostly, I wanted to note the rapidity with which the story–or perhaps I should say the narrative–of Gustav has disappeared from the national media’s radar screen. And, from the looks of it, it seems to have disappeared because, well, it didn’t follow the script.
No, New Orleans didn’t drown–thank heavens–however, the floodwall along the Industrial Canal was overtopped…by surge from a Category 2 hurricane that missed the city (though NOLA was on the northeast, or bad, side of the storm, which definitely affected local conditions.) Once it became clear that New Orleans didn’t drown, well…so much for what actually happened. Instead, the media skittered about looking for a new shiny object, which as best as I can tell is this week’s GOP convention, back ON script following a Monday evening show of concern, which seemed to be more ‘contractual obligation’ in spirit than anything else.
I guess the show’s over…for everyone else. But, for those who might be concerned, here are some examples (photoshere, here, andhere, storieshere andhere, plus don’t forget First Draft’s blogroll) of what we’re dealing with in the aftermath of what was maybe not The Big One, but was the Plenty Big Enough One.
No, it’s not as bad as what happened in 2005, but I’d like to think that underscores just how bad it WAS three years ago as opposed to how easy we’ve got it in 2008.
That said, and while, yeah, I’m carping a bit (c’mon, it’s hot, humid, and there’s no electricity) I nonetheless still take some comfort in the fact that this is still quite fleeting and temporary compared to what New Orleans went through and is still going through…or what Baghdad experiences daily thanks to George W. Bush’s military intelligence. No, I don’t have electricity (I’m posting from work, which has generator power, although the cooling is reserved for the equipment), but I’ve got my little house, which only lost a few roof shingles…I’ve still got food, and was able to obtain some ice. Maybe by the weekend things will return to a semblence of normal.
And I would’ve far more preferred carping about Sarah Palin’s speech, to be honest…