I've just returned from spending a few days visiting with my sisters in Pebble Beach. I have yet to connect my house to cable, so the first few days after Katrina hit New Orleans, I had followed the news via the net. At my sister's home, I was able to see the televised pictures on a big screen. How tragic on so many many levels! One of my sisters has to watch her blood pressure, which is always aggrevated by the appearance of W on the screen, so she spent a good amount of time leaving the room to practice her breathing. The other sister, who is not prone to jump up and move quickly out of the room at the appearance of anyone, spent a lot of time saying, "Let's think positive thoughts". Sadly, I don't think we can think our way out of this one.
Since my return, I have been spending a lot of time on Craig's list trying to see if there are any connections that I can make for people with needs and people who want to help. I spent some time talking with a lady in Baton Rouge today, she is working at a Baptist Church and besides the items commonly listed, she said that they need bug spray, cortizone cream, fans, and reading glasses. I think it is pretty easy to tell who is real and who is playing a scam by the kinds of things that they need, so when someone posts "How Can I Help", I e-mail them and direct them to posts that express a real need. The thing that bothers me is that there is still so much disorganization. Bring Back James Witt and send Michael Brown packing!!!!!!! One of the best things that I have read about the lack of creditable response appeared on Brad DeLong's Blog (A MUST READ) If we elect people who don't think that a functioning government is very important, we should not be surprised when the government neglects to function. Simple! The Bush administration has been casting barbs at government run programs from day one........."privatization".........."Business can do it better".....FEMA has been passed over for Faith-Based programs and HLS.......Well........Government of, by and FOR the people, is not the same as Government of, by and for Big Business...and For the people means ALL PEOPLE! Wake up America! It's time to shock and awe these Republicans right out of office.