You Call That A Recommendation?

Spike Lee’s “When The Levees Broke”, his four-hour documentary on Katrina, begins airing tonight on HBO. Spike is a sometimes brilliant filmmaker whose political opinions are, to say the least, borderline juvenile in their paranoia (to continue a discussion from another thread, Lee’s almost masterpiece “Do The Right Thing” is moral relativism at its worst [...]

In Yesterday’s Mail

Disaster: Hurricane Katrina And The Failure Of Homeland Security, a work by Wall Street Journal reporters  Christopher Cooper and Robert Block.  At a glance, it appears the one of the primary arguements for FEMA’s failure will be its absorption into the Department of Homeland Security and the resultant focus on terrorism rather than natural disasters.  [...]

New Study: Republicans Stingy, Democrats Bigots

Hey, don’t blame me, I’m just reporting the news: Are Republicans stingy but principled while Democrats are generous but racist? “I wouldn’t put it quite so starkly,” said Stanford University professor Shanto Iyengar. He would prefer to call Democrats “less principled” rather than bigoted, based on his analysis of data collected in a recent online [...]

Peggy Noonan and the Art of Projection

Ms. Noonan in today’s Wall Street Journal: What was missing in the president’s approach the other night was the expression, or suggestion, of context. The context was a crisis that had gone unanswered as it has built, the perceived detachment of the political elite from people on the ground, and a new distance between the [...]

An Unusual Pick For Texan of the Year

The Dallas Morning News sends out a love letter to intrastate rival Houston: In 2005, Houston became the heart of Texas. For resilience, resourcefulness and good old Texas neighborliness on a scale that did the whole state proud, Houston is the 2005 Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year. To this day, an estimated 150,000 [...]

New Orleans Cries For Leadership

The New York Times had a scathing editorial today bemoaning the imminent ‘loss’ of New Orleans: We are about to lose New Orleans. Whether it is a conscious plan to let the city rot until no one is willing to move back or honest paralysis over difficult questions, the moment is upon us when a [...]

A Blog You Shouldn’t Miss

You know, I’m thankful that we have a good dialogue amongst ourselves here, and I love doing what I’m doing, but some people blog for more important reasons than just yakking about politics. Spc. Phil Van Treuren of the Ohio Army National Guard has a new site up with pictures and stories from Camp Katrina. [...]

Porkbusters: Taking Katrina Aid to the Next Level

Glenn Reynolds and N. Z. Bear have teamed up for the next logical step after Blog Relief Weekend; rather than whine about how we’re going to pay for the reconstruction of New Orleans, they’re taking action with a new feature called Porkbusters. Bloggers can blog about wasteful spending in their home state, and throw a [...]

Katrina Relief: Where Will The Money Come From?

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The President’s New Orleans Speech

Quick reactions before I taint my initial impressions with those of other bloggers and columnists: I didn’t care for the rhetorical bits, and I’m somewhat disappointed that presidential speech writers think they have to always include these little ‘speechifying’ intros. Once he got into the substance, though, I think it was a pretty good speech. [...]

Red Cross Calls For 40,000 Volunteers

Thankfully, it appears that the death toll from Katrina will be far lower than originally anticipated, but that’s small comfort to the survivors. If you’ve got the volunteer spirit, the Red Cross is calling for 40,000 of you; that’s bodies to go with the over $500 million donated to the Hurricane Katrina Relief fund. With [...]

A Katrina Relief Opportunity

Decision ’08 readers were very generous during the Hurricane Katrina Blog Relief weekend, giving roughly $2700 that was logged, and who knows how much that wasn’t. Here’s one more chance to be a good samaritan: Ken Wheaton, from Brooklyn, NY, is helping out a friend who is working in the trenches with some refugees in [...]

The Red Cross and the Superdome

Long-time reader Fred and several regulars in the comments are talking about this interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show with Fox reporter Major Garrett. The key passage: MG: Well, the Red Cross, Hugh, had pre-positioned a literal vanguard of trucks with water, food, blankets and hygiene items. They’re not really big into medical response items, [...]

Austin Does Good By Katrina Refugees

Of course, the local news outlets will play up Austin’s hospitality and generosity to the victims of Hurrican Katrina; after all, a little local boosterism is to be expected. How nice, then, to see the New Orleans Times-Picayune giving my town some good loving: After going through what she described as hell-like conditions last week [...]

Katrina: The Response Timeline

Rick Moran at Rightwing Nuthouse has a truly excellent post that replays the timeline of the response to Katrina; Rick states that his purpose is not to play the blame game, and he welcomes feedback and alternate sources. It certainly makes for fascinating reading, and you’ll probably learn a thing or two you might have [...]

Last Call For Blog Relief

As the three-day Labor Weekend winds down, so does Blog Relief Weekend, a success by any measure. At last count, N. Z. Bear’s contribution list is approaching a cool million dollars. Once again, thank you for contributing, and if you haven’t yet, this would be a great excuse. Though I’ll be taking down the Red [...]

Blog Relief: Where We Stand

NOTE: This post or other posts related to Katrina Relief will stay up top through the end of the day Monday as part of Blog Relief Weekend. Please scroll down for new posts. I tell you, Austin is a great city. Sometimes it’s hard to be a conservative in such a liberal atmosphere, but I [...]

Blog Relief: The Latest News

NOTE: This or some Blog Relief-related post will stay up top through end of business Monday; scroll down for the newest posts. The Austin relief effort is in full force, as the Burger Center (about 3 minutes from my house), Palmer Events Center, and the Austin Convention Center are at or near capacity. To any [...]

A Blog Relief Update

Though I never saw any ‘official’ indication, The Truth Laid Bear is now calling this Hurricane Katrina Blog Relief Weekend. Therefore, I’ll keep this shorter post up top through day’s end Monday, and the Red Cross Banner, as well. Please scroll below for new posts. My original post is here; thanks once again to the [...]

Weekly Jackass Number Forty-Two: Kanye West

No doubt there is much to criticize about the response to Hurricane Katrina (there is also much to praise, including the response of ordinary Americans, who have once again stepped up to the plate in the biggest of ways). Problems clearly existed with the evacuation and response plans, and the blame goes from the Louisiana [...]

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