Tuesday, August 22, 2006

When The Levees Broke

I won't say too much other than it was excellent. I encourage you to read Edward Copeland's review for details.

For those of us weather nuts that followed every nuance of the storm, there wasn't much new. But there were a few nuggets that were very interesting. My main takeaway was that New Orleans was rotten to the core. Infrastructure, politics, years of racial suspicion, everything. The city and its people never had a chance. Given that it was less than 5 years after 9/11 only magnifies the anger, frustration and tragedy.

If you missed it last night, I encourage you to watch tonight or if you don't have HBO definitely grab it when it arrives on DVD.


Button Gwinnett said...

Interesting.....I would like to see that.

I was flipping the channels last night and settled for a few minutes on the Cowboys/Saints preseason game in Shreveport. They did a live interview with Gov. Blanco. As I was watching her, I couldn't help but think to myself why she's still in office. She, Mayor Nagin (amazed he was re-elected), and FEMA let all of those people down.

Sara said...

I'm really mad at myself for missing it last night, I hope it's available OnDemand.

Kathleen Blanco is still governor because her term isn't up until next fall. I doubt she will be re-elected, though. I am not at all a fan of hers, not only for the Katrina disaster but because she signed into law the second most restrictive anti-abortion statute in the country after South Dakota's.

Richard Campbell said...

"she signed into law the second most restrictive anti-abortion statute in the country after South Dakota's."

Are you forgetting all the "if Roe v. Wade is overturned, we immediately have a blanket ban on abortion" states?

Sara said...

Not forgetting them, just not counting them since SD and LA basically both said "we don't care if there's a goddamned precedent directly on point that says we can't do what we're doing."

But even if I counted those other states, the new SD and LA laws have no exceptions for rape or incest, so they would both be on the more extreme side of the spectrum.

Richard Campbell said...

The NARAL chart shows many a state sans rape or incest exception...