I thought I was over my indignation regarding the lack of media coverage for Gustav as relates to those of us here in Louisiana. I had a good mad worked up and was going to write a rant to send into one of the local political rags, but I had way to much work to catch up on since the university had been shut down for a week and it sort of fell by the wayside . . . the topic to become just one more shaft to Louisiana amongst all the other ones we get.
Now, in the aftermath of Ike and the attention it is getting, all my righteous indignation is coming back. I realize how ANGRY I still am. The newspaper yesterday and a post on another journal brought it all back.
Ike is getting coverage, why? Not because of anything bright or courageous or carefully planed, but because people died and Death Is News. They sat like ducks and so had to be evacuated out in helicopters. Ike was an enormous hurricane, over 600 miles across. Didn't the world learn anything from Katrina? We did: Get the F*&CK out of the way. As General Honore' would say: Don't be stuck on stupid.
I had to make a work call to someone in Houston this morning and it just astounded me. He started talking about Ike and I started talking about Gustav - and, guess what? HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. He hadn't heard a thing. Why? Because No One Died.
I find that I'm not comfortable posting the depth of my feelings over this on LJ. I can't seem to be able to be that politically incorrect in public amongst folks I don't really know. So it will have to keep for a while and go somewhere else.
Continued from elsewhere in a calmer vain . . .
The curfew order was lifted a couple of days ago. Folks can go out at night now.
Yeah, I guess we are lucky. We have a local government that doesn't have their heads up their asses.