Tuesday, August 30, 2005

This Made Me Cry

This afternoon, I sat feeding a baby, watching the news, crying while I watched television coverage of the disaster in Louisiana and Mississippi. A CNN reporter wiped away tears as she interviewed Harvey Jackson, and I wept, too.

I simply cannot believe the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. I have a friend who lives in New Orleans with his family and I can only hope they are all safe and sound.


Blogger PapaCool said...

History is in the making as this will prove to be an economic, humanitarian and environmental disaster that politicians, businesses and students will study for years. MommyCool asks a great question and want to know who made the major network programming calls for Tuesday night and why? As New Orleans slowly flooded the day after hurricane Katrina departed, ABC-NBC-CBS-FOX chose to air their regular 3-hour meaningless evening programming. What about Americans without cable, Internet or satellite reception? You?d find that most Americans either: (A) Know someone displaced by the storm and flooding; (B) Have been to New Orleans which is a city that will never be the same; or, (C) will feel the household spending strains of $3.50-$4.00 per gallon gas in the coming months. The networks, which are licensed to broadcast programming in the nation?s best interest over the public airwaves, had their news divisions noticeable absent during primetime, Tuesday, August 30th. Instead, the American public was treated to Big Brother, Most Outrageous TV Moments, a double-dose of According To Jim - Rodney (?!) and House! Peter Jennings just rolled over in his grave.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Juliana said...

I weep with you. My father may not have a home when he finally comes back to New Orleans. We're still waiting for news my sister is okay.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Smoov said...

Every time I see that clip I cry like a baby. I can't imagine how hopeless and lost he must feel, along with thousands of others in the city. PapaCool has some interesting points in the comment above, the effects of this disaster will be far-reaching.

This particular topic, in discussion on a message board, has led me to understand that I no longer fit in said message board. The social/political/moral attitudes of some of the people on that board do not align with my own. In discussing this disaster and what is now happening in New Orleans, I have come to realize that there are people out there who actually prefer to see Big Brother, Most Outrageous TV Moments, and House! than to see, understand, or relate to what is going on in the world around them.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Julana said...

I have not had much time to watch coverage of this disaster, but I know it is on a scale I can't comprehend. I know it can't be reduced to a tv screen and a few minutes between commercials.

I don't understand how it can be economically feasible to empty and rebuild a city of that size below sea level, and when it could be destroyed in the same fashion at this time next year.

I don't understand why the powers that be didn't have Greyhound buses rolling down there days before it hit, hauling out the poor.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Desiree said...

I cried too when I saw this. I could not even come to understand what he was going through. To know you had your wife in your hand and had to let her go. It was heart breaking. We all cried in our living room when we heard this poor man.
My husband and I were talking the other day before Katrina on what would happen to the US if we had no gas or anything. I was like you know that is a very good question. Everything we do revolves around gasoline. Its a very sad story.
I am like you I was thinking about what all I have and the things I complain about.
At least I have a house, food, water, clothes, and etc. These poor people have nothing, nothing at all.
I watch Fox channel and just can't believe my eyes. I can't believe what has happened. It is so sad!
I so enjoy reading your blog.


11:23 PM  

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