Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Hard to focus on the positive right now.

I have deliberately not written about...well, about anything, really. Because anything I want to write about seems trivial. And the really big stuff I don't feel knowledgeable enough to really write about. So many others have done so, and so eloquently. I am disgusted and horrified by the events in NO and our handling of them. I can't believe we're calling our own citizens REFUGEES. I can not begin to comprehend what happens in people's minds when outside law agencies no longer have any power and people start killing each other in broad daylight.

I continue to be pissed off by gas prices because, although it is trivial in light of so many other things, it is hitting us hard. I know it's higher in Europe, Canada etc. but I also know there are a hell of a lot of people in this country for whom the difference between $1.75/gallon and $3.25/gallon might be the difference between enough food and not enough food for their families...or being able to get to work at all.

I choke on bile as our president stands up and says looters will be prosecuted...and so will price gougers at the pumps. Excuse me, price gouging at the pumps has been happening since the minute this asshole walked into office. Not to mention a thousand other offenses against the people of this country.

And I don't want to get into a political debate, because I can't cite my sources and I don't read enough news to argue intelligently. But we have some nerve talking about Third World countries as if we're a First World country and so far superior when we can allow our own people to die of thirst, call them refugees and allow bodies to float around cities for days on end.

I don't believe my blog has to be all sweetness and light, but I try to focus on the positive, and will be back doing that soon. I just felt like I really needed to say something about this.


Blogger PFG said...

This seems to be appropriate here. It's a quote from Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish:
"Bureaucracy has murdered people in the greater New Orleans area. And bureaucracy needs to stand trial before Congress today...I'm asking Congress, please investigate this now. Take whatever idiot they have at the top of whatever agency and give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don't give me the same idiot."

2:01 PM, September 06, 2005  
Blogger mireille said...

I'm glad you're back, R. xoxo

9:51 PM, September 06, 2005  
Blogger katiedid said...

Glad you're back, too...

I had to say something, too. I feel so sad just thinking about it that I end up getting angry over and over again. FEMA and "Homeland Security" departments are the ones drawing my most of my ire the past couple of days.

3:29 PM, September 07, 2005  
Blogger cjblue said...

Amen, Laura. Thanks, M & K. I definitely missed you guys, but boy do I wish I was still on vacation.

3:35 PM, September 07, 2005  

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