sketches of old orleans

September 1, 2005

I just don’t feel like I can form a sentence that can express just how sad I am and how much I want to help those who are so in need. I know what I go through in my life and it just feels just utterly pointless when I bitch and moan, when you think about the horrible decimation and destruction that some of my fellow southerners continue to deal with. I feel so helpless right now.

I’m trying to figure out how I can help. Aside from pointing anyone to donation center, I want to physically be of assistance. We’ve already decided that in lieu of Christmas presents this year, we’re going to put that money to better use by helping someone or anyone out. They need help now and they’re gonna need people donating time and money for much longer than we anticipate.

And I’m actually gonna say this, no matter how much I’ve disagreed with Dave Winer in the past, I have to say that I completely agree with him on so many levels. This is worse than 9.11.01. And when that happened we all were New Yorkers for that day. The country stopped. So yes, I am offended that we have states and hundreds of thousands of people effected and that aid is only now just starting to trickle in.

I just don’t know how we’re gonna handle this. Is it just gonna turn into some political bullshit, since we’re fighting a war abroad, and we’re rather weak on the homefront? Or will the current administration surprise everyone and not go on month long vacations and do those bullshit little photo ops and actually go to where they’re needed and work for those people who depend on the government?

For 5 years now, we’ve heard about protecting the homeland. Now we’re at a point to where we can now look back and see that protecting the homeland didn’t mean shit, since it was mainly used to enact laws that took away rights, instead of working on contingency plans for when bad shit, like this, went down. We’ve scrambled and we’re dealing with lack of water, lack of food, gas shortages, etc all within 5 days. 5 days. That is too long for our government to react.

I’m feeling anger, much sadness and wish I could help more than I can right now.