Road To Nowhere

Stranded_1 Twice now television images from Katrina have stopped me in my tracks, as the death toll rises toward 100, as 80 percent of New Orleans is under water, and as those left are ordered to evacuate amid reports of looting and shooting.

The first, a rooftop rescue, posted by MSNBC. An aerial embrace, as a woman is lifted by helecopter from the last part of a house that is not under water. Flood water has breached two levees in New Orleans.

No human drama is evident in the second video, available on CNN's site. It's a static shot - of a car on Interstate 10. It is a road to nowhere. The next stretch of highway has been ripped away by the water. Behind is no better, the pavement broken up into little rectangles sticking out of the water. The viewer is left to fill in the holes -- how the driver got out. If the driver got out. What happened to everyone else.

An AP reporter found a Philadelphian in the chaotic Big Easy:

"It's downtown Baghdad," Denise Bollinger told the wire service. She watched looters and snapped pictures in amazement. "It's insane. I've wanted to come here for 10 years. I thought this was a sophisticated city. I guess not."

E! Online News finds a local angle: Katrina's Wrath Hits Hollywood tells how crews for two Disney films had to flee by charter jet before the hurricane's landfall. The making of two other films is up in the air.

After Ivan ravaged the area last year, Inquirer reporter Paul Nussbaum traveled to New Orleans to write about how unprotected the city was from a "perfect storm." "We are at the mercy of chance for the foreseeable future," an Army Corps of Engineers official said. Read it here.

Posted 08/30/2005 06:14:09 PM

Pass this on: In reference to hurricane Katrina...It is said this is one of the worst disasters in America...So, be kind and charitable...try to help each other..I am amazed that the police knocked down a man breaking into a delicatessen. Isn't it possible in your minds that he or others may be hungry and thirsty!!!!in the face of this disaster! I can't believe those horrible people on talk radio talking about this human tragedy as quote "entertainment" and they can't wait for other terrible and tragic news not that people don't matter, just not as much as the thrill of disaster. I am really saddened by what seems to be happening to our culture. Thankyou Mimi

Posted 08/30/2005 06:14:52 PM

About the hurricane, Katrina, I was wondering why the national guard was not used to help people by sending trucks to help evacuate poor people or any person who had no way to get to shelter? They were used to search people and keep them in line for hours just to confiscate combs, nail files etc...all things we can buy in the stores. Should a ban be put on the purchase of these and all personal items? Maybe knives needed to cut bread? We can just pull it apart you know. Are all of the national guard in Iraq?- so they can't be used for their at home duties. Thankyou Mimi

Citizen Mom
Posted 08/30/2005 06:56:26 PM

Mimi, that seems to me to be the question nobody wants to ask -- are there enough National Guardsmen and -women LEFT in the U.S. to handle this? I wonder...

Sally Swift
Posted 08/30/2005 09:30:19 PM

Who will join me in a sincere round of applause for Dan's moving, evocative, simply gorgeous writing about the ugly reality of Katrina? There are Bloggers, and then there are Writers. Thank you, Dan

Citizen Mom
Posted 08/30/2005 10:34:42 PM

Actually, Sally, there are bloggers, and then there are journalists. You're right, though --- fine writing, Dan. Go, newsman, go.

Posted 08/31/2005 02:10:15 AM


Daniel Rubin
Posted 08/31/2005 07:08:06 AM

thanks, ladies. i'm stunned, actually.

Sally Swift
Posted 08/31/2005 11:36:05 AM

Citizen Mom says, "Actually, Sally, there are bloggers, and then there are journalists." You're right, Mom, I omitted the righteous label of journalist. But sadly, not all journalists are Writers. Dan is. And you too, I might add, appear to be both. I really enjoy your blog.

Posted 09/01/2005 08:50:15 AM

I'm with Sean on this one. Besides, I've heard New Orleans described as many things, but I'm not sure classy was ever one of those words. No, you stupid ass, it's unique, lively, adult, and gorgeous, but it's also very poor (in many areas) and in a desperately bad situation right now. I'm not thinking San Francisco or New York would be faring much better after a natural disaster such as this one.

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