The networks are now in full-on Geraldo mode, and I saw one guy on CNN bemoaning the fact that some people had to cut holes in normal chairs to use them as toilets over a bucket, and labeled it ‘extremely depressing.’ Fortunately, none of the military folks overheard him and shot him, because as anyone in the military knows, something like that would be great for your average grunt in the field. I won’t go into the gory details of the portable toilet we made from an ammo crate, a pair of old BDU bottoms, and some duct tape, but suffice it to say we strapped it to the back of my Abrams tank and used it, sans depression, for weeks at a time.
Soledad O’Brien appears to be attempting to foment a riot at Louis Armstrong airport- no one can get by her microphone without being asked, “Are you angry?” Apparently, what really bothers some people is that this disaster makes us look like a ‘third world nation,’ and that really upsets some reporters. I will join the rest of the world in giving those reporters the middle finger.
Of course they are angry. And tired. And upset. And despondent. And afraid. And hungry. And dirty. And in need of a shower. And so on and so on and so on. After all, they did just lose everything, their city is underwater, they don’t know what the future holds, etc. In other words, they just survived the biggest catastrophe our nation has ever seen.
I think there are legitimate criticisms that will later be investigated and should be examined, but right now it feels as if the media coverage is jumping the shark.
At any rate, while looking at all this mess, the logistics of this disaster are just mind-numbing. Just consider what is going on at thge shelter at the Astrodome, where 20,000 people are temporarily housed. They need 3 squares a day. They need sanitation. Clean underwear. Socks. Toothpaste. And the list of needs goes on and on and on.
And that doesn’t even take into account the other issues- the special medical consideration. These were predominantly poor people, who don;t often se a doctor, so not only will there be hurricane related injury illness, but identified pre-existing conditions, and the conditions people will have diagnosed that they may not even be aware of.
And the mental health issues. How many drug addicts, alcoholics, and substance abusers are in there? Not to mention the post-traumatic stress.
And other issues- how do you reunite all these people sent to different places all over the country?
At any rate, just keep giving.