A Mea Culpa (of sorts) For My Previous Vitter Diary - update

Cross-posted from The Wayward Episcopalian: Nathan on New Orleans.

A lot of folks at Daily Kos thought my post on Senator David Vitter's affair was too soft, and that I was cutting him too much slack. They may have been right. The thrust of the post was to say it's always sad when officials fall down, and that I don't think this scandal will have any electoral ripple effect. I still believe that and do not regret writing it, but I also implied that I'm willing to believe his apology and his attempts to do better. This is the mea culpa -  I've learned some things in the last two days that may make me rethink that. In other words, I stand by the thrust of what I said, but it would seem I was too hasty in the details.

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The Hartford Courant Blows It Big Time

I had initially hoped to avoid giving this atrocious Hartford Courant op-ed further exposure and publicity, but given that the rest of the Katrina blogosphere is exploding about it, I'll go ahead and give my take, too.

The op-ed in question, "Politics Aside, New Orleans A Lost Cause," was written by Robert Thorson, a professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut. He claims that Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster which will happen again, so let's not rebuild New Orleans.

I just wish that one of the Democratic contenders had been forthright, calling the Katrina tragedy a natural disaster, and recognizing that the displaced people are the most visible group of climate refugees since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s... The brutal geological reality is that people of every color left New Orleans as climate-related refugees. I believe that the real reason New Orleans remains unfixed - without police and fire protection and with vacant hospitals - is because objective visionaries and smart money sees such rebuilding as a risky, if not wasteful war against nature.

There is so much wrong with this. Where do I even begin?

Cross-posted from The Wayward Episcopalian: Nathan on New Orleans.

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Progress Gutting and Rebuilding in New Orleans

Cross-posted from The Wayward Episcopalian: Nathan on New Orleans.

Tomorrow, I shall whine about the Hartford Courant and the National Hurricane Center, but for today, here's an update from the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana's gutting and rebuilding program (the folks I lived with for three months last year and volunteered for this past Spring Break). The note gives on homeowner's story, explains how the Church's rebuilding operation works, and tells how you can help.

I am reprinting the update in full. I do not believe this to be a copyright violation, as it does say, "Please forward this note to anyone else who might be willing to help." To my knowledge it is not publicly available anywhere online, so posting it in full is my only way of forwarding it to the MyDD community.

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Around the 'Net: Katrina Posts of Note

Cross-posted from The Wayward Episcopalian: Nathan on New Orleans.

I'm trying to keep tabs on a few of the other New Orleans blogs that are out there. There are far too many for me to look at on a regular basis, so I've selected just a few to slip into my blog reader (I use My Yahoo - how boring and mainstream, I know).

Here are a few posts of note I've seen in the last few days, dealing with YOUR personal Congressman and Senators, the state of the city and why it needs to be saved, FEMA trailers and cottages, and - fun fun - zydeco music. Enjoy!

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John Edwards and ACORN

On Monday, I was in Philadelphia to see John Edwards speak at both the NEA annual meeting and the ACORN presidential forum.  On Tuesday, I posted a diary on his speech about education to the NEA.  Today's diary covers his speech at the ACORN presidential forum.  I can't think of anything more patriotic I could do for the fourth of July than publish a diary about John Edwards's and ACORN's efforts to help working Americans. (This is cross-posted from Daily Kos, where I posted it yesterday.)

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