I'm also frustrated by some of the New Orleans coverage. It's a terrible tragedy, and likely to get worse before it gets better. But when I hear statements like this: "'This is a tragedy of great proportions, greater than any we've see in our lifetimes,'" Blanco said..." -- I just want to bang my head against a wall. Has she forgotten the tsunami entirely? The one that killed more than 150,000 people, not even a year ago? Not to mention the millions upon millions homeless, not to mention the comparative wealth of the countries involved, and their respective abilities to cope with environmental disasters?
I know, I know, the governor's in a horrible situation, responsible for dealing with a complex and heart-wrenching problem, and she isn't going to be thinking or speaking clearly. But still.
Also frustrated by all the disapproving reports of looting. Many of the reports seem to classify looting with armed assault on police officers, which is certainly not the typical case. I watched the videos. These people aren't stealing plasma tv's to sell for the cash -- they're grabbing diapers, food, t-shirts. It's not as if they have the option of paying for the items; the stores certainly aren't open. And it's not as if we're providing adequate relief for everyone affected. In that kind of situation, your house entirely destroyed, all your possessions lost, with hungry, wet, exhausted kids to take care of, unsure when you'll have a bank account or a job or a roof over your head again -- wouldn't you grab first and hope that you could pay back later?
Addendum: At least I'm not the only one noticing the dangers of this verbiage. If you're white, you're 'finding what you need' and if you're black, you're 'looting'.