I've been trying to avoid blogging about Katrina and the New Orleans situation, mainly because it is quite obviously depressing, but also because I don't really have anything of use or merit to add to the ongoing conversation.
That being said, Billmon over at The Whiskey Bar has something to add to the conversation. That guy is a pretty eloquent writer, in my opinion.
For any wondering about or aware that I have family in Louisiana, apparently they are all fine and accounted-for... according to what I've heard from my parents, Shreveport is so far west ("it's almost Texas," as my mom likes to say), they barely got rained on. So that's good. I'm not familiar with the geography of the Gulf Coast, so until I talked to my folks I wasn't sure what the situation was.
Lots of other people, though... well... it's not good. Thousands dead. Hundreds of billions of dollars in damage. They probably won't even be able to rebuild the city. At least, not at its current site.
RIP New Orleans. The Crescent City. The Big Easy. 1718-2005.