Friday, September 02, 2005

This makes me want to cry.

7 comments:

Better Red than (brain)Dead said...

Ray Nagin is a great, great man.

Better Red than (brain)Dead said...

Well, no. It's not that he's a "great man," if that term even has any objective meaning. It's that he has been reduced, in these past five days, from a mayor, to a "man," a man who is unable to protect the citizens he has been charged with, and who grasps, perhaps only in a half-articulated manner, that there is something more sinister than incompetence to blame for the lack of prompt federal response. What makes the interview so emotionally moving is that Nagin combines his powerlessness with his outrage, his love for New Orleans with his inability to save it or its people. But the real clincher is that he avoids the easy route of blaming God--in the sense that hurricanes are "acts of God." He is no Job, whose agony is directed primarily at the heavens. Nagin senses who the real, earthly enemy is and has the courage to remind us.

The Earthtopus said...

Yes. That is a nice description. And that's what makes it heartrending.

Agnes said...

Just wondering

is there anywhere in this universe where you make sense?

this is completely unrelated to this post.

santoritimes said...

Ipod names: Blastsheild Morris, iPod Bridges, or tunetang

Agnes said...

I think I can safely state that it is our turn now:

UPDATE!! I think the correct term here is "Pansy"

The Earthtopus said...

Well, running off to DC to drink away a birthday and follow my heart around does tend to put a kink in the updating plans. But I'll see what I can do to reinvigorate my online life.

I'll probably be babling about librarything.com later.