This (via Tapped) nails, like nothing else I’ve read, why I take Bush’s reaction to Katrina personally.

And it’s not just Bush, it’s Brown, Chertoff, any number of politicians, a substantial portion of the commentariat. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) said that those who stayed (got stuck) behind in New Orleans should be punished:

There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.

I don’t really consider myself a bleeding heart, but for god’s sake, thousands of our fellow citizens are sitting in their own filth, old people and babies, dying of sickness, dehydration, illness, suicide … Why isn’t everyone, at every level of government, in a fucking panic about this? Where’s the humanity? How can I be a part of the same species as these people? I just don’t get it.

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Time for me to take a valium and stop reading the news.

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