Frank Rich: Fallujah Floods the Superdome

If I just ignored everything in the world and only read the Sunday Times, it would REALLY seem like we’re in the midst of the highest rating and most terrifying reality show. Hopefully this does not signify the end to all reality!

Frank Rich in the Sunday NY Times, in reference to his speech Tuesday, in which he promised “victory” in Iraq no more than nine times, as New Orleans had already been flooded:

It was along this same San Diego coastline that he declared “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln more than two years ago. For this return engagement, The Washington Post reported, the president’s stage managers made sure he was positioned so that another hulking aircraft carrier nearby would stay off-camera, lest anyone be reminded of that premature end of “major combat operations.”

White House officials cancel holiday plans

Americablog reports that BREAKING: Bush visit to New Orleans halts food delivery which also features the reemergence of Dick and Condi. In fact, Rummy AND Dick were on hand at the presidents speech today (video) And more interesting tidbits from a week ago that should have sent DHS into serious motion. Condoleeza Ricecut her vacation short as well. Cheney may be getting himself out of a protest-laden oil-related conference set up for next week in Canada, in which he will address such topics as “The Price of Milk in Canada.”

Kanye West goes off – and is censored on the West Coast!

Kanye says “Bush doesn’t care about black people” aside Mike Meyers in this segment on NBC’s Katrina fundraising extravaganza. But they censored him on the later West Coast broadcasts! And he’s the one who just last week called for all rappers to stop criticizing gays.

Nothing wrong with standing up for what’s right, but where are the real voices who can step on what’s wrong and bring more money (read: prospect for change) to the cause?

Most compelling Hurricane related websites

Wikipedia is the most concentrated constantly evolving resource on Katrina and her aftermath. They also have a database of live streaming audio and video from the area.

I had a spat of addictively refreshing the well administered NOLA call for help blog

The Hurricane is captured live on video in this stunningly graphic and dramatic video that I’ve only seen on WLBT, Jackson Mississippi’s NBC affiliate.

A good database of Hurricane Katrina related links is at the Online Journalism Review.

Other good blogging and commentary has been seen at AMERICAblog, Crooks and Liars, MediaBistro, and Technorati will hook you up with about anything.