I really can’t add much to the horror that this disaster has become. Just that like Peter David said, it’s a personal impact now as we know some of those people after visiting two years ago. We’re wondering how Matt Easley, owner of Creole Cottage and many others are doing now. I think I’ll be doing what I did after the tsunami, which is waiting to see which relief organinzations need help after the initial surge fades in a couple weeks.

Update on NOLA musicians here.

Interesting rant from Kanye West on Friday’s NBC telethon:

Comedian Mike Myers was paired with West for a 90-second segment that began with Myers speaking of Katrina’s devastation. Then, to Myers’ evident surprise, West began a rant by saying, “I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they’re looting. See a white family, it says they’re looking for food.”

While allowing that “the Red Cross is doing everything they can,” West declared that government authorities are intentionally dragging their feet on aid to the Gulf Coast. Without getting specific, he added, “They’ve given them permission to go down and shoot us.” After he stated, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” the camera cut away to comedian Chris Tucker.

West’s comment about the president was cut from NBC’s West Coast airing, which showed three hours later on tape.

Insightful comment about the media, as this bears out.