This country is lost. The way I see it, when thousands of people die and the reaction is for thousands more to begin looting and shooting at the helicopters trying to rescue them with their ten pairs of Nikes -- while rich people argue the details of supply and demand and its effect fuel prices on an aviation mailing list I subscribe to, and the so-called leader of this country goes on television and says he "understands" what's going on -- I believe we are truly in the midst of the most serious reality-disconnect mode I've ever seen in my life.

Katrina has caused unbelievable damage to New Orleans, and the reaction of many of the (surviving) residents has been to sprinkle a little L.A. riots into the mix. Yes, it's a totally irrational act, but the more I look at it, the more I see this as one more example of the chasm between our nation's so-called leadership and the needs of everyman. These people are PISSED OFF, and I can't say I blame them.

I got a little upset when this morning's Center for American Progress newsletter used the Katrina situation to make Bush look bad, but then again, this country's handling of this disaster -- from the preparedness beforehand to the outraged reaction of the residents in the aftermath -- is an excellent little view into the priorities of this idiotic President of ours and his complete lack of compassion or understanding of what he is doing to this nation of ours.

I am sad today.