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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mardi Gras

CNN has been making a big deal out of this year's Mardi Gras in New Orleans on their web site, and I assume on TV as well. As long as well-off folks can engage in drunken revelry, the thousands of dead and homeless just don't matter, I guess.

I don't know--I don't believe in eternal mourning, or that it's inappropriate to have a good time while others are suffering and dying (since, unfortunately, others are ALWAYS suffering and dying). I'm just not sold on the idea that parties and gambling are the basis for economic recovery, or especially that Mardi Gras should be used to cover up the government's massive failure to respond to Katrina.