It's five years down a flooded road from Aug. 29, 2005.
Katrina is gone. Her effects live on.
New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are recovering. But the Crescent City is 100,000 people lighter than she used to be. About 1,300 of those folks are still dead. Dead because we can't competently build levees in America.
Dead because Brownie didn't do such a "heck of a job" after all.
Dead because some Americans are more important than other Americans.
Stone-cold dead. Killed by social Darwinism cloaked in "freedom."
THIS WEEK, 3 Chords & the Truth remembers the fateful events of half a decade ago. This week, the Big Show pays musical tribute to the victims of our national incompetence.
This week, on this episode of the Internet's best music show, we put it all together in song. And we ponder. And we remember. And we honor those who were lost along the way.
Yeah, I have something to say about the last five years on this week's 3 Chords & the Truth. You might find it to be worth a listen.
Of course, the music's worth a listen -- maybe more than one listen -- every week on the Big Show. It's right at the top right of the blog -- you can't miss it. It's also here . . . in case you've been slow to take the hints.
THEY SAY music is a healing thing. Well, we'll see.
Join us this week as we remember . . . and heal, all in song.
It's 3 Chords & the Truth y'all. Be there. Aloha.
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OH . . . one more thing. Of course, you remember "Brownie" -- Michael Brown of FEMA bungling infamy.
He lasted in his job running the federal disaster agency about a week after New Orleans went under. And "Heck of a job, Brownie" has entered the national vocabulary as a phrase meaning, "God, what a f*** up."
Well, all you need to know about America today is that "Brownie" isn't living his life out in repentance and selfless service. He's not out there making reparation for the damage his bungling did to untold thousands, if not millions, of people.
No, "Brownie" -- illustrating the "new moral normal" in these United States today -- is out there profiting off of the notoriety that comes from being a spectacularly flagrant f*** up.
He's a talk-show host on Clear Channel's KOA radio n Denver. Getting paid the big bucks to tell us all what to think.
And this week, he's in New Orleans. For the anniversary.
It's a heck of a job . . . if you can swing it.