...here's the direct link to make a donation to the Red Cross to help folks hit by Katrina. You can donate as little as FIVE BUCKS. The price of a grande latte at Starbucks, people. Or about a gallon and a half of gas here in LA.
I absolutely LOVE the city of New Orleans. (Every inch of it *except* Bourbon St.) It has been very upsetting to see these petrified victims, screaming in terror on their rooftops waving for help. Finally to be rescued by *boat.* New Orleans is a very fragile city and 80% of it is UNDER WATER. People are looting. Martial Law is in effect. 40-60% of the city is homeless. Bodies are floating in the streets with raw sewage. WE NEED TO FIX THIS.
I was about to write a bunch of stuff about the history of New Orleans, why the city is important to America, the things that have happened there, Jackson, Napolean, Satchmo.
Instead, I'll leave it at this: click now and help.