Katrina Continued

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

The second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina inspired a host of retrospectives today, but it is likely to be only the start of a series of efforts to keep attention on the ongoing rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana. Fox’s “K-ville,” a police drama filmed in New Orleans, debuts on Sept. 17 (and is available online here). The artist Neufeld has a graphic novel called “A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge,” with the sixth chapter posted this week. (The Los Angeles Times’ Geoff Boucher profiles him here). And among the various aid efforts is one from Quincy Jones and Usher, who have joined with Habitat for Humanity to call attention to the continued need to assist victims from the storm. (Jones’ video plea is here.)

Carlson Clarifies:
In talking on MSNBC about Sen. Larry Craig’s men’s room arrest, commentator/”Dancing with the Stars” contestant Tucker Carlson relayed an anecdote about a sexual advance he got in a restroom in the 1980s. He and a friend responded by grabbing the man and assaulting him up a bit until authorities could arrived and arrested the man.

Carlson told MSNBC’s Dan Abrams, “Having sex in a
public men’s room is outrageous. It’s also really common.
I’ve been bothered in men’s rooms.” Carlson continued,
“I’ve been bothered in Georgetown
Park,” in Washington, D.C.,
“when I was in high school.” When Abrams asked how Carlson
responded to being “bothered,” Carlson asserted, “I went back
with someone I knew and grabbed the guy by the — you know, and grabbed him,
and … hit him against the stall with his head, actually.”

On Wednesday, Carlson issued a statement to clarify what he said:

“Let me be clear about an incident I referred to on MSNBC last night:
In the mid-1980s, while I was a high school student, a man physically
grabbed me in a men’s room in Washington, DC. I yelled, pulled away
from him and ran out of the room. Twenty-five minutes later, a friend
of mine and I returned to the men’s room. The man was still there,
presumably waiting to do to someone else what he had done to me. My
friend and I seized the man and held him until a security guard arrived.

“Several bloggers have characterized this is a sort of gay bashing.
That’s absurd, and an insult to anybody who has fought back against an
unsolicited sexual attack. I wasn’t angry with the man because he was
gay. I was angry because he assaulted me.”


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