Untroubled by weather extremes in Texas and environs -- Is it edible? -- Tiny enjoys an early-morning sphinx moment on the terrace, even as Ur-catblogger Laurence Simon -- Father of the Carnival of the Cats -- emerges unscathed from his Houston bunker after Hurricane Rita turns right at the last minute.
Opportunist that she is, Tiny would surely appreciate Neil Cavuto's observation on Fox News this morning echoing Francis Bacon's "The folly of one man is the fortune of another." His point was that reinvestment delays precipitated by New Orleans's cascading levee disaster -- brought on by decades of political corruption leading to failure to plan and build for the inevitable 100-year-plus storm -- will be the flipside of booming economic growth in other Gulf ports whose infrastructure was spared by the storm, just as the "Galveston hurricane of 1900 destroyed that city's status as the dominant port in the area, leaving Houston an opportunity to fill the vacuum."
Like cats, free enterprise abhors a vacuum. And if you DO do like cats -- or dogs, birds, snails, etc. -- be sure to head over to the Friday Ark at Modulator.