Education Secretary Arne Duncan called Hurricane Katrina “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans” because it forced the community to take steps to improve low-performing public schools, according to excerpts from the transcript of a television interview made public Friday afternoon. 

Start from zero, the Big Easy edition! James Wolcott and Michael Moore could not be reached for comment.

Update: And speaking of New Orleans, Moe Lane presents, “The standard by which all future attack ads must be judged.” It’ll tear your heart out — literally!