….to see our nation’s chief executive cutting his vacation short to fly to New Orleans, land in Air Force One and stroll to a waiting helicopter WHILE CARRYING HIS DOG.

…while, on the split screen, we’re seeing literally dozens of stranded folks waving from apartment windows near Napoleon and S. Claiborne, including one family on the roof with a handmade sign that says, “Help Us.”

Put the animal down, my man — you got work to do. Doesn’t he have someone hired to handle this kinda thing? But I won’t get political — we’ll hear what he has to say later in the afternoon.

Mayor Nagin says “hundreds, maybe thousands” are dead. While water flow seems to have stabilized a bit, the flow still hasn’t been cut off. And the chief of Acadian Ambulance goes on CNN to plead for federal troops to deal with the looters and other scum who have turned Hot New Orleans nights into the New Mogadishu.

Help is beginning to flow in. I’m just hoping it’s fast enough.

54 Comments so far

  1. David (unregistered) on September 4th, 2005 @ 7:54 pm
  2. Charles (unregistered) on September 4th, 2005 @ 7:58 pm

    This is non-essential information. I merely want to share something. I’m from down there and live in NYC now. I practically grew up in N.O., making it my weekend escape from oppressive Mississippi. I can’t stop reading anything and everything about what’s happening there now (I can’t watch the news; it’s too disgusting, the dumbing-down of something so monumental and disastrous). Please take a look at this very brief piece. It’s inconsequential to the horror and the mass victimization, but it’s a nice, quick respite, pretty evocative of what I remember of that beautiful city: ‘Kirkus’ Looks Back at the New Orleans of a Million Ignatius Reillys

  3. D.K (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 9:09 am

    Great article about New Orleans!

  4. Randy (unregistered) on September 7th, 2005 @ 9:39 pm

    Just to respond to several issues raised on this site.

    Buses were available, but were not used for evacuation! Hundred’s were found staged, under water, never used. Maybe you can ask the Mayor, why??

    Just so you know, it’s the Mayor and Govenor that is responsible for taking care of there state, not the President! Once they determine they can not handle the situation, they can call a State of Emergency and the Federal Govenment will step in. Don’t think that happened for about 3 days!!!!

    Bush has not been the first President to propose cuts to funding the levees. This has been going on for years, even centuries!!! Besides that, Congress has the hammer on funding. President just submits a budget. And that is correct, the Congress did cut the President’s proposed budget by 20 Milliom. Hmmmm!!!!

    There has even been the suggestion that the President should have mobilized ships before the hurricane ever hit. Just can’t remember when that was ever done. Just deploy something that would cost millions of dollars because you have a hunch that something might happen. Oh yeh, have the president mobilize the guard, wow, not sure what National Guard unit works for the President. Last I knew, they worked for the Govenor just for these types of situations. Maybe he should have mobilized them!!!!

    State government and FEMA dropped the ball here! Nothing more than that!!! Just look at Mississippi, they don’t have hardly any of the problems that is going on here.

    Besides that, it’s just coming to bare, that many of the people who we have seen floating face down refused to leave when to do so. Approx. 20 elderly people in a retirement home refused to leave their home when people came to rescue them. Now all 20 have been found drowned. And even today they are still those who refuse to leave.

    Please get your facts right if you want to hammer someone and it would be nice if you hammer the right people. Not just someone you hate!!!!!!!!

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