Via Sister Toldjah.
DALLAS — As many as 20 nursing home patients were killed early Friday when a busload of elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees from Houston caught fire then was rocked by a series of explosions on gridlocked Interstate 45, a Dallas County Sheriff’s spokesman said.
The bus loaded with 43 passengers was engulfed with flames, causing a 17-mile backup on a freeway that was already heavily congested with evacuees from the Gulf Coast.
“Deputies were unable to get everyone off the bus,” spokesman Don Peritz said. “We believe it’s gonna be closer to 20 fatalities.”
A Dallas County Medical Examiner told KXAS-TV that they are expecting as many as 24 fatalities.
That’s really, really sucky. I feel for their relatives. They probably weren’t expecting their relatives to die on a bus while being evacuated. It’s sort of ironic in a kinda sick way. heh. The local NBC affiliate in Dallas has a slideshow of the remains of the bus, they’ll most likely have updates as they’re available also. Dr. Steven Taylor at PoliBlog has the sad news too.
If this isn’t enough for you, check out what Basil is serving for breakfast this morning.
The left is taking full advantage of Katrina for their Bush-bashing agenda. All of their theories so far basically revolve around Bush “stealing” money away from the New Orleans levee system to fund the war in Iraq.
Too bad for them the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers came out today stating that “the decision to build levees for a Category 3 hurricane was made decades ago based on a cost-benefit analysis.” Tell that to any lefty and they’ll refute the evidence as though it doesn’t even exist. All the links above go to Rob’s Say Anything.
Along with stealing money away from the New Orleans levee system, Bush also brought this on by not having strict enough environmental regulations. Not really, but that’s what the left would have you think. It’s not like Katrina was a freak of nature that was produced due to crappy environmental conditions. It was a level 4 hurricane when it hit the coast.
And how are they gonna blame current president Bush for the environment? The environment doesn’t change just like that in 6 years. These changes occur very slowly over a long period of time. So, even if Bush did tighten pollution laws, we probably wouldn’t see the desired effects for 30 or 40 years. I was listening to Cindy Sheehan blame all this on Bush the other night. She was taking the “Bush destroyed our clean atmosphere and is causing all these freak storms to pop up out of now where” stance. She’s totally off her rocker. And that picture of her with Rev. Al Sharpton bout made me noxious.
Others speaking about the politicizing of Katrina include Blogs for Bush and Patrick Ruffini. Both are very worthwhile reads.
So, enough of that for now. I’ll continue with some updated Katrina news. Outside The Beltway is reporting that a massive explosion ripped through New Orleans this morning. The explosion was at some sort of chemical depot. Apparently a huge fire is now burning. James also has news of the Louisiana governor ordering National Guard troops to shoot and kill looters. This could end up being a huge deal. I have to wonder if the National Guard will really shoot and kill looters. Some will probably refuse the orders. I for one never thought I’d witness National Guard troops opening fire on American citizens. But, times definately aren’t “typical” down there.
HurricAid has a link to a scanner feed from New Orleans. I’ve been listening to it for the last half an hour or so. A few minutes ago some guy was on there saying they’re getting ready to drop a bunch of cell phones to people. Not sure if the people were at the convention center or what. And they just had some kid on there that’s looking for his dad. They ended up giving the kid a phone number of the shelter his father was at.
Riehl World View has reports of a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in southern California. Unfortunately there’s not really much information on that at this time.
I need a fatwa!
Hurricane Katrina is bearing down on the gulf coast right about now. I awoke this morning and flipped on FoxNews. I looked at the bottom right of the TV to see how the market was doing, horrible. I think the dow was down something like 300 points. Then they said oil passed $70 a barrell.
My car has no gasoline in it. Maybe enough to make it to work and back. Ashley had to be to work early this morning so I didn’t ride with her. To make matters worse, I don’t have any money to get gasoline with. I mean, I have money in my checking account, just no cash on me. And I’ve still got a paycheck to deposit. But, my bank is no longer open on Saturdays. Saturday is the only time I can make it to the bank. So, I’ve gotta find a new bank sometime this week. Walking to work this morning wasn’t so bad.
Katrina is one hell of a storm. It’s spawning tornadoes all over the place. It also seems the SuperDome in New Orleans is failing. A piece of the roof has blown off and the sky can be seen from inside the dome. If I was a reporter, I’d rather be standing in the middle of the street rather than inside the SuperDome.
And supposedly, there’s still 100,000 some people in New Orleans (via Wizbang). What’s worse? Those people will not be able to evacuate the city. This could be very bad if true.
PunditGuy has a massive amount of links and updates on the storm. Blogs of War would also be a good resource for information regarding the hurricane.
In addition to the physical destruction that will come from this storm, there’ll also be financial troubles. It seems that the federal payroll system is run out of New Orleans. It was supposed to be moved to Kansas City, but not until next summer. Government employees may miss a paycheck or two in the coming weeks.
The Weatherblog also notes that some of the pumps in New Orleans aren’t working either. The Philly Inquirer blog is also worth watching.