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!
Since the international community doesn’t seem to want to help us, I will try to contribute what I can to survivors in LA/MS/AL. Instapundit and NZ Bear has organized a Blog For Relief Day (today). Bloggers select a charity and they suggest their readers donate to said charity.
My charity of choice was the American Red Cross, mostly because I feel they’re large enough they could make a huge impact given they have the funds needed to do so. If you do decide to donate, please follow up with NZ Bear here letting them know how much you donated and which blog referred you. Any amount will help. Also checkout Instapundit’s roundup page.
Needless to say, the situation in New Orleans doesn’t sound good. Martial Law has been declared. Gangs are roaming the streets, some reported to have AK-47’s. Prisoners have been let out of the prisons. Shootings are taking place on the streets.
Thousands of people are feared to be dead (via Riehl World View). Officials believe once the levy broke, many people went to their attics of their one story homes. Once the water reached them, they would be trapped and would have little hope for survival. Very sad if true. We’ll find out for sure once officials are able to start searching homes for the dead.
Now for some linkage.
The Jawa Report has info on a missing persons site. Wizbang! has more infomration on the Blog For Relief Day. Confederate Yankee has a hurricane survival guide, it’s still hurricane season people. HurricAid has details on FEMA for people that might need their services. BLACKFIVE has word of Louisana Army National Guard members returning home from combat zones to see their home towns basically gone. They also note that Soldiers’ Angels are accepting donations to help with Katrina relief efforts.
FEMA is suspending it’s rescue operations due to danger to the rescuers. The lawless environment is proving too brutal for their rescue crews to work under. That’s according to CNN anyway. The HurricAid website says FEMA is in need of additional people. They’re looking for 400 people and are paying $15.00/hour.
That’s it for now. I’ll post more later if there’s more to post. I’m sure there will be.
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.