September 2nd, 2005

My wonderful Meg kitty.

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Oh man, Katrina is driving me nuts.

I've talked to so many people today who are blaming Bush for all of this. I can understand blaming FEMA. I can even understand blame on the state of Louisiana, but to all appearances, Bush did everything he could here. Note that Bush declared a state of emergency 2 days prior to landfall. In fact, Katrina was a Category 3 storm at the time. Somehow, despite this, people seem to have the perception that Bush has mismanaged the situation. The claim that he's spent his time on vacation is only partially true. He cut the vacation two days short as things started to get a bit hairier. I can't help but notice that Michael Moore appears to have had a greater impact than he should have with Fahrenheit 9/11.

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The mayor of New Orleans had an interesting bit to say. He's hopping mad and rightfully so about this whole incident.

It's amazing to read the stories of what's going on out there and how quickly people have reverted to rather uncivilized practices in the name of survival. Reading accounts of what has happened at the Superdome (http://www.bugmenot.com can find you a free login) are simply incredible.

Now that they're moving people out to Texas and better prepared shelters, I wonder what they're going to do with the Superdome. It's become a monument to the disaster that poor planning has made of an already bad case.

I was somewhat pleased to hear Brown (the director of FEMA) place responsibility for their fates on those who didn't evacuate. It's rare to hear an official speak an unpopular truth like that. The reactions I've seen have been complaints that many in the area are too poor to afford a car. Had they walked a mere 20 miles North (in the space of at least the two days before landfall), they'd have their lives at the least. It was precisely what people said about those in Asia who suffered through the tsunami. Many of the tsunami victims would have escaped with their lives had they walked a mere 20 to 30 minutes away from the coast. I suspect that an aggregate 8 hours of walking (assuming a pace of 2.5 miles an hour) would have saved many of the victims in Louisiana.

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