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Sunday, September 04, 2005
A FLOOD OF NEWS
I really feel sorry for this family, although they are safe and will definitely have the means to rebuild. But seriously, why didn't they buy flood insurance on their new home in New Orleans? Having already survived all those hurricanes and storms in Florida, you'd think that would be a no-brainer after then moving to The Big Easy.
My Year of Hurricanes
Last year, my wife and I lived through four hurricanes. She was finishing grad school at the University of Florida, and even though we were pretty far inland (Gainesville), we lost power for a total of two weeks.
Two months ago we moved to New Orleans with our 1-year-old daughter, and a few days later, sure enough, Tropical Storm Cindy struck.
By the time Katrina arrived, everything was falling into place: Our furniture had been delivered (after we'd threatened legal action), a handyman had fixed our screens and replaced doorknobs and gotten all the appliances working, the baby was installed in a great Montessori day-care center.
My wife and I were worried about wind damage, certainly, but scarcely considered the matter of flooding; we were in a "low-risk" flood zone, as our insurance company would have it, so we'd declined flood insurance.
How one hospital survived the horrors.
‘A Horrible Dream’ Sept. 2, 2005 - It’s been a sweltering, agonizing week for the 1,000 staff members at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, La., a suburb adjacent to New Orleans. They rode out Hurricane Katrina and its horrific aftermath without air conditioning, running water or toilets. Most haven’t slept more than a few hours since the morning of the storm, and many have lost their homes or family members.
The talking heads can't handle the truth.
Why The Katrina Coverage Made Me Switch To Fox News!
"Why did it take five days for Bush to help?" is the mantra constantly voiced by all the "Talking Heads" on TV. Here are the reasons:
(1) It is against the law for any President to order troops into a city or across state lines without a request and permission from the Governor of that state.
(4) It was this predicted levee failure which had been ignored for so long that doomed the local people to be held hostage in their attics or on rooftops, not the storm. It was also the failure of the local bureaucrats and local elected leaders to maintain law and order, and to have pre-arranged for complete evacuations of the city.
Germany has offered to help.
Germany and Katrina
There's an election here this month, and statements made by politicians are to be taken with a whole spoonful of salt. A number of those who blame Katrina on Bush's failure to sign the Kyoto contract, led by that nutcase Trittin, are members of the Ecologist Party (Die Grünen) and they don't look too good in pre-election statistics right now. Of course, they use Katrina for propaganda purposes.
Qelle surprise. Guess who “hailed the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina as beginning of the end for the United States”?
Because I recognize good deeds, Gore did good. They'll worry about who pays later.
Help for the pets.
Printer Cartriges for Pets in New Orleans
We have arranged with a local printer cartrige company to take in empty and used printer cartriges, especially Ink Jet. They pay top dollar for these cartriges. 100% of the proceeds from this will be donated to an animal shelter or other New Orleans/Mississippi animal support organization. h/t Blue