August 2005

31 Aug 2005 08:20 pm

Now the looters are threatening a nursing home and Gov. Kathleen Blanco comes off sounding like an ineffectual fifth grade teacher.

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor Ray Nagin search) ordered 1,500 police officers to leave their search-and-rescue mission Wednesday night and return to the streets to stop looting that has turned increasingly hostile as the city plunges deeper into chaos.

“They are starting to get closer to heavily populated areas — hotels, hospitals, and we’re going to stop it right now,” Nagin said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The number of officers called off the search-and-rescue mission amounts to virtually the entire police force in New Orleans.

Amid the turmoil Wednesday, thieves commandeered a forklift and used it to push up the storm shutters and break the glass of a pharmacy. The crowd stormed the store, carrying out so much ice, water and food that it dropped from their arms as they ran. The street was littered with packages of ramen noodles and other items.

Looters also chased down a state police truck full of food. The New Orleans search police chief ran off looters while city officials themselves were commandeering equipment from a looted Office Depot. During a state of emergency, authorities have broad powers to take private supplies and buildings for their use.

Managers at a nursing home were prepared to cope with the power outages and had enough food for days, but then the looting began. The home’s bus driver was forced to surrender the vehicle to carjackers.

Bands of people drove by the nursing home, shouting to residents, “Get out!” Eighty residents, most of them in wheelchairs, were being evacuated to other nursing homes in the state.
“We had enough food for 10 days,” said Peggy Hoffman, the home’s executive director. “Now we’ll have to equip our department heads with guns and teach them how to shoot.”

At one store, hordes of people from all ages, races and walks of life grabbed food and water. Some drove away with trunkloads of beer.
At one point, two officers drew their guns on the looters, but the thieves left without incident. One of the officers said he was not going to arrest anyone for snatching up food and water.
One young man was seen wading through chest-deep floodwater, carrying a case of soda, after looting a grocery store.

“It’s really difficult because my opinion of the looting is it started with people running out of food, and you can’t really argue with that too much,” Nagin said. “Then it escalated to this kind of mass chaos where people are taking electronic stuff and all that.”

Gov. Kathleen Blanco search said she has asked the White House to send more people to help with evacuations and rescues, thereby freeing up National Guardsmen to stop looters.

“We will restore law and order,” Blanco said. “What angers me the most is that disasters like this often bring out the worst in people. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior.”

Ooooh. Gives me the shivers.

31 Aug 2005 07:48 pm

New Orleans Police Ordered to Stop Looting

31 Aug 2005 02:49 pm

My husband’s parents took him several times to Brennans when he was growing up and we were planning on getting down there one of these days. The timing just never worked out. I hope we get to go one day.

Anyway, here is news about the great Brennan family of restaurants.

31 Aug 2005 05:46 am

Or maybe a cheap date…..

Bill Sammon of the Washington Times reports that liberal groups are going to scale back their roles in her anti-war protesting. I have to think that their polls are telling them to stay away……far away……from Saddam Hussein’s kind of Mother of all that hates America.

31 Aug 2005 05:12 am

They just don’t know when to quit. They know that President Bush wasn’t playing golf while Katrina raged so now they are resorting to “he played the guitar.”

I only link to it to expose the hate and lack of seriousness. Of course Kos doesn’t link the caption underneath the photo of President Bush.. Here it is……

President Bush plays a guitar presented to him by Country Singer Mark Wills, right, backstage following his visit to Naval Base Coronado, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Bush visited the base to deliver remarks on V-J Commemoration Day.

What’s he supposed to do? Throw the guitar down?

31 Aug 2005 04:57 am

Read this…….

City a woeful scene

Tuesday, 10:14 p.m.By Brian Thevenot, Gordon Russell, Keith Spera and Doug MacCashStaff writers

Sitting on a black barrel amid the muck and stench near the St. Claude Avenue bridge, 52-year-old Daniel Weber broke into a sob, his voice cracking as he recounted how he had watched his wife drown and spent the next 14 hours floating in the polluted flood waters, his only life line a piece of driftwood.”My hands were all cut up from breaking through the window, and I was standing on the fence. I said, ‘I’ll get on the roof and pull you up,” he said.

“And then we just went under.”Weber sat among hundreds of refugees rescued Tuesday from rooftops, attics and floating debris in the 9th Ward and St. Bernard Parish by an armada of more than 100 boats. Officials from the Coast Guard estimated they pulled thousands of people off of rooftops and attics, many with stories as grim as Weber’s. Officials believed hundreds and maybe thousands more remained in peril. They declined to estimate the number of dead. That will come later.

Here’s more….

31 Aug 2005 04:33 am

This article is bringing tears to my eyes……

Hundreds feared dead; East Biloxi hit hardest


Hurricane Katrina cost more lives and destroyed more property than any disaster in Coast history, the Red Cross said Tuesday.

Unprecedented destruction on the Coast and elsewhere will prompt “the largest Red Cross response in the history of the nation,” national Red Cross spokesman Peter Teahen said Tuesday.
Hundreds are feared dead, said Biloxi spokesperson Vincent Creel.
“It’s going to be much higher than anything we’ve ever seen,” said Jim Pollard, spokesperson for the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency.

Public officials were skittish about relaying fatality numbers because firefighters, other emergency workers and even volunteers navigated mountains of debris Tuesday, finding bodies all along the waterfront.
The hardest hit areas appeared to be the peninsula in East Biloxi, a four-block stretch of the waterfront in Long Beach and low-lying areas of Henderson Point on the west side of Pass Christian.
Rubble was so thick and high that some areas were inaccessible.

In East Biloxi, firefighters and emergency workers pulled bodies from the debris, mostly in areas inaccessible to sightseers. The firefighters tucked the bodies into black bags, laid them on the ground and resumed their search.
Officials were still concentrating on search and rescue missions, looking for survivors that might have been trapped in debris, Tuesday afternoon. As many as 100 rescue vehicles were expected to fill the parking lot at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, designated a command center for rescue operations.

Biloxi officials were worried, too, about a shortage of potable water they hoped wouldn’t lead to more deaths. The city’s water and sewer system is not working, Creel said, and the heat and humidity will quickly dehydrate people who have no access to clean water.

Officials are trying to arrange for one or more portable water stations to be brought to Biloxi, Creel said.
“The nightmare we thought might happen before the hurricane hit appears to be developing,” Teahen said.

Read the saddest part here…..

31 Aug 2005 04:28 am

Recently elected U.S. Congressman Bobby Jindal just gave an interview on the conditions in New Orleans and it sounds pretty bad. Jindal has also lost his home in New Orleans.

31 Aug 2005 04:24 am

It’s hard to wake up to this but I am sure much harder to actually be there.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hospitals across the city faced deteriorating conditions Tuesday after two levees broke, sending water coursing through the streets of the Big Easy. An estimated 80 percent of the below-sea-level city was under water, up to 20 feet deep in places, with miles and miles of homes swamped.

As floodwaters rose around Charity Hospital, the rescuers needed their own rescuing.
Charity’s backup generator was running out of diesel fuel. Nurses hand-pumped ventilators for patients who couldn’t breathe. Doctors canoed supplies in from three nearby hospitals.

“It’s like being in a Third World country. We’re trying to work without power. Everyone knows we’re all in this together. We’re just trying to stay alive,” said Mitch Handrich, a registered nurse manager at the state’s biggest public hospital.

Read more here……

30 Aug 2005 10:18 pm

You are quite welcome here. Come back soon!

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